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How To Prepare For Your Sedation Dentistry Appointment With Our Calgary Dentist

For some patients, even the mention of a dental appointment with their Calgary dentist can cause fear, anxiety and hesitation about obtaining required or desired dental treatment.  Fortunately, for most patients, sedation dentistry is an option that can help to alleviate this fear and anxiety.  Because sedation dentistry, both IV sedation and oral sedation, involves the use of medication to help to induce a relaxed state in the patient, proper preparation for the sedation dentistry appointment is critical both for the success of the sedation and its safety. 

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Our Calgary Dentist Explains Tonsil Stones

You’ve heard of kidney stones, but have you ever heard of tonsil stones?  If you have not, you’re not alone.  According to our Calgary dentist, many patients are not even aware that they have tonsil stones, particularly if they are not causing any symptoms.  Although tonsil stones do not usually pose any health risks, in certain circumstances they may need attention from your Calgary dentist or physician if they become too large or symptomatic.  Sometimes, patients are not even aware that they even have tonsil stones.  Our Calgary dentist explains tonsil stones and what you can do prevent and treat their sometimes bothersome symptoms.

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April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Check Your Mouth and Make Your Appointment With Our Calgary Dentist Today!

Every April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Oral cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the cells of your mouth.  It can occur anywhere in your mouth, including on your lips, cheeks, tongue, gums, tonsils, or throat.  During this month and every month, our Calgary dentist wants to encourage everyone to pay attention to the health of their mouth and check for any new lesions, spots or sores that occur anywhere in your mouth.  As with many cancers, early detection can help to save lives so it's important to take steps to regularly check for anything new or unusual in your mouth and to also take some simple steps to help prevent the development of oral cancer.

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Our Calgary Dentist Explains What To Expect After a Tooth Extraction

For many people, the thought of having to have a tooth extracted by your Calgary dentist can cause significant anxiety. Although our Calgary dentist’s recommendation is to always keep a tooth rather than extract it if at all possible, there are circumstances where extraction of a tooth is the best and/or only solution.  If an extraction is recommended by your Calgary dentist, having as much information as possible about what to expect after your tooth extraction can help to relieve some of this anxiety. 

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Tips From Our Calgary Dentist To Relieve and Prevent Mouth Ulcers

At some point in our lives, most of us will have experienced an ulcer in our mouths. These ulcers, sometimes known as canker sores, can be annoying, unsightly and worst of all, painful. They can appear almost anywhere on the soft tissue in your mouth including on your gums, on the inside of your cheeks, on the roof of your mouth, and even on your tongue or your lips.  Although canker sores are harmless, they can nevertheless be extremely bothersome and worrisome.  In fact, our Calgary dentist frequently is asked to give assurance that they are not serious and will go away on their own.  In this blog post, our Calgary dentist reviews some of the causes of mouth ulcers and provides some tips for avoiding and minimizing the discomfort caused by these sores.

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COVID-19 and Your Calgary Dentist Appointment

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 outbreak has changed all of our lives, including our daily routines.  As we all continue to deal with COVID-19 and its social and business restrictions, our Calgary Dentist wants to assure you that our office continues to do its part to help bend the curve and strictly adhere to all COVID-19 protocols and procedures both mandated and recommended by the Alberta Dental Association & College, the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services.  If you have not been to our Calgary dentist office since the beginning of COVID-19, here is what you can expect at your next visit to our dental office.

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Let Our Calgary Dentist Get Your Smile Ready For Your Big Day!

Spring is upon us and it’s that time of year when many brides and grooms are busy making and finalizing their plans for the big day – their wedding!  Although during these times of Covid-19 our celebrations may look a little different and be a little more intimate in size, there’s no doubt that brides and grooms will still want to preserve the memory of their special day with professional photos, selfies and videos.  While there’s lots on everyone's plate to get done to make sure your wedding photos are picture perfect and preserve your special memories, Dr. Dirk Thompson, our Calgary dentist, reminds you that another important element not to be overlooked is your smile! 

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6 Tips For Seniors From Our Calgary Dentist To Keep Your Smile Healthy and Happy For A Lifetime

As we age and approach our senior years, changes to our health and in bodies begin to become evident.  For those in the age group over 60, these changes can be either small or they can be significant.  Although our oral health most definitely can be affected by age, according to Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S., a Calgary dentist, this does not mean that tooth loss or poor oral health is inevitable.  Here are six tips from our Calgary dentist, Dr. Dirk Thompson, to keep your smile white, bright and healthy for a lifetime.

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Our Calgary Dentist Answers: Is It Normal For My Gums to Bleed After Brushing or Flossing?

By Advance Your Health Dental | Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S. | Calgary Dentist

Have you ever noticed that your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth?  If you have noticed any bleeding after brushing or flossing your teeth, our Calgary dentist advises that, even if there is just a small amount of blood, you should not ignore the bleeding as even a small amount of bleeding could indicate that there is an issue with either the health of your mouth and/or gums or with the way you are brushing or flossing your teeth. 

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Our Calgary Dentist Shares Some Fun Facts About Teeth

By Advance Your Health Dental | Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S. | Calgary Dentist

It’s no secret that our Calgary dentist, Dr. Dirk Thompson, loves everything about dentistry and teeth and could talk for hours about his passion for dentistry.  But did you know that, in addition to the more serious dentistry topics such as brushing, flossing, and cavities, there are some fun and interesting facts about teeth?  Although we can’t guarantee that this information would make great party conversation or impress your date, if you run out of things to talk about, you can always relate these fun facts about teeth and your oral health!

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Are All Carbonated Beverages Bad For My Teeth? Our Calgary Dentist Pours Out The Facts.

By Advance Your Health Dental | Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S. | Calgary Dentist

There’s something so refreshing about having a cold, icy glass of your favourite beverage on a hot summer day (yes, summer will be here again!).  But what if your favourite beverage is carbonated?  Is the carbonation causing damage to your pearly whites?  Lately, our Calgary dentist has seen varying reports on the effects of carbonation on your teeth, so our Calgary dentist gets to the bottom of it here.

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Sedation Dentistry. Our Calgary Dentist Answers Your Questions

By Advance Your Health Dental | Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S. | Calgary Dentist

It is not unusual for patients to express some level of anxiety at the thought of having to see their Calgary dentist for a dental appointment.  Fortunately, there are several options available to address this dental anxiety in most patients.  One of these options is sedation dentistry.  But what exactly is sedation dentistry and how do you know if sedation dentistry is right for you?

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Get Your Smile Photo Ready By Our Calgary Dentist

 By Advance Your Health Dental | Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S. | Calgary Dentist

Congratulations graduates! It’s that time of year again when students from high schools, universities, colleges and other secondary institutions are starting to prepare for the big day - graduation. You’ve worked hard for this major milestone in your life and you’ll want to celebrate all of your achievements that have taken so much time, effort and dedication (as best we can during these times of Covid-19).

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3 Fun Tooth Fairy Ideas From Our Calgary Dentist

By Advance Your Health Dental | Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S. | Calgary Dentist

Losing your first tooth is a big milestone for children. Not only is it exciting to lose your first tooth, the anticipation of the arrival of the tooth fairy while your wee one sleeps has been a magical experience enjoyed for generations. Here are some creative and fun ideas to help the tooth fairy in making this time-honoured tradition both fun and memorable.

Of course, the most popular tradition is for the tooth fairy to leave some cold hard cash under your child's pillow while they sleep.  

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Our Calgary Dentist Shares The Scoop On Xylitol and Your Oral Health

By Advance Your Health Dental | Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S. | Calgary Dentist

You’ve probably seen advertisements for xylitol and its dietary benefits as a sugar substitute. Perhaps you’ve even heard your dentist talk about xylitol, or your dentist has made recommendations to use xylitol containing products such as chewing gum as an alternative to chewing gum with sugar.  But what is xylitol and does it really have any benefits at all for your oral health? Here’s what our Calgary dentist wants you to know.

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Top 5 Questions Asked of Our Dentist About Your Toddler’s Teeth

By Advance Your Health Dental | Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S. | Calgary Dentist

February is National Children’s Dental Health month and, as a parent, your child’s health is very important to you and their dental health is an integral aspect of their overall health.  At our Calgary dentist office, we are often asked similar questions regarding baby’s and young children’s dental health so we’ve put together some of our most frequently asked questions regarding how you can help to ensure your child gets a healthy start with their oral health.

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Why Our Calgary Dentist May Take Your Blood Pressure At Your Next Dental Visit

By Advance Your Health Dental | Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S. | Calgary Dentist

You may be surprised to learn that at your next dental appointment at our Calgary dental office, we may ask if we can take your blood pressure. Although patients may expect this at their physician’s office, it may seem out of the ordinary at a dental office. Here’s a breakdown of why we have implemented this protocol at our dental office.

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Ask Our Calgary Dentist: The corner of my lip is cracking and painful. What could this be?

Have you ever experienced a scabbed, painful, crack in one or both corners of your lip?  If you have, you may have been suffering from a rather uncomfortable condition known as angular cheilitis.  Angular cheilitis can be caused by a variety of issues.  Luckily, this painful condition can usually be assessed and treated by our Calgary dentist or your physician.

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When Should I Use A Mouthguard?

Preventing injuries while playing sports is an important element in the care and maintenance of your overall oral health.  One of the main ways in which adults, teenagers, and young children alike can prevent injuries to their mouth, teeth, face, lips and jaw is by consistently wearing a mouthguard while participating in any sporting activities where there is any risk of injury to the face.  Geneally, your Calgary dentist can fabricate a mouthguard for you or your child in one short visit.

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How Can My Calgary Dentist Help With Chronic Bad Breath?

Halitosis, also known as chronic bad breath, can be a troublesome and embarrassing condition.  Although such products as gum and mouthwash can temporarily mask unpleasant odours, generally patients suffering from chronic bad breath require additional intervention beyond what an over-the-counter breath solution and even good oral hygiene routines can accomplish.   In determining how to solve or minimize halitosis, the first step your dentist will want to do is identify the cause or causes of your bad breath.

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Can A Knocked Out Tooth Be Saved by Our Emergency Dentist in Calgary?

 By Advance Your Health Dental | Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S. | Calgary Dentist

Did you know that in the United States, over 5 million teeth are knocked out annually (from the American Association of Endodontists).  Although statistics are not available for Canada, it can be certain that the number is similarly reflected for the size of the Canadian population.  Knocked out teeth can result from sporting accidents, falls, motor vehicle accidents and other traumatic incidents.

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Emergency Dentistry: When Do I Have A Dental Emergency?

You haven't had a chance to get to your Calgary dentist and your toothache has become unbearable.  Your child’s been playing hockey and she’s been struck in the mouth.  You were eating some popcorn and you’ve broken a tooth.  Are these dental emergencies?  What should you do now?  Phone an emergency dentist in Calgary?  Make an emergency trip to the hospital emergency room?  Here’s what to do.

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How Does My Dental Insurance Work?

One of the most frequently asked questions by our patients to our Calgary dentist is how much will their dental insurance cover.  The answer to this question depends upon many variables, including what insurance company the patient has, the type of dental plan the patient has, whether there is a deductible or administration fee associated with the dental insurance plan, and the type of dental treatment the patient requires.

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Pregnancy and Your Oral Health Discussed By Our Calgary Dentist

Congratulations! Pregnancy is an exciting and busy time in your life.  It’s also a very important time to make sure all aspects of your health are cared for, and your oral health should definitely not be overlooked!  In fact, your oral health is particularly important because it not only affects you, but could also potentially affect the health of your developing baby.  We are often asked by our patients whether it is safe to go to the dentist when they are pregnant and how pregnancy affects their oral health. Read below for the answers to these questions and more tips on how to keep your smile healthy during your pregnancy.

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Simple Ways to Maintain Your Oral Health.

Happy New Year Everyone! We hope that this new year brings you many happy, healthy smiles.  As we start this new year with much hope and anticipation for a healthier new year, we encourage everyone to not neglect their oral health.  As our Calgary dentist and hygienists emphasize to our patients, our oral health is intrinsically linked to our overall health and therefore it is important to attend to any oral health issues we may have now and to maintain our oral health in order to avoid possible larger and more significant oral health issues with our teeth, gums and jaw.

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Calgary Dental Office Holiday Break

We hope everyone has had a chance to sneak in some relaxation during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

To give our hard-working and dedicated staff some time for some relaxation, the office of our Calgary dentist, Dr. Dirk A. Thompson at Advance Your Health Dental, will be closed for a holiday break from December 25th to January 3rd 2021, and will re-open on January 4th, 2021 at 7:30 am. 

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What You Need To Know About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third molars at the back of the mouth.  They usually appear in teenagers and young adults between the ages of 17 and 25.  Although in some people wisdom teeth emerge without any difficulty and naturally line up with the adjacent teeth, in some patients, there is insufficient room for wisdom teeth to erupt normally.  Wisdom teeth are then said to be “impacted” or "partially impacted".  Impacted or partially impacted wisdom teeth are relatively common.

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Is Stress Affecting Your Oral Health?

COVID-19 is on the forefront of everyone’s minds these days.  Have you ever wondered, however, how COVID-19 may be affecting your oral health?  One of the biggest correlations many dentists are seeing which may be the result of the extra stress some of their dental patients are feeling during these challenging times is what some dentists are referring to as the “COVID clench”, or bruxism.  Bruxism includes grinding, clenching and gnashing your teeth.

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Is Spice Not So Nice (for your teeth)?

Many of us LOVE our spicy food, including our very own Calgary dentist, Dr. Dirk Thompson.  But have you ever thought about what spicy food could be doing to your teeth?  If you suffer from stained teeth, sensitive teeth or acid reflux, you may wish to consider how spicy foods may be affecting your pearly whites the next time you indulge in your favourite spicy food.

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Is Charcoal Toothpaste Safe?

There are many different types of toothpastes appearing on drugstore and grocery shelves and it seems that there are always new toothpastes being marketed.  One of the latest is charcoal infused toothpastes. Often these toothpastes are marketed as containing teeth whitening agents and claim to remove staining from teeth and even whiten teeth. These charcoal toothpastes come in a variety of forms, usually as a powder, tablet or paste. 

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