5 Benefits of Invisalign® Treatment Over Orthodontic Braces

 

Invisalign® is the new way to go for people looking to get their orthodontic treatment done comfortably and conveniently. Invisalign® is a form of clear aligners, the prime purpose of which is to look invisible, unlike traditional braces that interfere with the aesthetics of a person’s smile.

Over the past few years, Invisalign® has especially boomed among teenagers and young adults who are conscious about their appearances. The success that has come along with Invisalign® treatment is also noteworthy; perhaps further facilitating the growth of the newly discovered orthodontic treatment.

But is it the only reason why people are inclined more towards Invisalign® than braces? Invisalign® has several other benefits to speak of. The following are 5 of such amazing benefits:

1. Invisible Treatment 

Invisalign® is made of clear and fine plastic. Unlike braces, they are transparent and nobody around you will notice your orthodontic treatment! It allows you to be less conscious about your smile, feel more confident and get through with your orthodontic treatment without compromising your beautiful smile!

2. Comfortable Treatment 

As mentioned earlier, Invisalign® is made of fine plastic and is lightweight. While there could be speech difficulties during the first couple of days of treatment, you will feel perfectly natural thereon. There’s no wires or brackets involved to poke from inside the mouth and your treatment feels as comfortable as wearing a mouth guard.

3. Convenient Treatment 

Invisalign® is removable and requires no diet restriction. You can live life the way you want to and can even remove your clear aligner when you need to. It wouldn’t make a difference as long as you wear it for 20-22 hours a day.

4. Computerized Treatment 

The results of an Invisalign® treatment are totally computerized. You can get to see how your teeth will shift after every week of your treatment and match your results with the expected outcomes. Thus, you don’t have to wait for what feels like an eternity to get your desired outcomes from your orthodontic treatment!

5. Keeps Your Oral Health in Check

 Since Invisalign® is removable and does not come with brackets and wires, you can keep your oral health in shape without compromising on your orthodontic treatment. Since there are no brackets or wires, food particles don’t get suck on your teeth. Furthermore, it’s removable, which is why no surface of your teeth goes uncleaned from brushing and flossing.

However, you must know that there are some occlusions that Invisalign® cannot treat as effectively as metal braces. This brings in the question- “Who qualifies to get Invisalign® instead of braces?” To know if you do, get your own Invisalign® consultation with the best dentist near you in Airdrie AB.

How Much Oral Health Affects Your General Health?

Your mouth is the primary entrance into your entire body and well, your tongue is the red carpet! So, of course you want it to look nice in photo’s, but your smile should be more than just aesthetically pleasing. It’s important you are taking CARE of your mouth and keeping it healthy so YOU can be healthy! Many people aren’t aware that their dental health can affect their overall health. That’s right, poor oral hygiene can affect almost every part of your body! Here, are just a few examples of the link between oral and over-all systemic health.

Heart Health:
Oral bacteria can cause inflammation and infections that research has suggested could be linked to clogged arteries, stroke and heart disease. Endocarditis is another troublesome heart condition that has been linked to oral bacteria. This is an infection of the inner lining of your valves/heart chambers. It can occur when bacteria from your mouth or other part of your body spread into your bloodstream and then attach to certain areas of your heart.

Pregnancy:
Periodontist has been linked to low birth weight and even pre maturity! It’s more important than ever to get your dental cleanings and exams while pregnant. You are more likely to carry your baby to term if you have periodontal treatment before the 35th week of your pregnancy.

Arthritis:
Periodontal disease may increase inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is a common underlying problem with many diseases including autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis.

Dementia:
Did you know that having gum disease can cause your risk of dementia to increase? There have also been studies for those that have severe gum disease scored very poorly on memory tests and calculations. Researchers have found memory issues and mild cognitive impairments that can affect your day to day life have been found in those with periodontal disease.

Pneumonia:
Bacteria can be aspirated into the lungs and cause pneumonia. When you skip out on dental cleanings, the number of bacteria in your mouth continues to grow, increasing your risk of pneumonia. Good oral hygiene decreases these bacteria thus decreasing your risk of pneumonia! So, brush your teeth to help prevent this respiratory illness.

Of course, there are many more factors and health conditions that go hand in hand with dental care. It is important to understand your mouth is an integral part of your body. Your mouth can say a lot about your health without using any words! Be sure to visit your dentist today to get a checkup and cleaning to ensure you are in tip top shape.

Sinister Effects of Smoking on Your Tonsils

Tobacco use is life-threatening. This is definitely not news. You’ve probably encountered countless cases of irreversible lung damage, cardiovascular diseases and various types of cancers in organs such as bladder, cervix, colon and rectum, larynx, liver, esophagus, kidney and ureter, pancreas, larynx, stomach, trachea, and bronchus. In fact, the harmful effects of smoking are so multi-faceted it’ll take us quite some time to discuss them all. But the point has been made—one cheap stick has expensive consequences.

Among the risks of massive tobacco abuse lie the detriments of nicotine to your tonsils. Though not as well-known compared to respiratory diseases, smoking has equally adverse effects to the first barriers of the oral cavity.

Your tonsils work round-the-clock. These lymphoid tissues are located at the side of your throat, the back of your tongue while the adenoids are located found high up your throat, behind the nose. Tonsils help prevent germs and other microbes from entering the body through your oral cavity and nose. They also contain an abundant number of white blood cells responsible for killing bacteria.

What’s inside the stick?

Cigarettes contain around 7,000 chemicals—the majority of which are highly poisonous while over 60 are known to be carcinogenic. Among these deadly substances is the infamous nicotine, a colorless yet highly noxious compound responsible for smoking’s highly addictive properties. Take a look at this long yet partial list of what goes inside a small stick of cigarette:

  • Toulene – used as an industrial solvent
  • Carbon Monoxide – interferes with blood vessels
  • Arsenic – commonly found inside insecticides
  • Ammonia – known for its use in cleaning products and pesticides
  • Hexamine – triggers asthma attacks, coughing and chest tightness
  • Methane – fatal gas that hampers breathing
  • Methanol – used as rocket fuel
  • Butane – prolonged butane exposure affects the cardiovascular and central nervous system
  • Hydrogen Cyanide – highly poisonous and volatile compound

The first victims

Where does one puff the cigarette smoke? You guessed it right. Of course, smokers use their mouths to satisfy their cravings fully. And as one of the initial barriers of the body and oral cavity, your tonsils are the first ones to take a beating. Smoking inhibits normal salivary flow which leaves you with a dry mouth. In turn, the lack of saliva encourages bacterial growth.

Tobacco also decreases the mucosal immunity responsible for regulating inflammatory cells. As well, the harmful chemicals present inside one cigarette stick profoundly affect the oral microflora, encouraging the presence of bacteria putting your gum and dental health in jeopardy. Studies made in 2010 to 2011 already concluded how smoking aggravates the tonsils. Cases of abscess-filled tonsils and recurring tonsillitis are reported along with risks of post-tonsillectomy bleeding. To add fuel to the fire, your smoking also weakens your immune system making you susceptible to infections.

Dental and gum health

Before bacteria hijack your tonsils, they first take refuge in your swollen gums and plaque-filled teeth. Smoking reduces the blood flow in your mouth while hampering the production of saliva. When this happens, your oral cavity becomes a breeding ground of microorganisms, most of which are detrimental for your teeth and gums. Cuts, ulcers, and scratches take longer to recover. This is also why recovery from dental procedures takes longer compared to non-smokers.

In a more worrying note, smoking leads to inflamed gums and the loss of bone and tissue surrounding your teeth. When this happens, your teeth eventually loosen and become more prone to tooth decay. Tooth extractions might be needed to prevent complications.

Before picking up your next stick, think about your hardworking tonsils. They might be equipped in handling bacteria and germs, but they don’t stand a chance against toxic and lethal chemicals present in tobacco. 

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Common oral infections that can damage your teeth and health

 

Many people are just ignoring the fact that they need to take proper care of their oral health. Improper hygiene, vices and physical contact are just some of the causes of the infections that can occur within the mouth. Being aware of what’s going on with your mouth is one of the most important things to know.

very decayed teeth caused bacteria
bacteria cause massive tooth decay

    Massive Tooth Decay

This blog will empower you with knowledge and inform you about the common infections that may occur in your mouth

Tooth decay: also called dental carries or cavities. Imagine your teeth are breaking down due to acids that are caused by bacteria. If you are experiencing pain whilst eating, or are noticing pits in the tooth surface, the chances are you already have tooth decay. It may still be reversible if you catch it is time. Regular flossing and brushing along with dental cleanings and checkups can help prevent having to fill a cavity.

Gingivitis: this is the baby brother of periodontitis, and if you let this one slide, you’re probably going to regret it. Gingivitis is caused by plaque that becomes attached to your tooth surfaces. Regularly going to your dentist for teeth cleaning is important as they will remove the plaque for you. Better yet is practicing good oral hygiene, especially flossing to make sure the areas your brush can’t reach get properly cleaned. Don’t ignore gingivitis as it could cause your teeth may fall out in the future. Isn’t five minutes a day worth the investment?

Gingivitis can cause extreme pain and cause issues with your teeth
Gingivitis can cause extreme pain and cause issues with your teeth

Gum Disease: a.k.a. periodontal disease, this one makes your gums more inflamed than gingivitis and affects the tissue around your teeth. The tissue pulls away from the tooth leaving pockets where particles can get trapped, causing an infection. If you have ignored your gingivitis before, I suggest that you not let this one pass. If you are having troubles with your gums already, you should go visit your dentist immediately.

Cold Sores: a.k.a. oral herpes is a viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. There are names for every herpes infection that occur in your body. Oral herpes is a very visible infection that occurs on your face or in your mouth. If your lip starts itching or maybe you already have fever blisters, chances are good this is a cold sore. Cold sores may take two to four weeks to disappear. While the cold sore is present, you’ll probably feel pinching-like pain at the affected area. Herpes will usually let itself show for a period of time with some active cases, but it will also decrease depending on severity. There are medicated creams that can help speed the process of healing the outbreak. Herpes is not limited to cold sores so watch out for unexplained fever, swollen lymph nodes, muscle pain, and headaches as the first symptoms to be concerned about.                                                                                          

Taking care of your oral health is simple and easy. Brush after meals and before bed and floss once or twice a day. There are many electric toothbrushes that can help make this a light task. There are also many aids to make flossing less of a bother as well. Having bad oral health is not something to be proud of and can cause far-reaching health issues. Start to change this pattern now, come in and see us for your checkup.

 

We’d be happy to help put you back on the road to a healthy, happy smile.

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Your Mouth and Mountain Dew? Why This is a Problem…

Our friends to the south, way, across the border, south in the far most Southern region of the United States are surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains and have a long proud history. In fact, that’s where a lot of the bootlegged liquor came from during Prohibition. And it’s also home to the beginnings of NASCAR racing.

 

During that time of prohibition, many who made this moonshine home-brewed alcohol referred to is as “mountain dew” after that particular mountainous region.  A couple of brothers, Barney and Ally Hartman of Hartman Beverage first bottled a beverage called Mountain Dew and received a copyright for that name in 1948. After a sequence of events, it was eventually purchased by the PepsiCo Company in 1964.

 

Any sugary drink can lead to rotting teeth if not taken care of.
Any sugary drink can lead to rotting teeth if not taken care of.

If you’re not familiar or don’t live in that part of the United States; you may not realize how prevalent the beverage is in their everyday lives and culture. Some drink it instead of water. Daily.  The constant drinking of the sugary beverage has led to an outbreak of truly rotten teeth and the term “Mountain Dew Mouth”.

 

Some politicians have tried various methods to get people in that region of the US to drink more water and less Mountain Dew.

 

Over the years, drinking soda (or pop as it’s known in some places) has become increasingly popular. And “Mountain Dew Mouth” can be attributed to any soda. The high sugar content will take its toll is consumed on a regular basis.

 

If you’re “addicted to soda” or maybe just have a smile you aren’t happy with; the good news is there are ways to reverse the effects of previous bad oral hygiene habits. It is possible to restore your teeth from “Mountain Dew Mouth.”

 

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? Getting Started With Your Child’s Oral Health, A Parent’s Guide, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for further information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587 317 7713 or click here to visit our website.

Gummy Candy and West Airdrie Dental Clinic

Yes, it’s probably common knowledge that ingesting sugar can result in cavities. Some foods are obviously worth than others in that respect. The higher sugar content is one obvious reason, but gooey, chewy candy is the worst culprit! Candy that sticks to the teeth can get stuck between the crevices of a tooth, and saliva can’t wash it away. Some sugary treats to avoid include:

  • Gummy candies (gummy bears, gummy worms, etc.),
  • Caramels,
  • Raisins and other dried fruits, and
  • Jelly beans.

Most of these candies can be found in sugar-free varieties. Choose these instead for healthier teeth. At a minimum, good tooth brushing and flossing after consuming these goodies can help, too. Here are a few foods like instead of gummies and other chewy candy:

Yogurt: Makes a great snack or even at breakfast! Kids who eat at least 4 servings of dairy a week are less likely to get cavities, according to the Journal of Oral Dentistry. Just make sure you look for the yogurt varieties that are low in sugar!

Nuts: Any food that requires a lot of chewing are typically good for your children’s teeth. Nuts typically have a lot of healthy nutrients in them and are also low in sugar. Avoid any of the candied varieties, of course.

Fresh Fruit: Did you know that chewing raw foods massages your gums and promotes cleaner, healthier teeth? Fruit is a naturally sweet option and it shouldn’t be difficult to get kids to eat them. Choose fresh fruit over canned whenever possible as the canned varieties tend to add sugar or syrup.

Raw Vegetables: An even better option than fresh fruit because you get the crunch of the raw food minus the sugar that most fruits have! There isn’t a veggie out there that we wouldn’t recommend for your kiddo!

Whole Grains: Who doesn’t love a good whole grain cereal at breakfast? High in nutrients, fiber, and vitamins that growing kids need, plus they’re usually lower in sugar to boot.

If your little one start complaining that it hurts to chew, talk, or drink/eat, let us know! Click here or give us a call at 587-317-7713 (New Patients) or 403-980-0404 (Existing Patients) today!

West Airdrie Dentist Answers: Can you wear a mouth guard with braces?

Yes. And with braces, you definitely should!

An injury to the face is something everyone wants to avoid. In fact, a recent study showed that 84% of kids are involved in some sort of active sport each year. However, a mouth injury to someone wearing braces is more than just a typical injury.

Brackets can come loose and become a choking hazard. The edges of the brackets can cut the inside of the lips and gums, causing additional injury.

Did you know that there are nearly 5,000,000 sports-related tooth losses each year? The American Dental Association believes that mouth guards can prevent at least 200,000 of those losses from happening.

It’s not just kids losing teeth during sports play, either! In fact, most tooth loss in people under 35 years of age is caused by athletic trauma, fights or accidents.

Not to mention that athletes are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth when not wearing a mouth guard during athletic activities.

A good deal of the protection from a mouth guard comes from the type of guard you’re wearing as well. If you have questions about which one would be most helpful to wear with the sport you participate in, we can help!

There are typically 3 types of mouth guards you’ll see:

“Stock” mouth guards and the “boil and fit” mouth guards are both available at most big box retailers and drug stores. However, these are not recommended for anyone with braces as they are often ill-fitting even without brackets. A mouth guard that doesn’t fit well can cut up the cheeks and fall out (defeating the purpose of wearing them).

A custom fit mouth guard is your 3rd and often best choice, especially with braces. Simply schedule an appointment and play your chosen sport with confidence! We find that a custom mouth guard made to fit your child is a better choice in the long run when you consider the cost of fixing a broken tooth or all of the time and effort you’ve put into getting braces for your child!

Did you know that we can put custom prints on your child’s mouth guard? What better way to encourage use than with their favorite sports team, child’s initials, or anything else that shows your child’s outgoing personality! Of course, in the end it doesn’t matter which option you choose for a mouth guard if your child doesn’t wear it during practice and games!

Give your West Airdrie Dental Clinic a call and let’s discuss which mouth guards will be best for the sport you want to play! That’s 587-317-7713 (New Patients) or 403-980-0404 (Existing Patients)