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Dental Care for Seniors

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Senior Dental Care is DifferentOur teeth and gums age just like the rest of our bodies. Even our prior dental work may fracture or grow loose with time. Our team is mindful of the dental concerns that challenge our senior patients. We’re alert for gum infection, which increases in potential risk as we age. So, we check our patients for the indicators – red, swollen, or bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, and loose teeth. Plaque is more likely to concentrate on the surface of older teeth and lead to decay. We focus on removing it before it develops into tartar and a larger issue. 

After years of consuming caffeine or tobacco, teeth can grow dull and need professional whitening to bring back their original luster. We can help. Some of your medications will reduce the necessary flow of saliva through your mouth, and we have products that will ease this complication. We advocate good nutrition, daily hygiene, and routine check-ups to help your smile stay white and keep your natural te…

Tooth Enamel

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Tooth enamel is very hard but...
That doesn't mean you can't break it.

Our office recommends to avoid eating "hard foods" such as popcorn. Don't crack nut shells with your teeth or chew on ice. Opening packages with your teeth can also damage the enamel.

It's not just the sugar - it's also the acid
Sugar and acids are your teeth's worst enemies. What are we talking about? Soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, and candy.

Because of the acid content, Mountain Dew seems to be the worst of the worst. There is even a name for the damage it does and it is called "Dew Mouth."

These erode the tooth enamel, making it highly susceptible to decay. Parents, watch your kid's consumption of these because young children's enamle hasn't developed fully. This makes these drinks even more damaging for kids.

As well as eliminating the above (or at least reducing their consumption), it is recommended to always brush and floss after every meal. If you c…

Your Smile is Important

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Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about why your smile is important.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Vista Dental Care
Chad Aitken, DMD
280-5201 43 St.  
Red Deer, AB  
T4N 1C7  
(855) 636-9223   
VistaDentalCare.ca

Dental Sealants

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A Simple Way to Prevent Child Tooth DecayDental sealants help compensate for a child’s inability to brush properly. Even though they try hard, they're still learning, and their hand-to-eye coordination isn't fully developed. Even with meticulous brushing, it is possible that the deep grooves in the back teeth may be missed. These hard-to-reach brushing areas even elude adults. 

Poorly cleaned teeth can permit the accumulation of bacteria, acids, and plaque, which will later cause decay. And once a tooth has decay, it is damaged forever and will likely need a filling or a crown. 

A dental sealant procedure is done as follows:
The tooth (or teeth) is cleansed and sterilized.A white or clear plastic coating is lightly brushed on their tooth enamel.A curing light is focused on the sealant to bond it into place.In very little time, without shots or drills, the entire process is finished. The application of dental sealants is harmless and one of the best things both children and adoles…

Understanding Your Dental Plan

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Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about understanding your dental plan.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Vista Dental Care
Chad Aitken, DMD
280-5201 43 St.  
Red Deer, AB  
T4N 1C7  
(855) 636-9223   
VistaDentalCare.ca

Preventing Dental Gum Disease

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The Primary Cause of Lost TeethGum disease accounts for more tooth loss than direct decay, but the symptoms of gum disease may go unrecognized until you begin to lose your teeth. You should see a dentist if you’re experiencing bleeding gums when you brush or floss or if you have loose or shifting teeth. If you’ve been informed that you may require gum surgery, you will be pleased to know that there are also several non-surgical methods available for the control of gum disease.

Vista Dental Care
Chad Aitken, DMD
280-5201 43 St. 
Red Deer, AB 
T4N 1C7 
(855) 636-9223    VistaDentalCare.ca

Oral Care During the Holidays: Sugar-Free Countdown to Christmas

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Below is an excerpt from an article found on Colgate.com that was written by Sher Warkentin

Maintaining good oral care during the holidays can be tough with the bombardment of sugary sweets all season. Counting down to Christmas with an advent calendar is a fun activity for your kids, but if they are filled with chocolate and sweets, it won't be so great for their teeth. Check out these simple sugar-free ideas to fill your countdown instead.

Holiday Activity Fun
Fill your child's countdown with special moments that they will cherish all year round. For each day of the month come up with a fun holiday activity that you can do together as a family. Some ideas include: watching a holiday movie, going ice skating, building a snowman and looking at Christmas lights. Write down the activity on a slip of paper and tuck one note into each day of your advent calendar.

A Puzzling Treat
Give your child a fun challenge with a customized puzzle. Draw a picture or write a special message on a bl…

Tobacco Risks on Oral Health

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Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about tobacco risks on oral health.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Vista Dental Care
Chad Aitken, DMD
280-5201 43 St.  
Red Deer, AB  
T4N 1C7  
(855) 636-9223  VistaDentalCare.ca

Kids' Healthy Teeth During the Holidays

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Below is an excerpt from an article found on Colgate.com that was written by Elizabeth SanFilippo

Chances are good that visions of cookies, desserts and candy canes may be dancing in your children's heads this holiday season. While you will do what you can to limit their intake of these sugary treats, your kids will probably be eating their fair share of sugar at your family holiday parties. Despite their consumption of sugar, there are ways to keep your kids' healthy teeth and gums in shape and to minimize damage to their dental health.

Why Is Sugar Bad for Dental Health?
Whether your kids are eating chocolate cake, sugar cookies or peppermint candy, they are ingesting sugar. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth feed on this sugar, and the byproduct is acid. This acid can eat away at tooth enamel, which can lead to tooth decay and cavities. The more time teeth spend exposed to sugar, the higher the risk that your children …