Dr. Chad Aitken DMD and the team at Vista Dental Care are pleased to provide professional and caring dental services to their patients from Red Deer AB and the surrounding communities. Our dental services include: adult, children's, cosmetic, family, general, implant, laser, orthodontic, preventive, restorative and sedation dentistry.
Is the satisfying fizz of your favorite sparkling water putting you at risk for tooth decay? Because any drink with carbonation-including sparkling water-has a higher acid level, some reports have questioned whether sipping sparkling water will weaken your tooth enamel (the hard outer shell of your teeth where cavities first form).
So, Is Sparkling Water Affecting My Teeth? According to available research, sparkling water is generally fine for your teeth-and here's why. In a study using teeth that were removed as a part of treatment and donated for research, researchers tested to see whether sparkling water would attack tooth enamel more aggressively than regular lab water. The result? The two forms of water were about the same in their effects on tooth enamel. This finding suggests that, even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it's all just water to your teeth.
The Cleanest Your Teeth Can BeWe use a Piezo Scaler™ to assist in removing deposits of plaque and calculus (tartar) from your teeth, especially below the gumline. This hand tool uses high-frequency vibrations to permit us to take deposits off your teeth quicker than with regular scaling instruments. This device even works in the deep pockets that occur in your gums around your teeth, making it effective for the treatment of gum disease. Your teeth have never felt so clean!
No More Goopy Impressions!With the Cadent iTero™ digital impression system, you can skip the funky taste of a squishy putty tray impression to be fitted with a crown or a bridge. Using 3-D technology, Dr. Aitken can make a detailed digital impression that makes this initial step for crowns, bridges, and even Invisalign treatment comfortable and precise.
Keeping your teeth clean, smooth and beautiful... Proper oral hygiene is your key to a healthy, beautiful smile. Here are our and the Canadian Dental Association's recommendations for at home care:
Brush 2-3 times every day with a flouride toothpaste (it doesn't matter which brand)Floss once a dayEat a healthy diet (fruits, vegetables, etc)Limit consumption of sugary foodsand beverages. Soda drinks can destroy teeth faster than almost anything elseEliminate or at least limit use of alchol, chewing tabacco, and cigarettes We also recommend using an electric high-speed toothbrush in conjuction with a waterpik for your daily at-home oral care.
And don't forget six-month professional cleanings and checkups. The Canadian Dental Association recommends checkups every six months for those ages four and older.
Professional cleanings by qualified hygienists will remove bacteria and plaque, which can cause serious dental problems if not kept in check.
Lately, there has been a lot of talk about flossing and if it is good or not! Kind of reminds me of coffee, some studies say is good for you and others say it isn't.
Our dental office believes that flossing is beneficial to a person's general oral health. Our staff is trained to address the issues of proper flossing to our patients on an individual need basis. We promote many different tools used to effectively and safely clean between the teeth.
If you are concerned with the recent news reports, please give our office a call to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to review your concerns and make sure you are properly caring for your teeth.
Have You Been Told You Need Gum Surgery?At Vista Dental Care, we use laser technology for the non-surgical treatment of gum disease. Used in place of scalpels and sutures, lasers offer precisely placed incisions and reduced bleeding, with a goal of reduced discomfort and improved healing. The laser can also be employed for other soft tissue procedures, such as treating oral lesions or reducing the look of a “gummy” smile. Ask us about this at your next visit!