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Dr. Grant Moldenhauer and Dr. Brian Piercy are happy to welcome you to our dental blog, where we will be posting information about how to take care of your smile, answering frequently asked questions, and keeping you up-to-date on the latest in the field of dentistry. While many patients understand oral health basics, reaching out with new and useful information is part of developing oral health knowledge and supporting strong, beautiful smiles for a lifetime. This blog helps our team meet this goal and better serve our valued patients.

 

Canmore Smiles' blog will also be home to updates from our office and team, including information on community outreach events, continuing education, and new services provided to our patients, based on our commitment to expanding our professional knowledge and service philosophy. For more information, call us.

A Place to Learn About Dental Health

We want you to smile confidently and enjoy all of the benefits of a healthy smile. The first step in creating lasting dental health is building knowledge of treatments, preventive routines, and understanding the value of visits to the dental office. We hope this blog helps you feel informed about what you’ll need to achieve improved dental health and minimizes any anxiety you may be feeling about visiting the dentist.

  • 20/07/2020
    All the Cosmetic Dentistry Options to Get the Smile You Want

    When talking about dentistry, we often focus on oral health, since it has a huge impact on your overall wellbeing. However, it’s important to also talk about the esthetic side of dentistry, because the way your smile looks can affect your self-confidence. If you’re not in love with your smile, talk to your dentist about which cosmetic dentistry options are available to you. Here are some the procedures we offer at Canmore Smiles.

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  • 18/06/2020
    Dos and Don’ts after a Tooth Extraction

    Trauma, decay, infection, and crowding are some of the dental issues that can make a tooth extraction necessary. Removing a tooth is a routine procedure, and, in most cases, recovery goes smoothly. You can help the site of the extracted tooth heal by sticking to this checklist of post-operative dos and don’ts.

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  • 12/06/2020
    How Often Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned?

    Why not take self-isolation as an opportunity to brush up on your dental knowledge? Today’s subject courtesy of Canmore Smiles is professional dental cleaning.

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  • 12/06/2020
    What’s Considered a Dental Emergency?

    A dental emergency is typically characterized by severe pain or trauma that requires immediate treatment to maximize the chances of preserving the affected tooth. During this pandemic you might be hesitant to consult a dentist. To help you assess if you need urgent care, here are some examples of dental emergencies that should be dealt with as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate to call us if you need more information; we are here to help you.

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  • 12/06/2020
    What Causes Bad Breath?

    Why not use self-isolation as an opportunity to learn more about dental issues that might affect you or your loved ones? Today’s topic: bad breath.

    An unpleasant smell coming from your mouth is often a source of embarrassment, but it can also be the symptom of a more serious health issue. Here are the most common causes of bad breath.

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  • 11/03/2020
    Should You Replace Your Amalgam Fillings?

    Metal was once the most commonly used dental material used to fill cavities and repair damage. However, amalgam fillings are less popular than they used to be for a variety of reasons. If you currently have fillings that contain amalgam, you may have been told you should have them removed and replaced with newer composites. The reality is, there are several important factors to consider before deciding which material to use.

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  • 11/03/2020
    How Oral Surgery is Used to Benefit Your Long-Term Oral Health

    Ideal oral health involves making sure that teeth are not only healthy but that the surrounding structures in and around the mouth function correctly. Maxillofacial Surgery, more commonly known as oral surgery, focuses on treating many diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws, and hard and soft tissues of the mouth.
    Oral surgery is essential for addressing both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the areas listed above.

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  • 11/03/2020
    Understanding the Causes of Sleep Apnea

    For some, snoring is merely an inconvenient late-night distraction. What many don’t realize, however, is that snoring may be an indication of a deeper health issue – sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts while a person sleeps. This condition can often go undiscovered for some time, but specific symptoms can indicate you may need to undergo a sleep study.

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  • 11/03/2020
    Three Steps to a Healthier Smile

    Everyone wants their smile to last, but sometimes we fall into bad habits and risk permanent damage to our teeth. Following some simple rules and avoiding bad habits can help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful for a lifetime.

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  • 11/03/2020
    5 Easy Tips for Taking Good Care of Your Dental Prosthetics

    Whether you have dentures or dental implants, you want your custom dental prosthetic to stay in good condition. Maintaining your prosthetics does require some diligence on your part, but with a little effort, you can enjoy them for years, even decades to come. Just follow these five simple tips to keep your prosthetics in top shape!

     

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  • 11/03/2020
    Cosmetic Dental Care Can Improve Oral Health

    For many of us, improving the way we look helps us go through life with more confidence. Cosmetic dental care is usually associated with superficial or unnecessary treatments that only have an aesthetic value. The truth is, these services do much more than that. Some procedures do double duty as both restorative and cosmetic. When you are proud of your smile, you are more motivated to take care of your teeth, which promotes overall oral health.

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  • 11/03/2020
    Benefits of Composite Resin over Amalgam Fillings

    Traditionally, dentists have used amalgam to fill cavities and for over 150 years, this mixture of metals has been used to restore oral health and prevent further decay. More recently, however, dental practices have transitioned into using composite resin for the increased health benefits as well as the aesthetic appeal of the natural coloured material.

     

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  • 11/03/2020
    5 Signs of Gum Disease

    We often don’t think about oral health beyond our teeth, yet nearly half of all adults suffer from some form of gum disease. What most fail to realize is that if gum disease is left untreated, it can negatively impact your oral health resulting in infections, gum recession, and even tooth loss.

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  • 11/03/2020
    How to Make Your Dental Appointments More Comfortable

    Many people are afraid to get dental care. They don’t like the sound of dental instruments, the discomfort of examinations, or even the general atmosphere of the dental office. Additionally, it’s easy to associate dentistry with pain, as procedures can cause discomfort.

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  • 11/03/2020
    Sleep Apnea Appliances

    Sleep is crucial to maintaining good health, but many people tolerate restless nights because they are used to it. Sleep apnea is a common condition that interrupts nighttime breathing, causing people to toss and turn. If you feel exhausted during the day, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.

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  • 11/03/2020
    How to Make the Most of Your Life with Dentures

    Dentures provide an invaluable improvement to quality of life for people missing multiple teeth. When you first start wearing dentures, it may require an adjustment period as you settle into your new prosthetic. With a little time and some helpful tips, you can enjoy a full, positive life using dentures. Here’s what you need to know about your life with full and partial dentures.

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  • 11/03/2020
    Dental Tips for the Holidays

    When the holiday season approaches, most of the festivities will include an array of sweet beverages, baked goods, and candies. While these festive foods can be tempting, the sugar content can increase your susceptibility to tooth decay and gum disease. Instead of avoiding the fun altogether, here are some helpful recommendations on how to effectively protect your teeth against the most common harmful holiday activities.

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  • 11/03/2020
    The Stages of Dental Health

    It’s essential to understand the many stages of dental care to prepare for upcoming years and protect your teeth for a lifetime. Here’s a breakdown of the general phases of dental care, from early childhood to retirement.

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  • 11/03/2020
    11 Facts about Invisalign® Treatments

    Do your teeth need straightening? Have you been considering braces or another similar treatment to get them back into line to improve your smile? Invisalign is one of the best options on the market for fixing misaligned teeth, but you may have a lot of questions about it. Here are 11 things you may not know about Invisalign:

     

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  • 11/03/2020
    Maintaining Oral Hygiene at Home

    Taking care of your teeth at home takes daily work. You can’t just go to your routine cleanings every six months and expect to have a healthy smile. Going to the dentist is essential but taking care of your teeth at home is a critical component of optimal oral health.

     

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  • 11/03/2020
    The Many Benefits of Wearing a Retainer

    Braces are a significant investment for anyone. They cost a lot of money and need to be worn for a long time to reach their full effect. Retainers help preserve that investment and ensure that your shiny and smooth new smile lasts as long as possible.

     

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  • 11/03/2020
    How Sugar Affects Your Teeth and Gums

    We all know that sugar is bad for us, yet we continue to eat it. Perhaps it’s an addiction, or maybe we lack self-control. While sugar has many adverse effects on our overall health, there are many ways that sugar affects your teeth and gums. Your overall health is connected to your dental health, so it is essential to do everything you can to maintain and restore oral health.

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  • 11/03/2020
    Rubber Bands for Braces: Helpful Tips and Tricks

    Rubber bands for braces are also known as elastics. These unique bands are tiny and come in lots of different colours. They serve a valuable function and help your brackets and wires do their job more effectively. These bands stay in that place for the entire treatment time frame and only taken out by your orthodontist when they adjusted your braces during appointments.

     

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  • 11/03/2020
    What Can I Do About Sensitive Teeth?

    If you have sensitive teeth, you could be experiencing discomfort due to decay, genetics, age, or even over-brushing! When bacteria build up along the gum-line the dentin becomes exposed, and the microscopic pores that lead to the nerve of the tooth are left unprotected.

     

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  • 11/03/2020
    Advanced Oral Health Care with Laser Technology

    Many dental offices today are adopting innovations that improve the variety and accuracy of procedures they can provide. One of the latest technologies available to aid in soft and hard tissue procedures is dental lasers, which are growing in popularity and functionality. With the ability to provide a wide variety of treatments from gum re-contouring to whitening, lasers can make your dental appointments faster, safer, and less painful. 

     

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  • 11/03/2020
    What Is a Bone Graft?

    Bone grafting is the surgical procedure that improves areas of the smile deficient in natural bone and involves taking material from another source. The contributing materials can be taken from the patient’s chin or hip or can be outsourced synthetically.

     

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  • 11/03/2020
    10 Ways to Help Prevent Cavities and Promote Optimal Oral Health

    Everyone knows that dental hygiene is crucially important for a number of reasons, yet most of us fail to take adequate care of our teeth and end up developing cavities at some point in our life. Usually, if we floss our teeth regularly, brush a couple of times each day, and get regular cleanings at the dentist’s office, we can manage to keep our gums and teeth relatively healthy.

     

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  • 11/03/2020
    Does Your Child Need Early Orthodontic Treatment?

    Most orthodontic treatment starts in the teen years when all permanent teeth have come in, and the results are more predictable. However, some young children need early intervention or Phase One treatment. This evaluation doesn’t necessarily mean orthodontics are needed right away.

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  • 11/03/2020
    Effective Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

    If your teeth aren’t as white as they used to be, or even as white as you would like them to be, there are numerous ways to whiten them. The dental whitening market can be a bit overwhelming and confusing, so here are some of your options to help you determine which could work for you and your budget. 

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  • 11/03/2020
    Sedation Dentistry for Anxiety-free Dental Care

    Over 30% of the population avoids going to the dentist due to anxiety and fear. Dental phobia prevents you from receiving the routine treatment you need to maintain the health and functionality of your smile. Sedation dentistry can help you get the care you need by providing a relaxing experience with significantly less anxiety. Sedatives can include anti-anxiety medications, tranquilizers, nitrous oxide, and depressants, all administered in a variety of ways by an experienced professional for an effective solution to combat this common phobia.

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  • 11/03/2020
    Natural Remedies to Fight Cavities

    While visiting the dentist to have a cavity properly treated is effective, there are a few additional steps you can take to help slow the growth of cavities to prevent them from becoming deep or painful. A cavity that is left without proper treatment can get worse and eventually grow deeper into the tooth, reach the nerve and causing great pain and even more significant damage. These remedies can help to provide some relief and support your oral health.

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  • 11/03/2020
    Does Pacifier Use Affect a Baby’s Dental Development?

    Pacifier use and thumb sucking are heavily ingrained in our culture, and in most cultures around the world throughout history. As a result, most of us don’t think much about it. However, a lot of people have recently started taking a closer look at this common practice and wondered just how healthy it actually is.

     

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  • 11/03/2020
    Restoring Gum Health

    Gum disease is a common problem that can occur very gradually. Aging, brushing too hard, genetics, and any lapse in hygiene habits can get the ball rolling in the wrong direction. It starts with oral bacteria that feed on particles of carbohydrate-rich foods left behind after a meal. The bacteria metabolize carbohydrates and produce plaque acids, which they deposit on the surface of teeth.

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Sedation Dentistry

If you have a dentist appointment and need to undergo complex dental treatments like root canal or oral surgery, we have a solution to ease your anxiety. Canmore Smiles offers sedation dentistry for comfortable, safe and effective dental treatments.

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Should You Replace Your Amalgam Fillings?

Metal was once the most commonly used dental material used to fill cavities and repair damage. However, amalgam fillings are less popular than they used to be for a variety of reasons. If you currently have fillings that contain amalgam, you may have been told you should have them removed and replaced with newer composites. The reality is, there are several important factors to consider before deciding which material to use.

Read More

How Oral Surgery is Used to Benefit Your Long-Term Oral Health

Ideal oral health involves making sure that teeth are not only healthy but that the surrounding structures in and around the mouth function correctly. Maxillofacial Surgery, more commonly known as oral surgery, focuses on treating many diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws, and hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Oral surgery is essential for addressing both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the areas listed above.

Read More

Understanding the Causes of Sleep Apnea

For some, snoring is merely an inconvenient late-night distraction. What many don’t realize, however, is that snoring may be an indication of a deeper health issue – sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts while a person sleeps. This condition can often go undiscovered for some time, but specific symptoms can indicate you may need to undergo a sleep study.

Read More
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