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Read up on our latest blog posts about brushing, flossing, dentures, electric toothbrushes, and other tips on dental care. Forest Lawn Dental Centre, in Calgary, offers a wealth of information to help you and your family maintain healthy and beautiful smiles.

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  • Close up of woman’s mouth and dentist looking in with mirror
    How to Whiten Just One Tooth

    Is a solitary tainted tooth getting you down? Whether it’s an injury or an abscess within the root that causes it, a lone darkened tooth can be a blemish upon an otherwise perfect smile. Rest assured, the solitary discolouration can be eradicated with cosmetic dentistry.

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  • Woman at dentist getting teeth whitening
    Can You Get Teeth Whitening with a Permanent Retainer?

    A permanent retainer is a dental appliance which some people wear after having their braces removed. Permanent retainers are applied by a dentist in Calgary to the inside surface of the teeth in order to keep the teeth from shifting. Many people wonder if it's possible to get a professional teeth whitening in while wearing this retainer.

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  • Young man sitting in dentist chair with dentist clipping on napkin
    Qualifications Required to Administer IV Sedation

    Neglecting your dental care can lead to serious problems with your oral health. If you experience intense dental fear or require extensive dental procedures, IV or intravenous sedation may be an option that is both comfortable and practical.

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  • Woman smiling with beautiful teeth
    ​How Cosmetic Dentistry Offers More Than Just Cosmetic Benefits

    People often assume that cosmetic dentistry in Calgary is solely about improving the aesthetic appeal of a smile; in other words, that it's all about the cosmetic benefits. The truth is, however, that many procedures at Forest Lawn Dental Centre which would fall under the cosmetic dentistry umbrella have numerous benefits for dental and oral health as well. Veneers, dentures, dental implants, braces, teeth whitening - all of these are often considered cosmetic, but offer much more than just a pretty smile.

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  • Young woman sleeping on plane
    Your Teeth and Flying

    Though not often talked about, tooth pain is actually quite a common occurrence while flying. As if flying isn't already stressful enough! At Forest Lawn Dental Centre, we have an experienced dentist in Calgary, who understands the unique stresses that flying can put on your teeth, as well as what can be done to prevent dental pain while flying or to deal with it once you have landed.

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  • Older woman smiling wearing dentures
    How to Care for Dentures

    If you are missing teeth, it is likely that you have partial or complete dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of your natural teeth are missing, which is the case for 1 in 15 Canadian adults under 80, while partial dentures, or bridges, are used when you are missing one to a few teeth. Both types of dentures however do need special care.

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  • Older man holding jaw in pain
    Why You Should See a Walk-In Dentist When You Have Facial Swelling

    Facial swelling, an area of localized redness and pain, can occur for many different reasons. It may be the result of an injury, a scratch, a sting, a bite, or for no apparent reason. However, one of the most common reasons for facial swelling is the development of an infected tooth with a dental abscess, and a dental abscess is something that needs to be looked at right away at a walk-in dentist in Calgary such as Forest Lawn Dental Centre.

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  • Child in dental chair with dentist
    What Types of Sedation Dentistry Are Available for My Child?

    It is not uncommon for children to experience anxiety when they need to visit the dentist, and to have a difficult time sitting still and relaxing for long enough to have their teeth cleaned or to receive treatment. At Forest Lawn Dental Centre we want to ensure that dental visits are not unnecessarily stressful for our younger patients, which is why we offer sedation, including IV sedation, in Calgary.

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  • 10/03/2017
    Six Useful Tips for More Affordable Dentistry

    Taking care of your dental health is just as important as taking care of your overall health. Unfortunately, many people have problems securing affordable dental care for themselves and their families. Forest Lawn Dental Centre, an affordable dentist in Calgary, has put together some useful tips that you can use for more affordable dentistry if you don't have insurance or if your insurance is sometimes not enough to cover the whole cost.

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  • Smiling woman with orthodontics
    Brace Yourselves for the Benefits of Orthodontics
    Celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise both once got behind the wonders of orthodontics. Although Angelina wore braces as a child, Tom got his at age 40! Like so many other people, these celebrities used orthodontics to improve their overall health and appearance. Braces and other orthodontic appliances may boost your confidence and protect your teeth. The long-term benefits of orthodontics can outweigh the short-term cons. Dr. Sandhu provides an affordable option for braces at Forest Lawn Dental Centre in SE Calgary. He cites three main advantages to receiving orthodontic treatment that improve your smile and your quality of life.
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  • 19/07/2016
    Manual vs. Electrical Toothbrushes

    Many people assume electric toothbrushes are more effective at cleaning your teeth. However, dentists agree the most important feature of a toothbrush is how you use it. As long as you brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice a day, a manual toothbrush is likely to do just as much good as an electric one.

    Knowing that, you can decide whether you prefer an electric or manual toothbrush on your own. Here are a few pros and cons of manual and electric toothbrushes:

    Manual Toothbrushes: Pros

    • Low cost - Manual toothbrushes only cost a couple of dollars, so you can buy replacements every three months (like your dentist suggests) without busting your budget.
    • Lots of choices - You can easily find a manual toothbrush that fits your mouth. If you have a small mouth, choose a toothbrush with a small brush head. If you have sensitive gums, choose soft bristles.
    • Effectiveness - As long as you brush the recommended 2 minutes per day, brush all surfaces of your teeth, and follow up with a thorough flossing, you should have pretty good oral health.

    Manual Toothbrushes: Cons

    • Easy to misuse - Most people only brush their teeth for 30-45 seconds. That means they are not really cleaning their teeth. Manual brushes are not the most effective when used only for a short amount of time. This can result in decreased oral health: cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay, not to mention the higher bills at the dentist.

    Electric Toothbrushes: Pros

    • Deep clean - Electric toothbrushes oscillate much quicker than manual toothbrushes can, so they clean the surface of the tooth faster and more effectively. Studies show electric toothbrushes remove 11% more plaque than manual toothbrushes because they do most of the work for you.
    • Bells and whistles - Most electric toothbrushes come with settings to increase and decrease brushing speed, so you can customize your brushing experience. They also usually have timers, so you actually brush your teeth for the recommended 2 minutes.
    • Easy to use - If you have children that haven’t quite grasped the concept of brushing or you have older relatives with decreased manual dexterity or arthritis, electric toothbrushes are a great tool for maintaining oral health. Since electric toothbrushes clean your teeth on their own, they don’t require a lot of effort to use correctly.

    Electric Toothbrushes: Cons

    • Remove enamel - With the power of an electric toothbrush, it’s easy to over brush your teeth. This can result in receding gums, worn enamel, and other oral health issues that can lead to cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. And these problems will lead to higher bills at the dentist.
    • Higher price - Electric toothbrushes can cost up to hundreds of dollars, which is a significant investment.

    So, to review, manual toothbrushes are just as effective as electric toothbrushes when used properly, but they are often used improperly. Electric toothbrushes are more efficient at cleaning your teeth, but they are more expensive.

    You need to decide which is more important to you: saving money or saving time and peace of mind. Only then you can choose between a manual and electric toothbrush. You may even want to discuss the decision with your dentist. To schedule a checkup, call Forest Lawn Dental at 403-248-7778 today!

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  • 19/07/2016
    The Oral-Cardiac Connection: Gum Disease & Heart Disease
    Although there is no solid evidence that poor oral health causes heart disease, there is enough of a connection that the Canadian Dental Association encourages good hygiene for better heart health.
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  • 19/07/2016
    What Is Gingivitis, and How Do I Treat It?

    Most of us are familiar with cavities – at least 90% of the population has had one. Similarly, gingivitis and gum inflammation is an oral ailment seen frequently in adults. But while most people know that brushing your teeth and avoiding sugar keeps teeth from rotting, how to treat gingivitis and gum disease is more of a mystery.

    Learning what gingivitis is and what the symptoms are will help you to know how to both treat it, and prevent it. When you prevent gum disease, you prevent much more serious health problems from arising in the future.

    Gingivitis & Periodontitis

    Gingivitis is usually caused by plaque building up in your mouth. The bacteria in plaque inflame the gums, making them red and swollen.

    Periodontitis, or gum disease, is the end result of untreated gingivitis. This serious disease causes the gums and bone to move away from your teeth, leaving pockets around the teeth that can become infected and start to break down the bone. This eventually leads to tooth loss, since the bone can no longer hold the tooth in place.

    Periodontitis is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults, and in most cases, it’s entirely preventable – treating gingivitis and taking the right steps to preventing it will save you a lot of pain and expense in the future.

    Plaque & Other Causes of Gingivitis

    Plaque is the sticky substance you brush off your teeth every morning and night – if you don’t remove plaque regularly by brushing, flossing, and seeing a dentist every six months, the bacteria in plaque infects and inflames your gums.

    A few other conditions that can make you susceptible to gum disease include:

    • Diseases that compromise your immune system
    • Changes in hormones (e.g. during pregnancy or puberty)
    • Diabetes
    • Medications that cause dry mouth
    • Unhygienic braces, retainers, bridges, or dentures

    The Symptoms of Gingivitis

    If you have gingivitis, your gums will appear red, be inflamed, and feel sensitive. They might also bleed easily, especially right after brushing or flossing. There will be a noticeable difference from your normally healthy pink gums; they may appear swollen red or purple.

    If you have not flossed your teeth in a while, the first time you floss your gums might be bloody and sensitive. However, if this sensitivity doesn’t decrease even after you’ve established a healthy habit of brushing and flossing, and if your gums are tender when touched or otherwise, you most likely have gingivitis.

    Preventing Gingivitis & Gum Disease

    The best way to prevent gingivitis is to stop plaque from building on your teeth. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, and see a dentist at least every six months so he or she can thoroughly clean your teeth and remove tartar, the fossilized plaque that often sticks to your teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene is the best preventative measure – and it keeps your smile bright and happy as well!

    A few other tricks to keep gingivitis out of your mouth include:

    • Using a soft bristled toothbrush – many toothbrushes have stiff bristles that can cause your gums to recede, making it that much easier for plaque to creep in.
    • Knowing if you have a family history of gum disease – make an extra effort to brush your teeth thoroughly and see a dentist frequently.
    • Be aware of any pre-existing conditions that can contribute to gum disease – take extra preventative measures if you are pregnant or diabetic, be hyperaware of your gums, and see a dentist at the first sign of trouble.
    • Drink water frequently – especially if you’re taking medications that cause dry mouth.
    • If you have dental appliances in your mouth – whether removable (dentures, retainers) or not (braces), keep them as clean as possible.
    • Avoid sugary snacks and drinks – to prevent plaque from building.

    Treatment Options

    If you suspect you have gingivitis, see a dentist right away so he or she can remove the plaque and tartar that is causing the inflammation in the first place. Your dentist will examine your gums for signs of inflammation, perform a thorough cleaning, and give you instructions on how to continue in the care of your gums after leaving. Schedule an appointment with Forest Lawn Dental Centre to get back on the road to good oral health as soon as possible.

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  • 19/07/2016
    Age: A Nemesis to Your Teeth
    Sorry if this bursts your bubble, but there is no magic elixir or fountain of youth for your teeth. If this newsflash ruins your day, we apologize. The good news, however, is that by understanding how teeth change with age, you can better take care of them. It is possible to keep your teeth healthy and vibrant even as you progress through adulthood and the elderly stages of life.
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  • 19/07/2016
    Say Hello to Your Tongue and Say Goodbye to Unwanted Odors
    The tongue is a truly fascinating muscle. It allows us to speak, helps in the digestion process, and makes kissing much more fun. But what is the tongue, how does it work, and how do we properly take care of it?
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  • 19/07/2016
    Top 4 Reasons to Wear a Mouth Guard
    It used to be a badge of honour among hockey players if they could smile and reveal several missing teeth. These gap-toothed smiles were intended as a sure sign of time spent on the ice. But hockey’s toothless era appears to have passed, thanks to the rise of the mouth guard.
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  • 19/07/2016
    The Truth about Fluoride and Your Teeth
    Your dentist uses fluoride for your regular cleanings, and you may see fluoride touted in large letters on the side of your toothpaste. Your city might even put fluoride in your water. You see and hear about this chemical everywhere, but do you know what it does?
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  • 19/07/2016
    Tips to Become Peck-Perfect for Your Next Kiss
    It’s the end of the night, and the date’s gone well. You knew your miniature golf skills would pay off one day, and they finally did – big time – when you got that hole-in-one and won the prize your date had been eyeing.
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  • 19/07/2016
    What Are TMDs and What Can You Do about Them?
    You hear about it. You think about it. You try to prevent it, but it keeps on happening. When you find yourself stressed, it can manifest in your body in all sorts of ways. Some people get a stomach ache, some develop heartburn, and others perspire. Many people, however, clench their jaws. While it might seem harmless at the time, overusing your jaw can damage your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
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  • 19/07/2016
    Chew, Speak, Smile…Diagnose?
    When we think about the different systems in our body, we tend to keep them separate. Instead of viewing the body as an intricate, interconnected unit, we categorize parts into skeletal, muscular, immune, cardiovascular, digestive, and other systems. This makes our anatomy easier to understand, but it can oversimplify your body’s inner workings.
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  • 19/07/2016
    Have You been Considering Porcelain Veneers, Calgary?
    A growing number of people are choosing porcelain veneers to give themselves a boost of confidence. Chips, stains, or gaps between teeth don’t have to mean an end to your smile. Porcelain veneers can look very natural and help to remove flaws that hinder your smile.
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  • 19/07/2016
    Cleaning Your Teeth with Braces: What You Need to Know
    If you're one of many patients in Calgary receiving care from an orthodontist, it's crucial that you learn how to look after your teeth properly while wearing braces.
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