With Marijuana now legalized in Alberta, we as Dentists are likely to see more patients being open about their usage of Marijuana. By being more open and accepted, we are able to offer more personalized recommendations. There has been an explosion in Marijuana Retailers in Grande Prairie as of my writing this (June 2020), so being a Dentist in Grande Prairie, I decided to write a blog post about its effects on the mouth.

So, what is the difference between the two? Typically, Dental Veneers and Dental Implants are used for different reasons. This all depends on how much damage a patient has to their teeth.


Marijuana itself will not cause cavities, however, the colloquial ‘cotton mouth’ or the feeling of extreme dryness (xerostomia) when partaking in Marijuana will certainly contribute to cavities… and therefore more fillings. Our mouth needs to neutralize any acids and our saliva is one of the ways we can neutralize it. By having a decreased saliva flow for an extended amount of time, that will heavily increase the risk of cavities. Combine that with the feeling of hunger that comes after smoking Marijuana (“Munchies”) and you have a mouth that is less prepared to protect itself against cavities. The increased appetite can lead to eating highly sugary foods, which in turn can cause cavities.

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Gum Health

There are scattered reports of increased gum size with marijuana usage. Rates of gum disease (gingivitis) are reported to be higher in youths that smoke marijuana as compared to youths that do not. There are many factors that are involved here, so marijuana usage itself may not be the direct reason that gum disease could be higher.

One of our greatest concerns as dental health professionals is oral cancer, which we screen for during all of our exams. Marijuana that is smoked releases many aromatic hydrocarbons, benzopyrene, and nitrosamines. These are known carcinogens and they are released in higher numbers in marijuana smoke compared to tobacco smoke. My recommendation would be to not smoke marijuana, instead partake in other methods.

What can be done asides from not using Marijuana?

Since Marijuana has been legalized in Canada, we have been flooded with questions about its usage and benefits or affects to health. Now that it is legal, we can expect to see some high-quality studies released sometime in the future. While we are waiting on studies to be completed that look specifically at all these factors, there are some good recommendations that can be given.

If you have further questions about Marijuana and its effects on oral health, come talk to me, Dr. Beeson, your Dentist in Grande Prairie!

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Dental Veneers and Dental Implants both can give patients a beautiful white smile. Deciding what restorative or cosmetic option works best for you depends on the condition of your teeth. Our staff at Today’s Dental in Grande Prairie, AB provides cosmetic and restorative consultations to all our patients to take a detailed look at your mouth and determine a customized treatment plan that works for you. We listen to your goals and look at all options to give you the opportunity to choose the best one.

So, what is the difference between the two? Typically, Dental Veneers and Dental Implants are used for different reasons. This all depends on how much damage a patient has to their teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are the leading restorative solution for many patients and one of the most common procedures done today. Implants are permanent and reliable giving patients the feeling that they have natural teeth. Implants are used for patients that have lost a tooth or teeth, have suffered from periodontal disease, or an injury. Dental implants take multiple appointments across a few months to complete.

Implants last upwards of 25 years or a lifetime if taken care for properly. They provide many benefits to patients, and are comfortable in the mouth. Implants allow patients to speak, eat, and function just like they would with natural teeth.

As part of our evaluation process, Dr. Don Beeson we will determine if the patient has enough bone present in the jaw to support the implants. If needed, bone grafting can be done to provide the additional support. During the implant procedure metal posts are placed in the jaw, and these act similar to artificial tooth roots. These posts provide the required support needed for the implants. Once the healing process is complete, an abutment or connector is secured on top of the implants. This allows the crown to be secured on top of the implant.

Crowns are custom made to match the color, size, and shape of your teeth. Temporary crowns are used while the patient waits for the permanent crown to be placed. Practicing good oral hygiene habits and visiting our office regularly will help to keep your implants looking and feeling great.

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Looking for Dental Implants or Veneers in Grande Prairie?

Choosing the best option is important, and our team at Today’s Dental is here to help give you all of the options available to achieve that bright white smile. We welcome all patients, and strive to always provide quality service our patients can count on.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dental Veneers or are looking to get dental implants in Grande Prairie, please contact Dr. Don Beeson to schedule your consultation.

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Dental cleanings are integral part of our oral health, and are typically recommended twice a year. Keeping our teeth and gums free and clear of harmful bacteria is important. At Today’s Dental, our team is proud to offer general dental treatments like dental cleanings in Grande Prairie, AB. We strive to provide quality services for our patients, and always make sure our patients are relaxed and comfortable during their visit.

However, some patients have asked us if having their teeth cleaned regularly can damage the enamel on our teeth. We hope that this article can help address this common concern.

Can Dental Cleanings Damage Enamel?

Dental cleanings do not damage the enamel on your teeth! Cleanings safely remove the plaque and bacteria that builds up over time on the teeth and under the gums. If teeth are not cleaned regularly inflammation can occur, and this can lead to gum disease. Brushing at home is a great way to remove bacteria from the teeth, but brushing cannot clean our teeth like a professional cleaning. Our certified hygienists provide quality cleanings to keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

If teeth are cleaned improperly at home or by a non-professional, damage can occur to the enamel. Enamel is extremely durable, and it is hard to chip or damage during cleaning exams. Enamel can wear off if patients suffer from bruxism, or use harsh brushing strokes while brushing their teeth at home. Acidic foods or drinks can also cause erosion to enamel on our teeth.

If you have concerns about the condition of the enamel on your teeth, please let our team know when you schedule your appointment.

What Should I Expect During my Cleaning Appointment?

Dental cleanings in our office typically take anywhere from 30-45 minutes. X-rays are taken if needed, and carefully reviewed during your exam to help our team to provide a customized treatment plan for each patient. Our skilled hygienists use special tools to carefully remove the hard layer of plaque from a patient’s teeth, and we ensure your mouth is free of any plaque or bacteria. Our staff will discuss the health of your teeth and gums, and will recommend further treatment if needed.

Your oral health is extremely important to us, and we encourage our patients to keep up with regularly scheduled dental cleanings to keep their teeth looking and feeling great. Regular dental cleanings are a great way to prevent future issues. Dental exams give us the opportunity to catch any potential issues early, and prevent serious issues from developing.

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Looking for a quality Dentist in Grande Prairie, AB for your next Dental Exam?

If you are looking for a family friendly dentist in Grande Prairie, AB, contact Dr. Don Beeson for your next dental cleaning. Our goal is to provide exceptional service in a family friendly environment. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have, and we welcome all new patients to our office.

If you are interested in scheduling your next dental cleaning with us, please contact Today’s Dental, and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you.