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Before your child has their first tooth be sure to always be wiping the gums with a clean wet cloth. This can be done in the bath or simply after the child has fed. Some children enjoy the feeling of their gums being cleaned or wiped. This feeling will also help them get used to brushing their teeth!

Parents should be brushing their child’s teeth until they are more capable of doing this task on their own which is usually around the age of seven. Guidance is always encouraged when your child is starting to brush on their own. Make sure you are brushing with your child in the morning and at night prior to bed with no snacks after the final brush before bedtime. Water is encouraged throughout the day and is the only beverage recommended after the final brushing in the evening.


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We recommend brushing with a children’s fluoridated toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts. While your child is just a toddler with only a couple of teeth, used a grain of rice sized amount of toothpaste. Once most of their teeth have erupted, approximately at two and a half years, the amount of toothpaste to use should be approximately the size of a pea. Flossing is strongly encouraged one time per day- we recommended adding this to your child’s routine prior to bedtime.

If you’re looking for some ways to make brushing your children’s teeth fun for yourself, or for your kids, then check out our blog post on how to help them out!

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When patients have cavities the surface of the tooth is permanently damaged, and tiny holes develop. They can be caused by bacteria, the food you eat or drink, and poor oral hygiene. The severity of the decay, and the condition of the tooth will determine what course of treatment is best. At Today’s Dental Grande Prairie, we provide many services for our patients, and your health is our first priority. 

Our team will always try and save your tooth, and clear away any infection. Many patients enter our dental office in Grande Prairie with symptoms that something is wrong, but in some cases cavities are found during our normal dental exams.

If you have extensive decay, and the infection has reached the pulp area of the tooth, a root canal may be needed. Both fillings and root canals are great ways to save teeth, and prevent further decay or infection. We always choose the best treatment option depending on the condition of the tooth.

When is a Tooth Filling Needed?

Tooth fillings are used for smaller cavities that have not reached the pulp of the tooth. Fractured teeth that are not infected can also be saved using a filling. The area of decay is cleaned out, and then filled with a tooth-colored composite material. This material keeps the tooth intact, and helps to prevent further issues with the tooth in the future.

What Are Some Symptoms That I May Need a Dental Filling?

Here are some symptoms and signs that may indicate that you may need to get a dental filling in Grande Prairie, AB with Today’s Dental Grande Prairie:

  • Sharp or throbbing pain in or around a tooth
  • Your tooth is changing color, or spots can be seen on the surface of the tooth
  • You experience pain while chewing or biting
  • Your tooth is cracked or injured
  • You have a cracked or missing filling
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When is a Root Canal Needed?

Root canals may be needed if they area of decay is severe, and the infection has reached the pulp area of the tooth. If a tooth is injured or cracked, and has been left untreated, the tooth may have an infection and need root canal therapy. With root canal therapy the infected pulp area is cleaned out and sealed to restore the tooth. If needed, a dental crown may be used to fully restore the tooth’s functionality.

What Are Some Symptoms That Indicate I May Need a Root Canal?

Here are some symptoms and signs that may indicate that you may need to get a root canal in with Today’s Dental Grande Prairie:

  • You experience severe tooth pain
  • Gums are tender and swollen around the tooth
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Chewing or putting pressure on the tooth causes severe pain
  • The tooth has changed color
  • A bump has appeared on the gum area around the tooth
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Looking for Root Canals and Dental Fillings Near You?

If you are looking to find an amazing dental practice near you, consider visiting our office! We provide a comfortable and welcoming environment, and provide superior dental care in Grande Prairie, AB. Our patients are treated like family, and your oral health is our first priority. We service your entire family, and offer many dental services using state of the art technology.

Building a relationship with our patients is important, and our goal is to give patients beautiful smiles. We welcome all new patients, and encourage each patient to tour our office and meet our amazing doctors and staff.
If you are interested in scheduling a consultation visit with us please contact Dr. Beeson and one of our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you!

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If you have inflammation in your mouth or gums it may be time to consult with a Periodontist. Gum disease is one of the most common disease patients face today. This condition must be treated promptly to avoid receding gums, or even tooth loss. Attending regular visits to our office can help to prevent gum disease and get in front of any issues with your gums or teeth before they become worse. At Today’s Dental Grande Prairie in Grande Prairie, AB we provide many periodontal treatment services for our patients including scaling and root planing.

If you have had previous treatment for gum disease, you may have had great results, and your gums have improved or stopped bleeding. Once you have suffered from gum disease, it is important to keep up with your oral hygiene and gum treatments, because gum bleeding and disease can reoccur. Brushing and flossing around the gums carefully at home help continue to keep your teeth and gum free of disease.

How Do I Care for My Gums and Prevent Gum Disease from Returning?

Routine dental cleanings and periodontal treatment help to get rid of plaque and bacteria that cause gum disease to return or get worse. Scaling and root planing is a great technique to remove plaque and tarter, and also helps to smooth out the surface of your gums. This procedure shrinks periodontal pockets to prevent future bacteria from entering the area. Dr. Beeson, our dentist in Grande Prairie, recommend patients come in for their regular dental exams twice a year, and for periodontal treatment at least once a year.

 

Keeping up with good oral hygiene is the most important part of preventing gum disease. Dr. Beeson recommends patients brush twice a day, and floss once a day. If you keep up with your oral hygiene you can reverse gum disease, and never have to deal with painful bleeding gums again. Attending your regular dental exams can help keep an eye on any developing periodontal pockets, and stop gum disease in its tracks.

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Staying on top of your general health is also important. This includes avoiding alcohol or smoking, and staying away from sugary drinks. Taking care of both your oral and general health is imperative, to ensure your teeth and gums will last you a lifetime. 

Our team at Today’s Dental Grande Prairie provides a detailed consultation process to examine your teeth and gums and determine if you can benefit from periodontal treatment. Our creates a customized treatment plan to help restore your gums and teeth and keep any signs of inflammation or gum disease from progressing further.

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Looking for Gum Disease Treatment Near You?

Choosing the best option is important, and our team at Today’s Dental Grande Prairie 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 periodontal scaling & root planing or are looking to find a friendly dentist in Grande Prairie, AB, please contact Dr. Beeson to schedule your consultation.