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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.

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Root canals are required when the soft tissue inside the root canal of a tooth is inflamed or infected. In most cases root canals are from bacteria, or an injury to the tooth. This causes an infection, and in order to save a tooth a root canal must be done. Root canals must be treated promptly to avoid more serious issues or further infection.

Patients may experience symptoms that indicate they need a root canal, but in some cases patients have no symptoms. Issues that lead to root canals are sometimes found during our regular dental exams. At Today’s Dental in Grande Prairie, AB, we recommend patients attend their regular visits to our office, and contact us immediately if patients experience any symptoms of needing a root canal.

What are Symptoms Indicating You May Need a Root Canal?

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Tooth injury
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Swelling around the gums or teeth
  • Prolonged pain around the tooth
  • Pain while eating or chewing
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How Does the Root Canal Process Work?

The first step is to take an x-ray which helps Dr. Beeson’s team check for infection and allows our team to view the shape of the root canal. Local anesthesia is used to help keep patients comfortable and relaxed. Root canal therapy usually requires multiple appointments, and this depends on the severity of the infection.

A rubber sheet or dental dam is then placed around the tooth to keep bacteria out and to protect the patient. The infected pulp is removed, and the area is cleaned and sealed. The area is cleaned with a special antimicrobial solution, and is handled carefully to ensure the solution does not leak or leave the area. The sealant is a rubber-like material that is heated up and compressed into the root canal. Once this is done the ends of the sealant are melted off using a tool with a heated tip. If a crown is required we provide temporary crowns until your permanent crown is ready.

How is the Recovery After a Root Canal?

Recovery after a root canal procedure is minimal. Patients may experience some pain or sensitivity around the area, but this should subside after a few days. Patients can return to normal activity shortly after their root canal procedure. If patients have prolonged pain or sensitivity that does not go away, we recommend that you contact our dental office in Grande Prairie, AB to be seen immediately.

Root canals are very common, and are safe and effective. The success rate for root canals is 95%, and they can fail occasionally. This is typically due to a fracture in the tooth, loose crown, or further decay. Root canals stop the spread of infection and preserve both your tooth and jawbone.

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Looking for Root Canal Treatments Near You?

If you are looking for an endodontist in Arlington Heights, or need a Root Canal, Dr. Beeson’s team is here to help! We provide patients with many endodontic services to keep your teeth and mouth healthy. With convenient scheduling and high end technology, we provide our patients with exceptional service. Our office welcomes patients with many amenities, and is comfortable and family-friendly.

Contact our family dental office in Grande Prairie today to schedule a consultation, and learn more about how you can benefit from root canal therapy.

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As dental professionals we at Today’s Dental Grande Prairie often get asked “what foods should I avoid in order to protect my gums?” There’s nothing worse than having a piece of food get stuck between your gums, especially when you’re on a date! Another similar question is what foods might be bad for the long-term health of your gums?

Should I Avoid Popcorn?

A favorite food of mine (and of many others) is popcorn. It is a healthy snack when not loaded with butter, it’s easy enough to make, and it has a pretty low cavity risk with it. Knowing this you wouldn’t need to see us for fillings right? Interestingly enough, popcorn is so bad for your gums that a lot of dental professionals have named the issues they cause ‘Popcorn Periodontitis!’ 

So what is it about popcorn that causes gum issues? It’s the husks or hulls around the seed that get lodged in between the gums and the teeth. These can work their way in quite deep and can cause an abscess.This can be particularly bad if you have a tooth erupting, like a wisdom tooth where the gums are already a little swollen. The other issue that popcorn can cause is biting down on a kernel and breaking a tooth. 

Despite the dental risks that popcorn has, with good care including brushing and flossing, and coming in to see us for cleanings and exams, we still recommend this tasty treat.

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Why Strawberries Could Be Bad For Your Gums

While this one is far less harmful than popcorn, it’s still worth mentioning. We all know the feeling: you get the first batch of fresh strawberries that come into town in summer. You excitedly bite into that juicy treat, and one of the tiny seeds finds its way into a groove in your tooth and doesn’t want to get out!

Strawberries contain extremely tiny seeds on the outside of them and these seeds can cause some discomfort for teeth if they get stuck in them, but they can also find their way between your gums and your teeth. Much like the above mentioned popcorn, if these little seeds work their way in between then they could get stuck and can potentially cause an abscess. 

If you suspect you have something caught between your gums and it won’t come out, please call us!

How Can I Remove Food That Is Stuck In My Teeth?

One of the most common issues foods cause (that is easily correctable) is food getting stuck between your teeth. The foods that most readily cause this are stringy meats (such as chicken or turkey). By no means would I ever not recommend these foods. Quite the opposite in fact! What I would recommend is discussing areas that food is getting caught in with myself or my team at Today’s Dental Grande Prairie.

There are plenty of options to close these spaces, from Invisalign or other Clear Aligners, to replacing broken down restorations, or in some cases a dental crown might be indicated.

So why is food getting caught between your teeth bad? Well one reason is it can cause a cavity pretty easily, but the other reason is the gums in that area will respond very poorly and gum disease in that area will progress quite rapidly!
I hope these tips have helped let you know what foods might be hurting your gums more than you think. If you have found these tips useful, let us know with an email or in person!

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Dentures shouldn’t have to feel loose. Did you know that having dentures doesn’t mean the end to your food enjoyments? If you have a poorly fitting denture it won’t sit well, and it won’t allow you to chew well. There are things that can be done to fix this. Sometimes it can be a very simple adjustment that allows the denture to sit properly. Other times it may be worthwhile to consider dental implants which will allow the dentures to attach on to something!

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People with dentures should still have a checkup done! We have all heard the joke ‘I’ll just drop them off and pick them up later!’ but in actuality if you have dentures there are dental/medical conditions that can easily be prevented by coming in for an annual checkup. This includes an oral cancer screening, denture check, denture fit check, and soft tissue examination. Some dentures fitting poorly for a long time will cause severe harm to the gums.

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New dentures can be 3D printed! Dental technology has advanced far in the past few years. Goodbye goopy impressions!

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Your poorly fitting denture could be causing your tissues problems, or could be from something that has changed in your mouth and makes your denture fit poorly.

Questions? Contact Today's Dental Grande Prairie!

If you have any additional questions, or are looking to schedule an appointment with Dr. Beeson, our dentist in Grande Prairie, AB, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today! We also offer emergency dental treatments as well.