West Airdrie Dentists Talk About Where You Keep Your Toothbrush

West Airdrie Dental talks about good oral hygiene.

You’ve probably heard the story about toothbrushes and toilets. The theory goes that even if it is several feet away, airborne germs from a toilet flush will infect your toothbrush with fecal bacteria. It sounds pretty scary, and many people now make sure to close the cover of their toilet before they flush. The problem is that this attitude causes … Read More

Tough Talk About Oral Cancer from West Airdrie Dentists

West Airdrie Dentists talk about oral cancer warning signs and symptoms.

No one likes to hear the word “cancer”. Oral cancer, or mouth cancer, can be especially devastating because the surgeries, radiation/chemotherapy, and other forms of treatment are typically visible on the face and neck. Oral cancer can be fatal. According to American Cancer Society statistics, more than 36,000 people were diagnosed with the disease in 2010, and almost 8,000 deaths … Read More

The Power of Flossing, According to Your West Airdrie Dentist

Did you know that you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces if you aren’t flossing? Many patients believe that regular brushing alone will give them a good report with the hygienist at their next appointment. And yes, brushing twice a day is a very important step in good oral hygiene, you’re really not reaching a lot of the cavity-causing … Read More

Do You Have Ties to George Washington?

West Airdrie's top sedation dentist can help you get over your fears!

Contrary to popular myth, the first President George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from ivory, gold, and other human teeth. The dentures were apparently very uncomfortable and made Washington extremely self-conscious, causing his lower lip to jut out unnaturally. Dentists weren’t very popular back then, so teeth falling out and needing to be replaced was common. … Read More

Gummy Candy and West Airdrie Dental Clinic

Yes, it’s probably common knowledge that ingesting sugar can result in cavities. Some foods are obviously worth than others in that respect. The higher sugar content is one obvious reason, but gooey, chewy candy is the worst culprit! Candy that sticks to the teeth can get stuck between the crevices of a tooth, and saliva can’t wash it away. Some … Read More

Serious Talk from West Airdrie Dentists About the Snoring Elephant in the Room

West Airdrie Dentists talk about snoring and sleep apnea

Snoring isn’t just something your partner does to irritate you in the middle of the night (or you to them)! It’s usually a warning sign of sleep apnea – where the throat (airway) is obstructed and you (or your partner) aren’t getting enough oxygen to your blood while you sleep. Sometimes the result is even the cessation of breathing while … Read More

Why Are They Called ‘Wisdom Teeth’, Anyway?

West Airdrie Dentists Answer - Why are they called Wisdom Teeth anyway?

Wisdom teeth got their nickname from the age when they typically grow in. Wisdom teeth are actually called third molars. Most people refer to the third molars as wisdom teeth, but where did they get this name? The third molars do not grow out until the dental arch becomes larger, around the age of 17-25, a time also referred to … Read More

West Airdrie Dentist Answers: Can you wear a mouth guard with braces?

West Airdrie Dental recommends wearing a mouth guard with your braces whenever you participate in physical activities!

Yes. And with braces, you definitely should! An injury to the face is something everyone wants to avoid. In fact, a recent study showed that 84% of kids are involved in some sort of active sport each year. However, a mouth injury to someone wearing braces is more than just a typical injury. Brackets can come loose and become a … Read More

Free Dental Day

free dental day

West Airdrie Dental Holds Hugely Successful Free Dental Day As your local dental practice, West Airdrie Dental is committed to helping our community. During our recent Free Dental Day, we supported local families by offering free dental care to those unable to afford to see a dentist regularly and who do not qualify for social assistance. Our Free Dental Day … Read More