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5 Steps to a Healthy Mouth (Part 3 of 3)

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5. Don't smoke or chew tobacco 

Smoking and chewing tobacco can cause oral cancer, heart disease, gum disease, and a variety of other cancers. 
Find a Dentist 
Don't wait for a toothache or a dental emergency to look for a dentist. Ask for recommendations from friends, family, neighbours, or co-workers. If you're moving, ask if your current dentist can refer you to a dentist in your new area. 

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Chad Aitken, DMD
280-5201 43 St.
Red Deer, AB
T4N 1C7
(855) 636-9223   
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5 Steps to a Healthy Mouth (Part 2 of 3)

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3. Eat well

Good nutrition helps build strong teeth and gums. Munch on mouth healthy snacks like cheeses, nuts, vegetables, and non-acidic fruits. 4. See your dentist regularly 

48% of Canadians who haven't seen a dentist in the past year have gum disease. Regular dental exams and professional cleanings are the best way to prevent and detect problems before they get worse.
To read the entire article visit CDA-ADC.ca.

Vista Dental Care
Chad Aitken, DMD
280-5201 43 St.
Red Deer, AB
T4N 1C7
(855) 636-9223   
VistaDentalCare.ca

Diet & Your Teeth

Learn more about the connection between your teeth and what you eat.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Vista Dental Care
Chad Aitken, DMD
280-5201 43 St.
Red Deer, AB
T4N 1C7
(855) 636-9223   
VistaDentalCare.ca

5 Steps to a Healthy Mouth (Part 1 of 3)

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1. Keep your mouth clean 

Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Wait at least 20-30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth. Floss every day. Eat a well-balanced diet. Limit foods and beverages containing sugar or carbohydrates. Ideal snack foods: cheese, nuts, vegetables, and non-acidic fruits. Look for oral care products with the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) Seal.
2. Check your mouth regularly
Look for signs of gum disease: 

Red, shiny, puffy, sore or sensitive gums Bleeding when you brush or floss Bad breath that won't go away
Look for signs of oral cancer: 

Bleeding or open sores that don't heal White or red patches Numbness or tingling Small lumps and thickening on the sides or bottom of your tongue, the floor or roof of your mouth, the inside of your cheeks, or on your gums
To read the entire article visit CDA-ADC.ca.

Vista Dental Care
Chad Aitken, DMD
280-5201 43 St.
Red Deer, AB
T4N 1C7
(855) 636-9223   
VistaDentalCare.ca

Lifestyle & Your Oral Health

Learn more about how your lifestyle can affect your oral health.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Vista Dental Care
Chad Aitken, DMD
280-5201 43 St.
Red Deer, AB
T4N 1C7
(855) 636-9223   
VistaDentalCare.ca

Dentistry & Overall Health

Learn more about dental care and your overall health.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Vista Dental Care
Chad Aitken, DMD
280-5201 43 St.
Red Deer, AB
T4N 1C7
(855) 636-9223   
VistaDentalCare.ca

How Safe Is Tooth Whitening?

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Below is an excerpt from an article found on Colgate.com

Over a decade of research has proven bleaching and other whitening methods to be both safe and effective. Several products in the market today have shown no adverse effects on teeth or gums in substantial clinical and laboratory testing. Be sure to look for clinically proven products, follow directions and consult with your dental professional.

In the past, the higher bleach concentrations used in-office treatment resulted in more sensitivity. Today, however, bleaching gels are well buffered, making sensitivity less of an issue. Sensitivity may occur in people after whitening procedures, particularly when they eat hot or cold foods, but usually disappears after 48 hours and stops completely when treatment is stopped.

If you do experience sensitivity, there are several ways you can help eliminate it:

If using a tray applicator, wear the tray for a shorter periodBrush with a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth that contains potassium …