Dr. Chad Aitken DMD and the team at Vista Dental Care are pleased to provide professional and caring dental services to their patients from Red Deer AB and the surrounding communities. Our dental services include: adult, children's, cosmetic, family, general, implant, laser, orthodontic, preventive, restorative and sedation dentistry.
The Importance of Hygiene Visits Regular brushing and flossing done with the proper tools and an attention to detail will usually remove most of the plaque from your teeth. However, plaque is soft and sticky and clings in the hard-to-reach places. Eventually, any plaque you miss will harden and become tartar, which exceeds what your typical toothbrush and floss can remove. Tartar accumulates below the gumline as well as on the surface of your teeth. These deposits of plaque and tartar can lead to more serious problems with your teeth and gums, including gum disease. Research shows a solid link between untreated gum disease and other serious illnesses like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Which is why one of the most important reasons to visit your dentist is to have your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist. Having the plaque and tartar removed from your teeth regularly is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy!
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If youíve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Thatís because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teethóthings that people often take for granted.
When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.
Types of dentures: Conventional. This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months.Immediate. This removable denture is inserted on the same day t…
Nitrous Oxide SedationNitrous oxide sedation, commonly known as “laughing gas,” is utilized to permit treatment to be more comfortable. This sedation is inhaled through a mask. The medication you breathe in creates a sense of relaxation. Local anaesthetic is then used in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain in most cases.
Overdentures – A “Locked-In” SolutionImagine dentures secured in a way that you don’t have to worry about the foods you eat. Your meals can be savoured without the constant worry of an embarrassing or even annoying shifting or slipping of your teeth. By using dental implants to support your dentures, your teeth can be “locked” into position so they won’t move. Yet they snap off for simpler cleaning. Ask us if you are a candidate for overdentures!
Most of us know how important it is to look after our teeth, but do you know what the different types of teeth are and how we use them? Teeth don't just help you bite and chew; they play an important role in speaking and support many aspects of your facial structure. There are four kinds of teeth in your mouth, according to Everyday Health, and each performs a slightly different function. Then there are three rarer formations that can occur in a growing jaw.
Incisors At the front of the mouth are eight thin, straight teeth called incisors - four at the top and four at the bottom - which bite into the food you eat and help you pronounce words as you you speak. Incisors also support the lips.
If you're looking to find a dentist you may notice that while most are listed with a "DDS", some may be listed as "DMD". They both mean the same thing-your dentist graduated from an accredited dental school. The DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same degrees. Dentists who have a DMD or DDS have the same education. It's up to the universities to determine what degree is awarded, but both degrees use the same curriculum requirements.
Did you know that the level of education and clinical training required to earn a dental degree is on par with those of medical schools? Generally, three or more years of undergraduate education plus four years of dental school is required to graduate and become a general dentist. Upon completion of their training, dentists must pass both a rigorous national written exam and a state or regional clinical licensin…
The mouth, or oral cavity, is made up of numerous components that work together so that you can breathe, speak, eat and digest food. When you understand these parts of the mouth and how they affect your general health, the significance of oral care takes on a whole new meaning. Here's what these things do for you.
Lips and Cheeks Your lips and cheeks are made up of muscles that not only give you the ability to pucker up for a kiss, but also help shape your facial expressions - both happy and sad. Lips let air into your mouth for breathing and, together with cheeks, help you speak. They also keep food and saliva in your mouth while chewing. Ultimately, these strong muscles guide and keep your teeth in their proper positions.
Stay on a routine Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime -or let it slide when they sleep in the next morning. “Don’t forget about your smile over the summer,” says ADA pediatric dentist Dr. Mary Hayes. “It’s important for families to consistently brush and floss, which keeps kids on track for healthy back-to-school dental visits.”
Say no to sugary drinks and snacks As the temperature rises, it’s common for families to sip and snack during sports tournaments, festivals or nearly any community event. “Watch your family’s intake of lemonade, juice and soda,” says Dr. Hayes. “Consider sugary drinks treats to enjoy once in a while, and not often.” Instead, offer water (even better if it has fluoride) to beat the heat, or milk to drink with meals. And, don’t let summertime grazing damage your child’s smile. “Taking a break from snackin…