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.
Three-Dimensional DentistryWe are proud to be one of the practices in our area to use 3-D cone beam CT digital imaging technology. Think of this as a three-dimensional X-ray that produces a highly detailed image of your dental structures. This is helpful when Dr. Aitken is diagnosing patients and evaluating treatment options. He can clearly see each patient’s anatomy in 3-D, instead of a flat, two-dimensional image. This is beneficial for dental implant procedures and more!
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This month we are featuring information found on MouthHealthy.org that discuss how diabetes can affect your dental health. Below are two ways that diabetes can affect your oral health.
Notice some bleeding when you brush or floss? That may be an early sign of gum disease. If it becomes more severe, the bone that supports your teeth can break down, leading to tooth loss. Early gum disease can be reversed with proper brushing, flossing and diet. Research has shown gum disease can worsen if your blood sugar is not under control, so do your best to keep it in check.
Studies have found people with diabetes have less saliva, so you might find yourself feeling parched or extra thirsty. (Medications and higher blood sugar levels are also causes.) Fight dry mouth by drinking water. You can also chew sugarless gum and eat healthy, crunchy foods to get saliva flowing. This is especially important because extra sugar in your saliva, combin…
Faster Healing – NaturallyDr. Aitken is excited to offer his implant patients a new option called L-PRF™ (Leukocyte-Platelet Rich Fibrin) that promotes faster healing when implants are placed. This is a process that is 100% natural, using only a small blood sample directly from you. There are no additives of any kind, only a special process that creates a clot that, when applied to the implant site, immediately promotes the natural healing process. It uses your own power to heal, just like when you scrape a knee. The special IntraSpin™ System is a centrifuge that separates important elements of your own blood - with NO chemical alteration and nothing added – and forms them into the special clots. When applied to the implant site, their healing ability significantly reduces your recovery time and helps you achieve your beautiful new smile faster!
TMJ/TMD – Proper Bite Alignment Treatment Reduces Strain and PainImproper bite alignment can cause you pain, and not just in your mouth. Dental malocclusion (i.e. bad bite) is sometimes the cause of frequent headaches, aching or popping jaws, and even shoulder and neck pain. If your teeth have worn down over the years or been lost due to accident or dental disease, your jaw won’t be able to relax.
This additional tension in the muscles of your jaw can lead to a variety of body pains. Pain you may have grown accustomed to and even attributed to other sources. By restoring your dental occlusion, your jaw can settle into the position that nature intended. Don’t live with the pain a moment longer! We invite you to discover the benefits that treatment may bring to your quality of life.
With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies-and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful.
Here’s why: The bacteria in your mouth are probably more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are. When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a weak acid is produced. That acid is what can contribute to cavities.
But don’t hang up your costume just yet. “Halloween is about candy, dressing up and having fun,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween as a splurge as long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all year long.”
To help you sort through the trick-or-treat bag loot, we have a rundown of some common candies and their impact on your teeth: Chocolate Chocolate is probably your best bet, which is good because it’s also one of the most popular kinds of candy handed out on Halloween. ìChocolat…
Halloween is around the corner, which for most children means bags of free candy and a chance to build a stockpile of sweets for the winter. No surprise, Halloween can also present parents with a variety of health and safety challenges. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween but it’s important to have a plan,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty.
Here's how you can help your family stay MouthHealthy on Halloween and year-round. Time It Right Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.
Stay Away from Sweet Snacks Snacking can increase your risk of cavities, and it’s double the trouble if you keep grabbing sugary treats from the candy bowl. “Snacking on candy throughout the day is not ideal for your dental health or diet,” Dr. Ferraz-Doughert…