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Dental Sealants – Another Tool For Cavity Prevention

Dental Sealants - Another Tool For Cavity Prevention In Leduc

Most of us know that regular brushing and flossing are essential for optimal dental health. However, the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach into every small groove and depression in your teeth, especially the really bumpy back teeth. That’s where sealants from Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin can be invaluable.

Dental sealants are a plastic material that is applied to the surfaces of your teeth. This material is a resin that bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, mainly in the pits and fissures. The plastic acts as a shield against acids and plaque that can damage the enamel.

Many people might think that sealants are only for children and teenagers, but they can actually be beneficial for adults as well. If you are wondering if sealants are right for you, speak with us. This simple dental procedure can improve your oral health by protecting the surfaces that are particularly vulnerable to decay.

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we apply sealants to protect the dental health of our patients. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
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Fun Floss Facts

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You probably believe that the most crucial aspect regarding flossing is simply to do it every day. At Dr. Timothy G. Mahoney in Wetaskiwin, we agree. However, many people find that trying out different types of floss helps them to establish or solidify the habit and get the flossing comfort they desire, along with improved dental health.

Let’s look at some of the most common types of dental floss.

Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is usually made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less pricey, more common and is sold waxed or unwaxed.

Monofilament floss will not rip or tear, and because of this, many people find that it pulls in between the teeth easier. This type of floss is frequently referred to as “glide” floss.

Both monofilament floss and multifilament floss are sold in differing thicknesses. It is useful to find the size that works best for you. Since you should not have to snap the floss between your teeth, find the thickness that allows you to gently floss.

Dental tape is nylon floss in the layout of a wide, flat ribbon. Many of our patients find that dental tape is the easiest floss to get between their teeth.

For those of you with braces or appliances, there are also flosses designed to be used with these devices. Make sure to meet with your orthodontist about flossing because you don’t want to break this important habit just because you’re having your teeth straightened!

A good person to give you guidance about flossing is your dental hygienist. Our hygienists are prepared to answer any questions you have about flossing, brushing habits, and even cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth brightening and veneers.

Dr. Timothy G. Mahoney in Wetaskiwin promotes dental health through general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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All Tooth Stains Are Not Created Equal

Wetaskiwin Teeth BleachingThe team at Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin offers unmatched professional teeth whitening, one of the many cosmetic dentistry services we provide.

The effectiveness of any teeth whitening depends partly on the types of stains and the patient’s teeth.

Extrinsic tooth stains are the easiest to remove. These surface stains have not yet penetrated through the enamel into the dentin. Extrinsic stains are caused by dark-colored foods and beverages like blueberries, carrots, coffee, red wine, and cola. And nicotine is no better for your smile than it is for your lungs.

Unfortunately, even if you avoid these common teeth stainers, your teeth will become discolored over time. Like gray hair, wrinkles, and memory lapses, a dull smile is an inevitable part of aging for some people.

Intrinsic tooth stains ensue from the inside out. Tooth injury or tetracycline are the usual culprits. Intrinsic stains are more difficult to remove entirely, but it is possible to lighten them with professional tooth whitening available at your cosmetic dental office.

If your teeth are discolored, whether from coffee, tetracycline, or excessive fluoride, call Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin to schedule a teeth whitening appointment. We also offer general dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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When It’s Better Not To Brush

Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the important job of protecting teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also guards tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity. Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin reminds you, tooth enamel is essential to dental health.

Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly incredible. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone. We encourage our patients to protect their tooth enamel for a lifetime of dental health.

This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush immediately after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is useful, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.

Some people don’t realize that dry mouth can cause or exacerbate enamel erosion. The calcium and phosphate in saliva guards your enamel. When there is little saliva, the enamel is left unprotected. Chewing stimulates saliva production but constant snacking is not the solution for dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and sipping water regularly can stimulate saliva production between meals without increasing the risk of or upping your calorie intake.

Furthermore, tooth grinding wears enamel away. If you are one of the many people who grind their teeth at night, it’s essential to get a mouthguard right away. People who grind their teeth are at a high risk for enamel erosion and the tooth decay that can follow. Athletes should also safeguard their teeth on the playing field with a mouthguard.

If you sip soda, tea, or coffee all day, we suggest you switch to water to halt any enamel erosion that has already occurred. It may be a hard change to make – but if you are successful – your teeth will thank you for it.

Using teeth as tools can damage enamel, as well. Take a moment to fetch scissors before tearing a package or ripping duct tape with your teeth. Do you really want to take a chance on chipping a tooth just to open a package of lunchmeat?

Chewing ice and hard candy can also impair enamel. If you simply must have sugar, soft candy is best as long as it is not left to sit on teeth for long period of time. If your molars are packed with gummy candy, it can bring about cavities which erode enamel just as capably as chipping it with hard candy. Many of the old-school hard candies we enjoyed as kids now come in soft versions. Enjoy them sparingly because constant sugar is bad for teeth. Period.

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, the dental health of each of our patients is paramount. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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3 Reasons Not To Skip A Dental Checkup

Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything you “gotta do”. At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we understand that. But don’t put your dental health at risk by canceling or postponing a checkup because you think it’s less important than the other twenty things on your to-do list.

Twice-yearly dental exams are essential for keeping your smile in prime shape!

“But my teeth feel fine.”
Don’t lull yourself into a false sense of security. The fact is that no news isn’t necessarily good news. Dental issues can be progressing without you being aware of it.

1. Your Gums May Be Receding
Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are at risk.

2. Decay May Be Lurking
When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, we usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a crater in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any degeneration.

3. Prevent Oral Cancer
About 50,000 individuals will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. We will screen for oral cancer during your exam. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis is crucial.

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, your dental health is our priority. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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What Is Oil Pulling?

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Today’s Timothy G. Mahoney DDS post looks at oil pulling, an alternative dental health practice that has been generating a lot of buzz around Wetaskiwin. Oil pulling has been a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is the practice of swishing oil in the mouth for twenty minutes to benefit the teeth, gums and overall health and well-being. The oils most commonly used are coconut oil, sesame oil, and sunflower oil.

Proponents claim that it detoxifies the mouth, cleans plaque, reduces inflammation, cures bad breath, whitens teeth, kills infection, and boosts the immune system. Some advocates even claim that it “cures” cavities and periodontal disease.

What does the American Dental Association say about oil pulling? Here is an excerpt from a May 2014 article:

To date, scientific studies have not provided the necessary clinical evidence to demonstrate that oil pulling reduces the incidence of dental caries, whitens teeth or improves oral health and well-being. Based on the lack of currently available evidence, oil pulling is not recommended as a supplementary oral hygiene practice, and certainly not as a replacement for standard, time-tested oral health behaviors and modalities. The ADA recommends that patients follow a standard oral hygiene regimen that includes twice-daily toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, using ADA-Accepted products. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth help prevent cavities and keep gums healthy.

Timothy G. Mahoney DDS cautions patients not to replace brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings/exams with oil pulling.

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we provide top-quality dental health care for every member of your family with general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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Today’s article focuses on missing teeth, bone health, and dental implants in Westaskiwin.

Our teeth have many vital functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is continually regenerating itself. This vital process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulate this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have an unsightly gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness – it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition.

Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence, or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely carried out with success.

If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures. Dental implants can provide a brilliant smile! Schedule a consultation with Doctor Tim Mahoney in Wetaskiwin. We also provide general dentistry.

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental health, Dental Implants, General Dentistry

5 Smile Makeover Questions For Wetaskiwin Smiles

How Much Does A Smile Makeover Cost In Wetaskiwin

If you are considering a multi-procedure smile makeover or extensive cosmetic dentistry, the team at Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin offers four considerations:

All At Once Or Over Time?
At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS, our Wetaskiwin smile makeover patients can often receive several (or all) procedures in one visit. It all depends on the specific procedures necessary to achieve your perfect smile. Doctor Tim Mahoney develops a unique treatment plan for each patient after an extensive consultation and examination.

Oral Sedation?
Many Leduc and Camrose cosmetic dental patients benefit from sedation dentistry. It is especially helpful for procedures such as multiple wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement.

Cost?
We know that cosmetic dentistry is a substantial investment for most Wetaskiwin dental patients. Some procedures are covered by dental plans, so if you have dental insurance, be sure to find out exactly what is covered.

Healing Time?
With the latest materials and cosmetic dental techniques, healing times are often minimal. However, some treatments require a short healing period. Consider how the timing of your dental visits and the necessary healing periods will affect your job and family responsibilities.

Aesthetic Results?
At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin our patients experience terrific results when doing smile transformations in phases, however, porcelain restorations are best fabricated in the same “batch” for the most precise color matching.

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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Are You Flossing Out Of Fear?

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Most Wetaskiwin men and women know that flossing is an important part of dental health. The value of this simple yet important exercise has been shown time and time again. But does fear have to play a role in your commitment to the practice?

Flossing offers a chance to remove bits and pieces that a toothbrush will undoubtedly miss. But, being afraid of the ‘cavity bugs,’ ‘mouth germies,’ or the ‘dental bogeyman’ may still not compel Wetaskiwin folks to floss regularly. The fear of gingivitis and gum disease or crowns and fillings from cavities work for a week or so after a cleaning, but may not instill a lasting habit between teeth cleanings.

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we encourage our dental patients to look at flossing as an opportunity to start fresh. Flossing can be a positive opportunity to remind yourself to smile and feel happy as you approach your day. Flossing could be a time to think about the foods you are putting into your mouth and consider what improvements could be made to your diet.

Living in health-conscious communities such as Leduc, Camrose, or Ponoka can also help motivate you to floss regularly. The fresh air you breath on a short walk will feel smooth as you run your tongue along the ridges of your teeth near the gums.

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we offer many ways to enhance your dental health. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. We aim to make it an outstanding experience!

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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Love Your Smile

Love Your Smile in Wetaskiwin

There is nothing like bright white teeth that light up a person’s whole face when they smile and laugh. And at Timothy G. Mahoney in Wetaskiwin, we believe that no one has to settle for dull, yellow teeth.

This is a great time for Wetaskiwin men, women and teens to get a deep teeth cleaning and teeth whitening. With a deep cleaning followed by teeth bleaching, your teeth will feel as good as they look.

If you have an important upcoming event such as a wedding, party or formal family portrait sitting, a smile makeover will give you extra confidence as you pose for photos (even close-ups).

You have probably seen the porcelain tabs in graduated shades that many dentists use to determine appropriate, yet natural looking, shades for tooth restorations. Ponoka teeth bleaching can whiten teeth beyond their natural shade. Many Wetaskiwin cosmetic dentistry practices don’t use a conventional shade chart for whitening patients anymore.

There are now shade guides with levels significantly whiter than the guides used in the past. Tooth whitening is not a gimmick; it is safe and incredibly effective. Wetaskiwin tooth bleaching patients can maintain a white shade that equals the brightness of the ‘tooth’ models you see in dental marketing.

Teeth whitening from Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin following twice-yearly cleanings is usually the most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedure. We also provide general dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

855-416-4959

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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