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6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

6 Good Reasons To Visit Your Dentist More Often

Most people visit the dentist about once each year. At Timothy G. Mahoney in Wetaskiwin, we like to see our patients every six months. It’s the best way to ensure good dental health.

And yet, as many as forty percent of other adults don’t even see their dentist once a year. Some go for five years without a checkup. Not a good idea!

There are plenty of reasons to visit the dentist. For this blog post we have narrowed it down to six good reasons.

1. Oral Cancer Detection

That’s right: cancer detection. Not many people realize the risk of getting cancer in their mouth or throat. Oral cancer is a serious, potentially life-threatening problem. The risk of getting oral cancer is increased significantly for tobacco users, but the risk is there for everyone.

Dentists are trained to spot the signs of oral cancer, and regular checkups can mitigate the risk. Oral cancer is very treatable, but you have to catch it early.

2. Cavity Damage

Everyone gets cavities. They are a fact of life.

The problem comes when they aren’t discovered early enough and the damage requires a significant fix. Cavities are one of the reasons by most people avoid the dentist, because they are associated with pain.

However, the opposite is what’s true. People who visit the dentist more frequently have fewer cavities. Early treatment of cavities can be less invasive, and even cosmetically favorable. Catching cavities early offers tremendous advantages.

3. Gum disease

Like cavities, gum disease is associated with discomfort. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Visiting the dentist more often means keeping an eye on the health of your gums. We can help you track the health of your gums and can prescribe healthful procedures to avoid or cure gum disease.

4. Bad Habits

Bad habits can have a negative impact on your oral health. Smoking, poor diet, biting nails and clenching teeth are among the more common.

Frequent visits to Timothy G. Mahoney DDS can help you track any potential harm you may be causing with bad habits. We can help you identify harmful habits and can prescribe procedures or treatments to help you recover.

Don’t let bad habits get in the way of your oral health. It helps to have an experienced professional to help you manage habits so they don’t become destructive.

5. Deeper Problems

Most of the reasons we have discussed so far involve oral inspection. However, has the ability to look deeper with x-rays.

X-ray technology has come a long way and can be a great way to spot potential problems before they become visible. We are trained to look at x-rays to find common problems. Many of the problems can be fixed before damage occurs,

Frequent visits to Timothy G. Mahoney DDS can help you see below the surface and catch problems before they arrive.

6. More Than Just Teeth

We are concerned about more than just your teeth. We care about your overall health.

Dentists are trained in the anatomy around your mouth and that includes your neck, throat, lymph nodes and head. Dentists know a lot about these areas and look for signs of trouble.

A regular visit to your dentist can help you avoid health issues that can affect your overall health.

Visiting Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin every six months can help you maintain your dental healthy. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

780-352-5113

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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Why You Should Fix Your Child’s Crooked Teeth

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Teeth don’t always grow in perfectly straight. That is an unfortunate fact of life. But we know that straight teeth tend to be healthier teeth. At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we can do something about crooked teeth with clear braces.

There are plenty of good reasons to correct crooked teeth.

1. A beautiful smile with straight teeth boosts your child’s self-esteem.

Young children with crooked teeth may not notice that anything is wrong, but eventually they will realize that their teeth don’t look right. Straight teeth make the whole face more pleasing and attractive. If your child is self-conscious about an unappealing smile, he or she will be reluctant to smile. A serious demeanor could affect the way he or she is treated by peers.

2. Crooked teeth can impact the bite.

If you suspect that your child’s bite is not aligned, we invite you to make an appointment with Timothy G. Mahoney DDS. Doctor Tim Mahoney can evaluate your child’s bite and make recommendations to see a specialist if needed.

3. Crooked teeth can impact normal speech development.

4. Correcting a child’s teeth with orthodontia is faster and easier when the jaw is young and flexible.

5. Crooked teeth can cut down your child’s ability to eat a healthy diet.

Misaligned teeth can make chewing and eating difficult. Children need a variety of foods but may miss out on critical nutrients if they can’t chew raw vegetables or meat, for example. If your child only eats soft foods, his/her jaw may not develop normal size and strength.

6. Misaligned teeth can damage the gums and underlying bone.

7. If crooked teeth cause malocclusion (bad bite), problems with TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) can result.

TMD is a dangerous condition affecting the jaw joint.

8. It’s easier to clean teeth when they are straight and uncrowded.

When uneven teeth begin to crowd together, it becomes challenging to make critical daily cleanings effective. And, when your teeth aren’t cleaned properly, issues with plaque build-up, cavities, and gum disease commonly result.

9. If the child’s crooked teeth are not corrected while they are young, the troubles may compound and become worse with age.

Severely crooked teeth generally affect well-being and quality of life. For example, chewing troubles can lead to ulcers, and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease.

10. There are many new types of braces.

Ceramic, self-ligating, and lingual (invisible) braces are some of the new orthodontia options. In some circumstances, invisible braces can be just as effective at correcting teeth as the traditional type.

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we provide clear braces from Invisalign and Inman. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

780-352-5113

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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Smile Makeover Questions Answered

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Even some people with top notch oral health want to improve specific components of their smile. Though proper brushing is crucial for healthy teeth, it won’t re-contour a gumline or repair a cracked tooth. At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, however, we can with cosmetic dentistry.

During your consultation, we will talk to you about:

Cost
Each smile makeover is completely unique, therefore the price varies from patient to patient depending on the specific procedures performed. During your consultation, we will give you an estimate for your smile makeover.

Function
Proper function is priority one. Your cosmetic dental smile makeover will maintain or improve your ability to talk, eat, and smile.

Beauty
This is probably the main reason you are choosing to transform your smile. We will describe the cosmetic improvements you can expect and the technical details about the procedures.

Sedation
If your smile redesign requires several hours of treatment, or if you have dental anxiety, you may want to think about sedation. We will explain your sedation options and the associated costs.

Health
If you have existing dental caries or gum disease, these troubles need to be addressed prior to your cosmetic concerns. It may be possible to combine needed restorative procedures with your cosmetic work.

A smile makeover from Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin can be life-changing. Our services include cosmetic and general dentistry. Call for an appointment today.

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

780-352-5113

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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Tooth Tips For Traveling

Timothy G. Mahoney DDS Tooth Tips For Traveling

If you are scheduled for a long vacation or business trip, the team at Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin reminds you to take your dental health into account.

It’s always a good idea to have a checkup prior to leaving on long vacations, especially if your trip is taking you to developing areas without adequate dental care options. This quick check-up will help you be sure that your mouth is ready to travel.

Another critical consideration: if you have any dental procedures scheduled before you leave, discuss it with us. Many dental procedures are actually surgical procedures. This means that your body will need more time to heal than you may realize.

Also, if you’re leaving by plane, you should be aware that changes in the cabin pressure may cause tooth pain or discomfort for patients who have just had oral surgery. Furthermore, make sure you are aware of any required follow-up appointments with your dentist or orthodontist before you schedule a vacation.

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, the dental health of each our patients is always our top concern. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today!

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

780-352-5113

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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Saliva And Dental Health

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In this blog post from Dr. Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we look at the significance of your saliva. While most people may think it’s gross, saliva plays an important role in your dental health.

Saliva is mostly water – no surprises there. But a small portion of it is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The prime pH balance of the mouth is maintained by saliva, and pH balance is an important factor for preventing cavities.

The minerals in saliva help to maintain the enamel surface of the teeth. Immunoproteins in saliva curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gingivitis.

Now that you know how vital saliva is to dental health, you can probably see why ample salivary flow should concern you. For most individuals, everyday chewing is enough to stimulate salivary glands to release saliva. But a condition called dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is serious, and should be dealt with quickly before dental health problems take place.

At Timothy G. Mahoney in Wetaskiwin, your dental health is important to us. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

780-352-5113

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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Patient Education Is A Priority At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS

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At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we pride ourselves on giving patients the information they need to maintain excellent dental health.

We know that optimal dental health depends on good habits, so we want you to have all the information you need to practice those habits.

We make sure our patients understand all the details of their treatments. We also explain how to care for your teeth post-procedure.

We help patients understand how to improve their smile cosmetically. We work to make patients aware of the numerous cosmetic dental procedures that can improve smiles dramatically. Procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers are simple, but can have amazing results.

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, the dental health of each of our patients is of utmost concern. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact Timothy G. Mahoney DDS:

780-352-5113

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

5116 51 Ave
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
T9A 0V2

 

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How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease?

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Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults, and we can treat it at Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin. But how much do you really know about it? Test your knowledge to find out!

1. Which of the following are risk factors for gum disease (periodontitis)?

a. Pregnancy
b. Malocclusion
c. Diabetes
d. Genetic make-up

2. Which of the things listed below are possible signs of gum disease?

a. Teeth that seem to be longer
b. A change in the way dentures fit
c. Loose teeth
d. Tender gums

3. Which of the items below are possible health problems linked to untreated gum disease?

a. Asthma
b. Low birth weight babies
c. Parkinson’s disease
d. Stroke

4. What percentage of men and women age 65+ have gum disease?

a. 5%
b. 12%
c. 25%
d. 50%

5. Which of the following procedures are used for gum disease?

a. Scaling and root planing
b. Soft tissue grafting
c. Flap surgery
d. Flip surgery

Answers
1. All of the above. Pregnancy, menopause, or any other condition that causes hormonal changes is a risk factor as is any type of malocclusion.
2. All of the above. Note: some patients don’t observe any symptoms.
3. a,b,d.
4. c.
5. a,b,c.

How did you do?

Gum disease usually responds successfully to treatment—especially if caught early. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, or have been noticing problems with your gums or teeth, please give us a call at Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin. We provide gum disease treatment, orthodontics, and a full range of dental services. 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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Multi-Procedure Dental Visits Save Time And Hassle

Multi-Procedure Dental Visits in WetaskiwinIf you are planning extensive cosmetic dentistry work, you may be wondering whether to do it all at once or one procedure at a time over an extended period. At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we have some factors to think about:

Cost
In the long run, it is less expensive to do it all at once. We know that complete smile transformations are a significant investment for most Wetaskiwin residents. We would be happy to discuss affordable dentistry financing options.

Time
With the latest materials and state-of-the art cosmetic dental techniques, healing is quicker than in the past. However, some procedures such as bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, root canals, and dental implants may require a healing period.

It is easier physically and psychologically to have the fewest possible visits to your Wetaskiwin dentist. You should also examine how your dental visits and required healing periods will influence your employment and family life. You will have less down time if you receive several procedures at once.

Aesthetic Results
While we routinely achieve great outcomes when doing a smile makeover in steps, multiple porcelain restorations are best fabricated in the same “batch” for the most precise color matching.

Sedation Dentistry
When you come in for a smile analysis, we can discuss oral sedation dentistry. Many cosmetic dental patients benefit from this safe and effective solution for pain and anxiety management. Conscious sedation is especially beneficial for procedures such as multiple wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement.

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures, as well as general 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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Don’t Put Off Your Dental Exam

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No matter what age you are, dental exams are an essential practice for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful. At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, we are committed to the dental health of each of our patients.

Knowledge is Power
Dental exams are often put off because they can be seen as unnecessary. But exams are one of the best procedures for preventative care.

At each check up, our experienced and well trained hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth. Once they are polished sparkling clean, your teeth will receive an extensive analysis. They will be inspected for any cavities, gum recession, excessive wear, or other risks. Catching these types of threats early is indispensable so you can be sure that they don’t turn into larger problems.

Innovative Dental Technology
Technology is moving quickly, so it’s critical to find a dental office that has the latest instruments to ensure your check up is detailed and comprehensive. At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS, we have state-of-the-art technology that is used for your exams. If a problem is detected, an appropriate, individualized treatment plan will be created.

Peace of Mind
After your entire mouth has been examined, we will detail what is necessary moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as braces, we will make sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Wetaskiwin, services include 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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Swollen Gums?

If Your Gums Are Swollen And Sore, Call Timothy G. Mahoney DDS

If you are a worried Wetaskiwin resident experiencing inflamed gums or an aching tooth, you’re are not alone. About one of every three adults is affected by tooth decay, and gum disease plagues one in seven people age 35 to 40. Don’t ignore these symptoms, call Timothy G. Mahoney DDS for immediate treatment.

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS we take gum disease seriously. Known as gingivitis in its mildest forms, it can develop into the more serious periodontitis, leading to loss of bone and tissue that support the teeth.

At Timothy G. Mahoney DDS we recommend daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings to help combat gum disease, along with regular checkups. As serious as gum disease is, it is treatable; like most conditioins, the earlier it is diagnosed, the better.

Timothy G. Mahoney DDS in Westaskiwin provides gum disease treatment, along with general dentistry and a full range of other dental services. 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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