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Your teeth, like the earth we walk on, are prone to erosion.

A 2015 poll from Yale University Rudd Center For Food Policy and Obesity study found that a majority of Americans understand that soda is bad for them.  However, as many as 48% are estimated to drinking soda on a daily basis.  How much soda?  A poll suggested as many as 2.6 glasses per day!

Your tooth enamel is the hard outer surface layer of your teeth that helps protect against tooth decay.  Did you know that your enamel is the hardest mineral substance of the body?  Fact.  It’s even harder than bone.

A major enemy of the enamel are acids.  There are natural occurring acids, which you can combat through regular dental and oral care (ask Dr. Rob about this).  But then there are things such as juices, citrus fruits, pops and other food items which can batter the surface of the enamel, softening it over time.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t drink an iced cold soda, from time to time.  I mean- there’s really nothing more refreshing than a Coke to wash down a burger or a slice of cheesy pizza.  But like the greasy food you’ll likely pair the soda with, you should limit your consumption and instead opt for a more teeth sensitive beverage option.

Another cause of erosion is the grinding of your teeth.  Perhaps it’s stress-related, but many people grind their teeth in their sleep, without realizing they do, which can lead to cracked teeth and erosion over time.  It can also cause jaw soreness, headaches and other ailments.  Not to mention, a disturbance in the quality of your sleep.

Preventative measures, such as a fitted mouth guard to wear during your sleep, can help counter the wear and tear on your teeth. 

It’s important to schedule regular check ups to ensure your teeth are in good shape.  Our diets may change, our stress levels can change, and even if you don’t think you’re prone to erosion, that may have changed since your last checkup.

Schedule yours today. 

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Have you ever tried a drugstore whitening strip?

If you have, you’ve also had to try removing one- a challenge, right up there with picking a wet watermelon seed off of a kitchen floor, and of course- “the cinnamon challenge”.  It’s sticky, and seems to dissolve in the bed of bleach froth that accumulated after a recommended 30 minute session.  Placed incorrectly, the bleach can irritate gums— likely to happen, since these are a one-size-fits-all model, and not custom to the user. 

Have you ever used a tray— custom or otherwise- for teeth whitening?  I’m talking about either the overnight model, or the wear during the day model.  Have you?

If you have, you’ve likely found it uncomfortable to wear them overnight, and perhaps you’ve worn through a tray or two at night?  That’s a whole other issue, altogether… The daytime wear trays are a nuisance, in that you have to set aside time during the day to do it.  Do you have say-

30 minutes or more where you won’t have to speak with anyone and can walk around with a tray in your mouth, full of bleaching gel?  Oh- and by the way, you’ll need to do this for multiple treatments, on an ongoing basis throughout the year for maintenance.  The gel can also be quite costly.  Can you find them cheaply online?  Of course, but at what cost?  Are the materials or the solution balances safe for prolonged usage?  Would your dentist approve of them?  Have they been approved by the Canadian Dental Association, and other regulating bodies?  Probably not.  And again, they’re inconvenient, and they can be quite uncomfortable. 

Since you will want more immediate whitening results, and you’ll want to do it in as few sessions as possible, with the least amount of inconvenience or discomfort, I would suggest speak with your dentist or hygienist about Zoom. 

White teeth are attainable.  You don’t need to have to wear uncomfortable trays while you sleep, schedule time each day to wear trays, or have to peel away sticky strips from your burning gum line in order to have them.

Zoom Whitening is available at Urban Smiles. 

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When you smile less, people take notice. 

It reflects on your work.  It reflects in how people perceive you.  “Is he/she not friendly?  Should we trust them— they don’t seem very enthusiastic about what they’re selling…”

You will be less likely to break the ice with people, interact with new people, and you will seem less engaged in conversations.  You’ll appear distant, withdrawn, or even disinterested.

It’ll reflect on the overall satisfaction of your customers, if you’re in a customer facing role.  It will affect the environment of your workplace, bringing down overall morale with it— and subsequently, your Yelp reviews or CSI scores… ok- so maybe that’s a little hyperbolic, but you get the point. The Butterfly Effect, Laws of Attraction, etc., etc.

These doldrums can bleed into your personal life as well.  People want to be around other people who seem like they’re having a good time… people who seem to be enjoying life.  It’s contagious.  We want to be a part of that— not apart from it

Why aren’t you smiling?  Major mental health initiatives, such as #Bellletstalk, have recently trended through various media outlets and forums, but that shouldn’t preclude us from continuing to discuss such matters.  After all, we see Dr. Rob for our teeth.  Shouldn’t we see someone for our hearts and minds?

Hopefully, the reasons you— or an acquaintance- aren’t smiling as often, aren’t due to something more deeply-rooted than a surface issue.  And if that’s the case, we’ve got you covered.

You likely have a beautiful smile.  Lets us help you rediscover it, so that you can show it to everyone. 

We are all unfinished versions of our best selves.  A quick refresh will allow you the opportunity to take that next step with your public appearance, as you deliver that next presentation, speak up at the next meeting, or give cheers at your next social event.

SmileWe’re all better when we do.

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The Importance Of Flossing In 2019

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Science.  Facts.  Research.  Don’t worry about it.

The point is- you need to do it.  Your dental care (possibly your friendships) depends on it. 

A report published by the American Dental Association, dated August 3rd, 2016, had this to say on flossing:

“In its statement the ADA said: “Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. “Interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque build-up.”

“Toothbrush can’t reach?”  Right.  Between the teeth, and in the depths of the gum line.  Imagine this:  you ate a great dinner.  Steak, potatoes, vegetables… perhaps a salad beforehand.  You finished with a nice piece of chocolate cake.  A leisurely brushing preempted bedtime, and you headed to lala land for an 8 hour slumber.  Eight hours for the left behind food particles- of which their are many, no doubt, after the steak, romaine, and the rest of your smorgasbord compounded itself into an oral compost.  Your mouth- akin to a Petri dish- with a full classroom of bacteria, present and ready to show you how to lose friends and alienate people.

Now what does that do to your mouth?  Your breath?

If you had flossed, prior to brushing, the cleaning agents in the toothpaste and the mouthwash after, would better be able to eradicate any of the would-be bacteria that would otherwise be present.

You would wake up fresher, with a mouth less likely to be at risk of plaque, gingivitis or other ne’er-do-wells. 

Flossing is so very important.  And today, you’re not restricted to the conventional flossing methods, as other options are plentiful in the marketplace.

Ask your dentist today, for a solution that would work best for you. 

Flossing could easily become a part of your routine.  Try it today.

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The Man With The Peaches & Cream Smile

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A starched shirt, crisp and tailored, shaping your Monday-Thru-Friday body like a glove.  A close shave, a spritz of cologne, and a fresh cut.  You accessorize appropriately, pairing the perfect tie, socks and pocket square with your blazer.  You’re ready for the big event.

“Cheese!”  You smile, revealing peaches and cream corn rows of a regular brush, floss and semi-annual cleaning.  Could it be better?  Sure.  You grind your teeth at night, you brush on occasion, you floss with the regularity of Cleveland Browns playoff wins.

Coffee, tea, wine, blueberries, tobacco… there are many reasons why one would have stained teeth.  But the reasons to have white teeth are far more plentiful.

Are your teeth made of wood? 

Your smile lights up a room.  It’s a chandelier, set to a moment.  Laugh, and it lights up a room.

Pearls that showcase the gateway to your soul.  When was the last time you saw yellow pearls?

Smile.  You’re taking a picture in a poorly lit room, with a limited lense.  Your teeth will show.  Are they yellow?

“Do you like yellow teeth?  Are you a yellow teeth man?  Do you only date people with yellow teeth?”

“Are yellow teeth part of your identity?”

Do you like yellow?  When you smile, do people yell, “Taxi!”, as if they’re hailing a Yellow Cab?

Do you notice people using the descriptor, “bananas”, in place of “crazy/strange/weird..” while in your presence?  You hear, “…it was all yellow…” on the radio.  A chorus from a Coldplay song.  And you immediately assume it was dedicated to you.

You know when you spill mustard on a crisp linen shirt?  It’s noticeable.  But not in a good way…

“Perhaps your smile looks great… In a black and white filter.”

“I really think that your smile looks amazing…. When you’re on the telephone.”

“You should smile more often.  This room could use some color.”

“What does a great smile get you in this world?  Seriously…. I’m asking… Please ask someone with a great smile.”

“I am so exhausted right now.  Smile please.  A blast of your breath will wake me up.”

“Are you brightening your teeth?  No- not you.  Was talking to someone that you were standing near.”

“You know how you can buy teeth whitening kits?  What kind of kit did you buy?  A darkening kit?”

“I really like having white teeth.”  Me.

“I really like having stained teeth.”  You.

Urban Smiles Family Dental can help you achieve a whiter smile.  Why wait?

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Does your smile look like a Jack O Lantern?

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Does your smile look like a Jack O Lantern?  Does your breath smell like an open grave?  October marks the beginning of a very busy season, where you’ll be sure to encounter many, from Thanksgiving to Halloween; Christmas to Christmas Parties; New Years, and beyond.  You’ll want to visit Dr. Rob Andrew and the team sooner than later, to ensure that your teeth, gums, breath, etc. are in tip top shape.


Speaking of breath, the leading causes of bad breath, according to the Mayo Clinic ( are food, tobacco products, poor dental hygiene, dry mouth, medications, infections of the mouth; other mouth, nose and throat conditions, etc.


Tobacco use may be down in Canada, according to a 2011 Stats Canada poll, 19.9%- a reduction from 25.9% in 2001 (Canadians aged 12+), but it’s still an issue for some, and many are probably unaware of the impact their habit may have on their oral health.  Cessation products are aplenty, with gums, patches, vape pens, and E Cigarettes available to those looking to quit.  Talk to your doctor about options, and talk to your dentist about the current state of your oral health.


Oral rinses, gum, floss… even drinking water- these things can help.  Consult your dental team at Urban Smiles Family Dental for any and all advice on keeping things fresh as a pumpkin.  First impressions are important, and no one wants to be known as the person with the avoidable breath.  Garlic, onions, coffee… we all know the affect that these foods have on our breath.  Halloween will bring the erosion heavy sugars and hard candies that can crack teeth.  It’s important to schedule regular checkups and to keep our dentists and hygienists apprised with any concerns we may have, regarding our oral health.


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Some of the Best Teeth Chomping Foods!

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People often ask “what are the best foods I can eat for my teeth?” and while the candy company wants us to say “CAKE” or something, ok maybe you want that too, we just can’t say that. HOWEVER there are some decent foods that most people like that promote great teeth and mouth health, not to mention benefit your bodies as well!

Cheese! Might as well start strong right? Cheese is obviously loved by many people, and fortunately for those people, a study published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the journal of the American Academy of General Dentistry, reported at EurekAlert! found that eating cheese raised the pH in the subjects’ mouths and lowered their risk of tooth decay. There are a few reasons why, but let’s just eat the cheese already!

Fruits, such as apples, might be sweet, and we can’t eat too many of those things, but apples are high in fiber and water which when chewed produces saliva which can rinse away bacteria and food particles! And when you can’t brush right after a meal an apple could be your next best choice!

Like cheese, yogurt is high in calcium and protein, making is a good choice for your teeth health. The probiotics, or good bacteria, in yogurt can also crowd out the bacteria that causes cavities. If you decide to add more yogurt to your diet, choose a plain variety with no added sugar, even though the sugary ones are really good…

Leafy greens, ya ya, we know that this is the boring one that every good food list has… Leafy greens such as kale and spinach also promote oral health because they are high in calcium! It’s not just milk that has calcium contrary to popular belief!

There are a number of great food choices that can promote a healthy mouth, and we cannot forget to overlook one of the most important parts of our bodies!

It also may be that time to give Dr. Rob Andrew a call at Urban Smiles Family Dental! He can’t wait to see you!

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Cheers to great teeth!

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Well it seems that there are many reasons to hoist a glass high and “cheers” allowed with friends over some sort of Holiday, celebration, dinner, or just a Tuesday.. And while we encourage everyone to have a great and responsible time we do need to remind you of the effects alcohol can have on your teeth, we don’t want to be the downers… HOWEVER maybe today’s tips can give you the best of both worlds, a great celebration, AND a way to keep that smile perfect!

First things first The CDC considers heavy drinking to be more than eight drinks a week for women, and 15 or more for men. Gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth sores are all much more likely for heavy drinkers, and alcohol abuse is the second most common risk factor for oral cancer. So this being said we can all work towards a moderate balanced lifestyle that helps protect our bodies AND our teeth!

Secondly, The American Dental Association (ADA) warns that one of the often-forgotten side effects of alcohol can be just as damaging to your teeth: dehydration. Alcohol Consumption leads to a decrease in saliva flow, so instead of being washed away naturally, bacteria clings to the enamel and increases your risk of tooth decay. A GREAT rule of thumb is to order a round of water in between rounds of cocktails! This serves multiple purposes, not even the least of which is how your head feels the next morning…

And thirdly if you already have sensitive teeth, like whitening toothpaste, some over-the-counter mouthwashes and rinses contain alcohol and other chemicals that can make your teeth more sensitive — especially if your dentin’s exposed. Instead, try neutral fluoride rinses or simply skip the rinse and be more diligent about flossing and brushing.

We hope these tips help next time that party rolls around! And in the meantime come visit us at Urban Smiles Family Dental in Edmonton, Alberta!!!

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To Chew or Not To Chew, That is the Question!

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Well it is time we answer that age old question, “What is the meaning of life?” Ok actually we are not going to dive into that thesis, INSTEAD let’s try to answer another important question (Maybe not AS important, but important nonetheless) SHOULD we be chewing gum, or not?

You most likely have seen a chewing gum commercial boast “4 out of 5 dentists agree” chewing gum after a meal is great for your teeth. In terms of freshening breath we all know a solid piece of mint gum can do wonders after a garlic righ dinner! Thank God for gum in that regard! But how is chewing gum REALLY for our teeth?

Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum after meals and snacks can help rinse off and neutralize the acids released by the bacteria in plaque, which are harmful to tooth enamel. Both the act of chewing and the flavor of the artificial sweeteners in the gum stimulate ten times the normal rate of saliva flow. Not only does the increased saliva flow neutralize the acids in your mouth, it also washes away food particles, helping to keep your teeth clean.

Although chewing sugar-free gum can be beneficial in most instances, there are some cases in which chewing gum is not recommended. For example, if you are experiencing any type of jaw pain or temporomandibular disorder symptoms (TMD/TMJ), you should refrain from chewing gum and talk to your dentist about what options are available to you.

The long and short is that chewing SUGAR-FREE gum CAN be quite beneficial for the health of our teeth! We recommend staying away from shoving a full pack of sugar filled grabe bubble gum in your mouth though, even if you are trying to break some sort of bubble blowing world record…

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The Tooth Spa!

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Well it’s Valentines day! We all know that it is supposed to be the day of love, whether you love a significant other or not, we can ALL take a little bit of time to love ourselves right? Well this Valentine’s day take a little bit of time to take your teeth to the tooth spa!

Hey if we started calling the dentist office the Tooth Spa maybe a lot less people would be absolutely terrified of the dentist! But you know what, the dentist SHOULD be thought of a spa! Yes ok there are medical procedures done, some can be uncomfortable, but have you ever had a shiatsu massage?!!? Talk about uncomfortable…

Not only that but at the spa everything is white and clean, at the dentist it’s way cleaner and your teeth come out way whiter that the spa could ever make those towels! The Tooth spa Idea is growing on you at this point I am sure!

In all seriousness though, we really need to treat our teeth to the spa once in a while. We only have the teeth we have and we really need to take care of them, the same way we need to treat our bodies when we go to the spa!

So this Valentine’s day, take your teeth on a date, head to Urban Smiles Family Tooth Spa, I mean Family Dental… And treat your teeth to a day at the tooth spa!

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