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What every Christmas Stocking Needs!

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Well here we go! Another festive season is fast approaching and the stores are being pillaged for all those stocking stuffers. Well fortunately for all of you dentists have a pretty good idea for all of those (Currently) empty stockings!

Yes ok we are going to say fill up everyone’s stocking with a new toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss, BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! First off the standard teeth cleaning tools are a must because with January 1 coming a lot of people decide to take better care of their teeth at this time, and you just provided them the tools to do so!

But what else could go into that red and white sock (we really do have some strange traditions..) instead of the typical mountain of candy? GUM! But not just ANY gum, there are many sugar free non-aspartame options available for gum these days! And if you know a gum chewer maybe you can get them to switch!

There are also many teeth healthy choices for candy you can find now aswell, and if there are some extra sweets in there remember, you got them a sweet new toothbrush anyway!

Christmas can be an awesome time, but be sure to take care of that smile! Book your check up here at Urban Smiles Family dental to make sure all those family photos show how YOU take care of one of your greatest assets!   

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Happy Holidays for Happy Teeth!

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Well it’s that time of year, Holiday season. With Thanksgiving in America, and a short time later Christmas, the amount of feasting that is about to take place will have a bit of an impact on the regular North American. And while a high percentage are worried about their waistlines, maybe it’s time to think about your teeth through this season!

Now don’t get us wrong, we want you to enjoy this time to the fullest! But with a few added precautions you can not only take care of your teeth, but also your waistlines! #1 as always is be sure to not overindulge!  Easier said than done when grandma’s pumpkin pie hits the table… But try brushing your teeth after you eat that one piece of pie, it might help you think twice about eating something else right away!

Eat LOTS of vegetables with the rest of your meal, Fill your plate with an assortment of colorful veggies, full of smile-friendly vitamins and minerals. Red and orange veggies are usually high in vitamin C (good for gums), while leafy green vegetables are good sources of calcium (for strong teeth). And these vegetables actually do help you fill up faster!

Finally be sure to drink a lot of water! This helps all of our bodies systems, and when drinking wine or other acidic beverages and foods, water will help rinse the mouth and restore a proper environment!

Here at Urban Smiles we want all of you to enjoy this time with family and friends, we also want to see that beautiful smile again, so be sure to book an appointment after, or even during this season, to make sure that smile stays bright!!!

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6 reasons why being scared of the dentist is just not necessary.

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Ok so we have talked about being afraid of the Dentist before, but c’mon people we are really serious, THERE IS NOTHING TO BE SCARED OF!!! Of course tell that to a 4 year old when even the promise of candy doesn’t seem to work in getting one to sit still… Not to mention adults in this, but it’s because of them that this fear still happens…

Anyway, we don’t really want to talk about the fear of the dentist, but point to some awesome reasons why seeing a dentist, even for a check-up COULD really help you in other areas of your health too! In fact there are 6 reasons below that should really get rid of the fear of seeing one! Read and learn everyone!


A dentist can see early warning signs in your mouth and encourage you to see a General Physician!


Can be discovered and treatment provided in clearing up many mouth infections!

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is the sixth-most common type of cancer diagnosed in the U.S., so you should really see a dentist twice a year especially if one smoke or chews tobacco.


Grinding of your teeth is quite common and can be a huge indicator of stress, not only can a dentist provide guards for your teeth, but learning that your stress level is hurting your teeth might be what you need to take a break!

Poor Nutrition

Eating disorders are very commonly revealed in how the teeth react to stomach acid, a dentist can detect this.


Loosened teeth can be a sign of osteoporosis, a dentist can check on this and refer you to a physician.

Seeing a dentist might seem like a chore, we get it, but if ANY of these 6 things are true you and a dentist discovers them for you, you better send him a great Christmas card! Let’s not be scared of the dentist everyone, instead let’s make sure we thank them the next time we see them! Come let us see you at Urban Smiles Family Dental in Edmonton Alberta!!

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Why are you talking to me?

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Seriously what is the deal with dentists!?! There we are in a chair, light in our face, bib on, 5 hoses in your mouth and all of a sudden you hear: “So how is your day going?” The dentist working on you has just asked you a question, AND expects you to answer while his hand is in your mouth!

This of course has been a well documented phenomenon among dentists. What is it that propels them to ask us all questions while in our current state of not being able to speak? What kind of game is afoot asking us where is the best place to visit is in Mexico while the suction hose is trying to swallow our tongues?

The truth of the matter is, we really have no guess, answers, or ideas as to why this occurs daily to millions of patients around the world, many have tried to discover this answer and failed! The best we can tell after our extensive research of Dr. Rob Andrew at Urban Smiles Family Dental in Edmonton, Alberta is, well, He is just a great guy! Why wouldn’t he ask nice questions!?!

Well while the real mystery may never be solved of the questioning dentist, at least we know there is always a good smile, and a friendly conversation going on at Urban Smiles! And hey, maybe your dentist DOES know a great place to stay in Mexico!

Hope to see your smile real soon at Urban Smiles Family Dental!!!

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Halloween: A Dentist’s Nightmare!

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Well the joke goes that Halloween is in fact a dentist’s Christmas… All those kids digging into mountains of candy over the next week or two, with cavities abounding causing the greatest harvest of the year for the dentist. Well guess what, it’s not a joyous time for dentists, it’s a nightmare!!!

OK well to save some of the dramatics, maybe we are a little tongue in cheek on this one… That being said it is funny to think that most parents are extra adamant about kids brushing their teeth this time of year.  We all know that not brushing them is definitely not a good idea, but the thought of extra sugar should not be the only reason to get kids to brush!

Everyday of the year is just as important as October 31st,in terms of getting our kids to brush their teeth! Honestly a dentist loves helping people feel confident about their smile, and it’s time parents take every opportunity to teach kids about the importance of the health of our teeth!

The real nightmare a dentist faces is when we neglect the very thing they have trained so long and hard to protect! So this Halloween be sure to get your kids to brush their teeth! But also save your dentist from a nightmare, and teach them that EVERYDAY is the best day to take care of a smile!

We here at Urban Smiles Family Dental love your smile! Have a safe and Happy Halloween! Don’t forget to brush!!!

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Scared of the Dentist? Well this is how you fix that!

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It is actually one of the most common fears out there, THE DENTIST! We are not really sure why that is, but the fact remains, so it is our job, maybe even our mission, to overcome this! It is time to LOVE the dentist, not just because of how healthy your teeth could be, but because DENTIST OFFICES ARE AWESOME!!

 Think about it, Dentists know the misconception about them, it is well documented. At Urban Smiles Family Dental we know it as well! And it is because we know this,that we have taken the time to make our office a welcoming place, one that looks great, and one that we have filled with incredibly friendly people!

 Well if that doesn’t bring some relaxation, I guess it is time for you to start using your imagination the right way! It is the imagination that runs wild if we let it, so instead of letting the dentist chair scare you, think about it as the captain’s seat of your very own spacecraft!… All joking aside, our imagination can get the best of us OR it can help us overcome things we have feared, maybe our entire lives.

 At Urban Smiles Family Dental we are dedicated to overcoming the idea that a dentist office is a scary place, and have taken the steps to make it a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere for you, but help yourself even more and don’t let that imagination run wild with fear, use it to overcome those things, and see that a trip to the dentist, could actually be fun!

 Visit us at Urban Smiles Family Dental in Edmonton, Alberta!

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What is a Waterpik WaterFlosser and how does it work?

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The WaterPik WaterFlosser is a flossing device that makes use of water to clean your teeth rather than the usual flossing string. It enables you to floss your teeth with water rather than having to run a string between your teeth.
It is recommended that you do floss your teeth regularly. This is because there are areas in your mouth that the brush does not reach while brushing, these areas may be breeding grounds for bacteria
How does the device work?
The water flosser uses a jet of water that is sent to the teeth at high pressure and from a small outlet. There is pulsation in the flow of water to dislodge any particles that may be stuck between the teeth. The jet of water is aimed at the gumline and between the teeth for effective flossing. As the water hits the areas, plaque, tartar, and food particles are dislodged and removed from the mouth by the flowing water.
According to Dr. Rob Andrew of Urban Smiles Family Dental in Edmonton Canada, the flossing string does not get rid of the plaque at the gum line. It only removes particles between the teeth. Even between the teeth, there are those small particles that do not come out. The only way you can remove the particles with water pressure. Waterpark waterFlosser delivers this pressure.
Research has also shown that flossing with pulsating water is more effective that using a steady stream of water. The device also has different pressure settings that enable the user to vary the pressure to his or her liking.
WaterPik waterFlosser is also more comfortable to use that the string. People who suffer from sensitive teeth may not feel comfortable pulling strings between their teeth. The flosser offers an alternative. Moreover, people who feel too lazy to floss their teeth also find the flosser easy and fast to use.
You should floss your teeth every day, preferably after brushing. Brushing should be done at least twice a day. Dr. Rob Andrew advises that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. If you brush and floss every day, you lower your chances of getting tooth decay and other hygiene related conditions by more than 40 percent.
WaterPik waterFlosser comes in many designs and features. There is the countertop design that comes with corded and cordless options. There is also the flosser and electric toothbrush combined into one.

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What do I do if one of my teeth gets knocked out in an accident or playing a sport?

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You may have your teeth knocked out in a car accident while playing or hitting a stationary object. There is a high likelihood of losing a permanent tooth. However, if you act fast, the situation can be salvaged so that you retain your tooth. Here are some things that you should do.

The dentists usually refer to the broken tooth as avulsed tooth. The tooth usually has its nerve endings and blood vessels damaged. These two cannot be repaired. This is why a root canal procedure is important on the tooth. The bone will attach to the root of your tooth once it has been put back in place by the dentist.

Once you have been hit, avoid touching the root of the tooth ( it is below the gumline) to avoid damaging the area

If the tooth got dirty when hit, hold the crown of the teeth and rinse it with milk. If milk is not available, you can use water. Avoid using fabric or a washcloth as you may cause damage to the crown

Ensure that the tooth is kept moist at all times. It is good that you drop it in a glass of milk or place it between your cheek and the gum. If the patient is a child, tell him or her to spit the tooth in a cup and add some saliva. If that is not possible, use water. The child may not hold the tooth in his or her mouth without swallowing.

What the dentist will do

As explained by Dr. Rob Andrew of Urban Smiles Family Dental, Edmonton Canada, it is important that you see the dentist in about 30 minutes to an hour after the accident for the reinsertion procedure. The root canal procedure is only done if the crown is intact. If the tooth is broken, the dentist will suggest a prosthetic tooth or a bridge. If there is some debris left in the socket, they will be removed at this stage.

Usually, the dentist splints the tooth in place with a composite material and a soft wire. This helps the tooth to remain in place for a few days. If you have broken your jawbone, it may take a little longer to have the tooth healed.

Once the tooth has been fixed, it will be checked after about three to six months for signs of infection. If none is found, you will have a yearly check up

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What Is A Cera Root Dental Implant And How Is It Different From A Regular Implant?

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A Cera Root dental implant made from a ceramic called Zirconia Oxide. It is used to replace soon to be missing teeth, or already missing teeth. Cera Root dental implants are becoming more popular with each passing day due to their advantages over the traditional metal implants, hence the reason why Dr. Andrew & Urban Smiles Family Dental recommends them. Here are some of the things that make them different from regular implants.

  1. Allergies and sensitivities: There is an increasing number of people who suffer from allergies and sensitivities that contraindicate the implantation of metal devices. Many cases of allergies to titanium dental implants develop after long-term exposure to the metal. This means that one can develop allergies or sensitivities in the form of inflammation, redness, itching and discomfort leading to loss of teeth after years. Cera Root implants, on the other hand, hardly cause sensitivities or allergies, hence the reason why many dentists recommend them.
  2. Biocompatibility: As compared to regular implants, Cera Root implants are made from a biocompatible material called Zirconia Oxide. They lead to a firm fixation between the ceramic implant and bone. A study conducted at the University of Minnesota recently confirmed that Cera Root implants have a stronger osseointegration compared to other implants.
  3. Corrosion resistance: Zirconia is an electric and thermal insulator as well as highly resistant to corrosion. These properties make Cera Root implants highly bio-inert, thus ensuring that the surrounding tissues remain healthy after implantation.
  4. Esthetics: As they are white in color, Cera Root implants easily overcome many shortcomings of traditional metal implants. This is particularly important if a patient has thin gums, where implants shine through them and give a gray appearance. The aging process also leads to recession of the gums and if one has metal implants, they may become visible.
  5. Electric insulant: Being a non-electric conductor, Zirconia implants make it hard for bacteria and other foreign materials to adhere to the surface of implants. This makes it easier for patients to avoid bleeding of gums as well as clean and maintain healthy gums.
  6. One-piece design: Traditional implant systems are usually made up of an implant that is placed at bone level as well as an abutment connection that’s connected to the implant by a fixation screw. These multiple parts make it easy for bacteria colonies to grow in between them and induce peri-implant inflammation by releasing toxins. This can sometimes compromise a patient’s immune system due to stress, smoking, allergies, illness or even age. The one-piece design of Cera Root implants eliminates the risk of the above problems.

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What Is The Best Over The Counter Medication For Tooth Pain?

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Over the counter drugs are often used in dentistry to treat pain ranging from a number of reasons including discomfort from advanced gum infections and gum disease, discomfort from cracked or broken teeth, pain from abscessed teeth as well as pain from wisdom teeth. Understanding how a particular medication reliefs pain or whether you can take certain drugs is the first step towards ensuring that you choose the right kind of over the counter medication. Some of the best and most effective over the counter medication for tooth pain as recommended by Dr. Andrew & Urban Smiles Family Dental include:

  1. Acetaminophen

This is a popular over the counter medication for toothaches that is particularly helpful to individuals who can’t take ibuprofen. Like with any medication, it’s important that you have a discussion with your dentist or physician because there are drug interactions and side effects that you should know about before taking Acetaminophen. The drug is available in various forms including oral suspension fluids, liquid gel capsules, and tablets.

  1. Ibuprofen

This is the most popular type of pain medication for toothaches that’s available over the counter. It is a non-steroid, anti-inflammatory drug that works great for dental pain, especially since inflammations are directly related to pains and aches. Your dentist can prescribe ibuprofen every six to eight hours as an alternative to narcotic pain reliever. Ibuprofen, or any non-steroid, anti-inflammatory drugs, cannot be used by anyone who has asthma. It is available in oral suspension formulations, liquid gel capsules and tablets.

  1. Ketoprofen

This is another drug classified as a non-steroid, anti-inflammatory medication that can be used to relief toothaches. It is sold both as a generic version and a whole lot of trade names. It has a better effect when it comes to pain relief as compared to ibuprofen, which would explain its higher price tag.

Other over the counter medications that have been known to have a good effect on tooth pain are anesthetic liquids, gels or pastes such as DenTex Stix, Orajel and Anbesol. The problem with these medications is that with these medications, the effect doesn’t last very long. It’s been said that alternating ibuprofen with codeine can help for the hours in between when the ibuprofen has worn off, especially if one is on a maximum dose. For extreme pain where your gums are swollen and there is stuff oozing out around your tooth, the best thing to is to see a dentist for treatment.

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