Here comes Santa-Dentist?

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It is getting SO CLOSE! Most kids are freaking out about that fateful eve of December 25th already dreaming about the wrapping paper, well the toys, it’s the parents that have to deal with the paper usually.. Anyway, while the children anticipate the guy in the red suit, we are anticipating all those smiles in all of those photos!!!

Now is the time to get those teeth checked over, cleaned up, and ready for the many family photos and visits from friends over the holidays! It’s always a good time to do this, but just like getting a haircut before a holiday, we believe it is just as important, if not more to get a check up on your teeth!

There is something about a confident smile that can set a mood in a room. People like to be around people that are happy! And if you are happy about your smile then there is a good chance you are going to be part of some awesome gatherings this December! Moreso don’t get too worried when something doesn’t go perfect, just keep smiling!

At Urban Smiles Family Dental we will do what we do best in preparing your smile for the Holiday season! Come in and say hi and book your check-up for your whole family! And don’t forget, keep smiling, it can brighten someone’s day!

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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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How to Help your Kid Love the Dentist

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Your kid will need about 10 trips to the dentist before first grade. Seeing the dentist is a regular feature of life for anyone who wants strong healthy teeth, so your kid should get used to it. Making a kid comfortable while a dentist’s drill whirrs away at top speed is not the easiest thing. Some kids burst into tears as soon as the dentist gets out the curved needle. Indeed, making a kid not look to a visit to the dentist with dread and horror is a challenge for many parents.

Start young

The earlier the better the kid gets used to the dentist’s room the better. Dr. Rob Andrew says that visits to the dentists should ideally start at age one.  All dental needs including preventive visits should be done by a dentist. This will make the kid comfortable having the dentist poke around now and then.

Be positive

Comfort the kid during the first visit and hype up the visit. Prepare the kid to be a bit uncomfortable by telling him it’s just like you doing the checkup on the teeth, only which this time Uncle John needs to have a closer look with a torch and a weird spoon. Have the child look to the dentist like a friendly figure.

Make it fun

You can prep your kid by playing dentist yourself. Get the child comfortable with you looking into his mouth. Use simple dental illustrations to explain teeth and how brushing is done properly. Books like Behold! No Cavities! A Visit to the Dentist (SpongeBob Squarepants) by Nickelodeon can be a great help.  A mirror is very useful for the child to see what you are trying to explain. Have him repeat what you do with a doll. Explain the dentist will be playing the same game but with some tools that helps him.

Consider a child specialist

Some dental clinics attend to more kids than the average. Urban Smiles Family Dental clinic is child friendly and the dentists have good experience with children. A dentist who has dealt with different kids will be able to put a kid better at ease for the experience.

Be a role model

If you need a visit to the dentist, take the kid with you and have him at least see the preliminary checkups. If you are at ease and come away looking like everything is normal, the kid could be even interested to try it. Explain that the dentist ensures the teeth are healthy to make people continue enjoying all the sweet things.

5 Reasons To Get A Regular Dental Cleaning

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Most people will be content enough with brushing teeth twice a day as the dentist recommends. However, regular brushing needs to be supplemented with dental cleaning once in a while. Teeth normally have a thin coat of bacteria called plaque. When this coat hardens, it is called tartar, and is hard to remove with regular brushing. Dental cleaning involves removing tartar above and below the point where teeth meet the gum. So why should you go for dental cleaning?

Prevent teeth loss

Dr. Rob Andrew says permanent teeth in an adult cannot grow again once lost.  Keeping the ones you have requires good dental hygiene. Tooth decay occurs even with regular brushing for many people. This is because regular brushing particularly when done in the wrongly, can leave food particles between the teeth which accumulate over time. This environment breeds acid releasing bacteria which lead to decaying of the tooth and cavities.

Have a brighter whiter smile

A bright white smile makes you look welcoming and attractive. If you are a business person a smile can make all the difference between keeping and losing a customer. Teeth can stain over time from tartar accumulation, or minerals like fluoride when taken in excess. Dental cleaning clears this hard coat of dirt leaving your teeth whiter and brighter for a more beautiful smile.

Clean breath

Nothing puts off people like bad breath. Experts in Urban Smiles Family Dental clinic say that 85% of bad breath (halitosis) cases are brought on by poor dental hygiene. Bad breath can impact social and business life very negatively as people keep away from you. Regular dental check-ups and cleaning will eliminate this problem most of the time.

Detect other problems

Dental cleaning will also involve checking on the other parts of the mouth. Serious conditions like oral/mouth cancer will be identified early during these sessions. The state of the mouth can also show onset of problems like stroke, heart disease, pancreatic cancer, diabetes and even dementia among others.

Save money

Prevention is better than cure. This is so true for dental health. A root canal can cost between $300-2500. This is quite a sum if you are not insured for dental expenses. Regular dental cleaning will ensue your teeth remain healthy as any problems can be identified and corrected early enough before becoming serious problems requiring huge sums to remedy.

Dental cleaning is recommended for everyone who has teeth!  The benefits of this procedure can last a lifetime.