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The Benefits Of Botox In Edmonton

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Did you know that dentists in Edmonton, Alberta are now eligible for a certification in administering Botox? This might strike you as being strange, however, when you understand the full scope of what Botox has to offer, Botox in dental offices actually makes a LOT of sense.

First of all, there’s more to Botox than most people know. When people think Botox, they think of it as a way to fill fine lines and wrinkles – a way of looking younger. While this is true, and while the cosmetic application of Botox is what it’s best known for, it has medical applications that can actually improve people’s health and well-being too.

Secondly, when it comes to giving injections, particularly in the head and neck region, who better to do it than dentists? Dentists should be the most practiced doctors out there, plus, they have an intimate knowledge of important head and neck anatomy, so they know precisely how to target specific muscles.

More and more people in the dental industry, including general dentists, oral surgeons, and orthodontists, are administering Botox to their patients to help relieve muscle tension in the head and neck region. Botox is a neuromodulator, and acts by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscles are unable to contract, and therefore relax and soften. This has been an effective treatment for people who severely clench/grind their teeth or have TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction). It can even be used to treat people who suffer from migraines.

So whether you’re suffering from a sore jaw or crow’s feet around your eyes, Botox can help with both. We are slowly introducing this service into our downtown Edmonton practice, so if you have any questions or interest in Botox, we’d be more than happy to chat with you!

Dr. Jaimee Buchkowsky

Why I’m A Smile Enthusiast

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I’ve always been a big fan of smiles. Every day I help make smiles healthier, straighter, and whiter, but one of my most favourite things about smiles is happiness that makes them exist in the first place.

Something that patients may not know about me is that I served on the Edmonton Ronald McDonald House Board and was President from 2002-2004. The Ronald McDonald House helps sick children and their families by providing affordable housing that helps to reduce the stress of what they are going through. The mentorship that these families then provide to each other in a comfortable, warm, and caring atmosphere helps them all relax together and enjoy quality time with their sick kids. I witnessed smiles during my time here that were truly incredible, and helping families find happiness during the most difficult time of their lives is something I never want to stop doing.

There are many things that I’ve learned throughout the years that have taught me what true success looks like. When I look back on my life and who I have grown to become, I see service and contribution as two of my most important teachers.

To elaborate, I’d like to share a story from my experience on the board:

The Edmonton Ronald McDonald House needed to expand. As President, I was given a budget to negotiate the purchase of a residence next door. I met the owner and invited him for a visit. At the end of the tour, I told him that we needed to expand. Rather than asking how much he wanted, however, I asked whether he would consider donating the residence… and the answer was YES!

This generosity is a catalyst that inspires everyone to do more. Volunteering is an experience that money can’t buy, and this spirit is so important at all levels of a community.

On Sunday, the ThirtyTwo Dental team will be visiting the Edmonton Ronald McDonald House to prepare a meal for the families staying there and hopefully spread some smiles along the way. This organization will always have a special place in my heart, and I am looking forward to sharing just how special it is with the rest of the team.

For more information or to get involved too, visit rmhcna.org/get-involved.

– Dr. Bill Sharun

How Dental Implants Work

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One of the worst things I have to tell a patient is, “we’re going to have to pull that tooth”. It’s heartbreaking to have to tell someone that they’re going to lose a tooth, no matter what the reason is. And, it can be very traumatizing for the patient. I’m happy, however, to say that with the advancements of dental implants, losing a tooth is not what it once was.

First, let me give a brief explanation of how dental implants work. A dental implant, for lack of a better image, looks like a screw. It is inserted into the area of bone where the root of the tooth used to be. That bone heals and integrates itself around the implant, making it very stable. Once everything is fully integrated, that implant is ready to be crowned. An impression is taken, and a custom crown is made to fit over that implant. If planned and executed properly, the results of an implant can very closely mimic the form and function of a natural tooth. (Here is a little video to further illustrate the process:

I know that this might sound like a scary procedure for some, but let me assure you that I’ve never heard a patient describe it as being a painful experience. In fact, most patients are amazed at how simple the procedure is. Financially they are an investment, but dental implants have an extremely high success rate (>90%). As long as they are taken care of properly, it is unlikely to have problems down the road. Speaking of which, taking care of an implant is basically the same as taking care of your teeth. All they require is regular brushing and flossing, and scaling from your dental hygienist.

Also, what people may not know is that you can do more than just replace a single tooth with an implant. You can replace long spans of missing teeth with implant-supported bridges. You can even use implants to anchor and support dentures! This means no more loose dentures that fall out when you talk or sneeze and no more annoying denture adhesives. Dental implants have been a complete game changer in how dentistry is done nowadays.

So while saying goodbye to a tooth is never an easy thing, hopefully patients can take comfort in knowing that there is a fantastic alternative out there to give them back their smiles. Give us a call at 780-428-2331 or book an appointment online now to discuss your dental implant needs.

Dr. Jaimee Buchkowsky

Oral Piercings: Fashion Statement or Harmful Trend?

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Tongue-PiercingsOral piercings have been around for years. It’s a trend that is still very popular, particularly among young adults. One study reported that close to one fifth of young adults has had at least one type of piercing in or around their mouth. People get oral piercings for a variety of reasons, but shockingly, most of them are unaware of the dangers associated with mouth piercings.

The tongue, lips and cheek are the most common sites for oral piercings. Several studies have been conducted to examine the harmful side of oral piercings. One study showed that 87.83% of piercings had some form of early complication. The most prevalent complications were swelling and bleeding at the piercing sites, followed by dental defects, such as fractured/chipped teeth and receding gums. The prevalence of dental defects is greater for tongue piercings than for lip piercings, and the incidence of gingival recession appears similar for both tongue and lip piercings. Other studies have shown that oral piercings can lead to an increased concentration of periodontal pathogenic bacteria at the pierced site, leading to increased periodontal disease. They have also been linked to an increased incidence of Candida Albicans (a fungus, yikes!) colonization.

Severe, even life-threatening, complications can also arise from oral piercings such as:

  • Hemorrhage
  • Nerve damage
  • Infection and swelling that can lead to airway obstruction
  • Infectious diseases (e.g. HIV, hepatitis, tetanus)
  • Ludwig’s angina
  • Cerebral abscess
  • Endocarditis

While getting oral piercings can be fashionable and a way of showing individuality, people must use caution when getting them. Ensure the place you go to get the piercing is a reputable shop. Proper sterilization and infection control are paramount when choosing a piercer. Also, pay attention to the site you choose to get pierced; some areas are more prone to recession or chipping/cracking teeth. And if you do decide to get one, try not to play with the piercing – many people who have oral piercings report that playing with the piercing caused dental defects. Bottom line is DO YOUR HOMEWORK and ensure you are informed of the potential local and systemic risks of the piercing.

The Problem I Have With Whitening Toothpaste…

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More and more, people are chasing after that bright white Hollywood smile. It’s no wonder. Pick your favourite celebrity, or any celebrity these days, and chances are they have a sparkling white smile. We are constantly being bombarded with ads featuring 3D or Optic or Iceberg or Fill-in-the-adjective White! And I get it – we all want to feel confident about our smiles. We want them to look their best. Consequently, more people are searching for a cheap and easy option for achieving this. The most obvious choice people are turning to is whitening toothpaste, and there are heaps of them on the market these days to choose from.

Whitening toothpastes are designed to remove surface stains from your teeth on a daily basis. How? They use abrasive particles to scrub and clean the surface of your enamel, getting rid of the stain while brushing. Sounds innocent enough, right? Wrong. (Bet you didn’t see that one coming) If only it were that simple.

First, I should mention that the efficacy of whitening toothpastes has been met with mixed reviews. While I believe products should do what they claim to do, that is not the main problem I have with these products. I don’t actually even want to discuss if they do in fact whiten your teeth.

My biggest issue is that they may be causing more harm to teeth and gums than people realize. Because they are more abrasive than regular toothpastes, over time, they can actually wear down and cause damage to the enamel, which is the hard, protective outer layer of your tooth. This can dramatically increase tooth sensitivity and even the potential of getting cavities. And thin enamel, ironically, can even make the teeth look darker or yellower. The abrasiveness of whitening toothpaste can also increase gum recession. What people may not realize is that once the damage to the enamel is done, there is nothing you can do to easily fix it.

Not all toothpastes are created equal; some are less abrasive than others. If you are concerned about the colour of your teeth, you would be better off to use a lower abrasion toothpaste along with special whitening products. That way, you can get the white teeth you want without potentially irreversibly damaging your teeth in the process.

If you have a question regarding your current toothpaste, ask you dental professional to shed some light on which products are best suited for you.

Dr. Jaimee Buchkowsky

New and Improved Website

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To stay current and to make things easier for our patients, we have made some changes to our website! If you’ve visited our website before, the first thing you’ll notice is that the overall look has changed. Visually, the layout is very simple and clean, making it easier to navigate and read. Previously, you may have had issues viewing our page from your mobile devices. Now, we have a sleek new responsive website that will be easy to view on any of your devices, including your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Yay!

We’ve also made some changes to our online booking. To better serve you, we now ask you for your preferred time for appointment, what the nature of your appointment is (check-up, cleaning, filling, etc.), and the best time to reach you. This way, we can better find times in our schedule that work for you. You can still call us to book an appointment if you’d prefer, and we strongly encourage calling if it’s an emergency, as in that case we’ll try to see you ASAP.

As before, on our website you’ll find our comprehensive list of services we provide with explanations for each. There’s our bio page where you can “meet” and learn about each member of the ThirtyTwo team. You’ll also find our community involvement page, which touches on Homeless Connect and the KIA trips our team has taken part in, and our Q&A page. You can see pictures of our office and even take a virtual tour. And you can, of course, find all of our contact information there as well.

Not only can you access our blog from the website, but there are also links to our Facebook and Google pages, where you can follow us, read, or even write your own reviews (hint hint, wink wink).

Happy surfing!

Dr. Jaimee Buchkowsky

Introducing OraVerse®

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When new dental products come onto the market, dentists are usually the only ones who get really excited about them. However, this new product might get our patients more excited than us!

Show of hands: Who enjoys the feeling of being frozen? Let’s be honest, being frozen is the worst. You can’t eat. You can’t speak without slurring. You drool. It’s embarrassing, and there’s always the potential of biting your lip or tongue, causing injury. Or what about the important work presentation you have at 1:00 p.m., and you’re just hoping your freezing has come out by then. Most people can’t wait for their dental freezing to come out. So what if I told you we could shorten the time by half! OraVerse® claims to do just that.

OraVerse® is an anaesthesia reversal drug that has actually been used in the U.S. for a number of years, and is now slowly making its way up to Canada. It is administered the same way anaesthetic is. Once your dental procedure is complete, your dentist injects the reversal agent into the same area where the anaesthetic was placed (the good news is that you shouldn’t feel this injection, since you should still be frozen in that area). Clinical trials have shown that patients who received OraVerse® regained normal sensation and function twice as fast (or even faster) as those without it. There are very few possible side effects – the most common negative side effect was having a bit more soreness around the injection site due to the additional injection. Patients should know that no dental plan will cover this procedure, so there is a small fee that patients would have to pay for themselves, but there’s no question that some things are just worth it!

So my question is “Does this sound like something you’d be interested in?”

Dr. Jaimee Buchkowsky

What on Earth is Gum Disease?

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A lot people wonder, “Why do I need to get my teeth cleaned? Is it really that important?” The short answer is YES! Getting your teeth cleaned on a regular basis is important, not only for your oral health, but your overall health as well.

So what exactly is gum disease?

It is an infection of your gums and supporting tissues that evolves over time. Gum disease includes two stages: a reversible stage and an irreversible stage.

The initial phase of gum disease is called gingivitis and is reversible. Gingivitis is identified by bleeding gums and tender, red, swollen gums. Gingivitis generally develops when plaque and tartar sit on the teeth and infect the gums. A professional cleaning and daily brushing and flossing can reverse the effects of gingivitis, leaving you with a healthy mouth. Brushing and flossing can remove soft plaque, but scaling is needed to remove hard tartar from the teeth.

The second stage of gum disease is called periodontal disease, which is irreversible. Periodontal disease is classified as Early, Moderate or Advanced. The signs of periodontal disease are bone loss, moving teeth, exposed roots, and possible tooth loss. The second stage of gum disease develops when the first stage – the reversible stage – is left untreated. The infection, that started in the gums, spreads into the supporting tissue and bone around the teeth, leading to loss of bony support. Once the process of bone loss starts, you cannot grow the bone back. Moreover, the progression of bone loss can continue if left untreated.

This is where the importance of dental cleanings comes in. With the help of frequent, regular dental hygiene visits, and excellent home care, you can stop the infection and prevent further bone loss. “But I don’t have bone loss,” you may say. “Why do I need to get another cleaning?” Regular dental hygiene care is a preventative therapy to ensure patients do not develop periodontal disease. The best and most effective treatment of gum disease is PREVENTION. If we can prevent a patient from losing bony support, we can ensure they will not develop periodontal disease. The reason why the second stage of gum disease is considered irreversible is because once you develop periodontal disease, you have it for life. The damage from the infection to your bone cannot be reversed. The only thing we can do is prevent further damage with regular hygiene visits, which includes scaling and root planing. This is why prevention is key to treating gum disease. So be sure to come in every 6-12 months and see your hygienist! I’m sure you’ll have a new appreciation for why she asks about brushing and flossing every time!

Dental Hygienist Alia

Canada’s Favourite Dental Hygienist

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Right now, there is a contest running for “Canada’s Favourite Dental Hygienist”. It is a nationwide contest looking for someone who exemplifies qualities that make an outstanding hygienist. Have no fear; ThirtyTwo Dental has found the perfect candidate – our very own full-time hygienist, Judy Clarke!

We wanted to nominate Judy to win this contest for numerous reasons, some of which include her professionalism and dedicated work ethic. In addition to being a well-respected member of our team, Judy is an amazing person who deserves recognition for all her hard work. She is kind, compassionate, caring and very generous. She is always willing to lend a hand to help anyone who needs it. Help us show Judy how much we appreciate her by voting for her as “Canada’s Favourite Dental Hygienist”.

You can vote by clicking on the link below. You will be able to view the bio of Judy and cast your vote! Be sure to fill out all the details on the form, and please leave a kind review of Judy when voting. The judges will take your comments into consideration when choosing the winner. The deadline for voting is June 30, 2015!

Canada’s Favourite Dental Hygienist Contest

The entire staff at ThirtyTwo Dental extends our sincerest gratitude to you for supporting our endeavor to recognize Judy. Thank you!

The ThirtyTwo Dental Team

The Worst Foods for Staining Your Teeth

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We all know how important a bright, white smile is. And while we all know that a daily routine of brushing and flossing is key to keeping those pearly whites white, there are certain foods to keep in mind that can actually stain your teeth. Actually, many of the worst “foods” are actually beverages.

Basically, anything that can stain a white tablecloth can also stain your enamel, and the more intensely coloured a food is, the more staining potential it has. The colour of these foods and beverages comes from chromogens – highly pigmented molecules that latch onto the enamel of your teeth to cause stains.

The acidic level of the food or beverage is another factor to consider. When your teeth are exposed to acid, it softens the enamel and allows the stain to penetrate more deeply into the tooth. So foods that are highly-pigmented AND acidic are likely to cause stain. Finally, if a food is high in tannins – a food compound that increases the choromogens’ adherence to tooth enamel – it boosts a food staining ability. So foods that are highly-pigmented, acidic, AND full of tannins…well, you get the idea.

Here’s a list of the worst offenders (and I do apologize about No. 1 on the list):

  1. Red wine: Ding, ding, ding. This one scores high on all the categories listed above. Interestingly enough, white wine, due to its acidity, contributes to staining as well. If you were to drink white wine and follow it by eating/drinking something that’s intensely pigmented, it makes your teeth more susceptible to picking up that color. (That goes for anything that’s acidic).
  2. Tea: Not only is tea highly-pigmented, it’s also rich in tannins. Note: herbal, green, and white teas are less likely to stain than black teas.
  3. Coffee: Definitely a major culprit for most of us, but believe it or not, it may not be as bad as tea is for staining. Coffee is high in chromogens, but lower in tannins.
  4. Cola: This is one that people may not generally think of, but it’s chromogen-rich and VERY acidic.
  5. Sports drinks: Mostly due to their high-acidity, they soften the enamel and set the stage for staining.
  6. Berries: If you eat a lot of intensely-coloured fruits, your teeth can take on their coloring.
  7. Sweets: Candies, popsicles, gum, etc. that contain food colouring agents can easily stain your teeth. Just think, if your tongue turns green from eating a hard candy, that same colour can stain your teeth.

However, many of these foods (not including soda, sports drinks or candy) have many health benefits and are high in antioxidants, so you may not want to eliminate these foods from your diet completely. Enjoy everything in moderation. You can use straws to limit the exposure of certain drinks in your mouth. And you should avoid swishing or holding things in your mouth too long – the longer foods/drinks stay in contact with your teeth, the more chance they have to stain them. Also, try rinsing with water afterwards. In fact, it’s best to hold off brushing your teeth for 30 minutes after eating acidic foods, since brushing can be too abrasive against the softened enamel.

If you suffer from stained teeth, don’t worry. Ask your dental professional about different whitening options to get rid of the stain and restore your dazzling smile.

Dr. Jaimee Buchkowsky