Tuesday 6 June 2023

DIY is often thought of as a way to cut corners. But, it becomes a scary proposition when it comes to Dentistry. The professional supervision & controlled environment of a dental office can never be the same as a kitchen sink. No matter how easy it is to rely on ‘Doctor Google’, one should never attempt DIY’s that pose health risks. Here are a few DIY Dental dont’s you must never attempt.

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DIY Tooth Filing

DIY Tooth Filing Tooth filing using nail files, sandpaper, handheld power tools, etc is an alarmingly unsafe idea that’s been trending on social media platforms like Tik Tok and YouTube. Such practice causes irreparable damage and destruction to teeth. Dentists use proven tooth filing techniques that have been researched for years, if not decades. A DIY enthusiast attempting to file their tooth themselves could potentially remove vital enamel coating, causing the tooth to become hypersensitive, misshaped or even die.

DIY Tooth Whitening

The internet is full of ‘crazy hacks’, one of them being ‘ways to whiten teeth using household ingredients’. Citrus rinds, baking soda, activated charcoal, are unfortunately the popular choices of the internet. However, resorting to quick fixes with these ingredients can cause long term damage to your teeth. These ingredients are harsh on the tooth surface causing dental cavities, sensitivity and gum problems in few cases.

DIY aligners

Aligning teeth is something one should leave to the professionals. Dentists carefully assess a patient’s full medical & dental history, then design custom-fit aligners that work wonders without restricting the structures around the tooth. Remote alignment services or DIY Aligners lack one-on-one professional care. These unsupervised dental solutions come at low-cost but prove to be a costly mistake in the long run. Many Orthodontists have witnessed patients who have developed gum diseases, cavities and tooth loss due to direct-to-customer orthodontics.

DIY Restorations

Believe it or not, some people use materials like wax and store-bought adhesives to ‘fix’ their restorations. Glues have toxic compounds which can cause serious damage to the tooth and surround tissue. One must never try to poke, prod, and scrape cavities or restorations in an attempt to ‘fix’ them. Such attempts permanently damage the restoration or introduce infections or cause an abscess. DIY methods often bury the underlying cause and extend the amount of professional care needed which proves to be a costly affair in the long term.

DIY Extractions

Toothache isn’t easy to handle, but DIY tooth extraction sounds like something nightmares are made of. Tooth extraction is a form of surgery, and surgery comes with the risk of complications. Only a certified dental surgeon must assess the underlying cause of toothache & attempt a tooth extraction. Few popular culture DIY extractions methods are, using pliers, using a string tied to a door, etc. Described as creative on the web, these methods are rather medieval which cause infection, excessive bleeding, gum damage, serious damage to other teeth and underlying bone. 
However easy or cost-effective DIY dental hacks might seem, it’s wise to consult with a certified dentist for all your tooth qualms. It’s understandable to look for shortcuts in life, but your shiny pearls are simply too important to risk. Got a dental worry to share? Write to us or book a consultation visit here.

Monday 5 June 2023

Crooked teeth are not just the cause for a self-conscious smile, but can also affect your overall health. Properly aligned teeth allow you to properly brush and floss, removing grit and bacteria that build in your oral cavity every day. Misaligned or crooked teeth make it difficult for bristles to get into the crevices. Harmful bacteria building on the teeth and gums leave the whole body at risk! Read on to discover some of the troublesome ways your crooked teeth can affect your health. 


Improper Digestion

Misaligned teeth make it hard for you to chew properly. Human teeth are designed for different functions of chewing. Misaligned teeth hinder the function, leading to digestion problems. Proper chewing is necessary for the breakdown of nutrients for your body. Hence, crooked teeth can negatively impact your intake of nutrients causing a negative impact on your immune system and overall health.

Persistent Headaches

Crooked teeth throw your bite off-balance & put pressure on your jaw muscles. Temporomandibular joints connected to your lower jaw move smoothly when there is a perfect alignment of teeth. Crooked teeth restrict the TMJ’s smooth movement. This leads to a condition called TMJ disorder which gives way to chronic headaches & migraines.

Gum Diseases

Crooked teeth don’t allow bristles of the toothbrush to reach in all places, which leaves more room for bacteria to sneak in. Bacteria that survive the cleaning process start to build on and around the teeth which lead to deep pockets in your gums. The bacteria thrive in these pockets which leads the way to various dental complications like gum disease called periodontitis which can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Heart Diseases

Bacteria that thrive due to crooked teeth cause gum diseases & can travel through the bloodstream. When these bacteria reach the heart, it can result in cardiovascular diseases. Recent studies suggest that people with moderate to advanced stages of gum diseases are at greater risk for heart disease. Researchers have uncovered oral bacteria in the fatty deposits of people with atherosclerosis, a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries. When untreated, these deposits can narrow arteries, causing a heart attack or stroke.

Respiratory Problems

Crooked teeth allow the breeding of bad bacteria in your mouth. Such bacteria in the mouth can reach the lungs and cause infections such as pneumonia. Studies have suggested a higher mortality rate from pneumonia in people with higher numbers of deep gum pockets which can be a result of crooked teeth. Crooked teeth can also cause airway problems such as obstructive sleep apnea. 
Now you know that crooked teeth can not be ignored. Crooked teeth can be caused due to various factors like genetics, facial injury, habits like mouth breathing, etc. Certified dentists evaluate the underlying cause and formulate a custom plan to straighten up your crooked teeth. To save your pearly smile and overall health, consider getting orthodontic care today. For more information on our services or to schedule an appointment for your crooked teeth, please contact us today.

Saturday 3 June 2023

Expressions Dental offers a wide variety of dental services including, Emergency Dental Services, Wisdom Teeth Removal & Teeth Whitening in Calgary. As professional dentists, it concerns us that there are many myths that surround dental treatments. What worries us most is that many people resort to DIY ways to relieve their dental worries due to such misconceptions. One such treatment that attracts faulty facts is the teeth whitening procedure. We acknowledge that there are a lot of fad whitening treatments out there which contributes to the existing problem of myths so we want to take this opportunity to address the importance of seeing a professional dentist for all your whitening needs and bust of a few teeth whitening Myths. 


# Whitening will damage your teeth

This is untrue. Teeth whitening does not ‘corrode or melt’ the enamel when the procedure is done correctly. Inappropriate proportions or leaving it for a long duration can give poor results. It is true that few experience sensitivity immediately after the whitening, that subsides after some time. However, the use of over the counter experiments and DIY whitening products could cause tooth damage. To avoid damage to the enamel, make sure you choose a professional dentist who uses safe and approved methods for teeth whitening. We offer many options for Teeth Whitening in Calgary, including ZOOM! In office whitening treatment and custom made take-home whitening kits designed for your teeth alone.

# Teeth whitening is permanent

Teeth Whitening results aren’t permanent. Post teeth whitening, you will be required to maintain the results via a proper diet. Drinking coffee, tea, and red wine can cause your teeth to turn yellow. Avoiding foods/habits that cause staining and following a dentist-recommended routine is required to keep your teeth white longer. Touch-ups are required to keep your shiny pearls white.

# Whitening works on veneers & tooth restorations

No, it does not. The teeth whitening procedure is supposed to be performed on natural teeth before you go for restorations or crowns. Porcelain restorations and veneers are then matched to your whitened teeth. So, if you are planning to get veneers, crowns, or fillings, consult your dentist if you can wait until after teeth whitening to do them. Otherwise, you may need to get them redone after your teeth are whitened.

# All teeth whitening procedures deliver a Hollywood smile

Each of us has a different mineral composition of teeth. So, comparing your results with others is unrealistic. Some of us have genetically yellow teeth, while others have deeply stained teeth due to use of antibiotics like tetracycline. So, your dentist should determine the best possible whitening plan that suits your oral history for the best possible results.

Whitening isn’t the only procedure your favorite star has invested in for the dazzling smile you see on screen. Ask your dentist if your teeth would require whitening alone or need other procedures like porcelain veneers for achieving that Hollywood smile.

# The procedure is painful

Advanced methods of teeth whitening are safe and relatively painless. A professional dentist uses protective gel for your gums to shield them from the whitening agent that can irritate the soft tissue. However, you might feel sensitivity after the procedure which will subside. In case you have pre-existing sensitivity, your dentist would recommend the right plan that suits your oral history.
For more information about Teeth Whitening in Calgary or for other dental procedures or if you are looking for an Emergency Dentist, consult Expressions Dental.

Friday 2 June 2023

Emergencies can come knocking at our door at any time regardless of whether we are ready for them or not. Dental emergencies can also be quite serious in nature and need immediate treatment and get dental emergency services.

Some dental emergencies are as follows: –


Chipped or Broken Teeth

Accidents or other untoward incidents may cause the tooth to break or chip. It is possible to save a broken tooth if you visit the dentist quickly. For minor chips, the damage can be easily fixed by your dentist. However, for serious cases, a root canal or a cap may be required to lend support to the damaged tooth.

Knocked-out Tooth

A tooth that gets dislodged or knocked-out of its socket can be salvaged if you visit your dentist quickly. An adult, knocked-out, tooth which gets put back in its place in 10 minutes has a fair chance of being able to function normally again. The further the delay in visiting your dentist for a knocked-out tooth, the more difficult it becomes for your dentist to salvage the knocked-out tooth. Please look for ‘emergency dental services’ to find your nearest dentist.


A toothache may be due to an infection in the gums or other reasons. If you experience a toothache, it is advisable to visit your dentist at the earliest. A cold pack can be applied on the face, at the spot of the toothache, however, warm packs should be avoided as it will worsen the toothache.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

If you accidentally bite your tongue or lip and you experience bleeding which does not stop, it is advised to apply pressure on the area with a clean piece of cloth and immediately see your dentist. Swelling in the lips can be treated by applying ice to it.

Loose Crown or Fillings

If your filling or an existing crown comes off, or becomes loose, it is suggested to visit your dentist at the earliest. This will ensure your dentist can prevent any further damage from occurring to the already weakened tooth. Placing sugar-free chewing gum over the damaged tooth can also provide temporary protection while you visit your dentist.

Trapped Particles

If you are unable to remove a particle trapped in between your teeth using a string of dental floss (sharp articles must not be used as it may damage the tooth or gums), visit your dentist so that they can remove the particle safely. Please search for ‘emergency dental services’ to find a dentist near you.

Broken Braces or Wires

If your braces come off for any reason, the wires may protrude and cause injuries to your cheek, tongue, or gums. To avoid such injuries, visit your dentist at the earliest so that they can take corrective action.

These are a few common emergencies that occur mostly. However, dental emergencies can come in any shape or form. If any discomfort or pain in your mouth does not subside after 24 hours please search for emergency dental services to find your nearest dentist.

Thursday 1 June 2023

General dentists are students of dental sciences who have graduated from an accredited dental school and hold a degree in general dentistry. A general dentist will provide you with preventive dental check-ups, ensure any dental disorder is treated at the earliest, offer professional cleanings, and restorative services to name a few.


A general dentist would ideally provide a wide range of dental services. However, on rare occasions when faced with a complex case, they may need to refer you to a specialist for further treatment. The following dental services would come in the realm of a general dentist: –

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Since your wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to erupt, there is inadequate space for them to erupt properly in the gums. This may cause them to erupt partially, or grind against other teeth and cause discomfort. A general dentist can do a wisdom teeth extraction, though certain cases may be referred to an oral surgeon. If you are being bothered by a wisdom tooth, please search for general dentist Calgary NW to find your nearest dentist.

Tooth Extraction

At times, decay, or other uncontrollable causes can impair the function of your natural tooth. The damage could be to such an extent that it becomes difficult to restore them, requiring tooth extraction. Your general dentist can assess the health of your tooth and may suggest an extraction if restorative procedures are not possible.

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry includes adding strength to a weakened tooth through crowns, veneers, etc. This damage may be due to decay, dental or gum diseases, or other reasons. This is widely followed by dentists to save the natural tooth and prevent it from further damage. 

Root Canal Treatment

A tooth where decay has infected the pulp of the tooth needs to be treated by following a Root Canal procedure. In this the infected pulp is removed, the cavity filled with a tooth-friendly material, and finally, a crown (also called a cap) is placed on the tooth to add support to the damaged natural tooth. A general dentist can perform a root canal treatment, though they may need to refer you to an endodontist (root canal specialist) for complex cases. If you are suffering from a toothache, please search for a general dentist Calgary NW to visit your nearby dentist.

Botox Treatment

A general dentist can offer Botox treatment to reduce wrinkles, crows’ feet, and fine lines. Once a Botox treatment is given, the results are visible within 2 weeks and can last up to 4 months.

Other Services

A general dentist can also offer other services like in-office or at-home teeth whitening, sedation services, TMJ treatment, Micro Needling, dentures, and x-rays. Please reach out to your general dentist to know the entire range of services they offer.