COVID-19 Update

Dear McKenzie Towne Dental Patients,

The health and well-being of our patients and our team members is our top priority. We recognize the level of concern and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. Our office is closed for all non-essential dental treatment indefinitely, but we remain on-call for any emergent dental issues such as swelling, acute pain, and trauma.

If you or a family member has an upcoming appointment scheduled at our office we will get in touch with you when we are back to work to confirm future dated appointments.

As healthcare professionals, keeping you and your families safe is very important to us.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your trust and patience as we continue to work our way through this unusual and challenging time.

Thank you

Your McKenzie Towne Dental Team

(403) 257‑1180 | 85 High Street SE, Calgary, Alberta

Get Rid of the Pain: How to Ease Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental issue, but it’s hard to tell when it’ll strike. It usually affects people from ages 20 to 40.Dentin exposure can cause your teeth to become sensitive. The dentin is located below the enamel and is connected to nerve endings. When acid attacks the enamel, more of the dentin is exposed. This leads to sensitivity when you eat ordrink something hot, cold, or sweet.Possible Causes of Enamel Erosion

  • Brushing too hard. Aggressive brushing can cause the outermost layer of the tooth to wear away. Brushing hard doesn’t guarantee a good clean. When brushing, be sure to use gentle strokes.
  • Acid attacks. When sugar mixes with bacteria, it turns into acid and attacks the enamel. This results in the thinning of the dentin.
  • Receding gums. When there is tartar buildup on your tooth, your gums may recede. This can cause the root surfaces of your tooth to become exposed. Pockets also begin to form around your tooth. These areas are tough to clean making them an ideal nesting place for bacteria.
  • Tooth whitening treatments. Getting a tooth whitening treatment, be it in office or at home, may cause temporary sensitivity. If you have sensitive teeth and would like to brighten your smile, talk to your dentist aboutpotential side effects.

Tooth grinding. Tooth grinding can also cause the enamel to wear away. It’s hard to find out, though, whether you’re clenching your teeth as it happens when a person is asleep. Your dentist, however, can check your mouth andsee if there are signs of nighttime grinding. You may use a custom night guard to protect your enamel against the damaging effects of tooth grinding. Sensitive teeth can cause mild to excruciating pain that may last for hours.To help relieve discomfort, try the following:1. Avoid anything that leaves your teeth sensitive, such as food and beverages that are too hot or cold.

2. Use a toothpaste that’s specially made for sensitive teeth.3. Maintain good oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and don’t forget to floss.4. Use a soft bristled toothbrush. Get yourself a new toothbrush after three to four months, or once your brush starts to get frayed.5. Brush with gentle hands. Use circular motions when brushing your teeth to ensure you’re reaching all areas. Pay attention to your gum lines.6. Give yourself an hour before brushing your teeth after every meal. Your teeth are more vulnerable to erosion after eating.Schedule routine dentist appointments and don’t ignore a sensitive tooth. If you feel it’s getting worse, talk to your dentist about it. Your dentist will check for the most suitable treatment for you.

Whether it’s a dental emergency in South Calgary or just a regular checkup or cleaning, McKenzie Towne Dental wants to make your experience as comfortable and convenient as possible. Serving McKenzie Towne, Cranston, Auburn Bay, Seton, Copperfield, New Brighton, Mahogany, Inverness, and all of Southeast Calgary


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© Copyright 2018 McKenzie Towne Family Dental and Dental Growth Strategies | All Rights Reserved | Powered by Dental Growth Strategies | Disclaimer: Dr. Safi Magharius is a general dentist, not a cosmetic dental specialist. Cosmetic dentistry is not a term/specialty recognized by the Alberta Dental Association & College (ADA&C). Dr. Magharius provides cosmetic dental procedures such as porcelain veneers, dental implant crowns, dental bonding, and teeth whitening as part of his general dentist license.