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

What do I do about receding gums?

Gums should fit snugly around the tooth. However, there are instances when they wear away and recede. The roots of the teeth have no protective coating, unlike the crowns. When gums recede, the roots become exposed.

Receding gums can cause pain, increased sensitivity, and infection. Here are some tips to prevent it from progressing.

  1. Maintain good oral hygiene habits. This is the simplest way to slow down gum recession. Be sure to floss between the teeth and below the gum line at least once a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your teeth at least twice per day. If you’re having difficulties using a manual toothbrush, switch to an electric toothbrush.
  1. Improve your brushing techniques. Brush gently, making sure to cover all areas of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces. Use small strokes as you brush back and forth. Hold your toothbrush in a vertical position when brushing the inner sides of the teeth. And spend at least two minutes every brushing session.
  1. Use a custom mouthguard. If you’re clenching or grinding your teeth, consider investing in a custom mouthguard at the dental office. This appliance can help protect your gums against the damaging effects of teeth grinding. A mouthguard can help distribute pressure across the jaw and prevent your top and bottom teeth from hitting each other. Unlike store-bought options, a custom mouthguard fits and works better.
  1. Have your dentures checked. If you’re using dentures, take them to your dentist for a check. Over time, dentures may no longer fit as comfortably as the bone, gums, and jaw alignment also change. They’re also subject to natural wear and tear. Ensuring your dentures are a good fit for your mouth will also help prevent gum recession.
  2. See your dentist regularly. Be sure to keep up with your routine dental appointments. Your dentist will be able to detect early signs of receding gums and assess any dental work you have had.

Maintaining good oral hygiene habits and seeing your dentist regularly can help prevent, stop, or slow down gum recession. Talk to your dentist today about tips on treating any gum issues you may have. Keep your gums in good condition to keep your teeth in place.

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


(403) 257‑1180

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