Great Ways to Relax Before Dental Surgery

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Hello Calgary!

If you’ve been told that you are a good candidate for dental surgery, don’t panic! Dental surgery can induce feelings of stress and anxiety. We get it- our Calgary Perio understands how scary and overwhelming oral surgery may sound like.

However, we don’t want your anxiety to get in the way of you receiving proper treatment. Our doctors, Dr. Brar and Dr. Manhas, are here to gently guide and support you. Here are some helpful strategies that our team recommends to help you prepare for your dental procedure.

Communicate well with our dental team

Good communication is very important to us. It is one of the key ingredients to a successful procedure. We always spend extra time with our patients to answer their questions and address their concerns.  Every patient has a unique set of needs. Therefore, it is in your best interest to tell us how we can improve your experience. Don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Brar or Dr. Manhas about the steps involved in your surgery. In addition, please talk to our dental assistants about pre-operatory and post-operatory instructions. Our assistants are incredibly patient and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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“How can we help you feel more comfortable?” 

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Our team will often ask how we can make you feel more at ease prior to your surgery. We genuinely care about your well-being. Our dental assistants will often inquire about your stress level and how we can minimize your level of discomfort.

Weare big proponents of open lines of communication. Don’t be shy! We encourage you to share any concerns you may have so we can better accommodate your individual needs.



Don’t over analyze

Some patients tend to over think their impending dental procedure. Over-analyzing can be detrimental to your mental and physiological health. While it is great to be well informed about your surgery, it isn’t healthy to become obsessed with it. Ask yourself the right type of questions and shift your focus on the positive outcomes of your procedure. If in doubt, trust the medical opinion of Calgary Perio’s experienced surgeons and dental assistants.

Consider Medication

Stress can be alleviated in multiple ways. We welcome you to discuss your needs with our doctors. Upon reviewing your personal medical history, Dr. Brar or Dr. Manhas may recommend over-counter drugs, and possibly sedation. Please keep in mind that these are “recommendations and options”. We partner with our patients to determine what medications or drugs are best suited for their unique needs.

Meditation and Breathing

If you’ve gone to a meditation or yoga class, you’ve probably learned about deep breathing. Deep breathing exercises can be helpful prior and during your dental procedure. These help you focus on your breathing instead of worrying about what is happening around you. When you practice deep breathing, your body is flooded with generous supplies of oxygen. As a result, this can help you feel less tense and more relaxed.


Choose healthy and nutritious foods

Prior to your dental surgery, it is important to fuel your body with nutritious foods that will help power your brain and reduce your anxiety. To ensure optimal periodontal health, Dr. Manhas always recommends you follow the “ACE” rule. Enrich your diet with foods that contain lots of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. Examples of such foods are: oranges, sweet potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, soybean oil, and other healthy oils. You should try to avoid caffeinated drinks, especially a few days before your procedure. Caffeine is a known stimulant that can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety.


Can we help you with your dental surgery?

Dental surgery doesn’t have to be stressful and overly complicated. With decades of combined experience, Dr. Manhas and Dr. Brar have helped hundreds of patients with their periodontal and dental implant needs. Our NW clinic is conveniently located off Crowchild Trail NW, in the Northland Professional Building. To book an appointment, please call 403.288.3334.



4 Things You Need to Know about Our Clinic

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Hello Calgary!

Did you know that Calgary Perio has had a long-standing relationship with Calgarians for more than 2 decades? Our in-house periodontists, Dr. Brar & Dr. Manhas, are experienced professionals who have helped hundreds of patients with their periodontal and dental implants needs.

Here are 4 things you should know about our Clinic:

Our Doctors are Rated among the Top 5 Periodontists on

It’s true! Dr. Brar and Dr. Manhas have consistently earned 5-star ratings from our patients. As of May 2018, our in-house periodontists have been ranked among the top 5 best periodontists on We are very thankful for your reviews and promise to keep up our high standards when it comes to patient care and professionalism.



We Offer Dental Hygiene Services 

Calgary Perio is best known for our expertise in periodontal surgeries and dental implants. However, our clinic is also home to talented Registered Dental Hygienists. Our Hygienists have been part of our family for a very long time, developing long-lasting friendships with a lot of our patients. To book an appointment with one of our dedicated Hygienists, please call our coordinators at 403.288.3334.




How a dental implant is placedOur Periodontists are also Dental Implant Specialists

Our clinic is fully equipped to help with your dental implant needs. Dental implants are appealing to a wide variety of patients because of their numerous long-term benefits. In fact, dental implants behave like your natural teeth. Implants can prevent bone loss and facial sagging. Moreover, dental implants can aid in the fight against gum disease.

Getting dental implants is an important decision and the procedure usually involves the work of an oral surgeon or highly trained dental specialist. Dr. Brar and Dr. Manhas are both dental specialists who have extra years of education and professional practice. If you think dental implants are right for you, come and talk to either one of Calgary Perio’s doctors. We will be happy to answer your questions and guide you through the procedure.



Referrals and Appointments

With two dedicated in-house periodontists, we always try our best to find an appointment at your earliest convenience. Same day appointments are not always a guarantee, but our coordinators try their hardest to book an appointment as quickly as our schedule permits. A referral from your local dentist is recommended. However, we understand that every patient has unique circumstances, and we are happy to consider patients that do not have a referral.

Our clinic is conveniently located in the Northland Professional Centre, right off Crowchild Trail. For more information on how you can book an appointment, please call us at 403.288.3334 or email us at [email protected]



Friendly Staff and Outstanding Customer Care

Customer care is something we take very seriously. Every single one of our staff members has inherent qualities that make them truly kind and compassionate beings. You will always be treated with tremendous respect as we hope to make your visits positively memorable.

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4 Tips To Fight Against Periodontal Disease

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Gum disease can bring some unpleasant feelings and great discomfort. It can also affect your overall lifestyle, making it hard to enjoy everyday activities. Here are some tips that our Calgary Perio wants to share to help you combat gum disease.


Proper Flossing is Essential

Use floss that is long enough to accommodate each tooth. Make sure you slide the floss back and forth long enough so that the trapped food particles can be dislodged. Be diligent with your flossing habit. Being committed will greatly help with your fight against periodontal disease.


Glenda, one of our talented Registered Dental Hygienists, recommends gentle gum massages with your finger. You could apply some peppermint tonic oil, giving your mouth an instant refreshing makeover. 




Brush using the correct technique

Brushing your teeth should involve small circular motions. Moving your toothbrush in small circles ensures that plaque and food debris in between your gums and teeth can be dislodged. After you’ve brushed your teeth, do brush your tongue to eliminate the accumulation of bacteria. You can use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to brush your tongue.

If your gums are sensitive and bleed while you are brushing, try to use a brush with softer bristles. Do not brush too hard as the pressure could be irritating your gums even more. If your gums are still sensitive and prone to bleeding, contact your local periodontist.


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Use an antiseptic mouthwash

Most mouthwash solutions contain fluoride, which help combat cavities. However, an antiseptic mouthwash has even more powerful properties. Antiseptic mouthwashes contain chlorhexidine gluconate, a chemical that can fight periodontal disease, canker sores, gum infections, and halitosis (bad breath).






Dr. Brar says, “Regular dental check-ups are very important. They give an opportunity to your dentist to examine your mouth thoroughly and detect any symptoms of periodontal disease or receding gums. Your dental hygienist is there to help with a deep cleaning of your mouth. Don’t miss your check-up or cleaning appointments. These can really help with early identification of dental issues and periodontal problems.”




Calgary Perio Clinic is located in the Northland Professional Building. Our in-house periodontists, Dr. Brar and Dr. Manhas, have decades of combined experience in the periodontal and dental implant industry. For more information on our staff and services, please click on the link below.



Things You Should Know About Gum Graft Surgery

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A lot of people do not notice the gradual recession of their gums. It is such a “slow” process that the changes in your gum line are really hard to notice. Gum recession is a fairly common dental problem and can go unnoticed until the condition becomes quite severe.


Below are some of the common questions you may about gum grafts.

What is Gum Graft Surgery?

Gum surgery sounds worse than it actually is- really! Gum recession can result in exposed roots. If your gum is no longer the “blanket” that covers your tooth’s root, you could suffer from significant dental problems.

Gum grafts is a surgical procedure performed by a periodontist. The main objective of the graft is to stop gum recession and prevent the loss of your teeth’s important supporting structures.


What are the main types of Gum Grafting?

There are 3 main types of gum grating

1. Subepithelial Connective Tissue Graft

This type of gum graft will involve the removal of tissue from the outer layer of the palate. This tissue will then be relocated to the affected site of gum recession.

2. Free Gingival Graft

Gingivital grafts are mostly used to thicken and strengthen the gum tissue. A layer of tissue will be taken from the palate. It will then be transposed tot the site of gum recession.

3. Acellular Dermal Matrix Allograft

In this case, donated human tissue will the transferred to the site of gum recession. There won’t be any tissue taken out of the patient’s palate.


Gum graft surgery can seem complicated and scary. During your consultation with Dr. Manhas, feel free to voice your concerns. We welcome your questions and our staff is here to help you deal with any anxiety you are experiencing about the procedure.  A gum graft sounds frightening, but is in fact, a highly predictable procedure with tremendous positive results. 

What if I choose not to have the gum graft?

The effects of gum recession can be incredibly damaging. If not treated, gum recession can cause tremendous root sensitivity, especially when exposed to hot or cold foods. In addition, you could suffer from loss of bone, decay, and tooth loss.

What are the benefits of a gum graft?

Gum grafts can have tremendous positive effects in terms of function and esthetics. The main advantages of a gum graft are:

  • Prevention of further gum recession and bone loss
  • Exposed roots are covered and protected from decay
  • Reduced food sensitivity and less dietary restrictions
  • Improved aesthetic appearance

Is gum graft surgery painful?

Most patients report that post-surgery pain is very manageable with regular pain medication. Depending on your condition and your level of intolerance to pain, you may get a prescription for stronger pain medication. It is common for patients to experience bruising in the lips and cheeks.

Prior your gum graft surgery, our staff will share detailed instructions on how you can prepare for your procedure. After your surgery has been completed, Isabelle, one of our Registered Dental Assistants, will spend some time discussing the post-surgery recommendations. We strive to make the process comfortable, and will partner with you to achieve your quick and easy recovery. 





If you’ve been told that you need Gum Graft Surgery in Calgary, please contact our clinic at 403.288.3334. Our NW periodontal clinic is conveniently located in the Northland Professional Centre Building, next to the Northland Wal-Mart.


Talk about Dental Implants with your Calgary Periodontist

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Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. When implanted by a highly skilled dentist or implant specialist, dental implants can enhance your smile in terms of functionality and aesthetic. Our in-house specialists, Dr. Manhas and Dr. Brar, are not just periodontists and dental implant experts, who have helped hundreds of patients with their dental implant needs.

To find out if dental implants are right for you, talk to your Calgary Periodontist or call us at (403)288 3334.

Dental implants are in it for the long haul

When dental implants are properly and skillfully placed, your implants could last a lifetime. With proper care and some minor periodic adjustments, patients can enjoy their implants for decades. Dental implants stay in your mouth 24/7. Unlike dentures, you never have to soak them overnight. Overall, they are incredibly dependable, strong, and durable.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Brar or Dr. Manhas will determine your candidacy for dental implants. Dental implant eligibility depends on how healthy your gum tissue is. There should also be enough bone present to properly support the dental implants. It is important for us to have a frank dialogue with our patients, and your first visit is the perfect opportunity for us to address your concerns. Never hesitate to ask questions- we’re here to listen. 

Uplifting news!

Missing teeth often lead to the deterioration of your jawbone. Losing your jawbone can be detrimental for the support of your natural teeth, resulting in an undesirable change in appearance. Dental implants make it possible for you to retain the shape of your smile, thus creating a natural “facelift” look. Implants can drastically improve your aesthetic front, making you feel increasingly comfortable and confident.


Crowns, replacement teeth, and dental implants cannot be affected by cavities.  You can care for your dental implants as if they were your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing will keep your gum and dental implants strong and healthy.

Yes! You read this correctly! You do have to care for your implants like you normally would with your natural teeth. However, since dental implants cannot be impacted by cavities, you won’t have to worry about pain or soreness associated with dental caries.

Eat Well, Live longer

Implants do not impose restrictions on your diet. Steak, nuts, fresh veggies, and corn are not off limits! Dental implants can relieve excessive stress and pressure affecting your other teeth. The chewing process becomes easy and effortless.

In addition, your digestion will improve, thus reducing chances of you experiencing stomach or digestive problems.


High Success Rates

Armed with a proper treatment plan, excellent surgical protocol, and a highly-skilled dentist, you can anticipate 10-year success rates for dental implants in excess of 98%. To give you a better understanding of these incredibly high success rates, compare dental implants to traditional crowns and root canals whose 10-year success rates vary between 75% and 85%.

With a 10-year 98% success rate, this is a valuable investment that will enhance your facial appearance and your overall health. Dental implants are made of Titanium, a metal with great strength and which is biologically inert. Unlike other metals, Titanium won’t be rejected by the body. In the hands of an experienced specialist, the surgical implant procedure is relatively short, simple, and straightforward. When it comes to dental implant surgery, our Calgary Perio staff are highly trained experts with extensive experience. You’re in good hands!

Live, Laugh, Love…

Dental implants can significantly improve your lifestyle. There are no dietary restrictions, and hard textured foods are not off limits. You don’t need to avoid awkward yoga poses anymore! With your implants firmly in place, you can talk, smile, cough, and laugh without anything shifting or clicking. You will absolutely love how easy it is to enjoy all your favourite activities, and never have to worry about convenience or logistics.


To learn more about Dental Implants in Calgary, 


Our friendly staff will be happy to help you book your initial appointment with one of the top rated periodontists in the city.

 (403) 288 3334

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Calgary Perio Team

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“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Henry Ford

Margaret, Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Some claim that souls tend to go back to a place where they feel like home. It is fair to say that I stayed close to my roots and my childhood beginnings. In fact, I grew up in Brentwood Heights, about 4 blocks north of our clinic. At the time, our office used to be a riding academy and Dalhousie was a dairy farm. My second family, Calgary Perio, gives me an opportunity to still be part of this NW community that has so much heart and history.

Where can we expect to find you when you are not that the clinic?

You can expect to find me “glamping” in style with my Icelandic Sheepdogs! I am a big Saskatchewan Roughriders fan, and I also love to travel. This fall, I will be going on an exciting European escapade. Tune in to find out more about my Euro trip!

Lisa, Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) / Clinic Coordinator 

Life at Calgary Perio is always interesting and engaging. I get to meet people from all walks of life, and I have learned so much from our patients. Two decades ago, I graduated from SAIT as a Registered Dental Assistant. In 2008, after I had my beautiful daughter, I chose to forgo my chair-side duties, but I do keep my dental assisting license current. I love spending time with my family and staying active is something we truly value.

What made you want to pursue a career in the dental industry?

As a child, I spent a lot of time in and out of my orthodontist’s office. I realized that dentists can have a tremendous impact not only on your dental health, but also on your emotional well-being. I am thankful and glad that I identified my passion at an early age.

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Alysha, Sterilization Assistant

In 2013, I attended the Columbia Dental Assisting program, and I am proud to be part of the Calgary Perio Family. My job can present some interesting challenges, but I really enjoy my role at the clinic. On weekends, I often go camping and fishing with my fiancé.

What is something your patients may not know about you?

Our patients might be surprised to find out that I have a multi-pet household that comprises of two dogs, Chase and Amigo, and two guinea pigs, Trixie and Brenda. Yes, we have been outnumbered, but life is so much more fun with them around!

Caroline, Administrator

With 10 years of combined experience in medical and dental administration, I use my expertise to make our patients feel comfortable and appreciated. I am incredibly proud to be a member of the Calgary Perio family, and I am grateful for all the new things I have learned at the clinic. During my spare time, I enjoy traveling with my husband. I also love sewing, and I never say no to a good novel!

How would your colleagues at Calgary Perio describe you?

I believe they would say that I am friendly and outgoing. I always do my best to be kind and supportive. When you work with such fantastic individuals, it isn’t that hard to be easygoing and accessible.

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Isabelle, Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

Born and raised in Calgary, I eventually set sail to Cranbrook to complete my Dental Assistant Diploma at the College of the Rockies. I enjoy my work environment and value the time I get to spend with our lovely patients. When I am not at the clinic, it is important for me to visit with family and friends. I am a Flames and Stampeders fan and enjoy attending our home teams’ games. Go flames go!

What is your idea of a great holiday?

A cold drink in my hand, the soothing sounds of ocean water, and the warm sun on my skin; all these sound like my idea of a super vacation! I really do enjoy traveling to hot destinations. If I can’t travel south, my idea of a perfect getaway involves a hike in the mountains.

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Laurelyn, Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Born and raised in Calgary, I have been a hygienist since 1998. My work is something I am really passionate about. I am surrounded by smart and talented people who work really hard for our guests to feel appreciated. Time away from the clinic involves hiking trips in the mountains, reading, and cooking for my family and friends.

It has been 19 years since you’ve become an RDH. What have you learned along the way?

I have learned so much about others and about myself. In fact, I have gained a lot more in terms of respect, trust, and patience. I enjoy people and the diversity of it all. Yes, it has been 19 years, but I still love it!

Flora, Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

I am a proud graduate of SAIT’s dental assisting program, and it is a pleasure to work for a clinic that is growing in the right direction. I work with really good people and our patients are truly amazing. When I am not busy working on my patients’ smiles, I am working hard to give ladies their dream eyelashes. I also enjoy spending quality time with my dogs, and often go hiking or kayaking.

How would you describe the working environment at Calgary Perio?

The clinic is home away from home. My co-workers are kind and supportive people. We care about one another and we get along well because our core values are aligned. The positive working environment makes it possible for everyone to feel supported and appreciated.


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Periodontics at-a-glance

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Peridontology 101

“Periodontology”, that’s a word you don’t usually hear in everyday life! If you’ve never heard this word before, this can be quite intimidating. Let us share some quick facts about periodontology and how relevant it is to all of us.

Periodontology, also known as periodontics, is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the structures around your teeth. A periodontist has extensive training in periodontics and can properly diagnose and treat periodontal disease.

The incidence of periodontal disease is incredibly prevalent among Canadians. In fact, it can be seen in all types of individuals regardless of gender, race, and lifestyle. Periodontal disease can have detrimental effects on your gums, dental bones, and overall health. An estimated 40% of Canadians currently have active periodontal disease and are not aware of it.


Who is a periodontist?

A periodontist is a certified dentist (DMD or DDS), plus at least three additional years of education. Periodontists specialize in gum diseases, dental implants, oral inflammation, and cosmetic periodontal procedures.

Our clinic’s in-house periodontists, Dr. Brar and Dr. Manhas, have extensive experience in periodontology. Over the past two decades, they have invested much of their career in periodontal research and academic instruction. In fact, Dr. Brar is a former Assistant Professor in Periodontics at the University of Manitoba, and Dr. Manhas has worked as a periodontal clinical instructor for 12 years. They are leading forces in the Canadian periodontal industry, and have been bestowed with high commendation from peers and patients.

 Who should see a periodontist?

Some of your basic dental needs can effectively be managed by your general dentist. However, symptoms of periodontal disease often necessitate the intervention of a trained specialist. A periodontist has a deeper understanding of periodontal disease, and is licensed to practice complex procedures, including oral surgery. In many cases, your periodontist and dentist will work together to tailor the best treatment plan for your individualized needs.

How can I recognize the signs of periodontal disease?

Early symptoms of periodontal disease might not be overtly visible. As a matter of fact, periodontal disease is often known as a “silent killer”. Gum disease can reveal itself in the form of the following symptoms:


Red, swollen, and tender gums
Pain in your mouth
Bleeding while flossing, brushing, or eating hard food
Persistent bad breath
Sores in your mouth
Gums that are receding from the teeth. This may cause the teeth to look longer than they did before.
Presence of pus between your gums and teeth
A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
A change in the fit of your partial dentures


During your first visit at our clinic, Dr. Brar or Dr. Manhas will assess the severity of your condition. They are trained to recognize the early symptoms of periodontal disease, and have experience identifying trouble areas that are not easily visible to us.


 Quick tip from Dr. Manhas: To find out if you are susceptible or suffer from gum recession, try this at-home gum recession analyzer.

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 Who is at risk of developing periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease does not discriminate and can affect anyone. However, there are some factors that can play a bigger role in periodontal disease, including genetics. In addition, many illnesses including diabetes, have been linked to periodontal disease. Smoking, dry mouth, decreased saliva production, and poor dental hygiene are also contributing factors to periodontal disease.

 Are there any risks between periodontal disease and other illnesses affecting other parts of our body?

Your periodontist should be able to offer additional information regarding periodontal disease and systemic health. Studies suggest that conditions such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and respiratory illnesses, are linked to periodontal disease.

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I have been referred to a periodontist. Does this automatically mean that I have to undergo surgery?

Periodontists are highly trained in surgical dental procedures, but seeing a periodontist does not necessarily require surgery. Every patient comes in with a unique set of challenges, and periodontal treatment does not always resort to periodontal surgery. It is essential not to jump to conclusions, especially when it comes to periodontal care.

Patients can sometimes experience anxiety prior to their initial consultation with a periodontist. Our staff’s best advice is not to overthink it. Your emotional health is important, and contemplation of the unknown is not worth the stress. Until you meet with one of our Calgary Perio specialists, you should not speculate about your diagnosis and the course of treatment.

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Welcome to our blog!

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Welcome to Calgary Perio’s Smile Blog!

We’re so happy you are here. For many years, we’ve wanted to create an inviting environment where you could feel inspired. This blog is a great source of knowledge, where you will find trustworthy information about dental implants & periodontics.

Every week, we will be sharing our stories, tips, helpful how-tos, and clinic updates. Our blog articles are carefully handcrafted by our talented team members. You will gain tremendous insight into the periodontal industry & how it can positively impact your oral health.

Thank you for following along as we uncover our patients’ potential to great dental health. We hope you’ll stop by often, and we invite you to share your thoughts with us on social media.

Yours in health,

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