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Which Came First?

It’s a little bit like the chicken-or-egg question: which should you do first, brush your teeth, or floss them? At Cornwall Dental Arts, our answer is: the jury is still out on that one.

The answer to that question usually depends on who you ask. Some dentists will tell you it’s better to floss first. That way, you loosen plaque, or food debris from between your teeth, and brush it away. Also, you won’t be tempted to skip flossing after you’ve brushed.

On the other hand, some dentists say it’s better to brush first. Then when you floss, you’ll get some toothpaste between your teeth.

According to one survey, there’s about a fifty-fifty split among people who were asked, with a slight edge going to brushing first. We think you should do whichever you prefer. Just be sure to do both!

Our recommendations are in line with most dental authorities:

  • Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day
  • Use a soft-bristle brush, replaced every three months
  • Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle at the gum line
  • Brush in circular, half-tooth-wide strokes
  • Be sure to get the back teeth
  • Be sure to get in, outer, and top surfaces
  • Don’t forget your tongue!
  • With flossing, use about eighteen inches of floss, so you’ve got a clean piece for each section

Brushing and flossing are an essential part of your dental health regimen. So is seeing us at Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall Ontario for a check-up twice a year. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

855-976-7250

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

Posted in Dental Health, Family Dentistry, General Dentistry

Not All Smile Makeovers Are Created Equal

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This post from Cornwall Dental Arts is about smile makeovers. Some Cornwall patients wonder if  the term is synonymous with general cosmetic dentistry.

Are the placement of four veneers considered a smile makeover? Well, yes and no. If your smile is attractive and healthy except for some chips in your upper front teeth, veneer placement may remedy the few cosmetic problems and result in a sensational smile.

Generally, however, a complete smile makeover combines several carefully-chosen cosmetic dentistry procedures performed at the same time for a complete smile metamorphosis. In other words, the sum is greater than the parts.

For example, one treatment plan could include crown restorations, veneers for teeth that are misshapen but otherwise healthy, tooth-colored filling replacement for old amalgam fillings, and teeth whitening for the crowning touch.

When we design a custom smile makeover at Cornwall Dental Arts, we study several elements in addition to the teeth. After all, the teeth are just one component of the patient’s face. The gumline, lips, mouth, facial shape, facial structure, coloring, and patient’s age affect the scope of the design. This comprehensive approach to a smile makeover achieves fantastic results and sets our practice apart.

To find out more about smile makeovers from Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall ON, schedule a consultation with us. We offer many cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

855-976-7250

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Smile makeover

The Most Important Procedure For Smile Makeover Patients

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If you want to beautify your smile with cosmetic dentistry, the team at Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall ON can help. We invite you to call us to schedule a consultation. That initial consultation is the most important part of a smile makeover.

During your consultation we will discuss the following issues:

  • Your vision and expectations of how you want your smile to look and feel after the makeover.
  • The current condition of your oral health.
  • The aspects of your teeth and gums that you wish to fix.
  • The combination of treatments needed to reach your goal.
  • A detailed explanation of each procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, gum contouring, crown lengthening, tooth implants, or teeth whitening.
  • You can see before and after pictures of cosmetic dental smile makeover patients.
  • Your options for how to schedule the makeover process (all at once or over time).
  • Information about oral conscious sedation.
  • Answers to all of your questions and concerns.

By listening carefully, communicating clearly, and asking the right questions, we can fully assess the variables unique to your needs. Effective cosmetic dentistry consultations ensure complete patient satisfaction.

At Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall ON, we use cosmetic dentistry to perform complete smile makeovers. You’ll love your new smile! Schedule your consultation with us today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

855-976-7250

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Smile makeover

Dental Sealant Q & A

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Dental sealants are an extra layer of protection for your teeth, and for your children’s teeth. They’re common to pediatric dentistry, and we recommend dental sealants for our young patients at Cornwall Dental Arts.

Here are a few common questions about dental sealants, and our answers:

Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They help to prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to remove.

A. Do sealants reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can lessen the risk of decay by up to 70%!

Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. We apply the sealant resin as a liquid which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is fast, easy and painless.

Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. Sealants are most commonly applied to the first and second molars (the chewing surfaces) because they are at the highest risk for decay.

Q. When should sealants be applied?
A. The best time is early – while the teeth are cavity-free. We will advise you.

Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. Not necessarily. Talk to us about whether sealants could benefit you.

Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Vigilant oral hygiene is still important to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gum line.

At Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall ON, pediatric dentistry is among our specialties. We also offer general and family dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

855-976-7250

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Posted in Children's dentistry, Dental Health, Oral Health, Pediatric dentistry

How Tooth Brushing Prevents Gum Disease

Cornwall Teeth BleachingAt Cornwall Dental Arts, we keep urging everyone to brush at least twice a day. Home come? For one thing, it helps prevent gum disease, but there’s more. Let’s discuss why this is vital.

Brushing and flossing is also the best way to prevent decay. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and carefully flossing removes the food from our teeth and prevents the build-up of plaque.

If we let food stay on our teeth, the starches in the food will combine with the plaque. This nasty mixture forms an acid which immediately starts drilling into the enamel to form cavities. Brushing can’t get all the spaces between your teeth, so you’ve got to floss also.

Brushing and flossing keeps gums and bone healthy.

If you let gum disease go untreated, you can lose teeth that are cavity-free!

The progression of gum disease (gingivitis) goes like this:

  1. Plaque build-up irritates gums.
  2. Irritated gums recede from the tooth.
  3. Bacteria multiply in the spaces between the gum and tooth.
  4. The bone holding the tooth is eaten by the bacteria.
  5. Say goodbye to the tooth.

The good news is that gum disease can be reversed if it is detected early on.

Call Cornwall Dental Arts to schedule a gum disease evaluation at our office in Cornwall ON. We also offer general and family dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts:

855-976-7250

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Posted in Dental Health, Gum disease, Oral Health

Keeping You Comfortable

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At Cornwall Dental Arts, we make a conscious effort to help our patients feel comfortable. Though our chairs are cushy as can be, we are not only talking about physical comfort here. We are talking about peace of mind.

Here are four ways we are dedicated to your peace of mind at Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall:

1. We don’t judge you. We have devoted a professional career to promoting oral health and creating beautiful smiles.

The dental team at Cornwall Dental Arts is here to help you, regardless of the state of your teeth. We have treated patients with severe tooth neglect, advanced gum disease, enamel erosion caused by eating disorders, tooth damage caused by illegal drug use, baby bottle tooth decay, tobacco-stained teeth: basically, every imaginable dental problem. We don’t live in a bubble. We understand and empathize with our patients.

2. We protect you from pain. We will eliminate or minimize pain as best we can. We administer barely noticeable injections.

3. We help you with your dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist is far more prevalent than you might realize and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. The perceived loss of control, instruments poking in your mouth, and teeth being worked on is not pleasant. Some men and women get claustrophobic because they need to lie still in the chair for treatment.

4. We communicate with you. Our office has a reputation as an effective and responsive communicator. Procedures are thoroughly explained and all your essential questions will be answered prior to treatment. If you are not sure you want to initiate treatment, we are happy to let you think about it for a while. There is no rush.

As a finishing touch, Cornwall Dental Arts offers many patient comforts to make your appointment more enjoyable. These include massage pads in the chairs, hot towels after your appointment is over, and free WiFi. We also offer family and general dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

855-976-7250

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Posted in Dental Health, General Dentistry, Oral Health, Patient comforts

Six 10-Second Healthy Tooth Helps

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It doesn’t have to take a lot of time to improve your oral hygiene. In fact, with the following tips from the dentist at Cornwall Dental Arts in Ontario, you can form a new habit to benefit your oral health in 10 seconds.

Find a better place for your toothbrush.
Look around. In 10 seconds you can probably find 5 places to set your toothbrush that will allow air drying and can inhibit the growth of microorganisms that a closed, moist environment would encourage.

Leave the floss on the counter.
If you want to create consistency, you need reminders. Deliberately setting out the floss will give you more commitment to use it. And if you see it, you’ll remember that commitment.

Swish.
If you’re in 20 seconds already, might as well grab the fluoride rinse and wash away bits of food after flossing and freshen your breath at the same time. 10 seconds is the minimum but 20 is twice as good.

Smile in the mirror.
Check out those chompers. Examine for 10 full seconds. Inspect gums for bleeding or tenderness, missed fragments of food, staining, or other concerns.

Have a water chaser with dark beverages.
Rinse your mouth with a sip of water when drinking cola, tea, or coffee throughout the day. A mere 10 seconds that will curb discoloration.

Call Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.

10 digits, 10 seconds, a short conversation and you can secure yourself a consultation with the dentist at Cornwall Dental Arts in Ontario. We provide general and family dentistry, including dentistry for children. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

855-976-7250

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Posted in Children's dentistry, Dental Health, Family Dentistry, General Dentistry

Think You Know How To Brush? Think Again.

Cornwall tooth brushing tips

You’ve been doing it since you were five. You switch to auto pilot morning and night and get it over with. But are you doing it correctly? At Cornwall Dental Arts, we’re surprised at how many of our patients have room for improvement.

Here are vital tooth brushing tips:

1. Take your time.
It’s understandable. You want to get it over with and go to bed. Proper teeth cleaning takes time and careful attention. Time yourself the next time you brush—you might be surprised at how quickly you finish. The process should take at least two to three minutes. It can also be beneficial to take a different route around your mouth every few days. By changing your routine, you approach areas from a different, and possibly, better angle.

2. Don’t forget to floss.
No matter how agile you can be with your brush, it’s problematic to clear away the plaque from all those narrow gaps between your teeth. That is where bacteria can easily multiply and start the decay process.

3. Use the right toothbrush.
It is ironic that some people damage their enamel or gums because they brush too forcefully with a rigid brush. We counsel patients to only use a soft brush. If you’ve had gum grafts, you may want to use an extra soft brush.

4. Don’t keep your tooth brush near the toilet.
This is horrible to think about, but each time the toilet is flushed, bacteria is sent far into the air—even if you close the lid. Keep your toothbrush in a clean place and allow it to air dry.

5. Use fluoride toothpaste.
This may seem like a no-brainer but you may be surprised that some oral care products don’t contain fluoride. And you may think it’s only for babies. Not true. Your enamel is constantly under assault from acidic foods and drinks and fluoride helps it remineralize.

At Cornwall Dental Arts we offer general and family dentistry, and are always pleased to see our youngest patients come in for a checkup. Make your next appointment with us today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

855-976-7250

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Posted in Dental Health, Family Dentistry, General Dentistry

Get Your Teeth In Shape, Cornwall!

Get Your Teeth In Shape, Cornwall!

These days Cornwall residents are more conscious of their health than ever. Many of us are trying to stay active, eat a balanced diet, and better manage stress. When you feel healthy, attractive, and happy, you smile more often. You want your smile to compliment and enhance your physical and mental condition. Here at Cornwall Dental Arts, we want to make sure that all our patients have healthy, beautiful smiles.

Eating right is a great step toward good oral health. A balanced diet that is low in sugar and high in nutrients will support dental health at every age. And, of course, water is always the beverage of choice for those who want healthy teeth.

Daily brushing and flossing are essential healthy habits for your mouth. Also, regular check-ups and cleanings at Cornwall Dental Arts are a must.

Another way to get that smile looking beautiful is by undergoing some routine cosmetic dentistry. If you want to close spaces between the teeth, improve your gumline, or repair chips or cracks in the teeth, then dental bonding, gum recontouring, crowns, or porcelain veneers might be what you’re looking for.

At Cornwall Dental Arts, we provide a full range of cosmetic dentistry to give our patients a beautiful smile. We also provide pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

855-976-7250

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Posted in Beautiful smiles, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Health

Saliva And Dental Health

Saliva And Cornwall

In this post from Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall Ontario, we explore the importance of your saliva. Though most people may think it’s gross, saliva is essential for dental health as well as digestion.

Saliva is mostly water, but a small portion of it is made up of enzymes, antibacterial substances, mucus, and minerals. The prime pH balance of the mouth is maintained by saliva, and pH balance is an essential factor for preventing cavities.

The minerals in saliva help to maintain the enamel surface of the teeth. Immunoproteins in saliva curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby protecting the gums from gingivitis.

Now that you know how vital saliva is to dental health, we’re sure you can see why adequate salivary flow should concern you. For most people, everyday chewing is enough to stimulate salivary glands to release saliva. However, dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is an ailment that should be dealt with quickly before oral health issues transpire.

At Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall Ontario, we provide general and family dentistry, as well as pediatric dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

855-976-7250

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Posted in Dental Health, Family Dentistry
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