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What Is Oil Pulling?

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This post from the dentist at Cornwall Dental Arts  looks at oil pulling, an alternative practice that has been generating a lot of buzz.

Oil pulling has been a part of Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is the practice of swishing oil in the mouth for twenty minutes to benefit the teeth, gums and overall health and well-being. The oils most commonly used are coconut oil, sesame oil, and sunflower oil.

Proponents claim that it detoxifies the mouth, cleans plaque, reduces inflammation, cures bad breath, whitens teeth, kills infection, and boosts the immune system. Some advocates even claim that it “cures” cavities and periodontal disease.

What does the American Dental Association say about oil pulling? Here is an excerpt from a May 2014 article:

To date, scientific studies have not provided the necessary clinical evidence to demonstrate that oil pulling reduces the incidence of dental caries, whitens teeth or improves oral health and well-being. Based on the lack of currently available evidence, oil pulling is not recommended as a supplementary oral hygiene practice, and certainly not as a replacement for standard, time-tested oral health behaviors and modalities. The ADA recommends that patients follow a standard oral hygiene regimen that includes twice-daily toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, using ADA-Accepted products. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth help prevent cavities and keep gums healthy.

At Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall Ontartio, we caution you (strongly) not to replace brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings/exams with oil pulling. We provide top-quality general and family dentistry, including dentistry for children. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

613-932-2058

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Look As Young As You Feel By Replacing Missing Teeth

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A wise person once said that everyone wants a long life, but no one wants to get old. Maturity isn’t all bad, since it usually brings wisdom, increased financial stability, and more free time for family, hobbies, or travel.

Gaps In Your Smile?

But aging isn’t always a picnic. Physical ailments can lower the quality of life. Dental problems can be as as chronic physical conditions. And missing teeth are one of the more common oral issues for older people.

Fortunately, your smile can be pleasing and healthy at any age.

At Cornwall Dental Arts, we restore missing teeth with dental implants.

Dental implants help active people look as young as they feel. They are strong, beautiful, and function like real teeth. Restore the youthful smile you once enjoyed with permanent implants.

At Cornwall Dental Arts, dental implants are among our services, along with general and family dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

613-932-2058

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Gum Disease: A Treatable Condition

Periodontitis is the formal name of advanced gum disease. It’s one of the leading causes of tooth loss, and affects millions of people over the age of thirty. But advanced gum disease can be treated, and does not have to result in the loss of teeth.

Gum disease is progressive. Before it reaches the advanced stage, it is called gingivitis, which is inflammation in the gums. An early sign of gingivitis is bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth.

Gingivitis develops when plaque is not adequately removed from your teeth. You remove it by brushing and flossing. The good news is that gingivitis is easily reversible. If you’re diagnosed with it, you need to step up your brushing and flossing, and get a professional cleaning by a dental hygienist.

Advanced gum disease develops when gingivitis is not treated. Toxins build up in the plaque on your teeth and invades gum tissue. Not only that, it gets into the bone and ligaments that support the teeth. The teeth can actually become loose.

Severe cases may require surgery. But first is a non-surgical treatment called scaling and root planing, or SRP. We scrape plaque and tartar off the surfaces of your teeth and root surfaces. From there, any roughness on the roots is smoothed to prevent bacteria from accumulating there.

It usually takes more than one dental appointment to complete SRP. But once it’s over, the gums will heal and reattach to the teeth. After a few weeks we’ll evaluate the procedure to determine whether additional treatment is necessary.

All of this can be avoided with proper dental care. Like we always say, we want our patients to brush and floss twice a day, and see us for a checkup twice a year, to maintain their dental health.

At Cornwall Dental Ars, we provide gum disease treatment, as well as general and family dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

613-932-2058

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

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A Fast Way To Brighten Your Smile

Teeth whitening at Cornwall Dental Arts is one of the easiest ways to improve your smile. It is quick, economical, and non-invasive. Though some cosmetic dentistry patients experience short-term sensitivity, most experience no pain from teeth whitening at all.

If you have looked into teeth whitening systems, you probably already know the essentials. The one thing they have in common is that they use a solution containing peroxide to remove the stains that have settled in the natural microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.

There are many DIY teeth bleaching systems available and it seems like new kinds appear every time you visit the grocery store. Strips and whitening pens can sometimes lighten your teeth a few shades, but the peroxide concentration is much lower than the whitening solutions used in our office. It may not be dynamic enough for your tooth stains.

Teeth whitening at mall kiosks is risky, too. Most of these places have no professional oversight and the employees have little dental training.

Even though teeth whitening seems uncomplicated, your teeth deserve a professional opinion. After all, we are talking about teeth here. You can’t fix an uneven teeth whitening result like you can a bad hair-coloring job. Teeth whitening is one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer at Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall ON. Call our office for an appointment today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

613-932-2058

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Bad Breath Is No Fun

Bad Breath Is No Fun For Cornwall Residents

This post from Cornwall Dental Arts is about an unpleasant subject we all deal with at one time or another: bad breath.

Imagine you are starting a new job and are going to speak with your new boss for the first time. Confidence is key to your success. As you reach out to shake the extended hand your broad confident smile exposes rows of pearly white teeth, yet when you open your mouth to exchange greetings you worry about bad breath.

Perhaps your breath is not as a pleasant as you had hoped. Bad breath is a worry and possible embarrassment for many people. Regular dental checkups can help alleviate your concerns.

The technical term for bad breath is halitosis. Many behaviors and health conditions can cause or exacerbate halitosis.. One of these factors is the food you eat. Onions and garlic are both known for having a potent effect on your breath.

Brushing and flossing daily is a key step in curing bad breath. Food particles can build up in your mouth and foster bacteria which can cause bad breath. This not only includes the food particles that may get stuck between your teeth, but also the food that collects around your gums or on your tongue. Brushing and flossing daily can help reduce the number of food particles that stay in your mouth and cause bad breath.

At Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall Ontario, servies include general and family dentistry, and dentistry for children. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

613-932-2058

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Sleep Apnea Is A Serious Health Threat

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At Cornwall Dental Arts, we often see patients who say they have been struggling with deficient sleep for months or even years. Some of these people end up diagnosed with sleep apnea or related conditions.

You Can’t Just “Tough It Out”

The reluctance to get treatment is lamentable because poor sleep takes such a high toll on health and reduces quality of life. If they are keeping someone up at night, it makes life harder for that person, as well.

Protect Your Health

For some inexplicable reason, many people don’t consider sleep apnea an urgent issue. Why the disconnect? We are talking about breathing, folks! There isn’t a biological function more indispensable than that. And dissatisfactory sleep can cause a multitude of serious health troubles. It also affects performance in every area of life; work, hobbies, and relationships.

Sleep apnea is a malady where you have frequent, recurring pauses in breathing while you sleep. These delays can last for up to 60 seconds and are caused by soft tissue in the back of the throat that relaxes and closes the airway. As you can probably imagine, when our brain is not getting enough oxygen it hinders vital biological processes.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Cause: Throat muscles loosen and block the airway. This is the most prevalent type.

Central Sleep Apnea
Cause: The brain doesn’t send signals to the muscles that regulate breathing.

Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Treatment-emergent Central Sleep Apnea)
This is a combination of both conditions described previously.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

  • Loud snoring
  • Unexpected awakenings where you are choking or feel “out of breath”
  • Pauses in breathing while sleeping (as evidenced by another person observing the behavior)
  • Sore throat or dry mouth after sleeping
  • Uneasy sleep
  • Falling asleep while performing normal daily activities
  • Inability to concentrate during the day
  • Depression and irritability
  • Awakening with a headache
  • Excessive fatigue

If you experience any of these symptoms, please call us at Cornwall Dental Arts. We treat sleep apnea and snoring. We also offer general and family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

613-932-2058

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Using Nature As Our Guide

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At Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall ON, we use cosmetic dentistry to turn ordinary teeth (or even teeth with problems) into brilliant smiles.

If you have been considering a smile makeover, you probably want to determine if you will still look like yourself. The answer is “Yes! Only better!” You see, we use nature as a guide—nature at its best—when improving smiles. It is critical to bring multiple components into harmony when designing a smile makeover. Here are a few:

  • Tooth Shape – includes proportion and alignment
  • Tooth Size – this also includes the unique dimensions of the spaces between the teeth
  • Tooth Color – hue, value, intensity, and color variations between teeth
  • Tooth Bite – how upper and lower teeth fit together
  • Gumline – shape and color
  • Face Shape and Bone Structure
  • Skin Tone
  • Lips – color, shape, size
  • Age
  • Gender

This list is not comprehensive but gives you an idea of the complexity of smile makeovers. Though advanced cosmetic dentistry is multifaceted, it follows the esthetic principles expressed in naturally beautiful smiles.

But you don’t have to worry about midlines and microesthetics, because we are dedicated to the details. We invite you to schedule a smile design consultation to talk with us at Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall ON, about what cosmetic dentistry can do for your smile. We also offer general and family dentistry, and many other services. Make an appointment today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

613-932-2058

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Getting Soft: Your Toothbrush and You

At Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall Ontario, we almost always tell our patients to use a soft-bristled toothbrush on their teeth. Our recommendation is usually enough, but sometimes patients ask, why? Why soft? We’ll use this blog post to explain.

The short answer is that soft-bristled toothbruses are gentle on your gums, but at the same time are rigid enough to clean plaque and other debris off of your teeth. That’s the main goal of brushing: removing plaque. If it’s left on your teeth it can harden into tartar. This can cause cavities and also lead to gum disease.

If soft-bristled toothbrushes are so much better for you, why do toothbrush companies even bother making medium and hard-bristled brushes? The answer is that harder bristles are preferred in some cases. An example is someone with an artificial tooth or dentures. Soft bristles may not get them clean enough. The same holds true for people with braces.

For most people, though, soft is better. Hard bristles can actually damage the gums and the enamel of your teeth, especially if you’re a vigorous brusher. Even medium bristles can do that kind of damage. That’s why for the majority of our patients, we recommend soft-bristle brushes.

But don’t buy just any old soft-bristle brush. Get one that you like. Some toothbrushes are going to feel better in your hand. If you like your brush, you’re more apt to do a good job brushing.

When you’re at the store you’ll see a lot of different types of brushes. Don’t be afraid to shop around and try different types of brushes. Eventually you’ll find the one that’s right for you.

At Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall Ontario, our services include general and family dentistry, and dentistry for children. Call our office today to schedule your next checkup.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

613-932-2058

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Fun Floss Facts

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You probably believe the most important thing about flossing is to do it every day. At Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall Ontario, we agree.

But there are lots of different types of dental floss out there. Why not find out which one works best for you? Many people find that trying out different kinds of floss helps them establish or solidify the habit, and get the flossing comfort they desire.

Let’s discuss some of the most common types of dental floss.

Basic floss is either a monofilament floss, which is typically made of some kind of rubber or plastic, or multifilament, which is made of nylon or silk. Nylon floss is less pricey, more common and is sold waxed or unwaxed.

Monofilament floss will not rip or tear, and because of this, many people find that it pulls in between the teeth easier. This type of floss is frequently referred to as “glide” floss.

Both monofilament floss and multifilament floss are sold in differing thicknesses. It is beneficial to find the size that works best for you. Since you should not have to snap the floss between your teeth, find the thickness that allows you to gently floss.

Dental tape is nylon floss in the form of a wide, flat ribbon. Many Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry patients find that dental tape is the easiest floss to get between their teeth.

For those of you with braces or appliances, there are also flosses designed to be used with these devices. Make sure to meet with your orthodontist about flossing because you don’t want to break this essential habit just because you’re having your teeth corrected!

Feel free to ask one of the hygienists at Cornwall Dental Arts about dental floss. They can answer any questions you have about flossing and brushing habits.

At Cornwall Dental Arts in Cornwall Ontario, we want all our patients to brush and floss, and have outstanding dental health. Our services include general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

613-932-2058

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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Toothbrush Tantrums: When Your Child Won’t Brush

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Your child’s primary teeth, or baby teeth, are just as critical to their health, speech development, and self-esteem as their permanent teeth. Yet some of the parents we meet at Cornwall Dental Arts hold the notion that primary teeth aren’t all that important, since they will eventually fall out.

The truth is that the twenty primary teeth lay the foundation for the health of adult teeth and a beautiful smile. Taking care of these teeth is very important!

A dislike of brushing is common, and understandable. A parent takes a pokey bristly thing, smears some minty paste on it, puts it in their mouth and scrubs their teeth with it. No wonder it doesn’t appeal to some toddlers and children. Sometimes the battle grows to the point that parents want to give up the struggle until their child is older. Don’t!

If it is difficult to get your child to brush willingly, we have several suggestions.

If the toothpaste is the problem, brush with a smaller amount or even without it, at first. The goal is to remove food particles that will lead to plaque and bacteria, eventually causing tooth decay. Toothpaste is not needed for removing food particles. Fluoride is important, however. If your water is not fluoridated, talk to us about fluoride supplements.

Take your child to the store to select a new, soft-bristled toothbrush. Maybe buy two, so your child has some control in picking which one to use each time he or she brushes.

Let your child do the brushing, then check and brush the areas that might have been missed. Have your child with you when you brush your own teeth. Let your son or daughter know that everyone needs to brush and floss at least twice a day. Invite your child to look in the mirror and brush at the same time.

To develop the habit, keep the time short and slowly extend them. Brush heads are hard with bristles that poke. Toothpaste may seem “hot” to some little ones. Teaching your child that brushing is non-negotiable is the important first step. After it has become part of the routine, add time by singing songs or brushing your teeth at the same time. Some parents have had success with setting a timer.

Compliment your child on their wonderful effort in taking care of themselves. Be sure to keep a positive attitude. Let your child know that you love their attractive smile and want it to always be shiny white. Positive reinforcement and establishing a routine are essential parts of childhood dental brushing. We want children to be dedicated to a habit that will impact their health throughout their life.

At Cornwall Dental Arts, dentistry for children is one of our specialties. We also offer general and family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Cornwall Dental Arts – Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:

613-932-2058

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

806 Pitt Street
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3S2

 

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