July 19, 2017

All About Dental Veneers

This article provides an overall review of dental veneers. If you would like to speak with a dentist regarding dental veneers in Kingston Ontario, please feel free to contact us to schedule a meeting with one of our team. What Are Dental Veneers? Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length. They are similar to artificial nails that you place on your fingers for good looks. What are Veneers Made of ? There are two main types of Dental Veneers: Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain […]
March 30, 2017
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Questions for Your Dentist in Kingston Ontario

Questions for your Dentist in Kingston Ontario What Are the Best Ways to Practice Good Oral Hygiene at Home? Prevention is better than cure, and the best way to prevent dental complications is by practicing good oral hygiene. Apart from the regular visits to the dentist, it is important that you brush thoroughly and using the proper technique twice a day and floss daily. You should tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle and make sure to brush all of your teeth by sweeping the brush away from the gumline. You should use dental products that contain fluoride and regularly eat a balanced diet. You should also clean your tongue daily. It is also recommended that you consume ample amounts of […]
September 22, 2016

Mouthguards – injury prevention for all ages

With sports season getting underway, I’d like to take the opportunity to talk about mouthguards.  Mouthguards are an essential way to protect your teeth and jaws from athletic injuries – they are the best (and cheapest!) dental insurance that you can buy. Without a mouthguard you are up to 1.9x more likely to sustain an injury to the teeth or lower jaw.  These injuries can range from minor lacerations to tooth loss or jaw fracture.  This may not only be costly to repair, but could also lead to long-term pain and suffering.  As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. There are two basic types of mouthguard for sports:  boil-and-bite types that you […]
March 2, 2016
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Pregnancy and Dental Care

Pregnancy is an exciting time when a woman’s body undergoes many changes.  What many people don’t know is that the mouth experiences some changes too.  During pregnancy, women often experience gingivitis caused by their increased hormone levels – this causes the gums to bleed easily.  The composition of saliva also changes and becomes more acidic, reducing its capacity to neutralize acids secreted by the bacteria that cause cavities. Because of these changes, it is both safe and very important to keep up with regular dental care during pregnancy! Routine dental hygiene visits are imperative to monitor and assess the oral condition during pregnancy.  Thorough dental care at home is also a vital component to keep your smile healthy as baby develops. […]
November 26, 2015
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How does tooth whitening work

Professional Teeth Whitening Zoom whitening is one of our office’s most popular treatments.  But a lot of people are nervous about having their teeth whitened because they are unsure if it will be right for them.   How much brighter will the teeth become? Does it hurt? Will the teeth be permanently damaged?  Let’s talk all about tooth whitening and how it works! Types of tooth stains Extrinsic Stains There are two types of stain that accumulate on teeth.  Stain on the outer surface of the teeth is called extrinsic stain. Extrinsic stain can be removed physically by abrasion or chemically with whitening agents. Many extrinsic stains can be removed by a cleaning with your dental hygienist, and be prevented with a good daily […]
October 20, 2015
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5 Tooth-tastic Halloween Costumes

Looking for a fun Halloween costume?  We suggest looking to your dental office for inspiration!   Here are our 5 favorite dental Halloween costumes: 1.  Tooth Fairy A tooth fairy costume is really easy to put together!  A simple T-shirt and some fairy princess supplies make this the simplest dental costume around. 2.  Open Wide This costume is for the artistically inclined.  It’s every dentist’s dream to have such easy access to your teeth! 3.  Toothpaste Mint, bubblegum, or orange?  You can customize this to your favorite brands and flavors.  A talented DIY-er may be able to replicate this with a long pillowcase or bedsheet. 4.  Tooth Molars are your best bet, because your two legs will match a lower molar’s two roots. Bonus points if […]
October 1, 2015
Sleep Snoring Apnea

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Appliances

Could you imagine how tired you would be if you missed out on two hours of sleep last night?   What if you missed two hours of sleep every night?  For the average person who snores, that’s the amount of quality sleep that is lost to disruption.  The sleep disruption spills over to their bed partners as well, making snoring a major source of relationship distress. When we sleep, our brains cycle between light, deep, and REM sleep.  At the start of the night, we move largely between light and deep sleep in order to restore our body, which takes about 4-5 hours.  As the night goes on, we increase the proportion of REM sleep, giving the mind a chance to replenish itself.  During REM sleep, […]
September 17, 2015
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Sweet Tooth: How Sugar Affects Your Dental Health

Canadians have a serious sweet tooth.  We call our significant others “sweetheart” and “honey”.  We celebrate special occasions and mourn break-ups with desserts.  We are (rightfully) famous for our maple syrup.  It’s no surprise – we are physiologically wired to enjoy sugars.  The problem is how much we eat – the average Canadian eats 88 pounds of sugar each year!  Even more astonishingly, children under 18 eat over 100 pounds of sugar yearly!  Kids are eating more than their body weight in sugar each year. Unfortunately, our high sugar diet is one of the main causes of dental problems in Canada.  After eating a sugary meal, sugars stick to the tooth surface and attract bacteria, creating plaque.  These bacteria create inflammation in the gums that […]
September 7, 2015
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Why do I need to get my teeth cleaned?

Have you ever wondered what your dental hygienist is doing in your mouth?  If we brush and floss our teeth every day, what’s the benefit? A dental hygiene visit is about more than shining up your teeth. While a polished smile is certainly a great benefit, the cornerstone of a dental hygiene appointment is removing the calculus (or tartar) build-up that accumulates on the teeth. When we eat, leftover food and bacterial debris coats the tooth surface. This is called plaque, and it can be removed at home with a toothbrush or floss. Over time as plaque sits on the tooth surface, it picks up minerals from the saliva and hardens into calculus. This process can start in as little […]