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Four Astonishing Substitutes for Oral Hygiene Products Used Around the World

1) Crushed Bones and Oyster Shells as Toothpaste –   At the time of the Greek and Roman civilizations, Colgate and Crest weren’t around. But, the Greeks and Romans were still very concerned about oral hygiene, so they went ahead and invented their own toothpaste. They knew that a toothpaste had to be abrasive to get any…

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Actions to Take When Teeth are Knocked Out

You hear about people getting their teeth knocked-out, but have you ever wondered what you would do if you fell down and woke up with your two front teeth on the floor? If you get to a dentist IMMEDIATELY after smashing your teeth out, the chances are good that we can reconnect the tooth. “We…

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Lush Toothy Tabs Dentist Review

My patients are always asking me what is the best toothpaste to use.  For the most part all brand name toothpastes on the market are the same in terms of effectiveness.  They all contain the active ingredient Fluoride, something abrasive (to provide its polishing effect) and then some sort of flavouring. If you experience sensitivity then I recommend…

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Smile and Save the World!

Ok, so saving the world with a smile is a bit of an exaggeration. But have you ever noticed that when someone shows you their most genuine and brilliant smile, you feel a little better on the inside? Well, apparently that subtle feeling of joy you feel when a complete stranger smiles at you has…

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Cavity Masked as Wisdom Tooth Pain

This patient presented to my office with pain on his lower left wisdom tooth.  The image below shows the upper and lower LEFT side of the jaw.  On each arch you can see the bicuspid, 6 year molar, 12 year molar, and wisdom tooth. (Sometimes referred to as the 18year old molar)  Can u see where…

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The Importance of Crowning Teeth

Today’s post is all about the importance of crowning teeth that have been root canalled   I will start off with a general rule of thumb.  In a perfect world, any tooth that has had a root canal should be crowned.  The the real world, all molars should be crowned no matter what, and other teeth should…

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When Fillings Alone Can Eliminate Pain

Patient presents with pain on his lower left molars.  He only feels pain when he is eating or drinks something cold.  We took X-rays of the teeth to confirm that there was some decay on the top surfaces of the teeth.  I also tested the teeth with cold and they were sensitive but not overly painful.  This is a…

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Tongue Piercing Causes Recession

Just to add to my previous post on tongue piercings and the effects they can have on the gums.  I see this too often in my clinic.  Check out the photo below.  It is taken of the lower front teeth from behind (tongue side of teeth).  Notice the tooth in the middle of the picture;…

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Vertical Sinus Lift and Implant

This patient presents to my office for an implant on the top left.  As you can see from the xray below there is a missing tooth.  I have labelled the picture next to it to illustrate the different structures.  Because the tooth has been missing for a long time with this patient, the sinus (air…

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Gingival Mask as a Cosmetic Solution For Periodontal Bone Loss

Do you have moderate to severe periodontal disease?  The following patient has moderate to severe bone loss around all of her teeth.  Periodontal surgery was not an option for her.  She wanted something to wear when going out to fill in the missing gums.  She is wearing a gingival mask.  It is a removable silicone type appliance…

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