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Everything You Need to Know About Ozone Therapy

January 15, 2023 / DENTISTRY

When most people think of ozone, they think of the layer above the earth that protects our planet from the sun. But did you know that ozone is actually a natural part of the environment made up of three oxygen molecules that has many purposes here on earth?

Ozone is a powerful disinfectant that is often used to purify air and water to make it safer for humans to consume. Ozone is also used as part of holistic dentistry to disinfect the mouth and eliminate many bacterias, including those that cause gingivitis, advanced periodontitis, and tooth decay.

What is Ozone Dental Therapy?

Sometimes the best therapies and treatments can be found in nature.

Dentists that practice with a holistic approach often use pure ozone, ozonated water, or ozonated oil to kill bacteria and microorganisms in the mouth to prevent gum disease and treat minor tooth decay.

Why Ozone Dental Therapy?

There are many reasons that dentists choose ozone therapy as part of their holistic dentistry practice.

Here are some of these reasons:

  1. Unlike some dental procedures and medications, ozone dental therapy is painless, non-invasive, and free of side effects. Ozone therapy requires no cutting, no drilling, and no anaesthesia or medications. This makes ozone dental therapy a very appealing option for those who are nervous or anxious about their dental visits.
  2. Ozone Dental Therapy requires no numbing agents or other substances that could have potentially-harmful side effects.
  3. When used as an antimicrobial agent, ozone is 1.5 times more effective at eliminating harmful bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses than other commonly-used disinfectant substances like chlorine.
  4. Ozone can stimulate blood flow and naturally trigger an immune response, encouraging the body’s natural abilities to heal itself and bring itself back to optimum health. By flushing the area below the gumline with ozonated water or gas, both the gums and supporting tissues are stimulated with additional blood flow which results in faster and more complete healing, without the need for pharmaceutical interventions.

How does it work?

If your family dentist in North York determines there are areas of the mouth that require cleaning, they will administer a blast of ozone to the area to eliminate the bacteria or microorganisms that are causing the problem.

Are you curious about ozone dental therapy and want to learn more? Are you looking for a dentist that takes a holistic approach to preventative dental care and treatment? If so, call the team at Dentistry on Sheppard. We’ll set up a time to meet with you, Dr. Mark Cloth will assess your current condition, and set you on a path towards a lifetime of good oral health.

How to Stop Tooth Decay and Prevent Cavities

December 8, 2022 / DENTISTRY

Cavities are no fun.

Some people are just unlucky and are born with weaker teeth with thinner enamel, both of which can increase the chances of developing a cavity. But did you know that in many cases, cavities can be prevented?

Keep reading to learn how.

What is a cavity?

A cavity is a permanent hole or opening in a tooth. When a person has a cavity, they likely feel pain and discomfort because the nerve inside the tooth is no longer protected by the tooth enamel and is now exposed to the elements.

How do cavities form?

Teeth are covered by a hard material called enamel, which protects the softer internal layers of the tooth from exposure to food, drinks, and the elements. When plaque builds up on the tooth, it releases acids that begin to break down the enamel. If the plaque deposit is left on the surface of the tooth for too long, eventually these acids will erode the enamel enough to cause an opening or hole. This is a cavity.

How do I prevent cavities?

Great question! The best way to prevent cavities is to avoid plaque buildup on your teeth, and if you do have plaque buildup, to have it removed as soon as possible.

Here’s how to accomplish that:

  1. Eat healthy, nutritious foods that are low in sugar and acids. When left on your teeth, sugar and acids erode enamel and cause cavities. By avoiding consumption of foods and drinks that are high in sugar and acid, you can reduce the likelihood of developing cavities.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Nobody is perfect and most of us indulge in sugary foods and beverages every now and then. When you do, be sure to drink plenty of water to help rinse away these damaging materials from your teeth.
  3. Brush and floss regularly. A thorough, consistent oral healthcare routine that includes brushing twice a day and flossing daily will help you remove the plaque-causing materials from your teeth before they have time to cause damage.
  4. Visit your dentist regularly. Your regular dental visits give your dentist and hygienist the chance to identify plaque deposits and remove them before too much damage occurs.

If you are experiencing dental pain and are concerned you may have a cavity, or if you’re overdue for a dental checkup, call our team at Dentistry on Sheppard in North York to schedule an appointment today. Our office is conveniently located on Sheppard Ave, just East from Yonge Street. Ample, free parking is available at our building. New patients and emergencies are always welcome. Dr. Mark Cloth would be thrilled to look after your smile.

Everything You Need to Know About Halitosis

November 7, 2022 / DENTISTRY

For people who suffer from halitosis, every face-to-face interaction can be anxiety-inducing and stressful. Here is some information about what causes halitosis, and more importantly, what you can do to reduce its severity.

What is halitosis?

Halitosis is a condition that causes chronic odor in the mouth, or as it’s more commonly known, bad breath.

There are many factors that can cause bad breath.

These include:

  • Eating certain foods like onions and garlic – brushing after you eat may not help with this one, as foods enter your bloodstream once they’re ingested, and their effects won’t subside until they completely leave your body
  • Not brushing or flossing regularly – without regular brushing or flossing, food is left on the teeth and gums and in between the teeth. This food will eventually rot. Proper oral hygiene is an easy way to keep your mouth clean and healthy, removing many of the surface bacteria that can lead to bad breath
  • Avoiding regular visits to your North York dentist– seeing your dentist regularly allows them to spot early signs and symptoms of problems like gum disease before they develop into more serious problems like periodontitis which can cause halitosis and eventually the need for an extraction
  • Not cleaning your dentures properly – the results of this are similar to not brushing or flossing regularly – food is left to decay in the mouth which will naturally cause odor
  • Dry mouth, which prevents the mouth from cleaning itself naturally
  • A buildup of bacteria on the tongue.

Bacteria on the tongue is extremely common yet easy to treat. The surface of the tongue is rough, uneven, and covered in small bumps and hairs, leaving many opportunities for bacteria to hide, grow, and multiply. This bacteria can be very odorous, resulting in bad breath that can sometimes be extreme. Many say that brushing the tongue, sides, and roof of the mouth is an effective way to remove bacteria and prevent bad breath. If you choose this method, brush the tongue gently from back to front, and not from side to side. It’s important to expel the material that comes off your tongue rather than swallow it – it’s bacteria, remember!

To take the tongue cleaning one step further, many people turn to tongue scrapers which are believed to be more effective at removing the bacteria that’s hiding in those tiny hairs and bumps. Tongue scrapers are made of plastic, stainless steel or copper and can be purchased at almost any pharmacy for only a few dollars.

If you suffer from halitosis or bad breath, it’s important to see your family dentist to determine what’s causing the problem. Call our team at Dentistry on Sheppard to schedule an appointment today. We’ll assess your current situation and work together to determine the best treatment plan for you.

Dr. Mark Cloth is a general dentist and practice owner of Dentistry on Sheppard. Our office is conveniently located on ground floor of 100 Sheppard Avenue East (just a short distance East of Yonge Street). Our office is growing and accepting new patients.

Can I Have My Amalgam Dental Fillings Removed?

October 14, 2022 / DENTISTRY

For many years, patients that had a cavity were treated with amalgam fillings. This is because amalgam fillings are sturdy, long-lasting, and they were the only option available for a very long time.

Amalgam fillings have become controversial because the metal compounds they are made with contain mercury alloy, which is known to be toxic, and cause health risks in humans. Because of these risks, many countries around the world have banned the use of mercury in dental fillings. These countries include Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Germany.

There are now alternatives to amalgam fillings that can safely and effectively fill a cavity without the use of any mercury. However, many dental experts still use amalgam fillings to treat cavities and hold firm that they are safe to use.

Here at Dentistry on Sheppard, we practise holistic dentistry with a focus on mercury-free and low-radiation treatment options. This includes treating cavities with white fillings that are free of BPA and any metals. Not only are these composite fillings white in colour so they blend in better with your natural appearance, but they are safer for your mind and body because they contain no toxic chemicals.

We are often approached by patients with amalgam fillings who are wondering if it’s possible to have their amalgam dental fillings removed to take a more holistic approach to their dental treatments. The answer is yes. In fact, a Norwegian study conducted on patients with amalgam fillings that were experiencing health problems like fatigue, headaches, and joint pain found that, once their amalgam fillings were removed, they experienced a significant reduction in these symptoms.

We are trained and experienced in the removal of amalgam fillings, taking precautions to minimize the chances of any mercury leakage that can take place. These precautions include the use of nasal oxygen, rubber mouth dams, air vacuums with specially formulated filters that remove particles from the air in front of the patient’s face and ensuring that any mercury released into the air during the filling removal process is effectively and safely contained.

If you have amalgam fillings and are interested in learning more about their safe removal, call our office at Dentistry on Sheppard in North York to schedule an appointment today. We’ll assess your current situation and work with you to develop a holistic treatment option that makes you feel comfortable, safe, and will set up for long-term health.

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