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10 sept. 2015

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Life is a journey. Sometimes throughout that journey you reach a fork in the road where you have to make a decision. Going one way may offer certain things you want, but not necessarily what you need. Going the other way may provide the opposite. So, the question then is, which route do you take?

Well, it depends what you deem the most important.   Since dental implants became an option for those with missing or damaged teeth, the question of how to restore your smile to its former glory (or give it a look that it’s never had before) has a different answer. However, newer options don’t necessarily mean they are better.

The tried, tested and true option of dentures has been around for a long time. They offer a solution to fixing broken smiles and have been doing it well for a long time. They come in varying options and fits and the wearers are usually very satisfied with the results.

So, how does one decide between whether to get dentures or dental implants? The two main factors to consider when making this decision are cost and time. Cost wise, dental implants are usually more expensive than getting dentures. You have to decide what you can comfortably afford and then move forward with that decision. Secondly, the factor of time is a major consideration. If you are looking for a permanent solution for your mouth, then dental implants are the way to go. Dentures can be more easily changed and adjusted, but lack a permanent, natural feel.

In any case, both are great solutions to help improve smiles. If you are unsure of the best option for you, consult your local Ottawa dental professional. They can help you make a decision that is the most comfortable for your mouth and budget.

3 sept. 2015

The power struggle: electric vs. manual toothbrushes

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Electronic devices are pretty important to our everyday lives. Imagine your home without an iron, toaster, microwave, etc; these items make our lives that much better and we have power (in part) to thank. On the other hand, there are devices that have never required power and work just fine. The question to ask is, are electronic devices better than manual ones because they can provide an added boost of power?   Take toothbrushes for instance; does power influence the overall effectiveness of the device? The best way to approach this particular question is to look at the pros and cons of each type of toothbrush:

 

Manual:

Pro

– Tried, tested and true; this is how it has always been and it has always worked.

– More cost and energy efficient

Con           

-May have to replace more often as they are sometimes not made to last as long

 

Electric:

Pro            

No elbow grease required! Once you guide it correctly, the brush essentially does all of the work for you.

– Battery and rechargeable options

 

Con            

More expensive than manual brushes

– Maintenance requires more attention (replacing brush heads, etc)

 

Regardless of the toothbrush choice you make it is important to remember one thing…to brush regularly! Each option carries the benefit of increased dental hygiene once done on a regular basis. If you’re still unsure of what the best option may be for you, consult with your local Ottawa dental professional.

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