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8 oct. 2015

Halloween: Tips to Avoid Frightening your Dentist

The night is filled with many ghosts, goblins, and witches. For those who aren’t into the scary aspect of things, kittens, and beloved cartoon characters are some viable options. Of course I’m referring to Halloween, a time of year where it’s suitable to dress up as someone else and go door to door asking for something, and people aren’t bothered by it!

Luckily this year Halloween falls on a Saturday, which means that activities can go on all day and into the night. It also means that there is a good chance that the amount of candy that will be consumed will be greater than usual. Here are some tips to ensure that your little trick or treaters will have a great night, but don’t end up scaring their dentist because of too much candy consumption:

Setting Limits

The amount of candy that a child can retrieve in a night can be limitless, but the amount that they are allowed to consume that night (and the following days) should definitely be controlled. Let them enjoy some of the fruits of their labour from the evening, and set limits for the rest.

Oral Care

Brushing, flossing and rinsing should definitely be a part of your child’s nighttime routine if it isn’t already, but even more so on Halloween night. Collecting and eating candy is fun, but suffering the consequences of not keeping up with your dental hygiene after you eat some, is not.


Remember to be safe, and have fun!

1 oct. 2015

Benefits of Oil Pulling



Oil is something that is very powerful; it powers vehicles, aids in the creation of many items and countries have even gone to war over control over it. Cooking oil is powerful in its own right as well; many food related businesses rely on it for cooking and it is a big part of the food industry as a whole, but did you know that it can have great benefits on oral hygiene as well?


Oil pulling is a technique that actually goes back thousands of years. The concept is simple: you take a tablespoon of cooking oil (most would recommend sunflower, sesame or coconut) and you move it around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes without swallowing it. The purpose of oil pulling is to help rid your mouth of the bad bacteria that can be harmful to your teeth and gums. The bad bacteria gets stuck to the oil while you’re moving it around in your mouth, and once you expel it after the specified time, out goes the bad bacteria as well.


Some other benefits of oil pulling include:

reduction of plaque and gingivitis

reduction in bad breath


The most important part to remember about oil pulling is to spit out the oil after the 15-20 minutes is up. The amount of bad bacteria that collects while you’re pulling oil can be harmful to your system if ingested.


Although this method of oral care has been around for many generations, your safest bet is to consult with your Ottawa dental professional before you start doing it. They can help you with any questions or concerns.