Author: Dr. Anto Youssef

Electric or regular, which toothbrush is better?

I am often asked if an electric toothbrush is better than a regular (or manual) one. There is a common belief that a lot of dental and gum problems would be resolved if someone switched to an electric toothbrush. But how true is that? To help people, I made a list of benefits and disadvantages of each type of toothbrush so that they may choose which one to buy for themselves. Electric toothbrush The first electric toothbrush was invented more than half a century ago, and evolved tremendously throughout the years. Today it is very common for them to...

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8 ways to stay kissable for Valentine’s Day

You have an important and exciting date for Valentine’s Day? Whether it’s a blind date, or a romantic evening with your spouse of 25 years, you must consider how to be prepared. Your oral and dental health should be a big deal! When you think of your mouth, you mostly consider of your breath. It is essential to keep all aspects of your mouth healthy, and the breath will naturally follow. Here’s what you should do to make sure you are ready and kissable for Valentine’s Day. Dental cleaning A professional dental cleaning, performed by a dentist or a...

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10 ways to crack or break your teeth

“Oh, gosh, what’s that hard piece in my mouth? Oh no! I broke a tooth!” And that’s what would a lot of people think every day after they realized they just chipped one of their teeth. Cracking a tooth can be a painful and embarrassing experience. When a piece of tooth is fractured, the tooth itself may become sensitive, and the sharp edges it leaves can annoyingly rub on your lips, your cheeks or your tongue. And if it’s a front tooth that breaks, your smile is compromised which will shy you out from opening your mouth. Anyone can...

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Mock-up

In dentistry, a mock-up is a prototype prosthesis, consisting of temporary crowns or veneers, which is useful for diagnostic and verifying aesthetics. Dentists and prosthodontists use mock-ups as a treatment phase. Mock-ups can be seen as a smile simulation, which happens directly over someone’s teeth, testing what the ensemble of the smile and teeth would look like. These temporary crowns and veneers would correct the shape and colour of teeth in order to analyze the changes that must be done with the permanent treatment. Mock-ups are only temporary; they could not be kept on teeth permanently. Process The first...

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5 reasons why baby teeth are so important

There’s a common misconception that baby teeth do not need to be taken care of because they will fall out one day. All parents want the best for their children, but some tend to prioritize permanent teeth more than primary teeth, as if the loss of a baby tooth too early is not a tragedy because it will be replaced. Baby teeth are also called deciduous, primary, or milk teeth. They are the first set of teeth that come out in a child’s mouth and fall out in a natural order between the ages of 6 and 12. I...

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