By: Dr. Lama Ghantous

If your child has the right combination of factors, he or she will never have a cavity, a trauma, a toothache, etc… and the baby teeth will follow a normal biological time of replacement with the permanent ones. Knowing the lifestyle nowadays, this is not a common situation.

While the front baby teeth will be shed for adult teeth between six and eight years of age, the back ones (canines and baby molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13. Therefore, we need to make them last in the mouth as long as needed to allow:

  • Proper chewing and eating. If your child is unable to eat properly due to missing or painful teeth, serious malnutrition issues, vitamin deficiencies and eating disorders can occur.
  • Providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position. Early loss of teeth can lead to misalignment which can result in esthetic and functional issues and the need of otherwise preventable orthodontic treatment.
  • Stimulating normal development of the facial bones and muscle.
  • The development of normal speech.
  • Contributing to your child’s self-esteem.

The main cause of early tooth loss is the famous cavity. Untreated small ones can grow fast depending on diet, hygiene and other factors. Small to medium size cavities may not cause any pain or symptoms and can only be detected through dental exam and x-rays. Those ones are usually fixed with a filling. Keep in mind that fillings are not a permanent solution cavities can recur under them. Therefore, the need of continuous care and checkups. Larger cavities may need a baby root canal treatment and a silver crown. They can cause pain and abscess which can lead to tooth loss. Which in turn can be traumatizing for a child.

Making those precious baby teeth last requires proper hygiene, proper diet, and regular visits to the dentist. Early detection is key.

Your child may be eligible for Healthy Smiles Ontario which is a government-funded dental program that provides free preventive, routine, and emergency dental services for children and youth 17 years old and under from low-income households.

We can help you find out by calling Dentist in Cornwall at 613-935-5535 / Smiles On Bank at 613-739-1414

This Has Changed My Life Forever

This Has Changed My Life Forever

This Has Changed My Life Forever

It was at least 10 years in the making and I never thought this would be so life changing in a matter of minutes. For me it all started with getting hit in the teeth with a baseball many years ago. What cascaded from there was a root canal on one of my front teeth which in turn would involved many more returns to the dentist chair resulting eventually losing all my upper teeth.

After a few years of an upper denture with loose fittings I decided to bite the bullet (no pun intended) and go for dental implants which involved the complicated process of sinus lifts. A heartfelt thanks to Dr Stefanison for steering me through this, with his precision, giving me 4 strong dental implants.
Thanks very much to Dr Lama Ghantous who said to me,  when I made the decision, I would never regret it.  She finished the process with a brand new secured denture Wednesday and my life has changed dramatically. Now I’m able to crunch carrots and apples which I haven’t done in years. Watch my video on how the historic day went for me.
Ps: Thanks to Dr Ghantous’ amazing secretary and dental assistant. Kudos to the Shannon!
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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

We are reposting this post from prior years, in the hopes that people would be able to take some of the tips and make the most of them.

Hopefully, your night is as great as it could possibly be, and that you remember to floss for the following weeks, too.

Halloween night is full of fun frights, but you absolutely do not want any scares where your child’s safety is concerned.

Halloween night sees twice as many accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles than any other night of the year.

Unfortunately, only one out of three parents have a talk with their kids about being safe during Halloween, despite being concerned about their child’s safety. Whether your child will be accompanied by an adult or they will be joining their friends to trick or treat, we want you and your family to have a fun-filled and safe Halloween.

So, we have created this list of questions to ask yourself and your child to ensure you talk about safety before you head out for an fun evening of tricks and treats.

Can your Child See Properly?

Masks are a major safety concern for both children and adults as they greatly restrict the ability to see everything around you, and full coverage masks also restrict how much you can hear. This makes it difficult to see obstacles and uneven walking surfaces in front of you – not to mention surrounding traffic and roadways.


Instead of using masks in costumes, consider using face paint or makeup to complete yours or your child’s costume.

Flashlights are also important to bring during your Halloween walk, especially if there are areas that are not well lit, as they make it easier to see on darkened pathways.

Can They be Seen by Others?

Wearing dark colours at night while walking near traffic and roadways is an obvious danger that many overlook.


The best way to ensure that you and your family can be seen while walking around on Halloween night is to choose brightly coloured costumes and trick or treating bags, as well as using reflective tape. Reflective tape can be bought from most hardware stores for around $5 a roll and can make all the difference in making your family as visible as possible.

Putting a strip along your shoulders on your back and across your hips, chest, or down your legs, will ensure that you can be seen both coming and going.

Glow sticks and flashlights are another great way to make your family seen at night, and the variations in types of glow sticks and glow jewelry can make them a fun thing to wear.


Can they Walk Properly?

Some costumes may include specific footwear such as heeled shoes or shoe coverings, however these can not only make walking difficult, and can even be dangerous if they cause you or your children to trip and fall.

Instead, choose sensible footwear that fits well and is comfortable. You want to prevent falls and to make sure everyone’s feet are comfortable enough to last the entire evening.

Another thing that can make walking difficult is oversized or ill fitting costumes. Extra fabric or loose pieces of a costume are a hazard that can easily be remedied by choosing properly fitting costumes and altering loose or hanging pieces so they are less of a concern.

Do They Have a Walking Buddy?

The general consensus is that children 12 years of age and younger should always be accompanied by an adult when out on Halloween night. Those who are older and choose not to be accompanied by an adult should have at least one walking budding with whom they go out on Halloween night and stick with for the entire evening.

Safety comes in groups since the little goblins and witches are easier to see, and less likely to be overlooked, compared to a single person. In general, groups of three to six are ideal.

Are They Going to Dark Houses?

Whether your child is accompanied by an adult or not, be sure that they know only to approach houses that are well lit. Houses that are not well lit are generally not only choosing to forgo Halloween celebrations, but can also be safety threats as it can be difficult to see potential hazards such as debris, slippery surfaces, or animals who may not be so friendly.

Do They Know the Route?

If your child is going out on Halloween without an adult, you’ll want to have a conversation with them about the route they plan on walking. Planning out where they are going ensures that they don’t get lost and that you know the areas they will be.

Be sure that you discuss how to cross streets, and that they know to use pedestrian crosswalks (“look both ways!”), making sure that the drivers are stopped before trying to cross.

Can They Get in Contact With You?

Regardless of whether children are going out on Halloween with another adult or with their friends, be sure that they know how to get in contact with you, and will do so, should they change their walking route.

This does not necessarily mean that your child needs a cellphone of their own, but in the event that they don’t it might be advisable to borrow one or trick or treat with someone who does..

Will They be Snacking?

Talk to your children about only eating candy that is properly sealed and only doing so once they return home, under your supervision.

There are two main reasons for this: the first is that if your child has any allergies you can monitor what exactly they are eating, and the second is that you can check for any hazards or breakages in packaging that can pose a potential threat to your child which may otherwise go unnoticed.

We hope that this has helped with your Halloween preparedness, and that you and your little ones are set to have the best night out possible. Have fun!