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Multiply similar costs across the country and you have a pretty solid economic argument for expanding publicly funded dental care in Canada.
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The mouth is the entry point to a healthy body — to eat, drink and breathe — and to life's pleasures of socializing and communicating with others.
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Hardly a week goes by without this thorny issue being disputed between federal and provincial governments - even now that the budget has been tabled. The simple solution is that health costs should be shared, 50-50. But this solution is far from simple and very misleading.
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Teenagers deal with all sorts of pressures and self esteems issues, and their appearance are high on that list; so, what do you do when they say their smile isn't as bright and white as they want it to be? As parents, we strive to help our kids feel better about themselves; but before you buy those whitening strips or make that teeth whitening appointment, you should sink your teeth into the facts, first.
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It may just be a sweet coincidence that October is both Dental Hygiene Month and Halloween but with Halloween just around the corner, your little ghosts and goblins are eager to hit the candy jackpot. But what else can be spookier than creepy crawlies and witches? Rotting teeth from too much sugar and dental plaque.
Just another reason to brush and floss regularly.
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The city has a five-year moratorium on fluoride that ends Dec. 31.
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Nutrient-rich foods not only fuel those busy bodies and brains, but they also help in the development of teeth and gums! And just as the rest of your body needs a variety of vitamins and minerals to grow healthy, your teeth and gums do, too, to avoid decay, gum disease, plaque, periodontal disease and cavities.
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Dental injuries are the most common type of facial injury in sports; and as you get your children ready for their summer sport(s) activities, a mouth guard should be at the top of that list of equipment you need to get. They don't just protect the teeth, but also the mouth and jaw; areas that are not protected my regular helmets.
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With Summer in full gear, it's easy to fall into the sugary trap of so-called 'healthy' cool-down treats. You'd be surprised at how quickly your sugar consumption can sky rocket as you reach for anoth...
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Our teeth and gums are part of our body, and poor oral health affects our overall health and well-being. Primary mouth care is not covered under OHIP, and hospitals are not equipped to deliver dental care. Ontario only has public dental programs for low income children under 18, and a patchwork of basic services for people receiving social assistance.
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It's important to understand the negative effects of cancer care on your dental health, including the teeth, gums, salivary glands and other oral tissues. When there are pre-existing dental issues such as cavities, abscesses, or gingivitis, the infection may become worse during treatment.
Your toothbrush can only do so much.
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Question: Every couple of times that I visit my dentist's office, she asks me to submit to more dental X-rays. I seem to be getting an awful lot of them. I don't want to increase my chances of getting cancer. How often should I be getting dental X-rays?
One highlight of holiday gatherings is the food and its indulgences. Beyond thinking "I'll reset my diet in the new year" we often overlook the fact that our teeth and oral care play a big role in our overall health. Here are some helpful oral hygiene tips from endodontist Dr. Gary Glassman.
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Inequality in access to dental care is but one manifestation of the increasing inequalities in Canadian society and it needs to be addressed. With societal changes such as the increasing proportion of the population who are elderly and the decreasing proportion of the population with dental insurance, difficulty accessing dental care is only going to increase unless we start acting now.
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When it comes to healthy teeth, we're all familiar with the basics: brush two times a day, try to floss at least once a day and visit your dentist for a check-up every six months. Since April is Oral...
TORONTO - Watching people brush their teeth in movies or on TV can really irk Dr. Andrea Johnstone.A Toronto-based periodontist with a gleaming smile, Johnstone says the technique on display is often...
The incidence of waterborne infections from the home water supply is rare but this trend of infection due to biofilm formation in the plumbing is showing up not only in the home but also in our travels and in our healthcare leaving many either infected or worse.
It's strange that we have to have teeth cleanings every six months, isn't it? Humankind is certainly older than dentistry, so before the modern of age technology, how did humans prevent their teeth from falling out? Assuming that we consider early man to be between two- and four-million years old, cavities have only become an epidemic in the last half of one percent of our existence. So what changed?
A cold can of pop may satisfy your thirst on a hot day, but it isn't doing any favours for your teeth. We all know certain foods (especially sugary ones) lead to cavities, but they can also cause pai...
Going to the dentist is financially out of reach for many people. This dilemma is well-known to physicians -- many of us regularly care for patients who have terrible dental problems that we are powerless to address. We see people who have delayed seeking care until they are in terrible pain or their health is at risk.
By Kristen Stewart; Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH Eat. Brush. Floss. Repeat! You know the keys to dental health involve a toothbrush, dental floss, and avoiding certain foods (think...