Oral Health

Using Bacteria to Fight Disease May One Day Improve Oral Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The premise of using bacteria to combat bacteria isn't new. It has shown promise to combat the potentially lethal Clostridium difficile and also has helped to resolve other gastrointestinal disorders, particularly in children. The concept of transplantation appeared to be transferrable to the mouth.

How Mouth Bacteria Affects How Fast a Wound Will Heal

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Quite possibly nothing is more frustrating than accidentally chewing on your cheek. It's painful and many times seems to take forever to heal. Part of that reason is due to bacteria. There may be billions covering the tongue, the teeth, the gums and the cheek.

How Many Dental X-rays Are Too Many?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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?

This Natural Chemical May Replace Triclosan and Improve Oral Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Triclosan is the main ingredient in "antibacterial" soaps. It has the ability to kill as well as prevent the growth of harmful microbes. Over the years, the shine of triclosan has faded due to a combination of problems found in the lab. A natural alternative to triclosan has been growing in both presence and popularity.

Do You Really Need Two Dentist Appointments A Year?

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Checkups. Cleanings. X-rays. Just how often should Canadians be seen by a dentist to keep their teeth and gums in optimal health?In part, th...

How Chewing Gum Can Help Your Oral Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.27.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The question has plagued dental professionals for years. Is chewing gum good or bad for your teeth? Last week, an international team of researchers provided the first comprehensive look at the impact of gum on oral health. It seems a few minutes of gum chewing might be an excellent way to keep a healthy mouth.

The Twelve Days Of Good Oral Health

Melissa Bessey | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Living
Melissa Bessey

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.

Blame Toothaches For Athletes' Poor Performances

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada Living

Top athletes are often dogged by decaying teeth and gum disease, a performance-sapping problem in which sports drinks, high-carb diets and training re...

Looking for a Fun, Easy Way to Keep Your Mouth Healthy? Try...Gum

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's amazing what we do to maintain oral health. We brush our teeth, floss those gums, swirl mouthwash, endure whitening strips, and even suck on myriad different breath fresheners. All the while we hope to keep our dentists happy with our efforts. Now another option to help keep our teeth white and our breath pleasant has emerged: probiotic gum.

How Good Oral Hygiene Can Protect Your Heart

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

As with many scientific and medical breakthroughs, the discovery of the link between gum and cardiovascular diseases started off rather unexpectedly. Back in 1989, a group in Finland wanted to find out if heart disease could be linked to other chronic diseases. They did the usual blood analysis to detect heart problems and also conducted other medical examinations not unlike what a family doctor might do. They expected something but never imagined they would find a link between the inevitably fatal problems with a rather common condition many of us have: gum disease.

14 Best And Worst Things You Can Put In Your Mouth

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada Living

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...

Paleo People Didn't Need Dental Check-Ups, But You Do

Mark Burhenne | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada Living
Mark Burhenne

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?

2012 Olympic Athletes Had TERRIBLE Teeth

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Living

Many elite athletes who competed at the 2012 Olympic Games had levels of oral health similar to those of poverty-stricken communities, a study said Mo...

11 Of The WORST Foods For Your Teeth

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Living

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 sugar...

How Germs Can Ruin Your Smile

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.26.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgA trip to the dentist is for many a stressful event, especially when accompanied by the dreaded words: "You have a cavity." Naturally, you can blame germs for this aggravation. The main cause is a group of bacteria known for their ability to grow on hard surfaces, such as the enamel of the teeth.

Better Dental Care Needed For Kids, Say Pediatricians

CBC | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Living

Canadian children need better access to dental care regardless of where they live or their family's income, say pediatricians concerned about tooth de...

7 Things Your Mouth Can Say About Your Health

Everyday Health | Posted 02.22.2012 | Canada Living

By Chris Iliades, MD Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III MD, MPH "You’ve got a cavity." Ouch -- no one likes to get bad news in the dent...