Oral Health

How The Bacteria Behind Gum Disease Turn Your Immune System Against You

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.23.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The main culprit behind gum disease is bacterial growth, usually called plaque. Although several different types of species are detrimental to gum health, some are more troublesome than others. One particular enemy is known as Porphyromonas gengivalis .

Avoiding The Dentist Can Lead To A Poorer Quality Of Life

HuffPost Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 05.05.2017 | Canada Living

The longer you wait, the worse it'll be.

Why Doesn't Our Health-Care System Cover Dental?

Jacquie Maund | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Jacquie Maund

April is oral health month in Canada. Ads remind us to book an appointment with our dentist for a regular dental exam and to get our teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist. But in Canada's private dental care system, you have to pay to access both of these oral health services.

How Fibre May Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

For decades, good oral health has focused on three primary activities. We brush to keep teeth white, floss to maintain healthy gums, and for some, rinse with mouthwash to freshen breath. We want to keep bad microbes at bay. But there is a catch to this strategy.

If You've Ever Had A Dental Filling You Need To Watch This

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Living

Just another reason to brush and floss regularly.

Play It Safe By Having Your Kids Wear Mouth Guards This Summer

Anaida Deti | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Anaida Deti

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.

The Benefits Of Flossing Are Being Questioned

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Living

But you might just be doing it wrong.

It's Official! Gargling With Salt Water Actually Works

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Although most people believe this is an effective way to maintain oral health, particularly when gums are injured, there has been an absence of actual evidence to suggest this does anything other than offer a brief sensation of relief (which admittedly may be enough). But last week, science finally caught up with grandma.

Health Reform In Ontario Must Include Oral Health Care

Jacquie Maund | Posted 05.24.2017 | Canada Living
Jacquie Maund

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.

The Disgusting Reason You Need To Floss

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Living

Your toothbrush can only do so much.

Why Bad Breath Is So Hard To Fight (And What You Can Do To Stop It)

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Last week, an international team of researchers revealed how bacteria in the oral cavity may be able to withstand even the hardest toothbrushing. Their research showed just how stable certain species can be and suggested the cure may require a more ecological approach.

How To Manage Your Fear Of The Dentist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 12.04.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

About one in five people have some fear of going to the dentist, often stemming from a traumatic experience. Even general life anxiety can manifest into fear of the dental chair. Many of these people cancel appointments or avoid dental visits altogether. And for those who do come in, it's often when a dental issue is far more advanced and harder to treat.

Using Bacteria to Fight Disease May One Day Improve Oral Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.22.2016 | 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 06.08.2016 | 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 05.27.2016 | 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 05.25.2016 | 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...