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If you’ve been reading our dental education blogs, we’ve been talking about how poor oral health can lead to more serious health conditions. Today, we want to highlight a health condition that may negatively impact oral health and is quite common. What is Xerostomia? Say this three times fast: “xerostomia.” Believe it or not we can guarantee you’ve heard of it, just in its more colloquial form. Chances are you’ve even experienced it after a night of indulging, or when you were really nervous. Got it yet? Drum roll please…it’s dry mouth! Okay, so maybe not as exciting as you thought but it

Okay, so you’ve got some decay, and you think you might need a filling. But you’ve heard an inlay is better that they’re more durable, or that your damage is so extensive you might need an onlay. What the heck is the difference anyway? So glad you asked… Let’s start with the basics What’s a composite filling? The decayed part of the tooth is drilled out, then filled with composite material, porcelain or metal. What’s an inlay? An inlay is used for larger cavities and is the material used is built outside the mouth, in a lab then cemented in place. What’s an onlay? An onlay

Can a tooth infection be dangerous? If a tooth infection is left to its own devices, without treatment it can lead to serious, sometimes dangerous infections. This is why oral hygiene is so important and why if you are having any symptoms of an infected tooth/abscess you should set up a dental exam with one of our offices, in the GTA or at our convenient downtown College Street dentistry office, immediately. In this post we’ll discuss signs you may have a tooth infection and the serious consequences you may suffer if you don’t seek timely treatment. What are some signs of an

If you’ve ever asked yourself, ‘what can I do to heal my TMJ’ or, ‘when will my TMJ pain go away’ then this is the post for you…   What is the difference between TMD and TMJ? If you suffer from chronic headaches, neck, shoulder, and jaw pain you may have temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. Often referred to as TMJ- the name for the joint that is located on each side of the jaw often responsible for the pain. This joint, in combination with other muscles and ligaments, lets you chew, swallow, speak and yawn. When you have a problem with the

When’s the last time you thought about the role your gums play in your overall health? We know that bleeding or sensitive gums are a sign of gingivitis, but most of us wait until something more serious happens before doing something about it.  Tooth loss can occur without treatment and that’s scary enough, but did you know that gum disease can also increase your risk of more serious conditions such as heart attack, stroke and Alzheimer’s? Genetics, lifestyle, medication and existing conditions such as diabetes and pregnancy can influence gum health. While you can’t change your genes, you can alter

Ah, January…time for a fresh start. 2019 will be the year we make better choices, eat well, make up for our holiday indulgences—at least until mid-January. We don’t expect you to give up sweets for good but knowing which sweeteners are the best for your teeth may help you make better choices overall. While some culprits may be obvious, (cane sugar, corn syrup) others sweeteners that seem healthier, may not be the best choices for your smile. Read on to find out some sweet alternatives if you’re trying to kick the sugar habit this year, and what “healthy” sweeteners to

Alzheimer's-The Mind Mouth Connection How important is oral health to overall health? Most people know that not brushing your teeth daily can lead to cavities, bad breath and tooth decay but recent studies find that poor dental hygiene can also have unexpected health consequences including; increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. Poor oral hygiene can lead to serious health problems and has been linked to increased risk of heart attack, stroke, complications from diabetes, and more. We’ll discuss possible diseases and risks in our Oral Hygiene and your Health series in the upcoming weeks. Today, we’ll discuss the link between your

How important is Oral Health to your Overall Health? Fifty-seven percent of Canadians say their smile is important to them, yet shockingly only four percent follow the dentist-recommended oral care regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing, according to Newswire.ca. Many cite time as the reason yet it takes three minutes a day to practise good oral health. Compare that to an hour in the gym or time spent at the salon and it seems like as small price to pay for a beautiful smile and more importantly good health. Maybe this is because Canadians don’t realize there’s a strong link between

You hear a lot about crowns these days—especially if you’re a royal watcher (Meghan Markle is pregnant-see what rules she has to follow!) or a fan of the Netflix series, The Crown—but you may not know a lot about dental crowns, an important form of tooth restoration. Read on to learn more… What’s a Dental Crown? In the world of dentistry a crown—sometimes known as a dental cap—is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. It’s typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. When might I need a crown? Dental crowns are often needed