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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

Remember when you were a kid and a lost tooth was cause for excitement and celebration as you placed it under your pillow in the hopes that the Tooth Fairy would come? Yeah, not so much the case when you lose a permanent adult tooth. After you receive your permanent teeth, a missing tooth no longer comes with the promise of money under your pillow, and can actually be quite devastating. Missing teeth can be a source of discomfort interfering with chewing or speaking and can undermine your confidence in your smile and appearance. Luckily, there are tooth replacement options

The expression, “it’s like pulling teeth,” is said to be cited as early as the 17th century. The idiom refers to something that is difficult and painful. For example, getting my kids to do their chores is “like pulling teeth.” Sigh. That’s very true. Fortunately, the pain associated with the actual procedure is no longer true. This expression relates to the early days of tooth removal. According to Wikipedia, until the early 20th century in Europe, dental extractions were often made by travelling dentists in town fairs. One such infamous dentist was a charlatan known as Painless Parker. According to the

Okay, so for the most part you take good care of your teeth. You brush, floss, and visit the dental hygienist twice a year at least. But maybe there was that one time when you were soooo tired that you just fell into bed without brushing or another time when you finished your kid’s Halloween candy and then forgot to floss…It’s okay. We’re human and tooth decay can catch up to us in spite of our best efforts. When decay happens to the point where it causes a cavity and warrants a filling—don’t worry—we’re here for you. What are the benefits

One thing most Hollywood A-listers have in common is a perfect photo-ready smile. Even those who didn’t start out with perfect teeth, often invest in their smile after their careers take off. (Hint: Tom Cruise and Chris Rock.) Many A-listers admit to choosing veneers to improve their smile. Most likely you’ve seen celebrities and other people with veneers and didn’t even know it. That’s because veneers are one of the most natural looking cosmetic improvements you can make to your smile. Let’s face it, your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. A great smile can