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Marijuana and Its Effects on Oral Health

What You Need to Know About Marijuana: Dental 101

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With the impending legalization of marijuana in Ontario, it is important to stay informed. Marijuana can have an effect on both your general health and oral health. Medical marijuana is legal in Canada. Patients often use it for chronic pain among other ailments. It is another tool in the toolbox. However, with its legalization recreationally, your teens must be educated on the health effects before making an informed decision. The dental world is currently researching into the effects of this drug on dental health and how it can be used. Legalization is helpful for researchers to look at the pain-killing and anti-inflammatory effects for oral and facial pain conditions. What we know about marijuana Cannabinoids act like Endorphins The active compound in marijuana which can be ingested directly, in food, dried, smoked or vapourized. Cannabinoids act on special receptors in cells and this can affect the release of neurotransmitters inside…


Dental Implants: What to Expect

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What are dental implants? A dental implant is essentially an artificial root of a tooth which is attached inside the jaw and replaces the root of a real tooth. A prosthetic tooth is attached to this implant. The implant anchors the prosthetic tooth in place. If you have one or multiple missing teeth, dental implants are one of several options to replace them. Other options include dental bridges, dentures, implant-supported bridges and implant-supported dentures. Implants are comfortable and function like the rest of your teeth but there are clear differences. Who can get dental implants and who can place them? Dentists can place dental implants but if you have a more complicated set of teeth or medical history, your dentist may refer you to a specialist. There is a huge connection between being generally healthy and dentally healthy. If you are medically healthy, have well-controlled medical conditions, have healthy gums…

Woman at the dentist's chair during a root canal

Root Canals 101: What Every Patient Should Know

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It is New Year’s Eve. You are celebrating with family or friends. All dental offices are closed and out of nowhere, the worst throbbing pain you have ever felt starts inside your mouth. A situation likened to Finagle’s law: “Anything that can go wrong, will—at the worst possible time”. Sound familiar? You may need a root canal. Has your dentist ever told you that you need a root canal? You are not alone. Root canals are used to save teeth. Millions of teeth are saved each year with root canals and will continue to be a very popular method of saving damaged teeth. This article will explain what root canals are and how they can save you from pain. What is a root canal? Root canals are one type of endodontic treatment. Let’s break it down: “Endo”—Greek for “inside” “Odont”—“Tooth” The tooth is made up of three distinct layers: the…

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

How Long do Dental Implants Last?

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Dental implants have been engineered to last a long time—more than 25 years if you have excellent oral hygiene and attend your dental appointments regularly. You must take care of your dental implants like you would take care of your natural teeth. The lifespan of your dental implants will depend on: How well you care for your implants daily at home and your attendance record at the dentist a few times a year Your lifestyle and medical conditions The skill of your dentist to evaluate if the implant has been accepted into the jawbone Medicine and dentistry have a complex relationship. If you have diabetes which is not well-controlled, are a heavy smoker or have other medical conditions that are poorly controlled, you may not be a candidate for dental implants. It is very important that you get your lifestyle and medical conditions in good shape before considering dental implants.…

Foods & Drinks That Help Prevent Cavities

Stop tooth decay early: 6 Surprising foods and drinks that help to prevent cavities

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With the beginning of long afternoons in the sun, it may be difficult to resist savouring the sweet taste of ice cold slushies, freezies and ice cream. Limiting the amount of sugary sweets we consume will prevent cavities. Overindulgence in sweets and carbohydrates combined with a lack of dental hygiene will lead to decay. Sugar acts as a food reservoir for naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria consume the sugar and change it into acid. This combination of acid and bacteria sits on your teeth as plaque leading to holes in your teeth. According to the Canadian Dental Association, the average number of decayed, missing or filled teeth per child is 2.5 teeth. Dental sick days have lead to 2.26 million school-days (for children) and 4.15 million working-days (for adults) missed annually. With this in mind, you can use the following foods to prevent cavities: 1.Cheese Dairy products…