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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…