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Gum Disease Risk Factors

Gum Disease Risk Factors Gum disease risk factors could affect your overall health. Gum disease is classified by stage and grade – like cancer staging. After conducting a thorough assessment of your gum health and bone status, dentists/periodontists assign a stage ranging from initial to severe, localized to general, that describes the acuteness of the disease. We also give a…
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Gum Disease

Gum disease is a general diagnostic term used by the public referring to diseases in the gum tissues. We have gum disease when we see our gums are swollen, red, bleeding (when touched or during brushing), receded, enlarged, purulent or painful. Indeed, gum disease does not only refer to the pink or red gums that are readily visible; it also…
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Holistic and Wellness Dentistry

Holistic and Wellness Dentistry: Dentists were traditionally regarded as teeth doctors. However, I believe dentists are oral and maxillofacial physicians for the following reasons: We have education in general medicine, surgery and pathology in dental school. We have training in recognizing (and sometimes diagnosing) diseases in the said areas. At the same time, we can see manifestations of some illnesses…
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Omicron Sar-Cov2 versus Influenza

When the world started to regroup and gather together, as the number of COVID cases dropped, in late November 2021, there was news about the new Omicron variant first reported in South Africa that this variant has been shown severely contagious.  At the start of the COVID province-wide lockdown on March 23, 2020 (right after the march break), there were…
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Manual or Electric Toothbrushes

Toothbrushing is the most effective way to remove food debris and plaque from the teeth, which helps prevent cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, candidiasis and bad breath. There are manual and electric toothbrushes. Within each type, there are a few options available. So, what kind of toothbrush is best? Let’s look at manual toothbrushes first. There are two major types of manual…
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Management of Stressors in Dentistry

Last week, I blogged about dentists' stress in their clinical lives. Stress can never be eliminated from a dental practice. However, it must be minimized as much as possible to avoid the many stress-related physical and emotional problems that it causes. The key to successfully managing stress is recognizing and understanding its causes. Once the causes have been identified and…
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Maximize your dental insurance benefits

Many patients procrastinate their dental treatments, so it may sound awful to you when a dental staff advises you about maximizing your dental insurance coverage. You probably think that the dentist is trying to maximize his benefits from your insurance. However, when it comes to dental health insurance, utilizing your dental insurance wisely can save you money and maximize your…
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Dental bridges and implants

Both dental bridges and dental implants are suitable to replace missing teeth in the mouth. The replacement tooth using the surrounding teeth for support and anchorage can be fixed like a bridge in a dental bridge. The bridge is cemented firmly to the supporting anchorage teeth, and so it stays on the teeth as if it is part of the…
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Do we have too many dentists?

Just a moment ago, I was Googling for dental offices near my office in Burlington; the search returned 19 offices. Then I searched for Tim Hortons, and 20 locations were found. Interestingly, when I had my first dental clinic soon after I graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry in 1990, my office was the only one on…