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Dentistry in Schools

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The importance of dental hygiene is something that has been stressed by dental professionals for years. There have been many initiatives to get people more involved with taking an active stance with their own dental health and the importance this has on their overall health as well. As the world is constantly moving and growing so to must the approach of reaching people. An Iowa high school has decided to take things to a new level and make the concept of dental health and integral part of everything they do. “A new dental clinic inside Scavo High School gives students the opportunity to visit the dentist within the walls of their school. The clinic, which is the first of its kind in Iowa, provides cleaning, filling and teeth … Continue Reading

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A Book to Ease Dental Anxiety

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A fear of going to the dentist is a real thing; many people get anxious over the thought of going to get their teeth inspected on a regular basis. Whether it’s due to a poor experience from the past, stories they’ve heard about other people or just a general fear that they can’t get over, these feelings are valid. A good dentist will be able to put any fears to rest upon first meeting them. An author (and a young one at that!) has taken it upon herself to help ease the fears that people may have when it comes to visiting the dentist. “Jen Dafoe’s Chico’s First Trip to the Dentist has been picked up by publisher Fitzhenry Whiteside and will be distributed to Shopper’s Drug Marts … Continue Reading

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Maintaining Dental Health during Illness

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Serious bodily illnesses are not something anyone ever wants to think about or deal with but they are sometimes a reality that we have to face. Whether an individual or a loved one is touched by an illness, the effects go beyond just that person or their immediate family. Being able to take care of some regular daily activities can become more difficult when facing an illness and they become that much more important to do as well due to the fact that the body is in a more vulnerable state. Dental health especially is something that is important to maintain and during an illness such as cancer. Here are some important things to consider: “• Medication: There are specific medications that can ease discomfort and prevent sores … Continue Reading

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Crowns: Not just for Royalty

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They say ‘heavy is the head that wears the crown’ and when you give it real though, it makes a lot of sense. The wearer of a crown is usually someone in power; the head of a royal family (or someone who thinks highly of themselves and randomly decides to start wearing a crown) and when you are born into that type of responsibility, it can be daunting. Having power can be great, if used responsibly. Thankfully the majority of us don’t have to worry about things of that nature. The only crowns most people are concerned with are the ones in their mouths. Although these types of crowns do become a part of your head, they don’t make it heavier (physically or mentally). They do however provide … Continue Reading

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Importance of Gum Health

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Health is wealth. The healthier you are as a whole means the more likely you’ll be able to successful at whatever it is that you’re doing and for a longer time. The gums (essentially the foundation for all of the teeth in your mouth) requires a lot of special attention. When it doesn’t get that special attention, the whole mouth is left vulnerable. Here are some issues that can arise when your gums aren’t properly cleaned and maintained. “Pregnancy Complications New studies have shown that certain bacteria typically found in the mouth may lead to prenatal issues, like damage to the placenta and impairing the growth of the fetus. Sure, you might be light-years away from your first kid, but why wait to get into the habit? Inflammation … Continue Reading

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Mouths of Millennials

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It’s always stated the the future lies within the youth, however it appears as if many of them seem to be making decisions that aren’t in the best interest of their health (dental health in particular). “A study by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey shows that only 50 percent of 20-34 year olds have been to the dentist within the past year. This is compared to more than 62 percent of adults aged 35 to 64.That’s not all. According to the survey, of adults between the ages of 20 and 64, it’s Millennials who have the highest percentage of untreated tooth decay in permanent teeth. Millennials are also more likely to believe that, because there is no pain there is no problem with their teeth. But, … Continue Reading

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Dental Education at Algonquin College

Dr. McCullough enjoys taking part of educating the students at Algonquin College. Here is a photo of Dr. McCullough and the 2016 hygiene class after a great day of learning CAD/CAM technology and implantology!  

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Oral Health and the Holidays

The holiday season is a very special time for many. Getting a chance to spend much needed quality time with friends and family is something that you may not get to do as often as you’d like, so you make sure to cherish those special moments. It is also a time where delicious eats and treats are abundant. There’s nothing wrong with indulging in some holiday treats; you’ve worked hard and you deserve it! It is important to remember however that the holidays only last for a short time and that your teeth and gums will last a lot longer than that, as long as you take good care of them. If you do happen to over indulge in the sweets this holiday, fret not. A combination of … Continue Reading

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Dental Health is the Fountain of Youth

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Getting older is a part of life, but feeling and looking older is something that we have the power to control (to a certain degree). Age may just be a number, but whatever your number is you should own it and wear it proudly like a badge of honour. Of course this is easier said than done; we live in a society where youth is linked to newness, vibrancy and innovation and aging is essentially perceived as the opposite of those things. First things first, it is very important to love who you are the way you are. If for whatever reason you aren’t happy however, there are ways to improve yourself and the best place to start is your mouth. Your teeth are very important for eating … Continue Reading

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An Alternative to Dental Fillings

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Going to the dentist on a regular basis is an important part of maintaining a healthy dental regimen. Another important factor that can affect your dental and overall health, is your diet. Consumption of foods that are highly acidic or rich in sugar can have detrimental affects on your teeth. The best way to avoid any of the dental pitfalls that can occur is to limit your intake of those particular types of food. It may be that much harder to do during the holiday season, but your mouth (and body) will thank you if you do. In the event that you just couldn’t resist those holiday sweets and happened to overindulge you might end up with a cavity. Traditionally dentists use a method that requires a specialized … Continue Reading

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