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The Truth About Canker Sores

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The mouth is a very complex place. It houses a set of teeth, a tongue that is able to do so much and lips that keep everything together. We do so much with our mouths on a daily basis, it’s no wonder that they can become susceptible to certain issues at times. One of those issues is canker sores. A canker sore is essentially a small ulcer that will show up inside your mouth. The two types of canker sores are simple and complex: simple canker sores can show up in the mouth at any given time and will stick around for about a week, while complex canker sores last longer and usually only appear in the mouths of people that have had them before. The direct cause … Continue Reading

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What the Tongue says About Your Health


The tongue is one of the the most important parts of the body as it is an integral part of making proper speech possible. Maintaining the health of your tongue (through the regular cleaning of it when you brush your teeth) is very important. The appearance of the tongue is also a great indicator of overall health. A normal healthy tongue usually has a light pink hue to it. Here are some tongue indicators and what they can mean for your health. “White Tongue – A yeast infection in your mouth could be due to antibiotics. When you take this type of medication, it messes with the balance of healthy bacteria in your body. When this happens, you can wind up with a white tongue. Diabetes and autoimmune … Continue Reading

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Oral Health Month

Dr. Mark McCullough and Dr. Melvin Lee were on CTV News to promote Brush-a-mania here in Ottawa. Brush-a-mania is a program that is presented to elementary school children across Canada every April which is proclaimed Oral Health Month. Dentists and Rotarians visit schools to promote good oral and overall health. Check out Dr. McCullough in the video below!  

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Teeth Whitening Hacks


A bright white smile is something that everyone wants to get but can be hard to maintain once achieved. Brushing, flossing, rinsing and visiting your Aylmer dentist regularly will help your teeth look their best, but what about the times in between? Here are some awesome teeth whitening hacks that will help keep your teeth their brightest during those in between moments. “Teeth Whitening Pens – SmileActives makes a teeth whitening pen that comes in tasty flavors like vanilla mint and gets the job done quickly. Apply the pen to the teeth up to three times daily, allow the liquid to dry on the teeth for 30 seconds and then go about your day. No need to rinse! Chew Gum with Xylitol – Multiple studies have shown that … Continue Reading

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Fatherly Influence on Dental Health


Father knows best! The influence that parents can have over a child’s life is pretty incredible, but it’s on the parent to make sure that the impact they make is that of a positive one. “Children are greatly influenced by their fathers when it comes to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, according to a new study — and that’s bad news. Dads don’t take dental health seriously enough, with some 43 percent of fathers of children under 12 brushing only once a day or even less often. The survey found that busy families sometimes just forget their dental hygiene routines. One quarter of families surveyed reported that the kids’ teeth went unbrushed at least once a week. 35 percent said that they’d forgotten, while 30 percent said that … Continue Reading

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Checking for Tooth Decay in Toddlers


Toddlers are great, full of life, energy and curious about everything that’s around them. As a parent it’s important to let them explore and let them be their little creative selves. However, it is also important to ensure they are safe and healthy. When it comes to the dental health of your toddler, making sure you follow the right steps to promote the best dental development is crucial. “Tooth decay is the most common chronic children’s disease in the country—even more chronic than allergies. Over 40 percent of children will have tooth decay before kindergarten. And those who have it are more likely to suffer from cavities in adulthood” Here are some tips to help prevent tooth decay in your toddler: “First, make sure your child has fluoride. … Continue Reading

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Teeth Whitening Tips

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Your smile can say a lot about you. The brighter and whiter it is, the more likely you’ll be to smile frequently which positively influences those around you and may even encourage them to smile more themselves. Here are some great ways to make your smile the brightest it can be: • Whitening toothpastes contain little to no hydrogen peroxide because “the ingredient is hard to stabilize,” says cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson. “Instead, they exfoliate away new stains with silica, a gritty mineral.” One exception? New Luster Premium Power White Deep Stain Eraser Toothpaste, which contains 2 percent stabilized hydrogen peroxide. “It should work better than other whitening toothpastes,” Wilson says. • Mouthwash with hydrogen peroxide can whiten effectively if you gargle twice a day for three months, … Continue Reading

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Dental Health and School Performance


Improving your dental health is the best way to achieve stronger teeth, better gums, fresher breath and a better functioning body as well. A healthy mouth is also linked to a healthier and more active mind which will promote better learning in school. “Basham says preventive dental care is vital for a child’s well-being and learning ability.“Dental cleanings remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the teeth and gums. Leaving plaque and tartar on the teeth can lead to cavities, bad breath, gingivitis, gum disease and premature tooth loss. Also, oral health is related to overall health since the mouth is a passage way to the entire body. Poor oral health can cause premature birth and correlates to diabetes and congestive heart disease. Early detection of cavities can prevent … Continue Reading

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Better Gums With Pomegranates

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The best way to ensure you have the healthiest smile possible is to practice a healthy oral routine that includes brushing your teeth (twice daily if possible), flossing, rinsing, cleaning your tongue and visiting your Aylmer dentist at least once annually. When it comes to promoting healthier gums making sure they get cleaned thoroughly during your brushing and flossing is imperative. Another interesting way to make your gums healthier is to use the power of pomegranates. “If you are prone to gum disease or gingivitis, massage the affected area with dry pomegranate peel powder before brushing your teeth. Let it remain for 10 – 15 minutes before rinsing it with water. Do this frequently to prevent inflamed or bleeding gums.” The healthier you keep your gums, the stronger … Continue Reading

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Plaque Attack!


Video games are a great way to improve hand and eye coordination skills and have fun. They can also be a great source of educational information. Contrary to popular belief (especially from some parents who may believe that playing video games is a waste of time). There were and currently are some games that exist which were designed to help people become aware of certain issues. Plaque Attack was one of those games. “Gaming technology is hot in the health world these days, as entrepreneurs explore ways to use video games to improve our physical and mental well-being — and our oral hygiene. The National Institutes of Health recently awarded millions to a Seattle company and researchers at the University of Washington to develop and study a suite … Continue Reading

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