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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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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

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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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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 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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