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Eating Clean for a Healthier Smile

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A clean, bright ‘Hollywood’ smile is usually the goal for most people when it comes to how they want their mouths to look, however all mouths aren’t created equally and sometimes what we want to have isn’t within immediate reach. Is an improved smile and healthier mouth an attainable goal? Absolutely! Like most things, you get in what you put out; the better you are at maintaining your mouth both at home through regular brushing, flossing, rinsing and by visiting your Aylmer dental professional, the better off your mouth will be. Also, the food and drink that is consumed daily plays a large role in the development and maintenance of the health of your teeth, gums and mouth as a whole. Here are some important things to consider … 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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Checking for Tooth Decay in Toddlers

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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

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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!

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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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