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How to reduce your risk of getting a cracked tooth during the pandemic

To an emergency dentist, it’s no surprise that there has been a significant increase in cracked teeth during the global coronavirus pandemic. With pandemics, an increase in stress is inevitable, and an increase in stress means an increase in the various factors that can contribute to a cracked tooth. Add to that the discomforts of … Read more

Wise up about wisdom teeth

“You need to get your wisdom teeth taken out.” If you’re like many Canadians, you’ll hear these words from a dentist at some point. Read on to find out why dentists recommend wisdom tooth extraction—and what to expect during and after the procedure. What are wisdom teeth, anyway? Wisdom teeth the third and last set … Read more

The facts on fluoride

As a strategy to prevent or reduce cavities, fluoride gets top marks for effectiveness and ease of use. That said, myths surrounding fluoride continue to circulate. These facts from North America’s leading dental health authorities should help put your mind at ease. What is fluoride and how does it help the teeth? Fluoride is a … Read more

Xylitol and your teeth

It looks like sugar, it tastes like sugar, but it’s definitely not sugar. A sugar substitute found in nature and in the body, xylitol has 40 percent fewer calories than sugar (and contains no fructose). But the best news about xylitol is that it can help you get fewer cavities. How is this possible? Unlike … Read more

Flossing and the Death of Expertise

Does gum disease really lead to heart disease

In the summer of 2016, a dental health story briefly dominated the headlines. What was the scoop? According to the Associated Press, the longstanding recommendation of the American Dental Association that patients floss regularly was not based on “strong evidence.” That is to say, some scientists had done research, and then other scientists had deemed … Read more