Patient-friendly dental apps

For those of us who are users of smartphone technology, it is common knowledge that there is an app out there for virtually everything. For those who are not quite so tech savvy, an ‘app’ or ‘mobile app’ is simply a computer program designed and formatted specifically for smartphones and tablet computers. Although they have […]

A brief history of toothpaste

Although daily brushing of teeth has become a cultural norm in North America, its history as part of a daily hygiene routine is surprisingly recent. In fact, it is only since the end of the Second World War that brushing on a daily basis has been adopted by the masses. In other cultures, however, the […]

Eat, drink and be cavity-free

We all know that sugary foods and drinks cause cavities.  However, our understanding of the science of nutrition and preventive dental health has evolved considerably from this simplistic statement. With that in mind, here are a few friendly nutritional guidelines to help prevent cavities. Acid causes cavities The sugar in your diet is only indirectly […]

Publicly funded dental care far from reality

One of the more frequent questions I am asked by my patients is “Why is dental treatment not covered under OHIP? After all,” they ask, “dental health is a part of overall health, isn’t it?” It is a reasonable question to ask; to answer it, however, requires a bit of a historical perspective.  There are, […]

Third molars challenge conventional ‘wisdom’

Everyone knows someone who has endured a few days with a swollen face after removal of their third molar teeth (known as ‘wisdom teeth’), or had to live through pain and infection from a wisdom tooth that should have been removed but wasn’t.  With that in mind, it is easy to understand why third molars […]

What you can do to reduce cost of dental care

Among the many economic challenges facing Canadians today is the cost of dental care.  For those individuals and families who do not have dental expenses reimbursed by an employee benefits dental insurance plan, major restorative dental treatment can be prohibitively expensive. Fortunately, there are many approaches that can be taken to reduce significantly the cost […]

Seniors lack access to dental care

According to published Statistics Canada figures, seniors represent the fastest growing segment of the Canadian population.  In 2001, there were an estimated 3.92 million Canadians over the age of 65.  By the year 2021, that number is expected to grow to 6.7 million, and by 2041 will reach 9.2 million, or one in four Canadians. […]