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Managing & Understanding Cold Sores

Oral Herpes Simplex Viral (HSV) infections are commonly referred to as “Cold Sores”. The following is an article I had co-written for Canadian continuing education programs for Medical Doctors and Pharmacists. Viral infections of the oral mucosa are frequently...
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Is Flossing Necessary?

Is Flossing Necessary? The Ontario Dental Association has responded to several Canadian news reports about a U.S. story questioning the efficacy of flossing, citing the lack of evidence supporting the practice. The story was initially published by the Associated Press and has...
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Benefits of Fluoride

The World Health Organization states “fluoridation of water supplies, where possible, is the most effective public health measure for the prevention of dental decay.” Such a compelling statement demonstrates the global impact that water fluoridation has had since its introduction...
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Please Be Tooth-Friendly This Halloween!

I know that my oldest two daughters can’t wait to head out into the streets tonight as a Vampire Queen and Pirate Princess. However, their father – the responsible dentist that he is – has already informed them that they can’t eat everything they collect. While cavities cannot...
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Use it or lose it! 5 Reasons to use Your Dental Insurance Before the End of the Year

Use it or lose it! 5 Reasons to use Your Dental Insurance Before the End of the Year 1. Unused Benefit Does Not Roll Over Most insurance companies have a dental benefit deadline of December 31st and unfortunately, any unused benefits cannot be transferred to other family members...
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Dental Injection May Interrupt Wisdom Tooth Development

Anyone who has seen The Matrix will never forget the scene involving the character played by Keanu Reeves when he has been presented with two pills. “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your...
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Are Your Child’s Teeth Yellow?

Why are children’s permanent teeth yellow? Common causes and types of tooth discolouration in children The first distinction that must be made is determining if the colour is due to intrinsic or extrinsic stains. Intrinsic discolourations are due to changes from within the...
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Dry Mouth / Xerostomia

Few oral health conditions are as underestimated as dry mouth (xerostomia). It is the symptom of a dry mouth, due to a subjective or actual decrease in volume or an alteration in its composition.   Dry mouth may be temporary and caused by medications, dehydration or infections...
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Benefits of Working with Magnification

Our digital radiography and intra-oral photography provide high-powered magnification during your visit so that our Doctors can precisely examine your teeth and gums and detect microscopic problems that may not be visible to the naked eye. This means a dental problem can be...
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Transparency and Openness

 To celebrate the launch of our revamped website and our series of informative articles, we feel that it is appropriate to begin with a discussion of Westmount Dental’s stance on transparency and openness, and how fundamental they are to putting you, as our patient, first....
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