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What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Have you ever had a serious dental emergency? We’re talking about more than just a chipped tooth or bleeding gums, however traumatic those may seem at the time. This is a discussion about true medical disasters like a hockey puck to the face or a tumour in your mouth. When you suffer something serious, you need a specialized caregiver for your mouth, head, and jaws. These professionals are Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. You need to understand what they do if you ever need their services. Here’s a guide on oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

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What Is a Pediatric Dentist?

What Is a Pediatric Dentist?

Nothing’s more important to you than your children. You want them to look and feel their best from now until they’re 120-years-old. Part of your responsibility in this endeavour is taking care of your child’s teeth. You know that baby teeth don’t last forever, but you can still do long-term damage to your kid’s mouth if you’re not careful. Fortunately, dentistry has a special field for kids. These professionals can provide the dental care and hygiene your kids need. Here’s a guide on pediatric dentists.

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What is an Orthodontist?

What is an Orthodontist?

Many people use the terms dentist and orthodontist interchangeably. That’s not quite right. The two professions certainly have similarities, but orthodontia is a specific type of dental care. These specialists treat certain types of dental problems. You may never need to see an orthodontist. If you do, however, you need to understand exactly what’s in store for you. Here’s a guide on orthodontists.

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What is a Prosthodontist?

What is a Prosthodontist?

If you’ve never lost a tooth or needed a crown, then you’ve probably never visited a prosthodontist. Prosthodontistry is a dentistry specialty focusing on missing teeth. These trained medical professionals treat a variety of oral issues, and provide specialized care that suits each patient’s particular dental needs. Read on to learn what Prosthodontists do.

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What is a Periodontist?

What is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is one of the least understood types of dentists. This professional deals in gum diseases, working to give patients healthier mouths. Whenever you feel like your gums are sensitive or you notice bleeding, you need a periodontist. Otherwise, you risk gum disease or the pain experienced with every bite, and other extreme mouth conditions. Here’s our guide on periodontists, what they do, and why patients sometimes need one.

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Young and precancerous: fighting aggressive oral cancer

Young and precancerous: fighting aggressive oral cancer

During a routine trip to the dentist, Michael Haack was told that he had a white patch on his tongue. Haack did not have a history of mouth injuries or gum disease, so the news came as a surprise.

“My dentist told me that it resembled a freckle in my mouth,” explains the 28-year-old executive director of a local political organization. “He told me that it was an oral lesion, and that we would need to monitor it going forward.”

At the time, Haack thought little of the spot. However, over the next three years and three annual checkups, it progressed in size. His dentist ordered a biopsy and the results confirmed mild oral dysplasia—abnormal lesions, often white or red, within oral tissues that have the potential to develop into cancer.

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The Importance Of Mouthguards

The Importance Of Mouthguards

It’s safe to say that most Canadian children are active, with studies showing that about 84% of kids are involved in some kind of organized sport each year.

In fact, Canadian children’s organized sports make up a whopping $5.7 billion industry, with families paying on average $1,000 each year for their children to participate in various activities.

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