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Mother’s Day Through The Ages

Mother’s Day Through The Ages

Mother’s Day usually means flower bouquets, heartfelt cards, family brunches, and long-distance phone calls. It is a day where we shower our mothers with love and honour to show them just how important they are to us.

But did you know that Mother’s Day has a rich and somewhat unusual past? We have delved into days gone by to bring you the history of this day, controversies and all.

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Dental Appliances – What are they?

Dental Appliances – What are they?

Dental appliances are common parts of dentistry and orthodontics. A dental appliance refers to any device that helps with your treatment plan for you. These appliances can be permanent or removable. They help to repair damaged teeth, straighten crooked teeth, and replace missing teeth. Dental appliances are fitted to your mouth specifically to give you the best outcome from your orthodontic care.

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The Spring Equinox

The Spring Equinox

With the sun popping out, flowers blooming, and birds chirping away, the world seems to be finally waking from its winter slumber. We can feel the days getting longer and know that spring is just around the corner, exciting us with the prospect of warmth and sunshine.

In fact, the first day of spring this year will be March 20th, also known as the spring equinox. If you are wondering what exactly the spring equinox is and why we mark it, read on and let us enlighten you!

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Daylights Saving: Why Do We Do It?

Daylights Saving: Why Do We Do It?

Daylight saving might feel like a modern concept, but the concept actually dates back to the early 1900s. For over a century, Western countries have followed this concept to give people the most daylight possible in the fall and spring. But, is daylight saving a good thing? And will we always follow this practice? Some people argue against setting and resetting our clocks, so let’s take a look at the practice.

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International Women’s Day: A Celebration of Women in Dentistry

International Women’s Day: A Celebration of Women in Dentistry

Times have certainly changed since 1898, when Emma Gaudreau Casgrain became the first woman licensed to be a dentist in Canada. Today women are a growing force in the dental industry within Canada and beyond. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the number of women dentists in Canada rose from 16 percent in 1991 to 28 percent in 2001. By 2011, the proportion had grown to 29.5.

International Women’s Day is the ideal time to take a closer look at the role of women in the field of dentistry.

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How Winter Weather Can Cause Toothaches and Sensitivity

How Winter Weather Can Cause Toothaches and Sensitivity

Do your teeth ever hurt when you eat something hot or cold? When tooth enamel wears down or the gums recede, it exposes a layer of your teeth that is very sensitive to temperature changes. If something too hot or too cold touches this part of your mouth, you’ll feel some pain.

But you aren’t just at risk for this type of discomfort because of your diet. During the winter, your teeth contract in response to intense cold weather. This can lead to cracks in your teeth and cause the same type of pain that you experience when you bite into ice cream. Take a look at how the cold can affect your teeth, how this relates to winter weather, and what you can do to fix aches and sensitive teeth or nerves.

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The History of Valentine’s Day

The History of Valentine’s Day

Today, the Valentine’s holiday is all about sweets and romance. But, Valentine’s Day hasn’t always been about crafts, cards, chocolates, and kisses — and it’s not even a modern celebration. Historians have traced its roots back thousands of years to the ancient Romans. Indeed, this pink-and-red holiday has seen some interesting transformations throughout history.

The next time you buy a bag of candy hearts with snuggly inscriptions, just remember how much this holiday has changed and which traditions we’ve held on to for centuries.

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An In-Depth Look at Chocolate

An In-Depth Look at Chocolate

Chocolate is a sweet treat that starts with roasted and ground cacao seeds. It’s then mixed with other ingredients, such as cocoa butter, milk, and sugar, to get the tasty product that we see on store shelves worldwide. But chocolate isn’t a modern invention, and it might not always be around. Take an in-depth look at chocolate to learn more about its past, effects on our health today, and what the future holds for this delicacy.

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The History of Groundhog Day

The History of Groundhog Day

By the time you’re reading this, you may already know that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, thereby warning residents of Pennsylvania to expect 6 more weeks of winter. Here in Canada, Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam did not see his shadow, nor did Alberta’s Balzac Billy, giving us some hope that winter’s end is around the corner. But Ontario’s Wiarton Willie swung the prognosticating rodent pendulum back to the middle by concurring with Punxsutawney Phil and predicting 6 more weeks.

It’s fun to entertain these superstitious notions, but you may be wondering, where do they originate? Read on to learn about the history of Groundhog Day in North America.

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Top Groundhog Day Myths

Top Groundhog Day Myths

With Groundhog Day just around the corner on February 2nd, many people are anxiously awaiting the famed rodent Phil’s predictions on whether we will endure another six weeks of winter or whether we can we set our sights on an early spring. As with any event as unique as a rodent predicting the weather, there are many myths associated with the Groundhog Day tradition as well as the famous Punxsutawney Phil himself.

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