How Does TMJ Develop?

Many people suffer from TMD, or temporomandibular dysfunction, which is when the jaw joint (the temporomandibular joint) doesn’t work as it should. This ball-and-socket joint can cause a lot of pain and a variety of symptoms when not functioning properly, including jaw popping and clicking; pain in the jaw, neck, shoulders, and back; unexplained headaches […]

Airway issues

Airway Issues and How They Affect Your Life

Passing out occurs within three minutes without oxygen. Permanent brain damage can occur within four minutes without oxygen. Death can occur within four to six minutes without oxygen. It’s impossible to overstate how important a constant supply of oxygen is to the human body. You may survive a week without water and several weeks without […]

Holistic Dental

3 Things You Need to Know About Holistic Dentistry

What is holistic dentistry? People are often confused by the term. This isn’t surprising, as it’s not a term that’s regulated, and it can mean different things to different practitioners. However, there are a few things that I believe holistic dentists would say they have in common. 1.  Holistic Dentists Treats You as a Whole […]

Neuromuscular issues

Dentistry and Neuromuscular Issues

Neuromuscular issues can cause pain in the muscles and the nerves that control them. This pain can greatly affect the quality of life through reduced function, decreased mobility, and increased depression and mood disorders. There must be hundreds of thousands of people experiencing neuromuscular pain and the consequences of that pain right now who don’t […]

plants & sleep

Can Plants Really Cure Sleep Apnea?

The standard treatment for sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, and other treatments include special oral appliances and surgery. But did you know that some people are turning to plants to help with their sleep apnea? The idea is that oxygen released by plants at night aids breathing and makes for […]

facial beauty

How to Enhance Your Facial Beauty

Today I’m going to talk about enhancing your facial beauty. I’m not going to talk about wrinkles, skin creams, or the usual advice about staying out of the sun, or any of that. Instead, we’re going to look at facial beauty from a different standpoint: dentistry and orthodontics. We all know that a smile with […]

Glen Gower

INTERVIEW: Glen Gower, City Councillor of Stittsville

Dr. Barakat: What’s your name and your title? Glen Gower: Glen Gower, City Councillor, Stittsville Dr. Barakat: What is your profession and how did you get involved in the community? Glen Gower: My background is in marketing and communications and I’m a longtime community volunteer an advocate.  I’ve been volunteering for as long as I can […]


When Should My Child Seek Orthodontic Care?

If you’re a parent of a young child, you may be wondering what the ideal age is for your child to seek orthodontic treatment for the first time. The answer might be much younger than you thought. Children should be seen for an initial visit no later than the age of 7, according to the […]


Breaking the Barrier Between Dentistry and Medicine

Many of us think of dentistry as separate from medicine. After all, we may go to our family doctor if we have a complaint about our stomach, our foot, or our throat, but the dentist only looks at the health of our teeth and gums. It’s almost as if the mouth were completely separate from […]