Choosing a Family Cosmetic Dentist

Choosing a family cosmetic dentist can feel like a big task, especially if you expect to work with them for many years to come. To help guide you through this process, I’ve compiled a list of questions to consider when making your choice.  Is the practice convenient for my family? For some people this is […]

The Top 10 Things to Do in Ottawa

I love Ottawa not just because it’s the home to my dental practice, Villanova Dental Studio, but as the capital city, there’s so much to see and do. Here’s my personal list of the top 10 things to do here in Ottawa.   Parliament Hill This is the seat of the Canadian federal government and […]

Not Your Childhood Dentist: How Dentistry Has Changed Over the Years

Not Your Childhood Dentist: How Dentistry Has Changed Over the Years

Conjure up the image of a dentist in the frontier days: A man yanking out rotten teeth from his patient’s mouth with crude tools and no anesthesia. (No, whisky doesn’t count.) Fortunately, times have changed, and dentistry has changed for the better since then. Here’s how I see the ways dentistry has changed, even from […]

The TMJ Bruxism Connection

The TMJ Bruxism Connection

Nearly one in ten adults, and over one in ten children, experience nighttime bruxism – teeth grinding – according to the Canadian Sleep Society. This is a problem because bruxism is connected with many undesirable conditions, including TMJ. Let’s look at how and why. Identifying Bruxism First, how do you know if you grind your […]

How Thumb Sucking as a Child Could Impact You as an Adult

Thumb sucking is a very common habit in babies and young toddlers. It’s a way to self-soothe and can help youngsters sleep better at night. Most children outgrow the habit somewhere between the ages of two and four before adult teeth start erupting in the mouth. If it goes much past this, however, then problems […]

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If Your Jaw Is Clicking, This Is What You Need to Know

Clicking and popping in the jaw—it’s annoying, but is there more to it? Unfortunately, yes; clicking and popping sounds indicate a dysfunction of the jaw joint, or the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This dysfunction may be mild or severe and may cause many painful symptoms or just the occasional click. But if you’re experiencing clicking and […]

The Best & Worst Foods For Your Teeth

You know that brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist and hygienist regularly are necessary for keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but there’s something else that has a huge impact on dental health: the things you eat. By choosing foods that provide the nutrients your teeth need to stay strong, and avoiding foods that damage […]

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The Lesser-Known Causes of Bedwetting

Many kids go through a bedwetting stage, so if you’re the parent of a young child who wets the bed sometimes, there’s no cause for alarm. Bladder control is just another thing children have to learn, and it can sometimes take longer than parents would like. But by age 10, the vast majority of children […]

See the Dentist for Migraine Relief

Ask most people who suffer from migraines which healthcare provider they went to for help with their migraines, and very few would say their dentist. Yet dentists who understand how the mouth and jaw can affect other parts of the body may be precisely the healthcare provider who could do the most to help alleviate […]