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The lowdown on Tooth Whitening

By Dr. Joe Miskin, Ajax Dentist 3 Harwood Ave South 905-686-4343Routine brushing, with flossing and professional cleaning in the dental office, can lighten surface stains caused by tea, coffee, red wine and tobacco, but deeper stains, that come with age and damage of the tooth, require whitening agents or  veneers.You'll be bombarded by a ton of whitening products, from gels and strips to paint-on bleach when walking down the aisle of your neighbourhood drug store. Which is best?Cosmetic tooth whitening is a billion dollar industry, and it's getting bigger fast. It's easy to see why.  People tend to prefer the bright and white teeth of youth which dominates TV and social media than those that have yellowed by trauma or age.If you decide that you, too, want a whiter smile, it's hard to know where to start.When you're in the drug store you can easily get bewildered trying to figure out which option is the best.The dilemma isn't helped by our government regulators either because tooth whitening products don't need their approval before hitting the market because they're considered cosmetic. Most of these over-the-counter products are effective if used as directed, but some temporary tooth sensitivity during the whitening process can occur, but that goes away once the
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Can an Automatic Toothbrush Clean Your Teeth in 10 Seconds?

Amabrush No, this isn't an adult pacifier. It's the Amabrush, and is a fully automatic toothbrush that's supposed to clean all your teeth in 10 seconds. You stick the brush in your mouth, do nothing, and 10 seconds later it's done, you have just brushed all your teeth! The brush comes in three parts: an antibacterial silicone mouthpiece [ which looks like a mouth guard], a handle, and a capsule for toothpaste. The removable handle is attached by magnets so it   can detach for cleaning and using multiple brushes, which the family will appreciate. The battery powered handle pushes the toothpaste right to the bristles which then vibrate at the ideal 45-degree angle that dentists recommend. The battery in the handle lasts for about an hour so it will stay charged a long time. It can be charged wirelessly with the enclosed charge pad or with your smartphone. It does save time especially if you're running late. The company suggests that you replace the mouthpiece every six months, The unit costs $90 and will available in December just in time for Christmas.  An electronic toothbrush that does more in less time doesn't seem like the worst idea but hey, you could save a few
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Seeing your Doctor the New Way

 The future of health care in the U.S. is far from settled, but how people receive it now is also undergoing a revolution. Health records are antiquated, there’s a shortage of primary care physicians and access to birth control and emergency contraception is limited in some places, TIME writes.Health and technology companies operating largely outside of the standard health care system are attempting to solve these and other problems with alternative approaches.Whether they have staying power remains to be seen, but here are four compelling methods on the rise.Video chatting your doctorIt can take more than three weeks to get an appointment with a new doctor, but now, people in all 50 states can visit a physician through their smartphone.“Telemedicine has been touted as the next big thing for several years, and I think it’s finally getting to a stage where adoption is kicking in,” says Hill Ferguson, CEO of Doctor On Demand, an online video chat app. The app provides a platform for more than 1,000 doctors and more than one million users, Ferguson says.Whether that means obtaining a prescription from your couch or chatting with a therapist for 10 minutes at the office, video chat visits are becoming increasingly common: By 2020 there

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How Drones Could Become the New Ambulances for Heart Attack Patients

by LARRY EMMOTT  and JOE MISKINTime is one of the most daunting hurdles for health care professionals rushing emergency treatment to a heart attack patient who isn’t near a hospital. But a team of researchers thinks drones could one day become a high-tech and convenient solution to the problem. The future is now!A team of scientists from the Center for Resuscitation Science at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden compared ambulance arrival times to drone deliveries in a simulation study…Source: How Drones Could Become the New Ambulances for Heart Attack Patients | Wealthy DoctorAmazing. The study showed that lives could be saved with drone technology.What does this have to do with dentistry? Nothing direct, however it is a dramatic demonstration of outside the box thinking. There are ways we can use technology in dentistry to improve the human condition we have not yet imagined.

What Is a Dental Implant?

From the offices of: Dr. Joe Miskin,    3 Harwood Ave S.,   Ajax, ON L1S 2C1   (905) 686-4343,   drjoemiskin.com    and     The Academy of General Dentistry                                                       What is a Dental Implant?A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don't rely on neighboring teeth for support and they are permanent and stable. Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural teeth.   Implant material is made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissue. There are different types of dental implants: the first is placed directly into the jaw bone, like natural tooth roots; the second is used when the jaw structure is limited, therefore, a custom-made metal framework fits directly on the existing bone.   How do they work?   Strategically placed, implants can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating

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