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A Healthy Balance
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Active Kids, Healthy Kids
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Children, Nutrition & Exercise
Beat the Heat!
Cold Weather Workouts
Concussions
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Exercise and Disabilities
Exercise and Menstrual Irregularities
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Exercise is Medicine
Exercise Options
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Female Athletes
FITT Prescription
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From Surviving to Thriving
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Get Moving!
Get Motivated
Golf Exercises
Golf Injury Prevention
Head Injuries
Hockey Injuries
Home Gyms
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Jump Start Weight Loss
Knee Cap Pain
Knee Ligament Injuries
Live Actively
Low Back Pain
Osteoporosis & Exercise
Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Plantar Fasciitis
Prehistoric Workout
Prevention of Sports Injury
Proprioception
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Spinal Cord Injuries
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Staying Fit in the Cold
Sports Nutrition & Supplements
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Swimming Injuries
Teen Sports Injuries
Walking
Water and Exercise
Weight Training
7 Wonders of Walking
Adolescent Health
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Acne
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Adolescent Growth & Development
Body Image
Body Piercing
Bullying
Chronic Diseases in Teens
Communications Skills
Concussion in Sport
Cosmetics & Skincare
Dangers of Artificial Tanning
Depression
Depression - Causes
Drug Use
Female Physical Exam
First Period
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Junior High
Mentoring to Quit Smoking
Mononucleosis
Parent-Teen Communication
Parent -Teen Interaction Patterns
Personal Care
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School Problems
Self Esteem
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Tattoos
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Teenage Blues
Teen Bedwetting
Teen Drivers
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Teens & Divorce
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Teens & Exercise
A Woman's Physical
Your First Job
Youth Violence
Childbirth
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Advice from the Maternity Clinic
Advice from the Maternity Clinic (Part 2)
Alcohol in Pregnancy
Building a Better Baby
Birthing Etiquette
Birth Plans
Birthing Procedure Trends
Bleeding in Pregnancy
Breastfeeding Benefits
Caesarean Section by Request
Care for the New Mother
Cord Blood Banking
Delaying Motherhood
Blue after Baby or Postpartum Depression
Diabetes in Pregnancy
Eating Well for Pregnancy
Evolving Ideas about Pregnancy and Birth
Exercise in Pregnancy
Flying During Pregnancy
Folic Acid in Pregnancy
High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy
Getting a latch on breastfeeding
Group B Streptococcus
Induction of Labour
Infections During Pregnancy
Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)
In-Vitro Fertilization
Low Birth Weight Babies
Medication & Pregnancy
Miscarriage
Managing Your Own Labour
Monitoring Your Labour
Nausea & Vomiting in Pregnancy
Pain Relief in Labour
Prenatal Classes
Preterm Labour
Planning a Pregnancy
Pregnancy Weight
Prenatal Care Providers
Postpartum Repetitive Strain Injuries
RH Disease
Rupture of Membranes Before Labour
Sex During Pregnancy
Skin Changes in Pregnancy
Smoking and Pregnancy
Support During Labour
Travelling While Pregnant
Ultrasound for Fun & Photos
Natural Remedies in Pregnancy
Vaccinations During Pregnancy
Vacuum & Forceps for Delivery
Vaginal Birth After Caesarean
When Baby Comes Home
Childhood
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Asthma in Children
Attention Deficit Disorder
Babysitter
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Children's Headaches
Childhood Obesity
Choosing A Babysitter
Circumcision
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Common Childhood Skin Infections
Croup
Developmental Milestones
Diaper Rash
Daytime Wetting
Introducing Solid Foods
Developmental Co-ordination Disorder
Diarrhea
Discipline
Earache
Eczema
Feeding Your Baby
Feeding Your Toddler
Fever
Head Lice
Hearing
How Children Grow
Hearing Loss
Hearing Issues in Newborns
Heart Murmers
Hip Clicks
Influenza
Iron
Is it an Emergency?
Children and Sports Injuries
Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)
Learning Disabilities
Leg Problems
Not Just Baby Fat
Orthodontics
Preparing for Lab Tests
Recognizing Learning Disabilities
Red Rashes
RSV-Childhood Respiratory Virus
Safe Summer Fun
School
Scoliosis
Sick Toddler
Sleep Struggles
Sniffles, Fevers, Rashes & Coughs
Sore Throats
Speech Problems
Strep Throat
Toddler Safety
Thumbsucking
Tooth Injuries
Tummyache
Urinary Tract Infections
Vaccinations
Vaccination and Autism
When to go to the Doctor
Whooping Cough
Worried Sick
Yeast Infections in Children
Chronic Pain
Full Listing with story descriptions
Introduction
Managing Your Pain
Movement Matters
Moving Forward
Nutrition
Opioids
Pacing
Pain Medications
Prevention
Returning to Work
Understanding and Goal Setting
When Pain Doesn't End
Dental Health
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Antibiotics and Dental Surgery
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Baby Teeth
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Children's Dental Injuries
Choosing a Dentist
Cosmetic Dentistry
Mouth Guards
Dental Exam
Dental Care Devices
Dental Caries
Dental Care Offshore
Dental Implants
Dental X-Rays
Dentures and Healthy Jaw
Esthetic Dentistry
Fluoride
Fluoride Findings
First Dental Visit
Headaches
A Healthy Mouth
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
Jaw Joint and Muscle Problems
Keeping it Clean
Laser Use in Dentistry
Mouth Protection Equipment
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Healthcare
Oral health and long term care
Oral Health Care Products
Orthodontics
Orthodontist First Visit
Painless Dentistry
Periodontal Disease
Removable Dentures
Root Canal
Seniors Oral Care
Sensitive Teeth
The Smile You Want
Sore Mouth, Aching Jaw
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Smiling through the Senior Years
Teeth for Life
Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
Tobacco Risks to Oral Health
Tongue Piercing
Tooth Whitening
Travel Dentistry
Water Fluoridation
Wisdom Teeth
Your Healthy Smile
DIABETES
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10,000 Steps
A1C Test
Accurate Blood Glucose Testing
Alchohol and Diabetes
A Diabetes Success Story
ABCs of Diabetes Management
Alternate Site Testing
Artery Health
ASA Therapy
Benefits of Insulin
Benefits of Breakfast
Blood Glucose Medications
Blood Glucose Myths
Blood Glucose Testing
Blood Glucose Testing Tips
Blood Sugar Lows
Blood Glucose Monitors
C-Peptide Testing
Canada Food Guide Revisited
Carbohydrate Counting
Catastrophic Drug Plan
CDA Guidelines for Diabetes
Celiac Disease and Diabetes
Celebrating Health
Childhood Diagnosis of Diabetes
Children and Type 2 Diabetes
Cholesterol-lowering Medications
Colds and Diabetes
Constipation
Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring
Cutting Edge
Dangers of Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure
Debunking Diabetes Myths
Driving and Diabetes
Diabetes and Menopause
Diabetes and OTC Medications
Diabetes Care Team
Diabetes and Celiac
Diabetes and Depression
Diabetes Diet
Diabetes Distress
Diabetes Eating on a Shoestring Budget
Diabetes Etiquette
Diabetes and Oral Health
Diabetes and Thyroid Disease
Diabetes and Your Mouth
Diabetes and Your Eyes
Diabetes in Cats
Diabetes in Dogs
Diabetes Management ABCs
Diabetes Meter Technicians
Diabetes Myths
Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Diabetic Retinopathy
Diet Tips for South Asians
Dining Out
Drinking and Diabetes
The Discovery of Insulin
Eating Disorders
Easing the Strain of Stress
Eating to Protect Your Kidneys
Eating Well During Shift Work
Eggs in a Diabetic Diet
Emotional Eating
Emotions of Diabetes Diagnosis
Erectile Dysfunction
Exercise Excuses
Why Fad Diets Fail
Fats
Fibre
Fill Your Day with Energy
Financial Support for Diabetes
Food Temptation
Foot Care
Footwear and Foot Health
Fruits and Veggies
Gastroparesis
Gestational Diabetes
Get Active
Get Physical
Gift Ideas
Glucose Meters
Glycemic Index and Glycemic Loads
The Glycemic Index
Going Green in the Kitchen
Grocery Shopping Tips
Guidelines for Diabetes Management
Holiday Party Survival Guide
Health Information on the 'Net
Healthy Happy Holidays
Healthy Beverage Choices
Health Benefits of Soy
Healthy Restaurant Meals
High Blood Pressure and Diabetes
High Blood Pressure
HbA1c Test
Healthy Eating for Active People
High Blood Lipids
Home from the Hospital
Home Alone and Sick
Hypoglycemic Unawareness
Impaired Glucose Tolerance
Immunization & Diabetes
Incretins-a Hormone Treatment
Injecting Insulin
Insulin Discovery-The Story
Insulin
Insulin Handling
Insulin - the Key to Energy Management
Insulin Pumps
Insulin Pen Needles
Insulin Pump Infusion Sets
Insulin Pump Therapy
Immunization and Diabetes
Internet Health Sites
Islet Cell Transplantation
Insurance
Ketones
Kidney Disease - Reducing the Risk
Living with Diagnosis of Diabetes
Living Powerfully with Diabetes
Low Blood Glucose
Managing Diabetes
Managing Blood Glucose
Metformin
Nutrition Food Labels
Meal Planning
Your Medication Expert
Medication Research Studies
Metabolic Syndrome
Microalbuminuria
New Diabetes Technologies
Natural Medicines and Diabetes
No Need for Insulin?
Not Snoozing
Over-the-Counter Medications
Oral Health and Diabetes
Osteoporosis and Diabetes
Diabetes and OTC Medications
Pedicure Precautions
Peripheral Arterial Disease
Pet Diabetes
Planning for Pregnancy
Prebiotics and Probiotics
Preparing for Activity
Putting off Insulin
Reducing Stress of Surgery
Safe and Successful Travel
Schizophrenia and Diabetes
Sensible Snacking
Setting Health Goals
Setting Goals for Physical Activity
Sharps Disposal
Shorter Insulin Needles
Sleep - a Missing Link
Smart Snacking
Smart Summer Nutrition
Snack Bars
Snacking with Diabetes
Sodium
Social Media & Diabetes
Solving the Insurance Puzzle
Stress and Diabetes
Success in School
Supplements
Supporting Spouse with Diabetes
Sweeteners
Sugar, Carbs and Blood Glucose Control
Think Positive with Diabetes
Tiny Bites Equal Big Calories
Travelling with Diabetes
Tips for a Better You
Tobacco Use and Diabetes
Top 10 Reasons to Exercise
Treating Low Blood Glucose
Treating Hypoglycemia - Role of Glucagon
Tune up Your Diet
Type 1.5 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes
Understanding Diabetes
Understanding Diabetes Medications
Understanding Ketones
Used Sharps
Urinary Incontinence
Vacationing with Diabetes
Vegetarian Eating for Diabetes
Vitamin D
Walking
Wise Choices About Natural Medicines
Wonderful Water
Natural Medicines & Diabetes
World Diabetes Day
Your Medicine Cupboard
Zimbabwe Hand Jive
Family Medicine
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ADHD in Children
Allergic Rhinitis
Allergies
Antibiotic Use
Arthritis
Aspirin Every Day?
Asthma
Back Pain
Back Pain Myths
Back Pain - Lower
Birth Control
Bladder Problems
Blood Transfusions
Breaast and Prostate Cancer Screening
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Check-Up
Colon Cancer Screening
Contact Lenses
Contraception
COPD
Cost of Doctor's Visit
Diabetes Management
Diarrhea
Diagnostic Tests
Do I Need a Bone Density Test?
Doctor Visit
Driving Vision
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Does My Sore Knee Require an MRI?
Do I Need an Annual Physical?
Eczema
Electronic Medical Records
Epilepsy
Eye Exam
Family Doctor
Fibromyalgia
Floaters and Flashes
Food Poisoning
5 Ways to Stay Healthy
Gallbladder
Get Active!
Glare
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Healthcare Teams
Heart Health
Hemorrhoids
Hepatitis C
Human Papilloma Virus
High Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure Risks
How to Talk to Your Doctor
Hypothyroidism
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Joint Replacement Surgery
Kidney Disease
Lazy Eye Blindness (Amblyopia)
Medical Digital Technology
Migraine
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Opioid Myths
Primary Healthcare Reform
Prostate Problems
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Red Eyes
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Restore Your Core
Rosacea
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Special Diagnostic Tests
Stopping Stroke
Stroke
Superbugs
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Vaccination Controversies (ask the doctor)
Win by Losing
Urinary Tract Infections
Vision Flickers
First Aid
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Bites and Stings
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Cuts and Scrapes
Eye Injuries
Fainting and Convulsions
First Aid Travel Kit
Hypothermia and Frostbite
Nosebleeds
Poisoning - Household
Emergency Care Guidelines
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Advance Care Plans
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
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Cataracts
Can I see Well Enough to Drive?
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C.O.P.D.
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Eating Well
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Frailty
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Get Active!
Glaucoma
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Have Health, Will Travel
Health Tips for Seniors
Hearing
Incontinence
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Lab Tests
Living Longer With Diabetes
Macular Degeneration
Male Menopause (Andropause)
Maintaining Quality of Life as You Age
Memory Loss
New Corneal Treatments
Nutrition for Seniors
Osteoarthritis
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Retirement
Seniors and Medications
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Sexually Transmitted Infections
Screening Tests
Seniors and Driving
Sleeplessness
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Skin Over 50
Solving Sleep Issues
Staying Healthy
Stroke Prevention
Travel Tips for Snowbirds
Wills and Personal Directives
Modern Living
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Abuse
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Barbecue Basics
Bathtub Safety
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Bisphenol A
Canada's New Blood System
Caring for a Loved One Dying at Home
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Computer Stress
Coping With Change
Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic Pesticides
Depression
Diabetes Epidemic
Discipline
Diseases from Pets
Downsizing
Dying at Home
Erectile Dysfunction New Treatments
Exotic Travel
Fertility Issues
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Foodborne Illness
Flu Pandemic
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Lymphedema
Mature Student
Melamine in Food
Middle Age Health
Mind-Body Connection
Mom Time
Money Matters
Outdoor Workers and Sun Safety
Patient Safety in the Hospital
Pets and Health Benefits
Pet Therapy
Physiotherapy Visit
Planning for End of LIfe
Reproductive Freedom
Safe Drinking Water
Schizophrenia
Smokeless Tobacco
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Soy
Stigma of Mental Illness
Street Drugs
Stressed or Depressed?
Stress in the Workplace
Stress Leave
Swim to Survive
Sunburn
Time Management
Travel Health Protection
Travel Comfort Tips
Travel Immunization
Understanding Change
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Whiplash
Wind Chill Index
Workplace Drug Testing
Workplace Health
Nutrition
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5 Tips to Manage Weight
10 Ways to Cut Down on Fat
Battle the Bulge
Boost Your Bone Strength
Body Image
Breakfast is Important
Bowel Health
Building Your Bones
Celiac Disease
Challenging the Milk Myth
Diet Reality Check
Drink Up!
Eating Smarter & Cheaper
Energy Drinks
Food Allergies
Food for Active Kids
Fast Food
Food Labels
Giving Up Gluten
Healthy Diet, Healthy Smile
Healthy Eating for Boomers and Zoomers
Healthy Eating for Seniors
Healthy Eating on Business Travel
Healthy Ethnic Meals
Fad Diets
Fruits & Veggies - 5-10 a Day
Fats
Fat Phobias
Fats & Cholesterol
Feeding Your Kids
Fibre
Food Chemistry 101
Food and Mood
Getting Kids to MOVE
Healthy Eating for Teens
Healthy Habits
Herbal Medicine and Nutrition
New Ingredients for Your Shopping Cart
Iron
Kid's Food
Liquid Candy
Meal Planning with Planned Overs
Mercury Levels in Fish
Night Snacking
Night Shift Eating
Nutrition on the Net
Nutrition Myths Busted
Nutrition Questions Top 5
Nutrition for Menopause
Essential Omega-3
Preventing Cancer Through Nutrition
Picky Eaters
Power of Fruits & Veggies
Portion Control
Power Lunch
PMS and Nutrition
Preparing for Surgery
Probiotics
Reducing High Blood Pressure
Replacement Meals
Sensible Snacking
Sodium
Sodium and Blood Pressure
Sports-Minded Nutrition
Sugar Substitutes
Survive and Thrive
Teen Nutrition
Tips for a SuperDiet
Understanding Food Biotechnology
Vacation Eating
Vitamins D
Vitamins and Minerals
Vegetarian Diet
Weight Loss
Weight Wise Tips
Pharmacy Care
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After a Heart Attack
Adverse Drug Reactions
Adult Vaccinations
Allergy Attack
Antibiotic Overuse
New Anticoagulant Medications
Inhaled Asthma medications
Arthritis Medications
Biologics
Biological Response Modifiers
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Blood Thinners
Calcium and Iron Supplements
Changing Role of the Pharmacist
Children's Cold Remedies
Child's Fever
Choosing Sunscreens
Cold Relief
Cold Sores
Constipation and Haemorrhoids
Diuretics and Potassium Supplements
Drug Recalls and Withdrawals
Drug Interactions
Emergency Contraception
Erectile Dysfunction
Expanding Role of Pharmacies
Eye Protection - Sunglasses
Feminine Hygiene
Generic or Name Brand?
Heartburn
Heart Health
Insomnia
Kids and Cold Medications
Medication Questions?
Metabolic Syndrome
Natural Medicines
New Blood Thinners
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Obesity Medication
Over-the-Counter Drugs
Over-the-Counter Drugs and Pregnancy
OTC Pain Relief
Packing Medications for Travel
Pharmaceutical Studies
Preventing Summer Hazards
Research Studies
Quit Smoking
Skin and Cosmeceuticals
Sports & Nutrition Supplements
Sunscreen
Taking Medication
Take as Directed
Using Antibiotics Wisely
Viagra
Vitamin D
Yeast Infections
Your Best Shot
Your Medicine Cupboard
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Alcohol
Antibiotic Resistance
Backpack Pain
Bacteria Fight Back
Bedbugs
Disaster Planning
Diseases from Pets
Caffeine
Cell Phones and Driving
Childhood Obesity
Cancer Prevention Tips
Chronic Disease Prevention
Cold and Flu Season
Disaster Planning
Diseases from Pets
Distracted Driving
Farm Safety for City Kids
Foodborne Illness
Flu Pandemic
The Flu and You
Heading Home for a Visit
Health Tips for Snowbirds
Hearing Loss and Music Players
H1N1 Virus - Plan Ahead
Household Mould
Infection Control
Injury Prevention
Live Actively!
Insect Repellant
Keys to Preventing Cancer
Kids' Mental Health
Live Actively!
Low Birth Weight
Meningitis
Norovirus
Are Pesticides Safe?
Preventing Burns and Scalds
Preventing Cancer through Nutrition
Quit Smoking 101
Respiratory Infections
Seniors and STIs
Should You Immunize?
Sun Safety
Surviving Disaster
Sushi Preparation
Teens, Drugs and Driving
Travel Health Considerations
Travel Medicine 101
Travel Tips
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
Water Smarts
Vision Damage
Water Wisdom
West Nile Disease
Whooping Cough
Workplace Alcohol Abuse
Women's Health
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15 Great Reasons to Breastfeed
Anemia
Approaching Menopause
Birth Control
Breast Cancer Screening
Breast Cancer - Genetic Risks
Breast Cancer Self-Exam
Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Changes
Breast Health
Breastfeeding Myths
Cervical Cancer Screening
Contraception
Contraception for Mature Women
Cosmetic Procedures
Cystitis
Endometriosis
Estrogen's Effect on the Brain
Fear of Fracture
Fibroids
Heart Attack
Hirsutism - Unwanted Hair
Hormone Replacement Therapy
The IUD
Menopause - What Men Should Know
Menstrual Bleeding - Abnormal
Menstrual Bleeding - Heavy
Menopause
Menstruation Myths
Menstrual Pain
Third Generation Birth Control Pills
Osteoporosis
Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian Cysts
Oral Contraction (The Pill)
Pap Test
Premenstrual Syndrome
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Urinary Incontinence
Vaginitis
Varicose Veins
Viagra for Women
Yeast Infections
Your Pelvic Floor
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Dental Health Articles

Antibiotics and Dental Surgery - an ounce of prevention
At your last visit, your dentist asked you to schedule a procedure. Before you left, you were handed a prescription for an antibiotic. Why? Antibiotics may be recommended before certain dental procedures and other surgeries too. The suggestion is made to those at higher risk of serious problems. Dental or surgical procedures might allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, causing infection.

More Than Just Baby Teeth - A healthy mouth is just as important as a healthy body
It's easy to believe that apart from dealing with the pain of cutting teeth, your child's mouth needs little maintenance. If cavities appear it doesn't matter, since they're just baby teeth and will fall out anyway – right? Think again! Early Childhood Caries (ECC) has been called a 'silent epidemic' by the U.S. Surgeon General. Estimates suggest that almost half a million Canadian children may be affected by this disease. Close to a quarter (about 125,000) go untreated. At the beginning, the pain of cavities can affect sleep, diet, and the ability to grow well. Left untreated, ECC can potentially cause a lifetime of health issues (see ECC – a sign of future problems).

Bad Breath - biology in action
Bad breath is quite common. It is not a disease – everybody has bad breath at some time. Certain diseases are accompanied by bad breath. For that reason, persistent bad breath should be followed up in medical and dental checkups. However, in most people bad breath can be dealt with in fairly simple ways.

Baby Teeth - Good dental care is important right from the start
A common question asked by parents is, "Why do we need to fix baby teeth when they are going to fall out anyway?" There are many reasons dentists fix baby teeth, all of which are important to a child's current and future health.

Caring for Your Mouth - A consumer’s guide to oral health care products
In addition to toothbrushes and toothpaste, today’s pharmacies contain dental care sections. This buffet of items includes mouthwashes, rinses, products for sensitive teeth, dry mouth and cold sores. With a little information, you can decide which ones may benefit you.

Children's Dental Injuries - Quick action can save a tooth
When your child is hurt, it is distressing for both of you. An injury to the teeth of a toddler, young child or teenager is no exception. What’s more, dental trauma can have serious long-term consequences if not dealt with as soon as possible after injury.

Choosing your Dentist - find one who suits your family's dental healthcare needs
Finding a dentist and dental health care team for yourself and your family is an important but sometimes puzzling task. There are many dentists that advertise on billboards, cable TV channels, in the yellow pages and in newspaper ads. There are even computer-based Internet sites that offer to guide you through this task.

Clicks, Cracks & Pops - solving jaw joint and muscle problems
Do you feel pain when you eat, yawn, laugh or talk? Jaw soreness and pain with mouth movement is not normal. It means there is a problem with the jaw joints or muscles. Symptoms include clicking, cracking and popping, headaches, ear discomfort, and changes in the way the teeth come together.

My Dentist is Terrific! - Choosing a quality dental care team
Dental services range from simple tooth whitening to complex and sophisticated surgeries needed to correct facial deformities. As consumers of health care, we generally want to know if our dentist and dental hygienist deliver good care for a reasonable fee. About 70 per cent of all Canadians have some type of dental health care insurance. Even so, we want to be sure our money is well-invested.

The Complete Dental Examination - An important part of oral health
A dental examination is, for the most part, a tooth examination - right? Wrong! The teeth and mouth are not really involved with any other parts of the body - right? Wrong! There is a close connection between what happens to your teeth and mouth, and some conditions in the rest of your body. For this reason, dentists usually examine your head and neck as well as your teeth and mouth in a routine dental check-up.

Cosmetic Dentistry - modern technology can help you get the smile you want
Thanks to new technologies, many options can give you the smile you have always wanted. The magic of cosmetic dentistry can make your teeth whiter, perhaps making you feel more attractive. Cosmetic dentistry can affect self-confidence, relationships, career, and even how old you look. Longer, slimmer teeth can make a round face appear thinner. Shorter, wider teeth can help widen a narrow face. Veneers or crowns can make lips appear fuller. They can smooth upper lip lines and straighten slightly crowded or twisted teeth. Teeth can be made to look more feminine or more masculine, youthful or aggressive.

Dental Care Devices - Choosing the best tools to care for your teeth
The use of mouth, tooth and gum care tools is a very old concept. Excavations in Mesopotamia showed that Sumerians used elaborate gold toothpicks as early as 3000 BC. Chinese cultures in 1600 BC used 'chewsticks' which were primitive toothbrushes. Ancient people wrote about gum disease, toothpaste and mouthwash as early as 4000 BC. Even Hippocrates (460-377 BC), the Father of Medicine, described tooth tartar and preparations for the treatment of unhealthy mouths.

Dental Implants - are they for me?
While it has been said that the eyes are the window to the soul, the mouth communicates an incredible amount about us to others as well as to ourselves. Missing and damaged teeth can affect how we eat, speak, rest, appear and even behave. Fortunately, many acceptable ways to replace missing teeth exist. In approximately the last 40 years, the use of dental implants has become a preferred technique..

Dental X-Rays - all about dental radiology
X-rays are a key part of dentistry. Dental radiographs help find, treat and prevent problems with the teeth, jaw and mouth. They identify dental disease including caries (cavities), periodontal (gum) disease, and injury to the teeth and jaws. Development of the jaws can be monitored with x-rays as a child grows. This tool can also find cysts, tumours or other diseases affecting the jaws.

Removable Dentures - The right fit
Whether from a sporting accident, cavities or gum disease, many people have one or more missing teeth. If you are among them, there are several replacement options available to fill the gap. One common choice is a removable denture. Knowing more about these will help you in deciding what type is best to help you care for your mouth.

Esthetic Dentistry - Improving your smile
Baby boomers are just hitting their 50s and it seems that this group wants to retain a youthful appearance as long as possible. Dentistry has treatment options that can improve the appearance and function of natural teeth dramatically, and help create and maintain a young, vigorous appearance.

Your Child's First Dental Visit - Lifelong oral health starts with the first tooth
Many parents wonder about the right time to start taking their child to the dentist. Remember this rule of thumb – schedule a visit when the first tooth appears, and no later than your baby’s first birthday.

Fluoride - why you need it
Fluoride is a mineral essential for forming and maintaining sound teeth and bones. Since the early 1940s, fluoride has been one of the most effective ways to control and prevent dental cavities.

Fluoride Findings - taking steps to avoid dental fluorosis
For decades, we have been adding fluoride to water supplies, toothpastes, mouth rinses and other products. Research shows that fluoride continues to safely and effectively reduce dental caries (cavities) in Canadians.

Healthier Teeth, Healthier You - What seniors should know about oral care.
We are living longer, more active and productive lives than ever before. Still, as we age our bodies change. We are likely to notice if vision becomes less sharp or hearing isn’t as good as it once was. We are aware that our responses are slower, or that our sense of touch and ability to grasp objects is fading. Usually, we are able to adjust what we do and how we do it.

Dentures - A healthy jaw and mouth are important
A goal of modern dentistry is to preserve natural teeth whenever possible. Sometimes this is not possible and some or all of the teeth must be extracted (pulled). They are usually replaced by removable partial or complete dentures (false teeth).

Headaches – can your dentist make them go away?
If you wake up in the morning with a dull headache around your temples, it may be the result of a jaw disorder and grinding your teeth while asleep. If this is the case, your dentist can help. Clenching and grinding the teeth for no apparent reason is called bruxism. If you do it while awake, it is somewhat under your control. However, sleep bruxism (SB) can be more difficult to manage. SB affects about eight percent of adults and tends to decrease with age. It affects men and women equally.

Healthy Mouth - oral health is a good start to great health
A smile on the face of a small child is a precious sight. The familiar taste of a favourite food as it excites our taste buds brings us satisfaction. We are moved by a thrilling speech or touched by the power of a beautiful song. The memory of a mother’s gentle kiss on our cheek is remembered fondly. We depend on our mouth, teeth, gums, tongue, lips and other structures for so much of what we enjoy in life.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body - the connection between oral and general health
If we think about our mouths at all, it is usually either to be thankful that nothing much has gone wrong, or annoyance with some nagging problem. The mouth, which includes the teeth, gums, tongue, palate, cheeks and saliva, seems distinct, somewhat mechanical and mysterious. We rarely connect what is going on in the mouth with our general health. However, it is becoming very clear that the mouth can reflect the health of the entire body.

Healthy Teeth, Healthier You - what seniors should know about oral care
We are living longer, more active and productive lives than ever before. Still, as we age our bodies change. We are likely to notice if vision becomes less sharp or hearing isn’t as good as it once was. We are aware that our responses are slower, or that our sense of touch and ability to grasp objects is fading. Usually, we are able to adjust what we do and how we do it.

Keep your Mouth Healthy & Tobacco-Free - the dangers of tobacco use
Oral health messages about limiting sweet snacks, brushing regularly and flossing daily are familiar and expected when we visit the dentist. But have you been asked whether or not you smoke or use spit tobacco? Chances are that your dentist and dental hygienist are very interested in whether or not you use tobacco. They want to do all they can to help you maintain your health. As health professionals, they share concerns regarding the impact of smoking and tobacco use on the body.

Keeping it Clean - Safety in your dentist’s office
Twenty years ago, a Florida dentist with HIV transmitted the infection to at least three of his patients. Since that time, no other dental health care workers have passed on HIV infection. The circumstances surrounding this unique case remain a mystery. However, the incident received a great deal of publicity. Public attention focused on infection control in dental offices.

Lasers in Dentistry - Safe, affordable patient-friendly technology
An association between lasers and dentistry is beginning to emerge. Modern technology has produced a generation of safe, affordable, patient-friendly laser machines. These lasers have quickly found a place in the practice of dentistry. New wavelengths and the addition of a water spry in some dental lasers have encouraged the use of lasers in dental procedures. Procedures range from enhanced tooth bleaching to correcting soft tissue problems to removing decay in diseased teeth.

Mouth Protection - an essential part of sports gear
As children grow, many enjoy sports as a pleasurable group activity. Sports can develop mind and body while deepening interest in school, friends and community. Many activities fall into the category of ‘contact’ sports that, without protective measures, could result in injury. Of particular concern is the protection of teeth and the head.

Oral Cancer Self Exam - How to protect yourself
As with any cancer, oral cancer is easier to fight if it is found early. However, in the early stages these cancers of the mouth, tongue or throat are often painless. Many people are unaware of any change. Oral cancer can affect anyone, although people over the age of 45 are more likely to get it. Visiting your dentist and dental hygienists regularly and watching for signs can help find and treat it.

The Oral Connection - What your mouth can tell you
The mouth has been compared to a mirror and a gateway for the body. In 2000, the first U.S Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health connected the importance of oral health with general health and well being. This report noted the mouth senses and responds to the external world and at the same time reflects what is happening deep inside the body.

A Healthy Smile in the Golden Years - Oral health and long term care
Moving to a long term care facility is a very significant life event. Moving is stressful, often involving a great deal of planning and many decisions. As you make this change to your living arrangements, it is important to think ahead and plan for your oral health care needs.

First Trip to the Orthodontist - When should it happen?
Since most children beginning orthodontic treatment do so between ages 10 and 14, it may be surprising to learn that your child should first be evaluated before age 10. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends schedu-ling a first orthodontic evaluation either at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age seven.

Painless Dentistry - Understanding Your Options
Dentists have been at the forefront of pain control for more than 160 years. In fact, it was a dentist that first demonstrated general anesthesia using nitrous oxide (laughing gas) in 1845. The patient did cry out involuntarily during the procedure, but later recalled no pain. Earlier, the dentist had one of his own molars removed using the gas to show how well his pain saving procedure worked. Sadly, Dr. Horace Wells died tragically in 1848 before his gift of pain relief was fully appreciated

Periodontal Disease - beat the silent tooth killer
Yes! It is possible to retain your teeth for the rest of your life. Beat the silent tooth killer periodontal disease and you have it made. Periodontal disease is, in fact, a group of diseases. These diseases begin quietly, attacking the gums, bones and ligaments that anchor the teeth to the bone. Another name often used to describe the condition is gum disease. Up to 75 per cent of adults over age 30 suffer from gum disease – the leading cause of tooth loss.

Nutrition and Oral Health for Older Adults - Smiling through the senior years
Eating well is important at all stages of life. However, as we age we may find that health issues, physical limitations, and financial hardship influence our food choices. Many seniors also suffer from dental problems. Cavities, poorly fitting dentures, jaw pain, mouth sores and missing teeth can make chewing painful. For these reasons, it can be difficult for a senior to eat healthy foods and get all the needed nutrients.

Smiling Through the Senior Years - Nutrition and oral health for older adults
Eating well is important at all stages of life. However, as we age we may find that health issues, physical limitations, and financial hardship influence our food choices. Many seniors also suffer from dental problems. Cavities, poorly fitting dentures, jaw pain, mouth sores and missing teeth can make chewing painful. For these reasons, it can be difficult for a senior to eat healthy foods and get all the needed nutrients.

Snoring - When it's more than just annoying
Snoring can be more than just a nuisance to you and your family. Sometimes it signals a serious problem, sleep apnea. This is a breathing disorder that happens while you sleep. It can threaten your health.

Sore Mouth, Aching Jaw - When should you see a dentist?
When you are in pain, it can be difficult to think about anything else. A visit to the dentist may seem inconvenient and costly. However, pain in your jaw, head or neck may indicate a serious health problem. Understanding possible symptoms can help you to decide whether it is worth the trip.

Straight Facts About Straight Teeth - all about orthodontics
Orthodontics is the specialty area of dentistry that deals with the prevention and correction of dental irregularities. Millions of North Americans have dental irregularities that, without treatment, can become serious. In some cases, medical problems may even result. A specialist in orthodontics (an orthodontist) is a dentist with special training to bring the teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment.

Teeth for Life - practical advice to ward off dental disease
Thanks to modern medicine and advances in technology, people these days are expected to live longer. Along with living longer, older people are enjoying better health than ever before. As part of this overall improvement in health, dentists have noticed older adults are keeping their teeth longer. However, adult dental disease is still the number one chronic health problem in Canada today. More than half of Canadians over the age of 65 are toothless.

Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) - what they are and how they are treated
How often during the day do you open your mouth, chew, laugh or talk? Your masticatory (chewing) system has three main parts: the teeth, the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and the jaw muscles. Since they are all interconnected, a problem in one part can affect the others. Since problems with the TMJs and the jaw muscles often strike at the same time, they are called Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD).

Tongue Piercing - what you don't know can hurt you
Body art, which uses the entire body as a canvas, has become very trendy. Techniques include tattooing and scarification, or deliberately making scars on skin. Jewellery piercing is also done in unexpected places, including the face, mouth, nipples, genitals and tongue. These days, both adults and youth wear body art. Compared to forms such as tattooing, tongue piercing can be considered somewhat temporary. However, the dental community is very concerned about tongue piercing. Damage to the tongue, teeth and health can result.

Tooth Sensitivity: a Variety of soothing treatments
For millions of people, sensitive teeth can make life miserable. Tooth sensitivity, also called dentin hypersensitivity, involves pain or discomfort in one or more teeth.

Tooth Whitening for a Bright White Smile - bleaching may be the answer
Tooth whitening or bleaching offers a painless, simple way to make teeth look whiter and brighter. If you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth, you might consider bleaching

Travelling and International Dentistry
Imagine taking a surgical holiday. No one knows what you are planning. You will have your surgery done abroad in a tropical hotspot. All of the short-term healing, bruising and discomfort will be over by the time you return home, renewed and full of energy. You look great, and no one is the wiser for you having work done.

Water Fluoridation - Fact and fiction
Communities in western Canada have been adding fluoride to public water supplies for almost 60 years to support good oral health and reduce dental caries (cavities). Even after years of scientific study and enquiry about water fluoridation, there is still controversy.

Wisdom Teeth - should they be removed?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the teeth located furthest back in the jaws. They are the last ones to emerge (erupt) into the mouth and become visible. These teeth vary most in the timing of development, crown and root structure, and position.

Your Smile - Keep it Healthy For Life
Like many common health problems, you can control dental disease by your attitudes, habits and behavior. It is a fact that proper home care, regular dental visits, regular cleanings, fluoride treatments and a healthy balanced diet will help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.

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