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A national dental care program for low-income Canadians plans to launch coverage for children under age 12 in 2022. (Shutterstock)

7 principles to guide a national dental care program in Canada

A national dental care program is welcome news, but raises several ‘billion-dollar’ questions about how the program will work and what will be covered. Here are seven principles to guide decisions.
Your teeth will be better off if you refrain from chomping on ice cubes. Credit: Laurence Monneret/The Image Bank via Getty Images

Is chewing on ice cubes bad for your teeth?

A dentist explains why this is a habit worth breaking – no matter the cause or the strength of your cravings to keep doing it.
Teeth cleaning at the dentist can remove plaque that regular brushing and flossing can’t. From shutterstock.com

How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

Do you really need a dental clean every six months? Most healthy people will probably be OK if they go anually. But some people are at higher risk of cavities or gum disease, and should go more often.
Most of the time you won’t be able to tell if a puppy or kitten’s tooth falls out. Often they fall out in food, or the animal might even swallow them. Shutterstock

Curious Kids: Do cats and dogs lose baby teeth like people do?

Puppies and kittens are born without teeth, but by around two months of age they have a full set of baby teeth.
Early dental visits are essential to help parents keep their children’s teeth and gums healthy. from shutterstock.com

Child tooth decay is on the rise, but few are brushing their teeth enough or seeing the dentist

The latest poll on children’s oral health shows many parents have misconceptions about how to prevent tooth decay in their children and don’t know of the free dental services available.
By gum. 279Photo Studio

Children’s toothpaste: the facts

Beyond the shiny cartoon characters and bubble gum flavouring, there’s little reason to buy these products – and often several reasons not to.

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