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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.
Today, teens are often seen as troublesome and difficult. Ancient Roman writers also described adolescence as a period of “hooliganism and debauchery.” (Shutterstock)

Bones and teeth help reveal whether teenagers have always been a source of worry for their parents

Teens across millennia have yearned to explore, try new things and participate in risky behaviours. The key difference, however, seems to be the experience of a rebellion or restlessness.
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.
The health of your teeth has a major effect on your body. Rudy Fargo/Unsplash

The truth about tooth decay

Cavity-free teeth depend on many factors, and heredity may not be the most important.
Experts have voiced concerns about the uptake of a recent Canadian study, in which water fluoridation was associated with slightly lower IQs in children. (Shutterstock)

Does water fluoridation really damage your children’s IQ?

Community water fluoridation is a cost-effective public health measure that can reduce cavities by approximately 25 per cent. Yet some communities are worried about it.
Only three per cent of HIV organizations in British Columbia offer basic dental care to those who need it. (Shutterstock)

People living with HIV struggle to access much-needed dental care

Research shows that many people living with HIV struggle with tooth decay, bleeding gums and tooth sensitivity – due to the costs of dental care and discrimination by dental professionals.
The surgical removal of wisdom teeth is far more common than the problems they cause. (Pixabay)

Bad molars? The origins of wisdom teeth

When they cause problems, wisdom teeth don’t seem very smart. But they may have been evolution’s answer to a coarse diet.
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.

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