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Tonsil Stones

Tonsil stones (aka tonsilloliths) are calcifications of debris inside the cracks of the tonsils. When not calcified, the mass of debris is called chronic caseous tonsillitis (CCT). It is a common finding at St. Lawrence Dentistry. The primary purpose of tonsils is to catch inhaled microbes. In addition, proteins called antibodies generated by the tonsils

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Chlorhexidine Mouthwash: An Overview

Chlorhexidine (aka chlorhexidine gluconate) is antiseptic. It’s used at St. Lawrence Dentistry and as a take-home rinse by many of our valued patients. It can also treat yeast contaminations of the mouth and is helpful against a range of microbes. It came into clinical use in the 1950s and is obtainable by prescription in Canada.

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Pain Relievers in Dentistry: An Overview

St. Lawrence Dentistry performs dental procedures gently and conservatively. We make every effort to minimize the use of pain medications. However, sometimes they are indicated, and they can be very effective. Pain medications have changed markedly in the past decades in that “codeine” has been replaced with Ibuprofen as the chief pain analgesic agent at

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The History and Future of Mouthwash

A Mouthwash is a liquid that is swished throughout the mouth or gargled. Customarily, mouthwashes are antibacterial liquids designed to decrease the bacterial count in the mouth. However, Dr. Hawryluk prescribes them additional purposes such as their analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal action, or to counterbalance mouth dryness. Lastly, cosmetic mouth rinses tentatively control or diminish bad

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Chemical Indicators

Chemical Indicators are essential for proper sterilization

There is nothing more essential to patient welfare than sterilization. One component of St. Lawrence Dentistry’s sterility protocols is the use of chemical indicators. They are an accurate, powerful visible signal to health care professionals which confirms profound sterilization. Chemical indicators are a critical element in the sterilization of dental tools. When used in combination

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Benefits of Tongue Cleaners

A tongue cleaner (also termed a tongue scraper or tongue brush) is an oral health tool intended to clean the film on the tongue’s top surface. The wide surface area and lingual papilla are anatomical characteristics of the tongue that lead to “coat” formation on its surface comprising of microbes, food, saliva, and “necrotic epithelial

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The Benefits of Microscopes in Dentistry

The cornerstone of Dr. Hawryluk Jr’s dental practice is the Global Dental Microscope. It is well established that microscopy is the key to predictable dental treatment. Accordingly, we have two variable focus microscopes at our Mississauga dental office. Variable magnification levels combined with brilliant optics make the dental microscope a crucial tool to view hard-to-see

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Tooth Brushing with Baking Soda

In Mississauga, we have many brands of toothpaste available to us. However, at St. Lawrence Dentistry, some of our valued dental patients inquire about the value of toothpaste alternatives. Baking soda or “sodium bicarbonate”, is a fine, white powder with many home uses. It has a somewhat salty, alkaline flavor. Its natural form is nahcolite

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