Articles posted by Dr. Allan Hawryluk

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The Early History of Electric Toothbrushes

The goals of tooth brushing are to help keep teeth clean, eliminate plaque, and reduce the possibility of tooth decay and gingivitis. An electric toothbrush is a tool that makes brushing more manageable and effective. Dr. Hawryluk finds it’s developmental history fascinating. Since the first conception of the toothbrush, designed originally for people suffering from

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Modern Approaches to Pediatric Dentistry

Primary Teeth (baby teeth) are more prone to dental decay than permanent teeth and have large pulp chambers (the area inside the tooth contains nerves and vascular tissue). Because of this, cavities in primary teeth can reach the inner pulp tissue quite rapidly and necessitate the need for pulp therapy to save the tooth. Dr.

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The Oral-B iO Brush Offers Unique Benefits

One of the best smart toothbrushes on the market is the Oral-B iO Series 9. It comes with an app that offers consistently accurate and valuable feedback. The brush itself — is a sleek metal unit with a colorful LCD. It offers seven different modes, the most out of any toothbrush, and the full suite

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Oral Effects of Stimulant Medications

Stimulants, also called psychostimulants, are psychoactive drugs that induce temporary improvements in mental or physical functions. Stimulants have broad use as pharmaceutical and performance-enhancing or recreational/illicit drugs. Stimulant examples are methamphetamine, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (Ecstasy), levoamphetamine/dextroamphetamine (Adderall®), and methylphenidate (Ritalin®). They have been used to help depression, attention deficit disorder, and narcolepsy and to encourage weight loss.

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Common Dental Myths and Facts

Many people in Mississauga are highly informed about their dental health, and St. Lawrence Dentistry would like to be another resource for you. However, just like any subject, there are myths. It’s important to dispel some of these untruths as they can unnecessarily create confusion about dentistry and what people should do to maintain their

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Root Canal Procedures Can Save Teeth

St. Lawrence Dentistry performs root canal procedures to save teeth that would have otherwise needed extraction. If you have a tooth that hurts, a root canal procedure may be the solution. Root canal therapy is the most performed procedure amongst all endodontic (inside the tooth) treatment procedures. St. Lawrence Dentistry performs root canal treatment to

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Dr. Hawryluk Sr.

Allan Hawryluk Sr (1946-2022)†

Dr. Allan R. Hawryluk Sr. was the founder of St. Lawrence Dentistry and will be forever missed. He was an incredible person who was kind, generous, and the best role model. Allan Sr. was known for his smile makeovers using the most conservative and esthetic techniques available. Merging health and beauty to make dentistry more

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Foods That Can Stain and Weaken Teeth

Some of your favorite foods could be affecting your smile, and it’s not just red wine and coffee you have to consume with caution. White wine, Green tea, and even fruit can negatively affect your smile. Teeth appear smooth on the surface. However, the enamel has microscopic depressions, which can stain. This uneven surface tends

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Distinctions between Ibuprofen and Naproxen

Ibuprofen and naproxen are both common medications prescribed at St. Lawrence Dentistry. They have similarities, but subtle differences between them are essential to understand. For example, ibuprofen is short-acting (4-6 hours), while naproxen is long-acting (8 to 12 hours) and more likely to generate an upset stomach. Ibuprofen and naproxen are NSAIDs, so they are

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NSAIDs and Tylenol: A discussion

Tylenol and Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are analgesics (pain relievers). However, Tylenol is not an NSAID. These two drugs have different mechanisms of action in the body. NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are medications that target mainly three underlying processes: Analgesic (they decrease pain). Antipyretic (they reduce fever). Anti-inflammatory (they reduce inflammation). They do so by

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