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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Ensuring Great Strength of Zirconia Crowns

A crown or “cap” covers a tooth or a dental implant. Dr. Hawryluk often recommends crowns to support broken, weak, or misshapen teeth. One of the main types of dental crowns made at St. Lawrence Dentistry is zirconia crowns. They have quickly become one of the most requested types of dental crowns for good reasons.

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The Link Between Gum Disease and Medical Conditions

St. Lawrence Dentistry recognizes the link between oral and total body health. Therefore, we make concerted efforts to treat periodontal disease (gum disease). About 67% of North American adults have some form of periodontitis (gum disease). Studies have shown the prevalence in Europe, and Asia is comparable. The biofilm (film of bacteria) in the mouth

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Oil Pulling: A Controversial Oral Hygiene Technique

Oil pulling is a practice in which dietary oil is whizzed around one’s mouth and then spit out. Unfortunately, there is a lack of proof to confirm the claims made for the advantages of oil pulling. As such, Dr. Hawryluk does not recommend you rely on this method for oral hygiene maintenance. Oil pulling involves

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Hydrogen Peroxide as an oral rinse

Mississauga residents have many choices for oral rinses. Hydrogen peroxide rinse is a gentle antiseptic used to ease minor mouth tenderness (e.g., attributable to canker/cold sores, gum inflammation, dentures, orthodontic appliances). Hydrogen peroxide was developed in 1818 by French chemist Louis Jacques Thénard (1777–1857), and dental practices have used it for nearly 100 years. It’s

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Face masks: What you need to know

It’s been a whirlwind since the pandemic emerged in March 2020. Many are overwhelmed by frequently changing information about the virus, variants, and vaccines. In the not-so-distant past, “respirators” and masks were worn mainly by those whose jobs mandated them – such as ours at St. Lawrence Dentistry. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, this changed,

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