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There is an old saying that a good smile “warms hearts and opens doors.” A smile is one of the first things that others see about us. It’s one of the things that make the first impression of you in the minds of others. So......

  Regardless of the area, we as humans are always seeking perfection. A chef for instance, will work tirelessly to craft what they believe is the perfect dish and plating. The only problem is that the concept of perfection varies from person to person; what......

Hello, I’m Dr JoAnne Rochon, I’m a general dentist in downtown Ottawa and people often ask me if high speed braces are more painful than conventional braces because the treatment is faster. High Speed Braces (HSB) are not more painful than regular braces. At Ottawa......

Being in pain is not fun. Whenever you get any type of procedure done, regardless of what part of the body it occurs on, chances are there will be a level of pain or discomfort. This may happen either during said procedure, or afterward during......

What Causes Bad Breath? The worst part about bad breath is not knowing you have it!. Fortunately, this problem is often easy to fix. About 80% of bad breath comes from the mouth. Cavities or gum disease can lead to bad breath, as can tonsils......

  What’s something that is hard to build but once it’s firmly established is hard to destroy? Well, there are many things that can satisfy these particular criteria but this particular thing isn’t physically tangible. Confidence; when a person is confident in themselves and the......

Simply put, dental implants are titanium posts that are placed in the jaw bone to replace the root of a missing tooth. The post is coated with a material that attracts bone and within 3 to 6 months the jawbone becomes fuzed to the dental......

Dr. Rochon, what is the relationship between diabetes and your mouth? People living with diabetes are at risk for mouth infections, especially gum disease. Gum disease can damage the gum and bone that hold your teeth in place and may lead to painful chewing problems.......

Peanut butter and jelly, ketchup and mustard, chocolate and vanilla; these items are all opposites in some ways, yet they are able to compliment each other very well. The flavours may seem conflicting while on their own, but together they are harmonious. Dentists and orthodontists......

Hello, I’m Dr. JoAnne Rochon, I”m a general dentist practicing in downtown Ottawa and today I will talk about the effect of high speed braces on teeth, roots and gums. At Ottawa HSB, we are often asked if the high speed of treatment causes any......

If you have dental benefits, you are very fortunate. Some of you may even have double coverage if your life partner also has benefits. Dental plans are best used to cover preventative maintenance visits, and if you see your favourite dentist on a regular basis,......

  The importance of regular brushing and flossing is something that is ingrained into us from childhood. Brushing in circles, up and down, back and forth, making sure to clean your tongue thoroughly, etc. are all things that are important to do, regardless of age.......

Sometimes things that are ‘mini’ are just as good (and sometimes even better) than their larger counterparts. Some good examples of this include: appetizers, cupcakes and a vehicle that has the name mini in its name. Another great example of something that is mini but......

It’s 2016! A new year can mean many different things to people. If the previous year went well for you, 2016 should be a continuation of whatever it was that made it so good, with the addition of new things to help make it even......

  Attention: If you are in need of braces, you’re in the right place! Dr. Rochon’s dental office will be conducting an orthodontic study group and is seeking qualified patients who wish to improve their smiles. Are you: Between the ages of 12-17 (or know......

Another Halloween has come and gone! All of the little ghosts, goblins, doctors, astronauts, witches, superheroes and the like made their way door to door, smiled their cutest (yet spookiest!) smiles, said ‘trick or treat’ at the top of their lungs and were greatly rewarded......

Has it been a while since you’ve seen your Ottawa dentist? Do you not even have an Ottawa dentist that you visit regularly? If this is the case, fear not…you are not alone! Going to the dentist is something that is on a lot of people’s......

  When you’re a child, life is full of joy and wonder. You are able to be more carefree because for the most part, the weight of having to make decisions or dealing with things of great importance is left to your parents/guardians, aka the......

In life, we seem to constantly be in the pursuit of perfection. Whenever an event is approaching the requires a certain type of attire, there’s the pursuit of the ‘perfect’ outfit. If you have a school/work project, you will dedicate many hours toward it in......

They say seeing is believing, but sometimes it’s good to believe in the things that you don’t see as well. Take for instance an actor that is working on a movie that will contain computer generated imagery (CGI); they have to believe in and act......

  Teeth and gums are not only a very important part of your mouth, but of your body as a whole. They assist with chewing and eating, but they are great indicators for potential underlying health issues as well. For instance, if your gums are......

We live in a world that is obsessed with outer appearance. It’s fine to always want to look and feel your best, but trying to keep up with standards that are set by the media is never the way to do it. It’s important to......

The worst part about bad breath is not knowing you have it!. Fortunately, this problem is often easy to fix. About 80% of bad breath comes from the mouth. Cavities or gum disease can lead to bad breath, as can tonsils that have trapped food......

Hello, I’m Dr JoAnne Rochon, I’m a general dentist practicing in downtown Ottawa and I have been asked to comment on what hsb look like. You do not have to wear metal braces on your teeth to get a great smile in about 6 months.......