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The Top Benefits of Teledentistry and How it Improves Patient Access

Every day we see more and more technology implemented into our lives. It’s transforming how we shop, how we socialize, and even how we learn. But what about how we access healthcare?

The digital age is changing the way that people receive care by making it more accessible and convenient than ever before. Teledentistry is the latest addition to this revolutionary movement. While many are unfamiliar with the term, once you understand its benefits, you will likely ask your dental provider if they offer the service.

What is Teledentistry?

Teledentistry is the use of virtual meetings and live video conferencing to provide dental care. It is a relatively new practice that allows patients to see and be seen by a dentist through modern communication technology. This means that there are no longer any travel or scheduling issues for patients who live in rural areas.

The goal is to improve access to dental care for any individual or family living in a rural area or experiencing some other cause (disability, health, age, etc.) that negates their ability to see a dentist face to face. With so many advances in online communication and the mass adoption of these new services because of the global pandemic, it has become easier than ever to engage in teledentistry.

Is Teledentistry like Telemedicine?

The answer is no. While both share the concept of distance-based care, teledentistry has a specialized focus on the treatment of oral health disorders. Telemedicine is more of a generalized term. Like most things in healthcare, being specific is important for insurance providers, patient care, and the training/education of healthcare providers

This may seem like an arbitrary distinction at first glance, but it serves an important function. It allows doctors to more easily refer patients who might need additional care outside their area of expertise or beyond their office’s capabilities back to their regular dentist.

What are the Dentistry Perceptions of Teledentistry?

Dentists are concerned about the quality of care their patients are receiving. Dentistry is a highly specialized field, and it takes years of education and experience to master the art of oral health. There are questions about privacy and quality of care. As more people start using teledentistry (including remote video visits), there will be an increasing need for high-quality security measures to protect patient information from hackers and other cybercriminals.

There are still debates happening about legislating the regulation of teledentistry to ensure a patient is receiving the care they require. This is primarily around synchronous vs. asynchronous teledentistry. That would be real-time, interactive consultation through digital means compared to using captured images and videos to review materials.

Was Covid the Cause of Teledentistry?

The quick answer is no. Teledentistry was around before the global pandemic. However, it is important to point out that the repercussions of so many families not leaving their homes or canceling visits with healthcare providers led to the mass adaptation of online communication.

Dentists wanted to provide quality access to care via video conferencing, and this has only helped those patients who live in rural areas or may not usually get to a dentist for routine care.

The Benefits of Teledentistry

Teledentistry can be a game-changer for many people. It improves access to care, reduces costs, provides services to disadvantaged children, increases the availability of specialists and other professionals, and is less intimidating than visiting a traditional dental office. For people with disabilities or phobias about going to the dentist (or their own fear of needles), these advantages are particularly important. The benefits include:

Improve Access to Dental Care

Teledentistry can potentially improve access to dental care for patients in rural and urban areas with a limited number of dentists. It can also be used to connect specialized dental services to people with disabilities.

While there has been an excellent outreach of incoming dentists in Canada, the need to target farmland and rural areas with not as many services has only accelerated. Leveraging the power of teledentistry will improve the overall oral health of those who do not have the resources or time for in-person visits.

More Affordable Dental Care

Teledentistry reduces the cost of travel for patients and their families. With teledentistry, patients can have their dental care done remotely with a dentist in another location. There is no need for specialized tools or single-use equipment to be utilized during the visit. Everything is done remotely so a dentist can get a better impression of the care a patient may need and then offer advice and diagnosis for further steps.

Targeting Disadvantaged Children

Teledentistry's services also extend to disadvantaged children. A recent study showed that children with disabilities face a higher risk of developing chronic health problems than their non-disabled peers. They are also less likely to receive proper dental care, putting them at risk for more severe oral hygiene issues later in life. Teledentistry can help these kids by giving them access to high-quality dental care when they're young. These preventative measures can be and should be taken before it's too late.

Greater Insight from Specialists

Dental care is all about the patient experience, which includes accessibility. There are many times when a dentist may not have the specialist he or she feels would be ideal for the patient’s case. This could be due to availability, location, or even financial reasons. However, teledentistry allows dentists to connect with specialists who can then offer their opinion and treatment plans via video conference.

This gives patients more options and flexibility in obtaining the best possible care they need while also saving them time and money on travel costs and missed workdays by having appointments done remotely through video conferencing.

Easing Fear & Stress

Visiting a dentist online is less intimidating than sitting in a dentist’s chair. Teledentistry delivers a level of comfort and convenience that traditional dental offices can't offer. It's also less scary for children, who are often afraid of dental visits because it involves getting poked and prodded with sharp objects. Teledentistry removes all these fears by making procedures seem more like video games than medical visits.

Greater Access for Disabled Patients

Dentists can provide care for people with disabilities and the elderly in a way that is more accessible for them. The ability to deliver care remotely through video conferencing is one of the most significant benefits of teledentistry. It gives people with different needs better access to dental providers. For example, video conferencing allows patients who are in wheelchairs or have other mobility issues an opportunity to see the dentist without having to leave their homes.

Easy to Schedule

If a patient has an oral emergency during their shift at work, they can schedule an appointment immediately after work rather than having to wait until Monday morning when they have time off from work.

Teledentistry opens up time outside the typical 9-5 banking hours of the work week. It enables many full-time and professional workers to get routine checkups. The more access this provides, the greater the impact on lowering overall dental needs because everyone is getting preventative care.

Better for the Dental Practice

Another benefit of teledentistry is that it frees up your dentist’s time. Dentists can spend more time with patients, more time on clinical work, more time on education, and more time on research. They can also use their freed-up time to advocate for new patient access models and technologies.

With the right technology in place and a clear understanding of what you want from your dental practice, you can be sure that each visit will be productive for both you as well as your dentist or hygienist.

Elevating Oral Hygiene Awareness

An often overlooked benefit of teledentistry is that when you improve access to dental care, you also enhance oral hygiene education. With a broader audience of patients to serve, there is a greater opportunity to educate those that may be misinformed or not have any idea of best practices for routine maintenance and health.

Education has always been the silver bullet to improving a community. That should be the same for any topic, including elevating the overall oral hygiene of a population because more people are able to get their questions answered and instructed on the best practices available.

What are the Challenges of Teledentistry?

As with any new technology, there are a few challenges that must be overcome before teledentistry can become the norm. It is definitely true that there is less in-person care, which could harm patient outcomes in the long run. This is probably the most critical factor oversight groups are paying close attention to right now. As long as teledentistry can offer quality patient care, it will stay around.

The other major challenge is access to internet services. During the global pandemic, many schools that shut down realized their students lived in areas without internet access. This primarily affected rural patients who either could not afford network connections or did not have an available service provider.

As teledentistry expands to more areas of the world, there will most likely be more emphasis on developing networks for more rural living spaces.

How Teledentistry Improves Rural Access

The best solution teledentistry offers rural patients is that it can enable patients to avoid long travel times and out-of-pocket costs associated with visiting a dentist’s office. It also provides an opportunity for dental students or other professionals who are currently located in rural areas to obtain needed training from specialists located elsewhere (e.g., at academic teaching hospitals).

In addition, teledentistry may provide more opportunities for dentists working in isolated locations to work collaboratively with colleagues who live in larger cities or other hubs of health care services and research. This collaboration can help create new knowledge about how best to treat certain conditions and provide better care overall for patients across the country.

It comes down to ease of access for both patients and working dental professionals. The greater the ability to access information, the higher skilled and educated the population becomes. This lowers the barriers for new dentists seeking a pathway to a lucrative career as well.

What is the Future of Teledentistry?

As this technology is integrated into daily life, you can expect app development and mobile use cases to rapidly expand. Dental practices will begin offering bespoke services via a unique mobile platform just for their location. That way, you could be on your way to a meeting via ride-sharing and get a quick checkup in the backseat.

Again, all of these developments will have to be aligned with quality patient care so the benefits of teledentistry do not overshadow the treatment received. Anytime there is a cost-effective solution to a problem, it has staying power in the public parlance. That is why teledentistry is not likely to go anywhere anytime soon. Better access to medical providers at lower costs seems like an excellent step forward, especially for those that may have never had the chance to see a dentist before.

Conclusion

Teledentistry has many advantages, and it is crucial to understand how it can help patients. While there are some obstacles that need to be overcome, these solutions will likely lead to an increase in the use of teledentistry in both urban and rural areas. As younger dentists come online by getting their practices approved, we can expect to see greater access and treatment possibilities for quality dental care all over Canada and the rest of the world.

About The Author:

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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Transforming the Future of Canadian Dentistry with Internationally Trained Dentists

Internationally trained dentists (ITD) must overcome significant barriers to becoming qualified and licensed dentists working in Canada. That includes massive piles of verifiable documents, thousands of dollars, and numerous highly challenging exams.

This entire equivalency process is also hard to understand, especially for those immigrants that are still learning the language or are unused to information gathering in a new country.

That is why organizations designed to help ITDs along their journey are necessary to improve our country's dental and oral health.

There is a bigger goal that often gets overlooked, and that is unifying the many international students, immigrants, and working professionals focused on improving not only the lives of their families with a lucrative career but the social needs of Canadians by providing an essential service.

To that end, we had the unique opportunity to meet with Dr. Luca Salvador, founder of the Internationally Trained Dentists Association of Canada (ITDAOC).

 

Since March of 2021, this organization has focused on providing fair and equal representation for ITDs, offering helpful guidance, and remaining an outstanding advocate for improving the equivalency process.

Dr. Salvador received his HBSc from the University of Toronto in 2013 and was awarded his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Poznan University of Medical Sciences in 2018. This places him in a unique gray area of Canadian dental regulation as his primary degree is from a Canadian school while his doctorate is from Poland.

We discussed the future of ITDs and general oral health in Canada and how the equivalency process should be transformed to ensure a brighter future for the country.

A Long & Expensive Process

It helps to understand a bit about ITD equivalency programs. At its core, the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) created the equivalency process for those international dentists with education, experience, or training. The idea was to get all dentists working in Canada to the same baseline of practice standards.

This is a valid concern as no one wants to interact with a dentist who is not qualified to perform operations, cleanings, or other procedures. The problem is this process is highly cost-preventative and often extremely confusing to the average ITD.

Add on top of that the immigration process, and you have a recipe that prevents more highly qualified dentists than it helps.

“If it costs $100,000 CAD or more to undertake the equivalency process and you know you are looking at a historical passing return of roughly 40%,” says Dr. Salvador, “then that is significantly below what it should be. Our goal is to encourage regulators to validate our equivalency exams using Canadian graduates.”

This is a strong argument about the NDEB equivalency process because the current belief is that 100% of Canadian dental school graduates could pass the same exams given to ITDs. Dr. Salvador and his organization have a simple ask to these regulators - prove it.

If the belief is that Canadian dental school graduates can pass these same exams without preparation, then all the ITDAOC is asking for is validation.

That is currently the vision of the short-term goals of this organization, to transform the equivalency process so it is more welcoming, cost-effective, and realistic for the backgrounds of those ITDs that apply and painstakingly pass through to the other side.

A Question of Immigration

While the short-term goals may be to update the NDEB equivalency process, the longer-term issues surround the regulation of immigration concerning dentists. There is a shortage of skilled labor for dentists in Canada.

There are roughly 12,000 job openings expected in dentistry from now until 2028, and only about 7,000 available students and trained individuals to fill them. That leaves a massive service gap, especially for rural or hard-to-reach communities.

In the meantime, you have a long line of trained individuals highly motivated to make the jump to Canadian citizenship. Canada has one of the better international reputations for immigration, but that does not mean it cannot be improved, especially in an area concerning a high-in-demand technical skill requiring specific knowledge.

“There are thousands of internationally trained dentists in Canada right now,” continues Dr. Salvador. “We’re ready to work, but can’t. So the issue is how to address the regulatory barriers preventing our forward progression as well as the self-regulation question.”

This is, again, a valid point. Most of the mechanisms in place to hold organizations like the NDEB accountable are critical and require experts in dentistry to set the rules, not those without any experience. There needs to be a check and balance on the regulators in charge of the equivalency process.

“We give them credit for recent positive developments,” says Dr. Salvador, “but more needs to be done so ITDs are given a fair opportunity to improve Canadian society.”

One of these improvements is a proposal that the new NDECC exam, a highly reliant skills component and bespoke situational judgment component, be separated into two entities. This way, if you pass one and fail the other, you are only forced to retake the other.

The Question of Cost & Awareness

ITDs are asking for fair treatment because the perception is that they are treated as something less. A good example of this was the recent global pandemic during which many equivalency exams were canceled. On the whole, the NDEB did a good job of ensuring the flow of qualified dentists through the process, except for ITDs.

Dental schools would not allow ITDs to use their facilities for the ACS exams. This could be outside of the NDEB’s control, but that resulted in a significant drop in qualified ITDs that could then progress through the process and start serving Canadian communities.

Every time there is a delay to the equivalency process, it costs those ITDs hundreds to thousands of dollars. These are individuals living in a country where they most likely do not have local support, a high-paying job, or the resources to recover from such setbacks.

If the goal of the Canadian government is to bring more services to citizens in all provinces, it only makes sense to make the process of ITDs smoother. Any failed exam due to improper design or elements beyond an ITDs control wastes thousands of dollars and months of their lives.

“Many competent dentists fail when they shouldn’t have,” continues Dr. Salvador. “That extends their process by months, if not years, and costs them thousands of dollars.

This is a big issue that has not been addressed in a satisfactory way yet. There are gaps in supplying us with information to validate what they are telling us. There should be fairness in the equivalency process because it is a challenging journey for all to undergo this series of exams.”

The problem here is representation. At many planning meetings and annual reviews, the only people allowed in the room are from the NDEB or supporting organizations like the Federation of the Canadian Dental Students Association (FCDSA). Other groups, like Dr. Salvador's, are often excluded from the meeting rooms.

This breakdown in transparency fosters apprehension and mistrust that there is an authentic effort to great a fair and just equivalency process.

“We have submitted fundamental questions over the last 6 months for which we have not received answers,” says Dr. Salvador. “That’s a big issue because if they’re not willing to discuss or address these issues openly with us, then we have to go through other means to get these issues addressed.”

The Birth of the ITDAOC

Dr. Salvador had the opportunity to meet with the executive director of the NDEB, Dr. Marie Dagenais. This was a good meeting where concerns were heard, but questions still remain unaddressed.

“I don’t think she is a bad person at all,” says Dr. Salvador. “I think she has good intent and a very challenging job. The problem is communication and transparency. When questions go unanswered, how are we to know we are receiving a fair chance to succeed?

Many ITDs come from countries where speaking out against authority has severe consequences. We’re trying to encourage people not to be afraid in Canada.

People move here because they don’t want to deal with stuff like that anymore. It is about improving the process, so the next generation of ITDs doesn’t go through the same issues ours has.”

When you visit the ITDAOC website, the very first words you see are “Together, we are strong.” This is the best representation of Dr. Salvador's organization.

Go to their board of directors. You’ll find all ITDs with truly impressive backgrounds and recent accolades working in Canada to help improve the dental profession. This is not a group of outsiders.

These are people living, working, contributing, and thriving in Canadian society seeking to make things a little better for those that follow in their footsteps. Can you think of any more authentic Canadian pursuit?

Fair Representation Breeds Trust and Opportunity

We could not be prouder to have had the opportunity to sit and discuss the future of ITDs and oral health in Canada with Dr. Luca Salvador. It is good to know there is an organization dedicated to helping ITDs find a brighter future here in Canada.

At the end of the day, it is all about having a voice at the table of decision-makers. Creating a representative body of ITDs, so they receive a fair chance at building a life in Canada that contributes to the betterment of their people.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Salvador and the ITDAOCplease visit their website. They frequently post to their blog, host online and in-person talks, and advocate to numerous regulatory bodies within the Canadian government for fair and practical initiatives.

New members are welcome to join at any time. When you become a member of ITDAOC, you will be kept up to date with all the latest initiatives, news, and outreach programs being leveraged to improve the future of ITDs seeking a bright future in Canada.

 

Canada has long held a reputation around the globe as a warm and inviting country full of people who value respect and fair treatment.

Seeing an organization like the ITDAOC grow is not only a bellwether that there is an issue but a strength that Canada is a free space where voices can and must be heard to enact positive change.

We fully support Dr. Salvador and the rest of the ITDAOC Board and membership in their endeavors and will be closely watching the future developments of this well-meaning and necessary pursuit.

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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The 10 Top Dentistry Schools in Canada for ITD Students

There are many reasons to visit Canada for your educational needs. Besides beautiful scenery, an incredibly welcoming population, and many opportunities to learn a new culture, Canada is an excellent place to immigrate as an internationally trained dentist (ITD). There are much exciting research and practice experience framed degrees included in the dental schools in Canada we have listed in this article.

There were more than 1.4 million university students in Canada in 2019. Between 2009 and 2019, 1.7 million jobs were created for university graduates.

Dentists in Canada enjoy a significantly higher pay scale than other careers, often earning more than $125,000 a year to start. ITDs are especially in high demand because Canada is immigrant-friendly and wants to help grow the health and dental care of citizens in rural and hard-to-reach areas of the massive country.

Dental school can average anywhere from $47,000 to $165,000+ for a four-year dental degree. This means that even on the high end, you are likely to come out on top within a few short years after graduation.

This is an occupation expected to be in shortage for the country. So getting in now to establish your practice is a wise choice.

Dentistry is a profession that is extremely important when it comes to the general health of Canadians. However, not all dentists are created equal. The top schools in Canada are able to provide their students with the education and experience they need to become successful professionals in this field. There are many dentistry schools in Canada, but which ones offer the best options for you?

What are the 10 Best Dental Schools in Canada?

It's a common misconception that Canada doesn't have good dentistry schools. In fact, Canada has some of the best dental schools in the world. Many Canadians believe their country isn't known for its dentistry programs, but this is not true.

Canada has a long history of providing high-quality dental education to its people and residents. This means that a student from any country can come study at one of these institutions—and get top-notch training in return! Let’s get on our list.

 

10 - Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry (Halifax, NS)

This is one of the oldest universities in Canada, with excellent hands-on experience serving the local community’s underprivileged population. This way, you get real-world experience long before sitting for your final exams to be licensed.

Dalhousie has smaller class sizes, which is a significant benefit for those students that want a little more one-on-one instruction from faculty. The course load is pretty broad, with a strong emphasis on clinical care and exposure to dental surgery.

This specific campus is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where it can be chilly, but you will be exposed to some of the warmest people you have ever met.

You can cover the Bachelor of Dental Hygiene program in one to two years or three years in Dental Hygiene, Dental Surgery, and Doctor of Dental Surgery qualification.

Quick Facts

Student Population: 18,500

International Student Tuition: $16,250 CAD

Acceptance Rate: 65%

International Students: 24%

Year Founded: 1818

Mascot: Rocky the Ram

 

9 - University of Manitoba Niznick College of Dentistry (Winnipeg, MB)

There is more emphasis on therapy and prevention techniques at this excellent school of dentistry. That is due to the presence of the Chemosensory Biology Research Group focused on chemical senses in the human population.

If you are more research inclined, the International Centre for Oral-Systemic Health (ICOSH) will help you gain a better understanding and cutting-edge innovation in approaching gum disease and tooth decay as well as the knowledge gap in training.

All of this means you get access to a lot of state-of-the-art programming and tools to accelerate your career. That includes a clinic for a hands-on experience that serves the local community.

Manitoba is a pretty big city with plenty to keep you busy on those rare occasions when you are not studying. It is also a great way to connect with in-need rural areas to set up a job after graduation.

Quick Facts

Student Population: 29,800

International Student Tuition: $272-$500/credit hour or $8,911 for Masters/PhD programs

Acceptance Rate: 52%

International Students: 21.9%

Year Founded: 1877

Mascot: Bison

8 - Universite Laval Faculte de Medicine Dentaire (Quebec City, CQ)

If you get the chance to study in gorgeous Quebec City, then do it! This is known as “Little Europe” because of the unique architecture and culture surrounding every cobblestone street. The local university integrates cutting-edge research into all its training programs, so you will be on the leading end of your training.

There is also a vibrant gerontology and periodontics area of the school that expands exposure to new techniques that is valuable to any student, regardless of specialty. You will be able to practice what you learn in a local clinic.

Laval hosts the Oral Ecology Research Group, which focuses on oral microbiology and immunology, which is a great feather in your cap when applying to jobs with the government in research and policy.

You should remember, though, that you are in Quebec City, where the vast majority of residents speak French more than English. You can get by in English, but do not go here if you are not prepared to learn a new language on top of your English requirements for immigration to Canada as an ITD.

Quick Facts

Student Population: 45,000

International Student Tuition: $13,750 undergrad / $11,250 grad

Acceptance Rate: 48%

International Students: 15-20%

Year Founded: 1852

Mascot: Victor the Eagle

7 - University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry (Saskatoon, SK)

In the spring, this is one of the most gorgeous campuses you could ever visit. In the winter, you may be in for a bit of a culture shock as it gets quite cold. However, as the province's first fully accredited dental program, a lot of resources and effort are poured into the quality education of every single student from this school.

That includes meeting the needs of the local Metis population, which will expose students to tribal territory and indigenous cultures, a precious tool for securing a career as a dentist in Canada. In addition, the local dental clinic offers hands-on experience boasting more than 10,000 clients annually. That is plenty of practice before sitting for your exams.

Quick Facts

Student Population: 20,953

International Student Tuition: $549-$1,201 per 3 credits / Masters and Doctoral $3,729 per annum

Acceptance Rate: 73%

International Students: 14.3%

Year Founded: 1907

Mascot: Howler the Huskie

 

6 - Western University Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry (London, ON)

If you go online and research dentistry school statistics in Canada, you’ll find Western University almost always right in the middle. This is because you are getting a well-rounded education at a quality school for a reasonable price.

There is no single effort that propels this school above the rest, more of a versatile education that integrates much of the current knowledge of treatment, care, and planning.

You’ll have many opportunities to test out your skills and diagnosing through the Dental Outreach Community Services (DOCS) and Oral Health Total Health (OHTH). These both serve the location community with actual treatment plans and fundraising/outreach opportunities.

We recommend this college specifically for those ITDs needing to build a network from scratch. As one of the most widely recognized programs that focus on accreditation first, you will be introduced to many industry-leading professionals through speaking engagements and outings. Oh, and yes, this is where famous Canadian Alan Thicke when to school!

Quick Facts

Student Population: 27,300

International Student Tuition: $16,250

Acceptance Rate: 58%

International Students: 20%

Year Founded: 1878

Mascot: JW the Mascot (Mustang)

5 - Universite de Montreal Faculty of Dental Medicine (Montreal, QC)

For those ITDs looking at a bit more of a cosmopolitan education, welcome to Montreal! This is one of the vibrant cultural centers of the country, with a massive population of immigrants from all backgrounds and walks of life. Even if you somehow cannot find a local group at the school, you should have no difficulty finding a community in the city to feel at home.

This is a serious school that emphasizes technology and laboratory work under time restraints. There are plenty of hands-on opportunities, including working in a distracting setting due to the loud noises of city life. That includes serving more than 40,000 local clients per year.

You need to remember this is one of the top dental schools in the entire country. You will be exposed to competition and challenges that may not be your speed. It comes down to whether or not you want to be in an urban setting.

Quick Facts

Student Population: 45,360

International Student Tuition: $221.06/credit and $315/credit at grad level

Acceptance Rate: 57%

International Students: 23%

Year Founded: 1878

Mascot: Carabins

4 - McGill University Faculty of Dentistry (Montreal, QC)

Speaking of high competition, welcome to the most challenging dental school on our list to get into. This is because McGill is like Canada’s Harvard. The name recognition is extremely high, and it is located in the heart of Montreal. You are attending a university that is comparable to many other international universities around the world.

The dental school, in particular, has only a 4.6% acceptance rate for around 37-40 students a year. However, if you graduate from this program, you are pretty much guaranteed any job you could want as a dentist anywhere in the world.

That is because you are training under groundbreaking teachers in their field who constantly publish and push the industry into new realms of techniques and research.

You get a global practice type training that is suitable for city or rural practice. You also get to attend one of the most stunning college campuses that look straight out of a movie film set. This is the alma mater of current Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Quick Facts

Student Population: 40,036

International Student Tuition: $18,750 undergrad / $16,250 grad

Acceptance Rate: 47% general

International Students: 30-35%

Year Founded: 1821

Mascot: Marty the Martlet

 

3 - University of Alberta School of Dentistry (Edmonton, AB)

Now we get to the big 3. These are the dental schools people go to because they offer a reliable education with an almost guaranteed pathway to a lucrative career. That is because each one is located on a major trade route for the country, meaning a lot of experience working with local community members.

Edmonton is a gorgeous area of Canada with a lot of middle to upper-class families. If you want to experience it as a family dental practitioner, this is your best bet. There is a lot of emphasis on serving secluded populations in northern Alberta, and the university has received numerous awards in innovation, dentistry outreach, and research, making it a leader in the profession.

This is also a genuinely wonderful student life experience. There are endless methods to engage in sports, recreation groups, clubs, and organizations to balance your work-life career as a dental student.

Quick Facts

Student Population: 37,500

International Student Tuition: $16,250 undergrad / $6,250 grad

Acceptance Rate: 58%

International Students: 20%

Year Founded: 1908

Mascot: There are two: GUBA (Great University Bear of Alberta) & Patches the Panda

2 - University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry (Toronto, ON)

This and the number one school are a close tie. This is both the oldest and largest dental school in Canada, so you will have a significant graduating class of peers to network with for finding work post-graduation. You are located extremely close to hospitals, clinics, and outreach services that will give you endless opportunities for different specialties and training.

That includes the Hospital for Sick Children, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and the world-famous Mount Sinai Hospital.

The Collaborative Advanced Microscopy Laboratories of Dentistry is the leading research facility for technology and the study of the human body. There are also cutting-edge facilities for biomedical engineering and integrative AI technology that are second to none in the country.

To put it simply, if you want all the bells and whistles of an influential dental school, this is it. Almost half of the student body is made of international students.

Quick Facts

Student Population: 95,055

International Student Tuition: $35,280 - $39,000 per annum / $18,000 - $50,000 at grad level

Acceptance Rate: 43%

International Students: 44%

Year Founded: 1827

Mascot: True Blue, the beaver

1 - University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry (Vancouver, BC)

Normally, you will find our #1, and #2 dentistry schools swapped around, but Vancouver has really become more international focused over the past few years that we had to rank it at the top. A big reason for this is the quality of education. You have many leading faculty members that are distinct in their fields and offer continual breakthroughs that garner international attention.

The Faculty of Dentistry offers a wide range of programs and diverse scholarship opportunities for ITDs. You also get a degree that is well received practically anywhere in the world. So, if you do wish to travel outside of the country in the long run, you will be well set up to do so. This is the school that will offer the most bang for your buck.

Quick Facts

Student Population: 59,659

International Student Tuition: $58,804 per year undergrad

Acceptance Rate: 53%

International Students: 25%

Year Founded: 1908

Mascot: Thunderbird

Wrapping it Up

This is a pretty extensive list of the best dental schools in Canada to examine. We hope you have gotten at least a basic insight into each opportunity for your ITD career. As Canada is currently undergoing a huge push for international students, you should have no problem finding at least one of these for your future college career.

As always, we encourage you to read more about life as an ITD in Canada on our website. There are a lot of other details to consider, like what city you will live in when you graduate or alternative pathways to your formal licensing.

Whatever the reason, we are thrilled you are looking at Canada as an option. This is truly a wonderful country to live, play, and build a long-lasting dental practice. Good luck!

About the Author

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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11 Best Cities to Live in Canada

Canada is a beautiful country with so much to offer ITDs and immigrants looking to build a new life. From the rolling hills of the East Coast to the rugged mountains of the West, this nation is brimming with charm and culture.

As more people from across the globe look to relocate here, choosing where to live in Canada is becoming easier said than done. There are so many attractive options for the best cities to live in in Canada based on the cost of living, job opportunities, quality of life, entertainment, attractions, and more that it can be a bit overwhelming.

That’s why we’ve compiled this list of some of our favorite Canadian cities from coast to coast that are great for immigration. So whether you’re thinking about moving abroad or simply looking for your next travel destination, consider these 11 cities to find work and life as an ITD in Canada.

What are the Best Cities to Live in Canada?

So many factors go into answering this question, though, that it's not always easy to know where to start. Canada is a vast country, ranked second largest globally, with only Russia above it. However, it is 39th by population. That means there is a lot of land to explore and enjoy without feeling like you are packed into apartments like sardines.

The total population is over 35 million people strong who speak primarily English and French. Some areas will have more French speakers than others. Still, you can easily get by with English because so many tourists enjoy the natural beauty of Canada. It is located just above the United States, which primarily speaks English.

There is a lot of opportunity in Canada, which made narrowing down the list to only 11 cities to live in challenging. We looked at factors like:

♦ Cost of Living

♦ Job Availability

♦ Crime Rate

♦ Quality of Education

♦ Total Population

And more!

As an ITD, it will come down to where the opportunities are, but this list will give you a general idea of some more welcoming areas that are more open to people from other cultures. The entire country is a warm, inviting place to build a home, but many immigrants like to start where people from their country have also moved to Canada. Let’s dive in.

1 - Ottawa

Ottawa is the capital of Canada and the second-largest city in the country. It's also one of the most educated cities in Canada, with 45% of its population having a college or university degree. That is probably because there are two major universities in the city - the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

Ottawa was named after a native tribe meaning "to trade," which was fitting for its location on what was originally a crucial Aboriginal trading route between east and west. Today it's home to many government offices as well as being considered one of North America's greenest cities - something you'll notice when you visit.

With over 1 million people living there, Ottawa isn't too big or small. The population is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years. In addition, it has new investments from Canada’s immigration drive.

There are many well-groomed outdoor paths for riding a bike or enjoying a walk in the hotter summers. While the winters can be pretty cold, the city comes alive with great activities, festivals, and events.

This is a bilingual city that speaks both French and English, meaning that many public services will be available in either language.

The job market in Ottawa is vibrant because this city is home to Canada’s federal government offices, which employs a considerable number of the population. That means there is a low unemployment rate and a high demand for services to the middle to upper-class families, which dentistry benefits from.

At a Glance: 

♦ Unemployment Rate: 6.3%

♦ Median Family Income: $102,000 CAD

♦ Cost of Apartment: $700-$1,400 CAD

♦ Cost of Gallon of Milk: $9.49 CAD

♦ Population: 1.3 million

♦ Foreign-Born Residents: 23.4% of the population

♦ Fun Fact: More engineers, scientists, and PhDs per capita than any other city in Canada.

2 -Vancouver

Vancouver is the largest city in British Columbia and the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada. It's located on the south shore of Burrard Inlet, a natural harbor home to one of North America’s biggest ports.

The city has been growing steadily over the past few decades, but it hasn't become overcrowded or overly developed like other cities with similar populations. Vancouverites celebrate their natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle as a point of pride (and they're probably right). This is a place where you can go hiking or snowboarding for half your year and has plenty of indoor activities to keep you busy during those cold months when outdoor activities aren't possible.

There are stunning beaches, islands, and coastline, as well as a vibrant urban center with many entertainment and knowledge centers rivaling most major cities across the globe. However, that also makes it one of the more expensive destinations on our list. If you can find lucrative job placement, then this is an excellent place to move.

Vancouver is on our list of best cities to live in Canada because it is so diverse and has a thriving economy. A colossal entertainment sector brings in many supportive jobs in the area, and plenty of housing is easier after the city converted much of the 2010 Winter Olympic centers into apartments.

If you want the best schools, hospitals, and medical care with easy-to-use public transportation and surprisingly mild weather, this is the place to be.

At a Glance: 

  • Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
  • Median Family Income: $96,423 CAD
  • Cost of Apartment: $1,000-$2,100 CAD
  • Cost of Gallon of Milk: $10.45 CAD
  • Population: 2.1 million
  • Foreign-Born Residents: 42.5% of the population
  • Fun Fact: Recently ranked as the third most livable place in the world and 10th cleanest city in the world.

3 - Burlington

Burlington is a city in Southern Ontario, Canada, and the capital of the Halton Region. It is located on the shores of Lake Ontario, north of Toronto and south of Hamilton.

The city was ranked as the safest municipality in Ontario by Crime Rate Statistics Canada for two consecutive years (2010–2011), according to its 2011 police statistics report. The City has also been recognized as one of Canada's top ten retirement destinations by Sun Life Financial.

This makes Burlington one of the favorite cities of expats from the U.S. and other European countries. It is also an area that sits between urban living and the great outdoors, due in part to the significant number of parks, walking trails, bike paths, and other quality of life enjoyments.

With so many out-of-towners moving to Burlington, there are a lot of job opportunities due to numerous new businesses popping up all of the time to serve the growing population. It has a broad economic base that adds to the region's overall stability and does not suffer from a single industry overtaking another due to its diversity. A lot of people actually work in Toronto and then use the commuter train to go home to one of the best places to live - Burlington.

While all of Canada is family-friendly, this is known as one of the more “small-town feels” areas of the country that loves younger families. Shopping, dining, and education are all top-notch, and there is a rich active lifestyle supported by local communities that welcome people of all backgrounds.

At a Glance: 

  • Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
  • Median Family Income: $93,588 CAD
  • Cost of Apartment: $900-$1,900 CAD
  • Cost of Gallon of Milk: $10.60 CAD
  • Population: 186,948
  • Foreign-Born Residents: 24.1% of the population
  • Fun Fact: Burlington has more species of lilacs than almost anywhere else in the world.

4 - Oakville

Oakville is a city in Southern Ontario, Canada, part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). It's home to over 222,000 residents and has become a popular destination for those seeking to live in the GTA without sacrificing amenities.

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce said it best: "Oakville has been successful because we’re not Toronto." If you're looking for a smaller community with great schools and plenty of green space but still close enough to get into the big city whenever you need to—this is your place.

You are living right up against Lake Ontario, which provides a significant amount of entertainment, commerce, and tourism to the area. This is also only 30 minutes from downtown Toronto and about an hour from Niagara Falls on the U.S. border.

We put this on our list of the best cities to live in Canada for ITDs because of how welcoming it is to younger families and children. Between the broad array of arts, culture, music, sports, museums, festivals, and educational opportunities, this is an incredibly vibrant community for staying busy. No matter your background or interest, you can find plenty to do in Oakville.

Jobs are easier to find here because of the major industries in the area. Siemens, Ford, General Electric, and UTC Aerospace all have significant operations in the area. You’ll find a good portion of the population employed in science, pharmaceuticals, and eldercare.

At a Glance: 

  • Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
  • Median Family Income: $113,666 CAD
  • Cost of Apartment: $1,900-$3,400 CAD
  • Cost of Gallon of Milk: $10.01 CAD
  • Population: 211,382
  • Foreign-Born Residents: 30% of the population
  • Fun Fact: More than 1.4 million tourists visit Oakville every year.

5 - St. Albert

If you want access to all the amenities that come with living in a large city without having to deal with all the traffic or busy streets of downtown, then St. Albert is the best choice. The cost of living here is lower than in other parts of Alberta, which makes it an attractive option for those looking for a place where they can still afford rent or mortgage payments but get more bang for their buck.

There is an abundance of high-paying jobs due to numerous industries moving into the area to serve the growing population. In addition, you get all the amenities of schools, healthcare, and recreation, as well as excellent outdoor green spaces along the Sturgeon River. This is a very family-friendly area and hosts the International Children’s Festival, which brings in more than 55,000 people annually.

Even though this is one of the best cities to live in, be prepared for some cold winters that can include temperatures 20 degrees below. A lot of people choose to live in St. Albert and then commute to Edmonton, another place on our list of the best cities to live in Canada. That is partly because there is a significant amount of the population works in the nearby oil, gas, and energy industry. This is a surprisingly vibrant science and technology sector of Canada with a strong IT and biotechnology drive for new innovation.

At a Glance: 

  • Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
  • Median Family Income: $131,300 CAD
  • Cost of Apartment: $850-$1,295 CAD
  • Cost of Gallon of Milk: $9.37 CAD
  • Population: 65,589
  • Foreign-Born Residents: 23% of the population
  • Fun Fact: Voted the #1 best small city to live in Canada by MoneySense Magazine.

6 - Boucherville

Boucherville is a city in Quebec, Canada, and is considered one of the oldest places in the country. It's also home to some pretty good eats, with restaurants like Au Pied de Cochon and Maison Boulud nearby.

Commute time from Boucherville to Montreal (where most jobs are located) is just 24 minutes—which means that if your commute takes longer than that during rush hour, then there's something wrong with your car or something else about your life situation that needs fixing.

The average income in Boucherville has been rising steadily over time for full-time workers (like doctors and lawyers). That increase makes this option one of the best cities to live in for building a future with your family.

This is another location that is popular with expats from the U.S. because of the outdoor activities, sporting opportunities, arts, culture, and relative closeness to Montreal. You’ll need to brush up on your French as roughly 90% of the population prefers to speak that over English. That means being bilingual is essential to finding a dentistry position in Boucherville, Canada.

Other areas of job placement include aerospace, software, pharmaceuticals, technology, manufacturing, and transportation.

At a Glance: 

  • Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
  • Median Family Income: $97,401 CAD
  • Cost of Apartment: $1,500-$2,800 CAD
  • Cost of Gallon of Milk: $9.87 CAD
  • Population: 40,753
  • Foreign-Born Residents: 5-10% of the population
  • Fun Fact: Excellent location for nearby festivals like the Montreal Jazz, Le Grand RibFest in Laval, and Igloofest.

7 - Calgary

Calgary is a cosmopolitan city and an economic center for southern Alberta, situated at the confluence of the Bow River and Elbow River in a large valley surrounded by mountains on all sides. It is home to many cultural festivals, including the Calgary International Stampede, one of North America's most famous rodeos, the Calgary Folk Music Festival, and Truckfest, which takes place every summer at Heritage Park Historical Village.

The economy of Calgary has been built on oil and gas production since its inception, but today it also relies heavily on agriculture (especially beef), tourism, transportation equipment (principally aircraft), financial services, and high-tech industries such as information technology (IT) companies engaged in global business services operations such as call centers for international airlines or hotel chains.

More than 1.5 million people live in this busy city that expanded rapidly after the railway was built. As a result, you get a rich mix of old rural landscapes with young urban development, making this an excellent addition to our best places to live in Canada.

There are many jobs in various industries like film, aerospace, health, tourism, and dentistry. This is due in part to the vibrant influx of new business and the benefits from the highly successful 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic games that helped grow residential and financial opportunities.

At a Glance: 

  • Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
  • Median Family Income: $105,060 CAD
  • Cost of Apartment: $1,300-$2,200 CAD
  • Cost of Gallon of Milk: $8.70 CAD
  • Population: 1.33 million
  • Foreign-Born Residents: 33% of the population
  • Fun Fact: Home to one of the youngest populations in Canada, with an average age of 38.

8 - Halifax

Halifax is a beautiful city on the east coast of Canada. It offers residents an excellent quality of life, a lower cost of living, and access to jobs. If you're looking to raise a family in Canada or move back home after being away for a while, then this could be the place for you.

This is the regional capital for Nova Scotia and the 2nd fastest growing area for expats and immigrants. That is probably because the incredible coastline and laid-back lifestyle make it a lovely place to retire or enjoy a slower pace of life.

Halifax has a sister city of Dartmouth, connected by bridges over the Bedford Basin. Living there means access to twice as many educational, healthcare, and industrial opportunities. This also means double the outdoor development, parks, and natural beauty!

You get some cold temps being so close to the coast and plenty of snow, but the locals make it a fun and enjoyable season with festivals and plenty of places to dine where everyone hangs out together.

At a Glance: 

  • Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
  • Median Family Income: $69,553 CAD
  • Cost of Apartment: $949-$1,850 CAD
  • Cost of Gallon of Milk: $8.51 CAD
  • Population: 431,479
  • Foreign-Born Residents: 9-12% of the population
  • Fun Fact: Halifax rents Point Pleasant, a beloved park, for one shilling a year from the British Government.

9 - Quebec City

Quebec City is the capital of the province of Quebec and the second-largest city in Canada. It was founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608 and became a British colony until 1759 when it was restored to France.

Quebec's climate is quite similar to southern Ontario's, although winters tend to be colder due to its northern location. Summers are also more humid than they are further south due to prevailing winds coming off Lake Ontario.

This is one of the oldest cities in the country and a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its architecture and historical importance. There are a lot of cultural amenities in this city and a vibrant food and dining option as many expats with culinary training love to immigrate to Quebec City. However, you will need to know French as less than 2% of the population speak English fluently.

There is a log of timber, aerospace, and hydropower employment opportunities and not so much in the IT or science sector. The reason it is so affordable to live in Quebec City is that you are in store for a harsh winter. While you get some of the most intriguing winter festivals in the world, you also have a long spate of short dark days with more than enough snow.

At a Glance: 

  • Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
  • Median Family Income: $59,881 CAD
  • Cost of Apartment: $949-$1,450 CAD
  • Cost of Gallon of Milk: $7.65 CAD
  • Population: 542,298
  • Foreign-Born Residents: Roughly 6-8% of the population
  • Fun Fact: The delicious french fries in gravy or other dips known as Poutine originated in Quebec City.

10 - Saskatoon

Saskatoon is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan and is one of Canada’s fastest-growing areas. The strange thing about this place is that it does not feel like a city. When you are walking around the mom-and-pop shops and local restaurants, you get the sense this is more of a village, even though it has more than 273,000 people.

Everything feels outdoorsy in this place to live, with various parks, playgrounds, and recreational opportunities. As agriculture and livestock are major industries, you get delicious local foods. An expanded IT, biotech, and manufacturing interest are growing at a breakneck speed for new job placement.

The cost of living is relatively low because there is so much farmland nearby, but you will have severely cold winters. Unfortunately, this is one of those locations in the world where you have to be prepared for winter because the temps and snowfall can take over all aspects of life in the city.

Despite the rough weather, this tight knight community of happy and fun-loving people welcomes newcomers with open arms.

At a Glance: 

  • Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
  • Median Family Income: $79,001 CAD
  • Cost of Apartment: $900-$1,200 CAD
  • Cost of Gallon of Milk: $8.03 CAD
  • Population: 273,010
  • Foreign-Born Residents: Roughly 15.6% of the population
  • Fun Fact: More than 8,200 local residents gathered in Victoria Park to host the world’s largest snowball fight on February 1, 2016.

11 - Edmonton

Wrapping up our list of the best cities to live in Canada is Edmonton. Here you find a wonderful city that is friendly to pretty much anyone that comes to visit or stay. This is due to the area being host to over fifty yearly festivals in art, culture, folklore, food, holidays, music, and more.

You have plenty of shopping and sporting events throughout the year, as well as a city, focused on creating more green space whenever possible. That makes this one of the best urban environments to still enjoy outdoor living in the world.

The weather here is going to be cold, and the city is spread out a bit without much public transport as of yet. You will need a car to get around the city and surrounding area. This is the capital city of Alberta and has a huge population, so there is plenty to do when things get a little chilly come winter.

At a Glance: 

  • Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
  • Median Family Income: $97,800 CAD
  • Cost of Apartment: $975-$1,300 CAD
  • Cost of Gallon of Milk: $9.76 CAD
  • Population: 981,280
  • Foreign-Born Residents: Roughly 24% of the population
  • Fun Fact: Edmonton receives 2,299 hours of bright sunshine annually, with some days having up to 17 hours.

Wrapping it Up

All of these cities can offer you a great quality of life ITD option, as well as a high employment rate, low crime rate, and access to amenities. When deciding on the best cities to live in in Canada, think about what you need from your new home and where these needs might be met.

As ITDs exploring new opportunities, we cannot emphasize enough the power of networking. Speaking with fellow peers and mentors will be the best way to connect with these areas of the world. Take your time to explore the different amenities and features of each city before making your decision. All in all, you cannot go wrong with setting up your family through a dentistry career in the beautiful country of Canada!

Also, Check Out the Related Article:  How to Immigrate to Canada as a Dentist

About the Author

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a website where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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How to Pass the NDEB Canada ACJ Exams

Your journey as an ITD in Canada will involve the Assessment of Clinical Judgment (ACJ) exam. This is a 5 ½ hour-long examination with only a short 30-minute break. It takes a deeper look at your clinical judgment, including testing how you diagnose, treat, and make decisions about your future patients.

As you can imagine, this is a fundamental step to prove to the national dental examining board that you have the skills and knowledge required to become a fully qualified dentist capable of serving Canada. Before you can take the ACJ exam, you must have already taken and passed the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK). A passing scaled score is a 75 or more. The entire test has around 120-150 single-answer multiple-choice questions, and you can sign up by logging into your NDEB profile to register and pay the fee.

General Tips to Pass the NDEB Canada ACJ Exams

Let’s start by saying the ACJ is not nearly as scary as some may say. Studying for this exam is different compared to the AFK because this is less about memorization and more about critical thinking and problem-solving. The entire exam is divided into cases and x-rays. This is information you would typically learn over time in a dental degree program and may require you to revisit some older texts to refresh your memory.

 The goal is to assess how well you approach each case. The national dental examining board wants to ensure that you have the proper approach for orthodontic, pathology, endodontic and other cases.

 For example, let’s say you have a Pathology case involving an ulcer in the mouth. You should be able to question the patient's medical history to see if they have a previous autoimmune disease or related issue. Another would be to determine if a patient was exposed to a chemical due to their career and you are trying to uncover their medical history. The goal is to show you understand how to discover those diagnostic details that will create a quality outcome for the patient.

 You should expect a lot of questions about smoking. Everyone from ITDs immigrating to Canada to those students entering their first year should have a solid understanding of the effects of smoking. Knowing how to clarify your patient smokes 10 packs a day compared to 10 individual cigs will drastically affect how you should plan treatment for them.

 1 - Take Advantage of Practice Questions

If you are a member of a prep school, then you will be exposed to the different styles of questions on the NDEB Canada ACJ exam. Otherwise, you should try the practice exams as much as possible. There will be tricks and examples designed to throw you off your game. You have to remember that you are being tested for your problem-solving capabilities and not just memorization of facts.

Dedicate a space and time every single day to studying for your exam. You want to make your practice habits a ritual that prepares your mind for the task at hand. This way, your brain will recognize what you are doing when sitting for the exam and make you more relaxed as you answer questions because it will feel familiar. 

 2 - Study X-Rays/radiographs in Detail

Use any resource possible to study up on x-ray film. A good portion of the Canada NDEB ACJ exam relates to how you interpret film from different patients. You will need to be able to diagnose what is happening and propose a treatment plan aligned with the radiographs and medical and dental history of the patient 

 3 - Think About the Big Picture

The ACJ exam focuses on patient care and treatment. It requires problem-solving and critical thinking. Read each question on the exam slowly to yourself, so you take in every piece of information possible. There are trick questions designed to send you in one direction towards a diagnosis when in reality, you need to pivot to a different outcome. The only way to catch these tricks is to slow down and focus on the big picture of patient care. 

 4 - Lean into Your Weaknesses

There are multiple topics like pathology, periodontology, endodontics, radiology, anesthesiology, etc.  Every ITD will have a strength in specific areas and probably a weakness or two in others. That requires you to budget your study time, so you focus a bit more on the areas you need more help. Once you are confident you have a topic under your belt, move that to a “quick review” focus and double your efforts on weaker topics. 

 5 - Seek Out Resources

The beauty of the internet is that there is so much free information readily available for your review. From YouTube to Reddit boards to social media, there are endless resources that will help you gain insight into what to expect on the ACJ exam. 

ACJ Exam Advice from Dr. Luca Salvador

Dr. Luca is the founder and President of the Internationally Trained Dentist’s Association of Canada. He was awarded his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Poznan University of Medical Sciences in 2018 and was happy to contribute some advice of his own about the ACJ exam. 

Start by taking the time to prepare for this exam, but do not overthink the questions when you get to the testing day. Trust your judgment and be confident. People score lower because they overthink and do not rely on their training and knowledge. This is all about stress management and overcoming mental barriers so you can access the information required, offer a solid diagnosis, and then move on to the next question.

Take care of yourself as you prepare for this exam. Be sure to exercise, eat well, meditate, and do anything else that lowers your stress and improves your mental capacity.

 We highly recommend reading our article on improving your memory and concentration as there are excellent tips in there for exam prep.

You may also want to reduce caffeine intake on exam day so you can remain calm as you move from question to question. 

As long as you work through cases and radiographs/images available online or reference textbooks consistently, you should do well. You should start about 3 months out from the exam date and be sure to balance your study with your regular life. A prep course will help because they condense the information you need to learn for the exam instead of trying to cover so many textbooks on your own. At the end of the day, it is all about finding what works best for you, so you stay cool and collected during the ACJ exam. 

ACJ Exam Advice from Dr. Zeina Naous

She is an ITD that scored exceptionally well on the ACJ and offered a unique insight into what worked best for her study methods and habits leading up to the big day. Her most significant point was to remember that the ACJ is not purely memorization. It is problem-solving and considering the whole patient care plan. That is why she suggests reading a lot of cases, so you get used to the style of questions and medical treatment in Canada. 

Zeina also talked about using elimination as a crucial tool in the ACJ exam. Going through each answer and removing those answers you know cannot be possible because they do not fit the scenario is an excellent way to start. From there, your goal is to get as close to a proper diagnosis as possible. This is especially helpful for the x-rays questions.

 You may want to create a booklet that summarizes different chapters or examples of specific medical cases related to standard x-rays. Unlike case-based questions, x-rays are about what you do or do not see. Therefore, you need to learn how to identify the pathology that appears in the radiographs.

The biggest thing to be aware of during the ACJ is that you are answering questions from the “Canadian point of view.” For many ITDs, this will be a different way of thinking because it involves a modern diagnostic method. In that regard, you need to read each question as carefully as possible to ensure you understand the full breadth of the topic.

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 What Comes After the ACJ Exam?

 Once you have successfully passed the ACJ exam, it is time to move on to the NDECC. First, congratulate yourself as you are halfway through the exams involved in the NDEB. That by itself is quite the achievement. 

 The NDECC is a new exam that replaced the previous ACS. It is known as the National Dental Examination of Clinical Competence. As you can tell from the title, this is a fairly important exam that will evaluate your judgment through a series of clinical situations. 

 This exam began in 2022 and is a two-day process where you will perform seven clinical requirements on simulated patients under 10 situational judgment requirements. You can register for this exam once you have completed the ACJ through the NDEB website. 

 Wrapping it Up

From all of us at Beautiful Smiles & Teeth, we wish you the best of luck in this exam. If you have made it this far, we believe you can power through to a successful practice in Canada. We want to extend a special thank you to Dr. Zeina Naous and Dr. Luca Salvador for their excellent insight into this article. 

We know there is a lot of information to digest for this process and want to reassure you that the best course of action is to study, prepare mentally, create a space for your practice, and maintain a well-balanced lifestyle, so you are healthy and mentally capable of success. With a bit of preparation, you can move one step closer to your dream of being a dentist in the great country of Canada. Trust your instincts. You’ve got this!

About the Author

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a website where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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How to Pass the NDEB Canada AFK Exams

We wanted to create a series dedicated to how to pass the NDEB exam when moving your dental practice to Canada. 

This is designed to help ITDs as they make the transition through Canadian immigration and begin to work, practice, or build a dental career in one of the most beautiful and welcoming countries in the world.

 This is part one of our series, where we will get into the details of the AFK Exam in the NDEB process. We will provide some excellent insights and preparation guides as well as insights from one of the top scorers, Dr. Zeina Naous. She is an ITD from Lebanon who is working her way through the NDEB Dental Equivalency process.

We hope this series will result in many more ITDs experiencing the rapid growth potential and lucrative careers available in Canada.

 What is the NDEB Dental Exam in Canada?

 For foreign-trained dentists, the NDEB Dental Exam in Canada is a requirement for certification. The NDEB Dental Exam is offered  consists of two parts: the written exam and the clinical exam.

The written exam is a multiple-choice format that tests your understanding of dental and medical knowledge. The clinical section will test your skills with simulated patients.

While studying for both exams, it's important to keep in mind that there's no right or wrong way to prepare. For example, some students prefer using flashcards while others enjoy reading textbooks or taking online courses. 

NDEB stands for the National Dental Examining Board, which is the body that oversees the competence level of those ITDs wishing to become or practice as Canadian dentists.

 The NDEB equivalency process is designed to establish the credentials of those who have not gone through an accredited dental program.

 The first thing you will need to do in this process is getting your account and profile approved after registering at the NDEB website. 

That can take anywhere from 4-6 months.

We suggest registering, then immediately beginning to prepare for your AFK exam so you can take it as soon as you are cleared.

 What is the AFK Exam in Canada?

 The Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK) is a written exam that students can take when they are studying for the NDEB certification. 

The purpose of this exam is to test your basic knowledge of the subjects required by the NDEB equivalency process, which includes anatomy, physiology, dental subjects, etc.  

You should know that passing the AFK does not guarantee that you will be able to pass all other exams required.

It's just one step along your journey toward becoming a Canadian dentist. 

The test comprises 200 multiple-choice questions designed to evaluate your knowledge and clinical application capabilities. 

The AFK is held twice per academic year [currently February and August], but that could change in the future as more and more students are using the online version over in-person proctored exams.

There is a 100-question multiple-choice self-assessment you can try out on the AFK website.

The AFK has a dual purpose. Not only is it required for the NDEB equivalency process, but it is also a fundamental step in attending dental school in Canada.

 Where Do You Take the AFK Exam?

 You can sit for the AFK by joining a number of different NDEB prep schools throughout Canada or by directly interacting with the NDEB. This will require 300 questions in two parts, each taking roughly 2 hours to complete. 

The AFK is offered in two available formats. The first is electronic delivery via a Prometric test center.

The other is through a booklet offered at preselected exam sites that are listed when you register.

In order to pass the AFK exam in Canada, you will need a test-equated re-scaled score of 75 or greater. Anything less is considered a fail.

You can register for the AFK in the same portal you used for setting up an account with the NDEB system.

 AFK Exam Insights from Dr. Zeina Naous

 Okay, let’s get to the detailed information from an ITD that not only successfully passed the AFK  and ACJ exam, but received one of the highest scores in ACJ history.

Dr. Naous is originally from Lebanon and currently lives in Canada while completing her NDEB equivalency process. She is 26 years old, a content creator, and a social media influencer. 

Her degree was completed in 2018, and she moved directly after graduation without any dental experience in Lebanon.

How Long to Practice for the AFK Exam?

According to Dr. Naous, the AFK is all about discipline. You should start preparing for your exam about 3-4 months before sitting for the test. 

You want to soak in as much of the practice information as much as possible. She strongly recommends prep programs and courses as part of your studying regimen. 

The reason for this long preparation is because you will be competing against others in your “cycle.”

The more people that join prep courses, the more experience and exposure they will get with mock exams and practice materials compared to you.

 The AFK covers a great deal of information that requires reference materials. While you can do it all on your own, it is easier when you have a curriculum or outline provided by people that have passed the exam and have been researching the material for a long time.

The exams are not very hard, but they are very detailed, so it may take some time in order to understand everything thoroughly enough so that you know exactly what information is necessary when answering questions correctly on the exam day!

 Should I Join a Preparation Program or course for the AFK Exam?

 Yes, if you can afford to join a prep course or school, you should do it. There are many options out there, but few provide the level of support that is needed to pass the AFK exam. 

The first thing to look at when choosing a program is whether or not they offer personalized coaching and guidance from experienced instructors. 

They should offer you resources to prepare like personal study sessions, group workshops, and one-on-one tutoring sessions all designed around your needs as an individual student.

 You also get access to regular updates on how other students are performing on their exams so that you can see how well-prepared everyone else is.

This is a confidence booster because everyone knows what's going on with each other instead of just wondering about things behind closed doors.

 Part of the reason I agreed to be interviewed for this article was that I believe in the personal stories of success as a catalyst for your own completion of the AFK exam. 

Seeing testimonials from former students who were able to pass their exams after using our methods provides you with tips and tricks needed to overcome hurdles.

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 Attending Lectures for AFK Topics

 When you study for the AFK exam, attendance at lectures is just as important as preparing for the exam.

The best way to prepare for an exam is by learning all you can about the subject matter. You can do this by attending lectures and reading textbooks and articles about it. 

AFK has its own set of topics that must be covered in order to pass its exams. The subjects covered include local lectures covering Anatomy and Physiology, Dental Practices, and anything else related to the profession of dentistry will only help bolster your experience and workable knowledge.

Other AFK Topics;

⋅ Pharmacology

⋅ Pathology

⋅ Pedodontics

⋅ Surgery

⋅ Prosthodontics

⋅ Restorative

⋅ Endodontics

⋅ Radiology

⋅ Medical Management

⋅ Orthodontics

⋅ Anesthesiology

⋅ Basic Science

⋅ Epidemiology

⋅ Periodontics

 Practicing for the AFK Exam

 Unlike most tests, you don’t want to cram for the NDEB exams. Instead, you should create a study plan that has enough time to allow for memorizing information and understanding the content.

This way, you can avoid mistakes in the exam and feel confident about answering questions correctly. 

Assemble a study group of fellow students who are also preparing for the exam.

Having others help you revise material will make it easier for everyone because they will be able to share their notes with one another and compare notes after each practice session.

 A Monthly Guide to Training for the AFK Exam

Let me share with you how I prepared myself for the AFK and maybe that can help you decide on a structure for studying and adapting your lifestyle.

 Month #1

  ♦ Plan out a specific study time and place that I will use every day

  ♦ Find and attend lectures either online or in-person to help grow my knowledge

  ♦ Do as much reading as possible, and then go over that material 1, 2, or even 3 times

  ♦ Develop a solid understanding of problem-solving in general

  ♦ Dive early into Pharmacology  because that is a heavy topic and requires a lot of memorization

 Month #2

  ♦ Focus more on precise learning going subject by subject

  ♦ Start to divide your time between studying and taking practice exams for each topic

  ♦ This is a good time to build a network of fellow students by preparing and having study groups where you test each other

 Month #3

  ♦ Troubleshooting - time to see where your mistakes are happening the most and focus on those areas

  ♦ You do not want to just correct a bad answer but understand what led you to that incorrect answer so you can retrain your        thought process to avoid the mistake in the future

  ♦ Start to ease back on stress so you can relax more by introducing breaks so your brain will focus more when it is time to study and begin to internalize information

 Month #4

  ♦ It is all about practice testing and honing in on those topics that you are still having trouble understanding

  ♦ The rest is just a refresher to ensure it is still present in your mind

  ♦ If you are attending a course, it is a good idea to participate in mock exams with them too. This will let you see what your scoring level is in general and in comparison to other students in that cycle.

General Tips for the AFK Exam 

Start practicing as soon as you can. The sooner you start, the better your chances of success. Practice at least 5 days a week. 

You need to be able to dedicate some time each day to studying and preparing for the tests, especially if you want to get them done in a shorter period of time.

Study at least 3 topics a week.

This will help ensure that you stay consistent with your studies, which is one of the most important factors when it comes to passing any kind of exam.

 Stay consistent with reviewing all topics covered during each section/topic within an exam so that when it comes time for the actual testing, there won't be any surprises.

 It really helps to have a plan in place from the beginning.

The NDEB equivalency process is a marathon, not a sprint. 

There are many resources online and off that provide you with a solid outline to study from, so spend those first few days of studying just developing your overall plan.

 The goal is to pass your exam on the first try.

The current fee for the AFK is $800 if you register and take it through the NDEB. 

Failing not only means you miss out on that money, but now you have set back the rest of your NDEB equivalency process by probably 6 months. Not to mention that if you took a prep course, that probably set you back an additional $3,000-$4,000 as well.

 The more you delay, the longer it will take to either get into a dental school in Canada or move on to the next step of the NDEB equivalency process.

 What Comes After the AFK Exam?

 After you have successfully completed the AFK exam, you will move on to the ACJ - Assessment of Clinical Judgment. 

This exam has a $1,350 fee, but the preparation courses tend to be slightly more affordable at around $2,000-$2,500, depending on where you go.

This will be what is considered one of the hardest parts of the NDEB equivalency process because it tests your ability to bring the correct tools to the problem.

 You are expressing your ability to function through problem-based learning and how well you design and implement strategies to overcome clinical issues.

This is more than theoretical knowledge. It is how you express your clinical experience.

 Wrapping it Up

 

 This was only the first part in our series on the NDEB Examination Process in Canada for ITDs wanting a career in dentistry

 We want to thank Dr. Zeina Naous for her valuable insights into the exam, including her personal experience in receiving one o dentistry.

 We hope this article answers many of the questions you may have about the AFK exam and how best to prepare yourself for your upcoming testing date.

 Please be sure to come back to our site as we tackle other topics in this series and walk you through the process of transitioning from ITD to a certified dentist in the beautiful country of Canada.

 If you have any questions about this article or the ITD process, be sure to send us a note through our contact page. Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more helpful ITD articles!

 

Dr. Zeina Naous' achievements are inspiring.

Follow her  on Instagram   @zeina_dentist and on  Tiktok

About the Author

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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9 Tips to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome for Dentists

With the increased demand in Canada for well-trained ITDs and other dental professionals, the amount of time you are bound to be performing procedures for patients will be high.

Canadians have experienced a significant decrease in dental decay over the past 40 years, and that is because roughly 75% of Canadians visit a dental clinic every year.

All of that demand probably has you a bit concerned about how to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome for dentist work.

Dentists are a bit more likely to develop carpal tunnel because many of the procedures  conducted involve the same repetitive motions, placing an extremely high demand on your hands.

From repairing a tooth to extracting a child’s teeth, you need to do your best to protect the health and endurance of your hand, arms, and upper body.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common issue for anyone who uses their hands regularly for the same types of movements over and over again.

People like mechanics, plumbers, and even concert pianists are susceptible to the carpal tunnel because their daily activity requires using the muscles and tendons of their hands and wrists at a high level.

Dentists are the same. Every day you see patients, you will use the same basic movements.

You may start to feel pain, numbness, and general weakness along in your hands and wrists. This is the result of a median nerve that provides sensation to the thumb, index, middle fingers, and half of the ring finger.

Once that nerve receives too much pressure, it starts to cause tingling and other unwanted sensations. There are also tendons around this nerve inside the carpal tunnel that may get inflamed or irritated from repetitive stress.

What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Dentists Should Watch For?

When you are experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome, it can negatively impact your dentistry practice. This is because it can cause weakness in your hands, remove your ability to conduct delicate motions, and often lead to dropping objects.

While those are the later signs, they are also clear indications that your dentistry career may be in jeopardy if left untreated.

More likely, you will experience slight numbness and tingling during the nighttime when your hands are resting.

During the day, you can expect decreased feeling in your fingertips, tingling, and difficulty handling smaller tasks like grasping a steering wheel, writing, or holding a book to read.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we encourage you to seek out the care of a doctor. They will most likely run a few tests like:

    ♦ Tinel’s sign: Your doctor will tap over where the median nerve should be in your wrist and see if that causes any tingling in your fingers.

    ♦ Wrist flexing test: Here, you place your elbows on a table and then allow your wrist to fall forward freely. If you have carpal tunnel, you can expect to feel tingling in your fingers within about a minute.

    ♦ X-rays: If a doctor suspects you have limited motion or range in your wrist, they may request x-rays.

    ♦ Electromyography (EMG): This is a nerve conduction test to see if the median nerve is functioning properly.

How to Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The good news for all you ITDs out there preparing your move to Canada is that there are treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome.

This is a common ailment, and that means there has been plenty of research and development of treatments, including surgical and non-surgical methods.

Non-Surgical Treatments of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

These are the treatments most dentists prefer because they do not involve long healing periods. Most often, you will be asked to wear a splint when you are not performing procedures.

You may also be prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and possible cortisone injections to lower the pain and remove the swelling.

Beyond that, a doctor will work with you to make lifestyle changes. This is challenging because the most likely cause of your carpal tunnel syndrome is your dentistry work.

That is not something you can avoid without changing careers. We will get into steps you can take to prevent further damage below.

Surgical Treatments

Whenever your non-surgical treatments are not effective, you can expect the topic of surgery to come up.

The goal is to increase the size of the tunnel so that the pressure is released from your median nerve and tendon.

This is a fairly standard procedure with an excellent success rate.

The downside is that it will take time away from your practice. You can expect to experience some healing pain and stitches.

You will also be given some minor physical therapy techniques to improve the flexibility and strength of your wrists.

The risk of surgery is that you could lose some fine motor control, but that can be discussed with your doctor based on your age and other factors.

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          ♦   How to Become a Dentist in Canada (A Step by Step Guide)
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How to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome for Dentists

Now that we have gotten the background information out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff. We want to be sure you are living your best new life in Canada now that you have gone through the tests and paperwork of being an ITD, and that includes offering health tips, so you have a long and lucrative practice.

Here are some basic tips and tricks to preventing carpal tunnel throughout your dental career.

1 - Introduce Wrist Exercises

 

Your career requires maintenance, just like an athlete needs to stretch or a vocalist needs to warm up their vocal box. The more pain and inflammation you are experiencing, the harder it will be to maintain fine motor control. Introducing some simple wrist exercises is a great way to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome from developing.

There are quite a few excellent exercises to research and ask your healthcare provider about, but an excellent place to start would be these three:

    ♦ Spiders - Start by placing your palms together in a prayer pose, then rotate your wrists so your fingers are pointing to the ground. Now, slowly separate your palms while keeping all your fingers together as if with glue. Think of a steeple motion and use your thumbs to push down to your other fingers. Continue doing this out and in motion for a couple of minutes.

    ♦ The Shake - It may seem elementary, but shaking your hands out like you would if air drying them is a great way to keep your muscles and median nerve from cramping.

    ♦ Wrist Flexor Stretch - A lot of dentists swear by this stretch. Start by extending your arm in front of you with the palm facing up. Now bend your wrist back while pointing your hand toward the floor. Use your other hand to bend your wrist farther until you feel the stretch, then hold for about 15-30 seconds. Repeat this 2-4 times with both arms.

    ♦ Rubber Stress Balls - We highly recommend you purchase a few rubber stress balls that you can squeeze and release every so often. This both strengthens your wrist while also working out the median nerve, so it stays a bit more pliant.

2 - Ergonomic Equipment

We understand the costs of running a dental practice, even in Canada, where the government is extremely friendly toward helping you get going.

However, when you select what tools to purchase for you and your team, spend the extra few dollars and get the highly ergonomic equipment.

This is going to save you so much time and money in the long run because it will encourage your team to use motions that do not place as much stress on the wrists as older tools.

3 - Improve Your Seating

There is a habit in dental offices around the world to use the same equipment you learned your profession on in Canada.

Keep in mind that most schools have to save costs and may not get the most advanced or ergonomic equipment.

Improving your seating not only helps your back by the end of the day but also encourages a health-conscious team that will increase the use of proper body movement.

This is a great way to protect yourself from the same motions that cause carpal tunnel syndrome.

4 - Take Breaks

Yes, your schedule will fill up quickly. Canadians are well aware of their dental care, and you can expect to have a fully booked day almost from the beginning of opening or joining a practice.

However, you need to be sure to schedule breaks between patients to rest your hands or do some exercises.

Do not think of this as time spent away from your patients, but as necessary habits that improve your overall ability to treat your patient’s needs.

Talk to your team and assistants and ask them to make sure you are taking an appropriate amount of breaks if you are like most dentists and end up being focused on getting through your schedule more than your personal health.

5 - Manage Your Overall Health

ITDs understand that oral health both impacts and is affected by the rest of the body. The same is true for carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you are obese, have diabetes, or are at risk of other health conditions, you may be putting yourself at greater risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Creating a healthy lifestyle with a balanced eating habit and getting in 20 minutes of exercise a day will help you stay fit for duty.

This does not have to be hitting the gym every single free moment. A simple 20-minute walk with your dog and partner will do the trick.

6 - Pay Attention to Your Back Office Work

Maybe you are a fantastic dentist who follows all of the advice in front of a patient, but the second you are behind closed doors doing computer work, you start to hunch your back and fall into poor keyboard/mouse movements.

Do not forget that the care of your wrists extends beyond the dental office.

You need to watch all of your other activities to be sure you are not adding to the problem by something completely unrelated.

7 - Keep Your Wrists Warm

Canada is pretty well known for having cooler temperatures, which can be a problem for carpal tunnel syndrome.

The colder your wrists and nerves are, the more likely stiffness will occur.

You need to have supple wrists and fingers to perform your dental work, and that requires wearing gloves and longer jackets to stay warm when out and about.

8 - Wear a Brace at Night

It may not be the sexiest bedroom accessory for your dating life, but wearing a brace or splint at night on your wrists will help them stay in a neutral position.

Even getting in a short session of an hour or so a day helps return your wrists to a state of rest. When you do take the braces off, be sure to move your wrists naturally at first to regain strength and flexibility.

9 - Stop Smoking

Canada does have a smoking population of around 4.6 million, or roughly 15.1%. As an ITD or dental student in Canada, you are more aware than others of the damage smoking can do to a human body.

This is also true for carpal tunnel syndrome. Smoking can interfere with the blood flow throughout your body.

This will make what symptoms you may already have much worse and slow down your recovery or prevention methods.

If you are smoking, now is a great time to buy a nicotine patch and quit the habit.

Where to Find More Information

We want to make sure all of your carpal tunnel syndrome questions are answered as you develop your ITD career in Canada.

There are two excellent online resources to learn more about prevention, diagnosing, and treatment for this common situation:

They should connect you with a healthcare provider that specializes in the care and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.

As always, we hope you have found this information valuable to your future work here in the beautiful country of Canada.

We do our best to provide as much knowledge and insider tips to ITDs as they make the transition to Canadian dentists.

Please do not overlook the risks of a diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome.

You are going to be using your wrists an awful lot and will be susceptible to this issue. Do your exercises and treat your body like a refined tool necessary for your career development.

If you do suspect that you may have developed symptoms, go see a doctor sooner than later.

This is a common ailment and can be easily mitigated the earlier it is addressed by a professional.

A simple appointment could make a significant difference in your ability to practice dentistry in the future.

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a website where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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How to Improve Memory and Concentration

Depending on your personal background, education, and level of experience, you could be required to sit for quite a few different exams, ensuring your journey through the immigration and qualification process in Canada.

Knowing how to improve your memory for these exams is a great way to improve your passing scores.

ITDs moving to Canada for a new career face favorable situations because the demand is so high.

Nearly three-quarters of Canadians visit the dentist at least once a year, that is almost 30 million people. The only way to keep up with that need is to invite ITDs to go through the process of becoming fully qualified in Canadian dentistry.

While our website is primarily focused on providing the details for every step you may take along your journey, we also want to ensure we offer valuable tips and insights to help you overcome roadblocks.

You could be the greatest dentist in the world, but if you suffer from stress or anxiety during your tests, you may risk a brand new life in one of the most welcoming and beautiful countries in the world.

That is why we would like to focus on how to improve memory and concentration so you can feel better equipped during your tests.

This will help you pass tests and inform the way you view memory for the rest of your life.

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Why Memory and Concentration Matter

It may seem logical to improve both concentration and memory, but we wanted to differentiate between the two of them.

This is critical because it shows two valuable skills instead of a generalized term. Concentration and memory work together inside your brain, but they do not lead to one another. When you are concentrating, you are focusing your mental efforts on a specific problem. Memory is different because that is the ability to recall information.

The point of this differentiation is that good concentration will enhance memory.

You need to practice skills that involve both. If all you do is focus on memory, you maybe be able to pull up all kinds of information that you reviewed, but without the concentration to apply such knowledge in a clear, logical, and concise way, you kind of defeat the purpose.

Thinking Outside the Box

When we consider what will help to improve your memory, you need to address the same issues that often afflict people in cognitive decline.

It may seem strange, but many of the activities doctors prescribe to those growing older or facing dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc., also improve a healthy younger mind.

As we move through this list of how to improve memory and concentration, allow yourself to think a little outside the box. It does not take great leaps of faith or expensive trainers to improve your mental retention and focus.

If you integrate some of these core concepts in your daily life, you will most likely begin to experience benefits faster than overwhelming yourself during a critical point in your career.

The most significant health killer to anyone is excessive stress. Be easy on yourself and use this advice as a guide to help, not a “must do or else you will fail” kind of situation. Our goal is to help, not overwhelm.

The Key Essential to Improving Memory and Concentration

1 - Train Your Brain

An excellent study in 2015 that even as little as 15 minutes of brain training a day could mean the difference between full awareness of your facilities to “brain fog” where your memory slips.

Study participants showed remarkable improvements in processing speed, short-term memory, working memory, problem-solving, and fluid reasoning assessments - all attributes you would want when taking exams as an ITD interested in being a dentist in Canada.

The good news is that brain games do not have to be overly technical. You can see many examples on the website Luminosity that range from simple matching games to complex food delivery simulations.

The point is to engage your brain in memory-based games that reward success and techniques. This could even be something as simple as a crossword puzzle or Sudoku in your local newspaper.

2 - Train Your Body

ITDs are probably already aware of what a poor diet can do to the body. It does not take a great leap of understanding to know that too much sugar, fried food, or other over-processed items lead to lethargy and slow mental capacities.

Regular exercise reduces the risk of cognitive decline.

It protects your brain by stimulating blood flow and engaging your entire body. No, you do not need to suddenly become a bodybuilder or extreme sports expert on top of being a successful dentist.

However, going for a walk for 20 minutes a day, hitting the dance floor, biking, swimming, or even doing yoga are all excellent ways to get the body moving and bring the mind along for the ride.

There is a secondary benefit that we should point out as well - anxiety.

The immigration process can be stressful because there are so many things you have to remember and do perfectly, or else it is back to the end of the line. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to naturally lower your anxiety and depression factors.

The endorphins released by something as simple as an afternoon walk through the park have dramatic effects on your mood, emotional well-being, chemical processes in your body, and ability to think clearly.

3 - Meditation

Go talk to any successful person in the world, and you are bound to find some form of meditation in their lives.

The author and podcast superstar Tim Ferris (4 Hour Work Week) actually points this out in his work with high-income earners and innovators from all over different industries. One of the few common themes in their lives is setting aside as little as 10-20 minutes a day for mediation.

Mindfulness meditation improves memory, and brain function reduces brain degeneration, and improves working and long-term memory.

Making a habit of meditation actually physically changes the brain by increasing brain plasticity.

This is precisely the function that monks use to withstand sharp nail beds, endure extreme temperature, and a list of nearly mythic feats, not through superhero strength, but with razor-like focus attained through meditation.

There are some excellent free resources on YouTube and through App Stores where you can have guided or timed meditation.

You also do not need any equipment and a little space where you can sit comfortably undisturbed for a small amount of time.

4 - Get Some Sleep!

Anyone working in the medical field understands how sleep affects performance.

Not only do we see patients who can barely function without a decent amount of sleep, but we have also all seen our peers struggle through dentistry school on only a few hours of study instead of quality sleep.

Sleep is vital to overall brain health. Without the body’s natural ability to rejuvenate processes through quality sleep, you can expect lower cognitive capabilities.

On average, an adult should seek out 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every single night. This is how your brain will create and store memories.

This also affects mood. We have all been there when a lack of sleep results in us snapping at those we love just because we are overtired.

The last thing you want to do is walk into a proctored exam and start snapping at the instructor.

You want to stay calm and allow your mental powers to kick into full gear.

Getting a good night’s sleep is an excellent way to increase the chances of passing your test.

5 - Quality of Food

Of course, eating healthy leads to many improvements in body function and capability, but we should address the specific effects of high sugar and increased caloric intake. High caloric intake leads to memory impairment.

This can place an undue inflammation effect on the brain, decreasing your ability to recall memories.

Sugar is no better. Try to limit or cut out sugary drinks, excessive ice cream, or anything else that may only temporarily give you an energy boost. Stick to fresh fruits as your sugar high instead of sodas and chocolate delights.

6 - Drink Your Coffee

Everything is in moderation. In 2014, a study found that 200mg of caffeine resulted in better recall testing compared to others without the caffeine boost.

This does not mean you should be shoveling green tea or gallons of hot coffee into your body. However, when taken at strategic times before a test, you should experience a slight increase in your abilities.

7 - Dark Chocolate is Okay

The only contradiction to our sugar advice from above relates to dark chocolate. The bitter joy of 72% cocoa or higher actually improves your spatial memory testing.

This is because cocoa flavonoids improve blood flow to the brain. Again, this does not mean you should immediately go out and buy a bull box of dark chocolate and then go nuts some weekend night. It means a small square (about 1.5” x 1.5”) a day can help you boost your mind.

Dark chocolate is also an excellent source of antioxidants and helps cure your sugar fix without tipping the scale when you get out of the shower.

8 - Study Your Errors

This is actually one of the more interesting items on our list. We know that seeing what answers we get right and wrong on a test is almost compulsive action.

However, if we actively study what led to our wrong answers, we lower the chance of making the same mistake twice.

When we revisit a task, we create a memory of the correct answer and the errors that led up to the incorrect answer.

Learning a next similar task actually becomes more manageable because we already know what errors led up to the problems with the first.

Think of this as having a personal coach inside your mind that points out the errors you made so you can overcome them in the future.

There are plenty of other considerations for improving your test-taking ability, but these are the essentials that will almost guarantee a better result.

9 - Use Healthy and Beneficial Supplements

There are many safe over-the-counter supplemental options for improving your memory and concentration.

We always advise speaking with your healthcare provider before taking any supplement, especially because you have advanced medical training, which tends to leave a blind spot with our personal health.

You need to be a little careful because there are so many varieties of supplements out there promising significant results without having the evidence to support their claims.

However, we have found a shortlist of supplements that help with brain health and give a natural boost to your test-taking abilities.

  ♦ Ginseng enhances brain function by fighting off fatigue. It also has antioxidant properties that can keep your blood sugar levels in check, so you relax during your test.

  ♦ Fish Oil, specifically Omega-3, is an excellent boost for your overall brain and mental health. This helps prevent memory loss and has the added bonus of lowering cholesterol levels.

  ♦ N-Acetyl L-Cysteine is on the fence a little because the science is not yet solid, but you can expect a boost from glutamate, which is a neurotransmitter that helps with learning and memory.

  ♦ Zinc boosts memory - plain and simple. There is actually quite a bit of zinc in the brain matter already, so double-check that your levels are low before using this supplement.

  ♦ Vitamin B-6 is useful for studying. There have been a lot of studies on brain function and the elderly showing B-6 to have a positive effect.

  ♦ Vitamin B-12 is good if you have a deficiency. When you do not get enough B-12, you experience “brain fog” that can make it hard to concentrate. So again, check with your healthcare provider before taking this supplement.

A quality multivitamin will help as well because it will balance any needs your body is experiencing that you are not getting through your typical diet.

We should also mention Ginkgo Biloba. There have been a lot of studies that confirm the effects of this supplement are the same for people who took the placebo. For that reason, we do not want to suggest it quite yet.

Three more are frequently used in combinations right before a test, including Caffeine + L-theanine, Bacopa monnieri, and L-tyrosine. We have not seen enough research as to whether or not these are effective yet, but we will update you if that changes.

The last thing to mention in the supplement world when preparing for your exams is essential oils. Using scents that leave you feeling calm and focused is an excellent way to trick the mind into activity. We like the smell of peppermint.

Remove Distractions to Improve Memory and Concentration

We wanted to touch base on a critical aspect for ITDs looking to qualify in Canada for their dentistry career, which is distractions.

Life is hectic, and it has become way too easy to let social media, streaming shows, and constant connectivity get in the way of achievement.

We are not downing those activities, more that if you want to succeed in your exams, you need the perspective of setting up a dedicated space where you can study distraction-free.

Here are some essential tips:

1 - Time & Date

Make studying a priority by designating a specific time and date you will study regularly.

This encourages your mind by prepping it with crucial triggers in the environment.

If your brain knows every morning from 7 am - 8:30 am will include studying, it will prepare itself for the task the same way it does for taking a shower, eating a sandwich, or any other activity.

2 - Silence Alerts

Go offline from any alerts during your study sessions. For example, turn your phone completely off and log out of any websites that may pop up when using your computer.

You could even create an email signature that alerts friends, co-workers, and family that you are unavailable during your study sessions.

3 - Focus on Small Sections

Rome was not built in a day, and neither was your dental career. Break big chunks of information into smaller pieces you can focus on 1 at a time.

4 - Background Noise

Many ITDs like to study in coffee shops or near a busy street window.

If you are going to have a noisy environment, use it to your advantage by recreating it in your space. Plenty of YouTube videos simulate comfortable background noise that actually relaxes the mind like rain, crowds, nature, and more.

We actually heard of an ITD that studies using the background noise of walking around Disney World as a way to stay calm.

5 - Keep Your Space Clean

No one is asking you to be a neat freak, but having your study space clean and organized increases the chance that you will continue to work there.

Anything that prevents you from studying, like having to tidy up, only creates a barrier to doing the work.

6 - Reward Yourself

We are all kids at heart, and having a fun reward for getting the work done feels good.

Hold off on watching the next episode in your binge-a-thon or going out with friends until after the studying has completed. You will feel better and get more satisfaction from your reward.

Stay Calm and Carry On

The greatest advice we can give for improving your memory and concentration is to strive to remain calm.

We understand the pressure you may feel because we have been there before.

That is why we created this website as a reference because we know what it is to have the weight of success holding you down. In many cultures that immigrate to Canada, there is also an added family pressure to be the best in your field that can escalate feelings of anxiety and stress.

All of the tips we suggested here work in collaboration with each other.

They do not require a complete life overhaul, just subtle changes that can be introduced one a time. The key is consistency and allowing yourself the freedom to succeed. We know you can do this!

 

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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How to Prepare for TOEFL Test in Canada

ITDs looking to expand their dental practice or opportunities in the beautiful country of Canada are required to pass a few different tests and requirements for immigration and certification. Some of these are designed specifically for your dental educational background, while others explore your capabilities with the language used most commonly around the country – English. Learning how to prepare for the TOEFL test in Canada takes a little bit of research to get you on your way to a lucrative career in dentistry.

Canada is a surprisingly culturally rich country with many different demographics and backgrounds, all coming together to enjoy the vibrant cosmopolitan centers and natural environments.

The two primary languages spoken, written, and read in Canada are English and French.

However, there are over 200 languages that are in use around the country by many different cultural centers and groups of residents. To practice dentistry in Canada, you will need to prove your capabilities with the English language, which requires passing the TOEFL.

Therefore, we have put together a quick guide about preparing for the TOEFL and furthering your dental career.

What is the TOEFL?

TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language and is the test format given to ITDs entering Canada. It is the world’s most accepted English language literacy test for those hoping to work, study, and immigrate into countries like Canada and the U.S.

It is also highly regarded as the gold standard for proof that you will be able to research and understand instruction while studying at Canadian universities and institutions. If you want to make it through admissions, you will need to pass the TOEFL exam.

The TOEFL test is accepted by more than 11,500 universities and other institutions in over 160 countries and is available through 3 different options:

♦   The traditional TOEFL iBT test in a test center
♦   The TOEFL iBT Home Edition
♦   The TOEFL iBT Paper Edition

The overall goal of the TOEFL exam is to evaluate 4 English academic skills - reading, listening, speaking, and writing.

Why Does the TOEFL Test Matter to Me?

In one of our stellar posts, How to Become a Dentist in Canada, we outlined the more prestigious schools, universities, and institutions in Canada that you can attend as an ITD. All of these schools require a good TOEFL score in order to attend their programs. This includes:

♦   University of Alberta (School of Dentistry)University of British Columbia (Faculty of Dentistry)

♦   University of Manitoba (Faculty of Dentistry)

♦   Dalhousie University (Faculty of Dentistry)

♦   University of Toronto (Faculty of Dentistry)

♦   The University of Western Ontario (School of Dentistry)

♦   McGill University (Faculty of Dentistry)

♦    Université de Montréal (Faculté de médecine dentaire)

♦   Université Laval (Faculté de médecine dentaire)

♦   University of Saskatchewan (College of Dentistry)

You will still have to pass the AFK exam before you can move on to going back to school with a successful IDAPP result. These schools want to verify that you can handle the coursework by reviewing your completed TOEFL test.

This is helpful to you as an applicant as well because you do not want to waste a considerable sum of money on a program that will be next to impossible to pass due to language barriers.

How to Start My TOEFL Preparations?

The challenge to how to prepare for the TOEFL is that each school has different admission requirements related to your overall score. For example, the University of Toronto requires a whole test score of 89-100, whereas McGill University goes as low as 79.

These test format outcomes vary because many of the participating colleges and universities are located in metropolitan areas where they assume your language skills will quickly improve due to the immersive nature of attending their programs.

That may be true, but it can often be anxiety-inducing for ITDs who have little to no experience with the English language to participate without a better grasp of English. For a more inclusive review of each university’s requirements, visit this page.

*Quick Tip: While we always offer as many professional and proven sources of information, we also wanted to suggest two tips that help a lot of potential ITDs. Download the app DuoLingo for free from the App store, practice English, and stream popular English TV shows with the subtitles turned on. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you pick up the nuances of the language. 

Let’s go over the specific tips of your TOEFL preparation skills you will need to focus on for a decent score. The two main ways most people take the TOEFL are online at a test center or home computer station or using the paper test. Both have different requirements:

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 ♦   How to Become a Dentist in Canada (A Step by Step Guide)
 ♦   How to Improve Memory and Concentration

 

Internet-based test

♦   Reading section: 60-80 minutes | 36-56 questions

♦   Listening section: 60-90 minutes | 34-51 questions

♦   Speaking section: 20 minutes | 6 tasks

♦   Writing section: 50 minutes | 2 essays

Paper-based test

  ♦ Listening section: 30-40 minutes| 50 questions

  ♦ Writing section: 25 minutes | 40 questions

  ♦ Reading section: 55 minutes | 50 questions

  ♦ TWE test: 30 minutes | write one essay

Tips for Passing the TOEFL Test

1 - Listen and Watch English International News

Try watching the BBC International News that is available online for free. This gives you a good insight into the vocabulary and grammar skills needed for the English language. Watching international news instead of local is helpful because you will see familiar items related to your country that put the language in context.

2 - Get a Virtual Pen Pal

Using social media is an excellent option for those that can engage with native English speakers. Many people are looking to learn your native language and will be willing to trade time working with you in English if they can do the same for your language.

3 - Flashcards & Podcasts

You can find free resources online by searching for “TOEFL vocabulary lists” and then downloading PDF versions of flashcards. These are easy to use and fun cards with common English words or phrases that you can take out for 5-10 min a day in-between work or social obligations to help you study. It also helps to listen to English podcasts while commuting just to familiarize yourself with the language's tone, structure, and nuance.

4 - Take the Practice Exam

We suggest taking the TOEFL practice exam 3 times. Once at the very beginning of when you decide how to prepare for the TOEFL, again about halfway through the duration, you have set aside before sitting for the exam, and once more about a week before your exam date. This gives you an excellent measurement of your overall progress. You can view official practice questions here.

5 - Be Mindful of Your Mistakes

Take care to follow the answer guides so you can better understand the mistakes you are making and how to overcome them in the future. You do not want to only know what the answer is correct, but how you arrived at that conclusion.

What are the Different TOEFL Exam Sections?

There are four main areas of testing - reading, listening, speaking, and writing. You may take notes throughout all sections of your TOEFL exam and are looking for a score of 90 or higher for the best intuitions. It takes about 10 days after taking your test until you receive your verified score.

Reading Skills Section

This will involve reading passages and then answering questions based on what you just read. Each passage is about 700 words long and has around 10-14 questions. You will cover various academic topics from history to art to science and beyond. A good score is going to be anything above a 22.

Listening Skills Section

This will test your ability to understand the English language using audio prompts. You will listen to 4-6 different lectures and 2-3 conversations. Each one lasts about 3-5 minutes and comes with 4-8 questions.

Please note: you will only hear the audio clip once, so take notes! You will hear different English accents, so it is crucial to listen for context in the conversation or visual cues when taking the online test. A good listening score should be above 21.

Speaking Skills Section

This is the shortest section of the test and often gets overlooked because ITDs think it is easy. We cannot stress enough that you need to slow down your speaking speed to a natural level instead of letting anxiety prompt you to rush through each question.

You will be given 6 tasks, each requiring you to speak on topics ranging from familiar to relevant passages or audio clips. A good score in speaking is above 22.

Writing Skills Section

For this section, you will be required to write two essays, one that is integrated and one that is independent. The integrated essay involves reading an academic passage, listening to an audio clip, and then comparing the two by how they support or challenge one another.

The second essay is based solely on a prompt where you will write about your own opinion. A good score in speaking is above 22.

What is Considered a Passing Score for the TOEFL Exam?

Again, the specific goal number of your TOEFL Test score will depend on the Canadian university or institution you are hoping to study dentistry with. In general, you are shooting for a total test score of over 90. A perfect score would be 120.

There is no guessing penalty on the TOEFL. You earn points with correct answers and nothing for incorrect answers, so it never hurts to take a guess.

These are called “raw” points. Every section is scaled based out of 30. Universities will only consider your scaled score, not your raw scores. That means you want to shoot for as high of a raw score as possible. A great resource for the scaling process is here.

How to Register for the TOEFL Exam?

The TOEFL iBT is administered 6 days a week around the world, so you will have plenty of opportunities to register. Some online resources suggest only needing 7-10 days to prepare, but always suggest 3-4 months, so you have plenty of time to study.

You must preregister. You cannot walk into a test center without some form of registration to verify your identity and exam.

There are 3 ways to register for the TOEFL iBT exam:

  ♦ You can register using an ETS account here.
  ♦ Or by phone calling +1-443-751-4862 or 1-800-GO-TOEFL (1-800-468-6335)
  ♦ Or by mail using a registration form that is printable here.

In all cases, you will need payment information like a credit card readily available and have a time and place in your mind for selecting your test date.

The ID requirements vary depending on your country of origin. In general, you can expect to need original government documents with a photo ID that has your full name, signature, and any government-issued ID numbers. You can learn more about your specific country of origin by visiting here.

The total fees for the TOEFL vary based on your testing center. For example, those residing in the U.S. can expect to pay USD $195 for a single exam. There are additional fees for retaking the TOEFL or scheduling a new date if you have a conflict.

How to Prepare on the TOEFL Exam Day?

As long as you have taken the time to prepare for your TOEFL exam, you can expect to do pretty well. Most ITDs already have some experience with the English language due to their work in dentistry.

When you arrive at your testing center, be sure to have two forms, a photo ID and a printed copy of your registration confirmation number.

Eat a balanced breakfast beforehand and avoid too much sugar or caffeine that may give you the jitters during your test. Dress semi-professional with comfortable clothes that will not leave you too cold or hot.

The goal is to be as comfortable as possible, so your nerves relax. Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes early in case there are any special instructions you need to follow.

Finally, keep your mind in “English” mode. It helps to listen to the English news, use an app, or have a conversation with someone that speaks the language before your test. This prompts your brain to maintain that language while taking your test.

Wrapping it Up

There is a lot of information to go over for how to prepare for the TOEFL. The best thing is to keep your end goal in mind of attending a Canadian dentistry school.

It helps to have a clear idea of why you are doing the TOEFL in the first place. This will align your focus so you can get the best possible outcome.

As always, we hope you have enjoyed our guide and welcome you to visit our site as often as possible.

We are constantly updating with new ITD information that helps people immigrate to Canada and find a successful new career and life in one of the most engaging countries in the world. Good luck with your test!

 

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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How to Become a Dentist in Canada (A Step by Step Guide)

ITDs from all over the world make it over to Canada through the immigration process and then are faced with some challenges to become fully accredited and licensed dentists.

We wanted to go a little deeper into this side of the process for those internationally trained dentists that are not opting for specialized programs during immigration, but just want a closer look at how to become a dentist in Canada using the equivalency process.

The good news is that how to become a dentist in Canada does not require you to receive another dental degree if you already have a quality education.

It does require you to prove your dentistry capabilities by taking a series of tests or exams that can be challenging if you are out of practice or have been specializing for several years.

We understand the amount of frustration with the process of being a dentist in Canada. As long as you can keep your paperwork well organized and make it through the exams, you will come out the other side into a highly favorable job market with many lucrative job options in Canada.

This is a gorgeous country to live and work in with friendly people, cosmopolitan centers, rich natural resources, and culturally diverse.

We will be following the steps of a general dentist through an accredited and non-accredited/equivalency process. We have a lot to cover, so let’s dig in!

Where Do We Begin?

To be a licensed dentist in Canada, you must have some form of formal education like a BDS/DDS/DMD degree from a recognized school or university program and hold an NDEB certificate.

The most straightforward pathway for an ITD to become a dentist in Canada is to go through the equivalency process. This is designed for those ITDs with a degree program or formal training that is not recognized as accredited in Canada.

Let’s break this down a bit more and go over some steps. Everything starts by applying and receiving approval for the NDEB.

Step 1 - NDEB Application & Approval

The NDEB is the National Dental Examining Board of Canada that issues exams to certify which dentists can practice in Canada. They are responsible for keeping a record of who is appropriately trained, educated, and skilled enough to perform dentistry legally.

To qualify for the NDEB application, you must fulfill one of three requirements:

♦   Graduate from a Canadian dental program - your school will automatically send your confirmation of graduation directly to the NDEB on your behalf.

♦   Graduate from an Accredited Dental Program in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland - it is up to you to send your original official transcripts to the NDEB in a sealed envelope. This must confirm the date you received your degree.

♦   Successfully Complete the Equivalency Process – your university/school will have to submit proof of graduation and academic records as you will pass through the multiple exams.

General dentists must hold a degree from an institute, college, or university to be considered part of an accredited program. That means your school is recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). Otherwise, you will be considered a non-accredited applicant and must pass the equivalency exams.

To open an NDEB account, click here and pay the fee. Then, send over the documents required and wait for the NDEB to review and approve your application.

Step 2 - Pass the AFK

Any foreign dentist seeking certification in Canada must pass the AFK unless they are a graduate of an accredited school.

You cannot register for the AFK exam until you have received approval from the NDEB. That can take around 22 weeks from when you submit your application to when you receive final approval.

We highly suggest you take advantage of this time period by studying for the AFK  so you can pass it on your first try and shorten the wait between steps.

The best way to manage how much money and time you will spend on the entire process of becoming a dentist in Canada has a lot to do with the pass rate of your exams.

We do not want to place added pressure on you as you move through this process, but the fewer times you have to take any of the exams, the faster you will become a qualified Canadian dentist.

The AFK is a 200 single answer multiple-choice questionnaire divided into two parts. This test is designed as the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge in the field of Dentistry. You can find a decent self-assessment here to give you an idea of what the AFK will cover.

You can take this exam electronically or via a booklet, but it must be at a proctored location. If you do not pass the AFK, you will not continue towards being a dentist in Canada.

To pass, you will need a test equated, a re-scaled score of 75 or higher. Start by logging into your NDEB profile and register by paying for the examination. You will be notified by email with instructions to schedule your exam with Prometric (a proctor).

Step 3 - Option 1: Pass the ACJ & NDECC

If you are not going back to college in Canada or another accredited program recognized by the NDEB, then stick to this path. Most ITDs will follow these steps. Don’t worry. We will get back to the school route later in this guide.

The ACJ

Upon completion of the AFK, it will be time for the ACJ. The Assessment of Clinical Judgment reviews your ability to formulate a diagnosis and make clinical decisions. It also covers knowledge in radiology and if you can adequately interpret that information.

The ACJ is a 5.5-hour exam with only a 30-minute break, so be prepared to go through a lot of material. There are 120-150 single answer and multi answer multiple-choice questions. Every section contains case-based diagnosis and clinical decision-making questions. This is only administered electronically at a proctored test center.

Like the AFK, you need a passing score of 75 or more. You can schedule your test by logging into your NDEB profile and registering for the exam after paying the fee.

The NDECC

This used to be known as the ACS but was changed in December of 2021 to the NDECC. This is the third exam in the equivalency process of becoming a dentist in Canada without an accredited dental degree. The test is known as the National Dental Examination of Clinical Competence.

During this exam, you are assessed based on clinical competence, which walks you through a series of scenarios requiring a judgment. Your skills and clinical capabilities will be tested based on patient-centered care, professionalism, communication, practice management, and more in that field.

The first NDECC exam will be held in June of 2022, so we do not have more details about registering, but we anticipate it to be similar to the other exams. Keep a close watch on your NDEB account to learn more.

Step 3 - Option 2: Pass ADAT and Complete University

For those ITDs that want to go back to college, you must first pass the ADAT. This takes the place of the ACJ and assesses if you are ready for an advanced dental education program.

The test is known as the Advanced Dental Admission Test and is used by all colleges in Canada to determine eligibility to their program.

The test takes about 4.5 hours to complete and is available at Pearson VUE centers all over Canada and the U.S. Most ITDs that take this test have had at least a couple of years of training in dentistry and are seeking post-graduate training or specialty practice. You can learn more about the registration process for the ADAT here.

Once you have a passing score for the ADAT, you can apply to a number of qualified Canadian institutions like University of Toronto and Mc Gill University. These schools accepts ADAT results instead of AFK.

Other schools that offers Dentistry programs that require AFK results prior to enrolling in their International Dentist Advanced Programs:

Keep in mind that the cost of these institutions can be pretty expensive. Depending on the program and fees, you should expect to pay anywhere from $50,000 to $360,000 CAD.

Step 4 - Pass Board Exams

Every ITD will have to pass the OSCE to receive final certification as a licensed dentist in Canada.

This is the final test you will be given and stands for the Objective Structured Clinical Examination. As its name suggests, this is a comprehensive exam to determine you can operate within or own your own clinic.

The OSCE is a booklet test consisting of two sessions on the same day. The first is a 50 multiple choice questionnaire that will include everything from case history to dental charts. Every question will have up to 15 answer options with one or more correct answers.

The second session is a long-form answer to one structured question that does an in-depth look at your ability to practice.

Like all the rest, you must have a 75 or higher to pass this exam. You can schedule your OSCE by viewing your NDEB account and paying the fee.

We want to make a special note here about this exam. In 2023, this will become the NDEB Virtual OSCE. This will combine the written examination and OSCE into one exam delivered electronically in a single day instead of two separate sessions.

You can take the OSCE up to three times, but we highly recommend working with a local preparation center specializing in helping ITDs get through the entire examination process with the NDEB equivalency program. We have a great article about the top Dental Training Institutes/ Centers that help ITDs.

Congratulations!

Once you have completed the OSCE, you have fulfilled all your obligations to be a dentist in Canada. All that is left is to send in your final application to the NDEB and them to issue you a license. That process can take a bit of time, but they are working hard to make it quick because dentists are so in demand right now.

You must communicate with the DRA (Dental Regulatory Authority) of the province where you want to practice. DRAs may require additional documentation or proof of specific skills.

Final Thoughts

There are some other nuances to this process, but we wanted to point out a few critical points. First, the cost of the equivalency is expensive. Every exam has its own fee:

♦   NDEB Profile & Paperwork - $900 CAD

♦   AFK - $800 CAD

♦   ACJ - $1,350 CAD

♦   NDECC - $9,000 CAD

♦   OSCE - $1,000 CAD

That is a total of $13,050 and does not include any preparatory help from dental study centers/institutes. If you wrap in those costs, you can expect to pay around $60,000 CAD for the entire process.

Of course, that is significantly less expensive than going back to college, but it is something you need to consider.

Second, you really should work with a dental clinic. There are significant differences in practicing dentistry in Canada compared to other countries, and you do not want to fail any of these exams as that can get expensive quickly.

Finally, speak to some ITDs who completed the equivalency program. We hear about so many questions on Facebook and Reddit that would fill a book to answer.

It really helps to join some of these groups to see if your question can be answered. Give us a follow on Facebook as we frequently post.

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 ♦   5 Best Ways to Finance Your NDEB Canada Exams for Internationally Trained Dentists
 ♦   How to Prepare for TOEFL Test in Canada

 

Wrapping it Up

We hope this has been an informative resource for your research. It is a genuine pleasure to help ITDs come to Canada to open a dentistry practice. This is a wonderful country to set roots with many peer immigrants making the move because the job value and career outlook are so positive. Thank you for reading!

 

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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5 Best Ways to Finance Your NDEB Canada Exams for Internationally Trained Dentists

Even without the current political turmoil, international events causing refugees, and a global pandemic, there is still that desire inside each of us for a brighter, more reliably stable future life.

That is probably why so many people consider Canada an excellent option for moving. The annual immigration in Canada is around 300,000 new immigrants every year - one of the highest rates per population of any country in the world.

The simple truth is that Canada has been and probably will always be viewed as a culture of kind-hearted individuals.

Sure, Canadians have their challenges just like any other country, but the overall quality of life is relatively high. That is why so many internationally trained dentists seek a new career in the land of the maple leaf.

Canada’s dental equivalency process is a significant opportunity for ITDs. The current pay rate is higher than most other countries, and the social benefits far outweigh the challenges of getting across the border.

The only downside is that the costs of making this transition from an internationally trained dentist to a fully certified Canadian dentist are high.

You can expect to pay anywhere from $10K CAD to $15K CAD, and that is just for exam costs and registration fees. There is also the price tag of actual immigration and any schools or prep courses you may take to make it through the NDEB Canada process.

That is why we have decided to put together this little guide.

We want to ensure all ITDs seeking a brighter future as fully certified Canadian dentists get all the help they can get.

Here are our financial suggestions for getting you through the NDEB Canada Exams and into a solid career.

1 - Get a Transitional Job

While you may not be a full dentist in Canada, odds are you have dentistry experience and can use those same skills in a similar capacity by working in a different role.

There are many dentistry-related jobs that are high in demand and pay well enough to support a basic living while saving up or paying for your NDEB exam process.

Dental Assistant

 There are a lot of openings for dental assistants in Canada because the demand for dentists is so high, and they need support staff. The average salary is between $38,000 to $48,000 CAD and is a great stepping stone to being a dental hygienist or researcher.

Essentially, you are the jack-of-all-trades that works closely under the dentist’s supervision.

Of course, every clinic will be different, and some provinces have laws that govern specific roles, but for the most part, you are the “gopher” for the practice.

This is a great opportunity for ITDs who need extra help with language requirements for immigration or downtime to study for their NDEB certification process.

To be a dental assistant in Canada, you will need to be certified through the National Dental Assisting Examining Board, which requires an exam.

You are supposed to have 10 months of education or formal training, but those requirements can be waived based on your previous experience as an ITD, depending on your country of origin.

Dental Assistant Salary per Region

Canadian ProvinceAve. Hourly Salary in CAD
Alberta
$28.13
British Columbia
$26.00
Saskatchewan
$27.00
Nova Scotia
$21.00
Ontario
$21.43
Manitoba
$21.35
Source: https://www.livingin-canada.com/

Dental Hygienist

This is a popular option for many ITDs immigrating to Canada because many of the skills you use while performing this job are parallel to being a full-time dentist.

You will be working closely with patients, checking for oral cancers, preventing cavities, examining gums, and overall getting more experience with on-the-job reinforcement.

To be a dental hygienist in Canada, you need one of three options:
  • A 2-3 year advanced diploma.
  • A bachelor of dental hygiene.
  • A private college program for dental hygienists.

Your background as an Internationally Trained Dentist with a formal degree and experience may allow you to waive these educational requirements, but again, that requires speaking with a board or school to know if you qualify.

The really good news is the pay bump. The average salary for a dental hygienist in Canada is over $70,000 CAD, which sets you up nicely to afford the immigration process and pay for the NDEB equivalency process.

All the resources you need to become a qualified dental hygienist are available on The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association website.

Dental Hygienist Salary Canada

LocationAverage Wage
$ per hr
Alberta56.00
British Columbia42.00
Manitoba 40.60
Ontario37.00
Quebec30.00
Saskatchewan42.00
Source: https://www.livingin-canada.com/

Dental Technician

 

While this can be an extremely lucrative transitional job for an ITD, it also requires a specific set of skills that may or may not be related to your educational background.

 For example, most dentists have not spent a great deal of focus on repairing the devices used in crowns, bridges, dentures, or orthodontics. A lot of this activity requires the use of specific instrumentation that an ITD may have only a cursory understanding of using.

The good news is almost every province in Canada has a severe dental technician shortage, so finding help to get started in this career is fairly easy.

The average salary is about $53,000 CAD - $96,000 CAD depending on the clinic and province. The work environment tends to be relaxed because you are not dealing with patients directly, but usually fulfilling orders from other dentists.

To work as a dental technician in Canada, you will need to be:

  • A recipient of a dental technician degree or equivalent study from a recognized institution.
  • Provided services equivalent to a dental technician for at least 5 years and can prove your training, experience, and educational background.

Every province will be different, but you can get a solid understanding of the specifics of being a Dental Technician by checking out the British Columbia process here.

Average (Median) Hourly Wages for Dental Technicians in Canada


Location
Average Wage
$ per hr
Alberta25.81
British Columbia22.00
Manitoba19.23
Ontario22.00
Quebec23.00
Saskatchewan22.00
Source: www.livingin-canada.com

Dental Office Administrators

We wanted to mention this transitional job for ITDs preparing for the NDEB exam and certification process not because it pays extremely well.

 In fact, it is on the lower end of the spectrum at around $28-$52,000 CAD. Rather, this is a great job to learn the backend office skills necessary to run a full practice.

As a dental office admin, you will get to see the ins and outs of the Canadian healthcare system as well as solidify your understanding of the language and culture. This is excellent training for those ITDs with little to no experience with Canada.

2 - Get a Loan

Many ITDs immigrating to Canada for the NDEB equivalency process seek out private or public funding via loans. We always advise our readers to take a practical approach to this kind of situation. You do not want to be on the line for a large sum of money as you are immigrating without some source of income potential in the near future.

.There are many qualified lenders in Canada that will work the internationally trained dentists. This is because banks and private institutions are fully aware that the demand for dentists is high, and they are extremely likely to earn a small profit by lending to those going through the NDEB Canada exam process.

FCR Loan Programs

Foreign Credential Recognition or FCR programs are backed by provinces and the Canadian federal government. They offer incredibly low-interest rates of price + 1-2% and max out at around $15,000. You pay them back like you would any other normal loan.

To qualify for FCR loan programs, you must be:
  • NDEB registered with the approval
  • PR/Approved Refugee/Canadian Citizenship verified
  • Under a Study, Plan to take your NDEB certification process exam

Government Approved Private Lending

Many private institutions want to get in on the lending opportunities to ITDs. That is why Canada has created a microlending arm backed by their currency rates with interest rates of around prime plus 1-2% and a maximum amount of $15,000. These are good options to grow your credit rating in Canada.

To be eligible for government-approved private lending, you must be:
  • NDEB registered with the approval
  • PR/Approved Refugee/Canadian Citizenship verified
  • Under a Study, Plan to take your NDEB certification process exam

Private Banks ITD Bundle Programs

These bundled programs are designed to essentially fund you through the entire ITD to Canadian certified dentist process. You will get the funding you need if you have:

  • NDEB registration approval
  • Permanent Residency / Canadian Citizenship
  • 650 or above credit score
  • Study plan

That means you will have needed to already have moved through the immigration process to qualify and have a credit history in Canada. You are also going to be on the line for a lot more money and that can get overwhelming quickly.

Windmill Microlending

They are committed to transparent lending practices based on reasonable rates and terms that can enhance your ability to fund the NDEB dentistry exam process.

To date, Windmill Microlending has approved more than 805 loans for newcomers in the field of dentistry. To learn more about Windmill Microlending programs, check out their website.

3 - Start a Side Hustle

It may seem strange for ITDs to check out social media for a business idea, but if you go on TikTok, Pinterest, or Reddit, you will find endless suggestions for starting a side hustle.

This could be anything from being a freelance writer to building a print-on-demand coffee mind business.

There is a lot of risk and reward to be had due to the digital age.

You can make a decent amount as an Uber driver in the right setting or build an Etsy shop with handmade products from your country of origin.

Like anything else in life, the possibilities are endless and require dedication and time to perfect.

Some suggestions for side hustles include:

  • Starting a dropshipping business
  • Wholesaling through Amazon/eBay
  • Freelancing online
  • Building an Etsy shop
  • Print on Demand
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Blogger/YouTuber
  • Selling informational digital precuts
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Social Media Consultant
  • And plenty more programs.

4 - Secure a Job Ahead of Time

There is an often overlooked aspect ITDs rarely try because of fear or anxiety, and that is to reach out to dental practices ahead of time.

Building a solid network of peers within Canada is a great way to ensure you will have some kind of financial opportunity in the future. We highly recommend reaching out to practices, schools, and dentists in the provinces you wish to practice in after you have passed your certification process.

Sometimes they will have jobs you can perform while waiting for your NDEB exam. Always keep your communication polite and professional as these could be your peers in the future.

5 - Find a Job in an Unrelated Field

It may not be the most glamorous, but Canada is hiring for practically every municipal position you can imagine.

 Like most of the world, Canada went through a job loss for a short period due to the pandemic. That created a lot of job openings in government, city, and municipal careers.

Many of these jobs pay well and offer you the opportunity to live in the country while you are working towards your NDEB exam.

Update your CV and cover letter so you can apply to any local organization, government, or business, and you may be surprised with how easy it is to secure a job.

Special Note for 2022 and Beyond

We wanted to point out that the NDEB equivalency process is currently under review. Because Canada is in such need of dentists, they are reevaluating the NDEB by reducing certain test requirements and lifting the restriction on how many times you can attempt the exam.

This story is still unfolding, but it looks like it will be even easier to immigrate to Canada as an ITD. We will keep you posted as new information is released, but we wanted to give you the heads up now.

You will see many prep schools and colleges changing their curriculums to meet these new requirements. This is good news for ITDs everywhere!

Also, Check Out

 ♦   5 Best NDEB Canada Review Centers for Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD)
 ♦   How to Prepare for TOEFL Test in Canada

Wrapping it Up

Canada is a wonderful country to move to, with plenty of opportunities for internationally trained dentists. The potential job market is wide open, and the earning salary range is excellent at an average of $126,750 CAD per year.

We highly recommend you review our site's other information about the immigration process and requirements for your NDEB exam or equivalency process.

Our goal is to help you and all the other ITDs find a new home in the relaxing, naturally bountiful, and friendly culture of Canadian life.

 

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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How to Immigrate to Canada as a Dentist

Canada is currently ranked the number one country in the world according to the U.S. News & World Report.

That is the first time this northern territory has ranked so high, and it has to do with the balance of work, life, family, and enjoyment.

Canadian living is relaxed, where the majority of the country is laid back and friendly.

More importantly to all our international dental readers, Canada is currently experiencing a high demand for new dentists.

Population growth, an aging citizenry, labor shortages  and technological advancement in diagnosis and treatment are drastically increasing the need for new dentists to enter the marketplace.

So much so that the current outlook is expected to grow at a higher than normal rate for the foreseeable future.

This is an excellent opportunity for internationals wishing to learn how to immigrate to Canada as a dentist.

Advantages of Moving to Canada as a Dentist

Besides the wonderful job offers available, when you immigrate to Canada, you get access to some of the best wages available. The expected salary for an average full time dentist is between $120,000 and $240,000 CAD annually.

Imagine moving from a country that pays 20-40% less than what you could be earning in Canada.

Not only that, but you will get excellent free healthcare through the national system (universal health coverage). In many cases, private healthcare is also included as a sign-on benefit which has dental coverage for specific private providers.

Yes, the income potential is high, but you also get to live in one of the most naturally beautiful destinations in the world and most livable cities.

Canada is a rich, resource-heavy country that is dotted with cosmopolitan cities with varying cultures and historical centers.

You also get: 

♦   A chance at Canadian Permanent Residency

♦   One of the most beneficial passports in the world upon full citizenship

♦   Access to internationally renowned universities

♦   Access social benefits

♦   Apply for Citizenship and Dual Nationality after four years

♦   Enjoy protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Canada Express Entry System Openings

Express Entry system is the quickest way to immigrate to Canada as a dentist. This cuts down the entire Canadian Immigration process from years to only a few months. The point is to drive more skilled professional worker immigration to a nation with a growing population.

Being a dentist is a highly qualified occupation for Express Entry through the Federal Skilled Worker program (FSWP).

This is a competitive immigration system that ranks all eligible candidates against each other based on age, education, language ability, work experience, and other factors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Canadian government was kind enough to create the National Occupation Classification Codes that designate particular occupations currently high in demand. This includes dentist noc code under the NOC Code 3113, which covers:

♦   dental surgeon

♦   qualified dentist

♦   doctor of dental surgery

♦   endodontist

♦   general practicing dentist

♦   implantology dentistry

♦   the dental and oral surgeon

♦   the maxillofacial and oral surgeon

♦   medicine oral specialist

♦   oral pathologist

♦   maxillofacial surgery and oral pathology specialist

♦   oral radiologist

♦   orthodontist

♦   pediatric dentist

♦   Pedodontist

♦   periodontist

♦   prosthodontist

♦   public health dentist

♦   stomatologist

It is important to note that some occupations in the dental field are excluded. These include:

♦   Dental assistants

♦   Dental Hygienists and dental therapists

♦   Dental technologists, dental technicians, and laboratory assistants

♦   Denturists

Overall, you will want to take advantage of this federal skilled worker program because it grants you express entry into one of the best places to live and work as a licensed dentist.

Take Advantage of the Provincial Nomination Program

Another way to immigrate to Canada as a dentist is to engage in the PNP (Provincial Nomination Program).

These are unique criteria set by each of the 11 provinces in Canada that allow for a certain number of skilled workers to be nominated by the specific area for inclusion.

Provincial nomination can lead to permanent residency if you find private employers that are willing to sponsor you.

If you work with a school or program that helps you get into Canada as a dentist, you will probably learn a great deal about the Provincial Nomination (PNP) because these organizations have direct ties to the government.

They know how many dental jobs openings are available in each province and can help you to get set up.

The 11 provinces in Canada are:

♦   Alberta

♦   British Columbia

♦   Manitoba

♦   New Brunswick

♦   Newfoundland and Labrador

♦   Northwest Territories

♦   Nova Scotia

♦   Ontario

♦   Prince Edward Island

♦   Saskatchewan

♦   Yukon

The Canadian Immigration Application Process

We will now go over the complete process of immigrating to Canada as a dentist. Keep in mind that things may change periodically as the government issues new rules and regulations to the Canadian immigration policy depending on the number of people taking advantage of the different available programs.

Also, Check Out

 ♦   How to Become a Dentist in Canada (A Step by Step Guide)
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Step 1 - Determine Your Eligibility

Before you can figure out how to immigrate to Canada as a dentist, you need to make sure you meet the minimum qualifications required. There are over 80 different visa pathways to Canada, so odds are you probably meet at least one of them.

Every entry program will have its own minimum qualifications. For dentists using the Express Entry program, you must:

♦   Have at least one year of continuous full-time work experience in a skilled occupation (over the previous 10 years).

♦   Be able to meet the demands of the Canadian Language Benchmark language proficiency in either English or French.

♦   Hold a post-secondary degree that meets the Canadian standards of an Education Credential Assessment.

Essentially are you a qualified dentist in your home country that has worked full-time for at least a year and can speak English or French conversationally? If you can do that, you qualify.

Step 2 - Get Your Qualifications Accredited

To get your accreditation, you need to show evidence that your dental degree translates over to Canada. The easiest way to do this is through the ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) program.

They will verify that your information is correct from a recognized dental program, in a recognized institution.

The most common way this is done is during your Visa application. You can fill out a section that includes your educational studies and grants you points based on the level of study you have completed.

You will have to supply a decent amount of documentation for this step, so hiring an experienced immigration professional may be a wise decision.

Step 3 - Apply to the Dental Regulatory Authority (DRA)

You can do this by visiting the homepage of the province you wish to live within. They will direct you to the DRA for that provincial government (territorial regulatory body). If you elect to use a different migration process, then this is where you start those programs. That includes:

♦   Express Entry

♦   PNP (Provincial Nominee Program)

♦   Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot - this requires a valid job offer from an RNIP participant

♦   Atlantic Immigration Pilot - sending skilled workers to the 4 Atlantic provinces with a formal job offer of at least 1 year

Step 4 - Either Take an NDEB Equivalency Process or Complete an Accredited Qualifying/Degree Completion Program

The most common step here for internationally trained dentists is to complete the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) series of admittance exams.

You can find many different organizations that will help you prepare to sit these tests if it has been a while since you last reviewed the information.

We strongly encourage you to work with dental review centers that teach you everything you need to know for these exams.

They provide you access to the critical information needed to practice in Canada as a dentist, as well as connect you with many of the networks and job opportunities in their local area.

If you do not wish to take the exam but would rather finish a degree completion program (university degree), you can work with these same institutions or apply to any of the high-quality schools and universities available in Canada.

You may be eligible for a student visa while completing your education which is another foot in the doorway to immigrate to Canada as a dentist.

Step 5 - Complete all Paperwork and Applications

This is what we will refer to as the “fuzzy part.” To put it bluntly, this paperwork requires a spate degree on its own. There is a lot of bureaucracy in the Canadian government that requires exact documentation and details in order to verify all parts of your application process.

We highly suggest working with an immigration attorney or one of the dental organizations listed in our other blog posts to complete this step.

Step 6 - Practice!

With everything else completed, a certification in your pocket, and a dental work offer on the horizon. You are now ready to practice dentistry in Canada. The last thing you will need to do is make your way to Canada and activate your visa.

Getting Connected with an Immigration Consultant

When you are deciding how to immigrate to Canada as a dentist, you should engage the services of an immigration consultant. These are known as RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) and have been given the designation as experts in their fields.

Hiring an RCIC practically guarantees that you will successfully navigate the ever-changing immigration policies, laws, and visa opportunities currently being offered to your profession.

FAQs

Can you immigrate to Canada as a dentist? 

Yes! Not only are you capable of immigrating as a human being, but a dental background has high demand and opens more opportunities than others.

What about if I am from India? 

There is a vibrant Canadian-Indian community throughout the country. You will find a lot of support when moving to Canada as an Indian dentist.

Can I bring my family with me as I immigrate to Canada? 

Yes, as a visa holder, you are able to pass on your immigration to your spouse and children automatically. If your partner has advanced skills or education, you actually benefit by moving as a family.

Will I be selected to immigrate to Canada as a dentist? 

The Express Entry candidate pool is highly competitive. It involves CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) points to determine your rank inside the pool. Getting a job offer, having a solid educational background, proving working experience, and more increases your chance of being selected in the PNP program or express entry.

Do I have to have a job offer in order to immigrate to Canada as a dentist? 

There are three main ways to immigrate to Canada as a dentist:

♦   Using Express Entry

♦   With a valid job offer or arranged employment from a Canadian based employer

♦   Under the PNP or RPNP programs

How much money do I need to have? 

This will vary wildly on your own personal circumstance. We can tell you that the cost for the Express Entry program will be roughly $2,300 CAD for an individual and $4,500 CAD for a couple.

This does not include settlement funds which start at $13,000 CAD for an individual.

That is the amount of money the government wants to see you have available after moving.

Why is it so easy to immigrate to Canada and not the US? 

Canadian cities depend on the immigration population. Unlike the US, Canada embraces its immigrants to bolster the labor market. This is also why Canada has one of the most reliable currencies in the world.

Are there age requirements? 

This is another “fuzzy area” of immigration. The best ages are going to be between 25-35 because those are viewed as having a lot of work years ahead of them where people are contributing to the overall economy.

However, there are no age limits on immigration as Canada recognizes the value in older immigrants because of their experience and skills.

Wrapping it Up

Learning how to immigrate to Canada as a dentist is a long and complex process. There are a lot of steps you need to follow and comprehensive paperwork that must be verified and filled out with a high level of accuracy.

We strongly encourage you to follow up with an RCIC for the complete details, but we hope this guide has offered the basic overview so you can get the ball rolling.

As always, be sure to check out the rest of our site for more information.

We are the leading source of info for ITDs looking to build a new life in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

 

Karen Nunez is a practicing dental health care professional in Alberta, Canada. She's passionate about educating her readers on achieving optimum dental health through extensive research on the latest dental topics and providing science-backed product recommendations. Her mission to help Internationally -trained dentists integrate in Canada makes her a difference maker in her field.

In her free time, you can find her glued to her favorite Paulo Coelho books and concocting the best chocolate cupcakes her loved ones go crazy about.

 

About The Author:

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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5 Best NDEB Canada Training Institutes for Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD)

Canada- the land of maple syrup, fresh air, and a provincial kindness known the world over is actively seeking more dentists. Overseas-trained dentists are now eligible for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Worker Immigration Program. That means if you have the qualifications and are willing to take the NDEB Canada exams, you too could find a new life in one of the most beautiful and naturally resource-rich countries in the world.

Over the last few decades, more and more of the public has been waking up to the fact that quality dental health is critical to the entire body. Nearly 1 in 4 adults aged 20-64 have cavities in the US alone. So it only makes sense that the demand for quality dental care and professionally trained dentists is rising.

Canada is one of the best places for Internationally Trained Dentists (ITDs) to immigrate. It is considered a leading economy as far as income and starting salaries. Not to mention the food is fantastic, people are friendly, and the culture is surprisingly diverse.

So as an ITD seeking your Canadian qualifications, how do you get started? Where do you find the answers to how to become a dentist in Canada?

Luckily you landed in our community because we have put together a stellar list of the best 5 coaching centers that will take you from newly arrived immigrant to dental superstar in no time. First, a little background.

What is the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) Canada Exam Process?

The individual steps you will need to succeed are going to depend on your background, dental education, and country of origin. There are subtle differences in dental practice between a South American country and a European country, and finding that happy middle ground while ensuring you have Canadian-based training and dental education is essential.

In general, you can expect these steps:

♦   Go to the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) website and create a login account.

♦   Fill out the forms on the website and submit all required documents.

♦   Take the AFK (Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge)

♦   Either take the ACJ or NDECC Exams. Otherwise, you’ll need to take a Degree Completion Program.

♦   Go through the Certification Process by taking the NDEB written exam and OSCE exam.

There are other subtleties about the pathways for how to become a dentist in Canada for internationally trained dentist (ITDs) that you can read more about from our blog post here.

That may seem like a massive amount of info, and you’re right. It is. The good news is that you can get help from qualified and experienced dental centers that specialize in helping internationally trained dentists through the immigration and qualification process.

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How to Improve Your Memorization and Recall

Preparing for your AFK exam does not have to feel like a giant mountain to overcome, especially when you take advantage of time-saving, high-yield memory tricks from the expert team at Rememberology.

This is a dedicated service specializing in helping dental students and ITDs prepare for various licensing exams through the benefit of different mnemonic devices that improve memorization and recall.

With so many new candidates entering the Canadian dental system, you could use every bit of help needed to succeed.

Instead of continually studying for hours, only to have essential facts and figures fall out of your memory.

Rememberology provides detailed memorization support that allows you to feel confident taking any of Canada’s dental exams.

Topics include everything from oral pathology to pharmacology, anatomy, and orthodontics. All are structured with the specific exams you need to succeed in mind.

Time to transform your next study session with the advanced power of a team dedicated to your dental future.

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Here is our list of NDEB Canada Review Centers for foreign-trained dentists

1 - Prep Doctors Institute - Best International Experience

Prep Doctors was founded in 2011 and offer preparatory courses targeting the NDEB exams, specially designed for foreign trained dentists. This is an organization full of dentists and specialists from all over the world coming together to help infuse the Canadian dental world with highly trained and qualified licensed dentists.

This is an excellent company if you are entirely new to the Canadian culture and need advice from people who have been in your shoes before. They offer a ton of bespoke dental sciences courses and are a Certified Educational Institution by the Canadian government with an A+ rating from the BBB, meaning they deliver on their promise of quality.

ITDs that use Prep Doctors are twice as likely to pass the NDEB’s clinical skills and situational judgment exam because this center focuses on simulating the exam environment as much as possible.

Students' Reviews (Source: Prep Doctors Facebook Page)

♦   Sarah Salem           - I highly recommend prep doctors for sure! They helped me to pass AFK, ACJ and I just passed my ACS from the first attempt with all A/A+ results! I can't thank enough everyone in the team for feeling like a family, helping and leading us to success step by step.

♦   Ali Al-Ezzi              - Huge thanks to PrepDrs team for all the hard work they put into the ACS Course, their course is well structured, sufficient, and exam-oriented. The staff is very friendly. Strongly Recommended.

 

2 - Scholars Dental - Highest Rated Dental Center

The first thing you’ll notice about Scholars Dental is their commitment to the AFK exam. This is the first step after signing up for Canadian qualification as an internationally trained dentist that requires some real work.

With Scholars Dental, you get a personalized learning plan that combines live sessions, online videos, and flexible payment plans that you can use from anywhere in the world. We like this dental center because it is a great barometer for figuring out if the move to Canada will be right for you or not.

Before you spend a lot of resources moving to Canada and trying to find a place to live, it makes sense to use a dental center like this to ensure you are really ready.

The dental institute offers a free consultation before you begin so you can learn more about funding and payment options.

Students' Reviews (Source: Prep Scholars Dental Facebook Page)

♦   Nada Oag                                  -  Best decision I made was to go along with this course! Big thank you to Dr. Ahmad, Dr. Hajer, and                                                               Dr. Sherief for simplifying things for us.

♦    Dr.Nikita Shubham Gupta   -   The best decision for my dental career path in Canada was to join Scholars. Can never
                                                              thank enough Dr. Ahmed Hafez and Dr. Hajar for constantly being there. Thank you for                                                                                everything.

3 - CIDE Online - Best Value and Financial Aid

CIDE is a smaller dental center focused on rotating course schedules and availability. They may not pack the punch of a larger organization, but they still offer all the quality information you need to pass your qualifications as a foreign trained dentist.

This is a great organization if you have a lot of financial needs and are looking for immediate placement after completing your NDEB exams and the whole process. CIDE partners with a lot of local businesses and dental practices, so they have a pre-built network of employers that can at least point in the direction of a future placement.

If you are interested in CIDE, call them and ask about their Early Bird Discounts or any upcoming coupons. They seem to always be offering some sort of discount. That is probably because they are so well tuned in to the need for qualified dentists - especially ITDs.

Tuition starts at $2,500+hst, but there are discounts available.

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4 - ConfiDentist - Best All-Around Program

The nice thing about ConfiDentist is the brand messaging and access to incredible resources. This dental center may not have all the bells and whistles of an entire dental school, but it comes incredibly close.

When you study how to become a dentist in Canada, you need access to in depth clinical resources, technology, practical classrooms, and more. Those are all available with ConfiDentist. They place a high value on mock testing and practical skills, which many ITDs find refreshing as the quickest way to learn something new is to physically give it a try.

Tuition runs anywhere from $1,000 and up depending on the course work you wish to take. We highly suggest checking ConfiDentist out through its social media. They have a decent presence that will give you valuable insight into whether or not this is the dental center for your ITD transition to a fully qualified and certified Canadian dental practice.

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5 - DSTC Dental - Best for Canada & USA

Most dental centers in Canada will instruct ITD students about the NDEB exams as well as some information about practicing in the United States. DSTC Dental wraps that education into their programming from the beginning. If you are an ITD looking to learn how to become a dentist in Canada with your sights set on eventually going to the USA, this may be your best option.

DSTC has the exam prep and technical equipment needed to get you through the tests of NDEB examination.  They also have a heavy presence in India which is helpful as Indian-Canadians have the highest volume of immigrants moving into the country. It really helps to have a dental center that leans more towards the country Canada receives the most internationally trained dentists from.

DSTC does not have as many locations as some of the other centers on our list, but hits the big three in Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver. They are a little on the higher side as far as fees are concerned at around $4,350 CAD for the NDECC program, but you also get access to an extensive student alumni network which helps you secure a placement after completing your credentials.

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Your Source of NDEB Canada Information for Foreign-Trained Dentists

We hope this post has been helpful and directed you towards a quality future as a Canadian dentist. Every one of these centers can offer you a lot of help, guidance, and training needed to pass the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) Canada exams and qualifications.

If you would like to learn more about the entire process of immigrating to Canada with your dental background, be sure to browse the rest of our website.

We are the number one trusted source for ITDs looking to navigate the process of how to become a dentist in Canada and are constantly updating our site with the latest tools, resources, and support you need.

Do us a big favor. When you do contact these dental centers, let them know we sent you over. There is always an opportunity to grow with these fantastic organizations so we can create a smooth transition for all ITDs as they make a move to the natural beauty and incredible culture of Canadian living.

Thank you again, and good luck!

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

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Admit it, you’ve probably stood in front of the mirror dreaming of the perfect smile. A true eye magnet. We all have. 

But the sheer cost and time of traditional orthodontic treatment make it nothing more than a pipe dream.

But what if it didn’t have to be? 

Enter at-home clear aligners. 

Yes, even some parts of dentistry have moved online. Who would’ve thought? Now, you can get straighter without stepping a single foot out of the house. And no, your dentist doesn’t set up shop in your living room, but they can send you some life-changing products to bring out a new you. 

In this comprehensive guide, we'll talk about the ins and outs of at-home teeth alignment treatment and shed light on why it’s important, how the process works, and the best at-home aligner brands to look out for.  

What Are Invisible Braces or Clear Aligners?

Also known as invisible aligners, clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment for misaligned or crooked teeth. They apply constant pressure on your teeth to gradually move them into shape like braces. But unlike braces, they’re virtually invisible and removable. An aligner tray is customized for every patient, depending on the degree of tooth misalignment (malocclusion).

Types Of Invisible Braces

The following are the three types of invisible braces:

Clear Aligners

These are the most popular and widely-used types of invisible braces. They consist of clear plastic trays, each slightly smaller than the previous one, to gradually move your teeth into place.

Trays apply low-force pressure to the teeth and advance them over time. It takes an average of 18 months for this process to complete.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are basically the same as clear aligners regarding how they work and what they achieve. Unlike their plastic counterparts, however, ceramic braces are made from a thin layer of ceramic that makes them more aesthetically pleasing than clear aligners.

Although metal braces are more visible, clear ceramic brackets make them far less. These may take as little as six months to show results.

Lingual Braces

Like traditional braces, lingual braces employ a bracket-and-wire design to align teeth and repair bite problems. These types of braces attach to your tongue side (underside) rather than the fronts like other kinds.

Lingual braces are almost invisible and make for a much more aesthetically-pleasing look, but there’s one major drawback: they can be pretty uncomfortable.

What Material Are Invisible Braces Composed Of?

Clear and ceramic braces are made of transparent thermoplastic acrylics, making them more aesthetically pleasing than metal braces. They can be removed while drinking & eating though you may experience discomfort when wearing the trays for long periods.

When Do I Need Clear Aligners?

Perhaps you’re tired of metal braces and don’t like the way they look. If that’s the case, you should definitely consider investing in invisible or clear aligners instead.

Or perhaps your teeth are still growing, and traditional braces could threaten your growth plates.

However, dental aligners are capable of treating a variety of different cases. If you have one of the following conditions, then you could be a good candidate for aligners:

»   Crowded Teeth - Also known as malocclusion, crowded teeth are when the upper and lower jaws don’t line up properly. This can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and gum recession. It Happens in small mouths, where teeth overlap one another, stick out, and/or get pushed inside.

»   Crooked Teeth - Teeth that don’t stand front-faced and straight are considered crooked. It may happen when you’re still growing, but it can also indicate more significant problems in the jaw or skull.

»   Diastema - Small or large gaps between the teeth are known as diastema. Minor spaces can develop in any mouth area, but they are frequently seen between the two upper front teeth.

»   Overbites - The upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth to form an overbite. Overbites are generally caused when the upper jaw is too big for the lower one, but it can also signify an unbalanced bite.

»   Underbites  -Lower front teeth overlap with the upper front teeth to form an underbite. This is normally caused when the lower jaw is too small for the upper one, but it also happens due to an unbalanced bite.

»   Open Bites - It’s called an open bite when the outward-slanting front upper and lower teeth don’t touch one another. This is usually caused by excessive over or underbite.

»   Misaligned Primary (Baby) Teeth - Clear aligners may be used during phase I orthodontic treatment to make room for the developing permanent teeth and existing baby teeth. Suitable for children between ages 6 to 10.

In-Office Aligners vs. At-Home Aligners

Clear aligners come in two types:

The most popular option among aligners is in-office alignment. These aligners must be received from a licensed doctor and more intensive treatment. 

At-home aligners, also known as direct-to-consumer aligners, are less expensive than in-office aligners. Since the application and treatment are completed remotely (your aligner is delivered), you won’t have to visit a dentist or orthodontist for checkups. It’s the future of clear aligners. 

At-home and in-office aligners are both made from clear, medical-grade, BPA-free plastic (BPA-free products are those that do not contain the organic chemical Bisphenol A in their construction.). Some aligners may or may not touch your gums. With a ‘scalloped’ design, the trays sit comfortably along your gum line, making the trays less irritating and even more invisible. 

The gum line is not trimmed in other aligners (most options at home). As a result, they partially cover your gums and might cause more irritation at first. But most people aren’t bothered by it as the discomfort is minor. For this article, we’ll be talking about at-home aligners.

How To Get Dental Aligners? - The 4-Step Process

 

If you’re looking to straighten teeth, you’re probably also curious to know how the entire dental alignment transaction works. In this short section, we outline the process for getting your at-home invisible aligners:

1. Get a Customized Treatment Plan

The first step is to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist or order online for an impression kit. In person, a dentist will examine your teeth and scan your mouth, or for the at-home teeth aligning treatment, you can send back the impression kit with the mold of your teeth (after biting into the “goopy putty”). 

An individualized treatment plan will then be developed—we won’t bore you with this part; just let the experts handle it.

2. Your Aligners Are Made and Delivered

Using 3D technology, your custom treatment plan will be digitally created once your teeth impressions from the goopy putty have been inputted. Following approval of the digital models, the aligners are made in a production facility.

As soon as you accept treatment, the process begins. It can take up to 3 weeks for some aligner brands to ship you the product. The preliminary impression kits usually take less time to reach your door. 

3. Wear and Replace Your Aligners Accordingly 

You’ll replace your aligner trays every one to three weeks (they’ll be sent to you periodically). For teeth straightening to be effective, you need to wear them for about 20 to 22 hours a day.

Single aligners can only move teeth slightly (1 mm or less), so multiple aligners are needed.

The teeth will slowly move into the correct position with each set of aligners. You’re looking at anywhere between 3 and 24 months to complete the treatment. 

4. Flex That Smile at Day, Keep It Conditioned at Night

Once treatment is complete, a custom retainer is created from a mold of your newly straightened teeth. These nighttime aligners are meant to be worn every night while sleeping to ensure your teeth don’t slowly move back to their original position. 

 

6 Reasons Why Should I Get Clear Aligners

 

1. Get a Straighter Smile Without Visible Braces Comfortably

At-home aligners are practically invisible. With a custom treatment plan, your teeth will move almost imperceptibly to you and others—save for the increase in your smile’s brilliance.

These appliances are almost undetectable when worn on the teeth since the aligners don’t require brackets and metal wires. 

If you have many interactions with others and your smile plays a big role, clear aligners can help maintain your confidence and approachability

Aesthetic dental anomalies have shown to be a strong motive for bullying children, especially affecting their upbringing and social development. That includes braces themselves. So people who suffer from social anxiety and insecurities can take the subtler route with invisible aligners and fix their teeth.

2.  An Affordable and Convenient Option

Straightening teeth was previously both expensive and time-consuming. Fortunately, today’s invisible aligners provide a less expensive alternative.

You don’t have to go anywhere for any procedures. Instead of spending time at the orthodontist’s office, you can get the procedure done in your home—no hassle or time wasted.

3. They Are More Convenient to Use

Unlike traditional braces that restrict your menu options to foods like hard, chewy, and brittle, clear aligners can be taken out while you eat.

4.  Less Risk of Chronic Conditions and Injuries

Your oral and overall health can be negatively affected by misaligned teeth. Overcrowding can result in excessive wear and tear on your enamel since they’re grinding on each other so much. Teeth that protrude can also cause discomfort in your mouth and even lead to speech problems and headaches

Not to mention, misaligned teeth and jaws have been shown to affect mental health, especially in children and teenagers who get bullied for crooked teeth and thus have low levels of confidence and self-esteem. 

On a more positive note, clear aligners treatment has been shown to improve periodontal health significantly. 

5.  Easier to Maintain Proper Dental Hygiene

Clear aligners have been shown to facilitate oral hygiene and reduce the number of appointments and emergency visits

Besides taking out the aligners when you want to eat, removable clear aligners allow you to clean your gums, teeth, and other dental parts thoroughly. 

And, the removable aligners themselves can be cleaned separately, so you won’t have to try and maneuver your toothbrush around delicate wires and brackets.

6.  Reduced treatment times-  Results in as little as 12 Months!

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Compared to metal braces, clear aligners may reduce treatment time by half. Clear aligners usually treat your alignment problem in as little as twelve months, while traditional metal braces can take over two years to work.

But only your dentist can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and treatment time estimate based on your alignment issues.

 

 

 

 

 

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Best Clear Aligner Brands: Your Best Options

You’ve learned all you need to know about clear aligners. Now, you might be looking for directions. Where do you go to buy the best invisible braces? In this section, we’ve reviewed the best possible options based on public approval and service. 

1. NewSmile

NewSmile is a pretty recent company founded in early 2020—but they skyrocketed to stardom for their fantastic service. With NewSmile, you can have clear aligner treatment designed remotely and administered from the comfort of your own home.

Pricing$1899/ yr or $83/ mo (As of Jun. 12, 2022)
Night aligners Pricing$2099/yr or $91/mo (As of Jun. 12, 2022)
Treatment Length4 mos-10 mos
TeleDentistryYes
0% Down PaymentAvailable with a monthly plan.
Impression Kit$89
ShippingFront Door Delivery
Impression Kit Free Shipping

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Pros

»   NewSmile costs $1,499. Even though this isn't the absolute cheapest option available for teeth alignment in Canada, it still represents thousands of dollars less than braces or Invisalign, as well as nearly $800 less than SmileDirectClub. 

»   You can keep track of your progress with the NewSmile Aligner Monitoring App. 

»   The NewSmile customer satisfaction rating is excellent. Even though they don't have as many customer reviews as some of their competitors, we were able to find more than 100 reviews of their services, most of them positive.

»   If at the end of your treatment, your smile does not match the one in your treatment preview, NewSmile will "work with you to identify the cause, and will help you achieve the results you desired."

Cons

»   You might not be getting the most specialized treatment since they use a team that includes both orthodontists and general dentists.

»   Nighttime-only aligners from NewSmile cost $200 more, even though they’re exactly the same as the all-day aligners.

2. SmilePath

SmilePath is another at-home invisible aligners provider. They’re unique because they make clear aligners financially accessible to anyone, even if their credit score needs some work. 

Simply make an order online and send your molded teeth to them. They’ll evaluate your eligibility and send you image previews for what your teeth might look like at the end of the treatment. Like what you see? They’ll start making your aligners as soon as you approve and ship them to you within a few weeks. 

Pricing$1499 - one time
$84/mo (18 mos)
$234/mo (6 mos)
(As of Jun. 12, 2022)
Night aligners Pricing$1599 - one time
$89/month (18 mos)
$284/month (12 months)
(As of Jun. 12, 2022
Treatment Length6 mos. - 8 mos.
TeleDentistryYes
0% Down PaymentAvailable for an 18-month plan.
$295 for 12-month plan
$299 for Night Aligner 12-month plan

Impression Kit$55
ShippingFREE shipping within Australia
(Up to 3 weeks)

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Pros

»   As an additional convenience, SmilePath offers a nighttime option so that you can wear your aligners only at night.

»   The pricing for at-home clear aligners from SmilePath is the lowest available. Additionally, they frequently provide discounts on their website, which further cut their great rates.

»   They have an excellent customer service team that can answer all of your tough questions professionally and politely.

»   They use high-quality plastic aligners produced by supplier Retainer Essix, with over 15 years of industry experience. 

Cons

»   While some of their competitors offer free tooth scanning in their physical offices, SmilePath requires you to make your own molds of your teeth.

»   Although SmilePath aligns your teeth more quickly than braces or Invisalign, it is not the fastest option. Other brands can complete the alignment in only three months, while SmilePath usually takes at least six months.

»   The aligners won't arrive as quickly as others, so you might have to begin your treatment a week or two later compared to other providers.

3. Straight My Teeth

As the lowest price provider, Straight My Teeth makes treatment affordable for a wide range of people without compromising quality. Alongside affordability, at-home clear aligner companies like Straight My Teeth eliminate all in-person checkups, a true godsend during the pandemic. 

Pricing£799 - one time
£110/mo (6 mos) with £339 Downpayment
(Price as of Jun. 12, 2022)
Night aligners Pricing£899 - one time
£125/mo (6 mos) with £399 Downpayment
(Price as of Jun. 12, 2022)
Treatment Length4 mos-8 mos
TeleDentistryYes
0% Down PaymentNo
Impression KitIncluded in one-time price.
£44.99 separately

Shipping(12-14 business days)

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Pros

»   Straight My Teeth has the lowest prices on the market by far. For your full treatment, you'll only pay £999 (or less if you catch a sale). The fee also includes one set of aftercare retainers and a whitening kit.

»   Retainer Essix manufactures the plastic for Straight My Teeth aligners, a reputable and established dental supply company.

»   Their customer service staff is consistently praised for their responsiveness and professionalism in online reviews.

»   On par with the industry average, treatment takes an average of 6 months.

Cons

»   You might not be working with the most qualified professional on your case when you visit Straight My Teeth as they have unlicensed dental technicians on staff.

»   Refinements cost an additional £150 if you are unsatisfied with your results at the end of treatment.

4. AlignerCo

AlignerCo is relatively young as far as home aligner companies are concerned. So far, they have flown under the radar in the U.S. and Canada since opening their doors in May 2019. 

Although they have not had any marketing campaigns like SmileDirectClub, they have generated some buzz by offering prices well below the industry standard, quickly establishing themselves as an affordable service.

Pricing$895 - One-time payment which includes Impression kit and a set of Retainers
Night aligners Pricing$1095- one time
Treatment Length4 mos - 8 mos
TeleDentistryYes
0% Down PaymentAvailable with a 12-month plan
Impression Kit$55
ShippingUp to 3 weeks

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Pros

»   Everyone can apply for the SmileFlex Easy plan since there is no credit check (although it requires a $345 down payment).

»   Among all the companies offering at-home aligners, AlignerCo's $1,635 sticker price is easily one of the lowest, and sometimes they run promotions that further cut the price.

»   All AlignerCo aligners are made from Essix plastic, a reputable and experienced dental products company.

»   Anyone who does not wish to wear their aligners all day can opt for the Night Only treatment offered by AlignerCo.

»   Customers consistently praise them for their attentive, helpful service.

Cons

»   To begin your treatment, you will need to order an impression kit from AlignerCo since it doesn’t have any physical locations offering free tooth scans.

»   On their website, AlignerCo claims to offer orthodontist-designed treatment plans, but they actually use both orthodontists and dentists. Both are highly qualified to design and oversee your treatment, but if you are sure you want to work with an orthodontist, AlignerCo might not be the best option for you.

»   Compared to some of its competitors, AlignerCo may be a bit slower with delivery and treatment.

»   Their shipping policy is foggy, and their impression kits aren’t eligible for returns.

Some Things to Look Out for With Clear Aligners

Clear aligners can be amazing. But there are some drawbacks, too. We mention them in this section:

They’re Not for Everyone

For starters, clear aligners are not the best option for those with severely crooked or misaligned teeth. In cases where they must be gradually repositioned upward or downward for better alignment with the rest of your mouth, conventional braces get the job done more effectively.

Clear aligners, studies show, we’re also not as effective in producing adequate occlusal contacts (where your teeth meet when your mouth is closed), controlling teeth torque, and retention.

Aligners Require Your Cooperation

The success of clear aligners depends heavily on the patient’s cooperation. You may want to remove them more often than necessary due to their ease of removal. 

To have successful alignment and keep pace with your treatment schedule, your clear aligners should be left in your mouth for at least 22 hours daily for the duration of your treatment. As long as you leave them in, other than for eating or brushing, you can easily stay in control of your progress. 

However, if you have a strong tendency to keep taking them out, traditional metal braces might be better since they cannot be taken out at will.

You’ll Need to Do More Brushing and Flossing

You won’t have to change the details of your oral hygiene routine. You can still use your regular toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash. But you’ll need to use them more frequently—after every meal specifically. 

Imagine wearing clear aligners, and the spinach from lunch is trapped between your teeth for everyone to see. Not only is that a socially lousy look, but if you don’t remove all of the plaque and food particles from your teeth, you’re more likely to develop cavities as they remain there for a longer time.

What to Look Out For When Choosing an Aligner Brands? - Buyer’s Guide

Picking out the right clear aligner brand can be challenging, especially when you consider over 20 different invisible braces companies of the same type of transparent braces. Here are some things to consider when buying an aligner:

Adequate Research

Doing some research first before you buy would be a smart move. You might find out that your dentist can recommend or provide the service at a discounted rate, so ask him/her first.

Treatment Process Should Be Simple

An easy-to-understand treatment plan is extremely important. You’ll want to make sure that your clear aligner brand has a proven track record of successful results but also understands the importance of your time and money. A treatment plan with minimal visits can save you some bucks and some time.

Make Sure They Will Give Revisions If Needed

Not all clear aligners are one-time wear products, so if you’re not getting your teeth aligned to your liking, you can get them adjusted or readjusted. Be sure to ask the brand/office about this detail before you sign up for their service.

Warranty and Money-Back Guarantee

You should check if the brand offered you a money-back guarantee and warranty in case something goes wrong.

Customer Reviews

How Others Rate Them?

Conduct some research on the transparent aligner brands you are interested in. See if their track record is effective or not, read customer reviews, check for unfavorable feedback and, more.

Does The Brand Have Any Unfavorable Feedback?

Stay away from brands that have a lot of unhappy customers voicing their complaints online.

Competitive Price

A lower price tag is always better. But don’t choose an aligner brand based on its price alone. Quality matters more than quantity, so check out which clear aligner brands offer the best combination of quality and low cost.

And for this article, we have researched to find the best product that can help you in your oral treatment.

FAQs On Best Clear Aligners

What are the major distinctions between traditional braces and invisible/clear aligners?

The most crucial difference is that invisible aligners are removable. You can take them out anywhere you want, which means people won’t be able to see your treatment as they would with braces. 

Invisible aligners also allow for a much faster treatment time, about six months to one year, depending on the severity of the situation and how well they have been fixed.

Whereas the orthodontist will connect a metal bracket to each tooth with traditional braces. These brackets are held in place by a metal wire, correcting any misalignment. Because the braces are fastened in position, they move your teeth all of the time. Furthermore, they can utilize orthodontic appliances to repair significant issues.

Are invisible braces safe for your teeth?

In any case, for the most part, they are safe. The appliances can cause some discomfort in your mouth, but it’s not a big deal. Along these lines, if you do have a question about side effects caused by invisible aligners or any other sort of braces, you should ask your dental specialist.

What are Invisible braces costs and average treatment time?

The cost of invisible aligners varies based on your situation. On the off chance that you have a little issue, the treatment time will likely be less than six months. In any case, you might need to wear them for up to a year if you have a severe issue with your teeth.

Conclusion

We’ve looked at four of the best clear aligner brands on the market and found that all offer significant reductions in treatment time compared to traditional braces.

While invisible aligners are not for everyone, they can be an excellent option if your teeth aren’t severely crooked. If you’re looking for a fast, easy way to get your teeth straightened without spending months in braces, then clear aligners may be the perfect choice for you.

From this blog post, you can better understand what they offer without wasting too much time poring over reviews or trying them yourself. So if you want to achieve a beautiful smile in as little as six weeks, then one of these top-rated brands is worth considering.

So don’t wait any longer. Order your best clear aligners today!

 

Karen Nunez is a practicing dental health care professional in Alberta, Canada. She's passionate about educating her readers on achieving optimum dental health through extensive research on the latest dental topics and providing science-backed product recommendations. 

In her free time, you can find her glued to her favorite Paulo Coelho books and concocting the best chocolate cupcakes her loved ones go crazy about.

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How to Become a Dentist in Canada – An Easy and Simple Guide for ITDs

For international students and ITDs, how to become a dentist in Canada can be a lengthy and costly. With so many steps involved, it’s easy to feel lost and overwhelmed. We’re here to help!

This guide will cover how to become certified by the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) and start practising as a Canadian dentist. 

The route to NDEB certification will depend on a few factors:

– Where you received your dental education

– Whether you want to be a licensed general dentist, specialist, or both

If you need more personalised help, we recommend contacting an immigration consultant for help.

Here’s how to become a dentist in Canada for Internationally Trained Dentists.

How To Become a Dentist in Canada

IDTs who want to become a licensed general dentist and graduated from a non-accredited general dentistry program will need to follow the steps below to become a dentist in Canada.

Step 1: NDEB Equivalency Process

The NDEB Equivalency Process can be a long, tedious and costly for ITDs. First, you must apply and be approved before you can begin taking exams.

Let’s take a look at the NDEB Equivalency Process step by step.

  1. Create an NDEB Login

The first step is to create an NDEB profile. Your online profile will allow you to submit all necessary documents and start the Equivalency Process.

To create your profile, you will need:

-A passport-style photograph in JPG or PNG format

-A valid credit card

Of course, you will also need access to a laptop or desktop computer.

When filling out the form to create your profile, the NDEB will ask you several questions, including your:

1. Graduation date

2. Graduation school

3. Name and address

4. Unit side (left or right-handed)

If your school isn’t listed in the dropdown menu, you will need to contact NDEB to find out your next steps.

  1. Fill Out and Submit All Required Documents

Once you have created your profile, you can begin submitting all of the required documents and the Confirmation of Degree Completion Form. Don’t worry, the NDEB provides detailed instructions on how to submit all of your documents.

The NDEB also provides a detailed list of the documents you need, what they are and their acceptable forms.

Additionally, you will need to sign, date and submit the Equivalency Process Required Documents Form. The form is just to verify that you:

-Acknowledge and understand the documents you need to submit

– Authorise the release of your academic record information to the NDEB

Basically, the Board is looking for documents that verify:

Your Credentials

» Confirmation of Degree form, which you will send to the university from which you graduated. Your university will fill out part of the form, and send the completed document back to the NDEB office.

» Official academic record with the original university stamp and the university official’s signature. If you attended multiple universities, you must send your official academic record from each one.

» Original final dental degree that was awarded on the date of your graduation in its original language. Please note that provisional degrees, letters of completion, certificates and graduation statements are not acceptable.

» Translation of academic record (if applicable). If your academic record was recorded in a language other than English or French, you must provide a verbatim translation by a certified translator.

» Internship completion certificate in the original language it was issued. This document is only required if your dental program required an internship to obtain your final degree. Also, if your academic record shows clinical work, then an internship completion certificate is not required.

Your Identity

» Government issued photo ID, such as a foreign passport, Canadian driver’s license or Canadian passport.

» Name change documentation (if applicable). Documentation will also be required if your legal name is different from any names that appear on your documents. A legal name change document, marriage certificate or sworn affidavit will suffice. The NDEB provides detailed information on acceptable documents for name changes.

Once your documents have been submitted, they will go through the verification process. Credential verification is a multi-step process that can take some time, so be patient. If there’s an issue with any of the documents, the NDEB will contact you and provide you with information on how to fix the problem.

You can also view the status of your documents through your online profile.

When all of your documents have been accepted and approved, you can finally register for the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK) exam.

  1. Take the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK)

The AFK is the first exam in the Equivalency Process. You will need to get a passing score (75) before taking any other exams in the Equivalency Process.

Here’s what you need to know:

⇒ The AFK will test your knowledge of applied clinical science and biomedical science.

⇒ The exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions.

⇒ The AFK is broken into two parts. Each part lasts two hours.

⇒ There are two exam formats: electronic (at Prometric testing sites), and booklet format (at select testing sites).

To take the AFK, you must:

⇒ Register, and pay the fees for the exam. The costs for this exam are $800.If you’re taking a paper exam, no other steps are required.

⇒ For electronic exams, you will need to schedule your exam through the Prometric website.

The NDEB provides detailed information about what you can expect when taking the AFK, including the check-in process and question formats. You can view their booklet in PDF format here.

You can also take an online self-assessment to see if you’re ready for the AFK exam.

After the AFK exam, you have two routes you can take:

⇒ Take the ACJ and ACS/NDECC exams, OR

⇒ Complete a Qualifying and Degree Completion Program

Option 1: ACJ and ACS/NDECC Exams

  1. Take the Assessment of Clinical Judgment (ACJ)

The purpose of the ACJ exam is to gauge your ability to make a diagnosis and clinical decisions. It will also focus on oral radiology and your ability to make radiographic interpretations and diagnoses.

Here’s what you need to know:

⇒ The ACJ is an intense exam that lasts 5 hours with a 30-minute break.

⇒ The test consists of 120-150 multiple-choice questions.

⇒ Each section will have questions related to case-based diagnosis, clinical decision-making and treatment planning.

Paper exams are not available for the ACJ. You will need to:

⇒ Register for the exam and pay the fee through your NDEB profile. The fee for this exam is $1,350.

⇒ Schedule your seat time with Prometric.

  1. Take the Assessment of Clinical Skills (ACS)/NDECC™

The ASC (now known as the NDECC™ or National Dental Examination of Clinical Competence) will test your clinical skills on simulated patients.

Here’s what you need to know:

⇒ The ACS/NDECC spans two days.

⇒ You will be asked to perform 12 dental procedures on manikins in a clinical environment.

⇒ The fee for the exam is $9,000.

Under previous rules, you were only permitted to take the ACS a maximum of three times. Starting in 2022, examiness can take the NDECC™ as many times as they need within a five-year period.

The NDEB has created a helpful video that explains (in great detail) what to expect during the ACS.

Option 2: Qualifying and Degree Completion Programs

The AFK is required, but you can choose Qualifying and Degree Completion Programs as an alternative to the ACJ and ACS exams.

These are known as bridging programs, and they help internationally trained dentists  become familiar with dentistry in Canada and the country’s dental practices.

Bridging programs typically span 5-6 months. Once completed, students can enroll in the second or third year of a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program. Completing the DDS program will take 2-3 years.

Not every university offers a bridging program, and those that do may have different entry requirements. It’s important to contact an institution first to determine whether they offer this program and their requirements to entry.

Once completed, you will be eligible for the NDEB Certification Process. You can view a list of programs here.

Step 2: The NDEB Certification Process

You’re halfway there! Once you have gone through the Equivalency Process, you can then go through the Certification Process to become licensed and start practising.

There are three steps in the Certification Process:

  1. Take the NDEB written exam
  2. Take the OSCE exam
  3. Obtain your certificate and license
Certification Process Exam Fees

Before we get into details about each step, let’s talk about fees. Here’s what you’ll need to pay:

⇒ NDEB written exam: $1,000 ($1,100 if outside North America)

⇒ OSCE exam: $1,000 ($1,100 if outside North America)

⇒ Application fee: $450

Once you have paid the fees and passed the exams, you will be issued an NDEB certificate.

  1. Take the NDEB Written Exam

The NDEB exam will test your knowledge of applied clinical science and basic science.

Here’s what you need to know:

⇒ The exam consists of 300 multiple-choice questions.

⇒ The testing period spans two 150-minute sessions. One session is administered in the morning, and the other in the afternoon.

You can take the exam up to three times. It’s worth the time and effort to focus on NDEB exam preparation and ensure that you’re ready to take the exam.

  1. Take the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

The OSCE is similar to the ASJ. It will assess different aspects of clinical judgment, including:

⇒ Making a diagnosis

⇒ Treatment planning and methods

⇒ Prognosis

⇒ Clinical decision making

Here’s what you need to know:

⇒ The exam will be administered in two parts, both on the same day.

⇒ The OSCE will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions and one constructed response.

⇒ Each question will have up to 15 answers, and one or more may be correct.

⇒ You will be askedto review case information to answer questions, such as case history, photographs, dental charts and radiographs.

The NDEB provides a PDF with detailed information on preparing for the exam and what to expect on your exam day.

  1. Obtain Your Certificate and License

Once you have passed the written exam and the OSCE, you will be able to obtain your NDEB certificate.

If you chose the Qualifying and Degree Completion Programs route, you must also provide proof of graduation. However, if you went through the Equivalency Process, proof of graduation won’t be necessary.

Once you’re certified, you can contact the Dental Regulatory Authorities (DRA) about licensing.

2023 Changes to the Certification Process

NDEB Canada will be changing the Certification Process starting in 2023 with the launch of the NDEB Virtual OSCE. The new exam will combine the written exam and the OSCE into one exam that will be administered electronically in one day.

Costs and Considerations for ITDs

The road to becoming a dentist in Canada is a long and difficult one for ITDs. However, if it’s your dream to live and work in Canada practising dentistry, then it will be worth every penny and minute spent on exams, studying and preparation.

Still, it’s important to consider the less obvious costs of becoming a licensed dentist in Canada. In addition to exam fees, you must also consider:

⇒ Cost of living: Don’t forget that you will need to cover the costs of living in Canada. This will likely mean that you will need to work part-time or full-time while saving for and preparing for your exams.

⇒ Time: The Equivalency Process and Certification Process will take time. You may need time off of work or to go part-time in order to have the time for preparation, study and self-assessments.

The time commitment is just as concerning as the cost of living and exam fees. Many ITDs ask, “How long does it take to become a dentist in Canada?” Unfortunately, it’s difficult to provide an answer simply because every student is different.

It can take 18 weeks just to verify your documents to create an NDEB profile. The time it takes to go through exams will largely depend on whether or not you pass on the first try. Some exams are only given twice per year, so the entire process from start to finish can take years.

Simply put, to become a dentist in Canada as an ITD, you must be committed and prepared to invest the time and money into the process. However, it’s well worth the effort to obtain your certification and license. 

Stay tuned for more helpful and informative articles about ITDs!

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How To Get Rid of Bad Breath Permanently

#1 Remedy for Bad Breath and Mouth Odor

We’ve all had our fair share of bad breath at some point. Whether it’s morning breath or, more serious, chronic conditions, bad breath is unpleasant for those around you (surprise, surprise) and detrimental to your health. 

You’ll know you’re guilty of it when alongside the bad breath odor, you have a residing bad taste in your mouth–which can be either from trapped food particles or an underlying condition. Whichever symptom, it’s uncomfortable, undesirable, and unhealthy.   

So in this short read, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about bad breath’s causes, risks, fixes and prevention, and when to see a dentist. 

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Why do I have bad breath? (Causes)

Poor oral hygiene

Every time we eat, our mouths have bacteria that break down food particles trapped in between the teeth or mouth. It’s handy, but the combination of decaying food and bacteria also produces bad breath. So if you don’t brush, rinse, and floss to pick out the sneaky food remains, you’re letting the harmful bacteria multiply in your mouth. That stinks. 

Irregular brushing also causes plaque build-up, which is another culprit for bad breath odor. The unhealthy build-up can cause cavities and periodontal disease–if there were a way to snowball bad breath, perio breath would be it. 

Lastly, if you have dentures and don’t clean them regularly, bad breath will find you, too.

Sinus, mouth, or throat conditions

You could also develop bad breath if you have certain oral conditions. Such as:

»   Sinus infection/bronchitis/postnasal drainage: the mucus developed in any of these conditions, like your infected sinus, smells bad. So, as it drips out of the sinuses or backs down the throat while your mouth is open (since your nose is usually congested), it meets the air you’re exhaling–from where it transfers to your breath. 

»   Dry mouth: saliva deficiency also causes bad breath. The saliva in our mouths cleans it and removes particles that may cause bad odors. You can increase saliva flow for a dry mouth and keep your mouth moist by drinking more water during the day, sucking sugarless lozenges, or chewing sugarless gum.

Smoking

Smoking can cause bad breath because the tobacco smoke itself lingers on your breath well after you’re done with the cigarette. It also dries up your mouth, which, as mentioned in the previous section, causes bad breath because there’s no saliva to clean up the mouth. Lastly, smoking or even chewing tobacco-based products causes gum disease–another source of bad breath.

Stenchy foods and beverages

Some foods, like garlic and onions, have strong odors, and when your stomach absorbs their oils during digestion, they pass into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs. 

Diseases

♦   Diabetes: higher glucose levels promote bacteria growth, infection, and thereby bad breath. It’s also harder to fight infection if your blood sugar is high–so your gums are more susceptible to disease with slower recovery. 

♦   Kidney disease: bad breath is a common oral symptom because the dysfunctional kidney can’t filter out the excessive urea in the bloodstream.   

♦   Liver disease: if your breath has a strong, musty smell, then it could be a sign that your liver is having trouble filtering out toxic substances.

♦   Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD): a medical condition where your stomach contents like undigested food, bile, and stomach acid reflux up your esophagus–leaving residue around your mouth and mixing with oral bacteria to make the foul breath odor stronger.  

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How to get rid of bad breath (tips & treatments)

Bad breath is already unsettling and disgusting as it is, and the probability of disease is greater. As if that’s not bad enough, it can also impact your body image and self-confidence. You may have even noticed yourself being anti-social or distant, so people don’t have to be around your smelly breath. 

Low self-esteem won’t help you make valuable relationships with others. So there goes a nice social life, too.

You have all the reason to say “screw you” too bad breath and no reason to let it go on. The following are tips and treatments for getting rid of bad breath. 

 

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Proper oral hygiene for bad breath prevention

For most people, poor dental hygiene is one of the leading causes of bad breath. So, the solution? Good oral hygiene, of course. It can eliminate existing bad breath and prevent it from recurring in the future. We cover what that entails here:

♦   Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes–as that’s the optimal time to make sure your teeth are cleaned thoroughly. An electric toothbrush is also advisable because it’s more effective in removing dental plaque and improving gingival health

♦   Flossing your teeth can help minimize bad breath by removing hard-to-reach food remains and regulating bacteria and plaque build-up in the gums.

♦   Mouthwash will only temporarily mask bad breath if you use it without brushing–but using it in conjunction with brush and floss has been shown to reduce plaque. Look for an antiseptic mouthwash that can reduce or control plaque over a cosmetic one (strictly for fresh smell). Also, try to stay away from alcoholic mouthwashes that can dry the mouth, and as aforementioned, salivary deficiency can lead to bad breath. 

♦   Professional dental cleaning may be required if the situation is beyond DIY methods. Dental hygienists have advanced tools and training to thoroughly clean your mouth,  and give you a fresh start. 

Treat the diseases causing lousy breath

If conditions or diseases are causing your bad breath problem, then your situation is just as much a physician’s problem as a dentist’s. In other words, you need to treat the medical issues that are causing bad breath odors as a byproduct. 

Photodynamic therapy (PDT)

Halitosis has recently been treated with antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (PDT). Basically, photosensitizers (light-absorbing molecules) absorb a specific wavelength of visible light–which triggers a series of reactions that ultimately transfer energy to a bacterium’s oxygen molecules, killing the cells within.  

PDT has demonstrated promising results in treating bad breath. Unlike chemical mouthwashes, tongue scrapers, chewing gum, sprays, or tablets that may cause excessive tongue excoriation with transudation and desquamation, there are zero reports of adverse effects or toxicity from PDT

When to seek professional help

If your bad breath is persisting after all the troubleshooting, check in with your dentist. With professional advice, you can discover what may be causing the problem. After a thorough dental exam and cleaning, your dentist can help rule out any oral health concerns and provide advice on the next steps. That includes dental products to use, dental hygiene instructions, and referrals to other medical providers if need be.  

Bad breath can be annoying. But, now you know its potential origins and what to do about it. You’re equipped with the proper knowledge to fight and prevent bad breath. 

 

 

About The Author:

Karen Nunez was born in Valenzuela, Philippines. She received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila.

Karen currently is a practicing oral health care professional based in Alberta, Canada; and runs a Blog where she writes a slew of articles to empower internationally trained dentists to integrate into Canadian dentistry.

Read more of her blogs here.

 

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8 Best Dental Products of 2022

You're reading this blog post because you want to have beautiful teeth and a beautiful smile. It's the new year, and it's time for your resolutions!

In this post, we'll go over 8 product reviews of dental products for the year 2022.

We'll include tips on how to take care of your mouth (teeth and gums) as well as practical recommendations on which products will work best for what type of person or lifestyle.

So read through our list below and by the end, you should have an idea about which one is right for you!

Ready? Let's go.

Whitening Kits

First, whitening kits are the best option for those who want to use professional-grade whitening treatments at home. 

With enough supplies for at least weeks or months of regular use, things like these can bring out a before-and-after smile that will undoubtedly impress anyone on the receiving end. 

If you already have an idea of your loved ones' favorite brands then all the better. If not, don't worry—we offer some below. 

As long as the manufacturer's instructions are followed, hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide-based tooth whitening are shown to be safe and effective

Smile Brilliant Whitening Kit

 

We know that the best way to get a whiter smile is through professional whitening. But, not everyone can afford it! That’s why we created Smile Brilliant – so you can have your own teeth whitened in the comfort of your home for less than half of what most dentists charge. Our kits are customized to fit your needs and budget.

 You don't need an expensive dentist appointment or any special training - just follow our simple step-by-step process at home with our easy-to-use kit. In just two weeks, you'll see a noticeable difference in how white your teeth look! Plus, if you're not satisfied with the results after using all of the gel provided by us, we will refund 100% of what you paid for this package! No questions asked. So give it a try today and let us help make sure that every time someone looks at your smile they say “wow” instead of “hmm…”

Smile Brilliant is the first company to bring customized whitening kits directly to your door. Our business model cuts out dentist inefficiencies and passes savings onto you. You can choose how much gel you need, as well as whether or not your teeth are sensitive. We’re here for everyone!

With our easy-to-use at-home kit, we make it easier than ever before to get a brighter smile without having to go through the hassle of visiting a dentist. If you have any questions about our products or services, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

If you're looking for a heavy-duty whitening system that can take on even the darkest stains, look no further than Smile Brilliant's T9 NON-SENSITIVE SYSTEM. This system is perfect for those who drink coffee, tea, or wine regularly, or smoke – and don't want to sacrifice their teeth' natural sensitivity in the process. Plus, at 27 applications of whitening gel, this system offers great value compared to other brands.

 

Looking to achieve brighter, pearly whites without any of the sensitivity that often comes with other whitening products? Smile Brilliant has the perfect solution – our T6 NON-SENSITIVE SYSTEM! This set is perfect for those with average stained teeth and includes everything you need to get started: custom-fitted trays and 18 applications (top and bottom) of whitening gel. Plus, with regular use, you can enjoy brighter teeth in as little as two weeks!

 

The T3 NON-SENSITIVE SYSTEM (light stains) is the perfect product for those who are looking to achieve a bright smile without having any pain or sensitivity. The best part about this system, aside from its ease and effectiveness in removing stains - which we all know can be difficult sometimes-, is that it doesn't have natural side effects on your teeth because nothing gets applied near them; so you'll never develop cavities or get an infection!

 

When it comes to a brighter smile, the first step is making your impressions. Backed by science and made in-house at our lab using custom-fitted trays mail everything back for us within 3-5 business days so we can craft an accurate build around what you need! Once complete whiten & relax with white energy-free products included as well as a carefully engineered gel that works best on each individual's dental needs

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A toothbrush upgrade makes an excellent gift for someone who has already invested in at-home whitening treatments.

That's because a great electric toothbrush can help support the process by behaving like a personal tooth brushing coach for cleaner, whiter teeth. 

Compared to their manual counterparts, electric toothbrushes are specially designed to more effectively fight plaque and stains more effectively, promote better gum health, and increase saliva production. The added stimulation from a powered toothbrush promotes better blood flow to the gums, making them stronger.

If the studies weren’t enough, we interviewed a practicing dentist recently, Dr. Roswin Grewal, in his opinion of electric toothbrushes:

“I recommend patients use an electric toothbrush as it can be easier to use and does a better job of cleaning. They’re worth the initial investment, and I recommend any oscillating brush.”

 

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The cariPRO™ Electric Toothbrush is another top electric toothbrush on the market. Designed with a non-slip, anti-splash ergonomic grip, this brush is ready to go as soon as you are with five brush modes on standby:

  • Clean
  • White
  • Massage
  • Gum care
  • Sensitive 

Don't worry about wires, either, since the cariPRO toothbrush comes with a mobile wireless charging dock so that you can space it to your needs. 

Thanks to its angled and tufted DuPont™ bristles, it’s capable of polishing away stains and plaque without irritating teeth or gums. And because it comes with two different brush heads with a tongue scraper, two members in the family can use it—even more if you order more brush heads. 

 

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Water Flossers

Another great gift for those who cherish their teeth whitening treatments is a water flosser.

The use of oral irrigators can reduce gingival inflammation and better clean around dental implants, which is why they’re preferred over floss. Plus, it's the perfect combination to keep both gums and teeth healthy and strong—which everyone loves!

Dr. Roswin Grewal - a practicing dentist in Calgary;  AB, Canada says,

Water flossers are an excellent way to flush your teeth, get rid of germs, and fend off acid attacks. They’re engineered to reach the deepest crevices of your teeth and use high-pressure water to rinse them out. 

It’s like flossing, but way more fun and effective. 

Dental care tips from Dr. Roswin  Grewal

 

 

It is important to brush twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Also flossing is just as important, if not more important than brushing. It is commonly not a priority for people! Brushing cannot clean between the teeth and only flossing can clean these areas. Flossing can be a tough habit to build, if you are a person that does not floss at all you will need to start somewhere! I recommend patients to build the habit slowly with baby steps, flossing say 1 or 2 specific days a week, and then eventually the goal is to build the habit to be flossing daily! 

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3 REASONS TO TRY A cariPRO™ WATER FLOSSER

1. Stop messing with string - flossing is annoying!  And wasting time on a silly string can be even worse, so why not just do it? It's easy and painless (not to mention more effective) than dental picks or other methods of plaque removal; plus you'll feel better about your breath when others compliment the cleanliness in their mouth from seeing how well-groomed yours has become over time. 2x More.

2. A premium water flosser is the perfect way to keep your teeth clean and healthy. It's even more effective than string, with 3 times as much dental benefit for implants or braces! You have nothing risk-taking this product - it comes right at your doorstep so there will be no surprises come check-up time when Dr.'s say "wow look what you did!"

3. The flossing ritual will be a thing of the past, as you'll have two times more success when it comes to implants and braces (vs string-based). Your mouth is going from being healthy enough for just about anything.

 

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Mouthguards

Are your loved ones active, and do they play dangerous sports? Or do they grind their teeth at night? Get them the oral protection they need to keep their beautiful smile intact with mouthguards or nightguards. 

A quality mouthguard protects the gums, teeth, and jaw from injuries while playing sports or participating in other activities where injuries are most likely to happen.

Just make sure to clean your mouthguards periodically and not wear them all the time. Mouthguards, over time, could trap bacteria on the gum’s surface,  which could grow plaque or harmful bacteria in the mouth. 

Now admittedly, the gifting aspect is a bit tricky since, for some brands, you'll need to send the company your oral impressions before getting your mouthguard made. So it's a bit of a giveaway, but a worthy one, nonetheless.

Remi’s Custom Night Guards

Remi’s Custom Night Guards is an affordable, comfortable option that's great for those who want something that'll last and work well.

These custom-made nightguards by dental professionals feature an ultra-thin design with the highest quality material to ensure comfort and security even when you're sleeping. 

The Remi Custom Night Guards also cover the front teeth instead of just the back, so you won't have to worry about shifting while you sleep. And for the late-night teeth grinders out there, these mouthguards are great for protecting your teeth.

They're a reliable brand that delivers in 2-4 business days in the U.S. along with a 30-day money-back guarantee. New mouthguards are delivered every six months, though you'll have to spend $49 for them.

 

Smile Brilliant Night Guards

Do you grind your teeth at night?

If so, it’s time to stop the damage and save on costly dental bills. Smile Brilliant Nightguards are custom-made for you by a dentist in just two weeks. They protect your teeth from grinding while allowing you to talk and drink water. You can even wear them during sleep! And with our 100% satisfaction guarantee, there’s no risk in trying them out today.

With over 40 million Americans suffering from bruxism (teeth grinding), this is an epidemic that needs to be stopped immediately before more damage is done! Stop the pain now with Smile Brilliant Nightguards - get yours today!

 

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Oral Probiotics

The best way to keep your oral and sinus health in check? Rejuvenate! This all-natural formula helps fight plaque build-up, decay & presents the ultimate solution for bad breath. It also supports natural immune defenses by building new bacteria that reside within our bodies’ mucosa (the thin layer of closely related tissue found just beneath the outer surface). With this product you can expect improved gum wellness as well enhanced dental hygiene overall – it will be like nobody else knows what they're missing out on until then…

Your mouth contains over 700 species of bacteria, and a healthy microbiome is crucial to your overall well-being. Good or bad? You decide! The Science Of A Healthy Mouth will teach you all about the difference between good vs bad guys in terms on oral health: 

Good Bacteria (Lactobacillus Plantarum) are those naturally occurring types that fight off invasive microbes like plaque and tartar while maintaining our natural balance; they're also known as natural flora which helps protect against dental cavities - not so much if there's an imbalance because then we might end up having more cavity problems than ever before...then again once things get back into proper order with these helpful bugs

Good bacteria are the natural inhabitants of your mouth that keep the bad stuff in check. They help fight off invasions from outside microbes and maintain a healthy microbiome, which leads to better breathless plaque accumulation- healthier gums as well as enhanced immunity for ears noses throat infections (ENT).

Bad bacteria

Plaque and tartar buildup is a common dental problem that can lead to serious health problems if left unchecked.

The bad news is, these bacteria are very hard to remove from your teeth. They’re protected by an outer membrane that prevents antibiotics from penetrating the film on your teeth. Even when you brush regularly, plaque and tartar buildup continues to accumulate because brushing alone doesn’t get rid of enough bacteria or their waste products. 

Dental probiotics are designed specifically for oral health care and have been shown in studies to reduce plaque formation by up to 50%. They also help promote natural tooth remineralization while reducing cavities caused by acid erosion (decay). In addition, they fight gingivitis-causing bacteria with regular use. You can even add them into your daily routine without having any side effects like other dental treatments since they're completely natural!

Most of us don’t realize that the health of our mouths and sinuses is directly linked to our overall health. 

We all know that we should take probiotics, but it can be hard to remember or find time to do so. Also, most probiotic supplements have a limited shelf life which means you need to keep buying more expensive products regularly. 

 

CariPRO™ Dental Probiotics is an easy way for everyone in your family (including pets) to get healthy bacteria delivered right where they need it – their mouth! Unlike other oral care products on the market, cariPRO™ uses patented technology that delivers live cultures directly into the dental biofilm and saliva without ever touching teeth or gums. This provides maximum protection against cavities and gum disease while also strengthening immunity throughout the body. Plus, with a 2-year shelf life, there’s no reason not to use this product daily!

 

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Conclusion

Remember: if you want to give the perfect gift this year, be sure to choose one that'll truly help your loved ones achieve long-lasting oral health for life.

And no matter what their favorite color is, chances are they'll appreciate anything that does just that. It’s also a great, sure-fire way to make Santa’s nice list because who doesn’t love a beautiful smile? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Nunez is a practicing dental health care professional in Alberta, Canada. She's passionate about educating her readers on achieving optimum dental health through extensive research on the latest dental topics and providing science-backed product recommendations. During her free time, you can find her glued to her favorite Paulo Coelho books and concocting the best chocolate cupcakes her loved ones go crazy about.

 

 

Dr. Roswin Grewal was born and raised in Calgary; Alberta, Canada He completed his dentistry degree at the University of Sydney in Australia. He first practiced in the rural town of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia prior to coming back to Canada. He likes to travel, exercise, play sports such as basketball, ice hockey, and swimming. He also enjoys reading and learning new things!

 

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Best Clear Aligners (Invisible Braces)

Admit it, you’ve probably stood in front of the mirror dreaming of the perfect smile. A true eye magnet. We all have. 

But the sheer cost and time of traditional orthodontic treatment make it nothing more than a pipe dream. But what if it didn’t have to be? 

Enter At-Home Clear Aligners

Yes, even some parts of dentistry have moved online. Who would’ve thought? Now, you can get straighter, whiter teeth without stepping a single foot out of the house. And no, your dentist doesn’t set up shop in your living room, but they can send you some life-changing products to bring out a new you. 

In this comprehensive guide, we talk about the ins and outs of at-home teeth alignment treatment and shed light on why it’s important, how the process works, and the best at-home aligner brands to look out for.  

What are Clear Aligners?

Known also as invisible aligners, clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment for misaligned or crooked teeth. Like braces, they apply constant pressure on your teeth to gradually move them into shape. But unlike braces, they’re virtually invisible and removable.

An aligner tray is customized for every patient, depending on the degree of tooth misalignment (malocclusion).

When do I need aligners?

Dental aligners are capable of treating a variety of different cases. If you have one of the following conditions, then you could be a good candidate for aligners:

Crowded teeth (happens in small mouths, where teeth overlap one another, stick out, and/or get pushed inside)

Crooked teeth (teeth that don’t stand front-faced and straight)

Diastema (small or large gaps between the teeth)

Overbites (upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth)

Underbites (lower front teeth overlap with the upper front teeth)

Open bites (outward-slanting front upper and lower teeth that don’t touch when mouth is shut)

Misaligned primary (baby) teeth (to make room for the developing permanent teeth and existing baby teeth, clear aligners may be used during phase I orthodontic treatment. Suitable for children between ages 6 to 10)

In-Office Aligners vs. At-Home Aligners

Clear aligners come in two types:

The most popular option among aligners is in-office alignment. These aligners must be received from a licensed doctor, and treatment is more intensive. 

At-home aligners, also known as direct-to-consumer aligners, are less expensive than in-office aligners. Since the application and treatment are completed remotely (your aligner is delivered), you won't have to visit a dentist or orthodontist for checkups. It’s the future of clear aligners. 

At-home and in-office aligners are both made from clear, medical-grade, BPA-free plastic.

Some aligners may or may not touch your gums. With a 'scalloped' design, the trays sit comfortably along your gum line, which makes the trays less irritating and even more invisible. 

In other aligners (most options at home), the gum line is not trimmed. As a result, they partially cover your gums and might cause more irritation at first. But most people aren't bothered by it as the discomfort is minor. 

For this article, we’ll be talking about at-home aligners.

Getting Your Dental Aligners: The 4-step Process

If you’re looking to straighten your teeth, you’re probably also curious to know how the entire dental alignment transaction works. In this short section, we outline the process for getting your at-home invisible aligners:

1. Get a customized treatment plan

The first step is to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist or make an order online for an impression kit. In person, a dentist will examine your teeth and scan your mouth, or for the at-home teeth aligning treatment, you can send back the impression kit with the mold of your teeth (after biting into the “goopy putty”). 

An individualized treatment plan will then be developed—we won’t bore you with this part; just let the experts handle it.

2. Your aligners are made and delivered

Using 3D technology, your custom treatment plan will be digitally created once your teeth impressions from the goopy putty have been inputted. Following approval of the digital models, the aligners are made in a production facility.

As soon as you accept treatment, the process begins. It can take up to 3 weeks for some aligner brands to ship you the product. The preliminary impression kits usually take less time to reach your door. 

3. Wear and replace your aligners accordingly 

You'll replace your aligner trays every one to three weeks (they’ll be sent to you periodically). For teeth straightening to be effective, you need to wear them for about 20 to 22 hours a day.

Single aligners can only move teeth slightly (1 mm or less) so multiple aligners are needed.

With each set of aligners, the teeth will slowly move into the correct position. You’re looking at anywhere between 3 and 24 months to complete the treatment. 

4. Flex that smile at day, keep it conditioned at night

Once treatment is complete, a custom retainer is created from a mold of your newly straightened teeth. These retainers are meant to be worn every night while sleeping to ensure your teeth don’t slowly move back to their original position. 

Why Should I Get Clear Aligners? 

They are invisible

These appliances are almost undetectable when worn on the teeth since the aligners don’t require brackets and metal wires. 

If you have many interactions with others and your smile plays a big role, clear aligners can help maintain your confidence and approachability

Aesthetic dental anomalies have shown to be a strong motive for bullying for children especially, which can affect their upbringing and social development. That includes braces themselves. So people who suffer from social anxiety and insecurities can take the subtler route with invisible aligners and fix their teeth. 

They are more convenient to use

Unlike traditional braces that restrict your menu options to foods like hard, chewy, and brittle, clear aligners can be taken out of a case while you eat, so you can eat any food you want while wearing them.

Less risk of chronic conditions and injuries

Your oral and overall health can be negatively affected by misaligned teeth. Overcrowding can result in excessive wear and tear on your enamel since they’re grinding on each other so much. Teeth that protrude can also cause discomfort in your mouth and can even lead to speech problems and headaches

Not to mention, misaligned teeth and jaws have shown to affect mental health especially in children and teenagers who get bullied for crooked teeth, and thus have low levels of confidence and self-esteem. 

On a more positive note, clear aligners treatment has shown to significantly improve periodontal health. 

Easier to maintain proper dental hygiene

Clear aligners have been shown to facilitate oral hygiene and reduce the number of appointments and emergency visits

Besides taking out the aligners when you want to eat, removable clear aligners allow you to clean your gums, teeth, and other dental parts thoroughly. 

And, the removable aligners themselves can be cleaned separately, so you won’t have to try and maneuver your toothbrush around delicate wires and brackets.

Reduced treatment times

Compared to metal braces, clear aligners may reduce treatment time by half. Clear aligners usually treat your alignment problem in as little as twelve months, while traditional metal braces can take over two years to work.

But only your dentist can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and treatment time estimate based on your individual alignment issues.

Some Things to Look Out For With Clear Aligners

Clear aligners can be amazing. But there are some drawbacks, too. We mention them in this section:

They’re not for everyone

For starters, clear aligners are not the best option for those with severely crooked or misaligned teeth. In cases where they must be gradually repositioned upward or downward for better alignment with the rest of your mouth, conventional braces get the job done more effectively.

Clear aligners, studies show, were also not as effective in producing adequate occlusal contacts (where your teeth meet when your mouth is closed), controlling teeth torque, and retention.

Aligners require your cooperation

The success of clear aligners depends heavily on the patient's cooperation. You may want to remove them more often than necessary due to their ease of removal. 

To have successful alignment and keep pace with your treatment schedule, your clear aligners should be left in your mouth for at least 22 hours daily for the duration of your treatment. As long as you leave them in, other than for eating or brushing, you can easily stay in control of your progress. 

However, if you have a strong tendency to keep taking them out, traditional metal braces might be better since they cannot be taken out at will.

You’ll need to do more brushing and flossing

You won't have to change the details of your oral hygiene routine. You can still use your regular toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash. But you’ll need to use them more frequently—after every meal specifically. 

Imagine wearing clear aligners and the spinach from lunch is trapped between your teeth for everyone to see. Not only is that a socially lousy look, but if you don’t remove all of the plaque and food particles from your teeth, you’re more likely to develop cavities as they remain there for a longer time.









Popular Invisible Aligner Brands: Your Best Options

You’ve learned all you need to know about clear aligners. Now, you might be looking for directions. Where do you go to buy the best clear aligners? In this section, we’ve reviewed the best possible options based on public approval and service. 









1. NewSmile

NewSmile is a pretty recent company founded in early 2020—but they skyrocketed to stardom for their fantastic service. With NewSmile, you can have clear aligner treatment designed remotely and administered from the comfort of your own home.

Pricing $1499/ yr or $79/ mo (As of Jan. 03, 2022)

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Night aligners Pricing $1699/yr or $88/mo (As of Jan. 03, 2022)
Treatment Length 4 mos-10 mos
TeleDentistry Yes
0%  Down Payment Available with a monthly plan. 
Impression Kit $89
Shipping Front Door Delivery

Impression Kit Free Shipping

Pros

NewSmile costs $1,499. Even though this isn't the absolute cheapest option available for teeth alignment in Canada, it still represents thousands of dollars less than braces or Invisalign, as well as nearly $800 less than SmileDirectClub. 

You can keep track of your progress with the NewSmile Aligner Monitoring App. 

The NewSmile customer satisfaction rating is excellent. Even though they don't have as many customer reviews as some of their competitors, we were able to find more than 100 reviews of their services, most of them positive.

If at the end of your treatment, your smile does not match the one in your treatment preview, NewSmile will "work with you to identify the cause, and will help you achieve the results you desired."

Cons

You might not be getting the most specialized treatment since they use a team that includes both orthodontists and general dentists.

Nighttime-only aligners from NewSmile cost $200 more, even though they’re exactly the same as the all-day aligners.

 

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2. SmilePath

 SmilePath is another at-home invisible aligners provider. They’re unique because they make clear aligners financially accessible to anyone, even if their credit score needs some work. 

Simply make an order online and send your molded teeth to them. They’ll evaluate your eligibility and send you image previews for what your teeth might look like at the end of the treatment. Like what you see? They’ll start making your aligners as soon as you approve and ship them to you within a few weeks. 

Pricing $1399 - one time 

$78/mo  (18 mos)

$117/mo  (12 mos)

(As of Jan. 03, 2022)

Night aligners Pricing $1499 - one time

$84/month (18 mos)

$142/month (12 months)

(As of Jan. 03, 2022)

Treatment Length 6 mos. - 8 mos.
TeleDentistry Yes
0%  Down Payment Available for an 18-month plan.

$295 for 12-month plan

$299 for Night Aligner 12-month plan

Impression Kit $55
Shipping FREE shipping within Australia

(Up to 3 weeks)

Pros

As an additional convenience, SmilePath offers a nighttime option so that you can wear your aligners only at night.

The pricing for at-home clear aligners from SmilePath is the lowest available. Additionally, they frequently provide discounts on their website, which further cut their great rates.

They have an excellent customer service team that can answer all of your tough questions professionally and politely.

They use high-quality plastic aligners produced by supplier Retainer Essix, with over 15 years of industry experience. 

Cons

While some of their competitors offer free tooth scanning in their physical offices, SmilePath requires you to make your own molds of your teeth.

Although SmilePath aligns your teeth more quickly than braces or Invisalign, it is not the fastest option. Other brands can complete the alignment in only three months, while SmilePath usually takes at least six months.

The aligners won't arrive as quickly as others, so you might have to begin your treatment a week or two later compared to other providers.

 

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3.Straight My Teeth

As the lowest price provider, Straight My Teeth makes treatment affordable for a wide range of people without compromising quality. Alongside affordability, at-home clear aligner companies like Straight My Teeth eliminate all in-person checkups, a true godsend during the pandemic. 

Pricing £654 - one time

£45/mo (12 mos) with £359 Downpayment

(Price as of Jan. 03, 2022)

Night aligners Pricing £704 - one time

£50/mo (12 mos) with £399 Downpayment

(Price as of Jan. 03, 2022)

Treatment Length 4 mos-8 mos
TeleDentistry Yes
0%  Down Payment No
Impression Kit Included in one-time price. 

£44.99 separately

Shipping (12-14 business days)

Pros

Straight My Teeth has the lowest prices on the market by far. For your full treatment, you'll only pay £999 (or less if you catch a sale). The fee also includes one set of aftercare retainers and a whitening kit.

Retainer Essix manufactures the plastic for Straight My Teeth aligners, a reputable and established dental supply company.

Their customer service staff is consistently praised for their responsiveness and professionalism in online reviews.

On par with the industry average, treatment takes an average of 6 months.

Cons

You might not be working with the most qualified professional on your case when you visit Straight My Teeth as they have unlicensed dental technicians on staff.

Refinements cost an additional £150 if you are unsatisfied with your results at the end of treatment.

 

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4. AlignerCo

AlignerCo is relatively young as far as home aligner companies are concerned. So far, they have flown under the radar in the U.S. and Canada since opening their doors in May 2019. 

Although they have not had any marketing campaigns like SmileDirectClub, they have generated some buzz by offering prices well below the industry standard, quickly establishing themselves as an affordable service.

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$1135 - One-time payment which includes Impression kit 

               and a set of Retainers

Night aligners Pricing Check Latest Price 

$1235- one time

Treatment Length 4 mos - 8 mos
TeleDentistry Yes
0%  Down Payment Available with a 12-month plan 
Impression Kit $55
Shipping Up to 3 weeks

Pros

Everyone can apply for the SmileFlex Easy plan since there is no credit check (although it requires a $345 down payment).

Among all the companies offering at-home aligners, AlignerCo's $1,635 sticker price is easily one of the lowest, and sometimes they run promotions that further cut the price.

All AlignerCo aligners are made from Essix plastic, a reputable and experienced dental products company.

Anyone who does not wish to wear their aligners all day can opt for the NightOnly treatment offered by AlignerCo.

Customers consistently praise them for their attentive, helpful service.

Cons

To begin your treatment, you will need to order an impression kit from AlignerCo since it doesn’t have any physical locations offering free tooth scans.

On their website, AlignerCo claims to offer orthodontist-designed treatment plans, but they actually use both orthodontists and dentists. Both are highly qualified to design and oversee your treatment, but if you are sure you want to work with an orthodontist, AlignerCo might not be the best option for you.

Compared to some of its competitors, AlignerCo may be a bit slower with delivery and treatment.

Their shipping policy is foggy, and their impression kits aren’t eligible for returns.

 

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ALIGNERCO Clear Aligners

Conclusion

At-home clear aligners are a new era. They’re budget-friendly, convenient, and intuitive—if you buy from the right brands, that is. Not to mention, they’re a safer and more sanitary option to in-office alignment during the pandemic. 

After reading, you’re now fully informed about at-home clear aligners and what to expect if you order from the best brands. The road to straighter teeth has never been straighter. Start flexing a newborn smile in no time with clear aligners delivered to your doorstep. 

 

Karen Nunez is a practicing dental health care practitioner in Alberta, Canada. She's passionate about educating her readers on achieving optimum dental health through extensive research on the latest dental topics and providing science-backed product recommendations. During her free time, you can find her glued to her favorite Paulo Coelho books and concocting the best chocolate cupcakes her loved ones go crazy about.

 

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Got A Dry Mouth? Learn the Causes, Symptoms, & Treatments Today

Do you have a mouth as dry as the Sahara?

It's not the best feeling in the world, to say the least. The doctors call it Xerostomia. And it occurs when your salivary glands are slacking on the job (they're not producing enough saliva in your mouth).

Your mouth becomes parched. It feels dry. And if that wasn't bad enough, it can cause other symptoms like bad breath, dry throat, and cracked lips that are unkissable. It’s rough (pun intended). But more on the side effects later.

Saliva is an important part of your body's digestion processes: it moistens and breaks down food. Your oral goo is also protective, dare we say obsessive, about your dental health, working day and night to protect your mouth against gum disease and tooth decay. So when enough of it isn’t being produced in your mouth, it can be cause for concern. 

Don’t fret too much, a dry mouth has its effects but it’s not the end of the world. Though it could be a symptom of a more serious underlying medical problem, it’s usually fixable.

So, between the cracked lips and a potential Alzheimer's scare, it's needless to say that treating your dry mouth is paramount. And in this article, we're going to layout the symptoms, shed light on the causes of dry mouth, and suggest research-backed products to treat that dry feeling.

Your dry mouth will be gone in no time. Ready? Let’s get started.

How can I tell if I have a dry mouth?

Some people may be able to spot a dry mouth right away. Others may be experiencing it, but not know their condition exactly. If you have the following symptoms, as indicated by a study published in the National Library of Medicine, you could very well have a dry mouth:

  • A dry or sticky feeling in your mouth
  • Thick, stringy saliva—a sign of dehydration
  • Chapped lips
  • Bad breath
  • You may have difficulty chewing, speaking, and swallowing. A dry mouth can also affect your taste buds, leaving a metallic, salty, or other taste in your mouth
  • Your throat may feel dry and sore, with hoarseness to it
  • A dry and grooved tongue

If you're worried about your dry mouth symptoms, the best-qualified professional is a dentist. As part of your dental appointment, your dentist will check both your mouth and teeth for signs of dry mouth syndrome and any related problems, such as tooth decay.

 


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What is causing my dry mouth?

You might be curious about what exactly is causing your dry mouth. Some culprits are active lifestyle choices, others are more passive and out of your control. Either way, if you have a dry mouth, it's worth looking into the causes for troubleshooting.

How can I get rid of my dry mouth?

So now that you know the symptoms and causes of a dry mouth, the next obvious question becomes what to do about it. Luckily for you, we've gathered five research-backed products that can help treat dry mouth quickly and easily.

Remember that if you have underlying oral health problems, it would be advisable to consult a dental professional to provide advice or more appropriate prescription drugs to suit your needs.

Rinse with Special Mouthwash

Mouthwash is great for improving oral hygiene and freshening your breath, but special kinds of mouthwashes can also help resolve a dry mouth.

 

Check Out Biotene Oral Rinse

The Biotene Oral Rinse Mouthwash contains Xylitol, an ingredient well-known and well-researched to significantly promote salivary flow–thereby combatting xerostomia. Just know that some people have reported digestive side effects if it accidentally enters their system since the sugar alcohols can pull water into your intestine or get broken down by gut bacteria.

 

 

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Check Out Xylimelts Oral Disc

OraCoat is a renowned, pioneering producer of XyliMelts, which are disc-shaped pills (containing Xylitol–surprise, surprise) that you can take to promote saliva production when you're awake and asleep. The patented formula slowly releases ingredients after ingestion that enter the bloodstream to induce more salivary flow into the mouth. It's 100% naturally made, sweet-flavored, and lasts 4-8 hours.

 

 

Pop a Dry Mouth Lozenge

The ACT Dry Mouth Lozenges with Xylitol has a soothing mint flavor freshening your breath and is always ready to go like a pack of gum. Lozenges have been shown to decrease xerostomia symptoms and stimulate the salivary glands–specially formulated with Xylitol, ACT's dry mouth lozenges can effectively increase saliva flow and keep your mouth moist.

 

 

Brush with the Right toothpaste

Sensodyne is a trusted brand that is known for its toothpaste when treating teeth sensitivity and dry mouths. In addition to cavity protection, enamel repair, and breath freshening, the Sensodyne Pronamel toothpaste was formulated with dry mouth sufferers in mind.

It was engineered with the right mix of ingredients to combat a dry mouth. For example, toothpaste contains Betaine, a key ingredient researched to stimulate saliva flow and relieve symptoms of a dry mouth. Dry mouth toothpaste like Sensodyne can help moisturize and soothe your rough oral areas.

 

Consider a humidifier for your living space

If the surrounding air in your room is dry, it can result in dry nasal passages and mouths. Sadly, no oral supplements or mouthwash can help us out of that mess. In this case, a good ol' humidifier may be the way to go.

It works by increasing humidity levels in your home so the ambient air is moister. Aside from being able to breathe better, the dispersed water vapor and mist helps soothe symptoms of a dry mouth and throat.

The AquaOasis™ Cool Mist Humidifier {2.2L Water Tank} is ultra-quiet with an adjustable 360º rotating nozzle and enough power to cater to larger rooms. That way you can sleep in peace while tending to your dry mouth or hang out in your living room without worrying about dry air impacting your mouth.

Parting Words

All in all, the products mentioned above are strongly recommended and medically reviewed to help treat a dry mouth. You can learn more and purchase any of them on Amazon to get them fast and securely to your doorstep.

Again, if you have any health conditions that you have doubts about regarding your body's reaction to the products (for most, highly unlikely), then it's best practice to consult your family physician or dentist. If dry mouth problems persist, it can be worth investigating whether there's an underlying problem like salivary gland dysfunction.

Now that you're educated and equipped with the right set of knowledge and products, you can manage dry mouth like a pro and ensure your mouth feels nothing remotely close to the Sahara desert ever again.

 

 

 

 

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Dealing with Bad Breath (Halitosis): Causes & Remedies

Bad breath (halitosis) is like a bad mood–you shouldn’t inflict either onto others. It never ends well. The last thing you want is to have a conversation with someone who’s only thinking about how you’re torturing their nose hairs when they should really be listening to you

You can’t even blame them, either. The bad smell and residing icky taste in your mouth are unsettling for you, too. It can even damage your body image and self-confidence. In many ways, it’s like a curse. And you’re sick of awkward encounters and insecurities. You’re sick of it all. 

So you finally decided to get up and make a change. No more stinky breath. And we’re here for it. In this short read, you’re going to learn the causes behind bad breath and get research-backed remedies–for the sake of nose hairs everywhere.

What’s causing my bad breath?

It may seem obvious that your bad breath is due to poor dental hygiene: When we don’t brush, plaque builds up, and trapped food particles mix with oral bacteria–which causes the foul odor. 

However, there are other culprits that we should acknowledge, too:

Bronchitis/sinus infection/postnasal drainage: the developed mucus during any of these conditions smells bad. As the mucus drips down your sinus and throat, it meets the air you’re exhaling through your open mouth (since you can’t breathe with a congested nose). That’s when it transfers to your breath.

Smoking or chewing tobacco: the tobacco lingering on your breath can cause bad breath. Both activities can also result in a dry mouth and cause gum disease.

Dry mouth: the saliva in our mouths eliminates particles that may cause bad odors. Saliva deficiency can therefore cause bad breath, as malodor-inducing particles can remain.

Kidney/liver problems: these dysfunctional organs may have trouble filtering out toxic substances from the bloodstream and rest of the body, which results in bad breath. 

Stenchy foods and beverages: as your stomach absorbs food oils (like from garlic and onions) during digestion, they travel to your lungs through the bloodstream, where it mixes with exhaled air. 

Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD): when your stomach contents like bile, undigested food, and stomach acid, reflux up your esophagus. This can leave residue in your mouth and mix with oral bacteria, making the foul breath odor stronger.

Remedies for Bad Breath

So how do you get rid of bad breath? Most of the time it’s not that difficult–especially if you have the right tools. In this short section, we’re going over the possible solutions:

Scrape your tongue

Tongue scraping may be helpful for cleaning a coated tongue, which is a buildup of debris, bacteria, and dead cells on your tongue. Doing so can effectively remove odor-causing bacteria, but also improve your tongue’s appearance and may even elevate your sense of taste.

 

The Mastermedi tongue scraper boasts a 100% stainless steel finish with a U-shaped curve for flexible ease of use in your mouth. Two non-synthetic handles give it a good grip. And it has an anti-gagging ridge in the back of the mouth for effective back-of-the-mouth cleansing. Lastly, as it is travel-friendly and durable, confidently remove gunk on the go.

 

Rinse with an anti-microbial mouthwash

Rinsing your mouth with an anti-microbial mouthwash inhibits and destroys the growth of microorganisms that are causing the bad breath odors in your mouth. It’s a great temporary solution to freshen your breath and kill mouth germs before brushing your teeth again.

The certified vegan and gluten-free TheraBreath Oral Rinse is recommended by dentists for over 20 years. As it contains chlorine dioxide, it effectively reduces oral malodor, dental plaque, tongue-coating accumulation, and various sulfur-producing bacteria in saliva. Destroy morning breath and food odor with this non-alcoholic, mint-flavored mouthwash.

 

 

 

Treat a dry mouth

You can let some Orahealth Xylimelts dissolve in your mouth if you suffer from halitosis caused by a dry mouth. It stimulates saliva productionreduces the risk of tooth decay, and reduces plaque by 50%–as claimed on the package. Xylitol is the hero ingredient that helps your teeth fight cavities. What's more, it can be used with braces, dentures, and CPAP machines. The best thing about this product is that it is easy to use- stick the discs to your adjoining cheeks and gums and instantly feel your mouth be moisturized and rehydrated.

 

Parting Words

We went through causes of bad breath and potential remedies, but remember that it’s most important to ensure you’re not a victim of bad breath at all. And the trick is incredibly simple: practice proper oral hygiene. 

Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day. We recommend that you use an electric toothbrush, which is more effective in improving gingival health and removing dental plaque. Additionally, flossing your teeth helps you reach hidden food remains and reduces the build-up of plaque in the gums to prevent bad breath.  

Now, with the research-backed bad breath products at your side, every time someone offers you gum, you won’t be wondering whether they were being generous or if it was because you reeked of bad breath. You’ll happily chew, and pass forward the kindness.

Remember that no dental products can replace the advice or recommendation of oral health care professionals. You should visit the dentist regularly and consider a thorough professional cleaning if you have doubts about your oral health and the effectiveness of the recommended products. 

 

 

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Mastermedi Tongue Scraper

Tongue Scraper with Travel Case - 2 Pack, Fights Bad Breath, Medical Grade 100% Stainless Steel, Great for Oral Care, Tongue Cleaner for Adults and Kids, Easy to Use with Non-Synthetic Handle

Let's get rid of gunk and bad breath using this 100% stainless steel tongue scraper. This gentle medical grade tool can keep you plaque-free, spruce up your taste buds and helps you enjoy every last bite.

Orabrush Tongue Scraper, Tongue Cleaner Helps Fight Bad Breath, 4 Tongue Scrapers

Has a dual action tongue cleaner using ultra-soft bristles that loosen the dirt-carrying bacteria and build in scraper that removes the bacteria from the surface of your tongue. Guys, you are looking at the #1 Tongue Cleaner in the U.S.

4PCS Tongue Scraper, Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaners, 100% BPA Free Fresher Tongue Tools, Healthy Oral Hygiene Brushes, Medical Grade Reusable Stainless Steel, Eliminate Bad Breath

Designed with double side curved shape which can thoroughly clean tongue, remove oral dirt, and improve overall oral health. Also comes with a high medical grade stainless steel U-shaped tongue scraper to satisfy all your tongue cleaning needs.

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Books About Dental

Know the Different Kinds of Dental Instruments - a Pocket Guide for Dental Students

Let Kids Learn All About Oral Health. Let Them Read The Tooth Book.

Community Oral Health Practice for the Dental Hygienist

Oral Pharmacology for the Dental Hygienist (2nd Edition)

The Pocket Guide to Mouth and Dental Hygiene in Dementia Care: Guidance for Maintaining Good Oral Health


Dr. Ben's Dental Guide: A Visual Reference to Teeth, Dental Conditions, and Treatment


Clinical Practice Of The Dental Hygienist


Primary Preventive Dentistry


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How Natural or Herbal Toothpaste Will Change Your Life

Plaque- your mouth's worst enemy. It is one of the culprits of tooth decay, gingivitis, gum infection, and bad breath.

Mechanical aids like toothbrushes, mouthwashes, and floss are available to help you get rid of them. But when it comes to toothpaste, is there a natural product to aid you in cleaning your teeth? Fortunately, there is- Herbal or natural toothpaste.

Natural toothpaste can clean your teeth effectively and gently without the harsh ingredients that you can find in some conventional toothpaste. They contain plant extracts, anti-bacterial essential oils, and natural minerals.

If you are in the vibe of using natural, vegan, and non-GMO toothpaste, this article is for you.

Let us go over what they are, their benefits and potential drawbacks, and why you should consider using them in place of your regular tubes of toothpaste.

Ready for the big shift? Let's begin.

 Benefits of Using Herbal Toothpaste

1. Dye- Free 

 A comprehensive report by the Center for Science in the Public interest states that food dyes could be potentially linked to allergies, cancer, and ADHD. 

2. Gentler to your gums and teeth

Herbal toothpaste is free of abrasives that scratches the surfaces of your teeth that may lead to thinning out of your enamel or gum recession.

Some abrasives that you can see in the market today are the following:
Aluminum Oxide
Hydrated silica
Sodium Bicarbonate

3. Environment-friendly

Herbal ingredients are derived from plants and fruits, while many toothpaste formulas contain microbeads to remove stains and polish teeth. These tiny plastic particles pose an environmental concern since they are not biodegradable. And can find its way to the ocean and rivers after being washed down the drain.

When you use natural toothpaste, you help protect the environment by using earth-friendly ingredients.

4. Friendlier to your body

You do not have to worry about accidentally swallowing natural toothpaste when you brush as they contain no artificial ingredients and no SLS - a cleaning agent found in toothpaste that can often irritate gums and soft tissues.

Potential Drawback

No Fluoride content

The American Dental Association reminds us of brushing with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that fights tooth decay and strengthens the outer layer of your teeth. Opting for a Fluoride-free toothpaste may increase your chances of having to deal with dental caries.

Your Takeaway

Achieving good dental health is easier than you think. Remember the dental hygiene instructions of your dental health professional- brush your teeth twice daily and floss once daily.

Discuss with your oral health care professional what is best for your dental health needs. (Conventional or natural toothpaste).  Both of your can brainstorm to help you achieve that dazzling and healthy smile!

 

We assembled a line of natural or herbal toothpaste that you can add up to your dental hygiene regimen.

BEST NATURAL OR HERBAL TOOTHPASTE

Dabur Herbal Healthcare Neem Fluoride-Free Natural Toothpaste, 5.43 Oz/154 gm (3 Pack)

Enjoy the mild and fresh taste of this natural toothpaste. Its Neem component is a fruit from the Mahogany Tree family which contains antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Auromere Ayurvedic Herbal Toothpaste, Fresh Mint - Vegan, Natural, Non-GMO, Fluoride Free, Gluten Free, with Neem & Peelu (4.16 oz), 2 Pack

This award-winning toothpaste is made from pure mint oils and 24 special herbs which include NEEM and PEELU for optimum oral hygiene. It is also concentrated that each tube lasts 3x longer than regular toothpaste.

Himalaya Herbal Healthcare Neem and Pomegranate Fluoride-Free Natural Toothpaste, SLS-Free, 5.29 Oz/150 gm (4 PACK)

The hero ingredients in this toothpaste are Neem and Pomegranate. Your mouth will love these two as they are effective against dental plaque and reduce the unfriendly bacteria in your mouth. Its formula gives an intense boost to your overall oral health by preventing bad breath and gum problems.Results? Your mouth feels clean and healthy!

Twice Classic Duo (2-Pack)

Each tube contains a blend of three powerful vitamins selected by experts to keep your mouth in good health. It has a great taste that you will surely love. Best of all, it works better than regular toothpaste.

Rael Himalayan Pink Salt Toothpaste - Natural, Vegan, Paraben-Free, Fresh Breath, Oral Care, Fresh Soothing Mint (4.23oz/120g)

Try this unique gel toothpaste formulated with Botanical extracts that helps strengthen enamel, provide full mouth detox and naturally protect your teeth from decay.

Auromere Licorice Ayurvedic Herbal Toothpaste With 24 Special Herbal Extracts for Optimum Care of Teeth and Gums, 4.16 oz (75 ml/117 g) (Pack of 2)

Love the taste of Licorice plus its antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Use it daily and you won't wake up with morning breath.

Choose from a List of Herbal Toothpaste Available. Find out more Here.

 


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How to Get Rid of Yellow Teeth

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There are two kinds of teeth stains: extrinsic (superficial stains on the outer layer of the tooth, caused by coffee, tea, soda, etc.) and intrinsic (deeper stains beneath the enamel, on the tooth’s dentin–these are harder to remove). 

Here are six effective products to help you get rid of those pesky tooth stains:

Spa-Dent Advanced Whitening Toothpaste

The Spa-Dent VEGAN Whitening toothpaste was made with vegetative enzymes from pineapple extract (bromelain) which has been scientifically proven to be more effective in bleaching. In addition to whitening, the paste contains tooth-friendly xylitol–for cavity protection. 

 

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Crest 3D Whitestrips Gentle At-home Teeth Whitening Kit

The Crest 3D Whitestrips Kit has the potential to remove 15 years of stains within 2 weeks. The hydrogen peroxide within the paste is effective for teeth-whitening. However, excessive use and high concentrations can damage the protective enamel on your teeth and inflame roots and gums.

Apply the hydrogen peroxide-coated strips to the front of your teeth and let it seep into them to help remove stains and lighten the teeth. 

 

AsaVea Teeth Whitening Pen

The AsaVea Teeth Whitening Pen is armed with 35% carbamide peroxide–another chemical mixture that’s safe and effective for whitening teeth by 4-8 shades. Treat your teeth like a painting and the whitening pen as a brush. Apply the gel with strokes and see the magic happen.

The entire process takes under a minute and the compact shape makes it easy to store and travel with.   

Crest 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste Kit

The Crest 3D Teeth Whitening and Deep Cleansing Paste Kit is a pack of two pastes. The two-step process requires you to brush for 1 minute, not rinse, and then brush another minute with the whitening polisher to finally rinse. From home, you can keep your smile up to 99% as white as a professional polish by removing surface stains.

LUELLI Teeth Whitening Kit

The Luelli Teeth Whitening Kit is the complete package. You can see whitening results after just one 10-minute (built-in timer included) session with the carbamide peroxide gel syringes and tooth tray. The mint flavor makes the 10-minute sit a bearable and non-gaggy one. 

 

Isabella’s Clearly SPICE, Natural Remineralizing Tooth Powder

Isabella’s Tooth Powder strengthens enamel and prevents tooth decay through the high mineral content that nourishes the gums and teeth to aid remineralization. In fact, tooth powder has been found to be more effective than toothpaste for surface stain removal and gum disease. Simply put the powder substance onto your brush, mix with water, and brush away. 

 

 

Parting Words

Yellow teeth can be attributed to a couple of reasons: age, faulty diet, smoking, and poor dental care. You can overcome tooth discoloration by using the aforementioned teeth-whitening products and be more confident in social settings with your bright smile.  

Remember that your overall oral health is also as important as having white teeth. So don’t just prioritize whitening strips and gels but take care of your gums and enamel remineralization, too.


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Why You Can’t Stop Smiling With Whiter Teeth

A smile is contagious–that’s not just a saying, but a scientific fact. Dental aesthetics has been shown to boost your self-esteem– fact again. Needless to say, a beautiful white smile helps, but a dirty, yellow one doesn’t.

Here are some effective teeth whitening products- to brighten your smile. Just pull a chair- and start choosing the teeth whitening system that works best for you.

You will be delighted that most of them are affordable and give quick results.

When you finally get a brighter and dazzling smile, you will wonder why you can't stop smiling.

 

Formulated by dental experts to effectively whiten stubborn coffee and wine stains.

Whitening strips that work like magic

Whiten your teeth in as little as 9 minutes a day. Absolutely No Harmful chemicals and No animals were used for testing.

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MySmile Teeth Whitening Strips, Non-Sensitive White Strips Teeth Whitening Kit, 14 Sets Teeth Whitener for Tooth Whitening, Remove Stain From Smoking, Coffee, Soda, Food, Wine

 

Make your teeth brighter. These whitening strips are for heavy coffee and tea drinkers.

Crest 3DWhitestrips Glamorous White At-home Teeth Whitening Kit, 14 Treatments, 8 Levels Whiter

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Fun Powered Toothbrushes for Kids

Colgate, Kids Battery Powered Toothbrush Minions Extra Soft Bristles

Powered toothbrushes help kids brush better. With its vibrating head and soft bristles, teeth will be gently cleaned by sweeping away plaque.

Oral-B Electric Toothbrush Featuring Disney's Frozen

Kids will be encouraged to brush more with the fun and exciting characters of this powered toothbrush. It includes a round Extra Soft brush head and special gentle mode for kids' teeth and gums. The two-year warranty ensures you are satisfied with your purchase, so no need to worry about buying the wrong dental product for your little ones. 

Effectively removes plaque compared to a manual toothbrush.
It comes with a Disney timer magic app to help kids brush twice longer.
Makes brushing exciting with its interchangeable Disney's Frozen handle stickers.

Brusheez® Kid's Electric Toothbrush Set - Soft Bristles, Easy-Press Power Button, Battery Operated, 2 Brush Heads, Animal Cover, Sand Timer, Rinse Cup and Storage Base - Ages 3+ (Sparkle The Unicorn)

The Brusheez Powered Toothbrush is animal-themed and colorful with a complete bushing kit–including a rinsing cup, 2-minute timer glass to encourage full duration of brushing, a printed brushing chart to keep track of brushing sessions, a convenient stand and storage base, and an extra brush head for longevity.

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3 Benefits of Using Powered Toothbrush- And Why You Should Have One Today

Powered toothbrushes are accessible more than ever before. They allow you to improve your brushing habits by effectively removing more plaque than manual brushing. And they come in different shapes, designs and offer a variety of features, too.

Deciding which one is best for you is no easy task- so we researched a list of features on what to look for in a powered toothbrush, and some top products to choose from. Let's get started.

What sets them apart from the standard and boring manual toothbrush

The most recent study found three benefits of using powered toothbrushes.

1. Keep cavities at bay.

2. Healthier gums

3. Prevents tooth loss.

The benefits of using powered toothbrush have been studied for many years, and the latest one proves that electric toothbrushes, in the long run, is better for our dental health.

Features of Powered Toothbrushes

They all vary in size, shape, and functionality- depends on your specific dental needs or limitations. Below are some features you would consider in buying your first or next powered toothbrush.

Less manual work

Skip the sawing and scrubbing motion as it can sweep away the plaque more effectively with its oscillating/moving bristles- just guide it along the surfaces of your teeth. And a gentle touch with a soft-bristled brush is your safest bet. People with mobility issues or arthritis find this product more useful and easier to use.

Oscillating heads

The cupping and pulsating power of the oscillating heads are more effective in cleaning your teeth and are found more superior to sonic toothbrushes

Smart in Technology

Most of them come with a timer to help you keep track of 30 seconds brushing for each quadrant of your mouth. And it has a digital reminder when to replace your brush head.

Another great feature of powered toothbrushes is they are equipped with multiple modes for different needs- gum massaging, whitening, or sensitive teeth. The pressure sensor also helps you detect if you are brushing too hard.

Without further ado, below are some of our recommendations in helping you choose which one is best for your lifestyle and needs.

Oral Care Kit Tooth & Gum Family Size

Dr. Tung's Ionic Toothbrush

It may sound weird but this toothbrush will revolutionize the way we brush our teeth. You may say goodbye to your toothpaste. Using ionic action to attract plaque and bacteria away from your teeth going onto the brush bristles. Found to remove 48% more plaque than a traditional toothbrush. And by the way, it does not need recharging and/or a battery. try it Today!

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6500 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Charging Travel Case and Extra Brush Head

The Game Changer of All-Powered Toothbrushes.

The Phillips Sonic Care Protective Clean Powered toothbrushes promise to deliver you personalized quality brushing with its three different intensities: Clean, White, and Gum Care- different results for your daily brushing needs. Its built-in 2-minute timer with quad pacer ensures you get a consistent clean throughout your mouth.

It comes with a pressure sensor that gently pulses when you're brushing too hard.  And did you forget about replacing the toothbrush heads? No-fuss -this toothbrush will tell you the perfect date to change it!

 

Colgate 360 Floss Tip Sonic Power Toothbrush, Soft

Your 3-1 mouth cleaner

Powered toothbrush. Cheek Cleaner. Tongue Cleaner. Colgate Powered toothbrush is an all-in-one tool to make your mouth clean and healthy. Thanks to its 20,000 strokes per minute to effectively remove plaque below the gum line. Never get tired of using this toothbrush as its power button is so easy to use.

Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, Black

 

Your mouth deserves all the love it can get with Oral-B's 360 Cupping Technology- an effective way to remove plaque by 300%.  You will be delighted with its built-in 2-minute timer that pulses every 30 seconds to let you know to change areas of the mouth when brushing. Designed with dentists for an amazing clean.

cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

 cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush

Get whiter teeth and healthier gums in two weeks. cariPro electric toothbrush removes surface stains on your teeth and effectively reduces plaque 7x more than manual brushing.  Enjoy fun and effective brushing at half the price of your regular powered toothbrush.

You're so very welcome!

 

AquaSonic Black Series Ultra Whitening Toothbrush – ADA Accepted Rechargeable Toothbrush -

Prepare for whiter and cleaner teeth. The state-of-the-art design of Aquasonic will make your pearly whites healthier and brighter. It removes plaque along the gum line 10 times more than regular brushing- leaving your gums refreshed. The 30-second timers with auto shut-off are the best feature I've ever seen so far. Must try for very time-conscious oral health peeps.

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5 Culprits For Yellow Teeth & What To Do About It

A smile is contagious–that’s not just a saying, but a scientific fact. Dental aesthetics has been shown to boost your self-esteem– fact again. Needless to say, a beautiful white smile helps, but a dirty, yellow one doesn’t.

 That’s why you’re here, looking for answers to the million-dollar question: “Why are my teeth yellow? AND HOW CAN I FIX IT?”

We’ve identified five culprits and brought you some remedies. Let’s go.

Natural Ageing

Advancing age is a natural factor for teeth discoloration. Genetics plays a role in how fast it happens, too. With age, the outer layer of our teeth thins out, and that, in turn, reduces your teeth’ shiny white appearance, resulting in a yellower shade. Hence, the reason you lost those once sparkling and white teeth.

 

 

Faulty Diet

Certain foods tend to stain the teeth. Excessively consuming sauces, dark curries, black coffees, and other staining drinks tarnishes your enamel with tannins (food chemicals with blemishing properties). Their darker pigments called chromogens bind to your teeth resulting in tooth discoloration.

 

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Some teeth-staining foods to look out for are:

Sauces (e.g. soy/tomato)

Coffee/tea

Soda

Wine (red and white)

Fruit juices (e.g. grape/cranberry)

Blueberries

Smoking

The tar and nicotine from smoking can cause yellow and stained teeth. Beyond just yellow teeth, the tobacco from cigarettes is bad for your oral hygiene because it increases the risk of oral and throat cancer as well as tooth decay.

Smokers are more prone to developing plaque- which can cause gum disease. The infected gums don't heal because smoking causes a lack of oxygen in your bloodstream - and you might end up in tooth loss.

 

 

Poor Oral Hygiene

If you don’t regularly brush, floss, and rinse enough to remove plaque and food debris, your teeth will remain unclean and yellow. Dirty teeth are a sign of carelessness and poor health because the toxic build-up can bring about other internal health problems.

Taking care of your mouth is a part of good overall health.  Remember, your mouth is a window into the rest of your body.

Medications

Medications for high blood pressure, antipsychotics, and some antihistamine drugs have side effects that can alter the color of your teeth. Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can also darken your pearly whites.

Exposure to Doxycycline and Tetracycline during the formative years of young children may have intrinsic staining of their adult teeth later in life.

Last on the list- Chlorhexidine in mouthwashes. Your teeth will get brownish stains from this cleaning agent when used for more than two weeks.

Preventive tips to prevent yellow stains on your teeth

Nothing beats a clean and healthy mouth. Do your part in brushing and flossing your teeth. Brush twice a day for two minutes. And floss once daily.

Visit your dentist regularly.

Get a professional cleaning from your dental hygienist every six months, or as recommended.

Cut back on the coffee or tea.  Now that could be a challenge for many. Consider using a straw to avoid staining your front pearly whites.

Don't smoke or use tobacco.

Eat Calcium-rich foods. Dairy products and non-dairy calcium-rich foods contain minerals to strengthen your enamel.  Healthy enamel means the inner layer of your teeth doesn't show- making them whiter in color.

Use fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride makes your teeth strong. It strengthens your enamel against wear and tear when eating acidic foods and beverages.

How to Get Rid of Yellow Teeth

There are two kinds of teeth stains: extrinsic (superficial stains on the outer layer of teeth, caused by coffee, tea, soda, etc.) and intrinsic (deeper stains beneath the enamel, on the tooth’s dentin–these are harder to remove).

For stubborn yellow and brown discoloration, here  are five proven ways to help you get rid of those pesky stains:

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Whitening Toothpaste

How it works: The scrubbing action of the toothpaste’s abrasives helps remove the surface discoloration. It contains tiny granules or polishing agents that remove the stains on the outer layer of your teeth. Perfect for extrinsic yellowish staining!

Our recommendation:

Crest Gum and Enamel Repair Toothpaste

Whiter Teeth. Strong enamel. Healthy gums.

This toothpaste has got it all. Formulated with fluoride to make your teeth strong. Keep the compliments coming as you wear your new, healthy, and white smile.

Contains hydrated silica that lifts off surface stains -to make your teeth nice and bright.

Your gums will love this-  clinically proven to help reverse gingivitis in seven days.


Spa-Dent VEGAN Whitening toothpaste   

 

Smile more with toothpaste that comes from nature.

Spa Dent Whitening toothpaste with coconut oil and sea salt reduces the harmful bacteria in your mouth while making your teeth white. What's more, you will be delighted with its minty and pleasant flavors- and the promise of organic and preservative-free ingredients.

 


Whitestrips: Gentle At-home Teeth Whitening Kit

How it works: Whitestrips work both on surface stains and beneath the surface of the tooth. It goes beyond where most whitening kinds of toothpaste leave off and would give a whiter overall dazzling smile.

Our recommendation:

Crest 3D Whitestrips Kit

Be ready for a total make-over. Crest 3d white strips gently erase 15 years of stains; in just two weeks.

The strips mold to the unique shape of your teeth and come off with great ease. Use them just once a day for 30 minutes elevates your whiter smile to the next level.

It's very easy to use- apply the hydrogen peroxide-coated strips to the front of your teeth and let it seep into them to help remove stains and lighten the teeth.

 

Whitening Pen

 How it works: Treat yourself like a painting and the whitening pen as a brush. Apply the gel with strokes and see the glow of your teeth.

Caliwhite  Teeth Whitening Pen

Discover the ease of teeth whitening. Caliwhite whitening Pen makes your teeth white instantly- in 7 to 10 minutes. Paint it on your teeth and in between the crevices, and see the magic happens.

Certified organic- no worries about artificial ingredients

Contains Hydrogen peroxide -a chemical agent that is safe and effective in teeth whitening, that breaks down stains giving that shiny and white smile.

No parabens, sulfates, and GMO- only the real stuff for you


LED Light Teeth Whitening System

Want to wear those dazzling pearly whites longer?

Your best bet- The light-activated whitening system.

How it works: You need to brush and floss your teeth, as usual, apply the whitening serum while avoiding your gums and teeth, whiten using the LED mouthguard and rinse.

As simple as that!

Cali White Vegan Teeth WHITENING KIT with LED Light

The legendary Caliwhite Whitening System will surely boost your confidence. Experience a 2-8 Shade Whiter Smile in 7 days with its safe Hydrogen Peroxide Formula -effective in removing both surface and inner stains. It comes with a LED light which increases the lightness of your teeth than the nonlight activated ones.

The VEGAN plus-side: You can ensure that you’re supporting cruelty-free production because no animal tests and harm are done.

Patented Universal Comfort fit Tray- allows the gel to fill crevices between teeth giving a uniform whitening effect on all teeth.

Sensitive Teeth After Whitening

Teeth slightly become dehydrated as the whitening agent opens up the pores of your teeth. When this happens, you may experience sensitivity to hot and cold drinks/food.

Try this Smile Brilliant Desensitizing gel to get moisture back to your teeth. It has Fluoride that gives instant and long-term relief after teeth bleaching. Double the relief with its Potassium Nitrate- help reduces discomfort by blocking the pain signals you may have.

That is one gel you want to get for a brighter and pain-free smile.

Facts About Teeth Whitening

Only natural teeth can be whitened, not fillings or dental restorations like bridges, implants, or crowns.

Carbamide Peroxide or  Hydrogen Peroxide is the popular agent in teeth whitening and is proven to be readily absorbed by the hard dental tissue. Use with caution as they can result in some sensitivity and gum irritation.

Tooth whitening is safe and effective when consumers follow the manufacturer’s instructions, but results vary in some cases.

Parting Words

Yellow teeth can be attributed to a couple of reasons: age, faulty diet, smoking, poor dental care, and medications. You can overcome tooth discoloration by using the aforementioned teeth-whitening products and be more confident in social settings with your bright smile.  

Remember that your overall oral health is also as important as having white teeth. So don’t just prioritize whitening strips and gels but take care of your entire mouth, too!

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How to Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy (For Parents)

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You–or your child–might think that since the baby teeth will fall out eventually, taking care of your oral health isn’t as important until later. Wrong.

 Practicing the proper habits now will set the stage for your oral health in the future. Avoiding trauma to the baby teeth will also save your children from the risk of gum disease and tooth decay in their permanent adult teeth–which are irreplaceable, by the way.

 The American Dental Association (ADA) says you must regularly visit the dentist at their requested interval. Among parents with children under 18, 64.6% of families visited the dentist every six months–twice a year. Therefore, we can assume that most dentists recommend two visits a year for the average child.

How to Take Care of Baby Teeth?

Baby teeth start to erupt about the age of six months; most children will have their complete set of teeth by two to three years old.  Here are five proven ways to help your child keep their teeth healthy:

      Brush and Floss

 Use a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste for kids three-six years old.  

For kids three years and below, parents and caregivers should start brushing kids' teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth- using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. 

To avoid the risk of developing Fluorosis for children, it is best to consult with your pediatrician or dentist.

When is the best time to floss, you ask?

You can use kids-friendly plastic floss to clean in between their teeth once their teeth start touching.

First Dental Visit is a Happy Visit

Your child’s first dental visit should be after that first tooth comes out, but no later than the first birthday. Parents play an essential role in making their child's teeth healthy, so make sure little ones get that visit before they turn one!

So how do you prepare for the first dental visit?  Tell, Show, Do:

  1.  Tell him what is going to happen and expect during the visit. Be positive.
  2. Show videos and read him some books about his first visit. These practices would help him overcome any fear and be more confident.
  3. Do ask your child to practice opening his mouth. It will help him get ready when the dentist examines his teeth.

Tips for Mom and Dad: Create a list of questions before your trip to the dentist. Common questions like teething, baby bottle decay, etc., can be answered by your dental health care professional.

 Prevent Early Childhood Decay 

Commonly called  Baby Bottle Caries. It is defined as the presence of one or more decayed teeth, missing teeth (due to decay), or filled tooth surfaces in any primary tooth in a child 72 months or younger.

These are the white or brown holes/smooth lesions that you see on your child’s front and molar teeth.

It happens as prolonged exposure to sugary drinks at nighttime or naptime-  when the child is put to bed with a bottle or substituting the bottle with a pacifier for fussy babies or kids.

Care But Do Not Share

We care so much for our children that we tend to forget that sharing utensils with them does not matter. Too much for the loving deeds moms and dads! When you do that, you are introducing bacteria to your child.

During mealtimes, your utensils should be separate from the ones that your kids or babies use. No sharing.

   

   

Wonders of  Water

The best beverage that you can offer your child is water! It is calorie and sugar-free. The best buddy of your little ones' teeth.

 

 

 

4 More Tips for  Kid's  Beautiful and Healthy Smile

With summer here, outdoor activities like sports and camping, put your child’s teeth at risk of injury and neglect. Here are some highly effective best practices and products that you can use to ensure good dental health for your child while they have fun:

Gamify the Toothbrushing Process

Kids like gamifying things–it’s an effective learning tool for deeper understanding. So, turning boring to-dos like brushing into fun and challenging games can yield higher engagement and ensure that your kids follow healthy lifelong brushing habits.

 Hum by Colgate is more than just a toothbrush; it’s an in-app gaming experience that rewards good brushing techniques with prizes. The smart app leverages augmented reality to guide the brush into the right areas of the mouth. The timer is set to ensure proper brushing duration, and the progress tracker grades brushing success.

 By actively engaging the user in challenges for new prizes and creating a reward system for good brushing, your child will be more tempted to perform well and continue receiving positive feedback.

 

Use a Powered Toothbrush

Powered toothbrushes have been clinically proven to be more effective in plaque removal and gum disease prevention. Let’s face it, even after teaching them; kids barely follow the correct brushing protocol with a manual brush–it’s too much work and memory.

A kid-friendly powered toothbrush does a lot of scrubbing for them and is seen as more fun to use–which aids in compliance.  

The Brusheez Powered Toothbrush is animal-themed and colorful with a complete bushing kit–including a rinsing cup, 2-minute timer glass to encourage full duration of brushing, a printed brushing chart to keep track of brushing sessions, a convenient stand and storage base, and an extra brush head for longevity. 

It gives kids a fun brushing kit so that they can enjoy the entire brushing process.


Damage Control: Save-a-Tooth Preserving Kit

With Summer around the corner and kids being more prone to accidents, the ADA-approved and Certified Safety Save-A-Tooth Preserving Kit preserves knocked-out teeth for up to 24 hours for safe transport to the dentist.

 

 The twistable jar contains Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution, which has been clinically proven to be more effective than milk, water, and saline solution in preserving a tooth’s periodontal ligament for treatment

Use Mouth Guard to Protect Their Teeth

Save-A-Tooth is damage control. But ideally, you want to take preventative measures to help your child avoid a knocked-out tooth in the first place. The SAFEJAWZ Mouthguard provides a snug slim-fit thanks to their FLUID FIT technology. Not only does it protect your teeth, but their JawSecure base helps protect your jaw from impact as well.

The most child-friendly feature about this mouthguard is the ANTI-GAG design, where the gum shields have an ultra-slim profile ensuring minimal interference while playing sports.

 

 

Parting Words

Your child’s oral health is critical. Remember that if not cared for properly, incurred trauma on the baby teeth has shown to cause developmental disturbances in permanent teeth. Conditions include yellow-brown discoloration, hypoplasia (underdeveloped tissue), and even crown appearance alterations. Not pretty. 

Needless to say, as a parent, it’s your responsibility to nurture the health of your children’s teeth. You can do that with the best practices listed in this article, visit your dentist regularly, brush and floss as advised by your dental health care professional, and take advantage of the highly effective, research-backed products gifted by modern innovation.

 

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