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Bleaching your Teeth: Explained

Bleaching is a process used to brighten your own natural teeth without any complications. In this procedure, no removal, etching, or cutting of your dental enamel is required. Tea, coffee, red wine, tobacco and the natural aging process of your teeth turn them darker and stain them over time. A professional teeth whitening is performed with the help of active oxygen that helps decolourize the distracting colour pigments present in your teeth.

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Tanning – Spray or UV?

For a few years now, pop-culture has increasingly valued tanning, it is seen as a sign of good health and is part of Western beauty standards. Tanning’s growing popularity has propelled the development of artificial tanning techniques. In Canada, with its long months of winter and snow, the number of artificial tanning users is increasing every year. In 2002, the Federal Department of Health and Social Services added ultraviolet (UV) light to its list of substances that are carcinogenic to humans. Long-term exposure to artificial sunlight contributes significantly to premature skin aging and the risk of skin cancer.

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The CRDS and Tap

The CRDS, or the Centre de Repartition des Demandes de Service, is a government mandated organization. It was created as a tool for doctors who practice frontline care to refer their patients for an initial consultation with a specialist. Once your family doctor decides that you need to be seen by a specialist, the referring physician will need to put in a request with the CRDS. After receiving the request, the CRDS will then input the relevant information into an excel spreadsheet and decide your Priority Code. This code determines how soon you will be seen by the specialist. Once you are assigned a code, the CRDS will contact you (by fax!) to inform you of when your appointment has been scheduled.

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Traveler’s Diarrhea

What You Need to Know Before You Travel

Every year, millions of international travellers suffer from traveler’s diarrhea. With Christmas right around the corner, we wanted to take this opportunity to teach you about traveler’s diarrhea, so you spend your vacation on the beach, not the washroom. High-risk destinations for travelers’ diarrhea include many parts of Central and South America, Mexico, Africa, the Middle East and most of Asia. Your chances of contracting traveler’s diarrhea are mainly determined by your destination. However, some groups of people are at greater risk of developing the condition, especially those with weakened immune systems.

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Ski injuries

Winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, are very popular activities in Canada. However, they cause many injuries that can often be serious. The main areas of the body that end up injured in these high speed winter sports are: your knees, ligaments, neck and wrists. Thousands of skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes every year, but very few of the lot properly prepare their bodies for this physical exercise. Although it is a relatively safe sport, injuries can occur as a result of poor preparation, lack of judgment, or rapidly changing snow conditions. Ski injuries such as MCL tear can be prevented with proper physical preparation and equipment.

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Sunglasses in Winter

Of course everybody thinks about wearing sunglasses during the summer because the sun is out and its hot. What a lot of people don’t know is that it is equally important to protect your eyes with sunglasses in the winter. Meaning even when the temperature is below freezing and the weather is overcast, invisible ultraviolet (UV) light is still able to pass through the clouds to your eyes and cause damage. It could be argued that since white winter snow is much more reflective than our surroundings in the summer, it might even be more important to protect your eyes when the temperature drops.

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Hockey Concussions

A debate that has consumed hockey in recent years is how dangerous it is for the players. Because of repeated checking, and the sports violent nature, players commonly experience head injuries like concussions. A concussion is also called a ‘mild traumatic brain injury’, and it usually starts with a hit to the head. This can then lead to a ‘diffuse brain injury’, meaning that a larger part of the brain becomes affected.

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No Shows in Quebec

When a patient bails on their medical appointment, it can be very costly for a medical practice. In hospitals, this problem is even more pronounced. With no-show rates in Canada averaging between 10-25% for clinics and hospitals, last minute cancellations and no shows are a contributing factor to the long time it takes to see a doctor. In order to prevent this, many clinics have been forced to adopt unfriendly policies like double bookings (leading to longer wait times if both patients show up) and cancellation fees. However, by putting ourselves in the patient’s shoes, we at Tap Medical have been working hard to devise a solution that addresses some of these issues. Here is a list of some of the reasons patients don’t show up to their appointments, and what Tap is doing to fix it.

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