Dogs in the dental office… What do you think?

Therapy dogs soothe patients at Victoria dental clinic

Therapy dogs Gryphon and Rigby help calm patients down before they head to the dentist chair

By On The Island, CBC News Posted: Mar 26, 2015 6:00 AM PT Last Updated: Mar 26, 2015 6:00 AM PT

Gryphon and Rigby are therapy dogs at a Victoria dental clinic.

Gryphon and Rigby are therapy dogs at a Victoria dental clinic. (InHarmony Dental Care)

A Victoria dental clinic has come up with a way to calm jittery patients that is perhaps more gentle than knocking them out with a sedative.

Gryphon and Rigby, two old English sheepdog and poodle crossbreeds, sit with patients at InHarmony Dental Care to help calm them down before they head to the dentist chair.

“When we first opened our practice, our goal was to allow people a choice between white knuckling it and being unconscious,” said Kate Darrach-Cottick in an interview with On The Island.

“We figured there had to be something in between — that you could come in and have your needs met in such a way that you would leave in a better frame of mind than when you arrived.”

Darrach-Cottick says sheepdogs have the ability to differentiate between the energy emitted from a running herd of animals and their own. The idea is for Gryphon and Rigby to use that same ability to read people’s energies.

When an antsy patient comes in, Darrach-Cottick would tell the dogs to “go to work,” and they would then sit by the patient. The dogs’ silky soft coats and their calm demeanour help patients relax, Darrach-Cottick said.

“They may both put their heads on your lap and you would feel the weight of them,” she said. “They offer that sense of grounding.”

 

Electric Toothbrushes

Are electric toothbrushes better than your manual brushes? Likely yes! 90% of people do not use the proper techniques when brushing their teeth.

We don’t always hit every tooth or brush long enough. On average, you make about 300 strokes per minute using a manual brush. An electric toothbrush rotates 3000 to 7500 times a minute, and a sonic brush makes 30000 to 40000 strokes per minute.

A dentist in Minnesota states that electric toothbrushes can be very helpful for children, the elderly or anyone who has difficulty using their hands. They are always a good option if you are helping someone brush their teeth.

If you are interested in purchasing an electric toothbrush for you or your loved one, call us at 905-264-0333. We carry Philips Sonicare toothbrushes (and sell them at cost too 😉 )

Foods That Stain Your Teeth

  1. Tea: While tea may be a healthy drink. Dentists say it causes more staining than coffee (especially the basic black variety).

  2. Sauces: Deeply coloured sauces such as tomato, soy and curry sauce cause staining. Switch to white or light coloured sauces and brush and rinse shortly after eating.

  3. Sports Drinks: Sports and energy drinks cause your enamel to erode causing teeth to stain more easily. Water is the better option for hydrating while working out.

  4. Wine: Wine is acidic and causes staining of the teeth. While most people see only red wine as the culprit, white wine (which happens to be even more acidic than red) can cause staining as well.

  5. Fruits and Berries: Blueberries, blackberries and cherries, oh my! These berries and a list of other vibrant coloured fruits can cause teeth to stain, so can juices and pies made from them.

  6. Soda and other carbonated drinks: Looking for a reason to cut back? Thanks to acids and dyes, these drinks — even light-colored ones — can lead to serious stains. Plus, the chemicals that add flavor can also eat away your enamel.

  7. Candy and Sweets: If your candy is causing your tongue to change colour, it could do the same to your teeth.

We Raised $362 For The Heart & Stroke Foundation

Thank you to all of our patients who so kindly donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. With your help (and Madeline’s DELICIOUS heart cookies) we were able to raise $181.00. The doctor’s matched that amount so all in all we raised $362.00!!! We could not have done it without you!

4 Secrets To A Younger Smile

You do everything possible to protect your skin, face, body and hair from succumbing to the effects of aging. So, why should your smile be any different? Preserve your smile and keep it looking young with the following recommendations:

  • Limit tooth fractures: Especially during or after menopause, when the teeth are more susceptible to fractures.
  • Stay on top of visits to your dentist: Professional cleanings remove calculus that has formed on your teeth. If left on for too long, calculus can cause bone loss, gum inflammation and gum recession.
  • Steer clear of metal fillings: Composite resin is preferred over the old silver or mercury fillings because it reinforces the tooth and limits cracking.
  • Replace restorations when necessary: If your restorations are old or have experienced major wear, they may need to be replaced. Bacteria are attracted to imperfections at the junction of the tooth and restoration.

Found on http://www.newbeauty.com/hottopic/blogpost/8199-4-secrets-to-a-younger-smile/

February is Heart and Stroke Month

February is Heart and Stroke month. Know the signs of a stroke.

FACE… Is it drooping?

ARMS… Can you raise both?

SPEECH… Is it slurred or jumbled?

TIME… To call 9-1-1 right away

Root Canal or Love?

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Fear of x-rays? Fear not!

CLICK IMAGE FOR BETTER VIEWING!

 

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Expectant Mothers’ Periodontal Health Vital to Health of Her Baby

 

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In the October 2013 issue of Dental Teamwork, an article was written about how a mother’s overall oral health can also affect the health of her baby.

When a woman becomes pregnant, she knows how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure the health of her baby; it is now highly recommended that expectant mothers maintain their periodontal health as well.

Periodontal disease is a chronic, bacteria-induced inflammatory condition that attacked the gum tissue, and in worse cases, the bone supporting the teeth. Tenderness, redness, swollen/bleeding gums are all signs of periodontal disease. These signs, especially during pregnancy, should not be ignored and may require treatment from a dental professional.

Research has indicated that women with periodontal disease may be at risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes like low-birth weight and pre-term babies. Babies with a birth weight of less than 5.5lbs may be at risk of long-term health problems such as delayed motor skills, social growth and learning disabilities.  Similar complications are true for babies born 3 weeks before their due date. Because of this, we encourage pregnant women to take care of their oral health with regular dental cleanings during their pregnancy.

The Save 90 A Day Campaign-Take the Pledge!

The Save 90 A Day Campaign!


Did you know the average person wastes at least 90 glasses of water every day by leaving the tap running while they brush their teeth?
That means in the United States alone, we’re pouring 27 billion glasses of clean, drinkable water every day, just brushing our teeth.

Add your voice to the growing chorus of people around the world who believe that every drop counts, and are pledging to turn off the tap when they brush.

It’s easy to “Save 90 A Day!”
Sign the Dental Patient Pledge Below

I am committed to my oral health and to the health of our planet.

I agree to follow the advice of my dental professionals to brush my teeth twice a day and conserve ninety glasses of water every day by:

(1) Wetting my toothbrush under the water
(2) Turning off the tap
(3) Applying toothpaste
(4) Brushing my teeth for 2 minutes
(5) Filling a small glass with water
(6) Rinsing and swishing with water from the glass.
(7) Smiling!

 

I’m proud to “Save 90 A Day!”