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

How do Jaws become Misaligned?

Various factors can cause jaws to shift, putting strain on the surrounding muscles in our mouths.  Some of the causes of jaw misalignment are tooth loss, mouth breathing, whiplash, genetics, arthritis or even a slight blow to the head.

People are not aware that unconscious habits such as jutting their chins forward, clenching their teeth when they are angry or even biting down on a pencil or pen can put additional strain on the teeth and jaws.  This can cause premature wear and tear on the teeth as they are not designed for this destructive habit.

Jaw problems can also occur in children due to poor oral habits. The most common cause is thumb sucking in children beyond four years of age.  Thumb sucking can push their growing teeth out of position by molding their upper palate with their thumb or fingers.  This creates narrow arches and cross bites. Fortunately, this is a habit that many children leave behind when their permanent teeth come in.

With a narrow upper arch in both children and adults the tongue positions itself on the floor of the mouth so when they swallow they push their tongue against the teeth that do not meet in order to create a closed space.  The tongue is one our most powerful muscles and the sheer strength of its thrusts when swallowing can prevent children/adult from developing or having a normal bite.

Be mindful and develop good habits by:

  • Be more conscious of your mouth position
  • Your tongue should rest lightly at the junction of the upper teeth and gum tissue and the lips should rest lightly together
  • The head should also be in a upright, balanced and in a relaxed position

“Remember, lips together, teeth apart, tongue in place”.

To help you be more aware of the tension in your jaws or face your can do a “facial scan”.

Close your eyes and ask yourself these questions:

  • Are my face muscles tense or relaxed?
  • Are my teeth touching together lightly or tightly?
  • Are my jaws hanging loosely with lips together and teeth apart?
  • Where is my tongue sitting? Is it sitting at the floor of my mouth?
  • Are my cheeks pulled into the sides where my teeth connect? Or, do I chew my cheeks as an unconscious habit?  (often this will create a white horizontal line on the inside of the cheek)

By understanding and being more aware of your oral habits you can take ownership of your mouth and your dental health.

Nutritional Deficiencies Your Dentist Can Detect

The average person visits their dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and check-up, and these are appointments you don’t want to miss as we not know there is a connection between your oral health and your overall health.  Inflammation in the mouth and inflammation in the body are correlated.  When this goes unchecked, this inflammation can show up in the form as heart disease, stroke, and other chronic inflammatory diseases.

Your mouth is a window to your overall health. Nutrition plays a critical role. Very often, when something flares up, loosens, or looks different in your mouth, it is your body’s way of asking for some type of nutrient it doesn’t have enough of.

  • Calcium: loose teeth, premature tooth loss, softening of teeth, bleeding gums.
  • Magnesium: inflamed gum tissue.
  • Vitamin B2:  Shiny red lips, sore tongue.
  • Vitamin B3: Red and/or swollen tip of tongue with dry smooth edges, general mouth pain.
  • Vitamin B6: Sore burning mouth, smooth tongue.
  • Vitamin B12: Bad breath, bright red tongue with fissures, loss of taste, dry mouth, numbness and bleeding.
  • ***Sores at the edge of the mouth may mean you are lacking in Vitamin B2, B3, B6 and B12***
  • Lack of Vitamin C or A: Bleeding gums, lowered immune response, infections in the mouth (ie. Yeast), impaired taste.
  • Vitamin D: Softening of teeth, increased bleeding, and yeast infections
  • Zinc: Loss of sensation in the tongue, loss of taste, dry mouth and susceptibility to gum disease.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet will make you feel better, increase your energy level, is good for your dental health and will make you smile more often!

Contact our office at 905-264-0333 to schedule you appointment in the New Year! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Google Investing in Spoon That Can Steady Tremors by 76%-Breakthrough

Shirin Vala, 65, who is an essential tremor patient, uses a Liftware Spoon to eat without spilling at her home in Oakland. Google is throwing its support behind the spoon, which senses a shaking hand and make instant adjustments to stay balanced.

Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.

Of course these spoons (don’t call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson’s Disease to eat without spilling.

The technology senses how a hand is shaking and makes instant adjustments to stay balanced. In clinical trials, the Liftware spoons reduced shaking of the spoon bowl by an average of 76 per cent.

“We want to help people in their daily lives today and hopefully increase understanding of disease in the long run,” said Google spokesperson Katelin Jabbari.

Other adaptive devices have been developed to help people with tremors — rocker knives, weighted utensils, pen grips. But until now, experts say, technology has not been used in this way.

“It’s totally novel,” said UC San Francisco Medical Center neurologist Dr. Jill Ostrem, who specializes in movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease and essential tremors.

She helped advise the inventors, and says the device has been a remarkable asset for some of her patients.

“I have some patients who couldn’t eat independently, they had to be fed, and now they can eat on their own,” she said. “It doesn’t cure the disease, they still have tremor, but it’s a very positive change.”

Google got into the no-shake utensil business in September, acquiring a small, National Institutes of Health-funded startup called Lift Labs for an undisclosed sum.

Google co-founder’s mother has Parkinson’s

More than 10 million people worldwide, including Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s mother, have essential tremors or Parkinson’s disease. Brin has said he also has a mutation associated with higher rates of the Parkinson’s and has donated more than $50 million US to research for a cure, although Jabbari said the Lift Labs acquisition was not related.

Lift Lab founder Anupam Pathak said moving from a small, four-person startup in San Francisco to the vast Google campus in Mountain View has freed him up to be more creative as he explores how to apply the technology even more broadly.

His team works at the search giant’s division called Google(x) Life Sciences, which is also developing a smart contact lens that measures glucose levels in tears for diabetics and is researching how nanoparticles in blood might help detect diseases.

‘If you build something with your hands and it has that sort of an impact, it’s the greatest feeling ever.’– Anupam Pathak, Lift Lab founder

Joining Google has been motivating, said Pathak, but his focus remains on people who are now able to eat independently with his device. “If you build something with your hands and it has that sort of an impact, it’s the greatest feeling ever,” he said. “As an engineer who likes to build things, that’s the most validating thing that can happen.”

Pathak said they also hope to add sensors to the spoons to help medical researchers and providers better understand, measure and alleviate tremors.

Shirin Vala, 65,, has had an essential tremor for about a decade. She was at her monthly Essential Tremor group at a San Ramon medical clinic earlier this year when researchers developing the device introduced the idea and asked if anyone was interested in helping them.

As it was refined, she tried it out and gave them feedback. And when they hit the market at $295 apiece, she bought one.

Without the spoon, Vala said eating was really a challenge because her hands trembled so hard food fell off the utensils before she could eat it.

“I was shaking and I had a hard time to keep the food on a spoon, especially soup or something like an olive or tomatoes or something. It is very embarrassing. It’s very frustrating,” she said.

The spoon definitely improved her situation. “I was surprised that I held the food in there so much better. It makes eating much easier, especially if I’m out at a restaurant,” she said.

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