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!Read more
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.
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
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 Read more
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 Read more
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. “ItRead more
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR HALLOWEEN GIVEAWAY WINNERS SAMANTHA AND ADRIAN!
Have you noticed staining on your children’s teeth? Some children who swim in a chlorinated pool up to 14 hours a week may have a hard brown to black in colour stain on their teeth. This staining is often observed along the gum line of the upper and lower front teeth. The good news is that this staining can be removed by your friendly hygienist/dentist and using a special remineralizing toothpaste may prevent it from developingRead more
Today we say farewell to our amazing hygienist Stacey as she embarks on her journey into motherhood! We wish you all the best! We can’t wait to find out if it’s going to be a boy or a girl! We have our guesses!Read more
The One Who Invented Trick or Treat by Shel Silverstein
“Yes, I invented “Trick or treat”
So you could fill your mouth with sweets-
Candy bars and lemon drops,
Marshmallow and Tootsie Pops,
Butterscotch and bubble gum.
Hold out your hand – they’ll give you some
Chocolate kisses, Jujubes,
Sourballs and jelly beans.
Have a cake – some cookies too.
Take a couple – grab a few
Peppermint Sticks and Mary Janes,
Licorice whips, and candyRead more