Back to School ’17

Smiling school kids raising hand in classroom at school

Well that’s a wrap!

 

This summer was so chilly you could have wrapped yourself up every night! But we still had fun – picnics, camping trips, BBQs, marshmallow roasting….. Now it is time to get back into a routine – usually parents are more than ready for this, kids less so.

 

While you are preparing your kids for school – new backpack, clothes, shoes etc. don’t forget about their smile. Smiles are the first thing you notice when meeting someone. A healthy, bright smile can boost your child’s confidence. Book a back to school dental checkup ASAP!

 

Oral health tips:

 

Cleanings should be done at a minimum every 6 months – to make sure you leave room in your schedule we suggest you book your next visit before leaving the office.

 

Brushing and flossing should be done twice a day – morning and night. Give yourself those few extra minutes in your rush out the door.

 

Plan a healthy balanced lunch ahead of time. This will avoid the last minute scramble which usually results in unhealthy choices.

 

With the hockey season quickly approaching – GO LEAFS GO! – Make sure your future NHLer has a well fitted mouth guard to protect their chiclets.

 

 

 

Summer ’17

Portrait Of Children Having Fun In Outdoor Swimming Pool

The calendar tells us that summer has finally arrived. Lets hope that the warm, sunny weather follows.  Kids are out of school, BBQs are starting, cottage country is heating up and local fairs provide excitement for all.

 

Although summertime is fun and enjoyable, you still have to take care of your oral health. Don’t forget to protect your lips from the sun – use SPF 15+ lip balm daily.

 

Good hydration is especially important when enjoying our long summer days. To prevent enamel erosion and tooth decay, avoid beverages filled with acid and sugar.  This includes sports/energy drinks, soda, and juice.  Nothing beats ice cold water on a hot summer day.  Try adding lemon or fresh fruit as a nutritious and delicious way to mix it up. These same principles apply to snacks. Try to keep them healthy with fruits and vegetables including carrots, apples, cucumbers, nectarines and celery. These crunchy items are good for your teeth too – they help increase saliva production which washes away food particles and neutralizes acid.

 

Make the most of summer and don’t forget to brush and floss after each meal!

 

 

 

Spring ’17

Spring is in the air!

 

Goodbye snow – hello sunshine!

 

Colorful tulips and daffodils on nature background

What does spring mean to most of us? Warmer weather, baseball, flowers and spring cleaning.

 

Spring cleaning is not just for the house – your teeth deserve it too!

 

How do you spring clean your smile????

 

  • Check the expiry dates on your mouthwash & toothpaste.
  • Check your floss supply.
  • Replace your toothbrush.
    • Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 months or when you see frayed bristles which is a sign of wear and tear.
    • It is also important to replace your toothbrush after being sick or having a cold sore.

 

Just like you try and clean the little cracks in your house, your mouth is full of little tiny spots that are hard to get at. Maybe treat yourself to an electric
toothbrush this spring.  Studies show that they remove more plaque and reduce gingivitis when compared to a manual toothbrush.

 

Now we are not saying those old toothbrushes have to be thrown out! They can be excellent cleaning tools around the house too. For example: cleaning grout between tiles and tight to reach places like around your stovetop. Most importantly get your car ready for spring by scrubbing your rims.

 

Hope this helps get you in the mood for flowers and sunshine!

 

We Look forward to seeing you at Dentistry on Liverpool soon

 

 

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

girl with a snowman

It’s hard to believe that it’s the end of the year already. November came and went so quickly. It’s certainly a busy time of year with holiday activities such as shopping for the perfect gift, holiday parties, elf on the shelf, decorating and of course baking…it all can be a bit overwhelming. It’s during this time of year that oral health may not be front of mind so here are some helpful tips to keep your pearly whites looking their best over the holiday season.

 

  1. Moderation is the key. There is nothing wrong with the occasional indulgences of a sugary treat or snack. It may be challenging, but when given an option, always try and choose the healthier choice.
  2. When you’re entertaining offer a selection of sugary treats and healthier options. Balance out the junk with an assortment of meats and cheeses, veggies and a variety of fruits. The assortment will also provide a colourful presentation.
  3. Do you remember Hermey the Elf? He is best known for his role in “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer”. Hermey’s dream was to become a dentist and help people keep their teeth clean and healthy.
    • Teeth are for chewing and smiling! Although it may be tempting to use them to cut tape, ribbons or open bottles, please refrain from these types of activities and use the proper tools so you can prevent chips and breaks.
    • Protect your teeth by wearing your mouth guard when participating in winter sports. Whether it’s skating, skiing, hockey or reindeer games, protecting your teeth is paramount.

Be safe, don’t drink and drive, and enjoy the special time with family and friends. From our family to yours we want to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.”

Dr. Seuss The Grinch

 

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies for Santa

 

cookies

Santa loves cookies but consider leaving him some carrots instead….but be careful that Rudolph doesn’t eat them, Reindeers love carrots!

120g (1 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
400g (2 cups) white sugar
120ml (1/2 cup) vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
250g (2 cups) all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
~1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar (for coating)

 

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa powder, sugar and oil. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix until smooth and shiny.
  2. In another bowl, combine together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into the cocoa mixture with a wooden spoon just until smooth.
  3. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (I chilled them overnight).
  4. Preheat oven to 180C / 350F. Prepare 4 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into 1 inch (I rolled them into 2 inch balls. Recommended!) balls. Coat each ball in icing sugar and place onto cookie sheets. Leave some space because they will spread.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes for smaller cookies, and 12-14 minutes for larger cookies. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheets.

 

Trick or Treat? 

It’s that time of year again, beware of ghosts and goblins!

 

Smiling couple lying down on leaves carpet.

 

Fall is a wonderful time of year highlighted by Thanksgiving and Halloween celebrations.  The days become shorter, nights cooler and the colours of autumn start to appear. We are surrounded by the beauty that Mother Nature presents us with.

 

As the kids start to count down the days to October 31st, preparations for Halloween begin.  The excitement of selecting the right costume, carving the perfect pumpkin and the joy of being silly, goofy and scary for an evening.

 

What are the hot costume picks for 2016?  Watch out for anything with superheroes, Paw Patrol, Pokeman and Suicide Squads.

 

Sunshine, rain, sleet or snow…..it doesn’t matter; the kids will be outside having a ball collecting candy, acting silly and scary…..boo!

 

Having fun outside with your friends and family is extremely important but we must remember to be safe and look after each other.  Here are some helpful tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable evening is had by all.

 

  1. Set a time limit for trick or treating.
  2. Setup an emergency meeting location; in case anyone gets separated from the group.
  3. Make sure your costume fits properly to avoid trips and falls and that it is visible to cars. Adding lights or reflective strips will help.
  4. Check all the candy before eating. Throw out anything that looks suspicious.

 

After all the fun and eating please remember to brush and floss your teeth.

 

P.S. What did the monster eat after the dentist pulled out his tooth?
Answer:  The Dentist!!

Happy Halloween!

 

apple-teeth

 

APPLE “TEETH” SNACK’S

1 medium Apple

 

1/4 cup (50 mL) creamy peanut butter

 

25 mini marshmallows

 

Whole blanched almonds (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS

 

Cut apple into wedges using an Apple Wedger and discard core. Using Scoop & Spread, spread peanut butter along one side of each apple slice. For “teeth”, place five marshmallows in the peanut butter on five of the apples (closer to the skin side of the apple). Press the remaining five apple slices down onto the marshmallows to form a “sandwich” resembling a mouth.

 

Serves up to 5 people

 

Cook’s Tips:

 

For scary vampire teeth, substitute whole blanched almonds for marshmallows.

 

Back To School

The two signs that summer holidays have come to an end….

The CNE and Labor Day Weekend. Yes, back-to-school…..the end of late nights, sleeping in and spending countless hours enjoying the sunshine.  It’s time to get back into a regular routine for school.  While most parents are thrilled for this time of year, it can be challenging to get kids back into the swing of things and thinking about their dental routine.

 

Getting Off the Bus

But you need not worry because we are here to help!

We are happy to share a few tips and ideas for a healthy start to the school year:

 

Breakfast: the fuel to get you through the day…

Eggs are a very good source of high quality protein and a good source of vitamin D. Boil eggs the night before so they are ready to eat in the morning for a quick nutritious breakfast. Yogurt will help strengthen your child’s teeth. It is rich in protein and calcium and counts towards a daily serving of dairy. Yogurt drinks are great if you are on the go! Adding fruit like apples is a great idea as it removes plaque from teeth and increases saliva flow, keeping their teeth shiny and clean.

 

Lunch: preparing the dreaded school lunch…ughh

Although it’s easy to add pre-packaged treats to lunches, keep in mind they often are a high source of sugar which can lead to tooth decay.  Invest the time to research healthy lunch and snack ideas.

 

Fruit and vegetables. Kids don’t like the same old thing every day, be creative and change things up. Children are drawn to bright colours so include a rainbow of fruits & veggies.

 

Did you know: foods like apples and carrots can actually help clean your teeth! Cheese is a great teeth-healthy snack.  Buy cheese strings or cut up cubes of cheese and perhaps add some grapes for a sweet crunch. Forget chips….Pretzels are a healthier substitute but make sure to drink lots of water because “pretzels make you thirsty” ; )

 

Your child’s dental health is a priority. So don’t forget to schedule a dental check-up. It’s a good idea to start your child’s school year knowing that he/she is cavity free and in optimum oral health.

 

We hope you all had a great summer and wish you all the best for a successful school year.

 

Summer’ 16

Foods to Eat and to avoid for a healthy smile

Now that SUMMER is finally here (hooray!!) we are able to spend much of our time outdoors. Whether it’s drinks on a patio, a great BBQ or at a Jay’s game, we tend to consume junk food including acidic or sweetened drinks more often.

Eating and enjoying watermelonAlthough lots of fun for you, these indulgences are troublesome for your teeth. Here are some tips and tricks to help you keep your teeth healthy and looking their best.

 

Drinking LOTS of water

Water is the best choice to quench your thirst as it has no sugar or calories. Water will also help wash away other acid-producing food and drinks (ie your spiked lemonade at the bar or your jumbo freeze by the pool).

Leafy greens

Leafy greens like spinach and kale, have many health benefits including improving your oral health. They contain calcium and folic acid which can prevent gum disease. An easy way to incorporate them is to throw a handful into your morning smoothie or have a healthy salad for lunch.

Yogurt

Yogurt is high in calcium and protein making it a good pick for the strength and health of your teeth. Probiotics found in yogurt benefit your gums since they crowd out the bad bacteria that cause cavities. Make sure to choose a variety with little added sugar.

 

Careful with…..

Alcoholic beverages, Sugary sports drinks, Pop, Coffee and Tea.

Alcohol causes dry mouth and dehydration. People who drink a lot of alcohol may find their saliva flow decreases over time.  Saliva is super important in protecting our teeth from bacteria that causes cavities. Alcohol is also a risk factor for oral cancers.

Sugary sports drinks and pop lead to erosion and decay. Acids contained in these beverages lead to erosion by decreasing the hardness of the enamel on your teeth. Enamel is the outer protective layer of our teeth as well as the hardest substance found in the human body.  The bacteria found in our saliva thrive on the simple sugars found in these beverages which ultimately leads to decay.

As for coffee and tea they are well known for staining your teeth. It only takes one cup of coffee a day to start the staining process. AAAH! How would anyone ever get anything done without a morning coffee??? Not to worry, to reduce cavities and staining try to avoid sugar or cream and brush your teeth after that morning cup of joe