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Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Did you know that phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders?  Some people fear spiders or snakes, while others may fear situations such as flying or public speaking. For many individuals, their greatest fear is stepping into a dental office. For some the fear is so bad that it keeps them away from the dentist and puts their oral health at risk. So how can someone overcome dental anxiety? The first step is communication. If you suffer from dental anxiety, discuss your concerns with our Dental Team. Try to be open and honest with your fears, as this will help us to develop strategies to cope with treatment and ease your worries. For example, we could agree on a stop signal if you become too anxious and need a short break during treatment. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask me about a procedure in detail, even if it is basic one. You can also ask us about reading materials or where on our website you would find the information that would explain the treatment. Also on our website we have excellent videos that will educate you in the procedure that we would be doing on you. The

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Top 10 Reasons to Have a Dental Cleaning

Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Regular check ups and cleanings can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene. 1. To Prevent Oral Cancer According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies from oral cancer, every hour of every day in the United States alone. When you have your dental cleaning, we also screen you for oral cancer, which is highly curable if diagnosed early. 2. To Prevent Gum Disease Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissues and bone that keep your teeth in place and is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. If diagnosed early, it can be treated and reversed. If treatment is not received, a more serious and advanced stage of gum disease may follow. Regular dental cleanings and check ups, flossing daily and brushing twice a day are key factors in preventing gum disease. 3. To Help Maintain Good Physical Health Recent studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease,

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Toothpaste Nitty-Gritty

Toothpaste has many functions; it eliminates and/or masks bad breath, removes dental plaque and food from your teeth, polishes your teeth and removes stain over time. Overall, toothpaste promotes good oral health. What’s in toothpaste? Toothpaste, also known as dentifrice, is available in paste, gel, or powder form. Despite the many types of toothpaste that exist, some ingredients are common to most varieties. These include: ·       Abrasives to grind away the leftover food and plaque on your teeth with the help of your toothbrush. In addition, abrasives polish your teeth and remove stain over time. ·       Fluoride to make the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promote remineralization, which makes your teeth stronger. ·       Antimicrobial agents, such as xylitol or triclosan, to fight the bacteria of dental plaque and gum disease. ·       Surfactants (detergents) and foaming agents to carry away debris from the mouth and between teeth. ·       Anti-tartar agents to help prevent the formation of tartar, also referred to as calcified plaque. ·       Desensitizing agents to relieve tooth sensitivity. ·       Binding agents, which bind all of the components of the toothpaste together. ·       Humectants to prevent your toothpaste from drying up. ·       Flavour to make the brushing

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New Year, New Resolutions

  The start of a new year is always nice. It is a chance to reflect on the things that made the previous year successful, or not so successful, and make a fresh start with the knowledge gained over the past twelve months. This sense of renewal is probably what prompts more than 60% of Canadians to make some type of New Year’s resolution. New Year’s resolutions have been a tradition since the days of auld lang syne, but the individual promises have probably changed a lot over time. Today’s most popular New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, manage debt, save money, find a better job, get fit, get a better education, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, take a trip and volunteer to help others. While these are all reasonable resolutions, more than 80% won’t last until Valentine’s Day. That statistic is not surprising as we all know that keeping resolutions, New Year’s or otherwise, can be extremely difficult. It is no wonder that most people attempt the same resolution year after year. The following tips can help ease this difficult task: ·       Be realistic. Don’t inflate your expectations as doing so sets you up for failure. ·       Take

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The Biggest Mistake

We make a lot of mistakes in our lives. It’s just part of the human condition. Fortunately most of the mistakes we make end up being no more than minor detours in life’s journey. We may set the wrong goals or take a wrong turn before learning our lesson and making the necessary changes to get back on track. However, some mistakes keep us from attaining the happiness we want and deserve throughout life. We sometimes see happiness not as a quest but as a challenge similar to combat. We win some battles in life and lose others. We must build on our successes, our victories if you will, while learning from our failures. By treating our failures not as personal attacks, but as temporary setback often can teach us more than our apparent victories. This outlook forces us to reassess our goals and allows us to prepare for future challenges. We can channel our emotions and determine what we want out of life. We may still make mistakes as we work and live, but the mistakes will be small ones, mistakes that allow us to forge a path to true happiness.Remember never, ever, give up. it will happen. Go Leafs, Raptors and

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