Air quality is extremely important in a dental office. After all, any time you visit us, be it for a routine checkup or a major procedure, you’ll end up sitting in that chair with your mouth open for a long period of time. While this position makes it much easier to get at your teeth, it can also leaves you pretty exposed to airborne toxins, molds, and germs that could cause illness or infection.
It can be difficult to maintain your regular routines over the holidays. Parties, travelling out of town to visit family and a less structured schedule can make it challenging to care for your teeth the way you normally would. When you add holiday dinners, drinks and sweets to the mix, your teeth may suffer more than usual. Here are a few simple tips to keep up good oral hygiene this holiday season.
Fluoride is present in most oral care products, from toothpastes to mouth rinses. However, there are plenty of misconceptions about fluoride, especially when it comes to using fluoride supplements or adding it to drinking water. Many Canadians are worried about fluoride use and concerned that it could make them sick. Here is some light on the subject.
Reasons Fluoride is Good and Safe
Fluoride, whether added to water or in oral care products, is considered safe. Just some reasons it is good for adults and children include:
It Prevents Tooth Decay – Fluoride is one of the more effective ways to prevent tooth decay, especially in children.
The holiday season is upon us, along with an abundance of delicious holiday desserts. Tasty desserts are a staple at holiday gatherings of friends and families and for people trying to eat healthy, getting through the holiday season can be a difficult task. Not all holiday desserts will derail you from your healthy eating habits; there are little tips and tricks you can use to make your favourite recipes healthier and they’ll still be just as scrumptious as ever!
If cookies are your favourite holiday treat, consider making mini cookies or bite-sized cookies instead of standard sized or jumbo cookies. Smaller cookies contain fewer calories, saturated fat and other things you’re trying to avoid. You can sometimes substitute butter with honey, as honey is a healthier sweetener that provides a rich, sweet taste. If you cannot substitute honey for butter, try and use unsalted butter if possible.
No holiday dessert plate would be complete without delicious chocolate treats. There are several secrets to make your chocolate recipes healthier, including using natural cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate with 70% cacao as an alternative to regular chocolate. These tricks apply to chocolate cake, chocolate cookies, chocolate puddings and any other tasty treats that contain chocolate. Now you can be a chocolate lover and a healthy eater at the same time.
And don’t forget the holiday drinks! Mulled wine is an excellent holiday drink, as red wine is quite healthy for the heart. It’s the perfect drink to keep you and your guests warm and cosy on a cold winter’s night and it’s very simple to prepare. No holiday party would be complete without egg nog; most recipes call for whole milk but you can substitute a low-fat alternative instead. A great cup of egg nog really keeps the cold out. And let’s not forget about great mocktails like an Apple Cinnamon. This simple recipe from the Food & Drink Mag; simply fill a wine goblet with ice. Add 2 oz. cranberry juice (think antioxidants) and 4 oz. chilled apple cider. Stir to mix. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and voilà, a great non alcoholic treat for the party.
Eating healthy during the holidays doesn’t have to be impossible. There are tips and tricks you can use to create delicious, holiday desserts that will allow you to indulge while still focusing on your healthy habits.
Tooth decay has become the most prevalent chronic childhood illness. It may surprise you but tooth decay is five times more common than asthma and four times more common than early childhood obesity. None of us want our children’s teeth to rot and fall out. I’m sure we’ll all agree that it’s not always easy getting them to floss and brush every day- after every meal.
Imagine your child decides to get her tongue pierced. Then, as if you needed something else to worry about, she starts “playing” with the tiny barbell-shaped stud, by constantly pushing it against her upper front teeth. Then before you know it, she forces a gap between those teeth. Just a fraction of an inch gap that, may likely run you thousands of dollars in orthodontic work to straighten out.