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NDC Turns 9!

This month marks the 9th anniversary of Northern Dental Care!

When I originally opened the practice, it was with the mission to be the kind of practice that I wanted my family to go to. As part of that, I envisioned a one-stop practice that allowed for the majority of dental care needs to be addressed in one place. As such, we have added many services to our repertoire. To be of the greatest service to you, I want to recap what we can now do at NDC, because I am continually amazed that despite marketing heavily that we offer sedation services, for example, we get at least one of our patients who is relieved to find out that we offer this service and didn’t know prior to asking. So let me take this opportunity to review the big ones…

Sedation For Dentistry: Anything from light sedation to completely asleep. Yes, we have the ability to do all your dental work while you are under general anesthesia (not awake) so that you can literally wake up when everything is done. We have a certified Dental Anesthesiologist on staff for this service, and we can provide this treatment for children as young as 2 years old up to adults of any age.

Cosmetic Dentistry and Whitening: From Zoom!(R) whitening to crowns, veneers, and full-mouth smile reconstruction, we can demonstrate our ability with before-after photos of actual work done over the past decade.

Tooth replacement with Dental Implants: From single tooth replacement to replacement of all of your teeth with anchored-in-place new teeth, dental implants can restore your smile and chewing ability.

Specialists for:

Orthodontics – Straight teeth at any age!

Periodontics – Gum disease treatment, soft tissue grafting and correction, complex dental implant treatment.

Oral Surgery – Wisdom teeth and complicated tooth extractions under sedation.

As always, we accept emergencies same-day and are happy to see your family and friends. Of course, we continue to maintain our after-hours emergency line, so if you have a problem when we are closed, just call our office and listen to the prompts to speak to a team member or leave a message for a call back as soon as possible.

On behalf of the entire NDC team, I thank you for the opportunity to serve you for the past decade, and the next.

By |2018-01-19T18:31:43+00:00January 17th, 2018|blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

But What About Today???

Here’s a funny story that I heard, which I cannot take credit for, and I don’t know the source to give proper credit, but I want to share this one. It’s something I would share with my daughter when she is old enough to get it.

So the story goes like this…

An elderly man is walking through the park on his morning walk, and runs into a long-time friend sitting on a park bench looking a little sad.

As he approaches his friend on the bench the man says, “My old friend, why do you look so sad?”

The friend replies, “It’s really quite puzzling…two days ago a friend passed away and left me $10,000.”

The man says to his friend, “Gee that’s not the worst outcome I guess.”

To which is friend replies, “Oh no it gets worse…the day before my aunt passed away and left me $40,000.”

At this point the man is puzzled, and the friend continues…

“AND yesterday a cousin I’d never even met died and left me $250,000!”

By now the man is just confused and says, “Wow that’s unfortunate that these people have passed, but surely not the worst outcome.”

His friend says “Oh no, it gets WORSE! Today I woke up and it’s nearly mid-day, and I got NOTHING!”

Yep.

We can all be selfish and greedy. Our brains are wired to normalize new things so that they are just normal shortly after they were ‘new’. Instead of looking back at how much better we are off than we were 6 months ago, or a year ago, we just sit there like the man on the bench wondering why we haven’t had any gifts bestowed on us today.

This is the season to spend some time thinking about, and reminding your kids about everything we do have that many do not. Gratitude is seldom practiced but pays dividends.

My best wishes to you and your family, and I hope you have a wonderful 2018.

I look forward to seeing you all at your next visit.

By |2018-01-19T18:23:51+00:00December 17th, 2017|blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How To Avoid Seeing The Dentist

Here’s a question nobody asks me…

Many people say, I haven’t come in for a while because (insert excuse here)… or some are just honest and say, “No offence Doc but I hate the dentist.” No, I don’t take it personally. What we do is a little invasive, and working in someone’s face with the work that we have to do can be less fun than sitting on the beach, but if you ask the people who don’t have many teeth (or any) they will tell you the same thing: “I wish I had taken better care of my teeth.”

Yes, you can either have the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The pain of discipline is short and intermittent, like going to the gym. The pain of regret is heavier.

So, if you want to see the dentist less, here’s what you should do…

  1. Brush twice a day, morning and before bed.
  2. Floss every day, always.
  3. Limit sugar, but if you are going to eat sugar there is a ‘right way’ and it is this: limit the duration of exposure of sugar to your teeth. Example in Canadian terms: drink your “double-double” in a short period of time, then rinse your mouth with water, instead of sipping on for 3 hours. Sugar is addicting (yes, like drugs).
  4. Visit the dental office for regular cleaning and checkup visits – your work with the hygienist will keep you on the right path, and if there is a problem developing, catching it early means less work, less costly work, and less time in the chair.

If you do these 4 simple things, then you and I can see each other in short checkup visits, rather than to have dental work done.

If anxiety is keeping you away, note that we have sedation options from laughing gas (mild sedation) to completely out (general anesthesia) right in our office, for adults and kids as young as 2 years.

Now go brush and floss and I’ll see you at your next visit, for a short checkup

By |2018-01-19T18:23:59+00:00November 17th, 2017|blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Giving Thanks

With Thanksgiving just passing, I want to share something with you that you might find to be a good fit in your life.

As we think about everything we have to be thankful for, I want you to know that the biggest thing you can do for your health and your life in general is to be thankful…and not just once a year. In fact, gratitude may be one of the most underestimated and overlooked things that we all have access to yet rarely employ.

Cultivating gratitude doesn’t cost any money and it certainly doesn’t take much time, but the benefits are enormous.

Research reveals that gratitude can have these seven benefits:

  1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships.Not only does saying “thank you” constitute good manners, but showing appreciation can help you win new friends, according to a 2104 study published in Emotion. The study found that thanking a new acquaintance makes them more likely to seek an ongoing relationship. So whether you thank a stranger for holding the door or you send a quick thank-you note to that co-worker who helped you with a project, acknowledging other people’s contributions can lead to new opportunities.
  2. Gratitude improves physical health. Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and they report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences. Not surprisingly, grateful people are also more likely to take care of their health.  They exercise more often and are more likely to attend regular check-ups with their doctors, which is likely to contribute to further longevity.
  3. Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
  4. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kind, according to a 2012 study by the University of Kentucky. Study participants who ranked higher on gratitude scales were less likely to retaliate against others, even when given negative feedback. They experienced more sensitivity and empathy toward other people and a decreased desire to seek revenge.
  5. Grateful people sleep better.Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep, according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Spend just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer.
  6. Gratitude improves self-esteem. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychologyfound that gratitude increased athlete’s self-esteem, which is an essential component to optimal performance. Other studies have shown that gratitude reduces social comparisons. Rather than becoming resentful toward people who have more money or better jobs – which is a major factor in reduced self-esteem- grateful people are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.
  7. Gratitude increases mental strength. For years, research has shown gratitude not only reduces stress, but it may also play a major role in overcoming trauma. A 2006 study published in Behavior Research and Therapyfound that Vietnam War Veterans with higher levels of gratitude experienced lower rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  A 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that gratitude was a major contributor to resilience following the terrorist attacks on September 11.  Recognizing all you have to be thankful for – even during the worst times of your life – fosters resilience.

We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Simply take a few moments to focus on all that you have – rather than complain about all the things you think you deserve. Developing an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.

Source: Amy Morin: 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round (Forbes)

By |2017-10-17T19:16:58+00:00October 17th, 2017|blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

On Routine …

This is a non-dental conversation this month. Why?

The topic of routines always comes up at the end of summer, and I think for good reason.

For some, just hearing the word makes them shudder. Yet for others, the routine and structure of the non-summer months is a welcome relief.

According to Merriam Webster dictionary, routine is being of the type that is encountered in the normal course of events.

If you want your life to be more than “the normal course”, then routine is that much more important. Those who fear routine the most, would benefit from it the most.

Let me give you an example…

The person who balks at the thought of routine justifies that stance with wanting to be “free” and “spontaneous”.

Yet these are often the most caged-up folks out there. Sure, they may appear ‘free’ on the outside, but constantly lack accomplishment and fulfilment in many areas of life.

Here’s my pro-routine argument: If you want freedom, time with friends, accomplishment, and to experience all that life has to offer – you can only do that through routine.

Having a scripted morning routine, and dedicated time for the things you value most, you’ll find that you actually get to do more of those things than without the routine.

What about kids?

Yes, I know kids change everything, but you can still have a family routine and a personal routine. Having kids myself now I often joke that I have become so much more efficient with the little time that remains. But I can tell you I would have zero time and constant frustration over things undone and the lack of time.

We all have the same 24 hours in a day. You can either have the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Discipline weighs much less.

P.S., floss your teeth (now you have dental content too :).

By |2017-10-17T19:17:11+00:00September 17th, 2017|blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

6 Years of “Little Smiles”

This month marks the sixth year of the Little Smiles program! Original founded by NDC in July of 2011, we have had more than 1,500 toddlers and children introduced to the world of dentistry in a fun and non-threatening manner. With themes such as Dinosaurs, Cat-in-the-Hat, Winter Wonderland, and Princesses, we have had the NDC office decorated in all sorts of crazy ways and our team in full costume. The event has grown from a small patient event to a community-wide event that attracts families from all over the area, especially in summer months when we have outdoor activities like pony rides and a battery-powered car track.Throughout the past 6 years, the event has remained free and we will keep it that way. As long as there is interest from the community, Little Smiles is here to stay!If you want to bring your little one or recommend the event to a friend, visit our Facebook page, or go to www.NDCLittleSmiles.com. Of course, you can just call or email the office any time.

By |2017-10-17T19:17:37+00:00July 25th, 2017|blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dentistry for Diabetics

I want to introduce a new resource that we have created. It’s a booklet called Dentistry for Diabetics. I wrote this because we all know someone, be it a friend or family member, who has diabetes. In fact, it’s estimated in Canada that nearly 10% of the population has diabetes. The prevalence is estimated to increase by 44% from 2015 to 2025. One point about diabetes that’s not well known is that most people with diabetes have gum disease. Unfortunately, many people know about diabetes, but not many people know about the destructive progression of gum disease. In fact, there’s a direct link between diabetes and gum disease.  If you have diabetes it makes your chances of having gum disease significantly higher, and if you have gum disease as a diabetic it makes it very difficult to get rid of the gum disease. Conversely, while you have gum disease it also makes your diabetic control more difficult, because as most people with diabetes know, any infections including those of the mouth, (and that’s what gum disease is, it’s an infection of the gum tissue) are much harder to get rid of.

If you know someone with diabetes, or you yourself have diabetes, the next time you’re in our office go ahead and pick up a copy of our Dentistry for Diabetics booklet and pass it along. Our goal is to educate people about the oral implications of diabetes and how you can make it easier on yourself to control your sugar, and also prevent one of the long-term complications that people don’t often talk about, which is the destructive progression of gum disease if you have diabetes. Because diabetes makes it so difficult to control blood sugars, and because diabetes makes it so difficult to control infection and to heal normally, gum diseases often progresses very quickly in diabetic patients. Gum disease also really doesn’t have any obvious signs and symptoms besides bleeding gums when your brush or floss. It’s virtually painless until the later stages. In the later stages, you’re dealing with multiple abscesses and eventual tooth loss. All of that is entirely preventable.

So if you’d like a concise summary of the inter-relation of diabetes and gum disease, go ahead and grab a copy of our Dentistry for Diabetics booklet. Feel free to discuss further with your dentist or hygienist the next time you’re in the office. Of course, individual needs vary, but the number one step for everyone is regular dental care and excellent daily oral care routine. That would be visiting your dentist and hygienist for diabetics at least every four months, brushing twice a day, flossing daily, monitoring diet, which you should be doing with diabetes anyway, and being vigilant about the signs and symptoms of gum disease, should any appear.

To Your Dental Health.

By |2017-05-18T19:01:57+00:00March 28th, 2017|blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tooth Extractions Are Forever. So Are Dental Implants.

 

No one wants to lose teeth. We do our best to keep our natural teeth by tending to good, daily oral care. However, there are times when even the best oral care cannot prevent tooth loss. In the event this occurs, fortunately, dental implant procedures have become the gold standard for permanent tooth replacement.

Disease, accidents, trauma and poor dental hygiene are the major culprits in tooth loss. We are so fortunate to have a way to replace lost teeth. Tooth loss not only affects what we can eat and how easily we can smile, it may also affect the shape of our face. All of these aspects of tooth loss severely affect our confidence.  And, we certainly never want to lose confidence in ourselves.

The science, research, and understanding necessary for the discovery of advanced dental treatments is time-consuming and requires great curiosity and patience. The application in clinical practice also demands great training and advanced education. The practice of implant dentistry is as much about art and experience as it is about science.

Select a Dentist You Trust

Many dentists send patients to a special oral surgeon for implants. Other dentists can provide full-service dentistry including implants. Be sure the take the recommendation of your family dentist if they do not do implant procedures themselves. Or do your research and talk with friends and colleagues who have had the procedure. Interview each dentist until you find one that you feel is right for you. Ideally, meet the dentist and the team and ask about their experience and training.

You Didn’t Grow Your Teeth Overnight

How many years does it take for human teeth to grow? The answer is years. The artistry and dentistry required for dental implants certainly does not take as long as the time it takes to grow a natural tooth. However, it is lengthy which is why you want to be very discriminating in your choice of dentist. Once you’ve selected the person you want to work with, you will undergo a consultation during which the dentist or oral surgeon will walk you through the entire procedure. Understand that replacing a tooth with an implant is a lengthy process.

You will have a complete understanding of the process, and will know whether you will need to have a bone graft or sinus lift. Frequently dental implants take as long as six to eight months to complete. If it is necessary to do a bone graft, the area will require 4 to six months of healing time. Once the area is healed, the titanium post will be implanted, which can also require a fairly lengthy time in which the bone attaches itself to the post.  Finally, the crown that looks and feels like the tooth you lost is placed over the titanium post. You will return to eating and smiling and feeling as good about your implant as you did your natural tooth. Maybe you’ll feel even better, knowing that it will last the rest of your life.

Implant Maintenance
Like your natural teeth, dental implants require brushing, flossing, rinsing and regular visits to the dentists for cleaning. If you have teeth that need to be replaced, don’t hesitate to seriously consider dental implants. They are one of modern dentistry’s finest contributions.

By |2017-07-20T18:07:54+00:00February 24th, 2017|blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spicy Foods: The health effects of adding some heat to your meal

 

Hot and spicy foods get a bad rap. For years, experts believed it caused ulcers as well as other stomach problems. Studies now suggest that spicy food may actually help boost metabolism, prevent gastric damage and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Recently, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences looked at the diets of nearly half a million men and women over seven years, and found that people who ate spicy foods almost every day had a 14% lower risk of death, compared to people who added heat to their meal less than once a week.

Here are some other benefits of adding a bit of spice to your life.

Lose Weight

Spicy foods increase satiety, helping you to feel full while eating less, and hot peppers may even help your body to burn more calories. Studies have shown capsaicin may help fight obesity by decreasing calorie intake, shrinking fat tissue, and lowering blood fat levels, as well as fight fat buildup by triggering beneficial protein changes in your body.

Relieve Pain

Capsaicin is not only a potent anti-inflammatory, which is useful for many types of pain, but also it provides pain relief by depleting your body’s supply of substance P, a chemical component of nerve cells that transmits pain signals to your brain. It also works by de-sensitizing sensory receptors in your skin. This is why it’s often used in topical pain-relieving creams and patches. It’s actually the very intense burning sensation that, ironically, ultimately relieves pain.

Reduces Anger

Spicy foods boost the production of serotonin (feel-good hormones). They thus help ease depression and stress.

Improved Heart Function

Chillies are known to reduce cardiovascular risk. They lower incidences of heart attack and stroke as hot chillies lessen damaging effects of LDL (bad cholesterol). Capsaicin is also said to help fight inflammation, which is a major factor in heart problems.

Reduce inflammation

Spicy foods can reduce inflammation in the body due to their high phenolic content. They can act as anti-inflammatory agents, thus reducing the risk of swelling, physical discomfort, and disease.

By |2017-07-20T18:01:52+00:00February 17th, 2017|blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cavities are Caused by Bacteria

 

Cavities, simply, are openings through the protective structure of the tooth/teeth caused by infectious bacteria. The protective outing surface of the tooth is enamel. At times, due to wear and disease, other areas of tooth structure may be exposed called dentin and cementum. Enamel is the hardest/strongest structure in the human body, even stronger than bones. Cementum and dentin on the other hand are softer and when exposed to the oral cavity can form soft areas or cavities at a much faster rate. Enamel, cementum and dentin all have a similar purpose; to protect the pulp of the tooth which is the area where the nerve and the rich blood vessels that feed the tooth reside.

Cavity formation can take some time. Initially, the rise in the acid level due to cavity-causing bacteria results in breakdown of the external portion of the tooth structure. This breakdown either continues with further degradation of the tooth structures or can be halted and reversed through application of fluoride and the buffering/remineralization effect of saliva.

Increased acidity of the mouth occurs through consumption of carbohydrates, which when left on or around the teeth, is consumed by infectious bacteria which secrete their by-products (bacterial waste). The bacterial waste can raise the acidity level and increase the chance of cavities forming on the teeth. Good home care is important to rid the teeth of food so this process cannot begin.

Prevention of cavities starts with brushing three times a day for a minimum of two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day. If a person is at high risk for cavities, a higher concentration of fluoride toothpaste or an added daily fluoride rinse is a good idea. As well, many medications which people take have a side effect such as dry mouth, which raises their chance of developing cavities, thus homecare is vital for prevention.

If your dentist has told you that you have a cavity, it is important you attend to it. In the early stages, a cavity stays within the enamel; but once it travels to the underlying dentin, it can spread rapidly. Once the cavity goes through the dentin and into the pulp, it can cause infection, inflammation and discomfort. When the pulp becomes inflamed and infected, many times it will require a root canal (removal of the pulp and nerve of the tooth). Catching a cavity in the early stages is the key. In order to treat a cavity, the dentist will remove the soft area (cavity) of the tooth and replace it with a filling. The filling will take the space where the cavity was and protect the inner portions of the tooth, just as the enamel once did. It is important to keep the area around the filling as clean as possible to prevent new cavities from forming.

In Sault Ste.Marie, our water is not fluoridated so the use of fluoride toothpaste is vital in prevention of decay. According to the ODA, “Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, one of the leading causes of absences from school and only nine percent of Ontarians know that it’s an infectious disease.” Prevention of oral disease goes a long way.

Brush, floss and rinse for oral health!

By |2017-10-17T19:17:46+00:00February 6th, 2017|blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments