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A time to be thankful, celebrate and reflect; Happy Thanksgiving to all!

IMG_0217Hello everyone!

This fall has been jam packed with lots to celebrate! In particular the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association celebrated their 50 year anniversary, and I wanted to make a special mention of this as it is a huge landmark for our profession here in Canada. The festivities took place in Toronto, Ontario this year over a three day conference. Really wanted to be there, but was signed up for a half marathon run  that weekend in Calgary. The run went very well, no medical mishaps and it was a grace to run with some very close family and friends:)

Very thankful to all who have supported the clinic this last year, we have truly grown so much this year and  have been busy throughout.  Many many thank you’s to all who believe in what the clinic has to offer, and letting us be a part of your healthy mouths, and healthy lives. So much to be thankful for !!

Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Long Weekend with your family and friends.

Helping Canadians understand Gum Disease

Best Health Mag Oct 13One of the things we love to do with our patients is educate them! The comments and feedback from our patients have told us that they love understanding more about how their everyday choices can affect their oral health.

Rocell, owner and head clinician at White Summit Dental had a chance to chat with Best Health magazine about gum disease.

Have a read of the article here.

The Calgary Flood of 2013

UPDATE – Monday, July 1st, 9:00am

We are very happy to report we were able to open and restart operations as of Friday June 28th, 2013!! For those of you who we had to cancel appointments for, we’ll be contacting you in the next week or so to reschedule.

The affected areas and communities still have a long way to go. We were able to donate some tools, buckets and flashlights to some of the communities who needed equipment. If you’d like to help, we recommend the following two methods:

It’s great to see Calgarians getting together and helping the people and businesses get back on their feet! Don’t forget to support your local Calgary business getting back on it’s feet too!

We hope you’re doing ok too; Our positive thoughts are with everyone rebuilding and helping to rebuild!

Rocell & Dave

 


 

UPDATE – Tuesday, June 25th, 1:50pm

  • Appointments for Wednesday June 26th are now canceled. Our building operators have been unable to get electrical back online to allow us to continue business. 
  • We will not be contacting patients due to our system continuing to be off-line. We apologize for the inconvenience, and will be in contact with patients to confirm any up-coming appointments.

In the mean time if you need flood info, make sure you’re using the appropriate authoritative resources. Here is a list from our Alderperson:

 


 

Monday, June 24th, 11:45am

Wow… The events over the past few days have been shocking, saddening, awe-inspiring and amazing. The flood here was nothing short of shocking, but the response from all levels of government, and the people of Calgary pulling together has been nothing short of amazing!

Thankfully, our immediate friends, family, and our practice are all okay. The practice currently doesn’t have any power, and we expect this to be rectified by tonight or tomorrow at the latest. For now we’re going to cancel appointments on Tuesday, June 25th.

We know that not everyone made it out of this disaster as unscathed as we did, so if there are any oral hygiene supplies you need to help out, please let us know, and we’ll do our best to contribute.

 

Highlights:

  • White Summit will be closed Tuesday June 25th as we wait for the power to be restored. If you had an appointment scheduled for this day, consider it canceled, and we’ll contact you to reschedule once our systems are back online.
  • If you or your neighbours, family or friends need some oral health products, please let us know, and we’ll do our best to contribute. Once the power is restored we’ll post an update to let you know when we can help.
  • If you’re interesting in contributing to the flood victims, please consider donating to the Canadian Red Cross http://www.redcross.ca/donate/donate-online/donate-to-the-alberta-floods

Best wishes to all of you, and we look forward to contributing to rebuilding the effected areas of the city and getting Calgary back to the most amazing place it normally is.

Rocell & Dave

Happy National Dental Hygiene Week 2013!

2013_NDHW
Just wanted to share with everyone the well wishes that Prime Minister Stephen Harper sent to the Canadian Dental Hygienist’s Association while celebrating National Dental Hygiene Week! Congratulations to 50 years of CDHA and CRDHA as well!!!

Meditation techniques to help those fearing their dental appointments

Hello all, just the other week I had a very very nervous patient in my chair who told me at the end of her appointment that she was meditating all throughout to get her through the hour!  It was quite a coincidence that she was in my chair, because the week prior I had a colleague mention about one of her patient’s praying the rosary during their dental hygiene appointment as a form of coping with fear!  For my patient, her meditation worked extremely well, and she even mustered up the courage to book back for the rest of her inital periodontal therapy and restorative care.

My particular patient had a background as a spiritual advisor. She explained that meditating involved three things for herself; the breathing, the focus on specific words or mantras (a prayer),  and trying to block out any thoughts or ideas past the specific mantras and words. It was a breath of fresh air, no pun intended,  to see a form of calming jittery nerve and phobias by ways other than 1 .nitrous oxide  2.  ativan 3. or any other sedative. I was very proud of this patient as it took her 4 years to get back into the dental chair. Meditation is a great holistic way to help deal with ones fears, whether they be in the dental chair, an exam to be written, or dealing with a new black diamond ski run!

At Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Dentistry and School of Dental Hygiene, a program was launched in 2008 to help students learn the benefits of meditation in their every day personal and work lives, called the Mindfulness Awareness Training Program. What a great idea, this would have been helpful for sure at my program!

For those who woud like to learn more about meditation techniques, check out the Mayo Clinic’s guide on relaxation techniques for stress busting. It could help you or a friend or family member at the next visit to the dental office!

 

Namaste!

 

 

 

 

How to keep your toothbrush clean!

I just finished reading an article that I felt I should share with others.

It has to do with the fact that yes, your toothbrush also needs to be kept clean! There are some basic rules such as throwing away your brush or brush head every 3 months or when you have been sick. But here are more helpful suggestions to decrease contamination of your “brosse de dents” whilst in the bathroom.

I know, so many things to think about to maintain that healthy smile, but enjoy the read.

Do bumblebee’s sleep?

Why yes they do!

This weekend we found one snoring away in our ornamental crab tree. Apparently the male bumblebees love to gorge themselves all day long and night, chase after the queen bees and then find a great buttercup like flower to catch some zzz’s. Sounds like a busy life. When we found this one, my first thought was that it was dead, and  to see if it was in fact, touch it. Not a very good idea, I know, so would rethink that action. D and I decided to complete our walk with Barkley and when we came back the bumblebee was gone!

The bumblebee unlike the honey bee, has only enough energy to carry on its activities for that day. It needs it’s “morning breakfast  and jolt of coffee” or in this case nectar to restore energies to its body and fly from its flowery bed.  They say bees are some of the hardest, diligent workers on the planet. Bees work hard, play hard and rest completely! The reward (maybe not for our teeth)? Honey.

Spring has sprung in Calgary!

Although I don’t think it was a honey bee, here is Zee Avi singing about one anyway.

Cooking a gluten free dinner menu can be challenging

 

Hello all! Hope everyone had a great May Long Weekend! We sure did, relaxing with family and doing nothing but visiting and eating.

On Saturday evening we had 10 family members over for supper and decided that all of the meal would be gluten free, as we had one guest who has Celiac’s disease. I was up for the challenge and figured this was going to be a piece of cake! Boy was I in for a surprise. Gluten is in almost EVERYTHING you can imagine. Straight down to drinks, sauces, broths, and desserts. We had to check all our ingredients as anything processed will use gluten as its binder. WOW.

Our guest was gracious enough to provide the dessert for the evening, a Lemon Meringue pie, gluten free of course. It was delicious!

We also had a gluten free spinach and artichoke dip; yes binder can also be in the cream cheese, yikes. This was very very tasty, even though it was also dairy free (dairy product allergies as well by some).  This was served with gluten free crackers of all sorts, which were lots of fun to buy.

There was a gluten free soup as well; cream of curried cauliflower. If you have not tried this it is one of my most favourite soups. The first batch I made had Campbell’s chicken and vegetable broth which I found out had gluten. So I started another batch, but substituted with just plain water, which believe it or not tasted somewhat good (sorry J).

We had a standing rib roast done on the rotisserie and I was concerned that there may be some hidden gluten in the spices. But all was OK!

The big question mark to the meal, was how the gluten free flour was going to do when cooking yorkshire pudding. In a nutshell, it did not turn out as well as it could have. I decided that after looking at a few recipes with and without Xantham powder, that I would forgo. I was wrong to omit, as it was the “binder” part of the recipe, oops! Next time:)

This month is Celiac’s Disease  Awareness month and for anyone who has to make the lifestyle changes to deal with the repercussions of this disease, kudos to you folks, a job well done! I found out in just one meal, how difficult it must be to plan meals in general, around travel, or just in general when you are not at your house.

As you can see in the picture, I could not resist having at least one glutenized menu item: a strawberry rhubarb pie. IT was also yummy, but not eaten by my gluten free guest. We had it made not at the house, but rather picked up from the Log Barn in town here. PS a good gluten free, reduced sugar content drink for your guest is DRY SODA; the rhubarb and juniper berry are the best. R

Good dental habits begin at an early age

Help older kids brush up on oral health

(NC)— Did you know that an estimated 57% of kids aged 6 to 11 years-old  have cavities? That number increases to 59% for teens, but with good oral care, specialists tell us that all children can grow up cavity-free. The habits you help them develop now will last a lifetime, so take a look at these helpful tips:

12-24 Months: Begin regular dental visits by age one. Teach a toddler about dental hygiene when the first teeth come through. Children should get used to holding a toothbrush and should watch others as they brush. Let them practice brushing, but continue brushing their teeth for them. Begin flossing when most of the baby teeth are in.

2-5 Years: Teach young children to use no more than a pea-size amount of toothpaste and make sure they do not eat it. Continue to brush and floss their teeth for them. Avoid sugary sweet treats.

6 + Years: Encourage children to begin flossing. Your dental hygienist will demonstrate proper technique. Continue to supervise brushing and flossing. The surface of your child’s permanent molars may be sealed with a light coating to prevent cavities in the deep fissure and grooves of the teeth. Keep a record of any accidents or falls that could affect the placement or condition of permanent teeth.

More information about oral care is available online at www.cdha.ca.

How to care for your child’s teeth

Healthy smiles for babies and toddlers

baby toddler dental health pic

(NC)—We don’t usually associate cavities or gum disease with infants but in fact, oral diseases begin very early. For example, early childhood caries (cavities) is a form of severe tooth decay in the primary (baby) teeth of children from birth to age 3, and it affects more than 10 per cent of preschool-aged children in Canada. Baby’s first teeth are crucial to healthy adult teeth, and early childhood cavities can lead to much bigger oral health issues later in life.

Reduce the risk and follow these simple care tips with your little one:

• Be a good role model. Keep your own teeth and gums healthy.

• Wipe baby’s mouth and gums with a clean, wet cloth or piece of gauze after feeding.

• Gently clean newly erupted teeth with a small, soft toothbrush.

• Avoid fruit punches and other sweetened drinks in baby bottles, especially before bed.

• Reduce the frequency of nighttime feedings.

• Use only pacifiers with an orthodontic design, and don’t dip it in sugary substances.

•  Avoid transfer of your saliva onto items used by baby, including bottles, cups, pacifiers. Bacteria spreads.

• Rinse baby’s mouth with clear water immediately after any liquid medication is given.

• Check for early warning signs by lifting up baby’s top lip. White, chalky teeth or brown or black stained teeth indicate a problem. Contact your dental professional immediately.

• Gradually introduce fresh fruits and vegetables to the diet. These foods, which require chewing, stimulate saliva flow and help to neutralize acids.

• Begin regular dental visits by age one.

More tips and information about oral health care is available online at www.cdha.ca.

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