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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!

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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!!!

Smokeless Tobacco product’s Oral Cancer-Causing chemical found

What is smokeless tobacco? It’s the stuff you dip, snuff, chew and spit (Generally, not the stuff a good date would be doing!). For some time these forms of tobacco were known to contribute to causing oral cancer. Recently the chemical responsible for these oral cancer-causing attributes have been identified. The chemical (S)-NNN is part of a family of chemicals called nitrosamines, which are also found in beer and bacon! However the amount in smokeless tobacco is far higher than that found in food.

Read more on WebMD.

The invention of the toothbrush.

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Have you been brushing your teeth in the morning and wondered who the heck invented the toothbrush? Well, as it tuns out it’s not a simple answer. Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, Europeans, and Americans all had a hand in brining to life what we commonly use today: the nylon bristled toothbrush.

Read more at History.com

Surgery food and young teeth – Not a good mix.

We sometimes take for granted “baby teeth”, since they usually get replaced by permanent teeth. However habits developed in these young years will usually extend long into one’s life. This article by the Sydney Morning Herald talks about how to take care of baby teeth and some of the challenges being seen in Australian children’s’ dental care.

If you take one thing away from this article, it should be to reduce sugary foods and over-processed carbs in your child’s diet.

Read more from the Sydney Morning Herald.

Oral Health and Dementia

A new study has revealed that older men who are missing teeth and elderly women appear more susceptible to dementia when they brush less than once a day. Although this study doesn’t directly tie the two directly together, we feel it’s a good reason to keep on brushing!

Here is the Vancouver Sun reporting on the study.
Here is the study the story is based on.