July 2012: Tips, eNews, and More!
We Hope You Enjoyed Your Canada Day Long Weekend!
Canada Day gives us time to reflect on what a remarkable country we live in. Canada is the second largest country in the world by land mass, has the world's longest coastlines, and boasts one of the highest standards of living.
Did you know that we officially became a country in 1867 and the final step in our independence took place in 1982? Take a moment to read up on some Canadian facts today: you will be amazed!
BBQ season is well underway, and social network photo albums are filling up with smiling faces. If you want to bring out the best in your smile for the summer, request an appointment today. There are still plenty of photo opportunities ahead!
For the Health of it!
While being active, wearing sunscreen, and staying hydrated are important summer tips, we would like to add one more to your summer mantra. 'Think before you drink!'
In our case we are talking about the consumption of 'sugary drinks' such as sodas, colas and juice 'cocktails'. If you enjoy the occasional 'sugary drink', here are some tips to limit the damage to your teeth:
Remember that once it passes through your teeth, the rest of your body has to deal with it and that's a whole other story.
- Try the sugar free versions (although they still damage tooth enamel).
- Drink your 'sugary drink' during a meal.
- Drink through a straw to minimize contact with teeth.
- When you are finished, rinse your mouth, then follow up with a tall glass of water.
- Most importantly, limit your 'sugary drink' consumption.
Have a great month,
The Team at St. Clair Dental Associates
| Energy Drinks and Your Oral Health
Energy drinks are a rapidly growing industry with new products popping up seemingly daily. Many of us have come to rely on them for an extra boost during the day. However these drinks can be very damaging to tooth enamel due to their ability to breakdown calcium which is critical for strengthening teeth and preventing gum disease.
Why are energy drinks a problem for teeth?
Energy drinks contain large amounts corrosive acids. These acids leech calcium and phosphorous out of you tooth's enamel. Enamel is the cover that protects the visible part of your teeth. Once you enamel is gone it is gone forever! These problems are heightened for teens and adolescents because their teeth are not fully hardened and therefore not as resistant to these acid attacks.
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|Coconut Mango Non-Dairy "Ice Cream"
Summer = Ice Cream? or Does It?
While ice cream offers one option for a delicious frozen treat, is it really ice cream you want? If you read the labels of many commercial "ice creams," dairy/cream components seem to be lower on the list of ingredients than cheaper artificial or 'natural' additives. The calorie-per-serving count of many dairy-based ice creams is often enough to make us rethink our craving.
It Summer! There is no need to deprive yourself of a frozen delight. Perhaps it is just time to consider a healthier frozen treat for the more sophisticated palette!
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