Dear Sugar Lover
It may be time we need to break up. (insert sad face) We have had a difficult past, you have tried to break up with me before but I hide in places you likely aren’t even aware of and this makes you crave me even more. You know I’m bad for you, I make you happy one minute and next thing you know I bring you crashing down. I’ve seen you reading articles about how I cause type 2 diabetes, obesity, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, it ruins your smile (insert toothless emoji), it loosens the elasticity of your skin causing you to age faster (insert horror face), and heart disease to name a few.
You will gain many health benefits from the break up but I know this will be hard for you so I will give you some help. Cold turkey is often best, find a sugar detox plan that works for you. Did you know after one week you can almost always kick your sugar cravings? It will not all be rainbows and unicorns during this week it is often accompanied by headaches and mood swings, but you can do anything for one week you are so strong. When you find a detox you would like to try ask your Dr. if it is a sound plan. I have been kicked to the curb before and I might suggest looking up www.cleanfoodcrush.com I’m told it’s filled with loads of yummy recipes and they have a paid program that includes a week detox that has changed lives.
Looking to wean yourself off me, you might try eliminating your worst offender for one month. Let’s say you love pop, simply commit to taking the next 30 days to give pop the heave hoe. After your successful month pick your next offender and continue this process over the coming months.
You are stronger than you know, you have the will to work through your cravings and not slip up. Do you believe deep down in your heart this is true? Then simply go to www.cleanfoodcrush.com and just eat the nutritious easy recipes seen there free of charge. Simply pick your meals and snacks from the loads of recipes and you will be finally free from your cravings and heading towards a healthier you.
YOU’VE GOT THIS!
Your old pal,
Greetings Kim here
Back in January I was feeling dizzy during the day and just not feeling like I had much energy. My diet was getting worse and worse and I never wanted to eat healthy food, I only craved high fat, sugary things. I found the website noted above and joined a month challenge group to help get me back on track. The results were fantastic, finally I was gaining back my energy and I no longer felt dizzy. I have the occasional treat meal but I mostly eat a very clean healthy diet. When I allow myself a small treat about once a month I don't revert back to my cravings. However when I go on a few days of crazy eating I'm right back where I was and need to detox for a week to get back on track.
I have really found freedom with these changes and because of the added oral benefits of cutting out sugar, I felt compelled to share this with you.
Wishing you a happy healthy fall,
Fear = False evidence appearing real. Yeah that doesn’t help me either, my oral health journey began with tears, sleepless nights and being dragged from the car into the office by my mom. I am very thankful that ended when I was a teenager and met “Mary”. Mary changed how I viewed sitting in that large chair. From this time forward I wanted to be a dental hygienist but not just any dental hygienist, I wanted to be that compassion filled welcoming face for fearful clients.
My very first job lead me to the perfect position for me at the time, I joined a small practice that’s primary goal was making the fearful client as comfortable and as welcome as we could. My own little piece of Heaven, as the office grew my commitment didn’t waver. With each new dentist joining the practice an afternoon dedicated to providing pain free needles was held every year. This is where you would find me sitting in the dental chair volunteering my mouth to be frozen so that I could ensure my clients that they were in good hands.
My passion for providing a safe, caring, judgement free environment for clients with fears or embarrassment due to staying away from dental care for years has only grown. Many of my new clients have found me via current clients that have found comfort in the time I take to ensure their comfort.
So I welcome you to call me and allow me to work alongside of you at your pace to improve and maintain a healthy mouth. Once you are comfortable in my chair we can then discuss finding you a dentist with the qualities you need to feel safe and well cared for.
A month or so ago I was on Facebook and came across someone looking for a recommendation for a dentist for her family. Reading through the comments was rather eye opening, one person would recommend a dentist while the next person it discussing a bad experience with the same dentist. The dentists being discussed were all great dentists that I admire, but I know from experience we all have different needs. Even in my own family I have one of my children seeing one dentist while my other 2 see someone else. Both are dentists that I have unlimited respect for but my children have bonded with them for different reasons.
This is a very common occurrence when it comes to dentistry, one size does not fit all. You may have needs that a particular office can’t help with, as an example you may need laughing gas and this is a service that isn’t offered at all offices. Over the past two years I have had very good luck matching my clients with local dental offices that meet their needs and wants.
Who better to make a recommendation than someone who has seen multiple dentists work. Many of my clients come to me because they are seeking consistency in their care, in this case I am likely to choose an office for them where the dentist owns the practice or a dentist who is a long time resident of our area,
Others have sought out my services because of my unending patience and compassion for those with fears around dental services, in this case I will be making suggestions of dentists I know have similar values.
Other needs include good with children, pain free needles, payment plans, hospital privileges the list is endless. Who better to assist you in this matter than an independent dental hygienist who has worked and lived in this area for over 20 years.
Moving from dental office to dental office can have costly consequences, let me help set you up with an dentist that will exceed your expectations.
Maybe you don’t need to find a new dentist, maybe you have a dentist out of town and have a strong relationship with them, why not join me for your preventative services and see your dentist to have your teeth examined once a year.
Many of us have been passed down inaccurate information from family members and friends for many years, or perhaps you have come up with your own theories from what you believe has always been. I am here to tell you BLEEDING GUMS ARE NOT HEALTHY. It is a hard truth to tell people sometimes, I don’t want to offend you and your belief system but I am passionate about helping everyone achieve optimal oral health.
If your gums are bleeding it is no different than if you had an open wound on your hand. Of course you would want to control the bleeding and have the wound clear up on your hand, you would never just let it go for weeks and not heal. When your dental professional tells you your gums are bleeding please know it isn’t because we are judging you and how we think you aren’t taking care of yourself, trust me we all have areas in our lives we could use someone to stand beside us and help us improve. Your bleeding gums can be from many different things. If you are going through a very stressful time in your life the smallest amount of bacterial can be the tipping point with your body’s natural ability to keep everything in check and the disease process will begin. This is when your dental hygienist can help support you and help prevent further breakdown of the gums and bone supporting your teeth. This is done by determining an interval that will allow your dental hygienist to breakdown the biofilm before it gets to levels your body can no longer fight.
One of my favourite tools for reducing bleeding gums when combined with professional therapeutic cleanings is a small tool called Soft-picks. Soft-picks provide gum stimulation along with plaque removal/disturbance between your teeth. Following this blog I have set a link to watch a short video that demonstrates how they are used.
I encourage you to follow along with the week-long challenge recommended in the link. If you haven’t had a professional cleaning within the last year I strongly encourage you begin the challenge by having a professional cleaning. From here you are set to start the challenge and take a significant step to good oral health.
January is here and with it we often think of new beginnings. What a great time to add a new habit into your oral health routine. There are many things you could consider adding to your routine that can not only improve your oral health by decreasing your risk of decay, gum disease and halitosis but it can also reduce the amount of inflammation in your body. When your gums bleed it is usually due to gingivitis or periodontitis an inflammatory response to the toxins being produced from plaque not being fully removed.
Low grade inflammation in our bodies is being linked to many diseases. A great video to watch sometime on YOU TUBE is one by Dr. OZ on Inflammation where he explains what happens in our bodies when it has chronic low grade inflammation. Click here to view
Cleaning Between Your Teeth
This is a great addition to decrease the amount of bacteria in your mouth and freshen your breath.
Regular Dental Hygiene Visits
If you currently are not being seen by a dental hygienist I highly recommend booking yourself in for a new client exam and cleaning. Regular cleanings are different for everyone, some need to ideally be seen every 6 months to a year and others need to be seen as much as every 3 months to prevent disease.
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With advancements in dentistry over the years losing teeth as we age is no longer the norm. What has been a key factor in this change is the implementation of prevention and regular visits with a dental hygienist that monitors your gum health.
Now we see most people heading into retirement with a full set of healthy teeth and preventative care continues to be a much needed service. Now more than ever these appointments are essential as preventing problems will decrease the chances of needing expensive dental procedures that can be needed if your oral health is being neglected.
Keeping the gums and the bone supporting your teeth healthy has positive effects on your overall health as Periodontal Disease (loss of bone supporting your teeth) is linked to a growing number of diseases such as heart disease, stroke, respiratory disorders and diabetes.
Your dental hygiene visits will include a complete oral cancer screening, gum assessment, decay risk assessment and recommendations to reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease. When we see evidence that gum disease is in an active state your hygienist will make specific recommendations and a treatment plan to arrest the process from continuing. More frequent preventative care appointments can be required to help maintain your gum health and with fixed incomes and the loss of dental insurance these can be financially concerning.
For these reasons many dental professionals choose to implement senior discounts and I am happy to inform you that we have just implemented the Senior Smiles Discount at Hanover Dental Hygiene Care.
For healthy cleanings and gum maintenance cleanings there is now a set fee that will include your dental hygiene exam and cleaning. Your polish and fluoride will be done as needed at no charge a savings of $35.
April is Oral Health Month, and as we leave March behind I look forward to getting out into the community and sharing my passion for Oral Cancer Awareness. So to help get the word out I have created a fun Oral Cancer Screening Challenge to use our community to promote Oral Health. I challenge you to ask me to your place of business or come see me at my office and join the Oral Cancer Screening Challenge. It's simple really....I will perform a complete head and neck oral cancer exam for you, then you can enter your name in our swear jar for our draw at the end of the month.(I swear to be aware of Oral Cancer) Now it's time to pick your favorite sign and take a selfie to post to your Facebook, Instagram or other social media site, tag your place of employment or Hanover Dental Hygiene Care and bring awareness of Oral Cancer to all of your family and friends. Let's Kiss Oral Cancer Goodbye!
I can't begin to explain how happy I am to be banding together with approximately 100 other Independent Dental Hygiene Offices around Canada for the 7th annual Gift from the Heart day. To date over $400,000 worth of no cost dental hygiene services have been provided by Independent Dental Hygiene Offices and Hygiene Schools. I am currently taking bookings for April 9th 2016 to provide Adult 30 minute dental cleanings to those without dental insurance and can't afford preventative care. If you or somebody you know would benefit from this NO CHARGE service please contact the office ASAP as my appointments will book up fast.
Children do best with a consistent routine in all things in life. I sure wish someone had made sure I fully understood that concept 15 years ago, my strong willed toddler would have really benefited from me being a little less fly by the seat of my pants. Fast forward to today and thinking about constancy in regards to our child's dental hygiene visit, this constancy will provide the best results once you find a hygienist that will provide your child with the attention they need.
When our children see a different face at their hygiene appointments they will lack the accountability they can develop when they know they will see the same hygienist time and time again. They will then learn there is a routine to their visits:
1. Welcome and catch up time- The appointment shouldn't feel rushed the child needs to feel they are important. (because they are)
2. Discuss current home care practices- Does your child use a manual or power toothbrush, how often are they brushing, do they clean in between their teeth, does an adult help them.
3. Seat them back and examine the soft tissues of the head and neck, assess how their teeth are erupting. Advise parent of any concerns and make necessary referral to a specialist or general dentist.
4. Assess home care- can be done with a disclosing solution that will leave any plaque on the child's teeth a pink or purple colour or with the use of a specialized camera that will detect the plaque on your child's teeth and show it as yellow on the photos taken. (this is the method I use as can be used on children with red food dye allergies) Children do much better with visuals and this is preferred to trying to see a film on the tooth that is the same colour as the teeth.
5. Individualized home care instruction- If your child has left their hygiene visit and their new toothbrush is still in an unopened package this means they received no individual brushing instructions. This is an indicator that your child likely needs a longer appointment with the hygienist next time. With new technology being introduced all the time these tools are being added to your child's dental appointment but appointments are not increasing in time. This is the most important portion and if its being missed request your child's appointment time be increased.
6. Reassess again if your child is able to remove the plaque on their own, with use of camera or checking to see if disclosing solution is gone. If needed more time may need to be spent ensuring your child is able to effectively remove the plaque on their own.
7. Discuss how cavities start and good and bad snacks.
8. Cleaning portion of visit- this is the removal of the hard deposits that can't be removed by your child's toothbrush. Always ask that your child be seen by a dental hygienist.
9. Fluoride varnish- If your child has a fluoride treatment request it be a varnish as it has the most benefits. The rinse has very few benefits and I recommend avoiding this type of fluoride in office. (I do like home fluoride rinses though)
The child hygiene appointment is so much more than a cleaning, the education portion is the part that is going to teach the child to stay cavity free. Teaching children has always been a passion of mine I love their unique personalities, and taking the time to allow a shy child to feel comfortable with me or the fearful child to know I want to be their friend or the inquisitive child who likes to ask 100 questions.(As I list these I think each is my favorite, kids are so fun) As a dental hygienist I can not diagnose decay but I can advise you of what I see (example: a hole in a tooth, a brown spot that looks soft) and refer you to a dentist I think will meet your child's needs. It's a new concept seeing a hygienist outside the traditional office, it gives the hygienist the flexibility to set their own appointment times to meet your child's unique needs and a larger pool of dentists to recommend as a good match for you and your family.