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Holiday Tips For Your Teeth!



The holidays are fast approaching and it can be a very busy time! We’ve summarized the following principles to ensure a tooth-healthy holiday season.

~Candy: It’s almost inevitable during the holidays, there’s going to be chocolate and sweets. It’s fine to indulge, but let’s minimize the damage to your teeth! Eat sweets in moderation and chew xylitol containing gum or sugar-free gum afterward to clean teeth and prepare them for brushing. Be sure to brush and floss extra-thoroughly to remove excess sugars and particles from the mouth.

~Brush: Toothbrushes make great family stocking stuffers! Brush your teeth twice daily, for two minutes each time, using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or when the bristles look frayed.

~Floss: It’s vital to clean the food particles and plaque from between your teeth. Floss once daily, taking 2-3 minutes each day to.

~Visit Your Dentist Now: A cavity or other oral emergency can be upsetting and interrupt your plans. The year often only gets busier from here on out, so take the time to look after your oral health!


Meet Dr. Zain!



Hi! My name is Dr. Zain and I have been practicing dentistry at the Collingwood Dental Centre for over 8 years.

I specialize in working with patients who are nervous or experience anxiety when visiting us, regardless of age.  I love working with kids to help instill good oral hygiene and provide them with a positive dental experience early on.

My background in sedation allows me to help adult patients feel more at ease and undergo treatments with as little discomfort as possible.  Our experienced team aims to have each visit begin and end with a smile!

Outside of the clinic, I enjoy exploring our scenic area by hiking, road cycling and even scuba diving in the crystal clear waters of Tobermory (brrr!).  My 3-year old, Zareen’s favourite hike is the Lorree Forest Loop, so you may find us there quite often!  I also try to take every opportunity to travel with my wife Zahra and Zareen to experience the beauty and people of the rest of the world.

I look forward to meeting you and do hope you call our dental team your family one day soon!


We love Collingwood – throwback to our past charity initiatives



On April 1st The PLAQUE PEDDLER’S rode their hearts out at our local YMCA as their way of ‘Moving to Give’. This year we had 15-20 Participants, including all of our Dentists!

Last November our dental team at Collingwood Dental Centre had the privilege of being able to give back to the community, by providing a day of free dentistry for the people of Collingwood region. This free dental clinic was the first of its kind in Collingwood and it was a huge success!

In June of 2016 as part of the Guatemala Outreach Mission, Collingwood Dental generously donated local dental anaesthetics for the cause.  Pictured here is Dr. Lun accepting the donation from Dr. Mohammed Saigar on behalf of Collingwood Dental Center.

For the first Guatemala Outreach Mission back in November 2015 Dr. Saigar and his assistant Jade packed up $6000 worth of dental supplies for the mission, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Collingwood and the Rotary Club of SGB.

Bowling for a cause! In March of 2016, our wonderful Collingwood Dental Centre Team raised $500 on Friday bowling for Big Brother Big Sisters of the Georgian Triangle!

Back in summer of 2015 our team at Collingwood Dental traded in their medical gloves for work gloves and spent the day helping build for Habitat for Humanity!


Laser Dentistry is Here!



At Collingwood Dental, we continue to be excited to offer our patients laser dentistry services! If this is something you’d like to learn more about, don’t hesitate to contact us for a meet and greet where we can address any questions you have.

The Waterlase performs many dental procedures nearly pain-free with fewer shots, less need for anesthesia, less use of the drill, and fewer numb lips!

The WaterLase is very versatile, and can be used for a wide range of procedures; from decay removal, cavity preparation, root canals, smile design, gum and bone surgical procedures and many others.

For gum procedures it reduces bleeding, post-operative pain, swelling and the need for pain medication in many cases.

We are very excited to be able to offer this treatment to our community.

http://www.waterlase.com/benefits.html


Athletic Mouthguards: They’re Not All Created Equal



“Recent estimates suggest that nearly 5 million teeth are injured or lost in children and adolescents in the United States every year,”

 

There are three main types of athletic mouthguards:

 

1.Stock mouthguards – You can buy these ready-made in stores that sell sporting goods. You simply place the appliance in your mouth and use it “as is.” They are also sold over the Internet.

2. Boil-and-bite mouthguards – You place this type of mouthguard into very hot water until it softens, and then bite into it so it will take the shape of your mouth and fit more closely over your teeth. These are made from materials that are resilient under normal conditions, but become pliable when heated. Like stock mouthguards, these are sold in sporting goods stores and over the Internet.

3. Custom-made mouthguards: You work with a dental professional who will prescribe and custom fit your mouthguard. The process involves making a model of your teeth and then moulding the mouthguard material around the dental model to ensure a close and comfortable fit.

 

Resources

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/healthy-living/your-health/lifestyles/athletic-mouthguards.html

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20170601/Athletes-spread-awareness-about-avoiding-injuries-to-the-mouth-and-face.aspx