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Having Chewing Problems?

Did you manage to eat today?

It can be  a matter of time before you are able to restore your teeth to their natural chewing function with dental treatment. Meanwhile, nutritional deficiencies can develop and your health can suffer. If you are having difficulties chewing and would like some food suggestions we invite you to visit the Eat Right Ontario website here.

You will find information about choosing and preparing a variety of foods to help ensure that you are eating well and enjoying delicious, healthy meals every day.

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Need help creating a healthy diet or just looking for some trusted advice? Visit the Dietitians of Canada website by clicking the link below:

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Swimmers Beware

Do you belong to a competitive swimming league?
Do you spend more than 6 hours a week swimming laps in a pool?

swimmers-725332-mIf so, you could be at risk of developing a condition known as “Swimmer’s Calculus.”  This is a yellowish-brown or dark-brown staining that commonly forms on the teeth of competitive swimmers due to the amount of time they spend in the water, although, we have seen it form on people who enjoy recreational swimming also.

Repetitive exposure of the teeth to large amounts of chemically treated pool water causes an unsightly, dark stain to form in the tooth plaque, especially on the front teeth.

No Need to Worry…

Making sure that this plaque is removed from your teeth prior to swimming will reduce the incidence of staining. However, if you already have this staining, there’s no need to worry – it is not permanent! It is easily removed by your dentist or hygienist. And if, after you have had a thorough cleaning, you find that your teeth are still not as white as you would like, there are whitening options available.

It’s also important to know that frequent exposure of the teeth to chemically treated water can also cause erosion (softening) of enamel. Be sure to monitor the pH levels in your pool water closely and ensure that the water isn’t allowed too acidic.

If you have discolored teeth as a result of swimming or for any other reason, please see us for an assessment. We will try to get to the source of the problem, and advise you further.

Yours in Better Health,

Your Smile Dental Care Team


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Back to School Check-up

Tooth Decay doesn’t take a vacation!

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Did you know that dental disease is the most common childhood disease and that in Canada alone, an estimated 2.26 million school days are missed each year due to dental illnesses?

Statistics also claim that by time they reach kindergarten, over 40% of children have already had some cavities.

So many things in the classroom compete for your child’s attention and learning can be difficult enough without a toothache being one of those distractions.

Preparations for the upcoming school year will come soon enough, and if you are already thinking ahead and want to avoid disappointment you may want to schedule any outstanding treatment or re-care appointments sooner than later. Our August schedule tends to fill up quickly with patients hoping to visit to us before school begins and we will do our best to accommodate your appointment request.

Book your children’s oral health care assessment today and send them off to school with a healthy mouth ~ It’s a great way to start off the school year!