Archive for December 2011

It is hard to imagine that at this busy time of year, Santa could fit time into his busy schedule to visit the dentist! But here he is, taking time away from checking the “naughty and nice” lists, overseeing last minute gift and decoration prep and getting that final tune-up on his sleigh!

We were also wondering how he could find the time to drop in for an appointment with all the work he has to do! So we asked him.

“Ho, ho, ho!” he replied. “How could I not visit all the good little girls and boys at my dental office? This is a very important time for my teeth. With all the cookies and milk I will be having in such a short period of time, I wanted to be certain that my teeth are ready for all that sugar!” he chortled.

Of course, Santa will tell you that it is not enough to look after your teeth just for the Holiday Season!

“No, no, no!” he laughed. “Taking good care of your teeth is a year round responsibility! To keep my smile looking its best, I brush at least twice a day and floss at least once. And I visit my dentist at least twice a year…sometimes more if I need to. I also like keeping in touch with my friends at www.rideaudental.ca for great oral health tips year round too!”

“And just as importantly, I make sure I eat a good diet, full of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. It is not always easy to get fresh foods like that at the North Pole. But it is sure worth the effort. I find a good diet really helps keep my teeth strong and my gums healthy!”

A good diet? Santa? With all those cookies?

Santa chuckled. “Yes, it is hard to believe. But really, it is only the one day a year I do this. The rest of the year, I keep sugar to a minimum and focus on my health. You have to be strong and in good shape to travel across the world in just one night!”

“Don’t let my ‘bowl full of jelly’ belly fool you!” he continued. “I take healthy living seriously. And for me, that includes looking after my oral health! After all, an unhealthy mouth usually means an unhealthy body!”

So, we asked Santa if he had any final tips for everyone before he went back to preparing for the Big Day!

“Just look after yourselves,” he winked. “That means love yourselves and each other. It is an important part of the Spirit of the Season! The more you do that, the happier you will be. All that love, and those healthy teeth, will look great in the smiles of your Holiday photos!”

“Because,” Santa continued, “living the Spirit of the Season year round is a healthy habit…and healthier habits lead to healthier lives.

Dr. Peter Georgopoulos

Dental Surgeon

 

 

Looking after your oral health definitely does require good brushing and flossing habits as well as regular visits to your dentist. However, if you do not take care of yourself by maintaining a healthy diet, brushing, flossing and your dentist may only delay the inevitable major restoration your mouth may require some day.

A good diet is vital to prevent such harmful conditions as periodontitis. In particular, foods that are high in anti-oxidants may help improve your periodontal health. To understand how anti-oxidants can help, you must first understand what they are up against.

Our bodies are constantly being exposed to dangerous free radicals. These free radicals are toxins that damage our bodies at the most basic cellular and DNA levels. Left unchecked, they can contribute to such chronic conditions as periodontitis, heart and lung disease and diabetes.

Sources of free radicals include cigarettes, sunlight, stress, pollution, certain medications, food additives and household cleaners, just to name a few. As you can see from this list, it is virtually impossible to avoid the sources of dangerous free radicals.

However, anti-oxidants help protect our cells by combating the effects of these free radicals. One of the benefits anti-oxidants provide is their ability to improve the health of patients suffering from periodontitis.

People with periodontitis usually experience swelling of the gums, pockets between the teeth and connective gum tissue of 5 millimeters or more, and bleeding of the gums. Increased levels of anti-oxidants have been found to reduce swelling and pocket depth while virtually eliminating bleeding. In other words, combined with improved oral health care practices, anti-oxidants can have a dramatic affect on reducing periodontitis.

This begs the question then as to how one can increase the level of anti-oxidants in the body. While there can be a number of sources, the best way would be to increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables you consume. Many people may also require appropriate vitamin supplements to attain optimal levels.

Of course, many of you will have heard reports about the anti-oxidant benefits of red wine and dark chocolate! While we certainly would not advocate some indulgence in these areas, it is quite apparent that overall health would be better served by looking for anti-oxidants in other sources!

Once again, the moral of the story is that there is a strong link between your oral health and your nutrition. Talk to your dentist if you have any questions in this regard. We can be found at www.rideaudental.ca and would be happy to help.

In the meantime, increase those fruits and vegetables in your diet. Because increasing your level of anti-oxidants is a healthy habit…and healthy habits lead to healthy lives.

Dr.  Bao Nguyen

Dental Surgeon