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Habits of Successful People

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Greetings on this beautiful November morning, I read an interesting article in The Globe and Mail yesterday called “Seven Great Habits of the Most Successful People” and thought how interesting.

The article stated that habits determine 95% of a person’s behaviour, and its people’s behaviour that causes them to be successful. Easy enough….right?

One of the habits that successful people maintain is that they are health conscious and that includes maintaining a healthy smile. So I thought I would write a little about how you can incorporate a few small habits to your daily routine to reap the benefits of a healthy smile and become healthier.

  • Brush your teeth only using a soft toothbrush – hard bristles cause your gum tissue to recede and this can cause your teeth to become more sensitive
  • Brush your teeth three times a day
  • Brush your teeth after your breakfast
  • Brush your teeth for 2 minutes at a time
  • Floss your teeth, if you find flossing difficult use tools such as the air flosser, flossing sticks, etc.
  • Rinse your mouth after you brush your teeth, with your toothpaste left over in your mouth after your brushing, mouth wash, a mouth rinsing agent, etc.
  • If you are out at a party or dinner and cannot brush your teeth after dessert, eat a slice of cheese or a slice of apple, these foods lower the acidity in your mouth after sweets.

I hope you find these tips helpful and I hope you can incorporate them into your daily routine.

In case you are wondering what the seven great habits are:

  1. They are Goal Oriented
  2. They are Results Driven
  3. They are Action Oriented
  4. They are People Oriented
  5. They are Health Conscious
  6. They are Honest
  7. They are Delf-Disciplined

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Geriatric Dentistry

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Aging Couple Man with Walker Man in Wheelchair 

% Population of Ontario – Aged 65+ (1991-2041)

Aging Man in Hospital
Year65years+80years+
19912.42.4
199612.32.8
201112.83.1
201214.53.9
202118.44.3
203123.25.9
204123.27.9

Aging in Canada – More Canadians are over 65 than Under 15!

We take caring for our elderly patients very seriously at Dentistry at Lifestyles, we have comfortable chairs in our front lobby, they are not too low and easy to get out of, we are wheelchair accessible and so our washrooms, we do not have any area rugs that our older patients may trip on, we have great lighting, we take your blood pressure to ensure you are in the proper range, our skilled hygienists chart and monitor your periodontal readings, we update your medical history at each visit, we offer sedation dentistry for our nervous patient’s,  we strive to tell, show and do with our great communications skills, we offer a treatment planning assessment, and we give you a friendly reminder call two weeks and then again two days before your appointment.

A Study stated a percentage of oral issues that bring in elderly patients

Oral Issue %
Impaired ability to eat, limited enjoyment 68
Pain or discomfort46
Dissatisfied with self-image51
Avoided social interaction93

For these oral issues we provide the following services implant supported dentures, implant supported crown and bridges, referral to denturists, fillings, bone grafting, extractions, crown and bridge, veneers, cleanings, oral cancer screenings, denture ultra-sonic cleanings, and we offer 4 levels of sedation dentistry for patients that need or wish for this service.

We offer complimentary implant information seminars quarterly; we like to educate our patients so they may make the best decision to suit their lifestyles. A dental implant is the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Please call our office for the date of our next implant information evening. We provide a great educational slide show, Dr. Augimeri will speak, a denturist will speak, while you sip on a drink and enjoy some snack food. Some of our staff will be there as well to help answer all of your questions.

Dry MouthXerostomia – is a condition known as “dry mouth”, is the dryness of the mouth which may be associated with a change in the composition of saliva flow. This condition is often due to a side effect of many types of medication, people who breathe through their mouths, dehydration, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and several diseases, such as Sjogren’s syndrome. We find our geriatric patients suffer more with this, we can provide saliva substitutes, items to increase saliva flow, promote hydration, humidify the room; promote nasal breathing with breathing strips, use MI paste at your dental hygiene visits.

 

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A Healthy Mouth & A Healthy You

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Your mouth is the gateway to your health!

Keys to a Healthy You

  • Keep your healthy gums – get your teeth cleaned regularly, most adults need a cleaning every 3-4 months, ask your hygienist for your periodontal reading, you really do not want any numbers over 3. You may have inflammation in your gums known as gingivitis or periodontal disease without even knowing it. Get this inflammation and infection under control by whatever means possible.
  • Sleep well – Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. If you are a snorer get tested for sleep apnea, as using a c-pap machine will increase the quality of your sleep. Try to get up at the same time each day.
  • Exercise Regularly – the current recommendations are 30 minutes of exercise per day, five days a week.
  • Know your BMI – Your body mass index can help you figure out if you are overweight. If so this can increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and gum disease.
  • Check your blood sugar – gum disease may be your first sign of diabetes. Early diagnose is better and lessens your risk of serious complications due to diabetes.
  • Nutrition – eat clean foods and limit your sugar intake. Sugary drinks are the worse for your teeth and health, and often forgotten calories. Eat a balanced diet, high in fruit and vegetables, high in protein, and low in fat.

Oral Health Equals Overall Health  The Potential Effects of Bad Teeth

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Why Regular Dental X-rays are so important, even in Year 2015!

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One of the main reasons you may go to the dentist is to detect dental problems before they turn into serious concerns and issues. While a physical examination can find noticeable signs of decay, some oral diseases are just not visible to the naked eye. This is why dental X-rays are such an important part of dental care. Dental X-rays can detect even the slightest traces of oral health problems at their earliest stages, such as cavities (decay), gum disease (gingivitis and periodontal disease), oral infections, and some types of tumors. With early detection, you can get the treatment you need before problems have a chance to develop and worsen.

It’s important to realize that dental X-rays are only taken when necessary for diagnosis and treatment. Their frequency depends on the individual’s dental health, signs of dental problems, age, and risk for oral disease. For example, if a patient, who attends their dental hygiene visits regularly and has not had a dental issue or decay in years, would not likely need x-rays every 6 or 9 months, but once every eighteen to twenty four months. If a patient presents themselves with a tooth that is bothering them, an x-ray is needed to determine what is happening. X-rays are the only way a dentist can see what is happening in between your teeth and what lies below.

While some people worry about the radiation exposure from X-rays, there really is no need for concern. Modern technology has reduced radiation levels to miniscule amounts. For almost 25 years, the Canadian Dental Association has published recommendations to help family dentistry practices make sure that radiation exposure is as low as effectively possible. In addition, dentists take numerous safety precautions like protective aprons and collars to protect patients from radiation. We also make any exposure as brief as possible by using digital X-rays. A quality 2D Pan with several segmented image options is preferred vs. numerous small x-rays, known as PA’s or a Full Mouth Series. Digital Intra Oral combined with quality Digital Pan Images is becoming the new standard of care. Dentistry at Lifestyles even has a CT scanner that has a much lower radiation dose then CT Scanners used at hospitals.

Just to give you an idea of exposure, here are some different x-rays and amount of exposure to compare: – a digital Panoramic uses 4.7 – 14.5 uSv, a cone beam CT scanner (like ours) uses 14 uSv, a full mouth series uses 150 uSv, and a medical CT scanner uses 1200-3300 uSv.  Radiation from other Sources: Daily Background 8 uSv, and a commercial flight uses 6 uSv per hour.

The true value of dental X-rays lies in the way they discover dental problems before they have a chance to develop. If we don’t catch these issues early, the treatment will end of costing you more in time and money to fix these areas.

As you can see, dental X-rays show the big picture on your dental health and play a valuable role in good dental care.

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Smiling

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Why did the Mona Lisa become one of the most famous paintings of all time?  That’s a question an incredible amount of people have asked themselves in the past.  And one possible answer that many believe is this: because of her unique smile.

When asked what people notice first when they meet someone…..number one answer was smile. Smile 47%, eyes 31%, smell 11%, clothes 7% and hair 4%.

The Benefits of Smiling:

  • Smiling reduces stress that your body and mind feel, almost similar to getting a good night’s sleep. Next time you are stressed out sitting in traffic, focus on smiling, and watch how it reduces the intensity of the body’s stress response.
  • Smiling helps to generate more positive emotions within you. That is why we often feel happier around children – they smile more. On average, they smile 400 times a day.   While a happy adult smiles 40-50 times a day, the average adult only smiles 20 times a day.
  • Smiling boosts your immune system, it helps it function better. When you smile your body relaxes, and therefore your immune system can ward off colds and other viruses.
  • Smiling lowers your blood pressure – when you smile endorphins go up and your blood pressure comes down.
  • Smiling is contagious – when you smile, those around you will smile in response. This creates a more positive environment.
  • Smiling changes your mood – on a biochemical level, smiling releases endorphins, serotonin, and increased levels of serotonin makes us happier.
  • Smiling is a natural pain healer – in addition to boosting your mood, endorphins and serotonin are natural pain relievers.
  • Smiling can help you live longer – researchers have found that happier people were less likely to develop heart problems. They also found those who smile more can live 5-7 years longer than those that don’t smile a lot.
  • Smiling lifts the face and makes you look younger – so exercise those muscles today.
  • Smiling makes you seem successful – smiling people appear more confident and are more likely to get promoted. Put a smile on at those meetings and people will react to you differently.
  • Smiling will make you more attractive – smiles are pretty darn attractive for more reasons than one. A smile suggests that you’re personable, easy going and empathic.
  • Smiling makes you a better leader – if you’re in a position of power, smiling may be the key to your success. A group of researchers from The University of Montpellier discovered that smiling is a more effective leadership technique than having great management responsibilities.

Happy, Smiling Staff = Productivity

So now imagine how productive you and your staff would be with less stress, less time off with colds, lower blood pressure, less pain, more positivity, longevity  of employees, and everyone full of confidence because they feel more attractive, personable, they feel successful and they believe in their leader. Wow, all with a smile.

Statistics Say:

  • Happy, Smiling Employees produce 12% more!!
  • Last year revenues increased by an average of 22.2% for the 2014 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for.
  • Make your workplace a happy, fun place to work….not with cheesy balloon-a-thons but by encouraging people to bring their personalities, quirks and passions to work. This leads to an increasingly seamless work/life mesh, a sense that people can really be themselves at work. Games, laughter, fun, smiles are great stress relievers, they renew and refresh us, and build very real bonds between employees.
None of this is rocket science; in fact it’s Leadership 101. But like all simple truths, it bears repeating because it is so important. Talent simply won’t hang around in a cold, mechanical, stifling, repressive culture. Developing happy employees is what twenty-first century management is all about. And guess what? It makes leadership a lot more fun, too!

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