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:
- They are Goal Oriented
- They are Results Driven
- They are Action Oriented
- They are People Oriented
- They are Health Conscious
- They are Honest
- They are Delf-Disciplined
Dentistry at Lifestyles is growing again.
Upon finishing high school, Dr. Robinson graduated from the University of Toronto with his Bachelor of Science (honors) and then with his Doctrine of Dental Surgery. Dr. Robinson was one of three dentists selected for a one year residency program at St. Michael’s Hospital Department of Dentistry, he gained experience and knowledge in hospital based dentistry. From there Dr. Robinson went on associating in Muskoka, where he had spent his summers as a child, and then built two dental practices as a solo practitioner in the lovely Muskoka area. We are so pleased to welcome him here at his new home, Dentistry at Lifestyles.
We are so happy to announce and welcome Dr. John Robinson to our team.
On a personal note, Dr. Robinson has two children, who are both attending university currently. He is a hands on father and was a hockey trainer for his son’s hockey team for many years. This past summer he took his two children on a hiking trip of a lifetime. With Dr. Robinson’s children getting older, this leaves more time for him to enjoy his other passions such as road cycling, downhill skiing, hiking, kayaking, camping, snowshoeing, and water skiing. Yes, he is a very outdoorsy man!
With over 26 years of experience as a general dentist in Ontario, a great sense of humour, awesome leadership skills and a wonderful team player we are excited for Dr. Robinson to begin his next chapter with us, Dentistry at Lifestyles. Dr. Robinson is understanding, gentle, and will provide our patients with excellent care. Dr. Robinson will begin this great journey on Monday October 17th, so book your appointment with him now.
Welcome Dr. Robinson, our newest member of our dental team!
% Population of Ontario – Aged 65+ (1991-2041)
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
|Impaired ability to eat, limited enjoyment||68|
|Pain or discomfort||46|
|Dissatisfied with self-image||51|
|Avoided social interaction||93|
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.Xerostomia – 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.
Every year there is a dental convention held by the ODA, Ontario Dental association, in Toronto. As a staff we attend so we can stay up to date on the always changing dental products, services, procedures and education. We use this time to not only educate ourselves but as a team building experience as well. This year we had 7 staff members attend. On the first day we each attended different lectures, administrative staff took lectures requiring scheduling for success, management staff took a lecture called RISE to Success, our clinical staff took lectures to do with periodontal issues, nutrition and lifestyles, and tobacco cessation.
After a full day of lectures we checked into our hotel, the Royal York. We got cleaned up and went out for a nice dinner and then to the Ripley’s aquarium. Sinclair, and company that we purchase many of our sundries from, were hosting an after party. It was a great evening, viewing all the different fish, sharks, and other underwater creatures. My favourite was the octopus! It was a great time to bond with team members, share a laugh, and experience each other outside the work place.
Downtown Toronto was super busy and in great spirits as the Blue Jays won their game, and the Toronto Raptors won their division. It was exciting to be a part of that positive energy.
On Friday, we attended lectures in the morning then we walked the sales floor in the afternoon. We learned about sweet tooth obsession and its impact on oral and systemic health, TMJ, 21st Century Laser-Assisted Dentistry, Dental Implants, and Woman and Time: Setting a New Agenda. On the sales floor we learned about a new bone grafting material, looked at new chairs (see picture of Allison), new cleaning solutions to clean our water lines, and ordered an all-natural, Canadian lip balm to give out to all of our patient’s.
Friday evening we went to an Italian restaurant in Vaughn called Just Desserts, as it is Dr. Augimeri’s favourite. It was delicious! Dr. Augimeri ordered a variety of food from pizza, pasta, meat and seafood and we all helped ourselves. I will definitely go back.It was a great experience and an awesome 2 day adventure with my team, can’t wait till next year!