August 2013: Oakville Dental Newsletter
Have you been involved in a group sport this summer?
With the season winding down, now is the time to look for an indoor activity for the fall. If your choice of sport involves contact or strength and balance, talk to us about a custom fitted mouth guard. Above and beyond the benefits of safety and protecting your smile, some mouth guards have been shown to improve your overall sports performance.
Are you or a family member headed off to school in September?
Many post secondary institutions offer health plans that include dental coverage. If you are enrolled in a post secondary program, remember to look into the coverage offered to you. Your new school schedule may keep you busy, remember to make your oral health a priority.
Enjoy the rest of your summer,
Dr. Steven Rosenblat and Team
Waking Up With Headaches? Maybe The Dentist Can Help?
Many treatments and medications are available for headaches too, just look at all the ads on TV. But to treat a headache effectively it is best to know the cause of the headache in the first place.
There are dental causes for headaches too. The type of headache dentists can help with are muscle strain or tension headaches, commonly felt in the morning, possibly with neck and jaw pain. This pain is caused by intense contractions of muscles around your jaws. These muscles even extend way up on both sides of your head ( called the Temporalis muscles). Many people exhibit involuntary clenching and grinding of their teeth at night that can overload these muscles. This is a reflex action – feedback from the teeth causes even more clenching and pain. Traditionally dentists have fabricated a "niteguard" - an appliance that covers all the teeth on the upper or lower arch (similar to a sports mouthguard).
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Is Your Family Getting Enough Greens?
Regardless of your diet, greens should be an essential component of your day. Depending on your taste, there are many ways to get more green veggies into your diet. Through different preparations and by the very nature of vegetables, greens offer a very unique flavours and textures. From side dishes to mains and even in smoothies and juices there are endless ways to add more leafy green vegetables into your family's diet.
It is very common to get overwhelmed when it comes to greens. My suggestion is to start basic. Pick one new green to "play" with until you have found a way for you and your family to enjoy it. Try smoothies, sauces, chickpea stew, chunky vegetable soup, grain dishes or simply dressed with olive oil and sea salt for example. Sure, greens can be bitter or odd, especially if they are new to your palette, however once you find a way to get them into a meal there is no turning back. Greens can help increase your energy, aid in weight loss and offer your family many health benefits that are well worth the time to experiment with.
Let's take a closer look at a leafy green that has made its way into the spotlight over the past few years. Kale is a nutrient packed hearty dark green leaf that can be readily found at most major supermarkets.
Benefits of kale include: Click here
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