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February 2013: Oakville Dental Newsletter

February is Heart Month!

As fate has it, Heart Month hosts Valentine's Day (February 14) and Family Day (February 18), two holidays focused on spending time with loved ones. During February, Heart Health issues will be prominent in the media. This is important to us as Heart Disease and Oral Health share many risk factors. For yourself as well as your loved ones, take some time to learn more about your heart and keeping it healthy!

Can taking care of your smile help to protect your health?
For as long as we can remember, studies have suggested a link between poor oral health (gum disease in particular) with cardiovascular issues. Experts now suggest that the link between Gum Disease and Heart Disease may be more coincidental than causal. That is not to say that there is no correlation, rather that more research needs to be completed before any definitive link can be established. Experts are sure of one thing though: good oral health is a factor in overall health and well being.

For your smile as well as your heart, we encourage you to practice good oral hygiene, maintain scheduled visits to our office and stay physically active throughout the year!

Until next month, stay warm and keep smiling,

Dr. Steven Rosenblat and Team

What's New in Our Office?

Old style X-ray film is becoming rarer in dental offices today. The "digital x-rays" are taken just as they have always been but now with "digital sensors plates" instead of film that are reusable and exposed with a lower x-ray dose than before. The "digital film" is put in a scanner that takes 4 seconds to put the xray image right into the computer file.

The images can be seen immediately on screen in high-resolution. Meaning, Dr. Rosenblat will be able see x-ray's much clearer for better diagnosis.

Crowns & Bridges - Why are they mentioned together?

If a tooth has been damaged or decayed to an extent where a filling will not suffice, a Crown (also called a Cap) is often needed to restore the tooth's shape, strength and structural function.

A Crown or Cap, as its name suggests, is a covering that is placed over the effected tooth. The tooth is prepared by removing any decayed area and shaping the tooth to be capped. The Cap is then cemented in place to protect the tooth for years to come. Crowns are also used to reinforce a tooth that has been badly cracked or broken, as well as to seal a tooth after root canal therapy.

A Bridge is a dental device that uses adjacent teeth as anchors to hold an artificial tooth in the place of a missing one.

Click here to see why we mention them together.

Cozy Chai Latte

The cold outside seems to have many of us reaching for a warm drink, often several times a day. While a hot chocolate or specialty coffee may provide temporary comfort from the weather, they often offer several unneeded components as well such as excess sugars and caffeine.

Here is a suggestion for a drink you can enjoy with friends that is not only delicious but is warm and loaded with antioxidants.

Click here for more information!

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