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8 Gift Ideas for Him this Father’s Day

With Father's Day soon approaching you might be starting to think about what to get that special Dad in your life.

With so many options you may have a hard time figuring out exactly what to get or you may have the opposite problem, what do you get the person who has everything?

The Gadget Guy

If your dad loves gadgets and doesn't have one of these, perhaps a Genius Electric Toothbrush would make his day.  It has BlueTooth Capabilities where it can connect to your phone to track brushing, pressure and location in the mouth using the Oral B App.  These are often found retail between $200-$300 plus taxes but is available at our office for only $125 all inclusive.  

The Father with Flair

What person doesn't want a beautiful, white smile?  The gift of a whiter smile is always in season.  With the purchase of a whitening package for your loved one (cost being $250), we can email a gift certificate or send one to you to give to that special father in your life.  We use Spadent In-Office Whitening.  For more information, click here!

Sporty Dad

One thing that we've come across this past year and actually use ourselves is a FitBit or a tracking device that tracks your steps among other things.  Its a great motivational tool and allows for you to track your steps per day or set a goal you'd like to meet, how much water you drink, your exercise and other useful items on an app that syncs the device to your tablet or cell phone.  The FitBit is at a higher price point but there are other similar options for less such as the Garmin.  Garmin has various fitness trackers to choose from to suit his needs.  We purchased the Wesoo K1 Fitness tracker for one of our children and found it to be very similar considering the difference in price.  Charging it was much easy as you can directly charge it to a USB whereas a separate charging device is required for the FitBit.  

The Snoring Dad

Did you know that this is highly related to Sleep Apnea?  Although maybe not the kind of Father's Day gift you were thinking about but perhaps considering the consequences will help with improving your loved one's quality of sleep and life.  If snoring is a concern, book a free sleep consultation today to ensure your dad or the loved one in your life is not at risk!  We provide specialized devices to help treat this condition.  It's a priceless gift that can ensure that the dad in your life continues to build special memories with his family!

Last Minute Gift Ideas

With busy schedules, the end of school approaching, and the beginning of summer drawing near, you may have left your shopping to the last minute.  Not to worry, places such as Zest in Port Credit have awesome gifts that cater to particular hobbies many dads have.  If the father you're buying for has a love for sports, why not tickets to a game or something he, the kids or grand-kids could do together?  After all, isn't this why the title "Dad" was given to him?  For the speed-lovin' dad, we've been told that this is a fantastic gift choice, an exotic car test drive or track drive at the Canadian Tire Motorsport park.  Personalized gifts are often a hit as well.  There's nothing like a cute personalized T-shirt for dad and his kids.  A local place to get this done is Dixie Mall's T-Shirt Time.  We've used their services before for custom T-Shirts and find them to be fantastic.  They can have a custom T-Shirt done quickly as long as they carry the pattern you want.

The Homemade Gift

The best gifts especially for dads or grand-dads with young children are those home-made.  Whether it be a card or a collage with various photos, homemade gifts are sure to leave a lasting impression.  Here are some suggestions for these:

Kid's Handprint & Footprint Canvas

Letter Photo Collage

Hand or Foot Print Keychain

We hope that we have given you some insight on gift ideas for dads for this coming father's day.  

Our team at Credit River Dental Centre would like to wish your special "dad" a

Very Happy Father's Day!


Lyme Disease got you Ticked?

Summer’s here and so is the warm weather. That also means bug season and Public Health Ontario is warning the public that tick borne illnesses such as Lyme Disease are on the rise. What can you do to protect you and your family? According to Public Health Ontario:

The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites by:

  • covering up
  • using insect repellent that contains DEET or Icaridin
  • double-checking yourself as well as your children; paying close attention to areas such as your scalp, ankles, armpits, groin, navel and behind your ears and knees
  • washing and drying thoroughly
  • checking your pets

Symptoms of Lyme Disease include:

  • fever
  • headache
  • muscle and joint pain
  • spasms, numbness or tingling
  • facial paralysis
  • fatigue
  • swollen glands
  • expanding skin rash


Symptoms can appear from 3 to 30 days after a bite from an infected blacklegged tick. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.
Considering the health risks linked to Lyme and other tick borne diseases, seeking treatment for these conditions is vital to protect our long-term health. But did you know that here at Credit River Dental Centre we can help patients fight against tick borne diseases?  Yes, dentists can help detect possible cases of Lyme disease.

Oral Symptoms of Lyme Diseases Include:

  • ​Dry mouth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pulpitis, or the oral inflammation of dental pulp
  • Pain in the chewing muscles
  • Pain the the temporomandibular joints (TMJ)
  • Bell's Palsy or facial paralysis
  • Involvement of the parotid glands may manifest as acute parotitis


The CDC suggests that a dentist should consider Lyme disease as a possible cause of a patient’s discomfort if a patient complains of facial pain that has no identifiable oral health problem. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. If you have any questions about your oral health or about the Oral Health link to Lyme Disease, please do not hesitate to call Credit River Dental at 905-278-4297.

For more information on Ticks and Lyme Disease in Ontario:
Ontario Lyme Disease or Lyme Disease Risks

In Honour of Our Culture, We made the Traditional Filipino Adobo!!!

With Carassauga being this weekend, we decided to make our favorite traditional Filipino Adobo!  To save time, we did another Pot-In-Pot recipe using our InstantPot to cook both our Chicken and our Steam Rice at the same time.  We will be using our 6 qt. InstantPot DUO to do this.  Below is the stove top version we used to use if you'd like to try it this way.    

Serves 6

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 2 minutes Saute Mode then 8 minutes High Pressure in the InstantPot

+ Natural Release for 10 minutes = 20 minutes total

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken thighs with skin and bone-in 
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 12 crushed garlic cloves or 3 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3-4 dried bay leaves

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup of Filipino soy sauce such as Silver Swan
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup of Filipino vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Slurry Post-InstantPot to thicken up the sauce

  • 2 to 2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp cold water

Rice (Only if you're gonna try a Pot-In-Pot)

Depending on the size of your pot to put in (either oven-proof glass or stainless steel), the ratio of water and rice should be 1:1.  We recommend either 1 cup or 1 1/2 cups of rice cleaned with an equal ratio of water.

Instructions for Making this in the InstantPot

  1. Turn your InstantPot on to the Saute mode and in it's highest setting and while this is heating up, make your sauce and mix the ingredients well.
  2. Once ready, add in your vegetable oil and then your onions which you'll saute for about 2 minutes to 3 minutes.  Add in the garlic, black peppercorns, and dried bay leaves and saute for another minute.
  3. Using your sauce, deglaze the bottom of the pot scraping any bits that are stuck.  Add in all of your sauce and then put your chicken in skin side down and then turn them over to ensure they have absorbed the sauce.
  4. Place you trivet into the pot and then you bowl of rice on to the trivet.
  5. Close the InstantPot and then set to high pressure for 6 minutes ensuring that the vent is in the closed position.
  6. While waiting, turn your oven on to broil and prepare a baking sheet or dish.
  7. After the cycle is complete, turn the InstantPot off and allow it to naturally release for 10 minutes.  Once completed, open the vent and allow the remaining steam to be released.  Once the pin drops, open the InstantPot, remove the bowl of rice and the trivet and then transfer you chicken to a baking dish.
  8. Turn your InstantPot back onto Saute mode and mix in your cornstarch slurry in increments.  The sauce will thicken.
  9. Baste your chicken with the sauce and put it into the oven for about 5 minutes.  Keep mindful that it you watch that they don't burn.
  10. Once finished, Baste the chicken again and use remaining sauce on the side for the rice,
  11. Serve with your rice and enjoy!

How We Used to Do It ~ The Stove Top Way

Ingredients

  •  4 to 5 lbs chicken thighs with skin and bone-in
  • 1/2 cup Filipino vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Filipino soy sauce
  • 4 cloves of crushed garlic or 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 3-4 bay leaves
  • steam rice to serve with (made separately)

Instructions

  1. Combine everything in a large pot and refrigerate for 1 to 3 hours so that the chicken soaks up the marinade.
  2. Bring the chicken to boil and then lower the health.  Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes stirring it occasionally.
  3. Remove the lid and simmer until the sauce has reduced and thickened - for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Serve with your rice and enjoy!


We would like to give credit to Amy & Jacky and C. Domingo for their original recipes that we slighly modified.​​​


Did You Know? Recalls and Advisories of Your Everyday Products

Like with anything, it is important to know when a product can be potentially hazardous to our health.  As a dental provider, we try our best to ensure that we protect our patients and the community when an "oral care product" has been deemed questionable.  Below are some products that have been on the market which users need to be aware of and use at their discretion.  We will update this regularly when we hear of any recalls or concerns regarding oral care products.  Click on the title(s) below for more information.  

Please note that although some are U.S. products., it is important to be aware of them since they can easily be bought and brought to Canada.

May 2018: Benzocaine Teething Products such as Orajel, Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricaine, Orabase, Orajel and Topex

January 2018: Advisory on Flintstones Plus Iron:  Unidentified Capsules instead of Chewable Vitamins

December 2017: Recall of Certain Comforts FOR BABY Water with Fluoride

We always strive to provide you with the best treatment possible to improve you and your family's quality of life.  We hope that you have found this information useful and that it will guide you into make the best decisions for yourself and your loved ones.

Your Refrigerator – 5 Tips on Keeping it Low Maintenance while Keeping it Organized

5 Tips for the Ultimate Organized Fridge

Did you know that your refrigerator can be home to a few unwanted organisms if not kept clean?   Every household has at least one or more refrigerators.  We open it a countless number of times in a day.  It is important to keep it clean, tidy and organized to avoid cross-contamination and maximize the use of the "foods" inside before their expiration date.

It's good to do a clean-up quarterly.  Check and throw out any expired BBQ  sauce, salad dressings, condiments, freezer burned meat, etc.. 

To prevent food-to-food cross contamination:

  • store raw foods that is likely to drip on the lower shelf in a drip proof container
  • store cooked food on the middle or higher shelves
  • store food that is ready to eat on the highest shelf
  • cover or wrap foods

It is also important to wash, rinse and sanitize your fridge.   In order to do this in natural ways without the use of harsh chemicals and abrasives, you can use a mixture of vinegar and water to sanitize with.  Dry and then use 1/4 cup baking soda with 4 cups of water to wash with.  To prevent odors you can use coffee grinds in a small container or bowl.  They will absorb the odour so you can keep it in your fridge overnight or daily if needed.

If you're finding that things don't get seen and they expire before you get a chance to use them or that you're not maximizing the space in your fridge, here are some tips that can help:

#1  Many places like Kitchen Stuff Plus and even your Local Grocery Superstore, Wal-Mart and others have fantastic fridge organizers that allow you stack things making it easy to see and access your food and condiments.  See the photo below.

Ultimate Organized Fridge

#2  Even simple things like putting a small lazy Susan in your fridge and a couple of Dollar Store containers may make all the difference.  It may be time consuming in the beginning but once you have a system in place, it will take no time at all to keep it maintained. See photo below.

Ultimate Organized Fridge
Ultimate Organized Fridge

#3  Having a Sharpie Marker nearby to label when you opened cartons or bottles are good identifiers of how fresh an item might be.  You can write the date you opened it on, on the bottle lid or carton itself so that you and your family members can quickly identify when it was opened.

#4  You can use a China Pencil to label plastic lids of left overs to ensure that they're eaten in a timely manner.

#5  Having a Boogie Board or some kind of White Board that is on the fridge can remind you of things that need to be eaten or things that are expiring soon.  We actually use a dry erase marker directly on our fridge door for this (if you're gonna do this, make sure to try out a test spot - try only at your discretion).  For those who love technology, there are a number of apps that can keep track of expiration dates.  Here are some that have received good review ratings:  Best Before, ExpiSave, Best Before (Shelf Life).  

Freezer cleaning is another story.  Just like the fridge, you want to be able to access what you need in a timely manner.  Keeping a system for this on your dry-erase board is good as well as you'll know exactly what's in there and when to use it before it goes bad.  Organizing things such as meats on one side, frozen vegetables and fruits on another and ice cream or frozen desserts in another section will make it easy to find what your looking for.

We hoped you will be able to utilize some of the recommended tips when cleaning, organizing and maintaining your fridge.

Your Credit River Dental Centre Team is always looking for ways we can help improve Quality of Life!

Thank You for Reading Our Household Tips Blog!

Got Some Orange Juice Left in the Fridge? Why Not Make It Into Some Orange Chicken…

Chicken the Orange Ginger Way!

We're really starting to love using our Instant Pot.  It's been kind of like the FitBit - a motivational tool that as encouraged us to use our kitchen more and create wholesome food vs. restaurant bought food.  Here's another great recipe that we've come across and the beauty of it is that we experimented with the Pot-In-Pot so we were able to make some steam rice at the same time our main dish was cooking.  We're hoping that you enjoy it too!  Just a reminder that the InstantPot that we use is a DUO 6 qt..  We have provided the alternate Non-Instant Pot user recipe on the bottom and how to make this using a slow cooker instead.

Serves 6

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 5 minutes in the InstantPot

+ Natural Release for 10 minutes = 15 minutes total

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs chicken breast or thighs cut into 1-2" pieces
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 6 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce *optional (not to be used if using a slow cooker)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup lite soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of Sriacha - can be omitted if you don't like spice
  • zest from an orange for garnish
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp orange juice

Instructions for Making this in the InstantPot

  1. Dry your chicken as much as possible as it is important that it has minimal moisture.
  2. Press Saute until you are in its highest setting which is the "More" setting on the InstantPot.  Wait for the Instant Pot to read HOT.
  3. Add the oil and then the chicken and saute the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes stirring it so that it doesn't stick to the bottom.  You want it to cook until it starts to get a golden color.
  4. Once done, check that bits of chicken are not stuck to the bottom of the pot.  If so, deglaze it with about 1/4 cup of orange juice and scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon.  Make sure all the stuck bits are removed.
  5. Add these ingredients:  the remaining 3/4 cup of orange juice, minced garlic, ginger, soy sauce, white sugar, brown sugar, rice wine, and Sriracha (if you'll be using it) in to the pot.
  6. Add the tomato sauce in if you want a bit more tanginess.
  7. Stir gently to combine all the ingredients.
  8. ***If you'd like to make steam rice at the same time - using a glass bowl or stainless steel bowl - add 1 cup to 1.5 cups rice (clean the rice) and equal parts water.  Use a trivet on top of your meat to support the bowl of rice.  See photo below.
  9. Close the lid and select Manual or Pressure Cook on High Pressure for 5 minutes ensuring the vent is closed.  While waiting combine the 2 tbsp cornstarch to the 2 tbsp oral juice.
  10. Naturally release for 10 minutes..  Turn off the heat and release the remaining pressure by opening the vent.  
  11. ***If you included rice, remove bowl of rice to continue finishing your Orange chicken.
  12. Select the Saute function and put on Low the add the Cornstarch orange juice slurry it in.  Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  13. Let stand for 5-7 minutes.
  14. Serve over rice and garnish with orange zest and green onions.
Chicken the Orange Ginger Way!

Instructions for Making this in the Slow Cooker

  1. The slow cooker does not require as much liquid as the InstantPot so you can either reduce your combine liquid by 1/4 cup OR increase your chicken by 1/2 lb.
  2. Using your stove top, brown your chicken for 2 to 3 minutes and remove the liquid.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix your ingredients together:    3/4 cup of orange juice, minced garlic, ginger, soy sauce, white sugar, brown sugar, rice wine, and Sriracha (if you'll be using it).  Depending on whether you added the extra 1/2 lb chicken place the mixture into the slow cooker or if not, remove a 1/4 cup of the mixture then place this into the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  5. Mix together the 2 tbsp orange juice and 2 tbsp cornstarch and add slurry to slow cooker and mix well.  Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Add on top of rice and serve. 

Even though the slow cooker has been our best bud in the kitchen for many years, it seems that our InstantPot has taken over.  You definitely can't compare the tenderness of the meat, the speed at which it cooks food and the ability to cook multiple items at once.  It has been quite the time saver for our family of 5.

Thank you for reading our Recipe Corner!

We would like to give Sweet & Savory Meals credit for the original recipe we adjusted.

Rib Rageous Recipe

Rib Rageous Recipe

Who doesn't like a good rack of ribs?  We've always been a fan of "fall-off-the-bone-ribs" and definitely enjoy trying and testing out new and savory recipes especially when it gives us an excuse to use the newest member of our kitchen - our InstantPot.  Although the recipe and images provided are for creating these ribs in the InstantPot, we will shortly be testing this recipe out in our crockpot (slow cooker).

Serves 8

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes in the InstantPot

+ Natural Release for at least 10 minutes = 35 minutes total


Dry Ingredient List for the Rub

  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp onion powder 
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

What Goes in the Pot

  • 3-4 lbs of baby back pork ribs with the rub, rubbed all over on every inch of your ribs
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 cups of apple juice

What You'll Need Post Instant-Pot or Post Slow Cooker

For you savvy cooks, you can make your own BBQ Sauce to brush on or if you're like me and always in a rush, you can use your favorite store bought BBQ sauce.

Instructions for Making this in your Instant-Pot

  1. Prep your dry ingredients in a small bowl and whisk them together.
  2. Remove the membrane from the back of your ribs by making a small slit with a sharp knife and then peeling it off.
  3. Turn your InstantPot on and put it in Saute Mode to heat it up which shortens its warm up time.
  4. Season your ribs generously and do not leave any visible meat unseasoned.
  5. Get out your trivet and place it in the InstantPot and then put "What Goes in the Pot", in the pot with your ribs in a standing up position like in our photo below.
  6. Pop the lid on, close it and make sure your vent is in the closed position.  Use your Meat/Stew setting and set your timer for 25 minutes with the keep warm cycle in the off position.
  7. Once finished allow the InstantPot to naturally release.  This can take from 10 to 15 minutes  At this time, turn your oven on to broil in preparation for your ribs.  You can also get a baking sheet with parchment paper on it ready to transfer the ribs to the oven once they are done.
  8. You can also get your BBQ sauce ready at this time.
  9. Once the natural release is complete which you can check by opening the vent carefully and by checking if your pin has dropped, remove your ribs and place onto your baking sheet.
  10. Brush both sides generously with your BBQ sauce and then place it in the oven for approximately 5 minutes.  Make sure to keep an eye on them so they don't get burned.
  11. Once done, enjoy and serve.
Rib Rageous Recipe

Thank you for reading our post!

We would like to give credit to Jo Cooks for this awesome recipe!

We will be trying this in the Slow Cooker because not everyone has an InstantPot and then updating directions for making it using this.

What’s Trending with Hygiene Instruments

Many people just close their eyes and bear and grin it all especially if they've waited a year or two before seeing you for their appointment.  This isn't what any dental hygienist wants to be known for and definitely not how we want to be perceived as when patients see us.

So how can we change this?  Well, you could be the best guitar player in the world but without a guitar that has the proper strings and is not properly tuned and maintained, it may seem as if you aren't.  The same goes for a hygienist.  Having the tools that are necessary for treating a variety of people is important especially when it comes to customized care.

In our office, we understand the necessity for a variety of instruments and have tried and tested many of them to see what would provide our patients with the most comfort while helping our hygienists continue to be efficient at what they do.

Power Driven

Based on what we have tried, both the Piezoelectric and Ultrasonic have their benefits.  We have tried both yet are still in favor of the Ultrasonic, namely the Cavitron because of its versatility.  Unfortunately, because of the lateral tip movement of the Piezo, a major downfall is that the clinician must re-position herself often to adapt the tip whereas with the Cavitron, having elliptical tip movement allows for more adaptability and less operator strain.

Tip On Tips

For universal use, we like the the Triple Bend Focused Spray Slimline 1000.  It allows you to fit in those tight interproximal spaces and allows you to adapt with minimal discomfort to the patient.  Because of its slender tip, you can access subgingivally quite easily again with minimal discomfort. 

One tip that we have come across which is great for those tough lingual surfaces is the Beavertail Insert.  How many hygienists can say that they have worked a full day without having that patient with moderate mandibular lingual anterior calculus?  The beavertail is great for this and other heavy lingual calculus or smooth surface calculus.

We're lucky enough to have quite a number of inserts in our armamentarium and have been able to get great use out of our lefts and rights as well.  They're intended to be used interproximally but are fantastic for using underneath lingual retainers which sometimes pose difficulty to access without operator strain.  We keep these in our perio-kits but will pull them out for those difficult to clean fixed lingual retainers.

Water-Bottle Systems

Having a closed bottle system vs. a city line allows for use of an anti-microbial agent during debridement when necessary and because it is a closed system, there is more control over the water quality in the bottle.  One advantage that you can purchase with some ultrasonic systems is the ability to convert to prophy-jet mode which is very effective at removal of stain.  So if you're looking into a new unit for your office, these are definitely items to consider.

Maintenance of your Power Driven Instrument

Like with everything, maintenance is key to ensure that your power driven instruments are working properly.  Almost all of the city line and even bottled system units that have the option of a city line, contain a filter on the water hose itself that needs to be changed for every so many uses so make sure you have this on your maintenance schedule.  When your unit is not outputting any water, this may be the cause as it could be clogged.

Hand Scaling

Where we have found there to be significant differences are in the varying brands of hand scalers that are available today.  After testing a number of scalers and currettes from different companies, we still stand behind Hu-Friedy because of the variety of scalers and currettes that they offer and the fact that you can easily change their coded rings.  We typically order the Ever Edges as we like that they don't require as much sharpening as the regular BUT the only downside is that because it is made with a stronger metal which allows it to maintain its sharpness, they are a little tougher to sharpen.  For a course on Maintaining Your Edge, click here.  So why are the coded rings important?  Well, it makes things easier when keeping track of kits and also keeping track of instruments that require sharpening, etc.  The rings are made specifically for the design of the instrument so you don't have issues with them falling off or issues with a tacky residue left over like tape leaves.  We have tried other brands and have had issues with resin handles cracking and instrument tips discoloring.  Some issues were a decrease in tactile sensitivity and not being as ergonomic.  

The two instruments that we like and have included in our armamentarium are the Nevi 2 SCNEVI29E2 which is made by Hu-Friedy and other instrument companies or the Montana Jack by P.D.T..  We like that both are very thin at the tip which allows for access in those tight interproximal spaces where light difficult-to-access calculus may be lurking.  They can easily access what their wider counterparts cannot.  They are both similar so you'd only need one or the other in your kit.

After taking a course and receiving a Sharp Diamond Coated instrument from LM Dental and trying it out for about 7 months now, we can honestly say that they have held up to their claim of maintaining their sharpness without being sharpenedas if we purchased them yesterday.  We've had no issues with sterilizing them either which was a concern because of their silicone handle (you can select from 3 different handle types).  Ergonomically, they are comfortable to use and allow for good tactile sensitivity.  We were very excited to learn about their newest instrument the Syntette which is a combination of a mini 11/12 currette and 13/14 currette all-in-one allowing removal of deposits from both mesial and distal surfaces.   We ordered this again in the Sharp Diamond Coat to enjoy the benefits of sharpen free.  After 4 months of using it, we love it!!!  It is definitely an instrument that can make you more efficient while providing continued comfort to your patients.  We do not use LM Dental's instruments exclusively because their Sharp Diamond Coated instruments are still limited to being available in minis but we are hoping that this will change soon.

Implant Scaling

For implant instruments, we are not fond of plastic instruments or those where you have to screw on the tips.  When you're trying to beat the clock, who has time to screw these in?  We do like the titanium instruments and have only a universal sickle (H6-H7) and posterior universal (204S) by A. Titan Instruments in our kits.  I haven't really encountered sub on an implant that required more than these two instruments to remove.  We are also a big fan of the blue implant ultrasonic tips which require a special implant insert (yellow handle).  We debride the bulk of calculus with this and remove the rest that is near the thread with the hand scalers.  

We hope that we've been able to offer some insight on what we think are great instruments to use in the dental hygiene industry and also what to consider.  As an office, we're always looking for ways to improve what we do everyday and understand the importance of having the tools to provide customized care.

After being a hygienist for 14 years and CDA 7 years before that, I've learned that the most important key to doing what you love and doing it well is having the tools to do it with and of course having a workplace you love!

Thank you for taking the time to read this post!

Disclaimer:  We have no affiliation with any of these instrument companies or their distributors. We just wanted to offer a review on what we believe are exceptional instruments to have as hygienists.

7 Mother’s Day Gifts You Probably Never Thought About Getting but are Gifts She’ll Love!

When special occasions come along, sometimes the most difficult part of the celebration is what to get that special person.  There's always the question of 

  • What do you get the person who has everything?
  • How much should I spend?
  • Where should I get a gift?

When everything is said and done and after researching what Mom's Really Want according to discussions with other mothers in our community and friends and family, here's a list of recommendations.  As a mom of three and a daughter to a wonderful mother, I have received and given some of these gifts.  Others suggestions have come from community discussions or what I've come across when searching for my own DIY projects. 

These gift ideas won't break the bank but will be something she'll always remember.

(1)  A monogrammed notebook, agenda, tote, or keychain.  Giving gifts that are personalized are always a nice touch but sometimes when the event creeps up on us, there isn't enough time to get this done.  Regardless of the gift, personalizing it says I thought about this specifically for you and gives it the feel that it was made for her.  Mom's are always organizing, making lists and are constantly coming up with what to do and when so agenda books and notebooks are a popular choice.  Totes are great bags for moms on the go (and which mom isn't?) - the bag that we can throw a bunch of things in when in a rush.  Keychains are always great too.  Who doesn't ever need a keychain?  At our most recent visit to Chapters/Indigo, we found out that they monogram their products for a nominal fee and will do in right on the spot.  They have a great selection of the items mentioned above so check out your closest Chapters or Indigo.  Here's a photo of what we had done for our moms.

(2)  A recent framed family photo or a collage of her with all your kids, with you and with each child is a wonderful idea.  It's something the family can look at and enjoy each day.  It's the thought that counts and the effort you put into it that will really matter to her.  You can easily print a collage at Wal-Mart in as little as an hour or at Costco or other retailers that provide a one hour photo lab.  Most of these retailers have a software that allows you to upload your photo(s) which gets arranged automatically into a collage for you.  Based on the size you want printed, this gift can cost as little as $20.  Here's an example of a collage we created - not for Mother's Day but for our son's birthday.  This was done at Wal-Mart in under an hour and cost us $20 plus the frame which was about $20 as well.

(3)  Depending on whether you're buying for your own mom or for your significant other, a care basket or box with all of her favorites purse items in it would definitely put a smile on her face.  Homesense has pretty boxes ranging from $3 to $15 depending on the size and Dollarama has an assortment of boxes, baskets and bags as well.  Put in some of her favorite color tissue paper and her favorite items, and there you go - a package made and personalized just for her.  Have the kids or grand-kids pick out some fun goodies to put it in such as her favorite lip gloss, some hand cream, a fragrant bar of soap, favorite nail polish with summer colors, favorite snack, the sunscreen she uses, a cute pen for writing notes, etc..  The options are endless.  This really shows her you know her and she'll think of you and her kids whenever she uses the item.  The cherry on top would be to put it in a plain box and leave it outside at the door on Mother's Day and tell her that there's a delivery for her at the door! 

(4)  Mothers are always Go, Go, Go!!!  If there's one thing that we sometimes really want, it's time to just relax and have some peace and quiet.  Giving her a gift certificate for a mani-pedi, a yoga class (Branch Yoga, Fitness by the Lake,  an art class (4 Cats Studio, Visual Arts Mississauga at Riverwood), a cooking class, a personal chef (Kippis, 10 Best Personal Chefs)  for a night or something she loves to to do so she can have time to treat herself is always a winner.  If you want to go the extra mile, call up a hubby of one of her good friends and perhaps co-ordinate this gift so that she and her girlfriends can go together.  One of the most priceless gifts is the gift of time and shared memories which brings me to our next gift.

(5)  Time flies when you have kids and we definitely feel it as we watch our three children grow each and every day.  The gift of memories goes a long way and it teaches children to appreciate the time you have together.  Do you have some MegaBlocks hanging around that your little ones can spare?  Or if you're a crafty dad, get a piece of wood that you can cut into several 2" cubes?  Either you or your kids can write down activities on them that she and you, her and the kids or her and the entire family can do together.  Write them on the wood blocks or the MegaBlocks and have her pick one each week or each month until the next Mother's Day!  See the example below (we did this for daddy on Father's Day).  Having your kids write them out if they are old enough is a nice touch.  If you do the blocks, the kids can paint them.  I used a mason to put them in but any container will do!

(6)  Gifts don't have to be expensive.  As the saying goes, "it's the thought that counts!"  One gift that seems to be a favorite among mommies are chore gifts (where the kids do some chores they don't usually do).  You can create a coupon book and print out specific chores that you or the kids can do for her that you don't normally do.  Here a site that offers various Mother's Day Coupons to Print Off for Free.  Click here!  The great thing about this gift is that it can lead to chores being done on a regular basis by your kids!  Now wouldn't that be awesome? 

(7)  Last but not least, if you're still stuck and don't have much time to create something, there's always the store bought gift.  Without spending too much, there are many boutique stores that offer Mommy geared fun and thoughtful gifts.  Here are a few examples of some that I have come across and some that have been recommended by other moms.  Many stores do Mother's Day specials or packages so its easy enough to pick something up that emphasizes the importance of this day.  

See these photos provided by Zest in Port Credit!

Disclaimer:  Please note that we Do Not have any affiliations with any of these recommended places.  They are only recommendations of things we have come across through discussion, through our research and places we have been to ourselves.

We hope that this information has been helpful.  Regardless of whether a gift is given or not, the most important thing us Mothers love about this special day is that it signifies the day when we learned to love unconditionally, became lifelong teachers and change, for the good of those little people now depending on us!

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Thank you to my husband and precious children for this gift that is a reminder of the beauty of Motherhood!

What you didn’t know about Bottled Water!!!

Health Canada has stated that the quality standards of tap and bottled water are "similar."

See this link regarding Why Canadians are---or aren't drinking bottled water (from the Globe & Mail).

In this article they state that "A federal agency regulates what is and isn't considered acceptable in public tap water, then gives the job of monitoring their flow to municipalities. In Toronto, water is tested every six hours to confirm the absence of harmful bacteria.  No government body is in charge of testing bottled water, which is classified as food and subject to the Food and Drugs Act. Processing plants are inspected annually by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and any additional testing is voluntary."

If you do choose to go the bottled water route, it is important to note that not all bottled water is equal as they vary on the pH scale which determines their level of acidity and alkalinity.  The ideal pH of water for human consumption is a pH of 7.0.  Tap water in Ontario ranges from a pH of 6.5 to 8.0.  See figure 1 below for the varying pHs of bottled water.  Photo credit: dataverse.

The Benefits of Fluoridated Water and why Tap Water is the Ideal Choice

There is often a stigma that tap water is 'bad' because it has an element called fluoride in it. In reality, it is actually better for you than most bottled water because the fluoride in it meets the recommended levels.

With all things considered, it's important to know that bottled water companies usually filter out almost all of the fluoride element.  Fluoride shouldn't be feared as it is a natural occurring element that is found in food, soil and water.  Dentally it has been proven to strengthen tooth enamel and decrease one's risk for cavities.  Ontario has a fluoridated water program, meaning that there is a regulated amount of fluoride in our city's water. The fluoridated water program is recognized by many organizations such as Centers for disease control and prevention, Health Canada and the American and Canadian dental associations. 

The fluoride concentration in our water supply is constantly monitored and measured.  Fluoride in concentrations of  0.7 ppm (parts per million) in tap water is considered ideal for human consumption in that it does not cause any adverse affects to anyone of any age. For any more information about the Fluoridated Water Program please visit Safe Drinking Water Foundation.

With this information we hope that you enjoy the warm days yet to come and appreciate the perks of our fluoridated water system without worrying about it being 'bad' for you while you keep yourself hydrated.  The benefits of tap water outweigh those of bottled water.  Know your options so you can make the best decision for you and your family!

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