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Finding the Right Dental Family

As your top choice Mississauga dental office, we know how important it is to not only find a great dentist, but a dental team that makes you feel at home. Dental visits can create a lot of anxiety, fear, and stress amongst some patients, but we at Credit River Dental make sure that you feel comfortable and at ease!

Have you ever walked into your favourite retail store and saw a fabulous jacket on the mannequin that you just had to have? You walk up to it and see if the rack is there, but it’s not. You look around and see if there’s anyone to help. There’s no one in sight. You walk to one of the registers and see a sales associate restocking. You politely ask for some help, only to be turned away with a response of, “sorry, I don’t work in this department!” You decide to search yourself and finally find it. You head back to another register to cash out. The cashier beams a smile and asks if anyone helped you. You tell her no and she simply nods and continues to render the bill. You walk out happy with your new purchase, but a tiny part of you was disappointed in the lack of customer service. How could such a great store have such lousy workers?

In an ever changing economical world, goods and services are bountiful. You walk along a busy city street; there are at least five coffee shops, three dental offices, 2 nail salons and seven different places to eat. Our society has been spoiled with countless ways to indulge, but what separates one from the other? In a world of franchise companies, what keeps “mom and pop” businesses in the race?

Amazing Customer Service Does!

Searching for the best has never been easier with technology literally at our fingertips. We then look at the reviews to relate to firsthand experiences from customers or patients and we realize that they are all based on one thing, customer service. How well do they treat their customers/patients? Were they friendly, passionate and helpful? Character can make or break! It doesn’t matter how great you are at the service you provide, if the way it is served is unpleasant, that speaks more of the work than the work itself!

Dentistry has always been deemed the least favourite visits in the healthcare field. Although this may be the case, making sure that patients are as comfortable and happy with their visits is something a great dental team will always strive for. When looking for the right dental office, you want more than just a great dentist. You want a team that can answer your questions, help accommodate if the case may arise, but most importantly, makes you feel like you are family! Find a team that reflects the work of a great dentist. A great dental family not only helps you with great oral health, but provides comfort and ease in and out of the chair!

At Credit River Dental Centre, we know the importance of a great smile. We understand that dental visits can be a little stressful and nerving, but rest assured that will do our best to help you feel at ease. If you ever have questions or are feeling a little nervous, it would be our pleasure to sit with you to answer and help reassure you! Enjoy a coffee or a snack from our patient snack bar. We offer televisions in the operatory rooms so that you can watch in comfort during your treatment. We are also available after hours for emergencies if you need help. Dr. Lee ensures your greatest smile in the chair, and his dental team makes sure to help continue that smile off the chair! Call us at 905-278-4297 to book your appointment today!

“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile” - Roger Staubach

Want Whiter Teeth Without Bleaching?

Here are 5 makeup tips that can make your teeth look whiter

  1. Lipstick Shade
    With lipsticks, the key is to look for those with bluer undertones as opposed to yellow. Slightly purple tones will help teeth appear somewhat whiter than those that lean yellow or orange. How does it work? If we look at the colour wheel, blue and orange/yellow sit across from each other, so blue tones tend to cancel out orange or yellow tones when placed side by side together, and vice versa. Therefore, lipsticks with a blue base will help cancel out any orange or yellow tones on your teeth.
    Red lipstick usually lean one of blue, pink, or orange. Blue tones will provide the greatest whitening effect, pink tones will be relatively neutral, and orange tones will provide a slightly yellowing effect. Unfortunately, darker shades in general will make teeth appear slightly yellower.
  2. Bronzer
    As far as having an influence on the appearance of your teeth, your bronzer can either lead to your ultimate downfall or make you a star. Avoid going too orange but rather use a subtle taupe-toned bronzer in order to lift your teeth an entire shade brighter.
  3. Eye Makeup
    Similar to the way your teeth will look whiter if you use a lipstick with cool or blue undertones, wearing cooler eyeshadows will help to deflect any yellow tones. Wear purple, blue and silver eyeshadows through the winter months in orderto brighten your smile, whereas in the spring try green and turquoise lids.
  4. Contour the curves of your mouth
    Your lips can appear fuller by accentuating the shape of your mouth and, combine that with a berry-toned lipstick in order to kick up the shine in your teeth. Trace around the edge of your lip line with a highlighting pencil while putting some extra emphasis on the curve of your cupid's bow.
  5. Lip Gloss
    Similar in the way cooler hues in lipsticks can help to enhance the appearance of your pearly whites, the flecks of shimmer or glitter in your lip gloss follow a similar colour rule. Toss away any glosses that contain gold or bronze-toned glitter, and choose one with a silver shimmer instead in order to offer a sparkly smile.
    And of course if you would like to whiten your teeth the more traditional way then please do not hesitate to contact us at the Credit River Dental Centre in beautiful Port Credit, Mississauga.

Conquering Canker Sores

If you’ve ever had a canker sore, you would understand how irritating these little spots in your mouth can get. Here at Credit River Dental Centre, we often have patients ask us what they can do to prevent and treat their canker sores. As your Mississauga family dentist, we’ve put together some basic information and tips in order to help you overcome the discomfort that canker sores cause.

What exactly are canker sores?

Canker sores are small ulcers that develop inside the tissues of your mouth. Canker sores are typically white or gray and oval-shaped ulcers, with a red-edged border. They are commonly located on the soft tissues and at the base of the gums. Although canker sores are benign and are not contagious, they can be quite painful and awfully annoying. These ulcers can be quite sensitive and can make it difficult to do daily tasks such as eating, drinking and talking.

What causes canker sores?

  1. Injury/Stress
    • One of the most common causes of canker sores is injury. Brushing too hard, biting your gums, harsh mouthwashes or eating something hard are some things that may cause these tiny ulcerations to appear. Certain people are also more sensitive with toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which can also lead to the development of these sores.
  2. Acidic Foods
    • Highly acidic foods, such as fruit, can irritate the tissues or worsen the condition of canker sores.
  3. Vitamin Deficiency
    • Children are more susceptible to getting canker sores because their bodies are consistently growing and demand for more vitamins. Doctors suspect that a vitamin B-12 deficiency can contribute to the cause of canker sores.
  4. Weak Immune System/Chronic Illness
    • Individuals with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to getting canker sores. A weaker immune system cannot repair ulcers as quickly as a healthy immune system. Individuals with Celiac disease or Crohn’s disease are also more prone to getting canker sores.

How to get rid of them

Thankfully, canker sores do go away on their own within one or two weeks. The best thing you can do is to keep your mouth healthy. This means keeping up with your oral care regime, including brushing twice and flossing daily. It may be tempting to avoid brushing in the area due to discomfort, however it is important to remove the plaque, bacteria, and food debris in order to aid healing. You should also avoid eating highly acidic and/or spicy foods, as they can cause irritate the tissues.

Over the counter mouthwashes and ointments are also available in order to soothe the area. Gingigel by Oral Science is a product that we highly recommend for those with canker sores or gum inflammation. It relieves pain and contains hyaluronic acid – a natural substance found in the connective tissues of the body. Hyaluronic acid helps to stimulate the production of new healthy tissue and promote tissue regeneration, allowing the sore to heal at a faster rate.

If you are noticing large sores, have sores that do not go away after three weeks, or are experiencing severe pain associated with your mouth, we encourage you to visit us at Credit River Dental Centre to have us examine the lesion to ensure that it is indeed a canker sore.

New Year, New Oral Health Goals

The New Year is a great time for people to take charge and think about creating goals on how to improve their overall health. We all strive to see a better version of ourselves as each year begins - whether it be through making healthier diet choices, getting more exercise, or by practicing overall healthier habits. As we are a few weeks into the New Year, we may want to also consider creating oral health goals as a part of contributing to our overall health as well. As your Mississauga Dentist, we have formulated five goals to help you to achieve a healthier smile for this New Year!

  1. Develop the habit of flossing
    We understand that flossing can seem tedious and a bit time consuming, however it plays an essential role in keeping our gums healthy. Did you know that you miss 35% of tooth surfaces in your mouth when you don’t floss? Unfortunately, tooth brushing alone cannot get into those hard to reach surfaces, which is why brushing and flossing come hand in hand. Having bacteria and food debris left over can cause build up in between your teeth and can lead to further negative effects on your mouth such as getting cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.
  2. Invest on your toothbrush
    It is very easy to lose track of how long we’ve had our toothbrush or toothbrush heads on for. Overtime, the bristles of our toothbrush wear down, causing them to be less effective and actually can cause more damage to our teeth and gums. It is important that we replace our toothbrush or toothbrush heads every three months.
    Another thing to also consider is investing on an electric toothbrush, which is the most effective tool for plaque removal. Electric toothbrushes have multiple benefits in comparison to manual toothbrushes. For more information on the benefits of electric toothbrushes, you can check out of one of our previous blog posts, “Give the Gift of Oral Health
  3. Visit you dentist regularly
    At Credit River Dental Centre, our main goal is to guide and help you in achieving your optimal oral health. More frequent dental appointments allow the dentist and hygienist to monitor the health of your mouth to help keep you on track. Regular dental hygiene visits are highly recommended in order to help you prevent gum disease and reduce the risk for tooth decay.
  4. Quit smoking
    This is a great goal that will not only impact your oral health, but will also help to improve your overall health. Smoking affects your dental health in many ways; it can put you at a greater risk for developing gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer. Smoking can also cause our teeth to develop more tartar buildup, discoloration and staining. Fortunately, there are many aids that are out there in order to help you to break this habit such as the patch, medication, online resources and support groups.
  5. Eating healthier
    Eating well is on most people’s New Years Resolutions list, however may not be on there specifically just to improve their oral health. Fruits and vegetables are actually great for your teeth. Crisp and crunchy fruits in vegetables help to naturally remove the plaque off your teeth. Other fruits such as oranges and bananas contain supportive vitamins and antioxidants to help prevent gum disease. It is also important for us to try and avoid foods that are high in sugar or are acidic since they can cause damage to our teeth and can result in cavities. This does not mean eating sweets should be completely avoided, however we must always make sure we are eating them in moderation and making sure that we are rinsing our mouths with water after and brushing every night to ensure the sugars don’t stay on our teeth.
    Improving your oral health and overall health go hand in hand. We, at Credit River Dental Centre, wish that you all have an amazing New Year and hope that these goals can help give you some inspiration and motivation for the New Year.

Finding Your Motivation

As your Mississauga dental team, we strive to provide the right care and motivation so that you are always in a state of optimal oral health. Top notch oral health is a team effort. We stand alongside each other to support and motivate the right type of care in office and at home, but motivation starts with you!

Humans by nature are social beings. In a world filled with social media, smart phones, the internet, television and the radio, it is hard not to find a way to communicate even with a stranger 1000 miles away. Everything is a tap of a screen away, and it’s only continuing to evolve in our technological world.

But with such an upkeep of sociality, how we do identify our own contentment? When Abraham Maslow created the Theory of Human Motivation in 1943, he stated there were five levels of motivation or needs that humans attempt to satisfy. These needs in order are Survival, Safety, Social, Esteem, and Fulfilment.

So how we do satisfy these needs? Survival is our most basic and most important need. This is a need all species strive for. We are in a constant state of survival whether it’s day to day living, or surviving an accident, or even raising three small children on your own on minimum wage. From the moment of conception, we are constantly in this state.

Safety is something we are taught at a very young age and progressively try to master and apply to everything we do. We were told to always look both ways before crossing, or having your seatbelt on when you’re driving.

The three next levels in the Theory of Human Motivation are interesting in that they seem to intertwine the most. Social, Esteem, and Fulfilment- how can being social affect your esteem and in turn, how does it affect your fulfilment? Does this mean in order to have great esteem and feel fulfilled; you have to be a social bird?

In order to understand this, we need to understand that not everyone is the same. One person’s social standpoint can be the complete opposite of someone else. Environment can also greatly influence this. Whether it’s because you grew up in a small town or even recess in the playground of a schoolyard can affect your social needs.

Being social has different definitions amongst different people. Just because one does not open to everyone doesn’t mean they are any less than anyone else. Today’s society has almost dictated that everyone has to share every living moment and that each of those moments have to be extraordinary in order to achieve a mass liking. Social media outlets have become stomping grounds for what is perceived as beauty, therefore increasing the strain on both men and women of what you should and should not look like. This has also broadened the spectrum of online bullying. News outlets reporting children as young as nine years old committing suicide because of bullying is the extent of how social skills can greatly affect not only yourself but others. As great as we’ve come along technologically, it comes with backlash that we as a society still need to work on.

What we can assume is that everyone wants good self esteem. Whether it’s being rewarded for an outstanding job or even accomplishing a goal you had for yourself. Positive feedback, self realization, love, success, these all affect your esteem. That feeling of content and confidence is a need most people strive for. Who wants to feel down about themselves and dwell in negativity?

We then get to the fifth motivation as per Maslow, fulfilment. As humans, we strive to achieve fulfilment in almost all aspects of our lives. Some may find fulfilment in buying a car, a house, or having a child. Some may perceive fulfilment as having a substantial retirement fund. It is achieving what we set out to obtain and it can be something physical or emotional.

So how can we use Abraham Maslow’s Theory of Human Motivation? In short, there is no one way to do so. Yes, we are all just trying to survive and do so safely. But, embrace your social needs in the way only you can achieve and by no one else’s standards but your own. Feed your esteem with positivity that shines from what you do and bring to this world. Fulfill your dreams and aspirations based on no one’s expectations but yours. Embrace your individuality in a world dominated by social dictations. Find motivation in yourself!

These motivational drives can not only help your wellbeing, but that includes dental health. Dental health can be applied to all five motivations. We need healthy gums and teeth to eat, hence survival. Making sure oral health is optimal provides safety as it is a part of your overall health. We socialize with our mouths; it is the main focal point of conversation. A healthy, beautiful smile also ties into self esteem. Imagine how amazing you feel smiling knowing you look amazing inside and out! And lastly, fulfillment; knowing you are taking the responsibility of great oral health means you are taking care of yourself and leading a healthy lifestyle. Now that’s fulfilling!

My Journey to Choosing the Right Dentist

If you ask anyone what the main reason is as to why they don’t like going to the dentist, what's the typical response? "I had a horrible experience the last time I went!" I can honestly say I am one of those people. After a traumatizing visit, I swore off dentists for good. That is, until I started working for my dentist. I was numbed with just a pinch so minute that I didn't even realize. I was frozen and felt absolutely nothing; a feeling that was unfamiliar to me. It opened my eyes to the importance of choosing the right dentist. My journey has only just begun, but I'd like to share the progress with you so that you too can feel confident in finding the right dentist.

Four years ago, I stepped into my old dentist's office for a root canal appointment that had been recommended prior. Unbeknownst to myself, it would be the last time I would step foot into a dental office. I was never a fan of the dentist to begin with and never gave picking a dentist a second thought. I always chose convenience over quality. Something I truly regret. As I anxiously sat in the chair, I was told I'd have the area numbed and that I wouldn't feel a thing. The following hour brought nothing but pain and tears. I felt every tug, pull and drill. I left the office crying, but the aftermath of the experience was even worse. Talk about the icing on the cake! I was left with a tooth that ended up cracked in half, which later on resulted in half of the cracked tooth still inside my gums. We are always told the importance of regular dental visits, but after that fateful day, I never went back. You could only imagine the damage done in my mouth. I brush everyday and flossed, but without proper dental care, there's only so much a toothbrush could do.

Fast forward to just a week ago, I stepped into a dentist chair for the first time in four years. I started working for my dentist a mere 2 weeks ago, so the irony of my fear was surprising. I was reassured with such support from my fellow colleagues including my dentist and faced my fears. I had my first comprehensive oral exam, an exam that most dentists’ don’t bother doing. This included teeth and gum exams, a head and neck evaluation, blood pressure check, oral cancer screening, x-rays, and a bite evaluation. Some of these tests I didn’t expect a regular dentist to do. I was informed of the damages in my mouth due to lack of oral care caused by my misfortune. I was saddened, but surprisingly relieved. I was not judged and was thoroughly informed of my oral status. I found out such vital information that was never told to me at any of my previous dental appointments. I was utterly shocked. How could I have not been informed of such problems?  These were problems that should have been addressed years ago. This could have all been avoided if I was informed properly to begin with.

So as I shared my dental horrors with you, I express the extreme importance of choosing the right dentist. It's easy to overlook the importance of oral care. Most people assume that a dentist is a dentist, they all do the same work, but this couldn't be further from the truth.

Dentists are like artists, no two pieces of work are alike.

Your mouth is one of the most important parts of your entire body. We use our mouth to eat and communicate.

Doing your research, when finding a quality dentist, is crucial.

It ensures that when you sit in that chair, that you are taken care of and properly informed so that maintenance off the chair is continued. Check their credentials, read reviews and testimonials. Reading firsthand experiences allows for personal connections and learning what you may or may not like about a dentist from someone who shares the same views. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You can always tell a lot from a person’s response if its meaningful and genuine or if their simply reading by the book. A dentist that takes time to explain and guide you through treatment says a lot over someone who simply wants patients in and out, one after the other. Time may be money and both are important, but always remember that quality always outweighs quantity, even when that quantity is to make scheduling efficient. Isn't it easier to have the proper care done the first time than to visit multiple times trying to squeeze an appointment here or there?

Ensuring you choose a quality dentist means you're guaranteed quality oral care! You wouldn't buy a pair of pants without making sure it fit well and made you feel confident. Your smile and oral health radiates with your level of confidence. Be confident in choosing the right dentist so you can be confident in your smile! Take it from someone who has firsthand experience!

8 tips to Smart Grocery Shopping while on a Budget

Smart Grocery Shopping

Overall health is what we strive for and what we try to help our patients achieve. As your Mississauga Dentist we are always trying to find ways to encourage overall health so naturally, healthy eating is important to us. What we eat can affect our health, energy levels (although Sleep Apnea can affect this as well) and the way we feel about ourselves. Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Food helps us celebrate with family and friends while nourishing our bodies. It gives us energy to get through each day. The right balance of food and activity helps to prevent disease and maintain a healthy body weight. In order to maintain a healthy and balanced diet shopping for the rights foods and planning on what to buy is important. Listed are some useful shopping tips for those who are on a budget but want to still get the most out of their budget.

Smart Shopping Tips with budget

    Schedule shopping only once a week as extra trips may cause you to spend more money and when you shop try to do it when you have lots of time to look at prices, and when you are not hungry or tired. When we’re hungry we sometimes buy unnecessary food.

    Before going to the grocery store, check if you anything on your shopping list is only sale either by using flyers or a phone app such as flipp. Buy the foods on your shopping list first. If you have money left over in your budget, use it to stock up on sale items that you can use later. Always check if items you normally buy are on sale that week.

    Look for No Name and store brands. They cost less than brand names and often contain the same ingredients.

    Buy only what you need and can use up. Food in large packages is sometimes a cheaper buy you will not save money if you end up throwing food away. Buying foods from bulk bin isles or bulk stores allows you to buy as much or as little as you need.

    Look high and low. Grocery stores are designed to sometimes place the most expensive items at eye level to grab your attention, costing you more.

    Check the reduced shelf/counter for some good buys.

    Watch the prices you are charged at register. Sometimes mistakes are made. When this happens and you catch it, some stores will give you the item for free up to a certain amount if it is their error.

    If the store runs out of a food on sale item, they can give you a “rain check” so you can still buy the item at the sale price when the item is stocked again.

***for parents with small children: Try to leave the kids at home. You may buy more extras if you take your children with you. Ask a friend to look after them. You can do the same for your friends when they go shopping.

We hope that these tips will help you maximize your grocery budget while still providing nutritious and healthy meals for you and your family. Your team at Credit River Dental Center cares about your health and will try to always provide you with information that can help you live a more balanced and healthy life!

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!

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!

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!