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Introducing Svetlana Larazeva who discovered the confidence to smile away as she receives the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Mayor Allan Thompson.
Since immigrating to Canada 10 years ago, Svetlana has accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime. A registered nurse and educator, Svetlana has authored an inspiring resource book for immigrants, The Sky is No Longer the Limit, through which she shares the many lessons she has learned about her adopted home with newcomers who can benefit from this information. 

Starting alone in a new land, with no relatives or friends to greet her, no knowledge of the English language and little money, she learned many lessons on her journey to her Canadian citizenship, professional recognition and personal success.. Through her personal efforts and volunteer involvement in many community organizations, she has helped hundreds of new immigrants integrate into their new home by teaching them about language, culture and finance, helping them navigate systems and gain recognition for foreign credentials 

Svetlana founded ImmPress Institute, an organization committed to helping immigrants "to dream more, learn more, do more and become more." Through ImmPress, Svetlana designs and delivers educational activities that support immigrants in becoming established in Canada.. ImmPress projects currently include among others, a guide for immigrants on succeeding in Canada, research on the lived experience of immigrant children, workshops for high school students, a train-the-trainer workshop series for ESL teachers, a book on the ABCs of Canada and the Faces of Ontario Almanac (essays and art depicting immigrant experiences in Ontario) among other valuable resources. 

HVD wishes her continued success in her present and future endeavours. 

By understanding how to use foods to improve your dental health, you’ll be able to make the right choices to ensure long-lasting healthy teeth and gums.

Dental Health and Your Body

Although professional cleaning, whitening, and corrective procedures can help, your diet is the most critical factor in addressing dental health issues.

Combining basic dental care such as brushing and flossing with a healthy diet is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums. Nutrients in foods such as calcium and protein strengthen the enamel of your teeth.

But some foods that are considered healthy could actually be harming your teeth if consumed in excess. These foods affect your teeth’s enamel, and can promote the growth of unwanted bacteria.

1. Don’t Feed the Bacteria

You already know that sugar is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to dental health problems. Sugars such as those present in processed foods and candies feed bacteria over time.

Candies that are chewy or sticky are especially problematic. They deposit sugar along your teeth and gums, giving bacteria a great opportunity to feed and grow.

Avoiding these altogether is the best option. But if it’s not realistic to do so, then minimizing their consumption is the next best choice. Make sure you brush and floss properly to ensure that you’ve removed any remaining sugar throughout your teeth.

2. Beware of Acidic Foods

Certain foods considered healthy can also contribute to dental issues. Many citrus fruits such as lemons contain high levels of acid. Grapefruits and other citrus fruits can erode the enamel of teeth over time due to this highly acidic nature.

If you drink soft drinks on a regular basis, consider the acids found in these carbonated drinks. Regular and diet sodas contain phosphoric and citric acid. These products contain high levels of sugar as well, making them especially detrimental to your dental health.

3. Chew Your Food

The act of chewing can be a great way to protect your teeth. It helps produce more saliva in the mouth, which is a great way to naturally clean the teeth of bacteria and residual acids. It contains calcium, phosphate, and other nutrients that help strengthen teeth and bones.

High-fiber foods such as cruciferous and leafy vegetables help you chew more and get the benefits of a cleaner mouth. Many also use sugar-free chewing gum after meals to help maintain oral cleanliness.

Using foods to improve your dental health, when combined with a routine of brushing and flossing will dramatically improve your teeth. By avoiding highly acidic and sugary foods, and consuming more fibrous vegetables that help cleanse your teeth naturally, your teeth will look better and be stronger.

Dental habits don’t come naturally to most kids… or even most adults! It takes time and patience, both for parents and children, to develop these habits. Fortunately, once these habits are established, they are the keys to long-term dental health. Here are some tips to help these habits form.

Healthy Dental Habits For Your Kid

  • Teach kids how to measure their own success. An important part of any healthy habit is the psychological reward of a job well done. In this case, the job can be measured any number of ways. Kids can see their success in the mirror. They can also feel their teeth with their tongues, noticing whether their teeth feel smooth. If kids can see or feel the real benefits of good dental hygiene, then they will be encouraged to keep up with the habit.
  • Introduce flossing early. Many parents neglect this until their children are older. Yet, there is no bad time to add flossing to a brushing routine. 
  • Make no exceptions. Kids should brush at least twice, and floss at least once, every single day. Even a day’s lapse can lead to calculus buildup that only a dentist can remove. 
  • Make dental time family time. If everyone does it together, it feels less like an order. Also, it helps kids stay on track by making them accountable to you at the time of their nightly routines.
  • Cut down on snacks. Snacks, especially those high in sugar or acid, between mealtimes is terrible for teeth. If you buy your child a cookie or candy, make part of the deal to get the cookie be an additional brushing after eating it. This will drastically cut down on bacterial growth on your child’s teeth. Set a good example by cutting down on the sugar, and brushing after each sugary treat.

These habits, if formed in childhood, can last for life. A healthy child will become a healthy adult.

Aging signs are a natural part of life. Dental issues are no different. For seniors, there are a number of dental health care needs that must be considered. Issues related to teeth and gums can be minimized through routine dental care.

Although some of the changes associated to aging cannot be prevented, their long-term effects can be minimized by knowing what to look out for, and what to do about it over time. The following are 4 important dental issues seniors should watch out for.

1. Gum Disease

Inflammation of the gum line is a common problem that patients present at the dental office. Thorough cleanings and good dental habits help reverse the inflammatory process.

But if left untreated, inflammation creates pockets around the gum line, providing an opportunity for bacteria to grow. The buildup of tartar and plaque increases the severity, as well as the use of tobacco.

Seniors who experience issues with the gums must be careful to avoid foods and products that increase the sugar content in the mouth. Acidic foods such as citrus fruits and soft drinks should also be carefully considered.

2. Dryness

The natural production of saliva decreases as you age. This is true for the entire body, as joints, skin, and other tissues begin to lose their hydration and elasticity.

In addition, prescription medications contribute to the loss of saliva production in seniors. Therefore, adequate hydration as you get older ensures that you prevent unwanted loss of saliva.

Saliva cleans the mouth naturally, and provides teeth with calcium and other strengthening nutrients. By drinking high-quality water regularly, seniors prevent the dental issues related to dry mouth.

3. Discolouration

Seniors encounter teeth discolouration as they age. Because the teeth lose their whiteness with time, some seniors are unaware that many of the issues related to discolouration can be avoided.

Acids in food can wear away the enamel. This allows the dentin, located underneath the enamel, to show more prominently. The result is a yellowing of the teeth.

For seniors, the biggest step in preventing yellowing of the teeth is to maintain strong enamel. This means that coffee, wine, and tobacco should be avoided.

4. Tooth Loss

Perhaps the most serious dental issue that seniors face is the loss of teeth. This can occur for a number of reasons. Seniors must remember that the best prevention for tooth loss is long-term routine care.

In addition to many of the diet and lifestyle habits already mentioned, ensuring that you get high quality dental care on a regular basis prevents unwanted tooth loss and decay. Consulting with a professional dental care expert provides you with the information you need to maximize your dental health in later years.

We present the case of Megan who came to see us when she was 13 years old. Her chief concern was that she was missing a permanent front tooth and this made her very conscious of her smile.

Modern dentistry today is much like a team sport where various specialists work closely together with the sole objective of creating the best smile for our patient. The general dentist is the captain or the quarterback in this game, the one who envisions and creates the treatment plan for the patient. The specialists then play their valuable roles in order to bring this plan into reality.

We present the case of Megan who came to see us when she was 13 years old. Her chief concern was that she was missing a permanent front tooth and this made her very conscious of her smile.

After careful examination and planning, orthodontic treatment was initiated and completed with care by the orthodontist who precisely adjusted the alignment and positions of all the remaining teeth so that she would have the right amount of space available for the new tooth at the right age...

The result of the orthodontic treatment was maintained with planned retention appliances until she was at the right stage in her growth to be ready for dental implants. Dental implants are successfully used in modern dentistry to replace missing permanent teeth. They offer several benefits like preservation of bone and preservation of the tooth structure of adjacent teeth, both of which are very important for someone as young as Megan. Research into the longevity of dental implants has shown them to successfully preserve bone for over 15 years in 95-98% of the time.

Our skilled oral surgeon was able to place the dental implant in the precise location and depth so that the tooth attached to the implant will appear as real as possible.

After 4-5 months of healing, we were able to design and fabricate a natural looking tooth which was anchored to the implant to complete a natural looking beautiful smile.

When there is a team of dental specialists, general dentists and dental laboratory specialists who come together with their skills and talents, the resulting smiles truly make long lasting memories as it did for Megan.

Megan now is confident about herself and in her smile and as she says "It was worth the wait!”

Humber Valley Dental would like to thank Dr. Pavel Sectakof, Orthodontist;Dr. Don Hui,Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon and Nik Masoud from Piccaso Dental Studios for their skills and expertise to create Megan’s smile.

Posted by: HVD Staff