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November 2013 - Tips, eNews and More

 
Our candy hangovers from Halloween are just a memory and the leaves have already changed. Time sure flies! But before we get carried away and start thinking about the holiday season and New Year's, we should take the time in November to get things done and gear up for winter!

Follow these tips on how to prepare for the colder months, and you'll be relaxing without a worry. What's better than watching the snow fall from your favourite chair in your pajamas?
  • Make sure you're well-equipped for the winter. The first snowfall and sub-zero temperatures can come quickly, so make sure you take your winter jacket, gloves, and hat out of storage along with your winter boots.

  • Keep the yard tidy now and reap the rewards in the spring. Rake and bag leaves while they are dry. Cut, weed and feed the lawn. Clean up after your pets to avoid finding any frozen fossils come spring time!

  • Put away the hoses and shut off the water. You'll avoid frozen pipes and the associated damage it can cause.

  • If you have a humidifier, clean it and make sure it works. You should also change the air filters in your furnace and test it to make sure the heat is working. Don't forget to change the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

  • Are you letting heat escape or cold air in? Take a look at the caulking around your windows and if the seal could use some improvement, it may be time for a trip to the hardware store.
Taking care of the tasks on this winter checklist will help get your home through the colder months and make next year's spring cleanup a breeze!

There are also several websites that offer tips on how to prepare places such as apartments, condos, and cottages for each season. A little work now can go a long way in preventing any discomfort during the wintertime, as well as allow the whole family to participate in these activities.

Is it time for a cleaning or to have your dental work completed?

If your dental benefits are based on the calendar year, your maximums probably will not roll over into the New Year. If you don't use them, they likely will go to waste. If you have dental care that should be addressed you can call us or click here to request an appointment and we will do our best to find a time that fits your schedule.

Have a safe and healthy month,


Neil Hahn D.D.S. and the High Park Dental Care Team




Is There Silver in Your Smile?

 
Remember years ago, when you'd visit your dentist and find out that you had a cavity? You'd schedule an appointment to have it filled. On your return visit the doctor would fill your tooth and prevent the future problems that could arise from a growing cavity. Upon looking in a mirror, however, you'd noticed that there was an awful looking silver filling. You almost wished it was still the cavity that you couldn't see.

These metallic fillings were standard practice until not so long ago. While these fillings are unattractive to begin with, over time, the material they are composed of can corrode and leak, blackening the silver and many times the tooth.

If you're embarrassed by old fillings and tired of hiding your smile, talk to us about composite fillings. Composite fillings are made of a material that actually bonds to the tooth for a tight seal. They are strong, stain-resistant, and colour-matched to the natural tooth, making them as invisible as possible.


To learn more about composite fillings, click here.



Wholly Guacamole!

 
Guacamole with peas, who knew they'd make a perfect pair? Why with peas? Not only do peas give this dip a nice texture, they also add fibre, protein and vitamins.

Avocados are full of healthy fats, making them extremely satisfying and a great base for dip. There are so many great ways to enjoy this delicious guacamole. Try it with corn chips, on sprouted bread, in a wrap or topped on a salad!

Click here for the full recipe!


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