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September 2011 - eNews, Tips, and More!

The first day of autumn - September 23 - is just around the corner. Don't fret: there is still time for a round of golf, another game of tennis or a long nature hike to view the amazing colour show Ontario enjoys each year.

Many of you are back in school or perhaps settling back into a more demanding routine. This can add stress and make you look for ways to save time. Two things that should not be eliminated from your morning routine are brushing, flossing and breakfast. Flossing is an essential component of oral hygiene: it only takes a short time and its benefits last a lifetime. From the classroom to the boardroom, a healthy breakfast improves performance, concentration and overall health. You don't need a three course sit-down meal, simply a healthy nutritious boost to start your day.

If you are looking for something fun to do with the family, apple picking season is here again. For those of you looking for different fruit to pick this time of year, Ontario also boasts delicious plums and pears. Freshly picked fruit can be a great additional component to your breakfast.

If you are in Toronto on October 1, be sure to check out Nuit Blanche It is an amazing way to explore the city and has been getting better each year. Remember to bring a camera and feel free to share your photos with us, we may include them in next month's eNewsletter.

Have a safe and healthy summer!

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

Sensitive Teeth

Teeth that are sensitive to hot, cold, sweet, sour and even to brushing and flossing may have a condition referred to as Hypersensitivity. The source of the pain is often the Dentin that is a layer of the tooth structure under the hard enamel surface. Dentin has nerve endings that can be responsive to temperature, acidic foods, touch and more.

The pain associated with sensitive teeth is often described as a sharp pain in a tooth or several teeth that often leaves as quickly as it came. Yet the experience is disturbing enough that it may cause you to rethink food and drink selections or even how you brush your teeth.

Although some dietary changes may be a good idea based on nutritional concerns, changing your brushing habits (if they are currently correct) can lead to other dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

Dentin Hypersensitivity or Sensitive Teeth are extremely common and for the most part treatable.

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A Go-To Homemade Granola

If you have been skipping breakfast or grabbing something when you get to the office, you may be missing out on the healthy start that your body needs. By planning ahead and preparing your breakfast in advance you can save time, money and your health.

A good go-to recipe for a homemade granola can be used as a quick breakfast or as a snack you keep at your desk to eliminate the temptation of less healthy alternatives throughout the day.

Some Tips for a Great Morning Granola:

  • Start with good quality whole rolled oats. This is the basis of the recipe.
  • Use sweeteners such as maple syrup, agave nectar, and honey.
  • Use healthier plant based oils such as organic canola oil. Have fun adding healthy things you love, such as almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, coconut flakes, apricots, raisins, goji berries... Add whatever you want! It's yours to enjoy.

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Recipes provided by Marni Wasserman and

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