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November 2011 - eNews, Tips, and More!

The days are getting shorter and the air crisper and dryer. Even though it comes every year, the first cold snap of winter can come as a complete surprise. Take a deep breath, relax and use November as a transition month. The Air Conditioner should be covered, and water to exterior taps shut-off. Move winter jackets and sweaters to the front of the closet instead of digging past summer clothes for a pair of gloves and a scarf when the winter takes hold.

Did you test the smoke detectors around your house for the winter season. First check to see if the battery is still strong (if you can't remember when you last changed it, CHANGE IT NOW). Secondly check to see if the actual detector is still good, smoke detectors are generally good for about 10 years (look for the expiry date on the side or by the battery panel of the actual smoke detector).

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 most likely will not roll over into the New Year. If you don't use them they will go to waste.

Call us today or click here to request an appointment and we will 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

Health Tip: Got a Sweet Tooth?

Who loves candy?
Most people do. My personal weakness is chocolate.

Halloween is over and you have all this left over candy in your house. It will be hard to resist the temptation!

You've been told time and time again that candy causes tooth decay, but you can still enjoy the occasional treat. If you are going to indulge, there are some things you can do to limit the damage done to your teeth.

Click here to continue reading.

Energy Granola Bar

During a fast paced day many of us turn to energy bars as a quick snack to help push back or even replace a meal. Through marketing and sometimes misleading packaging, these 'energy bars' lead us to believe that they are a healthy alternative. While some are what they claim, others are composed from less healthy sources. These should be considered as little more than a candy bar. No energy bar is a replacement for a nutritious meal and many are high in sugar and calories.

Common Ingredients of Store Bought 'Energy Bars':
  1. High-fructose corn syrup: similar to sugar.
  2. Soy isolate: for additional protein but controversial health effects.
  3. Whey protein: Used to increase protein content.
  4. Natural flavour: can mean too many things.
  5. Fractioned palm oil: a processed oil used for it's heat stability, higher in saturated fat
  6. Maltodextrine (corn): a sweetener and "filler".
  7. Artificial sweeteners (malitol, sucralose)
Things to Look for in a more Nutritious 'Energy Bar':
  1. Natural protein source (nuts, seeds, quinoa, brown rice protein, hemp protein)
  2. Natural sweeteners (brown rice syrup, honey, maple syrup)
  3. An understandable, short ingredient list
  4. It doesn't double as a candy bar
  5. As few processed ingredients as possible.
You can also make your own whole-food energy bars instead. Click here for this month's healthy recipe "Energy Granola Bars"

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