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November 2012 - Tips, eNews and More!

This past weekend I was walking through a mall and, believe it or not, I heard my first holiday song of the season. While winter does not officially start until next month, the holiday season seems to come earlier each year. I must admit, the cheeriness in the song did lighten the mood of the day. It also reminded me that it's time to finish the fall chores around the house and bring the warmer wardrobe out of storage (this year I'm not waiting until the last minute to search for a hat and pair of gloves).

November is Diabetes Awareness Month
Did you know that there is a connection between diabetes and gum disease? Patients with diabetes have a higher risk of developing periodontal disease. This risk increases if the diabetes is poorly managed. Diabetes affects the circulation adversely which makes the gums more prone to infection. Increased sugar levels may also increase the levels of disease causing bacteria in the mouth. If you or someone you know has diabetes, we encourage you to speak to us about routinely monitoring your oral health.

Is it time for a cleaning or to have unfinished dental work completed?
If your dental benefits are based on the calendar year (as most are), your maximums will most likely not roll over into the New Year. Our calendar fills up quickly this time of year, so we encourage you to call today if you need an appointment before the New Year.

We hope that you have adapted to the recent time change and also the shorter amount of sunlight. It's a good time to add vitamin D to your regimen. It is also a great time to remember to check your smoke detector batteries and expiry dates. This year we would like to add your carbon monoxide detectors to this list as well. Many CO2 detectors plug into your electrical sockets, but remember, they have an expiry date. Replace any expired detectors around your home and protect your family, especially if you have a gas furnace (which has likely been running for weeks now).

Have a safe and healthy month.

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

Sweets And Sticky Treats This Season

Avoiding sweets entirely is not a practical suggestion but we recommend eating sweets and sticky treats at the end of a meal rather than in between meals as a snack. Most people don't realize the importance of this, but for children it can be beneficial, letting them enjoy their treats and minimizing the damage to their teeth.

Sugary foods, especially sticky ones, go hand in hand with tooth decay and cavities. There are naturally occurring bacteria that live in your mouth that produce a sticky film (plaque). When this film comes into contact with carbohydrates, in particular sugars, the plaque bacteria feed on it, turning it into an acid. This acid will eat away at the hard enamel on your teeth, and over time cavities will form.

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Split Pea Soup with Cauliflower

With the colder days upon us, heavier, heartier foods that warm you from the inside seem appropriate for our recipe section. Peas seem to be in abundance at the local supermarket and make for a wonderful soup. The option of green or yellow peas will let you decide on the colour of your soup (depending on your mood).

While green peas have a very distinct flavour and yellow peas are a bit mellower, they both go well with fresh and dried herbs. If you can't find fresh peas when you go to try this recipe, dried split peas will work well (as an added bonus they don't need to be soaked before cooking like other legumes and beans).

To help this recipe in the "hearty department", we are going to suggest thickening it up with cauliflower. That's right cauliflower can replace potato, flour or any other thickener that would typically...

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