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October 2013 - Tips, eNews and More

What a beautiful time of year. We Canadians spend too much time complaining about the weather.
It's Too Hot...
It's Too Cold...
Right now feels just right.

The leaves have changed, the days are a little shorter, but hopefully there's still a long way to go before the first snowfall. It's a great time of year to go on long hikes and bike rides.

Around this time of year, we tend to turn to hot drinks like coffee, tea and hot chocolate to stay warm. While these delicious caffeinated drinks can give you an extra energy boost on these shorter days -- and a pleasant warm feeling -- they may also contribute to darkening your teeth.

Don't fool yourself into thinking that adding cream or milk to your coffee or tea will stain them any less.

If your favourite warm autumn drinks are staining your teeth, contact us about tooth cleaning or whitening options.

Use it or Lose it

Does your dental coverage renew, as most do, each calendar year? If so, be sure to max out your benefits by making an appointment soon if there is needed treatment still to be done.

If you wish, talk to our office about your coverage to determine how to get the most out of your plan. Whether you're overdue or just want to get one more cleaning in before the year is out, book an appointment today.


Iron Man or Superman?
Despicable Me or Monsters Inc?
Or maybe Heisenberg from Breaking Bad?

It's that time again to start thinking about what to wear for Halloween.

Avoid the temptation of month-long snacking by waiting until the end of the month to buy your candy. Your body and your teeth will appreciate the restraint.

This year, Halloween falls on a Thursday, meaning that ghosts and goblins may be out during your commute home, so be extra careful when driving.

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving and have a safe, fun-filled Halloween.

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

Prepare for Your First Dental Visit

It is alarming that many children experience tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten.

From late night doctor visits to diaper changes, you've worked hard to take care of your child.

Wouldn't it be nice to prevent tooth decay? Your child's oral health care should start early.

You should schedule your child's first dental visit when they are about one year old. It is valuable to check those erupting teeth. We can assess home care and make suggestions if necessary and look for normal oral development. If tooth decay is present it can be detected at an early stage. We can see your child earlier if there is a concern.

How to prepare your child:

To prepare your child for their first visit you may let them know what to expect so they won't be surprised or startled. It is important to have a positive attitude and avoid words like "pain" and "hurt" -- as in "it won't hurt" -- unless responding to a direct question from your child. THe key is to be patient and remain calm so your child won't react to your own anxiety. Speak to us if you feel your child needs the services of a pediatric dental specialist.

Click here to read more about what to expect at your first dental visit.

Yam Pecan Loaf

Classic Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin Spice Lattes
...Even Pumpkin Donuts at Timmies

It is Halloween season, and that means you're likely bombarded with tons and tons of pumpkin-related recipes and specials. Well, we decided to resist the urge to share yet another pumpkin recipe. We're sure you have plenty of those.

Instead, we have decided to share a unique, tasty, and warm meal that is great for a snack on a crisp afternoon or as part of a hearty breakfast to get your day started off well. While this meal is vegan, there are certainly no compromises in this delicious recipe.

Click here for a recipe to get you started.

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