Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tooth Education: Facts You May or May Not Know

As per the AAP or American Academy of Periodontology, about 50% of the general public say that the smile is the first characteristic they observe about other people.


Humans have 32 teeth. A person develops two sets of teeth within their whole life span. The first set is known as ‘baby teeth’ or ‘primary teeth’ which will begin to be lost by six or seven years old. By the time one reaches 18 years, they generally have their full set of ‘adult teeth’ or ‘permanent teeth’.


Yours is Unique

No two people have identical sets of teeth—your teeth are as exclusive as your fingerprint. Teeth are sometimes very useful for forensics.

Communication with Brain

A structure called cementum is what wraps the root of the tooth and secures the tooth in the gum. Enamel wraps the part of the tooth above the gum. This highly-protected region is known as the pulp. The nerve endings inside the pulp is what communicates with the brain.


Dentists generally advise to keep your toothbrush at least six feet away from your toilet to avoid airborne particles from getting on your toothbrush from flushing.


In a life span, the normal person produces about 100,000 gallons of saliva. As people age, their salivary secretions reduce making them more vulnerable to dental diseases.

Some Don't Loose Baby Teeth

By age 3, the normal child has a full set of 20 primary or ‘baby’ teeth. These small chiclets loosen and ultimately fall out as the permanent or ‘adult’ teeth begin to erupt. If a person doesn’t have a replacement permanent or ‘adult’ tooth, that baby tooth will not loosen, it will stay put.

Teeth By Born

Approximately one in every 2,000 babies are born with teeth. Ouch!

Dental Hygienist

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Kids Corner: Ways To Keep Cool

As the temperature rises across Canada again, we're looking for some of the best ideas to help you keep cool. Extensive exposure to heat can lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. These tips and tricks are inspired by kids for kids - or for the kid in you - to help you keep your cool!
  1. Enjoy extra icy treats. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! There is no tastier way to keep cool than enjoying cool summer treats like popsicles, ice cream, and freezies. The fluids will help rehydrate your body which will also help cool you down.
  2. Visit local splash pads or pools. If your neighborhood has a pool, splash pad, or water park you can visit it to help cool off in the water for a little bit. Remember to avoid spending lots of time outside in the middle of the day as this is when the sun is the hottest! Check out this link to find local spots.
  3. Look cool, be cool. A hat and sunglasses will not only help keep you cool, but it will also help keep you looking cool on hot days! Who says keeping safe in the heat has to be boring?
  4. Drink lots of water. You can't survive on popsicles all day, so remember to drinks lots of water to help cool you down.
  5. Hang out in the shade. Finding a shady spot under some trees is a great way to enjoy being outside while also keeping your cool. Since trees are alive, they try to keep cool just like we do - which means that they are always cooling themselves down. That's why the shade from a tree is cooler than the shade from a building!
Looking for local places to take the kids? Check out:

Brooks Farms in Mount Albert

Newmarket Library has great programs for kids.

Check out local deals here.

Kim Thompson
Practice Manager