Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kids Corner...

Fun Easter craft and outdoor activity!
Did you know that you can launch Easter egg rockets up into the air with a few house hold materials? The kids will not only love this egg-citing science activity, they will also learn about the cool chemical reaction that makes it happen.
Getting Ready

Plastic Easter eggs that break in half and stand upright (Can probably be found at the dollar store.)

  • Alka-Seltzer tablets
  • Water
  • Pom poms, glue, etc.. Anything you find to personalize and decorate your egg.
This activity can be a bit of a mess so we headed outside to find an open, level surface. We were ready to go!

Safety Tip: Make sure to keep faces back from the eggs as they do pop off. Can wear sunglasses for some protection!

Jennifer Bergeron
  Dental Hygienist

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Taste and Tell...

Easter Bunny Bread Bowl

You will need the following to make ONE Easter Bunny Bread Bowl:
  • 1 regular sized roll (make your own or store-bought)
  • 1 bread bowl (make your own or store-bought)
  • 5 toothpicks
  • 2 regular chocolate chips
  • Pink candy for the nose
  1. Cut 1/4 of the bottom off of the smaller roll, leaving a small back section of the bread on the roll… so it can hang off the back of the bread bowl. This will give it some stability. Set aside.
  2. Cut the bread bowl so that you remove a small top section of the roll in a U shape. Leaving a ledge for the smaller roll to sit on.
  3. Dig out the insides of the bread in a large piece if possible so you can use some of that insides of the bread bowl for the Bunny’s tail. You can eat the rest of the bread insides with your soup if you save it.
  4. Take the top of the bread bowl you removed and cut out 2 ears. You can trim the inside of the bunny ears so they are flatter.
  5. Take the knife and slice a small hole where you want the nose. Push the candy nose in the bread. Poke a tiny hole for the eyes and then gently place the chocolate chip eyes in place.
  6. Take the bunny head and place it on top of the bread bowl ledge and secure it in place with three toothpicks.
  7. Slide the other two toothpicks into the bottom of the ears and then place them in the top of the roll for the bunny’s ears.
  8. Take a small piece of the bread you removed from inside the bowl and roll it into a ball and use it as the bunny’s tail.
  9. I took some fresh parsley and laid it down on the plate to serve as some “Easter Grass” to add to the fun and festive look!
  10. Store in an air-tight bag until you are ready to serve. These can be made in advance as long as they are stored properly.

Jennifer Bergeron
Dental Hygienist

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Message From Your Hygienists

Oral Piercings Related to Oral Health

Oral piercing sites include the tongue, lips and cheeks. Oral piercings are considered body art and is a personal statement. The jewelry is made of stainless steel, gold, titanium or niobium, and consists of studs, barbells or hoops.

Dangers of Oral Piercings:
  • Pain, swelling and bleeding.
  • Tissue scarring.
  • Gum damage (recession) from trauma caused by the jewelry rubbing.
  • Infection that can travel through the bloodstream.
  • Chipped or cracked teeth.
  • Problems swallowing.
  • Choking on or aspiration of jewelry.
  • Difficulty eating/loss of taste.
  • Nerve damage.
  • Bad breath (halitosis).
  • Tartar formation on the oral jewelry.

Care for Oral Piercings to Help Avoid Complications:
  • Wash your hands before touching the piercing.
  • Brush and rinse after every meal.
  • Clean the piercing site with an alcohol free antiseptic mouth wash after every meal.
  • Brush the jewelry to remove any plaque present.
  • Remove the jewelry before eating, sleeping or playing sports.
  • Any yellow or green pus suggests an infection is present; a physician should be contacted immediately if this occurs.

Dental Hygienist are aware of the possible consequences and risks associated with oral piercings. During regular dental examinations your dental hygienist will check for cracked or chipped teeth, as well as gum infection/damage (recession). The Ontario Dental Hygienist Association does not recommend any type of oral piercing.

  Kristine Lundy

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Message From Our Office

Has Spring finally sprung!?!?

It's been a long winter, but it seems as though we can finally get excited for family barbeques, revelling in short-sleeve weather and lounging on the patio. Warmer weather can improve your mood and be smile inducing, so make sure to put your best smile forward. Speak to us! There is a lot we can do to improve your smile and make it all that it can be.

Join us in celebrating National Dental Hygienists Week!

The month of April is Oral Health Month and a great time to get to know your hygienist. National Dental Hygienists Week (April 8th - 14th) celebrates these key members of our oral health team and their role in maintaining good oral health. Learn more about our Team here!

Until next month, keep smiling,

Dr. Ian Gray and staff

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Kids Corner...

Owl Bird Feeder

You'll need:
  • Recycled milk or juice cartons
  • White paint
  • A permanent black marker
  • String or ribbon for hanging
How To:
  1. Apply two coats of white water based paint.
  2. After paint had dried we cut eyes from a piece of cereal box, applied with glue and then drew details with the black permanent marker.
  3. Make a hole in the top with a hole punch or something sharp, and hang!
  4. Cut out the wings and openings with a craft knife or scissors, an initial step that I would recommend doing for younger children.

Homemade Bird Seed


You'll need:

  • 1/3 Cup of Flour
  • 1/4 Cup of Water
  • 1 packet of Gelatin
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Corn Syrup
  • 2 Cups of Bird Seed
  • Mixing bowl and Spoon
  • Mat or Foil to put your seed on
  • Cookie sheet

How To:

  1. Put 2 cups of bird seed in a bowl
  2. Add 1/3 Cup of flour
  3. Next put in 1 1/2 Tablespoons of corn syrup
  4. Then add 1 pouch of gelatin
  5. Last add your 1/4 of water

Now mix well until all your ingredients are incorporated nicely and it looks something like this:

Now it's time to bake the mixture! Put it in the oven at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes. You will know it is done when it is hard and looks bird friendly!

Jennifer Bergeron
Dental Hygienist