Kids Corner...... |
For February try this simple craft with your kids it make a fun decoration or gift for Valentine’s day!
You will need:
Help your child cut the hook part off the coat hanger then shape it like a heart as shown:
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
What's New at the Office......
February is Heart Health Month! Here are some tips to keep your heart healthy
- Quit smoking now. Twelve months after quitting, your increased risk of dying from heart disease will be half that of a continuing smoker.
- Improve your diet. Include wholegrain cereals, legumes, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts in your diet and lower your risk of heart disease.
- Exercise regularly. Walk briskly for 30 minutes a day and reduce your risk of heart attack by one third.
- Maintain your friendships. People with supportive friendship networks are at less risk of heart disease.
- Eat more fish. Oily fish like tuna, sardines or salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and will boost your good cholesterol.
- Switch your chocolate choice. Switch from milk chocolate to dark chocolate. When eaten in moderation, dark chocolate is good for your heart.
- Limit your alcohol. It is recommended you limit yourself to no more than two standard glasses of alcohol a day if you are a man, or one glass a day if you are a woman.
- Avoid salty and high sodium foods. Don’t add salt when preparing or eating your meals.
- Have a diabetes test. Uncontrolled diabetes can damage your artery walls and contribute to heart disease.
- Make fitness fun. Choose activities that combine exercise and socialising like pilates, water aerobics, dancing, cycling or yoga.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Link Between Oral Health and Heart Health
Oral health is important for your overall health! Many people are living with gum disease and don't even know it! Often patients feel fine as gum disease is not painful and they avoid going to the dentist.
Today, I am going to discuss how your oral health can affect your heart health.
Studies have found people with gum disease in moderate to advanced stages are at a greater risk for heart disease than someone with healthy gums. The spread of bacteria is what links oral health and heart disease. The bacteria in your mouth travels from your mouth to other parts of your body through the blood stream. When the bacteria from your mouth travels through the blood stream it attaches to areas of the heart causing inflammation. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of the heart, this can occur from the bacteria in your mouth traveling to the heart.
People with chronic gingivitis and periodontal disease (gum disease) have a high risk for heart disease caused from poor oral health. Especially if the oral health condition is unmanaged.
What to look for in your mouth to help determine if you have gum disease:
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The first requirement for implant treatment is a CBCT. (CBCT is a 3 dimensional x-ray). The CBCT allows us to see the bone volume present. Think of an implant like a titanium drywall plug. There needs to be adequate height and width of bone for the implant to be placed. If the CBCT indicates there is not enough bone for implant placement, then there are ways to increase the bone.
Prior to implant placement, a surgical guide is fabricated. This guide is made from the CBCT and merged with an impression of the area. The guide then gives us the ideal position to place the implant at the time of surgery.
If there is a tooth to be extracted first, then there are 2 treatments options. First option is extract the tooth and possibly the bone. Then 3months waiting time is required, before implant placement. The bone from the extracted site must heal before implant placement.
Second option is to extract the tooth and place the implant immediately. This immediate placement used to be considered likely, but know it is done routinely in the right circumstances. Immediate implants are just as successful as the 1st method now. We always evaluate if immediate placement is a viable option. The advantages to immediate implant placement is only one surgery is involved and there is less waiting time.
Dr. Ian Gray