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June 2011 - eNews, Tips, and More!

 
Patios, BBQ's and Sunshine!

Summer is finally here and if the meteorologists are right, it is going to be a hot one! While the first day of summer is June 21, the beautiful weather seems to have settled in early. Summer months are ideal for getting out and enjoying Ontario with family and friends.

June is Recreation and Parks Month in Ontario.
While theme parks and exhibitions offer excitement for the day there are many community fairs, farmer's markets and local parks that can provide for a cost effective, family-friendly day. A day at a park can create endless photo opportunities and memories. If you are interested in bringing out your most beautiful smile for summer, give us a call or request an appointment. Now is a great time to discuss the smile of your dreams!

School's Out for Summer!
If your children are off for the next few months, please remind them that a break from school does not mean a break from oral hygiene. If your kids are off to camp or traveling, get them in for an appointment before they leave so we can ensure that they start their summer with a healthy smile.

Please Note: We understand the impulses and spontaneity that the summer can bring, please remember to notify us at least 48 hours in advance by phone if a summer activity creates the need to reschedule an appointment.

Have a great month and Happy Father's Day on June 19 to all of the dads out there.

News from Dr. Milligan's Office!

The Tooth Fairies are Back!
 
Heather, Jacquie & Pat are beginning their training to complete the 60km Weekend to End Cancer walk in September! This is our 6th year participating in this life-changing event.

Each year we have asked for your support to help us raise $10,000 to fund the research that will end cancer in our lifetime!! This year is no different - we hope that we can count on your continued enthusiasm for our efforts and ask you to donate whatever possible to our cause.

You can forward donations by cheque payable to The Weekend to End Cancer to the office or if you prefer to donate online click here to visit our team page. We understand how many people and charities approach you each year for donations and that every person has causes they choose to support. If your donations are directed elsewhere please just send us your good wishes and wish us luck in completing our endeavour.

Thank you for your generosity!


Health Tip: Vitamin D and Your Smile!

 
Smiles are contagious! You may notice that during the summer months more people around seem to have the smiling bug. The increased hours of sunlight and warm weather have been proven to effect people's moods. Did you know that the increased hours of daylight and short lengths of exposure to the sun's rays offer multiple health benefits?

While it is great to see people smiling, there are also health benefits associated with the summer sun that directly affect your smile. In this case we are talking about Vitamin D. Simply put, Vitamin D is essential to your body as it allows you to absorb and use calcium which is needed to form and maintain strong bones and teeth. When exposed to the sun's UVB rays your skin creates Vitamin D3 which is then converted by your liver and kidneys to a form of Vitamin D that your body needs.

Studies have also shown Vitamin D to have anti-inflammatory properties. A Boston University study found that people with a higher level of Vitamin D in their blood experienced less bleeding during gingival probing and lower instances of gingivitis.

We still suggest wearing sunscreen and avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun. Even short exposures to the sun's rays have shown to increase vitamin D levels. Perhaps you should head out for a short walk after lunch today and see if you catch and pass on the smiling bug to your coworkers.



Eat More Raw Now!

Smiles are contagious! You may notice that during the summer months more people around seem to have the smiling bug. The increased hours of sunlight and warm weather have been proven to effect people's moods. Did you know that the increased hours of daylight and short lengths of exposure to the sun's rays offer multiple health benefits?

While it is great to see people smiling, there are also health benefits associated with the summer sun that directly affect your smile. In this case we are talking about Vitamin D. Simply put, Vitamin D is essential to your body as it allows you to absorb and use calcium which is needed to form and maintain strong bones and teeth. When exposed to the sun's UVB rays your skin creates Vitamin D3 which is then converted by your liver and kidneys to a form of Vitamin D that your body needs.

Studies have also shown Vitamin D to have anti-inflammatory properties. A Boston University study found that people with a higher level of Vitamin D in their blood experienced less bleeding during gingival probing and lower instances of gingivitis.

We still suggest wearing sunscreen and avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun. Even short exposures to the sun's rays have shown to increase vitamin D levels. Perhaps you should head out for a short walk after lunch today and see if you catch and pass on the smiling bug to your coworkers.

Click here for five easy ways to add more raw foods to your diet.



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