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August 2014: Tips, eNews & More!

Warm weather, long days and so much to do!

There's always a palpable hurry in August to get as much done before the summer is over and it's time to go back to school.

The CNE at Exhibition Place is always a fun place to be on a summer's day. If you're like most people, a must-see attraction is the famed Food Building wherein you'll find all sorts of fantastical delights.

While it's fun to be gluttonous and enjoy yourself every once and a while, be sure to take care of your mouth and avoid eating anything too hot, too spicy, or too sugary. At the very least, chew sugar-free gum (preferably a gum like Trident Xtra Care Gum) after you eat. Chewing sugar-free gum helps protect your teeth and gums between meals as it helps the mouth to produce more saliva - the mouth's natural defense against acid. And don't forget: chewing sugar-free gum is no substitution for brushing, so make sure you still brush your teeth when you get home.

School is just around the corner...

If you are heading off to college or university, bring your good oral health habits along with you. Be sure to check your school's student health plan as it may include dental coverage. Remember to review the coverage offered to you and let us know if you have any questions. As for the younger kids, August is a great time to come in for a checkup before the hectic school year begins. Call or click here today to book an appointment.

We hope you are enjoying the summer!

Dr. Milligan and the High Park Dental Team

Weekend to End Women's Cancers! Sept 6 and 7

To our wonderful patients,

For the last 7 out of 8 years, there have been a group of us that have walked alongside other participants in the 60 km Weekend to End Women's Cancer walk, benefiting the Princess Margaret Hospital.

Each year the participants raise millions of dollars that go to research at the Princess Margaret hospital, one of the leading research facilities in the world, to aid in the search for a cure for all women's cancers.

Once again, Jacquie (580771-2) and Heather S. (580792-9) will be participating in the 2 day 60 km walk around the streets of Toronto. With the hope that the funds we raise will help researchers find a cure that could end this disease that affects so many people around the world, no matter who or where they are.

We are walking for our families, our friends and our patients that have been affected by cancer.

In the 7 years that our group has walked, we have raised just about $100,000! This year, Heather S. and I hope to raise enough to surpass the $100,000 mark! Something we can do with your help.

Each of us needs to raise a minimum of $2000 in order to walk. We realize that in these difficult economic times, it may be difficult for some to sponsor us, but any amount is greatly appreciated.

So, we are asking for your donation to support our efforts in this amazing 2 day experience. You can donate by using the forms available at the office, or by visiting the website at www.endcancer.ca and using our personal identification numbers found on the forms or by typing in our names.

With love and thanks in advance,

Jacquie and Heather S.

Additional Hours Available

Dr. Melissa Milligan will provide restorative and hygiene appointments every other Saturday from 8am to 1pm.

Remember, you can request an appointment at any time by visiting our appointment request page.

Camping with a Smile

There's nothing like spending a hot summer weekend in the great outdoors, paddling a canoe, hiking through the woods, sleeping under the stars, leaving work and all of your other responsibilities behind to be one with nature.

Well, maybe not all of your responsibilities. Whether you're a regular outdoors man or an inexperienced tag along, there's plenty of space in that backpack for your toothbrush, so before you brave the 400 traffic consider these oral hygiene tips for the outdoors.

1. Mouthwash: The Next Best Thing

Packing mouthwash can be a lifesaver on camping trips when brushing your teeth isn't practical. While mouthwash doesn't replace brushing, it helps in reducing the level of oral bacteria to a minimum while fighting against morning breath and other annoyances. Be sure to purchase non-alcoholic mouthwash so it can be used by campers of any age.

2. Stay Hydrated

Oral health ties into your overall health, and your overall health is greatly affected by hydration. It is easy to get dehydrated while relaxing all day in the sun, and it is especially important to stay hydrated during physical activities like swimming and hiking. Wherever you go, it is a good idea to bring along a refillable water bottle to ensure water is never out of reach.

Click here for more camping tips.

Chocolate Coconut Pudding

We know ice cream is great on a warm summer day but to enjoy this frozen delight, it needs to stay in a freezer. So what to do when you want the sweet, refreshing cool taste of ice cream, but also want to enjoy the great outdoors for an afternoon?

Pack along some cool Chocolate Coconut Pudding!

Click here for the full recipe!

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