| November 2015: Tips, eNews & More!
It's hard to believe that fall is almost over and winter is coming. While there's a bit more time before the snow hits, you shouldn't forget to bundle up to avoid getting caught off guard by the sudden change in temperature. The last thing you want is to get sick during the last few weeks of fall fun!
Here are some tips to help you transition to the colder months:
Wear layers - an easy way to stay warm is to layer your clothing . You can easily put on or take off a sweater or a cardigan to adjust to temperature changes when you step out or inside.
Clear your radiators / Change your filters - Make sure there isn't furniture blocking your radiators or vents and preventing warm air from circulating around the house. Placing a piece of tin foil behind a radiator can also help with heat dissipating through the wall by reflecting heat back into the room. Adjust your vents for the cold weather because hot air rises while cold air falls.
Drink warm beverages - the cold gives us the excuse to indulge in delicious drinks like warm apple cider and hot chocolate - but not too much sugar! For those with sensitive teeth, give your beverage a minute to cool before taking your first sip. You'll thank us later!
Make use of your kitchen - what better way to escape the cold then trying new recipes or your fall favourites? It's a great time to whip up a hearty stew or chili! It's also fun to get your kids involved in the preparation process. See below for a delicious recipe for a cold day.
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If your dental benefits are based on the calendar year, your maximums may not roll over into the New Year. If you don't use them, they go to waste, so make sure to come into the office!
Call us today or request an appointment and we will find a time that fits your schedule.
Dr. Kotansky and Team
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|How Smoking Affects Your Oral Health
The effects of smoking have been the focus of health campaigns for many years now. Campaigns often focus on the lung and heart problems linked to smoking. Our team would like to offer you oral health related reasons to turn your back on tobacco.
While the effects of tobacco use on your heart and lungs may be hidden from public view, the effects on your oral health are often as clear as the smile on your face. Smoking contributes to many dental problems.
Not inhaling does not reduce the risk of dental problems. The toxins in cigarettes and cigars increase the risk of oral cancer and gum disease. Even 'smokeless' tobaccos contain these toxins.
- Smoking increases the risk of oral cancer, which can progresses rapidly and can be deadly if not diagnosed and treated early.
- Smoking also increases the risk of gum disease, one of the leading causes of adult tooth decay and loss.
- Smoking tends to delay healing after oral surgery.
- Smoking damages gum tissue, causing receding gums, temperature sensitivity and eventual tooth loss.
- Smoking can cause bad breath.
Quitting, or not starting, smoking is the only answer. Talk to Dr. Kotansky about getting help!
| Healthy One Pot Meals
There's just something so great about getting cozy with a warm bowl of soup or stew as the season turns colder. The best part is how easy it is to make these one-pot meals - in fact, it is easier than preparing your average dinner at home, which usually involves preparing multiple recipes to get a balanced meal.
Click here for the full recipe.
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