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As a parent, you are responsible for looking after your child’s dental health and teaching them to care for their own teeth. Getting your child off to a good start with dental health and hygiene can protect them from gum disease and other oral conditions in the future. Here are eight important tips to help you help your child.
Even before children develop teeth, plaque can start to build up in their mouths. You can clean away plaque after feeding by gently wiping your baby’s gums with a clean, damp cloth.
Children’s first teeth usually begin to come through during the first three years of life. You can relieve the discomfort associated with teeth breaking through the gums by giving your child a cold teething ring to chew on. Massaging the gums with a clean finger may also help.
Once your child has teeth, you should start using a soft toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste to clean them twice a day.
Older children should be encouraged to brush their own teeth twice a day. Get a timer or play a song to make sure your children brush for the full recommended two minutes.
Sugar is terrible for children’s teeth. When given in a bottle or sippy cup, sweet drinks (including natural juices) spend a lot of time in contact with children’s teeth, which encourages the growth of bacteria. Milk and water are the best drinks for young children.
Keeping kids away from sweet snacks can be tough, but you should try to show them that healthy foods can be tasty too! Encourage your kids to snack on cheese, unsweetened yogurt, or veggies dipped in hummus.
Flossing is almost as important as brushing for keeping the mouth clean. Start by (gently!) flossing between your child’s teeth when they are young, and encourage them to keep up the habit when they are older.
Children should be encouraged to see dental visits as a normal part of life, not something to be feared. Choose a child-friendly dental practice and maintain a positive attitude when taking your child for their first dental appointment. If your child sees that you dread dental visits, they will also be afraid!
It’s easy to get wrapped up into the latest cable series or sporting contest on TV, and with all the rain we get used to a routine of eating out and staying in. Our children play on their iPhones and Playstations and we aren’t spending enough time together as families. Let’s change all that by spending some time doing memorable, fun activities together this spring and summer.
Spring and Summer are the perfect times to experience one of Coquitlam’s most popular destinations, for free! Bring the kids to the play area and the spray park, go fishing, bike riding or just take that leisurely stroll. Bring a frisby for a game of Ultimate, organize a community Baseball team and play a game of roller hockey if you know how to skate. The opportunities are endless and the park is beautiful and serine. For those of you who are even more daring, try the off road mountain biking or skateboard park.
Golfing doesn’t have to be expensive or exclusive. Bring a family of four to Eagle Quest for Mini Golf at half the price of seeing a movie. Want to do more than putt? The driving range offers plenty of fun and you can check out special group promotions on Eagle Quest’s site. Be competitive, work as a team and spend time together outdoors while learning a new skill. If golfing catches on, there are a number of summer camp options available for the kids!
Seeing a movie might feel routine, but you can shake up the norm with a number of premium services at Cineplex’s Coquitlam theatre. VIP cinemas offer an adult experience more than a family one, but with many movies you can enjoy premium couch-like seating and seat to seat service as a whole family. There’s also D-BOX for an enhance, ride-like moving theatrical experience and AVX reserved seating so you don’t get stuck waiting in line. These premium services come at a premium price, but visit the theatre on Tuesday (book your tickets online early) and you’ll find it much more affordable. Also, come in to Greenline for a New Patient Exam & Cleaning and receive a movie night for two adults absolutely free. As always, some terms and conditions apply, so contact us for more details.
Don’t like the idea of spending the evening in a movie theatre? Get more active and stretch your legs with a family skate at Planet Ice. You don’t have to be part of a hockey league to enjoy a ‘Stick and Puck’ skate for the whole family or a general, affordable skate for less than $4 per person. Planet Ice even offers rentals if you don’t have your own pair of skates, just be sure to check out their site for a comprehensive schedule and price guide.
The list of cultural activities at the Evergreen Cultural Centre is too long to list here, but if you’re looking for an educational, rewarding day (or evening) out with your family you can find an almost endless list of things to do. See a play at the Firehall theatre, visit an art exhibit or attend a program to make your own art. Pre-register now for one of several family day events and keep the whole family together. You’ll make a mountain of memories and learn a lot along the way. Sure, the teenagers in your brood might not love the idea, but once they jump in they won’t regret it and neither will you. Check out their site for a full list of events and programs.
Bowling is a classic, tried, tested and true family activity. This summer, Zone Bowling offers free bowling for your younger children as well as some great promotions on Tuesdays year round. Team up with your children or compete against them, either way you’ll have a blast taking in the Pop classics and the cheesy atmosphere. Don’t forget to wear shoes with socks, we learned that lesson the hard way.
Valentine’s Day is upon us once again, and many people are already feeling the stress of wondering what extravagant gift to buy for their lover this year. While the modern world brings with it many advantages such as scientific and technologic progress, it has also brought us the idea that our love for those closest to us can be measured by the value of the gifts we bestow upon them. Every one of us can enjoy the thrill of a new piece of designer clothing, or the latest Apple gadget, but do we really need these things? In our last hours on this planet, will we look back and reminisce on our acquisition of material possessions? Or will we remember those special moments spent in the company of our loved ones, sampling the simple pleasures of life that cannot be purchased with a platinum visa card? The following is a list of suggestions for alternative ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day:
Use your imagination to show your lover just how much you care for them. Compose a song, write a poem, paint, draw, or even prepare a monologue telling them all the reasons why you love them. A handmade photo album filled with pictures of both of you can make a beautiful keepsake, or create a collection of songs on a CD that hold a particularly sentimental value in your relationship.
We never really outgrow our inner child in the sense that every one of us prefers the care and attention of our loved ones as opposed to a store bought gift. Split the day in half, and take turns to treat the other like royalty by tending to their every need. Whoever takes the morning shift can begin with breakfast in bed, and then join the other in the shower to lovingly shampoo their hair and scrub their back. The evening can begin with a home cooked meal followed by a sensual massage, and anything else that inspires you while caring for each other.
Helping others less fortunate than us is one of the most rewarding tasks imaginable, and doing this as part of a couple is a great way to bring you closer together. Arrange to help out at a local soup kitchen, animal shelter, or whatever takes your fancy, and if you enjoy your experience it may even lead to a regular commitment. If there are no organisations that you can volunteer your time at in your town, take the money you would have spent on gifts and donate it to a charity you both agree on.
If you cannot resist buying your lover a gift, make sure you purchase something that benefits your local community. Independently owned businesses need your support much more than the powerful international companies, and you have the added benefit of purchasing something unique. Many towns have local businesses which sell handmade jewellery, clothing, cosmetics, or accessories, or do a quick search on the internet for small businesses selling their own wares. Be sure to exercise caution whenever purchasing goods over the Internet, and especially through sites such as EBay.
Whatever you choose, by staying away from the traditional options of candy, flowers, and expensive material gifts, you will send a powerful message to the advertising companies that we are no longer slaves to their marketing strategies. Valentine’s Day has become a consumerist holiday along with Christmas, Easter, and Mother and Father’s day, but by choosing where we spend our money we can reclaim the power back from the advertising giants. If we no longer continue to buy the latest product they aggressively push onto us, and instead use our own resources, or buy locally manufactured items, we take away their money and eventually their power.
Did you know that Coquitlam as we know it today has strong ties to French Canada? The first people to settle Coquitlam were the Coast Salish before Britain claimed the area as part of British Columbia. But years later the city we know was birthed out of the forestry industry with the help of French Canadian mill workers.
Originally the area Coquitlam now sits on was just a connecting road for workers to connect Port Moody to New Westminster. North Road opened up the region and created settlement and resource opportunities for arriving settlers.
From about 1860 to 1890 growth was steady and mostly focused on agriculture. Then everything changed when the District of Coquitlam was incorporated in 1891 and Frank Ross and James McLaren opened Fraser Mills on the North side of the Fraser River. At the time it was a $350,000 state-of-the-art lumber mill that quickly developed a formal settlement for local families.
Finding themselves in need of new workers, Mill owners turned their attention to experienced workers from the logging industry in Quebec. By 1910 hundreds of francophone mill workers had formed a new settlement called Maillardville. The community began to thrive, and became the largest French Canadian settlement west of Winnipeg.
Through World War 1 and the Great Depression growth slowed, but frankaphone culture was key to Coquitlam’s stability through those trying times. After World War 2 with the construction of the Lougheed Highway and large population bursts, the area began to grow rapidly. Over time, the ‘French Connection’ began to fade as the region grew more connected to neighboring municipalities.
To this day, the south slope of Coquitlam is populated by street signs and other mementos of history, showcasing a vibrant and beautiful French Canadian culture. Over time, the language has faded in the region, but you can still hear it spoken from time to time in the area on the streets on the South Slope.
What is your favourite piece of our local heritage? Tell us about it and we will write about it in a future blog. Be sure to tell us what you think and add your annotations by messaging us via email or social media.
Many people look for ways to whiten their teeth after they have become stained by years of drinking things like red wine and tea. In addition, some people simply dislike the natural color of their teeth and yearn for a dazzling, bright smile. Whatever your reason for wanting to whiten your teeth, it is importance to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of the different methods that are available.
Whether you opt for laser whitening or use a professional home whitening kit, a peroxide gel will bleach your teeth. 3% peroxide gel is less likely to cause any damage to your gums or to increase the sensitivity of your teeth, but if you whiten your teeth with gel that is closer to 6% in terms of peroxide concentration, you are more likely to see results that are more impressive.
Your dentist can whiten your teeth by using a strong bleaching gel that is activated by a laser. This approach will take a couple of hours to complete, but it will give you instant and impressive results. While the gel works to whiten your teeth, your dentist will protect your lips and teeth from soft tissue damage, and you will most likely be wearing goggles to protect your eyes from both the laser and the peroxide gel. Some patients experience pains in their teeth during this procedure, and after you whiten your teeth you may also find that your teeth are a little more sensitive for a few days.
You can whiten your teeth at home by using a weaker bleaching gel that can produce excellent results after several treatments. In addition, these results will typically last a long time. However, if you whiten your teeth without the supervision of a dentist, you need to be aware that you should do so in moderation. There have been cases of tooth enamel damage resulting from people attempting to whiten their teeth to an excessive degree.
Dentists get a bad rap on TV and in the movies. We thought we’d take a look at some lovable dentists from popular Television programs. Take a look at the list below and tell us what you think!
Bob Fish is just an average guy, who happens to be a dentist in his native London. The lovable Bob and his wife Margaret live relatively unremarkable lives but somehow audiences loved tuning in to see their day to day struggles. There probably hasn’t been a more likable, relatable portrayal of a dentist on television than Bob. The original short for the series won an Oscar!
In this Disney TV Movie, Kirstie Alley plays a dentist who gets recruited to be the tooth fairy. The plot is very much in line with The Santa Clause, a Tim Allen movie Disney made just a few years earlier. It might not be Oscar worthy, but Toothless actually has quite a loyal following for a television movie that time forgot. Kirstie Alley was still quite popular in 1997, at least on television.
Hermey the elf from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a classic, beloved character. The cliché of parents pushing their children into a career they don’t love, like dentistry, is flipped on it’s head with an elf who wants nothing more than to give people great smiles. Hermey becomes Rudolph’s loyal friend and travels with him to the Island of Misfit Toys. In the end, he gets his wish to practice dentistry and helps save Christmas along the way.
Noah is a suburban dentist in the fictional Westchester town of Chatswin, a Stepford-esque community where everyone and everything is a little too perfect and a way too shallow. His good friend George moves to Chatswin, Noah becomes the link between two worlds. Sure he’s not always the most moral of friends, but in the end he is loyal and very good at his job, as this clip on ‘dental charm’ demonstrates.
Bryan Cranston plays Tim Whatley, a dentist friend of Jerry’s who reappears on the show numerous times over the years. Cranston was so popular on the show that he used his experience on the sitcom to land the lead role of Hal, Malcom’s dad on Malcom in the Middle. From there, Cranston went on to play the iconic Walter White, on the excellent (but not suitable for children) ‘Breaking Bad.’ This clip doesn’t actually feature Cranston, but it does show how Seinfeld made use of dentists for comic material.
Getting your wisdom teeth is often seen as a sign of reaching adulthood, but the process does not always go smoothly. Not all wisdom teeth manage to escape from beneath the gum and bone, and being trapped can lead to problems such as infections or cysts developing. Even wisdom teeth that do erupt can be affected by decay.
Listed below are some of the most common problems that can affect wisdom teeth. Your dentist might recommend that your wisdom teeth are removed if they fall into one of these categories.
Wisdom teeth that have failed to escape from the gum or jawbone are called impacted. Some impacted wisdom teeth point towards the front of the mouth, in which case they may press against the roots of neighbouring teeth, causing serious damage. Wisdom teeth that are interfering with surrounding molars should generally be removed in order to protect the other teeth.
Many wisdom teeth are partially impacted, which means that they have broken through the gum but have not fully erupted. Partially impacted wisdom teeth are often partly covered with a flap of gum tissue. Food can get caught underneath this flap, which encourages the growth of bacteria and can lead to an infection.
Infections of the gum tissue surrounding a wisdom tooth are often very painful, and usually cause swelling as well. You may also get jaw ache or a bad taste in your mouth. Infections should be treated as quickly as possible to prevent them spreading and becoming more severe.
Wisdom teeth can develop cavities just like your other molars do. In fact, because wisdom teeth are often so difficult to clean, they are even more likely to be affected by decay. Cavities in wisdom teeth can sometimes be filled, but your dentist might recommend removing the tooth instead.
Your dentist can advise you about the risks of your wisdom teeth causing an infection or damaging your other molars. Regular dental visits are important for everyone, but young adults who are beginning to get their wisdom teeth should take particular care not to miss routine check ups. In addition to examining your mouth, your dentist may also take an X-ray of your wisdom teeth to check their positioning below the gum line.
Cosmetic dentistry can dramatically improve your self-confidence by making you feel at ease when you laugh and smile. Whether you worry about the colour of your teeth, feel anxious about their alignment or hate to reveal the fact that you have some missing teeth, there are forms of cosmetic dentistry that can change your life.
One of the most popular and least invasive forms of cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening procedures can transform a set of grey or yellowed teeth into a sparkling white smile. You can use home whitening kits to achieve this result, but you will get an even more beautiful look if you visit a dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry. For example, two hours of pure laser treatment can give you white teeth for up to six months, and kickstart laser treatment is more affordable but also lasts for six months (the reduced price simply reflects the fact that you will need more than one cosmetic dentistry appointment).
If you have missing teeth, implants are a wonderful solution. This type of cosmetic dentistry involves screwing an artificial root into the gap, and then fitting a natural-looking prosthetic tooth onto this sturdy root. A specialist in cosmetic dentistry will take care to make sure that implants precisely match the shape and color of your existing teeth, so most people will be unable to tell them apart from real teeth. In addition, they help you to chew normally and restore your normal bite, improving oral functionality. Please note, we do not do implants at this office. Ask us for referrals!
Cosmetic dentistry often involves straightening crooked teeth. This is traditionally done using braces, which slowly correct the alignment of the teeth over several years. However, with the introduction of new technologies, it is more convenient (and less noticeable) than ever to straighten your teeth.
If you don’t like the way your teeth look, you can ask a cosmetic dentistry expert to make veneers. They usually last for at least two decades, and they are porcelain slices that will be shaped and colored to correct the appearance of your smile without looking obviously false.
The best place to start your fitness program is in the space between your ears, the same area where Hogan advised golfers to improve their game. Making a decision to exercise and eat right is the hardest part, and sticking to it until it becomes a habit is the next most difficult. After that, everything else seems easy. You can expect some resistance and setbacks as your brain makes creative excuses for not sticking to your plan, and you have to be ready to push back each time.
The three week rule for adopting a new habit works for many people, but some research shows that it may take longer. Breaking the habit of eating high fat foods and not exercising is difficult at first, but the reward of changing to a healthy life style that helps you lose weight and get fit is worth the effort. Setting a certain time each day for exercise is an effective way to establish a habit so that it becomes a regular part of your day.
The simplest exercise is best when you are starting a new fitness routine, and walking is about as simple as it gets. Effective, accessible, and free, it is an exercise that you can do almost anywhere. Walking strengthens your bones, exercises your heart, and helps you lose weight. Thirty minutes of walking at lunch time every day reinforces your walking habit and provides excellent health benefits. Signing up for a gym membership at the outset may prove problematical, requiring transportation and a change of clothes when you get there. The best way to achieve success is to avoid obstacles that deter you from reaching your goal.
Soon after you start your walking routine, you begin to look at food differently. Exercising and eating properly work better in combination than either does alone, and they need to remain linked in your fitness plan. Getting fit and losing weight requires you to burn more calories than you consume. President Thomas Jefferson was a gardener and an advocate of eating vegetables, preferring to use meat as an accent instead of as a main course. Putting three portions of vegetables on your plate and only one of meat gives you plenty of fibre that fills you up with a low amount of calories.
Make a promise to avoid any food that is enriched, processed or refined. By avoiding them, you make food choices from whole foods, lean protein, and dairy. Start your day with a breakfast that includes at least 35 protein grams, have a light lunch, and a dinner that includes two or three vegetables. Choose an apple or nuts for snacks, and stay away from sweets.
Changing the way you eat poses a greater challenge than adopting an exercise habit because you get hungry several times during the day. Your commitment to eating properly requires you to plan ahead so that you have nutritious food available for all meals and snacks. As you progress with your new fitness program, it will soon become routine so that not doing it feels strange. Your breakthrough comes when you no longer have to think about sticking to your new healthy lifestyle.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what is the one personal tool that you would want to have with you? No, computers, tablets, or phones are allowed. With that thought in mind, your answer might actually be a toothbrush. The history of the toothbrush tells us that chewing sticks, quite similar to fat toothpicks with frayed ends, were the first versions of what people use today to clean their teeth. Here’s a look at what came next in the history of the toothbrush.
Believe it or not, the earliest civilizations also liked to have fresh breath. This is why they chose their chewing sticks carefully. Taking twigs from nicely scented trees, the Babylonians created chewing sticks with dual purposes. One end of the stick was chewed until it became frayed and could act as a small cleaning brush for the teeth. The other end of the stick was used to free trapped particles of food from their teeth. This was the first design in the history of the toothbrush.
During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Chinese fashioned a toothbrush from hog hair, bamboo, and animal bone. Since hog hair is coarse, using this device wasn’t very pleasant, but it did clean the teeth. Traders and other travelers to the area would marvel at these primitive toothbrushes, taking one or more of them back home with them.
During the late eighteenth century, an imprisoned man by the name of William Addis put together a toothbrush made from pig hair, cattle bone, and glue. He made holes in the bone, threaded the hairs through, and glued them in place.
Although he used the same materials (pig hair and animal bone) to make his version of the toothbrush, H.N. Wadsworth is the first person to patent the creation in this momentous phase of the history of the toothbrush.
The first nylon toothbrush, which is quite similar to modern versions, was designed in 1938. Its synthetic bristles made these toothbrushes popular, because they were so soft.