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Olivia Newton-John, now in her early 60's, is still a fresh-faced picture of health — with a radiant smile to match. How does she do it? She does it with healthy habits learned from her German-born mother, Irene.
“I love greens, and as many organic vegetables as possible,” Olivia recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “From spinach to salads to beets — pretty much any and all greens!”
Olivia credits her mom with instilling her lifelong love of healthy foods. Irene used dark bread rather than white bread for sandwiches and even made her own yogurt — which she used as a topping on baked fruit for dessert.
“Growing up, my mum really taught us some great eating habits,” Olivia told the magazine. “When I was a girl in school, all of my friends would have cakes and cookies and fun foods but my mum was all about teaching us to eat healthy foods and to be very aware of what we were putting into our bodies. At the time I was annoyed about it, but looking back now I thank her for teaching me at an early age to eat healthily.”
Irene paid particular attention to her children's oral health. “My mum always made us brush and floss after every meal so, once again, like the foods we ate, she taught us early about the importance of great dental hygiene,” said Olivia, who has an older brother and sister.
As a mom herself, Olivia passed those healthy habits down to her daughter, Chloe.
“I always insisted on regular dental checkups and limited sugar, especially in soft drinks — they were never in our fridge,” she said.
Parents do play an important role in developing healthy oral habits from the very beginning, starting with proper tooth-brushing techniques. By age 2, a brushing routine should be established using a smear of fluoride toothpaste. For older toddlers, parents can use a child's size soft toothbrush with water and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Children need help brushing until at least age 6, when they can generally take over brushing by themselves and also learn to floss.
The point of a good daily oral hygiene routine is to remove the film of bacteria that collects daily along the gum line, and in the nooks and crannies of teeth. Effective daily removal of this biofilm will do more to prevent tooth decay and promote lifelong dental health than anything else.
If you would like to learn more about preventing tooth decay or teaching your child to brush and floss correctly, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. If you would like to read Dear Doctor's entire interview with Olivia Newton-John, please see “Olivia Newton-John.” Dear Doctor also has more on “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”
When looking for a family dentists in Sault Ste Marie, On your first start should be asking friends, family and neighbours who they see and if they like attending their dental office in the Sault. Some dentists in Sault Ste.Marie provide specific dental treatment to adults, children or both. All dentists can provide family dentistry in Sault Ste Marie but ultimately it is where you are comfortable and provided comprehensive dental care that should determine where you go for your family dental needs.
At Northern Dental Care in Sault Sainte Marie, On we provide comprehensive family dentistry at one location.
Our dental ser vices include family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, laser, dental implants, dentistry for children (pediatrics), dental extractions, oral surgery, root canals and orthodontics.
If you are looking for a family dentist in Sault Ste Marie, On call Northern Dental Care today to schedule a complimentary consultation with our dentists Dr.Biasucci and Dr.Haas. We promise all your dental experiences with us with be comfortable, preventative and a dental relationship for life!
Call Family Dentistry in Sault Ste Marie today! (705)575-7572 or email Reception@NorthernDentalCare.com
You've probably heard of the relatively new method of straightening teeth with thin, plastic orthodontic appliances (“ortho” – to straighten; “odont” – teeth) known as clear aligners. Here are some reasons you might want to consider them for your orthodontic treatment:
- Appearance. Looks aren't everything, as the saying goes. But it may be that metal-covered teeth will not give you a look you want to sport for perhaps a year or more. Adults in particular find that metal braces don't always fit in with their self-image. Because clear aligners are virtually invisible, your teeth will look as they always do and it will not be obvious that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
- Control. When you have traditional braces, you cannot take them out of your mouth yourself. They must be professionally removed when your treatment is completed. With clear aligners, however, you can take them out to eat and also for important social occasions. Of course, that means you are also responsible for wearing them as often as needed — a minimum of 22 hours a day. It's a good bargain if you can live up to it, and most find that they can.
- Hygiene. One of the challenges of traditional braces is to learn to clean around them so that your teeth and gums stay healthy throughout treatment. It's not always so easy to do. With clear aligners, you can maintain your usual oral hygiene routine — and also clean the aligners themselves.
- Comfort. Sometimes the rigid brackets and wires of traditional braces can press into sensitive tissues of the mouth. It's something that you will eventually get used to, but it can be uncomfortable temporarily. The material of clear aligners is flexible, so this type of irritation is not an issue.
- Versatility. In recent years, the clear alignment system has been improved to handle more serious malocclusions (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite). Enhancements have also been made to accommodate additional growth of molar teeth in the case of teenagers.
While there are some cases in which traditional braces are still the best option, clear aligners have more applications than ever before. They also have some clear advantages that are worth considering.
If you would like more information about clear aligners, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about clear aligners in general by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners For Teenagers.”
We do not have a pediatric dentist in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario though we do have some general dentists in the Sault who will treat young children. Each time a young child visits a dental office it is important they have a positive experience. Poor dental hygiene and avoidance of the dental office due to fear can have negative consquences to both the child's oral health and general well being. Much of the current research indicates a correlation between oral and systemic health, this holds true for both adults and children.
A first visit to a dental office for a young chlid should occur 6 months after his/her first teeth erupts. This allows the dentist to assess the complete oral cavity, head and neck for health. This visit can help rule out malformations, growths, tumors and any other anomalies of the oral cavity, as well we can assess the general growth the jaw in relation to tooth eruption.
Going to a Sault dental office for the first time can be intimidating for a child. Ensure you are visiting a child-friendly dental office. Not all dentists see children, it is worth calling around to see who provides dental care to children on a regular basis. See if the dental office you are attending provides any introduction program to young children so they can see the dentistry is a fun and positive experience. Northern Dental Care runs a free Toddler and Child Day at the Dentist Program which provides and fun experience to children while introducing them to the sights, sounds, equipment and tools of the dental office.
If you are looking for a dental office and team who have combined over 30 years experience providing dental treatment to kids, call and see how Northern Dental Care caters to kids and adults alike with family dentistry Sault Ste Marie!
Family Dentistry in Sault Ste Marie can be provided by all dentists, it can also be called general dentistry.
When attending a family dental office in Sault Ste Marie it is important to find a practice where you whole family is welcome. Some dentists prefer to only see adults and do not cater to children or pediatric dentistry. It is important you find an oral health care provider who is experienced with children and will spend the time to allow your child to become comfortable in the dental chair. If you are looking for a dental practice where you whole family can attend, then Northern Dental Care is the dental office for you! Our dentists and dental team have many years of experience treating both children and adults
At Northern Dental Care in Sault Ste Marie, Dr.Biasucci and Dr.Haas provide dental services to the whole family. Very young children can be seen for the first time in our Toddler and Child Day the the Dentist clinic which is a free volunteer run program which provides a positive first introduction to dentistry.The rest of the family may attend our dental office during our business hours Monday-Thursday 8:30-6pm. We can coordinate appointments so a family of four can be seen at the same time, making a visit to the dentist time efficient!
We provide all types of dental services at our location at 432 Great Northern Road, Sault Sainte Marie, On. Our dental team prides itself in staying current on all new dental techniques, information and technology. Our state of the art facility provides all dental treatment under one roof, so no need to attend elsewhere.
Services we provide include; family dentistry, dental lasers, cosmetics, oral surgery, dental implants, root canals, orthodontics, gum disease treatment, dental hygiene appointments, pediatric dentistry, gum grafting and deep cleaning. If you have dental anxiety we can provide services such as laughing gas or oral conscious sedation to help you have a comfortable, pain-free dental appointment.
If you are interested in joining a dental team which prides itself on providing the very best and up to date dental services then give us a call, we will give you a reason to smile!
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