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February 2012: Tips, eNews and More!
February is Heart Month!

 
Can taking care of your smile help to protect your heart?
While we know that oral health is related to overall health, a study in the Journal of Periodontology suggests that oral health might be more closely related to the health of your heart than you may think. Links have been found between periodontal disease and stroke as well as heart disease. The bacteria found in the mouths of patients with periodontal disease may enter the bloodstream through the inflamed gum tissues. This bacterium then travels through the body, contributing to clot formations, swelling of the arteries and other factors that lead to heart complications.

 
To protect your smile as well as your heart we encourage you and your loved ones to practice good oral hygiene and maintain scheduled visits to our office to monitor and care for your healthy smile!

Also related to your heart, February hosts Valentine's Day (February 14) and Family Day (February 20), two holidays focused on spending time with loved ones.

Until next month, stay warm and keep smiling,


Dr. Jordan Benedict and Team

What's New!


 
The Spa Dent teeth whitening system is now available at Dr. Jordan Benedict's Port Hope Dental Office. With this in-office whitening system, teeth may whiten 2 - 8 shades in as little as 30 minutes. Spa Dent whitening uses a cool blue and red LED light that activates the product, whitening your teeth deeper and faster for longer lasting results. There is virtually no sensitivity.

We recommend that you get your teeth cleaned before getting the whitening done for best results. Click here!


Dr. Jordan Benedict was proud to sponsor the Boob Tour Comedy Night. This fundraising event was held February 17, 2012 to support the Survivor Thrivers Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Team.




Dental Crowns: Crack! Ouch! Uh oh? Was that your tooth?


 
There you are watching a movie, innocently eating your popcorn...
Crack! Ouch! Uh oh? Was that your tooth?
Time to call Dr. Benedict!

What is a Crown? A crown is a covering that sits over top of the tooth. Crowns protect, cover, seal and strengthen your tooth. When a filling just won't do the job, we often turn to the crown.

There are many situations that may call for a crown:

Large old fillings - When large old fillings break down, or get decayed, the tooth often needs to be crowned. It is important to crown a tooth that has been structurally weakened to prevent further damage such as cracking or breaking and possible loss of tooth.

Cracked tooth When a tooth is cracked, a crown is placed over the tooth to hold it together. If this is not done on time, the tooth can become sensitive or will eventually break. It is important to crown a cracked tooth before it breaks as broken teeth are not always repairable.

Click here for more situations for Dental Crowns and a smile gallery!



Hot Apple-Cinnamon Pie..."A LA MODE"!


 
There's nothing like warming up with some Hot Apple Pie!

With the deep freeze outside, choosing the right 'warming foods' during these winter months is key for nourishing you body and soul.

The body naturally craves, starchy, heavy and sweet foods during the winter season. Instead of reaching for processed 'foods' that leave you feeling lethargic, try making your own creations that will satisfy your craving as well as offer nutritional value.

Since apples are widely available during the winter months and there is thing better than a little cinnamon and nutmeg to warm you up, may we suggest a HOT APPLE PIE! To help add some nutrition to the recipe you may notice some ingredients that you may not have in your pantry. All of these ingredients are available in the organic section of larger grocery stores or your local specialty grocer.

Click here for the recipe.