OCT
2017

Let’s See Those Grins: October 6th is World Smile Day®
"Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile"!

Did you know? This Friday, October 6th is World Smile Day®! As a network of dental health care professionals, smiles are sort of a passion of ours – and so we encourage you to inspire more smiles around you on this happy day (and every day, of course). Want to learn more about the significance of this day, and how you can participate?

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AUG
2017

“Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?”
Here’s what you should know about these (often troublesome) teeth

Your “third molars” (most commonly referred to as “wisdom teeth” can pose a lot of problems, even if it doesn’t currently seem like it. Are your wisdom teeth likely to cause you issues in the future? Are they causing you any problems now?

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July
2017

Creating a Positive and Stress-Free Professional Environment
Do your staff enjoy coming to work?

Every dentist knows that running a dental practice doesn’t just involve taking care of patients – a large part of the responsibility goes toward managing staff, and ensuring that the work environment is productive and as free of stress as possible! Alas, here are four ways you can help to reduce stress and boost productivity in your dental practice.

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June
2017

Are You At Risk Of Developing Oral Cancer?
Oral Cancer Screenings Save Lives

It’s an unfortunate and scary reality: oral cancer is on the rise, and you don’t need to be a smoker or tobacco user to be at risk. Luckily, a simple preventive screening can save your life. Have you been screened for oral cancer lately?

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May
2017

How to Use Word of Mouth for Dental Practice Success
Are You Good with Face-to-Face Promotion?

When it comes to getting more patients to your dental practice, face-to-face connection is a powerfully influential marketing tool.

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Apr
2017

Dentists: Are You Overdue for a Vacation?
Springtime Reminds Us to Have a Little Fun

Hey dental professionals: how long has it been since you had a real vacation? Traveling to a new and exciting destination won’t only provide you with that much needed R&R, but is actually known to provide a number of other important benefits, too.

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Mar
2017

Why Do Our Clinics Offer a Student FIRST Plan?
Teeth First Clinics Love Students!

As a compassionate network of dental care providers, we think it’s only right to offer a special discount to our hardworking student patients. But why?

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Feb
2017

Making Dental Visits Fun for Child Patients
Happy National Children’s Dental Health Month!

This National Children’s Dental Health Month, we’re going to talk about several ways you can make dental visits a better experience for child patients!

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Jan
2017

Preventing Back and Neck Pain at the Dental Office
No One Deserves to Suffer While They Work

A dental professional’s job involves leaning forward and performing intricate tasks on a patient’s teeth – appointment after appointment, day after day. Unfortunately, these repeated unhealthy postures often lead to back and neck pain that can have a severely negative impact on work life. Today, we’ve got some simple tips that can help alleviate the pain.

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Dec
2016

The Power of Language in the Dental Practice
What Can We Say? It's Important!

Language is a critical tool, especially in the workplace. The way you choose to communicate to patients and staff alike can largely influence the success and productivity of your clinic.

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NOV
2016

How to Help Comfort Patients with Anxiety
A Positive Experience for Great Oral Health

Anxious patients make up a rather large percentage of the dental patient demographic. And oftentimes, it can be challenging for a professional to help a patient feel at ease. The next time a particularly nervous patient comes in for treatment, try to keep these tips in mind to help keep your patient's nerves under control.

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OCT
2016

How to Prevent Burnout as a Dental Professional
You Deserve Happiness Inside and Outside of Your Practice

As a dental health worker, you're certainly no stranger to all of the challenges that come your way every week. And sometimes, when things get too overwhelming over a period of time – burnout can occur. Here are some helpful ways you can work to prevent feeling overworked and exhausted, and live a healthy, happy and balanced life.

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SEPT
2016

Ontario Dentists: Are You Missing Out on Easy Benefits?
Here's Why You Should Join Our Dental Network!

Are you a hardworking Ontario dental practice owner? You could be missing out on the many advantages of being a member of our Ontario Teeth First Network. Get in the know.

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AUG
2016

Effective (and Convenient) Patient Education
Keeping Your Patient Informed Is Conducive to a Positive Relationship

As a dental health care professional, you understand the importance of building and maintaining a healthy relationship with your patients – and one of the best ways to do this is by practicing patient education. We understand that it can be challenging at times to ensure that every patient knows what they need to. Is there a more convenient way to teach them the essentials?

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JULY
2016

Dentists In The Social Media Age
For Your Practice, Social Means Professional

Social media is a powerful tool for dentists... not only in the fact that it can grow your practice, but because it ensures the professionalism and reliability of your business. But why is social media so much more necessary now than ever before? How can you take advantage?

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JUNE
2016

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay: Protect Your Baby
Know the Facts

Are you underestimating the importance of your child's baby teeth? Looking after these primary teeth is crucial, and if neglected care, can lead to serious problems. Baby bottle tooth decay affects infants who are regularly exposed to sugary liquids (this includes milk and formula). Want to know how to ensure your child is protected against early tooth decay?

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MAY
2016

Choosing the Right Dentist to Look After Your Smile?
We'll Help You Find the Right One!

Finding a new dentist doesn't need to be a challenge. In order to make the right choice, it's smart to take several things into consideration during your search. Here are some things to look for and keep in mind when looking for a new dentist.

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APR.
2016

Does Chewing Gum Help to Reduce Plaque and Prevent Cavities?
We've Got the Facts on This "Sticky Situation"

Are you a habitual gum chewer? If you are, then you've actually been practicing a very healthy habit for your teeth and gums (we're talking about sugar-free gum, of course)! In addition to sticking to a proper oral health care routine of daily brushing and flossing, keeping a pack of sugar-free gum in your pocket can actually be another great way to boost your oral care game!

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MAR.
2016

Treasure Your Tooth Enamel!
Why Enamel Erosion Happens, and What You Can Do to Prevent It

You know the saying that goes... "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone"? Well, this could definitely be said for tooth enamel – the very valuable protective surface layer of the teeth. You'll want to keep enamel around for as long as you can, as it protects the teeth from decay and sensitivity. Unfortunately, tooth enamel cannot regenerate once it's lost... but don't stress! We'll cover everything you need to know about keeping your enamel healthy and strong.

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FEB.
2016

Treating an Underbite with Braces

A fairly common oral misalignment issue; underbites affect about 1 in 10 Canadians today. This primarily genetic condition (also known as "prognathism") occurs when the bottom teeth overlap the top teeth. This improper positioning not only affects the function of the mouth (chewing, speaking, swallowing)... but can invite more problems to occur with time.

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JAN.
2016

Here's Why Your Little One Should Visit the Dentist Sooner Than Later!

Did you know that troubling tooth decay is extremely common among babies and toddlers? As much as 40 percent of 2-5 year olds have cavities... yikes! The good news is, an early visit to the dentist will ensure a smart and healthy start to your child's oral health, preventing oral disease that so many cavity-prone infants sadly suffer from today.

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DEC.
2015

A Day in the Life of an Orthodontist

Dr. Jessica Nardone, an orthodontist at Kennedy Dental & Orthodontics took some time to provide our readers with some insight about what work life is like at Kennedy Dental & Orthodontics. Read on to find out what she experiences on a usual day!

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NOV.
2015

A Restored Smile is Restored Confidence!

TFD offers a variety Restorative Dentistry services to improve the look, feel and function of the mouth – all while boosting self-confidence. With these services, patients are able to replace teeth that were once lost, and repair teeth that have been chipped or broken down. Below, we'll cover the basics of these services.

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OCT.
2015

Periodontics and Your Teeth

A periodontist is a dental expert in oral inflammation.
"Peri" means around, and "odontal" refers to teeth. Periodontal diseases are problems such as infections that are on the structures surrounding the teeth. Some of the conditions include problems with the bone, gums, periodontal ligaments and the lining of the root (called cementum). All of these issues can lead to severe problems if left untreated.

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SEPT.
2015

Back To School With Braces

At Teeth First Dental Network, we know that September can be an exciting but stressful time for families as kids return back to school. A new class, new faces, maybe even a new school can be intimidating—especially for pre-teens and teenagers. With this in mind, orthodontics have come a long way to improve the appearance of braces.

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AUG.
2015

Root canal, not so scary

When you hear the word root canal what comes to mind? If you are like everyone else you think of pain and suddenly become frightened. When in actual fact a root canal is very similar to a routine filling and many experience little or no pain afterward.

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JULY
2015

Why should children see an Orthodontist?

At our clinics, we get lots of questions from parents about their children's teeth. As baby teeth are slowly replaced by permanent teeth, gaps and misaligned teeth start to become a concern.

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JUNE
2015

Vitamins and minerals that improve oral health

There are six key vitamins and minerals that directly impact your oral health. Did you know?—these micronutrients are available to us through the foods we eat, along with fiber and biologically active phytochemicals naturally occurring in these foods.

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MAY
2015

Ready To Smile? It's Wedding Season

At Teeth First Dental Network, many of our patients begin planning for special events or anniversaries that begin to kick-off in the spring—especially anxious brides and their bridal parties preparing for that special once-in-a-lifetime wedding day.

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Preventing Sleep Apnea And Snoring Is Easy

Snoring can affect your life in more ways than you realize. You may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Check the symptoms you or your loved one experience from non-restful sleep.

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APR
2015

Are You At Risk Of Developing Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer, commonly called mouth cancer, occurs inside the mouth and can involve the lips, gums, tongue, lining of the cheeks, and roof or floor of the mouth. Those at risk for developing some form of mouth cancer include...

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MAR
2015

Sedation Dentistry: Don't Let Anxiety Keep You From The Dentist's Chair

It's a common fact that many people are anxious about going to the dentist. The problem arises when that anxiety becomes so strong, that it impacts your dental health. For people who are so phobic about going to visit the dentist, sedation dentistry may take away some of the edge.

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FEB
2015

Smile For Your Heart

February is heart health month. We all know the importance of proper dental hygiene for your smile, your teeth and even your breath. However, did you know there is a direct relation between oral health and heart health? This means a healthy mouth can actually result in a healthy heart.

If your gums are red, painful, bleeding or swollen then there's a good chance you are suffering from gum disease. But research now indicates a direct link between gum disease and a healthy heart.

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JAN
2015

When Adults Need Braces

Braces for adults?! When you think of braces, many people associate them with the trials of being adolescent. However, more and more adults are being recommended orthodontic treatments by their dental practitioners. In fact, almost 20% of braces wearers are adults!

Orthodontics such as braces are really not just for kids. There are many reasons why your dentist may recommend them. Some adults may have had poorly aligned teeth and waited to adulthood to correct them. But teeth can also shift with age, medical conditions or due to injury.

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DEC
2014

Children's Dentistry...
Making a Trip to the Dentist an Enjoyable One!

Yes, it's absolutely true! Many children actually enjoy going to the dentist but, you can probably guess, it doesn't always start off that way. From a child's point of view it's easy to see why a trip to the dentist can be a very scary place.

However, Children's Dentristy, or Paedondontics has truly come leaps and bounds over the last decade to ensure that children feel comfortable and at ease. After all, a happy patient makes for a happy dentist!! Many dental offices now have a special children's room, or toys at the front to help make your child feel at ease. There is also more time taken, using simple terminology that a child can understand, to explain the process and what is happening inside of their mouth.

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NOV
2014

Don't Give Brushing Your Teeth At Night The Brush-Off

Sometimes the simple step of brushing your teeth before bed is forgotten or ignored, as we think 'I will just brush in the morning'. But did you know missing that one brushing could result in teeth and gum issues?

Have you ever run your tongue across your teeth, near the gum line, and you feel something sticky or fuzzy stuck there? Well there's a good chance what you are feeling is plaque!

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OCT
2014

Midnight Snacks Affect More Than Just Your Stomach

We have all had a bad case of the munchies, you know, during the wee hours of the morning and that piece of chocolate cake in your fridge is calling your name.

But late night snacking can affect more than just your waistline. If you don't brush your teeth before you go to sleep, eating at night can also affect your teeth!

When you eat right before bed and you don`t brush, you are leaving particles of your snack in your mouth for the entire night. This allows for the bacterial content in your mouth to explode which can be harmful to both your teeth and gums.

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SEP
2014

The Wisdom in Wisdom Teeth Removal!

Wisdom teeth may not always provide 'wisdom' but they can give you a lot of other things... and unfortunately most are not nice. They are the teeth at the very back of the mouth and are the last ones to come up. Often they are detected in your mid to late teens (and even early twenties). When these teeth align properly and gum tissue is healthy, your wisdom teeth will be an additional chewing surface. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth are notorious for causing dental problems.

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