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April 2012 : eNews, Tips, and More!

If March was any indication of how this summer is going to look maybe we should skip spring this year. On second thought, spring is a crowd pleaser among many in the office. It’s not too hot, not too cold, it is kind of the baby bear of the seasons.

Spring is a time of rebirth and rejuvenation. In the past we talked about spring cleaning around the home: this year we’d like to suggest a little spring cleaning for.. yourself!

When was your last visit to your family doctor for a physical, your eye doctor, your ear doctor, and wink, wink, nudge, nudge, our office. You’ve got a lot going on in your busy schedule, but you should always make time for your health.

April is Oral Health Month
Regular visits to our office for cleanings and dental exams are an integral part of your health care. Your mouth often presents early warning signs of health, and contributes significantly to your comfort, confidence and overall well being.

The Canadian Dental Association offers these five Steps to Good Oral Health:

  1. See your dentist regularly
  2. Keep your mouth clean
  3. Eat, drink, but be wary
  4. Check your mouth regularly
  5. Avoid all tobacco products

Click here for a detailed explanation.

If you are overdue for a check-up or want to discuss your oral health and beauty, give us a call today or click here to request an appointment.

Happy Oral Health Month,

Dr. Ellen Dayan and Team

flossing

 When was the last time you flossed your teeth?

If you answered, “this morning”or “before I went to bed last night” then keep it up. If you answered, “I think there may be some floss in my top drawer”, then it’s time to start flossing.

Flossing is a proven means of cleaning plaque and food debris from hard to reach places where tooth brushes are far less effective. Flossing has also proven to promote healthy gums through increasing blood circulation that is integral to a beautiful smile.
If you answered, “this morning”or “before I went to bed last night” then keep it up. If you answered, “I think there may be some floss in my top drawer”, then it’s time to start flossing.

Flossing is a proven means of cleaning plaque and food debris from hard to reach places where tooth brushes are far less effective. Flossing has also proven to promote healthy gums through increasing blood circulation that is integral to a beautiful smile.

Floss is meant to clean in between your teeth and behind you back molars. It is a thin cord that can be made of a variety of materials, can be waxed or unwaxed, and is available in every colour of the rainbow. Selecting the right floss for you will make flossing easier and encourage you to use it regularly. If your teeth are generously spaced, unwaxed floss should do the trick. For those of you with tightly packed teeth, a waxed floss will be easier to use (the wax is edible and often flavoured).

If you find the floss frays too quickly or outright breaks when you use it, stronger material floss may be the right chose for you. If you’re unsure, ask your dental team, they floss your teeth during your cleanings and will know which route you should take.

Next time you’re in a supermarket or drugstore take a walk down the toothpaste isle and explore all of your flossing options. Floss is relatively inexpensive making it easy to test out different types. There are also several tools that can help you save floss as well as make flossing easier for those with conditions making flossing difficult.

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Mac n’ Cheeze Pleeze!

From spring cleaning to the endless outdoor activities we find in Ontario, the warmer temperatures are likely to get you moving. This month we wanted to share a high energy, health conscious, vegan recipe inspired by a Canadian classic…Macaroni and cheese!

Some of the ingredients in this recipe may not be readily found in your pantry. All of them should be easily found in your local grocer’s organic section and all are worth having around for their nutritional value.
From spring cleaning to the endless outdoor activities we find in Ontario, the warmer temperatures are likely to get you moving. This month we wanted to share a high energy, health conscious, vegan recipe inspired by a Canadian classic…Macaroni and cheese!

Some of the ingredients in this recipe may not be readily found in your pantry. All of them should be easily found in your local grocer’s organic section and all are worth having around for their nutritional value.

You will need:

1 pound pasta (brown rice – elbows aka macaroni noodles)
1 1/4 cups water
1 cup plain rice milk or almond milk (may use other non-dairy milk)
1 softened small butternut squash cut in cubes (can be steamed or roasted)
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons tahini
1 teaspoon mellow white miso (or additional salt)
Sprouted spelt bread crumbs (as much as you like to create a top crust)

Procedure:

Boil the pasta according to package directions. While it’s cooking, blend all remaining ingredients (except the bread crumbs) together in a blender.
When the pasta is al dente, drain it, reserving about 1/2 cup of the cooking water, and return the pasta to pot.
Add the sauce mixture and cook, stirring, until mixture boils and thickens. Add a little of the pasta water if more moistness is needed.
To adjust the taste, try adding a little more mustard and onion powder.
Once you have the consistency and taste just right, top it with some sprouted spelt bread crumbs and you’ve got a nutritious and delicious Mac n’ Cheese worth serving your friends and family.

This recipe was sourced from Fully Nourished by Marni Wasserman.

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