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Pink Shirt Day

This upcoming Wednesday, February 28, is Pink Shirt day. It is a day that is being recognized as a health promotion day in Canada for anti-bullying. The Pink Shirt day movement was founded in 2007 by David Shepherd and Travis Price (17 at the time) who stood up for a Grade 9 boy who wore a pink shirt to school. Price and Shepherd distributed pink shirts among other male students and stood in solidity against bullying. 

This year, the movement is focusing on cyber bullying, which is the act of bullying with electronics (ie. text messages, social media) which affects thousands of children and teens through out North America and around the world. With the growing improvement of fast instant messaging and social media, cyber bullying happens so often. There are many forms of cyber bullying and some include: exclusion, harassment, cyberstalking, catfishing and many more. For more information about the different ways of cyber bullying, please visit: Forms of Cyber Bullying

If you speculate that your child is being  cyber bullied here are some tips that can aid in stopping and preventing it from happening: Getting Cyber Safe

We as health care providers not only believe in having a healthy smile, but also that everyone has a right to live in peace and be free from any pain or stress. This Wednesday please wear Pink and stand up against bullying. 

Improving Your Patient Experience by Improving Our Techniques!

After practicing for many years and using the traditional method of numbing lower back teeth, I was looking for an alternative to this method especially for cases where only a single tooth needed to be numbed. I thought to myself, what is it that patients dislike most about getting numbed for a filling on the bottom back teeth?

  • They have that numb feeling for close to 4 hours?
  • They can’t feel their tongue or lip and end up biting either one?
  • They usually have to wait about 10-15 minutes before starting?
  • If they are not completely numb with the first injection they have to wait again for the next one?
  • All of the above?

In my research I came across this new technique that piqued my curiousity and seemed too good to be true when I read about it.  There was very little to lose and everything to gain so I decided to learn this new technique. What if I told you that here at Credit River Dental Centre that we could now numb your lower back tooth and:

  • Eliminate the waiting time to get numb so your appointments are shorter
  • You will still be able to feel your lip and tongue
  • You will only have a slight numb sensation for about an hour
  • Use only about 1/3 -1/2 of the amount of anesthetic that is usually used


Feel free to ask us about this new numbing technique!

Treasure Fold

The Chinese New Year (the lunar year of dog) is on February 16, 2018.

I came across this delicious and balance meal  recipe.  Hope you enjoy it and bring you treasure and fortune.

Eight Crystal Treasure Fold

Chinese New Year's celebrations feast all the senses, especially at banquet time.  This colourful mixture of Ontario vegetables gets stir-fried with chicken and then piles onto crunchy lettuce leaves.  Roll them up and eat by hand as a delicious first course.  Hoisin sauce is a dark oriental sauce, available in the Asian food section of many grocery stores.  Recipe courtesy of Food land Ontario.


45 ml      each soy sauce and white wine

15 ml      cornstarch

10 ml       rice or white vinegar

2               boneless skinless chicken breasts, very thinly sliced

25 ml        vegetable oil

15 ml        minced fresh ginger root

2               cloves garlic minced, peeled and sliced carrots

1                sliced onion, green onion

250 ml      shredded cabbage, sliced mushrooms

500 ml       bean sprouts

1 or 2        heads lettuce separated

125 ml        Hoisin sauce


Combine soy sauce, wine, cornstarch and vinegar; transfer generous 1 tbsp(15 ml) to bowl and set remainder aside.  

Add chicken to bowl and toss to coat. In large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat; cook ginger, garlic and onion for a few minutes until starting to brown.  

Stir in chicken; cook until no longer pink.  Add carrots, cabbage, red pepper and mushroom; cook, stirring until vegetables soften but still crisp.

Stir reserved soy sauce mixture; add to pan along with green onion  and sprouts; gently stir-fry until sprouts and translucent and sauce is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.

Place bowl of lettuce leaves, bowl of warm vegetable mixture and bowl of the Hoisin sauce in center of the table. 

Each diner then takes lettuce leaf, spreads it evenly with a few spoonfuls of the Hoisin sauce and tops it with some of the vegetable mixture; gently fold and roll lettuce into bundle to eat.


Don’t Sugar Coat it! The truth about Diabetes and your Oral Health

Diabetes has been and will continue to be a growing concern in Canada.  It is estimated that approximately 11 millions Canadians are living with diabetes or prediabetes and these numbers are expected to rise to 13 million in the next couple of years and that approximately 1.5 million Canadians are living with undiagnosed diabetes.

Signs and Symptoms (from the Diabetes Canada website) include

  • Unusual thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Weight change (gain or loss)
  • Extreme fatigue or lack of energy
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent or recurring infections
  • Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Trouble getting or maintaining an erection

You may wonder why your dental professional is interested in knowing that you have this condition.  Simply put, the relationship between what exists in your mouth and in your body are connected.  As in the eyes are the mirror to the soul, the mouth is the reflection of your health and vice versa.  Where this affects patients who have diabetes is in the importance of minimizing inflammation.  The body doesn’t recognize that gingivitis (gingival/gum inflammation) is inflammation in the mouth.  What it does recognize is that there is a presence of inflammation in the body.  When gum disease is present in the mouth and is not controlled, the body recognizes this as a chronic inflammatory state.  This can be detrimental and can contribute to uncontrolled diabetes.

So how can your dental professional help you?  Informing your dental professional that you have diabetes or suspect you may have diabetes or have family history of diabetes will help us determine what course of action to take to ensure your risk is minimized.  If needed we will collaborate with other professionals working with you towards improving your diabetes status.

Creating a plan to reduce inflammation in the mouth can be done by

  1. Improving homecare which will reduce plaque (soft deposits) which triggers the inflammatory process. Pay particular attention to cleaning between your teeth as this accounts for 40% of the tooth surfaces and the areas most often neglected.
  2. Visiting your hygienist regularly to remove hard and soft deposits that can increase the progression of gum disease.  Based on your hygienist’s assessment, frequency of dental hygiene visits will depend on your current gum condition.
  3. Improving food choices to decrease plaque production and avoid ones that will cause a spike in blood glucose levels.

Being a dental professional is all about improving your oral health and doing what we can to ensure overall health.  In order to do so it is important for us to look at all aspects of your health and lifestyle.

Together, we can improve your overall health and your quality of life!

By Sue Ellen Umali-Lee


January 21-28 is National Non-Smoking Week. If your New Year's resolution involved butting out for good, you can find helpful advice/tips at:

In addition to your lungs and heart, tobacco use is also detrimental to your smile.

  • Smoking increases the risk of oral cancer, which can progress rapidly and be deadly if not diagnosed and treated early.
  • Smoking also increases the risk and severity of gum disease, one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss.
  • Smoking tends to delay healing after oral surgery.
  • Smoking can damage gum tissue, causing receding gums. Exposed root surfaces can be unsightly and temperature sensitive.
  • Smoking can cause bad breath and affect the senses of taste and smell
  • Smoking causes increased staining of the teeth.

Your dental provider can also educate you by demonstrating an oral cancer screening that could be performed by yourself at home. This will aid in detection of the disease, and with earlier detection the better the prognosis for treatment.

When should you start bringing your infant to the dentist?

Your bouncing baby has been sleeping and eating for months now: don't forget the importance of of cleaning their mouths.

Many parents ask when they should bring their young children in to the dentist. The first answer is as soon as possible, we love the little ones. Bringing your child in at an early age will also help connect the visit with a positive environment and help to avoid future dentist anxiety.

We would like to see your children before their first birthday, and especially important within six months of their first tooth erupting. These first early stages are essential for early warning signs and preventing future problems. Once a child's teeth have started to erupt, conditions such as early stages of gum disease, baby bottle tooth decay, and teething related problems can be detected and treated.

A baby's gums and mouth can be cleaned using an infant toothbrush that slides onto your finger. Do not use toothpaste; water is fine for cleaning a baby's mouth. Toothpaste can be added in a pea sized amount when your child is old enough to understand not to swallow the paste. Even then we advise to not use fluoride toothpaste until your child is around two years old.

Having your child comfortable with dental visits and treating potential conditions before they become problems will give you and your child reason to smile. 

Give our office a call to book your child's first appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

For more information please go to the following links:

Happy New Year 2020


While making New Year’s Resolutions don’t forget to make sure your Oral Health is part of that list. With the Renewal of Your dental coverage make sure those 2019 treatments get completed so that you can smile a better you for 2020.

Wishing you and your family a happy new year and good health!

Keep smiles!

Don’t Let Tooth Sensitivity Affect Your Quality of Life!

Over half of the population is living with undiagnosed dentinal hypersensitivity or tooth sensitivity.  Do you know if you are at risk or if you may have this common condition?

Dentinal hypersensitivity is a short, sharp pain in one or more teeth that results from the exposure of dentin (second layer of tooth structure).

These various factors put you at risk:

  • xerostomia (dry mouth)
  • improper brushing (abrasion) and tooth wear lesions (attrition)
  • having uncontrolled gum (periodontal) disease
  • home tooth whitening
  • tooth erosion resulting from diet or acid reflux
  • abfraction which results from teeth grinding (bruxism)

This common condition can be treated.  It is not normal to feel any form of tooth sensitivity especially while eating foods you enjoy or even just breathing in the cold Canadian air.

If you experience dentin hypersensitivity, there are ways for you to help alleviate the symptoms.  You can do this by

  • ensuring that your diet is not high in acid
  • if you suspect that you may have acid reflux, visit your medical professional for an assessment
  • modify your brushing techniques by applying less pressure on brushing and using a soft bristled toothbrush
  • have a proper assessment done by your dental professional to make the appropriate recommendations

There are many products that can be applied by your dental professional to alleviate the discomfort but to successfully manage ongoing discomfort your dental professional will work with you to determine the cause of your tooth sensitivity, what can be done in office to alleviate discomfort and what recommendations can be made for you to continue management at home.

Don’t Let Tooth Sensitivity be a Pain!

Ensuring your smile is merry & bright for this holiday season!

With all the upcoming holiday events here is one sure way to light up the room!

Our office provides Spadent Whitening treatment. It is a light activated sensitivity free whitening treatment. The Spa Dent whitening gel is PH neutral, has no silica and contains xylitol to help neutralize harmful bacteria. We offer a 1.5 hour session with a take home maintenance kit that helps keep your smile bright for weeks.

We will evaluate your teeth and smile with you, to determine whether whitening is right for you. Sometimes we may recommend a different cosmetic procedure which would better meet your expectations. Spadent incorporates the latest LED technologies and gel formulations to remove stains. The light accelerates the hydroxyl radicals penetrating the tooth enamel to eliminate stains. 

Feel free to contact our office or e-mail us at [email protected] for any questions you may have, or if you'd like to book a whitening appoinment with us. We'd be more than happy to ensure your smile is merry and bright for the holidays!

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Holiday Season is just around the corner!

Where did the time go?

The holiday season is almost here!

With the year quickly coming to a close, it's easy to lose track of time and find yourself scrambling at the last minute to make plans with friends and family and buy gifts for the holidays. To help you avoid making the same mistakes as last year, follow these tips for a stress-free holiday season.

Plan your holiday shopping early:

Whether the gifts are big or small and the holiday dinner ham or turkey, it's never too early to plan ahead. Outline a budget and make note of everything you will need to purchase early to avoid that last minute holiday rush and dinner disaster.

Make a list and check it twice:

Write down the names of all the people you need to remember this holiday season. Whether they're receiving a gift, a card, or a dinner invitation, you don't want to forget anyone during the holidays.

Have a plan B:

While November was unseasonably warm, don't assume that this will be a continued trend in December. Be prepared for snow storms and whatever else Mother Nature might have in store for us. With road closures and flight cancellations being common during this time of year, it's always smart to budget extra travel time and make alternate travel plans.

Be mindful of your oral health:

It is okay to indulge in all the holiday treats and feasts, but don't forget about your teeth! Although travelling can disrupt your regular brushing and flossing routine, we want you to welcome the New Year with a healthy smile!

And don't forget, your dental benefits may reset at the end of the year, so be sure to give our office a call to book your final appointment before the new year.