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Mouth Cancer Action Month

It's hard to believe that fall is almost over and winter is coming. While there's a bit more time before the snow hits, you shouldn't forget to bundle up to avoid getting caught off guard by the sudden change in temperature. The last thing you want is to get sick during the last few weeks of fall fun!

Although there are many fun events that are happening during the fall season, please note that November is also Mouth Cancer Action Month. The disease can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks, throat and other parts of the head and neck area.  

Our team here at Credit River Dental Centre would like to remind you the importance of oral cancer screening. Dr. Lee and our hygienists recommend that you see us for your complete oral examination every 2-3 years to detect signs of decay or disease. An early detection can save you from a number of different conditions such as oral cancer.

If we haven’t seen us for your complete oral examination, please call our office to set up an appointment.

For more information about Mouth Cancer Action Month please go to

Credit River Dental Centre’s First Annual Hallowe’en Party

This past Hallowe’en we held our First Annual Credit River Dental Centre Hallowe’en Party for our patients and anyone else that just wanted to enjoy a great time! We had snacks and treats available, both healthy and otherwise (hey…it’s Halloween after all), face painting, a colouring contest for the kids and 2 raffles for a free in-office whitening session for the adults and a Play-Doh Dentist set for the kids. A great big thank you to Sue Ellen, our office manager, and the Credit River Dental Team for organizing and making sure everyone had a great time!


Dry mouth can cause difficulties in speaking, swallowing, chewing and tasting food.  The condition can make dentures less stable in the mouth.  A chronic dry mouth can lead to tooth decay and oral infections, may be a symptom of certain diseases, conditions and medications.

3 natural tips for dry mouth

  1. Brush teeth after each meal/snacks and drink water more frequently.
  2. Chew sugar-free gum and avoid spicy, sugary or salty foods.
  3. Squish a teaspoon of organic extra virgin coconut oil in mouth.

If you suffer from  dry mouth, trips to Credit River Dental Centre are very important for cleanings and early treatment of decay and cavities.  Our team can recommend special toothpaste/mouthwash that suit your condition.

Good Luck!

Credit River Dental Centre

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Top 3 things to do to scare away those Sugar Bugs!!

With Halloween fast approaching and the excitement of tasting delicious candy fills the air, one may tend to forget that behind the scenes of sweet sugary snacks is the potential for dental decay - CAVITIES! Here are 3 ways to ensure you and your little monster's oral health is being protected while enjoying the best Halloween has to offer!

  1. Try to eat your treat with a meal. While eating, your saliva production increases which helps flush out acid caused by sugary bacteria.
  2. Avoid biting down on hard candies - this will avoid any chipped teeth!
  3. Brush your teeth after every meal.

By doing these three easy 3 steps will help limit damage to your teeth, and that's something worth smiling about!

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Good bye, Summer… Hello, Autumn

Autumn is here!!

It's no wonder autumn is the favourite season for many. The morning air is crisp but not cold, it's getting dark earlier but not before dinner, and comfy sweaters and scarves can come out of the closet but there's no need for winter jackets... just yet!

Thanksgiving (October 9th) and Halloween (October 31st) are just around the corner. Halloween falls on a Tuesday, so ghosts and goblins will be out early and all through the night. Be careful as you drive through your neighbourhood. As always, with Thanksgiving and Halloween kicking off the holiday season, remember not to overindulge too early and avoid binging too much.

What’s even scarier than Halloween is the approaching cold and flu season. October is Influenza Immunization Awareness Month. The flu is highly contagious and the severity of its effects can differ vastly between individuals. Whether you choose to get vaccinated or not, you can help prevent the spread of the flu by:

  • avoiding people who are sick
  • properly covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • washing your hands frequently
  • not touching your face
  • Most importantly - staying home when you are sick!

Taking care of your body is very important but please remember that taking the time to care for your teeth and mouth will also benefit your overall health and be well worth the effort.

We give thanks as well this month. We are thankful for you and your family for trusting us with your oral health.

The entire staff at Credit River Dental Centre wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Morning Breath or Something More Serious?

There you are, it's Saturday morning and you have the whole day ahead of you. You roll over and look at your better half and decide to give them a good morning kiss. But wait!!! What's been brewing in your mouth overnight?

Here's a question - if we floss and brush before we go to bed and settle down to sleep with a fresh mouth every night, why is it that just mere hours later, we wake up with dreaded "morning breath"?

The simple answer is that during the day, saliva works as your body's own natural mouthwash, washing away bacteria and particles that cause bad breath. While we sleep, saliva production decreases and our mouths dry out, providing the perfect environment for odour-causing bacteria.

Bad breath (or "halitosis", as it's officially known) can come from a number of different sources, such as a dry mouth, decomposition of food particles in and around your teeth, and foods (such as garlic and cabbage) that contain certain sulphur compounds. Halitosis can also reflect medical conditions, such as chronic infections in the lungs to kidney and liver failure. Dieting and fasting can slow down the stimulation of saliva flow and result in "offensive" breath. Talking for long periods of time will dry out your mouth with the same result.

Most everyday bad breath, however, can be controlled by following some simple steps:

1. Floss - flossing removes food particles from between the teeth eliminating an element of 'bad breath'

2. Brush your teeth after every meal – brushing will clean the surface of your teeth and gums eliminating bad breath causing bacteria and prolonging the life of your teeth. It was good advice when you were a kid and its good advice today

3. Scrub your tongue – many new tooth brushes come with a tongue scrubbing side. More than half of the bacteria that cause bad breath can be found on your tongue

4. Keep your mouth moist – avoid sugary beverages, but be sure to drink a lot of water. Aside from being good for hydration, the water acts to flush your mouth of the bacteria that cause bad breath

5. Visit your dentist regularly - aside from keeping your teeth in top shape, your dentist can look for signs of periodontal disease and other treatable causes of halitosis.

If your concerns go beyond morning breath please ask us for more information. We'd be happy to give you some "fresh" oral hygiene tips.

Brushing: Your Best Defense Against Plaque

“Brush your teeth… round and round” we all remember the song. It’s amazing, though, how many people still use improper brushing techniques. Brushing your teeth properly with a good tooth brush is your best line of defense against cavity-causing plaque between dental visits.

Improper brushing can be just as, if not more, harmful than plaque itself. Brushing too hard or using an improper tooth brush can erode enamel on the sides and tops of your teeth as well as damage your gums. Don’t be discouraged though, proper brushing technique is easy and rewarding.

It is recommended that you brush your teeth after every meal, and especially before your go to sleep, as bacteria will remain unchallenged for an extended period while you sleep.


How long you spend brushing your teeth is as important an aspect as how often you brush your teeth. Often people “rush the brush”, spending under 30 seconds brushing, followed up by a quick mouthwash rinse. Brushing your teeth should be a part of your morning ritual and your bedtime wind-down.

Brushing should take no less that two minutes if done properly, followed by a flossing regimen, then at least one minute with a mouthwash if you choose to use one. These five minutes can be very relaxing and will leave your gums and mouth feeling invigorated and clean.

Brushing your teeth is not like sanding wood, you need to be gentle. Using a soft bristled brush, in a small circular motion, ensure you clean all surfaces of your teeth including behind the hard to reach back molars. Don’t forget to gently brush your gums in the direction of your tooth (upwards for lower teeth, downwards for upper teeth).

Your tongue and roof of your mouth need to be brushed gently. Some tooth brushes come with a tongue scrubbing surface: as long as you’re gentle, your brush should do the trick. This will help control the majority of the bacteria that cause bad breath.

Your Toothbrush

Your toothbrush is your toothbrush – don’t share it. If you use an electric toothbrush get separate brushing heads for each user.

Unless your dentist suggests otherwise, choose a brush with soft bristles. There are many shaped toothbrush heads and bodies: select one that fits your mouth and is easy to handle, ensuring you can reach behind your back molars.

A toothbrush should be changed about every three months, and whenever you see that the bristles are starting to fray and bend. We also recommend replacing your toothbrush after you have a cold or other virus.

Taking the time to care for your teeth and mouth will benefit your overall health and be well worth the effort. If you would like a demonstration of proper brushing techniques, please ask us during your next visit.