Newsletter - February 2015


Dre Marie Kambranis

February 2015, Vol. #8

Valentine's day Breakfast

Chocolate French Toast
Eggs Benedict
Passion Mimosa

Striving for Excellence

Our passion and our love for dentistry is what constantly drives us to strive for excellence and to be the best and we are honoured that you have chosen us.

We are always looking for ways to serve you better. Please take a moment to complete our short (5 question) survey and help us continue to strive for excellence in 2015. Thank you.




Spring Break
Spring break is just around the corner. If you don't have a sports guard as part of your or your children's protective sporting gear - call us. We will be happy to make you one.



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Qc, Canada
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Banish Bad Breath Forever!
 


Valentine’s Day is almost here and talks turn to romance.  So there you are on Valentine’s Day snuggling up to your sweetie. You smile and decide to give them an “I love you” kiss.  But wait! How is your breath? Whether you’re married or single... going on a first-date or celebrating your 25th Valentine’s Day together, if there’s one thing that can ruin the most romantic holiday of the year, it’s bad breath.

Bad breath [or halitosis] affects almost every person at one time or another. You may be suffering from halitosis and not even know it.

Ask yourself...

  • Is your mouth frequently very dry?
  • Does milk or coffee leave a bad taste?
  • Do people frequently offer you breath mints?
  • Is there a white coating on your tongue?

Don’t think that you can check for bad breath by breathing into your own hand. It simply doesn’t work. We are too close to our own smells to notice them.

So what causes bad breath?

Saliva is our body’s natural mouthwash which constantly works during the day to wash away bacteria and particles that cause bad breath. Bad breath results when bacteria in our mouth decompose food particles and other matter to generate foul-smelling gases such as sulfer. Bad breath is usually the result of one of the following top 3 causes:

Neglecting your teeth
One of the most common causes of bad breath is due to inadequate oral hygiene and untreated dental disease. Halitosis can occur from a number of different sources such as dry mouth, gingivitis, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, the presence of cavities and faulty restorations, infections, smoking, as well as the accumulation of plaque and food debris on teeth, gums and the tongue.

Food odours
Certain foods like garlic and onions contain pungent oils that can contribute to bad breath because the oils are carried to your lungs and out through your mouth. Chewing gum, mouthwashes and breath mints can temporarily mask the odour but they can’t eliminate it completely.

Health issues
Halitosis can also reflect medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney or liver problems, infections of the lungs, or problems such as acid reflux. Various medications can also significantly diminish saliva production and result in ‘offensive breath’. When saliva flow is decreased and our mouth becomes dry providing the perfect environment for these odour-causing bacteria. 

What to do to keep your breath fresh and clean

In addition to professional treatments, maintaining fresh breath will require practicing good oral hygiene habits and following a few tips at home:

  • Clean your tongue daily to remove accumulated food, dead cells and odorous bacteria. This can be one secret weapon to keeping your breath fresh.
  • Stay hydrated. Dry mouth is caused by a lack of saliva and the best way to produce saliva is to keep your mouth moist by drinking water.
  • Brush and floss. Brush 2-3 times a day for at least 2 minutes to sufficiently clean all the surfaces of your teeth. You’ve heard this time and time again, but flossing daily is equally as important as brushing. Flossing will remove the hidden food and odorous bacteria in plaque that may be fermenting between your teeth and below the gums.
  • Try natural cures. Some of the natural cures that have been found beneficial for treating bad breath are sipping green tea, adding a cinnamon stick to your drink, and chewing herbs such as mint, parsley and cilantro.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and thorough exam. Aside from keeping your mouth healthy your dentist can look for signs of gum disease and other treatable cause of halitosis.
  • Get pending dental work done. Broken fillings, cavities, gum disease are all sites of bacterial breeding grounds and possible sources of halitosis. Prompt treatment will keep your smile bright, mouth healthy and prevent further bad breath problems.

Bad breath doesn’t have to be a chronic issue. Take control of your life now. Don’t let Halitosis impact on your personal and professional life.


Call us at (450) 627-2658 if you're concerned about bad breath
or suspect a problem.

We can help you eliminate the problem
and enjoy the confidence that comes with fresh clean breath.





Spring Break!

If you have children in school you know that Spring Break is just round the corner! Spring break is a great time to schedule an appointment for your family’s dental cleaning and check-up.

Plan ahead and book early as appointments fill up quickly.

You can request an appointment here. Have a fun and safe spring break!


Valentine's Day Breakfast

If food is the language of love, then this is the perfect day for a romantic breakfast to remember. Nothing says “I love you” more than heart-warming fare, especially when it’s served in bed. Here are a few delicious ideas to treat your special someone.

Chocolate French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices egg bread (3/4 inch thick)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Preparation
Arrange bread slices in a 13x9-in. dish. In a small bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, salt and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk and vanilla. Gradually whisk into dry ingredients until smooth. Pour over bread. Let stand 10 minutes, turning once.

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Cook bread for 3-4 minutes each side or until toasted. Serve with toppings of your choice: confectioners' sugar, fresh raspberries, sliced fresh strawberries, sliced ripe banana and maple syrup.
Yield: 2 servings.

Courtesy of tasteofhome.com

Eggs Benedict

Ingredients:

  • hollandaise sauce
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) white vinegar
  • 2 to 4 eggs
  • 1 to 2 English muffins
  • 2 to 4 slices Black Forest ham, at room temperature

Preparation

In a large saucepan, simmer the water with the vinegar. Break your eggs on saucers. Slide two eggs at a time in the water and let poach for 3 to 4 minutes, until the desired doneness. Normally the yolks should be runny. Place the poached eggs on paper towels. Repeat with the other eggs.

While cooking the eggs, Cut the English muffins in half and toast them.
Add a slice of ham and an egg on the toasted muffin. Keep warm in the oven for a few minutes, if necessary. Just before serving, drizzle with the hollandaise sauce.
Garnish with a strawberry and clementine slice. You can replace the ham with smoked salmon. Note that it is better, in this case, to not keep the muffins warm in the oven as you would with the ham.

Courtesy of Chef Ricardo: ricardocuisine.com

The Passionate Mimosa

Ingredients :
- Equal parts champagne (or a good sparkling white wine) and fresh passion fruit juice.

Instructions : Pour into a chilled champagne flute and serve.


 




Chocolate French Toast

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