Newsletter - January 2015


Dre Marie Kambranis

January 2015, Vol. #7

Receipe: BUTTERNUT SQUASH-BARTLETT PEAR SOUP

Personal Guide for yearlong healthy gorgeous smiles

Important
January reminders:

Your health benefits may be based on a calendar year, and if you have any outstanding dental work to be completed, or if you are maintaining an oral health and hygiene routine that corresponds with your benefits, now is the time to come in and see us.



Have you have gotten a bit behind
on your dental check-ups?


There is no time like the
present to remedy this!
Add taking care of your dental health
to your list of resolutions and
call us to schedule your
appointment today.



3400 boul. Sainte-Rose
Laval-Ouest,
Qc, Canada
H7R 5E8

(450) 627-2658

sourires@dentistelavalouest.com



Newsletters


New Year, New You!
 

Resolutions for a Healthy 2015 Smile


Happy New Year!

We hope your holidays were filled with good cheer!

Now that you're back in the swing of things, what is at the top of your list of "To-Dos" for 2015? Maybe you are determined to land your dream job, save money, exercise, live a healthier lifestyle or all of the above. Why not make one of your New Year's resolutions improving your dental health?

Good dental habits not only promote healthy teeth and a beautiful smile but contribute to your overall health as well. Any of the following dental-focused New Year's resolutions will go a long way toward giving you a brighter, healthier smile all year long:

1. Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables
Eating a healthy well balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important for your dental health. Poor nutrition can affect the entire immune system increasing your susceptibility to many common dental problems including gum disease. Antioxidants and other nutrients found in vegetables, fruits, dairy products, whole grains and nuts improve your body's ability to fight bacteria and inflammation which helps to protect your teeth and gums. Make it a point this year to incorporate more tooth-healthy foods in your daily diet.

2. Control Your Sweet Tooth
Sugary beverages and snacks are one of your teeth's worst enemies. These sugars are broken down by bacteria in your mouth to produce acids which in turn wear away at your enamel to cause tooth decay. This year, make it a goal to limit your intake of sweets for both your teeth and your health!

3. Quit Smoking
Using tobacco can harm your mouth in numerous ways, increasing your risk for halitosis [bad breath], tooth discoloration, gum disease, tooth loss and more seriously - oral cancer. Smokers are about twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers. If you are currently using tobacco, consider quitting this year and try out a healthier habit, like chewing sugar free gum.

4. Brush and Floss Regularly
Protect your teeth and gums from diseases caused by your teeth's most persistent enemy - plaque. Plaque is a sticky, invisible film of harmful, densely packed bacteria that builds up on your teeth every day. Neglecting to brush and floss as recommended, allows for plaque to build-up on your teeth causing decay and gum disease, which in turn may lead to other health problems like heart disease. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once before bedtime will help to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and improve your dental and overall health.

5. Get Pending Dental Work Done
Cavities, broken or defective fillings and gum disease usually cause NO pain or very little pain. When left untreated, these can progress to become serious dental problems necessitating more comprehensive and costly treatments. In 2015, aim to take simple steps such as getting your teeth cleaned regularly, promptly fixing cavities, and having regular dental examinations to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

6. See Your Dentist for Your Regular Check-ups
Life's busy. It's tempting to delay seeing your dentist. But doing so might be more trouble than the time you save. See your family dentist at least twice a year. Regular visits allow your dentist to monitor you and your family's oral health, address areas of concern, catch and treat problems early. It's the best way to ensure a clean bill of dental health and keep your mouth in great shape in 2015. This will benefit your teeth and your overall health in so many ways - think of it as a gift to yourself and your loved ones.


Go ahead! Show-off YOUR great smile all year long!

This year, resolve treat your mouth right.
Make dental health a priority!

We have been helping patients achieve
beautiful healthy smiles for over 25 years.
Can we be of assistance to you?

Call us. We can help you get 2015 off to a great dental start!
450 627-2658





Butternut Squash-Bartlett
Pear Soup


Still recovering from your holiday food hangover, but still want to stay warm and healthy with something hearty? We have the recipe for you! This delicious soup recipe courtesy of Chef Bryant Terry is full of warm, comforting flavours like coconut, thyme and pumpkin.

Ingredients
3 Tbs. olive oil
2 medium leeks, white and tender green parts finely chopped (3 cups)
1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces (2 lb.)
3 Bartlett pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces (1,5 lb.)
5 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 14-oz. can light coconut milk
1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
Pumpkin seeds for garnish, optional

Directions:

1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium-low heat. Add leeks, and cook 10 minutes, or until soft, stir often.

2. Add squash and pears, and sauté 5 minutes. Stir in vegetable broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add salt, if desired. Simmer 20 minutes, or until squash is fork-tender.

3. Remove from heat, and stir in coconut milk. Purée soup in batches in blender or food processor, or use immersion blender in saucepan; blend until smooth. Return soup to saucepan, and stir in thyme. Reheat over medium-low heat 2 to 3 minutes, or until warmed through. Season with salt and white pepper, if desired.

Serve garnished with pumpkin seeds [optional or pomegranate seeds]. Served with some crusty bread can make for a full hearty meal. Serves 6.

Black Bean Salad with Fresh Mint

Legumes are plant-based foods that are packed with nutrients and can be instrumental to maintaining your overall health. They are high in protein, soluble and insoluble fibre and low in cholesterol. Legumes can aid in digestion, and are extremely versatile, making them easy to incorporate in your diet.


This month we've included an easy-to-make salad that can be used as a satisfying lunch or great side to any dinner.

Ingredients:
1 cup black beans, soaked (or canned organic beans)
3 cups water (no water needed if canned beans are used)
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt (to taste)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 red radishes, small diced
3 scallions, minced
1/4 cup parsley, minced
1/4 cup fresh mint, minced

Directions:
Drain soaked beans and rinse well with water. Drain again.
Combine beans and water and bring to a boil over high heat (Alternatively, you can use canned beans, remember to look for low or no sodium content).
Lower heat and cook for 1-1/2 hours. Drain beans.
Whisk together the next five wet dressing ingredients and pour over warm beans.
When beans have cooled, toss together with vegetables.

This salad makes a great snack as well and it is easy to store in a container or send it off to school with the kids!

Recipe courtesy of Marni Wasserman

 




Butternut Squash-Bartlett Pear Soup

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  1. Brush after every meal or at least twice per day.

  2. Choose healthy foods like crunchy vegetables, cheese and fruits.

  3. Never use your teeth as tools to open, tear or cut with.

  4. Use fluoride toothpaste

  5. Don't smoke

  6. Remember that coffee, tea, colas can stain your teeth.

  7. If you can't brush after every meal, try chewing a piece of sugarless gum or bite into an apple or carrot.

  8. Scrub your tongue daily. More than half the bacteria that cause bad breath can be found on your tongue.

  9. Use toothbrushes with soft nylon bristles and change your toothbrush every 3 months
 
  1. Change your toothbrush if your been ill.

  2. Use a mouth guard if you play sports, especially contact sports.

  3. Always wear a seatbelt in your car - it can save your life and your teeth in an accident.

  4. Get pending dental work done

  5. Limit your intake of sweets. Brush right after eating sugary foods. If brushing is not possible, rinse your mouth with water.

  6. Floss every night before bedtime.

  7. See your dentist regularly [twice a year]!

  8. Smile, and share your smile with others every day!


 

Thank you for all your referrals.
We truly appreciate them!

Your expression of confidence in our dental health center is sincerely appreciated.
Our practice continues to grow through referrals from happy patients like you.
We always look forward to seeing new faces and helping give people a beautiful healthy smile.