Newsletter - March 2015


Dre Marie Kambranis

March 2015, Vol. #9

Spring Break Activities
for the Entire Family

Wedding, Graduation, Prom?

The big day is approaching quickly.
Is your smile ready?

Is there is something about your smile you’re not happy with? We can help. We want you to look great, enjoy life and love your smile. Call us to schedule your consultation.


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If you have not already done so, please take a moment to complete our short, five question survey. We are always looking for ways to serve you better and your feedback will help us to continue to strive for excellence in 2015.

 



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

(450) 627-2658

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Newsletters


How do I know if I'm at risk for oral cancer?
 


Every year, over 700 people in Quebec are diagnosed with oral cancer. Close to 300 of them die of it - that is almost one person per day. This terrible disease has a lower survival rate than many other common cancers because in the early stages these cancers are typically painless. Consequently they go undetected and undiagnosed until the disease has advanced and spread.

Fortunately, 84% of cases of oral cancer are detected quickly by a dental health professional. When caught at an early stage, oral cancer can be successfully treated increasing the survival rate to 80% and even 90%.

It is recommended that Canadians be checked for oral cancer on a yearly basis. Preventative measures such a screening for oral cancer is the best way to monitor your oral health.

What 'We' look for

Dentists play an important role in the early detection of oral cancer. At our clinic we believe that dentistry is about prevention. As such, the dental exam is the foundation for good oral health. If you visit our office regularly, you have probably received an oral cancer screening and didn’t even realize it. That is because the exam is simple, quick and completely painless taking only a few minutes of your time. [Ever wonder why I ask you to say "Aaaaaaah" or stick your tongue out?]

Oral cancer is typically found on the palate, tongue, lips, gums, and the floor of the mouth. My team and I check your mouth, throat and neck for subtle changes - changes that a patient wouldn’t normally notice. We routinely check for signs of oral cancer such as discolorations, lumps, redness or any changes to your tissue. The earlier oral cancer is discovered, the better the chance of survival.

Risk factors

Factors that may influence your risk for developing oral cancer include:

  • Use of tobacco products - Smoking cigarettes, cigars, a pipe, or chewing tobacco
  • Excessive alcohol consumption. [It is especially dangerous to combine smoking and alcohol]
  • Prolonged and repeated exposure of the lips to sun
  • Your age. Oral cancer is typically affects older people. Most patients diagnosed are over the age of 40.
  • Your gender. Men age 45 and older are two to three times more at risk for oral cancer than women.
  • A history with viral infections, such as human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Research suggests that a diet low in fruits and vegetables may be a possible risk factor.

What 'You' should watch for:

In between your visits to our office, it is critical for you to be aware of what to watch for and give us a call if these symptoms don’t go away after two weeks.

  • A sore or irritation that last longer than 2 weeks
  • A lump on the lip or in the mouth or throat
  • Red or white patches
  • Unusual bleeding, pain, tenderness, or numbness of the tongue lip or face
  • Difficulty or pain when chewing or swallowing
  • A change in your voice or hoarseness, a sore throat that doesn’t go away or a feeling that something is caught in the throat

Just as a yearly physical is an essential part of your health care, a yearly oral cancer check is essential for providing early detection. If you have been putting off a visit to our office for your regular check-up, now is an excellent time to schedule one. Regular visits can be the first line of defense against oral cancer. Give us a call today!


Get checked yearly for signs of oral cancer.
It's safe and painless, and could save your life!


Be in control of your oral health.
Practice good oral hygiene, see your dentist regularly.
(450) 627-2658





Spring Break Activities
for the Entire Family

Spring break is a good opportunity to spend quality time with family. Here are a few activity suggestions for all tastes and budgets. The important thing during spring break is to ‘r-e-l-a-x’ and have fun!

Remember to wear your sports guard to protect your teeth and your children’s teeth during sports and activities so that accidents won’t ruin the fun!

FREE ACTIVITIES:

  • Visit the Art Museum or Libraries. Check out the latest exhibits and children’s workshops at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. Many libraries will also be holding special events during the spring break week.
  • Get Crafty. Plan a crafts day. Drag out the paint, glue and glitter and get as messy as you want. Make picture frames, jewellery or anything else your heart desires.
  • Go skating! Skate and have fun at the Centropolis Ice Rink. Centropolis’ outdoor ice rink offers many activities on ice all throughout winter along with magical characters and animations for younger children.
  • Bake-Off Day. Baking with the kids is a great way to spend the day. Make recipes you don’t always have time for. Try pizza, cakes, cookies, pies, or your favourite soup.
  • Break Out the Board Games. Board games are great way to spend time together. Personally I am a huge fan of Backgammon, Scrabble, Jenga and Twister, Monopoly and Legendary.
  • Catch a Flick. Spring break is a great time to head to the theater and catch a low-cost matinee. You can also organize “Movie Night” at home. Transform your living room into a cinema with lots of popcorn, juices and healthy snacks. Rent a good movie or catch one on Netflix or Apple TV and... voilà!
  • Many free activities for the whole family at Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles and Centre de la Nature. Discover the different trails for walking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. A lot of outdoor activities will be held during the 4 weekends of February including shows, dog sled rides, tobogganing, skating and snow sculpting. For details visit https://www.tourismelaval.com


LOW TO HIGHER COST ACTIVITIES:

  • Try your hand at sky diving at SkyVenture Laval. This is a unique recreational activity which defies the law of gravity.
  • Spend the day at the Planetarium or Biodome
  • Go bowling! Always great fun whether its small pins or large. Invite a friend or two with children... coffee break for you while the kids have fun! Check for promotions in your region!
  • Go skiing! If you're a big skier, this may be the last chance to get on the slopes before the snow melts. Take advantage of the time and get out and enjoy the cool air.
  • Be an astronaut for the day: The Cosmodome is a great place for a family visit. Learn about the sun, moon and stars in an amazing and fun way.

Spring break can be very enjoyable doing activities outdoors or indoors, while remaining close to home. We wish you many happy memorable & fun moments together.


Have a safe and happy spring break!





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  • Digital X-rays [80% less radiation exposure]
  • Complete new patient exam and cleaning
  • Implants, crowns and bridges
  • Whitening, Invisalign, Veneers
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Tuesday : 9h to 18h
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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.