Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is fast approaching and that means it’s time to find the perfect gift to show mom how much we care. Unfortunately, this task is no easy feat and we often end up resorting to the time-honored homemade cards or chore booklets. While most moms will appreciate any gift and enjoy the thought behind it, we need to challenge ourselves to find the perfect gift for mom this year. After all, she has been there to wipe our tears, offer band aids when needed, give hugs on days we were down, taught us to tie or shoes, made sure we had food and clean clothes, and the list goes on and on. So, it’s no secret that our moms deserve to be spoiled every now and then- even if it is only one day a year.

So let’s take a moment to think about how we can make mom feel special, let’s put her on the top of the list today and treat her to something she may not do for herself. Maybe we can give her a gift that she deserves, that is, time for her only! Why not buy her a gift certificate for a massage and spa experience; take her out for dinner so that she doesn’t have to cook, or you can set up an appointment for teeth whitening to make her smile brighter.

Here’s to all of the moms out there. May we humbly say that you’re simply the BEST MOM EVER! Thank you all for everything you do every day.

Palliative Care and Oral Health

Oral health care is an integral part of healthcare and well-being.  Rarely talked about, it is also a component of palliative care. This is not surprising as oral care tends to be forgotten about in spite of research showing its relevance to general health. As we say, “Oral wellness, Whole health”.

This is also not surprising as palliative care deals with end of life issues which causes us to focus on more profound things –regardless whether we are the patient, a family member or a caregiver.

The World Health Organization defines palliative care as:

…an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. Palliative care:

  • provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
  • affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
  • intends neither to hasten or postpone death;
  • integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care;
  • offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death;
  • offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement;
  • uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated;
  • will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness; is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications.

Good mouth care in our final days and weeks is about quality of life.  Up to the last moment, we want to be able to communicate with those around us, socialise, feel comfortable, and enjoy whatever food and drink may suit us. This is about our dignity and self-esteem, whether it is in a hospice, hospital or in our own homes.

The aim is to have comfort by ensuring oral cleaning- with toothbrush, toothette, or gauze. Saliva substitutes where there is a dry mouth caused by treatments, medications or age. Making sure dentures fit as well as possible to prevent ulcers and that they are cleaned regularly on a daily basis. Sharp, broken, loose teeth should be attended to by a dentist, as should active oral infections.

These links offer rationales and some detailed care instructions.

 Scottish Palliative Care Guidelines – Mouth Care

 Review Date: 31/05/2017

If you have a loved one in palliation, these minimal interventions should offer a modicum of comfort without being too  demanding  at difficult time making it as normal and comfortable as possible.

Vampire Fangs…

Your Halloween costume persona needs teeth –fangs, broken down teeth, or ’missing’ teeth. If you’ve rented a costume they may supply the extras to do this. If not, you are on your own to figure how and what to do for teeth. Your choices range from do-it-yourself to custom made.

If you want to spend some money, your dentist and his lab can produce whatever you need. It will be pricey, but will last for years, be custom made to your mouth and use mouth safe materials. Basically, it will be a removable false front sitting against your teeth between your lips and your cheeks. ’Veneers’ in essence, held in place by mechanical undercuts and your facial muscles. Talking may be difficult and eating will not be possible unless you are substituting theatrical dentures for your own. It’s not really a good idea to try to eat with costume teeth anyway.

You could also order kits from the internet or visit your local costume or hobby shop. YouTube has DIY videos available as it does for nearly everything else.

Some of the DIY websites offer suggestions for using straws, plastic forks and other similar materials cut to shape and size. Care should be used not to injure yourself when inserting the costume teeth into your mouth. Anything inserted between your teeth will be uncomfortable the longer it stays in place.

One recommendation that has been made is to use nail glue to adhere the false teeth to your real ones. Do not do this! Nail glue is usually ethyl cyanoacylate (crazy glue) and is toxic in the mouth. Using it against your teeth may also damage your teeth when trying to remove the costume teeth. The surgical grade version, octyl cyanoacrylate, is far too expensive for a Halloween costume.

Use only denture adhesives, orthodontic waxes or form fitting costume teeth to keep them in place. If you have braces, consider talking to your orthodontist about how to safely and securely wear the costume teeth.

Other dental work – dentures, bridges, porcelain veneers, etc., may also be an issue when trying to wear costume teeth. You may need to consult your dentist.

Remember to stay safe when partying or trick- or- treating! Like a good boy scout be prepared:

  • a costume with good visibility in the mask,
  • a flashlight,

  • trick- or -treat in a safe neighbourhood,
  • examine your haul before eating any of it,


  • and if you are an adult partying, drink responsibly!


Happy Halloween!       




European Hypnosis Meeting in Manchester

Recently I had the pleasure of presenting at the triennial meeting of the European Society of Hypnosis (ESH) in Manchester and subsequently workshop in Glasgow. The ESH meeting was multidisciplinary with participants from around the globe and the Glaswegian was exclusively for dentists.

The underlying premise that drives these meetings is the fact that we are not mind and body, but mind-body where to be truly healthy we must be mens sana in corpore sano. The old Latin phrase means a healthy mind in a healthy body. Today, this is harder to achieve that before – the global uncertainties whether climate related, geopolitical or economic, impact us negatively making it hard to thrive.

For anyone that wishes more information give us a call 905-667-8707 or send us an email

While in the UK we had the opportunity to see the Canadian invasion – the first Tim Hortons in Europe. It was opened near the Glasgow train station. Five more are to follow soon.


A little touch of home where they had posters of the first Tim’s in Hamilton.
The following are some of our nearly 1000 pictures of the adventure. Enjoy.

Old Manchester Town Center

Manchester Museum of Industry -Avro Plane

Cila Black Statue in front of the Cavern Club for Beatles fans

Glasgow Cathedral

More floss….

by Kristi L.

Last month we took floss into the wilderness. This month we stay indoors.

Dental floss is something you should always have around – and hopefully you’re using it every day to clean between your teeth. But beside the dental duty, floss is also awesome as a stand-in for all sorts of common items. From hanging photos (recommended over wire because dental floss does not mark wall paint) to acting as a micro-spatula, read on to find out all the ways that floss can help you around the house. Like . . .

Replace A Shoelace: In the case of a broken lace, you can use floss to fill in until you find a real replacement. It’s super-strong so it’s up to the job.

Support Climbing Plants: Many common garden plants – like cucumbers or tomatoes or roses – often need the help of scaffolding to allow them to grow. You can create a simple trellis by tying floss in a ladder pattern. Easy and cheap too!Hang Things Around The House: Take advantage of floss’s inherent stretch and strength, and use it to hang up all sorts of things. You can suspend wind chimes, ornaments, pictures, and more.

Make A Dream Catcher: This awesome art project uses different colored floss to create a lovely DIY dream Catcher. It’s a simple project and great for kids too.Remove Sticky Photos: Old photos are prone to adhering themselves to the album pages. To remove them without risking damage, simply slide a piece of floss between the picture and the page. It should separate with ease.

Remove Cookies From A Tray: Same concept as above. When you don’t want to wait for you cookies to cool, but you’re afraid your still-hot cookies might crumble, you can use the floss trick to separate them from the baking sheets, and then gently slide them onto a serving plate.

Make A Hair Tie: Self explanatory, but absolutely perfect in a pinch.

Lock” Your Luggage: You can seal up your luggage, or other personal possessions, by wrapping the zippers tightly with floss. This works wonderfully in lieu of a zip-tie.

Quiet A Dripping Faucet: This little trick might mean the different between you and a good night’s sleep. If your faucet is leaking and it’s too late at night to call a plumber, tie a piece of floss at the spout and let it trail down into the basin. This way, the water will simply slide down the string, instead of drip-drip-dripping you awake all night.

Slice Cake: If you’re ever caught out – say on a picnic or at the beach – and find yourself needing to slice through cake or other soft food, but you’re lacking in the knife department . . . just rummage around in your bag until you come up with some dental floss! Hold it taught and use it to slice – it works wonders!

Line Drying Clothing: If you ever need to make a quick clothesline, super-strong floss is a great choice. Just suspend the string between two stationary objects, and voila! It’s tough enough to hold wet clothes, guaranteed.

As you can see it’s not just for your teeth! Keep it on hand for just about everything!  If you find a new use for it please let us know!

Summer’s almost here

By Kristi L.

Schools out’s for summer!” … Well almost.

Parents are scrambling to find a pass time for the kids while they are at work.

Camp is the first thing that comes to sport-310484_960_720mind.  Whether it is a day camp, overnight camp, or enjoying the great outdoors with the family, the camp sites are a buzzing. (FYI, there is not one available camp site from Bing park to the Pinnery for the 150th Canada day long weekend.)

As the coolers get packed with provisions and the backpacks are filled with 100’s of useful things, let’s not forget the Swiss army knife of personal items – floss!

Yeah, you thought we were going to talk about oral hygiene….not. Floss has a myriad of uses. It’s very versatile and should be in everyone’s kit bag. Some thoughts-

Par Exemplum:

  • Use floss to lash sticks and branches together for an impromptu shelter.
  • Use floss wherever rope or string is needed for lashings. You’ve got braid  strands together.
  • Tie down a tent or tarp with dental floss.
  • Use un-waxed for a shoe string.
  • Use it to fix the broken mesh window on a tent.
  • Dental floss can be used to create a quick clothes line.
  • If you don’t have a fishing pole, you can make a quick one out of a branch, a safety pin and floss; even make a net for your catch of the day.
  • By braiding several strands together it could be used for a replacement string on a bow.
  • Everyone has that one family or friend who thinks he is Jimmy Page, strumming the guitar but when that string breaks look to un-waxed floss for replacement.
  • Since waxed dental floss burns easily, use it to get a fire going.
  • In a pinch un-waxed floss and a sterile needle can stitch a wound until you reach an emergency room – of course you have to have some idea of what you’re doing.
  • Use floss to cut or slice softer foods like cheese.
  • It can be used in snares.
  • Use your ingenuity…

Weighing less than half an ounce, campers can easily stash both waxed and un-waxed floss in their backpack without a problem.  So make the Tooth Fairy and Bear Gryllis proud, pack it in your camping kit for your next trip to the wilderness.

Oh, and by the way you don’t have to floss your teeth, just the ones you want to keep!



April Fools

by Kristi L


“Surely you jest” is the phrase of the month…  Some may say that April Fool’s Day is for the foolish or childish.  This last year in entertainment and the media, some may say we have been living a Groundhog day of April Fool’s Days.

Where and when did this day for the fool start?  There are a few theories the first of which dates back to Pope Gregory XIII. In 1582, he wanted his new Gregorian calendar to replace the old Julian calendar. This called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated on January 1 instead of the end of March.  Some people must have missed the memo and continued celebrating New Years on April 1st. These people were sent on a “fools errand”.

Other theodeity-614238__340ries reference the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria celebrating the resurrection of the god Attis and involved dressing in disguise. The Hindu calendar has the festival of Holi, the festival of colours and love.




In the Jewish calendar Purim is celebrated with gift giving, partying and charity to remember the salvGirls_wearing_Purim_costumes_on_the_Jerusalem_Light_Railation from the Persians. Many other cultures have held renewal festivals around April first in Europe and there are references to these dating back to the 1500s.


Another explanation of the origins of April Fools’ Day was provided by Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University. He explained that the practice began during the reign of Constantine, when a group of court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor that they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine, amused, allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and the custom became an annual event.  This was later investigated by the associated press and found that after publishing this was nothing but an April Fool’s prank by Boskin.

What is clear though is that by the 1700s, the day of hilarity was well entrenched in Britain, and now April 1 is officially the most amusing day of the year.

Some of the most famous of April Fool’s day pranks are so absurd that they could be true; here are the top four, you can decide for yourself…

  1. Spaghetti harvest -In 1957, the BBC broadcast a film on Panorama showing Swiss farmers picking freshly grown spaghetti, calling it the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest. The broadcaster was flooded with requests about the plant
  2. Fools’ Day Parade -Since 1986 press releases for the New York City April Fools’ Day Parade – which doesn’t exist – have been issued every year
  3. Left-handed burger-In 1998 Burger King reeled in customers with a full-page advert in USA Today for its ‘left-handed Whopper’ – with all the condiments rotated 180 degrees especially for left-handed diners. The fast-food chain later announced ‘Everyone knows that it takes two hands to hold a Whopper!’
  4. Flying penguins-in 2008 the BBC caught viewers out by running a video clip of flying penguins, claiming the birds were flying to tropical rain forests in South American to escape the harsh Antarctic weather

                                                                                    HAPPY APRIL FOOLS 






back-gallery-for-daylight-savings-time-begins-clipart-Ae3s44-clipartBy Kristi L.
“March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” “April showers, bring May flowers.”  With our ever changing weather patterns this year certainly makes these sayings debatable. However…

In March we have a lot going on: March break for the kids, St. Patrick’s Day for the big kid, First day of spring and lastly the dreaded sleep depriving Daylight Saving Time (DST) March 12 2017.

DST affects your body clock. If you’ve ever noticed that you tend to feel energized and drowsy around the same times every day, you have your circadian rhythm to thank. What is it, exactly? Your circadian rhythm is basically a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. It’s also known as your sleep/wake cycle.

This is why it can feel a little harder to get out of bed on Monday morning after springing forward one hour on the Sunday night.

Studies show that there is an increase in both heart attacks and road accidents in the days immediately after the clocks are set forward one hour in the spring.  In our sleep deprived society, the reason for this is believed to be that stress hormones may be released due to lack of sleep. These hormones increase inflammation, which can cause problems in people already at risk for heart attacks or strokes. Being tired can decrease productivity, concentration, and general well-being.

There have been no studies on the correlation of dental issues with Daylight Savings Time, but it seems logical that sleep deprivation induced increased inflammation added to the persistent inflammation of gums disease can’t be good in the long run. If you already have risk factors, pay special attention to oral hygiene around this time. It might be a good idea to schedule a regular dental checkup a week or two before Daylight Saving Time commences in the spring to address any issues you might have before the clocks click forward.

According to Science Daily, “Beginning in 2007, daylight savings time was extended by almost a month. This additional amount of daylight may also help extend the life and health of people’s teeth and bones. That’s because vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is made by the body through casual and minimal sun exposure. Vitamin D is just as essential as calcium for healthy teeth and bones according to a paper that was published in the September issue of the Journal of Periodontology.”

So when Springing ahead  this Sunday, March 12 remember to book your Spring Oral Health appointment with your Hygienist and also get those batteries changed in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Remember your oral health is but a window into your overall health and wellness!


Valentine’s Day 2017


Valentine’s Day is back!

Are you ready? Do you have plans?
Well if you are like most of us (men that is) the answer is no. So, here’s a last minute check list to help organize and avoid the dog house.

 Significant other

 Have they dropped hints about the Day?heart-1576516__340
 Stuff that they want to do or expect?

 Celebrationsfrogs-1175802__340
 Night out planned
 Dinner reservations
 Try your luck
 entertainment


Night in
 Mealfrog-927769__340
 Libations

 entertainment

 Card &gift selected and purchased

 Flowersi-beg-your-pardon-927750__180
 Bouquet personally hand delivered
 Florist delivery
• To home
• To work
• Other location?

 Chocolates or other sweets
 Box(es)

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 With sparkles maybe
 practical

 Bright White kissable Smile

 Photos



Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yankee Dental Congress 2017

I would like t20170127_121711o thank the organizers of the Conference for inviting me to present an Introduction to Hypnosis and on Hypnosis, Dental Fear, Anxiety and Phobia. It was a privilege to be amongst  the profession’s best and brightest clinicians.

The final attendance numbers are not yet available, but the estimate is up to 27,500 folks attended the New England States’ dental societies annual conference. Participants had the opportunity to take part in more than 300 continuing education courses and peruse more than 450 exhibitors’ booths in the exhibit hall.

20170127_124346This year’s theme was “Focus, Fast, Forward” which describes the profession as it moves ever forward in delivering state of the art lifelong health care to our patients through technological advances and continuing education.

Attendees came from all over the continent to enrich their skills and knowledge. The Bostonian venue is  quite impressive and remarkable. Doubtless, like myself they were entranced. Boston is well worth a visit if you have never been before. To pique your interest, the tall ship is part of the Boston Tea Party museum.