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Thank you Mr. MacDonald and staff

I like coming to see Dr. MacDonald because... It´s fun in the waiting room. Mr. MacDonald is nice and so the staff, the prizes are cool and the yyyyy are super! I really like your bear! The posters on the ceiling was a good idea! Thank you Mr. MacDonald and staff for doing a good job on my teeth.   Megan

By | September 7th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Xylitol: Naturally occurring sugar

Xylitol is an amazing naturally occurring sugar. It was first found and isolated in wood products. We've grown a bit since then and now it is commercially harvested from mainly corn cobs and birch. Xylitol is considered a sugar alcohol since it has five carbons in its chemical structure. It's most commonly known as a sweetener. But many don't know the amazing benefits it comes with. Some of the benefits xylitol comes with are: helping prevent ear infections helping prevent cavities it also has fewer calories than sugar is a safe alternative for diabetics. Xylitol sweeteners come in granulated crystals, just like regular sugar. It can be used in baking, coffee or tea, or anywhere you would normally use table sugar. It is also commonly found in gums, mints, and other snack foods If Your Dentist Doesn't Recommend Xylitol Based Products Get A New One! Tooth decay happens when bacteria in your mouth consume the sugars we eat. When you [...]

By | September 3rd, 2018|News|0 Comments

He is a great dentist

I like coming to see Dr. MacDonald because... He is a good dentist and he is gentle. He tells good jokes. He is a great dentist. Chrissy

By | August 31st, 2018|News|0 Comments

Nutrition and prevention for your oral health

Proper nutrition means eating a well-balanced diet so that your body can get the nutrients needed for good health and wellness. If your diet is low in the nutrients your body needs, your mouth may have a more difficult time resisting infection. This may contribute to periodontal disease, a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Although poor nutrition does not cause periodontal disease directly, many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and can be more severe in people with nutrient-poor diets. If you're caring for children, a balanced diet along with good oral hygiene habits will help them develop strong, decay-resistant teeth. Pay particular attention to calcium, phosphorous and proper levels of fluoride. Eating patterns and food choices among children and teens are important factors that affect how quickly youngsters may develop tooth decay. When bacteria come into contact with food in the mouth, acid is produced that attacks the teeth. This can eventually lead to tooth decay [...]

By | August 27th, 2018|News|0 Comments

I can play while i “wate”

I like coming to see Dr. MacDonald because... He has a super Nintendo that I can play while I wate.  

By | August 24th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Is sugar the culprit?

More than likely, you've been told your entire life that sugar is bad for your teeth. And while it's true that excessive sugar can be damaging to your dental health, it is still essential to most diets (in moderation, of course). So if you're wondering if sugar is the culprit of your cavities, plaque build-up, and other oral health issues, there are a few things our dental team want you to know. It's Unhealthy to Avoid ALL Sugar First of all, understand that sugar is found naturally in a lot of foods that are actually quite good for you, including fruits. For this reason, it is not practical to avoid all sources of sugar in your diet, though you should do your best to avoid sources of added sugar. Particularly sugary foods and drinks to avoid for your oral (and overall) health include soft drinks, energy drinks, and candy. Sugar Can Wear Away Tooth Enamel The biggest danger of sugar [...]

By | August 20th, 2018|News|0 Comments

He never hurts my mouth during check-up

I like coming to see Dr. Macdonald because... "He never ever hurts my mouth during check-up. He is gentle. And because he is so nice".

By | August 17th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Seven stages of sugar withdrawal (And why it’s all worth it!)

With addictiveness similar to cocaine, quitting sugar can come with a host of not-so-fun withdrawal symptoms. But before you give up on giving up, these steps can prepare you for what to expect when you decide to cut out sugar. And show you why it's all worth it in the end! 1. Okay, this seems easy enough. During the first stages, your body hasn't alerted to the fact that you're no longer pumping fructose into your system. With your delicious and detoxing recipes, you'll feel on top of the world. What cravings? 2. The cravings kick in. Fructose is one addictive beast and it won't let go of you without a fight. Plus, the temptation will be everywhere. Some Programmers have actually told us they'd have dreams about giving into their cravings and bingeing on sweet treats. Stay strong. Eat some protein. The best is yet to come. 3. Headaches, Oh, the headaches. But not before the headaches. Much like [...]

By | August 13th, 2018|News|0 Comments

A young patient says…

I like coming to see Dr. Macdonald because... "He is nice to me always!!"    

By | August 10th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Sweets and your oral health

Everyone knows eating too much sugar can lead to tooth decay, but few are aware of exactly how that happens. It's not the sugar itself that does the damage, but rather the chain of events that takes place after you eat that piece of cake. Your children may be more inclined to heed your warnings about the effects of sugar on teeth if they know about the continuous tug-of-war taking place inside their mouths. Sugar and tooth decay Sugars in food and drinks play a major role in the development of dental caries. Bacteria within the plaque use the sugar as energy and release acid as a waste product, which gradually dissolves the enamel in the teeth. In 2010, the World Health Organisation (WHO) commissioned a systematic literature review to answer a series of questions relating to the effects of sugars on dental caries. The systematic review showed consistent evidence of moderate quality supporting a relationship between the amount of [...]

By | August 6th, 2018|News|0 Comments