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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

“I like the way you help us with our teeth”

I like coming to see Dr. Macdonald because... "You help us make our teeth shine and at the end of our check-up we get to have a prize. And when you are waiting for your turn, you get to play with the video game which is fun as well. Oh, one last thing, I like the way you help us with our teeth." Stefanie (10 years old)

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

Signs of sugar addiction

Sugar is downright addictive stuff. It's no wonder many of us find it SO tough to shake its hold on us. But tough doesn't have to mean unachievable. In fact, with a little support and self-awareness, you can slay your dependency on the sweet stuff once and for all. 5 SIGNS OF SUGAR ADDICTION Sugar addiction is very real. It has to do with a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine promotes a sense of wellness. When there's plenty of dopamine floating around, you feel good. And guess what? Whether you abuse drugs like cocaine and heroin or binge on sweets-the brain is flooded with dopamine. You may be a sugar addict if: You make excuses for your sugar. To satisfy your sweet tooth, you make special trips to the store or coffee shop. For motivation, you reward yourself with something sweet. You have a secret sugar stash, or you binge on sugar when you're alone. You have tried to stop eating [...]

By | July 30th, 2018|News|0 Comments

“You are the best”!

"I like coming to see Dr. Macdonald because he is going to make my smile a whole lot better for my pictures. Thanks very much. You are the best and I also like to come here because I get lots of free toothpaste." Ashley (9 years old)

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

How to eat sugar and avoid cavities

The truth is, sugar exposure only causes tooth decay when the mouth has an abundance of cavity-causing bacteria that can process that sugar into enamel demineralizing acids and/or sugar is consumed in large amounts frequently throughout the day. Individuals that do not have a high bacterial challenge or a high quantity of cavity-causing bacteria on their teeth are at lower risk for sugar consumption causing cavities. So... how do you eat sugar and avoid cavities? 1. GET TESTED Many dentists now have the ability to test for the magnitude of cavity-causing bacteria on your teeth using the CariScreen Caries Susceptibility Test. If you test high, eating sugar can mean your teeth are exposed to more acid than if you test low, you want to starve the strep mutants to death, don't feed them sugar. The dentist can also recommend ways to lower the number of bad bacteria on your teeth. 2. LIMIT FREQUENCY Every time we eat our teeth are [...]

By | July 23rd, 2018|News|0 Comments

The nurses are kind

I like coming to see Dr. MacDonald because... "He always has a joke to tell. He has a Nintendo and the nurses are kind and caring about our teeth show up. Has a water fountain and a bunch of posters including a cool bear and a Good Kids Club. I think that everyone should be as kind as Dr. Macdonald and nurses. Rachel"

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