Happy Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving only a couple of days away, we think it’s the perfect time to reflect on the past year and to take stock of all the things we’re grateful for.

First and foremost, we’re so thankful for our wonderful patients. It’s because of you that we’re here and we hope you realize how much we appreciate that you've chosen Archer Dental for your oral health needs!

We think we can safely speak for everyone when we say we’re also thankful for the beautiful weather we’ve been given this Fall and for the chance to spend a long weekend with our friends and family.

And what about you? What are you most grateful for this year? Whether it’s the Blue Jays' success or something as simple as managing to stick to your new year’s resolution, we’d love to know!

Leave a comment or tweet us with what you're thankful for this year at @archerdentalca so we can share it with everyone else!

Lipstick Options for Your Skin Tone

So you’ve just had your teeth cleaned, whitened, or had your braces removed. You want to show off your pearly whites don’t you?

What better way than by finding the perfect lipstick shade to complement your teeth and skin tone!

Start by figuring out what your undertones are. You’ll either be warm, cool, or neutral. People with warm undertones look better with gold jewelry, in earthy colours rather than pastels, and their veins have more of a greenish tint. The most flattering hair colours are warm reds, browns, and blondes (with copper undertones)

If you have cool undertones, silver jewelry is more flattering, you can rock bright pastels, your eyes tend to be blue or grey, and your veins have more of a purplish or blue undertone to them. Your most flattering hair colours are cool blondes, browns, and blacks (and shades of red that aren’t too brassy or coppery).

If you’re neutral, you don’t fall under either of these categories (though you may have certain qualities from one or both). Consider yourself lucky - you should be able to wear pretty much anything!

Here’s a more in-depth breakdown to help you figure it out if you’re unsure.

Best shades for Cool tones:

Fair: Choose nude, light mocha, light mauve

Medium: Try rosy pink, pomegranate, and cranberry.

Olive: Select brick red, brown red, or caramel.

Dark: Go for raisin, wine, and ruby red.

 

Best shades for Warm tones:

Fair: Opt for shell, sand, or nude peach.

Medium: Select bronze, copper, and cinnamon.

Olive: same as cool, actually. all olives should avoid orange reds and pink reds

Dark: Try honey, ginger, or coppery bronze.

 

Universally Flattering Shades:

Fair: Light brown and pinkish beige,

Medium: Plum and raspberry will play up pink undertones and create an overall glow.

Olive: Light brown and dark berry will give you a sun-kissed look.

Dark: Dark red with a hint of blue and deep plum illuminate darker skin tones.

 

Sources:

Women's Health - Find a Flattering Lipstick Color

Bustle - How to Choose the Best Lipstick for you Skin Tone

Style Caster - How to Figure out What Colours Look Best on you Using your Skin's Undertones

 

 

Why You Should Take Care of Your Teeth if You Have a Predisposition to Arthritis

Anyone with a higher likeness of developing rheumatoid arthritis might want to ensure they’re extra diligent with their flossing. Studies have shown a link between rheumatoid arthritis and periodontal (gum) disease, and that patients who have one of the conditions often times develop the other as well.

Both conditions have to do with inflammation in the body (with women being more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than men). The culprit that binds both conditions together is a type of bacteria found in both the mouth and the fluid surrounding the kneecap (called synovial fluid). The enzyme secreted by the bacteria found in the mouth enters the bloodstream and then settles in the fluid (which can then lead to the onset of arthritis).

The main way to prevent this bacteria from colonizing in your mouth is to be proactive. Take good care of your teeth and maintain positive oral health routines: floss and brush regularly and keep up with your dental check ups.

Some other things you can do are:

1) Increase your fatty acid intake with omega fish oil supplements (which help reduce inflammation),

2) Completely cut out smoking, and

3) Make sure you’re at a healthy weight for your body type.

If you’d rather boost your fatty acid intake naturally, here are some foods you can incorporate into your diet more often:

  • fish (like salmon and tuna),

  • eggs

  • peanut butter.

Here are some additional sources for more information:

 

http://www.dailyrx.com/periodontal-disease-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-may-be-linked

http://www.livescience.com/21176-gum-disease-and-knee-arthritis.html

http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/comorbidities/gum-disease/ra-and-gum-disease.php

http://www.everydayhealth.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/the-link-between-gum-disease-and-rheumatoid-arthritis.aspx

 

 

What is Bad Breath and How Can I Get Rid of It?

Bad breath isn’t just embarrassing, it’s also a valid health concern. So what causes it? And more importantly, how can you get rid of it?

Causes

There are a number of causes for bad breath and the best way to eliminate it is to get to the root of the issue for your personally.

The most common cause is bad or lacklustre oral hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, food particles and bacteria get stuck in your teeth and eventually solidify into plaque. Even if you do floss regularly, if you forget to brush the hard to reach areas of your mouth (or your tongue) it can be a huge contributor to odour. People with gum disease are also prone to bad breath.

Outside of oral hygiene, some other causes for bad breath can range from things like dry mouth, gastrointestinal issues (IBS, IBD, and other digestive issues can negatively affect the smell of your breath), eating certain foods (garlic, onion, spices), and even hunger. It’s also important to note that some medications can cause bad breath. If you think that might be the case for you, talk to your doctor.

How Can I Get Rid of It?

Depending on the root cause, there are a number of different things you can try. If you think your bad breath might be the result of an underlying medical condition, go see your doctor and look online to see if you can find other people who’ve had the same problem.


No matter what the cause, here are some long and short term solutions that should work for most people:

Short Term Solutions

  1. carry breath mints and chewing gum with you

  2. make sure to thoroughly clean your teeth and brush your tongue as well as your teeth to keep your mouth as clean as possible

Longer Term Solutions

  1. Drink more water. Seriously. You’d be surprised by how much drinking more water positively affects your health overall

  2. Add green tea and herbal teas to your diet. They’ll help mask bad breath and assist with any digestive issues.

  3. Alter your diet and try eliminating foods that might be causing your bad breath problems.

  4. Quit smoking.

The Different Health Benefits of Tea

mmsnapNext time you find yourself reaching for the coffee maker, maybe try putting on the kettle instead. While coffee may be the number one hot beverage for most North Americans, tea is actually a much healthier option. And with so many different types available, it’s not hard to see why it’s the most popular drink in the world after water. Read on to learn more about the health benefits of different types of teas:

Black

Black tea is the most processed but also has the highest number of antioxidants. In addition to reducing your risk of stroke and diabetes and lowering your cholesterol levels, black tea cuts down on bad breath by stopping plaque from clinging to your teeth (plaque build-up leads to tartar and can eventually cause gingivitis and other serious dental issues). Despite the caffeine present in black tea, it still counts towards your daily water content.

White

Contrary to black tea, white tea is the least processed, meaning the antioxidants are even stronger. White tea is great for staving off signs of aging and is also beneficial in preventing certain types of cancers and cardiovascular conditions. It also has a potent antiviral effect and can help stimulate weight loss.

Oolong

Oolong tea is an excellent metabolism booster and a great ally to have in the battle to lose weight. In fact, drinking oolong tea may be even more beneficial in slimming down than water; oolong has been shown to rev up your body’s ability to burn fat and boosts your metabolism for up to 2 hours after consumption.

Green

Green tea is universally touted as one of the healthiest as it boasts a range of incredible health benefits. In addition to reducing your risk of skin cancer, green tea decreases inflammation, protects against sunburn and helps prevent UV damage. Green tea has also been found to make your bones stronger, and might potentially prevent or slow down the progress of certain mental illnesses like Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Herbal

Herbal teas aren’t technically tea in the traditional sense (they’re not made from the specific type of plants used in all of the above-mentioned teas). Rather, herbal tea is a naturally caffeine free tisane made of leaves, seeds, roots and bark.

Common types of herbal teas include:

Peppermint (alleviates nausea, indigestion, bloating, heartburn, and reduces inflammation)

Ginger (also great for alleviating nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, and any other digestive ailment. When mixed with honey, it can help reduce your discomfort when suffering from a cold and is also a natural anti-inflammatory)

Chamomile (primarily known as a sedative, chamomile is a great sleepy time tea that also helps with coughs, colds, and bronchitis)

Milk Thistle and Dandelion (dandelion is incredibly good for your health overall and has been linked with preventing certain types of cancer. It's also a fantastic liver cleanser, and in combination with milk thistle, helps your body clean itself out and function better. Dandelion is also helpful in correcting hormone imbalances)

Rosehip (an excellent natural source of Vitamin C and good for boosting the overall health of your immune system)

Rooibos

Rooibos falls under the same category as herbal tea in that it’s not derived from the same plant as black, white, green, and oolong tea. It’s made from South African red bush and is naturally caffeine free. Rooibos is an excellent anti-inflammatory and has high antioxidant properties. It’s especially helpful in treating skin conditions like rosacea, acne, and eczema.

Sources:

Prevention - 4 Healing Teas that Make Your Skin Look Younger

Best Health - 7 Herbal Teas That Will Make You Healthier

Time Magazine - 13 Reasons Tea is Good For You

Dr. Oz - Health Benefits of Tea

Canadian Living - Which Teas Should You Be Drinking

Canadian Living - 8 Reasons to Drink Tea

Real Simple - 6 Healthy Types of Tea

Harvard Health Publications - Health Benefits Linked to Drinking Tea

Alzheimers.net - Benefits of Green Tea for Alzheimer's 

 

Herbs & Supplements and Their Uses

If you’re looking into natural ways to get a health boost, herbs & supplements are a great avenue to explore. Here are some of the most popular herbal supplements, the conditions they’re most effective to treat, and any side-effects you might encounter by taking them.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids are dietary supplements containing fish oil and flaxseed oil (algae oil is a vegetarian substitute for those who don’t eat fish). Omega 3 fatty acids have been proven to assist with muscle activity, blood clotting, as well as issues with digestion. Fatty acids have also been known to help with fertility, and can cause improved growth and texture of hair, nails and skin.

One of the components found in omega 3 fatty acids, ALA, cannot be produced naturally within the body and must be obtained from outside sources. Omega 3 Fatty acids typically do not have negative side effects, and those that do occasionally occur are minor (and manifest in the form of burping, diarrhea, upset stomach, or indigestion).

Acai

Acai berries are a reddish purple colour and are native to tropical climates in Central and South America. While acai is one of the herbal supplements with the biggest ‘buzz’ around it, there is actually very little scientific evidence to back up the claims of it providing very many health benefits. That being said, it does have the potential to function as an antioxidant (much like blueberries) and some studies have shown that acai might have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera can be taken in many forms, all of which derive from the aloe vera plant. Whether you use it as a topical salve on your skin or ingest it, aloe vera is believed to assist with an array of skin conditions (sun burns, regular burns, psoriasis, eczema, and insect bites for examples). It’s also taken in liquid (or gel) form by many people who suffer from gastrointestinal issues like IBS, Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis.

Studies have proven that the topical application of aloe vera gel helps heal and soothe burns and abrasions without any notable side effects. Oral consumption of non-decolorized whole leaf extract aloe vera, however, has been linked to evidence of carcinogenic growths in male and female rats in the lab. It is unclear what the potential risk is to humans.

Dandelion

Dandelion is a popular supplement that comes in a variety of forms. The root is often ground up to make medicine (or tea), and the leaves are rather popular in salads and other dishes. Dandelion tends to be used to treat gastrointestinal conditions (loss of appetite and upset stomach/gas) as well as gallstones, joint pains and issues of the liver or kidney (it’s supposed to help clean out both and give your whole system a boost). Dandelion root is also popular with cancer patients.

Dandelion is generally considered a safe choice, but anyone with an inflamed/infected gallbladder or blocked bile ducts should steer clear.

Echinacea

Echinacea (also known as coneflower) is most commonly associated with treating colds and flus. Echinacea is typically ingested in tea, juice, or extract form.

Some people also believe that echinacea can be used to treat wounds and skin problems like acne, boils, and eczema. Echinacea taken orally typically does not cause side effects, but those with allergies to plants in the daisy family should be careful when applying echinacea topically as it can cause rashes, itching, redness, and even anaphylaxis in some cases.

Studies have shown that echinacea is most beneficial in treating upper respiratory infections. Echinacea applied as a medicated cream directly to the skin might also help lower the chance of developing recurrent vaginal yeast infections.

In addition to the aforementioned side effects, echinacea can cause gastrointestinal disturbances, dizziness, and even headaches. Anyone requiring immunosuppression (transplant candidates, for instance) should avoid echinacea as it is a potent immunosuppressant when taken long-term.

For a full list of supplements and their side effects, click here. Be aware that some supplements can react negatively to other medications you might be taking and that you should always do your research before you add them to your health routine.

Sources and Further Reading:

5 Risky Herbal Supplements

Herbs and Supplements

Popular Herbs in the United States

Herbal Medicine

The Disadvantages of Echinacea

How to Protect Your Mouth During the Summer

crop familyHere are a few things you can do to protect your mouth and lips from some of the summer’s biggest dental culprits (without sacrificing the fun). Carry Floss Sticks

Summer is synonymous with snacking; from sitting around a campfire eating s’mores to waiting in line for a hot dog at Wonderland, the potential for cavities is high. The best way you can keep your teeth in tip top condition (and avoid those awkward ‘you-have-food-in-between-your-teeth’ moments) is by carrying around floss sticks and using them liberally.

Floss after every snack or meal that has a high likelihood of staining your teeth, getting stuck in between them, or causing cavities. While toothpicks are another effective option, be very careful as they’re known to cause damage to gum tissue if not used gently.

Go Easy on the Sugary Alcoholic Beverages

We know how bad wine can be for your teeth, but most coolers and other alco-pops (like Palm Bay, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Bacardi Breezers, and Smirnoff Ice) contain HIGH amounts of sugar on top of the alcohol, meaning they can be absolutely terrible for your teeth if you’re not careful.

Moderation is key here. It can be tempting to drink far more than you usually would because the alcohol content tends to be much lower (around 5%) than a standard glass of wine or highball drink so it takes longer for you to feel the effects. While the lower alcohol content might be kinder to your liver, the sugar from indulging in too many coolers can be a killer for your teeth.

Use Lip Balm with SPF

Putting sunblock on during the summer months is second nature for many of us, but the lips are forgotten far too often. Your face gets the most sun exposure of any part of your body, meaning every part of it should be protected.

Find a lip balm or lipstick with at least SPF 15 and slather it on multiple times a day. If you want to wear a lipstick, then use the lip balm as a base so you still get the necessary coverage.

Healthy Snacks that are Surprisingly Bad for your Teeth

blog stillEating healthier is a goal many of us have, but there are a number of foods that, while good for our bodies, are terrible for our teeth.Here are some foods that are surprisingly harmful to your oral health (along with some tips to help minimize damage). Citrus Fruit

Oranges and Grapefruits are supposed to be some of the healthiest fruits out there; they’re packed with Vitamin C and make for a great well-rounded snack. On the flip side, they’re also chock full of acid which results in the harmful demineralization of your enamel. The same applies to lemons (even more so when you add sugar [like with lemonade] into the equation). The key is to minimize direct and long term contact citrus fruits have with your teeth. Eat oranges, grapefruits, and other citruses sparingly, and if you’re a big fan of adding lemon to your beverages, try to use a straw as often as possible.

Almonds

Almonds are packed with vitamin E and healthy fats that are great for your body, but no so much for your teeth. Almonds can be difficult to chew as they break or splinter in your mouth (potentially causing your teeth to crack or fracture). Chew very carefully and don’t exert too much pressure when snacking on whole almonds. If you can, opt for sliced almonds instead (which are considerably kinder to your teeth).

Apple Juice/Apples

Apples are another fruit that are surprisingly acidic (and therefore very hard on your teeth). Make sure to have a glass of water (sparkling or flat) on hand to swirl around your mouth in between bites or just after finishing the whole thing. It’s also a good idea to brush your teeth after eating apples (or any of the above mentioned citrus fruits), but you should wait at least half an hour after your done eating or else you can actually worsen the potential acidic damage to your enamel.

Dried Fruits

Dried fruits can make for a great portable snack, but they’re also a perfect breeding ground for cavities. Dried fruit has had all the water removed, so the fruit that remains is full of sugar that will stick in between and to the surface of your teeth. Just like with apples, it’s a good idea to take sips of water in between snacking and to thoroughly brush and floss at least twenty minutes or so after you’re done.

Peanut Butter

Many of us have been in the uncomfortable situation where the peanut butter in your PB&J sandwich has gotten stuck to the roof of your mouth. It’s for this sticky reason that peanut butter is such a danger to your dental health (and increases your chances of developing a cavity). Try to buy peanut butter brands without added sugar if you don’t mind the taste. Otherwise, keep floss or floss sticks with you and take the time to clean your teeth after eating.

Dr. Archer's School Visit at Lambton Kingsway

I8pPAADSDr. Archer has always been passionate about giving back to her community, and this past week was no exception. Just this past Friday, Dr. Archer visited Lambton Kingsway School in Etobicoke to discuss why dentistry is an awesome career! Growing up in a world with so many possible jobs and life paths, it can be tough for a lot of kids to know what they really want to be when they grow up. Dr. Archer did her best to shed some light on why dentistry matters.

She began her talk by giving them a bit of a quiz - what is a dentist and what do they do beyond just looking after teeth? She also asked them what skills a dentist needs in order to be good at their job. The kids were very engaged and interested in the discussion, which was especially great because communication skills are one of the important ones Dr. Archer highlighted.

Dr. Archer also made sure to teach the kids that you can be a dentist even if you don’t like math or science or aren’t ‘good’ at it. She made sure they understood that it is absolutely untrue that you can’t do science related jobs but that you’ll have to work hard and try your best. She also encouraged them not to ‘close any doors’ (advice that’s true of life in general), which was a sentiment their teacher loved in particular.

The kids and Dr. Archer then discussed some of the opportunities that can come with dentistry as a profession, the different streams available to you, and how wonderful it is to truly make a difference in peoples’ lives. Their teacher was blown away by the presentation and Dr. Archer made sure to invite the class to come see the hospital or community clinic at any time. She also left behind toothbrushes and floss for them to encourage good dental hygiene habits even from an early age.

Dr. Archer Shares Five Powerful Oral Health Tips on Rogers Daytime

Wheelchair dentist, Dr Natalie Archer appears on Rogers Daytime TelevisionOn Thursday Feb 7th 2013, in Barrie, ON,  Dr. Natalie Archer DDS was live on Rogers Daytime as she detailed five different ways to maintain good oral health.  In her opening statements, Dr. Archer describes the mouth as the 'window to the body', and she stresses how important it is to keep this area clean, and your teeth healthy and free of decay. Proper oral hygiene is an important ingredient in everyone's overall health.  Rogers Daytime Host Melanie Case did a great interview and Dr. Archer really kept the knowledge flowing. The video below shows viewers five easy-to-perform and yet highly effective tactics for maintaining a healthy mouth, teeth and gums.

Five Smart Tips for Better Oral Health

Dr Archer shares five good tactics for maintaining high quality oral hygiene,

  1. Rinse with salt water in the morning to quickly and efficiently kill all the bacteria that accumulates in your mouth and on your teeth during the night.
  2. Use handy floss picks or whatever works and make it a ritual to 'floss all the teeth you want to keep'. Hah!
  3. Make brushing fun with special toothbrushes that have more ergonomic bristle patterns - they're great for kids and people with braces.
  4. Dr. Archer shares a tongue trick to relax all the joints in your mouth - press your tongue against the back of your front two teeth.
  5. Snack on natural foods that increase salivary flow in the mouth.

 

People Taking Care of People: Aimee Malcolm's Story

People taking care of other people is what makes the world go round.  Here's a happy Toronto West community story about how this delightful family provides care in a changing world.  

Seniors Dentist at the 2012 Zoomershow in Toronto

2012 Toronto Zoomer Show, Direct Energy Bldg, Exhibition Place, Ten years ago, Moses Znaimer coined the term "Zoomer". What is a Zoomer you ask? According to Moses Znaimer, Zoomers are "the population bubble that was the youth market 30 years ago is today, the market I've defined as Zoomers. They were a dominant generation then ... they remain a dominant generation today. Zoomers are a growing, vibrant and affluent community. They look at the world with optimism; they are engaged and aspire to enrich their lives and their communities." The Zoomer generation loved the term, so Moses Znaimer founded ZoomerMedia which today encompasses a radio station, several television networks, a magazine, websites and the Zoomershow - which was in town October 27th-28th, 2012 at the Direct Energy Centre. The ZoomerShow is Canada's largest consumer show and lifestyle expo for men and women age 45 plus and visits Toronto, Vancouver, Calgay and Ottawa annually. This year's Toronto Show featured exhibitors offering health, money, travel and lifestyle tips. Zoomers from across Ontario came to Exhibition Place to escape the rainy weather outside and spend the day visiting various booths at the ZoomerShow and scoring excellent free swag along the way.

People were lining up to get their flu shots. The free clinic at the show was booming as Zoomers got their shots just in time for cold and flu season.

A recent CARP publication noted that Canada's Aging Population Fuels Retirement Home Boom and it revealed the number of seniors living in a collective dwelling such as a nursing home has increased from 285,370 in 2001 to 393,150 in 2011. The number of seniors living with relatives or non-relatives in a private dwelling has also increased from 285,370 to 393,150 over the same period. The percentages show a slight increase in the # of people living as a couple, from 54 to 56 per cent, and a decrease in the percentage of seniors living alone from 27 per cent to 25 per cent over the last decade. Statistics Canada also noted that women aged 65 and older were twice as likely to live alone, than men, mainly because the women had higher life expectancies and older partners and were more likely than men to be widowed.

Seniors Dentist at 2012 Zoomershow in Toronto

Toronto dentist, tooth paste, floss, flavour, seniorMyself and my team from the Runnymede Dental Centre participated as exhibitors at the 2012 Zoomershow. I really enjoyed myself, dispensing free dental supplies along with good tips and advice on how Zoomers can best maintain their healthy smiles.  I used the opportunity to inform folks about oral cancer and how oral hygiene can affect overall health.

At the show we met Zoomers of all ages and walks of life.  The 5th annual Zoomershow was hosted at the Direct Energy Bldg at Exhibition Place  where organizers use the mantra, 'If it's hot and it's important, and if it can benefit people age 45+, then it’s welcome at the Zoomershow! and so there were many eye-catching attractions, as you can imagine, as imaginative business contractors and health food vendors celebrated the Zoomers.

rob campbell, dr archer, 2012 zoomershowThere were over two hundred and fifty exhibitors at this huge show; the exhibition hall was divided into colour coded sections to make it more easy to navigate the attraction and perhaps find someone in particular.

Canada’s rapidly aging population has prompted a 38 per cent increase of the number of seniors living in nursing homes or other collective dwellings over the last decade, according to census figures released by Statistics Canada.

The event speaks to people about getting healthy and making smart choices in life. There are booths offering help on taking care of your mind, body and finances. Literally there are body building workshops right beside reputation building seminars, and investing classes.