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Dr. Höediono welcomes Mr. Ron Gagnon, Grand River Hospital’s new CEO

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Dr. Höediono has been on the Grand River Hospital Board of Directors for five years and assumes his role of Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Quality and Patient Safety Committee.

Dr. Höediono & Mr Ron Gagnon

Dr. Höediono welcomes Mr. Ron Gagnon, Grand River Hospital’s new CEO.

Dr. Höediono welcomes Mr. Ron Gagnon, Grand River Hospital’s new CEO2018-12-13T18:33:29+00:00

Welcome Our New Associate, Dr. Kelsey Motomura

We are pleased to announce the addition of our new associate, Dr. Kelsey Motomura to our practice. Dr. Motomura is currently seeing patients during our regular office hours.

Dr. Kelsey Motomura was born and raised in Cambridge. She studied Bio-Medical Science at the University of Guelph and was then accepted to the Doctor of Dental Surgery program at the University of Toronto.

During her four years in dental school, Dr. Motomura served as Class Vice-President. She was actively involved in the Peer Mentorship and Restorative Mentorship programs, as well as the Dental Students Society. Dr. Motomura graduated on the Dean’s List. She was the recipient of the J.G. Bourassa Cup from the Faculty of Dentistry for her academic standing and extra-curricular involvement. She also received the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award from the University of Toronto in her graduating year.

Dr. Motomura has participated in Dental and Medical Outreach opportunities both globally and locally. She has volunteered on missions to Guatemala and Honduras, as well as with Health Mission Outreach in Brampton.

Outside of work, Dr. Motomura enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, hiking, baking and playing board games.

Dr. Kelsey Motomura is excited to join Dr. de Man & Dr. Höediono’s practice! She is a friendly compassionate dentist who is committed to providing quality comprehensive dental care for her patients. She especially enjoys working with children.

Please feel free to contact us and make an appointment to meet Dr. Kelsey Motomura. We are very excited to have her!

Welcome Our New Associate, Dr. Kelsey Motomura2018-12-13T18:35:07+00:00

Eat Your Way to a Healthy Smile: Best Foods for Your Teeth

You take great care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist as scheduled. But are you doing everything you can? Just like carrots are good for our eyes and water for our skin, specific foods deliver healthy benefits to our mouths. If you’re already being diligent with your oral hygiene routine, then you’ll also want to take great care about what food you put in your mouth. Let’s explore the best foods for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Calcium and Phosphorus Sources

Our teeth are composed of minerals. These minerals are lost and replenished during the remineralization process which naturally occurs in our teeth. However, when the acidity level is high, minerals are lost and not naturally replenished. This can cause the teeth’s outermost layer, the enamel, to corrode. Calcium is crucial as it helps keep the bones healthy and strong. It works better, though, when combined with phosphorus. They help replenish lost minerals on the teeth. Here are food choices that are great sources of calcium.
  • Cheese. Hard cheese, like cheddar, is a good source of calcium for your teeth. Cheese helps increase salivary flow and decrease the acidity level in the mouth.
  • Yogurt. It’s no surprise that yogurt is gaining in popularity. It’s a healthy snack rich in calcium. It also helps fight gum disease.
  • Tofu. Vegetarians can always choose tofu for a tooth-friendly meal. Tofu is rich in phosphorus which protects tooth enamel.
  • Almonds. Nuts, such as almonds, are packed with both calcium and phosphorus. They aid in cavity-fighting.
  • Seafood. Fatty fish like salmon are filled with phosphorus, vital for strengthening tooth enamel.

Crunchy, Water-Rich Food

kitchener-warerloo dentistCrunchy foods promote salivary flow. They also serve as natural teeth cleaners, removing food residue on the tooth surface. They’re easily portable to snack on daily at school, work, or play. Introduce these healthy foods to kids when they’re young. Sweets are fine when enjoyed sparingly.
  • Apples. They’re high in water content, plus they’re tasty too.
  • Carrots. Since raw carrots are hard and require a lot of chewing, they help stimulate saliva production in the mouth. Their texture also helps with gentle scrubbing of the tooth surfaces.
  • Celery. This raw vegetable is not just good for the body, it’s great for our teeth too. Consider it a natural dental floss, thanks to its fibre-rich strands.

Vitamin D Sources

Vitamin D is good for your overall health as it helps with optimum calcium absorption.
  • Sunlight. While it does not qualify as food, sunlight is known as the best natural source of Vitamin D. So when the sun is out, make sure to get your healthy dose of Vitamin D.
  • Egg yolks. If you mostly opt for egg whites, having the egg yolks occasionally are worth a try. They’re rich in vitamin D which is recognized for reducing the risk of developing tooth decay or dental caries.
As you plan your meals, don’t forget to incorporate the best foods that will benefit your body and oral health.
Eat Your Way to a Healthy Smile: Best Foods for Your Teeth2018-12-13T18:37:27+00:00

How to Choose the Right Toothpaste Type for Your Family

Brushing with the right toothpaste is key to maintaining a bright, healthy smile. One type of toothpaste may be more effective for you than another. This guide will help you select the best one to meet your specific needs.

The first toothpaste was invented by Ancient Egyptians in 5000 BC, even before toothbrushes were invented. It’s believed that these toothpastes were in powder form and mixed with water when used. These days, toothpastes can be found in various formulations. Choosing the right one can be confusing.

The best person to talk to regarding the right toothpaste for your needs is your dentist. However, it pays to know more about the various types of toothpaste. That’s what we’re talking about in this post.

Let’s begin.

Whitening Toothpastes

right toothpasteYou’ll find these toothpaste types promoted for making smiles shine brighter.

Whitening toothpastes usually contain baking soda or hydrogen peroxide that help lighten tooth colour. You should note that if your goal is to make your teeth several shades lighter, these toothpastes can only do so much.

Yellowing of teeth is inevitable. As we age, our tooth enamel gets thinner and we see more of the darker layer beneath it called the dentin. This makes the tooth appear less white.

Whitening treatments available in the dental office will be more effective in removing or lightening stains. Treatment results can vary in the areas you’ve received prior dental work.

Desensitizing Toothpaste

If you have sensitive teeth, then you may want to use desensitizing toothpastes.

This type of paste is specially made to provide relief against hypersensitivity. It contains ingredients such as potassium nitrate or strontium chloride which block pain signals to the nerve of the tooth. It would be best, though, to consult your dentist first about the cause of the tooth sensitivity.

Tartar Control Toothpaste

Your dentist may recommend that you use tartar control toothpaste if you are prone to tartar buildup.

Anti-plaque toothpaste helps prevent tartar buildup that can result in gum disease. Plaque is the sticky film that hardens on teeth and turns into tartar and can only be removed at the dental office.

Toothpaste for Kids

To make brushing more fun for kids, use flavoured toothpastes specially formulated for them. If your little ones are still unable to spit, opt for toothpastes that are safe to swallow.

Make sure that you apply the toothpaste on their brush. Grain size would be enough for them. For kids aged three and older a pea-sized amount of toothpaste should be enough.

Brushing can only be as effective as the right choice of toothpaste for our specific needs. So for the sake of your and your family’s oral health, don’t choose your toothpaste based solely on packaging and price.

How to Choose the Right Toothpaste Type for Your Family2018-12-13T18:38:44+00:00

Saying Good Bye To A Beloved Team Member

After almost twenty years helping our patients at the front desk, our beloved Kathy Erwin Sword is moving to Hanover where her cottage and “happy place,” is just being renovated. We will miss her, appreciate her warm and professional attitude and wish her and her husband Rick all the best as they move towards their retirement.​

Several patients have come in with parting gifts and goodbye lunch.​

 

 

 

 

Saying Good Bye To A Beloved Team Member2018-12-13T18:39:48+00:00

Dr. Höediono supports Ward 8 candidate patient and friend Zyg Janecki

Dr. Höediono supports Ward 8 candidate patient and friend Zyg Janecki who has served out Kitchener community for over 45 years! Mr. Janecki has both experience and a record of results.

Dr. Höediono supports Ward 8 candidate patient and friend Zyg Janecki2018-12-13T18:41:19+00:00
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