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November 2011: Tips, eNews, and More!

 
The days are getting shorter and the air crisper and dryer. Even though it comes every year, the first cold snap of winter can come as a complete surprise. Take a deep breath, relax and use November as a transition month. The Air Conditioner should be covered, and water to exterior taps shut-off. Move winter jackets and sweaters to the front of the closet instead of digging past summer clothes for a pair of gloves and a scarf when the winter takes hold.

Did you test the smoke detectors around your house for the winter season. First check to see if the battery is still strong (if you can't remember when you last changed it, CHANGE IT NOW). Secondly check to see if the actual detector is still good, smoke detectors are generally good for about 10 years (look for the expiry date on the side or by the battery panel of the actual smoke detector).

'Fall Back' Reminders!
Remember to set your clocks back an hour this Saturday November 5th before you go to sleep (especially your alarm clock, you watch, car radio, household appliances and any other devices that can throw off you day).

We will be open for business this Friday November 11th! Bankers, municipal, provincial and federal government employees are welcome to schedule an appointment.

We are also open Friday November 18th (Professional Activity day for TDSB and TCDSB). Parents, if you are taking a day off to stay at home with your kids, feel free to schedule an appointment and bring them in for a checkup.


Call us today or click here to request an appointment and we will find a time that fits your schedule.

Have a safe and healthy month,

Dr. Nick Babatsikos and Team




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Gum Disease and Diabetes

 
Gum disease is an infection in the gum, bone and tissues. Gum disease may eventually result in unstable base for your teeth, which then become mobile and may fall out or have to be removed.

Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a primary cause of tooth loss, and is often linked to diabetes.

Diabetes slows blood circulation, which can contribute to the onset of infections of gum tissues. High saliva sugar levels associated with diabetes contribute to the growth of bacteria which causes gum disease.

Smoking and poor oral hygiene for people with diabetes significantly heightens the incidence of gum disease.

What are the signs of gum disease ?
  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen and red gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting food


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Energy Granola Bar

 
During a fast paced day many of us turn to cereal or energy bars as a quick snack to help push back or even replace a meal. Through marketing and often misleading packaging, these 'energy bars' lead us to believe that they are a healthy alternative. While some may be what they claim, others are not even made from foods at all, rather composed of synthetic derivatives from poor-quality sources. Here is some advice on what to look for as a warning sign to stay away or perhaps think of them as good for you as a candy bar.

Common Ingredients of Store Bought 'Energy Bars':
  1. High-fructose corn syrup: Added as an inexpensive sweetener.
  2. Soy isolate: Used to add texture and protein content.
  3. Whey protein: Used to increase protein content.
  4. Natural flavour: Can come from far too many sources.
  5. Fractioned palm oil: A cheap oil used for its high heat stability.
  6. Maltodextrine (corn): Genetically modified cheap sweetener.
  7. Artificial sweeteners (malitol, sucralose): Genetically modified sweeteners
Things to Look for in a more Nutritious 'Energy Bar':
  1. Natural protein source (nuts, seeds, quinoa, brown rice protein, hemp protein)
  2. Natural sweeteners (brown rice syrup, honey, maple syrup, stevia)
  3. An understandable, short ingredient list
  4. It doesn't double as a candy bar (containing 24 grams of sugar, which is the same amount found in chocolate bars!)
  5. As few processed ingredients as possible.
You can also make your own whole-food energy bars instead. Click here for this month's healthy recipe "Energy Granola Bars"


Recipes provided by Marni Wasserman and fullynurished.ca

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