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Dr. Banh obtained both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees at the University of Toronto. Licensed with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario and a member of the Ontario Dental Association, Dr. Banh enjoys all aspects of dentistry with particular interests in periodontal and implant surgery. Committed to clinical excellence, Dr. Banh is constantly upgrading his skills at continuing education courses to ensure patients receive the most up-to-date and predictable dental treatments available. Dr. Banh is dedicated to giving back to the Uxbridge community, supporting several local organizations and events including: The Uxbridge Public Library, The Uxbridge Skating Club, The Uxbridge Diamond Half Marathon, , The Uxbridge Music Scholarship Trust, Uxbridge Fall Fair, The United Way Durham Region, and The Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario. Dr. Banh has been involved in two medical/dental missions to Ghana, Africa providing free dental care for the local population. He recently became a member of The Rotary Club of Uxbridge, enabling him to become more involved in the community and abroad. In his free time, Dr. Banh enjoys reading, running, golfing, and watching movies. You may learn more about his practice at www.uxbridgefamilydentistry.com

Week 1 – Eat It Forward (2017 Happy and Healthy Tooth Challenge)

For our first week, we stopped by Eat It Forward and asked Miranda Malisani to share some tooth-friendly snack ideas that would satisfy cravings for all ages. Check out her recommendations below, and, because sharing is caring, we’ll be giving away EVERYTHING featured in her video to one lucky person!!!

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Miranda Malisani – Eat It Forward

Week 1 – Eat It Forward with Miranda Malisani (2017 Happy and Healthy Tooth Challenge)

Remember to head over to our Facebook Page for full contest details and to enter! Contest closes Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 9:00 pm. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Monday, April 10, 2017.  GOOD LUCK!

– Uxbridge Family Dentistry

2017 Happy and Healthy Tooth Challenge

April is National Oral Health Month and we’ve got something really exciting planned each week starting Monday, April 3. Check out Dr. Banh’s video below for all the details and don’t forget to tune back in on Monday so you don’t miss out! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Uxbridge Family Dentistry – 2017 Happy and Healthy Tooth Challenge

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2016 Halloween Contest!

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🎃It’s CONTEST TIME!!🎃 Halloween is right around the corner and we’re giving away an amazing treat for the whole family to enjoy —> a family pass for four (2 adults, 2 children), PLUS popcorn and drinks, to the Roxy!!! To enter:
1) LIKE our FACEBOOK page (Uxbridge Family Dentistry)
2) FOLLOW us on INSTAGRAM
3) Comment on our INSTAGRAM post with “DONE” once you’ve completed the two steps above – we’ll be checking 😁 – AND also tell us what costumes your little ones (or big ones!) will be wearing on the big night!
Contest closes at 9pm on Monday, October 31. The winner will be randomly selected from all COMPLETE entries received and will be announced on Tuesday, November 1. GOOD LUCK!!! #uxbridge #uxbridgedentist #uxbridgefamilydentist #uxbridgefamilydentistry #shoplocal #happyhalloween #trickortreat#brushyourteeth #dontforgettofloss #wekeepuxbridgesmiling #uxbridge #uxbridgeontario

At what age should I take my child to see the dentist?

There seems to be quite a lot of confusion as to when you should first take your child to see the dentist.  Just take a quick poll of your friends and family, google “child’s first dental visit”, or even ask your own dentist and you will get a wide variety of answers.

It is not uncommon to hear dentists say that they won’t see children until they are 3 years old. Why? The usual answer is that at that age, kids tend to be more cooperative and can sit through a cleaning with a hygienist. Unfortunately, this is often too late. Most children cut their first teeth by 6 months of age. So if they have their first dental visit at the age of 3 years, that first tooth would have gone unchecked by a dental professional for 2.5 years. A lot of damage could occur during that time, especially if the parents are not brushing the child’s teeth properly. Sometimes the unknowing parent will bring their 3 year old toddler to see me for the first time, only to find out that the child has several cavities. At this point, the child usually needs to be referred to a pediatric dentist to be put to sleep in order to fix the cavities or have teeth removed. Sedation is not without risks – though rare, the biggest risk is that the child does not wake up. A recent report by The Canadian Institute for Health Information found that early childhood caries (AKA “baby bottle caries”) is the leading cause of day surgeries for children ages one to five. This scenario could easily be avoided with early dental examinations and parental education.

So when is the right time for a child’s first dental visit?

At my office, I follow the guidelines set out by the Canadian Dental Association, which advises that a child’s initial dental examination should be done within six months of the eruption of the first tooth OR by one year of age, whichever comes first.

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While some parents (and some dentists) might think it is a futile exercise to even attempt a dental examination on a writhing infant, it is quite possibly the best investment of time that parents can make in the oral health and general health of that child. Detecting cavities and oral conditions before they become major problems is only one of the benefits of this initial visit. Parents also learn proper brushing techniques and tips about how to better care for their children’s teeth. Dietary factors should be discussed as well as fluoride exposure to ensure proper nutrition and health of the child’s teeth. These early visits also allow the child to build a good trusting rapport with the dental team which helps to alleviate future dental anxieties.

Early childhood caries is a preventable disease. Proper diet, good brushing habits, and early dental visits will help lay the foundation of a lifetime of good oral health for your child.

Please share this widely to help educate parents of young children. Feel free to write any comments or questions below.

– Dr. Michael Banh

Snow White – Durham Farm and Rural Resources

Uxbridge Family Dentistry is pleased to be a Gold Sponsor for “Snow White” – a fundraiser for Durham Farm and Rural Family Resources (DFRFR), which is a non-profit organization that provides children with learning resources in the Durham region.  One such resource is the Early Years Centre, which I have made use of weekly with our son, Kai.  At the Uxbridge location, there is a plethora of toys, books, and play centres for the children.  As well, a lactation consultant and speech pathologist are available every month for free consultations and advice.  Parents of young children in the Durham region are ever so fortunate to have access to four Early Year centres in Uxbridge, Beaverton, Cannington, and Sunderland.  The centres provide a place for kids to interact with peers, learn through play, and also allows parents to meet others in the community.  All centres are provided free of charge thanks to DFRFR.

The Dufflebag Theatre Company will be performing Snow White at Uxbridge Public School to raise funds for Durham Farm and Rural Family Resources
The Dufflebag Theatre Company will be performing Snow White at Uxbridge Public School to raise funds for Durham Farm and Rural Family Resources

The show will be performed by The Dufflebag Theatre Company.  Please consider attending this event in support of DFRFR and all the young children that benefit from this organization.  This is the third year that we have been supporting this annual event, and we could not be more proud to be associated with such a wonderful organization.  For ticket information, please contact: 905-862-3131 or email: director@durhamfamilyresources.org

– Dr. Michael Banh

Uxbridge Family Dentistry – 2014 in review

It’s been such a busy year that we’ve only published once in 2014, with the introduction of our new associate joining our growing practice. So our New Year’s resolution for next year is to post more than once in 2015 – That shouldn’t be too difficult to beat =).  We’ve got so many new things planned at our office, including upgrading our dental software to help make things run more efficiently and eventually leading to a paperless, more environmentally friendly practice.  We’ll also be partnering once again with The Rotary Club of Uxbridge in March 2015 for BRUSHAMANIA, visiting at least 5 different schools in the Uxbridge township. It seems like clinical cases are a big interest to most of our readers, so we’ll share some more of those in the months ahead.

So stay tuned and thanks for following our blog.  And remember you can always find more information about our practice at http://www.uxbridgefamilydentistry.com, follow us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year!

– Uxbridge Family Dentistry

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