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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!!!

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!

Dr. Banh Youtube Clip

Uxbridge Family Dentistry – 2017 Happy and Healthy Tooth Challenge

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Brush-A-Mania is coming to Uxbridge!

April is a very special month in Canada – It is Oral Health Month.  To help spread awareness of this important month and to promote good oral health, Uxbridge Family Dentistry and The Rotary Club of Uxbridge will be running a fun and interactive educational event called Brush-A-Mania at three elementary schools in the Uxbridge region.

Brush-a-mania is a not-for-profit program designed to promote oral health and awareness among young children. It was started in 2001 by the the Rotary Club of Toronto – Don Mills and has already reached over 390,000 students.

Teams of five volunteers will be holding assemblies at Goodwood Public School, Joseph Gould Public School, and Uxbridge Public School on March 19March 26, and March 28, respectively.  These assemblies are aimed at teaching kids in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 about the importance of good oral hygiene, and establishing proper brushing and flossing techniques early on.  Approximately 600 children will be reached through these assemblies.

Thanks to a generous grant from The Durham Ontario Dental Society, each child will receive a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a special booklet to help them keep track of their brushing habits during the month of April. When the students return their completed booklets to their teachers, they will receive a certificate and official Brushamania sticker acknowledging their hard work.

Durham Ontario Dental Society
Supplies for this year’s Brush-A-Mania program in Uxbridge have been funded through a generous grant from The Durham Ontario Dental Society

Encouraging children to develop good oral hygiene habits at an early age is essential for creating healthy smiles that will last into their adult years.

– Dr. Michael Banh



April is Oral Health Month – Focus: Oral Cancer

Oral health is often considered the window to general health, thus the importance of having a healthy mouth cannot be stressed enough.  Certain diseases in the mouth can affect the rest of your body, and can even be fatal if left untreated.  One such disease is oral cancer.

Oral cancer is a disease that can affect your lips, oro-pharynx, throat, cheeks, palate, gums, salivary glands, and floor of the mouth.  Males over 40 are at higher risk, however both genders and people of all ages can be effected.

Signs and symptoms of Oral Cancer:

  • Lumps on the lips, tongue or neck
  • Prolonged sore throat or trouble swallowing
  • Ulcers in the mouth that don’t heal within two weeks
  • Red or white patches in the mouth
  • Unexplained numbness in the tongue, lips, or jaw

The key to beating oral cancer is through early diagnosis.  A major component of regular dental visits is the oral cancer screening process where all the tissues of the head, neck, and mouth are examined for possible signs of the disease – dental exams are not only for the gums and teeth.  The chances of successful treatment are higher if a suspicious lesion is detected early enough during the oral cancer screening.  If it is not detected, the oral cancer can spread to other parts of the body.

How can I prevent Oral Cancer?

Some of the factors that raise the risk of oral cancer are smoking and excessive alcohol use.  Those who smoke or drink alcohol increase their risk of getting oral cancer.  Those who do both, are at even more risk.  Quitting both is ideal, but failing that a reduction in the amount of smoking and alcohol consumption will help to lower this risk.  However, it’s important to note that 25% of oral cancers are detected in people who neither smoke nor drink – so everyone is at risk and needs to be screened regularly.

Another way to prevent oral cancer may include practising safer-sex.  It has been shown that some forms of the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) which has been linked to cervical cancer can also cause oral cancer.

As with any sexually transmitted disease, reducing the number of sexual partners and the use of a condom may reduce the risk of trasmission of HPV.

For those who spend a lot of time outdoors (ie: construction workers or farmers), the use of lip balm with SPF is recommended to protect from the harmful effects of UV radiation.

Finally, eating more fruits and vegetables will help to reduce the risk of oral cancer – higher levels of vitamin C or carotene consumption have been associated with lower risks of oral cancer.

In light of April being declared Oral Health Month, if you haven’t seen your dentist in a while, or have a relative or friend who neglects his or her oral health, make an appointment to see a dentist for a checkup.  You could be saving a life, possibly your own.

– Dr. Michael Banh