Anaida Deti
Registered Dental Hygienist
&
Business Owner
Posts by Anaida Deti
March 2, 2017
434

Giving your dental hygiene a little extra TLC doesn’t only give you a set of healthy and shiny white pearls; it can also keep your heart healthy.  Although the connection between the two isn’t conclusive, studies have shown that the mouth breeds the warning signs to many systematic diseases—including heart disease.

Anaida says that many of the risk factors for gum disease are the same as those for heart disease and stroke: such as tobacco use, poor nutrition and diabetes; and that people who have chronic gum disease are at higher risk for a heart attack and should heed warning signs such as: red, tender or swollen gums, bleeding gums while brushing or flossing and teeth that are loose or separating from each other.

Although, regular dental cleanings and exams can help remove plaque and tarter build up, bacteria and early detection of gum disease, it’s important you keep up with proper oral hygiene at home by brushing and flossing on a regular basis.

To help lower the risk of gum and heart disease, you can:

Quit smoking

Stay active

Manage your weight

Control your blood pressure

If you have a history of any cardiovascular (heart & artery) disease, it’s noteworthy to let your dental professional know as it may require them to adjust the type of treatment you are receiving. Be sure to keep them up to date with prescription or over-the-counter medicine you are taking—including any supplements, vitamins or herbal pills as your dentist might ask you to stop taking something before a specific treatment.

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March 2, 2017
433

With Halloween just around the corner, your little ghosts and goblins are eager to hit the candy jackpot. But what else can be spookier than creepy crawlies and witches? Rotting teeth from too much sugar and dental plaque. It just might be why Dental Hygiene month falls on the same month as Halloween, possibly a marriage of convenience?

Certified Dental Hygienist Anaida Deti is regularly tapped to provide tips and commentary to Canadians on how to take better care of your oral health. So before you handover any goodies to your trick-or-treater, check out Anaida’s 7 tips on how to keep a healthy smile for Halloween:

Allow your children to eat only a piece or two of candy at a time. To avoid sugar overload, on the teeth and otherwise, keeping the Halloween loot as a special treat will also make the candy last longer.

Stick it to the sticky treats. Just because you got them doesn’t mean you have to indulge in them. Before kids sort through their favourites, do a pre-emptive strike and sort out all the sugar bombs and sticky snacks that will wreak havoc on kids teeth. They won’t miss what they don’t see.

Keep the healthy snacks in rotation. Not only are these healthy overall, they also help to clean teeth and neutralize harmful bacteria. Nuts, pre-cut fruits and veggies, hummous and pita are all great snacks that kids seem to like if they are laid out before them in snack sized portions.

Reduce other sugar–laden food and drinks. Juices, chocolate milk, cookies and even bread tend to have higher sugar counts.  Try to water down juices or limit ‘other’ treats kids may normally have in lunches, as snacks or at bedtime.

Make sure that they continue to brush their teeth before bedtime. This is most important when Halloween candy is involved, as you want the sugars to be brushed away so they won’t sit on the teeth overnight

Milk Mouth. Load up on healthy sources of calcium like cheeses, yogurt, eggs and milk which will help add much needed calcium to growing teeth.

Gentle reminders for Tweens and Teens. Dental Hygienists see a lot of people’s teeth and the worst seem to be those of tweens and teens who tend to be responsible for their own personal hygiene and are often not given daily reminders to keep teeth and gums healthy. Gentle reminders to brush and floss twice and day, and in some cases, watch to ensure that they are caring for their teeth properly will help avoid decay and cavities.

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March 2, 2017
429

With summer in full gear, it’s easy to fall into the sugary trap of so-called ‘healthy’ cool-down treats. You’d be surprised at how quickly your sugar consumption can sky rocket as you reach for another slice of refreshing mango (a whopping 13grams of sugar in only 3oz) or another cup of fruit sorbet (roughly 35 grams!). And while it’s always a better choice to go with natural sugars—like you find in fruits and vegetables, it should still be in moderation…because at the end of the day, sugar is still sugar and will cause the same damage to your pearly whites that added sugars—such as corn syrup, fructose, etc.—can do.

It’s no newsflash that too much sugar can lead to cavities and tooth decay, but what you might not know, is how it happens:

When you eat or drink sugars, there is a continuous tug-of-war taking place inside your mouth between the germs (oral bacteria) and the sugars, causing acid to mildly form and attack the outer layer of your teeth—also know as the enamel—and begin to create a hole in them; otherwise know as a cavity. Cavities are a bacterial infection and if left untreated can cause significant damage deep into the layers of the tooth, causing pain and even tooth loss.

The damage the sugar does, depends on the amount that goes into your mouth and stays on your teeth. So if you or your child are constantly sipping juices or indulging in fruit through out the day, and your teeth are being coated with sugar over and over again, it’s a safe bet that those sugars and oral bacteria are mixing and mingling like they were at a cocktail party.

Not sure what’s safe and which to stay clear of? Here’s my list of surprising misses and the alternatives that will satisfy that summer sweet tooth, without making you pay an extra visit to your dental professional.

MISS: Sorbet/Shaved Ice—despite them being dairy and fat free, these cool treats are packed with added sugar, in the form of juices and syrups. 1 scoop of sorbet has over 8 teaspoons of sugar!) Instead, mix together some unsweetened vanilla dairy-free milk, coconut milk, cinnamon and dash of maple syrup, place the mixture into a freezer friendly container and serve after a few hours

MISS: Sports Drinks—there’s nothing better then being active outdoors but you have to also think about replenishing those lost electrolytes. Unfortunately, those famous sports drinks are packed with unnecessary sugar—roughly 34grams in a 20oz bottle! You can easily create your own electrolyte drink by mixing coconut water, a bit of salt, honey and some freshly squeezed juice of your choice of fruit.

MISS: Popsicles/Freezes—kids and adults alike reach for these quick cool-down treats, but despite them being primarily made up of frozen liquid, the added sugars can equal that of a can of pop! A delicious alternative is blending together mashed avocado, pure cocoa powder, non-dairy milk, dash of vanilla extract and agave syrup. Pour into molds and freeze for a few hours.

MISS: Ice Coffee/Frappuccino—you would think an ice coffee/cappuccino would be have the same sugar content as a regular one—after all, the only real difference should the temperature of the drink, right? Wrong. Ice Coffees and Cappuccino’s are one of the sugary items you can have thanks to the added flavours and artificial ingredients they use. One ‘refreshing’ Frappuccino can contain a staggering 102 grams of sugar! Still need to the caffeine kick but without having to drink a scalding hot coffee in 35-degree weather? Try boosting your energy the natural way, with a cup of almond, coconut or hemp milk, ice, green matcha powder, a dash of vanilla extract and a few drops of stevia, maple or agave syrup.

Water, vegetables and (in moderation) fresh fruit are always the best route to go when it comes to dental (and overall) health.

If you begin to notice signs of a cavity or have pain, please consult your dental professional right away.

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March 2, 2017
430

Giving your dental hygiene a little extra TLC doesn’t only give you a set of healthy and shiny white pearls; it can also keep your heart healthy.

Although the connection between the two isn’t conclusive, studies have shown that the mouth breeds the warning signs to many systematic diseases—including heart disease. Many of the risk factors for gum disease are the same as those for heart disease and stroke: such as tobacco use, poor nutrition and diabetes. Generally, people who have chronic gum disease are at higher risk for a heart attack, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Gum disease (called gingivitis in its early stages and periodontal disease in the late stages) is caused by plaque buildup along and below the gum line. Some researchers have suggested that gum disease may contribute to heart disease because bacteria from infected gums can extricate, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels and increase clot formation; which in turn decreases blood flow to the heart, causing blood pressure to rise and increasing the risk of a heart attack.

Some of the warning signs of gum disease include:

Red, tender or swollen gums

Teeth that are loose or separating from each other

Gums that look like they are pulling away from the teeth

Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing

Persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth

Although, regular dental cleanings and exams can help remove plaque and tarter build up, bacteria and early detection of gum disease, it’s important you keep up with proper oral hygiene at home by brushing and flossing on a regular basis.

To help lower the risk of gum and heart disease, you can:

Quit smoking

Stay active

Manage your weight

Control your blood pressure

If you have a history of any cardiovascular (heart & artery) disease, it’s noteworthy to let your dental professional know as it may require them to adjust the type of treatment you are receiving. Be sure to keep them up to date with prescription or over-the-counter medicine you are taking—including any supplements, vitamins or herbal pills as your dentist might ask you to stop taking something before a specific treatment.

Remember to carefully follow your physician’s and dental professional’s instructions about health care, and use any prescription medications, such as antibiotics, as directed.

 

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June 22, 2015
850

In case you’ve missed it, our CEO and Registered Dental Hygienist Anaida Deti has been staying busy. Not only by working with Dental-X patients and keeping their smiles healthy, but she’s also had appearances on TV and radio, as well as in articles, sharing her dental expertise.

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January 8, 2015
819

Anaida was featured in Dental Hygiene For Life video (A video made from the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association) on March 23, 2014

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Gift from the Heart
January 7, 2015
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Dental-X was recently featured in OH Canada! (Oral Health Canada) Magazine, with our CEO Anaida Deti discussing a charity initiative we are involved in called Gift From The Heart.

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Getting To Know Anaida Deti – CEO of Dental-X Smile Centres
January 7, 2015
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Want to learn more about the people taking care of your mouth? We’ve asked DentalX CEO and Registered Dental Hygienist Anaida Deti a few questions about oral health, preventative care, and what she loves about her job.

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Oral Health & Overall Health – A Feature in City Post Magazine
January 7, 2015
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Dental-X Smile Centres, along with our very own CEO Anaida Deti, was recently featured in Post City Magazines – both the Bayview and North York issues.

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