Tips For a Happy Halloween

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Halloween treats—particularly sticky and chewy candies—can get stuck in the grooves of teeth and increase risk of cavities and tooth decay. While no one wants to take the “treat” out of trick-or-treating, a little bit of restraint and advance planning can go a long way to maintaining children’s oral health. Here are some tips for a tooth-friendly Halloween.

 • Choose sugar-free candy and chewing gum, or chocolates over lollipops or other hard treats. The less time that sugar is in contact with the teeth, the better.

• Consider handing out small toys, stickers, temporary tattoos or glow sticks instead of candy.

• Set a daily limit on treats and remind children to brush their teeth before and after eating candy (the sugar will mix with plaque on the teeth to start the decay process).

• Encourage children to drink a glass of water to rinse away the sugar after eating if brushing beforehand is not an option.

• Have your children eat their candy after a meal rather than as a mid-day snack.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s dental health, please call us at our Queenston Road office (905) 573-1030 or in Binbrook at (905) 692-1030.  Wishing you all a safe and happy Halloween!!

Another Successful Sports Guard Clinic in Support of Glanbrook Minor Hockey

September 12, 2015 marked another successful Sports Guard Clinic at the Fraccaro Dental Group.  Our dedicated staff came out for a great day at our Binbrook office to support Glanbrook Minor Hockey.  It was an awesome community event with fun, food, free gifts and of course, sports guards! Kids enjoyed themselves catching up with friends and team mates while playing xbox or playstation in our video game area.  There were refreshments, including coffee and titbits from Tim Horton’s and pizza supplied by Binbrook Pizza.  Parents also had the chance to talk with friends and tour the office. Everyone received a reusable take home bag including a sports guard case with the colour of their own choice.  They also had an opportunity to win prizes at our Tooth-tastic carnival game! One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from this event went directly back to the Glanbrook Minor Hockey Association. Remember to look for us next year at the beginning of September to book your appointment for a custom sports guard.IMG_1974 IMG_1977 IMG_1990 IMG_1987 IMG_1980 IMG_1981 IMG_2018 IMG_1982 IMG_2020 IMG_2024 IMG_2026

Back to School!

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It’s that time of the year where parents and kids have back to school on the mind. From the shopping for school supplies and clothes, to the arranging of carpools and extra circular programs, the back to school to-do list just keeps on going.

The Fraccaro Dental Group wants to help you make sure your kids are ready to start their school year right, and an important part of that is making sure they have a healthy smile to show off in September.

Oral care is usually listed last on most back to school to-do lists, but it’s an important part of your child’s health. Dental problems can get in the way of your child concentrating in school and even cause your child to miss school days for emergency dental appointments or tooth aches. Having a good oral care routine at home and encouraging proper dental maintenance not only builds self confidence, but it teaches your kids how to keep their health in high priority.

Here are some back to school dental tips to help your kids shine this September:

  • Get your kids in the routine of brushing their teeth at least twice a day.
  • Get a 2 minute brushing timer to put beside the sink to encourage your kids to spend time on their oral health during the school year.
  • Change the toothbrushes at home —Dentists recommend that you change your toothbrush every 3 months to avoid build up of germs and bacteria.
  • See you dentist for your child’s regular dental exam before they go back to school.
  • Pack healthy lunches consisting of some vegetables to make sure your child gets the nutrition they need. Replace soft drinks and juices with water to keep your kids sugar consumption low.
  • Get the pending dental appointments, like fillings, out of the way before your kids go back to school so they won’t have to miss any school days during the year.

Need to schedule an appointment before school starts? Call us at our Queenston Road office at (905) 573-1030 or in Binbrook at (905)692-1030.

Support the 2015 Pan AM Games

The TORONTO 2015pachi-tickets Pan Am Games, which take place from July 10–26, 2015, are built around the cultural values of joy, purpose, accountability, collaboration and results. The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games will feature more than 6,000 athletes from 41 participating countries and territories, making them the largest multi-sport event ever hosted in Canada. Athletes will engage in 36 sports across 30-plus venues in 16 municipalities, all the while helping to build Ontario’s sport legacy. Get out there and show your Canadian pride by supporting the games!


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School is Out for Summer!

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Summer is here! Before you know it, you’ll be looking for ways to keep your kids entertained. To help you fight the relentless protests of “I’m bored”, here are some great boredom busters and activities you can do with your kids this summer.

Visit Your Local Library

Libraries are a great place to take kids. Most libraries have story programs or reading activities and there’s an endless selection of books to keep your young reader occupied. If your kids haven’t yet adapted a love of reading, ask your librarian for book suggestions or try a graphic novel. Graphic novels are filled with pictures that can help early readers understand the story and keep their attention.

Sports

Most cities have sporting leagues for kids. Sports are a great way to keep kids occupied while giving them a fun way to exercise and make friends. Another idea: go see a baseball game at your local stadium.

Camping

Camping is a great way to get out of the house and explore. Find a spot to pitch your tent, whether it’s in a nearby provincial park, somewhere far away, or even in your backyard. Spend the night looking up at the stars, catching fireflies, and making s’mores. When the sun comes up, go exploring and cool down by going for a swim.

 Art Projects

Bust out the construction paper, paint, scissors, glitter, googly eyes, and any other craft supplies you may have laying around. Art projects are a great way for kids to use their imaginations. A classic art project – especially for a rainy day – is making a paper mache piñata. Kids will love dipping strips of newspaper into the paste, piecing it all together, and decorating it.

Get in the Kitchen

Spend some time in the kitchen baking. Let your child help pour, measure, crack eggs, and stir. Spend some time decorating sugar cookies or cupcakes. Baking can be a great way to spend time together and it will help your child develop confidence in themselves, as well as learn basic kitchen skills.

Garden

Plant a garden with your kids! They will love seeing their efforts turn into plants or flowers. Gardening will also teach them the responsibility necessary to care for plants and patience as they wait for the flowers to bloom or vegetables to produce. You can also use it as an opportunity to teach your kids about nutrition.


Get Up and Move

One of the best activities to keep kids entertained imovement. Dancing, jumping, running, and even doing kid-friendly yoga are great ideas. Put on some music and dance around the living room! Pretend to be rock stars and perform a concert for millions of invisible fans. If a pretend rock concert isn’t your style, try doing yoga together. It’s a great form of exercise and is good for the soul.

Keeping kids entertained doesn’t have to be difficult. While it takes a little creativity and planning, with a little effort, you can easily make the summer a fun-filled adventure.

Happy Father’s Day!

Father’s day is just on the horizon. This special day is the best day to show your Dad your appreciation for what he is; the best Dad in the world. We can’t be in this world without our fathers, and they have provided us many things from the clothes on our backs to useful tips about life. They have always been the reliable man in our lives, and they have always treated us with a stern yet loving hand.

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Have a Safe and Relaxing Victoria Day Weekend

Victoria Day Weekend is the official start to the summer season.  Did you know that we celebrate Victoria Day in honour of Queen Victoria, who reigned over Great Britain.  She was born on May 24, 1819 and had the longest reign in British history, ascending the throne in 1837 and ruling until 1901.  We would like to wish all of our patients a safe and relaxing Victoria Day weekend.

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