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November 2012: Tips, eNews & More!
This past weekend I was walking through a mall and, believe it or not, I heard my first holiday song of the season. While winter does not officially start until next month, the holiday season seems to come earlier each year. I must admit, the cheeriness in the song did lighten the mood of the day. It also reminded me that it's time to finish the fall chores around the house and bring the warmer wardrobe out of storage (this year I'm not waiting until the last minute to search for a hat and pair of gloves).

November is Diabetes Awareness Month
Did you know that there is a connection between diabetes and gum disease? Patients with diabetes have a higher risk of developing periodontal disease. This risk increases if the diabetes is poorly managed. A combination of high levels of glucose in the saliva and weakened bones and gums (caused by affected blood vessels) compounds the likelihood of infections. If you or someone you know has diabetes, we encourage you to speak to us about routinely monitoring your oral health.

Is it time for a cleaning or to have unfinished dental work completed?
If your dental benefits are based on the calendar year, your maximums may not roll over into the New Year. Our calendar fills up quickly this time of year, so we encourage you to call today if you need an appointment before the New Year.

Have a safe and healthy month.

Dr. Jordan Benedict and Team

What's New!

Happy Birthday Dr. Liz!

Everyone at Port Hope Dental would like to wish Dr. Liz a very happy birthday.

To celebrate we had a delicious lunch at Railside, shared cake and lots of laughs!

Click here to see more pictures!

Help Us Improve Your Experience

Congratulations to Lorne for helping us improve your experience in our office. He was a winner of our delicious gourmet cookies.

Please give your feedback on how we can improve your experience with us!

Sedation Dentistry at Port Hope Dental - Don't be afraid anymore!
Did you know that fear is the number one reason why people avoid the dentist. Avoiding the dentist might help you ease your nerves and anxiety, but it can also make a negative impact on your oral health.

Dr. Benedict is thrilled to offer Sedation Dentistry. Sedation Dentistry allows us to care for your oral health needs, while you are relaxed, under supervised sedation. Sedation Dentistry can be used for patients with dental anxiety or other conditions.

Click here to learn more about Sedation Dentistry.

The Spa Dent teeth whitening system is now available at Dr. Jordan Benedict's Port Hope Dental Office. With this in-office whitening system, teeth may whiten 2 - 8 shades in as little as 30 minutes. Spa Dent whitening uses a cool blue and red LED light that activates the product, whitening your teeth deeper and faster for longer lasting results. There is virtually no sensitivity.

We recommend that you get your teeth cleaned before getting the whitening done for best results. Click here!
To see results in our smile gallery, Click here!

New Patients Welcome!


If you know of someone who would benefit from our dental services, please let us know.

We truly appreciate your confidence and your referrals!

Help Us Help Others

Christmas is fast approaching and our team is holding a food drive to benefit the Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank.
Please bring in a non-perishable food item between November 1 and December 11 and help us help others.

The Port Hope Food Bank Is In Need Of:

• Back to School Snacks • Pudding Cups/Fruit Cups/Jello Cups
• Cans of Salmon or Tuna • Spaghetti Sauce
• Quaker Instant Oats • Granola Bars
• Peanut Butter (small jars)  

Gum Disease

Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums around your teeth. It is caused by irritation from plaque buildup. If plaque is not removed by brushing, flossing and regular dental care, it can lead to gingivitis (an early sign of gum disease).

There are 4 stages of gum disease:
  1. Gingivitis swollen and red gums with occasional bleeding
  2. Early Periodontitis inflammation, bone loss and bleeding gums
  3. Moderate Periodontitis inflammation, bone loss and tooth mobility
  4. Advanced Periodontitis increased bone loss with increased mobility and eventual loss of one or more teeth.

What are the signs of gum disease?

Click here to find out!

Red and Green Pepper Steak
The cold weather is catching up to us. Instead of going out for a nice dinner, try this delicious recipe right at home! It is Red and Green Pepper Steak compliments of Julia Mason, the Coordinator of the PC Cooking School at Loblaws Bowmanville.

Click here for the recipe.

If you have a favourite recipe and you would like to see it featured in a future newsletter, we invite you to submit your recipe to