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September 2012: Back to School Edition
This morning when I walked towards the office, I had to pause and look at a sight that I had almost forgotten was inevitable. It was a lone yellow leaf on the ground. I looked up at the tree and I could have sworn it was green yesterday. The first day of Autumn (September 22) is approaching, but I guess my tree already knew that.

Are you in Back to School Mode?

Whether you have children in the house or not, fall's routine can feel more demanding than summer's. Perhaps the shorter days may make it feel as if you have less time to accomplish things in any given day, perhaps the pace of people around us speeds up. Regardless of the reason, take a moment everyday to relax and breathe. While the immediate effect may not be obvious, stress and oral health are related. Stress may contribute to grinding and clenching teeth, canker sores, gum disease and loose teeth. We suggest starting your day off with a heathy breakfast and thinking positively about the day ahead while you brush and floss your teeth. This will give you a few minutes to yourself as well help to ward off some of the effects of stress on your oral health.

If you are looking for something with minimal stress to do with family or friends, apple and pear picking season is back. Freshly picked fruits make a great snack and can often be stored for making pies, treats and meals that will remind you of your adventure to the farm.

Have a safe and healthy month,

Dr. Jordan Benedict and Team

What's New!

Your Safety is Our Top Priority!

Our team underwent their yearly renewal of their CPR training in August.

Click here for more photos from our training session.

On Friday September 7, Dr. Benedict and his team attended Invisalign training at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

Dr. Benedict is thrilled to offer Invisalign treatment. Invisalign creates custom fitted removable trays which are changed about every two weeks, progressively straightening, aligning and improving your smile. See more photos here.

Please call our office to book a complimentary consultation.

Click here to learn more about Invisalign.

A Healthy White Smile is Always in Season! Special Fall Offer
School is back in session, make sure you have the best smile for photo day! Port Hope Dental is offering a special teeth whitening promotion from September 1, 2012 October 31, 2012.

REV Whitening (take home) is $199 (regularly $350). Required to have dental exam including necessary X-rays.

For more details call our office.

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.

Digital Xrays

Dr. Jordan Benedict is proud to offer our patients digital x-rays. Click here for more details.

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!

Sports Mouthguard Clinic

Dr Jordan Benedict is pleased to present the donation to Paul Allen, Member of Northumberland Sports Council accepting on behalf of KidSport Northumberland.

Thanks again to all that participated in our annual sports mouthguard clinic, ensuring more Northumberland kids will get to stay active and healthy!

Click here for more photos.

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!

How to Prevent Tooth Decay!

Tooth decay describes the break down of strong healthy teeth over time. Your tooth's surface is composed of a hard mineral coating called enamel. Enamel is the hardest tissue in your body, but by no means indestructible. Your teeth are exposed to bacteria all day which produce plaque. Plaque is the substance that covers your teeth and eats away at the enamel causing the holes known as cavities.

Brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing and regular professional cleanings with your hygenist will help keep plaque under control and prevent tooth decay. Leaving plaque on your teeth leads to tartar buildup which brushing and flossing alone can not remove. Letting plaque get out of control can lead to many oral problems ranging from bad breath and cavities to gum recession, periodontal disease and tooth loss.

Even teeth with fillings aren't immune to plaque. Plaque is acidic and may damage fillings and other dental work leading to future problems.

Under your enamel is a layer of the tooth made of dentin. Dentin is high in mineral content, but much softer and more vulnerable to decay. Once a cavity has reached this layer it starts effecting blood vessels and eventually the root. This is why dentists often fill small cavities long before they reach a level where they become problematic (ie. root canal).

Click here to learn how to prevent tooth decay!

Thanksgiving Shepherd's Pie
This month we have a delicious recipe that's perfect for a quick and easy school night dinner and will also be great to use up turkey leftovers at Thanksgiving. It is a Thanksgiving Shepherd's Pie 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