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January 2012 Tips, eNews & More!
Happy New Year!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are now relaxed, rested and ready to face 2012 head on.

Thank you to everyone who offered us advice regarding improving the experience at our office. Many of your suggestions are being incorporated into our office for the New Year. Congratulations to our draw winner Tammy B. Congratulations, you have won a free Spadent session ($99 value)!

January 15-21 was National Non-Smoking Week
If ending a relationship with tobacco is on your list of things to do in 2012, now is a great time to start. You can find helpful advice on how to quit and more about National Non-Smoking Week here. Remember, in addition to your lungs and heart, tobacco use stains your teeth, damages your mouth's soft tissues and increases your chance of developing oral cancer. If quitting is proving more difficult than you anticipated, we may be able to help.

Until next month,

Dr. Modi and the Parkway Dentistry team

News from the office - Parkway Dentistry Christmas Party!

Dr. Modi with his team and friends celebrated Christmas together at Lorraine's house. The party was catered by Casey's in Brantford. There was lots of great food and fun to mingle and chat ourside the office!

Dr. Modi gave one of many great gifts that were exchanged. It was a Chicken Soup book called "Think Positive."

Games were played which generated lots of fun and laughter. Also, it was baby Elan's first party!

Are You Putting Your Smile Under Pressure?

Watching a thrilling movie or the championship game can be a 'nail biting' experience.The excitement has us sitting at the edge of our seats, our hearts pounding... and some of us even taking the 'nail biting' aspect literally.

How does nail biting affect your teeth?
The primary issue with nail biting is the pressure it puts on your front teeth. These teeth are not built to withstand the same amount of pressure that your molars are. Nail biting can cause the enamel protecting your teeth to fracture as well as wearing down and chipping the edges. Despite being the hardest substance in your body, enamel is by no means invincible.

Chewing your nails creates rough edges which can cut the tissue in your mouth. Complicating this is the presence of bacteria and fungi that are on your fingers and under your nails. When you bite your nails you put yourself at an increased risk of infection, by giving these bacteria a new way to access your mouth and even your bloodstream. Conversely, the mouth has many bacteria that can infect your finger tips.

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