Introducing the TREC Community Cares Project

Introducing the TREC Community Cares Project

The TREC Dental Foundation is excited to announce the TREC Community Cares Project.  A fundraising initiative that partners with various local charities and community associations throughout Calgary.

From April 1 – June 30, 2021, in addition to supporting our team selected monthly charities, we will be supporting the following community initiatives:

1. Sage Meadows Dental proudly supports the Symons Valley Park Project 

A casual game of ice hockey on the weekend. A summer evening laughing with friends around a fire pit. A quiet walk in the natural forest to unwind after a busy day. With Symons Valley Park, you’ll be able to do this and more, while staying right here in the neighbourhood. 

Located south of Sage Hill Crossing along Symons Valley Parkway, Symons Valley Park is within walking and biking distance for many area residents and a short, 5-minute or less drive from anywhere in the neighbourhood.

2. Our newest clinic location, University District Dental, proudly supports the UCalgary Fund

Gifts to the UCalgary Fund are a vital source of institutional momentum. Student financial aid, faculty development, emerging programs for students, library and technology resources, and facilities renovation — these opportunities, and many more, are possible because of unrestricted gifts to the UCalgary Fund.

3. Wildwood Dental proudly supports the White Oak Playground Project

Did you know that the White Oak Playground Project is a recently completed First Nations inspired space?  “The goal of the project is to increase knowledge of Indigenous history and to give children the opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of the land which the playground is located on.”  

Each clinic will donate $25 from the sale of each take home whitening kit to their respective Community Cares project as well as an additional $5.00 every time someone shares the corresponding post from each clinic’s social media account.

Building stronger communities together!

We are hosting a Snack Drive to help feed hungry kids via BB4CK

We are hosting a Snack Drive to help feed hungry kids via BB4CK

This month we are hosting a Snack Drive for Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids.

“For 30 years, BB4CK has been feeding hungry kids in our city. Food nourishes us. Brings us together. Connects us. From enjoying a family meal to trading sandwiches in the cafeteria, some of the best memories are built over food. Hungry people can’t focus, can’t learn, can’t grow to be their best.

When kids don’t have food, they can’t reach their potential, and they miss out on key childhood experiences. They don’t make friends as easily, they have a harder time learning, they miss more school and are sick more often.

The BB4CK community is committed to ensuring that every kid in every school in our city has the lunch they need to flourish.

We feed kids who would otherwise go without.”

For more information, please visit: www.bb4ck.org

Help us Make Bullying Extinct!

Help us Make Bullying Extinct!

Make BULLYING Extinct Colouring Contest!

Want to join us in making a difference? 

This month we’re raising awareness about Pink Shirt Day!

Join us in a colouring contest for your chance to win a T-REC Dinosaur ‘Make Bullying Extinct’ T-Shirt.

You can download the file for the colouring contest here.

Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and online. Over the month of February, and throughout the year, CKNW Kids’ Fund’s Pink Shirt Day aims to raise awareness of these issues, as well as raise funds to support programs that foster children’s healthy self-esteem.  

Visit: Pink Shirt Day for more information.

 

Anti-bullying campaign colouring page
More Chocolate, No Cavities

More Chocolate, No Cavities

Dr. Roger Lucas is a board-certified pediatric dentist in Washington, and the author of More Chocolate, No Cavities, available on Amazon. After recently attending a Zoom lecture where he discussed the highlights of his book, I was interested enough to read it in its entirety over the holiday break.

 

As it turns out, this book is an excellent guide to keeping children (or anyone with teeth!) cavity-free. There are discussions about how cavities are formed, dental myths, and answers to common questions relating to pediatric dentistry. Here are the 3 main principles Dr. Lucas shares to ensure your child is not doomed to a mouth filled with cavities, even if they have “bad genetics”.

 

  • Brush teeth every night to remove bacteria. No food, and only water to drink afterwards. Yes, dentists always preach brushing and flossing at least two times a day. However, one “perfect” brush with the help from a parent is better than two less-than-perfect times by the young child unsupervised.
  • Do not graze or sip all day. This tip is about the frequency of your teeth having to fight off sugar assault. Cavities are more likely if food or sugary drinks are being consumed constantly throughout the day. Feed children at designated meal and snack times (5-6 times a day). Drink only water between meals, no juice or milk.
  • Eat teeth-friendly foods. More chocolate, less CRACKERS. This tip is a little more provocative because it seems counterintuitive, but trust me, the book explains it all. Is it practical to completely eliminate all sugary foods from a child’s diet? It is possible, but in most cases, not likely. So, we need to pick foods that do not linger in the mouth for extended periods of time. Specifically, dry crackers and cereal have an amazing ability to stick to teeth and wreak havoc on enamel. Basically, more crackers = more holes in teeth = more trips to the dentist. For snack time, try to choose fruits, veggies, nuts, and cheese. But, when the kiddos need a little something extra, I recommend some dark chocolate or ice cream that can be easily washed away by saliva, than those pesky crackers that are not.

 

This list just barely scratches the surface of cavity prevention, but the principles here are practical, and I believe reasonable to implement into real life. Studies show that over 60% of children have cavities by the age of 5. I am always happy to chat more about how to make your child one of the “unusual” ones, and help you keep them cavity-free!

 

Happy smiling 🙂

 

 

Written by: Dr. Cheyanne Olsen, Crestmont Dental 
Happy New Year – A Greeting from Our CEO

Happy New Year – A Greeting from Our CEO

As 2020 comes to an end and we open the doors to 2021, it is always useful to complete the past and look to the future with Optimism. Simon Sinek defines Optimism as “accepting the truth of reality and looking forward to a brighter future”

2020 was a challenging year for so many of us, but it was also a year of opportunity and redefining what is most important to us. Getting through this year would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the amazing people on our TEAM and that endless amount of TEAMWORK that was put in. Who was on your team?  

To me the biggest challenge we were faced with this year was the unknown. So how did we get through not knowing what was coming?

……By having RESPECTFUL conversations and disagreements to make sure that we listened to all sides and make the best decision for everyone that was involved. 

So how did we make it through 2020 ,in my mind, stronger than we entered it?  ……By creating EXCEPTIONAL relationships, service, and thinking of others first. Dentistry was thought of as one of the most dangerous professions as we began to open up, yet our team was beside us the entire way (and now we know we are well protected with everything that we have been doing for years). 

In order to be successful in our professional and personal lives, we need to CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE at everything we do. We are human and we will make mistakes along the way, but our intentions are very important.  

For me personally, 2020 was both amazing and challenging. Financially and physically I was out of my routine. As gyms closed I took a break from taking care of myself the way I normally would and it has proved to be harder than I thought to get back into it. On the flip side, we welcomed our newest addition to the family, and had more family time together than usual.  

So 2021, here we come! Let’s make sure to thank everyone that has helped us through these challenging times. Make sure to take time for yourself and Recharge (by building resilience), create Energy (by eating well and moving) and Connect with others (pick up the phone / Zoom – not texting). 

All the best for 2021 – may it be our best yet!  🙂

Healthy back to school snacks for kids

Healthy back to school snacks for kids

After a looooong layoff, many kids are heading back to school! Obviously there are a lot of new back-to-school considerations that we’ve never seen before, but don’t forget to keep those Iron Man and Captain Marvel lunchboxes filled with foods that are healthy for your kids’ bodies and teeth! Most kids aren’t going to want to brush (or floss!) at school after lunch, so you really don’t want to have too much bacteria and cavity-causing food having hours to do damage before they come home.
 

 

Healthy back to school snacks for kids
 

Green Light snacks to go with your lunch! (Enjoy these daily)

  • fresh fruit & vegetables
  • popcorn
  • sugar free gum
  • pickles, olives, salsa & dips
  • whole wheat bagels
  • cheese or butter/margarine
  • lots of water!

 

Yellow Light Snacks! (Try to eat these sparingly)

  • fruit beverages & juice boxes
  • canned fruit in syrups
  • processed dried fruits
  • fruit gummies & fruit roll ups
  • granola & cereal bars
  • white bread, white bagels & buns
  • chips & cheesies
  • yogurt drinks

 

Red Light Snacks! (Try to avoid if you can!)

  • jell-o, marshmallows & regular gum
  • candy, chocolate, cakes & cookies
  • slurpees, slushies & pop
  • sports & energy drinks
  • popsicles & freezies

 

For other great lunch suggestions check out these links:

https://www.foodnetwork.ca/back-to-school/photos/easy-school-lunches-to-pack-for-kids/#!Ham-Apple-and-Cheese-Quesadilla

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/photos/kid-approved-lunches

https://www.thekitchn.com/thinking-outside-the-lunch-box-10-sandwich-free-kids-lunch-ideas-222906