Spring Cleaning For Your Smile (Smiles For Life)

WITH WHITE CLOTHES, SOMETIMES IT TAKES a little bleach and a little sunlight to bring them back to their beautiful brightness! The same goes for your smile!

Your teeth may not feel the same as a cotton t-shirt feels, but they ARE porous, and they absorb the food colors that you eat each day.

Daily Living Can Dull Your Smile
Drinks like coffee, red wine, and dark fruit juices tint your smile. Berries, brightly colored candy, even soy sauce and curries, will stain teeth too. Pigmentation from things we consume every day gradually build up and cause us to have dull, stained teeth.

Is It Time For A Spring Cleaning?
The problem with these set-in stains is that they need more than elbow grease. Brushing and cleaning your teeth, however thorough a job you do, won’t bring back that beautiful white you used to have. And while over-the-counter tooth whiteners can help, the best way to get a dazzling, bright smile in a safe and healthy way is to come see a dentist.

If you have any questions about keeping your teeth looking clean and white, ask us! We’ll help you decide on a solution to get your whitest, healthiest teeth.

Your Gorgeous White Smile Also Helps Children In Need
Your timing is perfect, because we’re doing our Smiles For Life Campaign! When you get your smile whitened you also help children here in Saskatchewan and around the world.

Here’s How It Works:
Smiles for Life

Help More Kids By Helping Us Spread The Word!
Whether you choose to have your own smile whitened or not, you can make a HUGE difference for seriously ill and underserved children around the world by simply sharing this opportunity on your trusted social networks such as Facebook!

Thanks for helping us make a difference in children’s lives!

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Why Do My Gums Bleed?

You’re brushing your teeth one fine evening and spit out your toothpaste…and you see blood. Not a lot, but enough to make you worry. What’s going on?

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In all likelihood, what you’re dealing with is gingivitis.

What the heck is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is also called “gum disease.” Basically, it’s inflammation of your gums. (In dental speak, gums are “gingiva.”)

How did this happen to you? Well, bacteria accumulates on the teeth in the form of biofilm, a.k.a. plaque. Plaque is the sticky whitish stuff that builds up on your teeth. The way your teeth feel fuzzy after nibbling at Easter candy all day? That’s plaque.

Your gums respond to plaque as they do to other bacteria in the body: they develop inflammation.

If you look at your gums, you might notice that they look puffy and red, in addition to bleeding with flossing and brushing. That’s the inflammatory process at work.

Inflammation is the body’s way of dealing with the bacteria and can definitely be destructive.

If unchecked, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease, which leads to destruction of tissues in your mouth, which leads to tooth loss. We hate that.

So, what can you do about gingivitis?

1. Floss once a day and brush twice a day.

Flossing and brushing get rid of the sticky plaque on your teeth. Your gums are happier and healthier and the inflammation doesn’t happen. Having trouble with your home dental care or not sure you’re doing it right? Talk to your hygienist the next time you’re in. She’s a great resource and can give you tips to make brushing and flossing more effective and find what works for you.

2. Visit our team regularly.

Your regular hygiene appointments are important in removing calculus (a.k.a. tartar), which is what plaque turns into when it’s not removed. In certain areas of your mouth, where saliva accumulates or you have trouble reaching, calculus removal is key in keeping your gums healthy. You can remove plaque on your own at home, but calculus is really hard and can only be removed by your dental professionals.

3. Watch the amount of sugar you’re consuming.

We love Mini Eggs as much as the next person, but we also know that sugar is what feeds the bacteria in your mouth and helps it grow into that layer that covers your teeth. Yuck. We highly recommend consuming your sugar with a meal, in a quick dose (rather than spreading it out over several hours), and rinsing with water afterward. Your regular brushing and flossing should take care of the rest.

Are you concerned that you have gingivitis? If you live in the Saskatoon area, give us a call at 306-955-7000 and book your hygiene appointment so we can take a look.

Meet the Team: The Dentist

You know that line in Mean Girls where Janis Ian says, “Oh, I love seeing teachers outside of school. It’s like seeing a dog walk on its hind legs.” We have a sneaking suspicion that’s how people feel about their dental care providers.

Unless you’ve had a lot of dental work done or already know us from “real” life, you probably don’t know the team at Jones Dental that well.  Well, that’s about to change. Enjoy the first interview in our Meet the Team series.

Minnie EarsName: Joanne Bourgault

Role at Jones Dental: Dentist

Hometown: St. Brieux, Saskatchewan

What’s your favourite book? Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling or The Stand by Stephen King

What are your favourite movies? Dirty Dancing, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Gladiator

Color Me RadWhat are your favourite pastimes? reading, baking, yoga, running (when I’m not injured)

Guilty pleasures? chocolate, binge-reading novels, Disney World (and Minnie ears)

What’s your favourite Saskatoon eatery? I don’t go out a lot, but I love Griffin Takeaway and The Chopped Leaf for lunch, and Moxie’s tends to be our go-to because there are lots of options on the menu

What are your top three dream vacation destinations? Kauai, Australia, Tanzania

Favourite TV show? Hands down The Walking Dead

Why did you go into the dental field? A few reasons. I’m passionate about teeth, I like working with my hands, and I wanted to help people directly instead of pouring over spreadsheets that people didn’t look at.

Weapon of choice during the zombie apocalypse? katana (like Michonne)

Anything else you want to share? I’m a Rider fan, have been married for almost 17 years, have two kids, and have a healthy obsession with 80’s music.

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Why Are We Called Jones Dental?

Why Are We Called Jones DentalOne of the most common, non-dental questions we get at our office is, “Why Jones Dental?” My last name (Bourgault) is not Jones and the clinic used to be called “Bedford Square Dental,” so really, the question is perfectly reasonable. Where did “Jones Dental” come from?

When I took over Bedford Square Dental in in August 2012, I had no intention of changing the name. However, when the previous dentist left the office soon after I took over, I started to make changes to shape the practice into what I wanted it to become, and part of that process was changing the name.

“Jones Dental” did not come out of thin air. We worked with a company to come up with a name that reflected who we want to be, and that is a dental practice that welcomes families. We tossed around a couple of names that didn’t quite fit, and then “Jones Dental” was suggested as a play on the saying “Keeping up with the Joneses.” It’s kind of hipster, kind of fun, and fit in with our family-friendly environment. Our tagline, “We keep up with your family” is an extension of our name selection. “Jones” is also a play on my first name, Joanne, and I liked that, too.

So now you know why we’re Jones Dental.