Welcome Mavis to Jones Dental

Please join us in welcoming Registered Dental Assistant Mavis to Jones Dental! Though Mavis will be with us on a part-time basis only, we’re sure you’ll notice her sense of humour and outgoing nature. You may also notice her crazy socks…

5 Fun Facts About Mavis:

  1. She loves dogs so much that she’s an obedience instructor and trainer. In fact, she showed Rottweilers in obedience for 30 years.
  2. Her favourite TV shows are The Big Bang Theory, CSI, and NCIS.
  3. She knows all of the words to the soundtrack of The Big Chill, her favourite movie.
  4. In addition to showing dogs, she used to show quarter horses.
  5. She dreams of spending the winter where palm trees grow outside her house.

A Warm Welcome for Jocelyn

We’re happy to announce the addition of a new hygienist to the Jones Dental team! Registered Dental Hygienist Jocelyn brings her years of experience and friendly personality to our office, and looks forward to building relationships with our patients. We know that change can be difficult (we’ll miss you Jenna!), but we’re sure that Jocelyn’s natural warmth and commitment to patient care will win you over.

5 Fun Facts About Jocelyn:

  1. She loves to bake and cook, but she often can’t eat her creations due to her celiac and kidney disease.
  2. Binge-watching British shows brings her joy because of the humour and accents.
  3. While she is already a “sort of grandma,” in the words of her son’s stepdaughter, she will soon be a “real” grandma for the first time. (Kids say the darnedest things….)
  4. She is a TCM fan and loves classic movies, though her son questions why she watches movies that are older than her mother is.
  5. This summer, she visited Quebec City and felt right at home in the old city. She jokes that she must have lived there in a previous, 17th century life.

Welcome Abbey to Jones Dental

We’re happy to announce the addition of a new team member! Abbey is returning to the dental world after pursuing other ventures for a few years. She joins us as our new office manager and will be running our reception desk. Please welcome her to the Jones Dental tribe.

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5 Fun Facts About Abbey:

  1. She loves to thrift and vintage shop
  2. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey is her favourite book
  3. Purging anything (and everything!!!) brings her joy
  4. Volunteer work is a passion of hers
  5. She’s into DIY projects and upcycling

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.

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.