From the earliest age that a child starts to crawl and explore the world around them, through and including the active years of childhood and adolescence, damage to the teeth, bones, gums, cheeks and lips is common. Falling and tripping over objects is the most usual cause of dental injury.
I can always tell when autumn hits even before all the leaves are off the trees. That’s usually when I see a rise in appointments and referrals for patients who are feeling the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or their teenage kids are experiencing Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome. While we’re pretty fortunate to live in the top five places in Canada for the highest number of sunny days per year, the combination of cold weather and early darkness can be the perfect storm for depression, excessive sleepiness, sluggish energy, anxiety and weight gain.
These kinds of conversations are never easy.Likely, neither you nor your child wants to talk about drugs, so it can be hard to know when and how to bring it up. However uncomfortable, it is important you think about the conversation and how you want it to progress before your child is faced with a tough situation. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.
We can’t deny that we live in a beautiful city where its splendor shines through the frost and deep banks of snow over our long winter. While Mother Nature gifts us with a chinook once in a while, it’s not unusual to see the thermostat plummet to arctic conditions. With our fluctuating temperatures, keeping active can become a challenge but the season can provide families with an opportunity to explore a variety of activities.
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