Whiter , Brighter Smiles!

Do you wish you had a whiter , brighter smile? Our team at Maple Mews Dental can give you the smile you want and deserve!

So many things we do in our every day lives affect our smiles and the colour of our teeth!  Staining of our teeth can be from many sources including one or more of the following:

  • Smoking
  • Red Wine
  • Dark Cola’s like Coke /Pepsi
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Tomato Sauce and other staining foods

No two smiles are the same , what works for one may not be the best solution for another! At Maple Mews Dental , we offer options for whitening your smile to best suit your smile and your lifestyle!

We do always recommend a visit with our dental hygiene team prior to any whitening .  For best whitening results, removing plaque and tartar and obvious staining is a must !

ZOOM! In office whitening will give you the smile you are dreaming about in just one visit!  Our team at Maple Mews Dental loves ZOOM … it is quick and easy and achieves great results !    In addition to the in office whitening ,  each patient is sent home with a whitening kit to keep their smile white and bright long term .

Taking care of whitening on your own at home may be the best option for you … at Maple Mews Dental we offer Opalascence .. prefilled trays ..easy to take wherever you go , easy to wear and no mess!  For tougher staining … custom trays with a whitening solution to fight those tough stains may be the solution for your smile !

Don’t wait … talk to us today about your smile!  You deserve to look and feel your best everyday!

Maple Mews Dental Team

Whiter , Brighter Smiles!

Why do I need a dental exam ?


Why do I need an dental exam?  What many people don’t understand is that when you schedule a dental appointment to address a specific concern in your mouth or with your teeth it is necessary for the dentist to examine and diagnose the problem you are presenting with. Once diagnosed, the dentist will present you with the treatment options for your specific concern. .

When you call or come into Maple Mews Dental with a dental concern including a tooth ache, broken tooth or lost fill, loose tooth, gums bleeding or any other concern about a certain area of your teeth or mouth you will have a specific examination or emergency examination.   Both types of exams include diagnosis and treatment recommendations.   Xrays may be necessary to assist with accurate diagnosis of the dental concern presented.

An exam called a recall or recare examination is completed by Dr Rzepka or Dr Parker when you are scheduled with the dental hygienist.  At this visit, the time spent with the dentist is a short visit during the dental hygiene appointment.  Although the dental hygienist is checking your teeth, gums and oral health during the entire visit, the dentist  is the only dental team member that can actually diagnose a dental problem such a tooth decay, infection and gum disease, thus the importance of the examination .

Dental examinations can diagnose or catch problems while they are small, most dental problems begin before you can see or feel them. Early diagnosis and treatment is often easy and inexpensive.  Treatment left undetected that can become extensive and expensive.

Dental examinations can include early detection of:

  • Tooth decay
  • Damaged teeth
  • Condition of your gums , such as periodontal disease – risk of loss of teeth
  • Diagnosis of infection of teeth or gums
  • Early signs of mouth or throat cancer
  • Growths, cysts or other oral tissue disorders

A dental examination , may save a tooth ,may save you from extensive and or expensive treatment, and may save your life with early detection of cancer !   So … YES Dental Examinations are a very important part of your dental visit and are necessary when you present to the office with a dental or oral health care concern!

Your Maple Mews Dental Team

Why do I need a dental exam ?

Smile ….Halloween is near!

Halloween, like other holidays, is a time that we like to indulge in extra candy and sweets! Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria in dental plaque produces acids: when this bacterial acid remains on the teeth for long periods of time .. “ the sugar bugs” as we often call them can damage the tooth enamel and lead to damage to the tooth or a cavity. Thus, the more snacking we do or allow or children to do, the more prone we are to cavities and to damaging our teeth .

At Maple Mews Dental we suggest :

  • Choose snacks wisely — all the time not just at Halloween
  • Remember that sticky snacks are usually not a good choice for your teeth
  • Eat sugary snacks and drinks at one time … instead of snacking continually
  • At Halloween choose to keep only a few items and donate the rest
  • Immediately after indulging on the few treats , rinse with water, brush and floss
  • Replace the sticky sweet snacks with better ones for your overall health and oral health. Choose snacks like yogurt, vegetables and dip, chocolate milk or cheese!
  • Brush 3 times a day for 2 minutes
  • Parents help your children with brushing and flossing
  • Visit your dental regularly

At Maple Mews Dental we LOVE Halloween too! We love your smile and want to help you to make the best choices to keep you smiling! If you have any questions about good snacks to keep a healthy smile , contact us today or talk to us at your next dental visit!

Happy Halloween from the Maple Mews Dental Team!halloween smile

Smile ….Halloween is near!

Rethink your Drink!

Have you just been to the dentist , have cavities and wonder why?  At Maple Mews Dental, it is a priority for us to partner with you , for optimal Oral Health and overall health.   Being thorough is so important to our entire team, your smile is important to you , so it’s important to us too!

Sugary and Acidic drinks are often the cause of tooth decay and acid wear erosion of the teeth.  Do you really know how much sugar you drink each day ?  Did you ever consider that your Tim’s Double Double or your energy drinks have a lot ( way too much) sugar?  Do you read the label on your drinks ?  Have you ever calculated how many teaspoons of sugar it would actually be ? YIKES … is what we say to the this … many drinks have just way too much sugar and are causing way too much damage to too many smiles!

There are a lot of drinks that contain LOTS of sugar !   Some drinks like sodas are meant to be rare treats , they are very acidic and can do a lot of damage to your teeth ! Our team , will discuss your diet with you, it is important that you have all the information you can to make the best choices for you !

Our team at Maple Mews Dental loves this chart!   Check out the Red light/ Green Light for some great guidelines and Rethink your Drink!

Maple Mews Dental Team


Rethink your Drink!

Back to School ! Keep the Snacks Healthy!

healthy snacks

The summer is nearing the end and yah!!! Its’s time for school !!!  Some kids are saying yah … lots of parents are saying yah!! The arrival of September is anticipated by all !

For our team at Maple Mews Dental , we have been encouraging good food, drink and snack choices for every day, but we are especially focussed on school lunches as our patients and own children prepare for the school year to start .

Sticky foods and sugared drinks can cause havoc on eveyone’s teeth … we always say to the kids that the “ sugar bugs” like to have a party on your teeth to the kids!! It is so important to do all we can to work together to educate you, our patients that are students and parents so that the right choices can be made for a healthy smile and healthy you!

Some great snacks for school lunches are:

  • Cheese
  • Popcorn
  • Crackers
  • Veggies and Dip
  • Pretzels and Hummus
  • Rice Cakes
  • Yogurt
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Pepperoni Sticks
  • And to drink Water or Milk

Remember that drinks contain LOTS of sugar !   Some drinks like sodas are meant to be rare treats , they are very acidic and can do a lot of damage to your teeth !  Especially at school , our team recommends milk , water or spring water !  NO Juice Boxes !

Of course regular dental visits are top priority !  If you haven’t booked your back to school dental visit … do it now!   And your oral hygiene at home is so so important… don’t skip it!  Brush for 2 minutes at least twice a day and floss daily !! And parents , help your little ones … they really do need help – they can not do it properly all alone!  Let them have a turn and then you have a turn after !  Everyone will benefit !

Happy Back to School from the Maple Mews Dental Team !

Back to School ! Keep the Snacks Healthy!

Oral Cancer : Early Diagnosis Can save your life!


Oral Cancer

At Maple Mews Dental , Oral Cancer Screening /Examinations are completed at every comprehensive examination with the dentist, and at every dental hygiene appointment.  The oral cancer examination is completed as part of your oral health examination , and includes checking your mouth, gums, tongue, lips and throat.

Oral Cancer is surprisingly common. Hundreds of thousands of people are treated yearly for the various types of oral cancer. Oral cancer can be successfully treated if caught at an early stage.
Types of Oral Cancer Include:

Tongue Cancer:  The tongue is a common spot for oral cancer to develop. If you, your dentist or dental hygienist notice a change in your tongue appearance, swollen areas or bumps or lumps on your tongue, there may be a concern. White or red patches could also indicate an area to be checked. Lumps or bumps under the tongue are also a concern and could include your salivary glands. Be sure to call your dentist at the first sign of concern , for an examination and oral cancer check.  A referral to a dental specialist such as an oral pathologist may be necessary.

Lip Cancer:  We often forget to cover our lips in the sun!  Sun exposure puts our lips at high risk for cancer ! Signs of lip cancer may include sores on the lips that do not heal, swelling of the lips and / or pain of the lips.  If you have these symptoms, call your dentist for an examination . Often cancer of the lips is treated in the same way as skin cancer and can include surgery and other treatments.

Throat Cancer: Signs of throat cancer can be subtle like a sore throat, hoarseness or problems with swallowing, or may be more obvious like lumps or swelling in the back of the mouth or throat . The dental hygienist or dentist may notice lumps, swelling or redness which are signs of a potential concern.  Throat cancer is diagnosed like the other oral cancers often with biopsy performed by a dental specialist.

See the dentist / dental hygienist regularly for oral cancer screenings and be sure to call at the first sign of concerns about changes in your mouth including lumps, sores and swollen areas .  Early detection for cancer is key to successful treatment.

If you have any questions please give us a call, we are happy to schedule an appointment with one of our dental professionals at our Maple Mews Dental Office.

Maple Mews Dental TeamOral Cancer

Oral Cancer : Early Diagnosis Can save your life!

Your Overall Health is Important to Your Dentist !




We encourage regular visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing because we care about you, your oral health and your overall health!  We want you to be healthy and happy!

We are asked often , what does brushing and flossing have to do with my overall health .  It is simple; an unhealthy mouth, especially if you have gum disease, including bleeding gums, can increase a person’s risk of health problems such as poorly controlled diabetes, heart attack  and stroke.  Regular visits to the dentist also gives you the opportunity to have a regular oral cancer check – up.  At Maple Mews Dental the dental hygienist checks your mouth , head and neck at each visit.

  • Diabetes : If you have diabetes, you are at risk of developing gum disease. If you don’t take care of your teeth and gums, gum disease can make diabetes difficult to control. Our dental hygienists will work along with you to make the necessary changes in your oral health to help best control your risk of gum disease. This may include brushing , flossing and more frequent dental visits to assist with controlling your diabetes by eliminating gum disease.
  • Heart Attack & Stroke : Inflammation of your gums and mouth, may cause inflammation in the body, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. The key to reducing inflammation of the gums is to effectively remove the plaque from your teeth several times per day.   Are you using the correct toothbrush and brushing technique, do you need other tools to help remove the plaque, are you visiting the dental hygienist for professional cleaning often enough?  Each individual’s needs are different and your dental hygienist will recommend a schedule best suited to you.
  • Oral Cancer: Your dentist and dental hygienist routinely check for signs of Oral Cancer.  Oral Cancer is often detected at a dental examination .  Cancer of the head or neck is often oral cancer, the routine check for oral cancer includes checking the lips, tongue and tissues including salivary glands and throat.

The importance of good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dental hygienist cannot be stressed enough!  Understand the importance of your oral health and its connection to your overall health.

Come on In to Maple Mews Dental …Good Oral Health can lead to Good Overall Health, Good Oral Health can start today!

Maple Mews Dental Team

Your Overall Health is Important to Your Dentist !