New Year, New Me, New Resolutions

It is finally a new year; another 365 days passed. It means another chance to improve our lifestyles and, of course, our health by establishing some long-term goals. However, looking at the past few years’ data, not many people are aware of what kind of resolutions can be made. That is why Torbram Dental has commented on a few essential resolutions for 2023. (Source: Healthline, 23 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep, By Jillian Kubaka, MS, R.D, Medically Reviewed by Katherine Marengo LDN, R.D., Nutrition, December 23, 2019, 

What goes into our body determines our health!

Torbram Dental opines, “relying too much on packaged food items and sweetened beverages can lead to the accumulation of bad cholesterol in the body. Extreme intake of sugary edibles can attract tiny bacteria that can cause teeth decay.”

Therefore, limiting junk food consumption could be a good idea in this regard. But that does not necessarily mean one has to submit selflessly to chronic dieting. Torbram Dental shares that “restrictive measures like fad diets do more harm than good.”

Hence, avoiding them could be more fruitful. Instead, eating sumptuous meals cooked at home that are low in fat and include fresh vegetables would add more to one’s health. Remember, whole food items intake like fish, nuts, and whole grains that help in boosting one’s immunity should also be added to the diet.

Sedentary behaviour—our Nemesis!

It is now believed that sitting is the new smoking. Researchers have found that inactive people are at greater risk of suffering from diseases, just as smokers do.

That is why Torbram Dental believes, “this new year, we should take a step forward towards a more active lifestyle. Participating in physical activities of our choice could be a great start”.

This way, we would be more motivated to exercise every day, ensuring that our arch enemy—laziness—does not keep us from excellent health.

Self-care – The need of the hour

This is a broad term, however. Self-care means showering love on yourself. This can mean keeping a tab on your health, be it getting tested for diabetes or checked for cholesterol.

Being mindful of our hygiene also falls under this category. Practicing good habits like dental cleaning, teeth whitening, exfoliating our skin, and maintaining a good sleep schedule can benefit us. Cosmetic dentistry can help you smile confidently, and that is a good thing. There’s, however, more to it than just this.

Torbram Dental opines, “personal care also means taking time off from our busy schedules to do what we love. It can be practicing meditation, going on a vacation, or just trying our hands at a new hobby”.

All these can exponentially reduce stress levels and help in the production of the “happy hormone” dopamine. 

Negativity – A friend of existential crisis!

Torbram Dental shares, “the more we adapt to bad practices, the worse our health becomes. And perceiving ourselves, especially our body, in the negative light can lead us to develop dissatisfaction, which can, in turn, take a toll on our mental health”. 

What’s more? Torbram Dental believes, “Long-time exposure to screens is also detrimental. It can lead to poor emotional regulation, which can make us more impulsive and indifferent, and less amiable”. 

The same happens due to the consumption of alcohol. While we might feel an initial ‘boost’ after a pint, the next day, we will be robbed of our dopamine which may lead to the feeling of anxiousness. Not to mention affecting our oral health.

Therefore, in the words of Torbram Dental, “engaging in positive talks about the self, reducing screen time, and cutting ties with alcohol can keep one more amicable and sane.”

Let’s keep the planet in our thoughts—we live on it!

While we will inculcate at least a few of these resolutions in our daily life this new year, we should also consider the planet we live on. After all, its health also depends on your behaviour.

That is why Torbram Dental says, “choose sustainable household products, be it cosmetics or dish-washing liquid, to ensure that you contribute to mother nature.”

Torbram Dental shares, “A new year merely means the change of the calendar until we bring about a positive change in our life.” However, bringing about a positive change might take work for some. Hence, the need for a curated list! Torbram Dental believes “following these from the core of the heart will help encourage healthy discipline in our lives, helping us improve both our oral, physical and mental health.”

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Simrit has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She started her career with Assisting/Treatment co-ordinating and then moved on to becoming the Hygiene Co Ordinator in 2005. In 2012 she took on a new role as the Marketing Director. Though she loved being the Marketing Director, in 2015 she became the Office Manager of Torbram Dental. She completed her Level 1 Dental Assisting program with Career Canada in 1996 and then went on to complete her Level II Dental Assisting Diploma with Southwestern Medix in 1999. That is when she received NDAEB Certification. Simrit has been and still is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association since 2000. She enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and two kids and loves to explore new restaurants, especially high-tea venues.

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Jessica, one of our receptionists, is one of the smiling faces you see when you arrive at the office. She graduated with honours from Medix College with a diploma as a Level 2 Dental Assistant. When she is not happily helping our patients, Jessica enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, going to church on Sunday mornings, gardening and going on hikes.

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Ramandeep has been a part of Torbram Dental for the past 10 years as certified dental assistant. She obtained her level 1 certification from Everest college in Brampton in 2013, and then her level 2 certification in 2014 from Medix college. Her career path through the clinic has been recognized by staff at all levels who admire her work ethic and dedication to million dollar smiles. In her spare time, Ramandeep enjoys cooking and gardening, and spending time with her husband and 2 kids.

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Sana is a valued member of our dental hygiene team. In 2008 she completed her education at George Brown in Dental Assisting and in 2016 she earned her diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Sciences. Sana has been working in dentistry since 2008 and enjoys taking care of our patients and helping them with their oral health. She is married and is busy with her 2 young children. In her spare time, Sana enjoys going out with the family, trying out new places to eat and is looking forward to travelling with them in the future.

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Sanaria has been working at Torbram Dental for many years as a valued member of our Dental Assisting Team. She completed her level 2 dental assisting certification and previously obtained a degree in Education and worked as a quality control officer in the pharmaceutical industry. When not at work Sanaria loves to bake and cook. She also loves story time and enjoying the outdoors with her children. She always sees the positive side of life, believes that nothing is impossible and that if you set a goal and work at it, that you will make your dreams come true.

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Carrie has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She graduated from George Brown College in 1998 with a Dental Assistant Diploma and continued to further her education by completing a Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2001 at Durham College. Carrie is a highly trained and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist who continues to learn and grow by updating her knowledge to provide her clients with the best Oral Health Care techniques and information. Carrie is passionate about Dentistry and is known for her gentle and compassionate manner. She feels strongly about building lasting relationships and trust with her clients to help them understand that good Oral Health leads to good Overall Health. Carrie enjoys travelling, dabbling in decorating and a good Netflix series in her time off. Carrie resides in Halton Hills with her husband and two children.

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Daniela's interest in Dentistry began in Gr.6 when she wrote a speech entitled "My Life as a Toothbrush".
A Registered Dental Hygienist with 22 years of clinical experience, Daniela still has a great passion for her career. The most rewarding aspect for her is building lasting relationships with her patients, and seeing them through to a healthier smile.
Her thorough yet gentle touch will ensure a comfortable visit every time.
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Stephanie Enjoys getting to know all new patients at Torbram Dental and catching up with long standing Patients. Stephanie enjoys spending quality time with her family. One of her favorite things to do with her daughter is teach and play the piano. Stephanie likes going on walks with her husband and enjoys spending as much time with him as he is an Active Member of the Canadian Army. On Sundays, Stephanie enjoys going to Church and looks forward to Sunday Dinner with her entire family. Stephanie's Favorite thing to do to start her day right is head to her local Starbucks and Grab her favorite drink, an iced black tea with light lemonade on warm days and a blonde vanilla latte on those cold winter days.

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As a dedicated Dental Hygienist at Torbram Dental, Aalisha brings recent knowledge and experience to ensure the best oral health for our patients. She holds a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries and has further enriched her education with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo. Beyond her professional qualifications, Aalisha has a zest for life that extends beyond the dental chair. She cherishes quality time with family and friends, thrives on outdoor adventures, and has a passion for hiking and water-based activities, especially during the sunny summer days. She is an avid traveler, exploring tropical paradises and historic destinations while immersing herself in diverse cultures and indulging in delicious culinary experiences."

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Supreet was born and raised in Punjab, India and came to Canada in 2016. She graduated from Sheridan College as an Environmental Lab Technician but later decided to change her career to dentistry. She completed her Level I and II Intra-Oral Dental Assisting course from George Brown College and graduated in 2023. In July 2023, Supreet joined the team at Torbram Dental where she enjoys working. In her free time, she loves to read books.

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