Smiles for Life  

The Importance and Power of a Smile


Never underestimate the power of a smile, especially your Mother’s smile.

My mom, Peggy passed away seven years ago and I think of her often, especially at Mother’s Day.

I was fortunate to look after my mom’s smile through the years, and if you ever saw her you knew that her smile was a beautiful reflection of who she was. She worked in our office for many years and she brought joy and smiles to all our patients.

It is so important to love your smile and be proud of it because our smiles are unique to each of us and who we are.

As we mature our teeth become important in many ways besides being aesthetically pleasing. Important factors such as nutrition/digestion, speech, function and social situations all take a role in our daily lives.

As I sit with patients and discuss their smile, I often ask them, “What would you wish for in your smile?” or “What do you wonder about your smile?” It’s amazing to hear how people feel about their smiles and how it not only affects their lives but their relationships as well.

There are many options when it comes to maintaining or changing your smile, such as implants, veneers, crowns, Invisalign©, dentures and teeth whitening. It is always important to maintain good oral health care which should include regular visits to your hygienist to maintain your Smile for Life.

I hope you enjoy your smile and share it with all those around you.

Happy Mother’s Day!

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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About the Author

Dr. Jack DeGruchy, a graduate of the University of Alberta has been practicing dentistry for the past 4 decades. His love of education has taken him all over the world to study and saw him completing a fellowship in the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry as well as becoming a Fellow in the International Academy of Dentistry. He has travelled to Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Japan and Africa to share dental knowledge and has learned new and innovative dental techniques during these exchanges.

He established a multidisciplinary dental centre in Kelowna and was involved in the cutting edge of many of the present day dental technologies. Jack has been involved with implant dentistry since 1985, and has trained with Straumann, Nobel Pharma and Simpler systems. He sees implant dentistry as a wonderful development in the evolution of quality dentistry and is excited about the ways in which it enhances patient care. Of particular interest to Jack is what goes on during sleep that affects the teeth, the joints and surrounding muscles. Learning is definitely a way of life for Jack.

Jack’s interest in sports dentistry resulted in his being named as dentist to the BC Lions and both the Buckaroo and Kelowna Rocket hockey teams. He has been involved in many minor sports organizations from swimming and downhill ski racing to football and hockey.

Community development is important to Jack, and he has been involved in helping bring to fruition Prospera Place, The Rotary Centre of the Arts and the Kelowna Art Gallery, of which he is a past director.He has established the Westside Dental Centre and looks forward to helping the Westside community develop.

He is a major supporter of the Canadian artist, Robert Bateman and the “Get to Know” program which is an international non-profit organization based in Kelowna that seeks to provide opportunities for youth to connect with nature through outdoor educational experiences.
Jack and his wife, Gaylene, enjoy their three children and their spouses, and they have been blessed with eight wonderful grandchildren!

You can reach Dr. DeGruchy at Westside Dental Centre at 250-707-0248 or emailing [email protected] or on the web at jdsmiles.com

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