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Grow your “Mo” this Movember

You may have noticed men sporting the beginnings of moustaches and beards this November. This is a worldwide phenomenon that has taken off over the years. I did some research and found this facial hair, specifically grown in November, was known as a "mo" short for moustache. They are grown to support Movember, a month dedicated to bringing awareness to men's health, specifically prostate cancer. The Mo Bros are also supported by the women in their lives, the Mo Sistas. The Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their mo growing efforts.


  • 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

Prostate cancer is a disease that is 90% curable if caught in time so having these conversations and raising awareness is key.

It is important to have good dental health at all times in your life. If you are a cancer patient you need to be even more diligent as the cancer treatments can affect the teeth and gums, as well as your entire body.

Symptoms of dry mouth, inflammation of the mucous membranes in the mouth (mucositis), taste changes, sores, infections, pain, tooth decay, and gum disease are all possible.

Be sure to keep your dentist current with your cancer treatment, update your medical history to include your diagnosis and treatments, let your oncologist know of any future dental work you may need and provide each other with phone numbers for any consultation or concerns. You need to keep open lines of communication with all your care providers in order to give you the best treatment options possible.

To maintain a healthy smile as a patient living with cancer, you should:

  • Schedule a dental exam and cleaning before treatment begins and periodically during the course of your treatment.
  • Discuss dental procedures such as teeth extractions, or insertion of dental implants with your oncologist before you start treatment.
  • If you have a removable denture, have your dentist check and adjust it.
  • Let your doctor know about any pain, bleeding of the gums, dental infection or unusual feeling in your teeth or gums.

If you have cancer, your routine dental hygiene should include:

  • Brushing your teeth and tongue after every meal and at bedtime, using a soft toothbrush and gentle stroke.
  • Gentle flossing at least once a day to remove plaque (if your gums bleed or hurt, the area that is sore should be avoided)
  • Keeping your mouth moist by rinsing often with water as dry mouth can be a side effect to some medications and can lead to dental issues.

So start growing your “mo” and help men’s health and prostate cancer awareness this Movember.


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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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