Since you’re already in Eagle Creek Village you might as well grab a few eats to take with you.

Villages Pizza is a local favorite and an easy, delicious take-out option. They have all the classics from Pepperoni to Hawaiian. If you want to get a little adventurous grab a Perogie, All Canadian, or the Philly Cheese Steak.

If you’re looking for some beverages to go with your take-out, Cascadia Liquor store is your next stop. Grab a full-bodied red for a more sophisticated taste, or pick up a six-pack for the classic pizza and beer situation.

Having a bunch of pals over for the game? Subway will fill everyone up in a pinch. Grab a couple (or more) footlongs, a dozen of their famous cookies, and you are set!

No one says no to donuts. No one! Thank goodness for Tim Hortons. They have something for everyone. A personal favorite is the sour cream glazed or the fancy grab one with sprinkles. Oh, what the heck, grab some of that famous Tim’s coffee to go with your selections.

In recent years, the link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s has been talked about, considered and debated. In 2019 a study sponsored by a biotech startup Cortexyme Inc. confirmed that the plaque that caused gum disease is, in fact, a contributing factor in Alzheimer’s.

For decades Alzheimer’s disease was thought to be caused by a protein called beta-amyloid that would malfunction in the brain. In 2019, research is showing that beta-amyloid is a symptom but not the culprit of the condition. Now, scientists are examining evidence of bacteria involved in gum disease called Porphyromonas gingivalis as the likely cause. Toxins released by P. gingivalis called gingipains can foster brain damage that brings on Alzheimer’s. In studies conducted on mice, when P. gingivalis reaches the brain it destroys neurons and reproduces all the features of the condition.

The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis and occurs when bacterial plaque flourishes on the surface of the teeth. Over 50% of adults experience gingivitis and are generally reversible with brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist. However, if it is left untreated “sub-gingival pockets” can form between the gum and the tooth. Once these pockets are filled with bacteria, the gingivitis spreads to the peridontitis and this is where the elimination of gum disease becomes almost impossible but can be controlled with proper care.

The best thing that you can do is ensure that you are flossing and brushing every day and making regular checkups a priority. If you have gum disease the same idea applies. The great news about this Alzheimer’s revelation is that the simple act of caring for your teeth can help to reduce the chances of getting the disease. If you want to learn more about the research you can find information at these links:



Have you ever watched someone bite into a popsicle and wondered if they were going to murder you in your sleep? If so then you are one of those people who have sensitive teeth. The pain associated with sensitive teeth can make activities like brushing, eating, and drinking painful, and that is a travesty.

What causes sensitive teeth

The most typical cause is an exposed root or worn tooth enamel but a cavity, cracked or chipped tooth, worn fillings or gum disease can be contributing factors.

What eases the pain

There is no easy, permanent way to desensitize teeth but there are fixes that can help.

  • Desensitizing toothpaste:  Using this on a regular basis will certainly block a lot of the pain caused but you’ll need to continually use it, which is not a huge deal since you’re already brushing regularly (right?).
  • Flouride: Dentists will often use fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel which will reduce pain. They may also suggest a prescription fluoride for you to use at home with a tray applicator.
  • Desensitizing or bonding: This is a good solution to combat the exposed root issue but your dentist will try other alternatives before going this route. The dentist will apply bonding resin to the root area and this can be a lasting solution. A local anesthetic might be needed.
  • Surgical gum graft: If the exposed root is due to loss of gum tissue, the dentist can take gum tissue from elsewhere in your mouth and apply it to the affected site. As with the bonding, the dentist will want to try other measures before trying a more drastic solution.
  • Root Canal: This is the big one. If you are in severe pain, the dentist may recommend a more invasive procedure. A root canal deals with the soft core of a tooth called the pulp. You can read all about root canals in our blog on the procedure here. This is the most successful treatment for sensitive teeth however, it is a significant treatment.

Preventing recurrence

If you’ve been able to get your sensitive tooth pain down to a minimum there are a few things you can do to prevent recurrence: Use a soft bristle brush and make sure you’re flossing and brushing twice a day. Don’t use gritty toothpaste and let the brush do the work for you, don’t be aggressive, be gentle! If you grind your teeth, get your dentist to make you a mouthguard.

Besides aggressive brushing, many foods and beverages can cause enamel to erode. Citrus fruits, carbonated drinks and wine (sorry) can all contribute to worn enamel and will increase the pain associated with sensitive teeth. However, just swash some water around after consumption and you should be ok.

Dental appointments haven’t been known to be convenient and oftentimes you might find yourself skipping a meal to get to the appointment. No one needs someone who has just been to the dentist with low blood sugar so here are a few places you can stop to make sure you’re well-fed and ready to tackle a day that involves dentistry!

Luckily, right in the Eagle Creek complex, we have a great selection of grab and go cafes and quick lunch spots like Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Cobs Bread, Subway and Quality Foods. If you’re looking for a tad more ambiance the list provided below can be your map to a relaxing and local meal.

Red Barn Market

Known for their custom sandwiches, Red Barn is the perfect place to get that exact sandwich you’re craving. While you’re there, check out their always fresh selection of fruits and vegetables. Most of the produce is local and a decent price. In fact, you can grab essentials and a few fancy things for any home-cooked meal. They have an awesome meat and deli selection, frozen entrees and a curated selection of groceries. Needless to say, we are big fans and you should be too!

Royal Spice

If you’re in the mood for something with a bit more kick, Royal Spice is right around the corner and offers an Indian buffet worth stopping in for. They have a garlic naan to die for and their chicken curries are always packed with chicken (like they’re supposed to be). Beyond the buffet, you can find a la carte items to take-out and enjoy at home.

The Nest Cafe

For a quick nosh and go we highly recommend this cute cafe. They put care and time into their signature smoothie bowls with the PB & Cocoa bowl being a particular favourite. They also do a mean apple tart tartine and a perfectly crafted mocha. It’s the perfect place to grab a treat and a coffee and relax for a moment. You can get the cafe along the Galloping Goose trail so if you’re out for a bike ride, make sure to stop in!

The Crooked Goose

The Crooked Goose Bistro is packed with action. They do all the fun things like a Brewmaster’s Dinner Series and live music and their food is always close to home. It’s pub fare but the owner comes from one of Victoria’s premier restaurants, Brasserie L’Ecole so expect high-quality comfort dishes and great service. This is a very popular place with regulars galore so the ambiance is always lively and inviting!