May 22nd, 2016

7 Secrets Your Teeth Are Trying to Tell You

Wobbly incisors? Bloody gums? Some dental issues are emergencies, but others require little more than common sense and elbow grease. Either way, when your teeth start talking, listen up.

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1) Sharp tooth pain

Have you ever bit down on a slice of angel-food cake and, weirdly, experienced a pain that shoots up your tooth, to the very root? It’s a sign of tooth decay—and more than likely, a sign that your diet should be lower in sugar. The sugar hosts a thriving bacteria, creating a hole that causes sensitivity, and eventually, cavities.

How worried should I be?
If it happens once in a while, don’t worry about it. But more than once a week means it’s time for a visit to your dentist.

2) Specific toothache or generalized aching

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A toothache is like an in-law—the pain is manageable for a day or two. However, pain in your teeth that lasts longer should get your attention. Dental pain that lasts a week or more may be a sign you’ve been grinding your teeth—been stressful at work lately?—or could be indicative of deeper underlying problems. Either way, get to the dentist—and give some thought to stress and how well you’re coping with it.

How worried should I be?
Persistent pain is distressing enough. If you notice swollen gums or glands, you may be looking at a root infection, also known as an abscess. Do not pass go or collect $200—get your feet moving to the dentist.

3) Swollen, red, or bloody gums

These are potentially serious symptoms, but it’s important not to overreact (at first). They may be the result of pregnancy or other hormonal changes—no big deal. They could also indicate that your bacterial cultures are getting too aggressive—a bigger deal.

How worried should I be?
If diligent brushing and flossing takes care of the problem, worry not. But if the redness, bleeding, and irritation persist more than a week—and this is a good rule for just about everything—it’s time to see a professional. With your teeth, it’s likely periodontal disease.

4) Yellow or stained teeth

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Think of yellowing teeth the way you would wrinkles or a receding hairline—unpleasant, perhaps, but harmless. They mean only that you’ve made it a respectable distance in life. Your stains almost certainly come from drinking coffee, tea, wine, or other dark or staining liquids. Are you going to give them up? Probably not.

What can I do?
Whitening toothpastes, strips, or a trip to your dentist can be a help the problem. It’s also a good idea to rinse or brush your teeth after consuming the offending beverages, to prevent staining.

5) Suddenly crooked or loose teeth

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If you’re enjoying this article while your teeth—who knows why?—are enjoying newfound mobility, your life priorities, I’m sorry to say, are backwards. Loose and crooked teeth, or ones that fall out altogether, are a symptom of periodontal disease, the process by which tartar becomes plaque, then spreads up your gums to bones around your teeth and jaw.

How worried should I be?
More. Cleaning teeth properly (brushing twice a day, flossing daily, cleanings from your dentist twice a year) won’t save you now. See a dentist immediately about freshly loose or crooked teeth.

6) Mouth sores and lesions

These can be tricky. Although they’re painful, most mouth sores are the result of burns (hot soup), or overconsumption of citric or spicy food. Your window of worry should be three days—shorter, forget about it; longer, get it checked out.

What should I do?
If the sores linger, it could point to a Vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A is important for collagen and connective tissues. A good idea: go see your doctor, and include more good Vitamin A sources—sweet potatoes, spinach, and carrots—in your diet.

May 20th, 2016

Get Your Garden on with a Planting Party

Looking for an excuse to get outdoors, go green and celebrate the weekend? Round up some friends and get your hands dirty with a planting party!

Gardening is all about growing locally and building a better community – it gets even better when you throw in some sparkly summer beverages and good company. Whether you’re working with a balcony, backyard, or community plot – planting parties cultivate great conversation, eco-friendly edibles, and lush gardens through the summer and beyond. Here’s how to get the party started:

Basic supplies:

Invite friends (and fair weather)

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Photo via Suzette

If you’re budget conscious, invite each guest to bring an item from the list above. In return for their blood, sweat and tears, invite your friends back to enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of their labour when it’s time to harvest; you can also send them home with a seedling of their own for easy transplanting in their own gardens.

Get diggin’ with it

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Photo via Diana Ott

If you’re on a balcony, fill garden beds with soil and start planting! Remember to read the instructions on your seed packets – some need more water, sun and space than others. Replanting seedlings or transplants is easy; using your trowel or transplanter, gently scoop them out of their containers and nestle them into a pre-dug hole in the soil. Label your future plants with popsicle sticks so you know what’s what when they sprout.

Learn more about container gardening here.

If you’re planting in your backyard or community garden, make sure the soil is at the right PH level and has the necessary nutrition before you start planting. Unsure? Check out this Guide for Soil Testing or chat with your local garden centre.

Container-friendly fruits, veggies and herbs: tomatoes, basil, zucchini, parsley, mint, dill, strawberries, oregano, sweet peppers, chives, kale, lettuce and more.

“Lettuce” eat and drink!

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Photo via Michael Bentley

While your seeds and seedlings are enjoying fresh soil, remember to nourish your guests as well. Stick with the party theme by serving up fresh, local produce inspired by your future harvest. Think: warm kale salad and bruschetta with local tomatoes and basil.

Stay hydrated with minty mojito punch, strawberry lemon basil popsicles, or lemonade with fruit infused ice cubes – and when in doubt, Pinterest!

Now that your garden is all planted, there’s just watering and weeding left! Then, in a few months, it’s feasting time! We can’t wait.

May 14th, 2016

LD Experts: Your Guide to Binge-Watching TV

With the popularity in tv streaming services comes a variety of products that can contribute to the movie night of your dreams. Not sure what you need? Read this article. Then get some candy and snacks, cozy up in a throw blanket, and hit play.

If you’re a basic binge-watcher, an HDMI cord is the simplest way to project your shows onto your TV. They connect your laptop to your TV, so you can have a larger picture and better sound. If you have a Macbook, you’ll need a converter in order to connect the HDMI cord to your computer. Logiix and Certified Data both offer HDMI cables and a variety of adapters, and Apple has a new three-in-one adapter. Ask in-store if you aren’t sure which cords you need for your TV and computer.

However, if you’re more of an intermediate binge-watcher, then you might be ready for a most sophisticated device. The following devices enable you to watch web-based video on your television. There are no monthly fees associated with these products – however, services like Netflix do charge a monthly fee.

Roku Streaming Media Players

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Roku 1
The basic model offers an RCA connector for those without HDMI capabilities on their TVs. If you have an older television, this is likely what you need. The Roku 1 includes a small, basic remote that has quick buttons to Netflix, Youtube, and Rdio.
Roku 2
The Roku 2 is slightly faster in terms of streaming speed. It offers HDMI, ethernet, and USB connections. The USB port allows you to watch your own movies and music using the free Roku Media Player app. It offers the same remote as Roku 1.
Roku 3
The Roku 3 is the upgraded version. The box is the same as the Roku 2, but has an upgraded remote. It comes with a headphone jack for private listening (plus includes a pair of headphones!), and the remote is motion sensitive, for playing games.
Roku Streaming Stick
The Roku Streaming Stick is small, portable and plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI port. There is a cord to recharge the device, and the basic Roku remote is included.

Learn more about Roku products in this video.

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Google Chromecast

your guide to bingewatching

The Google Chromecast plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI port. Then, it connects wirelessly to your Apple, Android, Mac, and Windows devices and enables smooth, steady streaming.

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Apple TV

your guide to bingewatching
The new Apple TV has standard power, HDMI, USB, and network ports. It can wirelessly connect to your Apple devices, and the new remote is sleek and includes a touchpad. There are both 32GB and 64GB versions available, and the older model is also available. Learn more about the new Apple TV in this video.

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Sony Android TV

your guide to bingewatching

The slim and stylish Sony Android TV has a built in Android system – so there’s no need for any additional products in order to stream TV shows and movies. It includes voice search, so it’s always easy to find the show you’re looking for. There are two
options available at Learn more about Sony Android TVs in this video.

May 13th, 2016

Update on Fort McMurray Fire Relief Efforts

Since May 3, the London Drugs team has been in communication with representatives from Northlands, the Canadian Red Cross, the Edmonton Emergency Relief Society, and the Lac La Biche evacuee centre to discuss and determine how the company, its staff and customers can best help the residents of Fort McMurray.

*Today, London Drugs announces all Fort McMurray residents are welcome to visit any of our Alberta stores and we will provide new, replacement passport photographs at no charge.

In addition to this passport photo offering, we would like to thank our entire London Drugs team for all of your help and support of Fort McMurray thus far. Below is a timeline of support to be proud of.

May 3 – London Drugs enabled donations supporting the Canadian Red Cross at cashier tills at all 78 London Drugs stores and online at (As of May 13, $83,000 has been collected from our generous customers.) Thanks to the government’s matching program, these donations will go twice as far bringing the current total to $166,000.

May 4 – A dedicated toll-free emergency pharmacy help line is set up and continues to be available with direct contact to two Edmonton London Drugs pharmacists

The London Drugs events trailer is uploaded with medical and personal supplies and travels north on Highway 63 towards Lac La Biche delivering supplies. Evacuees are told to “flag us down” should they need anything. Once in Lac La Biche, supplies are provided to the Bold Centre. Volunteers learn the evacuees are in need of more water, as well as toys and games to provide distractions for the children.



May 9th, 2016

Book of the Month – May

Mountain-StoryThe Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
On his eighteenth birthday, WolfTruly takes the tramway to the top of the mountain that looms over Palm Springs, intending to jump to his death. But fate intervenes in the form of three women wandering in the mountain wilderness: Nola, Bridget and Vonn Devine.
Through a series of missteps, this unusual group is stranded together on the mountain, in full view of the lights of the city below, with no food and little water – and no way down. As one day without rescue spirals dramatically into the next, these four broken souls begin to form an inextricable bone, realizing that their only defense against the unforgiving wilderness is one another.
Wolf, now a grown man, has never told anyone what really happened on the mountain. In telling the story to his only child, Daniel, he at last explores the nature of the ties that bind and the sacrifices people will make for love.


May 5th, 2016

The Unexpected Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Flowers are lovely, don’t get us wrong. But this year, why not surprise your mom with an unexpected gift? Don’t see what you’re looking for here? Browse our full Mother’s Day selection!

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May 4th, 2016

Emergency Pharmacy Services and Complimentary Charging Stations for Alberta Wildfire Evacuees


Our thoughts are with everyone in Fort McMurray and surrounding area during this very difficult time. We are currently assembling essential supplies and staff to support evacuees in and around the area. In addition, donations to the Canadian Red Cross can be made online at or at any London Drugs location.


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