What comes to mind when you think of St. Patrick’s Day? Of course, you probably think of the color green. You think of parades and maybe of sharing a pint of Guinness with friends at your local bar or pub. You may even think of the phrase, “The luck of the Irish,” which itself conjures up images of pots of gold, leprechauns, and the green Irish countryside.
If there’s one thing you don’t want to leave to luck, though, it’s your smile. Your oral health has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with your own willpower. It takes commitment, after all, to brush and floss every day. Just like it takes commitment to see me at my Erlanger office within a schedule that is best for you—everyone’s situation is different.
But we want to make the whole process as easy for you as possible. That’s why we’re committed to your absolute comfort. We want you to feel like you’re visiting a friend’s house, not a dental office.
So, while you’re enjoying your St. Patrick’s Day this weekend with friends and family, just remember that luck only stretches so far. A healthy smile takes work, but we’re here to help you.
If you’re ready to schedule your next visit, give my office a call today.
Like Valentine’s Day, Sadie Hawkins Day is about sharing your smile with someone special to you. But, like leap year, it only comes every four years. A regular dental checkup, on the other, shouldn’t wait that long. Ideally, there should only be six months between one visit and the next.
Why so often?
For a couple of reasons. First, checkups let us get your smile at its cleanest. Regular brushing and flossing at home can do a lot to keep your smile healthy. But no matter how thorough your daily routine might be, it’s no substitute for a professional cleaning.
Second, dental checkups are important because they support your overall wellbeing. As I mentioned in my last post, your head and your heart are connected, whether you’re talking about love or oral health.
So, this Sadie Hawkins Day, as you look forward to sharing your love with someone close to you, take a moment to consider your smile, too. It’ll be four more years until the next Sadie Hawkins. Don’t wait that long to come back to my Erlanger office.
Valentine’s Day is a time to spend with that one person you treasure most in the world. A time when you can relax, unwind, and remind each other of your love for each other.
It’s also a time when the connection between your head and your heart comes into sharper focus, for, as so many know all too well, when you’re with someone you love, you can’t help smiling.
But if our conception of hearts is strongly tied to images of decorative pink and red hearts, there’s another smile-heart connection that’s even more vital, and that’s the connection between your oral health and your heart health. Studies have shown that the health of your smile is inextricably linked to the health of your heart and your overall wellbeing. Which is why it’s so important to see me at my Erlanger office every six months for a regular checkup.
But in the meantime, with Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we want to leave you with this beautiful picture of your heart and your smile working together to help you share yourself with that one person you’re closest too.
We hope everyone enjoys their special day. Let us know how you’ll be spending yours in the comments section below.
We’re almost halfway through January, but it’s not too late to think about setting goals for the New Year. Maybe your goal is to eat right, exercise every day, or just to smile more. Regardless of what you’re aiming for, I know someone who can help you get there.
Janine Elias is a life coach with over decades of experience. She’s committed to helping others achieve their dreams. Here are three tips from her that have already helped me this year:
- Know what your end result is. Why are you setting this goal or aiming for this target and what is achieving x,y, or z going to do for you, or what are you going to get out of it?
- Create a definitive plan. Be clear of “what” you want and begin putting together “how” you’re going to get it. Make sure you give yourself a timeline and a specific date to create urgency, otherwise it will just be that “thing” you will get to “someday.”
- Take action! Knowing what you want and planning how to get it is of major importance but it will stop there if you don’t take daily, weekly, monthly, and/or yearly steps to “get” what you want.
It can be so easy to lose sight of what’s important to you when you start thinking about all the little details. By taking life one step at a time, though, what seemed hard at first suddenly becomes possible in a way you thought it never could be. And by achieving your goals, you’ve found one of the best ways you can put a smile on your own face.
So, what targets are you setting this year? I’d love to hear about them! And if you want to know more about Janine Elias and her inspiring programs, you can visit her website here.
Make 2012 the year you achieve your dreams!
We all know that Christmas is about buying gifts for others, but sometimes it can be nice to give yourself a little present, too, one that can keep giving all year long.
What might such a present look like? Look no further than your own smile!
Your smile can be a gift to others, but it can also be a gift to yourself. It’s been shown that smiling regularly can help you improve your immune system, relieve stress, and lower your blood pressure, in addition to releasing endorphins and serotonin, two chemicals that promote happiness.
What’s more, gifting your smile with the attention it needs is one way you can support your overall health, including your heart health. With that in mind, why not include regular dental visit to my Erlanger office in your New Year’s resolutions?
There are all kinds of gifts you could give yourself, though, that would keep on giving all year long. We’d love to hear about what you’re giving yourself and what you’re doing to improve both your smile and your health.
Let us know in the comments section below. And from all of us at my Erlanger office, we want to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Now that we’re well into September, summer’s all but over and the kids are back in school. That means you’re back to packing lunches in the mornings and trying to get everyone dressed and out the door for another day. And with everything you have to do, it can be hard to put a lot of thought into what you pack.
But don’t let the morning rush keep you from packing healthy lunches! Unhealthy foods loaded with empty carbs, sugar, and fat can easily cause trouble for smiles of all ages—problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
Nutritious foods, on the other hand, aren’t a magnet for cavities in the way junk foods can be. They support the body’s health, and, if they have antioxidants, can also have a positive impact on oral health.
The short answer is, very important. Approximately 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. A quarter of those may not have ever touched a cigarette or even taken a sip of alcohol in their lives.
In other words, just because you don’t have any of the lifestyle factors commonly associated with the disease, that doesn’t mean you’re not at risk—which is why annual oral cancer screenings are so important. If found in its later stages, oral cancer can be fatal. But, if caught early, the cure rate can be as high as 80 to 90%. That means an oral cancer screening could literally save your life.
You already know how important it is to brush every day. But if you’re brushing with a regular toothbrush, your smile may not be getting as clean as it needs to be. What’s more, you may even be putting your teeth at risk of serious trouble down the road.
That’s why I like to recommend that patients switch from a regular toothbrush to an electric toothbrush. With an electric toothbrush you can look forward to a cleaner, better protected smile.
The type of cavity you’re most familiar with results from tooth decay. Acid produced by bacteria and plaque eats away at protective enamel, destroying a tooth’s structure. But for older adults, your body is susceptible to a new type of cavity—the root cavity.
As adults, we tend to think of cavities as a problem only kids who eat too much candy have to deal with. And while it’s true that too many sweets can damage young smiles, you never outgrow cavities—but they can take a slightly different form.
What Causes Root Cavities?
Two factors contribute to the formation of root cavities. The first is hygiene. As with traditional cavities, poor dental hygiene leads to the buildup of acid-producing bacteria and plaque.
As you age, caring for your smile becomes harder to do. Pain from arthritis can make brushing and flossing a chore, if not impossible, while dry mouth—a side effect of some medications—can increase the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
But problems like these don’t have to keep you from a healthy smile. A dentist with years of experience and a compassionate spirit can give you the gentle care you need. You’ll find both of these qualities at my office in Erlanger.