A bright, shiny new year awaits you – say hello to 2018! How can you make this year especially great? For us, the obvious place to start is with your health, especially your dental health. Here’s what a year centered on smile care might look like:
We start off determined but by the time the last week of January rolls around that new diet plan/gym membership/strict budget doesn’t seem like such a great idea. The secret to keeping your resolution/s is willpower and breaking down each big commitment into actionable steps – “take a short walk five days a week” as opposed to “get fit NOW!” And keep picturing yourself as you’d like to be a year from now. Plus, make an appointment for a dental cleaning and checkup ASAP. A healthy smile enhances your wellness, confidence and – yes, even your willpower because one small positive step leads to another… and another.
Who do you love? Your partner, your family, your friends, your pet – it’s all good, just make sure to include yourself in your list of loved ones. Bottom-line: the people who love you can cook you healthy meals and nudge you to get more sleep/exercise and that’s wonderful. But if you’re not committed to taking good care of you, other people’s support and actions will have a limited effect. Be your own valentine this year, and treat yourself the way you’d treat someone you adore. And while you’re at it, remember that a healthy diet keeps you (and your smile) happy and strong. Skip the crazy diet plans and remember that the foods that are good for your teeth are also good for your body.
Whether you’re Irish or not, this month is all about luck. Some of us believe wholeheartedly in those happy twists of fate, others take a more practical view of luck. American poet Emily Dickinson said that “Luck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned.” Yep, smiles can be expensive, so consider purchasing dental insurance or a dental savings plan now. Saving 10%-60% on dental care with a dental savings plan may feel like luck, but it’s really just you being very smart.
This month is the “cruelest month,” at least according to author T.S Eliot. To which we say, meh –April is actually a very nice month – its showers bring flowers! And usually there’s chocolate bunnies hopping around somewhere in April too. Speaking of which, now is a good time to brush up on your dental hygiene knowledge. Good news: chocolate is better for you than a lot of “healthy” snacks. Bad news: You can’t eat all the chocolates and expect to have a springtime-fresh smile. Don’t be cruel to your teeth, take care of them and they’ll take care of you.
Spring has probably sprung by now (or will very soon), and – here’s a happy thought – allergy season is in full bloom. And if you’re sensitive to pollen and notice that your gums and teeth are tingling, don’t be alarmed. You may be experiencing oral allergy syndrome. If allergies aren’t the problem, your tooth sensitivity can be caused by numerous oral health issues, including eroded dental enamel, gum disease, or a chipped or fractured tooth. If you’ve been putting off getting the dental care you need due to budget concerns, consider a dental savings plan.
June is a good time to get dental health essentials taken care of so you don’t have to fuss about them while you’re on vacation or just enjoying those long, laid-back summer days. Book your basics ASAP: do the kids need a dental checkup (get it done now, and you’ll beat the back-to-school rush). This is also a good time to get any long term dental care projects started, like braces if your kids need them, so the kids can get used to them before going back to school. And if you’re planning a long vacation this summer, get any nagging dental issues dealt with before you head out for your fiesta of summer fun.
Summer – and as far as we’re concerned July and August are really one long month called Summer - is both a blessing and a curse. If you’re a fan of hot, sunny days, summer is your happy time. The rest of us will just quietly count the days until Autumn. But no matter how you feel about this time of year, one thing is for sure: summer is a time when nasty diseases and infections flourish. Hot and humid temperatures are bacteria’s favorite environment. They’ll happily infest your food, skin, and digestive system unless you defend against them. Here’s how to save yourself from summer’s scourges:
If you have young kids, you know the drill: it’s time for the “Back to School Plague.” On average, elementary school children get eight to 12 colds or cases of the flu each school year. That adds up to way too much time spent feeling lousy. Follow our common cold avoidance tips to reduce your family’s chances of getting sick, and try to keep smiling: Studies have shown that a happy grin boosts your immune system.
What spooks you? Spiders, snakes, rodents … or the thought of what your budget will look like if you suddenly have to see the dentist? Dental costs can be really scary, but we can help you out - here are some tips that will help you deal with a dental emergency even if you have no dental insurance.
You’re at the table, and the big holiday meal awaits. What do you chomp down on first – the turkey, the stuffing, the mashed potatoes with their yummy gravy … or an ice cube? For those who are addicted to chewing on ice, the frozen cubes are the treat they crave most of all. Don’t do it, you’ll destroy your teeth. Be thankful, because you can beat this habit. Here’s how to stop chewing ice.
Guess who loves eating holiday treats as much as you do? Friends? Yup. Family? Uh-huh. Kids? You betcha. And guess who else? The bacteria in your mouth. Yuck. How’s that for sucking the joy out of your holiday dining? Thankfully you can enjoy the holidays without destroying your teeth with these festive dental hygiene tips.
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