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February 2019

February 9th, 2019

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Happy New Year!

January 2nd, 2019

New Year’s Day marks the beginning of the calendar year in most parts of the world. The holiday is celebrated on January 1st of each year. Customs and celebrations vary by country, religion, and even individual desires. Whether celebrated quietly or with gusto, the day brings the start of new opportunities for those that observe it.

United States and Canada

In both the US and Canada, celebrations begin on New Year’s Eve. At midnight on January 1st the New Year is welcomed with bells, horns, whistles, and other noisemakers. Fireworks are often part of the celebrations. In New York City, Times Square comes alive with revelers. In Toronto, there are large celebrations which may feature concerts, late-night partying, sporting events, and fireworks, with free public transit service during peak party times. Many individuals in North America greet the year by making resolutions for improvements in their lives.

China

In China, many people celebrate two forms of a new year. They may observe January 1st, but the traditional Chinese New Year is based on a lunar calendar. Parades with paper lanterns and dragons made from silk are a significant part of the festivities. Legends say that the dragon spends most of its time in hibernation so fireworks are used to keep the dragon awake.

Jewish Celebration

Jewish New Year’s observances begin with Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the New Year, and end with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This ten-day celebration is held in September or October, based on the Hebrew calendar. The New Year is not marked as much with loud celebrations as with personal insight to mend wrongs and resolve to better oneself.

Other countries and cultures also have different dates for New Year’s Day observances:

  • Vietnam observes the New Year in February
  • In Iran, the day is celebrated on March 21st
  • Islamic cultures often observe the tenth day of the month of Muharram
  • Russian Orthodox observers use the Julian calendar and celebrate on January 14th
  • Buddhist celebrations are held from April 13th through 15th

If you observe New Year’s Day by making healthy resolutions, include dental care in your plans with Dr. Aleta Detwiler and Dr. Teresa Stiteler. The health of your teeth and gums contributes to your overall health. Caring for your mouth now can prevent many dental problems later in life. Beautiful Smiles wishes you a healthy, prosperous, and happy New Year!

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

December 5th, 2018

At Beautiful Smiles, we know maintaining a healthy diet over the holiday season can prove a difficult task. After all, who can resist the tasty treats of Christmas? With grandma and everybody else offering you candy, chocolate logs or Christmas pudding, you just can’t say “I’ll pass” each time. But trouble lurks: every time you chow down on that chocolate or candy, the bacteria in your mouth have a feast on the sugar—at your expense.  The sugar turns into acid, and the acid eats away at the enamel on your teeth. Then, you start getting cavities.

Instead, our friends at the American Dental Association recommend nuts or dried fruit, which are a nice alternative to sugars and have a greater nutritional value—and can satisfy your sweet tooth! Both nuts and fruit are a great source of fiber and act as an appetite suppressant. In addition, nuts are a great source of Vitamin E, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B9, nutrients that contribute to a healthy immune system. Nuts are also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked with reducing heart disease and lower blood pressure.

If you must indulge in chocolaty goodness this Christmas or holiday season, remember to brush your teeth after eating sugary treats. Hope this helps! Give us a call if you have any questions!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 6th, 2018

 

Holiday season is fast approaching.  Are you prepared to protect your smile from the sugar-laden sweets that lay ahead?  You can enjoy the season without sabotaging your oral health.

To keep cavities at bay from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day and beyond, try to do these things daily:

  • Sip beverages through a straw to help minimize acid contact with your teeth
  • Brush and floss after every meal, especially after enjoying rich desserts
  • Bump up your water intake to help re-balance your mouth’s PH and minimize oral bacteria growth
  • Limit snacking to allow your saliva to neutralize acid and work on restoring enamel
  • Chew sugar-free gum to satisfy your sweet tooth and increase saliva production

Should a cavity emerge despite your best efforts to prevent it, be sure to get it filled before it gets worse.  Dental care is just a call away at .

We are deeply grateful for the continued support of all of our patients.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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