Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Let Us Be Your One Stop Shopping Destination!

The holiday season is upon us and we have to really great gift ideas for you and yours.

This state-of-the-art Oral B toothbrush is a gift that will keep on giving throughout the years to come! You don't want to miss out on this incredible promotion! Call to place your order today before supplies run out.

A customized gift certificate for those "hard to shop for" family members or friends is the perfect answer to your shopping woes. You can determine the service you would like to gift and we will prepare the gift certificate tailored to your specifications. 

Talk about a one-of-a-kind gift idea!

This final gift offer will surely brighten any smile! We have 4-pack Opalescence Go Home Whitening Trays available for purchase. 

These would make a fantastic stocking stuffers or gifts for your office co-workers. 

Make us your one-stop shopping destination this year! We'll take the worry and frustration of finding that perfect gift for the loved ones in your life.

Act quickly, supplies are limited!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Are You on Your To-Do List?

Let's be honest, sometimes as the holiday's approach an unsettling feeling creeps into our lives. We have all felt it, some more than others. October through December can be filled with really fun events, but these months can also bring on stress that is not normally felt throughout the other months of the year. Stress can affect your body in negative ways if not dealt with in constructive ways.

The Mayo Clinic offers 10 tips of sound advice to handle the stresses that can slowly become overwhelming. Getting a head start on those feelings now is your best offense against the hectic days ahead.

Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression

When stress is at its peak, it's hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.
  1. Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can't be with loved ones, realize that it's normal to feel sadness and grief. It's OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can't force yourself to be happy just because it's the holiday season.
  2. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.
  3. Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can't come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.
  4. Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don't live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they're feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
  5. Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don't try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts.
  6. Try these alternatives:
    • Donate to a charity in someone's name.
    • Give homemade gifts.
    • Start a family gift exchange.
  7. Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That'll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.
  8. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can't participate in every project or activity. If it's not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.
  9. Don't abandon healthy habits. Don't let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.
    Try these suggestions:
    • Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don't go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks.
    • Get plenty of sleep.
    • Incorporate regular physical activity into each day.
  10. Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.
    Some options may include:
    • Taking a walk at night and stargazing.
    • Listening to soothing music.
    • Getting a massage.
    • Reading a book.
  11. Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Together We Can

Our nation has seen much turmoil throughout this election period. We are reminded in the Declaration of Independence: 

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." --Declaration of Independence as originally written by Thomas Jefferson, 1776. ME 1:29, Papers 1:315

While there is no doubt divisiveness has principally dominated the election cycle, one thing is for certain - we are ONE NATION. As we accept the results of the election, we must keep in mind that it is up to each one of us as citizens of this great nation to come together, to work for the common good of each citizen, and to protect the liberties and freedoms that this nation stands for. 

At this time of year when we give thanks as a people, let us remember to reach out in brotherhood, unity, and service. We live in a nation of great possibilities. As we work together and respect each others' inalienable rights, we will continue the great legacy of freedom this country stands for. 

We thank the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to give us the privilege of having a voice and a vote.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Gratitude Brings Happiness!

Can It Really Be That Simple?

Do you find yourself as the saying goes “running like a chicken with your head cut off?”  In your quest to “get it all done” do feel like you are coming up short at the end of the day?  If you answered yes, you are not alone.  In fact, the majority of people feel like they will never get to the end of their “to do” lists.  Unfortunately exposing ourselves and our families to this harried pace of life leaves many of us feeling tired, depressed, sick or simply empty.
Who wants to feel like that day after day?  As a matter of fact, if we allow ourselves to live in this type of an environment continually it will take it’s toll one way or another.  We have a great suggestion that could be the “Pick Me Up” you need.  It’s Gratitude.  Yes, you read it correctly, GRATITUDE.  Many studies have shown that taking the time to list, ponder upon and express gratitude for your daily blessings can greatly increase your mood, health, and overall wellbeing.

Elizabeth Heubeck, from WebMD, poses the question, “What would happen if we extended the tradition of giving thanks, typically celebrated just once a year during the holiday season, throughout the entire year? Such gratitude would be rewarded with better health, say researchers.”  She goes on to further explore and suggest the impact that gratitude can have in your life.  We encourage you to take a minute to read her insightful article.  You can access the article by clicking on this link:

Find the GRATITUDE and the HAPPINESS will follow!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Halloween Safety Tips

It's that time of the year again when little goblins will be running around our neighborhoods. Of course you can expect us to remind you to brush your teeth, and make sure your children do the same, but there are important safety tips that should not be ignored.

Safekids Worldwide published a simple, straightforward article sharing helpful dos and don'ts that we want to pass on. 

Please be safe out there!


Walk Safely

  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  2. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  3. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  5. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  1. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sensitive Teeth Got You Down?

Has this ever happened to you? Have you bit into a favorite cold food and shooting pain in your teeth made you want to jump up and scream? If you have, you are not alone.

Having sensitive teeth here or there is very common, however, the sharp or stabbing pain that can develop from sensitive teeth can become unbearable.

Thankfully you don't need to suffer from this condition permanently. There are things that you can do at home, and that we can help you within our office that can rid your life of this uncomfortable pain for good.

Here is a small infographic found on Google. You will notice that sensitivity can happy anytime during your lifetime. Learning the symptoms early on, and how to prevent the pain, can save you years of painful suffering.

Dr. Clark and our hygienists can talk to you about this condition and provide you solutions that bring the desired results you seek. There is no need to suffer in silence!

Call us today to schedule your exam - 
Put an end to tooth sensitivity!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Use Your Benefits Soon!

If someone handed you $1,000 would you use a little bit of it and then throw the rest in the garbage can?

Of course not - right? But the truth is, many Americans leave their hard earned benefits unused and before they know it, the benefits expire.

Please don't let this be you! We would love to sit down with you and review your dental insurance benefits to help you maximize your policy coverage. It is always good to start with the regular preventative care that your policy provides. We can then let you know the coverage amounts you have not utilized this calendar year, and we can tailor your treatment plan to use those dollars wisely before you lose them.

It is our goal to help you successfully use the dental insurance coverage that you have available with each of your dental visits. With careful planning, we can build treatment plans that not only maximize your coverage, but also help you take advantage of the treatments you may not be aware of that are built into your existing policy.

The clock is ticking - 2016 will be over before you know it. Don't throw your benefit money into the trash! You've worked for those benefits, let us help you make the most of them.

Call today to discuss your dental 
insurance coverage today!