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January 2012 - eNews, Tips, and More!

Happy New Year!

 
We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are now relaxed, rested and ready to face 2012 head on.

Thank you to everyone who offered us advice regarding improving the experience at our office. Many of your suggestions are being incorporated into our office for the New Year.

Congratulations to our draw winner Libby M. She won a professional strength bleaching kit!

 
January 15-21 is National Non-Smoking Week
If ending a relationship with tobacco is on your list of things to do in 2012, now is a great time to start. You can find helpful advice on how to quit and more about National Non-Smoking Week here. Remember, in addition to your lungs and heart, tobacco use stains your teeth, damages your mouth's soft tissues and increases your chance of developing oral cancer. If quitting is proving more difficult than you anticipated, we may be able to help.

Is Your Dental Insurance Based on the Calendar Year?
If you have any outstanding dental work to be completed or have been waiting for your dental benefits, now is the time to come in and see us. You can request an appointment here.


Until next month,


Neil Hahn D.D.S. and
the High Park Dental Care Team





Breathe Healthy Live Happily!


 
Are You Still a Smoker?
The effects of smoking have been the focus of health campaigns for many years now. Campaigns often focus on the lung and heart problems linked to smoking. High Park Dental Care would like to offer you oral health related reasons to turn your back on tobacco. Smoking can increase the risk of developing mouth cancer and gum disease. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. In addition, gum disease has been linked to heart disease.

While the effects of tobacco use on your heart and lungs may be hidden from public view, the effects on your oral health are often as clear as the smile on your face.

Some people view smoking as sociable and appealing. The actual impression offered to others may include:
  • Stained Teeth
  • Bad Breath
  • Dry Mouth
  • Irritated patches on the tongue and Tissues inside your mouth




Are You Putting Your Smile Under Pressure?

 
Watching a thrilling movie or the championship game can be a 'nail biting' experience. The excitement has us sitting at the edge of our seats, our hearts pounding... and for some of us the 'nail biting' aspect is literal.

How does nail biting affect your teeth?
The primary issue with nail biting is the pressure it puts on your front teeth. These teeth are not built to withstand the same amount of pressure that your molars are. Nail biting can cause the enamel protecting your teeth to fracture as well as wearing down and chipping the edges. Despite being the hardest substance in your body, enamel is by no means invincible.

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