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August 2011 - eNews, Tips, and More!

The recent rain seems to have given us a break from the humidity as well as some necessary water for our lawns and gardens. This has been a great summer so far with a fairly consistent forecast of "HOT and patio weather".

Back to School is just Around the Corner..
If you are heading away for school, bring your good oral health habits along with you. It is important to ensure a proper oral hygiene regimen between visits to our office. As a student your school's health plan may include dental coverage, remember to review the coverage offered to you.

Knowing that school will alter your schedule, now may be a good time to come in for a cleaning and exam. Click here to request an appointment.

Take a moment to Look Up!
We often talk about the temperature and daytime activities in our newsletters. We wanted to take a moment to remind you that the warm evening temperatures enable many outdoor activities as well. One activity that requires little actual exercise and you likely haven't thought of in years is star gazing. Looking up at the night sky always leaves us in wonder, it is peaceful and can relax your mind after a long day. Will tonight be a good night to look up at the stars Click here.

Have a safe and healthy summer!

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

Trash the Ash! More Reasons to Kick the Habit.

The effects of smoking on health in general is now well known. But did you know that smoking also contributes to many dental problems?
  • Smoking increases the risk of oral cancer, which can progress rapidly and can be deadly if not diagnosed and treated early
  • Smoking also increases the risk of gum disease, one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss.
  • Smoking tends to delay healing after oral surgery.
  • Smoking damages gum tissue and may cause receding gums and temperature sensitivity.
  • Smoking can cause bad breath.
  • Smoking affects the senses of taste and smell.
Not inhaling does not reduce the risk of dental problems. The toxins in cigarettes and cigars increase the risk of oral cancer and gum disease. Even 'smokeless' tobaccos contain these toxins. Quitting - or not starting - smoking is the only answer: talk to your dentist about getting help!

Dips for Friends


If you are having company over to take advantage of patio season, chances are you were considering serving a snack of chips and dip. While many of these are quick and easy, they are also loaded with fats, salt, sugar and preservatives. Undoubtedly, people will eat too much and complain about feeling guilty. Is this any way to treat a friend?

Why not surprise your guests with something delicious and secretly nutritious? Here are three dips that will leave your friends talking, and while they may have seconds, they will be left with energy rather than guilt.

Click on your choice of dip!

Recipes provided by Marni Wasserman and

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