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New Year’s Resolutions That are Also Good for Your Teeth
January 22, 2020

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New Year’s resolutions are a nice tradition: the idea that we can all set a goal to do something better in the following year. But how often do you set a goal to take better care of your teeth? Many people set goals to improve their education or to volunteer more. And of course, a lot of people resolve to lose weight and eat healthier.

Good news! You don’t necessarily have to set a goal of taking better care of your teeth because it might come naturally. Here are some New Year’s resolutions that will work to improve your dental health:

    • Drinking less coffee/tea/soda. Coffee and tea can stain your teeth and soda is acidic. Omitting these or drinking less of them will make your dental hygienist happy.
    • Drinking less juice. Juice is often cut out of your eating routine when you are trying to lose weight because nutritionists say it’s better to eat the fruit so you get the beneficial fiber and feel more full. Skipping the fruit juice may help your teeth, too, because you’re avoiding the sugary acids that can wash over your teeth and gums with every sip.
  • Quitting smoking/stop chewing tobacco. This common New Year’s resolution is perfect for making your smile shine. Smoking leaves yellow and gray stains on your teeth over time. Chewing tobacco can not only stain your bottom teeth, but can cause lip and jaw cancer.
  • Reduce stress. People under great amounts of stress may grind their teeth. If the problem becomes serious, you may have to wear a mouthguard at night to protect your teeth.
  • Eating dairy. Foods with a lot of calcium can help strengthen your tooth enamel. You may choose to eat these foods as part of a healthy lifestyle, but they help your teeth as well! If you don’t eat dairy, be sure to look for foods that have calcium added.
  • Treating heartburn. Heartburn is no fun, and if your goal this year is to get rid of it or do a better job treating it, you’re also treating your teeth. The acids brought up by heartburn can wear away tooth enamel over time, leaving you prone to cavities.

Of course, you can also resolve to do a few things specifically for the health of your smile, such as:

  • Brushing and flossing at least twice each day. But don’t overbrush!
  • Getting twice-yearly checkups and cleanings.

The Dental Care Center team wishes you a happy and healthy 2020!

Dear patients,

With the recent concerns of the spread of COVID-19, Coronavirus, we at The Dental Care Center, wanted you to know that we are doing everything possible to keep our employees and you, our patients, safe while delivering the best dental experience possible.

Effective immediately through April 15th, the services offered by The Dental Care Center will only be available to those experiencing dental emergencies.

Our offices may be operating under a modified schedule so we ask that you contact our office to schedule an appointment. All non-emergency appointments will be scheduled after April 15th. If you currently have an appointment scheduled with us, a member of our team will contact you to reschedule.

We have a full team in place via phone or live chat to assist patients with scheduling future appointments.

What We’re Doing

We are monitoring and following all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which includes taking the necessary steps to reduce the threat of COVID-19 exposure to employees and patients. Rest assured that we ALWAYS employ the highest standards of disinfection and sterilization to protect our patients from any potential contamination or infection. These regular procedures have been supplemented in recent days due to added concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus. In addition to our usual procedures, we will perform infrared temperature screening for patients and team members effective immediately. We have also increased the frequency of cleaning duties to disinfect shared surfaces in the waiting room and around the office such as counters, doorknobs, and seating areas. We are requesting that patients limit the number of family members that accompany them to their appointment. We are also screening patients as they make appointments to try to identify high-risk individuals and carriers before they even enter our office.

Our Mission

At the Dental Care Center, we want our patients to feel confident that their safety is our top priority and that we are taking reasonable measures to make this office one of the least likely places to be exposed to this new threat.

We are committed to serving you and your families. You are our patients, part of our family, and together we will get through this situation.

Sincerely,
The Dental Care Center