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To All of the Influential Women in Our Lives – Happy Mother’s Day!

Did You Know? More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. These holiday chats with Mom often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37 percent.

 

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Mother’s Day is observed in different forms throughout the world.

The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. It became an official U.S. holiday in 1914, but Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar.

While dates and celebrations vary, …

Oral Health & Weight Loss Go Hand In Hand

 

What Does Oral Health Have to Do with Weight Loss?

 

A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is the best prevention for illness and chronic disease. It can also be just as effective as any medicine a doctor could prescribe. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, or simply live more healthily, the good choices you’re making not only do wonders for your body and overall health, but they also have a beneficial impact on your smile!

Congratulations On Making Better Food Choices

Oral health depends on more than how many times a day you brush your teeth, it also depends on your diet! As you choose healthier foods for your body, you are also choosing better foods for your teeth.

If you’re trading chips and fruit snacks in for healthier snacks like cheese, veggies and …

The Easter Bunny is Coming! The Easter Bunny is Coming!

Another Sweets-Packed Holiday is Here!

For some, Easter means a big meal with family. For others, Easter means going to church and celebrating the season. For others, Easter means chocolate bunnies and Easter egg hunts. For many more, Easter is all of the above!

Whether you’re young or old, Easter candy can be incredibly tempting. Who doesn’t love a little chocolate bunny (ears or feet first?), colorful jelly beans, a Cadbury Creme Egg, or Peeps when Spring is in the air? But as with most things, too much of a good thing can be bad. Ninety two percent (92%) of adults age 20-64 have had cavities in their permanent teeth. In fact, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults in that age group have an average of 3.28 decayed …

April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month ~ Spread the Word

Did you know that there are about 50,000 people diagnosed oral cancer each month in the US?

 

Celebrities Sammy Davis Jr, Rod Stewart, Roger Ebert, Burl Ives, Eddie Van Halen, and George Harrison have all suffered from oral cancer. Former Presidents Grover Cleveland and Ulysses S. Grant also had oral cancer, as have former NFL quarterbacks Jim Thorpe and Jim Kelly.

Oral and pharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and upper throat) collectively kills nearly one person every hour of every day of the year. Of the people newly diagnosed with these cancers, only about 60% will live longer than 5 years. Many who do survive suffer long-term problems such as severe facial disfigurement or difficulties eating and speaking. The death rate associated with oral and pharyngeal …

April 15th is Around the Corner – Happy Tax Season!

Happy Tax Season!

 

Tax season is not known to bring many smiles. Just Google “Tax Season” and view the image results! But did you know that many times, dental and medical expenses can be deducted when it meets Internal Revenue Service (IRS) criteria? Below are a few common dental expenses that may be deductible and tips to keep you smiling while filing:

Whose health expenses can you claim? Your spouse, dependent(s), or decedent. You can only claim the medical and dental costs you paid this year, regardless of when the services were rendered. There may be exceptions for decedents (someone who has passed away).

 

What health expenses can you include? Almost always, any preventive care is a prospective write-off. Preventive dental treatments such as cleanings, …

It’s Time to Spring Forward! Daylight Savings Begins March 12th

Daylight Savings Has Arrived. Time to “Spring Forward”!

It’s that time of year again. Daylight Savings begins at 2:00AM on Sunday, March 12th. But outside of the promise of Spring and longer days, does anybody really love experiencing this bi-annual jet lag? Most of the United States (Arizona excepted) abides by the practice of setting our clocks forward an hour during the “Saving Time” period and then back an hour in the Autumn when we return to “Standard Time.”

Changing time zones during daylight savings or travel can be difficult. Some would even argue that the 1-hour change this weekend brings is more difficult than a 3-hour coast-to-coast change, or even a 9-hour international change! did you know that there is a reason this change is so hard? Our …

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