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1515 Wilson Blvd., Suite 103
Arlington, VA 22209

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Monthly Archives: December 2013

5 Simple Steps To Harnessing The Power Of Your Smile

YOUR SMILE IS AMONG YOUR MOST influential assets! But, that doesn’t mean your smile has to be a perfect, “movie star” smile for you to harness its power.

Step 1: Practice, Practice, Practice

Life’s too short to skip the simple things that make you happy. Smile more. Smile and laugh, proudly. Abundantly. Invite people to share in the things that make you smile. Your smiles will foster gratitude. Smiling can become a habit. Seek the opportunity.

Step 2: Be Aware Of The Smile/Emotion Connection

Author and poet, Thích Nhất Hạnh once said, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” We often only think about the way positive emotions trigger smiles, but it works the other way too. Smiles trigger positive emotions. They can even help us better deal with stress or pain.
 

Step 3: Eliminate The “Courtesy” Smile

Make a conscious decision to replace every half-hearted smile given in politeness with a genuine smile. You can do it!

Step 4: Remember How Attractive Your Smile Makes You

A recent study of 5,000+ singles found that both men (58%) and women (71%) judge the opposite sex MOST (and FIRST) on the appearance of their teeth. Smiles invite and strengthen relationships.

Step 5: Keep Your Smile Healthy

Treat your smile with the love it deserves. Brush and floss daily, and schedule regular checkups.

We Love Your Smiles

Some estimates say that 30% of the general population is unhappy with their smiles to a point where they avoid smiling. That’s sad. If you feel that way, let’s visit. Sometimes it just helps to talk about it. Whether you’re ready for a big change or just a tiny, subtle improvement, we can help you harness the power of YOUR smile. Thanks for being our valued patients and friends.

We Use Social Media To Better Serve You

THERE ARE A LOT OF REASONS why businesses participate in social media. First and foremost, we’re using social media to better serve you—our valued patients and friends. But unlike many businesses, our social media efforts to serve you don’t start online—they start in our practice.

Whether Online Or In Our Office…

1.) We’re listening. We want to be part of the conversation. We want to make it easy for you to connect with us. Open, honest communication with our patients both online and in person builds trust—and, we’ll never take that trust for granted.

2.) We’re doing what we can to make your visits (and life) better. As your lifelong oral health partner, our goal is to provide information that’s relevant and useful in benefitting your comfort, health, and appearance.

3.) We’re connected to YOU—not your teeth. Although your smile is our focus, we care about you. As a part of our “family”, you’re so much more than a checkup or procedure.

BTW, Do You Use Instagram?

Wow. Instagram is exploding! Are you using it? We were amazed by the thousands of photos that an Instagram search for #Dentist produced! And, it was pretty funny seeing the photos people are posting!

Next time you come in, if you’re on Instagram, pull out your smartphone and let’s take a photo together. It’ll be fun!

Social Media Bridges The Gaps

Sometimes we only see you every six months. Social media allows us to “see” (and connect with) you regularly.

Social media is also another open door to our team. If you know anyone who would benefit from connecting with us, please share this post with them or send them to our Facebook page. Our very best new patients typically come from referrals. Thanks.

We’re grateful to have friends and patients like you.

The Connection Between Gum Disease And Dementia

NEARLY ALL OF US EXPERIENCE bleeding gums at some point in our lives. But don’t assume it’s no big deal. Gum disease can have serious consequences including pain, chronic bleeding and tooth loss. It has also been linked to a number of total body health conditions including Alzheimer’s.

Skipping The Floss Can Increase Dementia Risk

A recent study of over 5000 retirement community members found that NOT brushing daily could increase the risk of developing dementia up to 65%. Other research supports the correlation between tooth loss and Alzheimer’s. Some researchers theorize that because tooth loss and sensitivity may contribute to poor eating habits, that also affects brain health. And, Alzheimer’s patients are more likely to neglect their personal dental care. However, even with these other variables removed, there seems to be a strong link.

Miles Of Floss

How Oral Bacteria Hurts Your Brain

When you experience gum irritation and bleeding you essentially have an open wound and bacteria from your mouth can enter the rest of the body through your bloodstream. In one British study, traces of P. gingivalis were found in brain tissue of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s. It may be that the bacteria creates brain inflammation, causing dementia. It could also be that it triggers an immune response which attacks healthy brain cells.

Take Care Of Your Body By Taking Care Of Your Gums

Taking care of your gum health is an important part of overall health. Follow these steps for a healthy mouth and a healthy brain:

  1. Brush every day.
  2. Floss every day.
  3. Don’t postpone your regular cleanings.

Do you have someone you care about who could benefit from this information? Share the message and remind them to floss!

Thanks for your trust in our practice. We appreciate you!

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