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Wars and rumors of wars both at home and abroad. Conflicts are erupting around the globe for a variety of reasons: political power, disputes for resources, differences between philosophies, religions, ethnic groups, disparities, and equalities. It's not easy to watch the news and seeing all that is going wrong with the world. I don't know if being in a profession that makes me responsible for the well-being of people makes it even more uncomfortable to watch. It sometimes appears that this has become the new normal. It is a depressing prospect.

But that is not all. I have also seen acts of selfless help and altruism. They pop through the media. I have personally witnessed some myself. People that gave all so others could have something. Fellow human beings that protected and nurtured those who they were “supposed” to hate. Leaders that went beyond their political aspirations and could have potentially sacrificed their careers in the name of the common good. And I am very thankful for that.

I thought long and hard of why I decided to become a dentist. I come from a military family and there are no dentists but an uncle from my first cousin (once removed) that I would see more or less every four years. I had nobody close to me that I could look up to that was in a health profession. It was during my time at work that I had my epiphany. See, I have the privilege to meet many different, interesting people. Many people that I get to know on a more personal level, others just superficially, however all of them are people that I deeply care about. One day I was shocked at myself that my concerns for my patients usually went beyond the typical “are you flossing regularly”. I worry about my patient's general health, and how things are going with their life.

I came to the conclusion that I chose this line of work because I care. I care about people. I care about what kind of imprint I will leave through my craft, a craft that, ultimately, leaves no lasting effects (unless you're an archeologist). But I also think that I can impact the perception of the people that I may come across that someone truly thinks that they are important, there is better out there, and that they are worth it. In my mind – and I may be a little naive here – I believe that in that way, my profession gives me the tools to impact lives in a way that can echo through generations, and I try my best to be the best of me.

Which brings me back to my initial thoughts of struggle and conflict, of problems and decisions, of goodness and selflessness, of friendship and love. I have it all in my little world of all things dental. The pressures of running a business, of providing for my family and my employees, of my own wants and needs, and the needs and wants of the people under my care, the respect that I have for my patients and their stories, and their lasting effects on me, brief as it may be in that chair, and mine on them. It's what makes me feel blessed and human, and you, my patients, are a great part of it. You make it all possible, and I am so very thankful for that.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, a blessed Holiday season, and a most prosperous New Year.

It is February and Love is in the air!
But before you kiss your loved one, keep in mind these few tips regarding oral health to make your smooch an unforgettable one:

1) Bacteria that live normally in our mouths produce some foul smelling chemicals, among them sulfur compounds, in particular hydrogen sulfide, which smells like rotten eggs, and methyl mercaptan, which smells like rotten cabbage. Other volatile compounds are also produced, but these two seem to be specially good at offending the human nose. Brushing and flossing will keep these at bay and help keep your breath fresh!

2)  Other conditions can also cause halitosis (bad breath). Stomach issues, and some nose and throat conditions can be linked to strong odors coming from the mouth. Untreated cavities and gum problems can cause bad breath and a host of other problems. And not to mention the cavity bugs that can be transferred from one person to another! A visit with your dentist can help you resolve those issues, and if a dental cause for the problem is not identified, a referral to your physician can be provided.

3) Tobacco reduces your ability to taste foods, irritates gum tissues and also contributes to bad breath. Tobacco users are more likely to suffer from gum disease and are at greater risk for developing oral cancer. If you use tobacco, ask your dentist for tips on kicking the habit.

4) After you eat that Valentine's day candy, bacteria in your mouth will produce acid for about 20 minutes. Cavities are formed if there are either too many bugs present, for a long amount of time, and fed with refined sugars. If all three factors are present, the tooth structure will become porous, then brittle, until a hole is produced. How can you prevent cavities from happening? Brush your teeth at least twice a day, use floss daily, keep your diet nutritious, limit snacks through the day, especially candy or soda drinks, and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams.

We hope these tips will help you have Happy and Healthy Valentine's Day!

This time of the year we have a little break from our routines, spend time with our  families cooking , eating, creating and sharing memories with the ones we love.  
It was a wonderful and exciting year with many events that changed us both personally and professionally. We had the opportunity to learn new techniques,  introduce new technology to the practice that will expand the array of services that we can provide, and make our work even more precise and comfortable for our patients. We met wonderful new people, saw some loved ones depart this world, and we are thankful for having the chance to  meet everybody that came into our lives. 
We would like to thank all of you, our patients, for the confidence and the opportunity that you gave us to make this all possible, and wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. 
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