Tip of the month for December

by Nicole on December 6, 2011

The month of December brings mixed feelings for many.  Nervousness over the imminent arrival of  shorter daylight hours,  lots of snow and a usually too long winter,  but at the same time really enjoying the beauty of sparkling snow in the trees and on frozen lakes, the crisp air, and of course, the most important Birthday of all ( no not mine)

December is usually heavy on the socializing,  keeping your teeth and gums well cleansed will make those party conversations pleasant for everyone. Floss daily, rinse with an alcohol-free, anti-microbial mouthrinse, and of course brush 2x per day. Your body, and everyone else you speak with will be most appreciative.

This month, take care of yourself. Keep your spiritual and physical health needs at the forefront. Sleep, eat well (not lots, well), hydrate  ( with water) . Be gracious. Give more to those who have less.

May  Peace  and good health be in abundance for you.




Tip of the month for November

by Nicole on September 10, 2011


Movember…  that’s not a typo.

The month that men grow a mustache in support of prostate cancer is the perfect time for me to  share an analogy I often use in my Practice.

Many people don’t see the need to brush twice a day, and at best, floss sporadically. Most don’t understand the process of bacterial growth and reproduction.  In order to explain this growth and need to cleanse ones’ teeth and gums twice daily, I use a simple analogy.

I discuss whiskers. Yes, whiskers. Facial hair growth is a good comparative to bacterial growth in the sense that it never ends.You shave in the morning, and by dinner or bed time, the stubble is back.  Keeping clean shaven is a daily task. Bacteria is the same. If plaque was black like most stubble, frequent brushing and flossing would probably occur without question, (or begging, nagging, bribing on our, your Dental Hygienists’ part.)  That’s the similarity. The difference is that one is merely a picky nuisance, the other,  a health risk and social inhibitor(bad breath).




Tip of the month for August

by Nicole on August 3, 2011

Not all professionally offered whitening products are the same. Quality, sensitivity issues can result. Like everything else, ask questions before you commit. 

Ask the percentage of solution used; duration the product is to stay on; segment of time the process will take.