Archive for November, 2011

Holidays and Dental Health

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, November 28, 2011

WOW!  The Christmas holiday is rapidly approaching, which catches people off guard on how quickly 2011 ends and 2012 is upon us.

In the hustle-bustle of the hectic holiday season, many may forget about oral health maintenance.  Dental insurance usually is contracted yearly, from January 1st through December 31st.  Therefore, if you have dental insurance coverage that you or your employer has paid for, it needs to be taken advantage of before December 31st.  Use it or lose it.

Many people think, “I’ll do the dental treatment I need in January, after things settle down.”  Well … if you see your dentist and have dental treatment done before year’s end, you could have the insurance benefit of 2 years (one before Dec 31st and one after Dec 31st).  Either way, you or your employer have paid for your dental insurance (if you’re lucky enough to have dental insurance), so you surely want to take full advantage of your benefits.

Whether or not you have dental insurance, maintenance is always cheaper than repair.  As the conclusion of 2011 approaches, be diligent in assuring that you’ve followed the old adage: Brush your teeth twice a day, and see your dentist twice a year.

Dental health is more than just a dazzling smile.  Good oral health can help minimize the effect of diabetes, heart disease, respiratory diseases, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Enjoy the holiday season.  Be aware of all the things that you can do to improve your overall health.  We are all exposed to excessive amounts of good and not so good foods during this festive season.  Be careful how you fuel your systems and understand that oral health is a most significant part of maintaining overall health.

On a final note, Christmas is a season to reflect on how many blessings we have.  But in the interest of keeping Christ in Christmas, it is a time to generously be Christian.  With our present economy, more people than ever are in need.  Generously help someone in need.  Perform random acts of kindness.  Go out of your way to put smiles on faces of people you may not even know.

Sharing a joyful holiday season,
James G. Hood, DDS, MA

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Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley, P.S.
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Welcomes Patients
from Age 2 to 102!

James G. Hood, D.D.S., M.A.
507 North Sullivan Road, Suite A-1
Spokane Valley, WA 99037-8576  USA
Phone: (509) 928-9100  |  Fax: (509) 928-0414
Email: drhood@drhood.com

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Thanksgiving, a Truly American Holiday

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, November 21, 2011

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Again, in 2011, the Thanksgiving holiday has come upon us quickly. The Christmas tree lot lights are set up and snow and ice greet us on our morning commutes.

A truly American holiday, Thanksgiving is a national day for us to express our gratitude for all the freedoms with which we have been gifted.  This is a time to reflect on the many liberties we often take for granted.

Thank You to our service men and women who make our republic safe.  Thank You to our forefathers with the vision to create a Constitution protecting our freedoms.  Every person has the right to do what they wish with their life.  Work hard and get ahead.  Thank You for the Declaration of Independence which says all men are created equal, with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Thank You.

Our country is a religious country with freedom for everyone to practice whatever religion they wish.  And appreciative Americans pray often the shortest prayer on earth:  Thank You.  But, Thanksgiving is not a religious holiday.  Americans are naturally thankful.  Religious or not, Americans realize how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful country, rich in natural resources, with religious and civil freedoms for all.  Thank You is a tremendously American expression.

And if there be anyone who wishes to know how to have a Happy Thanksgiving, merely analyze the expression.  It is by giving thanks that we make ourselves and others happy.  There are plenty of people that have less than “we,” no matter who “we” are.  Therefore, to have a truly Happy Thanksgiving, simply give thanks by doing something for someone who has less than “we” do.  “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for the least brothers of mine you did for me.”  Find someone who needs anything and be the provider of that need.  Such giving can be anonymous, which can be most rewarding.  Give thanks often.

Share a smile!
James G. Hood, DDS, MA

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Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley, P.S.
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Welcomes
Patients fr
om Age 2 to 102!

James G. Hood, D.D.S., M.A.
507 North Sullivan Road, Suite A-1
Spokane Valley, WA 99037-8576  USA
Phone: (509) 928-9100  |  Fax: (509) 928-0414
Email: drhood@drhood.com

Websites: www.drhood.com
www.dentalcareassociatesofspokanevalley.com

Blogs: www.drjamesghoodblog.com
www.dentalhealthandnutritionblog.com
www.dentalcareassociatesofspokanevalleyblog.com
www.jamesandkarenhoodfoundationblog.org
www.sjogrensblog.org

Online Store: www.dentalhealthandnutritionstore.com

 

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