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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James G. Hood, D.D.S., M.A.
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Spokane Valley, WA 99037-8576  USA
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