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April 2020 Newsletter

It feels strange to release this newsletter from home and not amidst the hustle and bustle of caring for our HDD smiles.  We've never seen anything quite like this COVID 19 pandemic, and it certainly has changed so many lives and day to day activities, ours included.  As we've announced on social media, we're remaining closed to routine and preventive care as requested by the State and are awaiting further instructions as to when we may return to our normal schedule and procedures.  You will be the first to know when that is possible.  If anything comes up, even if it's just a question about something, please reach out to me.  A number to call me directly is listed on the office voicemail. 

 It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the current state of our country and the world, especially without a definitive end to our "shut downs."  Despite it all, keep in mind that there are still some things you can control.  I think the most important is your attitude.  Try to focus on the positive, and I guarantee you'll feel better weathering this storm.  I personally have been able to spend so much more time with my kids and talking to family who are out of town.  I've been able to work on my fitness routine and play the piano, one of my passions besides dentistry.  What have you been able to do during your self-quarantine?  Think of this time as a gift -- it will change everything.  Until I see your smiles again, stay safe and healthy!


Dr. Jose A. Gil

Spread the word and get checked!

Once again, this April we recognize Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Oral and oropharyngeal cancers are part of a larger grouping of cancers commonly referred to as head and neck cancers, and oral cancer comprises 85% of all diagnosed cases in this category. This year, approximately 53,000 people will be newly diagnosed, and it will result in death for 1 person every hour of every day (about 9,750 people this year). Early detection is key in increasing the odds for successful treatment of this disease, so read below for tips on increasing awareness of your own oral health and how Dr. Gil is contributing to the fight at HDD.

Free Oral Cancer Screenings at HDD

During each of your cleaning visits, when Dr. Gil examines your teeth, he also looks at the soft tissue in your mouth where the first signs of oral cancer can often be visible. He looks on the sides and bottom of your tongue and on your lips and cheeks where lesions may first appear. If at home, you notice an ulcer, patch, or lump in your mouth that persists more than 2 weeks and/or is painful, you should make an appointment to have it evaluated. This month*, to extend the benefits of oral cancer screenings to non-patients, Dr. Gil is offering free oral cancer screenings. Spread the word. These screenings really could save a life!

*Please note: if COVID closures affect our being open through all of April, Dr. Gil will continue free screenings for non-patients in May.

New Technology headed to HDD

You know that we always endeavor to stay up to date with cutting edge equipment and technology.  We just wanted to throw out a little teaser of something new coming to HDD very soon.  We'll release all the details in the May newsletter, but in the meantime know that it is sure to make your visits even more comfortable.  Stay tuned!

What is Dr. Gil reading now?

As he mentioned in his intro letter, Dr. Gil has been finding time to do many other things that he really enjoys, one of which is reading!  Right now, Dr. Gil is beginning to read The Pioneers by David McCullough.  David McCullough is one of Dr. Gil's favorite authors, and he was even the keynote speaker at Dr. Gil's commencement from Boston College.  What are you reading or watching?  If you have anything to recommend, send us an email!  We'd love to hear from you.

Don't neglect your smile!

As you self-quarantine, it may be hard to remember the day of the week or to get out of pajamas.  Let's be honest, we've all been there at least once in these last few weeks.  Here's a friendly nudge to take some extra care of your smile.  Some of you may be having your six month cleaning visits postponed.  Remember to do the following at home, and everything should be ok:

  • Brush twice a day for two minutes - use a pea sized amount of flouride toothpaste.
  • Floss once daily - hit all of those contact points between your teeth!
  • Rinse for 30 seconds with an antibacterial/anticavity mouthrinse.

If you have any concerns, remember Dr. Gil is here for you!

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