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October 2020 Newsletter

          Hi there!  We have officially entered my favorite season of the year again - Fall.  There is nothing like Fall in the Northeast to illustrate how the world is always changing.  In the leaves and their changing hues, we witness Summer making way to Autumn and then watch them fall as we dive into Winter.  There is a well known quote that reads: "Change is the only constant."   Isn't that the truth?  I see it not just in the Fall leaves; I see it every day in my children, and I've seen it so markedly this year in our country.  Change can evoke many different emotions, and understandably so.  Our challenge is to roll with the change but always choose how we will adapt and color the world around us, just like the Autumn leaves.  Stay well, and see you soon!

Dr. Jose A. Gil

National Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month so we want to highlight four ways to keep your mouth healthy and your oral hygiene optimal.  Remember to brush at least twice per day (ideally morning and night).  It's even better if you can brush after every meal.  Floss daily, best at night before bed.  Rinse with mouthwash, possibly with a fluoride rinse if instructed by your hygienist.  When chewing gum, choose a sugar-free variety.  Chewing sugar-free gum stimulates saliva production which is protective for your teeth.  Outside of these four home care instructions, it is important to schedule your professional cleaning visits with your hygienist at the intervals that have been recommended for you (most often every six months).  Hygienists are experts in the early recognition of hygiene deficiencies and can help get your mouth healthy and your routine on track.  We are so lucky to have two of the best - Keri and Melissa!

Bright White Holiday Special

Just a quick reminder about our holiday special on in-office Zoom whitening. We have set aside just 25 reservations in the month of November for whitening treatments at a special rate of $350 (a procedure typically priced at $499). Take home touch-up kits will also be available to participants for $50 to keep those pearly whites sparkling in the New Year. The reservations are first-come, first-serve, and many have already been reserved. If you're looking to brighten your smile for the holidays, call for a reservation today!

Meet Rachel

Meet our newest team member at HDD!  Rachel joined Emily and Karen at the front desk last month and has been rapidly learning the ropes of patient reception and scheduling.  Rachel grew up in Annville, Pennsylvania with her parents and younger brother.  She graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Music Performance with a focus in voice and flute.  She loves to perform in choirs and play in ensembles whenever she has a chance.  Rachel's pride and joy are her two guinea pigs, Pancake and Waffle, who love carrots and making a mess.  She loves hiking and has started sewing masks in her free time.  We are so happy to have Rachel at HDD, and we hope you get to see her smiling face at your next visit!

The Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkins look great on your porch and taste delicious in pumpkin rolls, pumpkin pies, and pumpkin spice lattes, but did you know that pumpkins and their seeds have many health benefits?  Pumpkins are low in calories and rich in vitamin A, B6, C, and E which enhance your immune system helping to protect you against colds, infections, and flu viruses.  Pumpkin seeds have known anti-inflammatory properties which can benefit those who suffer from arthritis pain.  They also contain compounds called phytosterols which can help lower cholesterol and protect against certain cancer types.  As far as oral health is concerned, pumpkin seeds are great for strengthening teeth and bones as they contain high levels of iron and magnesium.  What better time to take advantage of these great health benefits of pumpkins than this Fall!  Follow these instructions for a tasty pumpkin seed snack:

  • Separate the seeds from pumpkin pulp, rinse in water, and pat dry.
  • Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and ground rosemary or thyme to taste.
  • Spread in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until crisp.
  • Allow to cool completely on the pan and enjoy!
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women and the second leading cause of cancer death among women. Statistics show that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The good news is that 98% of breast cancer patients survive when diagnosed early, but, as with most illnesses, early detection is key! After the age of 40, women should begin talking to their doctor about their risk factors and when to start mammograms. If you fall into this category or someone you know does, consider taking a proactive approach this month. You can also join many in support of research for breast cancer at the annual Making Strides in the Lehigh Valley on Saturday, October 17th in Bethlehem.  In lieu of walk, this year's event will be a drive-thru.  For more info, visit their website.

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