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February Newsletter


"Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everyone's heart."

-Anthony J. D'Angelo-


A smile is a simple but powerful facial expression.  It can change someone else's day.  It can change your day.  It can dispel tension, convey welcoming feelings, express joy.  It can help you relax or give you the strength to persevere.  It's a universal language, but at the same time, every smile is truly unique.  As we enter a month of love and relation, think about your smile and how often you are offering it to the world.  Have a great February! 


Dr. Jose A. Gil

Get it from the tap!

This month we celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month - an important initiative bringing attention to our youngest smiles.  This year's focus is on community water fluoridation, and the slogan is "Fluoride in water prevents cavities!  Get it from the tap!" 


2020 marks the 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation which has been named 1 of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.  It is lauded as one of the most cost effective, equitable, and safe measures communities can take to prevent cavities and improve oral health. [CDC]  It has been shown to dramatically reduce the number of teeth affected by decay and to greatly increase the number of children who are cavity free.


It's important to note that fluoride content is regulated and regularly tested in public water supplies; however, private well systems do not have these same controls.  If you have a well water supply, the fluoride level can be ascertained through laboratory testing.  If the fluoride level is suboptimal (less than 0.7 mg/L), it may be time to talk to Dr. Gil about whether you child could benefit from daily fluoride supplements. 

What about in a bottle?

Speaking of water, you should know that bottled water is not created equal.  Most people understand that acidic drinks like sodas and iced tea are bad for your teeth.  The acids act to dissolve calcium and phosphorous, two important minerals that strengthen your teeth.  While tap water is closely regulated to remain at or around a neutral pH (7), some common bottled waters actually have an acidic pH (less than 7) and can be just as damaging as a bottle of cola.  If you choose to purchase bottled water, do your homework.  Make sure the brand you're choosing has a pH of 7 or higher.  Alkaline water or, at the very least, one with a neutral pH is best for your teeth (and entire GI tract).  Check out the pictured list for pH levels of popular bottled water brands.  Remember you can always get that neutral water from the tap, and using a reusable container will also eliminate some plastic waste for the planet.

Soles4Souls

Thank you for participating in our shoe drive for Soles4Souls!  We collected new or gently used shoes throughout the month of January and were happy to send almost a full box to the organization.  There will be many happy feet all because of your generosity.  For more information about the Soles4Souls cause visit www.soles4souls.org.

Coming Soon!

We are in the process of setting up a texting system at HDD.  It will allow us to send appointment reminders/confirmations via text as well as notify you of any last minute openings in our schedule.  Please update your communication preferences at your next visit if you'd like to use this new feature.

Stay tuned for HDD's Smile Project winner announcement!

We will be releasing information on the winning nominee this Valentine's Day.

   

   

      

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