Memorial Day: Parades, remembrance, and the unofficial start of summer!

“The purpose of all war is peace.” – Saint Augustine

Fire truck sirens, baton twirlers, marching bands covering patriotic tunes, colorful floats, costumes, and millions of red, white, and blue American flags being waved in the air on a beautiful day in late May, that is what Memorial Day is all about. It is a federal holiday celebrated with town parades, remembrance, and a sense of unity and community togetherness.

Our team at Trade Winds Dental wants to take this time to wish you and your family a happy Memorial Day, as well as pause for a moment to reflect on what this holiday means and how it has changed over time. No, this is not a history lesson, but just a couple of thoughts and observances for you to take with you on your way to the next barbecue.

On the last Monday in May, America observes Memorial Day as a time to remember and celebrate the men and women who have lost their lives while serving our country in the Armed Forces. The holiday originated after the Civil War; at that time it was known as Decoration Day. While holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter remain the same from year to year, Memorial Day has changed over time, and in the 21st century we observe a far different holiday than what Americans did after the Civil War, or even the World Wars.

While many people place flags at cemeteries and visit national memorials in order to honor those who have passed away serving the country, Memorial Day is also a time for family barbecues, pool parties, trips to the beach, blockbuster movies, long weekend getaways, and fireworks. In America, Memorial Day has come to represent the unofficial start of the summer – a long, sunny, warm weekend devoted to family togetherness, outdoor events, and community.

It is time to load up the potato salad and the apple pie and head over to the neighbor’s house for their annual barbecue. And yes, contrary to popular belief, we do eat sweets, especially homemade apple pie! Everything in moderation, of course.

So whether you’re in the Georgetown, TX area or beyond, Happy Memorial Day to you and yours from Dr. David Hennington!

Heart Disease and Oral Health

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, more than 200 million Americans suffer from some degree of inflammation of the gums. Over the past decade, researchers have published studies that link the bacteria involved in periodontal disease to cardiovascular disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have connected oral infections to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and low birth weights.

Studies suggest bacteria that cause periodontal disease are also responsible for causing a thickening of the carotid arteries, which increases the chance of a heart attack or stroke. Further research is being conducted to understand the link between oral health and heart disease better.

What is periodontal (gum) disease?

Dr. David Hennington and our team at Trade Winds Dental hear this question all the time. Periodontal disease is an infection. Our mouths are filled with bacteria, and this bacteria forms plaque. If the plaque is not removed through brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings at the dentist, it hardens into tartar. If gingivitis (gum inflammation) is not treated early, it can advance to periodontitis. Bacteria get under the gum tissue and erode it as well as the bone that supports the teeth. The gums eventually pull away from the teeth, and infected pockets form.

Proving that periodontal gum disease is connected to heart disease has been difficult for researchers. However, there are two theories about to what might connect the processes.

  • Bacteria are released in the bloodstream through chewing and tooth brushing. The same species of bacteria that causes gum disease has been discovered in the plaque in arteries in the heart.
  • Inflammation in the mouth is a catalyst for inflammation throughout the rest of the body.

Practice good oral health habits

While the link between periodontitis and heart disease is not yet fully understood, you can prevent the possibility of health complications by practicing good oral health. It’s recommended that you brush and floss twice a day, as well as visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and exam. Oral health should not be taken for granted. By preventing oral diseases, you’re also minimizing the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

To learn more about the connection between heart disease and oral health, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Hennington, please give us a call at our convenient Georgetown, TX office! A clean mouth leads to a happy heart!

Wishing all our moms a happy Mother’s Day!

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning

We would like to take this moment to thank all the great moms out there for being so great during their child’s visits to Trade Winds Dental. Whether it’s driving their kids to regularly scheduled appointments or for “being there” while their child is treatment, the moms who come to our office are all stellar individuals, so Dr. David Hennington and our entire staff would like you to know that we appreciate you all!

Happy Mother’s Day and enjoy your special day!

Are you ready for some great news about whitening your teeth in our office?

6792580595_6fc20c9612_bThe summer months are just around the corner, and you know what is an amazing summer accessory? A brighter and whiter smile! At Trade Winds Dental, Dr. Hennington and our team are THRILLED to announce the latest addition to our in-office whitening services. Our new whitening system is called Smile Perfected, and is a revolutionary new way to achieve an awesome smile effectively, efficiently, safely, and for a significantly lower price.

The Smile Perfected system whitens teeth with a special gel mixture and safe LED technology. The gel mixture even contains Vitamin E, so during the procedure your lips and skin are moisturized while your teeth are whitened. Further, the gel mixture helps to ensure the least amount of sensitivity and is absolutely safe for your teeth and gums. The silicone trays used help to make the entire process comfortable by allowing your jaw to relax, and the entire treatment only takes about 30 minutes!

Perhaps one of the most attractive features of this new whitening treatment is how affordable it is compared to our previous in-office whitening system. In our introductory offer, Smile Perfected whitening only costs $99 compared to the $650 price tag of the previous system. Now you can have the brighter and whiter smile you’ve always wanted at a fraction of the cost!

The Smile Perfected whitening system is most effective if it is done immediately after your teeth are cleaned, so we encourage you to schedule your whitening right after your hygiene visit to our office. This not only yields you the best results in your treatment, but it also saves you another trip to the office! Of course, your whitening doesn’t need to happen right after your cleaning, but Dr. Hennington certainly suggests it.

Dr. Hennington often hears questions from patients about the safety of whitening and if it will damage their teeth. He is happy to tell you that the Smile Perfected whitening system is perfectly safe for your teeth and it can even be repeated at subsequent visits! And to extend the awesome results of your whitening, after your whitening you’ll be given some excellent home-maintenance materials!

With exceptional results, convenience, and a great price, whitening your teeth with Smile Perfected at our office is a fantastic way to get ready for the summer! Give us a call if you’d like to learn more about Smile Perfected, have questions about whitening in general, or want to schedule your appointment!