Thanksgiving in North America

Thanksgiving marks the start to the holidays; a season filled with feasting, indulging, and spending time with family and friends are always special. Thanksgiving is a holiday meant for giving thanks, and while this may seem like such a natural celebration, the United States is only one of a handful of countries to officially celebrate with a holiday.

Unlike many holidays, Thanksgiving is a secular holiday, and it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. In Canada, it is celebrated on the second Monday of October, which is, oddly enough, much closer to a time when harvests were likely gathered. In addition to the different dates, the origins of the celebration also share different roots.

Thanksgiving in the United States

Giving thanks for a bountiful harvest are not new, but the modern day holiday in the US can be traced to a celebration at Plymouth in Massachusetts in 1621. This feast of thanksgiving was inspired by a good harvest, and the tradition was simply continued on. At first, the colony at Plymouth didn’t have enough food to feed everyone present, but the Native Americans helped by providing seeds and teaching them how to fish, and they soon began to be able to hold a feast worthy of the name. The tradition spread, and by the 1660s, most of New England was hosting a Thanksgiving feast in honor of the harvest.

Canadian Thanksgiving

An explorer of early Canada named Martin Frobisher is accredited for the first Canadian Thanksgiving. He survived the arduous journey from England through harsh weather conditions and rough terrain, and after his last voyage from Europe to present-day Nunavut, he held a formal ceremony to give thanks for his survival and good fortune. As time passed and more settlers arrived, a feast was added to what quickly became a yearly tradition. Another explorer, Samuel de Champlain, is linked to the first actual Thanksgiving celebration in honor of a successful harvest; settlers who arrived with him in New France celebrated the harvest with a bountiful feast.

A Modern Thanksgiving

Today, Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated with the best of Americana. From feasts and football games to getting ready for the start of the Christmas shopping season, Thanksgiving means roasted turkey, pumpkin pie, and green bean casserole. No matter how you celebrate this momentous day, pause for a moment to give thanks for your friends, family, and all the bounties you’ve received. Happy Thanksgiving from Trade Winds Dental!

My teeth feel great. Do I still need to see the dentist?

Absolutely. Checking in with Dr. David Hennington on a regular basis—usually every six months—is essential to keeping your smile looking its best. At Trade Winds Dental, we are proud to offer a number of preventive procedures to ensure the health of your mouth and the beauty of your smile. Your smile is just as important to us as it is to you!

Another good reason to visit our Georgetown, TX office is to check for hidden issues in your mouth you may not even realize you had. Bacteria, tartar, and cavities are known to form in the hard-to-reach crevices of your mouth and may only be detected through a professional exam. If left untreated, these cavities and decay can get worse, requiring more extensive treatment, and costing you even more time and money down the road. During your routine exam, Dr. David Hennington and our team will also check to make sure your fillings or other dental restorations you may have had are in good shape.

Preventing problems before they start is the key to optimal oral health. If it has been more than six months since your last visit, please contact our Georgetown, TX dental office to schedule your routine checkup! See you soon!

Extra Spending Money for the Holidays PLUS Up to 5 Chances to WIN a $1,000 Weekend Get-A-Away at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa!

FUN going to the Dentist???  IT IS NOW!!!

We are having such a great time at Trade Winds Dental that we want YOU to share in our fun!

For a limited time when you come to see us you can leave with a beautiful, healthy smile AND

Extra Spending Money for the Holidays PLUS Up to 5 Chances to WIN a

$1,000 Weekend Get-A-Away at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa!

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To be a part of the fun just commit to and prepay for your treatment before December 22nd and you’ll receive a pre-paid VISA card, PLUS be entered into the drawing for an awesome weekend at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa nestled in the gorgeous Texas wilderness! The greater the value of treatment, the more you will be eligible to win!

$1000 or more in treatment gives you 1 entry into the drawing

$2500 or more in treatment gives you 2 entries into the drawing and a $50 Pre-Paid VISA Card

$5000 or more in treatment gives you 3 entries into the drawing and a
$100 Pre-Paid VISA Card

$10,000 in treatment gives you 5 entries into the drawing and a
$250 Pre-Paid VISA Card

The drawing for the Weekend Get-A-Away to the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort in Bastrop, TX is December 22, 2014.

Hurry to schedule and prepay that treatment you’ve been wanting for so long, or have been putting off until you had a “good reason.” Now, you have a GREAT reason! Call 512.863.6888 now to start the fun!

You CAN have a more beautiful, comfortable, natural smile,  and have a chance to be surrounded by the natural beauty of the Texas wilderness in a relaxing setting at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa with spending money in your pocket!!!

NOW THAT’S FUN AT THE DENTIST!

Patient Spotlight: Ary's Tooth Brush Drive!

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Our patients come up with great ideas on a daily basis it seems like, and we wanted to spotlight one on our blog! As part of an activity for her school council, Ary Hawyes would like to encourage her classmates’ participation in a tooth brush drive for our office!

The project she came up with is an easy one – she’s urging her classmates to just send an old, used toothbrush to their school and drop it into the donation box. Trade Winds Dental will then take that old toothbrush that hasn’t been used in a while and turn it into something useful! For each toothbrush donated, $1 will be donated to HopeAlliance of Williamson County to benefit battered women and children in our community.

Ary wants to encourage her class to bring as many toothbrushes as possible – if the entire class participates and brings at least 1 toothbrush per child, they will have an Ice Cream Party with toppings to choose from!

Thank you Ary for helping us to reach our goal of donating 1000 for $1000!

Five Common Reasons for Emergency Care Visits

A dental emergency can strike anywhere, anytime, and without warning. Perhaps you’re playing a game of touch football on Thanksgiving and your brother-in-law decides to up the ante and tackles you, accidentally knocking out your two front teeth. Or maybe you’re on vacation somewhere in the tropics and decide to go deep-sea fishing, but when you’re climbing onto the boat you slip on the dock, fall, and chip three of your teeth. From misplaced fly balls to bagel seeds causing a painful bout of inflammation, there are all kinds of dental emergencies.

Here are the five most common reasons for emergency care visits.

  1. Somehow you’ve managed to knock out a tooth. Whether it’s the result of a sports injury or because of decay, when you lose a tooth, you need emergency dental care. If the tooth is salvageable, then it can be reattached to the socket, but this needs to be done within a one- or two-hour window.
  2. A chipped tooth is the most common dental emergency. Small chips can be caused by food (chicken bones and nuts have sent many people to the dentist); however, it’s usually some sort of accident or injury that more often causes a chip. While you might be embarrassed to walk around with a gaping chip in your front tooth, it is easily fixed with a bond, crown, or veneer.
  3. A broken tooth is more severe than a chipped tooth. When a tooth breaks, it might be due to a small or hidden chip. However, chances are the pain and discomfort will be more severe.
  4. It might seem comical, but getting a piece of food lodged in the wrong place can result in a dental emergency. If something gets stuck deep in a crevice, it can cause pain and inflammation.
  5. The loss of a filling happens more often than you think. When you lose a filling, you need to receive emergency care immediately. If you don’t, you risk further damage to your tooth.

When you injure your teeth or mouth, you need to seek emergency care as soon as possible. In the event of a suspected emergency, don’t wait. Contact Dr. David Hennington immediately.

Help us raise $1000 for Hope Alliance!

Hope-Like-Campaign 090914As you may already know, October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Trade Winds Dental is both a supporter of Hope Alliance and an advocate for domestic and sexual violence victims. Hope Alliance, the only emergency shelter and resource center in Williamson County for these victims, turned 30 this year. In support of their 30th anniversary, Trade Winds Dental has pledged to raise $1,000 in 2014. You can support our pledge in three ways:

  1. For every used toothbrush you bring into the office for recycling, we will donate $1 to Hope Alliance.
  2. Go to our personal fundraising page via Hope Alliance and make a cash donation to our pledge!
  3. LIKE us on FacebookWith each new Like on our Facebook page, Trade Winds Dental will donate $1 to Hope Alliance. What we LIKE can create more stories of Hope.

We, at Trade Winds Dental, would also like to take a moment and let you know some statistics about domestic violence.

  • Hope Alliance has to try and find alternate housing for an average of 180 women and children each month, as the shelter is always full.
  • 1 in 3 women are victims of domestic violence.
  • Hope Alliance receives 2,500 calls to their hotline each year.
  • 30 to 60% of perpetrators of intimate violence also abuse children in their home.

Let us all create more stories of Hope. Thank you all for your support of both our pledge and all of those affected by domestic violence. We’re setting out to raise $1000 for Hope Alliance before the end of the year, so please help us reach our goal!

Osteoporosis and Oral Health

Today, Dr. David Hennington and our team at Trade Winds Dental thought we would examine the relationship between osteoporosis and oral health, since 40 million Americans have osteoporosis or are at high risk. Osteoporosis entails less density in bones, so they become easier to fracture. Research suggests a link between osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw, which supports and anchors the teeth. Tooth loss affects one third of adults 65 and older.

Bone density and dental concerns

  • Women with osteoporosis are three times more likely to experience tooth loss than those without it.
  • Low bone density results in other dental issues.
  • Osteoporosis is linked to less positive outcomes from oral surgery.

Ill-fitting dentures in post-menopausal women

Studies indicate that women over 50 with osteoporosis need new dentures up to three times more often than women who don’t have the disease. It can be so severe that it becomes impossible to fit dentures correctly, leading to nutritive losses.

Role of dental X-rays in osteoporosis

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) released research that suggest dental X-rays may be used as a screening tool for osteoporosis. Researchers found that dental X-rays could separate people with osteoporosis from those with normal bone density. As dental professionals, our team at Trade Winds Dental are in a unique position to screen people and refer them to the appropriate doctor for specialized care.

Effects of osteoporosis medications on oral health

A recent study showed that a rare disease, osteonecrosis, is caused by biophosphenates, a drug taken by people for treatment of osteoporosis. In most cases, the cause was linked to those who take IV biophosphenates for treatment of cancer, but in six percent of cases, the cause was oral biophosphenates. If you are taking a biophosphenate drug, let Dr. David Hennington know.

Symptoms of osteonecrosis

Some symptoms you may see are pain, swelling, or infection of the gums or jaw. Additionally, injured or recently treated gums may not heal: teeth will be loose, jaws may feel heavy and numb, or there may be exposed bone. Some of the steps you can take for healthy bones are to eat a healthy diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, regular physical exercise with weight-bearing activities, no smoking and limited use of alcohol, and report problems with teeth to our office, such as teeth that are loose, receding gums or detached gums, and dentures that don’t fit properly.

For more information about the connection between osteoporosis and oral health, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Hennington, please give us a call at our convenient Georgetown, TX office!