It’s that time of year when you sit down and think about all of the things that you’re thankful for. At our Georgetown dental office, we’re so grateful and thankful that we get to serve our patients and bring healthy smiles to our community. We have so many things to be thankful for that we thought we’d share a few with you…
We’re thankful for:
Our Planet – we do everything we can to help minimize our impact on the environment so that generations to come can enjoy this beautiful world we live in.
Yoga – Yes, we’re thankful for yoga! The mental and spiritual benefits of yoga are far reaching and help to make us better, stronger people.
Compassion – we’re so lucky to be able to give back to our community in a number of ways, from helping with donations to the Hope Alliance to helping the local dog shelter or donating free dentistry to someone in need. We’re also lucky to have community events like the Georgetown Farmers Market to help bring us together with other members of the community.
Clean Water – In the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Maria, we’re thankful to have clean water and running electricity, as some people who were affected by the storms are still living without these daily necessities.
Our Team – The Trade Winds Dental team is family! It’s wonderful to be able to get up in the morning and know that we’ll get to work with such wonderful people who truly want to make a difference in people’s lives.
And of course…
Our Patients – You are the reason that we attend continuing education, why we learn the latest techniques and technologies, and why we are so proud of what we do. It’s the smile on someone’s face who finally has healthy teeth after years of pain or low self-esteem that makes everyone’s day here at our little dental office in Georgetown. Know that making you smile makes us smile, and we’re thankful that you allow us to be a part of your journey to health and wellness.
We hope that you’re thinking about what you’re thankful for this season, and be sure to tell us when you come in for your next appointment!
The mission of the American Cancer Society is to eliminate cancer as a widespread health problem through research, service, and education. One of their larger events of the year, the Great American Smokeout, occurs on the third Thursday in November. This annual event strives to encourage all tobacco users to designate a quit date and work towards a smoke-free life. The mission at our dental office in Georgetown is to help our neighbors live a healthy, happy life, and not using tobacco is directly related to us fulfilling that mission. So this November, we’re going to highlight a few benefits of quitting as well as a few tips to help.
Smoking & Oral Health
Most people are aware of the various health issues that go along with smoking. And those are absolutely serious. But your dentist in Georgetown focuses more on the many oral health problems that tend to accompany years of tobacco use. Some of these concerns include:
- Dry mouth and, in turn, decay
- Yellowing teeth and bad breath
- Slowed healing time after dental treatment
Tips to Quit
Quitting smoking isn’t easy, and sometimes people try several times before they stop once and for all. And that’s ok. Whether this is your first try or your twentieth, we believe in you and want to help by providing a few of the best tips we’ve found to help you quit.
- Gather a support system by recruiting friends and family to help you manage cravings. Having a solid support team is one of the key ingredients to a successful quit plan.
- List out your reasons for quitting and refer back to them whenever you feel yourself start to slip. Reminding yourself of the money you’ll save or the health you’ll get back can snap you out of a potential fallback.
- Be aware of your triggers and work to either avoid them or change your habits surrounding them.
- Keep healthy options handy to keep your hands and mouth busy. Chew sugar-free gum or snack on crunchy carrots to help satisfy your cravings.
If you’re looking for help to finally quit smoking, or perhaps you’re ready to get your mouth healthy after quitting, we welcome you to call our Georgetown dental office to schedule an appointment. Even it’s been awhile since you’ve been to the dentist or you’ve been a smoker for years, you don’t need to worry about a lecture with us. We believe that supporting you through your journey is much more helpful to getting you healthy.