Preventive care in the new year

by MikeMeehan 1/8/2019 3:28 PM

If you and your family’s annual maximum restarts in the new year, now is a great time to schedule checkups and cleanings. With Delta Dental and most dental offices, you can take steps to make scheduling quick and easy. Check out our tips for fitting regular appointments into your busy schedule. Find a convenient timeLook for a dentist with a schedule that works for you. Some dental offices may offer hours outside the typical 9-to-5 schedule to accommodate working families. Once you chose a dentist, schedule your appointment at the same time as the rest of your family to avoid the hassle of multiple visits. If you’re scheduling appointments for the full year, pair them with other annual events like spring cleaning or yearly physician visits to build regular visits into to your family’s yearly routines.  Access scheduling toolsIf you’re covered by Delta Dental, you can download the Delta Dental mobile app to conveniently schedule appointments from your phone.* Additionally, many dental offices will allow you to schedule appointments months in advance. Getting it on the calendar early can help you avoid conflicting events. Take advantage of remindersA possible culprit for skipping the dentist is forgetting the visit you already scheduled. Luckily, there are lots of tools to help. Remember to program the appointment time into your phone or write it on your calendar. You can also ask the dental office receptionist how your appointment reminder will be sent. Choose the method that’s most convenient for you such as a text message, email or friendly phone call. You may even consider requesting a reminder letter from your dental office. Schedules can get hectic any time of the year. But by scheduling smart, you’ll ensure your smile receives the dental care you need to stay healthy. *Appointment scheduling is powered by our partners at Brighter™. Availability may vary by geographic area and individual dentist participation in Brighter Schedule™.   

Hot spinach and artichoke dip

by MikeMeehan 12/27/2018 11:06 AM

Share a laugh over this delicious holiday appetizer that just happens to be packed with nutrients that are good for teeth. The cheese contains calcium for teeth strength, while the artichokes provide vitamin C for fighting off and recovering from infection. Just make sure to enjoy it with whole-grain crackers, which are better for your smile. Ingredients:1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and chopped1 ½ cups frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and chopped6 ounces cream cheese¼ cup mayonnaise1/3 cup grated parmesan½ teaspoon red pepper flakes¼ teaspoon salt¼ teaspoon garlic powder Directions:Boil spinach and artichokes in 1 cup of water until tender. Drain and discard liquid. Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute or until hot and soft. Stir in all remaining ingredients and serve hot.  

The benefits of laughing are no joke

by MikeMeehan 12/12/2018 9:07 AM

Holidays are a great time to spend with family, and laughing with relatives is one of the best parts of the season. Whether you’re barely giggling or totally cracking up, laughter can have positive effects on your oral and overall health. Read on to learn what a good laugh can do for you. Reduce your stress levels.  You might be stressed from the holiday bustle, and that can be bad news for your gums and teeth. Stress is a common cause of teeth grinding, which can damage your tooth enamel, make your jaw ache and more. Furthermore, it results in higher cortisol levels, increasing your risk for gum disease.  By lowering cortisol levels, laughter can help improve immune system functioning. It also activates and then releases your stress response, leaving you with a relaxed feeling and reduced tension. Act as a mild workout.  Surprisingly, laughing can mimic exercise by burning calories and increasing your heart rate. In a study conducted by Vanderbilt University, participants burned 50 calories after just 10 to 15 minutes of laughter. Plus, laughter releases endorphins and stimulates multiple parts of the body, including the heart, lungs and muscles. Sharing a snicker at the family table just might help you burn off some of those extra calories from dessert.  Boost pain tolerance.  By releasing endorphins, laughter can increase pain tolerance. Some research even suggests that patients who laugh a significant amount need less pain medication following surgery. If you’re experiencing a toothache, try watching a comedy to pass the time and ease your pain before your dental appointment. Get your giggle on this holiday season and you just might see some healthy rewards.  

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