Interesting Articles and References
Here are some websites with great information about oral care. Be sure to call us with any questions you have and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment to discuss them with you.
The American Dental Association’s MouthHealthy site gives you great tips on all things dental.
The Oral Health Foundation’s Dental Health site offers additional useful information.
Be sure to take a look at the Oral Cancer Foundation’s site to become aware of risk factors and signs of oral cancer. If you find any of these, call us immediately to schedule an appointment for further evaluation. Every moment counts!
Tips for Surviving the Holidays
from Dr. Donna Friess
Start with a simple list
Shed the should
Staying positive and celebrating with gratitude
If you or your friend have recently lost a loved one, this first holiday season can be particularly difficult. Here are some survival ideas:
1. Be proactive. Plan some activity or ritual that will help you get through the day. Perhaps it is a trip, hosting a gathering, taking a walk in the afternoon, doing something to break up the traditions from the past.
2. Take time to think about your loved one and talk about him or her with a trusted confidant.
3. Create a new tradition. Perhaps there is a game to play, or an art project the family or friends could enjoy such as decorating cupcakes, stockings, creating a gingerbread house, or making ornaments.
4. When invited somewhere consider whether you want to go or are you going to be polite. Answer conditionally, “May I tentatively say yes, and if I feel up to it that day I will come?”
5. Let one trusted person know how you are really doing behind the social mask of cheerfulness.
6. Carry out one of the traditions or rituals of your loved one to honor him or her.
7. Most important of all, know that it is okay to cry.
8. Take good care of yourself by eating properly and sleeping properly and avoiding excessive use of alcohol.
9. Live in gratitude. The prescription for negative thinking is to be grateful for all your blessings.
10. Make a goals book and begin to look forward. What more do you want TO DO, TO HAVE AND TO BE in life?
Mark Twain said that “Courage is to face our fears and go forward”. You can do that even though the holidays may bring more than social gatherings and beautiful music!
–Used with permission.