Kenneth Woo DDS - January 2020

Expand Your Family’s Horizons

By Opening Your Home to an Exchange Student

Cultivate Friendship

Hosting an exchange student in your home may not be

something you’ve considered before, but there are many reasons

Welcoming a new member into your home paves the way for new friendships to blossom. Even though the duration may often feel short, the friendships developed during an exchange are strong, and it’s not uncommon for host families and students to keep in touch for years after they’ve parted ways. Having friends in different parts of the world is also convenient when it comes to travel — you might get lucky enough to have a nice place to stay when you’re in their neck of the woods! Broaden Horizons It’s not just your family that will reap the benefits of opening your home to an exchange student; the student has much to gain as well. They’ll immerse themselves in your culture and get to see how your community lives harmoniously together. You’ll play an important role in showing them what life is like in your backyard while gleaning important perspectives on what life is like in theirs.

why adding an international member to your family is great for everyone involved.

Develop Understanding

One of the most valuable traits we can learn is to be understanding of others. Learning about other countries and cultures offers an opportunity to be more receptive to the idea that, no matter how far apart people live or how much the languages we speak differ, at our core, we have a lot in common. Navigating life with this open mindset has far-reaching value that your entire family will benefit from.


Busting Common Dental Myths

Myth: Your dental problems are inherited.

January is often the perfect time to start a new chapter, but amid all that celebrating, don’t forget about one quirky holiday January also boasts: Opposite Day on Jan. 25. In honor of this strange — or completely normal — holiday, we debunked common dental myths!

Reality: Yes, genetics play a significant role in the health of your teeth, but they are not the only factors that determine how healthy your teeth are. Myriad things dictate the health of your teeth! Do you brush regularly? What kinds of foods and drinks do you consume? What chronic conditions are you living with? How often do you go to the dentist? Do you floss? (See the first myth!) Your answers to these questions — and more — can have an impact on the health of your teeth, in addition to your genetics. Here’s the biggest takeaway: Regular dental appointments and healthy oral hygiene habits are the best line of defense against tooth decay and rot. Learn more by visiting

Myth: Flossing isn’t important.

Reality: When you don’t floss, you are missing two out of the five surfaces on your teeth. This negligence allows plaque to build up, calcify, and rot your teeth. Something as simple as gliding a small string through your teeth can be one of the best ways to take care of your smile. Regularly flossing ensures you are cleaning these hidden sides of your teeth while scraping away the gunk that cakes up on your gums. Just a few minutes of your day could make your pearly whites shinier — and healthier — than ever. Reality: Blood in the sink and sore gums can tell you that you may be brushing too hard or that your gums are infected, but just because you cannot feel the pain in your mouth does not mean there isn’t real damage being done. The best way to determine the health of your mouth and teeth is with regular cleanings and check-ups. Your dentist can establish a baseline history of your teeth and determine what steps, if any, need to be taken to give you a realistic view of your oral health. Myth: There’s nothing wrong because nothing hurts!


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