Gardens Dental Care - March/April 2020


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Dental Did-You-Knows

When Making Nutritional Choices

Pro tip: If you do eat something sticky, like fruit or candy, your natural reaction after you’re done might be to run to brush your teeth right away. But it’s

March is National Nutrition Month, and that means it’s a great opportunity to think about the choices we make when it comes to the food we eat. Everyone knows that you need healthy food to fuel your body, but fewer people are aware of the effects that nutrition can have on the health of your mouth. For this edition, we’ve got some facts that might surprise you and some tips for creating your healthiest smile. From an early age, we’re taught that sugar is the enemy when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy. But there’s a lot more going on than you might think, so let’s break down exactly why sugar isn’t a friend to your teeth. “Sugar” is actually a blanket term for carbohydrates. When certain types of carbs mix with the bacteria inside your mouth, acid forms, and that acid wears away at the enamel on your teeth, enabling decay to occur more easily. So, while you should be eating sugary foods in moderation, it’s also important to cut back on other high-carb foods, like pasta, bread, and crackers. When it comes to your teeth, did you know that not all fruits are healthy for you? A good diet should consist of plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins, but there are some foods in each of these categories to avoid. When it comes to fruit, eating from the berry family, especially blueberries and strawberries, is much better than eating a banana, which is extremely high in natural sugar.

actually detrimental to brush your teeth immediately after eating sticky foods because instead of removing the residue, you’re more likely to spread it around. Instead, drink plenty of water first, give the food a little while to dissolve, and then brush. There’s another culprit in the nutrition game when it comes to making healthy choices for your teeth that you likely haven’t thought about before. Did you know that certain brands of bottled water are more acidic than others? That’s right — even water is something to think about when it comes to your teeth. Acidic liquids are harmful, especially carbonated drinks like soda. But if your water has a pH level that’s lower than 5.5, you’ll want to find a different brand to drink. Tests by consumers have shown Fiji and Evian to be some of the best, and Dasani and Smartwater to be some of the worst. When in doubt, go for water fresh from the tap because those pH levels are regulated much more closely. Tips like these can feel like a lot to remember, but as long as you’re making healthy choices, only indulging once in a while, and following an effective oral hygiene regimen, your mouth will be in great shape. At the time the article above was written, we weren’t yet experiencing the COVID-19 outbreak. However, we want to inform you that we are doing everything we can to keep our patients and team members safe and healthy. Even though so much of our daily life has changed, and will continue to change, it is essential to maintain your daily routines (such as brushing and flossing your teeth) as it is one of the best ways to keep your immune system healthy. We have noticed there's no shortage of rolls of dental floss!

Pro tip: Strawberries are also a natural teeth whitener, so they’re one of the healthiest choices you can make for your mouth. Strawberries from Plant City, about 3 hours northwest of Palm Beach Gardens, are some of the best in the state. Making that road trip wouldn’t be a bad way to spend a weekend if you’re looking for a naturally whiter smile!

Please remember we are open for any dental emergency!

It’s also important to stay away from sticky fruit, like raisins, because when they stick, they’re really hard to get off! The longer food stays on and between your teeth, the more opportunity it has to form the acid that will lead to decay.

For more information about what Gardens Dental Care is doing during this outbreak, please see Page 4 of this newsletter.

–Dr. David Yates

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3 Tips for Changing Careers Later in Life

to find a job you actually love. Instead, take a deep breath and be open to what comes. You may discover a hidden talent or passion!

It’s 6 a.m. on Monday morning, and your alarm clock blares in your face. You groan and, with the thought of another week looming over you, pull yourself out of bed. But the early wake-up call is the least of your worries. Another week has begun, and you’re still stuck in a job that you no longer love or maybe never did. Does this sound familiar? If so, you may believe changing careers isn’t worth the hassle, especially if you’re close to retirement, but here’s the secret: It’s not too late! There’s nothing stopping you from finding a career you love later in life. Here are three tips to get you started.

Forget the Money Money matters, but it shouldn’t be your first priority on the job hunt. Instead, consider what’s going to make you the happiest. What’s your dream job? What have you always enjoyed doing? If money wasn’t an option, what would you be doing right now instead of counting down the hours to 5 p.m.? Be realistic in your goals and find something you love. Seek Guidance Remember, you’re not alone in this fight! Plenty of people switch careers midway through their lives to focus on something they really enjoy. Seek guidance from those who have had a similar experience and look to professional job hunters or consultants for help. Furthermore, after years in the same job or industry, you’re bound to have made a few connections. Reach out for professional support. Regardless of what path you choose, remember that a career you enjoy is always possible. We can’t promise that you’ll love getting up at 6 a.m., but at least you won’t dread what comes next.

Be Flexible If it’s been a while since you’ve hunted for a job, then you may have forgotten what it’s like. Job searching can be exhausting, and some job requirements can look overwhelming. But getting stuck in your ways and focusing on the things you cannot do will only hinder your ability


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Beet, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad

“He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.” Mark 8:31

Inspired by Food Network


6 beets, peeled and quartered


6 cups fresh arugula

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

3 tbsp shallots, thinly sliced

1 tbsp honey

1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 avocado, cubed

Salt and pepper to taste

2 oz crumbled goat cheese


1. Heat oven to 450 F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. 2. In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, shallots, and honey. 3. Gradually whisk olive oil into the mixture and season with salt and pepper. 4. In a small bowl, toss the beets in dressing until they are coated. 5. Place coated beets on baking sheet and roast them for 12 minutes. Set the beets aside and allow them to cool. 6. In a large bowl, toss arugula, walnuts, and berries with the remaining vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper. 7. Top salad with beets, avocado, and goat cheese

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Inside This Issue

Choosing the Best Nutrition for Your Teeth PAGE 1 Finding a Job You Love at Any Age PAGE 2

Beet, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad PAGE 3

The Good News PAGE 3

Get the Word Out! PAGE 3

Welcome, New Patients! PAGE 2

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Staying Clean! Gardens Dental Care, like most dental offices, has used sterilization techniques for many years, and what we do now is really no different. All the instruments we use in our operatory are thoroughly sterilized, and any disposable materials are properly disposed of after each patient.

Obviously, with the COVID-19 outbreak, we are going above and beyond. In addition to a continued routine in sterilization, we are wiping down and sanitizing every surface in our office throughout the day. As an extra precaution, we’re also having our patients pre-rinse with hydrogen peroxide mix when they’re seated in the chair. We also have a system called REME Halo in both of our suites that is part of our air circulation system. REME Halo kills 99% of bacteria, germs, and viruses in the air and on all surfaces. We’ve been using this system for years and are not the only ones to take advantage of this protection; schools, hotels, hospitals, government buildings, and homes have also benefited from REME Halo. Through this protection and our many procedures, our patients can feel safe and comfortable in Gardens Dental Care as they continue to rely on our services. Please remember we are open for any dental emergency during the COVID-19 outbreak.


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