Advanced & Family Dentistry - December 2018


December 2018


Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, FromOur Family to Yours!

–Dr. Parth Patel

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It’s speculated that the first ugly sweater party took place in Vancouver, Canada, back in 2001. Since then, the trend has become one of the most popular holiday party themes. Come Thanksgiving, you’ll start to see racks in all types of clothing stores lined with hideous sweaters. If you’re ready to jump on the ugly- sweater-party bandwagon this Christmas season, here are a few things to keep in mind. Your Very Own Ugly Sweater Ugly sweaters come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. You can head to H&M or a local thrift store to pick one up. However, if you have a sweater that’s been cozied up for years in the back of your closet or a drawer, now’s your chance to give it new life. Arm yourself with a hot glue gun, thread, and needle, and patch Santa, Rudolph, or Frosty on it. And let it be known that an ugly sweater isn’t complete without sparkles, beads, and sequins galore.

family members, make sure there are plenty of refreshments and games, and you’re guaranteed to have a top-tier party. A few ugly- sweater-themed games that should be on the agenda include an ugly gift exchange, which is similar to the white elephant exchange, except with the gaudiest gifts you can find; an ugly photo booth, complete with terrible, tacky props; and, of course, an ugly sweater contest.

This is the only time of year when slipping into a lurid red sweater with a stuffed Santa sewn on the front is considered trendy. So adorn yourself in the frumpiest, tackiest sweater you can find, and have some fun this December!

What Exactly Is an Ugly Sweater Party? It’s rather simple — slip on your favorite Christmas sweater, gather all your friends and


“Everything worked like clockwork. No discomfort at all. First time I can say that in over fifty years of going to the dentist. Dr. Eric Jones and his team are all fabulous. Imagine how you are going to feel when you look like a movie star, or you look in the mirror, loving those pearly whites. It’s going to make you smile more than ever. I promise, Dr. Eric Jones is fantastic. On a scale of 1 to 10, Dr. Eric Jones is off the chart.”

“I can honestly say this is the best dental experience I’ve ever had, and I’ve had many good dentists in the past. The entire office staff is really wonderful. They are caring, professional, and fun. On top of that, Dr. Jones really knows what he’s doing, too! He’s very gentle and does a great job. I can’t say enough good things about these guys. If you’re thinking about giving them a try, DO IT. You won’t be disappointed.”



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How to Make Your Benefits Count


The end of the year often coincides with dental insurance benefit deadlines. If you get your insurance through your employer, it may be a good idea to review your plan and ensure you’re getting the most out of your benefits. Even if you can’t get penciled in for an appointment this late in the year, you can make a plan for next year that puts your premiums to good use. Here are some tips for making the most of your dental insurance. BE PROACTIVE Many dental plans offer full coverage for preventive care such as cleanings. Not only does this minimize your out-of- pocket contributions, but it keeps more severe — and expensive — health issues from arising. Annual cleanings are a great way to put your benefits to use while staying two steps ahead of cavities and gum disease. SCHEDULE FOLLOW-UPS There’s never a better time to schedule your next appointment than when you’re still in the chair. Talk to your doctor about your dental needs, and work with them to determine when your next appointment should be. Doing this can ensure you

stay on track with your care and make the most of your dental plan.

LOOK TO THE FUTURE While the window to use your 2018 benefits may

be closing, you may soon have an opportunity to change or alter your existing plan. During open enrollment period, you might be able to switch to a different level of coverage within your employer’s plan or shop around for individual coverage. Talking to your dentist or orthodontist about your specific needs and risk factors can give you a better idea of the type of plan that will work best for you in the future. You work hard for your insurance and should take advantage of your benefits. Being proactive about your dental health and determining the best plan for your future needs can help you save money and get the most out of your coverage. Above all, remember that the only thing worse than being overinsured is being underinsured.




This hearty soup is a quick, easy, healthy addition to your holiday table. It can also be made vegetarian by substituting chicken broth with vegetable broth.


• 1 small head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cored and sliced • 1 leek, chopped • 1 medium onion, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth

• 1/2 cup heavy cream • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and pepper, to taste


1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter into warm oil. Add onion and leek, season with salt and pepper, and cook until tender, about 10–12 minutes. 2. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add cauliflower, broth, and cream. Simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 15 minutes. 3. Using a blender, purée in batches until smooth. 4. Top servings with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of pepper.

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