We Promote Optimum Health All Month Long
February is a pretty big month for us here at SouthWindsor Smiles. Not only is it the time of year for Valentine’s Day, but it’s also National Heart Health Month and National Children’s Dental Health Month. Of all the months of the year, February is the best time to think about and promote oral and overall health. Over the years, my team and I have worked hard to spread awareness to the significant connections between oral health and the rest of the body. Many people view the body and the mouth separately, without realizing how much they’re actually connected. But we have a saying here in the office: “There is no such thing as a mouth coming into our office.The rest of the body comes too.” The mouth is connected to the body, and what happens there impacts everything else. When adult patients come into the office, we not only clean their teeth but also test their blood pressure and the carbon dioxide levels in their blood. Through these additional services and checkups, we ensure our patients receive the best care for both dental and overall health. For National Heart Health Month, we make an effort to spread awareness as much as we can. Our office is associated with the American Heart Association, and we participate in runs and walks and even encourage people to exercise more, all in effort to ensure overall health. Almost anything we can do to get people talking, we’ll do it, which also supports National Children’s Dental Health Month.
Throughout February, our team heads to area elementary schools and day cares to present what we know about health and review important steps for taking care of the mouth and teeth. Alongside kids, we talk about the best foods to eat, how to properly brush and floss, and even what toothpaste to use. Of course, these initiatives are alive and well within our office too. Our doctors and hygienists take every opportunity to stop and talk to patients who might be experiencing a health problem.We hand out several books in the office to our patients to help them understand connections between oral health and the rest of the body.We want to ensure they know what steps they should take to achieve optimum health.
But we have a saying here in the office: ‘There is no such thing as a mouth coming into our office. The rest of the body comes too.’
Our team cares about patient health, and this is one of the times we can express that care in more ways than one. Sadly, February is the shortest month of the year, which means both of these national holidays don’t last as long as we’d like. However, that doesn’t mean we’ll stop promoting and looking out for every person’s health. We’ll be at it for the entire year, ensuring you and your loved ones are happy and healthy year after year.
–Dr. Kevin Norige
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