Fabey Dental - January 2020

Tips for National Clean Up Your Computer Month Ctrl, Alt, Delete Your Clutter

Everyone relies on technology. Computers, laptops, tablets, and phones are staples of modern life. However, it’s easy for these devices to become cluttered with old photos, files, and general disorganization. Luckily, January is National Clean Up Your Computer Month and an excellent time to get your technology in order. START BY DUSTING Over time, computer towers can become clogged with dust, which creates additional, unwanted heat within your computer. Regular cleanings will increase the lifespan of your computer and protect its essential components. Compressed air is great for removing most of the dust and other particulates. If the fans or filters are too dirty, you can remove them from the tower to clean them better. If you use water or liquid cleaning products on them, be sure they are completely dry before placing them back into your computer. ORGANIZE YOUR FILES Naming and arranging the files on your computer in such a way that they’re easy

for you to find can end up saving you a lot of time. Declutter your workspace by creating one file for pictures, one for Word documents, one for spreadsheets, and one for programs to eliminate the hassle of frantically searching for the files you need. BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER Be sure to back up your computer before you start deleting things. This acts as a safety net in case you delete something you didn’t mean to. Additionally, consider installing a second hard drive. The extra space can help with storing important files without having to worry about how much room is left. CLEAN UP SPACE Any files you’ll never use again should be deleted. Likewise, any programs you haven’t used in a while should be uninstalled. Check your hard drive for files that might be taking up unintended space on your computer. And remember to empty the recycling bin — it’s easy to forget just how much goes in there.

Debunking Dental Myths

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

THE MYTH: Primary teeth don’t matter because they’re not permanent.

Proper oral hygiene regimens can be tricky to follow because there’s so much unreliable information floating around and certain important practices have never been widely addressed. Here are four common misconceptions about oral health and how best to tackle them.

THE FACTS: Primary, or “baby,” teeth play an important role in the early development of the mouth. They guide the permanent teeth in the proper direction, and their health can also affect those teeth. Without proper care of the primary teeth, a child’s permanent teeth may not develop properly, which can influence nutrition and speech development.

THE MYTH: Brushing harder will make your teeth cleaner.

THE FACTS: Brushing too hard or with a toothbrush that’s too abrasive can actually cause your teeth harm because it erodes some of the enamel that protects your teeth from decay. The first step in safe brushing is to use a soft-bristled brush.

THE MYTH: Sugar causes cavities.

THE FACTS: For a long time, people have believed that sugar is the primary cause of tooth decay. It does play a significant role in the formation of cavities, but bacteria primarily like to feed on carbohydrates to produce the acids that attack enamel. This means crackers and bread may be more dangerous to your oral health than candy. If you have any questions about your oral health and the best way to manage it, always let the professionals answer them. That’s what Fabey Dental Studios is here for.

THE MYTH: Your teeth have to be white to be healthy.

THE FACTS: Teeth are naturally white, and there are many unhealthy things that can cause them to grow darker, like smoking. But there are also many natural things that can cause them to darken, like stains from food and drinks, certain medications, and aging. Just because your teeth aren’t as white as they once were doesn’t mean they’re unhealthy.

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