Natural Looking Fillings

Have you ever set up a long-overdue dentist appointment while hoping and praying you don’t have any cavities…only to learn that you do? If you don’t have the time to get them filled that day, then a follow-up treatment will be necessary to fill the cavity. Back in the day, some people had a mouth full of gold or silver fillings, but today, a filling is not what it used to be. Metal fillings have played an important role in treating dental cavities, but the color has made the number of cavities in a person’s mouth much too obvious and unattractive. As a result, many people now opt for more natural-looking or tooth-colored fillings. 

Filling Types

Cast Gold Fillings: Gold has been used to repair teeth problems for thousands of years, however, this precious metal is an expensive option.  This high-quality mineral does not corrode, and it can last up to 15 or more years. Also, it is a long process to use gold for fillings because it requires two appointments: First to remove the decay and take an impression, and second to permanently cement the gold filling into the tooth. As valuable as gold is, it may or may not be worth having it as a filling. 

Amalgam Fillings: You know the dark, silver spots you may have seen in some elderly folks’ mouths? This is known as an amalgam filling, which is a mixture of different metals, including silver, tin, mercury, copper, and zinc. These types of fillings are the least expensive. However, to get the job done, more of a tooth’s structure has to be removed before installing the filling, and once they are in, they tend to corrode over time and cause discoloration to the tooth enamel. One of the greatest disadvantages of these types of fillings is that they are unattractive whenever someone opens their mouth.

Natural-Looking Fillings: Tooth-colored fillings are composite resins that are made up of a blend of plastic and glass particles. This material is not only great at repairing cavities but can even go the extra mile by changing the color or shape of a tooth. These fillings only need one appointment because the procedure is simple and fairly quick. Your dentist will choose the shade of composite closest to your natural tooth color, and then decay will be removed.  Next, a special curing light will be used to harden the layers of the filling material. Lastly, the filling will be shaped and polished so that it remains smooth and natural-looking. 

Benefits of Natural-Looking Fillings

Healthier: These fillings require minimal tooth removal, which preserves the inherent structure. When a tooth has more of its natural structure, it can stay healthier and lessens its chances of tooth decay or oral health issues later on. 

Tooth-Colored: Natural-looking fillings replicate the structure and shade of the tooth so they maintain the mouth’s aesthetics. Those who are in need of teeth restorations can do so without it affecting the appearance of their teeth whenever they talk or smile.

Durable and Safe: These fillings have proven to repair teeth exceptionally well with the tough, long-lasting composite. Traditionally, amalgam fillings would expand and contract with temperature changes.  As a result, this put pressure on the tooth, causing it to crack or even break. Natural-looking fillings do not have this issue, which is why they are a safer option.

Reduced Sensitivity: Unlike metal fillings, natural-looking fillings will not be sensitive to extreme temperature changes. Teeth will still feel strong and able to withstand either a hot coffee or ice-cold water without any discomfort.

Mercury-Free: Mercury is a toxic material in amalgam fillings. Although the amount of mercury is low enough that it is not considered dangerous to your health, this is still a point to consider.

A lucky few have never had a cavity, and may never have the cavity-filling experience, but for the rest of us, getting a cavity filled is a normal part of life.  Thankfully, we now have natural-looking fillings that have made it possible to keep our teeth healthy, strong, and attractive! 

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Flossing Truths!

If you have ever thought to yourself, “When is the last time I flossed?” then you need to read this!  It is easy to be in the habit of brushing your teeth and using mouthwash occasionally, however, what people do not realize is that brushing is really only part of the process to getting a clean and healthy mouth. Flossing must be practiced in order for it to become a habit, and it’s really only through consistency that a person can reap its true benefits. 

Now flossing may not be the most fun daily activity but it’s one that will definitely pay off in the long run. So lets discuss some motivating truths about floss that will hopefully inspire you to make this activity apart of your daily routine. 

The Truth about Flossing!

Flossing protects against periodontal disease:Even if you brush daily food debris can become trapped in the in between spaces of your teeth and gums. These food particles that get left become the perfect prey for your oral bacteria to attack, which can ultimately lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque that activates your body’s responses to the bacterial infection, which leads to an array of problems like swollen, bleeding gums, gingivitis, teeth loosening, and eventually to more severe stages of the disease. Flossing on a daily basis removes any food debris and plaque build up, thus preventing this disease from progressing. 

Flossing keeps our body’s healthy:When you brush your teeth and floss you tend to think your just keeping your mouth clean but really maintaining good oral hygiene protects more than just a healthy smile. If good oral hygiene is not maintained on a daily basis and bacteria is given the opportunity to flourish then it can result in a number of more serious health issues such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and diabetes. So by simply including flossing to your dental routine you are protecting your body as a whole. 

Flossing whitens your smile:Maybe you have tried all different types of whitening techniques like an over the counter product or baking soda. Even though they may have helped, one of the best ways to get and keep a whiter smile is by flossing. Flossing will help keep any staining to a minimum, which will leave your smile brighter.

Flossing and brushing are equally important:As a child you are taught to brush your teeth and make that apart of your morning and night routine. You may have heard your mom yell out a number of times, “Did you brush your teeth?” Brushing your teeth gets engrained into us; however, depending on how well your parents flossed you may have only left that portion to the dentist. Flossing is not secondary to brushing; it in fact is an equal partner in the fight against oral diseases. Floss is made to scrub out the tight in between places of your teeth as well as the gap between the teeth and gums. Brushing may make your mouth feel cleaner and fresher but really the job is only done half way. Brushing can’t reach those hard to reach spaces that only floss can get. So instead of living in the illusion of a clean mouth actually have one, by allowing floss to remove the plaque in the areas that are hidden. 

Flossing gives better breath:Have you ever breathed into your hand and tried to quickly smell it to see if your breath smells all right? After getting a whiff you may have either determined you need to brush your teeth or a mint will suffice. Flossing, however, helps to maintain a better smelling breath. It is the remaining food particles and bacteria that lead to a nasty smelling mouth but by thoroughly removing any plaque, which is caused by residual food particles, your breath will improve.

Fun Flossing Facts

-If you choose not to floss, 35% of your teeth will remain unclean. But if you do floss, dental floss will remove a plaque that is made up of more than 300 different species of bacteria. Yikes!

-Not brushing and flossing can allow tiny bacteria to destroy one of the hardest substances in the body, tooth enamel. 

-Floss that is pieced into 18-20 inch strands is the ideal length when flossing, however most people don’t use that much.

-Once a day is the recommended amount a person should floss but twice a day, is of course, much better.

-Flossing your teeth daily will lessen your chances of getting cavities and will ultimately keep your teeth and gums stronger and healthier.

Flossing may not have originally been a habit of yours but hopefully you are now inspired and motivated to make it a part of your daily dental routine. 

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Full Mouth Reconstruction

The mouth is made up of the jaw bone, gums, tongue, salivary glands and most importantly, teeth. The purpose of your teeth is to break down food for your stomach to digest, and because they come in direct contact with everything you eat, they require the very best care. Going to the dentist is a critical part of taking good care of your overall health.

There is a wide range of dental problems that could potentially affect people over the long term. These problems often occur as a standalone issue, which can be resolved fairly quickly and easily if a dentist is seen.  However, for those who do not see a dentist annually, small problems can easily become big problems, and that is when full mouth reconstruction may become necessary.  Sudden mouth trauma can also require a full-mouth reconstruction as well.

What is Full Mouth Reconstruction? 

Full mouth reconstruction includes replacing missing teeth, repairing teeth that have been damaged, correction to jaw joints and faulty bites as well as gum and jawbone damage, replacing previous dental work that has worn out, and even treatment for mouth diseases. Each one of these procedures can be performed independently, however, when a person has multiple dental health problems it may be beneficial for a full mouth reconstruction. 

Reconstruction is any combination of different types of dentistry to get your mouth back in good health. This could include restorative dental treatments like crowns, bridges, fillings, inlays, and onlays. Implant dentistry uses dental implants to fill in the missing spaces by replicating the originals from root to crown. Cosmetic dentistry works to bring the aesthetics of the mouth back to good health by using porcelain veneers, teeth, whitening, dental bonding, and gum re-contouring. 

Neuromuscular dentistry, or TMD treatment, is done to correct any issue that involves the temporomandibular joints as well as the bite. Bruxism treatments include therapy that helps resolve teeth that are grinding. Oral surgery involves root canal therapy, soft and hard tissue grafting and tooth extraction. It can also include other procedures that deal with orthotics and periodontal treatments. Since full mouth reconstruction can be a different combination of these procedures, reconstruction dentistry will look different from patient to patient. 

Who Needs Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Anyone who has multiple oral health problems that are affecting the majority of the teeth, as well as the supporting tissue, will oftentimes be the right candidate for the full mouth reconstruction. These oral health issues may include four or more teeth missing or compromised, eroded enamel, decay in multiple teeth, difficulty chewing and biting, bone loss in the jaw, severe difficulty speaking, irritated gums and bones from dentures, or major wear and chipping on the teeth from many years of grinding. There are other conditions that a person can be born with like Ectodermal dysplasia that usually requires a full reconstruction procedure.

Possible Concerns

Patients who are younger tend to respond better to reconstructive treatments and have a quicker recovery time. Those who are older, generally have a greater risk with any type of medical or dental procedure. So, depending on the age and health statics, a less invasive procedure may be a better option.  

A full mouth reconstruction is a major process, therefore, those with heart problems or with certain autoimmune diseases require special considerations. Since this is a corrective treatment for better oral health, those who cannot or will not maintain it, due to smoking, heavy alcohol, or drug usage should consider breaking bad habits prior to undergoing reconstructive surgery.

When the mouth is healthy and high functioning, all systems and components are working together in perfect harmony. However, when components become compromised, it can throw off oral health balance and even lead to greater health concerns.  Fortunately, a full mouth reconstruction procedure can offer hope to those who are in need of professional dental services.

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Plaque Care for Healthy Teeth

What is your favorite part of going to the dentist? Is it walking away with teeth that look and feel extra clean and sparkly? Sometimes your teeth will feel so smooth it can be hard to keep your tongue off them. When you do not brush your teeth three times a day, or especially after something sweet, a colorless film of bacteria begins to accumulate on your teeth. These bacteria are known as plaque. 

Plaque develops when you consume sweet carbohydrates such as milk, soda, candy, cake, etc. and you do not brush or chew sugarless gum immediately after consumption. If plaque is given the chance to flourish, then it will produce acids that can ultimately destroy tooth enamel leads to tooth decay. Plaque not only develops on the tooth itself but also on its roots under the gums, and when it settles there, it will cause the tooth to breakdown. 

Plaque is something you do not want to let hang around for too long!  Fortunately, there are ways to prevent plaque buildup, and protect your teeth from the devastating effects of the bacteria. Here are some ways to keep your teeth healthy and plaque-free. 

Brush Twice Daily

Ideally, it would be best to take your toothbrush with you wherever you go to be sure you can brush after every meal. This would ensure that plaque does not stick around too long. Since this is not realistic for most people, a thorough brushing twice a day will suffice. Brushing before bedtime is especially important so that the plaque does not develop on your teeth as you sleep.

To ensure that your twice-daily brushing is enough, it is vital to brush properly by keeping your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards your gums. Brush in circular motions all around every tooth including the outsides, insides and inner parts of the tooth. Once every tooth has been cleaned, scrape your tongue to remove bacteria and to freshen your breath. This entire process should take at least two minutes, and there are brushing timers that can help you ensure you clean your teeth long enough.

Remember to use a soft-bristled toothbrush because a brush that is too rough can damage your gums. As much as you may get attached to your favorite toothbrush, it is best to replace it every three months. A toothbrush that is overused and worn down will not provide a proper brushing. However, if you want the best possible result, use an electronic toothbrush. They are more expensive, but they are also much more effective.

Floss Once Daily

Brushing teeth twice a day is good, but it is not enough. Everyone must floss once a day to avoid plaque buildup. Because the bacteria are so small, they can get into the hard-to-reach places like between your teeth. Therefore, flossing is the key to preventing plaque from getting the best of your teeth and gums. Flossing should occur once a day to ensure you are removing plaque from areas your toothbrush cannot reach. There is no right or wrong way to clean those hidden spaces; it just needs to be done and it does not matter when you do so. 

You can use floss by wrapping it around your fingers to create tension as you push it between your teeth or choose a different option such as dental picks, wooden plaque removers or a small, straight brush that can go between the teeth. When you floss, move the string between your teeth but also up and around the top edges of the tooth that touch the gums near the root for a more thorough cleaning.

Reduce Sugar and Starch Intake

Cookies, cake, candy, and soda are delightful treats, but when it comes to health, sugar addiction causes all sorts of problems. Sugar attracts the troublemakers in our bodies like plaque because these bacteria thrive on sugar.  The more sugar we consume, the more bacteria will grow, making it that much harder to keep plaque at bay. Therefore, the best way to prevent this problem is by limiting sugar and starch intake (potato chips, breads, sweetened beverages, etc.).  Whenever you do consume these foods, be sure to drink plenty of water afterward to help rinse away any remaining sugar on your teeth.

Oil Pulling

Brushing and flossing are primary ways to keep your mouth and teeth clean. However, there are other additional methods that aid a healthier mouth. One method includes oil pulling, which consists of swishing oil, usually coconut oil, around in your mouth for about 20 minutes. This practice removes plaque and strengthens your teeth while preventing tooth decay and soothing gums. Coconut oil is particularly beneficial as it contains fatty acids with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. Only one tablespoon of oil will leave your mouth much cleaner and healthier. 

Removing plaque from your teeth every day is vital for a healthy mouth, so if you believe you could improve your brushing and flossing habits, now is the time to do so!  See if you can impress your dentist with the health of your teeth at your next exam. 

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Fall Trips within 100 Miles of Spokane

Spokane is a beautiful city and a popular tourist destination in the Great Northwest. It is one of the largest cities in Washington state, and it has nearby borders with Idaho and Canada. This city has a rushing river that flows right through the middle of it, which has not only contributed to the city’s growth but has added to its natural beauty. Walking along the river during the Fall when the leaves are changing colors is a spectacular sight to see! 

Fall is a time for harvests, end of season adventures, and gatherings with family and friends.  As the colorful Northwest landscape changes from greens to reds, oranges, and yellows; there are some wonderful adventures you can take, all within 100 miles of the city of Spokane. 

Green Bluff Farms

Green Bluff is located on hills that overlook Spokane Valley and has a grower’s association that includes 30 farming families.  It is located about 12 miles north of Spokane, and it is a great place to buy local produce, whether it is U-pick or grab-and-go ready.  Many of these farms have small stores in addition to family-friendly pumpkin patches that include petting zoos, corn mazes, and wagon rides, which can all be enjoyed while sipping on some fresh apple cider.  


If Halloween one of your favorite holidays then Scarywood is the place to go! Scarywood is located in Athol, Idaho at the Silverwood theme park about an hour outside of Spokane. During October nights, this park transforms into a playground for creepy thrills and eerie chills as rides appear to be haunted. It is best suited for teens and adults who enjoy dressing up and having some frightening fun.


Valleyfest is held right in the heart of the Spokane community. This event has it all from science and education to recreation and arts.  It is a fun and exciting time for the community to come together and celebrate local talent with friends and family. Valleyfest provides the opportunity to participate in fishing, a 5k/10k run, a duathlon, or a bike ride. For those who love science, there are robotics, STEM activities, drone showcases, and an astronomy show at the planetarium. Valleyfest is an annual event that locals look forward to every Fall.

Riverside State Park

This park is located alongside the Spokane River. It is located about 10 miles outside of Spokane, and it offers a great get away from the hustle and bustle in the heart of the city. Riverside Park is a place to enjoy the outdoors, whether you prefer to a hike, mountain bike or go horseback riding, this park accommodates many hobbies and interests. One of the areas that are most impressive among these parts is known as the Bowl and Pitcher.  It is a place that combines forest and water, and the sight leaves many in awe.

Grand Coulee Dam

Load your family up and head west of Spokane about 85 miles or so to the Grand Coulee Dam. This amazing structure is located along the Columbia River and dates back to the 1930s. It was built during the Great Depression to help provide hydroelectric power and jobs. This magnificent, concrete structure is the largest of its kind. The Roosevelt Reservoir that the dam creates is also a sight to see. The Grand Coulee Dam has a visitor’s center to provide some intriguing history for those who enjoy learning more about state history. 

Coeur d’Alene National Forest

Spokane has some wonderful attributes, but one of the best things about this city is that it is so close to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, known for its luxurious resort and abundant water activities. Coeur d’Alene National Forest is an hour drive from Spokane, but this is only where the National Forest begins. Coeur d’Alene is one of three, main forests that encompass the north part of Idaho. This area is home to all types of wildlife, and it is a diverse outdoor playground for those who love being immersed in nature. You can indulge in hiking, kayaking, fishing, hunting, boating, biking, etc. It is a spectacular area to see if you are visiting Spokane.

Fall is a beautiful time of year to get out of the house and enjoy the changing colors in nature before the winter chill sets in. The cooler air feels refreshing after the hot summer, which makes the time spent outside thoroughly enjoyable.  Spokane is centrally-located to some of the greatest adventures around so be sure to trying something new this Fall!

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Zoom! Dramatic Same-Day Whitening

As delightful as your favorite soda or a steaming-hot cup of coffee may be, over time, these beverages are known to stain teeth. Since your smile contributes to your first impression, you may want to consider a professional whitening treatment called “Zoom.” Zoom is a speedy, in-office procedure that offers bright white teeth in under two hours. This procedure provides you with results far superior to what you can get with over-the-counter, teeth-whitening products. 

What is Zoom Whitening?

Zoom whitening is an advanced procedure designed to change the discoloration of enamel and dentin by lightening and brightening it in a short period of time. It is completed in a single dental visit that consistently produces impressive results. Ultimately, it is the most convenient way to achieve the brightest-possible smile.

How Long Do Zoomed Teeth Stay Bright White?

If you follow the post-whitening care instructions, your teeth will remain bright white for much longer than if you resume old habits and neglect recommended maintenance or up to six months. You will take home items such as whitening toothpaste and a whitening gel that will help maintain the brightness.

How Does the Zoom Procedure Work?

The main ingredient of this procedure is hydrogen peroxide. This ingredient is found in the Zoom light-activated gel, which allows oxygen to penetrate the enamel and dentin bleaching any discoloration on the tooth. The Zoom light acts as an aide to the hydrogen peroxide as it intensifies the whitening the process. The procedure consists of four, 15-minute sessions each with a fresh application of the whitening gel. Zoom patients see drastic and beautiful results within two hours.

Differences Between Zoom and Over-the-Counter Whiteners

Store bought whiteners can take weeks or even months to see just a few shades whiter and they are not nearly as powerful. Zoom, however, has been clinically proven to whiten your teeth up to eight shades lighter in only one visit. Zoom is not only faster but is also much safer for your teeth and gums than the over-the-counter methods because a professional directs and monitors the process. Zoom is truly the best choice for teeth whitening.

What to Expect

Before you invest in the whitening procedure, it is strongly recommended that you first get a full dental cleaning if you have not had one within a week. With clean teeth, the Zoom process can better whiten them.  If you happen to have sensitive teeth, it will be important to discuss any discomfort concerns with your dentist prior to beginning the Zoom treatment.

Step 1: The whitening process begins by first protecting your gums and soft tissue. Cheek retractors and cotton rolls are inserted into your mouth so they do not interfere with the procedure. Next, a protective layer is painted on your gums so they are not irritated or damaged in any way. Finally, protective glasses will be given to you to shield your eyes from the laser’s brilliance.

Step 2: Once you are protected, the Zoom whitening agent is placed on your teeth, and a laser light is set in front of them. The clock will then be set for 15 minutes. As you sit still and relax, the whitening agent goes to work on any stains or discoloration in your teeth.

Step 3: There are a total of four steps in the process, but depending on how the process is going or the patient’s comfort level, some patients opt-out on the fourth session. Once the process is finished, and your mouth has been rinsed out, you can admire your new smile. The brightness of your new smile will be dramatic.

As you leave, you will be given instructions, including what not to eat or drink for the next 48 hours to protect the thorough whitening treatment that was performed that day.

Zoom whitening treatment is the best way to get that diamond-white smile. Do not waste your time and money on the over-the-counter whitening methods that will leave you disappointed. Instead, choose the speedy process Zoom offers, and you will see how easy it is to have long-lasting, bright white teeth.

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Invisalign: Hassle-Free Teeth Straightening

When you were a child, did you ever put your bubble gum all over your teeth and pretend you had braces? If not, some of us did.  It seemed cool to have braces, but those who actually have had them would say otherwise.  All sorts of food becomes stuck in braces, and they feel rough against the inside of the mouth.  Also, an accidental hit to the face can be extremely painful and damaging for anyone with braces because the soft tissue of the mouth can get caught in them.

The idea of getting braces is fairly ominous for countless people who need them and too many people live out their lives with a crooked smile as a result of this fear.  Is this you?  What if there was a way for you to get that beautiful new smile without the metal grill, the diet restrictions, or the pain that comes with traditional braces?  Well, the alternative is something called Invisalign, and the following are reasons why this is now the preferred method of many who are looking for straighter teeth and a showstopping smile.                           

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign, as the name implies, uses invisible (clear) aligners (plastic trays) that are smooth and durable. They are custom molded to place over your teeth.  To get your teeth straight, you use a series of retainer-like aligners.  Every two weeks, you receive a new set of aligners that will gradually straighten your teeth.

Invisalign is Multifunctional

Even though metal braces are still the best option for complicated straightening cases, Invisalign can straighten teeth in most cases.  Overbites, underbites, crowding, and spacing issues can all be corrected with Invisalign. Invisalign aligners guide teeth back into their proper position, correcting wayward teeth in a reasonable amount of time.

Invisalign is Removable

One of the reasons so many people prefer Invisalign to straighten their teeth is because the aligners are removable.  While metal braces remain attached to the teeth for the entire straightening process, the removable aligning trays make brushing, flossing, eating and talking much easier.  There are minimal eating restrictions with Invisalign, unlike braces which tend to restrict gum, gooey candy or anything that could potentially remain trapped.  

Invisalign is Invisible

Braces are obvious whenever someone smiles; they leave a bunch of bulky, metal brackets on your teeth for about one to two years. With Invisalign, however, you can get the benefits of having straighter teeth without the “metal mouth” look. The Invisalign aligners are made of a clear plastic so it is difficult for others to tell you are wearing them. Invisalign was originally created for adults so they did not have to endure the metal braces look that is often associated with puberty and teenagers. 

Invisalign is Comfortable

The aligning trays are extremely comfortable because they are designed in such a way that you can easily forget you are wearing them.   These trays are smooth and made of thin plastic, making them comfortable in any mouth. Unlike braces, the aligners will not irritate your cheeks, push out your lips or cut into your gums.  

Invisalign is Attractive

Regardless of your age, protruding and crooked teeth can wreak havoc on your self-esteem, especially for teenagers. Since traditional braces often attract negative attention, more and more teens are opting for Invisalign’s clear aligning trays.  Invisalign is the preferred choice for teens with dental issues because they offer a more natural look than braces. The ability to share an attractive smile with others should never be underestimated, especially if your job requires you to work with the public on a daily basis. Beyond teeth straightening, correcting orthodontic issues can solve other issues like bad breath, gingivitis, tooth sensitivity, and teeth chipping. If you are in need of some teeth straightening, and you want to refrain from the hassle of traditional braces, choose Invisalign! 

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Joy Trumps Happiness


Happiness is a wonderful feeling; however, it is also circumstantial, and emotionally-based. Therefore, happiness is only a temporary sensation.  So, if happiness is only temporary, then what is a better alternative? The answer is joy.  Joy is not only experiencing unconditional love in your relationships, but also findingpeace and hope in times of chaos, grief, andpain. When compared to joy, happiness is shallow because joy is an attitude of our heart that goes deep into our soul.

We experience joy when we live selflessly and become spiritually connected with both God and people. Joy is not boastful, it is not isolated, and it is not hopeless. Instead,joy is ahumblestrength, andthe lighthearted peace it brings is felt by others.  Being joyful means having confidence in the unconditional love that comes from God, being hope-filledand giving thanks in all circumstances.  Here’s how to find joy and cultivate more joy in our everyday lives.


Recognize Your Worth

Negative thoughts are poison to our mindset and feelings.  If we are constantly telling ourselves that we are not good enough or we believe the negative talk from others, we will never find happiness, let alone joy.  Regardless of your past mistakes or shortcomings, you are deserving of joy and the that comes with it.  True joy is unaffected by negativity becausethose who possess joy know their worth and that joy is unlimited. Joy brings self-acceptance and allows you to walk a bit more confidently through life.

To help you recognize your worth, remind yourself daily that there is no one like you and that God created you to enjoy life. When you feel your mind going down a negative path, bring it back by taking a deep breath and saying something like “I am unique; I am valuable; I am enough.” Write these reminders in places you will be sure to see them, like on the bathroom mirror, in the car or on your phone. It may take time to believe your own words, but over time, your heart will know they are true because God will confirm them in your spirit.  This mindset transformation will allow more joy into your life.


Stop Comparing

Another thing that can rob your life of joy is playing the comparison game.  It is especially difficult to stop playing this game if you regularly engage in socialmedia, read popular magazines, watch television or have a variety of relationships in your life.  Whether or not we realize it, we see other’s beautiful, easy, stable and seemingly perfect lives and compare those to our drab, less-than-perfectlives.

We can find joy whenwe celebrate the good things in others’ lives rather than being envious.  Learn to recognizeothers’ accomplishments, celebrate their wins, and affirm their efforts.  Complimenting others and considering their feelings is a great way to overcome the comparison game “hampster wheel.”Invest in the people you value and want to be more like, and distance yourself from those who do not have your best interests at heart.  We can also experience joy when we focus on our own blessings and successes, acknowledging the good things God has done in our lives.  You never know, someone might be comparing your great life to their own!


Practice Gratitude

What are you thankful for?  Take one minute right now and see if you can list at least 10 things you have (or do not have, like a terminal illness!) that you can be thankful for.  Think about your relationships, your employment or employable skills, where you live, your mode of transportation, your health, your country, etc.  Are you able to work, clothe, feed and shelter yourself?  So many people in the world today do not have the luxury of going to the grocery store for food, have affordable access to medical/dental care or have access to clean drinking water, and yet many of us take these things for granted.

Itcan be easy to fall into the routine of negative or selfish thoughts without realizing how they are really affecting you over the long term. Our thoughts are powerful, and they need to be monitored. When we consciously direct our thoughts down a more positive path, our natural negative thought rhythms begin to break down and new thought pathways are created. It is all about shifting our perspective, and the best way to do that is by practicing gratitude. This discipline can alter our once negative attitude into a more positive and joyous one. Gratitude is an invitation for joy to grow in our heart and mind and remain for a lifetime.


Serve Others

Many would argue that humans are naturally selfish; we tend to only think of ourselves and what we need to do to be happy.  Some who are considered wise and mature would tell you that one of the ways to find true joy is to serve others and put their needs above your own.  This requires setting your own wants aside long enough to see a person’s needs, to lending a helping hand to a neighbor or to let a stranger go first.  Serving others is another way to make more room for joy in our hearts because it gives us a chance to fellowship and feelmore connected to others. Each of us has a unique skill set and a variety of strengths, and when we allow the “gifts” we possess to be shared with others, our lives become more purposeful and we find true joy.


Reevaluate Your Relationships

The people we surround ourselves with are the ones we tend to act like. If you are regularly around “Negative Nancys” or haters, it will be easy for you to adopt their habits without even realizing it. However,if you fill your social circle with people who are joyful, positive, humble and loving, it will be easier for you to act likewise.  If you ever feel drainedor like the life has been sucked right out of you after leaving someone’s presence, you need to think about how to establish better boundaries with that person or how to cut them out of your life.  Invest more time an energy into the people who care about you, who encourage you, who tell you the truth, and who make you laugh because they are the ones who will help you find more joy in your life.


Finding and cultivating joy takes intentionality. It is a choice and an attitude of the heart. When you find joy, you will also find a life that feels fuller, more carefree and has stronger relationships with those you care about most.

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CEREC Same-Day Teeth Restorations

Your smile is an important part of your identity, and it has a lot to do with your ability to communicate the way you feel.  However, when you have bad teeth or you are insecure about your smile, you probably avoid many face-to-face conversations or limit how much of your teeth you show. Whether or not you realize it, this can cause frequent mental and emotional distress.  Living this way is unnecessary!

Anyone with cosmetic teeth concerns should consider taking advantage of our CREC same-day restoration service because having the bright and beautiful smile you have always wanted can truly change your life!  This service is a fast and efficient way to improve the overall look of your teeth without the hassle of return visits that crowns historically required.  The CREC service is a very comfortable process with our advanced imagery and on-site milling technology from our highly-skilled dentists.


What is CEREC?

Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics or Ceramic Reconstruction is what CEREC stands for. It is a digital technology that brings together a camera, a computer and a milling instrument all in one.  These tools assist a dentist in creatingteeth restorations within a single visit. This simple procedure has eliminated the need to send a tooth mold to at a separate location, to provide the patient with a temporary crown, and to ultimately return for additional visits.In fact, the CEREC service has proven to be much safer and more effective than the traditional methods of restoring teeth.


Common CEREC Restorations:

Crowns:A crown replaces a tooth that is decaying or cracked, but it can also support a large filling or it can cosmetically help to shape your teeth. A dental crown is like a new tooth or a replacement for your teeth. Crowns are also apart of a root canal process. CEREC can create the perfect crown for your mouth.

Veneers:This type of dental restoration is a thin covering that lays over the front, visible area of your tooth. Veneers offer a natural look while correcting a cosmetic dental issue such as permanentlystained teeth, chipped or worn down teeth, crooked or misshaped teeth as well as uneven spaces or front teeth that have large gaps. Dental veneers are designed out of porcelain or composite resin material. CEREC service can cosmetically restore your teeth with veneers.

Onlays:Sometimes a tooth can become too damaged to support a filling but not enough for a crown.  In these instances, a dental onlay is needed. An onlaycovers one or more cusps of the tooth and is also known as a partial crown. The CEREC service can fix your dental issue by designing the perfect onlayto improve your teeth.


Benefits of CEREC

Saves Time:This is probably the number one benefit of the CEREC service because having to return for multiple appointments is often a hassle. With the CEREC service, you can walk in withdamaged, unattractive teethand walk out with a beautifullyrestored smile all in the same day!

No Temporaries:The more traditional way of receiving a dental crown required two or more appointments because there were extra steps such as having to send a tooth mold to a dental lab so it could be milled, painted and then sent back. In this process,the patient would be sent home with a temporary, uncomfortable and often unattractive tooth, and the process of removing a temporary crown was a bit unnerving for the patient.  The CEREC service has eliminated the need for a temporary fix.

Perfect Fit:Since traditional crowns had to be sent off and made in a lab, there was always the possibility it could come back not fitting properly or not matching the color of the other teeth, which would then prolong the process. With the CEREC service, eventhe smallest adjustments to the look and feel of the teeth can be completed withinthe same sitting so your teeth restorations can be absolutely perfect before you walk out the door.

Natural Appearance and High Quality:The CEREC service will provide you with teeth that look completely natural. The materials used is of thehighest quality porcelain and completely stain-resistant. The CEREC service is the “real deal” and a complete package for smile restoration.


What Does the Process Entail?

The CEREC service is done in 2 hours or less, and here is what you can expect:

  1. The tooth being restored will be prepared for imaging.
  2. CEREC software will capture digital photos of the tooth.
  3. The technology will convert the digital photos into 3D images or a model of the tooth.
  4. The dentist examines the model and skillfully directs the process for creating the final product.
  5. The computer uses the perfected 3D model to prepare the new tooth.
  6. The dentist removes the crown from the porcelain-carving tool and places it in your mouth while checking for the perfect look and shape.
  7. You will confirm no other changes are needed.
  8. Once everything looks perfect, the dentist will polish and bond the new tooth, and the process will be complete!


The CEREC same-day restorations have truly revolutionized the dental crown process.  This process now gives zero discomfortsand is ultimately the better option for overall cosmetic appearance. If you are in need of cosmetic dental restoration, don’t settle!  Go for the best possible option: Say “Yes!” to CEREC.

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