Christmas smiles shine extra bright! Now we know proper grammar would be “brightly,” but we are quoting 7 yr. old Lizzy, who just had her teeth cleaned. She is correct that in 2019, our Christmas smiles can shine with extra brightness and whiteness-if we take time to care for our teeth. We know you are busy with holiday preparations. But 2 minutes of self-care for your teeth and your children’s teeth can mean a healthy mouth for life.
We suggest you try some of the games and videos at Colgate to inspire your child to see that brushing and flossing can be a part of Christmas vacation. The games and songs at this online resource, especially the Memory ones, are a lot of fun and sure to delight children of every age.
Christmas Smiles and Wishes from Dentistry for Children
At Dentistry for Children, we fill this blog with our warmest Holiday Wishes from our Family to yours. May all your dreams come true this Holiday Season! We wish you the warmth of family, friends, and fun as we approach the blessed and beautiful celebrations of Christmas and the New Year.
Christmas Smiles Shine With Gratitude
Thank you, patients, Parents, Families, Friends, Colleagues and Blog Readers! Without your trust, we could not achieve the success we have enjoyed this year. Meanwhile, as we have shared before, Dr. Troy King and the Staff of Dentistry for Children believe that Christmas is the perfect time for gratitude as well as gifts.
Thus, we wish to express our heartfelt thanks for your patronage, friendship, and support.
Holiday Hearts are full of Christmas Smiles:
Christmas excitement has taken over our dentistry office. With the look that shines in children’s eyes this time of year, we can not help but be inspired.
In our hearts, the innocence and true beauty of youth shine more brightly during this special time of year. In that spirit, we offer you the truest gift suggestions of Christmas:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example To yourself, respect.
~Written By Oren Arnold
A Smile from a Child Makes our Holiday Greetings Merry and Bright
A Smile Shines Like a Gift
We know a Holiday gift that costs nothing: Shine Your Smile on someone and they light up with holiday magic.
You don’t have to wrap a smile to give it away. It’s an appropriate gift for friends, relatives, family members, business acquaintances, and even the people you pass in the halls of the malls.
And it comes from your heart in one size fits all. Here in Oviedo at Dentistry for Children, the doctor and his staff of health care professionals are sending you holiday greetings.
We wish you Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Blessed Kwanza. No matter which holiday of the season you honor, we send our smiles and Season’s Greetings in the hope of brightening your day.
What’s In Your Holiday Smile?
Now, often we speak in terms of how whitening or straightening affects your child’s smile. Those are good things, but they are not the point of today’s topic. The point of today’s topic is the value of the act of performing a smile, especially in the friendly, joyful spirit of the holidays.
We first mentioned this topic a couple of years ago in this blog. But we feel it bears repeating. You see, we are not referring to the flat or frozen smile you use on-demand.
Shine Your Christmas Smile
Please, just for the duration of this holiday season, give us an authentic smile that starts in your heart, curves up your lips and illuminates your eyes. This smile can be provoked by something as simple as twinkling holiday lights or a random bit of memorable holiday music.
Just a Little Smile Research: Scientific Facts of a Holiday Smile
Sarah Stevenson recently reported on the science behind a smile in Psychology Today. She stated several reasons the smile makes a mystical connection and a magical gift.
1. Christmas Smiles Are Contagious: She said that Scientists and “spiritual teachers alike agree that the simple act can transform you and the world around you.” Did you know smiling makes you more attractive?
2. Making Christmas Smiles Boosts your own Mood. This rings true even if at first, given the hectic holiday rush, you must make such smiles with a little extra effort. It can make us appear more attractive to others. So think of a Happy Holiday memory and grin a little as you read. Let’s see if it brightens your day.
3. How a Smile to Effects Your Brain
According to the experts, “Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness.”
Nice, not Naughty: Neuropeptides
Your smile releases Neuropeptides, which have stress-fighting capabilities. They send emotional messages through the neurons all over the body. So—smile, and de-stress.
Your sparkling holiday smile instigates the neurotransmitters and floods your system with dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin. The act of giving someone a smile releases these “feel good” substances directly into your bloodstream. In turn, your blood pressure and heart rate lower. Your own smile relaxes you, just as it relaxes the lucky one who receives it.
Some scientists even believe that smiling leads to a longer life.
Brush Up on your Christmas Smiles
Of course, Dentistry for children would be remiss if this week’s blog did not include a bit of holiday tooth-care advice. So, from Dentistry for Children, below you will find our four little toothy holiday reminders for kiddos, young and old:
1. Don’t forget to brush!
2. More importantly, do not forget to brush the part of your teeth we do not see when you smile: the inside surfaces.
3. And in the holiday rush, it’s easy to skimp on timing. So we must remind you that tooth-brushing requires a proper two minutes of time, twice a day.
4. Don’t forget to read the adorable story of Hermy, the Elf who wants to be a dentist. He has a cute chart for children in honor of his favorite activity.
An Authentic Holiday Wish and Smile for Friends, Old and New!
So, with an extra bright smile, Dentistry for Children offers our patients, friends and readers, a gift of warmth and personal gratitude for your friendship, support, and readership.
As we have said previously, “We believe the best parts of any holiday celebration, for all religions and countries, will always be spending time with our loved ones, giving to those in need and following the customs that we have come to love.”
We close this blog with a lovely verse by Thomas S. Monson. We have used it in previous years, but it still says what we want it to say so we are using it again, to delight old readers and new. And perhaps the words might provoke some of your extra bright Christmas Smiles.
“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people.
It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.”
We hope You shine your Christmas Smile on someone today. We are sending shining Smiles from our family to yours! Have a blessed and beautiful Holiday Time.