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Tooth-e | Issue 15. Winter 18

January 1, 2018

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photo by Jill Hansen

Happy New Year Patients & Friends,

We hope this e-blast finds you healthy, happy and warm…because WINTER is here!

The Hansen & Associates team is ready to take on 2018 in full stride. With renewal and recommitment in mind, we are starting the year off with time away from patient care and focus on self-evaluation. In a collective effort to emphasize team development, we are working with dental consultant and longtime friend Joan Unterschuetz to develop a balanced mindset that focuses on the betterment of self as well as our patients. We are excited for this motivational and constructive time to aligning our thoughts and goals around the practice, the patient care experience and anticipate collectively emerging with renewed spirit and new tools to navigate the year.

In considering our purpose, we often postulate how we can better motivate wellness and self-evaluation amongst patients. We have noticed something very interesting about resolutions. People commonly set resolutions to go to the gym every day, but don’t people make resolutions to floss every day. Why is it that people are less apt to consider setting consistent goals for the oral health and care of their teeth... or don’t until it is too advanced to take preventative measures? Ultimately, we concluded that resolutions concerning oral care are much less common simply because people do not understand how disposition or problems with the teeth can become a systemic issue as well.

We hope that the issue of tooth-e we have crafted for you this quarter will motivate you to seek wellness for the sake of your teeth, as well as the rest of your body. When we see you next, please let us know what you think about our articles, we would greatly enjoy hearing back from you or discussing them with you at your next appointment!

Dr Jill, Dr Melissa & Team


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Krisiti Boschetti, RDH

A current trend emerging from the health and fitness industries are the ideologies surrounding anti-inflammatory foods. Inflammation has been a prevalent obstacle in the daily livings of my own life. These obstacles have presented a learning opportunity to grow in my understanding of how the body responds to food at a cellular level.

Through the years I have conducted personal test of trial & error, food elimination diets, system cleanses as well as food allergy panels; these processes have been an enlightening experience. Things one would not consider to cause inflammation in most are the primary catalyst for myself. Foods such as: zucchini, celery, strawberries, avocado, and lettuce are a few that I have found to negatively affect my system... READ ON...

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Melissa Spaulding, DDS

The New Year often comes with New Year resolutions, most commonly regarding diet. Either you are thinking of starting a new diet, or choosing food/drink you are going to cut out. While the motivating factor is generally to shrink your waistline or to feel more energetic, the benefits it can have to your oral health are often overlooked! To narrow down our topic a little here, let’s look specifically at the things we drink throughout the course of a day. What if changing what you sip on could reduce your risk of getting cavities?...READ ON...


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TOGETHER IS BETTER: A Little Book of Inspiration

By Simon Sinek

This year I used the holiday and new year as an excuse to gift each member of the Hansen & Associates team a little book I came across called Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration by Simon Sinek. Formatted like a children’s picture book, this heavily illustrated (artistic contributions by Ethan M. Aldridge) how-to guide provides a mix of silly and serious advice on how to lead a more enjoyable life in the workplace. While this book addresses employment in general, Sinek additionally offers inspiration for how employees may approach adjusting their attitudes towards their work environment. His ultimate goal, he shares, is to visually and olfactorily motivate readers to change how they view teamwork and leadership. Each page is formatted to contain an illustration and quotation...READ ON...


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In the recently released documentary What the Health—from the creators of the well-known film Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret—director Kip Anderson takes viewers on a journey to discover and appall at the studies associated with the true causes of chronic health. While Anderson’s ultimate goal is to challenge, misconceptions concerning the dangers of carbohydrates, he reveals his bias that fatal causes of such illnesses can actually originate from heavy meat and dairy consumption. He additionally questions a plethora of multibillion dollar health organizations involved with promoting diets containing these scientifically proven dangerous foods. READ ON...


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  1. Humans can exert a bite pressure of 120 PSI (pounds per square inch).

  2. While enamel (the outermost, visible part of your tooth), is the hardest substance in your body, it is susceptible to acids and bacteria, which cause this stronger-than-bone body part to decay.

  3. Similar to fingerprints, everyone’s’ tongue is unique! It is also the only muscle in the human body that isn’t attached at both ends.


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We are excited to announce that registered dental hygienist Olesja Byers has recently joined our team! Olesja is originally from Estonia and moved to the US as a child with her parents at age 10. She is a graduate of TCC and received her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from Pierce College in 2015 and is passionate about building relationships with her patients and helping them achieve their oral health and aesthetic goals...READ ON


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January 6 – Farmer Market 9a-2p Wollochet Drive (Saturdays)
January 6 – Pier Into the Night with Live Dive 5-6p Skansie Park
January 9 – Main and Vine storing closes
January 12-13 – “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Paradise Theatre
January 17 – Winter Scene Paint Night 6-7p Harbor General Store
January 26- February 3 – Seattle Boat Show 10a-9p CenturyLink Field
February 10 – 3rd Annual Gig Harbor’s Winter Sip & Stroll 1-5p GH
February 12 – Date Night Paint Party 6-8p Gig Harbor Markee
February 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 – “Xanadu” 7:30p/12a Paradise Theatre
February 16-17 – “My Way” Tribute to Frank Sinatra Tacoma Musical Playhouse
March 30-31 – “Xanadu” 7:30 p.m. OR 12:00 a.m. at the Paradise Theatre
March 15 – Third Thursday Art Walk 5-8p (third Thursday March) Downtown Tacoma
March 18 – Star Chefs on Broadway: “The Lalapazaza Speakeasy" Pantages Theater in Downtown Tacoma

For more information click here to view the Gig Harbor event webpage

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