New Year’s Resolution: A Healthy Smile

By Willy Minnix

I can’t believe we’re already into 2015; it seems like yesterday I was 22 and just out of college. Now I look in the mirror and see that I could stand to lose a few pounds, my hair is all gone, and my teeth are yellowing from too much soda. Well, I can’t do much about the hair. Losing weight might be quite a bit of work, but one New Year’s resolution I can easily make is to work on getting a brighter smile!

Being new to Winston-Salem, I was told that Dr. Nick Kephart, whose office is on Maplewood Avenue in Winston-Salem, would be the guy to get me started in the right direction!

Dr. Kephart is originally from Murphy, North Carolina, graduated from UNC Chapel Hill, and joined the dental practice here in Winston-Salem in June of 2013. He had a wealth of advice, not only on my yellowing teeth, but on a whole range of other problems that people face.

Of course, we all are worried about cavities, but I found out that cavities aren’t the only thing to watch out for. The health of our teeth has a great impact on the overall health of our entire body! Did you know that over half of all adults over the age of 30 suffer from some form of gum disease? I know, sometimes my gums also look like they need a little more care, but what I found out is that gum disease is often painless, and sometimes goes untreated. It turns out, gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to a whole host of problems. Early detection, preventive maintenance from a good dentist like Dr. Kephart, and daily brushing and flossing will help prevent gum disease, and can even bring unhealthy gums back to a healthy state.

I found out another interesting thing from Dr. Kephart—working on my yellowing teeth might actually help me lose weight, too! He told me, “For good dental health, healthy eating habits play an important role. Drinking plenty of water, eating a variety of foods from all five major food groups: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, poultry, fish, low-fat/fat-free dairy foods…” are all great ways to ensure good dental health. Apparently, cutting out soda would also be a really good thing for me to do!

So, bottom line, if you’re like me and you want to make some achievable resolutions this year, start with your teeth, it might help the other resolutions get accomplished, as well!

If you do go check out Dr. Kephart’s office, you’re going to find fast service from a friendly staff. They also have after-hour emergency care, with flexible normal scheduling, Monday through Friday. I was also told that he is accepting new patients, ages four and up, and that they offer courtesy insurance filing, Care Credit financing options, and a variety of dental treatments, such as general and oral surgery, endodontics, limited orthodontics, implants and even prosthodontics.

What is really cool about his office, though, is that they offer an in-office full-service laboratory with E4D technologies. What that means is you are going to get same-day crown delivery and denture partial repairs. So you don’t have to wait if you need your dentures fixed. They offer so much in-house, they can really take care of their patients in style!

Anyway, as I look in the mirror today, I still see less hair than I would like, a little more weight than I probably need, but Dr. Kephart has given me some healthy tips that I think will at least make my smile a little brighter, if not my entire body a whole lot healthier!