Tooth Talk: New year, new smile

Make a healthier mouth your resolution

Happy New Year Everyone! I’d like to thank The Marco Eagle, it’s readers and all of my patients for their continued support of me and this column.

In this weeks column I’m going to take a different approach. Instead of answering one of your questions, I’d like to talk about something we all pledge to do every year. Can you guess what it is? That’s right New Years resolutions.

Each New Year we vow to become healthier, whether it be to join a gym, work out more or go on some new diet, we all do it. This year why not resolve to have a healthy beautiful smile. Smiling is something we all do each and every day, so why not make yours as healthy as it can be.

Many people put off going to dentist for various reasons with fear, expense and a lack of time being just the top three. Now that a new year has dawned upon us, it is a perfect time to make a fresh start and visit your dentist for that check up you have been putting off or avoiding. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re doing something good for yourself.

Is this the year you have decided to quit smoking or stop using tobacco? Your dentist and dental hygienist can help you achieve that goal. You’ll feel great that you have taken that positive first step toward longterm health.

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, why not make a resolution to change your smile. Go visit your dentist for a consultation and see what they can do to improve your smile. There are so many options available from something as simple as whitening, which can brighten and take years off your smile to whole cosmetic makeovers and anything in between. There are veneers and ceramic crowns for that Hollywood smile or Invisalign invisible braces to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.

Your smile is with you all day every day. Why not take the opportunity to make 2009 the year where you will have the most healthy and beautiful smile possible.

Questions can be sent to Fred Eck, D.D.S. at Marco Dental Care, 950 N. Collier Blvd., Suite 305, Marco Island; call 389-9400 or visit He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Detroit Mercy and is licensed by the Florida State Board of Dentistry.

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