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Sylvan Smiles Welcomes You

Sylvan Smiles provides the highest quality clinical care and personalized service in a warm and compassionate atmosphere. By providing advanced infection control, we strive to exceed your dental care expectations with the newest technology and techniques. We’re attentive to your needs with flexible office hours, payment options and customized treatment plans for everyone’s goals and expectations. Dr. Henry Der, Dr. Mike Zuk and Dr. Hussien Bapoo and the entire team love creating relationships that last multiple generations so be sure to add a dental visit to Sylvan Smiles to your list of new year’s resolutions.

Make Your Resolutions Stick

Have you ever wondered why our New Year’s resolutions are often forgotten soon after they are made? We say that we desire change, then our non-serving beliefs, limit us along with our self-sabotaging behaviours keep us stuck in our comfort zones. Through Emotional Wellness and Tapping, we look for and release the emotional attachments, non-serving beliefs, and the root causes. What made us start smoking in the first place? What makes us reach for sweets and carbs? What makes us not start the class, heal the relationship, or save more money? Together, let’s make those resolutions stick.

Travel with Peace of Mind

Enjoy your trip knowing you can you can rely upon the travel insurance you purchased. When completing the application process, take your time, provide answers that you know are accurate, even if you must check with your doctor or pharmacist. If a claim for coverage is denied, you may have to deal with service providers seeking tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars for uninsured medical bills. In that case, you should seek a legal opinion regarding the basis for the denial of coverage by the insurer, and about your legal obligation to pay the amounts claimed by the service provider.

Words to Live By

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. – Helen Keller

Healthy Holiday Snacks for the Office

It’s that time of year and we are surrounded with chocolates, cookies and cakes. If you want to keep your waistline in check during the holiday season so you can look fab on New Year’s, try healthier options like nuts, dried fruit, dark chocolate-dipped strawberries, fruit kabobs, or no-bake energy bites. Want a loner term approach? Start up a Fruity Friday’s program where staff alternate bringing a bowl of fruit to the office. Use a basic potluck sign up sheet, post it in the lunchroom, and you’re set!

Bah Humbug or Fa La La?

The stress over holiday travel, preparations, gifts, finances, and for some having to be with relatives that we are holding ill feelings towards can make what should be a festive, joyous time of year, a time of tension, overwhelm, guilt, financial stress and for some sadness. We can get stuck in the routines of what we have always done instead of adopting ways to support ourselves over the season. Emotional Wellness coaching and EFT/Tapping are great ways to let go of non-serving beliefs, embrace new perspectives, and forgive so that you can have peace.

Overcome Fear of Falling

Someone who is fearful of falls may start to avoid everyday activities by staying home and doing less. This lack of activity leads to the loss of strength, reduced muscle tone, and loss of coordination and balance. This deterioration of your physical being increases the risk of falling and, when a fall does occur, the fear is further heightened. Turn your fear of falling into positive actions: remain active, exercise regularly, use assistive devices such as walkers or grab bars, wear sensible shoes and consider participating in a group session with others who are anxious about falling.

Healthy Winter and Holiday Feet

• If the shoe fits, wear it. During the holiday season, don’t compromise comfort and safety when picking the right shoes to wear. Be proactive, protective and preventive with your selection of appropriate shoes for the occasion.
• Don’t overindulge in holiday cheer. Your feet can feel the effects of too much holiday cheer – overindulging in certain foods high in uric acid can cause painful gout attacks in your feet.
• Listen to your feet. Don’t let foot pain ruin your holiday fun; inspect your feet regularly for any evidence of ingrown toenails, bruising, swelling, blisters, dry skin or calluses.

Proactive Hearing Advice

“You should have your hearing tested every two years,” says Sherry Garjado. “Regardless of your perception of your hearing, monitoring your hearing will give you a solid understanding of the changes that will inevitably occur and you will be able to address those changes before they become problems.” Sherry explains that hearing loss can be directly linked to many health issues since your brain will compensate for the hearing loss by allocating more of its resources to hearing which in turn means there are less resources for other functions like memory and may lead to cognitive decline.

Craft & Market Sales

Saturdays, December 7-21, 10-4 p.m. The Christmas Craft and Market Sales let local craftspeople showcase their handmade crafts, art and foods. It’s a fantastic time to come out and purchase that unique, handmade gift you’re looking for this season. Admission is free, but a donation to the Red Deer Food Bank is appreciated.