Simple Dental Resolutions in 2016
A new year, a blank page. For most, it’s the perfect opportunity to make Resolutions.
Nobody ever resolves “to feel guilty after failing to keep resolutions.” Yet that’s the one we actually keep!
How to avoid making this resolution business an empty self-promise? How about narrowing it to just one? Make it something you CAN achieve and, most importantly, WANT to achieve. Psychological researchers find resolutions pan out when motivation comes from within instead of without (“my spouse wants me to lose weight”). Then try to nourish those good intentions by connecting them to things you’re already doing right.
Where your teeth are concerned, these resolutions are easy to keep—and dentally rewarding to boot:
- Brush right after the last meal of the day!
- Use tools (especially scissors!) instead of your teeth!
- Popcorn’s a healthful snack—but watch every handful for unpopped kernels. Lay off crushing ice cubes with molars.
- Wear a mouthguard out on the football field or hockey rink—every time!
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Dr. Angela Burns moved to Austin 10 years ago and instantly fell in love with our beautiful city. Dr. Burns is originally from the Texarkana area. She attended Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center for her degree in dental surgery (DDS). Dr. Burns is committed to providing her patients with gentle, technologically advanced dental treatment. She attends an average of 60 hours of continuing education every year. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, and the Capital Area Dental Society. Dr. Burns and her husband, Gary, have an 11-year-old daughter, Sydney, who is a proud 6th grader at Hill Country Middle School. She is also very involved in the Eanes PTO, her church, and loves raising her family in the Westlake community. “Growing up, I was drawn to mediating and helping others feel more included and less anxious. I was a camp counselor, student government officer and being the oldest of five, I was the family mediator. I found that I had a calling to help alleviate stressful situations for others and realized that being a good listener was something that was key to this. These skills really helped guide me into becoming a dentist that has based my practice on relationships, empathy and a sense of comfort. I knew that I wanted to provide an atmosphere that felt like home when others walked in. Our practice is small, personal and state of the art and we hope you feel like you’re hanging out with friends when you are here!” When she is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Burns enjoys traveling, hiking the greenbelt, enjoying Austin’s music scene, and eating Amy’s Ice Cream.