Happy New Year from Fashion Isle Smiles! 
Come to our


JANUARY 25th, 2016, 3:00pm to 5:30pm

Bring your friends, family, coworkers and colleagues to enjoy refreshments, tour our office, meet the team, and participate in a raffle drawing for the latest Sonicare toothbrush!
Attendees are eligible for FREE whitening when they become a new patient.
Gift Basket ($100 value!)
Find out how to enter next time you're in the office or give us a call - you could be this season's winner!
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

By Michael Cooley, DDS
If your “Check Engine” light comes on in your car, would you wait until the car stops working to take it to a mechanic? If you found termites in your home, would you wait for the walls to start crumbling down before calling pest control? If your physician told you that you needed triple-bypass surgery, would you wait until you had a heart attack to schedule your appointment for the procedure?
Whether it’s a patient sitting in my office, someone I meet outside of the dental setting, or a family member at a get-together, people often ask how long they can delay their dental treatment, or tell me they know they need treatment but have decided not to have it done. In some cases, the issues are as serious as fractured crowns, draining abscesses, or a tooth with intermittent pain. No matter the severity, all forms of dental disease require some level of intervention if optimal oral health is desired.
However, for various reasons, oral health doesn’t always seem to be a top priority for a large portion of the population. Some of the common barriers to seeking dental treatment include: lack of perceived need for treatment, anxiety or fear, financial considerations, and lack of access to care. A common misconception is that dentistry is useful only when perceived as necessary, but it is not a crucial part of overall health.
In September 2016, the FDI World Dental Federation, which represents over one million dentists from over 130 countries, determined the following definition of oral health:
Oral health is multifaceted and includes the ability to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and without pain, discomfort, and disease of the craniofacial complex.
The primary objective in developing this definition of oral health was to help dental professionals and patients better understand how the mouth plays a critical role in your overall heath. At Fashion Isle Smiles, we are adamant about educating and informing our patients about the condition of their mouths by conducting a comprehensive examination, which includes photographs and radiographs, in order to ensure patients are fully aware of problems before proceeding with treatment.
We often find that people are unaware of the link between oral disease and systemic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and stroke. In fact, those who suffer from periodontal disease are twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease, which is one of the reasons why the American Dental Association recommends that people at risk for developing periodontal disease should have more frequent dental appointments.
As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and in dentistry, we cannot emphasize prevention enough, not only for overall health, but also for your finances. One study found that preventative dental treatment is estimated to be 10 times less than the cost of managing symptoms of dental disease in a hospital emergency room, saving more than $4 billion per year in treatment cost. Therefore, it should be no surprise that practicing diligent home oral hygiene and maintaining regular dental visits help in the prevention, early detection and treatment of oral diseases.
Most patients express that they wish they had not delayed their dental treatment. I hope you will take this information to heart (literally and figuratively) in order to avoid bigger dental and systemic problems, experience less expensive dental costs, and have less painful oral conditions. 

It 'Aint Over 'Till Its Over!

By Rich Burkholder, DDS

You can barely move your shaking fingers.
You’re ashamed to smile, so everyone thinks you’re grumpy.
You can’t remember what day it is.
You’re always tired.
You constantly have a nasty taste in your mouth, your food tastes odd, and…
     something in the room smells really bad!
When your children and grandchildren visit they seem stand-offish, don’t stay long and don’t kiss you goodbye anymore.
You’re told it’s your 100th birthday tomorrow and you think,
    “Oh great, another year of suffering!”

When pain and infection are streaming through your body, and your smile looks scary, it is your entire being, (body, soul, mind and spirit) that suffers. Quality of life matters to the end, and helping your loved ones achieve that goal is a true gift.
As we grow older, maintaining our oral health becomes more difficult for many reasons and can lead to big problems including a diminished quality of life:

1.  Teeth grinding and clenching break down the teeth and supporting structures
2.  Fear (dentaphobia) leads to neglect
3.  Memory can deteriorate and we forget all about cleaning our mouth
4.  Saliva flow diminishes, causing dry mouth which makes you more cavity prone
5.  Manual dexterity becomes impaired due to arthritis and tremors, so it is more difficult to brush and floss
6.  Diet can change, and if sugar intake isn’t controlled, that adds to the problem
7.  Inability to chew food adequately can lead to nutritional deficiencies
8.  Medications can affect diet, salivary flow, appetite, etc.
9.  Gum disease and chronic infection, which are also linked to heart disease
10. Tooth decay leading to tooth loss
11.  Chronic pain and swelling
12.  Odor - bad breath (halitosis)
13.  Appearance and self dignity are compromised

Our Fashion Isle Smiles team has collaborated with the local assisted living facility Crown Cove, where we work hard with the caretakers to help their residents maintain quality oral hygiene.  Please help your loved ones get the care they need during a tough era of life for a dignified, clean, happy and healthy journey to the end. 

By Nasira Burkholder-Cooley, DrPH, RD, CPT
Celebrate the New Year With a Positive Changes
Do you find yourself waiting for the New Year to start a new diet or exercise regime? You're not alone! Many people rationalize a holiday splurge with the intention of cleaning up their diet come January 1st. Unfortunately, this mentality often leads to major weight gain in November and December, making it that much more difficult to shed those pounds when your New Year's resolution is upon you. If you gained weight during the holidays, now is the time to kick into a steady routine for the new year. The less you delay the positive change, the easier it will be to stay disciplined when you settle into your new routine.

Perhaps 2017 will be a year of positive changes for you. Make an appointment with our registered dietitian to help you learn how to integrate quality nutrition into your life. 
Healthy winter side-dish:
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Pecans
Yields 4 servings; per serving 190 calories, 8 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 5 g protein,
29 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 180 mg sodium
1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
1 medium sweet (e.g. Gala, Fuji) apple, cored and diced
½ cup apple or orange juice
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon
¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
⅛ teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
¼ cup chopped toasted pecans 
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Combine Brussels sprouts and apple in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Blend apple or orange juice, oil, tarragon, salt and pepper in a small bowl; add to Brussels sprouts mixture; toss until well coated.
  4. Arrange the Brussels sprouts mixture in a 9-by-9-inch baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the Brussels sprouts are fork tender.
  5. To serve, top with toasted pecans.
A Message from Our Practice Manager
By Anita Cassis-Burkholder, MD
Welcome to 2017!  Hopefully you have made it through your busy holiday season, and now can take the time to come in for your dental treatment. We are accepting new patients and are ready to accommodate your family's dental and nutrition needs. Give us a call at (949) 717-0070 or send an email to to schedule your appointments.

Also, don't forget to participate in our referral raffle program next time you're in the office!
(949) 717-0070
Dr. Cooley emergency line: (928) 920-1080
Dr. Burkholder emergency line: (425) 445-3914
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