Unmask A Beautiful Smile

I give my patients something to smile about. This has been my purpose as a dentist. I love giving people the ability to smile their brightest smile sometimes after not having been able to smile for a long time!

2020 was a year that made it difficult to smile due to the pandemic and everything else that transpired last year. Wearing protective masks became mandatory out in public. Now, we can’t smile at each other. We are starting to be able to read when a person is smiling by their eyes.

For some people who are insecure about their teeth and the health of their mouth, I imagine the mask has provided a degree of comfort and confidence. Some people may not want to give the mask up. But I have a better suggestion. Why not use this time, while you have to wear the mask, to get your teeth fixed and improve your oral health?

Hiding behind a mask is not the answer to an unhealthy mouth and teeth you’re afraid to show with a big smile. That is no way to live. The ability to improve your smile is more accessible than ever. And if you’re afraid to go to the dentist, believe me, there are so many ways to make your visits pain-free.

This is a great goal to set for your New Year. Give my office a call and let’s get you on the road to unmasking a beautiful smile. By the time this pandemic is over, you’ll never want to hide behind a mask again. Let’s do it!

Nilo A. Hernandez, Jr., DDS, DICOI, Owner of Smilecreator Of Naples Talks About The Benefits of Vitamin D In The Prevention Of COVID-19.

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Nilo Hernandez, Jr., DDS, DICOI, best-selling co-author of the book, The Will To Win, with Brian Tracy, and owner of the Smilecreator of Naples, is a longtime proponent of vitamin D supplements and talks about the vitamin’s role in preventing COVID-19.

Naples, FL, November 23, 2020: Owner and CEO of Smilecreator of Naples, Dr. Nilo Hernandez, Jr., DDS, has posted a new article on his website entitled, “Getting A Daily Dose Of Good Vitamin D Could Prevent COVID-19. Dr. Hernandez elaborates on the benefits and importance of vitamin D in a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Hernandez states, “It does not come as a surprise to me that vitamin D deficiency has recently been discovered to be a primary risk factor for severe COVID-19 infection and death.” He continues, “I have been talking about and educating my patients about the importance of good vitamin D supplements – not the cheapest ones, but the real ones – for many years.”

As Dr. Hernandez points out, “Research has shown that maintaining adequate amounts of vitamin D may protect you from developing a multitude of ills including multiple sclerosis and various forms of cancers including ovarian, breast and prostate. https://www.insider.com/benefits-of-sunlight  And now the news about possibly preventing COVID-19 is exciting and potentially lifesaving for so many.”

“According to a 2011 study,” says Dr. Hernandez, “41.6% of adults in the US are vitamin D deficient. This number goes up to 69.2% in Hispanics and 82.1% in African Americans.” He further states that, “Common risk factors for vitamin D deficiency include, being elderly, being overweight or obese and having dark skin.” He goes on to add, “This makes sense when you look at the death rates from COVID. The Latino and African American populations have been hard hit by COVID-19, as have the elderly and those compromised due to obesity.”

Dr. Hernandez writes, “While scientists around the world are scrambling to create a vaccine to cure COVID-19, the rest of us can be proactive and do something that can help us prevent becoming the next victim.  For those of us who live in the sunshine state and those who live in the sunbelt, we have the greatest source of the best vitamin D at our disposal on a daily basis. However, we also know too much exposure to the sun is not healthy.”

 

 

The entire article can be read at https://smilecreator.com/getting-a-daily-dose-of-good-vitamin-d-could-prevent-covid-19/

 

 

About Dr. Nilo Hernandez

Nilo A. Hernandez Jr., DDS, DICOI completed I dental degree at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska in 1991. Prior to that, he also completed dental training overseas that placed much emphasis on surgery and trauma procedures. With so much training in the surgical arts, it’s no wonder that he has excelled on this chosen path with the greatest of passion and vigor.

Since 1991, Dr. Hernandez has placed and restored well over 10,000 dental implants and has achieved and maintained an extremely high success rate. Not only is he involved with the surgical aspect, but he has always been involved with the restorative side as well. For many years, he has been teaching dentist to become extraordinary with predictable results.  As program chairman at two illustrious dental teaching clinics, he was instrumental in bringing implant dentistry to the mainstream at those centers and still is to this day. He has published numerous articles, books and has been featured in many television and radio shows.

 

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Getting A Daily Dose Of Good Vitamin D Could Prevent COVID-19

It does not come as a surprise to me that vitamin D deficiency has recently been discovered to be a primary risk factor for severe COVID-19 infection and death. I have been talking about and educating my patients about the importance of good vitamin D supplements – not the cheapest ones, but the real ones – for many years.

Research has shown that maintaining adequate amounts of vitamin D may protect you from developing a multitude of ills including multiple sclerosis and various forms of cancers including ovarian, breast and prostate. https://www.insider.com/benefits-of-sunlight  And now the news about possibly preventing COVID-19 is exciting and potentially lifesaving for so many.

According to a 2011 study, 41.6% of adults in the US are vitamin D deficient. This number goes up to 69.2% in Hispanics and 82.1% in African Americans. Common risk factors for vitamin D deficiency include, being elderly, being overweight or obese and having dark skin.

This makes sense when you look at the death rates from COVID. The Latino and African American populations have been hard hit by COVID-19, as have the elderly and those compromised due to obesity.

 

Not A Cure – A Preventative

While scientists around the world are scrambling to create a vaccine to cure COVID-19, the rest of us can be proactive and do something that can help us prevent becoming the next victim.  For those of us who live in the sunshine state and those who live in the sunbelt, we have the greatest source of the best vitamin D at our disposal on a daily basis. However, we also know too much exposure to the sun is not healthy.

I think about the elderly who live in nursing homes who are not exposed to sunshine at all. It would be wonderful to be able to up their vitamin D intake via a good supplement and help strengthen them. Vitamin D boosts overall immune function by modulating innate and adaptive immune responses, reduces respiratory distress and improves overall lung function, helping to produce surfactants in the lungs that aid in fluid clearance.

 

Vitamin D Functions Like A Hormone

Another interesting bit of information about vitamin D is that unlike other vitamins, vitamin D functions like a hormone, and every single cell in your body has a receptor for it. Your body makes vitamin D from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to sunlight. A total of 15 minutes of sunshine a day is plenty. Though people with darker skin may need a little more exposure. If you cannot out into the sun, a good supplement can do the trick.

 

Spread The Word

 Getting the word out about the lifesaving benefits of vitamin D supplementation — especially to the African American and Latino communities and the elderly in nursing homes — could have a significant impact on future hospitalization and death rates from COVID-19. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, taking the time to talk to the medical management about vitamin D testing and supplementation could also make a big difference in the general health of all the residents, as vitamin D is something that can strengthen your immune system in a matter of a few weeks and has many health benefits besides lowering your risk of a viral illness.

If you’d like to read an in-depth article about the studies on COVID-19 patients, click on this link: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/11/09/covid-19-patients-vitamin-d-deficiency.aspx?cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1HL&cid=20201109Z1&mid=DM706733&rid=1007355768

If you would like to discuss vitamin D supplementation, give my office a call.

How Excellent Oral Health Can Help You Fight Off Viruses

We are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic like humanity has never experienced before. COVID19 is in the spotlight and we must take the suggested behaviors about social distancing, handwashing and keeping hands away from the face seriously. However, there are other habits that are not being talked about that can also make a big difference in protecting you and your loved ones from the virus.

As a dentist, the more I thought about this situation, the more I became fixated on the role a healthy mouth can have in this global health challenge. The health of the teeth and gums are major factors to be considered in the positive or negative outcome of the disease transmission process. If teeth and gums are well maintained and healthy, you’ll have a much better chance of not trapping harmful bacteria or viruses. However, when teeth have cracks, pits and faulty old dental work, and when gums are inflamed due to periodontal disease, then you are at a much higher risk of having contaminants stay in those crevices, and for longer periods of time.

Flossing and brushing the teeth after every single eating event is every bit as important as wearing a mask and gloves out in public. In my opinion, these habits should be included in the recommendations from the CDC and other leading authorities. They need to become automatic in our everyday lives.

Simply washing your hands properly and often and sanitizing the groceries and other products you bring into your home is helpful in light of what we now know. Being aware of how long the COVID19 virus stays communicable on certain surfaces like doorknobs, tabletops, grocery bags and so on is important. But think about the environment in your mouth.

To find out about other behaviors you can incorporate into your daily life to help keep your oral cavity (the inside of your mouth) in tip top condition, contact my office today. If you are concerned that your mouth health may be affecting your overall health and would like a complimentary examination, give us a call at (239)564-3100.

In the meantime, please stay well, stay safe and we will all get through this together.