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Springtime is here, but what does that mean, exactly?

In the Northern Hemisphere, it means that on Friday, March 20, at 5:45 p.m. Central time, the “First Day of Spring” began. This is also known as the vernal equinox.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac indicates that the astronomical description of the First Day of Spring is when the sun crosses the celestial equator on its way north, along the ecliptic (the circular path of the sun). At the time of the vernal equinox, the sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west. The days and nights are approximately equal, as well.

For most living things, spring is also a time of renewal and rebirth. The Earth is revitalized and replenished in preparation for the coming summer months. Springtime is truly a beautiful season when all of nature flourishes with a sense of hopefulness and new beginnings.

Meanwhile, we find ourselves about 90 days into 2015, which means many of us are entering into the fourth month of the goals we’ve set for the new year. According to, more than 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. And Forbes cites University of Scranton research which states that only 8 percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions.

If that statistic makes you wince, maybe you’re among the 92 percent of goal-setters who have dropped the ball on your 2015 plans.

No sweat. Your friendly neighborhood dental office doesn’t want you to be discouraged during such a hopeful season. If you had goals to improve your oral health in 2015, now is the time to allow us to help you make a new start!

If you’ve been meaning to begin flossing or intending to get your teeth cleaned or planning to finish your dental treatment plan, now is a perfect time to begin anew. Get your mouth in tip-top shape before summertime arrives! You’ve been working on your fitness and physique (mostly), so now you can make sure you have the movie-star smile to match.

Now that you’ve finished spring cleaning your home, it’s time to make sure you’re taking care of your greatest asset: your smile. Please call us at (701) 478-4500 and make an appointment to visit Peter T. Mathison, DDS, Center for Dentistry this spring. We’ll be delighted to see you!