It’s springtime, which means it’s race season in Charlottesville. Some towns like Breckenridge, Colorado are ski towns. Some are good cycling or climbing towns, but Charlottesville is a running town with a distinct running culture.

As soon as the weather starts to turn up even a little (and it’s been a sloooow turn up this spring), the runners start to hit the roads and sidewalks. This means you’re likely to see a few of us out and about putting in some miles, too. You may have even seen us around town at a few races and events this spring.

Our Charlottesville dentist office has been pretty busy the last six weeks. We thought it would be nice to highlight what we’ve been up to recently and tell you why we run and why you may want to join us in the future.

Dr. Moore’s husband and Dr. Will post-race at the Charlottesville 10 Miler, feeling good!

Dr. Urresti and some of the staff (and kiddos!) repping the practice at the Big Brother Big Sister 10k 🙂 Brrrrr!

Why we participate in these events

Reason 1

We believe in being a good community partner and find these events to be a great ways to bring our staff together outside of the office. Charlottesville has so many wonderful nonprofits, and all of the races and events that we’ve supported this year have benefited amazing organizations and causes. We want to have a positive impact in our community, and we’ve found that supporting these races and events can make a meaningful difference.

Reason 2

I smile when I run and I run to smile. I’ve found that the most productive way for me to manage my stress is through cardiovascular exercise. I’m the best version of myself, personally and professionally, when I’m frequently and regularly exercising.

It hasn’t always been that way. It took me a long time to realize the myriad benefits that regular exercise could have on my life. One good habit leads to another, which leads to another. Now that I’ve discovered the missing ingredient, I can’t go without it. And once you discover something that’s made a difference in your life, you just start sharing it with anyone and everyone who will listen.

Reason 3

We believe in supporting healthy living. Sure, we’re dentists, but we’re interested in your general health, too. There’s a movement in dentistry to put the mouth back into the body and treat the whole person, not just the teeth. Yes, our area of expertise will always be oral health, but we want to focus on how your oral health relates to your overall health, too.

There’s an old spiritual: “the toe bone connected to the foot bone,” and so on. Everything in your body is connected to everything else, so good or poor health in one area will inevitably have an affect on something else down the line. There is a significant amount of evidence that a healthy mouth promotes a healthy heart. The same inflammation found in the gums can be found in plaques that build up in your coronary arteries causing myocardial infarctions (heart attacks). Your body is too interconnected to ignore any one part of it.

Most of the team posing after the CHIP Human Foosball Tournament, still smiling despite no wins that day!

We’re proud to be part of the Charlottesville Community

Modern life has moved away from good old-fashioned hard work. If there is an easier way to do something, we’ve found it. We have instant popcorn, microwaveable TV dinners, and dietary supplements. Most of the time, we’d prefer to let doctors and pharmaceutical companies manage our health for us.

Unfortunately, this attitude is literally killing us. We won’t see much improvement until we realize that no one can be more responsible for our health than us. I believe that is truly the only realistic response to the healthcare crisis that is facing America today. We have to wake up and take charge of our own health and start living well. This doesn’t have to be a revolutionary process. You can start one step at a time…just like you would if you were to take up running.

I believe that if you’re willing to put in the work to care for yourself through exercise, you’re more likely to take the next step and start caring for your whole body, including your teeth. And that’s something worth getting excited about. I’d even say that’s something worth running for!

Race day crew post-Autism 5K! Dr. Moore’s husband won his division (while pushing a stroller!)

Learn more about why we do what we do

We love being a part of and serving the Charlottesville community. We approach dentistry as a community practice, not just treating teeth, but people. We’ll not only worry about your child’s teeth, but their well being.

Learn more about Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville

Pictures from the events!

Charlottesville 10 Miler

Dr. Will’s son repping the practice and showing other kids how to brush their teeth on “Dentin the Dino”

Dr. Urresti’s son and Dr. Will’s son repping the practice 🙂

Big Brother Big Sister 5K/10k

Dr. Will post-race

Seriously one of the prettiest locations for a footrace that I’ve ever seen!

Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville’s contribution to the swag bag!

Run for Autism 5k

Dr. Moore crossing the Finish Line with her daughter!

Dr. Will after crossing the Finish Line

CHiP Human Foosball Tournament

View of the rinks they build for this event. These are legit!

Dr. Will making friends

Dr. Moore’s daughter trying to watch the action!

Patrolling the goal!

Sharing smiles in between action!

Want to learn more about any of these events, our community involvement, or our practice?

Contact us online or give us a call at (434) 817-1817.