“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~Henry James
Everybody loves SUMMER. Long lazy days and plenty of sunshine. For me, it was a busy start to this summer with a family wedding and a house move, but things are settling down and it’s time to enjoy! Besides being here to provide you with the best dental care possible, I’ve got a few more fun activities on my calendar. Weekends on Lake Ouachita and an annual trip to Maine will round out my summer. I hope you have had a great summer break and will enjoy the rest before the kiddos head back to school and the fall schedules start.
Summer is also a great time to catch up on those appointments you’ve been putting off. If we haven’t seen you in a while then now is a great time to schedule your appointment.
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about your dental care. My direct email is firstname.lastname@example.org I’d love to hear from you!
In with the warm weather come new conditions and new ways you should be protecting your teeth. With the increase in temperature come cold treats, increasing attention to sensitive teeth. Dehydration in the heat can cause bacteria to thrive and cause problems. Sports drinks, pop and other summer-favorites like lemonade decay teeth with their excess sugar and acidity. Summer conditions may cause a few new problems, but just paying attention to a few key solutions can ensure your summer is healthy, easy, and breezy.
Many discover they have some tooth sensitivity during the summer months. This is largely due to the fact that frozen treats and cold drinks are in abundance to beat the heat. Sensitivity is due to worn down enamel or exposed tooth roots. Several things can cause this to happen. Acidic foods, teeth grinding, abrasive brushing, and certain whitening products can wear down enamel, exposing tubules that lead to the tooth’s nerves and cause pain. When the gums are irritated by disease or even too much mouthwash, they can recede and expose the tooth’s roots. This is another direct route to the tooth’s nerves.
How to Solve Tooth Sensitivity
Make sure your toothbrush’s bristles are not too stiff. Soft bristles and a light touch are all you need to remove plaque. For receded gums, gum disease will need to be cleared up along with keeping good dental habits.
Saliva is a natural defense against bacteria in your mouth. The elements in saliva neutralize plaque acids that weaken teeth. In addition, saliva can help repair early decay and damage. So remember, during the hot summer months, we sweat more and lose more water. Make sure to drink plenty of water to replenish lost water and stay hydrated.
Alternatives to Pop, Sports Drinks, and Lemonade
Nothing beats a cold, refreshing drink on a hot summer day. But reaching for the right drink could mean the difference between a healthy, hydrated mouth and a dry mouth prone to cavities. Drinks like pop, sports drinks, and lemonade, while refreshing and tasty, are filled with sugar and acids. Excess sugar can lead to cavities. Even sugar alternatives can end up harming your mouth by drying it out. Acidic drinks like lemonade can damage the enamel on your teeth. Instead, reach for infused water, flavored seltzer, or iced tea. These alternatives are still tasty, and much healthier than sugar loaded or acidic drinks.
So take these precautions to keep your teeth bright and healthy and have a great Summer!
Summertime means longer days, warmer weather and an itch to get away. It’s definitely vacation time! We thought you might like to see what your dental team has been up to this summer.
In June, Dr. Hodous traveled back to his old stomping grounds of Chicago, Illinois to gather with his four other siblings for a weekend of family fun. While there he visited his childhood home, built by his father.
And the end of the month will find him on the coast of Maine for the annual Hodous / Tucker family time. Photos coming soon but expect to see sun, sand and lobster!
Olivia visited Park City, Utah this summer. Here she is on top of Bald Mountain. What an adventure!
Kelly traveled to her home state of Ohio to spend time with her family. Then 4 days on Norris Lake in Tennessee with high school friends (sans kids, wink wink). She had a great time of floating, reminiscing about old time and lots and lots of laughter – but we wonder why there are no photos available. Apparently what happens on Norris Lake, stays on Norris Lake!
We’d love to hear about your summer trips and see your photos. Share them with us on social media (be sure to tag us or use #drhodoussummer). We’ll be sharing more photos soon so be sure to check them out. Have a great rest of your Summer!
Your referrals are our biggest compliment! Have you heard about our program to reward you for referring your friends and family to our practice? Simply refer your friends and family members and have them mention your name when making an appointment. Refer as many people as you like. You will be entered once for every referral that keeps their first appointment. Drawings will be held at the end of each quarter. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Referral Rewards program.
The second quarter winner for 2015 was Jennifer Holland! Jennifer won 2 adult Vista Dome tickets from Springdale to Van Buren aboard the Arkansas Missouri Railroad. Thanks Jennifer for referring us to your friends and family and enjoy the railroad adventure!
The next drawing will be held the end of September and we’re sending one lucky winner on a shopping spree! You’ll enjoy a shopping trip to Dr. Hodous’ favorite store – Cabella’s in Rogers! It’s a great outfitters store for all your hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational needs. Happy Shopping!