Welcome to the mid-summer issue of SMILE News!
Who doesn’t love the long lazy days of SUMMER? It’s my favorite time of year. Many of you know my summers are spent on the waters of Lake Quachita in Hot Springs and for one week in July in the beautiful state of Maine. This summer is no different.
For those of you not familiar with Lake Quachita, you are missing one of the true gems of Arkansas! Sometimes on sun-filled days the boat is full of kids and dogs and lots of floating, swimming and splashing and sometimes it’s just Kim and I for a quiet dinner under the stars. It’s a place my whole family loves to visit and spend their summer weekends. Truly beautiful shoreline with crystal clear waters. Bliss…
This year our annual trip to Maine will be the third week of July. As always we’ll enjoy family, bike rides, beautiful scenery and lots and lots of lobster! (pictures to come!) Our office will be closed that week – July 18-22 and we will look forward to sharing vacation stories and photos with you upon our return.
I hope your summer is filled with all the people and activities you LOVE!
Wishing you a wonderful Summer and as always – Big SMILES!
On the Fourth of July, the grills get busy. So do the dentists, apparently! All the barbecue sauce and sweets eaten this holiday can lead to tooth damage. Combining summer BBQ with tooth-healthy eating may seem impossible, but it can be done with a little bit of forethought and application. Let’s find out how we can eat healthier this holiday.
How bad is sugar?
When you eat more sugary foods (and BBQ sauce is loaded with sugar), the decay-causing bacteria inside your mouth multiply. They feed on sugar, and mix with saliva to form a sticky film called plaque on your teeth. If the plaque isn’t removed, it can dissolve the teeth’s enamel and inflames the gum tissue.
How to get rid of the coating that sugar forms on your teeth?
If you choose to eat sugary stuff like candy, chocolate or ice cream, remember to brush your teeth afterward. At the very least, rinse with water immediately to remove as much sugar as possible. Brushing needs to be done regularly – at least twice each day.
How to replace the sweets?
If you love the sweet stuff, then try swapping the sugars for healthier sweets. Choose seasonal fruits that are sweet and juicy – they also have other health benefits. Opt for natural juices. Even spices can add a zing to your food and stop your sugar craving. Adding cinnamon to your cereal makes it tasty and you don’t miss the sugar as much. Similarly, adding nutmeg to coffee brings out the flavor and you can go light on the sugar. Another good idea is to use ginger to glaze fresh fruit. Cookies can be made with cinnamon and rice. Experiment with recipes that use honey and brown sugar, instead of the refined white variety.
Barbecue season (or any other season for that matter) need not spell trouble for your teeth anymore. Curb the use of sugars and use healthier substitutes that not only benefit your teeth, but add to your overall well being.
Back to School
Back to school is just around the corner and these summer days are a great time to schedule your kids dental checkups. Avoid the rush and start checking off your back to school checklist now by making an appointment today! Use our easy online appointment request form or call our office at 479-582-1100 to make your appointment.
It only takes a few words…
We LOVE hearing from our patients!
“How strange but wonderful to leave a dentist office with less of a tension headache than I had when I went in!” ~Lisa M.
“Outstanding experience! Dr. Hodous and the staff are very courteous, caring, and competent. Highly recommended!” ~Dustin R.
“As always, my visit to my dentist was awesome!” ~Betty R.
Kind words from our treasured patients! CLICK HERE to read more…
- In 1866, Lucy Beaman Hobbs became the first licensed female dentist.
- In 1986, the winner of the National Spelling Bee won by spelling ODONTALGIA (which means toothache)
- The average amount of money left by the tooth fairy in 1950 was 25 cents. In 1988 it was $1.00, the going rate now is $2.00.
- The earliest dentist known by name is Hesi-Re. He lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago.
- The first toothbrushes were tree twigs. Chewing on the tips of the twigs spread out the fibers, which were then used to clean the teeth.
- Ancient Greeks used pumice, talc, alabaster, coral powder or iron rust as toothpaste.
- George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth!
- In 1905, Dental Assistant Irene Newman was trained to clean teeth. She became the first Dental Hygienist.
Isn’t DENTISTRY great?
A little dental fun to make you SMILE!