April 8, 2016
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Spring is finally here! It’s a busy time of year with Easter, Mother’s Day, lots of outdoor activities, travel and all around fun. Juggling busy schedules can often lead to stress. And stress can sometimes cause an oral health condition known as bruxism.

What is Bruxism?

Sore_Teeth_WakeBruxism is the medical term referring to the grinding of teeth or the clenching of your jaws. It’s a condition that affects many people though not many are aware of the problem. You can clench and grind without even knowing it. Bruxism often occurs during dream stage while sleeping

It is a serious condition that can impact your dental health and overall quality of life. Clenching your teeth puts pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other structures around your jaw. Some people clench their teeth and never feel symptoms. Others experience a variety of symptoms or impacts including:

  • Headaches
  • Increased temperature sensitivity
  • Facial pain
  • Dislocation of the jaw
  • A popping or clicking in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
  • Damage to the inside of the cheek
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Wearing away of tooth enamel

mouthguardThe Solution

There is no magic cure, but our goal in treatment is to reduce pain, prevent permanent damage to your teeth, and reduce clenching as much as possible. Some self care remedies and relaxation methods may provide some relief but a custom fitted mouth guard can help! Professionally fitted mouth protectors work by separating the teeth and preventing that unconscious grinding or gnashing of your teeth. First we make an impression of your teeth and then mold a mouth guard custom fitted just for you. They can take some time to get used to but they stop your face and jaw aching and reduce the likelihood of you breaking your teeth.

For the month of April, you can get your custom fitted mouth guard for a special price of $232. That’s a savings of 50%! And what a perfect time of year to take advantage of this offer. So if you’re tired of waking up in the morning with a sore jaw and want to prevent oral health issues that result from stress then call our office today to schedule your appointment. You’ll be amazed at what a difference it can make! 8x10 sign copy

 


July 13, 2015
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Now-laterDon’t Wait! It Can Cost You in the Long Run!

If your budget is a little tight or your schedule a little too full, it may seem like a good idea to put off your dental exam. After all, your teeth feel fine and you take good care of them at home. While you may be saving yourself a little time and money right now, you could be costing yourself a lot more in the long run.

Many dental problems don’t have a many symptoms when they first begin. In fact, things like gum disease and oral cancer can be present without pain or any other discernible symptoms. Tooth infections can cause pain at first, but then stop when nerve damage begins. Even cavities can be present long before they can be seen or felt. We use high tech devices such as Planmeca Panoramic XRay Machine to discover problems before they become serious. Treating issues early saves time, money, teeth, and when it comes to serious issues like gum disease and oral cancer, it could even save your life!

So don’t wait until it’s too late. Call our office today at 479-582-1100 to schedule your appointment. You’ll be glad you did!


July 2, 2015
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happy teeth dentalLet’s Have Some FUN!

I try to share as much information as I can to educate you about your oral health and to give you advice on how to keep your SMILE in the best shape.

But sometimes it’s fun to take some time away from the seriousness of dentistry and share some of the fun facts about my profession and why I think it’s so cool!

  • smiling-toothTooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, it’s important to remember that this does not make it all right to use your teeth to open bottles or stubborn packaging!
  • On average, people spend about 48 seconds a day brushing their teeth. That’s not nearly long enough to remove all of the plaque and leftover food particles. Take our advice and make sure to brush for at least TWO minutes, THREE times a day.
  • We produce about 25,000 quarts of saliva in our lifetimes. That’s enough to fill 2 swimming pools! And saliva is, believe it or not, a good thing for our smiles as it helps neutralize acid and protect teeth from decay.
  • You know that feeling you get when you burn your mouth with hot food? It has a name. It’s called pizza palate! Also, speaking of pizza, the cheese is actually healthy for your teeth. Since it contains calcium and phosphorous, cheese can reduce the pH level in plaque and can help re-mineralize enamel.

stock-illustration-19943848-tooth-cartoon-with-thumb-upI’m here to help you get your best smile! If it’s been a while since you’ve been in then CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment today. Or if picking up the phone is easier then  give us a call at 479-582-1100. I’ll make sure to perform an in-depth exam and work with you to get your smile clean, bright, and beautiful. And we’ll also make sure to give you some fun and interesting advice along the way.

Big Smiles!

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January 20, 2015
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jan banner 2With so many of us hitting the gym after the new year, remember that good oral health and hygiene play a big part of the overall state of your entire body .

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The Mouth-Body Connection:
6 Ways Oral Hygiene Helps Keep You Well

Taking good care of your mouth — teeth and gums — does more than help ensure you have a bright, white smile.

A healthy mouth and healthy body go hand in hand. Good oral hygiene and oral health can improve your overall health, reducing the risk of serious disease and perhaps even preserving your memory in your golden years. The phrase “healthy mouth, healthy you” really is true — and backed by growing scientific evidence.

It’s never too early to start teaching your children to take care of their teeth and gums: Healthy habits learned in childhood can pay off in adulthood. And, if you’re tempted to shrug off your good oral hygiene habits — brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly — remember that you’re a role model for your kids. Keep in mind these six ways having healthy teeth and gums helps boost overall health.

Boosts Your Self-esteem and Confidence

Decayed teeth and gum disease are often associated not only with an unsightly mouth but very bad breath — so bad it can affect your confidence, self-image, and self-esteem. With a healthy mouth that’s free of gum disease and cavities, your quality of life is also bound to be better — you can eat properly, sleep better, and concentrate with no aching teeth or mouth infections to distract you.

May Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Chronic inflammation from gum disease has been associated with the development of cardiovascular problems such as heart disease, blockages of blood vessels, and strokes.

Experts stop short of saying there is a cause-and-effect between gum disease and these other serious health problems, but the link has shown up in numerous studies. The findings of these studies may suggest that maintaining oral health can help protect overall health.

Preserves Your Memory

Adults with gingivitis (swollen, bleeding gums) performed worse on tests of memory and other cognitive skills than did those with healthier gums and mouths, according to a report in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

Those with gingivitis were more likely to perform poorly on two tests: delayed verbal recall and subtraction — both skills used in everyday life.

Using an antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste can help reduce bacteria in the mouth that can cause gingivitis.

Reduces Risks of Infection and Inflammation in Your Body

Poor oral health has been linked with the development of infection in other parts of the body.

Research has found an association between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints. Experts say the mechanism of the destruction of connective tissues in both gum disease and RA is similar. Eating a balanced diet, seeing your dentist regularly, and good oral hygiene helps reduce your risks of tooth decay and gum disease. Make sure you brush twice a day and floss once a day.

Helps Keep Blood Sugar Stable if You Have Diabetes

People with uncontrolled diabetes often have gum disease. Having diabetes can make you less able to fight off infection, including gum infections that can lead to serious gum disease.

* WebMD

FROM DR. HODOUS

Dr. Hodous2Your Trust is My Inspiration!

The most important long-term relationships are those that bolster our health and infuse a sense of confident well-being. And because of the critical relationship between your dental health to your overall health, my team is more committed than ever to providing an exceptional, well thought out and thorough dental experience.

We do not take your loyalty to our practice for granted. That you
continue to be our patient is a constant and genuine inspiration for us to reassess our performance, to seek technologies that are state-of-the-art, and to create an environment that inspires your confidence and ease.

We are dedicated to building upon your trust, and working hard
to provide the most comfortable environment. Thank you for being a part of our practice family!

Big SMILES!

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COMMUNITY

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In case you aren’t aware, January 1st for most of us, marks the time when your

dental insurance is “renewed”. So, along with all of your good resolutions for 2015, you will also have a full basket of dental benefits that are available for use over the course of the year.

If there is work you had put off last year that needs to be done, this would be a good time to schedule. Here’s looking toward a bright new year filled with lots of beautiful SMILES!

 

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REFERRAL REWARDS

2014 4th qtr winnerWe Have a Winner!
We are pleased to announce the winner of our fourth quarter Referral Rewards drawing. Nicole DeBriyn won dinner at Powerhouse Seafood and a night at the Dickson Street Inn. Congratulations Nicole!

If you haven’t heard about our Rewards Program then you’re missing out. Simply refer your friends and family members and on March 31st you could  be a WINNER!  To learn more about how you could win just visit our website and start referring your friends and family now!

KUDOS TO YOU!

 …to You Bryant Morales!

Congratulations to Bryant Morales, our November KUDOS Winner! Bryant won a $50 gift card to HogHaus Brewing Company/The Common Grounds in Fayetteville.

Our KUDOS Award

We love to ‘accentuate the positive’ so whether you come in for your appointment with great oral hygiene, have a great check-up, or just a positive attitude, we will enter you into our monthly drawing.  It’s our way of showing our appreciation for you, our patients and the efforts and lasting impressions you leave on us.

So for November, we say “Congratulations Bryant Morales and KUDOS to you!”

For your chance to win a free gift card, schedule an appointment today and share your beautiful smile and happy outlook with us!

SMILE NEWS

Chocolates-in-heart-box-chocolate-34691376-300-357Valentine’s is just around the corner and here’s some good news for chocolate lovers!

You know that guilty feeling that creeps in every time you bite into a piece of chocolate? Well it turns out that it may not be that bad. (Well, sort of) Recent Studies show that chocolate is actually good for your teeth – and your overall health.

Chocolate contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols and flavonols. Polyphenols prevent bacteria from turning the sugar and starches contained in chocolate into acids that cause decay. They can help reduce the chances of hypertension and stroke and may even help protect the heart. Dark chocolate is particularly high in flavonols and has more antioxidant power that green tea.

The cocoa butte contained in chocolate also packs a healthy punch. When you eat a piece of chocolate, the cocoa butter in it coats your teeth, preventing plaque from sticking to your teeth. And what about the ‘butter’ part of the cocoa butter – should you worry about fat? Nope. This kind does not raise cholesterol.

Now for the bad news. Chocolate is high in calories. One 1-ounce piece of dark chocolate can contain 150 calories or more. So if you’re watching your waistline, you’ll have to control yourself. Have a Happy Valentines Day and enjoy that piece of chocolate – it’s not that bad!

FUN FACTS

citrusessentialoilsGet Your Vitamin C! Do you enjoy the idea of belonging to an elite group? Well. along with a fruit-eating bat, a species of trout, apes, guinea pigs and the red-vented bulbul bird, humans are among the few species that cannot synthesize their own vitamin C. Your gums need vitamin C to stay pink and healthy and to give you nice smelling breath and a youthful appearance.

How do you get enough Vitamin C? Well, you could eat two grapefruits a day like the participants of one study. The increased Vitamin C helped both smokers and non-smokers to improve their periodontal health. Thankfully though, the vitamin is abundantly available in foods as diverse as oranges, lemons, spinach, potatoes, guava and papaya.

Now get ready to SMILE – because humans are special in another way! Only we humans can cook. So you can get your Vitamin C whether you’re dining vegetarian or nouvelle cuisine, Chinese, Kosher, Italian, Mexican or Indian curry takeout!


November 26, 2014
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Two tips for healthy holiday teeth!

Thanksgiving is a holiday in which we celebrate by gathering with family and friends. But on Thanksgiving, another way we celebrate is by eating, eating, and more eating. We want to be sure that you also brush… and brush… and brush some more!  Here are two tips that will make your Thanksgiving festivities easy on your teeth.

 1 No Soda

On everyone’s Thanksgiving table, there is plenty of foods being passed that already have ample amounts of sugar. Even on this day of thanks, it is important to not forget your dental health. On top of the given sugars, don’t add drinking soda to the mix. Instead of drinking soda, drink milk and water with your meal. Doing so will spare your teeth the stains and decay caused by soda. Water will rinse away any sugar or bacteria in your mouth. The cleaner you keep your mouth in between meals, means the less likely you have a chance of developing a cavity.

2 Be prepared

Since the majority of your day will be spent eating, make sure to brush in between meals so that the things that bring harm to your teeth don’t sit for too long and begin to build up. Whether you are spending the holiday at home or traveling to be with family and friends, don’t forget to bring your toothbrush and floss with you.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and don’t forget to apply these tips during your holiday! Also don’t forget to schedule your appointment for your dental check up and cleaning. 2015 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lose those benefits that expire. Here’s to a great holiday season of family, fun and lots of healthy SMILES!

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November 13, 2014
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Each year, patients miss out on scheduling the dental treatment they need, deserve and have insurance to cover. Unfortunately, dental insurance dollars don’t roll over into the next year, leading to a significant waste of your valuable insurance payments. Bottom line: when it comes to dental insurance, what you don’t use, you lose!

Have you taken full advantage of your dental dollars? Every year dental insurance companies make big bucks when you miss out on the full dollar amount of your coverage plan. Don’t let this be you!

Unlike medical insurance, dental insurance and dental plans provide you with an allotted amount of money to spend on your care each year. This means you may have extra left over that will disappear if your plan, like many, renews in January! It is always a good plan to try to maximize what your dental insurance will cover this year so that next year’s benefits can be used for any unexpected treatment that may come up. Have you been thinking about getting a whitening treatment? What about cosmetic veneers? Now is your chance to take full advantage of your dental insurance.

For many plans, as of January 1, 2015 (varies depending on plan), you will again be required to pay 100% of your annual insurance deductible before any dental benefits are paid by your insurance company. Now is the perfect time to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted and seize the dental dollars you deserve!

Call at our office today at 479-582-1100 or visit our website to schedule your appointment, and together let’s make sure you are in excellent dental health for the New Year and getting the full value of your insurance. We look forward to seeing you soon! Remember, if you don’t use it, you lose it!

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February 12, 2014

checkupLet’s face it – we’re busy! There’s work, family, friends, trips to the gym, errands to run, and that never ending list of home repairs. Our calendars are full and we constantly wish for more hours in each day! So finding time to visit the dentist may be a challenge.

But how much time do you really need to dedicate to visiting our office? The answer lies in the facts. And the fact is the more often you visit us for regular cleanings and preventative treatments then the less time you’ll need to schedule for problems when and if they arise.  Regular cleanings reduce plaque and drastically cut back on your risks for avoidable periodontal diseases.  And they allow us to observe any issues before they become serious, and help prevent major dental procedures that require more of your time and money.

How often should you have your teeth cleaned? In addition to at least three daily brushing sessions at home, your teeth should be professionally cleaned at least once per year, but every six months is better. The teeth cleanings performed in our office are able to remove plaque and tartar buildup that at-home brushing is unable to achieve. If you haven’t visited our office in a while then we’ll take a look at a personalized schedule for treatment just for you.

Professional teeth cleanings at our office use tools that efficiently remove hard deposits from teeth that may not only contribute to tooth decay and gum disease, but discoloration as well. If whiter teeth are a priority for you, being proactive with your dental health can help keep your smile as white. Also, an extra benefit when being up-to-date on your professional teeth cleanings is that you will be ready for a teeth whitening system. Teeth whitening systems are more effective on clean teeth, so having regularly scheduled cleanings with our office will give you more options for improving your smile each time you visit.

Maintaining dental health is one of the most important things people can do for themselves. A few simple visits to the dentist annually not only help prevent dental problems, but other health concerns. Individuals with poor dental health have been reported as having higher rates of stroke and cardiac issues. It is also reported that people with periodontal diseases are much more likely to have heart disease.

Your teeth are yours for your entire life and you use them every day. A few regular professional cleanings each year is a small investment of time to maintain something you rely on for a lifetime.  So call our office today to schedule your appointment for a cleaning. You’ll be glad you did!

Big SMILES!

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November 7, 2013

It’s already November, and that means that the holidays are right around the corner. For a season that’s often referred to as the most wonderful time of the year, a lot of planning, time, and money are spent to make the holidays a success. Unfortunately, for a lot of people, this means dealing with added stress in addition to the infectious holiday hustle and bustle. And stress is often what causes an oral health condition known as bruxism.

Sore_Teeth_WakeWhat is Bruxism?

Bruxism is the medical term referring to the grinding of teeth or the clenching of your jaws. It’s a condition that affects many people though not many are aware of the problem. You can clench and grind without even knowing it. Bruxism often occurs during sleep though it can take place any time of day.

It is a serious condition that can impact your dental health and overall quality of life. Clenching your teeth puts pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other structures around your jaw. Some people clench their teeth and never feel symptoms. Others experience a variety of symptoms or impacts including:

  • Headaches
  • Increased temperature sensitivity
  • Facial pain
  • Dislocation of the jaw
  • A popping or clicking in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
  • Damage to the inside of the cheek
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Wearing away of tooth enamel

The Solution

mouthguardThere is no magic cure, but our goal in treatment is to reduce pain, prevent permanent damage to your teeth, and reduce clenching as much as possible. Some self care remedies and relaxation methods may provide some relief but a custom fitted mouth guard can help! Professionally fitted mouth protectors work by separating the teeth and preventing that unconscious grinding or gnashing of your teeth. First we make an impression of your teeth and then mold a mouth guard custom fitted just for you. They can take some time to get used to but they stop your face and jaw aching and reduce the likelihood of you breaking your teeth.

For the month of November, you can get your custom fitted mouth guard for a special price of $226. That’s a savings of 50%! And what a perfect time of year to take advantage of this offer. So if you’re tired of waking up in the morning with a sore jaw and want to prevent that holiday stress from causing harm to your oral health then call our office today to schedule your appointment. You’ll be amazed at what a difference it can make!

Here’s to kicking off this season with a healthy smile!

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October 30, 2013

LT_Halloween_CostumesForKids_POV370x270Halloween is a popular holiday in our house. It’s not just the young kids that don the costumes but the grown kids and adults too! Last year my wife Kim and I attended a Halloween party as Pebbles and BamBam! And we love the candy! Boy do we love the candy.

If your kids are like mine, they’re going to come home from trick-or-treating with sack-fulls of candy. And who can blame them? But we all know that the sugary candies that come with Halloween can mean tooth decay. A few years ago I celebrated when I saw grocery markets offering options for Halloween treats. Have you seen those mini treat bags of carrots in the produce section?  But let’s face it – no kid wants to come home from a night of trick-or-treating with a bag of vegetables! It only takes a few simple steps for your family to have all the fun of Halloween without compromising your kid’s teeth!

  • Teach your kids moderation. They don’t need to over-indulge to enjoy!
  • Make sure your kids are brushing their teeth at least twice a day.
  • Remind your kids to floss.
  • Remember that sticky, chewy candies can cause the most tooth decay. Limit candies like jelly beans, taffy, candy corn and caramels.
  • When it comes to gum – choose sugar free! Not only do sugar-free chewing gums neutralize the effects of sugary candy – they help combat cavity-causing plaque.

By teaching your s good oral hygiene, Halloween can be a fun and worry-free holiday. Moderation and good oral hygiene practices are key! Have a fun and healthy Halloween!

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