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Issue 3. Oct 2014

October 1, 2014

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There is plenty of excitement this time of year. With the colorful autumn leaves on the ground, football in full swing (Go Seahawks!) and the approaching holidays there is always much anticipation. One of the things we most look forward to every fall is our Patient Appreciation Open House. This year marks our 5th consecutive year and we love the tradition of open our doors after hours to our dental family. It is especially this time of year that we are reminded of all that we are thankful for. We are grateful for the opportunity to help you maintain your oral health. We thank you for the trust and confidence you have shown in us by choosing us and referring your family and friends. It is an absolute privilege helping you care for your pearly whites.

Come join us and taste some Washington wines with Brix 25 sommelier and sample beer from 7 Sea’s Brewing. Come play games, receive a gift from us and step into our Fliptastic Photo Booth that will allow you to capture your smile in action. Kids, feel free to come in costume! This is an event at your dental office that you won’t want to miss.

“SAY CHEESE” - THURSDAY OCTOBER 23rd 4:00-6:30pm
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Prize Donations from local businesses: Bring a friend and your name will be entered twice!

Trends in Dentistry
Duck Eggshells
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We recently had a patient who came in and said he was chewing on duck eggshells to improve their dental health. What???.. When asked WHY he was chewing on duck eggshells the patient replied, "I feel it is sharpening his teeth and making them stronger."

It prompted us to ask ourselves why? How did this trend evolve into this patient's daily repertoire of the household “go to’s” and why does he feel it is improving the health of his teeth. Here is what we found… Click here for the full article

Geographic Tongue
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Geographic tongue is a harmless condition affecting the upper surface and sides of the tongue. It gets its name from its map-like appearance, and is also known as benign migratory glossitis. These map-like patches often heal in one area and migrate to a different part of the tongue.

Although geographic tongue may look concerning, it is not associated with cancer or infection. In some cases however it may cause tongue discomfort, or increased sensitivity to certain substances. Click here for the full article

Case Article
Oral Piercings
Last month one of my patients who had just undergone dental treatment with anesthetic popped out of the chair at the end of the appointment and claim she was now off to the piercing parlor. Apparently her half anesthetized tongue gave her the ambition to dissolve her fear of pain associated with piercing it and she was now ready to brave it. Believe it or not, whether your child, co-worker, boss or even parents, they might have considered getting a piercing. Along with tattoo and body piercing, studs through the lips, tongue, labret (dimple above the chin) and pretty much any skin around the mouth have become increasingly hip and trendy in pop culture today. Click here to view the full case article...
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Did You Know?
• In China, in 1498, the first toothbrush with bristles was made, using hair from hogs, horses, and badgers. The first official commercial toothbrush was manufactured in 1938.
• “6 is the magic number” It’s the magic number of feet away from your toilet you should store your toothbrush in order to avoid airborne particles from toilet flushing, making their way to your bristles, YUCK!
• What’s the object most often choked on by Americans? A toothpick! Wouldn’t it just be easier to floss?
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Recipes & Recommendations
Moose Munch Caramel Corn
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Click here for the full recipe...

Station Eleven
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We received this recommended reading from a great patient and worthy source! It’s a New York Times Best Seller and is Long-listed for the 2014 National Book Award. Check it out!

Station Eleven – An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Click here for the full book review

Community Events & Announcements
5th Annual Patient Appreciation Event – “SAY CHEESE”
RSVP: 253.858.9168 |

Great News!!!... Hansen & Associates was selected for the third consecutive year as a “TOP DENTIST” in SEATTLE MET Magazine!  Look for us in the January issue. (logo and link to old announcement on our business website)

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Did you know we are welcoming new patients? The greatest compliment is a referral and we would love for you to recommend us to your friends and family. We are offering a choice of gift cards in appreciation for every scheduled referral. Thank you for being a part of our dental family.
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Community: (fall photo of Gig Harbor)
October 16th-19th - Gig Harbor Film Festival
October 23rd - Hansen & Associates 5th Annual Patient Appreciation Event
October 31st - Trick or Treat in the Harbor and Uptown
November 13th - Downtown Waterfront Alliance presents “Girls Night Out”
November 27th - Turkey Trot 5K & 10K
November 29-30th - Winterfest Arts and Crafts Fair

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