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Tooth-e | Issue 17. Summer 18

July 25, 2018

Greetings Patients and Dental Friends!

We hope this issue of Tooth-e finds you happy, in good health, and slightly tanner than this spring. There have been many new changes in our office since the last issue of Tooth-e was released, all of which we are excited to share with you.

We are proud to announce the completed renovation of our doctor’s lab workspace, which has made behind-the-scenes daily management easier and a little neater. In our commitment to provide the highest level of care for our patients, this summer has also been filled with ongoing growth and development through continuing education for Drs. Hansen & Spaulding and the team. Our focus has been primarily on airway, skeletal development of children and correction of malocclusion. Always more to learn!

We are also excited to have new neighbors! Kimball Coffeehouse has recently established a new location in our very own Woods Business Park! Their refreshing carbonated espresso (a current office favorite) and gluten-free baked goods have made us adoring regular patrons of this awesome locally owned business in our community.

Remember to enjoy the summer season, wear sunscreen, and keep flossing and brushing those teeth! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Best wishes from your H&A dental team


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Melissa Spaulding DDS

Carbonated waters, such as Perrier and La Croix, have hit the market in a big way as the latest trend in healthy thirst quenchers. In this summer heat, you might find yourself reaching for one of these bubbly drinks instead of plain water. After all, they boast no calorie and sugar free hydration! But what about the carbonation that makes it tastier than plain water!?! Does this have any negative effects on our teeth?... READ ON...

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SummerTIME To Whiten?

Melissa Spaulding DDS

It’s summer time! Even though your dental appointment may not be on the top of your list of fun summer activities, brightening your smile with a variety of whitening options might be motivation enough to seek out dental care this time of year. As people are getting ready to attend weddings, family reunions etcetera this season, we get numerous questions about the different options available to patients to whiten their teeth. Depending on what your goals are, there are options that range cost and time, “in house”, or over-the-counter. With all these choices, there is likely one that will fit both your budget and your goals for the summer season. READ ON...


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If you were to meet Tom, you’d hope that he had all the qualities which would characterize him as a good friend—caring, sensitive, and dependable. Why not ask for the same traits in your toothpaste? Tom’s of Maine Rapid Relief Toothpaste has become a staple to our hygienists over the last few months...“It’s magical. It is super easy to use and makes the patients more comfortable.” READ ON...

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On a recent trip to Arizona, we stumbled upon the scent of lavender only to find it in the form of hand sanitizer mist in a charming purple bottle by none other than Dr. Bronner! All while smelling like bright lavender, this hand sanitizer manages to kill 99.9% of germs...


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MIND GYM: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence

By Gary Mack

Don’t be fooled. While Gary Mack professionally identifies as a sport’s psychologist and consultant, his book Mind Gym unpacks the inner workings of human motivation in general. It examines a holistic picture of the ways we think, feel, and act, and delves into a rehabilitation of human behavior...READ ON...


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This summer recipe-feature is a household favorite. It combines a light blend of vegetables into a single, refreshing, salsa-style appetizer. As if by fate, this ‘caviar’ combined with fresh tortilla chips makes a legendary summer duo...READ ON


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Did You Know?

  1. People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda a day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others.
  2. If you do not floss, you miss cleaning 40% of you tooth surfaces.
  3. Dental plaque can be made up by as many as 300 different types of bacteria.


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Get Involved: Things to do in Gig Harbor this Summer!

Gig Harbor History Walking Tour - Waterfront Farmer’s Market - Summer Sounds at Skansie Concert Series - Uptown Summer Concerts - Shows at Paradise Theatre - Swing Dancing - Yoga in the Park and Classic Car Shows.... READ ON...

For more information click here to view the Gig Harbor event webpage

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