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National Men's Health Week

This is National Men’s Health Week (June 9-15).  So listen up all you tough guys!

You might have muscles and the guts to make it in the real world, whether you're a construction worker or a business tycoon, it doesn't mean that you are immune to dental health problems.  Guys who think seeing a little blood in the sink after brushing is normal should visit the dentist to see if they are developing gum disease. Research has linked gum disease to a variety of other health issues, including heart disease and diabetes. Regular dental checkups are important for people of both genders and all ages.

Both men and women responding to a national survey last year said a nice smile was a person's most attractive feature — beating out the eyes, hair and body. The survey also showed that men are less likely to take care of their dental health and put their most prized asset in jeopardy.

Only 66 percent of men said that they brush their teeth twice a day, compared to 86 percent of women.  Men also changed their toothbrush less frequently than recommended, on an average every five months instead of every three or four months.

And yes, the tough cowboys of the historic American West may have smoked, chewed or thrown back some liquor, but tobacco and alcohol are potential smile wreckers and downright dangerous. Guys who smoke cigars, cigarettes and pipes; use dip, snuff or chewing tobacco; or drink alcohol are twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women, and their risk goes up after they hit age 50. Quitting tobacco and moderating or avoiding alcohol can protect those pearly whites and maybe even save your life.

Athletes that play contact sports like soccer, football, basketball and hockey should use a mouth guard to protect their teeth and road warriors who ride bicycles or motorcycles should wear a helmet.

So make that call today and get an appointment with your local dentist.

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"I had multiple bad experiences as a child with the dentist. As a result, I have feared going to the dentist office for years. Dr. Kevin and Sandy are so gentle and caring that I still bring my children to them and we live almost two hours away!" ~ Tasha W.

patient testimonials

"Since age 7, I have been extremely fearful of going to the dentist. It was this age that I was told by a previous dentist that I would eventually have to have a root canal and my front tooth capped due to a bicycling accident. This gave me a scary image and sounded painful. When Dr. Sandy told me a root canal was needed, although it was 18 years later, it still sounded scary and painful. Then I was told about sedation. The entire day of the appointment I don’t recall much. When I woke up, the "scary" part was already over and I felt refreshed with zero pain or discomfort. I was completely satisfied with my smile and the results! As for the staff, each person I was in contact with was excellent in accommodating each need that I had and made me feel like I was a part of their family. I would 100% recommend Hayes Family Dentistry and sedation to anyone. The entire experience was, in one word, amazing!" ~ Kellie A.

patient testimonials

"No pain was felt. New found respect for dentistry. Recovery was a lot easier. Would not see any other dentist. Would recommend Hayes Family Dentistry to anyone and everyone. Very, very pleased with my experience and even brought my wife here. All I can say is WOW!" ~ Jason R.

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"I have been extremely afraid to go to the dentist. I had a bad experience about three years ago where my jaw got locked open during a procedure. For about an hour they had to do warm moist compresses and massage my temporal joint to get my jaw unlocked. I was extremely sore for about three and a half weeks. This created a fear of going back to the dentist. My experience with sedation: when I came in that morning I was not anxious about the appointment because I took a pill that morning that helped calm me. I was greeted, they got me comfortable, and I watched a pleasant video about ocean life. I don’t remember anything about that appointment. My next memory was of waking up refreshed and ready to go the next day. I didn’t have any soreness and didn’t have to worry about what I ate because of my joints being sore. It was the most pleasant experience I have ever had at a dental office. I will definitely have sedation again for any kind of future treatment." ~ Sara H.

patient testimonials

"Are you afraid to smile because you’re ashamed of your smile? Hayes Family Dentistry can help. Are you saying, “But I’m more afraid of going to a dentist than people seeing my smile?” Hayes Family Dentistry can really help; they helped me. Being afraid of the dentist is nothing to be ashamed of—it’s called dental phobia and you’re not alone. A lot of people suffer from it. But now thanks to sedation dentistry, you don’t have to suffer anymore." ~ Tony "Gator" Harrison
(Formerly with Country Giant)

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