Here’s a Sweet Deal for You to Refer a Friend!

Refer a friend to Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry this summer and share your smile. Stop by the office to pick up your Sweet Deal!

Simply write your name on the back of our referral card inside the bag of candy. Enjoy the candy and pass the card out to your friends and family. When a friend you refer becomes a Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry patient, we will enter your name in a drawing to win a Visa gift card!

A Sweet Deal Refer A Friend

Refer a Friend and Win Big

PLUS, you’re not the only one to WIN BIG. New patients who come to us from our sweet deals referral program will receive a free gift at their first appointment. That’s right. A treat for you and a gift for them!

So, go ahead! Tell your friends and family what you love about Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry. Our goal is to make more happy kids and healthy smiles!

Contact us today if you have any questions about our referral program.

DIAGNOdent®

A dental cavity can cause problems long before we can see it. At Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry, we know that the earlier we can detect a dental cavity, the better. If left untreated, hidden decay can destroy the tooth structure beneath the surface of the tooth. That’s why we proudly offer dental cleanings with DIAGNOdent.

What is DIAGNOdent?

DIAGNOdent is a non-invasive laser scanner that can find the slightest hint of decay or weakened areas within your teeth. The pain-free scan takes only minutes and allows us to accurately find dental caries before they harm the tooth from the inside out.

How does it find a dental cavity?

During your regular dental cleaning, we will use the DIAGNOdent pen to scan each tooth without additional x-rays. With each scan, the results tell us whether there is decay within the tooth. If detected, we will discuss your treatment options and next steps.

For more information on this new technology, contact us today!

Patient Letter

What an honor to receive a letter from one of our former patients! Dr. J was humbled to receive such kind words.

Dr. Rhodes,

I do not expect you to remember me, but you were my primary dentist from the age of 4 to age 19, and it was awesome. I just wanted to take a moment and write you to thank you for everything!

You see, as many kids do, I took you and your practice for granted. I took for granted how gentle and kind you and all of your staff always were. I took for granted how accommodating you were and how friendly everyone was. I took for granted your ability to communicate with your patients and their families, even my grandmother. I didn’t take the time to appreciate that you always knew my name and made conversation with me, and even with my grandma. Going to the dentist can be frightening, no matter what your age. Now that I am 26 and having to see a “grown-up’s” dentist, I realize how lucky I was to have you as my dentist for 15+ years. I try to incorporate many of those characteristics you taught me into my daily nursing practice in the emergency department. Thank you for being a good role model and the best dentist I have ever met!

Thank you Dr. Rhodes,

KDSG

P.S. And to all of the kids and future patients of Dr. Rhodes: You have it made! You won’t find a better dentist (I can guarantee there isn’t a better one between Bentonville and Russellville for sure! I’ve looked.) Don’t take him for granted! He and his staff don’t have to be kind and gentle. They don’t have to go the extra mile to not pinch your lip or make sure you that retractor is comfortable. They don’t have to make funny sounds while numbing you up to help take away some of the sting. But they do because they love their jobs and care about you! It’s hard to find a great dentist like Dr. Rhodes. And when that bad day comes that you are off of your parents’ insurance or you get married and have to say goodbye to Dr. Rhodes and crew,  know that you have your work cut out for you trying to find a “grown-up’s” dentist half as good as him. Enjoy it!

Are you a former patient? We’d love to hear from you. Drop us a card, or write us a letter and let us know how one of our team members impacted your life! To find our mailing address, click here. We look forward to hearing from you!

2016 Mom Approved

2016 Mom Approved

The Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry team are excited to announce that we have been named the 2016 Mom Approved winner in the category of Best Pediatric Dentist in Northwest Arkansas!

We strive to be a kid friendly, mom loved, professional and fun office. Each of our employees are hand picked to provide the best care for your child’s smile. Your child’s oral health will remain important for their entire life, and we are here to help you teach them to keep their smiles healthy.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy, every day schedule to honor us with your vote. Whether voting for us in a contest, leaving a review online, or sharing a smile with a friend by telling them about our office, we believe the highest honor we receive is your good opinion shared with others. As such we work hard every day to keep you smiling.
To say thank you for referring your friends, any time that someone lets us know you referred them to us, you will be entered into a drawing to receive a Visa Gift Card! We have referral cards available at the office to make it easy to share a smile with a friend! If you aren’t familiar with our Refer A Friend Program, ask at the office for details.Call us at 479.631.6377 (Rogers), 479-756-6377 (Springdale), or stop by one of our offices.
Want to see all of the other 2016 winners? Check out their post of all the winners.

To Pierce or Not to Pierce

Oral Piercings, are they a good idea?While oral piercings are a popular fad among teenagers, there are many risks to consider before deciding to pierce your tongue:

Procedure Related Risks:

  • Infection:  Infection is possible with any opening in skin or oral tissues.  Considering that the mouth is teeming with bacteria, oral piercing carries a high potential for infection at the piercing site.  Handling the jewelry after it is placed can also lead to infection.  Failing to properly care for the piercing immediately following the procedure can also cause infection.
  • Swelling:  Swelling is a common sympton of piercings.  The tongue is in constant motion which can slow and complicate the healing process.

 

Jewelry Related Complications:

  • Injury to the gums:  Metal jewelry in general can injure gums and if placed where it is in constant contact with the gums, it can cause the soft tissue to recede.
  • Damage to the teeth: Contact with the jewelry can chip or crack the teeth or dental restorations.
  • Interference with normal oral function:  Oral jewelry can stimulate excessive saliva production, impede the ability to pronounce words clearl and may cause problems with chewing and swallowing food.
  • Aspiration:  There is always the potential for the jewelry to become loose which then becomes a choking hazard.

If you do decide to proceed with an oral piercing, extra dental care should be taken.  Make sure when you brush your teeth that you also brush your tongue; take the jewelry out daily and clean it with warm water and soap and rinse the hole in the tongue with a small stream of water.

Tobacco and Oral Health

Tobacco and Oral Health

Smoking is becoming less popular, but many teens still choose to use tobacco in some form. Before you decide to try a cigarette or chewing tobacco, remember that tobacco is not only harmful to your lungs. The effects of tobacco use can wreak havoc on your entire body, including your oral health. No one wants to have discolored or missing teeth!

Below are some facts to know about tobacco use:

  • Often, tobacco companies add sugar to smokeless chewing tobacco, which can lead to increased tooth decay.
  • If you smoke, you are roughly two times more likely to lose your teeth. According to Tufts University, smokers lose 2.9 teeth every 10 years. For someone who starts smoking at age 18, that could mean a loss of 4 to 5 teeth by age 35.
  • If you smoke or dip, you are putting yourself at risk for bad breath, oral cancer and periodontal diseaseOral cancer is usually not painful in the early stages. Therefore, many people ignore them. Don’t wait to receive treatment. The longer you wait, the more you will need extensive surgery or worse; you can lose your life. Warning signs include:
  1. Ongoing sore throat
  2. Leathery red or white patches on the lips and on or underneath the tongue
  3. Pain, sensitivity, or numb areas in the mouth or lips
  4. Trouble chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongueoChanges in tooth alignment

About-Face, Equipping Women

About Face Equipping WomenWe stumbled onto another good website today: about-face.org. About-Face equips women and girls with tools to understand and resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem and body image. On their website they explain WHY they do what they do:

Why we do it

All the major studies point to the problem: Western culture’s emphasis on stereotypes of women and girls, and thinness as the beauty ideal, is a risk factor for depression, negative mood, and binge eating. In turn, dieting is linked with eating disorders. In addition,

  • 95 percent of girls want to lose weight.
  • Teenage girls who read articles about dieting are five times more likely to take extreme weight-loss measures five years later than girls who do not read such articles.
  • Body image and eating disturbances contribute to higher levels of depression in adolescent girls.
  • Women of color and Caucasian (white) women are equally likely to present symptoms of eating disorders such as bulimia and binge eating disorder.

Check these guys out!

Do Something!

t4j-postlaunch-desktop-extendedWe heard about a great not-for-profit group for young people called dosomething.org, so thought we’d check it out. And guess what? It’s amazing! Here’s a few things they say about themselves:

DoSomething.org is the country’s largest not-for-profit for young people and social change. We have 2.5 million members (and counting!) who kick %*# on causes they care about. Bullying. Animal cruelty. Homelessness. Cancer. The list goes on. DoSomething.org spearheads national campaigns so 13- to 25-year-olds can make an impact – without ever needing money, an adult, or a car. Over 2.4 million people took action through DoSomething.org in 2012. Why? Because apathy sucks.

We:

  • Believe in young people. Young people have the power to lead. We don’t require old people!
  • Trust young people. We provide reliable, easy-to-access information and activation strategies, but young people decide for themselves what to do.
  • Celebrate young people. We think all measurable contributions from young people are valuable.
  • Respect young people. We understand that young people have diverse abilities and constraints.
  • Value young people. Our programs and products are free. We’re not after young people’s money; we want their passion, time, and creativity.

Some of the campaigns that are live right now are Teens for Jeans, The Bully Text, and Love Letters. Go check them out, and DO SOMETHING!