A+ Family Dentistry July 2018

HowMuch Sunshine Is Too Much?

sun, it offers poor defense against the heat. So, if you opt for cooler attire, it’s important to cover all exposed skin with a copious amount of sunscreen. Be sure to reapply every two hours for maximum skin protection. Spend Less Time in the Sun If you’re planning to spend a significant amount of time in the sun, consider your environment. Will there be plenty of shade? Will you have to bring your own? What’s the best way to step out of the sun for a few minutes? Wearing sunscreen and protective clothing are great ways to shield yourself from UV rays, but it’s important to avoid being in direct sunlight for long periods. Taking a break from the sun gives your body the time it needs to recuperate and helps prevent sunburn and heatstroke. Common Myths About Sun Exposure Many people think that a tan is better than a sunburn, but the result of tanning is still sun damage. When your skin tone changes due to the sun, regardless of whether it tans or turns red, it’s a result of the epidermis reacting to damage caused by UV rays. Both are symptoms of harmed skin. While vitamin D is important, the sun does not contribute to its creation as much as you might think. Doris Day, a New York City dermatologist, explains that if your skin were to constantly produce vitamin D from being in the sun, it would reach toxic levels. Vitamin D is the only vitamin that your body can produce on its own, through a common form of cholesterol or 7-dehydrocholesterol. Spending time in the sun does help vitamin D form, but you need far less exposure than you think. We want to thank all of our patients who put so much faith in us by recommending our services to their friends and family members. Last month, our referrals came from these amazing patients: A+ Referrals Knowing how to protect yourself from UV rays is the first step to having a safe, fun-filled summer!

Keep Your Family Safe

To many people, summer is all about heading outside to enjoy the weather. But getting too much sun can be dangerous. To have a fun-filled summer with your family this year, remember that it’s essential to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. Cover Up Covering your skin is one of the best ways to avoid skin damage. Wide- brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants or skirts can protect your skin from direct exposure to UV rays. While this tactic protects you from the

“I’m a Navy vet who has had his share of abrasive dentists. Even since having gotten out, I’ve had less-than-pleasant experiences with civilian dentists. I loathe going to the dentist and have missed out on years of follow-ups for that reason. “What can I say that hasn’t already been said about this place, aside from the critics who want to put a price tag on one’s health? (Health care/dentistry is expensive, period!) The moment I walked in the door yesterday, I was not only welcomed with a smile but offered a handshake from the front desk. Who does that anymore?! “As the initial exam took its course, each and every person who worked with me greeted me, gave their name, and explained what they were about to do. Once the evaluation was done, every issue was broken down in plain but never condescending terms. “At 48 years old, I found myself having severe anxiety about getting my root canal done today. My stomach was in knots. However, I left today with a smile — granted, a crooked one from being numb. But it was unlike any dental experience I’ve ever had. I actually look forward to going back for routine checkups.” -Todd H. TESTIMONIALS See What Others Are Saying

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And the winner of July’s referral prize of $50 in A+ bucks for his pearly whites is Ben S.! Thank you to all of our patients who continue to support us. Check back next month when we will announce the winner of our next referral prize.

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