Joe Adams D.D.S - March 2019

March 2019

1109 S. Park Drive, Reidsville, NC 27320

(336) 342-0889




We also strive to provide care that doesn’t break the bank. Our patients never feel pressured to agree to a course of treatment that will cost them a lot out of pocket. Let’s face it, dentistry can be expensive. The fact that we take the time to go over payment options with our patients is refreshing for them and something I hope will

In the eight years I’ve been a team member at Caring Modern Dentistry, I’ve worn a number of hats. I started as a treatment coordinator before being promoted to insurance coordinator, and I recently became the practice administrator. It’s an exciting new role for me — I’m working as an advocate for the entire practice. My main duty is to ensure that the operational side of the practice is as efficient and streamlined as possible, so the doctors and support staff can focus on providing awesome care. In my time at the practice, we’ve grown by leaps and bounds. When I started, we had one dentist on staff and six additional employees. Today we have four doctors and 14 employees, which is nothing short of astounding. I previously worked in Greensboro, so I was a bit skeptical to arrive in little ol’ Reidsville and see a charming house-office as my new place of work, but my skepticism was entirely misguided. Much of the credit for the success of our practice goes to Dr. Adams. Since the day I met him, he’s always had a vision for the future. His mission to bring top-level treatment to our area has been a constant. He’s always adopted what I like to think of as a “Field of Dreams” mentality. If you build a great practice, patients will come. Dr. Adams has sought to do just that. Another quality that makes Dr. Adams stand out is his unwavering dedication to putting patients first. While a lot of dentists say they do that, I’ve never seen anyone as committed to this ideal as Dr. Adams. We could be the most successful practice in the country, but if having that status required us to treat our patients less like neighbors and friends, it wouldn’t feel right at all. We want our patients to be comfortable and cared for whenever they walk through our doors. No amount of growth will ever matter more than that.

become the standard in our industry. Pretending treatment decisions don’t involve finances is foolish and irresponsible.

Everyone on staff reflects Dr. Adams’ caring, compassionate approach to dentistry. No matter how big we grow, we retain the small-town atmosphere that’s been present since I started here all those years ago. Being able to grow, offer more to our patients, and improve our services while still staying true to who we are is something I don’t take for granted. When I’m not working, you can find me hanging out with my husband and our three children. He’s a firefighter, so our family life is set around his schedule. Our eldest is a senior in high school, so we’re focused on enjoying as much time with him as possible before he heads off to Western Carolina in the fall. I’m also an avid at-home DIYer, but don’t tell that to Dr. Adams. I don’t want to become the practice handywoman as well.


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It’s no secret that superhero movies are dominating the box office. The highest-grossing movies of 2018 (and the third and fourth highest-grossing of all time) were “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” There’s never been a better time to be a fan of superheroes or to become a fan of superhero comics. If your kids are interested in reading more about superheroes, here are a few great titles your whole family can enjoy together. ‘MS. MARVEL’ Since her debut in 2013, Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, has been a wildly popular character, and her comic has gained critical acclaim. A 2015 Hugo Award winner, “Ms. Marvel” explores what it means to be a teenager, a first-generation American, a friend, and a superhero. The storylines promote an important message: “Good is not a thing you are, it’s a thing you do.” In just a few years, Ms. Marvel has become an established superhero in comics, and it won’t be long before she steps onto the big screen with a live-action movie. ‘SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT’ Jon Kent, son of Superman, and Damian Wayne, son of Batman, couldn’t be more different. But when a mysterious 3 Great Family-Friendly Superhero Comics IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! IT’S …

force threatens the world, these super sons must learn to trust each other — and themselves — to save the day. Based on the hit “Super Sons” comic book series, “Super Sons: The Polarshield Project” doesn’t hit shelves until April 2, 2019, which means you and your kids have plenty of time to reserve a copy of this graphic novel at your local comic book shop! ‘CHAMPIONS’ “Champions” is a story about teenage superheroes, but don’t expect pizza or relationship drama in these panels. These comics tackle how young people today approach problems, with a readiness to rally together and take matters into their own hands. “Champions” doesn’t shy away from hard topics, making it more appropriate for older kids and teens. But that doesn’t mean this story lacks heart or humor. Featuring comic favorites like Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man as well as popular newcomers, “Champions” is about identity, purpose, and what it really means to save the world.

Find these titles and other incredible stories at your local comic book shop.

“I have not visited this office yet, but I spoke with Bridgett on the phone today to set an appointment for my mother. SHE WAS AMAZING. The help and care she provided over the phone actually has me thinking about driving two hours just to have them as my dental provider.” –KENDRA W. “I chose this dentist because of the good reviews, and they definitely live up to them. Dr. Adams and his staff are very professional and friendly, and they put a high priority on making sure the patient is as comfortable as possible. I highly recommend them.” –CHAD R. “I hadn’t been to the dentist in a very long time. My initial visit to Dr. Adams was very pleasant. His staff made me feel very welcome, and it was an overall enjoyable environment to be in. I highly recommend Dr. Adams; he’s very gentle and truly has my best interests in mind. I couldn’t ask for a better dentist!” –YAZMIN G. OUR PATIENTS SAY IT BEST!

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Tips for Easing the Symptoms of TMD MANAGEYOUR JAW PAIN

Relax the jaw by consciously unclenching and taking deep breaths.

It’s a strange feeling for anyone who’s experienced it: waking up to find that your jaw is extremely sore, maybe even to the point where you can’t fully open or close your mouth. Sufferers report various degrees of discomfort, but anyone who knows how it feels agrees that temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain hurts. When it becomes chronic, it is referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). There are still no definitive answers as to what causes TMJ, though doctors believe stress, anxiety, bruxism (an unconscious grinding of the teeth), and joint imbalances may all contribute. Most cases last a few weeks, but if you suffer from TMJ for longer than that, you should consult your dentist or physician. If you’re waking up with jaw pain, there are a few things you can do to manage the symptoms at home. Here are some suggestions from the Temporomandibular Joint Association (TMJA) and the Mayo Clinic: • Apply a moist heat compress to the jaw to reduce pain and increase function. • Apply an ice pack to ease the pain and reduce inflammation (wrap it with a thin cloth to keep it from touching the skin). • Try sleeping on your side.

Eat soft foods.

Some medical professionals prescribe an oral splint to stabilize the jaw and reduce pain. But in one recent clinical trial at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, they found that therapeutic jaw exercises helped patients recover faster from TMD symptoms than splints. A physical therapist can show you similar exercises that will reduce your TMJ pain. The effectiveness of surgical treatments to address TMJ disorders is still unclear, so talk to your dentist or medical provider to see what kinds of less invasive treatments are available. While there is such a thing as a TMJ specialist, there are many treatments that come from varying schools of thought and are not always based on scientific evidence. Working with your general dentist may be just as effective for you. Some patients have found relief through the TruDenta treatment program, which combines massage therapy, cold laser therapy, microcurrents, and ultrasound to treat the symptoms of TMD. Others have found acupuncture and other forms of alternative medicine to be effective. Given all the options, the first step to address your jaw pain is to educate yourself so you can make the TMJ treatment decision that is right for you.

Asparagus & Avocado Soup

Happy Birthday!


Bethany & Dr. Hodges

Inspired by


• 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed • Juice of 1/2 lemon • 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil • Salt and pepper, to taste

• 12 ounces asparagus • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped • 2 cups chicken stock


1. Heat oven to 425 F.

2. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss asparagus and garlic with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 10 minutes.

3. Transfer asparagus to blender. Add remaining ingredients and puree until smooth.

4. Season to taste and serve.

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Tips for Managing Your TMJ Pain

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss

1 Book, 2 Book Who Was Theodor Geisel?

On March 2, Read Across America Day is celebrated by students, teachers, and community members in towns throughout the country. They chose that date to pay homage to one of the most beloved children’s authors who was born that day: Theodor Geisel. That name may sound unfamiliar to you, but “Dr. Seuss” should ring a few bells.

His name alone is so associated with literacy that in 2007, the author of an article in U.S. News & World Report that chronicled the history of 1957 — the year “The Cat in the Hat” was published — wrote, “Greece had Zeus — America has Seuss.” In 2001, Publisher’s Weekly released a list of the bestselling hardcover children’s books of all time in the U.S. Of the books in the top 100, Seuss authored 16, which is more than any other author on the list by a long shot. But Seuss did not break into the children’s literature industry easily.

Seuss and his nearly 50 children’s books almost never got off the ground. His first children’s book, “And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” was denied by more than a dozen publishers. Legend has it that Seuss was on his way home to burn the manuscript when he ran into an old friend who suggested another publisher. The rest is history. Given the enthusiasm for reading Dr. Seuss has fostered in children for the past eight decades, it’s no wonder the National Education Association chose his birthday to mark a day dedicated to celebrating reading. After all, he’s often quoted as saying, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”

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