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Shout out to September! The month that says farewell to summer and welcomes those early fall breezes. All of our patients are settling back into their school or work routines, while our practice continues to make everyone smile throughout all seasons! Happy September everyone!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO PATIENTS:
Happy Birthday Facebook Friends! Which of these celebrities celebrating in September do you think has the best smile: Jimmy Fallon (Late Night Host), Prince Harry (Royalty), or Beyoncé (Singer)?
MONDAY– September 4
LABOR DAY: Happy Labor Day! Do you know how this celebration first started? The first Labor Day took place on September 5, 1882 in New York City in honor of the social and economic achievements of American workers. Whether you are at a parade, having one last trip to the beach or just enjoying a day off, we wish you a Happy Labor Day!
Scheduling your next appointment before you leave our office will give you the best chance of getting the time/day that works best for you. Also, remember that changing your appointment at the last minute may make it a little more complicated to get an after-school appointment. We’re doing our best to keep everyone happy. And we’re not monkeying around! Ha! http://i.imgur.com/lI2UP3X.gif
TUESDAY – September 5
NATIONAL CHEESE PIZZA DAY
Today is National Cheese Pizza Day! Whether you prefer thin crust, deep dish, or regular style, today is the day to have it with cheese only!
WEDNESDAY – September 6
SCHOOL TIP FOR PARENTS
We all know that most children answer the question “how was school today” with “ok”. Sometimes the same goes for asking “how was your orthodontic appointment today”. We promise it was more than ok, it was awesome! Here is a link to fifteen questions designed to help parents communicate a little better with kids about their school day.
Since September is Healthy Breakfast Month, we thought you might enjoy making these delicious muffins. They would be great for a grab and go breakfast when you’re running late for school or work!
- 1 cup whole-wheat or white whole-wheat flour
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats, plus 2 tablespoons for garnish
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- ⅓ cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted if necessary (see Tip)
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus 2 tablespoons for garnish
- ½ cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
- Whisk whole-wheat flour, ½ cup oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and allspice in a medium bowl.
- Whisk eggs, applesauce, honey and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk in coconut oil. Gently stir in the flour mixture just until moistened. Fold in carrots, ½ cup coconut and raisins.
- Divide the batter among the muffin cups. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons each oats and coconut.
- Bake the muffins until they spring back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. Let stand in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Make Ahead Tip: Individually wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, remove plastic, wrap in a paper towel and microwave on High for 30 to 60 seconds.
- Equipment: Muffin tin with 12 (½-cup) cups
Tip: Coconut oil is solid at temperatures below 76°F. To melt solidified coconut oil, remove the lid and place the container in a bowl of very hot water; stir frequently until melted.
Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.
TUESDAY – September 12
CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE DAY
Today is Chocolate Milkshake Day! It’s an opportunity for all of us chocoholics to indulge in one of our favorite treats. So, have a chocolate shake from your favorite drive-thru today to celebrate. Oh, and calories don’t count today!
DENTAL FACT: Biting your nails is a habit you should break for many reasons. Not only is it harmful to the hands and nails (and doesn’t really look very nice), but it can do a number on your teeth. Nail biting can cause the teeth to shift or break and can also splinter the tooth enamel. Invest in a nail file and save your teeth!
FRIDAY - September 22
Today is the first official day of fall. Nice to meet you AUTUMN!
WEDNESDAY – September 27
GOOGLE’S BIRTHDAY: If you need the answer to a question what do you do? Google it of course! Although there are mixed reports as to when the dynasty began, Google settled on September 27, 1998. That makes this amazing search engine 19 years old. To celebrate, google yourself silly today!
THURSDAY – September 28
GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY: Give a shout out to your good neighbor here on our page to celebrate National Good Neighbor Day! It’s great to have a good neighbor, but even better to be one!
DENTAL HUMOR: Puppies love retainers more than a juicy steak! Be sure to keep your retainers in their case and up high out of reach of your dog when you don’t have them in your mouth!
INFORMATIVE TIP: Sleep debt is a real thing. And many students experience this during the school year when they stay up too late studying, attending sports events, working on school projects, etc. on week nights.
The good news is, if you find yourself getting fewer than the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per night on school/work nights, you can make up that debt on weekends. One University of Chicago study followed a group of student volunteers who slept only four hours per night for six consecutive days. All the changes they experienced during that period of sleep deprivation were reversed when the students made up the hours of sleep they’d lost.
So, if you missed three or four hours of sleep over the course of the week, then add three or four extra sleep hours on the weekend to repay your sleep debt for the week.
Don't make this a habit, though. Try to factor seven to eight hours of sleep per night into your daily schedule as much as you can. Rested minds are the best minds!