There’s always something fun going on at our practice!

Contests, prizes, and new smiles! — We invite you to visit our practice and find out what's new this month!

REWARDS PROGRAM

  • One TICKET for being on time for appointments
  • One TICKET for not having anything loose or broken/bent
  • One TICKET for appointment during school hours of 10-2
  • One TICKET for satisfactory brushing
  • Two TICKETS for excellent brushing

Bonus Tickets:

  • Five TICKETS for referring a friend!
  • Five TICKETS for not having a loose, broken, or bent appliance in a year.
  • Five TICKETS for not having any broken or cancelled appointments in one year.

Please pick up your tickets at the front desk on your way out, thank you.

Drawing will take place once a month: five lucky patients will have the opportunity to win a gift card from our prize menu!!

Good luck and happy brushing!!

 

NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH

National Children’s Dental Health Month is celebrated every February and is meant to raise awareness about the importance of oral health for children.  Remember these important steps to keep children’s teeth healthy:

  • Brush 2 minutes, 2 times a day
  • Floss daily
  • Limit snacks, eat healthy meals
  • Visit your dentist regularly

Also, remember that the American Association of Orthodontics suggest that children be evaluated for orthodontic treatment at the age of 7.

GUM DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH

Do your gums bleed when brushing? Do you experience sensitivity? 85% of US adults suffer from some degree of gum disease, making it one of the most common diseases in America – more common than cancer, diabetes, arthritis, or heart disease. Yet, only 60% of those infected know they have gum disease. Worse yet, only 3% of adults with moderate to severe levels of gum disease will accept treatment.  The key to not developing gum disease is prevention. That means brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, flossing every day, and visiting your dentist every six months.  But, if you are experiencing symptoms, we encourage you to go see your General Dentist right away!

NATIONAL PET DENTAL HEALTH MONTH

February is National Pet Dental Health Month too.  Your pet needs regular professional dental care from your Veterinarian and at home!  Here are 3 steps to success for a pet’s dental health:

  1. Take your pet to the Veterinarian for a dental exam if you suspect a problem.  Some signs to look for are bad breath, brown or yellow teeth, excessive drooling, bleeding from the mouth, or a change in eating and drinking habits. 
  2. Begin a dental care regimen at home.  Your Veterinarian can suggest steps that may include brushing your pet’s teeth or a special dental care diet.
  3. Schedule regular veterinary checkups.  These are essential in helping your Veterinarian monitor the progress of your pet’s dental health routine – just like you visiting your dentist!

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

In 1926 Dr. Carter G. Woodson chose to launch the 2nd week in February as Black History Week because it is the birth month of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  In 1976, the week celebration was extended into a month highlighting multiple dates of importance in Black History.  Happy Black History Month!

WIRE TALK

During National Children’s Dental Health Month, we want to remind you that the American Association of Orthodontists suggest that children be seen by an Orthodontist by the age of seven.  Not every orthodontic problem can be corrected at age seven, but most problems can be identified.  We will monitor any child’s jaw growth and tooth development every 6 months until we determine if orthodontic treatment would be beneficial or not, and we do this complimentary!

MONDAY – February 17

 PRESIDENT’S DAY

Happy President’s Day!  Here’s a little Presidents’ tooth trivia for you:  George Washington only had 1 tooth at his inauguration.  Contrary to legend, he never wore wooden teeth, but he did wear dentures at times made of human teeth, animal teeth, ivory, and lead!

DENTAL RELATED

Parents, the American Association of Orthodontics suggests that children are evaluated by an Orthodontist by age 7.  We encourage you to set an appointment with us during National Children’s Dental Health Month so that we can get an initial snapshot of your child’s teeth.  By monitoring a child's growth and development with complimentary observation appointments every six months, we can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while baby teeth are present.  Call our office today for a complimentary consultation.

  RECIPE

Today is National Muffin Day! You should give these a try!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  • Cream butter and sugar.  Beat in egg.
  • Combine dry ingredients; add alternately with applesauce to the creamed mixture.
  • Stir in oats and chips.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.
  • Bake at 350° for 25 minutes.

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 AAO STUDY

Based on a study by the American Association of Orthodontists that queried over 1000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, 77% said that crooked teeth were more negative than a receding hairline when they were looking for love.  Which would have more of a negative effect on you when looking for love?

TUESDAY – February 25

MARDI GRAS – FAT TUESDAY

Happy Mardi Gras! Today is Fat Tuesday, the last day of the Carnival season.  Sure wish we were all at parades today catching beads! 

 RECIPE

February is a great month for SOUP!  And here is a recipe for one that would be so great and hardy for a cold winter’s night! 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup frozen petite peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a large bowl, mix flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add milk, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Using a floured 2-1/2-in. heart-shaped or round cutter, cut 18 shapes. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 425° for 8-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For soup, heat butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the potatoes, onion, celery and carrots; cook and stir for 5-7 minutes or until onion is tender.
  • Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended; gradually whisk in broth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in remaining ingredients; heat through. Serve with pastries.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups soup with 3 pastries: 614 calories, 30g fat (9g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 1706mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 23g protein.  Compliments of www.tasteofhome.com

 

 

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