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Contests, prizes, and new smiles! — We invite you to visit our practice and find out what's new this month!
Have you checked out our Facebook page? Visit our page at Simply Sensational Smiles and find out what the code word is for a chance to win a cool prize. Like us or tag us on Facebook for a chance to be entered into a end of the Grand prize drawing. Good Luck and happy tagging. Your It!!
WEDNESDAY – August 1
August: What? It’s August already! It seems like school just ended and it’s almost time for it to start again. Be sure to follow our page this month for a little August fun to ease the pain!
NATIONAL GIRLFRIENDS DAY
Today is the day to hang out with all your best girlfriends. Those girls that make you laugh and giggle, and that seem more like a sister than a friend. Share our post with your best girlfriends, so they know you’re thinking of them today. Even better, post a picture below of you and your best friend, then tag them!
THURSDAY –August 2
NATIONAL ICE CREAM SANDWICH DAY
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day: Need we say more? Just have one!
FRIDAY – August 3
WATERMELON DAY: Watermelon Day:
Happy Watermelon Day! Besides being the perfect summer fruit, watermelon provides some amazing health benefits. Eat some watermelon today - it’s good and good for you!
SISTER’S DAY - Sunday:Sister’s Day:
Sunday is Sister’s Day. If you’re lucky enough to have a sister nearby, do something special with her to celebrate. And, be sure to share our post with them, so they know you’re thinking of them. Happy Sister’s Day!
MONDAY – August 6
DENTAL FACT:Brush Your Tongue
You brush and floss twice a day, but you could be doing your mouth a disservice if you aren't also attacking the bacteria living on your tongue. Whether it's to fight bad breath or just for good dental health, brush your teeth and your tongue!
TUESDAY– August 7
NATIONAL EYE EXAM MONTH National Eye Exam Month:
Which is the smallest line you can read? Did you know that 5% - 10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems? Be sure to make an appointment this month to get your eyes examined. We want you to be able to see your beautiful smile when you look in the mirror!
WEDNESDAY – August 8
“Like” if you agree!
Is salt good or bad for your teeth? There are really two answers – yes and no! Yes, short term, saltwater mouthwash rinses are great treatments for your mouth and any wounds you may have. If you’ve had oral surgery recently, infections, or gum swelling, saltwater will help to remove swelling, as it is a natural disinfectant.
And salt helps to increase the pH balance in your mouth, making it hard for abrasive bacteria to survive in this alkaline environment. BUT, sodium rich foods are not good for your teeth. Oral bacteria thrive on simple sugars, which are produced when you eat carbohydrates. Carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta, crackers, tend to be rich in sodium. These foods are broken down into simple sugars and starches. The interaction between oral bacteria and simple sugars create harsh acids that have the same effect as sugary food, eroding tooth enamel and leading to tooth decay.
And a high-sodium diet causes your body to excrete excess calcium, leading to tooth loss and even osteoporosis! So, in conclusion, rinsing with salt – yes, eating too much salt – no!
THURSDAY – August 9
BOOK LOVERS DAY
Book Lovers Day:
Grab a book and find a quiet place because today is Book Lovers Day! Ok, if you must, you can grab your Kindle or iPad instead. Just get lost in a great book and enjoy Book Lovers Day!
How can you add eight 8’s to get the number 1,000 (only using addition)?
FRIDAY– August 10
Brownie Smores Cheesecake
Since today is National S’Mores Day, we thought you might want to give this yummy recipe a try!
Graham Cracker Crust:
12 graham cracker squares crushed into fine crumbs
3 tablespoons butter melted
1 box (18.3 ounce) Betty Crocker™ brownie mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs as called for in one brownie mix box
Marshmallow Cheesecake Mousse:
8 ounces cream cheese softened
7 ounces marshmallow fluff
8 ounces frozen whipped topping thawed
½ cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon corn syrup
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate finely chopped
1 cup mini marshmallows
2 graham crackers, broken into small pieces or Golden Grahams™ Cereal
1.Spray the inside of an 8-inch springform pan with baking spray. Preheat oven to 325°F if using a non-stick pan or 350°F if using a metal pan.
2.GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST: Stir together graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Pour into springform pan and press into an even layer.
3.BROWNIE LAYER: Mix together the brownie mix with water, oil, and egg just until combined. Pour over graham cracker crust. Bake for 34-38 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
4.MARSHMALLOW CHEESECAKE MOUSSE: Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add marshmallow fluff and beat to combine. Fold in the whipped topping. Spread over top of brownie and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Remove and un-mold from pan.
5.CHOCOLATE GANACHE: Stir together heavy whipping cream and corn syrup in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high power for 45 seconds. Pour chopped chocolate into hot cream and let sit for 3 minutes. Stir until smooth. If needed, heat for 10 second increments, stirring after each until melted. Allow to cool until slightly thickened. Pour 3/4 of the chocolate ganache over the top of the cheesecake.
6.Toppings: Sprinkle mini marshmallows and graham cracker pieces in the center of the cake. Drizzle on remaining chocolate ganache.
Recipe from www.tablespoon.com.
MONDAY – August 13
LEFT HANDER’S DAY
Left Hander’s Day:
“Everyone is born right-handed. Only the greatest overcome it.” Today is Left Hander’s Day! Did you know that only 10% of the population is left-handed? Are you one?
“Like” if you remember Elvis! This week is dedicated to honor the original King of Rock & Roll. Here’s an interesting dental fact about Elvis. The always image-conscious Elvis was embarrassed about a gap in his teeth, and had a crown fitted by his Memphis Dentist (hmmmm, maybe he needed braces). The Dentist kept a model of Elvis’ teeth along with spare crowns for emergencies. In 2012 one of Elvis’ original crowns, complete with the full dental model, was sold at Omega Auctions for $8,150.
TUESDAY – August 14
Can you guess today’s Rebus Puzzle? Hint: We hope something does this for you every day!
WEDNESDAY – August 15
Did you know that August is officially Picnic Month? Whether it’s at a park, a lake, the beach or just in your backyard, have a picnic this weekend – no ants invited!
Have you ever tried to put toothpaste back in the tube? It is almost impossible. And the same is true of hurtful words. People can’t unhear them! We should all choose our words carefully – be kind and you’ll never want to put those words back in your mouth!
THURSDAY – August 16
NATIONAL TELL A JOKE DAY
National Tell a Joke Day:
Happy National Tell a Joke Day! Tell us one!
Hang in there:
One more day and it’s the weekend! Now, that should make you smile today
FRIDAY – August 17
NATIONAL POTATO DAY - Sunday
National Potato Day:
Sunday is National Potato Day! How do you like your potatoes - mashed, fried, baked? There really isn’t a bad way to eat a potato, so enjoy some on National Potato Day!
STUDY TIP #1
Study Tip #1:
Students, we want you to do your best and have a great school year. We’re going to share a few study tips with you this month to help. This first one is all about your study environment!
- Sit Up and Turn the Lights On: being too comfortable will cause you to want to sleep, so sit up straight at a desk to help you stay focused. Avoid studying in a comfy chair/bed, no matter how much they're calling your name. Rather than studying by a dim lamp, turn on brighter lights to help increase alertness.
- Move Around: when drowsiness does hit during studying take a break to move around. Take a walk to grab a snack or do some jumping jacks.
- Eat Healthy Snacks: when stress kicks in we're tempted to grab a candy bar but resist the temptation. Eating snacks with high sugar will give you a quick energy boost but is followed by a crash. Instead try eating healthier snacks such as yogurt or an apple (cut into small bite-size pieces) that will give you an energy boost for a long study session.
- Cool Things Off: keep your room as cool as possible.
- Drink Water: drink fluids (other than coffee) to prevent dehydration and fatigue.
Change Subjects: studying one subject for too long can get boring. Switch topics every hour to keep your mind
MONDAY – August 20
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Have a great Monday!
TUESDAY - August 21
SENIOR CITIZENS DAY
Senior Citizens Day:
Be sure to tell all those senior citizens in your life that you appreciate them today! BTW, just so you don’t get yourself in trouble. In the U.S. a senior citizen is defined as being 65 or older!
QUOTE OF THE DAY
How We Feel:
You really have no idea what your kind remarks mean to us! Feel free to talk about us whenever you want, whether it’s at the ballpark or on social media. Thank you!
Back-to-School with Braces! Many of our patients got their braces on during summer break and are going back-to-school with more than just new books – new braces as well!
We suggest that you put together a “back-to-school braces bag” to keep in your backpack throughout the school year. It should include: floss, toothbrush, toothpaste, a proxy brush, rubber bands if you are being asked to wear them, and wax. Be sure to check your supplies at home once a week to see if you need to replenish anything. Ask our staff if you need a reminder on how to use any of these items.
Also, remember that your school nurse is a wonderful resource should you need Ibuprofen or some other medication for any minor discomfort you may feel after an adjustment.
WEDNESDAY – August 22
NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY
National Tooth Fairy Day:
Today is National Tooth Fairy Day! Or, is it? Some argue it is to be celebrated in February. So, we choose to celebrate it twice each year! Wouldn’t it be great to find money under your pillow in the morning!
STUDY TIP #2
Study Tip #2:
Students, here is another little study tip to help you make the most of this new school year:
Studying hard for 30-50 minutes at a time with 10-minute breaks in between is believed to be the most effective way of studying. We suggest you set an alarm on your phone to remember to take your important breaks!
THURSDAY – August 23
Who will be the first to answer this Rebus Puzzle? Hint: Your mom always loves hearing this.
FRIDAY – August 24
NATIONAL DOG DAY - Sunday
Sunday is National Dog Day! If you have a dog, you know what it means to have a true friend! We want to see pictures of your pup, so post them here on our page. Happy National Dog Day!
Good Morning Friday:
Have a FABULOUS FRIDAY!
MONDAY – August 27
TUESDAY – August 28
Don’t be so shocked! Wearing rubber bands when the doctor prescribes them is a very important part of your orthodontic treatment with braces. Rubber bands align your bite and are very important for the bite-fixing phase of orthodontic treatment, so please wear them except when you are eating or brushing/flossing.
BRACES FRIENDLY RECIPE
Pizza Casserole (Pizza taste without the hard to eat crust!)
2 pounds ground turkey or beef
3 cups uncooked spiral pasta
1 medium onion chopped
2 cans (8 ounces each) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1 jar (14 ounces) pizza sauce
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1.Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain and stir in the mushrooms, tomato sauce, pizza sauce, tomato paste, sugar and seasonings. Drain pasta, stir into meat sauce.
2.Divide half of the mixture between two greased 11 x 7-inch baking dishes; sprinkle each with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Top each with pepperoni and Parmesan cheese.
3.Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 2 casseroles (8 servings each). www.tasteofhome.com
WEDNESDAY – August 29
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Why not start a chain of smiles today!
STUDY TIP #3
tudy Tip #3:
Students, here is another little study tip to help you make the most of this new school year:
Flash cards – yes, flash cards! When you have all your notes in front of you, open a pack of index cards. As you read through the important facts, rewrite them in Q&A form on the cards. It sounds old school, but it works!
THURSDAY – August 30
GO AHEAD - TALK ABOUT US
The greatest compliment a patient can pay us is to refer their family and friends to our practice. We thank you for talking about us, and we promise to treat your referrals with the best of care just as we do you! Share if you would like to refer a friend to our practice!
Psychologists say that 40% of your actions are not conscious decisions but habits. What you consider to be insignificant actions make up your daily routine and can reveal a lot about your personality and your current mental state. www.brightside.com says they figured out how the way you squeeze your toothpaste characterizes you. We’re still trying to decide if we concur! Find yourself in the list below and see if you agree:
You squeeze from the middle:
You are a realistic and active person and are usually in a bit of a rush. You are not the tidiest individual and you’re not the most organized, but if you face a challenge, you can pull yourself together and solve it. You are very sociable, have a lot of friends, and like to be in public. You know how to balance your life.
You squeeze from the top:
You are very stubborn, you can do a lot to get what you want and to achieve your goals. You are prone to pessimism and do not trust people very much, you’re used to relying only on yourself. You are sufficiently self-centered and love yourself, which is very good until you start being selfish and use other people for your own purposes.
You keep it intact – squeeze from the bottom:
You enjoy being alone, you’re a dreamer, and you’re an artistic person. You are sensitive, gentle, easygoing, considerate, and tolerant. At the same time, you can be very straightforward and generous. You always have a lot of thoughts and ideas and you’re willing to share them with others.
You Squeeze from anywhere:
You can see the world in a different light than most and you’re very artistic and creative. You can find beauty everywhere. It can be difficult for you to be punctual and tidy all the time and you may have a hard time planning and accomplishing tasks, but you’re very optimistic and open-minded.
How do you squeeze your toothpaste? Did you find out anything new about yourself or your loved ones? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!
FRIDAY – August 31
The American Association of Orthodontists estimates that over 1,000,000 adults in the United States and Canada are receiving orthodontic treatment from members of the AAO. Some benefits of correcting orthodontic problems in adults include:
- Helps prevent or improve periodontal problems.
- Helps prevent or reduce bone loss around teeth.
- Improves the ability of the dentist to restore missing teeth.
- Improves the aesthetics for a better smile and facial appearance.
- Improves tooth function.
- Improves self-confidence.
- Improves oral health.
Braces are no longer considered an inconvenience for adults with our clear bracket system and Invisalign options. Having a beautiful smile and a healthy & functional bite could be just months away for you. Parents, consider setting up a complimentary exam with us to evaluate your orthodontic needs and to take advantage of your family discount. A beautiful and healthy smile is truly ageless!