Melinda Felkins R.D.H.
Update on Evelyn – she is almost 3 months old, which does not even seem possible. She is doing great and growing like a weed.
Tis the season for runny noses, coughs, and flu bugs! We often receive phone calls from patients asking if they should cancel their appointment due to illness. We appreciate the loyalty and dedication of those who are determined to make their appointment despite illness. However, here are a few things to consider when coming in to see us when you are under the weather.
If you have been battling a cold or cough, but feel it is in the end stages and do not have a persistent cough, then come on in! If you have a cough that may interfere with your treatment, it is better that you reschedule the appointment.
Should you be feeling achy, feverish, or are “coming down” with something, please reschedule. Even though we wear protective masks and gloves, we are not the only ones you may be exposing an illness too. We have many patients that will be sitting in the waiting room with you, and could be exposed to what you are harboring. An elderly person, newborn baby, or immune compromised individual may be exposed to a “bug” by you that could be detrimental to their health.
Our administrative staff is incredibly efficient at finding you a new appointment time that works for your schedule! We understand that illness cannot be helped, and want you and the rest of our patients to stay healthy!
Have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!
Erin Gonzales R.D.H.
November is a time of year that makes most of us stop and realize all that we have to be thankful for. From family, friends, jobs, health, etc., I’m sure we can all compile a great list. It’s also the beginning of a season where we get to hopefully celebrate what we are thankful for by enjoying time with our loved ones. They come from all over to spend time with family and friends.
If you are like me sometimes this season can also be a stressful one. With a King Kong sized family it seems as though we are constantly on the go, sometimes hitting up 3-4 families a day. I often view this as an obstacle. However, at the days end, I come out a happy, rejuvenated, (sometimes exhausted), full of love soul. I mean to tell you I laugh more than I can explain, eat and drink portions that I don’t even want to admit and get to be myself in front of the people who know me best and love me anyways!! How could so many amazing things be stressful?
So this year I’m going into it with a different attitude. I’m excited to see my loved ones! I’m excited to eat and drink with them! I’m most excited to laugh with them (and maybe sometimes AT them)!!
Get out there and enjoy those holidays! For those of you who know me, I’m replacing my normal “Bah Hum-bug” attitude, and will now live by the “Eat, drink and be merry!” spirit!! I hope you do too!
Tis the season for costumes and candy! Is there candy that is good for your teeth? Well, maybe not good, but some are worse than others. Sticky, chewy candies are some of the worst for the teeth because they do just that…stick! Sour candies are also bad because they are very acidic as well as loaded with sugar.
Better choices are sugar free gum, dark chocolate and some hard candies. Dark chocolate has other benefits due to antioxidants and doesn't stick in the teeth as much as the chewy candies. Hard candies sweetened with xylitol are the best choice for teeth because they stimulate saliva and the xylitol is not harmful to teeth.
We all indulge in more candy this time of year, just remember to brush and floss every day!
Starr Tait, RDH
As the season is changing I thought it would be fun to talk a bit about some of our favorite things about fall:
Sarah (Front Desk and Dental Assistant) loves pumpkin anything. I am with her on that one!
Kim (Dental Assistant) is happy that fall means that it is only 2 more seasons until spring (clearly not a fan of colder weather), but she also loves Halloween.
Ashley (Front Desk) is happy that its only about 251 days until summer (again, not a lover of dropping temperatures; she is summer girl at heart)
Starr (Hygienist) being the lover of sports that she is, loves that it is football season
Erin (Hygienist) loves the changing colors of the landscape
Galen (Dentist) and Donna (Dental Assistant) enjoy the cooler temperatures
Natalie (Hygienist) loves to break out the sweaters and sweatshirts and get cozy in her comfy’s
Nealy (Dentist) loves the crisp feeling in the air and pumpkin spice lattes to go with it
Samantha (Front Desk) I love many things about fall, but just to name a few….
I love the cooler air, especially when it has the faint smell of wood burning in a fireplace. The beautiful colors of the changing leaves. Using my slow cooker to make delicious homemade meals that fill my home with amazing smells and give the feeling of comfort. The extra snuggles I get from my kids in the morning because the house is a bit chilly. But mostly I love the upcoming gatherings of family where we reflect and celebrate all the things that we feel gratitude for. I wish you all a wonderful fall season and hope that you too are filled with gratitude and love.
Written by Samantha Hauber- Office Manager
For cavities to form three things must be present: bacteria, simple carbohydrates, and a tooth surface.
There are many different types of bacteria within the human mouth and research has shown that there are specific types of bacteria that cause tooth decay. One of these bacterias is streptococcus mutans. When this bacteria is exposed to simple carbohydrates, such as those found in candy, muffins, chips, and sweet cereals, it uses the carbohydrates as a source of food, which then creates an acidic environment within the mouth. This acidity is what causes tooth structure to breakdown and form cavities. Therefore it is important to brush at least twice a day and floss once to help clean the plaque off of our teeth that harbors the bacteria, as well as to remove the simple carbohydrates that the bacteria use as a source of food.
Natalie Stoss, RDH
Super Market Home Remedy
Oatmeal can be used to block the release of inflammatory compounds, dramatically reducing itchiness. Grind 2 cups uncooked oatmeal into a coarse powder in a blender. Add 1/4 cup baking soda, mix and store in a jar. Add 1 cup to handful with bath to soothe sunburned skin, or mix a handful with water until thick and then apply the paste to relive poison ivy.
Baking Soda can be used to neutralize things like tennis shoes, smelly feet, and gym and beach bags just dust on liberally. For bug bites: Mix 1 teaspoon each baking soda and water into a dab-on paste.
Things Not to Screw Up
Leftovers – Mistake: Just popping a plate of food into a microwave. Instead, place a small mug filled with water or a damp paper towel in microwave with food to prevent dehydration. This causes a slow release of steam that will keep your meal moist.
Hot Tea – Mistake: Leaving the bag in until the tea cools enough to drink. Instead, keep the tea bag in hot water for 2 minutes. If the tea bag is left in too long the tea will be bitter.
Going Outside – Mistake: Reapplying perfume that attracts mosquitoes. Instead use essential oils like vanilla, lavender and cedar, which acts as a natural bug repellents for bugs (which are the only ones that bite). To really repel them, pour a mixture of one tablespoon of citronella oil, two cups of water, and one cup of Avon-So-Soft bath oil into a spray bottle to spritz on skin.
Donna Gratts, Dental Assistant
Taking great care of your teeth, with daily brushing and flossing, may dramatically cut your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. P. gingivalis, a bacteria found in gums compromised by periodontal disease, can enter the bloodstream through everyday activities, such as eating and brushing. From there it can potentially travel to the brain. This species of bacteria were found in brain samples of four out of ten Alzheimer’s patients in a study published in Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. How do oral bacteria harm the brain, you ask? One theory suggests that, like the gums, once this bacterium enters the brain, it may generate inflammation in the glial cells (brain cells) involved in Alzheimer’s.
To keep your teeth AND your brain healthy, follow these simple tips:
1) Brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste.
2) Also brush along your gum line and your tongue.
3) Floss once a day.
4) Visit your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings.
5) Avoid smoking and tobacco.
Also, here are the symptoms of gum disease:
1) Bleeding when you brush or floss.
2) Red, puffy or tender gums.
3) Loose teeth.
4) Pus between your gums and teeth.
5) Change in your bite.
As some of you know my husband and I are expecting our first baby the end of September. We are having a little girl, her name is Evelyn Renee. I will be returning to work the middle of November. I thought I would share some of the nursery pictures. It is not completely finished, but we are getting there. I would love to say that I am the artistic one, but in truth it is my husband who is the talent behind all of this. More pictures of baby Evelyn to come!!!!
It’s no secret that our dental team has a sweet tooth. We always welcome the treats that patients and other offices drop by occasionally. Lately, I would say my practice and passion for baking has almost brought me up to the level of our seasoned bakers, Kim and Donna, our dental assistants. Starr, one of our hygienists, is a member of the Douglas County Dental Clinic Board. So when she asked me to contribute to the DCDC’s “Hoedown for Healthy Smiles” fundraiser by baking a dessert for the silent auction, I jumped at the chance. On Friday, August 23rd, the Hoedown for Healthy Smiles raised money to help fund the DCDC with food, auctions and even a mechanical bull! Here is my recipe for those of you who also enjoy sweet treats, just don’t forget to brush afterwards!
Peanut Butter Fingers
½ Cup softened butter
½ Cup white sugar
½ Cup brown sugar
1/3 Cup peanut butter
½ Teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Cup flour
1 Cup oats
1 package of milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350° F. Cream butter and sugars together. Add peanut butter, egg, soda, salt and vanilla to mixture. Stir in flour and oats. Spread in 9×13 inch greased pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. While hot, sprinkle chocolate chips over and let them melt. Combine 1 ½ Cups powdered sugar, ¼ Cup peanut butter, and 2-4 Tablespoons of milk. Frost, swirl, and cool completely before cutting into bars.