H Charles Jelinek Jr DDS - October 2019

NoMatter HowOld You Are Finding Relief

FALL FAMILY FUN Decorate Your House With Your Own Creations!

There’s nothing like a few added wrinkles or gray hairs to remind you of the inevitable: You’re getting older. As you age, many things begin to change, and your medical concerns grow. Sleep apnea and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can affect anyone at any age, but as you get older, the chances and severity of these conditions can increase. However, even though the prevalence of sleep apnea and TMJ disorder is more apparent in older adults, it doesn’t make the treatment of these conditions any harder. In fact, studies have found that treatments for sleep apnea can be just as effective for older adults as they are for young adults! This past year, Dr. Jelinek treated a 70-year-old woman who had been suffering from chronic headaches for the past 14 months after falling and hitting her head. After investing time and energy into seeking help from various specialists, neurologists, and doctors, this patient was referred to Dr. Jelinek’s care by a thorough neurologist who believes Dr. Jelinek is the most knowledgeable on TMJ disorders. The subsequent Google review she left for Dr. Jelinek tells her story best. She wrote, “My first visit lasted 1 1/2 hours and involved extensive X-rays and scans of my head, jaw, and face … no other dentist had ever taken this thorough of an approach. After reviewing all my tests, Dr. Jelinek spent 45 minutes going over, in detail, what my results were: A severe case of TMJ [disorder]. Dr. Jelinek then ordered an appliance made to exact specifications based on the pertinent data from my tests. “Fast forward to today, when I am celebrating my fifth month of wearing my lower mouth appliance 24/7 and rejoicing in the fact that my daily headaches have lessened to one or two a month. And my jaw pain is about 75% alleviated. For anyone out there who has TMJ and wants to alleviate the chronic head and jaw pain, run — don’t walk — to see Dr. Jelinek. You will be greeted in the waiting room with fresh chocolate chip cookies and the warm, smiling faces of his highly competent staff!” You’re never too old to seek relief from chronic pain and debilitating diseases. Call our office today at 703-584-5996 to schedule your appointment.

The leaves are turning, the weather is changing, and the holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to bring out the fall decor! To make this season especially memorable for your family, create your own decorations with these fun ideas below. PINE CONE PAINTING Go on a family walk through the park to pick up a few fallen pine cones or take a quick trip to the store to buy a bag. Once everyone has their own hand-picked pine cone, grab a paintbrush and a few colors and have at it! For extra flair, add some fixings like glitter, beads, sequins, string, and more. LEAF PAINTING Take a trip outside with the kids to pick out some large, unbroken leaves, then head back inside and get creative! You can pull out the construction paper and paint trees, using handprints and “arm prints” as the trunks and branches. Paint the leaves you found to spruce up your trees or use them as decorations on their own. You can also use them for leaf printing or leaf pressing. FUN FINGER FOOD When you’ve got multiple friends and family members coming over and you need snacks, edible decorations are the way to go. You can get a little creative and make elaborate treats, or you can opt for delicious and easy- to-make finger foods with your kids. A good starting treat for your family is a batch of pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats. Add orange food coloring to the mix and get your kids to shape the treats like pumpkins before using a few pretzel sticks to make sturdy stems. THANKSGIVING CRAFTS Thanksgiving is only a month away, and your possibilities for holiday- themed crafts are endless with just a few supplies like paper, scissors, markers, and string. You can make turkey placemats, tissue paper trees, pumpkin garlands, paper pumpkins, or leaf mobiles to hang from the ceiling. Compile a list of ideas and have your kids pick out which craft they want to do first, then get to work together to create as many decorations as you want to display for Turkey Day.

With these engaging craft ideas, the whole family will be eager to make their own decorations and show them off for months to come!

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