Aberdeen Smiles June 2017

June 2017

Aleaha Fettig, DDS Valerie Drake, DDS

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Dr. Drake Comes North Home Sweet Home in Aberdeen

provided everything we’d need to survive a South Dakota winter. Finally, we found an apartment that I absolutely love. It’s the perfect size for us, and yes, it has a garage. After my husband and I are settled, our youngest son will be coming up to stay for the summer. He’s in between his first and second year of college, and he looks forward to spending his break in a different place where he can relax and make some new friends.

Hello, Aberdeen!

“I have already gotten to know this town so well, and my husband and I are both looking forward to officially calling Aberdeen our home.”

I’m excited to announce I will finally be moving up from Texas to Aberdeen on June 15. All the details have been settled with the dentist taking over my old practice, and I know all of my former patients in Harlingen will be in good hands. Now I’m free to come help Dr. Fettig take care of all our new patients in Aberdeen full time. This move could not come soon enough. I’ve been flying up every month, and this last time, I accidentally called the Hampton Inn I’ve been staying at during my visits “home.” Not that it didn’t feel homey. The staff at the Hampton are always so kind and welcoming, like everyone I’ve met in Aberdeen. This is a place full of great people who are very caring and so down to Earth. I have already gotten to know this town so well, and my husband and I are both looking forward to officially calling Aberdeen our home. We’ve lived in Texas together for the last 20 years. The Lone Star State has been good to us, but we are excited to start this new adventure in our lives in a place that already feels like home. It just happens to get a bit colder up here. When we began to look for a new place to live, my husband and I quickly learned there were a lot of things we needed to think of that we never had to worry about in Texas. Apparently, it’s pretty important to have a garage up here, and basements are also a big deal. It’s been fun and educational to learn about all these things. Throughout the whole transition, finding the perfect home for us was the most challenging part. We’ve been looking at houses, apartments, and even condos, trying to find a place we liked that

Once we’re in Aberdeen, I don’t think it will take too long for us to get settled, which is a relief. I want to jump in as soon as possible. Dr. Fettig and I worked together for two years down in Texas, and I’m eager to practice with her again. Plus, I’ll finally get to join the office volleyball team, go bowling with everyone, and do all the fun activities I’ve been missing out on. There’s a lot about living in Aberdeen I’ve been looking forward to. I can’t wait to officially be a part of this awesome town!

— Dr. Valerie Drake

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Audiobooks Inspire a Love of Stories in All Ages

they wish for, and an unplanned vacation to the Sahara, followed by chaos in King Arthur’s court, is just a one of the hilarious misadventures this family must overcome together. For Something Entirely New “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown, read by Kate Atwater When lonely robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she finds she’s trapped on a wild island. Struggling to survive and befriend the island’s hostile animal inhabitants, Roz must eventually face her mysterious past, which threatens to tear her home apart. This brand-new book is a stunning tale about the environment, technology, and the wonder of being alive. These are just a few of the many titles your family can enjoy this summer. Find even more by visiting Audible.com or checking the audiobooks catalogue on iTunes.

Summer reading lists are always popular, but most families rarely have time to have dinner together, let alone sit still reading for hours. Luckily, the ever-growing popularity of audiobooks means you don’t have to wait for school to start again for your kids to get back into literature. Here are a few great audiobooks you can introduce to your family this summer. For the Long Road Trip “The Bad Beginning” (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket, read by Tim Curry When a terrible fire destroys the Baudelaire mansion, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny find themselves orphans and are sent to live with the terrible Count Olaf. Convinced their awful new guardian is only after their fortune, the Baudelaires must use their intelligence and skills to stick together and (maybe) overcome their sad circumstances. Fans of the Netflix series will love to hear the story that started it all! Who knew such an unfortunate series could mean fun for the whole family? For Family Bonding “Half Magic” by Edward Eager, read by Words Take Wing A beloved family favorite since it was first published in 1954, “Half Magic” tells the story of siblings Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha, who discover a magic wish-granting coin. They soon realize the coin only grants half of what


“They were all great!!”

“Your office provides a relaxed atmosphere. I didn’t have to wait. My appointment took place at its scheduled time. The receptionist was helpful in setting up an appointment with a specialist for my root canal. Loved the options to have wax treatment for hands and the chair warmer! The hygienist was relaxed, but very friendly and chatty.”

– Anonymous patient

– Tammy A.

“Awesome! Got me in right away with a broken tooth. Doctor and assistant were very good.”

– Stacy B.

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Are Veneers Right for You?

dentist for professional polishing procedures with a special, non-abrasive paste. I don’t know if veneers would fit my lifestyle. If you want veneers, there are certain precautions you can take in order to preserve the integrity of the procedure. Those who suffer from teeth grinding can purchase special night guards that help protect veneers from damage. It is also recommended that you wear a mouth guard when playing sports, as the veneers can break off like any natural teeth. Remember ... Alas, a stable bite may make or break — literally — a successful veneer case. When you ask your dentist about veneers, they will evaluate your bite before deciding if they are a viable option for you. But the most important thing to remember about veneers is that the procedure is permanent . Most times, natural teeth need to be shaved in order for a dentist to place veneers; therefore they are irreversible. Talk to your dentist if you think veneers are for you!

In the recent years, dental veneers — the thin, custom- made porcelain shells used to cover the front surfaces of teeth — have become a popular dental procedure for people of all ages. When done correctly, veneers can quickly correct chipped, rotated, or discolored teeth. Why would I get veneers? Veneers can be placed in only two visits to the dentist! Also, it’s easy to change the color of veneers, since porcelain has the real look of teeth and will not stain. Veneers add to the strength of your natural teeth by capping and protecting them. Also, veneers can be customized to fit your facial symmetry and style. Veneers are low maintenance. However, porcelain veneers should be brushed and flossed the same way you treat your natural teeth. It’s also important to remember to visit your


Have a Laugh

It’s officially the season of salads, and fruit salads are summer’s specialty! Enjoy this tasty dish as a side or main course. For some added protein, toss in a handful of slivered almonds or chopped pecans.

Ingredients • 1 pound strawberries, thinly sliced • 3 medium peaches, thinly sliced • 1 cup blueberries • 1 heaping tablespoon fresh basil or mint, chopped

• 2 tablespoons lemon juice • 1 tablespoon maple syrup • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Directions 1. In a medium serving bowl, combine the strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and basil. 2. Drizzle lemon juice, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar on top. 3. Gently toss to combine. 4. Serve immediately, or chill for later.


Recipe inspired by CookieAndKate.com.

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Aleaha Fettig, DDS Valerie Drake, DDS

Inside This Issue

Home Sweet Home in Aberdeen Page 1 Audiobooks Your Family Will Love Page 2 Patient Testimonials Page 2 Are Veneers Right for You? Page 3 Sensational Summer Salad Page 3 One Man’s Fight to Save African

Wildlife Page 4

The Water of Life In Drought, One Man Fights to Save African Wildlife

Drought has ravaged much of Kenya. The government declared a national disaster in February of this year. It’s a drought that stretches through much of the Horn of Africa, into Somalia and Ethiopia, two countries that form the northern border of Kenya. Facing ecological disaster, a Kenyan pea farmer, Patrick Kilonzo Mwala, took it upon himself to save Kenya’s extraordinary wildlife — or at least do what he could with incredibly limited resources. He fills up his water truck and delivers what he can to a nearby water hole. On the verge of drying up, it’s a source of water the local wildlife depends on for survival. On any given day, elephants, buffalo, zebras, lions, and others compete for a chance to get their fill. Relying on donations from supporters, Mwala transports about 12,000 liters of water, or just over 3,100 gallons, to the water hole four times a week. The trip between his farm and the water hole is 45 kilometers (27 miles) round trip.

After making dozens of trips, Mwala says the animals now anticipate his return every other day. The animals will approach his truck, eager for a drink. On his Facebook page, Mwala posted, “Big giants … coming toward our truck with no fear, for we have a precious commodity they missed.” The Kenyan government hopes that this year’s rainy season brings relief, but in the meantime, Mwala will continue to do his part, dedicated to his task of bringing water to the animals four times a week. As part of his ongoing conservation efforts, Mwala even founded a volunteer organization called Tsavo Volunteers, which you can learn more about at tsavokenya.org.

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