Ustick Dental July/August Edition

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There is no better time to road trip than July and August, and in my opinion, there’s no better destination than Yellowstone National Park. For the last 10 years, my family has headed that way at least once a year, and we’re big fans of all that region has to offer. Nothing beats hitting the road with the kids in the back and some music on the radio. That’s what my family did when I was growing up. As much as things have changed since then, I still believe the great American road trip has a lot to offer families of every kind. Although we’ve been all over the West, including great destinations like Brian Head and Zion National Park in Utah, Yellowstone is the place we keep coming back to. Usually we head that way through Idaho, and then enter the park in West Yellowstone. We’ll do the whole loop, hitting favorite spots like Grand Prismatic and stopping at the Firehole River when it starts to cool down in the evenings. The kids have always loved spotting wildlife. We’ve noticed more bears in recent years, although we haven’t been lucky enough to spot a wolf for a while. The kids also enjoy Old Faithful, but that could just be because of the ice cream at the lodge! Part of the allure of Yellowstone is that there’s a lot to do in the surrounding area as well. We’ve spent a fair amount of time just outside the park in Island Park, and we also get down into the Tetons and head toward Jackson Hole, which is a few hours’ drive south of Yellowstone. Last summer we had a great time on a zip line and ropes course at the ski hill near Jackson Hole. We climbed trees and had fun on what was basically a giant

jungle gym. It’s the perfect mix of enjoyable and just a little bit dangerous, and we’ll probably be back soon.

To the north, you can visit Mammoth and then Gardiner, and we’ve made trips up to Jardine as well. It’s not in the park, but my wife lived there for a while as a kid, so we enjoyed our trip there. That’s the cool thing about Yellowstone — there is a wealth of experiences to be had both in and outside the park. You’ll never lack for something to do! What’s your family’s tradition? Is it a favorite road trip, a picnic location, or maybe a summer activity that everybody loves? Whatever it is, I hope you enjoy it during the second half of this summer. And don’t forget to get the family in for their cleanings before school starts!

-Dr. Vince Rigby


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Nothing says summer quite like gathering around the grill for a delicious meal with friends and family. If you’re not careful, though, your summer barbecue can end up putting a big dent in your wallet. You don’t need to break the bank to host an awesome get-together. Here are a few money-saving tips for your next cookout. Make Smart Protein Choices Meat is the most expensive food you’ll purchase. You can save a lot, however, if you make smart choices at the butcher counter. Not only are chicken thighs and legs cheaper than boneless breasts, but they’re also less likely to dry out. Flank and skirt steak are great alternatives to pricier cuts of beef. If you want some seafood on the menu, buy what’s fresh and on sale. Don’t Forget to Grill Some Veggies Your grill isn’t just for searing meat. Vegetables, from corn and asparagus to zucchini, are delicious when cooked over a flame, and they are cheap and readily available during the summer. In addition to filling stomachs for a lot less, you’ll add some options for vegetarians and health-conscious eaters. Minimize Waste If you’re not careful, a lot of your barbecue budget will end up in the trash — or evaporating into thin air. Ditch the disposable plates and utensils in favor of cheap, reusable options. Another common waste is fuel overuse, whether that’s charcoal or gas. If you have a gas grill, turn off the propane as soon as possible. If you use charcoal, you don’t need to dump a full 10-pound bag into the grill. A few pounds should do the job just fine. Save Money on Your Summer Cookout Barbecue on a Budget

DIY Rubs and Sauces Don’t waste money on premade barbecue

rubs when you likely have all the ingredients in your spice cabinet. Barbecue sauce is also simple to make — and much healthier when you know what’s in it. Check out these recipes that work wonders on grilled foods. Rub: In a bowl, combine 1/3 cup paprika, 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, ¼ cup kosher salt, 4 teaspoons ground mustard, 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, 2 teaspoons ground coriander seed, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, and 1 tablespoon onion powder. Sauce: In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine 1 cup chicken broth, ½ cup ketchup, ¼ cup dark molasses (plus more to taste), 1 small onion, grated or diced, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon brown mustard, 2 tablespoons cider vinegar (plus more to taste), 2 teaspoons hot sauce (plus more to taste), and 2 tablespoons spice rub. Simmer and whisk until sauce coats the back of a spoon. You can store cooled sauce in your fridge for months after your party. Follow these tips, and you’ll shrink the cost of your summer cookout. Spending an afternoon by the grill is a summer tradition, but it doesn’t need to end with your money going up in smoke. Sprinkle on meats and vegetables. Really, it’s that easy.


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CLEAR CORRECT? Orthodontic Treatment Takes Dentistry World by Storm

Your kid needs braces, and it’s becoming more obvious the older they get. But you don’t want to put them through that; you remember kids being ridiculed for those shiny metal braces. Maybe you were one of those “brace faces” yourself! In addition, braces are high-maintenance and sometimes pretty uncomfortable. Don’t you wish there was a way to avoid all that and still give your child straight teeth? Enter Clear Correct, the orthodontic treatment that’s taking the world by storm. Instead of attaching hardware to your child’s teeth, we map out their mouth using laser technology and create retainers that are a perfect fit. These clear retainers then push teeth into the right place. As progress is made, new retainers are created to continue the improvement. With weekly retainer changes, Clear Correct can actually work up to 50 percent faster than normal braces. nk You AKING PATIENT APPRECIATION DAY A SUCCESS!

Even complex orthodontic cases can be treated with Clear Correct, which has no food restrictions and allows you to floss and brush normally and keep your teeth in great shape. And here’s another major benefit: Clear Correct treatment can be performed by a regular dentist, meaning you don’t have to see a specialist to get the treatment your child needs. Finally, Clear Correct is more comfortable than traditional braces. And when it comes to adult orthodontics, you’ll definitely want to consider Clear Correct treatment. No grown-up wants to look like the world’s oldest 12-year-old! Is Clear Correct right for your child? Odds are the answer is yes, but each case is different. To schedule an appointment, please call our office. We’ll take a look and discuss treatment options and answer any questions you might have about Clear Correct. Looking for a summer dessert you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in? Try this easy, low-fat frozen treat! Frozen Yogurt Pie Ingredients • 1 premade graham cracker pie crust • 1 (8-ounce) container Cool Whip • 1 cup frozen or fresh mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries) • 3 (6-ounce) containers regular yogurt (berry flavors work best) SUMMERTIME Directions 1. Combine Cool Whip, mixed berries, and yogurt in a bowl. Mix with a spatula until well-blended. 2. Pour yogurt mixture into pie crust. 3. Cover pie with foil or plastic lid. 4. Store in freezer for at least 3 hours, or until frozen through. 5. Serve frozen or slightly thawed.

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inside this ISSUE Yellowstone or Bust! PAGE 1 Barbecue on a Budget PAGE 2 Giveaway! PAGE 2 Clear Correct? PAGE 3 Summertime Frozen Yogurt Pie PAGE 3 The World’s Happiest Vacations PAGE 4

Des in tion: Happy People

Visit the Happiest Places in the World — It’s Contagious

Visit a hustling, bustling tourist trap and what do you get? Crowds of competitive travelers and a local populace that is sick to death of them. Visit a place with happy people, and you get good service, friendly faces, and you’ll learn firsthand what Harvard researchers affirmed in a 2012 study: Happiness is contagious. Luckily for the average traveler, the places that topped a nationwide Gallup poll and the United Nations’ annual World Happiness Report have plenty to offer in addition to cheerful locals. The Happiest States in the U.S. If we were to tell you that Hawaii is the happiest state in the country, you probably wouldn’t be surprised. And sure enough, Hawaii ranked first in overall happiness for the sixth consecutive year. The sunny beaches, rich culture, and perfect weather give tourists a taste of paradise that the natives enjoy all year long. Next in line is a state that has little in common with the Aloha State. Alaska came in second place for the third consecutive year. With eight

national parks, including Denali, Glacier Bay, and Gates of the Arctic, Alaska’s 663,000 square miles are filled to the brim with the wonders of nature. The Happiest Country in the World Denmark has long been the standard-bearer in this category, but this year it relinquished the title to its Scandinavian sister. Norway is home to some of the most breathtaking vistas on Earth, most notably its western fjords like the world-famous Geirangerfjord and Nærøfjord. For the city wanderer, you’ll find choice seaside restaurants and walkable streets in towns like Bergen, the country’s second-largest city, which sports rainbow architecture and a 15th-century waterfront. Knowing the heart of a destination begins and ends with its people. Tack on beautiful scenery and daydream-worthy activities, and you just found yourself the perfect vacation.

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