South Windsor Smiles - October 2019

Family and Office October Traditions Trick-or-Treating and Setting Goals October 2019

October is usually a busy time of year for my team and me. Near the beginning of the month, we get together for a large team meeting where we map out what we’re going to do as an office the following year. These meetings are dedicated to setting goals, determining promotions, planning fun activities to host, and deciding which charity drives we’ll participate in throughout the upcoming year. We usually do these meetings off-site, often getting lunch together Once we have our goals set, we spend the last half of the month celebrating Halloween. Our team gets into the spirit by dressing up and decorating the office with spiders and fake webs. Last year, our theme centered on scientists. I dressed as a mad scientist, and everyone jumped on board to be the “geeks” who would typically follow a mad scientist around.The aesthetic was complete with funky glasses and a crazy wig, and I even perfected a mad scientist’s walk. Everyone had a really fun time, and the patients got a kick out of it too. and taking a half day to get everything organized. It’s a powerful month for us at SouthWindsor Smiles.

My grandkids also enjoy a trick-or-treating event in their elementary school parking lot called “Trunk-or-Treat.”The parents who participate bring their cars and open up their trunks to hand out candy for a few hours. Sometimes, they come all dressed up in costumes and decorate the backs of their cars with smoking cauldrons or spooky Halloween music.The kids love this event because many of their school friends from other neighborhoods across town are there and they get to dress up and experience Halloween together! A few of my grandkids are pretty excited about getting candy this year, but I’m not sure how many will go.The oldest is turning 13, so she might be at the age where she’s outgrown this particular Halloween tradition. My youngest grandchild will be around 1 1/2, so I’m not sure if he’ll be quite old enough to trick-or-treat. Last year, his parents had him dressed as a lion, and he was the cutest. I know that no matter what they do this year, my grandkids are going to have a great time. In addition to all the Halloween hype and goal setting, October is the month for fall sports to really get going. I’m very excited to be in the midst of the college football season this month and to see which teams come out on top. Besides rooting for my favorite teams, my son coaches football, and I always enjoy seeing how far his players come during his games. Many of our parents are also looking forward to the start of the season to cheer their kids on in the various sports they’re entering. It’s fun to celebrate this time of year by asking our patients which sports their kids are into, how they’re doing so far, and what they’re looking forward to. October has always been one of the best times of the year to talk with fellow enthusiastic parents about sports. No matter how you might celebrate this month, whether it’s setting personal goals, awaiting Halloween, or watching your favorite sport, I hope you have a fantastic October.

My family has always celebrated Halloween. I’d take my kids out through the neighborhood when they were younger to go trick-or-treating, with my son dressed as Batman and me as Superman year after year. Now, they’re grown with kids of their own. Fortunately, my son’s family is only 15 minutes away, so I can get over to see the grandkids’ costumes and man their house ... Plus, this allows me to be there afterward to hear about their adventures!

–Dr. Kevin Norige


JUST IN T IME FOR HALLOWEEN No-Carve Pumpkin Designs!

happy Jack-o’-lanterns go hand-in-hand with Halloween, but digging through the inside of a pumpkin is not something everyone enjoys. If you aren’t keen on cutting open a pumpkin, here are a few no-carve ideas you can try this Halloween! HAUNTED HOUSE Take a few pumpkins, stack them on top of each other, and create a spooky pumpkin haunted house!Then, use paint, balsa wood sheets, and hot glue to create silhouettes, ghosts, windows, and doors for a haunting effect! CREATIVEWITH STRING Use cotton twine and hot glue to create a web-like design on the surface of your pumpkin. Don’t forget to add a few plastic spiders!You can also use string art to create ghostly words or images. Lay our your design with small pegs or nails and wrap the string around them to reach your desired effect. NOTHING BUT NET You can create eerie pumpkins using fishnet stockings. Spray-paint your pumpkin if desired — just make sure the design of the stockings will stand out. Once the

paint is dry, cut the legs off the stockings, slide the pumpkin inside, remove the extra fabric around the stem, and use hot glue to secure it. COLORFUL PAINT Painting your Halloween pumpkins gives everyone a chance to participate. Be creative by using different designs, cutouts for silhouettes, drip paint to create a marble design, or nail polish and water to give white pumpkins a unique and vibrant look. A SPOOKY MONSTER By adding a witch hat, wrapping a pumpkin in cheesecloth, attaching spider legs, or tying on a vampire cape, you can create a pumpkin version of the most popular Halloween monsters. Along with these accessories, you can also use paint, construction paper, and other craft materials to add the details that will make your creation pop!

For more detailed directions for these pumpkin designs and more ideas, Patientst

Norige explained everything in detail regarding my dental needs.Thank you to everyone I had the pleasure of meeting today.”

A BRAND NEW SMILE “I saw Dr. Norige today because a tooth was damaged and becoming discolored. He fixed this tooth and two others that had small fillings. My tooth looks like a brand new tooth. The color is perfectly matched, and there is no discoloration at all.The visit was very pleasant. We had a UConn student observing, and I was able to hear Dr. Norige’s teaching, which was very thorough. I enjoyed hearing about the different materials he was using and how he recommended one over another. Overall, I left with a new smile and felt excellent. Before he left for the day, he even called me to make sure everything was okay and that I was feeling better.”

THE PATIENT IS NO. 1 “My temp crown came out — my fault! My scheduled appointment for the permanent crown was not for another two weeks. I was given the opportunity to come in the same afternoon but had a memorial service to attend. I was given a 7:30 a.m. appointment the next day, and all was done, including my nightguard adjustment. I appreciate how fast the office set me up. Dr. Norige and his team always make me feel like the patient is No. 1!”


AFRAID NO MORE “As a super chicken about going to the dentist, I have found that the comfort and caring treatment from Dr. Norige and his office has made a very big change in my dental experiences. I would and do recommend his practice to all who need dental care.

–Sue C.

“Always good and always right. I can’t ask for more.”

FRIENDLY, ACCOMMODATING STAFF “As a new patient, I found the office staff very welcoming!The examination room was extremely clean and comfortable, and Dr.

–Kris J.

–Jonathan S.

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Get Your Teeth Examined Before 2019 Ends Have You Scheduled Your Appointment Yet? INABILITYTO ROLL OVER In addition to using your yearly maximum, it’s important to note that any unused benefits will not roll over into the new year. Many people make the mistake of thinking the less they use one year, the more they can use the next, but that’s not true. It’s crucial to take advantage of all of your insurance benefits each year to receive the most out of what you’re paying for. GUARANTEEYOUR ORAL HEALTH Taking the time to have regular checkups and cleanings will ensure optimum oral health. A person who puts off going to the dentist increases the risk of worsening oral problems, which can lead to expensive fixes.The more often you have your teeth checked, the less you’ll have to worry about any dental issues throughout the year. If you don’t have an appointment scheduled for the fall just yet, give SouthWindsor Smiles a call to speak to one of our team members today! We’ll make sure you’re all set up and ready to greet the holidays and 2020 with a bright smile.

During the fall, SouthWindsor Smiles sees an influx of patients scheduling appointments before the year ends. Many people want to ensure they have a bright smile before the holidays hit, and no one wants to be worried about their smile during the middle of a Christmas party or family gathering. Aside from ensuring you have a smile you’re proud of, you should consider getting an appointment scheduled in the next few months for a few other significant reasons. UNUSED INSURANCE BENEFITS Typically, dental insurance gives beneficiaries yearly maximums that only work within a given calendar year.This means that any benefits you might have through your insurance may expire once December comes to a close. Dental insurance usually has around $1,000 available for use; keep in mind that if your expenses exceed the amount, you will have to pay out of pocket. If you’re unsure how much you’ve used this year, reach out to your dentist for thorough records of your visits.


Puzzle Your Brain

A Veggie Skeleton

Those who eat paleo may struggle to find a Halloween treat suitable to their diet. But no matter what your dietary restrictions are, everyone can enjoy some raw veggies with a healthy dip. Here are some tips for constructing your very own veggie skeleton — a spooky twist on a time- tested treat. FORTHE HEAD Your favorite paleo-friendly dip makes a great canvas for a face. Pour it into a bowl and build features on top using different veggies. FORTHE RIBCAGE Sliced cucumbers make for great vertebrae, and bell pepper slivers can be used to simulate ribs. Alternate between the two to give your skeleton some backbone. FORTHE ARMS AND LEGS Any long and straight vegetable will do the trick here. If you want to be anatomically accurate, consider using some spherical vegetables for joints.

Don’t be afraid to get creative and wacky with your veggie skeleton.The whole point, after all, is to have some fun and give people a reason to smile.

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Fall Crafts for the Whole Family

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Decorate Your House With Your Own Creations!

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. 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. LEAF PAINTING Take a trip outside with the kids to pick out some

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 forTurkey 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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