Hart Family Dental December 2017

THE HART HERALD DECEMBER 2017 605.996.0650 WWW.HART-DENTAL.COM 714 W. 18th Ave, Mitchell, SD 57301 Office Hours: Monday–Thursday 8–5, Friday 8–1

CELEBRATING OUR SAVIOR

Christmas! Christmas represents so many things to people around the world. It's celebrated in many different ways — presents, church services, fun traditions, and likely lots of food! For many of us, it is a long-awaited vacation and time with family. Maybe it's a chance to travel to see loved ones or have loved ones visit us. The family time, peace, joy and, of course, gifts, are the big crescendo before the end of the year. We cap off the year with the biggest holiday of them all. For the Hart family, our traditions include lots of music, advent calendars, and stockings. The stockings presentation more closely resembles a set design than just socks hung up with goodies. They are anticipated as much as the main gifts, if not more. The children’s Christmas program at church is always a highlight, followed by getting hot chocolate and driving around to look at Christmas lights. However and wherever we celebrate Christmas, or what Christmas represents to you, it is the true meaning that I love the most. Beyond the down time, food, and presents, I love celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The myrrh, a perfume sometimes used in embalming, foretold His death and burial. Frankincense represented the offering He was to become on our behalf. I think of the crescendo of Jesus's physical life on earth that culminates on Easter, the celebration of what is to come, and the event that allowed us to be adopted as His children. Our hope is that you are experiencing the true peace, joy, and greatest gift of all, Christ's sacrifice on our behalf.

We wish you and your family the same this Christmas season.

–Dr. Christopher Hart

On the night of His birth, the Three Wise Men brought the first Christmas gifts to celebrate the newborn King, gifts which hinted at the greatest gift of all that was to come. The gold, proclaimed His kingship.

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It’s almost Christmas, and if you have small kids, you know what that means: prepping for the arrival of a jolly man in a red suit and his confusingly named reindeer. Back in the day, some of us may remember curling up on the couch next to the radio on Christmas Eve with a hot cup of cocoa, listening to Santa’s trip around the globe. But these days, kiddos have gotten a little more high-tech in their search for up-to-date, GPS-driven Kringle updates. First, there’s the Google Santa Tracker (santatracker.google.com), a full-fledged holiday hub for your browser powered by Google Maps, including, of course, an up-to-the-minute GPS tracker for the big man. The application has been up since 2004, and it’s received big updates every year since. During the countdown to Christmas, there’s a colorfully animated advent calendar of sorts, where buildings around Santa’s village “thaw out” and reveal a host of fun games and activities. There’s even a section titled “Santa Tracker for Educators,” which includes kid-friendly coding games, information on international holiday traditions, and a translation app to “learn the Santa lingo from around the world.” SANTA TRACKING GOES HIGH-TECH

sleigh during his around-the-world journey.” Featuring “the latest and greatest … in sleigh engineering,” the app displays a Google Maps window that tracks each of Santa’s stops, gives status updates from Old Saint Nick, and tells kids how far he is from their city. It’s a colorful, fun adventure for the whole family. Of course, Google’s not the only kid on the Santa-tracking block. There’s also NORAD Tracks Santa , operated by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the same organization that tracks nuclear missiles for the government. Similar to Google, noradsanta. org includes a variety of fun games and activities leading up to Christmas. But unlike Google, NORAD has a dedicated Santa- tracking app for your phone, where you can see a 3-D view of Santa’s location during his trip. The app also features videos, so you and your little ones can see clips of Santa flying around major landmarks and world cities. Just don’t stay up too late watching them. You don’t want Santa to skip over your house!

When the eve of the big day finally comes, Google promises a showcase of Santa’s “dashboard, the technology that powers his

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT:

JENNY GILBERTZ, PATIENT COORDINATOR

Jenny grew up in White Lake and attended South Dakota State University, where she received a B.S. in speech communications and theatre. After relocating to Sioux Falls, she began taking classes to earn a degree in travel and tourism. She became a travel agent, a career which developed a huge bug to travel. Because of her love for education, travel, and adventure, she moved to Versailles, France, where she attended ISIPCA to become a perfumer. After returning from France, Jenny opened up her own perfumery. She continues making fragranced products of all kinds for her line and sells them to different stores around the country. Jenny joined the team of Hart Dental this fall and looks forward to getting to know each of our patients.

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HOLIDAY TREATS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOUR TEETH

The holiday season is upon us, and everywhere you look, delicious food is on the menu. However, it's not just your waistline that could suffer from overindulgence. Hard candies and carbonated beverages aren’t exactly the top items on your teeth’s wish list. Even the classic eggnog can do a number on your smile. Luckily, some seasonal treats are actually good for your teeth. If you’re looking for the best snacks of the holidays, here are some items you can put on the “nice” list. NUTS We don’t just mean chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Packed with magnesium and iron, holiday favorites like almonds and walnuts provide the nutrients your body needs. Plus, the extra dose of calcium will help keep your teeth strong. PEPPERMINT Peppermint candy canes are horrible for your teeth. If you bite down on hard candy, you risk chipping a tooth, but if you suck on them, you expose your teeth to the sugar for a lot

longer. That said, you don’t have to ditch the minty goodness completely. In fact, a little peppermint is actually good for you. A little low-sugar peppermint tea will freshen your breath, help with indigestion, and take the stress out of the busy holiday season. CHEESE Cheese is antibacterial and has a low pH level, which means eating a few slices can help reduce the acidity of your mouth. And, much like nuts, the extra calcium in cheese is great for your teeth. Now, this isn’t the green light to polish off Aunt Sue’s entire holiday cheese ball. But when you pass the cheese plate at your next New Year’s party, feel free to grab an extra slice of cheddar. ’Tis the season for good eating. While many of your holiday favorites might make your dentist’s “naughty” list, others (like the ones above) can help ensure your teeth are in good shape for the new year.

HART FAMILY FAVORITE: SPICED PEARS AND POMEGRANATE SALAD

TAKE A BREAK

This is a Hart family favorite that we make year after year during the holiday season!

INGREDIENTS

• 3 pears, peeled, cored, and cut into wedges • 1 pomegranate, skin and pale membrane removed • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place sliced pears and pomegranate seeds into a bowl. 2. Toss with lemon juice to coat. Combine brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a small cup or bowl, then mix with fruit.

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Inside This Issue

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The Greatest Gift of All

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Santa Tracking Goes High-Tech

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Employee Spotlight: Jenny Gilbertz, Patient Coordinator

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Treats You Can Put on the ‘Nice’ List

Hart Family Favorite: Spiced Pears and Pomegranate Salad.

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HALLOWEEN AT THE OFFICE These are scary items in the world of dental hygiene!

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