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A NEW LOOK FOR A NEW SCHOOL YEAR HOW A BEAUTIFUL SMILE CAN SET YOUR KIDS UP FOR A BETTER LIFE
If you have school-aged kids who headed back to the classroom in August, then you’re probably familiar with the ritual of back-to-school shopping. No doubt your son or daughter dragged you to the mall and then schlepped back and forth from the dressing room a dozen times to model new looks with a critical eye toward the mirror. “Who will I be this year?” they were probably wondering. “And will these clothes help make that happen?” Studies have shown that new clothes can change how you interact with the world, and the right ones can boost confidence and lower stress. As Vogue magazine put it, “Your closet isn’t frivolous; it contains a myriad of channels to heightened performance, a selection of gateways to the best version of yourself.” But even more than a new outfit, a straight, white smile can make all the difference in your child’s self- confidence and bump up their social capital.
treatment to straighten crooked teeth, spread out crowded ones, and correct a misaligned bite. I’ll happily examine your kids for free to evaluate their teeth, bite, and jaw alignment. Like the American Association of Orthodontics, we recommend that you bring your kids in for their first evaluation at 7 years old. But, if they’re long past that age, late is always better than never. Some kids don’t need any early orthodontic treatment, but if they do, then identifying problems while they’re still young can save them pain and you money. Sometimes that early exam can spare your child from having adult teeth removed or needing braces or jaw surgery down the line. A simple appliance like an expander can stave off recession and bone loss, drastically improve their facial development, and keep them healthy and looking their best for years to come.
a free evaluation. But, if you need a bit more convincing, behaviors you can check for might indicate your son or daughter needs early orthodontic treatment: If they have a speech impediment; rely on mouth- breathing; have protruding, crowded, or unevenly spaced teeth; suck their thumb or finger at an age older than 3; or have difficulty biting or chewing, then you should make an appointment right away. Luckily, we tend to have more appointment openings in our schedule in September, with kids back at school and parents busy with after-school activities. So, you should be able to have your child seen even more quickly than usual. Really, all it takes is one phone call to get them on the right track for a bright, even smile. If you want to set your son or daughter up for success this school year, and for all the ones to come, call Marshall Orthodontics today at 864-336-2965 to book a free early evaluation. I’d love to give their confidence a boost!
“Some kids don’t need any early orthodontic treatment, but if they do, then identifying problems while they’re still young can save them pain and you money.”
Here at Marshall Orthodontics, my team and I love helping give kids that confidence boost, starting with early orthodontic
Even if your children’s teeth look great, we always recommend bringing them in for
– Dr. William Marshall
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STOP THE SPREAD PREVENT COLDS AND THE FLU WITH KID-FRIENDLY TEACHING TOOLS
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School is back in session, but your child may be bringing home more than just random facts. Germs and bacteria that spread the common cold and flu are most prevalent in schools, but while these illnesses are strong, prevention is simple. Teach your kids how to prevent the spread of bacteria this season with these helpful tips.
Hand washing and nose blowing are about as fun as … well, just that. It’s no wonder children don’t want to take time out of their busy play schedules to combat nasty germs. Instead of making these important steps a chore, make basic hygiene fun. Use fun songs to teach the proper way to cover a sneeze, or do a science experiment to teach your children about how the germs spread through just one sneeze. (According to research, sneezes can travel anywhere from 19–26 feet at 100 miles per hour!) For crafty kids, let them decorate tissue boxes or hand sanitizer containers to give hygiene some flair. Soon enough, you’ll find them being smarter about their health. As kids pack into classrooms this fall, germs will fly faster than this past summer did. Prevent the spread of the common cold and flu by learning more tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention online at CDC.gov.
BUT MOMMY DOESN’T COVER HER NOSE!
Kids learn more by watching what you do rather than listening to what you tell them to do. Get in the habit of covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and then wash your hands. Make hand sanitizer and facial tissues readily available in your home and be sure to wash your hands before every meal. In addition, stick to healthy habits when you do feel sick. Drink fluids, get plenty of rest, and seek medical attention when it’s warranted. If your children see you taking care of yourself, they will be more likely to do the same for themselves in the future.
EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: BRENDA WHEN PASSION MEETS EXPERTISE
Meet Brenda! Brenda had never worked in the orthodontic field before a year and a half ago. She is a natural at the job, and her bubbly personality lights up our office. We are so glad she joined our team back in April of this year. Before switching to orthodontics, Brenda was an assistant in general dentists’ offices for nearly a decade. She loved the work at first, but after a while, handing tools to the dentist got boring, and she wanted in on the action. Marshall Orthodontics gave her the opportunity she needed to prove she could handle her own patients. “The second I started getting more hands-on, I completely fell in love with it,” Brenda says of being an orthodontic assistant. “I’m so much more independent, and I’m the one doing all of the work. The doctor tells me what to do, but I’m the one untying the patient, putting on brackets, and explaining to them what I’m doing and how. I love interacting more with my patients and staying with them from the beginning of their appointment to the end.”
Brenda moved from California to South Carolina three years ago with her boyfriend, Daniel, who manages the Mexican restaurant chain Papa’s & Beer. It was an abrupt transition from the “go-go- go” environment of Los Angeles to the sleepy South, but Brenda was happy to leave the hustle and bustle behind. She and Daniel recently bought a house, and Brenda says they’re here to stay. “I don’t see myself going back to California. I consider South Carolina my home now. This is where I should be in life, and I’m glad we made the leap,” she says. Brenda’s home is just a quick walk from Marshall Orthodontics, and she takes advantage of the proximity. During her lunch break, she heads home to eat and play with her new puppy, Sophie. Still, as much as Brenda loves her dog, she says she’s always happy to come back to work. “This really is my dream,” Brenda says. “I love coming to work every day. This job really made me fall in love with dentistry all over again.”
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CONGRATULATIONS, ABBY! MEET OUR LATEST CONTEST WINNER
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Inspired by Bon Appétit
We love to host contests at Marshall Orthodontics — not only are they fun but they’re also a great way to say thank-you to our patients for making us a part of their day. For the months of May and June, we issued a challenge where our patients could complete for the chance to win two gold passes to Carowinds amusement park, and our good friend Abby came out on top! Abby was very excited to receive her prize, which she scored by taking one of our Marshall Orthodontics magnets, placing it on her mom’s car, and posting a picture of the final result to our Facebook page. We really love Abby’s support for our office and can’t think of anyone more deserving of this pair of tickets! When Abby isn’t at school, she does competitive cheer at Rockstar Cheer or spends her free time singing and drawing. She’s been a real trooper through the process of getting and maintaining her braces, and she was never nervous about starting her journey with us. Abby says she can’t wait to see her transformed smile, and it’s clear she loves the staff here! We love her too and consider her part of the Marshall Orthodontics family.
• 6 oz. pasta, ideally spaghetti or bucatini • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed and divided • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper • 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, ideally Parmigiano-Reggiano
• 1/3 cup finely grated pecorino cheese • Kosher salt, for pasta water and to taste
1. In a large pot, bring 3 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook, stopping 2 minutes short of desired doneness. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. 2. In a large pan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add pepper and cook until toasted and aromatic, about 1 minute. Add reserved pasta water and bring to a simmer. 3. Transfer pasta and remaining butter to pan and reduce heat to low. Add Parmesan cheese and cook until melted, tossing pasta throughout. Remove pan from heat and add pecorino, continuing to toss until cheese is melted and sauce coats pasta. 4. Transfer to bowls and serve.
Congratulations, Abby, and thanks again for your support!
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HOW TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY CLOSE IN A BUSY WORLD
STAYING CONNECTED HOW TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY CLOSE IN A BUSY WORLD
If you feel like you’ve hardly seen your kids since the school year started, you’re not alone. Americans are way too busy; from childhood onward, we’re always running hither and thither, packing in as many after-school activities, work-related meetings, and social engagements as possible. It’s a problem so pervasive that it has a name: time scarcity.
dinner at the same table each evening, watching a movie together every Thursday night, or going on a monthly getaway, make sure these traditions aren’t canceled. If your family doesn’t have many rituals, a great way to connect is to start some. MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT As cliche as it sounds, when you don’t have much time together, it’s crucial to be present for every minute of it. If you have a rare half hour at home with one of your kids, make a point to spend it in the same room and try to start a conversation. If you squeeze in a romantic dinner with your spouse, turn off your phones before the food comes. Listening to each other without distractions will strengthen your relationship. HUG IT OUT Physical contact is vital for closeness. When you get the chance, hug your kids, hold hands with your spouse, and do physical activities as a family, like hiking, biking, or even playing group sports. It’s been scientifically proven that physical closeness leads to emotional closeness, so if you’re low on time, take advantage of that shortcut!
Families feel time scarcity keenly after school starts in September, when children’s schedules explode with engagements. But all
hope for close ties isn’t lost; there are ways to stay connected with your spouse and kids, even in an increasingly busy world. Here are some ideas from counselors, teachers, and psychologists who claim to have mastered the art. REMEMBER YOUR RITUALS Rituals make up the backbone of individual families and society at large. Most people wouldn’t dream of abandoning their holiday traditions, so why forgo the smaller rituals that bring families together? Whether it’s eating
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