Sabal General Dentistry Rockport March 2019

March 2019

1406 Hwy 35 N, Suite C, Rockport, TX 78382 |



A Dentist’s Super Power Replacing What’s Been Lost


The tooth fairy is a popular figure at my house. My boys, Duncan and Logan, are at an age where they’re losing their baby teeth, which is very exciting for kids. Losing a tooth as an adult is a far less thrilling experience.

replacement for teeth. They don’t stay in place

“...I want patients to know they don’t have to just learn to live with missing teeth.”

very well, food tastes different, and there is that plastic covering the top of your mouth that can be hard to deal with, plus you have to remove them every night.

Whether a tooth is lost due to damage or decay, the

results are always troubling. Kids love to show off their missing teeth with a big grin, but I know most adults find themselves smiling a little less if a prominent tooth is gone. What’s more, missing teeth can make it really difficult to eat comfortably. When you lose a tooth, your remaining teeth begin to move around to fill the space. Additionally, losing a tooth causes the jaw bone in that area to deteriorate. This deterioration can spread and threaten the surrounding teeth. Without the right treatment, it’s not uncommon for a person who’s lost one tooth to lose many more. It’s a real domino effect, one we aim to stop early on at the office. Dental implants are a wonderful solution for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or even multiple missing teeth. In fact, there is a relatively new procedure known as “All on 4” that can replace those cumbersome removable dentures with a fixed bridge on four dental implants. This has been one of the biggest breakthroughs in dental implant therapy. It can be life changing. I’m sure we all know someone, a friend or loved one, that struggles with a denture. Let’s face it: Dentures are a replacement for not having teeth and not a

All on 4 solves so many of the uncomfortable issues of

dentures. You get a beautiful smile and no longer have to worry about your dentures being loose. You gain back your chewing ability so you

can enjoy healthier foods. There is no longer that covering across the top of your mouth. But I think the best part is the self confidence All on 4 brings. This month, I wanted to talk about dental implants and our All on 4 treatment because I want patients to know they don’t have to just learn to live with missing teeth. There are better options out there! Dental implants can offer a dramatic change to your smile, your lifestyle, and even your nutrition. Our goal is to improve the quality of a patient’s life. Ideally, we want to preserve natural teeth whenever possible. But in extreme cases where we have to pull teeth, or when patients have lost teeth years ago, dental implants are the very best dentistry has to offer.

–Dr. Valerie Sperry

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If you’re a big film buff, then there’s a good chance you set aside one important night each spring to watch the Academy Awards. A great number

years or the actors selected for different categories. You can also find printable Oscars prediction charts and offer prizes to whoever has the highest number of correct answers. 2. Themed Food If you’re throwing an Oscars party, serving some tasty dishes is a must. But why not kick it up a notch and keep your entrees and hors d’oeuvres in line with the blockbuster theme? There are multiple recipes for Oscars-party popcorn online, and you can also use star-shaped cookie cutters for your desserts. For your libations, you can serve cocktails from famous films and make a martini even James Bond would approve of. 3. Tickets Galore!

of memorable moments have happened during the Oscars, such as

the 2017 “La La Land” best picture mix-up, the

1974 streaking incident when a naked man ran across

the stage, or the 2013 falling accident when Jennifer Lawrence tripped as she walked on stage to receive her award for best actress. The Academy Awards is an event you don’t want to miss out on. Here are three ways you can get the most out of Oscars night. 1. Play Trivia

The ticket price for the first motion picture ever shown at the oldest American movie theater cost 15–25 U.S. cents, depending on the location of your seat. Nowadays, the price of watching a film is astronomical. Fortunately, there are ways for you to create the feeling of watching a film premiere or Oscars ceremony from your own home. Find printable tickets online to distribute to your guests before the showing, and encourage them to dress like they are heading to the red carpet.

Everyone loves a good trivia challenge. If you and your family watch the ceremony

live, you can use the commercial breaks to

test your knowledge. Pose questions about the best picture winners over the last 90

What Our Patients Are Saying............

These guys are awesome. Dr. Sperry did an awesome job and the staff is always making sure that you are as comfortable as can be. I have been to a number of different dental offices, and this by far has been the best office I have ever been to. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a new dentist. –Jesse T. The best cleaning I have ever had. I am very

Wonderful care. Very thoughtful and just plain sweethearts. I am glad I found this office. Now I will have all my dental work done here in Rockport when we are here for the winter. I highly recommend these professionals. Thanks to all of them. –Karen N

impressed with the professionalism and friendly employees. Thank you for a job

well-done! –Judy T.

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DENTAL LITERACY How One Dentist Makes Brushing Fun

down. As Courtad notes, “Obviously, the teeth were sad when they were covered in these Velcro germs before the kindergartners took a giant toothbrush and ... brushed those little germs off the teeth with me.”

As a freshman at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry, Jeanette Courtad was tasked with a daunting community outreach project: Educate kindergartners on the importance of brushing their teeth. Luckily, Courtad is also an artist, and she came up with a creative way to captivate the youngsters’ attention. Using her talents as a painter and sculptor, Courtad used materials, like couch foam and fabric, to mold personified characters that represented teeth and other parts of the mouth. For example, Cuspi, the cuspid, is concerned with aesthetics and how things feel — she doesn’t like to be covered in sticky sweets. Mola, the molar, is all about functionality. Tongo, the tongue, is a bit of an antihero. As Courtad explains, “Even though he helps clean sticky sweets off the teeth, Tongo is the one [that wants] them in the first place.” Courtad brought her life-size creations to classrooms settings, letting the kids “brush” away the plaque and germs. The teeth initially wore frowny faces because they weren’t clean, and the students learned that brushing them removed the bacteria and turned their frowns upside

After completing dental school, Dr. Courtad continued to pursue her passion for educating kids about oral health. The initial outreach project laid the foundation for the children’s book series, the “Toothful Tales” adventures, which were illustrated and written by Dr. Courtad. Today, Dr. Courtad’s books about dental care, starring the same fun characters, are found in dental offices and health care programs all over the country. In collaboration with the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, Dr. Courtad has expanded the series with books written for expectant parents in underserved communities. According to health coordinator and dental hygienist Diana Leathers, “These books provide a great deal of education because they are easy to read and provide important information using fun graphics.”

Have a Laugh


Ingredients • 3/4 cup popcorn kernels • 2 tablespoons flaky sea salt • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic

• 2 teaspoons granulated onion • 1/3 cup canola oil • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions 1. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast sesame seeds. Shake skillet often and cook until white seeds are golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and add garlic, onion, and salt. 2. In a large saucepan, combine popcorn kernels and oil. Cook over medium-high heat, covered, until popcorn kernels start to pop. Once popping, continue cooking and shaking the pan intermittently until popping ceases, about 3–5 minutes. 3. Transfer popcorn to a large mixing bowl. Pour in butter and toss to coat. Finally, add seasoning, toss again, and serve.

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Inside This Issue

Something to Smile About Page 1 Make the Most of the Academy Awards Page 2 Our Clients Say It Best Page 2 How This Dentist Makes Brushing Fun Page 3 Everything Popcorn Page 3 Family Activities for St. Patrick’s Day Page 4

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to mean heading to the local Irish bar and drinking a large green beverage. If you’re not interested in going out this year and would prefer to do something at home with the family, here are a few ways everyone can celebrate. Irish-Themed Food What better way to get festive than by making some St. Patrick’s Day-themed dishes? You can make rainbow cupcakes, green cookies, St. Patrick’s Day popcorn, or — for a more traditional dish — Irish soda bread. You can also cook up an array of greens for dinner on March 17, which could include Brussels sprouts, spinach, cucumbers, green beans, peas, or asparagus. A Mischievous Leprechaun To treat your kids to a fun game, leave green footprints around the house and participate in impish tricks! Empty a tissue box, hide the remote, swap out regular light bulbs with green ones, or draw rainbows on the windows. You’re

Learn where the legend of the leprechaun came from or read other stories from Irish folklore. You can also watch videos of Irish dance performances and encourage the kids to make their own. There’s also fascinating history on St. Patrick and why he became the patron of the holiday that your family members can research together. If you have Irish roots, tell your kids about your heritage. Watch Irish Movies For a relaxing activity, settle down in front of the TV for a movie night filled with films related to Irish culture. Try “The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns,” “Song of the Sea,” “The Luck of the Irish,” or “The Secret of Kells.” Make an Impact Teach your kids how to be “greener” this month by doing more for the environment. Discuss ways to save energy and water in the home, and talk about the importance of taking a break from electronics and enjoying the outdoors. This list is not exhaustive by any means, but it’s a good start to get your family to create new ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. You might even create family traditions that will last for years to come.

only limited by your imagination. Exploring Irish Culture

Another way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family is to sit down and read about Irish culture with your kids.

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