Anderson Dental Care - November 2018



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For many people, the holiday season is the busiest time of the year. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, families will brave stores to go shopping for supplies, rid their homes of every speck of dust, and spend hours preparing the plump turkey. In all the chaos surrounding this event, it’s easy to lose sight of what is really important this time of year: gratitude. In preparation for Thanksgiving, I sat down and considered all that I was truly grateful for this year. While the list is long, it can be summed up in three words: the small things. So often, the outwardly big aspects of life cause people to forget about the smaller, but equally important, ones. While I could say that I am thankful for my job and my dental practice, I am more thankful for the specific factors that played a role in my journey to get here. Take my biology classes, for example. Growing up, I had a love-hate relationship with them. I really wanted to like the material, but I just struggled through it. To make matters worse, my grandpa was a biology professor, so he had taught all of my science teachers when they were in school. In a way, I think they expected me to do well because he was a great teacher. It wasn’t until graduate school that something clicked for me. I don’t know exactly what changed, but I went from hating biology to loving it. I even studied it for my master’s degree. To this day, it amazes me that such a

small thing like a biology course could have such a profound impact on the place I am now.

inspires me to be more positive in my own life. I’m always amazed at how much of an impact this one person has on my overall outlook. This amazement has been at the forefront of my mind a lot more often in the last three months since the arrival of my new son, Grady. Since his birth, I keep thinking about how grateful I am for my wife, my kids, and the adventures we share. One particularly memorable adventure occurred just recently. I had a random day off during the week, and I really wanted to take advantage of it, but the weather just wasn’t cooperating. As I stared at the rain pouring outside, I decided that I was sick of it. My family and I ended up driving two hours away to Louisville, where we spent the day visiting museums and exploring the town — under a clear blue sky! On this day, the simple decision to find better weather resulted in an unforgettable experience. All these small and simple elements — a biology class, a patient’s positive personality, or a snap decision on a rainy day — have influenced the happiness I feel on a daily basis, as well as the way I approach gratitude when Thanksgiving comes along. So when you’re seated around your kitchen table this year and it’s your turn to list off all that you’re thankful for, I encourage you to start small and go from there.

My love for my patients has also played a huge role in my life. A major part of our mission here at Anderson Dental Care is to get to know each patient on an individual basis and forge long-lasting relationships with them. While many of my patients have become great friends, when I think about

patients who’ve impacted my life, there is always one man who immediately comes to mind. From the moment he walks in the door, he brightens everyone’s day. He genuinely cares about getting to know everyone on our team. I love seeing his name on my calendar because he is such a joy to be around, and he “In all the chaos surrounding this event, it’s easy to lose sight of what is really important this time of year: gratitude.”

– Dr. Brooks

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HOW WE SERVE THOSE WHO SERVED VETERANS APPRECIATION EVENT This year, the team here at Anderson Dental Care celebrated our sixth annual Veterans Appreciation Event, a day that has been near and dear to our hearts since Dr. Brooks first started practicing in Cincinnati six years ago. Dr. Brooks started this event to shed light on all the hard work and sacrifices made by the honorable men and women who have selflessly served our country. To show our appreciation for all that service members do to keep our nation and our families safe, our team offers free dental cleanings for all veterans and active military personnel. In addition to offering a free cleaning, the annual event includes all necessary X-rays, a complete dental exam, and fluoride treatment. Then, for any issues our team diagnoses during this initial exam, the patients receive 50 percent off the associated treatments for the upcoming year. While we enjoy offering these services to veterans — who are often unable to get the dental care they need and deserve — one of our favorite aspects of this event is just getting to know these men and women on a personal level. We like to learn their stories of where they served and their experiences back in the civilian world. Every veteran we’ve had the pleasure of meeting through this event has been an amazing person with a caring and selfless heart.

Thanksgiving is more than just a feast; it’s about coming together as a family and being thankful for one another. So why wait to get into the spirit until everyone is seated at the table? Here are a few ways you can make the actual preparation of Thanksgiving dinner fun and engaging for the whole family! GIVE EVERYONE A ROLE No, not those rolls — yet . Making the feast a family project can turn the day from a hectic list of chores into a magical bonding experience. It’s important to match each family member to a job that best fits their abilities. Young children can mash potatoes or rinse ingredients in the sink. Older kids can take on more responsibility, like measuring ingredients, keeping an eye on timers, and setting the table. Teens and young adults can supervise their younger siblings and cousins in these important tasks and may be called upon to stir what’s on the stove while an adult checks on the football game. ROLL OUT THE DECORATIONS Still not talking about bread. Not everything in Thanksgiving preparation needs to be tied to the kitchen. Creative family members of all ages can work together to bring some seasonal flare to the dining room. Maybe this means picking up some Thanksgiving coloring books, or perhaps the family can venture outdoors to collect autumn trimmings for crafts. It’s a great way to let each family member put their own personal spin on the holiday! HAVE A ‘ROLLER DERBY’ Finally . While an adult should be the one to put these delicious baked goods in the oven, the whole family can help shape the dough. In fact, recommends making this a contest. Set aside a time when everyone can vie for the title of Fastest Roll Maker, and you’ll have plenty of warm, flaky, delicious treats come dinnertime. Letting everyone play a part may take a little more planning and add slightly more chaos to your Thanksgiving preparations. But it’s sure to produce a lot of great memories and bonding moments among your loved ones. And by the time you sit down to eat, you’ll all have something to be thankful for right in front of you — Those. Delicious. Rolls.

One of our favorite veterans was willing to share his experience:

“My name is Nick, and I served in the U.S. Army for six years as a combat medic. I’ve been coming to Anderson Dental Care for their Veterans Appreciation Event for the last three years. The team here does a really great job taking care of me every time I come in. It is an honor to come in here and be served after serving.”

If you have questions regarding our next Veterans Appreciation Event or want more information about other upcoming events, don’t hesitate to give our office a call at 513-817-0763.



Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays celebrated throughout the United States. One of the first documented Thanksgiving celebrations took place in 1621 when Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared a feast together. But the banquet, which celebrated the colonists’ first successful harvest, wasn’t just one large meal, nor did it last for only one day; in fact, the feast lasted for three days.

a national holiday, hoping that it would help heal the wounds of the country.

Lincoln decided that the holiday would take place on the last Thursday of November. It was celebrated on that day until 1939, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving a week earlier in the hopes of increasing retail sales during the Great Depression. However, this plan was very unpopular, and in 1941, the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November. Without the efforts of Sarah Hale, we might not have the pleasure of the Thanksgiving feast we know and love to this day. This year, give thanks for family, good food, and the resolve of one woman who recognized the importance of Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

In later years, Thanksgiving also lasted for longer than a single meal. During the time of the American Revolution, the Continental Congress chose several days throughout the year to celebrate giving thanks. Then, in 1789, George Washington made the U.S. national government’s first Thanksgiving proclamation. He used this to speak to his fellow American citizens about the Revolution’s satisfactory conclusion and encouraged them to show their thanks for the freedoms they gained. Thanksgiving became a national holiday more than 200 years after its first celebration. It gained this status largely due to the

persistence of a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale. Hale was a successful magazine editor, prolific writer of novels and poems, and author of the famous nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” which was first published in her 1830 collection entitled “Poems for Our Children.” In 1827, Hale began a campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. For the next 36 years, she wrote numerous editorials and countless letters to state and federal officials expressing her desire that it gain official status. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln finally declared it



HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES: Next month, we will be hosting our fourth annual Christmas party here at the office on Dec. 14 from 4–6 p.m. Bring the kids so they can play some entertaining games, eat delicious holiday treats, and even visit with Santa! Families will be sent an email with at least one picture of each kid, but feel free to bring your own camera to snap pictures as well. This event is free and open to the public!


5 pounds sweet potatoes

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1 cup canned coconut milk

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste

1 tablespoon kosher salt


1. Heat oven to 375 F. On a large sheet pan, bake potatoes until very soft, approximately 75 minutes. 2. Let potatoes cool until they are safe to handle, then peel and mash. 3. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine coconut milk and curry paste. Once mixed, add the mixture, salt, half the sugar, and half the butter to potatoes. 4. 30 minutes before serving, heat oven to 425 F. Spread potatoes in a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes. 5. Uncover potatoes and dot with remaining butter and sugar. Broil until brown, crusty and delicious. Serve hot.

HOW BIG IS YOUR BRAIN? Be sure to like Anderson Dental Care on Facebook so you can play Tuesday Trivia. Here’s how it works: We will post one trivia question each Tuesday, and you can answer it by commenting on the post. Everyone who comments is entered in the random drawing for a $25 e-gift card.

Inspired by The New York Times

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If you have “liked” our page on Facebook, then you probably already know about our awesome Tuesday Trivia competition that takes place (almost) every week. If not, be sure to check inside the newsletter for directions explaining how to play. Because our clients love these weekly trivia questions, we’ve decided to help you expand your knowledge with some fun, Thanksgiving-themed facts. NO TURKEY? Most historians agree that turkey wasn’t served at the first Thanksgiving. What was on the menu? Deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish. These early feasters probably also ate pumpkins but no pumpkin pies. They wouldn’t have eaten mashed potatoes or cranberry relish, but they likely picked some fresh cranberries. SPACE DINNERS Many scientists disagree about the accuracy of this fact, but allegedly, after Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin returned to the Apollo 11 after their stroll on the moon, they shared a festive meal together: foil packets filled with roasted turkey. A MILLION-DOLLAR IDEA Approximately 50 years ago, Campbell’s came up with their famous green bean casserole, which is now a Thanksgiving

staple we all know and love. They printed the recipe, which called for their cream of mushroom soup, to perfect the taste. Now the company sells $20 million of this type of soup every year! EAGLE VS. TURKEY In January of 1794, Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to his daughter, Sarah, expressing his distaste for the eagle being selected as the country’s national symbol. He wrote that the eagle was “a bird of bad moral character” because it will often steal food from fishing hawks. Franklin called the turkey “a much more respectable bird” and “a true original native of America.” A DANGEROUS TRADITION Today, deep-fried food is almost as stereotypically American as apple pie. It’s no surprise, then, that the trend of deep-frying a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner has gained traction in the last decade. But this tradition can be a risky one. According to State Farm Insurance data, more cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year, and more than one-third start in a garage or patio. Each year, fire departments respond to more than 1,000 fires related to deep-fryers, which cause more than $15 million in property damage annually.

Be sure to check out our January edition for more fun facts to help you ring in the new year!


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