Your Smile News
From Roach Family Dentistry & Associates
Along with the sunny weather of summer comes the heat. What have you been doing to stay cool? I hope some trips to the pool or beach are in your future! For my family, the last couple months have been quite adventurous thanks to some international trips. My daughter Mary Kate is currently in China where she’s studying abroad for the summer. While there, she’s interning with a financial company and honing her business and accounting skills to complement what she’s been studying in school. She’s also learning Chinese. One of her goals is to be fluent by the time she graduates. While Mary Kate is so far from home, we’ve still been fortunate to text her and speak with her over the phone. It was a pleasant surprise to find out we would still get to stay in touch and talk with her over the summer. Earlier this year, my wife, Linda, and my son, David, went to Honduras on a mission trip. This is something they do every year. I’ve gone with them a few times and have gotten to see the incredible connection they have to this place and the people who live there. Linda and David volunteer at a bilingual school, which also serves Plus, a New Treatment Option! as a home for girls ages 2–18. Many of these kids are from broken homes and adverse circumstances. Since they’ve been returning year after year, Linda and David often get to see the same students on their trips. They’ve bonded with many of them and built relationships that endure beyond their visits. It makes it a very rewarding experience. Now that he’s back, David is busy at his first summer job at Chick-fil-A. I’m glad he’s getting that experience. It’s almost like a rite of passage; isn’t it? He’s already received his first paycheck, and I know he’s excited to spend it. As for me, I’m enjoying working, learning, and, when I can, relaxing at home. Recently, Dr. Gropper and I attended a training and SUMMER ADVENTURES
Dr. Roach’s son, David, in Honduras
became certified to provide Botox treatments to patients. It’s been great to add this to our skill set. We can now do Botox treatments right in our office! The organic material from which Botox is derived has been used in medicine for over 100 years. In addition to helping soften and reduce wrinkles around the forehead and eyes, Botox has been shown to help treat some of the painful effects of temporomandibular disorder (TMD), including headaches. The clenching and grinding of the jaw muscles that’s associated with TMD can lead to jaw pain, soreness, and headaches, to name a few of the challenges TMD sufferers experience. Applied in very specific injections, Botox weakens the strength and activity of those overexerted muscles and, by doing that, reduces the activity of the muscles. That allows the overused area to rest and heal. For people experiencing jaw pain and headaches, Botox may be able to provide you relief. We’ve gotten good feedback from patients so far and are excited to offer this treatment to you. Let me or Dr. Gropper know if you have any questions. I’m happy to talk to you more about it, and you can read more about the benefits of Botox inside the newsletter.
Linda Roach in Honduras
I hope you have a wonderful rest of your summer! Stay cool out there!
Until next time,
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