Sabal General Dentistry Harlingen March 2019

March 2019

321 S. 13th St., Ste. 101, Harlingen, TX 78550 | | (956) 428-5300 Sand, Surf, and SeaWorld Spring Break Memories

Spring is a time for change, and we’ve certainly been going through a lot of change at the office. For patients who might not know yet, I am sad to report that Dr. Gorena has left the practice. She and her fiancé, Dr. Morales, are getting married this month and will be starting a new life in South Dakota. Though we’re sad to lose her, we sent her off in style and threw a bridal shower here at her office. We’re happy for this new chapter in her life, and we can’t wait to hear all about her adventures.

“My husband and I try to make spring break special for our kids …”

day. I had so much fun swimming and learning how to boogie board.

Even as a kid, I knew Hawaii was special. Everyone was always so nice and welcoming,

In addition to bringing change, spring also brings the opportunity to relax and have fun during spring break. My oldest step-daughter will be out of school, so our family tries to plan something fun during her break. This usually involves spending the weekend in San Antonio to visit friends and family. It’s great to catch up with loved ones we don’t get to see very often. While in San Antonio, we also hit up some great sights. We’ll usually go to SeaWorld, because it’s fun and I love how the experience helps get the girls interested in science and animals. That’s something I really want to encourage. Last year, we went to a water park, which was really fun. Even though it’s only March, it gets so hot here in Texas! Racing down a waterslide or splashing around in the wave pool is a great way to beat the heat. My husband and I try to make spring break special for our kids because we know how important these memories are. The best spring break trips from my childhood were when my parents took our family to Hawaii. As a kid, it felt like the flight across the ocean lasted forever, but I had no complaints when we finally landed. There’s nothing like that first breath of fresh, tropical air after stepping off the plane. During our trip, we went to the beach almost every

and there’s a reason everyone comes home feeling so relaxed. You can’t find that atmosphere anywhere else. I loved visiting Hawaii so much that I decided to go to undergrad on the islands! Going to college in Hawaii is as awesome as you’d imagine. Everyone is so laid back; even the professors come to class wearing shorts and flip-flops! I didn’t spend every day at the beach like I thought I would, but I still had fun and learned a lot. I haven’t had the chance to go back to Hawaii since graduating, but I would love to take my family there one day. I’d love for my girls to create their own fun spring break memories on the islands. We’re waiting on my youngest to get a little older. Flights can be rough with toddlers, and I want her to remember the experience. Who knows? Maybe she’ll decide to attend the University of Hawaii too! Spring is a great opportunity to relax with your loved ones and have fun before we buckle down for the last stretch until summer. Whatever your plans are for spring break, I hope you have a great time! – Dr. Diana Cabrera Sabal Dental - Harlingen Office • (956) 428-5300 • 1

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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

Our Patients Say It Best ...............................

Our experience with Sabal Office in Harlingen is always a great one. The staff are all nice, and visits are fast. The dentist and her assistant were so good with my daughter during her first cavity filling. They were so patient and talked her through the whole process, putting her at

I have been here several times with other clients, and I have witnessed firsthand the way you treat your clients. That is the reason I decided to come and try for myself. Hilda is a great person, very friendly, and makes me feel comfortable. Thank you for a nice experience. –Emeterio R.

ease. I was very impressed. I highly recommend this office to anyone needing a dentist

who cares and provides great customer service. –Angelita G.

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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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Big Plans for Spring Break? Page 1 Make the Most of the Academy Awards Page 2 Our Patients 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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