Marshall Orthodontics - August 2019

AUGUST 2019

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BACK TO SCHOOL WITH BRACES WHAT TO PACK IN A BRACES- FRIENDLY SCHOOL LUNCH

Summer is coming to a close, but that ending also heralds the beginning of a new school year. While we all know that back-to-school is the time for new clothes, freshly sharpened pencils, and double- checking bus schedules, if your son or daughter got braces over the summer, then it’s also time to consider something new: a strategy for packing a braces- friendly school lunch. When it comes to eating with braces, not all foods are created equal. So, whether you pack lunch for your kids or leave them in charge of filling their own brown bags, this is a good time to take another look at which snacks are orthodontist-approved and which are discouraged. The last thing you want is to get a call in the middle of

the school day informing you that your son or daughter has broken a bracket and needs to make an emergency appointment to have it repaired. The easiest guideline — though it’s not foolproof — is that a braces-friendly lunch is a healthy lunch. Sticky and crunchy foods should be avoided, which means desserts like caramels, candy bars, Starbursts, and Skittles are off the table, along with what we call “all of the Os”: crispy chips like Doritos, Cheetos, and Fritos. It’s also best to steer clear of anything that’s high in sugar, like snack cakes or chocolate. Popcorn and nuts are no-gos since they always seem to get stuck in the wiring of braces, and hard candies are a guaranteed way to break a bracket.

If that sounds like a lot of restrictions, never fear — there are plenty of tasty foods that are orthodontist-approved. Those include soft sandwiches, soup, pasta, mashed potatoes, apple sauce, bananas, grapes, and small, soft crackers like Goldfish. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are okay as long as you use creamy peanut butter, and dessert is still allowed if you stick to soft, low-sugar options like pudding cups and Jell-O. There are some areas when the “eat healthy” rule gets murky. For example, apples are discouraged as biting into one is a great way to break a bracket (try orange slices instead), and pizza is allowed as long as it has a soft crust. If you’re ever in doubt about what to pack or recommend to your kids as a safe snack, don’t hesitate to give Marshall Orthodontics a call. We’re always happy to help, and, if worst comes to worst and a bracket is broken, we’re here to fix that, too.

WILL YOU JOIN TEAM MICHELLE? In our June issue, I introduced you to Michelle Hyman, a beloved Summerville native who is fighting stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. While Michelle’s family would appreciate your prayers in this difficult time, they’re also collecting donations to offset the financial burden of her treatments, taking one source of stress off her plate. I am proud to give and would love for you to join me. That’s why for every $10 you donate, I’ll enter your name in a raffle for the chance to win one of two $250 Visa gift cards on Sept. 1. If you want to help Michelle, I simply ask that you write a check made out to “Dr. William Marshall,” and fill in the bottom line with “Team Michelle.” That is the easiest way for us to donate the money directly to her once we raise as much as we can. Together, I know we can make a difference.

– Dr. William Marshall

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GONE CAMPING 4 THINGS TO KEEP INMIND ON YOUR NEXT FAMILY CAMPING TRIP

While summer is winding down, families are looking to go on a few end-of-season adventures, camping trips included. Before you head out into the wilderness with your family, it’s important to be prepared. In fact, “be prepared” is the best piece of advice when it comes to braving the great outdoors. But what does being prepared entail? Here are four key tips. HAVE A FIRST-AID KIT NEARBY. A good rule of thumb is to keep one in your car at all times. You never know when you’ll need it. Kids may get a few bumps and scrapes while out hiking, or you might encounter poisonous plants, such as poison ivy or poison oak. Having quick access to cold water, soap, antiseptics (hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol), and calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream can keep infections at bay. TEACH FIRE SAFETY. When you build a fire, especially with kids, teach them about fire safety. This includes building the fire itself. Pick a spot away from brush and overhanging branches and create a pit surrounded by rocks. Before lighting a fire, have a bucket of water and

a shovel nearby so you can quickly extinguish it when ready. Finally, remember to only build a fire as big as you need. A larger fire can be difficult to manage and keep under control. KEEP AN EYE ON THE SKY. Weather can change at a moment’s notice, and sometimes, it doesn’t give notice at all. Keep a close eye on the sky and monitor the weather on a radio. If a storm appears, seek shelter immediately and stay out of low-lying areas. When you’re in mountainous or hilly terrain, a little rain is all it takes for flash floods to occur. If you’re in a ravine when it starts raining, get out immediately. ALWAYS STICK TOGETHER. It’s a good idea to hike with a buddy and keep a whistle around your neck or in your pack. You never know what you might encounter or when you’ll need help. Hiking with kids is also a great time to teach them to recognize landmarks and be aware of their surroundings. If you have a digital camera or smartphone, show kids how to create a trail of digital breadcrumbs or pictures to help them find their way back to camp.

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: AMBER A PERSONAL TOUCH WITH EVERY PATIENT

Amber has been with Marshall Orthodontics for over a year now, and we couldn’t ask for a more dedicated, caring, and friendly orthodontic assistant. She graduated from Greenville Technical College in 2017, so she’s pretty new to the field of orthodontics. Luckily, she’s a quick study. In fact, Amber holds the office record for the fastest digital scan of Dr. Marshall’s teeth! She set the record during a fun contest for our orthodontic assistants. We challenged them to up the speed of their scans using Dr. Marshall as a guinea pig. Clocking in at about 4 minutes and 30 seconds, Amber took the crown. Though she excels in orthodontics, Amber says growing up in Virginia she dreamed of being a marine biologist. She was fascinated by sea life documentaries like “Blue Planet,” and read every book about the ocean she could get her hands on. At Hillcrest High School, she took her first class in marine biology and went on to study

biology and chemistry in college. It wasn’t until her last year of general classes that her focus changed to the dental field. Amber credits her mom, who works in a dentist’s office, for inspiring her to make the switch. She spent enough time in her mom’s office growing up that it felt like a home away from home, and that comfort combined with the stability of the industry made it an attractive option for her. Working at Marshall Orthodontics also lets Amber stay close to home and spend time with her parents and brother. Of course, she still heads to the beach whenever she can and loves paddleboarding and kayaking. At the office, Amber’s favorite part of her job is working one-on-one with her patients. She sees more than a dozen people every day and says it’s an honor to watch their smiles transform over the course of a few years. The difference can be incredible, and she loves sharing in the pure joy of each final visit. Next time you come in, be sure to say hello!

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SIMPSONVILLE? LATE-SUMMER EVENTS TO CHECK OUT

If you’re tired of the South Carolina heat, you’re not alone. However, high temperatures are no reason to neglect the outdoor activities Simpsonville has to offer. Before fall sweeps in, grab your family and get outside for some late-summer fun. If you’re on the hunt for an event the kids will enjoy as much as you do, the Simpsonville Farmers Market should be at the top of your list. Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon during its season, the colorful market fills Simpsonville City Park with local vendors hawking fresh produce, artisan meats and cheeses, locally roasted coffee, health and beauty products, just-laid eggs, and much more. Since its founding in 2010, what was once a tiny neighborhood market has grown into a thriving local institution. Load up your reusable bags and head over to shop from vendors like Anytime Flowers, Brightside Beans, Chocolate Artworks, CLR Vegetables, Hyder Farms, Low Country Ladle, Steve’s Mushrooms, and Zula Mae Creations. Though the first day of school is rapidly approaching, there’s still time for your kids to squeeze in a few last-minute activities. Help them sharpen their tennis game by booking a Junior Tennis Clinic at Holly Tree Country Club (available for both members and non-members), or set them loose to learn primitive survival skills at the Trail Blazer Survival School. The season is winding down, but the CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park hasn’t stopped ringing with music. That said, Ted Nugent’s appearance on Saturday, Aug. 17, for his “The Music Made Me Do It Again” tour will be venue’s final concert before August wraps up. Nugent is known as the “guitar shredding showman” of rock ‘n’ roll and has sold more than 40 million albums to date. If you’re lucky enough to meet him after the show, don’t forget to ask about his other passions: bowhunting (he’s a member of the National Bowhunters Hall of Fame) and coffee (he sells his own blends).

ROASTED CORN SALSA

Inspired by Bon Appétit Magazine

INGREDIENTS

• 2 medium ears of corn, shucked • 1 jalapeño or Fresno chile, seeded and thinly sliced • 1/2 red onion, diced • 1 large tomato, cored, seeded, and finely chopped • 1/4 bunch cilantro leaves, sliced • Juice of 1 lime • Kosher salt, to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat a cast-iron skillet to high. Char corn, turning occasionally, for 10–14 minutes until kernels begin to blacken in spots. 2. Using a sharp knife, remove corn kernels from cobs and transfer to a large mixing bowl. 3. With a wooden spoon or potato masher, gently crush corn to release starch and juices. 4. Add jalapeño, onion, tomato, and cilantro. Mix to combine.

5. Top with lime juice and season with salt. 6. Serve alongside your favorite tortilla chips.

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THE ART OF STARGAZING

THE ART OF STARGAZING HELPING HUMANS SLOW DOWN AND LOOK UP

2. EXTRA SET OF EYES While novice stargazers often want to immediately throw their money at a new telescope, astronomy experts recommend starting with binoculars instead. You’ll need to identify several anchor planets or constellations to help you navigate the sky before using a telescope. 3. UTILIZE ASSETS Put your phone to good use by downloading apps like Stellarium, Starwalk, and Google Sky Map. Each of these apps offers a unique benefit for aspiring stargazers. For example, Starwalk lets you point your phone at the sky to see stars, constellations, and planets in real time based on your location. 4. MARK YOUR CALENDAR In 1972, beloved singer-songwriter John Denver wrote about a meteor shower he witnessed during a camping trip in Colorado. He describes the scene by singing, “I’ve seen it raining fire in the sky.” The “fire” he recounted was actually the Perseids meteor shower, the most recognized shower on Earth. This astrological wonder takes place every year from July 17 to Aug. 24. During this time, viewers should be able to see shooting stars associated with the Perseids, but the shower reaches its maximum rate of activity on Aug. 12–13 this year. Grab some friends and family, and head outdoors to put your newfound stargazing knowledge to work.

Modern humans are stuck in a routine of expected and constant industriousness. But with all this rushing, people often drag themselves home at night with no energy left to enjoy the most splendid show nature has to offer: the wondrous night sky.

Most people go through life looking straight ahead, but if they would stop and peer skyward, they’d bear witness to a massive, unexplored frontier made up of the moon in its all phases, burning stars sailing through the sky, constellations with epic origin stories, and meteor showers bright enough to warrant sunglasses. If you’re looking for a hobby to help you slow down and appreciate the world around you, stargazing is a great option. Here are some tips to get you started. 1. THE HIGHER, THE BETTER If you’re a city dweller, meander a little way out of town or try to find a tall building to keep the light pollution to a minimum.

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