Beaumont Family Dentistry October 2019

OUR MASSAGE THERAPY TEAM PROVIDING COMFORT AND RELAXATION Our team at Beaumont Family Dentistry understands that not everyone is excited to go to the dentist. Many patients feel anxious or fearful about coming in for dental services. So, we take several comfort measures to soothe the dental anxiety we come across every day, whether that’s offering patients a stress ball, a blanket to help them feel secure, or massage therapy. Joy Davis is one of our massage therapists who offer patients hand, lower arm, and restorative massages chairside while they’re getting work done. Joy has been with our office for the past 15 years and her efforts to provide comfort and relaxation have helped hundreds of our patients through their dental visits. Offering this service is an essential aspect of our office and our team. Patients who have dental anxiety might typically need to use medication or nitrous oxide to make it through an appointment, but Joy provides another option. Joy says, “There was a patient who came here years ago who couldn’t get her teeth cleaned without being on medication and nitrous oxide. Now, years later, all she needs is for me to come in and give her a hand massage, and she’s fine.” Giving patients a sense of ease is a significant part of what our massage therapists do. “We’re the first line of defense for anxiety and stress,” Joy says. “Our goal is to make sure every one of our patients is comfortable and relaxed. Sometimes someone just needs a hand to hold, and we’re always happy to help in any way we can. And while patients who have anxiety have first dibs on us, any patient who comes in for an appointment can request a hand massage.”

The leaves are turning, the weather is changing, and the holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to bring out the fall decor! To make this season especially memorable for your family, create your own decorations with these fun ideas below. PINE CONE PAINTING Go on a family walk through the park to pick up a few fallen pine cones or take a quick trip to the store to buy a bag. Once everyone has their own hand-picked pine cone, grab a paintbrush and a few colors and have at it! For extra flair, add some fixings like glitter, beads, sequins, string, and more. LEAF PAINTING Take a trip outside with the kids to pick out some large, unbroken leaves, then head back inside and get creative! You can pull out the construction paper and paint trees, using handprints and “arm prints” as the trunks and branches. Paint the leaves you found to spruce up your trees or use them as decorations on their own. You can also use them for leaf printing or leaf pressing. FUN FINGER FOOD When you’ve got multiple friends and family members coming over and you need snacks, edible decorations are the way to go. You can get a little creative and make elaborate treats, or you can opt for delicious and easy- to-make finger foods with your kids. A good starting treat for your family is a batch of pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats. Add orange food coloring to the mix and get your kids to shape the treats like pumpkins before using a few pretzel sticks to make sturdy stems. THANKSGIVING CRAFTS Thanksgiving is only a month away, and your possibilities for holiday- themed crafts are endless with just a few supplies like paper, scissors, markers, and string. You can make turkey placemats, tissue paper trees, pumpkin garlands, paper pumpkins, or leaf mobiles to hang from the ceiling. Compile a list of ideas and have your kids pick out which craft they want to do first, then get to work together to create as many decorations as you want to display for Turkey Day. DECORATE YOUR HOUSE WITH YOUR OWN CREATIONS! FALL FAMILY FUN

With these engaging craft ideas, the whole family will be eager to make their own decorations and show them off for months to come!


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