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THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE
When I was a kid living in Minnesota, our family would drive over to the border of North Dakota to get the good stuff.
down. I always enjoy hearing
about barbecue from my patients. There are quite a few people who
I am, of course, talking about fireworks.
Minnesota has long been known for fireworks laws that are on the stricter side. In North Dakota, meanwhile, you could get your hands on big fireworks. We had family members who took fireworks seriously. I have some cousins who live in North Dakota who have a permit that allows them to buy the really big stuff. These are the kind of fireworks for which you need the big mortar tubes in order to launch them into the night sky. My cousins can even make their own fireworks, if they’re so inclined. It has made for some very entertaining Independence Days. My favorite uncle was also one of those people. He did a lot of creative things with fireworks. He liked to hunt with a bow and arrow, and around the Fourth of July, he would occasionally tie a cherry bomb to the end an arrow, light it, and fire away. I do have a lot of great memories of watching fireworks shows growing up. There was one time when we were driving back from a trip to northern Minnesota on the Fourth of July. In the distance, we could see all of these fireworks shows, one after the other. I saw a lot of fireworks that night. These days, my wife and I tend to stick to the indoors when it comes to the fireworks shows. There are a lot of great shows around Eau Claire, but it’s hard to beat the indoor temperature and humidity control.
love to barbecue year-round, whether it’s ribs or just burgers.
Over the years, I’ve gotten a lot of great tips for barbecuing. I’ve made it a personal goal to put some of those tips to the test this summer. I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do, but ribs do sound good right about now.
July also holds another special place in my heart: It’s the birthday month of both my wife and one of my daughters. Even better, their birthdays are on the same day. It makes it really handy for remembering the important date! To round out the month, I’ll be attending a few national meetings on topics such as sleep apnea and TMJ dysfunction. It will be an educational experience, and I may bring back some insights that will allow me to do even more to help my sleep apnea and TMJ patients. I always look forward to these kinds of educational opportunities. It’s a busy month for sure, but with all the good weather and the barbecue, there’s certainly not a lot to complain about! I hope you too have a great Fourth and a wonderful summer! –Dr. Anthony Butchert
The other great thing about the Fourth, and really, about summer in general, is the barbecue. While I’m not a big barbecue guy, I’d never turn it
6 Dog Mayors From Around the US WHEN POLITICS GOES TO THE DOGS
Most towns and cities around the country play it safe: They elect humans to hold political office. But a few towns decided to do something a little different. They threw political formality to the wind and elected dogs to office. Here are a few popular pups from around the country.
was part of an initiative put together by an organization called Animal Rescue Friends, or ARF. As part of the election, area residents could nominate their cat or dog for mayor. During the inaugural event, 14 dogs and two cats ran for mayor, with Max leading the pack. Max was elected to a second term in 2013, but soon passed away after a battle with cancer. Thankfully, his successor was quickly appointed: Maximus Mighty- Dog Mueller II. Brynneth Pawltro, Lucy Lou, Junior Cochran, and Goofy Borneman These four dogs all hail from Rabbit Hash, Kentucky. Back in 1998, the people of Rabbit Hash decided to elect a dog mayor. That year, Goofy Borneman, a mixed breed, became the first in what would become a continuing tradition. He held the office until 2001, when he passed away at age 16. In 2004, Junior Cochran, a black Labrador, took on the role of mayor, but his term was plagued by scandal after he spent too much time hanging around the town’s general store — and Health and Safety was called. Then, he too died in office in 2008. Later that year, Lucy Lou, a border collie, was elected into office and became the town’s first female mayor. The good news is she saw her term through to the end, but she didn’t run for a second term. Instead, pitbull Brynneth Pawltro, or Brynn as his friends call him, ran and won. Today, you’ll find Brynn roaming Rabbit Hash, staying carefully out of Health and Safety’s way.
Duke This Great Pyrenees became one of the most popular pups to hold elected office. He first ran for mayor in 2014 in Cormorant Township, Minnesota, and won by a
landslide. He’s been in the mayoral race every year since then — and he’s won every time! Today, Duke is still in office, where he never misses a photo-op or a pat on the head.
Maximus Mighty-Dog Mueller This golden retriever was first elected to office in 2012 in Idyllwild, California. His election
Why It’s so Important to Replace Your Toothbrush
When was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? If you can’t remember, it might be time for a new one. The average manual toothbrush needs to be replaced every 3–4 months, as suggested by the American Dental Association, but it may be even sooner than that depending on your habits and situation. People wearing braces, for instance, need to replace their toothbrush more frequently, as the brackets wear down the bristles faster. The best way to tell it’s time for a new toothbrush is by simply looking at it. If the bristles look worn, frayed, or discolored, it’s time for a new toothbrush. Another great way to keep yourself on top of things is to keep a toothbrush schedule. Make a note on a calendar when you start using a new toothbrush. Then make another note to remind yourself when three months have passed so you can pick up a new toothbrush. Why is it so important to replace your toothbrush this often? First, a worn toothbrush can’t do its job properly. Frayed and misshapen bristles have a tougher time getting into those hard-to-reach spots between teeth
and along the gumline. Over time, you will miss more plaque and food particles, which can lead to a greater risk of cavities and tooth decay.
Second, the germs. Bacteria love to congregate on your toothbrush. When it becomes worn and the bristles fray, there is more surface area for bacteria to live on. But there are easy ways to minimize bacteria and get the most out of your toothbrush:
• Rinse Always thoroughly rinse off your toothbrush after every use. Be sure to wash off all excess foam and other particles.
• Dry Store the toothbrush where it can air dry, such as in a
toothbrush holder or tumbler, with the bristle end up. Avoid putting it in a drawer, cabinet, or closed container where it will remain wet for longer.
• Replace Stick to your replacement schedule and enjoy the feeling of a soft, new toothbrush as it helps keep your teeth clean and fresh!
metal that could expand the arch of a patient’s mouth. If this sounds painful, that’s because historians believe the bandeau was actually a torture device. Fortunately, Christophe-François Delabarre came along in 1819 to invent the wire crib, which signaled the beginning of modern orthodontics. Braces would change rapidly over the next hundred years as dentists learned more about teeth. For a long time, most braces were made of gold, platinum, silver, or gum rubber, though some orthodontists relied on ivory, brass, and even wood. Stainless steel wouldn’t become the norm until the 1950s. Then, in the 1970s, with the introduction of dental adhesives, orthodontists no longer needed to wrap wires around each individual tooth, and braces as we know them came to be. DOMUMMIES WEAR BRACES? A Brief History of Orthodontics
Braces are a part of many people’s lives. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t wear braces in high school, and it’s likely you have a friend or sibling who spent a few years with metal strapped to their teeth. People have been striving for a perfect smile for a long time. In fact, archaeologists have found evidence that many ancient civilizations used some form of braces. Several ancient Egyptian mummies have been discovered with bands of catgut wrapped around their teeth, and across the Mediterranean, the Etruscans often buried their dead with gold bands around their pearly whites. These braces were part of burial rituals, meant to keep a person’s teeth in place after they died. Though philosophers of the time, including Hippocrates and Aristotle, would write about methods for straightening teeth while patients were still alive, braces wouldn’t really get their start until after the Dark Ages.
Today, traditional metal braces have been joined by ceramic braces, lingual braces, and plastic aligners like Invisalign. Patients have plenty of options in their search for the perfect smile!
In 1728, French dentist Pierre Fauchard published “The Surgeon Dentist.” One of the treatments was the bandeau, a horseshoe-shaped piece of
HAVE A LAUGH!
This simple, delicious salad is the perfect summer refresher. In under 30 minutes, you’ll have a dish that will inspire rave reviews at your next summer cookout.
8 cups seedless watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup mint leaves, torn
Salt to taste
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
DIRECTIONS 1. In a large mixing or salad bowl, toss watermelon with lime juice and cayenne pepper.
2. Gently fold in mint leaves. 3. Sprinkle with salt and serve.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
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The Rockets’ Red Glare
6 Dog Mayors From Around the US
How Often Should You Really Replace Your Toothbrush?
Who Wore the First Braces?
3 Great Things to Do This July
It’s Fair Season in Eau Claire
Northern Wisconsin State Fair, July 11–15 Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds 225 Edward Street Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
and plenty of homemade pies. Free admission and free parking. For more, see EauClaireCountyFair.com. Chalkfest 2018, July 28 Lower Campus, UWEC Garfield Avenue Eau Claire, WI 54703
It’s that time of year once again: fair time! The Northern Wisconsin State Fair is four days of food, rides, exhibits, livestock, and music. This year’s musical lineup includes Frankie Ballard (Wednesday, July 11 at 8 p.m.), Chris Lane (Thursday, July 12 at 8 p.m.), Martina McBride (Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m.), and Cheap Trick (Saturday, July 14 at 8 p.m.). It’s the perfect way to celebrate summer with the family. For more information, be sure to check the fairground’s website at Nwsfa.com. Eau Claire County Fair, July 25–29 Eau Claire County Expo Center
There’s something about chalk that inspires the imagination. As kids, we all love to write and draw in chalk, both in the classroom and on the sidewalk. At UWEC, artists are taking chalk to the extreme for Chalkfest! Explore the campus as local artists showcase their work right on the sidewalk. You’ll be amazed at the stunning works of art that come to life right before your eyes. You can learn about Chalkfest at VolumeOne.org/ sites/chalkfest.
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If the Northern Wisconsin State Fair wasn’t enough — or you missed it — you’re in luck! Close out July with the Eau Claire State Fair. It’s a low-key affair compared to the Northern Wisconsin State Fair, with more of an emphasis on crafting, 4-H exhibits, and smaller games. The county fair also features a collector car show
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