Nathanson Dental - February/March 2018

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Spice in Your Life? Spices and herbs add much more than flavor and aroma to your favorite beverages and treats. They also offer many health benefits. When properly utilized, these spice rack staples can ease a variety of symptoms. Ready to find your new holistic health kick? Read on. NUTMEG your diet by taking it as a supplement in capsule form or simply sprinkling it into your next chai tea. Your achy joints will thank you. GINGER This root is an essential natural anti- PEPPERMINT You can use peppermint as an essential oil, steep the leaves for tea, or take a supplement capsule. Each form comes with its own benefits.

As an essential oil, peppermint is great for treating colds. It’s a mild decongestant, and it helps with coughs and stuffed-up noses. It also soothes sore throats and headaches. Rub one or two drops under your nose, on your temples, or over your sinuses and feel the relief wash over you. Even further, a study published by The BMJ found that when administered as a capsule, peppermint helped reduce the symptoms of IBS in a majority of patients.

inflammatory. It can help ease an upset stomach and finally tame your nausea. You can safely eat it raw, candied, as a supplement, in tea, or in baked goods. Ginger is most effective when it’s ingested raw or in capsule form. If you have morning sickness, raw ginger might do the trick. Just ask the people of ancient China. Like many spices, ginger’s use as a supplement goes back centuries. Southeast Asian countries used it to ease their own common ailments. Call it tried and true.

This spice, known for its earthy, nutty flavor, has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Want to calm nagging pain? This spice has been used to treat joint pain and arthritis. It can even be used to remedy bad breath. Nutmeg is most potent when it’s freshly grated, so it’s recommended you purchase whole nutmeg seed, found in most specialty food stores. You can incorporate nutmeg into

Meet Cerissa,

Our Fantastic Marketing Director!

At Nathanson Dental, we strive to build a space free of the anxiety, fear, and pain that is so often associated with a trip to the dentist. Of course, we couldn’t possibly complete this mission without reaching out to our wonderful patients, both those who have been with us since the beginning and those who may be making their first visit to the dentist in years. That’s where our talented marketing director, Cerissa McKinley, comes in. She works hard to ensure that new people are hearing about us all the time. She organizes and promotes the many exciting offers, events, and community initiatives that happen every month around the office. Working as a hairstylist for 12 years, Cerissa got her start in marketing by running numerous campaigns and event-planning initiatives for her old salon. When her son, Colton, was born,

she decided she wanted a career that gave her more time to spend with her family, and she began to look around for new opportunities. She interviewed at Nathanson Dental and decided right then and there that this was the perfect place to work. “I just loved it here. The atmosphere, the goals of the practice … I probably decided it was my job before they actually offered it to me!” Luckily, the feeling was mutual, and she joined the team almost exactly one year ago. Since then, she’s become a vital part of the practice, applying her out-of-the-box thinking and enthusiasm to all kinds of different projects. The best part? “I get to be creative,” she says. “I’m an organized person, but I welcome the organized chaos that comes with the marketing process.”

their new house. When she gets a free moment, Cerissa still enjoys styling hair for a few clients she’s kept. This month, with our big Invisalign promotion in full swing, Cerissa herself will be undergoing the Invisalign treatment, documenting each step and update that happens along the way. “I’m excited!” she says. We are too! In the meantime, we’re just thrilled to have Cerissa on the team, and look forward to whatever new project she comes up with next.

Outside of the office, Cerissa’s been busy with her soon to be 2-year-old son, her fiancé, and

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