Nagy Family Dental- January 2020

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The Monthly Newsletter From N gy Family Dental Group

January 2020

A Look Back at 2019

… And a Look at What’s Ahead in 2020!

From our administrative team to our dentists, education has been paramount in giving us the skills and knowledge we need to serve our patients at the level of quality they’ve come to expect. Continuing education and training help us serve our patients better and allow us to provide up-to-date services and treatments. In addition to attending several trainings this year, we also added state-of-the-art equipment that will allow us to provide you with services that utilize the best in dental technology.

There’s no time like the new year to make you think about what the last 365 days were all about. For our team, the year brought opportunities to learn, grow, and better ourselves. It brought us back to some of the core reasons we’re here — caring for and giving back to our community.

Now that it’s 2020, we are focusing on the present and planning for the great things this year has in store. In the coming year, there are several things we’re excited for.

Here’s a look at a few of the year’s highlights.



• Expanding our office

Continuing to invest our time and energy in our community

Focusing on the breathing wellness side of our practice

• Growing our practice with skilled professionals

Growing our efforts with Salt and Light

Becoming a certified Diplomat for the American Sleep and Breathing Academy

Looking for even more opportunities to give back

Laying further foundation for Salt and Light, our free dental care initiative

Community is a cornerstone of our practice. In 2020, we plan to focus our continued efforts on Salt and Light, our free dental care initiative. We will continue with programs like our annual candy buyback and add new programs to serve our community.

Adding a state-of-the-art cone beam volumetric tomography X-ray unit, digital oral scanner, and laser

We are also excited to expand our office in the coming year. These needed updates will enhance what we have and offer our patients an even better experience and ease of access.

Hosting our 11th (!) annual Halloween candy buyback

Of the things we’re bringing with us into 2020, we’re grateful that our patients are part of our past, present, and future. Thank you for being part of Nagy Family Dental Group. It’s our joy to serve you, and we can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store.

2019 was about giving back and planting the seeds for programs that are dear to our hearts, like Salt and Light. It’s only because of the support and encouragement of our community, of people like you, that we are able to do this important work that will benefit everyone who lives here.

Happy New Year!

-Dr. Nagy


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Help Your Kids Achieve More This Year

With every new year comes an opportunity to reinvent ourselves or start down a new path toward self-improvement. Making resolutions is a big part of many families’ New Year’s traditions, and parents often have a desire for their kids to take part in that tradition when they’re old enough. Following through on resolutions is tough, especially for young children, but with your help, they can achieve their goals. including following through on New Year’s resolutions. So, ask yourself if you follow through on your own resolutions. When you proclaim that you will read more books or finally get a gym membership, do you actually try to do it? Your kids will assign as much importance to New Year’s resolutions as you do, so by sticking to your own commitments, you can help them stay on track too. KEEP THINGS SIMPLE AND ACHIEVABLE. When your kids are forming their resolutions, their first attempts will probably be very broad. Statements like “I want to be more kind” or “I will try to help more around the house” incorporate good values but don’t include any actionable steps. Help your kids think of tangible ways to act on those goals. For example, if they want to be tidier, a good resolution might be for them to clean their room once a week or take responsibility for one household chore every day. DON’T DO ALL THE WORK FOR THEM. While it’s important for you to help your kids formulate their goals, be sure that you aren’t taking over. If they’re ultimately responsible for their resolutions, they’ll feel more compelled to keep them. Instead, suggest different goal areas they could improve, such as home, school, or sports, and let them elaborate. When it comes to creating habits, nobody is perfect, so even if your kids falter on their goals in the middle of February, don’t worry. The important thing is that you continue to encourage them every step of the way. With Simple and Actionable Goals PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH. You are your children’s role model for almost everything,

Shelley’s New Year’s Resolution Living Our Commitment to Giving Back As Dr. Nagy described on the cover, community is a cornerstone of what we do at Nagy Family Dental Group. It feels fitting, then, to highlight a team member of ours this month who exemplifies our commitment to giving back to our community: Shelley. She is our amazing financial coordinator who keeps everything running smoothly for our patients with insurance and treatment planning, among many other tasks. When it comes to giving back in our community, Shelley is passionate about suicide prevention and volunteers her time serving as a mentor and advocate for youth through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It’s a cause that touches close to home. Shelley lost her son to suicide, and true to her nature, she’s taken the heartbreaking experience and turned it into an opportunity to help others. Going into the new year, Shelley is ready to take her role in suicide prevention to the next level. Having obtained a license for a nonprofit, she plans to open an activity center in the community that will serve as a positive, safe space for teens. “My hope in 2020 is to have an activity center up and running that will provide activities and counseling to teens. That’s my hope and dream for the year,” Shelley says. “I want to at least have our building settled on. It’ll be right here in the community, within a few blocks.” Shelley credits Dr. Nagy with constantly inspiring her to give back. In addition to his community projects, Shelley is grateful to attend leadership trainings each year that allow her to bring new skills to her role. “What he invests in us professionally and personally is incredible. I’m honored to be part of this practice. Not only is he a phenomenal dentist, but he’s also such a good guy,” Shelley says.


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The Legend of the Tooth Worm One of Dentistry’s Strangest Myths Toothaches are uncomfortable enough without getting slimy critters involved. However, for the majority of human history, “tooth worms” were believed to be the actual source of toothaches and other oral health issues. Where did this belief come from, why was it so pervasive across cultures, and how did the precursors to modern dentists treat the problem? The answers might surprise you. UNEARTHING THE WORM The first mention of a worm that fed on human teeth can be found in an ancient Babylonian cuneiform inscription. The tale depicts a conversation between a worm and Mesopotamian gods, in which the worm declares, “The blood of the tooth I will suck, and of the gum I will gnaw its roots!” While it is unclear if this inscription was the genesis of the myth, Babylon certainly wasn’t the only place it appeared.

WORMING THROUGH HISTORY This hungry little worm appears again in Mayan legends, Sinhalese folk charms, and even 18th-century books on dentistry. How did so many cultures from around the world believe in the same pernicious little creature? One theory suggests premodern dentists removing dental crowns mistook the underlying nerve for the worm. However, more recent research from the University of Maryland Dental School has revealed “wormlike” structures inside molars that could have inspired the myth. TURNING TO MAGIC AND RITUAL Before modern medical science, people turned to the supernatural to cure their dental issues. After all, the tooth worm was thought to be a semimagical being, so why not fight magic with magic? Some of the less graphic premodern treatments included trying to smoke the worm out by using honey to lure the worm out of the tooth or banishing the evil creature through ceremonial chants.

Today, we know tooth worms don’t exist, and our dentists won’t cast any magic spells on you (we promise). However, every story has a nugget of truth: While much smaller than worms, bacteria do feed on

our tooth enamel. That’s why regular cleanings twice a year are important to keep your smile happy and healthy!

Hoppin’ John Ingredients

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone; the new is here!”

Inspired by Epicurious

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1 smoked ham hock 1 medium onion, diced 1 cup long-grain white rice

1 cup dried black-eyed peas 5–6 cups water 1 dried hot pepper, optional (arbol and Calabrian are great options)

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2 Corinthians 5:17


1. Wash and sort peas. 2. In a saucepan, cover peas with water, discarding any that float. 3. Add pepper, ham hock, and onion. Gently boil and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until peas are just tender, about 90 minutes. At this point, you should have about 2 cups of liquid remaining. 4. Add rice, cover, drop heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes, undisturbed. 5. Remove from heat and let steam for an additional 10 minutes, still covered. 6. Remove lid, fluff with a fork, and serve.



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Enter 2020 With an Organized Computer The Mythical Tooth-Eating Worm Team Member Spotlight Hoppin’ John



Ctrl, Alt, Delete Your Clutter Tips for National Clean Up Your Computer Month

Everyone relies on technology. Computers, laptops, tablets, and phones are staples of modern life. However, it’s easy for these devices to become cluttered with old photos, files, and general disorganization. Luckily, January is National Clean Up Your Computer Month and an excellent time to get your technology in order.

ORGANIZE YOUR FILES Naming and arranging the files on your computer in such a way that they’re easy for you to find can end up saving you a lot of time. Declutter your workspace by creating one file for pictures, one for Word documents, one for spreadsheets, and one for programs to eliminate the hassle of frantically searching for the files you need. BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER Be sure to back up your computer before you start deleting things. This acts as a safety net in case you delete something you didn’t mean to. Additionally, consider installing a second hard drive. The extra space can help with storing important files without having to worry about how much room is left. CLEAN UP SPACE Any files you’ll never use again should be deleted. Likewise, any programs you haven’t used in a while should be uninstalled. Check your hard drive for files that might be taking up unintended space on your computer. And remember to empty the recycling bin — it’s easy to forget just how much goes in there.

START BY DUSTING Over time, computer towers can become clogged with dust, which creates additional, unwanted heat within your computer. Regular cleanings will increase the lifespan of your computer and protect its essential components. Compressed air is great for removing most of the dust and other particulates. If the fans or filters are too dirty, you can remove them from the tower to clean them better. If you use water or liquid cleaning products on them, be sure they are completely dry before placing them back into your computer.


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