Taylor Dental - August 2017

Taylored to You August 2017

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Hello to Kari, Our Office Manager Introductions All Around

I would like to introduce our new office manager, Kari. She comes to us with years of experience in the dental field. Kari says she is “excited to join the Taylor Dental teamand looks forward to serving the Pensacola community.” In the fewmonths that she has been with us, the practice has really benefited fromher experience and knowledge, and she’s proven to be the perfect person for the job. Kari’s enthusiasm for the practice is contagious, and she is seldom seen without a smile on her face. Kari has lived all over the country, including Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, and Maryland, but she is glad to be back in the Pensacola area. “I’ve always called

Pensacola home, and it’s great to be back where I’m surrounded by family and friends.”

bases can include everything from scheduling, going over patient treatment plans, follow-up, andmore— and Kari might be covering all of them in onemorning. We asked her how she unwinds when she’s away from the office. “I like to do anything outside, from yardwork to being on the water. We enjoy fishing, paddle boarding, or just hanging out at the beach together.” Time with family — including Kali, their 6-month-old chocolate lab— is rejuvenating and what Kari looks forward to themost. We hope you’ll say hello to Kari the next time you come in, and we look forward to that visit! Dr. Taylor

Kari has three children: two daughters, Makalya and Makenzie, ages 16 and 11 respectively; and one son, Eli, age 8. They’ve enjoyed spending quality time together this summer, but they are looking forward to going back to school. Kari says, “I encourage you to bring your kids in for their checkups prior to school, and don’t forget to schedule yourself also.” Kari loves being an officemanager and states her “main goals are to provide a great dental experience to our patients and strengthen an already exceptional team. I want tomake sure that each day flows smoothly, and that all our bases are covered.” Those

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Make the Grade! 3 Studying Hacks for Successful Students

Are your kids already sweating exams this semester? Fear not! Combine these tips with a regular studying routine, and they’ll be set for anything their teachers assign this year. Chew On This Not all classrooms allow gum, but those that do offer students a distinct advantage. According to Scientific American, chewing gum increases the flow of oxygen to the areas of your brain responsible for attention andmemory. Your student can even coordinate gum flavors with each of their classes. Do they have a biology test coming up? Encourage your student to chew peppermint gumwhile they study and while they take the test. Their brain will associate theminty flavor with those plant cell organelles they studied for an hour the night before. Remember tomake sure your gum is always sugar-free or better yet, sugar-free sweetened with Xylitol. If you are curious why you shouldmove to sugar-free gum, just ask Dr. Taylor on your next visit! Proofread With Google Is your child trying to perfect an essay before amidnight deadline? Be sure they leave time to read their essay aloud! TomStafford,

a psychologist who studies typos at the University of Sheffield, notes that when we re- read our work, “we don’t catch every detail; we’re not like computers or NSA databases.” Your student doesn’t catch their typos because they don’t expect them! By reading their work aloud, your student can fix those typos as they come up. But why put in all the effort when they can let Google do it for them? They can simply copy and paste the essay into Google Translate and let it read the essay aloud. Hearing their work ring out in Google’s monotone speech will help themhighlight and fix thosemistakes. Get Off Facebook Is your child wasting all of their precious studying hours on social media? According to Common Sense Media’s 2015 national census survey, tweens and teens spend an average of six to nine hours on some formof media daily. Help your student learn to self-regulate with StayFocusd, a web extension available for free in the Chrome Web Store. By adding this extension to your web browser, you can limit the amount of time your child spends scrolling through Facebook andmaximize the time they spend on Google Scholar and Quizlet.

Whiter Teeth May Do More ThanYou Think Whiter teeth can boost most areas of your life

When you meet someone who’s had their teeth whitened, you may wonder, “Why do people do it? Is it only because they want to enhance their looks?” Appearance definitely plays a role in the decision to get teeth whitening, but it’s not just about being attractive for dates. There’s a lot more to it than that, including some science that suggests a broad range of benefits in the lives of people with white teeth. A 2007 study found that your smile has a direct impact on your success in social and professional interactions. In the study, researchers simulated not only dates, but also job interviews. When it came to dating, nearly 2 out of 3 participants seemed more sociable and more confident after getting their teeth whitened. About 58 percent of participants were more likely to be hired after their teeth were whitened, and 53 percent were offered a higher starting salary. They also seemed more confident and professional, which shows that whitening teeth serves as a boost to self-esteem for many people.

A separate study involved rating individuals on various attributes, such as intelligence and success. Consistently, people with damaged or decaying teeth were seen as less well-adjusted, less clever, and less successful. People with whiter teeth gave off the impression of being more attractive socially and more successful in their professional lives. Remember, this has nothing to do with who these people actually are — it’s about perception. In the first seven seconds of meeting someone, we all form a very rapid first impression, and one of the most important ways we judge people is on their smile. While a smile doesn’t invalidate the importance of body language, social skills, and personality, a whiter smile will convey a lot and get the interaction started off on a better footing. Add that to every new first impression you make, and you may be surprised how much of a difference teeth whitening can represent in your personal and professional life.

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Make the most of these last few summer weeks and wrangle the kids for this fun, easy dessert! You can even save the leftovers in the freezer for those busy back-to-school nights. Recipe inspired by joythebaker.com.

Ingredients • 4 ounces dark

• 24 Ritz (or generic

• 1 pint of your favorite ice cream

chocolate pieces, melted

butter round) crackers


1. Melt chocolate pieces in a double boiler or in themicrowave. Stir until smooth and drippy. 2. Arrange crackers, bottom side up, on a cookie sheet. Use fork to drizzle melted chocolate over crackers, then place them in freezer to cool quickly. 3. Remove crackers from freezer and place small ice cream scoop in the center of 12 crackers. Press remaining crackers, chocolate side down, onto the ice cream scoop. 4. Freeze at least four hours before serving. Wrap individual sandwiches in plastic wrap to store in freezer for up to seven days —but they’ll never last that long.

Soda sales are down, and sparkling water sales are up. Health-minded individuals are turning away from sugar-filled sodas and juices, replacing themwith fizzy alternatives such as La Croix and Perrier. These beverages offer all the bubbles without the guilt, but are they any safer for our teeth? Sodas and juices are highly acidic. Combine that with sugar, and you have the ultimate recipe for tooth decay. Remove the sugars and acidic ingredients, such as citric acid, and you are leftwith a very different sort of drink. A 2016 study featured in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) took a close look at the erosive properties of beverages we consume every day and their impact on tooth enamel. The study found that sports drinks were the worst offenders, or “extremely erosive,” with sodas trailing close behind. Researchers also found that sparkling water was “minimally erosive” when it came to the impact on tooth enamel. Dr. Edmond Hewlett, a professor with the UCLA School of Dentistry and consumer advisor with the American Dental Association, says that, sugars aside, the acidity in sparkling water is significantly less than sodas, juices, and other similar drinks. The carbon dioxide bubbles in sparkling water (which become carbonic acid when consumed) are comparatively weaker than the acids found in other drinks. The bubbles are not a danger to tooth enamel. If regularly consumed over a long period of time, however, sparkling water may have an erosive effect. But for a vast majority of the population, this is a nonissue. The important takeaway from the JADA study is that sugar-free sparkling water is a healthier alternative to soda, juice, sports drinks, and other beverages high in sugars and acid content. That includes beverages marketed as diet (they may lack sugar, but they are still highly acidic). The next time you reach for a bubbly and refreshing sparkling water, you can know you aremaking a good choice for your body and teeth. A Drink to Dental Health The Truth About Sparkling Water

Train Your Brain!


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Inside This Issue

• Hello to Kari Greene, Our Office Manager page 1

• Make the Grade!

• It’s a Nice Day for Teeth Whitening page 2

• The Truth About Sparkling Water

• Ritz Cracker Ice Cream Sandwiches page 3

• Peace and KA-BOOM page 4

Peace and KA-BOOM

Pensacolamay be peaceful now, but in November of 1861, it was a different story. Union and Confederate troops chased each other all over the region, culminating in a two-day barrage between Fort Pickens and Forts Barrancas and McRee—a fusillade that ended with Confederate withdrawal from the area the next year. Both Fort Pickens and Fort McRee were built in the 1830s as part of an effort by the United States to strengthen the defenses around its major ports. Fort Barrancas had amuch older history, dating back to Spanish occupation (although it was destroyed several times before its involvement in the Civil War).

When the war broke out, the Union commander at Fort Barrancas abandoned it for themore-defensible Fort Pickens. He took what he could with himand sabotaged themunitions and gunpowder that he couldn’t bring to Fort Pickens. He did the same thing to Fort McRee, leaving his small force well-armed and dug in at Fort Pickens. The Confederate forces quickly occupied the now-abandoned Forts Barrancas and McRee, and tensions rose in the area until October 1861, when the Confederacy attempted to take Fort Pickens. The attempt failed, but hostilities remained. Then, on November 22 and 23, Confederate troops at Forts

Barrancas and McRee found themselves under heavy shelling from the Union forces at Fort Pickens as well as Union naval vessels. Although Union forces held onto Fort Pickens throughout the war, the Confederates made a strategic withdrawal from the Pensacola area in 1862 after losing NewOrleans to the Union. They burned Fort McRee, but left Barrancas intact. Today, you can easily visit all three forts — located just minutes fromdowntown Pensacola.

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