Elkins Dental March 2018



MAR 2018


his team for the first time. Baseball is my favorite sport and it’s fun to watch Russell follow in my footsteps. Of course, it’s also baseball season for the professional players. With spring training underway, I’m eager to see how my favorite team, the Oakland A’s, is shaping up this year.

and I think Evie got our performance gene. She’s a chip off the old block. She loves to sing and act — most days, you’ll find her singing or playing music from one musical or another. It was an exciting moment when she got the lead in her final high school show, “Anything Goes.” As much as theater is all about having fun, Evie also works hard to learn the songs and get into each new character. As her senior year comes to a close, Evie is preparing for the next step in her life. After performing songs for the director of the drama department at Weber State, Evie has been accepted! We’re all so excited for her. I know her drive, passion, and talent for theater will take her far. We’re sure going to miss Evie when she heads off to school, but in the meantime, we’re busy celebrating all these milestones, including watching her final high school performance. Beth and I are also looking forward to our time together in New York. The change of seasons means changes for all of us. Our other kids have been feeling a bit restless as we’ve anxiously awaited spring, a season when we get to play outside and be a little more active. Russell just started baseball, and I’ll be at his practices — I’m helping to coach

At the end of March, Beth and I are taking our eldest, Evie, and heading to the Big Apple. It’s part of Evie’s senior trip to New York. Beth and I decided that if we’re going to spend the money, we want to go, too!

Evie in “Copa Cabana.”

Evie staring in “Happens Every Summer.”

It’ll be a busy and fun-filled spring around our house. We’re grateful for new adventures and to see what lies ahead. In the meantime, you’ll probably find us outside throwing a ball or at the next local musical performance. To a happy spring for all of us,

This trip is a bit of a tribute to Evie’s No. 1 passion, theater. We’ll see two Broadway shows while we’re there — “Anastasia” and “Dear Evan Hansen”— and we have tickets to a dinner-theater performance. It should be a lot of fun. Of course, we’re excited to visit some of the big New York sites, but I know seeing live theater will be the highlight for us, especially for Evie. Theater has become a big part of our daughter’s life. Beth and I love to sing,

–Dr. Elkins

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FEELING FAINT, LIGHTHEADED, OR DIZZY Feeling like you’re going to faint or actually fainting are both warning signs of a heart attack or other cardiac issue. This is especially worrying if it happens while exercising. SUDDEN SWEATING Sudden sweating can easily be confused with night sweats or hot flashes. However, sweating that indicates a heart attack is particularly extreme, doesn’t go away, or can make it difficult to sleep. NAUSEA OR VOMITING Often, women who experience nausea or vomiting think they have food poisoning, gastrointestinal issues, or a bug. However, these are common heart attack symptoms and should be taken very seriously. UNUSUAL FATIGUE New, unexplained fatigue may be a warning sign of a heart attack. However, fatigue can also be a symptom of many other issues, including anemia, depression, thyroid conditions, and even cancer. So even if it’s not a heart attack, it’s still important check in with your doctor. Research suggests that women often don’t recognize heart attack symptoms simply because they don’t know what they are experiencing.The best thing a woman can do is make herself aware of heart attack symptoms and get checked out immediately if there is a concern.

When people think of heart attack symptoms, they often think of stabbing chest pain. However, that’s not always how symptoms manifest, particularly in women.The following are serious symptoms that can indicate a looming heart attack. If any of these symptoms are present, consider seeking medical attention. CHEST DISCOMFORT The most common symptom is chest discomfort, including pain, tightness, squeezing,

or pressure. In women, chest discomfort is more likely to feel like pressure or tightness. RADIATING PAIN Pain isn’t necessarily restricted to the center of the chest. It may be felt at the sides or even in the upper abdomen or back. It can also radiate into your shoulders, jaw, neck, or arms. Remember, anything above the waist could be related to the heart. SHORTNESS OF BREATH Sometimes your body will present symptoms well before an attack. For instance, you may experience shortness of breath during normal activities. If you notice this symptom, your doctor may run blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose tests and administer an EKG.

A Word From

Kalie and Caryn

When your gums and bones are healthy, and you have no signs of gum disease, a prophylaxis cleaning is usually the type we’ll perform. It’s focused on preventive care, so it’s all about keeping your smile healthy and clean. If we see any reason for concern, we’re able to address it early, before it becomes an issue. During your professional prophylaxis cleaning, we remove plaque before it can cause damage to your bones and gums. Your hygienist will focus on the area above the gums as they remove soft plaque deposits. We also remove calcium buildup — the grime you might sometimes feel behind your lower front teeth — to keep your gums happy. For the final step in prophylaxis cleaning, we’ll make sure your teeth are looking lovely and feeling smooth by giving them a polish. If you’re brushing and flossing regularly, your smile is probably already in great shape. We’re just here to help you maintain it. We’ll be back next month to give you more information on the second type of cleaning. If you have any questions about what we’ve covered in this article, don’t hesitate to ask. We’re happy to help!

Keeping your teeth clean is a huge part of what we do. We love getting to see you twice a year for your professional cleanings. When you can’t stop

smiling as you leave our office because your teeth have that smooth, clean feeling, we know

we’ve done our job right. Have you ever wondered why you have two professional cleanings a year? It’s a good question. Even when you take great care of your teeth, plaque that cannot be removed by your toothbrush builds up. Luckily, our special tools are here to save the day! They help us remove that hard- to-eliminate buildup. There are four different types of professional cleanings, and today, we’re going to take a look at the first kind, which focuses on removing buildup. It’s called a prophylaxis cleaning, and this is the kind most people have during their semi-annual reservation.

–Kalie and Caryn

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• 1 pound cooked bacon, chopped into small pieces • 4 scallions, finely chopped • Parsley, for garnish • Salt and pepper, to taste

• 3 pounds potatoes • 2 sticks butter • 1 1/4 cups hot milk • 1 head cabbage, cored and shredded

GOOD CHEER Beer lovers, rejoice! Idaho is the world’s largest hop producer, and more and more people are taking advantage of our agricultural bounty by opening breweries in the Treasure Valley. Share a few of these treasures with visiting family members and their only question will be “How did we not come here sooner?” 1. Steam potatoes for 30 minutes. Peel skins nd mash flesh thorou hly. 2. Chop 1 stick of butter into small cubes and add to warm potatoes. Once melted, slowly add milk, stirring constantly. 3. Boil cabbage in water. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to tenderize. 4. Add cabbage, bacon, and scallions to mashed potatoes, gently stirring to com ine. 5. Serve garnished with parsley and a pat of butter.

MOUNTAIN RANGES Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, we don’t have to go far to find mountaintop winter activities. If skiing or tubing is your idea of winter fun, Bogus Basin is just a short drive away, and heading to McCall makes a fun weekend getaway. ... AND RIVERS Not only are we surrounded by the Payette and Boise rivers, Idaho is also home to the deepest gorge in North America: Hells Canyon. Take that, Arizona! Instructions

Out-of-town relatives who are visiting for the holidays might wonder what makes Emmett so special. But we already know the Treasure Valley is full of gems — and we don’t just mean the rocks. Here are some additional reasons Emmett and The Gem State are great. WE’VE GOT SUNSHINE On average, we have 210 sunny days per year. Compare that to 144 rainy days in Portland and we can feel pretty happy about all our free vitamin D.

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GEM STATE WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE Treefort Music Fest Where: Multi-Venue Sites Boise, ID When: March 21–25, 2018 Emmett Community Easter Egg Hunt Where: City Park When: March 31, 2018


We are giving away an all-inclusive seven-night Mexican Riviera Cruise!


Contact our office and watch for more details!


Look at your March calendar, and you’ll see a special note on March 20: spring equinox. What is this date? And why did it matter to ancient civilizations? The word equinox comes from Latin — “equi” meaning equal and “nox” meaning night. It marks the day when the sun’s terminator (the divide between night and day) is perpendicular to the equator, giving equal amounts of day and night to each side of the earth. We have a spring and a fall equinox because of the Earth’s rotation and tilt. For ancient civilizations, time was marked by the sun’s activity, so the equinox was a big event. For us, it’s a sign that the days are starting to get longer and warmer! Celebrate by enjoying a hike in our beautiful foothills.The equinox is also a good marker of when we can begin to prepare our gardens.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 1. Spring Adventures for the Elkins Family 2. Heart Attack Symptoms in Women


3. A St. Patrick’s Day Side

4. Spring Clean Your Utility Room

What’s an Equinox?

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A Word From Kalie and Caryn

Elkin’s Dental wishes you a

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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accumulate in the ducts and spread throughout the home, which can lead to health issues, including respiratory problems. A routine inspection will identify potential problems in your HVAC system. On top of that, you can get these systems professionally cleaned and maintained.These are simple steps that will keep your home’s air systems running smoothly for years to come. Plus, you’ll be ready for the summer months ahead!

How Often Should You Replace Your Air Filter? • Homes with minimal foot traffic (single or double occupancy) and no pets or allergies: 6–12 months. Family homes (three or more occupants) with no pets or allergies: 3–6 months. Family homes with at least one pet or minor allergies: 2–3 months. Family homes with multiple pets or allergies: 1–2 months. In addition to changing the air filter, it’s important to schedule a routine inspection of your home’s HVAC system.This includes an inspection of the appliances themselves and any connecting ducts. Dust, dander, and mold can • • •

The start of spring brings everyone’s favorite seasonal chore — spring cleaning! As you dust, vacuum, organize, and declutter, don’t forget about the one room that often gets neglected.This year, give special attention to the utility closet. The utility closet houses your furnace, boiler, water heater, A/C junction, and other similar large appliances. Homeowners often forget about these appliances because they are out of sight and out of mind, and this can cost a lot in the long run. Like all the other rooms in your home, this space needs to be kept clean. Dust, for instance, can be hard on HVAC systems. Over time, it accumulates in the HVAC intake and clogs the air filter, reducing its effectiveness and efficiency. This results in a short lifespan for your system, higher power bills, and a poorly heated or cooled home.

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