Taylor Dental November 2018

Taylored to You

November 2018

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What We’re Thinking About This Time of Year

Make the Most of Your Benefits

How is autumn treating you? Can you believe we’re just a month away from Thanksgiving? It’s clear from the name alone that this holiday is about giving thanks. When Giving Tuesday began, it provided us with an official occasion to put our thankfulness into action and donate resources to important causes. There are many different ways to express gratitude. For some, it’s making a note of daily blessings — a good breakfast, that warm cup of coffee, or a walk with a good friend. For others, it’s telling someone thank you in person or sending a thank-you note in the mail. Some people prefer mindfulness techniques like meditation or exercise that remind them to be grateful for their bodies. No matter the method of expressing gratitude, it feels good to acknowledge how much there is to be thankful for. This time of year is a good reminder to spend a little extra time thinking about gratitude. In that spirit, I’d like to say thank you! Thank you for being part of our practice. We feel grateful for you and all of our patients for allowing us to care for your dental health. It means a lot to serve the people in our community and bring about more smiles. Your support also makes it possible for us to contribute through events like Dentistry From The Heart. Passing on our gratitude by giving back is one of our favorite things to do.

miss an appointment. If you’ve missed an appointment with our practice recently, now is the time to get a new one scheduled.

With the end of the year approaching, we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your dental benefits. If you’ve been holding off on scheduling a cleaning or one of your teeth has been bothering you, don’t wait any longer! It’s getting close to the end of the year, which means that any unused benefits for a cleaning, crown, filling, or other service will go away in 2019. Our appointments tend to fill up quickly toward the end of the year, so call and schedule yours soon. We’d hate for you to miss out on dental services that are covered! If you have unused dental benefits, give us a call today. We will be closed for a few days over the holiday so our teammembers can enjoy the time with their families. Our office will be closed from Nov. 21–25 for the Thanksgiving holiday, and we will reopen at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26. We look forward to seeing you then! In the meantime, give us a call to make your next appointment. Don’t let your benefits go to waste!

Happy Thanksgiving!

–Dr. Taylor

When it comes to oral health, daily care and regular appointments are key to maintaining your beautiful smile. Because we’re all human, we all occasionally

November Holiday Office Hours: Closed Nov. 21-25. Reopens at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26. December Holiday Office Hours: Closed Dec. 24 to Jan 2. Reopens at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday Jan. 3.

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Fun for the Whole Family!

Throughout November, everyone is eagerly looking forward to Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, but you shouldn’t let the rest of the month slip past you! Enjoy these other fall activities with the whole family. HOMEMADE CARAMEL APPLES Homemade treats are no doubt far better than their store-bought counterparts. Try your hand at making your own caramel apples for the whole family to enjoy. You can also add a number of toppings to liven things up, such as nuts, white or milk chocolate, coconut, sprinkles, or pecans. BACKYARD BONFIRE During these cold months, you may be tempted to stay indoors, but heading outside for a bonfire is a great way to spend time with your family while enjoying the brisk weather. If you have a fire pit in your backyard, now is the perfect time

to take advantage of it by bundling up with some hot chocolate and s’mores.

AUTUMN ARRANGEMENTS It’s time to get crafty! Creating your own fall arrangements will ensure that your home has the seasonal decorations you want. Making beautiful fall flower arrangements for your kitchen table or wreaths for your front door to greet guests will create the desired autumn vibe you’ve been searching for. MOVIE NIGHT Gather your loved ones in the living room with popcorn, blankets, and a great film. Make the most of your autumn evenings by cozying up and spending quality time with each other while watching some family holiday favorites, like “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” or the Thanksgiving comedy-drama “Pieces of April.”

Sweet Treats That Get a Dentist’s Seal of Approval

Smile-Friendly Snacks

You already know that you need to limit your sugar intake, but when it comes to choosing a dessert or snack that satisfies a sweet tooth, not all treats are created equal. What makes a banana healthier than a Twinkie? Bananas and other fruits contain nutrients that our bodies need, like fiber and vitamins, while a Twinkie … doesn’t provide anything but junk. Here are a few snacks and desserts that can satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your nutritional goals. FRUIT SMOOTHIE Blend your favorite berries, a frozen banana, mango, plain yogurt, and coconut water. Add unsweetened shredded coconut and chia seeds on top for texture and fun. Your body will thank you! BANANA CREAM Peel, slice, and freeze five bananas. Once frozen, put the bananas in a food processor and add milk or a milk alternative, plus a pinch of salt, to the container. Purée until the mixture is smooth, and add more liquid as needed. You can make different combinations of this dessert by adding ingredients like cocoa powder, cinnamon, and peanut butter. Get creative, and enjoy!

COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM WITH BERRIES Did you know that coconut milk can be used to make whipped cream? It’s true! Start with one can of chilled, full-fat coconut milk. Let it chill for six hours. That way, it will be easier to separate the coconut cream from the coconut milk. Open the can and scoop the top creamy layer into a mason jar. Add one tablespoon of maple syrup and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Put the lid on the jar and shake for about three minutes, or until the cream has thickened and is fluffy. Serve over berries.

Enjoy these treats next time you need a sweet fix. And remember, in combination with a healthy diet, keep up with brushing and flossing twice a day for a beautiful smile.

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Spicy, Creamy Sweet Potatoes Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple, but they’re often the blandest thing on the table. Luckily that’s not the case with this recipe, which features Thai spices and coconut milk Inspired by The New York Times



HOME-COOKED FOOD When autumn rolls around, pie and warm cider may be high on your list of tasty treats you’re eagerly anticipating. This fall, encourage your family to take part in making annual goodies and sharing them with your neighbors. Nothing warms the heart more than receiving a loaf of freshly baked pumpkin bread during these increasingly cold days. KNITTED SCARVES If you’re handy with knitting needles, now is the season to put them to work. Hand-knitted scarves are great gifts to give throughout the fall and winter, and you can also make it a family activity! Take some time to teach your kids how to knit and crochet to create scarves of their very own.

5 pounds sweet potatoes 1 cup canned coconut milk

1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste

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1/2 cup dark brown sugar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon kosher salt


Should Parents Help Pull Loose Baby Teeth?

1. Heat oven to 375 F. On a large sheet pan, bake potatoes until very soft, approximately 75 minutes. 2. Let potatoes cool until they are safe to handle, then peel and mash. 3. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine coconut milk and curry paste. Once mixed, add the mixture, salt, half the sugar, and half the butter to potatoes. 4. 30 minutes before serving, heat oven to 425 F. Spread potatoes in a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes. 5. Uncover potatoes and dot with remaining butter and sugar. Broil until brown, crusty, and delicious. Serve hot.

Losing baby teeth is a rite of passage for children. It’s a sign that they are growing up! Many parents are excited to be part of this experience and re-enact the traditions of their childhood. How many of you remember a parent tying one end of a string to your tooth and the other to a doorknob, helping the tooth come out with a single slam? This “trick” for getting out a loose tooth is a time-honored tradition — and it’s also one of the worst ways to handle a loose baby tooth! You should never force a tooth to come out before it’s ready. If a tooth is yanked out before the root is fully dissolved, the root can break and cause a great deal of pain. Forcing a tooth out can also damage gum tissue or the surrounding teeth, leading to infection. Some parents want to get loose teeth out of their child’s mouth as soon as possible because they’re worried the tooth will get swallowed by accident. If this happens, you don’t have to be alarmed. A baby tooth is not a choking hazard and a swallowed tooth will pass through your child’s body without any trouble. At most, you may have to help your child write a letter to the tooth fairy explaining what happened. If your child is begging you to take out their loose tooth, don’t go searching for the string. Instead, take a tissue and gently apply pressure on the tooth with two fingers. The tooth should pop right out. However, if the tooth resists or your child complains about any pain, leave the tooth alone a little longer.

Train Your Brain!


The best way to deal with a loose tooth is to have patience and let your child wiggle their tooth until it falls out on its own. Loose teeth will fall out when the time is right.

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Inside This Issue • Make the Most of Your Benefits page 1 • Caramel Apples, Knitting, and Bonfires

• Smile-Friendly Snacks page 2

• The Right Way to Handle Loose Baby Teeth

• Spicy, Creamy Sweet Potatoes page 3

• November Goings-On page 4


Christmastime is approaching! These local music and visual performances will put you in the spirit, whether on the stage or in the streets. Plus, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra (PSO) puts on a unique show that melds the two mediums for one unforgettable performance. PENSACOLA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S ‘SEE THE MUSIC, HEAR THE DANCE’ this night to remember. Tickets are available at PensacolaSymphony.com.

WINTERFEST ELF PARADE Friday, Nov. 23 Downtown Pensacola

Thursday, Nov. 8; 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Cultural Center

On the Friday after Thanksgiving, the pointed ears come out, and downtown Pensacola gets taken over by elves! The Elf Parade winds through Palafox and Government Streets to arrive at Plaza Wonderland. In addition to the elves, Santa, a brass band, and a number of other characters will likely make an appearance. Wave to the festive crew as they march along and usher in the Christmas spirit. The parade culminates with fireworks and live music. Dress up if you like, or decorate strollers and wagons to join in the fun!

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS Wednesday, Nov. 14 Saenger Theatre A holiday classic, the Mannheim Steamroller comes to Pensacola this November. Take part in the fanfare at Saenger Theatre. Here, founder and composer Chip Davis continues the multimedia experience and keeps guests in awe during the immersive performance. Find more information at PensacolaSaenger.com.

Two art forms come together for one spectacular evening. Live instrumental music played by the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and dance provided by Ballet Pensacola create a beautiful marriage of the senses. The night will begin with music and a panel discussion featuring composer Michael Senturia, PSO’s music director, and Ballet Pensacola’s artistic director, who will give you an inside look at their creations. For the rest of the evening, sit back and enjoy the dance performance accompanied by the sounds of the orchestra during

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