REPORT THE WELLNESS Continuity of Care: YOUR FAMILY’S DENTIST FOR YEARS TO COME 770-965-3048 • www.JonesSmiles.com • February 2020
I t is with tremendous excitement that Dr. Jones and I announce we have partnered together to continue caring for you and your families for many years to come. With this partnership and bond, we will be able to continue to deliver the highest quality of care to our current patients and provide an experience that exceeds expectations to our future patients. Together, we pledge to keep Jones & Copeland Smiles a practice that not only offers exceptional clinical care and technological advances but also a practice built around old-fashioned relationships that are so uncommon in health care these days. As I sit down and reflect on my past few years with the practice, my heart feels so full and happy because I have had the opportunity to meet and take care of so many wonderful people. One of my favorite things about being a dentist is the relationship I form with my patients. I enjoy finding a personal connection with each patient, which helps me better treat them as individuals. There is so much more to treating people than just looking at their teeth. Each person has a story, and oftentimes that story is very important to how we treat and care for that individual. Dr. Jones founded Jones Smiles with the mission to offer the best possible dental care to every patient that walks through the door. The practice was built around the philosophy that patient care means providing a welcoming environment with no lectures or judgments and offering a pain-free experience, all while spending time with each patient and getting to know their smile journey. The founding beliefs and missions of this practice perfectly align with my personal and professional standards and philosophy on patient care. I became a dentist for these very reasons — to build relationships with my patients and to treat people in a way that I would like my own family treated, all while providing the best dental care. I truly believe life is better with a healthy smile, and I love helping our patients achieve that every day.
It has been three years since I joined the team, and during this time, it has become very clear this is where I want my home to be.”
It has been three years since I joined the team, and during this time, it has become very clear this is where I want my home to be. Dr. Jones and I share the same mission and beliefs, and I am honored to be partners with such a great clinician and person as Dr. Jones, as well as our amazing team that makes everything possible. I am beyond excited for the future of Jones & Copeland Smiles and how, together, we can better serve our patients and provide them with a dental experience like no other. I look forward to sharing this journey with each of you!
–Dr. Katie Copeland
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SHOULD YOU BE WORRIED ABOUT DIGITAL DEMENTIA?
What It Is,Where It Came From, andWhat It Could Mean for Our Screen Time
E veryone forgets things. It’s not unusual to have trouble remembering the name of someone you’ve just met or recalling the face of a classmate you haven’t seen in 20 years. But it’s less normal — and a lot more inconvenient — to become chronically absent-minded. If you find yourself struggling to remember the minutiae of daily life, which page of a book you left off on, or when it’s time to pick your kids up from soccer practice, digital dementia could be to blame. The term “digital dementia” was coined in 2012 by German neuroscientist Manfred Spitzer, who studies how our addiction to technology is impacting our brains. According to Alzheimers. net, Spitzer found that “overuse of digital technology is resulting in the breakdown of cognitive abilities in a way that is more commonly seen in people who have suffered a head injury or psychiatric illness.” Because of the shared symptoms, Spitzer called the affliction digital dementia. In the years since, speculation has abounded about the causes of digital dementia and how people can fight it. A 2017 Forbes article theorized that the problem isn’t just time spent with screens but how much we rely on our smartphones to feed us once-memorized information.
“In theory, having a device to store phone numbers, dates, maps and directions, and other information like that frees you up to focus on bigger and theoretically more important things,” Tony Bradley wrote in Forbes. “If you just use your device as a memory crutch, though, and you don’t take advantage of the opportunity to put your brain to work on other things, you aren’t exercising your brain, and it will atrophy.” Psychology Today blamed digital dementia in part on the mental strategies encouraged by video games. According to one study, gaming encourages the “response” strategy of following the same rote movements, while nongamers tend to use the “spatial” strategy of relying on landmarks when they navigate, which is better for mental sharpness. Whatever the root cause, we can take steps to fight digital dementia. As Dr. Carolyn Brockington told Alzheimers.net, the best strategies involve stepping away from screens and relying on brainpower. The next time you’re considering picking up your smartphone, try reading a book, playing a musical instrument, hitting the gym, or learning a new language instead.
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The Straight and Narrow
I f you missed out on getting braces as a kid for one reason or another, you’re not alone. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the number of adult orthodontic patients in the U.S. and Canada is rising. Today, 1 in 4 people seeking orthodontic care is an adult. Older patients have myriad reasons for seeking out treatment for crooked teeth, including the desire for improved physical appearance, concerns about periodontal disease, and the risk of excessive wearing associated with crooked teeth. With options like lingual braces (braces that go on the back of the teeth instead of the front), ceramic braces with clear brackets, and clear aligners you can take off to eat and drink, adult tooth straightening is more discreet and convenient than ever. Straightening adult teeth involves the same process it does for children: Orthodontists use a broad spectrum of devices to gently force tooth movement over a period of time. However, teeth straightening in adulthood takes longer because an adult’s supporting alveolar bone is IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO FIX YOUR SMILE
both denser and more mature than that of a child. On average, adult patients have to wear a straightening system of some kind for at least 18 months, and Harvard Medical School reports that the average length of treatment for adults is about two years and costs $5,000–$7,000.
If you can’t justify the time and expense of a full-blown corrective treatment, talk to your orthodontist about getting a Snap-On Smile. While Snap-On Smiles don’t actually straighten your teeth, they are custom fit to your mouth in order to create a flawless smile. Even though Snap-On Smiles offer an affordable and time-effective solution for many people, some report this device interferes with their speech and eating habits. Whether you have gaps between your teeth, an overbite, an underbite, crowded teeth, or a crossbite, the good news is you’ve never had more treatment options than you do today. If your smile needs straightening or your bite is causing discomfort or periodontal disease, it’s worth exploring.
TAKE A BREAK!
Inspired by Food Network
APPLE CIDER CHICKEN AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS
T S Z P F R S R G Z V K I S B U H R U O R P E A N Z H K S I G E O N C N L A J O A I A R U S N O F E B E E M R I N A A I G D N W V G C A D N M U X D Q T O O B A H N O G G Q Y E I N L C O G R L N J V A V N S G G E T A L O C O H C E T O S E S O R B U P I S C E S U N S W V O P O M S T R E P T F O Z G I W B D V H R V N H V E D D J U Z U O E
• 1 lb Brussels sprouts, halved • 2 gala apples, cut into wedges • 1 red onion, cut into wedges • 2 sprigs rosemary • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and pepper to taste
• 4 boneless chicken breasts • 1 tsp rosemary leaves, finely chopped • 2 tbsp butter, divided • 2/3 cup apple cider • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1. Heat oven to 450 F. 2. On a baking sheet, toss Brussels sprouts, apples, onion, and rosemary sprigs in olive oil, salt, and pepper. 3. Roast vegetable and fruit mixture until tender, about 25–30 minutes, flipping halfway. 4. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and chopped rosemary. 5. In an ovenproof skillet, heat 1 tbsp butter. Add chicken and cook 6 minutes on one side. Flip and cook 2 more minutes. 6. Pour cider onto chicken. Roast in the oven for 12 minutes. Remove chicken from skillet and let it rest on cutting board. 7. Return skillet to stove on medium-high and simmer sauce until reduced by half. 8. Swirl remaining 1 tbsp of butter with vinegar, salt, and pepper. Slice chicken and divide among plates with roasted vegetables and serve.
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One of the oldest stories in Western literature is Homer’s “The Odyssey.” This epic poem tells the story of Odysseus and his long journey home after the Trojan War. While Odysseus’ travels were fraught with mythical monsters and magic, many of the places he visited are said to be inspired by real islands in the Mediterranean. Even today, travelers flock to these islands looking for peace, adventure, and epic stories of their own. SICILY, ITALY One of the most popular stories in “The Odyssey” is the tale of Odysseus rescuing his crew from Polyphemus, a man-eating Cyclops. It’s said that Polyphemus made his home on what is now modern-day Sicily. Fortunately, there are no Cyclopes in Sicily today; there are only cultural festivals, world-class golf courses, and delicious food. GOZO, MALTA While Odysseus’ journey was perilous, he did enjoy one peaceful stop. Odysseus spent seven years on the mythical island of CREATE YOUR OWN ODYSSEY MYTHICAL ADVENTURES AWAIT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
Ogygia, home of the nymph Calypso. Historians suspect that Ogygia was Gaudos, now modern-day Gozo, Malta. Gozo is home to the Ġgantija temples, which are older than the Egyptian pyramids. In addition to exploring its archaeological marvels, Gozo’s visitors can also enjoy snorkeling, horseback riding, and other memorable adventures. ITHACA, GREECE If you want to chart your own odyssey, make your final stop Odysseus’ home, the island of Ithaca. Covered in lush greenery and quaint villages, Ithaca is a wonderful place to relax at the end of your trip. Visitors can enjoy their morning coffee by a seaside cafe before lounging on a secluded beach for the rest of the day. It’s no wonder why Odysseus fought so hard to get back to Ithaca! With dozens of other islands to explore, the Mediterranean is the perfect place to plan your own odyssey — minus the mythical monsters, of course.
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