Now that it’s officially September, school is back in session and mornings are feeling a little cooler. It can only mean summer is wrapping up. This year was a big year for our household again, as my son, Teddy, is starting kindergarten. Thinking back to when my oldest daughter, Eloise, started school a couple years ago, I’ll never forget a piece of advice I was given: “Once they start school, you only get 13 more summers.” At the time, it didn’t make a ton of sense to me, and the days felt more like months sometimes with a 5-, 3-, and 1-year-old. But looking back at even this past summer, I wonder where all the time went! As we wrap up another summer, I’m hoping you made as many memories with your family, friends, and loved ones as possible. It’s all those little moments together that define the big picture.
“School is back in session and mornings are feeling a little cooler. It can only mean summer is wrapping up. ”
As for my family, we definitely enjoyed plenty of time together: swimming, staying up past bedtime to finish watching “Cars” for the umpteenth time, and eating more ice cream than I care to admit!
– Eric Jones
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DEALING WITH STRESS
You have more control over stress than you think. Stress management is about taking charge of your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with problems. No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to regain control. Identify Sources Chronic stress is hard to recognize. Look closely at your habits and excuses. Do you explain away stress as temporary? Do you define stress as an integral part of your life? Do you blame your stress on others? If you don’t recognize your role in creating or maintaining stress, you will never be able to control it. Find Healthy Strategies Withdrawing from loved ones, bingeing on food or alcohol, procrastinating, and sleeping too much are all unhealthy ways to deal with stress. Instead, find unique, healthy coping strategies. Focus on what makes you feel calm and in control. Avoid, Alter, Adapt, and Accept Some stressors are predictable. Learn how to predetermine your reactions by choosing to avoid, alter, adapt, or accept. Avoid
people or situations that stress you out. Talk about your feelings instead of bottling them up, create a balanced schedule, reframe your problems, look at the big picture, and practice gratitude. It’s critical to look at the glass as half-full and learn to forgive. Make Time for Relaxation Nurturing yourself is a necessity, not a luxury. If you make ample time for self-care, you will be in a better place to handle life’s stressors. Give yourself options like going for a walk, calling a good friend, journaling, or reading a book. Live a Healthy Lifestyle In addition to regular exercise, there are other healthy lifestyle choices that can increase your resistance to stress. Eat a healthy diet; reduce caffeine and sugar; avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs; and get enough sleep. Stress is unavoidable, but it doesn’t have to dictate your life. With stress management techniques, you can avoid chronic stress, reduce your stress levels, and live your life to the fullest.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING
“Wow! I can’t say enough good about this place. As one who has had a lot of work done over the years, I have developed a fear because of the rude, careless, and painful experiences I’ve had. My daughter, who knows me and my fears very well, said I could do this place, so I took the plunge and visited. Through their professional, genuine, and caring staff, I’ve been able to get loads of work done over the year, and am extremely pleased with the results. I can truly say that there is no one better for me than Dr. Jones and the Jones Smiles staff. Thanks guys, I really love my results!” LAUREL W.
“Such great care and service that it’s worth the 40-mile drive for me to get there. You will never meet a more genuinely caring staff and doctor under one roof. I have always dreaded dental visits like no other, and have nothing pleasant to say about any of my former dental practices — they weren’t awful, but they weren’t great, either. However, as crazy as it is to say it, I have enjoyed all my visits to Dr. Jones. From the TVs on the ceiling, to the Pandora to listen to on ear buds, to the way they take pictures of what’s going on in your mouth so they can involve you in the treatment plan, it’s nothing short of dental heaven. I love them all and would recommend Dr. Jones and Jones Smiles to ANYONE — even those who would have to pass 100 other dentists’ offices to get there, like me.”
IZZY AND JAELYN A.
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NIP IT IN THE BUD
A Renewed Look at Preventative Oral Care
We are all familiar with the adage “Prevention is the best medicine,” and dentists, doctors, and medical professionals in every field stress this with their patients. When it comes to oral health, and health in general, preventative care can make all the difference. Not only can preventative care lead to better overall health, it can lower health care-related costs in the future. When it comes to oral care, the results of preventative care are impressive. A seven-year study spearheaded by the University of Sydney in Australia confirmed the aforementioned truism. Originally published in December, 2015, the study examined 1,000 patients at 22 dental practices around Australia. Researchers compared two groups of patients: those who had “drill and fill” treatment (they had two or more cavities per year, plus fillings) and those who took preventative measures. The preventative patients received high-concentration fluoride varnish treatments from their dentists, regularly brushed and flossed, and limited their intake of sugary foods and beverages. The results of the study weren’t surprising. The group of patients who focused on preventative oral care saw their risk of developing tooth decay fall by 30–50 percent. In addition, patients who were considered
at high risk for developing tooth decay, but who had improved their oral care, saw their risk drop by a staggering 80 percent!
The lead researcher of the study, Professor Wendell Evans, concluded that, in many cases, tooth decay had the potential to be stopped and reversed, if not outright prevented. When early signs of tooth decay are spotted, it can be targeted. Extra effort can be placed on controlling the decay, ensuring it doesn’t progress to the point where a filling becomes necessary. All it takes is a deliberate approach to care, treatment, and lifestyle. This study is great news for people who hate the idea of getting a filling, whether that antipathy stems from the procedure itself or the resulting medical costs. It also confirms what many dentists have long reminded patients: You can’t beat prevention when it comes to maintaining a healthy smile.
CHICKEN APPLE CIDER
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• 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 tablespoons butter • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds) • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored
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• 3 cloves garlic, minced • 2 teaspoons dried thyme • 2 bay leaves • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour • 11/2 cups apple cider
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1. Heat oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. 2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper, add to pan and sear until golden, about 4 minutes each side. Remove chicken from pan and set aside. 3. Add remaining butter, onion, apple, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves. Sauté until apple begins to get color and onions soften, about 6 minutes. Add flour and stir for 2–3 minutes. 4. Nestle chicken back into pan, add cider, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook until chicken is cooked through, about 12 minutes. (Recipe courtesy of foodnetwork.com.)
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THE MUSEUM OF WHAT? Museums are a staple of vacations no matter where you travel. Everyone has heard of the Louvre and the Smithsonian, but you might be surprised to learn about some of the stranger museums around the world. For nearly every passion, there is a building somewhere dedicated to it. Take a look at some of the weirdest. home of “art too bad to be ignored.” A trip to MOBA will leave you smiling, laughing, and feeling a little better about the fact that you’re not Picasso.
Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum Osaka, Japan
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets Delhi, India
It’s not just college students and video gamers who love ramen. Since the invention of the instant noodles by Momofuku Ando in 1958, ramen has evolved into a beloved dietary staple from Japan to Jamaica. The museum named after its creator offers you the chance to look at some of the strangest versions from around the world. As an added bonus, you can even design your own packaging. Bring along some chopsticks, as there are plenty of samples to slurp up. Plenty of museums are hands-off, but that’s usually to protect the precious objects held within. At the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum, not touching the exhibits is just sound advice. The development of barbed wire was instrumental in settling the American West, and this museum pays tribute to the ingenuity of those farmers who wanted to make sure their cattle stayed on their property and thieves stayed out. The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum Rush County, Kansas
A functioning toilet is something everyone takes for granted until they don’t have access to one. In India’s capital, you can explore the fascinating history of commodes. From primitive examples you would never use today to gold-plated bathroom thrones from palaces across the world, the variety of toilets on display is staggering. Divided into three sections — ancient, medieval, and modern — you’ll be shocked at how much you can learn about history and culture through an examination of the ways a society flushes (or doesn’t).
The Museum of Bad Art Dedham, Massachusetts
There are plenty of museums dedicated to exceptional artwork from history, but only one dedicated to less-than-successful artistic endeavors. The Museum of Bad Art, or MOBA, promotes itself as the
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