Livingston Dental July 2018

800 South Washington St., Afton, WY 83110 (307) 885-4337 |

July 2018

Life With Livingston Dental

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What’s Scarier Than Going to the Dentist?

anesthetics to keep him from feeling pain while we performed his procedure.

you want to feel more relaxed, you can get special-smelling air to breathe that makes you laugh. These are just a few of the ways we help people feel more comfortable when they visit our office. There are many things to be afraid of and visiting the dentist shouldn’t be one of them. However, we understand that for many folks of all ages, it’s nerve-wracking to think about that upcoming appointment. Fortunately, we have the technology and knowledge to make your visit a happy one. It’s natural to experience moments of fear, but we find that the more information you have about something, the less scary it becomes. My staff and I use a “tell, show, do” method so that our patients always know what to expect. We’ll tell you what we’re going to do, show you how it works, and then, once you understand and are ready, we’ll take care of the rest. I treated a young man last week, and I could tell right away that he was terrified of being in our office. He’d had a bad previous experience with another dentist, and it left him wary of being treated. After sharing some options with him and his mother, they decided that nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas, would help him feel more comfortable during treatment. We also used

As I walked out of the room, I heard him ask his mother, “Did he give me a shot?” His mom confirmed that I had. “I didn’t even feel it,” he said. I came back five minutes later, and he seemed at ease and stayed that way throughout his treatment. He wasn’t afraid of the experience any longer. Whenever I use anesthetics during a patient’s procedure, I call them later in the day to see how they are doing. That day, I was driving home after work with the intention of calling the young man I’d treated. As I pulled into my subdivision, I looked in my side mirror and saw the same young man I’d treated earlier that day. He was atop his mountain bike, happy as could be. He recognized me, and there was no sense of fear. He waved and smiled. When I got home, I followed through with my plan and called his mother to ask her how he was feeling. She told me it was the first time he’d said, “I’d go back to see him,” about a dentist. It was very gratifying. It’s so rewarding when I’m able to help make a visit to our office a positive one. While bees, spiders, and basements are all a little scary, we want to make a visit to the dentist something you look forward to.

What are you afraid of? Spiders? They can bite. Snakes? They can slither. Bees? They can fly and sting! Dark basements? They’re full of strange noises and possibly ghosts. Clearly, there are plenty of things scarier than going to the dentist. In fact, going to the dentist can be a lot of fun. You get to sit on a throne and wear cool glasses. You can watch cartoons while you’re there. You can even spot some of the “I Spy” pictures on the wall. You get to drink all the water you want, and we paint vitamins on your teeth. We might place cream on your lips that makes them feel funny, and at the end, you get a shiny coin for being the best helper. If

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How Much Sunshine Is Too Much? To many people, summer is all about heading

plenty of shade? Will you have to bring your own? What’s the best way to step out of the sun for a few minutes? Wearing sunscreen and protective clothing are great ways to shield yourself from UV rays, but it’s important to avoid being in direct sunlight for long periods. Taking a break from the sun gives your body the time it needs to recuperate and helps prevent sunburn and heatstroke. COMMON MYTHS ABOUT SUN EXPOSURE Many people think that a tan is better than a sunburn, but the result of tanning is still sun damage. When your skin tone changes due to the sun, regardless of whether it tans or turns red, it’s a result of the epidermis reacting to damage caused by UV rays. Both are symptoms of harmed skin. While vitamin D is important, the sun does not contribute to its creation as much as you might think. Doris Day, a New York City dermatologist, explains that if your skin were to constantly produce vitamin D from being in the sun, it would reach toxic levels. Vitamin D is the only vitamin that your body can produce on its own, through a common form of cholesterol or 7-dehydrocholesterol. Spending time in the sun does help vitamin D form, but you need far less exposure than you think.

outside to enjoy the weather. But getting too much sun can be dangerous. To have a fun- filled summer with your family this year, remember that it’s essential to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.

COVER UP Covering your skin is one of the best ways to avoid skin

damage. Wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants or skirts can protect your skin from direct exposure to UV rays. While this tactic protects you from the sun, it offers poor defense against the

heat. So, if you opt for cooler attire, it’s important to cover all exposed skin with a copious amount of sunscreen. Be sure to reapply every two hours for maximum skin protection.

Knowing how to protect yourself from UV rays is the first step to having a safe, fun-filled summer!

SPEND LESS TIME IN THE SUN If you’re planning to spend a significant amount of time in the sun, consider your environment. Will there be

Smile, Snap, and Share! All of our patients are so special to us, and each year, we strive to express our gratitude for them. This September, we’re hosting our third annual Patient Appreciation party, and we’re already looking forward to celebrating our awesome patients. Last year was a lot of fun — we had a bounce house, great food, face painting by an amazing artist, and no shortage of fun. When we started planning this year’s barbecue, we wanted to make it even bigger to say THANK YOU for being part of the Livingston Dental community. We figured, why not get the whole family in on the fun? From now until the Patient Appreciation Party on September 7, as you take part in local outdoor activities, you can earn points and compete to win prizes. It’s easy to participate:

Take Part in Our Family-Fun Summer Competition

It’s that easy. You’ll get points for each photo you post and tag us in wearing your shirts, and your points will be tallied. Winners will be announced at the Patient Appreciation party. We’ll have prizes for first, second, and third place.

Some of the activities include:

Taking a picture at Elk Horn Park

Camping at Cottonwood Lake

Hiking up to the Star

Whitewater Rafting


1. Visit our office to grab your “Smile” shirts.

We know you probably do many of these fun activities already, so come get your shirt and get started! We can’t wait to see your pictures!

2. Snap pictures of you and your family completing the fun summer activities while wearing your “Smile” shirts.

3. Post your pictures to Facebook and tag Livingston Dental!

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Cari Shares What She Loves

About Her Dental Care Team

care of my teeth. I still have a couple of implants to go, but soon, I should be able to chew again without any pain.”

Cari has been a patient with us for the last two years, and this winter, she was the winner of our quarterly patient drawing. She won a deluxe snowblower, a prize she says “came in handy” this winter. Cari shares what she enjoys about coming to Livingston Dental. “Friendly and professional are the two words I would use to describe them. They take very good care of us. My girls really like how they’re treated. It’s a friendly environment. Everyone seems to like what they’re doing there. I was impressed with their professionalism. They’re always coming up with new equipment and new programs to help patients.

We’re so happy to have patients like Cari who have found a renewed sense of hope at Livingston Dental. Stories like these show what we love about our jobs.

We appreciate your referrals! Refer your friends and family for a chance to win a quarterly prize (like the snowblower Cari won in December) and a yearly prize. When you refer someone to Livingston Dental, you’ll be entered into the drawing for that quarter and the yearly drawing. You get one ticket for your first referral, three for the second, and for three or more referrals, you get five tickets. Our prize for the third quarter is an overnight stay at the Kodiak Resort and dinner for two at Trapper’s Steakhouse. Don’t miss your chance to win! Refer today! Call our office at 307-885-4337 if you have any questions.

“With previous dentists, I had to wait months to fix a cavity. At Livingston Dental, they get me in and address my problems quickly. I feel like I’m finally, for the first time, able to take

Puzzle Time! Blue Cheese Buffalo Dogs and Celery Slaw Ingredients

Inspired by Bon Appetit magazine

For Celery Slaw: • 4 celery stalks, very thinly sliced • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice • 1 teaspoon olive oil • Celery salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Ingredients: • 1 package of your favorite hot dogs • 1 package hot dog buns • 1 bottle Frank’s RedHot sauce • 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese


1. For slaw, toss all ingredients together and season with celery salt and pepper. 2. Grill hot dogs and toast buns. 3. Assemble hot dogs, douse with hot sauce, and top with celery slaw. 4. Top with blue cheese, add another splash of hot sauce if you’re feeling extra spicy, and serve.

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on being named Top Dentist of Wyoming 2018!

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Inside What’s Scarier Than Going to the Dentist?

Battling the Summer Sun! Your Ticket to Family Fun

What Patients Are Saying About Us Blue Cheese Buffalo Dogs and Celery Slaw

Take Your S’mores to the Next Level

Can I Have S’more?

Creative Twists on the Campfire Classic

S’MORES MILKSHAKE Too hot for a campfire? Cool down with a s’mores milkshake! The trick is to lightly toast the marshmallows in the oven so they mix well with the other ingredients in the blender. Get the recipe at smores-milkshake to enjoy this sweet treat even in the heat of summer. It’s the simple recipe that opens the door for creative interpretations of the classic s’more. Be adventurous this summer and see what great new s’mores you can create!

melted marshmallow, and creamy chocolate turn a simple jar into a great dessert! Learn how to make the perfect s’mores on the go at recipe/smores-in-a-jar. STRAWBERRY S’MORE-CAKE If you really want to wow your guests at the next bonfire, try your hand at this creative take on the summertime classic. Gooey s’mores meet fresh strawberry shortcake in a dessert that’s as delicious as it is original. Find the whole recipe, including tips on making the perfect shortcake, at smores-strawberry-shortcake-recipe. S’MOREO A simple but memorable twist on the campfire classic. Grab a box of Oreo cookies, pull a cookie apart, and use that in place of your graham cracker. The cream filling will pair nicely with the chocolate and toasted marshmallow.

You’re just three ingredients away from the perfect summertime treat: chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows. The s’more is a fan favorite on camping trips and at backyard bonfires alike. Though they say you can’t improve perfection, we’ve found a few creative twists on the classic treat that will make your summer a little sweeter. THE ELVIS A campfire snack fit for a king — of rock ’n’ roll, that is. This s’more pays homage to Elvis Presley’s love of peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Swap out the chocolate bar for a peanut butter cup candy and add a few slices of fresh banana between the graham cracker and marshmallow. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can even add some bacon. S’MORES IN A JAR Here are s’mores you can enjoy all year long. Layers of crushed graham cracker, 4 (307) 885-4337 |

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