Elkins Dental - December 2019

WHAT ABOUT DUNDER AND BLIXEM?

The Strange History of Santa’s Reindeer We all know reindeer visit our rooftops every Christmas Eve, but what brings them WHAT’S IN A NAME? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, and Cupid were all

brought to life by Moore, but have you ever heard of Dunder and Blixem? Though we now know the duo as Donner and Blitzen, Moore originally named them Dunder and Blixem — the Dutch words for thunder and lightning — but publishing companies wanted names that would rhyme better with the rest of the poem. Still, it was a few decades before Donner and Blitzen made their appearances in the version of the poem we know today. REINDEER BURGERS, ANYONE? Moore’s poem paved the way for Santa’s most famous form of transportation, but it was actually Carl Lomen, an Alaskan businessman, who mass-marketed reindeer as Santa’s companions. In the late 1890s, the Sami natives of Northern Europe, who were longtime reindeer herders, made their passage from Norway to the U.S. with a herd of reindeer to invigorate the Alaskan landscape and help their native neighbors. Lomen saw the reindeer as an opportunity and partnered with the Macy’s department store company to create a promotional Christmas parade in which Santa, led by his reindeer, a sleigh, and Sami herders, were prominently featured. Lomen’s goal was to promote his massive reindeer conglomerate for the production and sale of reindeer meat. Instead, a holiday story was born.

there? Follow the unique and complicated history of Santa’s reindeer to find out. A VISIT FROMWHOON WHAT NIGHT? In the 1820s, Clement Clarke Moore penned a holiday poem that became the foundation for a phenomenon still alive today. Commonly known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,”“A Visit From St. Nicholas” is a beloved story shared by every generation. It is in this poem that reindeer were first credited with powering Santa’s sleigh around the globe. Many popular songs, movies, and plays have preserved Moore’s vision of St. Nick, and his reindeer and their names are no exception. (Well, kind of.) Rudolph wouldn’t join the squad until a department store added him as part of their promotions in the 1930s.

Clean With Kalie Fluoride Not for You? Try MI Paste!

sensitive to cold liquids and food. Dr. Elkins often recommends it to patients, especially when Sensodyne or similar products haven’t been effective at reducing sensitivity. Many of our patients notice their teeth feel less sensitive and stronger after using MI Paste. Before going to bed, brush the paste on your teeth and let it soak in overnight. You can use it as needed and stop when you notice your tooth sensitivity is reduced. We know fluoride isn’t for everyone. If you prefer not to get the added benefits of fluoride, MI Paste may be a good alternative for you. MI Paste does not contain fluoride (though MI Paste Plus does, and we have both options). You probably won’t see it on store shelves, but we carry it at the office. Ask us about MI Paste next time you’re here!

If you have tooth sensitivity but aren’t a fan of fluoride, there’s a great solution called MI Paste we recommend to patients. MI Paste has a special ingredient called

Recaldent, a milk-derived protein that binds to teeth and helps strengthen them by releasing calcium and phosphate. (Those with milk allergies may want to ask about other options.) Our teeth can sometimes use extra help staying strong. Typically, fluoride is the go-to option for strengthening and remineralizing teeth. For those who want to avoid fluoride, though, MI Paste without fluoride has similar benefits. For patients with generalized sensitivity, demineralization, plaque buildup, or a higher decay rate, this paste is a great option. MI Paste helps with sensitivity by sealing up the tubules in your teeth, making them less

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