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Winding Down the Year by Giving Back

Dental for being on board year after year and consistently showing up. Every year, Jessica makes sure we do this bigger and better!

We also had a lot of assistance from other dental staff in the area, and I want to give a huge thanks to them for donating their time. In addition, this event would not be what it is without those of you who help spread the word about Dentistry From The Heart. Looking back at this amazing event from our first time hosting it to now, we’ve managed to grow our reach each year. This year during Dentistry From The Heart:

How is winter treating you? It must be the holiday season because all I want to do is spend time at home with my family and friends. Our family has grown and is more spread out these days, and I’m grateful for the moments we get to share, even if sometimes they’re over the phone or video chat instead of in person. I am hoping to get up to the mountains to ski with my sons at some point, but really, as long as we get some time together, that’s all that matters. “It’s about doing our part to help our community and giving back, one person at a time.” In early November, we hosted one of my favorite events of the year, Dentistry From The Heart. During this free day of dental care, we serve people from all over the Treasure Valley. No matter how tired I feel at the end of the day, I always go home feeling grateful. Every year, it’s a reminder of how much I have to be grateful for and how much we can accomplish when we work together. They say it takes a village, and that truly applies to this volunteer event. Serving our community with free dental care would not be possible without help. I’m very thankful for our team at Ustick

30 community members volunteered their time

83 patients were served

43 dental cleanings were performed

52 extractions were performed

The amount of donated services totaled over $23,000!

Of course, at the end of the day, it’s not about the numbers. It’s about doing our part to help our community and giving back, one person at a time. In that spirit, we’re taking part in The Idaho Foodbank’s holiday food drive this year. During regular business hours through Dec. 18, we’re taking donations for nonperishable food items. Please feel free to bring what you can. Thank you for being part of this great cause.

Merry Christmas,

-Dr. Rigby

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Lessons Families Can Learn From ‘A Christmas Story’ MORE THAN JUST ‘YOU’LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT!’

In 1983, one movie introduced Red Ryder BB guns, fishnet-clad leg lamps, and bright red bars of soap into America’s everlasting Christmas mythos. Now, over 35 years later, “A Christmas Story” continues to delight

He doesn’t admit this to his mother, but it’s a lesson for parents everywhere that kids may hear more than they let on.

KIDS WON’T BELIEVE IN MAGIC FOREVER. Magical stories about Santa or even “Little Orphan Annie’s” Secret Society fill children’s hearts with wonder but won’t enchant them forever. Belief in certain parts of the Christmas season can fade slowly or die as quickly as the spin of a decoder pin, but parents can always be there to remind children about what’s really important during the Christmas season. SOMETIMES ‘DISASTERS’ LEAD TO NEW ADVENTURES. Christmas Day can be hectic, and, in the hubbub of it all, sometimes disaster can feel inevitable. Ralphie’s parents certainly experience their fair share of disaster in hilarious fashion when the Bumpus Hounds destroy their holiday turkey and leave nothing but the heavenly aroma. But, when Ralphie’s father takes them out to eat at a local Chinese restaurant, it creates a whole new Christmas tradition for the Parker family. Our holiday mishaps, no matter how tragic, are rarely the end of the world.

audiences every holiday season with timeless lessons for viewers of all ages. In a story where kids are

clever and kind, and parents are bumbling and wise, “A Christmas Story” has more lessons to offer families than just, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” YOUR KIDS ARE LISTENING TO YOU (OH, FUDGE!). They aren’t always obedient, but that doesn’t mean they’re not listening. After Ralphie lets slip the “queen mother of dirty words” in front of his father, the narrator reminisces about first hearing that word from his old man — possibly when he was trying to get their furnace to work.

Consider one final tip: Do not stick your tongue to any flagpoles this winter! Happy holidays!

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How Seltzer Water Affects Your Oral Health

The latest craze to hit store shelves and patrons’ glasses is seltzer water. These light, bubbly drinks have become the go-to for health-conscious consumers who want to elevate their drinks with a little fizz. Health experts have praised seltzer water for offering the same level of hydration as regular H2O, but dentists haven’t been as quick to agree. Even though your teeth are protected by hard enamel, what we ingest can damage or destroy it, and seltzer water isn’t innocent. The carbonation that gives these drinks their bubbles also inflates their acidity. Dentists point to a high- acid diet as a contributing factor to enamel erosion, which includes sodas, citrus fruits, and — you guessed it — seltzer water.

However, don’t be too quick to throw away your LaCroix. Consuming seltzer water in

moderation, a maximum of once per day, and drinking regular water afterward will do little to damage your teeth. Opt for a straw if you want the seltzer to bypass your teeth completely. Keep in mind that this recommendation is for those who have a low-acid diet. If you regularly consume grapefruits, oranges, and lemons, then seltzer water may not be the craze for you. Note: Seltzer water is different than club soda in that seltzer water is purely carbonated by carbon dioxide. Club soda is comprised of other vitamins and minerals, giving it that unpleasant salty taste. Consider your dietary restrictions before you reach for one or the other.

TAKE A BREAK Please donate your non-perishable items at our office during regular business hours before December 18th




• 6 cups all-purpose flour • 2 tsp baking soda • 1 tsp cinnamon • 1 tsp dried powder ginger

Directions 1. Heat oven to 350 F. • 1 cup molasses • 4 tbsp honey • 1 cup water • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

2. In a medium bowl, combine molasses, honey, water, and oil, and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and ginger. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing well until dough forms. 3. Separate dough into four equal balls. Wrap dough balls in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3–5 hours. 4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out chilled dough to 1/4-inch thick. Use dog-shaped cookie cutters to cut out treats. 5. Bake for 20–25 minutes on baking sheet until cookies start to brown. Carefully remove treats from the oven and let them cool completely before serving to your dog.

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Holiday Events in the Treasure Valley

Each year, the holidays bring magical sights, dazzling displays, and heartwarming local events. Here are a few to check out in the Treasure Valley.

OLD BOISE N-SCALE MODEL RAILROADERS AND SANTA Every Saturday in December Pioneer Building, Boise


BALLET IDAHO’S ‘THE NUTCRACKER’ Shows run Dec. 19–23 Morrison Center, Boise As one of the most iconic Christmas stories, Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” is brought to life each December with this beautiful ballet. Enjoy the classic tale as Clara is whisked off to an enchanted land with the Nutcracker. The two see wondrous sights, experience fantastic scenes, and must overcome the feared Rat King. Dancers from Ballet Idaho’s children’s division will join professional company members for a dazzling show. Find more information at

Thursday, Dec. 19, 6–7 p.m. Idaho State Capitol Building

Come see the expansive model railroaders exhibit with special Christmas trains that only begin their routes when gifts must be delivered to children all over the world. Oh, and Santa is coming, too! The jolly fellow will be taking Christmas wishes starting on Thanksgiving and continuing through the Saturday before Christmas. While you wait to get a picture with Santa, enjoy the festive feel of the historic Pioneer Building and the impressive model railroad display. Pictures with Santa and the display are both free and open to the public.

Enjoy the cheerful atmosphere as you’re serenaded by the Boise High School Choir and Orchestra in the Idaho State Capitol’s rotunda. This free, festive concert is an annual event hosted by Boise High School at the Capitol and is a great way to celebrate the holiday season. The concert is free and open to the public.

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