Livingston Dental February 2019

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February 2019

Life With Livingston Dental

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How We Met

Chance, Fate, and a Woman Who Follows Her Heart

there. She had many dance partners, and I was so reserved I didn’t get a chance. I left disappointed. Then, there was a preference dance, to which the young ladies invited the young men. I was Jeanelle’s choice. We went to the dance on a double date with my good friend Stuart, who had been invited by Jeanelle’s friend. Our budding romance flourished. Jeanelle and I dated for just over a year. By the last day of finals that April, I knew I wanted to marry her. We really loved each other. We’d talked about marriage, so I spoke to her father, got permission, and proposed to her. Soon after, we picked rings and she bought her dress. Four months later, on August 21, 1981, Jeanelle and I married. Everything went beautifully. The first song we danced to at the reception was Air Supply’s “You’re Every Woman in the World.” So much had to happen for me to be able to meet this incredible woman and for the rest to follow. Call it chance, fate, luck, or perseverance — I’m the lucky one. I consider our successful marriage and our five kids and eight grandkids to be the greatest accomplishment of my life.

A week later, I finished my work for the day, got cleaned up, and headed to the dance. Jeanelle was there, and we buzzed around the dance floor for over an hour. It was wonderful, but around 10 p.m., she told me she had to go to work — the night shift at the hospital. I was disappointed she had to leave but told her I was glad she had come and that maybe (I hoped) I’d see her at church the following weekend. After she left, there was no one else I wanted to dance with, so I left too. But there was a twist: she was engaged. Little did I know, though, she had gone home and called her fiance. “The wedding is off,” she told him. “I met someone at church, and this is wrong. I can’t have feelings for him and still marry you.” As you can imagine, her fiance was dismayed. He drove five hours to Edmonton, hoping to change her mind. When he couldn’t, he drove to her parents’ house to speak with Jeanelle’s father, Grant. “You have to talk some sense into your daughter,” he told him. Grant pondered for a minute. “You don’t know her very well, do you?” he asked. “What do you mean?” the former fiance replied. “I’m not going to change her mind,” Grant said. “When she sets her mind to something, no one can change it.” Later that summer, Jeanelle and I met at another dance. I wanted to dance with her, but as it happened, so did every other guy

The story of how Jeanelle and I met is both improbable and, in many ways, ordinary. We met, we fell in love, we got married, and we built a beautiful life together. There are probably tales more thrilling than ours, but this is our story, and it’s important to us. I don’t have space in the newsletter to recount every single detail, but here’s the story as I remember it. I met Jeanelle in church one day as I was innocently minding my own business. I worked with my parents on road construction projects during the summer, and on this particular weekend, we were about five hours from home in Edmonton, Alberta. It didn’t make sense for us to travel all the way back home since we’d resume our work on Monday, so we stayed in Edmonton and went to church there that Sunday. An elderly woman from our community had moved to Edmonton, and she knew my family. She also happened to know Jeanelle, who had just graduated from nursing school. Our mutual acquaintance introduced us and suggested that Jeanelle could show me to Sunday School. We were supposed to learn about the Bible, but honestly, we learned more about each other. At the end of the meeting, they announced that a dance would be held for young adults the following weekend in the church. I asked Jeanelle if she liked to dance. “I love to,” she said.

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Strength of Mind

Tips to Keep Memory Sharp and Improve Cognitive Function

up a new hobby work wonders to keep your mind active and your memory sharp. These mental exercises are especially important after retirement, often to make up for the loss of stimulating challenges that work used to provide. GET PHYSICAL Taking care of our physical health has also been shown to help brain function. According to a study by Sydney University in Australia, aerobic exercise is particularly good at jogging our memory. The researchers note that “aerobic exercise acts by preventing the usual decrease in neurogenesis associated with aging, thus resulting in greater retention of neural matter — particularly in the hippocampus.” In short, exercises like swimming and running keep the part of our brain responsible for memory from shrinking. SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY Humans are social creatures. Many studies have shown that being a part of a supportive social group can significantly benefit our physical and mental health. In fact, the American Journal of Public Health reports that people who have daily contact with friends and family cut their risk of dementia and mental impairment almost in half. Our mental diaries may be longer and fuller than they were in Wilde’s day, but if we fill those pages with hobbies, exercise, and close friends, our memories will remain sharp and vivid for the rest of our days.

Irish poet Oscar Wilde once called memory “the diary that we all carry about with us.” Of course, in Wilde’s time, the average

life expectancy was less than 50 years old. As modern medicine continues to enable people to live longer, these “diaries” tend to become muddled. Fortunately, there are ways

to counteract the natural dulling of our memory that comes with time.

PUZZLE YOURSELF Just like any other muscle, our brain needs a workout in order to stay strong. As Dr. Celeste Robb-Nicholson of Harvard Medical School writes, “Challenging your brain

with mental exercise is believed to activate processes that help maintain individual brain cells.” Activities like solving puzzles, learning a musical instrument, or picking

Implanting a New Look

Implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years, but the time frame from surgery to completion varies from patient to patient. If you think you’re ready to hear more about how an implant procedure could help you, call your certified local specialists at Livingston Dental. We perform the most up-to-date procedures — all in-office — that will leave you with a smile you’ll want to show off.

You’re never too old or too young to get a new lease on your self-image. Taking back control of your once-sparkling smile with dental implants can be a huge step toward finding the appearance you want. With the advanced dental technology available today, there has never been a better time to love the look of the person in the mirror. And looks aside, dental implants are practical, too, since they can replace missing teeth, allowing you to enjoy your favorite meals and activities with newfound confidence. In accordance with the recommendations of the American Dental Association, here’s what you should generally expect with any dental implant procedure: Your dental surgeon will place the implant into your jawbone, after which you’ll likely be regulated to a diet of soft foods with no heat extremes to allow for optimum healing. While it’s healing, osseointegration takes place. During this process, bone begins to grow around the implant, holding it firmly in place until it is just as strong as your regular teeth. This takes time, and it may be months until your replacement tooth can be attached to the stint that was implanted, although they can sometimes be placed in the same visit! Finally, a custom- made crown will be placed over the implant to look and feel like a regular tooth.

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Coming to the Dentist Can Be Fun!

Hear It From Our Patients

terms. I recommend him to everyone I know. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! You are a godsend.” — Suzette Thank you Lisa, Krissy, and Suzette for your kind words! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience here. We love serving the Star Valley! Do you know about our Referral Program? For every friend or family member you refer to us, you’ll be entered into our weekly and quarterly drawings! If your family members or friends are in need of a caring, knowledgeable dentist, let them know about Livingston Dental. You’ll be entered to win awesome prizes like a Yeti cooler or a snow blower!

We love hearing from our patients! Here are few of the kind words they’ve recently shared about us.

“I always enjoy coming to the dentist now that I’m seeing Dr. Livingston for my dental issues. He treats me like I’m a friend. He relays any information that’s interesting about me to any of the staff who also have worked with me. His wife and staff are always very helpful and professional. It’s a treat to walk in and be greeted by their smiles!” — Lisa “Dr. Livingston and his staff are absolutely amazing! I had a broken tooth today, and they were able to see me quickly for a repair. I’ve always been very nervous when it comes to dental work due to bad experiences elsewhere, but Dr. Livingston and his staff made me feel completely at ease, and he was very gentle and kind throughout my ordeal. I highly recommend them!” — Krissy “Dr. Livingston and his entire staff have been absolutely amazing. They gave me back my smile. I am forever grateful! Everyone is so kind and gentle. Dr. Livingston explains everything to you in layman’s

1st referral = 3 entries 2nd referral = 5 entries 3rd referral and up = 10 entries

Learn more on our website, and leave reviews on our Facebook page: We can’t wait to hear from you!

Puzzle Time! Spicy Salmon Tartare Ingredients

Inspired by Epicurious

• 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, minced • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh chives, minced • 1 1/2 teaspoons grapeseed or vegetable oil • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste • Crackers or chips, for serving

• 1 8-ounce boneless, skinless salmon fillet • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice • 1/4 teaspoon lime zest • 1/4 cup cucumber, seeded and finely diced • 1 1/2 teaspoons jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced • 1 1/2 teaspoons shallots, minced • 3/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated


1. Place salmon in freezer for 20 minutes to make slicing easier. 2. Meanwhile, prepare other ingredients for mixing. 3. Thinly slice salmon into sheets and cut sheets into strips and strips into cubes. When finished, you should have 1/8-inch cubes. 4. In a mixing bowl, combine salmon with all other ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Garnish with chips or crackers and serve. 3 Livingston Dental

















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How I Met Jeanelle

3 Ways to Improve Your Memory All You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Hear What Our Patients Are Saying Spicy Salmon Tartare

Prepare for an Adventure in Lapland

Into the Arctic Circle If you’re eager for a new adventure in 2019, you’ll surely find it in Swedish Lapland. As the northernmost region of Sweden, this

Adventure in Swedish Lapland

blueberries, lingonberries, and the brightly colored cloudberries.

— though this is a must-visit any time of the year. Befriend a Scandinavian and you might be treated to some pickled herring or even a princess cake, a raspberry-filled dessert covered in marzipan. Scandinavians cherish their public lands, and the trail systems are well taken care of. Hikers and backpackers can enjoy the stunning beauty in both late spring and summer, as well as have a chance to see the midnight sun. Because of its far-north location, Swedish Lapland receives close to 24 hours of sunlight from June through August. Between the boulder fields, mountains, and stunning glacial lakes, hiking here is a treat. While hiking, you may spot some reindeer herds or lemmings (a small rodent similar to a hamster) racing around rocks. The Sami people have herded reindeer for thousands of years through this very land. In the summer, keep an eye out for

Because of the Arctic climate, weather conditions can change quickly from sunshine to rain and heavy fog, so it’s best to dress in layers and bring wind and rain protection if you plan to venture into the backcountry. The fantastic scenery of Swedish Lapland awaits you, no matter when you decide to take your trip. What are you waiting for?

unique area is home to national parks, glaciers, reindeer, the beguiling midnight sun, and spectacular night skies. Though it’s cold this time of year, one benefit of traveling to the region in winter is to catch a glimpse of the night sky. In late winter, the northern lights are visible from a few remote locations like Abisko National Park, one of the first established national parks in Sweden. Traveling to Abisko is an adventure in and of itself. From Stockholm, the fastest option is to take one of only two airlines that fly into Kiruna, then travel by train to Abisko. Despite the challenge of getting there, adventure- seeking visitors from around the world arrive each winter to experience the beauty of the Arctic. Winter attractions include ice skating, snowshoeing, and the Scandinavian sauna 4 (307) 885-4337 |

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