OUR LEESTOWN TEAM THE CARE WE GIVE ALL OUR PATIENTS AND TEAM MEMBERS
In a 2008 survey conducted by the National Trust in Britain, children were more likely to correctly identify a Dalek from “Doctor Who” than a barn owl. Likewise, a 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study of 8–18-year-olds in the U.S. found that the average youth spends more than 53 hours a week engaged with entertainment media. These statistics, coupled with growing concerns that children are spending less time outdoors, are leading to terms like “nature deficit disorder” and global initiatives to get kids outside. Why is contact with the outdoors so important? Researchers are answering this question by studying the benefits of time spent in nature. One benefit is that outdoor time helps kids understand boundaries and learn how to assess risk. As naturalist, author, and broadcaster Stephen Moss puts it, “Falling out of a tree is a very good lesson in risk-reward.” Not to mention, time in nature may help improve focus for hyperactive kids. In one national study of youths by the University of Illinois, participants’ attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms were reduced after spending time in a green setting versus a more urban one. This may be due to the fact that natural environments call upon our “soft fascination,” a less exhausting type of focus than what is required by urban environments. Emotional benefits were discovered too, including reduced aggression, increased happiness, and improved self-esteem. Beyond just getting outside, the type of contact we have with nature also matters. Visits to nature centers and watching “Planet Earth” are two ways to experience the outdoors. But research points specifically to the importance of free play in the natural world: unstructured outdoor time when children can explore and engage with their natural surroundings with no curriculum, lesson, or activity to complete. Ever notice how kids are fascinated by the simplest things? A child visits a rose garden, but before they even get to the flowers, they become captivated by a leaf on the ground or an ant crawling on their shoe. Children are born naturalists. These are the moments we need to recapture. Take a page out of that kid’s book, and as the saying goes, stop and smell the roses — or leaves or ants — with no checklist and no plan, just time spent playing outside. SCIENCE WANTS YOU TO STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES THE BENEFITS OF SPENDING TIME OUTSIDE
Building trusting and lasting relationships with our patients is a big part of what we do here at Beaumont
Family Dentistry. Emily, one of our Leestown office administrators, loves the opportunity to meet and talk with everyone who comes through our doors. “We have a variety of patients at our office, and getting to know them is something we thoroughly enjoy. We have several long-term patients that have become like family to us. It’s really incredible.” The Leestown office has three individuals working at the front desk to ensure our patients feel welcome and that their billing and insurance needs are met. The five hygienists and three assistants who work side by side with our dentists, Dr. Erica Higginbotham and Dr. Jill Miller, ensure that our patients receive the best care while they support one another, as well. “From the beginning,” Emily says, “Beaumont Family Dentistry always felt like home. Everybody was just genuinely kind. This is the first team I’ve been a part of where everyone works so well together. We are a family. The support and respect that is shown by each of our team members is immeasurable. Everyone jumps in to help when and where it is needed, without being asked.” That same support and care are what we incorporate in every aspect of our practice. This type of atmosphere helps our patients relax and feel reassured. At each of our offices, our teams care deeply for one another and our patients. It’s our goal to take care of every person who walks through our doors and ensure they leave with a smile.
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