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ANDERSON DENTAL CARE Nathan Brooks, DDS, Inc.
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IT’S ABOUT THE DISTANCE YOU COVER, NOT THE DESTINATION YOU REACH
In 2011, I volunteered to ride my bike nearly 130 miles from Indianapolis, IN, to Louisville, KY, as a leader with my church’s youth group. I was designated as a support leader for the ride. Good thing I was only needed for support because I’d never ridden anywhere near this distance on a bicycle before, and it had been a few years since I’d ridden a bike at all. We planned the ride meticulously. Since it was church-sponsored, we had to round up bikes for everybody and make sure strong safety protocols were in place. We had to pick the perfect route, one that would follow major roads, but not so major that people were going to get hit by cars. Since I hadn’t spent much time riding bikes before this, I had a lot of learning to do. I had to quickly learn how to change tires and dial in our gear, and figure out all the possible things we might need. My wife and I, along with a gaggle of kids and parents from our church, trained for something like 3–4 months leading up to our ride. Even just planning a bike ride that long takes a lot of work and effort. When the day of our ride came, it was a pretty great July day. It wasn’t terribly hot and the sun was shining. Our planned ride saw us riding a majority of the way on the first day — almost 100 miles — camping, and then finishing the ride on the second day. I felt confident as we set out. We had trained and prepared carefully. What could go wrong?
Sometimes, though, things just don’t go as planned, no matter how badly you want them to. I started feeling weak, and I fell to the back of the pack of bikers. People would ride back to check on me, and then take off again to the front of the pack, and even though I was feeling worse and worse, I did not want to give up. I wanted so badly to finish that ride. I didn’t get off my bike until it was absolutely past clear I had to. As much as I didn’t want to admit it, to myself or anyone else, I had heatstroke. I started to black out intermittently, and no amount of ice water could change that. It wasn’t safe, and I knew it. Reluctantly, I got off my bike and climbed into the medic van accompanying us. Sitting in that van, I felt so sheepish. I felt like I had failed, like all the months of training I’d put into preparing for the ride had been a waste. My wife had finished the ride just fine; why couldn’t I? I thought about all of the kids who were with us. Many of the kids were weaving around me, and I just could not keep going — not safely, anyway. In camp that night, it was pouring rain. As we huddled in tents, other riders tried to help comfort me, and I started to see the whole thing differently. After all, I had basically started from zero. Even though I had to ride in the van for part of the day, I’d still ridden 50 or 60 miles, not to mention all the training and planning I’d accomplished before the ride! I had fallen into
the trap of comparing myself to others, but I realized that wasn’t offering a meaningful view of what was really going on. Several other leaders on the trip were bikers. They biked long distances all the time and had all the special gear and fancy attire. I had hardly ridden my bike at all in the several years prior to this ride. I brought my best to the ride, but I still got heatstroke. It didn’t change the fact that I’d given it my all and had made huge strides from where I’d started. And isn’t that the point of goals? To move us forward in the direction we want to go. Despite things not working out the way I’d hoped, I decided to consider that trip a huge success because I made progress — I got better and I grew stronger. In the end, I’m proud of my accomplishment. I was able to finish the ride on the second day, and I ended up focusing on how much I accomplished — going from 5 miles to planning and mostly riding a 130-mile bike ride in just a few months. Accomplishment, it turns out, is all about the distance you get from your own starting point, wherever that may be.
– Dr. Brooks
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One of the greatest things about March Madness is that you don’t have to be a huge college basketball fan to get in on the fun. Kids of all ages can fill out brackets — or have a parent fill one out for them — and watch their picks duke it out on the court. While healthy competition among family members can be fun all on its own, check out the following tips if you’re looking to go the extra mile and reap as much fun from March Madness as you can. MARCH MADNESS FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY WHOSE PICKS WILL GO ALL THE WAY?
ARE YOU GETTING YOUR TEETH CLEANED OFTEN ENOUGH? Are two cleanings a year really enough to ensure your oral health for many years to come? Here’s the short answer: It depends. If you are currently in excellent oral health, don’t have any major risk factors, and have strong oral hygiene habits, then sure, visiting your dentist twice annually can be enough to keep your oral health in tip-top shape. However, in certain scenarios, patients benefit from more-frequent cleanings. In fact, Colgate popularized the idea that you should clean your teeth twice annually. Ultimately, the person most qualified to determine how frequently you need cleanings is your dentist. If you have the right dentist, you know that their goal is to keep your oral health on the right track, and they’d never make a recommendation for you to come in more frequently than you need to or have unnecessary procedures. As a dentist, the very best thing I can do for Anderson Dental Care is build strong relationships with my patients, and an important part of doing that is to keep them happy and healthy by avoiding the unnecessary time, money, and anxiety of major procedures. Even though extra cleanings may seem like the more expensive route in the short term, being proactive about oral health is one of the key ways patients can save money on their dental care. Take, for example, a patient who has strong oral genetics. Even though she’s genetically lucky, she drinks too much coffee, has a stressful job, and is in the habit of grinding her teeth at night. Once her enamel gave out, this young lady got her first three cavities all at once thanks to her coffee habit, stressful job, and forgetting to wear her night guard. Her dentist recommended four cleanings annually so her problem areas could be closely monitored. She agreed and ended up spending a little bit more time and money on cleanings since her insurance only covers two annually. Over the long term, though, she saved both time and money, because cleanings are still cheaper — not to mention more pleasant — than having cavities filled.
TURN EACH GAME INTO AN EVENT.
Not every kid may like watching basketball, but if they fill out a bracket, then they might gain at least a passing interest in who will win each game. To elevate their interest, turn each March Madness matchup into a little party. It doesn’t have to be fancy; make fun snacks to eat while you watch or bet pieces of candy on who will have the most points to create great family bonding opportunities.
REWARD THE WINNERS WITH PRIZES.
Offer prizes to each round winner as well as the overall bracket winner to get the whole family involved. Small prize ideas for each round can include a homemade dinner of the winner’s choice, a week’s supply of their favorite snack, or a coupon for getting out of a chore. Whoever wins the whole tournament (or makes it the furthest with their bracket) deserves a bigger reward. Offer them the chance to see a movie of their choice in theaters or to eat a meal at their favorite restaurant.
CREATE A LEARNING OPPORTUNITY.
Learning math or geography might not sound like your child’s idea of fun, but it can be when they learn it through
the lens of March Madness. See if your kids would be
interested in understanding the inner workings of the ranking system or studying where some of the qualifying colleges are located on a map of the United States. They may find it so interesting that they don’t even realize they’re learning valuable skills.
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GIVING BACK TO LOCAL COMPANIES
ON NATIONAL MOM AND POP BUSINESS OWNERS DAY
March 29 is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, which is huge for small businesses everywhere. Mom-and-pop businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy; Small Business Trends reports that mom- and-pop businesses account for 64% of gross domestic product (GDP) and generate 78% of all new jobs. Furthermore, no matter what turns the economy takes, small-business
Take this day to shop for birthday and holiday gifts for your loved ones that will bring them great joy and last a lifetime.
GET SOCIAL AND SPREAD THE WORD!
While small businesses utilize every form of marketing available, social media is essential for their success and growth. After shopping at your favorite mom-and-pop business, share that experience on your social media! When you write a post on Facebook or take a picture for Instagram, be sure to tag the business and use relevant hashtags so your friends, family, and everyone else in your community can shop there, too. Anderson Dental Care is a local mom and pop, and we appreciate every like, follow, and tag we get online. (You can find us on Facebook and Instagram by searching @atowndental.) Writing reviews on Google Reviews and Yelp helps establish validity for the company. When another potential customer looks for reviews, they know they’re getting quality products and services from a well- established pillar of the community. The local businesses that are active on social media may post deals and sales for that day only,
owners are less likely to lay off their employees than big corporations. Mom-and-pop businesses support all communities, and you can support them by celebrating this unofficial holiday!
GIVE YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY A BOOST!
Shopping locally has a massive impact on your community. Local businesses return three times the amount of money to the local economy than larger corporations do. With that big of a returned investment, your community can support even more small businesses that generate a wealth of jobs and keep the cycle going.
so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to follow all your favorite businesses! As always, thanks for supporting our small business.
In addition to the economic boost, products from small businesses are usually higher quality, which makes them a better value for your dollar.
YOUR MONTHLY NEED-TO-KNOW!
5 sprigs thyme
1 eggplant, peeled and chopped 1 large zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
1 large onion, halved and sliced 1/2-inch thick 1 red bell pepper, chopped 2 garlic cloves, sliced 2 pints cherry tomatoes
MARCH IS NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH: What you eat affects everything about your health, from your brain, to your waistline to your oral health. According to EatRight.org, consuming calcium-rich foods like dark leafy greens, almonds, canned salmon, fortified soy products, and dairy can help promote strong teeth and bones. Consuming plenty of phosphorus, which can be found in lean meat, eggs, nuts, and beans also strengthens your teeth. Finally, Vitamin C is essential in promoting gum health, so make sure to eat plenty of peppers, broccoli, potatoes, spinach, and tomatoes to celebrate Nutrition Month! HOW BIG IS YOUR BRAIN?: We’re giving away $25 every week! Just check our Facebook page every Tuesday to play our Tuesday Trivia contest. We’ll post a question, you post the answer (and be sure you’ve liked our page), and you’re entered to win! Every Wednesday, we’ll post the answer, some additional info, and announce the winner of a $25 Amazon e-gift card. Visit our page at Facebook.com/atowndental.
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2 tsp salt
3/4 cup olive oil, divided
1. Heat oven to 400 F. 2. In a colander, toss eggplant, zucchini, and salt. Let sit for 30 minutes and pat dry. 3. In an ovenproof pot, heat 1/2 cup olive oil. Add half of eggplant mixture, stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Remove vegetables from pot. 4. Tie thyme sprigs together with kitchen twine. 5. In the same pot, heat remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, and cook onion, pepper, garlic, and thyme for 8–10 minutes. 6. Add half the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. 7. Stir in original eggplant and zucchini mixture and top with remaining tomatoes. Do not stir. 8. Transfer pot to oven and bake mixture for 15–20 minutes. 9. Remove pot from oven and remove thyme bundle before serving.
Bonus points for making this and eating it while watching “Ratatouille” for a family movie night!
Inspired by Bon Appétit
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ANDERSON DENTAL CARE Nathan Brooks, DDS, Inc.
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March Madness Fun for the Whole Family
Are You Getting Your Teeth Cleaned Often Enough?
Celebrating National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day
What’s Happening in March, Cincinnati?
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MARCH, CINCINNATI?
From interactive exhibits of the prehistoric era to masterful performances of music by Vivaldi and Handel, March will be a great month to hit the town. Here are a few of our favorite picks this month:
cast of award-winning performers. The performance integrates CGI special effects, atmospheric effects, and sound effects to create an immersive experience. These shows aren’t cheap, but they promise to be a stimulating and rewarding experience.
JURASSIC QUEST When: March 13–15 Where: Duke Energy Center Cost: $20–$36
LANDSCAPE GARDENING FOR THE NOVICE When: March 11; 1:00 p.m. Where: Anderson Branch Library Cost: Free
Jurassic Quest features over 80 true-to-life-size dinosaurs, complete with every scale, feather, and talon placed to produce museum-quality standard. Jurassic Quest’s Dinosaur World features dinosaurs that roar, move, and walk around. The event will feature life-like baby dinosaurs and
This volunteer-led workshop is perfect for novice home gardeners who hope to up their game in 2020. The question and answer session will include helpful tips for plant selection to generate year-round interest, planting, fertilizing and pruning, and design planning for gardeners.
walking adolescent dinosaurs. This event also features activities like fossil digging, dinosaur-themed rides, kid-oriented crafts, and Dino Science Stations.
HANDEL IN ROME: THE DELIRIUM OF LOVE When: March 13–14; 8:00 p.m. Where: Music Hall Cost: $14–$130
SHEN YUN 2020 When: March 18–20; 7:30 p.m. Where: Aronoff Center for the Arts Cost: $80–$150
Featuring Thomas Dunford on the lute, soprano Joelle Harvey, and conductor Jonathan Cohen, this program will feature Baroque music by Handel and Vivaldi. Hosted by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, this concert is part of Series 2 and will include Vivaldi’s “Lute Concerto,” Zelenka’s “Sinfonia a 8”, and Handel’s “Delirio Amoroso.”
Shen Yun is a celebration of classical Chinese dance and this performance will feature stunning costumes, original orchestral works, and a
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