Premier Dental - February 2020

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HOW OUR TEXTING CONFIRMATION SYSTEM SAVES YOU TIME

VISIT OUR OFFICE AT: 321 FARNSWORTH AVENUE, BORDENTOWN, NJ 08505 609-298-1124 OFFICE STAFF: PATIENT CO-ORDINATORS MICHELE JOHANNA DENTAL ASSISTANT CATHLEEN

Premier Dental was one of the earliest adopters of electronic patient communication. We began using the Lighthouse 360 automated system to confirm your appointments in January 2012. Back then, many of our patients used flip phones, and our main mode of confirmation was through voicemails and emails. As more people shifted away from flip phones, our team saw an opportunity to utilize texting, and our patients have been very responsive. All they need to do to confirm an appointment via text is press “C.”This ensures that our team’s time is well-spent treating and caring for patients who are currently in our office. Today, we all live crazy lives. We’re usually running from one task to the next, and we don’t want to waste any of your valuable time. Our texting system allows us to keep in touch with you without hindering your daily life. The Lighthouse system enables patients to confirm appointments via text, email, or phone from anywhere. All you have to do is push a button or click an icon. You can do this from your smartphone, desktop, laptop, or conventional phone. It also offers a final reminder, which is usually a text message sent on the day of the appointment. • If you get a text from our office, please reply “C” to confirm. • If you get an email, click on the icon next to the green box with a check mark that says, “Yes, I’ll be there.” • If you answer an automated phone call live, listen to the message and push “1” to confirm. You must be present at the time of the incoming call to push “1.” If not, the automated system will leave a message, and you must then call the office to confirm the appointment. Here’s how it works!

Once you confirm, the system will only send a final reminder.

However, if you do not confirm, the

automated system will keep sending messages requesting confirmation. If you cannot make your appointment, you must call the office to reschedule or cancel.

We request that you call the office at least two days prior to your scheduled time if you cannot make it. If there are financial reasons for canceling, please call our front office and discuss the matter openly. We may be able to help you. When you confirm, your appointment slot on our software turns blue, indicating your confirmation. Otherwise, we are left wondering whether you are coming or not. Please keep in mind that your appointment slot is reserved for you. Last- minute cancellations obviously cost the practice, but, more importantly, another patient who urgently needs treatment could have been given that slot. Your time is valuable, as is the doctor’s time and hygienist’s time.

HYGIENIST

CHARLENE PRACTICE MANAGER PETER

Therefore, we request that you make every attempt to keep your appointment.

Thank you for your cooperation, and see you soon!

–Peter Gopal

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FROM ZERO TO 300 Meet the Women Who Pioneered Motor Sports

While Danica Patrick and Courtney Force are well known as modern faces in motor sports, they’re far from the first women to cross the finish line. Since the early 1900s, women have been a constant fixture of automotive racing, including the following three who each left their marks on the sport. Shirley Muldowney Shirley Muldowney is professionally known in the drag racing community as “The First Lady of Drag Racing.” In 1973, she was the first woman to earn a Top Fuel license from the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and, despite backlash from competitors, went on to win the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series an unprecedented three times. Twentieth Century Fox documented her trials and accomplishments in the 1983 biopic “Heart Like a Wheel.”Muldowney famously loathed her own characterization but still lauded the film as required viewing for anyone interested in the sport of drag racing. Janet Guthrie Janet Guthrie had her sights set on the stars from day one. A skilled aerospace engineer, she began her racing career in 1963. After taking home two class wins in the famed 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race, Guthrie became a well-known figure among racing gurus. In 1976, she became the first woman to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series when she finished 15th in the Coca-Cola 600, then called the World 600. To date, Guthrie’s storied career has landed her in the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and the Automotive Hall of Fame.

CREATE YOUR OWN ODYSSEY Mythical Adventures Await in the Mediterranean

One of the oldest stories in Western literature is Homer’s “The Odyssey.” This epic poem tells the story of Odysseus and his long journey home after the Trojan War. While Odysseus’ travels were fraught with mythical monsters and magic, many of the places he visited are said to be inspired by real islands in the Mediterranean. Even today, travelers flock to these islands looking for peace, adventure, and epic stories of their own.

Sicily, Italy

One of the most popular stories in “The Odyssey” is the tale of Odysseus rescuing his crew from Polyphemus, a man-eating Cyclops. It’s said that Polyphemus made his home on what is now modern-day Sicily. Fortunately, there are no Cyclopes in Sicily today; there are only cultural festivals, world-class golf courses, and delicious food.

Dorothy Levitt Dorothy Levitt is known for her driving

Gozo, Malta

skills on both land and water, setting the first water speed record and an early women’s world land speed record. Her motor racing career started slow in 1904 due to illness and various car troubles, but Levitt eventually went on to garner a reputation for her speed and earn the nickname “The Fastest Girl on Earth.”When “The Woman and the Car,” Levitt recommended that women carry a small mirror with them for driving in traffic, effectively inventing the rearview mirror five years before they went into production. she wasn’t racing, she spent her time writing. In her book

While Odysseus’ journey was perilous, he did enjoy one peaceful stop. Odysseus spent seven years on the mythical island of Ogygia, home of the nymph Calypso. Historians suspect that Ogygia was Gaudos, now modern-day Gozo, Malta. Gozo is home to the Ġgantija temples, which are older than the Egyptian pyramids. In addition to exploring its archaeological marvels, Gozo’s visitors can also enjoy snorkeling, horseback riding, and other memorable adventures. If you want to chart your own odyssey, make your final stop Odysseus’ home, the island of Ithaca. Covered in lush greenery and quaint villages, Ithaca is a wonderful place to relax at the end of your trip. Visitors can enjoy their morning coffee by a seaside cafe before lounging on a secluded beach for the rest of the day. It’s no wonder why Odysseus fought so hard to get back to Ithaca! With dozens of other islands to explore, the Mediterranean is the perfect place to plan your own odyssey —minus the mythical monsters, of course. Ithaca, Greece

If you want to learn more about these women and others in motor racing, pick up Todd McCarthy’s

book “Fast Women: The Legendary Ladies of Racing.”

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STICK A FORK IN IT Healthy Eating Habits From Around the World

In the U.S., there’s nothing we love more than our large meat-and-potatoes dinners, but, according to nutritional experts, American-style meals are expanding our waistlines and leading to chronic medical conditions. Push back against these

and turmeric can decrease inflammation in the body while curry powder can aid in digestion and strengthen your bones and heart.

You Try It: Using your own spices, have a spice-blending competition. Taste-test the creations and decide which recipes are good enough for a repeat and which ones will go down in family history as lofty experiments. Who knows? You may just discover your family’s next favorite meal.

unhealthy habits by checking out these healthier food traditions from around the globe that your whole family will enjoy. Japan: The Appearance In Japanese culture, an emphasis is placed on the look and color of the meal instead of the portion size. Japanese chefs opt for smaller portions of colorful fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish to create gorgeous, nutrient-packed meals. The result is a dish that is as beautiful as it is nutritious.

Mexico: The Lunch Diners in Mexico often step away from the hustle and bustle of their busy days to enjoy their largest meal of the day: lunch. Though it may surprise you, this cultural tradition has surprising health benefits. Nutritional experts point to making lunch the largest meal of the day as the healthiest dining option, especially to

You Try It: Learn the art of making sushi and other Japanese meals with your family. See what creative combinations your family can create,

control weight. More calories at lunch keep hunger at bay, which means less afternoon snacking and fewer daily calories overall, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. You Try It: Short of packing bigger lunches for your kiddos, try out this style of eating during the weekends. Enjoy large, family-style midday meals and smaller dinners with your loved ones on Saturdays and Sundays to reap the nutritional benefits of a large lunch. For more information and tips on how to transform your eating habits, visit DoSomething.org. EASY SHRIMP SCAMPI

and vote for the best one! As an added bonus, since portions are small, meals are easily transportable to school and work.

India: The Spice Delicious spices comprise the bold flavors in traditional Indian dishes, and many even boast health benefits. Common ingredients like ginger

TAKE A BREAK

Inspired by The Blond Cook

Ingredients

Directions

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In a skillet over mediumheat, melt 2 tbsp of butter with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add shrimp and oregano, stirring frequently until shrimp is pink. Remove shrimp from skillet. Add wine and lemon juice to skillet and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir in remaining butter and olive oil and cook until butter is melted. Add cooked shrimp to skillet and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. In a serving bowl, top cooked linguine with shrimp mixture. Garnish with parsley and serve.

4 tbsp butter

4 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp minced garlic

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1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined

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1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 cup dry white wine

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1/4 cup lemon juice

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8 oz cooked linguine

1/4 cup parsley

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MEET CONAN The Dog Who Helped Take Down al-Baghdadi

On Oct. 28 last year, President Donald Trump tweeted a photo that quickly went viral. It showed an adorable

where the terrorist ultimately died. It’s unclear whether Conan was there to track al-Baghdadi or to spot IEDs that may have been planted on the route, but either way, he performed well. According to NBC News, Conan was injured by some live electrical cables during the mission, but he recovered quickly and was back on duty within the week. Meanwhile, President Trump invited the brave pup to the White House and tweeted out a doctored photo that showed him awarding Conan a Medal of Honor. President Trump captioned the photo “AMERICAN HERO!” and he’s not alone in his appreciation for the hardworking dogs that have been helping our military since World War II. “To me, they’re the first line of defense,” United States War Dogs Association President Ron Aiello told Vox after the news about Conan came out. “They’re such a great asset to our military today.” Military dogs are put up for adoption after 6–8 years in the service, which means a lucky civilian could take Conan in as early as 2022! Meanwhile, dozens of other smart canine heroes are looking for homes. To learn more about military and other working dog adoptions, visit MissionK9Rescue.org.

snapshot of a bright-eyed Belgian Malinois, tongue lolling, still wearing its camo military vest. In

the caption, President Trump explained that the pup, Conan, was a national hero who was instrumental in taking down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

With four years in special operations forces and roughly 50 missions under his collar, Conan was selected to be part of the team that pursued

al-Baghdadi through a network of underground tunnels in northwest Syria,

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