Elkins Dental February 2018



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jobs stayed with me long after that. Working long hours for little pay is a humbling experience, and I have a lot of respect for anybody who does that. I know I can’t look at a burger or a gallon of milk without thinking about the effort that went into producing it. I’m glad to say that my own kids are keen to learn these lessons themselves. My oldest, Evie, is gainfully employed at a sandwich shop right now.That’s her in the background of the picture where Beth and I come in to embarrass her at work! Evie isn’t in fast food, but she’s in the service industry, and she’s working hard for her money. My second-oldest is 16 now, and she’s also thinking about getting a part-time job. I know the other kids are soon to follow in the next few years. I’m glad to know that the lessons of those jobs will stay with them, just as they’ve stayed with me. All the best,

And work I did. I got a job at a dairy, and nothing could really prepare me for the grit it demanded, from the early start to the tough work around animals, I was really out of my element. I’ve talked before about the respect I gained for my schoolmates while I worked in the dairy, many whom had grown up in agriculture. I ran myself into the ground on that job, and if hard work was all it took I think it would have worked out. But I didn’t have the experience in agriculture that my friends did. And when a job requires specific skills, hard work is only part of the equation. That job didn’t last very long, but the next one did. I found myself working at a Burger King in town, learning as much as I could about the service industry over the course of a year. Just like I’d gained new respect for farmers and dairyman in the first job, the Burger King gig gave me an appreciation for fast food and other service industry employees. I can’t say that I really loved flipping burgers, but it felt good to know that I was earning my own money fair and square. I stayed at the Burger King until I graduated high school.The lessons from my high school

I’m pretty sure everybody remembers their first real paycheck. I certainly do — and I certainly earned it! When I was 16 years old, my friends helped me get work in a dairy. As a military kid who’d moved a lot, I was used to hard work. I was also enterprising — mowing lawns, pulling weeds, and other odd jobs that paid a bit here and there. But, by the time we got to Fallen, Utah, I was ready to start working in earnest.

–Dr. Elkins

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Spices and herbs add much more than flavor and aroma to your favorite beverages and treats.They also offer many health benefits. When properly utilized, these spice rack staples can ease a variety of symptoms. Ready to find your new holistic health kick? Read on. NUTMEG This spice, known for its earthy, nutty flavor, has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Want to calm nagging pain? This spice has been used to treat joint pain and arthritis. It can even be used to remedy bad breath. Nutmeg is most potent when it’s freshly grated, so it’s recommended you purchase whole nutmeg seed, found in most specialty food stores. You can incorporate nutmeg into your diet by taking it as a supplement in capsule form or simply sprinkling it into your next chai tea. Your achy joints will thank you.

GINGER This root is an essential natural anti-inflammatory. It can help ease an upset stomach and finally tame your nausea. You can safely eat it raw, candied, as a supplement, in tea, or in baked goods. Ginger is most effective when it’s ingested raw or in capsule form. If you have morning sickness, raw ginger might do the trick. Just ask the people of ancient China. Like many spices, ginger’s use as a supplement goes back centuries. Southeast Asian countries used it to ease their own common ailments. Call it tried and true. PEPPERMINT You can use peppermint as an essential oil, steep the leaves for tea, or take a supplement capsule. Each form comes with its own benefits. As an essential oil, peppermint is great for treating colds. It’s a mild decongestant, and it helps with coughs and stuffed-up noses. It also soothes sore throats and headaches. Rub one or two drops under your nose, on your temples, or over your sinuses and feel the relief wash over you! Even further, a study published by The BMJ found that when administered as a capsule, peppermint helped reduce the symptoms of IBS in a majority of patients.

A Word From

Kalie and Caryn

reach those back teeth, especially for children, and if you go this route we recommend finding fluoride-coated floss picks. Other options, like water picks, are good additions to your routine — but they are not replacements for flossing. Flossing does a better job of removing bacteria than water picks, and it also stimulates the gums in a healthy way. Are you flossing — and if so, are you flossing right? If you have any flossing questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to help! –Kalie and Caryn

When it comes to flossing excuses, we have heard it all!

From “My teeth are too close together to floss,” to “My teeth shred the floss and my hands are too big,” there’s no story that surprises us these days. But let’s get real for a second: Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth, and every single person needs to do it. The basics are simple: Take an 18-inch length of floss and gently guide it between your teeth.Then make a “C” shape with the floss, and rub the tooth up and down to remove any buildup and plaque. Make sure to get both teeth each time you guide the floss down, and don’t forget the backside of your back teeth. There’s simply no substitute for flossing as outlined above; it’s the best way to take care of your teeth. But we realize that it’s not always that simple. Many people prefer to use the floss picks, and we understand that they might be easier than a string of floss.That’s okay by us, but only if you rinse the pick off in between each tooth. Floss picks do make it easier to

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GOOD CHEER Beer lovers, rejoice! Idaho is the world’s largest hop producer, and more and more people are taking advantage of our agricultural bounty by opening breweries in the Treasure Valley. Share a few of these treasures with visiting family members and their only question will be “How did we not come here sooner?” 1. Heat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 2. Press a cheese square into each tot, then wrap with a piece of bacon. Dredge each tot in brown sugar. 3. Place tots seam side down on baking sheet. Bake for 20–25 minutes, using metal tongs to turn halfway through. 4. Garnish with parsley, if desired, and serve immediately. • 2 cups frozen tater tots, defrosted • 1 ounce sharp cheddar, cut into 1/4-inch squares • 4 slices bacon, quartered • 1/4 cup brown sugar • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

MOUNTAIN RANGES Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, we don’t have to go far to find mountaintop winter activities. If skiing or tubing is your idea of winter fun, Bogus Basin is just a short drive away, and heading to McCall makes a fun weekend getaway. ... AND RIVERS Not only are we surrounded by the Payette and Boise rivers, Idaho is also home to the deepest gorge in North America: Hells Canyon. Take that, Arizona! Instructions

Out-of-town relatives who are visiting for the holidays might wonder what makes Emmett so special. But we already know the Treasure Valley is full of gems — and we don’t just mean the rocks. Here are some additional reasons Emmett and The Gem State are great. WE’VE GOT SUNSHINE On average, we have 210 sunny days per year. Compare that to 144 rainy days in Portland and we can feel pretty happy about all our free vitamin D.

(Recipe inspired by ThisGrandmaIsFun.com.)

GEM STATE WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE Alexis Cole: Valentine’s Day

Stoller Safari (2 and under) Where: Zoo Boise When: February 8, 10 a.m.

Where: Nampa Civic Center When: February 14, 7:30 p.m.

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, a holiday classically celebrated by showering your better half with chocolates, jewelry, and elaborate, store-bought cards. But what if you were to express your love for your significant other without any of that? What if, instead, you were to express your love through your actions? Taking time to do small acts for your partner can be more meaningful than purchasing a gift. Here are five simple ways to let them know how much you care on Valentine’s Day or any day of the year. 1. Find their favorite snack and fill their bag or car with it. 2. Take them to the movie they’ve been wanting to see — even if you’re not excited about it. 3. Prepare coffee the night before and have a cup ready for them when they get out of bed. 4. Offer to watch the kids for a few hours and tell your spouse to go enjoy the book they’ve been trying to finish. 5. Make a point to notice something new about your significant other and compliment them on that detail.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 1. What’s in a Job? 2. 3 Holistic Remedies Hiding in Your Kitchen A Word From Kalie and Caryn



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anticipate having solo students and arrange for partners to cycle through, so everyone has the opportunity to practice. Of course, ballroom dance isn’t your only option for a fun workout. If relying on a partner isn’t your style, there are plenty of other dance genres you can groove to. Consider trying K-pop (Korean pop music), Zumba, hip-hop, ballet, tap, and even belly dancing, if you’re feeling adventurous. With dance, exercise becomes an activity you look forward to. You no longer need to treat exercise as a dreaded chore week after week. Even if you have two left feet, remember that dancing is an acquired skill. With a willingness to learn, over time, you could dance circles around Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Get your groove on today and search for dance studios in your area, look for lessons at your local community center, or find instructional videos online and bust a move right in your living room. When it comes to dance, if you’re having fun and moving, you’re doing it right.

Whether you enjoy a romantic waltz, an intimate salsa, or a fun swing, dance promises a full-body workout. Your legs, glutes, back, core, and even arms are engaged when you feel the music. A study from the University of Brighton in England found that dance can burn 600 calories per hour, depending on the intensity of the

When you get ready to exercise, the last thing you probably think to wear is a bow tie or evening dress. If that’s the case, then it’s time to broaden your approach to fitness and step out onto the dance floor.The wide world of dance might hold the secret to exercise that you — and your partner — will actually enjoy!

dance, which is as much as running for an hour! In addition to toning your muscles, dancing also improves balance and coordination. Your brain is engaged as you memorize the steps and spins, a health perk you miss when you’re on the treadmill or lifting weights. Don’t have a partner willing to join you on the dance floor? No problem! Many dance classes

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