Pitner Orthodontics - October 2019

Fall FamilyFun


Thanksgiving Crafts Thanksgiving is only a month away, and your possibilities for holiday-themed crafts are endless with just a few supplies like paper, scissors, markers, and string.You can make turkey placemats, tissue paper trees, pumpkin garlands, paper pumpkins, or leaf mobiles to hang from the ceiling. Compile a list of ideas and have your kids pick out which craft they want to do first, then get to work together to create as many decorations as you want to display for Turkey Day. With these engaging craft ideas, the whole family will be eager to make their own decorations and show them off for months to come!

which means it’s time to

unbroken leaves, then head back inside and get creative!You can pull out the construction paper and paint trees, using handprints and “arm prints” as the trunks and branches. Paint the leaves you found to spruce up your trees or use them as decorations on their own.You can also use them for leaf printing or leaf pressing. Fun Finger Food When you’ve got multiple friends and family members coming over and you need snacks, edible decorations are the way to go.You can get a little creative and make elaborate treats, or you can opt for delicious and easy-to-make finger foods with your kids. A good starting treat for your family is a batch of pumpkin Rice KrispieTreats. Add orange food coloring to the mix and get your kids to shape the treats like pumpkins before using a few pretzel sticks to make sturdy stems.

bring out the

fall decor! To make this season especially memorable for your family, create your own decorations with these fun ideas below. Pine Cone Painting Go on a family walk through the park to pick up a few fallen pine cones or take a quick trip to the store to buy a bag. Once everyone has their own hand-picked pine cone, grab a paintbrush and a few colors and have at it! For extra flair, add some fixings like glitter, beads, sequins, string, and more.

Leaf Painting Take a trip outside with the

kids to pick out some large,


Why Your Dog Loves Your Retainer


get the case open, and start munching. It’s important to keep your retainer somewhere safe, like inside a drawer. Even though I know retainers are important, if I found my mom’s retainer sitting out, I’m not sure I could resist! That’s right, even Dr. Pitner wears a retainer. My mom wore braces as a kid and still uses a retainer today to keep her teeth straight and pretty. Teeth shift around naturally. Orthodontists like my mom harness the power of human biology with braces or Invisalign aligners to move teeth into place. However, once the braces or aligners come out, biology is still going to

make your teeth shift around. That’s why even people

This month, I want to talk about retainers. Now, I’ve never had a retainer, but my puppy friends say they’re delicious . If that’s true, it’s no wonder we have patients coming in all the time because their dog has chewed up their old retainer. The reason your dog loves your retainer so much is because it smells like you. If you want your dog to play with a new toy, it helps to spit on it a little. It’ll smell like you, so we’ll know it’s safe. Now imagine how your retainer must smell after being in your mouth! We dogs have incredible noses. If we smell a tasty retainer in its case sitting on a bedside table, it’s not hard for us to knock it down,

who had braces as a kid sometimes need to fix their teeth again as an adult.

If you want your teeth to stay straight, you have to wear your retainer every night

for the rest of your life. And unless you want

your retainer to become a really expensive chew toy, be sure to keep it somewhere your dog can’t reach. –Buster




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