Exceptional Smiles @ Landerbrook - February 2021

February 2021


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We Could All Use a Little More Kindness

As a parent, I see a lot of myself in my kids. As I watch them go through their teen years, I’ve seen them deal with many things I also dealt with as a teen. But I’ve also noticed major differences, too, mainly in what they’re exposed to each and every day. When I was a kid, there was no internet or social media. Everything was essentially just there in real life — and that included the bullies. Today, kids deal with all kinds of challenges that stem from the internet and social media. By and large, that’s where today’s bullies hang out (though there are still plenty of real-life or IRL bullies). But kids are dealing with far more than bullies. They endure constant messaging — negative and positive — from all kinds of sources. I think when you’re asked to absorb so much information, your ability to process it well decreases, and it’s harder to make sense of everything you’re seeing or hearing. In the mix of it all, everything can start to feel the same as it blurs together. This is one of the many reasons why random acts of kindness are more important than ever. My wife and I taught our kids that it doesn’t cost anything to do something nice for someone else — even a tiny gesture of kindness can go a long way. I bring this up because Feb. 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day. It’s a good reminder to everyone of the importance of extending kindness to others. Now, the act of being kind might not make a huge difference to the

person doing the act of kindness, but it has the potential to completely change the outlook of the person on the receiving end. Kindness has a ripple effect. By simply saying hello, holding the door open, or telling someone that you appreciate them, you can turn their day around and completely change their mood or outlook! That’s because kindness is a reminder that someone cares, and sometimes that’s all we need. Everyone can benefit from a little kindness and positive reinforcement. For kids at school, that might mean sitting by someone who is eating lunch alone, picking up a dropped book, or striking up a conversation with the new kid. Granted, many of these things were easier pre- pandemic, but they’re things to keep in mind. In the age of texting and video chatting, personal and tactile interaction is not as common as it used to be. While we’re still interacting socially in the digital world, it’s not the same as interacting in the real world. It’s missing something that fulfills a basic human need. This month, I encourage you to engage in a little real-world act of kindness. But don’t stop when February ends — make this a daily practice. Listen to someone who has something to say. Reach out to someone you haven’t heard from in a while. Be the kindness that you want to see in the world. -Dr. Jason Schermer



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The Calendar of ‘Things to Look Forward To’ A SIMPLE WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR DAY!

Many families have faced disappointment in one way or another. Since early last year, countless activities and events have been canceled, and people had to skip many family vacations and get-togethers. Though it is a new year, it’s still going to be a while before normal activities and events will be scheduled, meaning there might not be a whole lot to look forward to, which can be disheartening. So, why not change that and give yourself and your family something to look forward to? A great way to improve your day — or week, month, or even year — is to write down things you’re excited about. In an article on Lifehacker.com, one mom talked about how she improved the overall mood of her family by creating a calendar of things to look forward to every week. In a post on Facebook, she wrote, “I wanted something for me and my kids to look forward to each day, so I posted a list to my fridge of the days of the week and one fun thing each day. (Like Taco Tuesday, Takeout Thursday, Dance Party Friday, Movie & Popcorn Sunday.)” It’s an idea anyone can easily implement. Create themed days (like game night or park day) or create a schedule of fun things. Write down when the next show or movie you’re interested in will be available to stream. You can do the same for a new book or video game that may be coming out and apply the concept to virtually anything. The important thing is that you write it down on a calendar so you can see it. When you or your family glance at the calendar and see what’s coming up, it elevates your mood and boosts your day. And the more things you’re looking forward to, the better!

Give it a try and get everyone in the family involved. When you need a little extra joy in your life, this is an incredibly simple way to achieve it!


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Setting the Record (and Your Teeth) Straight THE STORY OF EDWARD ANGLE Every branch of medicine has visionaries and orthodontics is no different. Meet Edward Angle, a man born in 1855 who later became widely known as the father of American orthodontics. When Angle was young, he wanted to know how things worked. Growing up, he spent a lot of time around tools and farm equipment, exploring the mechanics that kept everything in working order. As he got older, his curiosity for all things mechanical turned to the physiological, particularly teeth. Angle pursued his passion by getting a job with a local dentist, learning the basics of dentistry as it was practiced in the mid-1870s. Then, when he was 21, he enrolled in dental school. In 1878, he graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery and started his career as a dentist. Three years later, Angle began to suffer from a chronic respiratory illness. He was forced to relocate to Minnesota to recuperate, since the state has a temperate climate. But the initial stay for his health was short, and he returned to Pennsylvania as soon as he was able. Within a matter of months, he was off again, this time to Montana to help his brother, a sheep rancher, open a business.

Ultimately, the business fell to ruin after a particularly harsh winter, and Angle decided to go back to Minnesota to set down roots. By 1886, he had opened his own dental practice and joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota teaching comparative anatomy and orthodontia. In the early 1890s, however, Angle, once again restless, packed up shop and headed to Missouri. In St. Louis, he took up the role of professor at three different schools between 1892 and 1899. Then, later in 1899, at the encouragement of a number of students, Angle founded the Angle School of Orthodontia. After years of setbacks and relocations, developments in orthodontics really began to take off. Angle was in a position to develop new tools, appliances, and methods of treatment. Even today, Angle’s innovations like brackets, pins, and wires remain the cornerstones for many treatments. Though, of course, we’ve had many advancements since then. Regardless, countless people with amazing smiles have Edward Angle to thank!

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INSIDE We All Need a Little More Kindness in Our Lives

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Improve Your Day With This Simple Life Hack

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What People Are Saying About Us

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Learn to Garden What’s a better way to get outdoors with your child than to garden together? From using tools like shovels and rakes to nurturing another living organism, gardening provides plenty of rich life lessons, such as patience.

Nothing says “I love you” more than equipping your children with important knowledge they’ll need for the rest of their adult lives. Even if they groan about it now, they’ll be grateful for the know-how when they’re on their own in the future. Keep in mind that your home classroom doesn’t have to mimic a school classroom. Research from the University of Utah shows that kids learn best through hands-on activities and play. Have fun while teaching these life skills, and you’ll earn thank-yous for decades to come. Clean the House Were you ever surprised by how often you have to clean your kitchen? Your child may be too. Although your 10-year-old won’t have to worry about cleaning the stove today, they will need to know how when they move out, so find ways to incentivize cleaning and make it more fun. You can have your kids collect “chore points” that add up to a prize, like an extra hour of playing video games! Develop Cooking Skills You may be hesitant to have a little chef in the house, but if you’re teaching them how to clean up and stay safe while making some easy dishes, there’s no reason to worry! Even if you’re not a great cook yourself, it’s fun to prepare simple recipes as a family. Plus, your kids will get used to the idea of cooking for themselves, which is both healthy and cost-effective.

Understand Household Maintenance Whether they’re learning how to use an

electric breaker, unclog a drain, or clean out the washer or dryer, your kids can get started learning household maintenance skills with just a little guidance. Who knows, maybe they will be their dorm’s future superhero! There are many lessons you can teach your child at any age, so don’t limit yourself! Be creative with the lessons you pass on, and there’s a chance they’ll never forget them!


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