Stumpf Dental - March 2020

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Is Your Airway Impeding Your Health? THE BENEFITS OF NASAL BREATHING

Do you breathe through your nose or through your mouth? Odds are that’s not a question you think about until you have a cold and end up with just one option. But the answer is more important than you might think. According to medical research, the way you breath has a big impact on your overall health, and there’s actually a right and a wrong way for your body to do it. Most of us do a mix of both mouth and nose breathing without thinking about it (a combination dentists call “nasal-oral breathing”) and don’t consider one option better than the other. However, breathing through your nose is far more beneficial. That’s because when you breathe through your nose, the air is filtered, warmed, and most importantly, the cells lining the sinuses add a component called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is an amazing chemical: It prevents bacterial growth, helps your lungs absorb oxygen, widens your blood vessels, acts as a brain transmitter, and even helps transport oxygen to your organs, keeping them at peak function. No matter your age, nasal breathing can help you live a longer, healthier life and minimize your risk of problems like hypertension, stroke, and heart disease. If your nasal passage is clear, your body tries to keep up a healthy balance between nose and mouth breathing, but not everyone is so lucky. Some people develop obstructed airways over time. Allergies and trauma (like a broken nose) can have a huge impact on nasal breathing. Even gaining weight can change the function of your airway because it can cause the tongue, uvula, and throat tissues to swell. When one of these issues occurs, the person impacted is forced to breathe through their mouth, missing out on all of nitric oxide’s benefits. Mouth breathing can also cause problems of its own, particularly in young children, because it impacts the way the face grows and develops. The palate needs the tongue on the roof of the mouth to grow and expand properly. Without that stimulus from the tongue, the palate will be narrow and teeth will be crowded. According to world-renowned orthodontist Dr. Derek Mahony, “Upper-airway obstruction can be subtle in children, but it can have long-term consequences, including failure to thrive, behavioral disturbances, developmental delay, sleep disorders, and cor pulmonale.”

All of this might have you wondering if your airway is clear and if your children are breathing in the best possible way for their health. If you’re not sure about those things, my team and I can help! While many dentists look exclusively at the mouth during treatment, I take the entire facial

structure into account in my examinations. I know exactly what to look for, and if your airway or your child’s airway is obstructed, I can help you take steps to improve your airway.

When it comes to treating children, the earlier these things are caught, the better. That’s why I like to see kids early in their development. They may not have teeth yet, but they are growing their airway from the day they are born. Where the tongue spends time is important in the growth of the airway. Young kids still have malleable facial structures, so their airways can often be opened up with dental expansion appliances and other noninvasive treatments. For adults, treatment is trickier, but it’s still possible! No matter your age, opening up your airway for easier nasal breathing will improve your health.

To schedule a breathing exam or hear more about treatment options, give my office a call today at 262-970-0111. I’d love to help change your life for the better!

-Dr. Janelle Ferber-Stumpf

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YOUR GUIDE TO SPRING- GREENING

3 Eco-Friendly Home Swaps to Make When You Declutter

It takes a special kind of person to enjoy spring-cleaning. For most of us, the satisfaction of a clean house doesn’t quite outweigh the hours of scrubbing, sorting, and slogging through heaps of unnecessary stuff. If you’re struggling to find the motivation to start your spring-cleaning, try flipping the paradigm: Instead of spring-cleaning, think of what you’re doing as spring -greening, andmake some eco-friendly swaps along the way. Here are a few ideas to get you started. 1. Swap your plastic spray bottles for bulk or DIY cleaning products. According to a Statista report, in 2019, the household cleaners market was worth more than $31 billion, and it’s continuously growing. You can save money on cleaning supplies by taking the green route. When your current stock runs out, try buying bulk cleaners or making your own. Both options will save plastic because you can reuse your bottles, and they can help you avoid the harmful chemicals found in most cleaners. Visit UnderATinRoof.com and read the blog post “Zero Waste Cleaning Supplies + Recipes” to get started. 2. Explore alternative laundry detergents. If you’re used to using a plastic jug of liquid laundry detergent, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. This spring, try exploring greener alternatives like plant-based bulk laundry powder (Molly’s Suds is an excellent source). Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even try adding all-natural cleaners like soap nuts or English ivy to your laundry loads. For more on the former, search “soap nuts” on 1MillionWomen.com, and read up on ivy detergent at Permacrafters.com/English-Ivy-Laundry-Detergent.

On March 8, 1971, all eyes were on the world of boxing as people watched what would become known as“The Fight of the Century.”It was one of the most anticipatedmatchups the sport had ever arranged: Current heavyweight champion Joe Frazier and former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali were finally facing off, the first time two undefeated boxers would fight each other for the heavyweight title. Spectators were hungry for a battle. Both fighters held rightful claims to the title of world heavyweight champion. Ali won it in 1964 and successfully defended it for several years, but he was stripped of the title during a legal battle over his induction into the U.S. armed forces. In his absence from the sport, Frazier earned two championship belts through major knockout fights. But when Ali settled his court case and came to reclaim his title, Frazier wasn’t ready to give it up easily. Ringside seats for the fight sold for today’s equivalent of over $1,000. Millions watched the broadcast in over 50 countries around the world, and Madison Square Garden sold out to a crowd of 20,455 spectators. The fighters possessed polar opposite tactics, backgrounds, and social impacts, but when it came to skill, they were evenly matched. The fight captivated the nation. As Sports Illustrated put it at the time, “The thrust of this fight on the public consciousness is incalculable. It has been a ceaseless whir that seems to have grown in decibel with each new soliloquy by Ali, with each dead calm promise by Frazier.” THE FIGHT OF THE CENTURY HOW A BATTLE OF BOXERS CAPTIVATED THE WORLD The fight exceeded all expectations with a fully engrossing 15 rounds. For the first quarter of the match, it seemed Ali would best his opponent, but Frazier came back with fury. Even though Ali continued to rise to his feet round after round, Frazier emerged victorious by the slimmest of margins, dealing Ali his first professional loss ever. The landmark event highlighted an unforgettable night of skillful prowess like the world had never seen. Even though the title fight was only the beginning of the rivalry between the two boxers, the matchup rightfully took its place as one of the greatest fights in the history of the sport.

3. Say goodbye to paper towels. Paper towels are a mainstay in American homes, but do we really need them

when a good old-fashioned rag can do the job? According to the Ocean Conservancy, 13 billion pounds of paper towels are tossed in the U.S. each year! This spring, quit paper towels and keep a stash of dish rags under the sink to do your dirty work. When you’re cleaning out your closet, you can even cut up old T-shirts and add them to your rag stash! If you’re brave, try giving up tissues, too — an old- school hanky does the trick.

If you’ve made all three of these swaps, don’t stop there! To continue your green journey, visit any of the blogs mentioned above

and start browsing.

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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 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! 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. In addition to the economic boost, products from small businesses are usually higher quality, which makes them a better value for your dollar. Take this day to shop for birthday and holiday gifts for your loved ones that will bring them great joy and last a lifetime. Give your local economy a boost!

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. 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, so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to follow all your favorite businesses!

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

PESTO CHICKEN WITH BLISTERED TOMATOES

TAKE A BREAK

Inspired by CookingLight.com

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In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan fromheat. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. Spread pesto over chicken and top with pankomixture. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat.

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2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness Salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 6 tbsp spinach pesto 2 cups cherry tomatoes 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced 1 tsp red wine vinegar

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Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Season tomatomixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar.

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10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.

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WHOSE PICKS WILL GO ALL THE WAY? March Madness Fun for the Whole Family

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.

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.

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