Empowering Patients Through Knowledge ‘LIKE GOLD’
All it took was five minutes for a dentist to explain to me how my oral health was connected to my overall health. This sounds
to take care of themselves. Dentists see patients for such a limited amount of time for repairs or maintenance, but the vast majority of dental care happens at home. It’s
like such a simple interaction, but it changed the trajectory of a lot of things in my life. I grew up not knowing that going to the dentist was important. Preventive care wasn’t seen as a priority in my house. I was 19 and a college student before I met a dentist who took the time to teach me why my oral health mattered. There’s a lot of fear and anxiety around dental appointments, and a lot of this fear comes from uncertainty. I was certainly scared of going to the dentist because I didn’t know what would happen. Having someone take five minutes to explain things to me made such a huge difference. I had a lot of problems with my teeth before I met that
my role to be aware of what options are available and help patients pick and choose what works for them to make success easy to achieve. I want to make dentistry less scary, less complicated, and more empowering for my patients. I know I’ve done my job well when my patients feel like they have a chance and know they aren’t destined to have bad teeth just because their parents and grandparents had bad teeth. I can see the difference in my patients when they have that new confidence, and they turn the corner
from having regular dental issues to feeling better and being more able to take care of their teeth. I know from experience that any information for getting healthier is like gold. Dentists possess that knowledge to be shared with people, and that’s really cool.
dentist, but I didn’t even realize they were problems. Like many people, I thought that if my teeth weren’t hurting then everything was fine. When I met a dentist who took the time to tell me about my teeth, it ended up shortening the duration of the treatment for my problems. That’s when I realized I wanted to become a dentist myself and be the person who can give people that little piece of information that empowers them to keep themselves healthy. That possibility to empower and create relationships with patients is what drew me to dentistry. It can be so impactful. I enjoy being my patients’ partner in taking care of their teeth. You get one set of teeth to get through life. Not knowing how to take care of your teeth is a lot like not knowing how to take care of your tires. You can be driving on bald tires, damaging your car without realizing it until you have a big repair bill. But unlike tires, which can be replaced, you only get one set of teeth.
I’ve been in Aberdeen since early May, and in just that short time, I can tell that I made the right choice in coming here. The staff at Aberdeen Smiles is awesome, and I’m excited to be practicing in an office that focuses on building relationships and offering unique care to each patient. My patients have all been so friendly and the town is very welcoming. Aberdeen reminds me a lot of small towns back in Texas, where I’m from. I look forward to making Aberdeen my home and exploring and adventuring in South Dakota. Thanks to everyone who has welcomed me to town. It’s been great, and I look forward to meeting everyone else very soon.
I can help my patients by fixing their teeth when something goes wrong, but if they want to keep their teeth forever, they need tools and knowledge
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The Sweet History of National Doughnut Day
Get ready to treat yourself because June 5 is National Doughnut Day! Contrary to popular belief, National Doughnut Day wasn’t created as an excuse for Americans to eat more doughnuts. The celebration was actually started by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor “Doughnut Lassies,” the women who served doughnuts to soldiers on the front lines duringWorldWar I. The Salvation Army still celebrates National Doughnut Day by delivering doughnuts to veterans across the country. The earliest version of the doughnut is believed to have come to North America with Dutch settlers in the 17th century. The Dutch brought with them balls of fried, sweetened dough called olykoeks , which translates to “oily cakes.”Though they were tasty, we don’t think many people would be eager to pick up a dozen oily cakes for the office. According to Smithsonian Magazine, the word “doughnut”was coined in the 19th century by a woman named Elizabeth Gregory. Her son, Handon Gregory, was a New England ship captain. She began making deep-fried dough treats with nutmeg, cinnamon, and lemon rind for her son and his crew. She would put hazelnuts or walnuts in the center of the pastry where the dough might not cook through, so she called her creation “doughnuts.”
THE BEST WAYS TO HELP LOCAL NONPROFITS IN CHALLENGING TIMES
Over the past several months, families, businesses, and nonprofits have had to navigate life in this challenging “new normal,” and it can be hard to support your favorite nonprofits when times are tough. Here are a few ways you can help these important entities, even when you don’t have resources to spare right now. Donate While many people donate generously during the holiday season, remember that nonprofits need donations throughout the year, and different nonprofits need different things. A monetary donation can often go a long way, but never feel obligated to give money, especially when your budget may be tight. Instead, consider cleaning out your closet. What clothes, shoes, or other accessories can you part with? What about dishware or small appliances? When you clean out your home and donate unused items, you benefit those in the community who need them most.
Handon Gregory also gets some credit for making doughnuts recognizable: He was the one who first put the hole in the doughnuts, though the exact reason is unclear. Some say it was to use fewer
ingredients, while others suggest he created the hole by accident
Volunteer In a time of social distancing, volunteering may be discouraged, but nonprofits still need volunteers to operate. The good news is that many nonprofits need volunteers for positions that maintain social distance, such as driving. Food banks and kitchens
after skewering the pastry on the spokes of the ship’s wheel when he needed to steer with both hands during a storm.
Whatever the reason, that hole is still part of a classic doughnut to this day. There are lots of ways to celebrate National Doughnut Day. Recognize the history of the
need drivers to pick up donations or ingredients from donors and to deliver food to people in need, such as the elderly or those with disabilities.
Advocate Even if you don’t have time or resources to give, you can become an advocate for important causes around your community. While it might not seem like much, sharing information about local nonprofits on social media can make a genuine difference. Nonprofits need exposure, which is greatly boosted through community support. Sharing useful information about nonprofits — or sharing their posts — increases their visibility so more people will take action.
holiday by donating to the Salvation Army or by
sending a box of doughnuts to a veteran in your life. You can also order from your favorite local doughnut shop or fry up some homemade doughnuts with your family. There’s a pretty great recipe at SallysBakingAddiction.com/how-to-make-
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SUPER BEAGLES AND JUMPING LLAMAS Guinness World Records’ Most Amazing Animals
Hearing about someone who has claimed a Guinness World Record is pretty cool, but do you know what’s even cooler? When animals make world records. Here are a few amazing animals who hold some really cool records. Caspa, the Amazing Jumping Llama Sue Williams is an animal trainer and behaviorist who specializes in dogs. One day, she was working on agility training with her dogs when she noticed her llama,
Caspa, watching them. After a little time and training, Williams discovered that Caspa loved jumping, too. In 2015, Caspa cleared a bar set at 3 feet, 8 1/2 inches. He jumped right into the world record for “highest bar jump cleared by a llama.”
“He’s a complete diva,” says Williams. “So, if there are people there to show off in front of, that’s when he’s at his ultimate best.”
Didga, a Very Tricky Kitty Anyone who says cats can’t learn tricks hasn’t met Didga. In 2016, Didga, with help from her human, Robert Dollwet, claimed a world record by performing 20 different tricks in 60 seconds. Her routine started with the classics, like sitting and giving high-fives, and culminated in riding a skateboard while hopping over a low bar. Dollwet told Guinness World Records that training Didga took a lot of time and patience and that he was so proud of his clever cat. Purin, the Beagle Who Holds 3 Guinness World Records Nicknamed “The Super Beagle,” Purin scored her first title in 2015 for her amazing goalkeeping skills. The beagle “saved” 14 mini soccer balls thrown by her human, Makoto Kumagai, in one minute. A year later, Purin claimed another record when she became the “fastest dog on a ball” by traveling 10 meters in 10.39 seconds while balancing on a ball. Not long after, Purin and Kumagai set the record for “most skips by a dog and a person in one minute — single rope” with 58 skips. Talk about super!
You can find videos of all these amazing record holders and more at GuinnessWorldRecords.com .
GRILLED BASIL CHICKEN AND TOMATOES
TAKE A BREAK
Inspired by TasteOfHome.com
You can’t go wrong with grilled chicken and tomatoes on a warm summer’s evening. It’s a simple recipe that packs a flavor punch.
For marinade: In blender, combine olive oil, garlic, salt, vinegar, and basil. Cut 2 tomatoes into quarters and add to mixture. Cover and process until blended. Halve remaining tomatoes for grilling. In bowl, combine chicken and 2/3 cup marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Reserve remaining marinade.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Heat grill to about 350–400 F. Lightly oil grates. Grill chicken until internal
1/4 cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves
temperature reads 165 F, about 4–6 minutes per side. Grill tomatoes until lightly browned, about 2–4 minutes per side. Discard remaining marinade. Serve chicken and tomatoes with reserved marinade.
8 Roma tomatoes
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 oz each)
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TURN YOUR VACATION INTO A STAYCATION 3 Ways to Replace a Canceled Vacation
Vacations provide opportunities for families to spend time together in a relaxed environment, get away from the routines of everyday life, and create meaningful memories. If you’ve recently had to cancel a trip but still want to create the experience of a vacation for your family, then a staycation is just what you need. TransformYour Backyard When you’re trying to recreate a vacation, the outdoor areas of your home present a variety of possibilities. You can turn a sandbox into a relaxing beach, complete with a kiddie pool “ocean.” If you have trees, then set up a zip line or obstacle course. You can even stimulate summer brains with a scavenger hunt around the backyard with hidden clues in the dirt or bushes. The ultimate prize can be something you would have purchased on your original vacation, like a souvenir you can find online. Create a ‘Family Museum’ Many vacations include an educational aspect in order to enrich our understanding of the place we’re visiting, and museums are a great way to accomplish that. If you’re confined to the house, then teach your kids about your own knowledge and interests and encourage them to get creative and make their own contributions, too. Have everyone create art, take photos, or write about their prized possessions. Display these masterpieces around your home and let their creators take you on a tour. Learning more about one another builds meaningful bonds.
Bring Your Trip Home You probably chose your original vacation destination in order to experience new and different cultures and activities. But just because you’re no longer traveling to that location doesn’t mean you can’t experience some of what it has to offer! Research popular local cuisine, activities, and history of the area, then create ways to experience them with your family. Cook a traditional meal, recreate a scenic location through photographs, or share a story about local lore and history. Your changed plans will no longer feel like a missed opportunity. Staying at home doesn’t mean your family can’t have the fun of a vacation. All it takes is a little creativity and innovation to build an experience that will bring your family closer together.
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