H Charles Jelinek Jr DDS - June 2019


This spring, I had the opportunity to step away from the dentist chair and take a seat in a much smaller chair in my daughter Amanda’s preschool classroom. As readers may remember, Amanda teaches students with profound disabilities. Education and learning opportunities for these kids often involve alternative methods, and it’s amazing to see the kind of patience and dedication my daughter has for her students. This spring, she invited me to teach her students about their oral health. Armed with my big model of teeth, a few masks, and some dental instruments, I taught the children the importance of regularly brushing their teeth and showed them some tricks to clear away plaque. Without a doubt, the biggest hit of the day was when the kids got to play the role of dentist for a few minutes and examine the model teeth I

brought. I even gave the students a few masks to try on, and I pretended to search for cavities in their mouths. The laughter and smiles in the classroom that day were infectious, and it reminded me of the simple joys you can get out of life every day. I’m always reminded of how lucky I am whenever I finish presenting to Amanda’s class. At just a few years old, these children are living with severe disabilities and have conquered so much in their short lives. Suddenly, my problems don’t seem quite as big. I’m glad I was able to be a small part of their education, and I can’t wait to visit again. A special thank-you to Amanda’s school for letting me stop by.

See more photos of Dr. Jelinek’s visit online at NorthernVirginiaDental.com.

BLT Dogs

Inspired by FoodNetwork.com



4 strips bacon

4 hot dogs (ideally Boar’s Head Beef Frank- furters, but any all-beef variety will do)

4 hot dog buns

1 tbsp mayonnaise

1 head romaine lettuce, shredded

1 large tomato, seeded and diced

Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Heat a skillet to medium and fry bacon until rendered and crisp. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. 2. Fry hot dogs in bacon drippings, creating a crust, and cook until warmed through. 3. Using a dry skillet or oven, toast buns. 4. Spread mayonnaise on buns, place hot dog and bacon inside, and top with tomatoes and lettuce. Serve.

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