Taylor Dental March 2019

Taylored to You

March 2019

6601 N. Davis Hwy Suite 8, Pensacola, FL 32504 • (850) 478-8005 • www.AndrewTaylorDental.com

Bringing Free Dental Care to Our Community

Smile ... It’s Free!

We are so excited to share that on April 12, 2019, Taylor Dental will host the second annual Dentistry From The Heart event in Pensacola. This free day of dental care is close to our hearts. Last year was our first time teaming up with Dentistry From The Heart — the nonprofit that brings free dental care to people in need — and we’re honored to participate in the event again this year. We hope to create a positive impact on the community by bringing dental care to those who could not otherwise afford it. This is a day we set aside to give back to the community that has been so wonderful to us. Like last year, we’re teaming up with other awesome local dental providers to deliver the best care possible on this special day. The passion we have for this even truly comes from the heart, and it would not be possible without community support! Everyone who volunteers, the local businesses who contribute, and community members who spread the word join us to help our community. Thank you for being part of this! Our 2019 event is scheduled for Friday, April 12, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. We encourage patients to show up early to get their spot in line, as we treat on a first come, first serve basis. (Last year patients started lining up early in the morning.) For safety reasons, no children will be allowed in the clinic on this day. Patients of the age of 18 have their choice of an extraction, filling, or cleaning. As

patients may be waiting outside for their treatment, we encourage everyone to dress appropriately for the weather and bring drinks and snacks while they wait.

Last year, we treated 116 patients with over $57,000 in free dentistry. We hope to increase our impact in 2019. If you know anyone who would benefit from Dentistry From The Heart services, let them know about the free day of dental care at Taylor Dental on April 12. You can also help us spread the word by telling friends, family members, church groups, and community organizations so we can serve those in need. It’s going to be a busy day, but it fills our hearts with joy to know we are serving patients in our community who need easier access to dental care. Thank you for playing a role to serve the people of Pensacola! We look forward to another fulfilling day spent serving our community.

–Dr. Taylor

P.S. If you’re interested in partnering with us for our day of free dental care, volunteers are welcome and donations are greatly appreciated. Please email Kari at officemgr@andrewtaylordental.com for more information. Thank you!

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WHEN SHOULD YOUR KIDS START WORKING? Out of the Game Room and Into the Workplace

March Birthdays & Anniversaries BIRTHDAYS

When the dolls and baseball cards get pushed to the wayside for cell phones and movie dates, it may be time to gently nudge your child out from under your wing and into the workplace. It doesn’t have to be pushing shopping carts or spinning signs on the corner; working in any capacity during formative years builds character and gives your child real-world experience. Summer jobs teach the value of a dollar and give kids lasting memories, and after-school gigs lead to more pocket change for the weekends and less worrying for Mom and Dad. The hard part isn’t asking yourself if they should work; it’s asking yourself when they should work. In the U.S., most of us have about four decades of working to look forward to. Many start working in late adolescence and continue until retirement age. Now, that’s a lot of work to be had. So why rush it? Well, idle hands often spell disaster. Sitting around all day is a burden on both child and parent, whether they realize it or not. Those few

years between hitting puberty and graduating high school are the sweet spot for your child to start their part-time career. There’s no shame in flipping burgers, stocking shelves, or mowing lawns. As of 2014, there were 16 million workers in the retail and food service industries, and the numbers have only gone up from there. But work ethic is changing among American teenagers. Just one-third of individuals aged 16–19 had a job lined up for last summer, compared to 51.2 percent for the same age range in 1997. While surviving on minimum wage as an adult is a topic of great debate, raking in around $10 an hour as a 14-year-old can seem like a king’s ransom. A few working hours here and there will do your grown baby a world of good and prepare them for the next chapter of their lives.



Manage Your Jaw Pain

Tips for Easing the Symptoms of TMD

It’s a strange feeling for anyone who’s experienced it: waking up to find that your jaw is extremely sore, maybe even to the point where you can’t fully open or close your mouth. Sufferers report various degrees of discomfort, but anyone who knows how it feels agrees that temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain hurts. When it becomes chronic, it is referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). There are still no definitive answers as to what causes TMJ, though doctors believe stress, anxiety, bruxism (an unconscious grinding of the teeth), and joint imbalances may all contribute. Most cases last a few weeks, but if you suffer from TMJ for longer than that, you should consult your dentist or physician. If you’re waking up with jaw pain, there are a few things you can do to manage the symptoms at home. Here are some suggestions from the Temporomandibular Joint Association (TMJA) and the Mayo Clinic:

Some medical professionals prescribe an oral splint to stabilize the jaw and reduce pain. Our office offers a custom occlusal guard to help reduce the affects that grinding and clenching your teeth at night can have on your temporomandibular joints. In one recent clinical trial at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, they found that therapeutic jaw exercises helped patients recover faster from TMD symptoms than splints. A physical therapist can show you similar exercises that will reduce your TMJ pain. The effectiveness of surgical treatments to address TMJ disorders is still unclear, so talk to one of our providers at your next visit to see what kinds of less invasive treatments are available. While there is such a thing as a TMJ specialist, there are many treatments that come from varying schools of thought and are not always based on scientific evidence. Working with your general dentist may be just as effective for you. Some patients have found relief through the TruDenta treatment program, which combines massage therapy, cold laser therapy, microcurrents, and ultrasound to treat the symptoms of TMD. Others have found acupuncture and other forms of alternative medicine to be effective.

Apply a moist heat compress to the jaw to reduce pain and increase function. Apply an ice pack to ease the pain and reduce inflammation (wrap it with a thin cloth to keep it from touching the skin).

Try sleeping on your side.

Relax the jaw by unclenching and taking deep breaths.

Eat soft foods.

Given all the options, the first step to address your jaw pain is to educate yourself so you can make the TMJ treatment decision that is right for you.

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Soba Noodles With Garlic & Zucchini Because they are traditionally made with buckwheat, many brands of soba noodles are gluten-free. Combining them with the increasingly-popular “zoodles” results in a healthy, light meal that you can eat for lunch the next day. Inspired by NaturallyElla.com


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4 ounces soba noodles

1 tablespoon olive oil

2–3 cloves garlic, grated

1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and grated

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons water

1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

1 small zucchini, julienned into noodle strands


3 Tips for Maintaining Your Whitening Treatment

Train Your Brain! barely shimmering. Add grated garlic and ginger, and cook for 1 minute. Pour in soy sauce and water, and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 2 minutes. 3. Add onions, simmering for 3 minutes. Stir in zucchini and cook for an additional 90 seconds. 4. Add soba noodles and toss to fully coat. Serve immediately, or cool and serve as a cold dish. 1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add soba noodles and cook until tender, about 4–5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water, then set aside. 2. In a large skillet or wok over medium-low heat, warm olive oil until

Keep Smiling

You’ve just had your teeth whitened, and you feel like you have a reason to smile at everyone you pass by. Maintain and prolong these grin-inducing benefits by practicing a few helpful habits that will keep you smiling. 1. USE A STRAW AND RINSE WITH WATER AFTER YOU DRINK SODA OR COFFEE Acidic beverages like soda and dark-colored beverages like coffee and red wine can dull the brightening benefits of your whitening treatment. Drinking them affects your teeth in the same way they would stain a white t-shirt. Use a straw to minimize the effects of these beverages on your smile, and rinse your mouth with a sip of water after you drink them. 2. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER Drinking plenty of water is a must to keep you healthy and hydrated, and it also goes a long way toward helping you maintain your white smile. Try keeping a water bottle with you and drink throughout the day. This will also help rinse food and bacteria from your mouth. 3. STAY COMMITTED TO YOUR ORAL HYGIENE If you want the smile-brightening benefits of whitening to last, make an even stronger commitment to your oral hygiene. Flossing once a day is one of the best ways to protect your teeth. In addition to brushing twice a day and flossing, you should consider carrying a travel-sized toothbrush with you so you can brush after each meal. Finally, don’t forget about visiting us. Attending your twice-a-year preventative care visits is one of the best ways to keep your smile healthy and clean. At Taylor Dental, in addition to preventative care treatments, we offer in-office professional whitening and take-home whitening kits to make your smile sparkle. Visit our website to learn more about our professional whitening specials!


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Inside This Issue • Dentistry From The Heart Returns! page 1 • Is It Time for Your Child’s First Part-Time Job?

• Tips for Managing Your TMJ Pain page 2

• Soba Noodles With Garlic and Zucchini

• Make the Most of Whitening page 3 • Pensacola Local Events page 4

FIND YOUR POT O’ GOLD St. Patrick’s Celebrations Happening This March

GALLERY NIGHT: LUCK O’ THE IRISH March 15, 5–9 p.m. Historic Downtown Pensacola

Where is the pot o’ gold, you ask? Why, in downtown Pensacola of course! The rainbow ends here and brings with it a month of festive fun. You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy the celebrations, but you should probably wear green. DROPKICK MURPHYS, FEATURING LENNY LASHLEY AND OTHERS March 2, doors open at 7 p.m. Vinyl Music Hall The classic Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys comes to Pensacola from Boston, bringing their lively sound to the Vinyl Music Hall. The concert will open with performances from a group of spirited musicians, including Lenny Lashley. This might be just the way to get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit. Find tickets and more information at vinylmusichall.com

and brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for early risers. Live entertainment will be part of the festivities as well, which will likely continue into the wee hours of the following morning. Visit Orileyspub.com to learn more. If you want to get in on even more fun, check out the following events as well. PENSACOLA GRAND MARDI GRAS PARADE March 2, 2–6 p.m. Downtown Pensacola KREWE OF WRECKS MARDI GRAS PARADE March 3, 2–4 p.m. Pensacola Beach

Once a month, Historic Downtown comes alive with art, music, food, and drink. On Friday, March 15, the theme is luck o’ the Irish. Bars and restaurants will keep you hydrated and well fed, and galleries and boutiques will provide the entertainment, including a showing of unique local artwork. You may run into a leprechaun or two, and there will surely be plenty of green.


O’Riley’s Irish Pub, downtown Pensacola Who better than O’Riley’s to host downtown Pensacola’s official St. Patrick’s Day celebration? The Irish pub will serve a corned beef and cabbage special all day, as well as green beers and breakfast

BAYOU HILLS RUN March 30 10k, 5k, and kids run

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