There Must Be Something in the Air PREVIEWING DENTISTRY’S ‘NEW NORMAL’
You don’t need me to tell you that our entire world has been turned upside down by COVID-19. I’m not sure what I imagined for 2020, but it certainly wasn’t a world where people were asked to stay 6 feet apart, grocery shopping was a strategic venture, and dental offices were closed. These last fewmonths have been an adjustment, to say the least! However, at the time I’mwriting this, restrictions are beginning to be lifted, and we will be able to test the waters of a new normal soon. For the last few months, I’ve been spending my time learning about this virus and how to protect all of us in a dental environment. My team and I have always prided ourselves on offering a clean, sterile, high-tech environment to our patients. The virulence and ease of transmission of COVID-19 has challenged all of us in the health care industry to excel at infection control.
Because of all of our extra precautions, appointment scheduling will be challenging. We need to allow time to perform these tasks and time for them to be effective. There may be fewer choices. Appointments may take longer, and we will want to address your treatment needs in fewer appointments.
Patients can phone in changes to their insurance and email copies of the front and back of the card to StumpfDental@gmail.com.
Dentistry involves close contact and aerosols, so we have to be extremely vigilant. Here are just a few of the things we’ll be doing to adapt our office to the new normal.
9. Payments can be made at the office and via our website, BestCareInTheChair.com.
1. The reception room is closed. We ask that you call us from your car when you arrive for your appointment. We’ll let you know when we’re ready for you. Children can have one adult accompany them unless other arrangements have been made before arrival. 2. We will be screening patients for any early signs of illness. This includes checking your temperature, asking you a few questions, and checking your sense of smell. You will also be given hand sanitizer. If any red flags come up, we’ll ask you to reschedule your appointment. Two weeks is a short time to wait to ensure everyone’s safety.
10. Due to the use of additional and specialized personal protective equipment, there may be an additional fee on your statement for these added costs.
My goal with all of these measures isn’t to scare you but to show you just how seriously my team and I are taking this virus. I will be watching the numbers on infection rates in our area and listening to recommendations from the CDC and the WDA/ADA. If the situation changes, I will respond accordingly. Please watch your email and check our Facebook page for updates. It is the best way to communicate with all of you in a rapidly changing environment. If you have high blood pressure, are over 60, or have any other health issues that put you at risk for serious complications, and you want to wait a bit to schedule, we completely understand. In the meantime, you can still reach us remotely. We have incorporated teledentistry into our practice, so I can easily hop on a video call with you to examine your mouth and talk through any symptoms you’re having. To learn more about that option, please call the office, and Patty will set that up for you. No one can predict what the future will hold, but I’m confident in the steps we’ve taken. Until a vaccine is created, or a rapid diagnostic test is available, we will keep these precautions in place for your safety. I hope you’re doing well, and I can’t wait to see you.
Please wear a mask to your appointment.
4. Team members will wear N95 masks, gowns, gloves, hair covers, and face shields. The equipment I’ve secured is high quality and is changed between every patient. 5. We’ll be adding some high-tech equipment to our treatment rooms, including air purifiers with ultraviolet-light technology that will scrub the air. We will also be using mobile UV-C lights for a greater level of air sanitation, as well as traditional surface disinfection between patient visits. 6. High volume extra-oral vacuum machines will be added to each treatment room. These units are designed to clean the air of large amounts of aerosol spray. They have HEPA filters and UV-C light scrubbers to sanitize the air as work progresses.
Wishing you safety and good health,
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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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