Aleaha Fettig, DDS Valerie Drake, DDS
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Making the Grade What Back-to-School Means to My Family
My youngest son, William, also decided to dedicate the next several years of his life to
The beginning of school can inspire different reactions depending on where you are in life. I know most kids wish the first day of school would never come, while many parents wish it started back in July! My family faced our own challenges entering the back-to-school season as my boys moved up through their grade levels. These days, the start of the fall semester is a very different time for us. My sons both graduated from high school years ago. In fact, my oldest son, David, graduated from college this past spring! He finished with a Major in History and Minors in Spanish and Sociology. Seeing your child graduate from college is a proud and somewhat surreal experience. At the beginning of the summer, David studied in Spain for a while to learn more Spanish. He had a great time, and I think the trip proved to be an eye- opening experience. As a History Major, he gained a deep appreciation for Spanish culture as he visited the buildings and battle sites that he’d studied. It gave a lot of real-world context for history as a whole. Beyond academics, David came back home with great respect for what we have in the United States. David told me about seeing places where people lived 10 to a room, and even something as simple to us as air conditioning was a luxury they couldn’t afford. His experiences reenergized his drive to go out and do more in the future. After he returned, David spent the summer studying for the LSAT and completing an internship at a law office in Texas. He plans to become a lawyer and hopes to attend Drake University Law School in Iowa or Texas Tech Law School. I couldn’t be more proud of him. There are some long years of hard work ahead of him, but I know David is capable of handling it.
school. Entering his junior year of college this fall, William is
currently pursuing a Biology Major, with a Minor in French. You may have noticed that languages are a reoccurring theme with my sons. That’s because languages are a big deal in our family. My father speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian, and a little bit of German. I speak both Spanish and English myself, and I like to see my sons follow in their granddad’s footsteps when it comes to language and education. William’s taken an extra step in following the family legacy. He’s already pre-dental, like I was in college, and wants to be an oral surgeon. That means there’s a lot of education in his future, but like his brother, he’s going to take it all in stride. Both of my sons have done really well, and I am so proud of them. I know school can be a challenge at times, for both students and parents, and I want to wish everyone good luck as we enter the new school year. May you start the semester on the right foot and have the best year ever!
— Dr. Valerie Drake
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Back to School = Big Savings AUGUST’S BEST DEALS
about any purpose, from food to clothing storage. In addition to storage containers, you’ll find many home organization products on sale. Vehicles According to USAA, August is a great time to start shopping for a new vehicle. New-year model cars and trucks are trickling onto lots around the country, and dealerships are slightly more motivated to get rid of last year’s stock. Use this time to do research and browse dealer selection. For even more potential savings, USAA suggests visiting the dealership on a Monday or Tuesday and later in the day. School Supplies
August is back-to-school season, and that means you’ll find plenty of items on sale — everything students and families need to start the new school year right. Retailers, both online and off, are vying for your dollar this month, and they know just how much families love to save. Here’s a sample of the items you’ll find on sale Finding the perfect laptop for yourself or your kids might take a little research, but it’s research that will pay off in the form of big savings. You’ll find discounts at most retailers that offer laptops, including the manufacturers themselves. Apple, HP, Dell, and others typically offer incentives on top of discounts (such as gift cards), so it’s in your best interest to look around to find the deal that works for you. Storage Containers With millions of college students getting ready to head off to in August. Laptops
It goes without saying, but August is the best time to stock up on all kinds of school supplies, from pens to notebooks. But as Lifehacker.com notes, it’s not just school supplies that are on sale. It’s also a great time to stock up on general
school, many retailers are taking advantage of the fact that these kids need a place to store all of their stuff. You, too, can take advantage of these sales to stock up on storage bins and boxes for just
office and stationery supplies for work or the home. And as CBS MoneyWatch reports, you’ll save big on dorm and office furniture.
“Dr. Drake (the dentist who took over for Opp) is by far the greatest dentist I have ever had. She even called two days after they pulled a busted up molar to check on me. It was on a Sunday that she called. She gave me tips on how to make the dry socket better and was willing to meet up any time (even after hours) to pack the hole
of the missing tooth. A must for anyone that has to go to a dentist.” –Joe T.
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DNA Tests Pinpoint Periodontal Bacteria
Each of these microscopic species carries its own distinct genetic blueprint embedded within its DNA. If you’ve ever seen a picture of DNA, you know that it is composed of two separate, twisting strands, connected by a series of “ladder rungs.” These rungs are made up of two separate nitrogen bases, bonded together at the center. Each base only connects to a specific other base — adenine pairs with thymine, and cytosine pairs with guanine. Though the way in which these bases bond is particular, the order in which each pair appears as you move down the “ladder” has an infinite number of permutations. When we investigate this arrangement within the cells of a particular organism, we learn its unique genetic blueprint. Periodontists are now able to extract a sample of the bacteria afflicting your gums with a cotton swab of saliva. Then, the sample is sent to a lab and run through a DNA analysis. The results of the test detail the specific strains of bacteria that are present in the gums, giving the periodontist a much clearer picture of the problem. The first step in combating the enemy under our gums is to know what we’re up against, and DNA testing enables us to do just that.
Treating gum disease can be a tricky process. While prevention and deep cleaning are often effective ways to avoid extreme cases of periodontal disease, things get more complicated once tartar begins to work its way into the deep structures of the gums. But new technologies enable periodontists to pinpoint the cause of gum disease and eliminate it at the source. Periodontal disease arises as swarms of bacteria begin to eat away at the gums. Over 350 discrete species of bacteria participate in the deterioration of human gums, and each of them is utterly unique.
AVOCADO AND CUCUMBER C O L D S O U P
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Ingredients • Olive oil • 2 medium ripe avocados, halved • 1 large cucumber, halved • 6 stalks spring onions • 1 jalapeno Directions 1. Preheat grill to medium-high. 2. Coat halved avocados with lemon juice to avoid browning. Brush olive oil over avocados, cucumber, spring onions, and jalapeno. Oil grill while hot. 3. Grill vegetables until everything is grilled or slightly charred. Once grilled, remove and place on platter to cool.
Recipe inspired by kirantarun.com.
• 1 lemon, juiced • ½ cup cold water • 1 clove garlic • ¾ teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon black pepper
4. Chop grilled veggies and puree with lemon juice, cold water, garlic, salt, and black pepper. 5. Once smooth, portion soup into bowls and refrigerate to cool before serving. 6. Garnish with toasted cubed bread, avocados, spring onions, chives, lemon zest, or a drizzle of olive oil, if desired.
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Inside This Issue Making the Grade Page 1 How to Save Money in August Page 2 Patient Testimonials Page 2 DNA Tests Pinpoint Periodontal Bacteria Page 3 Avocado and Cucumber Cold Soup Page 3 2 Rogue Goats Page 4
2 Rogue Goats Do They Make Handcuffs for Hooves? He posted a cute picture of them on Facebook with the caption, “Got goats? We do, and they do not belong to us … They are currently riding around with Sgt. Fitzpatrick, serenading him in goat music. Though he is thankful for the company on this cool Sunday morning, he would gladly return them to their owners. He is running out of vegetables to feed them.” Louis and Mowgli appear cool and collected in the photo. (Perhaps it wasn’t their first time in the back of the police car.) Luckily, their owner saw the post and quickly came to retrieve them. To announce their safe return, Fitzpatrick posted another cute selfie with his four-legged friends, saying, “The goats have been returned home. Louis and Mowgli enjoyed their day trip with Sgt. Fitzpatrick, but alas, all good things come to an end. Perhaps in the next budget year we can inquire as to getting some patrol goats.” Look out, K-9 unit. These goats aren’t kidding around.
Why would two goats be in the back of a police car? Did they wander onto private property? Get into a kick-fight at the local bar? Swallow a woman’s prized jewels? Nah. They were just lost. On a Sunday morning, Sergeant Fitzpatrick of the Belfast Police Department in Maine spotted Louis and Mowgli, two pygmy goats who were clearly lost. He shepherded them into the back of his squad vehicle and called it in: “I got two rogue goats here.” He wasn’t worried about the condition of the car. The back of that car had seen more hostile characters in its day.
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