Joe Adams January 2019

January 2019

1109 S. Park Drive, Reidsville, NC 27320

(336) 342-0889



Why I Chose to Become an Endodontist A CHALLENGING, REWARDING PROFESSION

for them, but I’m just the opposite. I guess you could say that endodontics and I are a perfect match. Even more invigorating than the research, though, is the chance to help people suffering from pain and a lack of confidence in their smiles. Every procedure is different, but the goal is always to provide a

Many patients in Rockingham County have to travel 30–40 miles to receive specialized dental care. The distance creates a logistical problem, often barring people from receiving treatments they can benefit from. Last year, we added Dr. Gerard R. Nazziola to our team, giving us an in-house periodontist. This year, we’re happy to announce the arrival of a new specialist: board-certified endodontist Dr. Elizabeth Applebaum. Dr. Applebaum comes to us with the highest qualifications imaginable. She holds degrees from Stanford, Harvard, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She’s also an adjunct professor of endodontics at UNC and the Wake Forest School of Medicine. We are honored and privileged to have her in our office one day per week. Below you’ll find an introduction from Dr. Applebaum. I can’t wait for you to meet her. Full disclosure — I’m a research nerd. I think that’s one of the main reasons that endodontics appeals to me. I love to work in a field that is constantly evolving and is packed with peer-reviewed literature on the most effective treatment methods. Some people may regard terms like “evidence-based” and “research- intensive” as signs that the job is not

patient with results they’ll want to show off to friends and family. It’s challenging and rewarding to develop a course of action that works for patients. As a result, I never have a dull moment while working. I’ve always loved treating the people of Rockingham County, so when the opportunity arose to join the team at Caring Modern Dentistry, I jumped at it. I met Dr. Adams in the most coincidental of circumstances. His daughter happens to be in the same Girl Scout troop as my daughters. I’m the troop leader of that group, so it was awesome to hear there was another daughter of a dental professional among us. After talking to Dr. Adams, I was incredibly grateful for the chance to set up shop in Reidsville one day per week. His practice is what all dental offices aspire to be: a place where patients come first.

Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my husband, Dr. Matt Applebaum, and my two daughters, Samantha and Elliot. Yes, in case you’re wondering, my husband is also a dentist — you can imagine how many times the girls have heard about the importance of brushing and flossing. I look forward to getting to know Dr. Adams’ patients and staff in the coming year. I’m thrilled to be a part of the team and want to thank everyone for welcoming me so warmly. If I happen to be in the office during your next appointment, I hope you’ll stop in and say hello. -Dr. Elizabeth Applebaum

–Dr. Joe Adams

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3 Wives’ Tales Proven True MOM REALLY DOES KNOW BEST

of raw garlic lessens the likelihood of getting a cold, so if you feel a tickle in your throat, try a clove before you open the medicine cabinet. HEARTBURN MEANS A HAIRY BABY It’s hard to list wives’ tales without bringing up one about pregnancy. Many are solely based on intuition, but a few that sound odd are legitimate. In 2007, a study done by Johns Hopkins attempted to debunk the myth that heartburn during pregnancy would mean a hairy baby at birth. Instead of proving it wrong, they found that 82 percent of women with severe heartburn during pregnancy gave birth to hairy babies. Turns out the hormones that cause heartburn in pregnant women also affect fetal hair growth. JOINT PAIN PREDICTS THE WEATHER Did you ever look at your mom with skepticism when she would predict rain because her knees hurt? If so, you might owe your mom an apology, because there is a scientific connection. The drop in barometric pressure that’s common during storm weather causes pain in arthritic joints. saliva in its mission. As a bonus, the vitamins these veggies contain are great for your gums and bone health. (Though teeth are not bones, they are very similar in composition.) So, follow Peter Rabbit’s lead and get in a daily serving of teeth- brushing vegetables. THINK ABOUT YOUR GUMS Since the purpose of gum is to be mashed between our teeth for long periods of time, it’s natural to produce buckets of saliva while enjoying a piece. But dentists warn that in order to get the full benefits for your gums and teeth, you should be chewing sugar-free gum to avoid caking your mouth in enamel-gnawing sugars. Although the sugar content in most gum flavors isn’t high enough to completely outweigh the pros of the chewing motion and saliva production, it’s still wise to be mindful of the sugars your favorite gum contains. The best way to get the perfect smile is with regular dental cleanings, brushing, and flossing, but if you’re craving a treat, you can’t beat one that multitasks for you.

“Make a face like that, and it’ll stay that way forever.” You may have heard something like this from Mom’s book of wisdom. Maybe you never disputed the idea that mother knows best. But as you grew up, it slowly became clear that hair doesn’t grow back faster and thicker if you shave it, cracking your knuckles doesn’t cause arthritis, and gum doesn’t stay in your stomach for months after you swallow it. After a whirlwind of wives’ tales over the years, many common claims have been put under scrutiny. Wives tales have been known as pseudoscience and blind intuition, but even as many were disproved, some surprisingly proved to hold weight. Here are three wives’ tales that have proven to be true. GARLIC CURES COLDS For decades, moms have professed the healing properties of garlic, suggesting it can cure colds and help the body fight sickness. It turns out they were absolutely right. Garlic has antiviral properties that strengthen the immune system and nutrients that help combat illnesses. The effects of garlic can actually be more effective than over-the-counter flu medications. Some studies show that regular consumption Who says multitasking is impossible? Well, brain science does. But dental science says you can enjoy a snack and get some dental cleaning done at the same time. Check out some of these treats that pull double duty as both yummy snacks and superfoods for your smile. CHEESE, PLEASE (AND OTHER DAIRY TOO) In addition to providing your bones and teeth with calcium, cheese, yogurts, and other dairy products can be low in sugar. Dairy lowers the acidity level in your mouth and creates an unfavorable environment for bacteria looking to ruin your perfect smile. Plus, chewing cheese promotes saliva production, which is effectively nature’s toothbrush. As long as you don’t go overboard, dental experts say there’s nothing wrong with cutting the cheese. A FEAST FIT FOR RABBITS Few people get excited about bland treats like celery or carrots, but your teeth just might. The physical action of eating carrots and celery stimulates your mouth to produce more saliva. Plus, the textures of these vegetables can help brush gunk off your gums and pearly whites, aiding your


CleanYour Smile and EnjoyYour Favorite Foods

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EUCALYPTUS If you’re suffering from congestion or can’t stop coughing, eucalyptus may offer the relief you’re looking for. Available in several different forms, including syrup, oil, and dried leaves, eucalyptus can be used as an

During the winter months, colds and the flu can spread like wildfire. Getting sick at least once during the season can be hard to avoid, and once you are sick, you want nothing more than for it to be over and done. While there

expectorant or as a way to relieve a sore throat. When you’re at home and sick, try adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the water in a humidifier. The results are remarkably soothing!

is no way to completely avoid getting sick, there are ways to speed up your recovery. Next time you’re suffering from a cold, try these remedies to get back on your feet a little bit faster. ELDERBERRY SYRUP Also referred to as elderberry extract, this syrup is made from a plant called European elder. It can be purchased at many health food stores or made at home (but use caution when doing this, since raw and undercooked elderberries are toxic). Many people swear by the berries’ ability to ease congestion and relieve a number of other cold symptoms. Plus, elderberry syrup is known for having anti-

ZINC While many people turn to vitamin C to hurry through a cold, that’s

not the supplement you should be focusing on. In fact, an overwhelming number of studies show that vitamin C does absolutely nothing to help shorten a cold. Instead, take zinc. You can find it as a nasal spray or lozenge, or even as part of a vitamin C supplement. One study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that those who took zinc reduced their recovery time from a cold by half. Cold symptoms among those taking a zinc supplement lasted about four days, while symptoms among those taking a placebo lasted about eight days.

inflammatory and antiviral properties, making it an ideal tool for fighting the common cold. Some research even suggests that it can shorten flu symptoms by up to three days.

Chicken Chop Suey

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Inspired by Food Network


• 2 teaspoons sugar • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, mixed with 4 tablespoons water • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil • Salt and pepper, to taste

• 2 large or 4 medium chicken thighs • 3 pounds bok choy, cut into 3–4-inch ribbons

• 4 tablespoons vegetable oil • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce


1. In large pot, boil three cups of water. Add chicken and reduce to simmer, cooking for 30 minutes. Remove chicken and let cool. Once cooled, remove skin and bones, chop, and set aside. Reserve the cooking liquid. 2. In a large skillet over high heat, heat vegetable oil. Once simmering, add bok choy and cook for 1 minute, stirring throughout. Add half of reserved cooking liquid, cover skillet, and cook for 2 minutes. Remove cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Transfer bok choy to a plate. 3. Add remaining cooking liquid and chicken to the pan, maintaining high heat. Heat chicken, then add oyster sauce, sugar, cornstarch-and-water mixture, sesame oil, and bok choy. Season to taste, toss together, and serve over rice.

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A New Specialist Joins Our Team

3 Wives’ Tales That Are True

Foods That Clean Your Teeth


Have a Cold? Recover Faster!

Chicken Chop Suey


Get the Most Out of Your Windshield Wiper Blades

Get More Life Out of Your Windshield Wiper Blades

Watch your washer fluid levels and top it off regularly. When you run a cleaning cycle without washer fluid, the wiper blades deteriorate. How do you know when it’s time to replace your blades? The first sign is when they start streaking. However, in some cases, streaking may be caused by dirt or other grime stuck to the blades. If they continue to streak or skip after cleaning, they need to be replaced. Thankfully, wiper blades are typically the least expensive and easiest car part to replace. With this in mind, remember that you get what you pay for, and it pays to do research. There are many different blades on the market. Some are suited for icy conditions and some are designed for sunny weather. Take your time to read product descriptions to ensure you install blades that are right for your vehicle.

Simply wiping them off with a microfiber cloth can go a long way.

When was the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? If you’re like most people, you may not remember. As a general rule of thumb, you should replace your wiper blades about once a year, assuming they’ve been through a normal level of wear and tear. However, with a few easy steps, you can make your blades last longer without compromising visibility. Keep your windshield and wipers clean of debris, dirt, dust, and other particles. Anything on the window or the blades can cause damage.

In cold weather, always clear your windshield of ice and snow before activating your wiper blades. Ice can shorten the life span of most wiper blades significantly. Every time you gas up your vehicle, take a moment to clean your windshield and the wiper blades. You can run the squeegee sponge over the wiper blade or use a paper towel.

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