Briarfield Dental - September/October 2019

Sept/Oct 2019

BITTERSWEET MEMORIES

What Back-to-School Means for Parents

Every year, on the first day of school, my wife would take a picture of our kids standing in front of the magnolia tree in our yard. Back-to- school season was always a bittersweet time of year. Melody always loved to take the kids out shopping to get all their supplies, and I liked to see them excited for a new year, but we were both a little sad to see them go. I love all the summers spent with my kids, and it was hard to see them leave and be reminded that they were growing up. Of course, seeing them go off to school from kindergarten through 12th grade was nothing compared to when they each went off to college. Now, that was tough! After we dropped off Matt, our oldest, for his freshman year of college, Melody cried the whole way home. I got pretty choked up myself. It was equally hard with all of our kids. I really enjoy their company, and it was hard to deal with the fact that my kids weren’t going to be home every night. All three of our kids attended Miami University down in Oxford. That’s a three-hour drive from our home, so we couldn’t just swing by to have lunch or take them out to dinner whenever we missed them.

Miami University is also the same school where both my father and I graduated from, so while it was hard to have them so far away, it was cool to have a bit of a family legacy going on. Melody and I were so proud to see each of our kids get accepted to Miami; they all worked really hard. Matt was torn between a couple of different schools, but he never

regretted choosing Miami. Meanwhile, our middle child, Kevin, knew he wanted to go to Miami University

ever since we visited the school when he was just 6 years old. When Allison, our youngest, attended college, she said she loved being in the same classes I had taken or walking down the same halls as her grandfather. Of all our kids, Allison really connected to the sense of family history at Miami U. Though they have all graduated from college, this fall our kids are still continuing with their education in different ways. Matt is starting law school at Georgia State University in Atlanta while Allison is finishing school for

physical therapy. Kevin is currently working for Poggemeyer Design Group, an engineering and architecture firm in Bowling Green with plans to take classes for project/construction management. As tough as it was to watch my kids grow up and start their own lives, I have always been proud of them. Seeing your kids leave home is part of life, and they all succeeded in what they have set out to do. I will always miss having them around the house, but watching them grow and thrive confirms that Melody and I have done a pretty good job as their parents.

“As tough as it was to watch my kids grow up and start their own lives, I have always been proud of them.”

Who can ask for much more than that?

–Dr. Stuckey

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Stop the Spread

Prevent Colds and the Flu With Kid-Friendly Teaching Tools

School is back in session, but your child may be bringing home more than just random facts. Germs and bacteria that spread the common cold and flu are most prevalent in schools, but while these illnesses are strong, prevention is simple. Teach your kids how to prevent the spread of bacteria this season with these helpful tips. But Mommy Doesn’t Cover Her Nose! Kids learn more by watching what you do rather than listening to what you tell them to do. Get in the habit of covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and then wash your hands. Make hand sanitizer and facial tissues readily available in your home and be sure to

wash your hands before every meal. In addition, stick to healthy habits when you do feel sick. Drink fluids, get plenty of rest, and seek medical attention when it’s warranted. If your children see you taking care of yourself, they will be more likely to do the same for themselves in the future. Ahh ... Ahh ... ACHOO! Hand washing and nose blowing are about as fun as … well, just that. It’s no wonder children don’t want to take time out of their busy play schedules to combat nasty germs. Instead of making these important steps a chore, make basic hygiene fun. Use fun songs to teach the proper way to cover a sneeze, or do a science experiment to teach your children about the

germs that are spread through just one sneeze. (According to research, sneezes can travel anywhere from 19–26 feet at 100 miles per hour!) For crafty kids, let them decorate tissue boxes or hand sanitizer containers to give hygiene some flair. Soon enough, you’ll find them being smarter about their health. As kids pack into classrooms this fall, germs will fly faster than this past summer did. Prevent the spread of the common cold and flu by learning more tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention online at CDC.gov.

Stained, Yellowing Teeth Got You Down? Tired of feeling self-conscious about your dull, stained, or yellowing teeth? Get the bright, confident smile you’ve always wanted with Briarfield Dental Care’s Bright4Life program. complimentary touch up kit at no cost when you keep your regularly scheduled hygiene appointments. Plus, Dr. Stuckey and our team work alongside patients until they are completely satisfied with the results. Smile More With Bright4Life

Your smile is the first thing people notice about you. A healthy, happy smile transforms your appearance. It’s no wonder having whiter teeth is the No. 1 aesthetic concern of most patients. Market research found that around the world, patients spend over $3.2 billion on teeth whitening each year. This is why Briarfield Dental Care is offering our patients a lifetime of whiter, healthier-looking teeth for just $99 with Bright4Life. What is the Bright4Life program? Bright4Life members receive professional custom trays designed to evenly whiten teeth. Members also receive professional strength whitening gel upon their initial visit and a

How long will the whitening results last? The time your teeth will stay white depends on your diet and good oral hygiene but most patients enjoy a brighter smile for at least a year. The good news is the touch-up kit Bright4Life members receive at their six-month hygiene appointments helps to maintain their bright white smile. Our Bright4Life program is an effective, stress- free whitening solution that helps keep your smile bright all year long. Join today by calling 419-866-6985 to make sure your smile is ready for all the photographs and family gatherings of the holiday season.

Results vary depending on the condition of your teeth, but most Bright4Life members enjoy a dramatically whiter smile in just seven days. Are there any side effects? The most common side effect of teeth whitening is gum and tooth sensitivity. While few of our patients experience sensitivity with whitening Dr. Stuckey will make sure you are a good candidate for whitening and that you are using the right strength of whitening formula before starting treatment. Additionally, the whitening solution we use for Bright4Life is a special formula with built-in desensitizers to help lessen possible side effects.

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Who Knows Teething Better Than Your Dentist?

Tips to Ease This Painful Process

1. Recognize symptoms. According to Edward Moody, the former president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, look for signs like irritability accompanied by biting or chewing on hard objects, drooling, swelling and tenderness, refusing food, and disrupted sleep. If your baby is teething and experiencing more than just the above symptoms, you may need to take them to the doctor or dentist.

Whether you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned veteran, you’re likely dreading a particularly difficult period during your baby’s first year: teething. According to eMedicineHealth, a branch of WebMD, teething can begin in infants as young as 2 months old, even though the first tooth usually doesn’t appear until about 6 months old. For most babies, the first tooth is one of the lower middle teeth, known as incisors. As the tooth penetrates the gums, the area may appear slightly red or swollen, and the process can cause a lot of discomfort for little ones and their parents. A number of home remedies have been passed down through generations, but who better to offer advice to worried parents than dentists? Here are three tips to keep in mind if your baby is starting the teething process. Have you heard about Kids’ Day? Once a month, Briarfield Dental Care throws a special celebration focused exclusively on our youngest patients. The office is transformed with fun decorations, the whole team gets dressed up, and there are lots of prizes for kids who come in to join the fun. Plus, we have special spin brushes and offers on sealants and mouthguards only available during our Kids’ Days. Sept. 19 - Superhero Oct.17 - Halloween Monster Mash Nov. 21 - Border Battle (OSU vs MI) Dec. 27 - New Year’s Party Don’t Miss Kids’ Day

2. Use soothing remedies. To provide some relief, consider gently massaging your baby’s sore gums with a clean finger or soft cloth. You can also use cold, but not frozen, rubber teething rings. Since your baby’s gums are very sensitive, contact with frozen items might cause more pain. Be sure to keep a clean cloth nearby, as teething causes excessive drooling. Routinely clean your baby’s chin and neck to reduce irritation. 3. Schedule a visit. It’s common for parents to believe all of their child’s baby teeth should emerge before scheduling a dental appointment, but pediatric experts recommend babies have their first visit before their first birthday. Having a dentist monitor how your little one’s teeth come in will stave off future complications, alleviate potential fear of future appointments, and teach your child good dental hygiene at a young age.

Something Good, Something Misunderstood

Dr. Stuckey’s Playlist As a new school year begins, I’ve been reminiscing of my own school days and what I was listening to back then. One of the bands that comes to mind is an American alternative rock group called Better Than Ezra. The original members of the band, Kevin Griffin (vocalist and guitarist), Joel Rundell (lead guitarist), Tom Drummond (bassist), and Cary Bonnecaze (drummer), all attended Louisiana State University together. They started Better Than Ezra in 1988 and spent several years as a college party band. Better Than Ezra released their first nationally distributed album, “Deluxe,” in 1993. This album caught the attention of major record labels, and two years after that release, they signed with Elektra Records. By the end of 1998, “Deluxe” went platinum and the album’s single, “Good,” hit No. 1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks. Today, Better Than Ezra is the kind of band where a lot of people will recognize their songs because they were covered by other groups or appeared in shows and commercials. In the early 2000s, their songs appeared in ESPN’s College GameDay commercials and in commercials for “Desperate

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Housewives.” More recently, Taylor Swift covered their song “Breathless.”

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Better Than Ezra is still touring and making music. While I didn’t think their most recent album “All Together Now” was very good, over the years, they’ve put out many songs that I really like. A lot of their songs sounds a bit like U2, which is my favorite band. If you want to get a taste of Better Than Ezra’s music, I recommend their greatest hits album. It has “Good,” as well as several other of my favorite songs by the group, like “Desperately Wanting” and “Misunderstood.”

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Back-to-School Memories

Teach Your Kids Flu Prevention Get Your Most Confident Smile Today

Tips to Ease the Teething Process

Dr. Stuckey’s Playlist

An Excursion in the Pennine Alps

Now in Network for Paramount Dental, an Affiliate of ProMedica AN ALPINE EXCURSION Tour Monte Rosa

Nestled between Italy and Switzerland, Monte Rosa is the second highest peak in the Alps, making it one of the best views in either country and one of the more physically demanding ascents in the mountain range. In the late summer and early fall, tourists and locals alike tour Monte Rosa to pay their respects to the peak and to be challenged by the cross-country trek over the mountain.

descents, and breathtaking views that are sure to make this journey memorable.

For accommodations, opt for charming mountain huts to immerse yourself in the true Alpine experience. You can book them in advance to guarantee your bunk and a dinner of spaetzle or lasagna, depending on which country you’re in that night. Unless you’re traveling with an experienced mountaineer, a guide is recommended for touring Monte Rosa, even if you only plan to traverse a small section of the mountain. Weather can vary greatly and change quickly in this region, so you never know when you’ll encounter ice or snow, which can lower your visibility. Toward the top of the peak, you’ll even have an opportunity to cross a sprawling glacier, and having a guide will ensure you have the necessary equipment for a safe trip. On top of the spectacular views, you can expect a beautiful blend of cultures and an experience unlike any other on your tour of Monte Rosa. Plus, you may even get to see a few Swiss cows or mountain goats along the way!

The full tour of the mountain is a nine-day journey that starts in Switzerland and crosses quickly over into Italy,

winding its way through both countries before eventually returning trekkers to their starting point. The out-and-back path is the most popular route, though there are

other ways to approach it. However you go, you’ll encounter massive glaciers, rigorous 1,000-meter ascents and

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