Ghosts, Goblins and Tooth Fairies

Ghosts, Goblins and Tooth Fairies

It’s that time of year! We found a fun article in the Capital Star, a publication by the Capital Area Dental Society. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

“For as long as I’ve been editor of this prestigious newsletter/journal, I’ve wanted to write something more lighthearted, and mainly out of my own curiosity. October brings out the ghosts and goblins, so no better time for us to bring out a mythical creature of our own: The Tooth Fairy. Who is she (forgive the assumption that she’s a she) and where does she come from? Is she old and does she work alone like St. Nick, or is “she” really an elite team of young energetic fairies that takes to the sky each night? All questions you are likely to be asked by a young child, as you are a leading authority on lost baby teeth, so you’d better be prepared!

Image result for tooth mouseMuch like the newish Elf on a Shelf phenomenon, we can thank our American version of the Tooth Fairy on a book. In a 1700s French fairytale, La Bonne Petite Souris, a fairy disguised as a mouse helped an enslaved queen by knocking out the evil king’s front teeth and hiding them under his pillow. The tale was translated to English in an illustrated children’s book in the 1920s, and our Fairy was born.

But neither our Fairy, or the French mouse version, are truly original ideas. Lost baby tooth customs and myths have been around for centuries (that we know of). Many early customs simply involved burying the teeth. This was done either to help “grow” a new tooth, or to prevent some other creature like a witch from finding the tooth and using it to cast a spell on the child. Everything you can imagine has been documented…throwing it to the sun, throwing it between the legs, throwing it onto the roof, eating it, having mother eat it, placed in a hole in a tree, etc.
Besides the fairy however, the tooth mouse is one of the most common agents (remember our mouse-fairy from France…not an original idea). Anthropologists have speculated that the use of a mouse or other rodent as the intruder was because of the mouse’s strong teeth, that ironically never fall out. Spain, most Latin American countries, France, England, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Lithuania, Belarus, and Slovenia all have a custom involving a rodent of some species. Asian countries throw the lost tooth either onto the roof or under the floor, with differing variations on where to throw the tooth depending on which jaw it came from. Many of these customs, however, still involve asking a mythical mouse for the blessing of a new tooth.

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In America, however, the Fairy is still queen (or king, maybe). A recent survey by Visa states the going rate for a deciduous crown(baby tooth) is $3.70, and not expected to be going down anytime soon, pending Executive Order or legislation from the current federal administration. Whatever your cultural background, keep up the traditions. They are just as much fun for the parents as for the kids, at least for the first few teeth.”
By Jonathon R. Kimes, DDS

Win tickets to Typhoon Texas!

Join in the summer fun!

It’s summer! Time for sunshine, cold drinks, and family time. We want to help you stay cool with a family 4 pack of tickets to the newly renovated Typhoon Texas in Pflugerville! It is super easy to be entered to win!

  1. Be a new patient
  2. Refer a new patient
  3. Post a 5 star Google review
  4. Post a 5 star review on Yelp
  5. Check-in, Tag, or post a 5 star review on Facebook

The winner will be drawn 07/28/2017

Good luck!!

 

Which comes first: Happiness or Success?

Which comes first: Happiness or Success?

Early in January we shared with everyone that as a team we like to set personal and team goals. Rather than the typical “New Years Resolution” we choose One Word to focus on in our personal and professional lives. If you haven’t had a chance to read the blog, Click here to check it out!

Well, here we are almost half way through 2017 and we wonder how everyone is doing with their goals. One way that the 12 Oaks Dental team achieves personal growth throughout the year is to read! Right now, as a group, we are reading The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. In the book Shawn asks “Which comes first: Happiness or Success?” So often we tell ourselves things like “If I could just get that promotion, I’ll be happy.” or “If I could just lose the weight, I’ll be happy.” but once the goal is reached, are we actually happy? Or, do we move on to the next thing we want achieve. In a blog written by Shawn he says:

“Now for the good news. Based on the findings in The Happiness Advantage: if you reverse the order of the formula, you end up with greater happiness and greater success rates. Happiness is an advantage, and the precursor to greater success. In every single relationship, business, and educational outcome improves when the brain is positive first. If you cultivate happiness while in the midst of your struggles, work, at school, while unemployed or single, you increase your chances of attaining all the goals you are pursuing…including happiness.”

How to put Happiness before Success

Who couldn’t use more happiness?! Shawn Anchor advised his Harvard student to stop equating the future with happiness. Success does not mean happiness. Happiness is a work ethic. He suggests that you try the 21 day challenge. The challenge is to pick one of these five researched habits and try it out for 21 days in a row to create a positive habit.

1. Write down three new things you are grateful for each day into a blank word document. Research shows this will significantly improve your optimism even 6 months later, and raises your success rates significantly.

2. Write for 2 minutes a day describing one positive experience you had over the past 24 hours. This is a strategy to help transform you from a task-based thinker, to a meaning based thinker who scans the world for meaning instead of endless to-dos. This dramatically increases work happiness.

3. Exercise for 10 minutes a day. This trains your brain to believe your behavior matters, which causes a cascade of success throughout the rest of the day.

4. Meditate for 2 minutes, focusing on your breath going in and out. This will help you undo the negative effects of multitasking. Research shows you get multiple tasks done faster if you do them one at a time. It also decreases stress and raises happiness.

5. Write one, quick email first thing in the morning thanking or praising a member on your team. This significantly increases your feeling of social support, which in my study at Harvard was the largest predictor of happiness for the students.

Try it!! What the worst that could happen? We hope you will share with us your story of triumph!

Planting Flowers in Austin Texas

Cleome hasslerianaDid you know there are over 400,000 flowering plant species? I just moved into a new house and I am trying to learn what kind of flowers I like, and what will thrive here in Texas. Planting heat tolerant annuals ensures that your borders bloom all season long.  Some examples of heat tolerant plants are:

Texas Scarlet

 

These are just a few of the many choices that I thought would look good in my yard. First I have to decide what kind of Landscaping I want to do in the backyard. I read the steps to coming up with what I want are:

Step 1: Measure your back yard with a measuring tape to get an idea of the size of your project. You needn’t landscape your entire yard: If it’s large or if your budget has limits, concentrate on areas close to your home. Then sit in a central area and imagine what your yard will look like when you are finished with your landscape project.

Step 2: Search for ideas in gardening magazines and websites. Plan your landscape design with the four seasons in mind and then select plants that will add to the beauty of your yard year-round. For example, perhaps you’ll plant a tree that displays autumn colors, one that blooms in the spring, wildflowers and vegetables for the summer, and an evergreen tree or two for the winter.

Step 3: Plot out a plan on graph paper, using the measurements you took and the ideas you gathered. Plan to plant trees and larger plants toward the back of your property. Put smaller plants, such as a flowerbed, in front of them. Allow for access in the form of paths. Perhaps you’ll want a vegetable garden—this must go in an area that receives full sun.

Step 4: Visit your local nursery, show them your plan and ask for their suggestions of plants that will fit in and that are suitable for your microclimate. If you have a lot of shade, for instance, this will dictate that you plant only shade-loving plants.

Step 5: Build your paths first. They can be simple affairs covered with wood chips, sawdust or gravel. If your budget allows, pour cement for your pathways because it will never grow weeds.

Step 6: Measure your planting areas and beds and then dig compost into the soil. Research the various plants you have purchased and add any soil additives they might require. For example, bulbs that give you flowers such as tulips, iris and daffodils need their soil supplemented with bone meal and/or blood meal.

Step 7: Plan for irrigation. It can be in the simple form of a hose with a sprinkler head, or you can set up a drip irrigation or soaker hose system. It’s best to establish your irrigation system before you plant anything because you can easily damage new plantings when working with soaker hoses, drip lines and hoses.

Step 8:  Plant your plants and then keep them well watered until they become established.

Hopefully this will help you with your landscaping project as well as myself.

-Hope Mojica, RDHSalvia

History of Mother’s Day

WVGRAFmotherMother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis  held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia.   Her campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her beloved mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died.  Anna’s mission was to honor her own mother by continuing work she started and to set aside a day to honor mothers, “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues .

Mothers are very special people who love you unconditionally.  My mother has recently moved in with me so that I can help her.  I feel that as I get older, family is most important  and if I can help my mom it is an honor.  I asked her yesterday what she wanted to do for Mothers Day and we decided together to just stay in our jammies and watch old movies.  I can’t wait to be able to spend that time with my mom.  Mothers sacrifice a lot for their children and as they age I feel its  our responsibility to take care of them.  Somedays  are a challenge as we are adjusting to each others personal space.  I never thought at the age of 50 I would be living back with my mom but I am so grateful  for the time I get to spend with her . Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, aunts, grandmothers, and all the other women who have guided, nurtured and loved us.

Dental Hygiene School Here I Come!!!!!

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Well, 12 Oaks Dental Austin family and friends, the time has finally come for me to run off to hygiene school!! I can’t even believe after 5 and a half years at this amazing office it is time for me to move on. I have been accepted (FINALLY) to the Temple College Dental Hygiene Program! But don’t worry, you will still get to see my shining face on my school breaks and a couple of days over the summer! It’s crazy to think about, 10 years ago I decided this was the path I wanted to take with my life and after a few hiccups (very small baby hiccups 😉 ) I am finally following my dream!

This was no easy feat though, let me assure you of that. I’m sure some of you remember me taking classes almost 2 years ago to update everything as science classes expire after 3-5 years depending on the college! I applied to the dental hygiene program last year only to be denied entrance by Temple College and turned away from ACC for a chicken pox shot! This year was almost a scare as well!!! Monday March 9th, I received a letter actually denying me entrance to the Temple College program AGAIN! Only to receive a call Thursday the 12th stating they had a position for me!

I am excited for my new adventure and nervous about all the change. It’s hard to leave your “home” after over 5 years, and begin anew. I have grown so much here and I thank each one of my family members!

Dr. Worob – Thank you for always believing in me, and giving me every opportunity to grow and learn. And for always being my shoulder to cry on, I couldn’t ask for a better “dad”.

Dr. Cronin-Barron – You are an amazing friend and I value the lessons we teach each other. I love that our daughters are growing up together (even if it’s in different cities) and I’m proud of the strong Dr. you have become!

Terri – Oh mom!! I love your blunt sense of humor and your motherly advice. You’ve made a good fill –in 😉

Kelley- I will miss your fake yelling ha-ha! Thank you for always being there when I need someone to talk to, and of course all the funs times we’ve had!

Deb – aww Deb! I LOVE YOU! You are such a strong person, and I value your advice! I’ll still need my weekly gossip!

Renee’- It’s been a pleasure to watch you “blossom” ha-ha! I will miss your sense of humor!

Laura – I appreciate all of your long winded wisdom! You are such an amazingly smart woman and I strive to be like you (with shorter sentences).

Hope – It’s been so wonderful to grow with you! I am so incredibly proud of everything you have accomplished and now I am following in your footsteps. You are going to be a wonderful mommy!

Paddy – I look forward to seeing you Fridays to catch you up on my drama, ha-ha! Thank you for adopting me!

Brandi, Tina and Rachel – it’s been such a short time and I wish I could have had more time with you, but know that this is an amazing family to be a part of!

Let’s not say good-bye, but see ya later! I hope to make you all proud!

Austin to the Bahamas

CollageOur 25th wedding anniversary was approaching quickly and we felt it required a splurge, something memorable.  We decided that a trip to Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas might be that special trip.  We were right!

We departed Austin from ABIA on a cloudy, 34-degree day and 5 hours later were in sunny, 80-degree Nassau, Bahamas, awestruck at the clear, multicolored blue water as we were landing.  Our destination was only a 30 minute taxi ride.

The Atlantis resort is very grand in size and visually spectacular.  We had seen the Atlantis television commercials and heard the resort was great but photos and video do not do it justice.  The resort has five hotels, world-class dining, spa, casino, golf course, marine habitats and aquarium with 50,000 aquatic animals, a 141-acre water park including a mile-long river tubing adventure, 9 water slides, and 11 pools.  Nightlife includes a comedy club, nightclub and movie theatre.  The beach and stunningly beautiful Caribbean water are there too, as well as, boating, diving, snorkeling and fishing.  The resort offers something for everyone and is both child and adult friendly.

Atlantis is a bit pricey but worth the money when you consider all that is offered.  Dining is especially expensive but there are less expensive options within walking distance or by taxi to Nassau.  The resort website has specials on room rates, resort credits and activity credits that make it more affordable.

For a fantastic tropical getaway, Atlantis Paradise Island is fun for all!

Sugar Cookie Traditions

unnamed (1) Valentine’s Day just passed and we had another occasion to make our family’s favorite cookies. This recipe was passed down from my great-aunt. I have made countless dozens of these cookies over the years for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day and just about every other holiday you can think of.

The kids’ involvement in every part of the process is the best part of this tradition. They started at a young age helping to make the dough, cut out the shapes, bake and decorate. My kids are grown now and are carrying on the tradition. Hopefully, one day there will be grandkids to start the cycle again!

SUGAR COOKIES

2/3 c. shortening
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
4 tsp. milk
2 c. sifted flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Cream shortening, sugar, and vanilla. Add egg and beat until light and fluffy. Stir in milk. Sift together dry ingredients. Blend into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half. Chill at least one hour. Roll out to 1/8″ thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut into desired shapes. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from pan. Makes 2 dozen cookies. (I almost always double this recipe because they get gobbled up so fast.)

-From the kitchen of Paddy Wainright.

Wear Purple for CHD Awareness

 WEAR PURPLE FOR CHD AWARENESS

Join 12 Oaks Dental in supporting CHD (Congenital Heart Defects) Awareness Week February 8th – 14th.

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Meet Miss Kielyn, she is 19 months old and she was born with CDH. This sweet, brave baby has already had two open heart surgeries and will have to deal with this life long disease.

Each year, in the U.S., approximately 40,000 children are born with CHD. There are over 40 types of Congenital Heart Defects making CHD the most common type of birth defect. There is currently no known prevention or cure for CHD, however with early detection and treatment the survival rate is now improving.

If you would like to get more information or make a donation, The Children’s Heart Foundation and Heart 2 Heart are great resources.  If your family or friends  need a support group here in Austin, please visit MyMilagros, Uniting the Central Texas Congenital Heart Defect Community.

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Super Bowl White Queso Recipe

Seahawks vs. the Patriots.  Hmmm.  Since the Houston Texans didn’t make it I guess I will root for the Seahawks. All the hype about deflated footballs doesn’t inspire me to cheer for the Patriots. If your head has been in the sand, don’t watch television, listen to the radio or get news updates online then you have to check out this video.

I love the Super Bowl!  It’s not only fun to watch the game and commercials but it’s a great  excuse for a get together with friends. One of my favorite Super Bowl snacks is white queso made with cream cheese.  Its to die for! Here is the recipe, try something new this Sunday.

2 packages cream cheese

1 lb Jimmy Dean sausage cookedSuper Bowl White Queso

1 can Rotel Tomatoes

1 small can black olives (optional)

Combine all in microwave safe bowl and cook for 2-4 minutes until melted, mix and enjoy with your favorite tortilla chips

 

By Deborah Burroughs RDA, native Houstonite

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