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

Today you are you, that’s truer than true! Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Today is World book day. Schools across the globe are celebrating Dr. Seuss’s whimsical writing by dressing up and celebrating how wonderful it is to read and be inspired.

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”

What are you reading right now? Does it inspire you?! The 12 Oaks Dental team is reading The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Anchor. Everyone could use more happiness in there lives! This book breaks down the ability to be happy in all areas of your life by applying 7 principles.

“Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around.” 

We suggest you pick up a copy and join us reading this great book!

All you need is love….But a little bit of chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!

All you need is love….But a little bit of chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!

For as long as we can remember, people have associated a box of chocolates with Valentine’s Day.

But did you know that eating dark chocolate is actually good for you?  Here at 12 Oaks Dental, we strive not only to keep you smiling, but to increase your overall health awareness.heart

Dark Chocolates have many health benefits you may not be aware of.

 Here are just a few:

Dark Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure, per a study that appears in the Aug 27 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, dark chocolate can actually lower your blood pressure.

Antioxidants are Found in Dark Chocolate – Dark chocolates, but not milk chocolate is a potent antioxidant. Antioxidants eat up free radicals, destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments. Heart disease is proven associated to periodontal disease.

Improve Cardiovascular Function- known to raise HLD levels, in the long term, this should cause much less cholesterol to lodge in the arteries.

Protect Your Skin Against Sun Damage -the flavanols found in dark chocolate can protect against sun-induced damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration.

Improve Brain Function – is known to improve cognitive function in the elderly with mental impairment. It also contains stimulant substances like caffeine and theobromine, which may improve short term brain function.

So, go ahead and treat yourself and your Valentine to a box of dark chocolates this year, you may have to balance the extra calories by eating less of other things, but the benefits of chocolate may just be what the doctor ordered! Of course, great brushing habits and regular dental visits with our hygienists are a must!

So, have some chocolate today! We are! Happy Valentine’s day!!

Camping at Pedernales Falls

Dr. Cronin-Barron and her family recently enjoyed a camping trip at Pedernales Falls. This Texas State Park is located nine miles east of Johnson City and has a little something for everyone. The Barron family enjoyed hiking along side the winding river and breathtaking falls. It is a great place to see the Autumn leaves and enjoy all that Texas nature has to offer. There are several campsites that offer electricity and water or more primitive sites for the adventurous backpacking types. If you have not visited this Texas Gem, you should plan a trip soon!

Linda’s Saturday Chicken

As we are a family here at 12 Oaks Dental and families enjoy spending time together, often over meals, we wanted to share some family recipes with you! Linda made this meal at our last 12 Oaks Dental Annual Retreat.  We all fell in love with this simple and delicious chicken dish! She completed the meal with roasted fingerling potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots.  If you have any family recipes that you would like to share with us please email us at info@12oaksdental.com

Linda’s Saturday Chicken (Serves 6-8)

  • 8- 1/2 Chicken Breast
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1/2 pint whipping cream
  • Paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Parsley flakes
  • Olive oil (or olive oil spray)

Place chicken breast in sprayed (or oiled) 9×13 pyrex dish.  Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder to both sides of chicken breasts.  Sprinkle paprika on top side.  In separate bowl, mix can of mushroom soup and whipping cream together.  It will be a thick consistency.  Then pour mixture over seasoned chicken.  Sprinkle parsley flakes over chicken mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 90 minutes, uncovered. Serve with baked potatoes.  This makes a yummy gravy! Enjoy!

 

 

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