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

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!

Saying Goodbye to Laura

Saying Goodbye to Laurafarewell

Today marks the end of an era at 12 Oaks Dental. Laura Howard has been a dedicated hygienist with us for over 30 years. She is starting a new adventure in Portland, OR with her husband Charles, who accepted a job in the city of roses. We are so sad to see her go but as the quote says:

“Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again.”

She has been truly touched and overwhelmed by all of the loving patients that have taken the time to come by, send a card, write an email, or pick up the phone to tell her how much her care has meant to them over the years. She will forever be a part of the 12 Oaks Dental family.

She will be missed!!

 

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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