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Lime-Graham Cheesecake Nibbles

Monday, July 30th, 2012

1½ cups graham-cracker crumbs (about 9 double-square crackers, crushed)
3 Tablespoons margarine, melted
– or –
1½ cups gingersnap crumbs (about 24 to 30 gingersnap cookies, crushed)
3 Tablespoons margarine, melted
2 eggs, separated
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
¾ cup sugar
3 drops green food coloring
2 Tablespoons lime juice
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 325°. Line two muffin tins with 24 cupcake papers. In a medium bowl, stir together the crumbs and margarine. Spoon 1 Tablespoon of the crumb mixture into each paper. Press down the mixture firmly with the bottom of a small juice glass.
In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together egg whites and the salt until the mixture forms soft peaks. Set aside. In a large bowl, use the mixer to beat together the cream cheese, sugar, food coloring, lime juice and flour, until fluffy. Add the yolks until well mixed, then use a spoon to fold in the whites.
Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the lime mixture into each paper. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool on the counter for 20 minutes, then keep refrigerated. Makes two dozen.

Elements of Braces

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

When coming to our office to have braces put on, you may find yourself feeling a bit intimated and nervous about the experience. We hope to help you feel more at ease by explaining exactly what the different parts of braces are, and what they do.

Parts of Braces

• Elastic Tie — This is a very small rubber band, and it holds the archwire in place.
• Archwire — This is the main part of the braces. It is a wire guide that tracks the teeth. The wire may be moved from time to time during treatment to continue straightening a patient’s teeth.
• Loop in Archwire — This is not in all braces. If it is used, it is to close a gap left from a tooth extraction.
• Bracket — This piece of equipment holds the archwire in place. Formerly, many patients used colored rubber bands to keep the brackets in place, but now since most brackets are cemented on, this is no longer necessary.
• Headgear Tube — This is a hollow area near the back bands, which allows the headgear to fit into the braces. This is only used on patients who require headgear.
• Coil Spring — If needed, this would fit between a bracket and the main archwire. Its purpose is to open up the space between the teeth. This is not necessarily used on all patients.
• Tie Wire — This is another piece of equipment that is used to keep the archwire in place. It is a thin wire that wraps around the bracket.
• Band — This is a metal band that fits completely around a tooth. It is used to help adhere brackets to the tooth.
• Hook — This is the piece of equipment that is used to attach the elastics, also known as rubber bands, around the bracket.
• Elastic — These elastics are used to connect one point of the appliance to another. The purpose is to apply pressure, and encourage the teeth to move into the proper positioning.

By defining each appliance we hope you or your child will be less apprehensive about getting braces put on. At the end of your treatment, you will have a bright, straight smile to show off to all of your friends.

Red Beans and Rice

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

3 ½ cups water (total)
1 (15 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained
½ cup onion or 2 Tablespoons dried onion
¾ cup chopped green pepper (or any sweet bell pepper)
¼ teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup dry long-grained rice
(optional: 2 teaspoons dried basil or 6 crushed basil leaves)
In a large saucepan, combine 1 ½ cups only of the water with the beans, onion, bell pepper, garlic and oregano. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Add salt, optional basil and remaining 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil again, then lower the heat to simmer and stir in the rice. Cook for 20 minutes, or to your favorite level of softness. Makes about six to eight servings.

Mouthguards and you!

Friday, July 20th, 2012

A lot of our patients play sports, and now is a great time to remind all of you to take care of both your mouth and appliances while participating in sports – especially contact sports such as soccer, football, baseball and basketball.

One of the most important pieces of sports equipment you can wear on the field this summer is a mouth guard. A well-fitted mouth guard allows you to breathe and speak more clearly, in addition to protecting your mouth and appliances. Only by using a mouth guard can athletes avoid serious mouth and jaw injuries. The next time you’re in for an adjustment appointment, we encourage you to let us know if you’re playing or planning to play any sports. We can recommend a mouth guard that will work best for you. Also, here are five quick tips for keeping yourself safe during sport activities this summer:

• Wear a helmet
• Stretch before and after a game or practice
• Wear protective eyewear
• Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin
• Be observant, even as a spectator

We hope this helps! You can always contact us if you have any questions! Good luck on the field!

Mixed Berry & Cream Cheese French Toast

Monday, July 16th, 2012

12 slices of bread
1 eight ounce package of fat free cream cheese
1 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen mixed berries
12 eggs or equal amount of egg substitute
2 cups of fat free milk

1 c sugar
2 tbsp. corn starch
1 c water
1 c fresh or frozen berries
1 tbsp. butter or margarine

Break up or use scissors to cut bread into bite sized cubes. Place all cubes in a well greased 9 x 13 glass baking dish. Cut cream cheese into small cubes, about 3/4 “, and set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs or pour in substitute. Stir in the milk. Pour over the bread and let soak or gently stir until all bread is saturated. Do not over stir or the bread cubes will crumble up. Spoon in the berries and add the cream cheese. I usually wear a glove and push some of the cream cheese and berries down into the bread mixture. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake another 20-30 minutes or until the eggs are set. You may also make this the day before and refrigerate. If refrigerated, put on counter for 30 min prior to baking.

In a small pan, combine all ingredients, except the berries and butter, until smooth. Turn on heat and bring to a boil while stirring constantly over med. heat. Reduce heat and boil for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the berries and simmer for 5-8 minutes. Add butter.

Top ten tips for keeping your BRACES sparklin’ clean!

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you have braces!

Food bits have more spots than usual to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. If you remove plaque regularly during treatment, you’ll experience better results and shorter treatment time. Keep plaque at bay with these top ten tips:

1. One tooth at a time.

When you brush, take time with each individual tooth – at least 10 seconds each – and pay careful attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces.

2. It’s all about the angles. Brush the tops of your teeth and braces with your brush angled down toward where they meet. Brush the bottoms of your teeth and braces with your brush angled up.

3. The tooth, the whole tooth, nothing but the tooth. While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, it’s equally important to clean the inner surface of your teeth (tongue side) as well as the chewing surface. And be sure to clean along your gum line – a key spot for plaque buildup.

4. Step 1: eat, step 2: clean. While you’re in treatment, it’s important to brush after every meal. Bits of food can easily get caught between braces and teeth, and these food bits interact with bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. The longer food is in contact with your teeth, the greater opportunity for plaque to form. If you are eating somewhere that you can’t brush, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.

5. Like a Boy Scout, always be prepared. The easiest way to be sure you can brush after every meal is to get in the habit of taking a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you wherever you go. Designate a special container just for your teeth-cleaning tools and keep it in your purse, backpack, or laptop case.

6. Remove the moving parts. If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss.

7. Fluoride is your friend. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.

8. Pointy brushes reach tiny places. Interproximal brushes (sometimes called proxa brushes or interdental brushes) are cone-shaped and come in very handy for reaching spots around your braces that standard brushes can’t.

9. Find the floss for you. Regular floss works for some patients, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader, which helps you get the floss into tight places. Other patients like an all-in-one product called Superfloss, which comes with a stiff end for easy threading, a spongy section for cleaning wide spaces, and regular floss for narrow spaces.

10. Make time for the pros. It’s your job to take care of the everyday cleaning. But make sure to visit your dentist regularly while in treatment, to get the deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide. If you need help finding the right Dentist for you, feel free to contact our office – we’d love to help!

We hope this helps, and remember to give our team a call if you ever have any questions!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Monday, July 9th, 2012

2 10 oz can of chicken or 2 cooked chicken breasts
2 8 oz block of cream cheese softened
1 cup ranch dressing
3/4 cup Franks red hot sauce or Franks Buffalo sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese

Shred chicken breast. Add softened cream cheese, ranch, Franks sauce and cheese into a crock pot. Cook in crock pot for 1-2 hours on high or 2-3 hours on low. Stir occasionally.

Serve with chips for those without braces and crackers for those lucky enough to have braces!

Independence Day Facts, Tips, and Party Invitations!

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

It’s hard to believe, but July is already here and half of 2012 has already passed! As July 4th approaches, our team thought it would be fun to share some facts and safety tips for celebrating our country’s independence day.

Fun Facts:

• Betsy Ross, according to legend, sewed the first American flag in May or June 1776, as commissioned by the Congressional Committee.

• The major objection to being ruled by Britain was taxation without representation. The colonists had no say in the decisions of English Parliament.

• The word ‘patriotism’ comes from the Latin patria, which means ‘homeland’ or ‘fatherland.’

• The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occurred in 1804.

• And what could be more fitting than spending the day in a place called “America”? There are five such places in the country, with the most populous being American Fork, Utah, with 21,941 residents. Check out American Fact Finder.

Safety Tips:

• Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.

• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

• Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

• To prevent a trash fire, be sure to douse the spent fireworks with plenty of water from a bucket or hose after fireworks complete their burning and before discarding them.

• Make sure fireworks are legal before buying or using them.

What are your plans this 4th of July? Share them with us! We’d love to hear what you and the rest of the community will be doing to celebrate! (Don’t forget to make sure there are no restrictions on fireworks! Check out this link to see if fireworks might be an issue for you this year.)

Also, check out these 4th of July party invitations, eGreeting cards, and delicious recipes!

July 4th eCard invitations!

Happy Independence Day eCards

Independence Day Recipes

Photo by shawnajean Photo by shawnajean

Cheeseburger Soup

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Here’s an original receipe that all your meat lovers will love!
½ lb ground beef
¾ c onion
¾ c shredded carrots
¾ c diced celery
1 T basil
1 T dried parsley
3 c chicken broth
4 c diced potatoes
4 T margarine
¼ c flour
(8 oz) Velveeta cheese
1 ½ c milk
¾ T salt
¾ T pepper
¼ c sour cream

Brown beef, drain leaving drippings in skillet and set beef aside. Add to beef drippings onion, carrots, celery, basil, parsley and simmer for 10 min.

In large pan, add chicken broth, potatoes, beef and skillet mixture. Cover and boil for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are done. Melt in butter in skillet. Add flour and cook until it bubbles for 3-5 minutes. Add thickening to soup. Cook additional 2 minutes or until thick. Add cheese, milk, salt and pepper and cook until cheese melts on low heat stirring constantly. Add sour cream and enjoy!