Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Secrets Revealed – The Tooth Fairy Tells All

Spannhake Orthodontics

We are all familiar with what happens when a child loses a tooth. The child places the tooth under their pillow when they go to bed that night, and while they sleep, the Tooth Fairy comes to collect the tooth leaving money or a small gift in exchange. 

Have you ever wondered why the Tooth Fairy does this? What is her motivation? Why has she dedicated her life to the pursuit of good oral hygiene

Wonder no more…Spannhake Orthodontics asked the hard-hitting questions to uncover the truth. 

It was so long ago…the Tooth Fairy can’t remember exactly when, but she always knew that teeth where very important. “Teeth help you chew food, speak clearly, and they make you feel good about yourself”, says the Tooth Fairy. “When you take care of your teeth you are rewarded with a beautiful smile.” 

Beautiful smiles are contagious and smiling can improve your mood and the mood of people around you. If you have a smile you can be proud of, you’re more likely to show it off. “That’s why I do what I do. Getting from house to house isn’t easy, but this is a labor of love. If I can help just one more person show off their smile, than it’s all worth it.” 

That said, the Tooth Fairy wants to be very clear…she is only interested in teeth in pristine condition. Her message: Children should brush for two minutes twice a day and they should floss regularly. She also wants to stress the importance of eating healthy foods. The Tooth Fairy did admit to us that she does think candy, sodas and juices taste great, but she knows that these sugary foods can be harmful to your teeth and your orthodontic appliances, so she tries to steer clear of these tempting treats herself. 

Starting good oral hygiene habits when we’re young will only help us when we age. “If you don’t keep your teeth clean, plaque can build up along your gumline, creating an environment for additional bacteria to accumulate.” Left unchecked, these bacteria can lead to a more serious gum infection and may eventually cause irreparable damage to your jawbone and support structures, leading to tooth loss. 

  • Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss regularly. 
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals. 
  • Use dental products that contain fluoride. 
  • Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse (if instructed by your dentist).

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Gimme S'more!

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This popular campfire treat is loved by millions...of course it has it's own day of celebration. 

The recipe is one we all know by heart. Sandwich a toasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate between two graham crackers and enjoy. 

Everybody has their own perfect combination when it comes to making S’mores. Some people insist on using only Hersey Chocolate Bars, while others are more particular when it comes to the brand of graham crackers used.  But…whether or not you should to catch the marshmallow on fire is a debate that will continue for generations to come. 

No matter how you make your S’mores, we are sure you’ll agree…you have never made your S’mores like this…

Below are a few twists on the classic S’mores recipe we all know and love. 

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S’mores Cookies are pretty easy to make. All it takes is some pre-made refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough, milk chocolate and, graham cracker crumbs. Bam! You’ll have a dozen S’mores ready to eat in under 30 minutes. 

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Seriously…how cute are these? The best part is, they taste even better than they look. And think about it…the bigger the jar the bigger the S’more. Who needs portion control? Not us and certainly not when it comes to a S’mores Trifle. 

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These S’mores Bars have a thick layer of homemade marshmallow sandwiched between a graham cracker crust & salted dark chocolate. OMG…we love these bars so much! 

TIP: If you think you need to be camping to celebrate National S’mores Day you are mistaken. You don’t need a camp fire to create the perfect S’more…you can get your marshmallows nice a toasty by roasting them over the gas flame of your stove top. We know…it’s a genius idea!