Congratulations Dr. Potempa!

Let’s all take a minute to congratulate Dr. Potempa on his retirement! After 39 years of caring and loyal service, we are excited for him to spend more time with his 7 grandchildren and 5 children! I personally want to thank him for all that he has taught me as I take over his practice.  I look forward to getting to know all of you and care for your dental needs.

Funny Dental Masks Are Here

 

If you have ever wondered–either out loud or to that little voice inside your head–why the dentist has to be such a stressful experience, here is a new fashion trend guaranteed to spice that appointment up a bit. Just in time for Halloween, funny dental masks.  Who wouldn’t want their dentist showing up wearing one of these?   The Creative Director responsible for the Android logo, Irina Blok, has brought her talents chairside by making those boring old masks…a little more tolerable.  So next time you fall asleep in the chair while getting a cavity filled on a back molar, don’t be surprised if you wake up to pure hilarity–or shock.

-Dr. K

Writing, as always, from the town where Liberty got its start: Libertyville, IL

Moustaches For Charity

I’m sure most of us think of food, family, and presents when it comes to the holiday season.  But maybe you, like millions of selfless individuals worldwide, may get excited at the thought of giving back this time of year.

Here is a great charity that was originally started in Australia in an attempt to make moustaches fashionable again–think Burt Reynolds of the 70’s–but evolved into something much bigger.  To date, they have raised $649 million to support prostate cancer research and men’s health initiatives.

Since its induction they have gathered over 5 million participants from 21 countries.  So, if you see someone sporting a moustache in the month of November, it may just be their way of giving back.  Check out the Movember movement on the U.S. page here,  and please consider donating–either follicularly or monetarily.

Happy Movember everyone!

Dr. Kennedy

Writing, as always, from the town where Liberty got its start: Libertyville, IL

Best Halloween Treats!

I had a moment of moral conflict prior to creating this post.  Inherently I know it’s strange for a dentist to be posting about the best Halloween treats, but the realist in me says, “it’s Halloween!”–and there is no getting around the orange-and-black sugar rush that will occur in the next two days.  So without further ado here are the best ideas I found for terrifying treats this holiday season:

 

Candy Corn Marshmallow Monsters, brought to us by Knead to Cook.  Cute, delicious, and relatively easy to make.  Your little monsters will gobble them up.

 

I am a sucker for a good doughnut, especially if they are vampire doughnuts (pun intended).  Cardamommy and Coriaunty have scared up some fun with these treats, great for office or school snacks.   Eat them before they eat you!

 

Halloween Slushy Punch Recipe with Wax Lips on { lilluna.com } #punch #slushy

This one works for both adult and children’s parties–I would reuse the sucker pun from above but I don’t want to beat a dead body.  Lillluna.com brings us these spooky punches, sure to please any blood type.  Slurp down these delicious punches and let the ghoulish garnish speak for itself.

 

Banana Ghosts Healthy Halloween Snack

Very clever way to get your kids to eat their fruit and vegetables form spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com.  The Clementine and celery orange pumpkins and banana ghosts are a healthy, fun alternative to the store bought candy treats.  What kid, big or small, could resist?

Let’s end on a healthy note.  Enjoy and happy hauntings everyone!

-Dr. Kennedy

Writing, as always, from the town where liberty got its start: Libertyville, IL

 

 

 

End of the Year Insurance: Use It or Lose It

It’s that time of the year again. The time just before the holiday seasons where we get to plan–or procrastinate–our end of the year activities. Parties, dinners…dental appointments. Yes! With the end of the year comes the end of the insurance cycle for many dental insurances. What that means is, to put it simply: if you don’t use it you lose it.

Most insured individuals get a maximum yearly allowance, and unlike your rollover minutes with your cell phone carriers you don’t get to keep any unused money. Once the cycle starts again you have to pay down deductibles, which means you pay more out of pocket before the insurance kicks in again.  So, while I’m sure Metlife needs to build another football stadium, or enlist the help of other beloved cartoon characters to help sell their product, I’m sure you could find better ways to spend your money.

And don’t just take my word for it.  U.S. News and World Report ran an article on dental care:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 27 percent of U.S. adults ages 20 to 44 have untreated cavities. Minor cavities can turn into major problems, and what would have required a filling can eventually require a root canal or extraction.  

There are clear links between gum disease and other systemic issues, such as heart disease, diabetes and respiratory disease, to name a few.  

Not taking care of your teeth impacts more than your oral health, however. Studies have linked bad dental care to a variety of poor, or even deadly, health outcomes.

So get it done before something small becomes something much larger.  And have a happy and safe holiday season!

-Dr. K

Writing, as always, from the town where Liberty got its start: Libertyville, IL

 

 

Healthy Alternatives to Candy this Halloween

;As a dentist dad, I am constantly being told by my children how cool I am–as if I didn’t know that already!  With that said, I did a little research for healthy alternatives to candy this Halloween season. Surprisingly, there was a wide array of advice from making your own taffy apples–which I would technically classify as an apple drenching in caramelized sugar…not healthy–to Play-Doh jars–great for little kids, but sure to get your house egged should you encounter any disgruntled high school kids.  Here are the results of my own findings, sure to please:

For the Little Guys:

1.Temporary tattoos:  Very cost effective, and you can buy them by the 100’s.  And seriously, what kid doesn’t love to stick tattoos all over?  Good clean fun that won’t leave chocolate on the new couch.                             

Classic Girls: Unicorn Temporary Tattoo

 

2.Bubbles:  Also a pretty economical alternative that allows the kids to get outside and be active…sort of.  Bubbles come in a variety of colors and can be used any time, rather than the Halloween specific     toys/treats which will go out of style officially on November 1st.

 

 

3.Honey Sticks:  Ok. I know that you are probably wondering why I am pushing pure sugar.  But, let’s not forget honey is all-natural, can help soothe sore throats during the long winter months, and is               delicious.  There is a belief that it can aid in alleviating allergies if purchased locally, but research put out by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) has debunked this myth.  Still if     it’s good enough for bears, it is good enough for me.

4.Glow Headbands/Sticks: This is sure to make you one of the more popular houses on the block.  The kids can’t get enough of the glowing fun, and the headbands are just too cute not to buy.  If you are         feeling extra adventurous, grab a few white balloons and some green or white glow sticks and place them inside.

 

For the Older Kids:

1.Water Bottles with Custom Labels:  It’s a long walk around the neighborhood, so you know even the most disgruntled teen will get thirsty.  Bypass the soda, and keep those trick-or-treaters hydrated with style.

Witches Brew Water Bottle Labels

 

2.Tattoos:  Yes! I am recycling the above idea here.  Temporary tattoos come in all manner of forms: jewelry, henna, sports, animal, metallic, old hollywood, even tattoos that mimic celebrities.  They even have tattoos for your teeth–great for dentists!  They look pretty sweet…and you won’t have to clean up wet toilet paper in your trees the next morning.

Sarah

Picture of Metallic Silver Arrows

 

3.Glow Stick Glasses:  Modified for the older crowd, this Halloween favor will be a fan favorite.  Not only will it help with night time visualization for cars and other pedestrians, but it looks cool too.  Safe and fun…a winning combo.

 

 

4.Fake Mustaches/Beards: Unisex really.  This is one of my favorite alternatives.  With a variety of styles and colors to choose from, boys and girls will be flocking to your door to sport a stache for the night.     And if not, they will at least give you bonus points for creativity.

 

That’s about it.  Economical?  Check.  Fun?  Check.  And sure to spice up that pumpkin bowl you have been waiting to unleash this year.  You can feel good about reducing the obesity rate by nixing the processed sugar pushing, and also in helping the cause to reduce cavities.  Happy Halloween everyone!

 

-Dr. Kennedy  

 Writing, as always, from the town where Liberty got its start: Libertyville, IL