Dear Holly: You Ate Your Cupcake Like a Little Kitten

2 years, 4 months.

Dear Holly,

Last weekend as we visited my hometown of Fort Payne, Alabama for their annual Boom Days celebration, we stopped in a cafe called The Spot. Your brother chose ice cream as his treat, but you weren’t interested.

Instead, you grabbed a cupcake with blue frosting on one side and purple on the other.

As we sat down, you carefully unwrapped the plastic, then just became stoic as you discreetly enjoyed the cupcake; like you were getting away with something extra special.

It was like watching a little kitchen eat a cupcake.

You were so committed to finishing every last crumb, that by the end, you put your face down in it as if were you a contestant in a pie-eating contest.

That must have been some cupcake!

Love,

Daddy

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Dear Jack: You Love Nonna’s Authentic Mexican Burritos

7 years, 10 months.

Dear Jack,

Last weekend as we spent the weekend in Alabama at Nonna and Papa’s house, you quickly learned how much you loved Nonna’s burritos. In fact, that’s all I remember you eating the whole time.

I guess it helps that Nonna’s mother was Mexican. You’re getting the real deal.

Her burritos even look Mexican. What’s funny is that when our family goes out to Mexican restaurants, you never order a burrito, so perhaps Nonna’s burritos are the most authentic burritos you’ve ever had.

You ate a lot this past weekend… thanks to Nonna’s burritos.

Love,

Daddy

5 Oral Health Services Every Parent Needs

Let’s face it: as parents, the same things that bring us our greatest pleasure — our kids, our spouses, our lives — also happens to take the greatest toll on us. As we age, it feels easy to let ourselves go. Life’s just too busy to keep up with everything, or so it seems that way. While you can relax in many areas of your life, your dental health must always be maintained. In this article, we cover five oral health services that every adult needs to stay healthy and upkept.

1. Routine Checkups and Cleanings 

While most insurance policies provide two dental checkups and cleanings, only a few patients take advantage of their coverage which leads to additional cavity and decay. Not getting dental checkups regularly lead to increased costs and tooth loss. To make an appointment today, visit http://www.digitaldentistryatsouthpoint.com and click on “Make An Appointment” to schedule it online. It is the ideal time to bring in the whole family for a full screening and dental workup.

  • Cleaning: The first thing your hygienist will do is clean your teeth to remove any plaque buildup and tartar that collects around the gumline. The hygienist also uses floss to remove any hard-to-reach food particles or plaque. Polishing will remove any residue and give your teeth a smooth, consistent look that will deter plaque from collecting easily.
  • X-rays: A hygienist will perform a visual exam and take X-rays of your teeth so that the dentist will know of any cavities or repair needs. Offices tend to have traditional X-ray imaging machines, CT scans or 3D digital technology.
  • Exam: The dentist will look for issues like cavities, alignment, grinding, clenching, gumline abnormalities, tooth fractures, bone loss or oral cancer. Not only will you receive treatment, but you will have peace of mind that there are no indications that more serious dental issues are required.

2. Dental Fillings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 91 percent of Americans have cavities that require fillings and 27 percent never receive treatment. When a dentist detects cavities during routine exams, a material is used to fill in the hole after a decay extraction occurs. Possible restoration includes inlays and onlays.

When a tooth suffers from cavities, disease or injuries, inlays and onlays restore them depending on where in the tooth it occurs. Inlays are used to restore the area located between the rounded perimeter in the middle and the cusps. Onlays are used for one or multiple cusps or bite when decay is too severe for fillings but not too serious that a patient requires a crown. Materials include resin and ceramics.

3. Cosmetic Enhancements for Health and Aesthetics

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, this type of aesthetic dentistry boosts self-esteem, attractiveness, health restoration, youthfulness and advances in social or business activities. Cosmetic dentistry also removes stains, discoloration or imperfections because of whitening and smile restoration practices. Procedures that promote health include:

  • Tooth whitening: People tend to regularly consume foods and beverages that are sweet, caffeinated or acidic which causes discoloration. The staining will darken over time even with regular cleaning and proper dental care. Tooth whitening is one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures and is widely available at most dental clinics.
  • Crowns and bridges: Dentists use crowns made of porcelain, gold or a blend of materials to protect underlying natural teeth. Bridges are also used to replace missing teeth or the space between the natural teeth or implants. Porcelain is a commonly used material as it is durable and resistant to long-term staining. It is also commonly used for molars. The ideal candidate for crowns is someone who is not a candidate for fillings. Crowns are also used to protect the structural integrity of a tooth or for patients that have broken or chipped them. They also improve bits and prevent bacteria buildup. Some patients also opt for them as an aesthetic enhancement to improve their smiles.
  • Implants: For patients who have lost teeth and want a more permanent solution, implants are the best solution as they restore tooth function and allow users to perform many of the actions that natural teeth do. Implants are different from dentures in that they are implanted directly to the jawbone, which connects them more securely. Patients prefer implants as they are natural-looking. You will also not have to worry about slippage or speech problems that sometimes occur with prosthetics.
  • Veneers: Veneers, also called laminates, are used to enhance the appearance of the teeth aesthetically. Patients generally suffer from discolored, chipped, misshapen or misaligned teeth. Materials used include porcelain, ceramic or composite.
  • Braces: Braces are used for alignment issues like crooked teeth, crowding, gaps, crossbites, underbites and overbites. Some patients qualify for Invisalign services, but more serious dental issues require the use of traditional metal bracket and bands.

4. Root Canals

A root canal treatment is performed when a dentist needs to save a tooth after the detection of infection or decay. Without medical treatment, the tissue within the tooth eventually becomes infected and abscessed, which causes pain and inflammation. The dentist painlessly removes the soft material inside the root canal called the pulp, cleans the area around the tooth’s nerve, disinfects, reshapes the root canal, and then uses a filling to seal the tooth. 

5. Cancer Screenings

The American Cancer Society estimates that 51,540 Americans will get oropharyngeal cancer while at least 10,030 will die from it. Their data shows that this cancer form is more prominent in males than females. Most cancer diagnoses occur on the mouth, tongue, gums, tonsils, oropharynx, salivary glands and roof and floor of the mouth. Thanks to dental examination and cancer screening technology, the death rates for this type of cancer has steadily declined over the last three decades, which shows that dental detection and prevention are vital for parents.

For busy families today, prevention and early access to treatment will save money, starting when your child is a toddler. Access to top-notch dentistry will help give you and your family members confidence because of your beautiful, healthy smiles.

5 Oral Health Services Every Parent Needs

Let’s face it: as parents, the same things that bring us our greatest pleasure — our kids, our spouses, our lives — also happens to take the greatest toll on us. As we age, it feels easy to let ourselves go. Life’s just too busy to keep up with everything, or so it seems that way. While you can relax in many areas of your life, your dental health must always be maintained. In this article, we cover five oral health services that every adult needs to stay healthy and upkept.

1. Routine Checkups and Cleanings 

While most insurance policies provide two dental checkups and cleanings, only a few patients take advantage of their coverage which leads to additional cavity and decay. Not getting dental checkups regularly lead to increased costs and tooth loss. To make an appointment today, visit http://www.digitaldentistryatsouthpoint.com and click on “Make An Appointment” to schedule it online. It is the ideal time to bring in the whole family for a full screening and dental workup.

  • Cleaning: The first thing your hygienist will do is clean your teeth to remove any plaque buildup and tartar that collects around the gumline. The hygienist also uses floss to remove any hard-to-reach food particles or plaque. Polishing will remove any residue and give your teeth a smooth, consistent look that will deter plaque from collecting easily.
  • X-rays: A hygienist will perform a visual exam and take X-rays of your teeth so that the dentist will know of any cavities or repair needs. Offices tend to have traditional X-ray imaging machines, CT scans or 3D digital technology.
  • Exam: The dentist will look for issues like cavities, alignment, grinding, clenching, gumline abnormalities, tooth fractures, bone loss or oral cancer. Not only will you receive treatment, but you will have peace of mind that there are no indications that more serious dental issues are required.

2. Dental Fillings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 91 percent of Americans have cavities that require fillings and 27 percent never receive treatment. When a dentist detects cavities during routine exams, a material is used to fill in the hole after a decay extraction occurs. Possible restoration includes inlays and onlays.

When a tooth suffers from cavities, disease or injuries, inlays and onlays restore them depending on where in the tooth it occurs. Inlays are used to restore the area located between the rounded perimeter in the middle and the cusps. Onlays are used for one or multiple cusps or bite when decay is too severe for fillings but not too serious that a patient requires a crown. Materials include resin and ceramics.

3. Cosmetic Enhancements for Health and Aesthetics

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, this type of aesthetic dentistry boosts self-esteem, attractiveness, health restoration, youthfulness and advances in social or business activities. Cosmetic dentistry also removes stains, discoloration or imperfections because of whitening and smile restoration practices. Procedures that promote health include:

  • Tooth whitening: People tend to regularly consume foods and beverages that are sweet, caffeinated or acidic which causes discoloration. The staining will darken over time even with regular cleaning and proper dental care. Tooth whitening is one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures and is widely available at most dental clinics.
  • Crowns and bridges: Dentists use crowns made of porcelain, gold or a blend of materials to protect underlying natural teeth. Bridges are also used to replace missing teeth or the space between the natural teeth or implants. Porcelain is a commonly used material as it is durable and resistant to long-term staining. It is also commonly used for molars. The ideal candidate for crowns is someone who is not a candidate for fillings. Crowns are also used to protect the structural integrity of a tooth or for patients that have broken or chipped them. They also improve bits and prevent bacteria buildup. Some patients also opt for them as an aesthetic enhancement to improve their smiles.
  • Implants: For patients who have lost teeth and want a more permanent solution, implants are the best solution as they restore tooth function and allow users to perform many of the actions that natural teeth do. Implants are different from dentures in that they are implanted directly to the jawbone, which connects them more securely. Patients prefer implants as they are natural-looking. You will also not have to worry about slippage or speech problems that sometimes occur with prosthetics.
  • Veneers: Veneers, also called laminates, are used to enhance the appearance of the teeth aesthetically. Patients generally suffer from discolored, chipped, misshapen or misaligned teeth. Materials used include porcelain, ceramic or composite.
  • Braces: Braces are used for alignment issues like crooked teeth, crowding, gaps, crossbites, underbites and overbites. Some patients qualify for Invisalign services, but more serious dental issues require the use of traditional metal bracket and bands.

4. Root Canals

A root canal treatment is performed when a dentist needs to save a tooth after the detection of infection or decay. Without medical treatment, the tissue within the tooth eventually becomes infected and abscessed, which causes pain and inflammation. The dentist painlessly removes the soft material inside the root canal called the pulp, cleans the area around the tooth’s nerve, disinfects, reshapes the root canal, and then uses a filling to seal the tooth. 

5. Cancer Screenings

The American Cancer Society estimates that 51,540 Americans will get oropharyngeal cancer while at least 10,030 will die from it. Their data shows that this cancer form is more prominent in males than females. Most cancer diagnoses occur on the mouth, tongue, gums, tonsils, oropharynx, salivary glands and roof and floor of the mouth. Thanks to dental examination and cancer screening technology, the death rates for this type of cancer has steadily declined over the last three decades, which shows that dental detection and prevention are vital for parents.

For busy families today, prevention and early access to treatment will save money, starting when your child is a toddler. Access to top-notch dentistry will help give you and your family members confidence because of your beautiful, healthy smiles.

Our Family Went to the Disney Frozen On Ice Opening Celebration in Nashville at the Lexus Lounge at Bridgestone Arena

Tonight was the exciting debut performance of Disney of Ice Frozen here in Nashville and our family loved being a part of it!

We were able to snag backstage passes for the special opening celebration in which our family was able to meet Elsa and Anna. You can imagine how surprised my kids were.

My son is in 2nd grade and my daughter is 2 years old. I’m sure every minute of it was a dream come true; like bringing Frozen to life!

Though I had been to Disney on Ice exactly 30 years ago when the feature was The Sword in the Stone, my wife had never experienced it.

The show is very well done. I highly recommend taking your family, as the tour will be continuing through May 2019. So check to see when Disney on Ice Frozen is coming to your town.

And if you’re Nashville, there are still 8 more shows through Sunday, September 16th, 2018!

Sep 14, 2018 Fri 10:30 AM
Sep 14, 2018 Fri 7:00 PM
Sep 15, 2018 Sat 11:00 AM
Sep 15, 2018 Sat 3:00 PM
Sep 15, 2018 Sat 7:00 PM
Sep 16, 2018 Sun 11:00 AM
Sep 16, 2018 Sun 3:00 PM
Sep 16, 2018 Sun 7:00 PM
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Dear Jack: I Was Able to Pick You Out in Cartoon Form from a Crowd

7 years, 9 months.

Dear Jack,

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the parent-teacher classroom orientation, while you stayed home with Mommy and your sister.

As I was one of the first parents to enter the classroom, I was informed that I needed to find your desk by figuring out which construction paper cartoon was the one you created.

I got it right on the first try. I was very proud of myself.

I know my son’s art style. I was able to pick you out. I think that’s pretty cool.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: You Love to Perform Concerts, Singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

2 years, 4 months.

Dear Holly,

For a solid three weeks now, you have been filling any quiet space with an eternal loop of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”. Because it happens to have the same exact melody as “The ABC Song”, you often interchange the lyrics.

Not to mention, you pronounce “twinkle” as twunkle.

You weren’t shy one bit when I decided to press record on my camera, so I could show Mommy your performance, once she got back from the grocery store.

Perhaps this is the beginning of your singing career…

Love,

Daddy

 

Attempting to Be the Next Chip and Joanna Gaines By Installing Weaber’s Weathered Wall Boards for Our New Headboard for Our Bed

My wife and I put the labor in Labor Day Weekend, that’s for sure…

Though undeniably, it was my parents who were the driving force for us to be able to get our projects completed:

While mom watched the kids the entire time, my dad led the projects. I served as the right hand man to him, and my wife handled some of the smaller projects.

We replaced the headboard of our bed using Weaber’s Weathered Wall Boards in Nantucket Gray. Here’s a link in case you’re interested in buying a similar product for the cheapest price on Amazon.

At Home Depot, we bought 3 boxes at $25 each, plus the $5’s worth in nails.

After using every single board, we created a 6 foot long, 5 foot 7 inch tall headboard.

But before we could start nailing the boards to the wall, we had to paint the walls first, as my wife find the perfect new color to compliment the boards, which is called Icicle (SW6238) from Lowe’s.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the wall I was painting, my wife was tackling the guest bathroom, with the new color Refresh (SW6751).

She also found a really cool mirror for us to replace the one that came with our house when we bought it new in January 2015.

By the time the paint dried, my wife felt the tone was darker than she imagined it would be, so we bought a $15 painting to offset the color a bit.

My wife also repainted the wall decor of our dining room, to make it look a little less dusty. She just simply used a can of spray paint for the job.

And speaking of the kitchen, since my dad and I got the new headboard finished quicker than we had hoped, we got started on the next project, which was to install shiplap as a backsplash for the kitchen.

It might have been possible to have completed the project in time before my parents had to go back to Alabama, but my dad realized that when the marble counters were installed, they were uneven. That meant he had to customize the bottom boards to match, so that all the other boards above it would be even.

We’ll finish up that job next time. As for now, my wife is very happy with the fruits of our labor; so that means I am happy.