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National Orthodontic Month and National Prevention Bullying Month

October 9th, 2019

Teeth are the number one feature bullies focus in on – with space between teeth, missing teeth and shape or color of teeth coming in as some of the top features targeted.

“It’s time … it’s time to make it stop,” said Kirk Smalley, founder of Stand for the Silent, referring to bullying in general.

Stand for the Silent has fast become one of the leading and most effective anti-bullying organizations by reaching more than 1,505,000 kids in nearly 1,500 schools. The mission is simple – bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes.

Students, start making a difference today with these four steps:

1. Educate yourself and your peers.

Stand for the Silent found when students tell a trusted adult about bullying, they believe things only get better 18% of the time.

Thousands of incidents and tragedies reveal school administrators cannot intervene and prevent incidents from happening if they do not know about them. It takes a team effort. Students, teachers, parents, community members and social media community members need to be equipped with awareness and tools to get the right information to the right people at the right place at the right time, so they can make it stop.

You are somebody. You can be a hero.

2. Practice empathetic awareness.

Become part of a culture of caring. Step back and strive to understand other people’s emotions and perspectives, as well as how they may respond to certain situations. Don’t just sit back when you notice something. You have the power to intervene. Stand for the Silent teaches us that the fear of getting involved is temporary, but the regret you have for not is permanent.

3. Pledge to be the change.

Take the Stand for the Silent pledge, “From this day forward, I promise to respect those around me as well as respect myself. I am somebody, and I can make a difference. I can make another feel loved. I can be the helping hands that leads another back to the path of hope and aspiration. I will not stand silent as others try to spread hatred through my community. Instead, I pledge to lift up those victims and show them that their life matters. I will be the change, because I am somebody!”

4. Start your own chapter.

Choose to stand for the silent by starting a chapter at your own school. Have all members signs a pledge card, find an adult sponsor, vote to appoint officers, create a name and mission, determine a meeting location and meeting times. Follow this more detailed step-by-step guide to get started.

The bottom line – you are somebody, and you can make a difference.

Stand for the Silent runs solely off donations from those who support its mission. Help them reach 100,000 more kids by making a donation at gofundme.com/help-sfts-reach-100000-more-kids. Interested in sponsoring a Stand fort the Silent presentation at a school near you? Learn more at standforthesilent.org/schools/host-a-presentation.

For National Bullying Prevention Month and National Orthodontic Health Month, AAO challenged it’s 19,000 member orthodontists to come together in the fight against bullying. Orthodontists worldwide are pledging to stand for the silent and encouraging their patients to do the same.

Together, we can set it ALL straight.

Source: aaoinfo.org

Holiday Foods can be tricky for Braces

October 7th, 2015

While last generation's mark of adolescence—braces—has mercifully evolved into an accessory for people of all ages, the long list of treatment-prolonging foods remains unchanged.

Today's braces are more visually appealing and less painful, and wearers don't have to make as many visits to the orthodontist. More than half of teen-agers recently surveyed about their braces report that they are not self-conscious about them. More than a quarter of them say their braces make them look cool.

But foods on the "don't" list, such as nuts, popcorn, hard candy, licorice and caramel, are just as appealing to adults as they are to kids. With one of every five orthodontic patients older than age 18, the holidays present a challenge for an entirely new group of revelers.

Although adults may not include bobbing for apples as an activity at holiday parties, orthodontic patients won't be able to enjoy that bowl of mixed nuts commonly served as an accompaniment during cocktail hour.

The same goes for those caramel-nut taffy apples so artfully displayed at the table's center, brownies with walnuts and pecan pie on the dessert menu.

However, a little awareness and creativity in the kitchen can result in substitutions everyone can enjoy such as pumpkin, parfait, ice cream, fruit cups, gelatin and thinly sliced apples dipped in yogurt or creamy chocolate sauce.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that orthodontic patients brush and floss after eating sweets. Some dentists recommend brushing within five minutes after eating anything, especially after a meal, and having a travel toothbrush on hand when dining away from home.

Perfect Bite, Pretty Face?

September 10th, 2015

The appearance of a person's bite affects how their attractiveness, personality and intelligence is rated by other adults, according to a study.

A study published in the November 2011 edition of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics asked 889 people to evaluate photos that had been manipulated to show either a normal bite or one of six imperfect bites, called occlusion or malocclusion in the dental world.

“The ratings of attractiveness, intelligence, conscientiousness, agreeableness and extraversion differed significantly depending on the occlusion status depicted,” the report said.

Those with an underbite were rated least attractive, intelligent and extraverted. Females with an imperfect bite were rated more favorably than males. Younger and more educated respondents were more critical in their evaluations than older, less educated respondents.

Drs. Jase A. Olsen, a private practitioner in Southern Pines, N.C., and Marita Rohr Inglehart, associate professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry conducted the study.

"Judgments that are negatively influenced by the effects of malocclusion might leave those without a normal occlusion at a social disadvantage and professionally handicapped," the study notes.

The study also quotes earlier research showing that "attractive" people were perceived to be more intelligent and socially competent, to have a more positive personality, to have better social interactions and to receive more favorable professional ratings.

In addition, the study quotes from the National Health and Nutrition Examination III from 1988-91, which showed that 57 percent to 59 percent of adults had some degree of an imperfect bite.

Although that study is two decades old, it still provides the most current prevalence data for malocclusion among U.S. adults.

The American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics is the official publication of the American Association of Orthodontists.

© 2015 American Dental Association. All rights reserved. Reproduction or republication is strictly prohibited without the prior written permission from the American Dental Association.

Back to School with braces

September 3rd, 2015

Going back to school with braces will be a new experience for many of you. The good news is that you are certainly not alone. A lot of patients prefer to get their braces on during the summer months. Just look around and you will see many new smiles under construction at your school!
Here are a few tips to help you transition into the school year while staying on target with your orthodontic treatment goals:
1. Remember to avoid crunchy and chewy foods at lunch. Also, be sure to cut questionable food into small bite size pieces and chew very carefully with your back teeth.
2. Take a couple of minutes after lunch to brush your teeth to be certain you don’t have food trapped in your braces.
3. Scheduling your adjustment appointments in advance will improve your chances of getting after school appointments.
4. If you are wearing rubber bands, be sure you have them with you and stay on the schedule we have given you.
5. If you are wearing a retainer, be sure to bring your retainer case to school. That is one of the most common places that patients lose their retainers!
6. As tempting as it is in class and while studying, avoid chewing on pencils or even holding them between the teeth as it can place a large amount of pressure on the teeth. This can cause teeth to shift or crack, and can even break dental work.

The Downers Rebels Take 3rd in ASA Northern National Tournament

August 6th, 2014

Submitted by Dave Bernhard

The goal of any fastpitch softball team is to play its very best at the end of a season. The Downers Grove Rebels 14U “A” team did just that, placing 3rd out of 37 teams in the ASA Northern National Tournament in Bowling Green, Kentucky on July 24-27.

“We finished playing our best ball — pulling offense, defense and pitching all together at the most opportune time — and were able to string together a great run at the ASA Nationals”, Rebels 14U head coach Dave Bernhard Jr. said.

“The tournament success was a total team effort. Each member of the team did not simply contribute; rather each and every player did something outstanding to play a key role,” said Bernhard, whose travel teams have won more than 75 percent of its games over the past five years. “To see the girls come together and play so well on the national stage was really something special.”

The performance capped a season that saw the Rebels finish with a 48-15-1 record during the spring and summer season. Combined with the fall season, the 14U “A” Rebels put a 61-17-1 mark into the book. Of the 15 losses in the summer, eight were by only one run. Separate winning streaks of 19 games and 13 games were included in the summer season.

In the ASA National Tournament the Rebels dominated their first six opponents, outscoring them 59-7 — the highest scoring differential of teams through their first six games. Additionally, the seven runs allowed were the fewest among the 37 teams. The Rebels shut out three opponents, the second most among tournament teams, while the 59 runs scored were also second highest.

Before dropping their final two games to the eventual first- and second-place finishers, the Rebels had a team batting average of .387 and a team ERA of 1.31. For the tournament, the Rebels committed only 10 errors in eight games. In each of their six victories, the Rebels either won the game in their last at-bat or ended the game in their final at-bat via the run rule.

The third-place national finish capped yet another outstanding season for the Rebels and added to tournament trophies already earned. One week earlier the Rebels won the Summer Spectacular Tournament in Romeoville to match a first-place finish at the USSSA World Series Qualifier in Hodgkins in May.

The 14U “A” Rebels battled injuries, illnesses and personal challenges throughout the season, but balanced outstanding pitching, hitting, defense, baserunning and character to overcome adversity.

“This was a unique and challenging season for everyone as we didn’t really get an opportunity to operate at full capacity,” Bernhard noted. “That said, a defining characteristic of these girls is their perseverance and character. When one girl was down, the others rallied together to pick each other up. Working through those challenges throughout the season culminated into the year-end push.”

PHOTO: The 12 members of the team represented eight different high schools in the western suburbs with strong softball programs. Team members included: Sam Martin, MacKenzie Bernhard, and Jade Mejia Wick, all from Downers Grove North; Rachel Davis and Sam Krupa from Downers Grove South; Emma Smith and Olivia Glass from Oak Park-River Forest; and Katherine Porter (Glenbard West), Madison Collins (York), Lilja Carden (Hinsdale Central), Alaina Grosvenor (Bolingbrook) and Emma Zenkel (Metea Valley).


Congratulations Nathan!

December 5th, 2013

"Congratulations Nate!"

Our patient Nate, who lives in Berwyn IL. and attends Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park, was recently awarded his Eagle Scout! He received congratulation letters from Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Dr. Johnson's personal favorite JORDY NELSON! Congratulations Nate. This is a huge accomplishment! We are so proud of you.

Tornado Relief for Washington IL.

November 21st, 2013

The Randall Park neighborhood of Downers Grove is hosting its own Tornado Relief Donation Drive on Friday, Nov. 22. They hope to fill two school buses with supplies for the tornado victims in Washington, IL.

Anyone interested in donating can drop items at 5305 Park Ave., from 1 pm to 6 pm. Donations can also be delivered to the School of Holistic Massage and Reflexology located at 515 Ogden Ave., Suite 300, in Downers Grove. Please call ahead to 630-968-7827 to arrange a drop-off.

Supplies may include:

  • pillows
  • soap
  • cleaning supplies
  • large trash bags
  • tools-rakes, shovels
  • batteries
  • non-electric light sources
  • work gloves
  • mops, towels and blankets
  • shampoo
  • water, sport drinks, baby formula
  • infant care items
  • non-perishable food/granola bars
  • manuel can openers
  • toilet paper
  • first aid kits
  • toothbrushes and toothpaste
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