What’s happening with Brennan Family Dental?
ROAD CLOSINGS IN GRAND RAPIDS
Please check out the following road closure information and be sure to plan an alternate route, and give yourself plenty of extra time, starting Monday, April 1st.
WOMEN AND HEART ATTACKS
BEER CITY DOG BISCUITS
Look what we have in our office! $10.00 a bag of treats. The deluxe kit comes with a bandanna, bottle opener and a bag of treats for $20.00. Makes a great gift for your furry pets.
The proceeds help to fund vocational training and employment for adults with Developmental Disabilities.
Our Fourth Quarter Employee Profile
Come see Lisa Ross’s 25th Anniversary Board!!
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE WORKED FOR DR. BRENNAN FOR 25 YEARS???: FANTASTIC!!! Sign me up for 25 more!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DENTAL STORY?: When I was assisting my glove caught on fire while I was wearing it!
WHAT IS SOMETHING NOT EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT YOU?: I like to drive really REALLY fast ABOUT DR. BRENNAN?: He can juggle!
WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?: My family, friends and co-workers…..also the very first time I try on a bathing suit each summer.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?: Step Brothers
WHERE WOULD YOU GO IF YOU COULD VISIT ANY PLACE IN THE WORLD?: NEW: Germany and New Zealand (never been)
OLD: Scotland (can’t wait to go back!)
Our Third Quarter Employee Profile
Meet Kelsey Kress!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED FOR DR. BRENNAN?:
JUST OVER A YEAR AND A HALF
FAVORITE DENTAL STORY: When I was right out of school I saw a little girl. She was convinced I was the ‘Tooth Fairy’ and she kept asking me where my wings and wand were. She even made a point of telling me where she lived so I could get her tooth!
FAVORITE MOVIE: Phantom of the Opera and Up
FAVORITE MUSIC/SONG: Bittersweet Symphony (by The Verve) and ANY Fitz and the Tantrums
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING NEW MOM?: I LOVE seeing his smiling face in the morning and getting some good baby snuggles. It is the best way to start the day!
WHO INSPIRES YOU?: My Mother. I’ve always been inspired by her compassion and patience. After seeing her battle breast cancer I became in AWE of how truly strong she is.
WHERE WOULD YOU GO IF YOU COULD VISIT ANY PLACE IN THE WORLD?: I would Love to travel all throughout GREECE
Our Second Quarter Employee Profile
Meet Pauline Cassis!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED FOR DR. BRENNAN?: I have been with BFCD for over 13 years. This June I will have been working in dentistry for 28 years….WOW!!
FAVORITE DENTAL STORY: When I dressed up for Halloween as the “Chaquita Bannana Lady”. An orange fell off my head and onto the patient during a procedure. YIKES! Then, Pat tried to superglue it back on my fruit hat but ended up supergluing my hair onto the hat. I had a bald spot for weeks!
FAVORITE MOVIE: Depends on who you talk to……
My son- StarTrek
My youngest daughter-The Hobbit
My oldest daughter-Any Marvel Movie
My husband-Star Wars
FAVORITE MUSIC/SONG: Songs of the week (changes all the time)
Empty my hands – by Tenth Avenue North
Sounds of Silence – by Disturbed
WHO INSPIRES YOU?: My Mother
She has been the biggest inspiration in my life. I have never met anyone so patient, gracious, hard working, selfless and can handle a circular saw like a professional. She also makes THE BEST fried okra!
WHERE WOULD YOU GO IF YOU COULD VISIT ANY PLACE IN THE WORLD?: If I could travel to anywhere in the world it would be to The Waitomo Caves in New Zealand. Who wouldn’t want to be in a cavern filled with glow worms?
Our First Quarter Employee Profile
Meet Pat Rapolevich our BIG SID representer !!
Questions for Pat:
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED FOR DR. BRENNAN: TOO LONG (hahaha)
FAVORITE DENTAL STORY: BUD LIGHT
FUNNIEST LIFETIME STORY: BIG SID*
FAVORITE DRINK: SUMMER=MARGARITAS WINTER=WINE
FAVORITE FOOD/RESTAURANT: ALL
FAVORITE MOVIE: ABOUT SCHMIDT
FAVORITE MUSIC/SONG: FOREVER YOUNG
*SEE DOCUMENTS ON BIG SID
Dentistry in the News
In a consumer-focused article, Shape Magazine (1/10, Baum) states that “the health of your mouth, teeth, and gums can tell a story about your overall health.” The article adds, “In fact, gum disease is associated with various, often serious, health problems,” such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and more. To maintain oral health and reduce the risk of other health problems, the article shares advice from a dentist, who recommends brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes, flossing at least once a day, and visiting the dentist regularly.In addition, HealthDay (1/11, McGuire) reports that to “stay well,” the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers several suggestions, including limiting alcohol, eating healthy foods, excising regularly, and keeping “an eye on weight, blood pressure, sleep patterns and oral health,” among others.MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on gum disease, heart disease and oral health, and diabetes and oral health.Originally published in the ADA Morning Huddle
Mission of Mercy 2016
At this year Mission of Mercy in Warren, MI the volunteers treated 968 patients and provided nearly 1 million dollars worth of work. What an awesome event! All thanks to the American Dental Association, Michigan’s Mission of Mercy and the volunteers! Go to https://www.smilemichigan.com/foundation/Mission-of-Mercy to read more about this event.
OUR SECOND QUARTER EMPLOYEE PROFILE
Come check out our newest employee profile for Carrie Sheets
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED FOR DR. BRENNAN?: Almost 15 years, started as an assistant in July 2004
FAVORITE DENTAL STORY: My husband proposed to me in the office at the end of the day. He knew it was the only way to surprise me
FAVORITE MOVIE: Anything that is not a kids movie
FAVORITE MUSIC/SONG: Something with a good beat to run to
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A MOM?: There is NEVER a dull moment!
WHO INSPIRES YOU?: My family and friends
WHERE WOULD YOU GO IF YOU COULD VISIT ANY PLACE IN THE WORLD?: BORA BORA
OUR FIRST QUARTER EMPLOYEE PROFILE
Be sure to check out our 1st quarter employee profile for Emma Atwood.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED FOR DR. BRENNAN?: 1-1/2 yrs
FAVORITE DENTAL STORY: I was trying to scare a co-worker and accidentally jumped out at the maintenance guy!!
FAVORITE MOVIE: Bridesmaids
FAVORITE MUSIC/SONG: Too many to pick
WHO INSPIRES YOU?: I try to find inspiration anywhere/everyday (friends, family, co-workers, etc. )
CRAZIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO YOU: Again, too many! If I have to pick, it would probably be getting lost with family for hours and hours in Rome.
WHERE WOULD YOU GO IF YOU COULD VISIT ANY PLACE IN THE WORLD?: GREECE
Final restorations in a single visit!
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This spares you the discomfort of a conventional impression tray. Our office takes digital impressions, with CEREC Omnicam. The precise 3D images in natural color make scanning easier, more intuitive and more ergonomic than ever before.
In just minutes, the CEREC MC X delivers durable, long-lasting and highly esthetic results that are ready to place immediately. CEREC milling units are compatible with more than 10 different kinds of materials, creating even more freedom to customize the procedure to our patient’s individual needs. Milling units take the digital impressions and designs created to grind or mill precise restorations quickly.
Because they’re located chairside directly in our office, we are able to place your restorations in a single visit. Our patients enjoy the speed and instant results!
THINGS THAT CAN BE HARMFUL TO YOUR DENTAL HEALTH
*Soda, even diet!
*Carbonated Water (Ie: La Croix, ICE drinks, etc.)
*Water with Lemon
*Apple Cider Vinegar
*Coffee with milk/creamer
Sugared Candies, Mints and Gums
Acid Reflux (this is a biggie, make sure to keep under control)
Dry Mouth (caused by some medications, health conditions and other sources)
EVEN SOME BOTTLED WATERS (can be acidic) See Below for PH levels on some of the more popular name brands The lower the number the more acidic it is. The higher the number the more alkaline it is. A good PH level for drinking water is considered to be between 6.0 (some research says 6.5) and 8.5. Any lower than this means it is acidic water and can contribute to tooth erosion.*Long term “sipping” of drinks throughout the day is the most harmful to your teeth
Published Recommendations are using Fluoride varnish 2 times a year and up to 4 times a year for patients at high risk of cavities.
- Vitaminwater: 3.4
- Propel Zero: 3.5
- Propel Fitness Water: 3.6
- Penta: 4.0
- Dasani: 4.5
- Function: 5.0
- Perrier: 5.5
- Poland Spring: 5.8
- Aquafina: 6.0
- Voss: 6.0
- Ice Mountain: 6.0
- Crystal Geyser: 6.0
- Deer Park: 6.3
- Boxed Water is Better 6.4
- Smart Water: 6.5
- Great Value (Walmart): 6.5
- Arrowhead: 6.83
- Evian: 7.0
- Volvic: 7.0
- Absopure: 7.5
- Fiji: 7.5
- Super Chill: 7.5
- Trader Joe/Spring Water 7.5
- Evamor: 8.0
- Real Water: 8.0
- Costco/Kirkland 8.5
- Essentia: 9.0
MEET BIG SID
Remembering “Big Sid”
If you lived in west Michigan in 1978 and someone mentioned the name “Big Sid” — you knew exactly what they were talking about.
For those of you who weren’t around, here’s the story.
“Big Sid” was a 7 year old, 16 foot python (some articles said 20 foot), who weighed 140 pounds. He just happened to spend about a month loose in the Standale, MI, area during the summer of 1978. He was part of the Wonderful World Circus and was one of the star attractions. The clever serpent escaped from his plywood and rope cage…and slithered away into the woods on June 23rd, 1978.
People from the area searched for weeks looking for the elusive “Big Sid”. Several businesses took advantage of the added publicity to the area. LaVeen’s Department Store created “Standale: Home of Big Sid” t-shirts that sold like hotcakes. Other merchants named pizza or donuts after the snake.
Finally on July 24th, 1978, Steve Rapolevich, and his wife Patty, were bicycling on Maynard Avenue around 7:30 pm on that summery Monday night. As they biked along, they spotted “Big Sid”. Steve got off his bike and grabbed the tail of the snake. He tried to hold on while his wife called the Police. It took six men to hold Big Sid. As they were trying to capture and contain the snake, about 500 people gathered to watch. “Bid Sid” had been captured!
Sid’s owner, Kenneth Heller, was thankful for all of the help he received from Standale residents during his search. After the snake’s capture, Heller agreed to exhibit the snake as part of the Standale “Sid-walk” Sale that year.
The month of freedom took it’s toll on “Sid”. When he was captured he weighed only 70 pounds. In the month or so he had been on the loose, he lost about half of his body weigh. Overall he was in pretty good health.
Spokane Daily Chronicle – July 25, 1978
The day after Sid’s capture there were stories in newspapers across the country, including the Nashua Telegraph (New Hampshire) and the Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). (Click on the newspaper clippings to see them full size)
Nashua Telegraph – July 27, 1978
One thing I’ve noticed over the years when talking to people about this story…it seems that everyone has a relative that helped capture “Big Sid”. “My mother…”, “It was my uncle…”, “Big Sid was captured by my grandfather…”.
You can see other articles and pictures of ‘Big Sid’ in our office waiting room.
We had so much FUN together at our Christmas Dinner and Bowling party we just had to share some of our Pics!
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