1- Get a FUN toothbrush! Take your little to the store and let them pick out a toothbrush of their own.
2- Brush TOGETHER. 2 is always a party right? So get in there with your child and brush with them. This will help them brush for the right amount of time and they can mimic you!
3- Watch videos about brushing. This is fun especially for first-time brushers. Educational videos can help keep their attention for 2 minutes and help them have fun at the same time.
4- Set up a REWARDS program. This could be as simple as a sticker chart. Incentives will help your child want to brush!
Happy Memorial Day, everyone! What an exciting day to kick off summer and remember those who have gone before us! There are many fun traditions that are done on Memorial Day. What fun things do you and your family do?
Here are some cool facts or thing about Memorial Day! We hope you enjoy!
8 Things You May Not Know About Memorial Day
Memorial Day and its traditions may have ancient roots.
While the first commemorative Memorial events weren’t held in the United States until the late 19th century, the practice of honoring those who have fallen in battle dates back thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans held annual days of remembrance for loved ones (including soldiers) each year, festooning their graves with flowers and holding public festivals and feasts in their honor. In Athens, public funerals for fallen soldiers were held after each battle, with the remains of the dead-on display for public mourning before a funeral procession took them to their internment in the Kerameikos, one of the city’s most prestigious cemeteries. One of the first known public tributes to war dead was in 431 B.C., when the Athenian general and statesman Pericles delivered a funeral oration praising the sacrifice and valor of those killed in the Peloponnesian War—a speech that some have compared in tone to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
One of the earliest commemorations was organized by recently freed slaves.
As the Civil War neared its end, thousands of Union soldiers, held as prisoners of war, were herded into a series of hastily assembled camps in Charleston, South Carolina. Conditions at one camp, a former racetrack near the city’s Citadel, were so bad that more than 250 prisoners died from disease or exposure, and were buried in a mass grave behind the track’s grandstand. Three weeks after the Confederate surrender, an unusual procession entered the former camp: On May 1, 1865, more than 1,000 recently freed slaves, accompanied by regiments of the U.S. Colored Troops (including the Massachusetts 54th Infantry) and a handful of white Charlestonians, gathered in the camp to consecrate a new, proper burial site for the Union dead. The group sang hymns, gave readings and distributed flowers around the cemetery, which they dedicated to the “Martyrs of the Race Course.”
The holiday’s “founder” had a long and distinguished career.
In May 1868, General John A. Logan, the commander-in-chief of the Union veterans’ group known as the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a decree that May 30 should become a nationwide day of commemoration for the more than 620,000 soldiers killed in the recently ended Civil War. On Decoration Day, as Logan dubbed it, Americans should lay flowers and decorate the graves of the war dead “whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.” According to legend, Logan chose May 30 because it was a rare day that didn’t fall on the anniversary of a Civil War battle, though some historians believe the date was selected to ensure that flowers across the country would be in full bloom. After the war Logan, who had served as a U.S. congressman before resigning to rejoin the army, returned to his political career, eventually serving in both the House and Senate and was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for vice president in 1884. When he died two years later, Logan’s body laid in state in the rotunda of the United States Capitol, making him one of just 33 people to have received the honor. Today, Washington, D.C.’s Logan Circle and several townships across the country are named in honor of this champion of veterans and those killed in battle.
Logan probably adapted the idea from earlier events in the South.
Even before the war ended, women’s groups across much of the South were gathering informally to decorate the graves of Confederate dead. In April 1886, the Ladies Memorial Association of Columbus, Georgia resolved to commemorate the fallen once a year—a decision that seems to have influenced John Logan to follow suit, according to his own wife. However, southern commemorations were rarely held on one standard day, with observations differing by state and spread out across much of the spring and early summer. It’s a tradition that continues today: Nine southern states officially recognize a Confederate Memorial Day, with events held on Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ birthday, the day on which General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was killed, or to commemorate other symbolic events.
It didn’t become a federal holiday until 1971.
American’s embraced the notion of “Decoration Day” immediately. That first year, more than 27 states held some sort of ceremony, with more than 5,000 people in attendance at a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. By 1890, every former state of the Union had adopted it as an official holiday. But for more than 50 years, the holiday was used to commemorate those killed just in the Civil War, not in any other American conflict. It wasn’t until America’s entry into World War I that the tradition was expanded to include those killed in all wars, and Memorial Day was not officially recognized nationwide until the 1970s, with America deeply embroiled in the Vietnam War.
It was a long road from Decoration Day to an official Memorial Day.
Although the term Memorial Day was used beginning in the 1880s, the holiday was officially known as Decoration Day for more than a century, when it was changed by federal law. Four years later, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 finally went into effect, moving Memorial Day from its traditional observance on May 30 (regardless of the day of the week), to a set day—the last Monday in May. The move has not been without controversy, though. Veterans groups, concerned that more Americans associate the holiday with first long weekend of the summer and not its intended purpose to honor the nation’s war dead, continue to lobby for a return to the May 30 observances. For more than 20 years, their cause was championed by Hawaiian Senator—and decorated World War II veteran—Daniel Inouye, who until his 2012 death reintroduced legislation in support of the change at the start of every Congressional term.
More than 20 towns claim to be the holiday’s “birthplace”—but only one has federal recognition.
For almost as long as there’s been a holiday, there’s been a rivalry about who celebrated it first. Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, bases its claim on an 1864 gathering of women to mourn those recently killed at Gettysburg. In Carbondale, Illinois, they’re certain that they were first, thanks to an 1866 parade led, in part, by John Logan who two years later would lead the charge for an official holiday. There are even two dueling Columbus challengers (one in Mississippi, the other in Georgia) who have battled it out for Memorial Day supremacy for decades. Only one town, however, has received the official seal of approval from the U.S. government. In 1966, 100 years after the town of Waterloo, New York, shuttered its businesses and took to the streets for the first of many continuous, community-wide celebrations, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation, recently passed by the U.S. Congress, declaring the tiny upstate village the “official” birthplace of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day traditions have evolved over the years.
Despite the increasing celebration of the holiday as a summer rite of passage, there are some formal rituals still on the books: The American flag should be hung at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, then raised to the top of the staff. And since 2000, when the U.S. Congress passed legislation, all Americans are encouraged to pause for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time. The federal government has also used the holiday to honor non-veterans—the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day 1922. And, while its origins have little to do with fallen soldiers, the Indianapolis 500 has certainly become a Memorial Day tradition of its own–this year marks the 102nd time the race will be run to coincide with the holiday.
All info gathered from: https://www.history.com/news/8-things-you-may-not-know-about-memorial-day
Did you know that April 16, 2018 is National Pajama Day? And it’s Monday, sounds like a good day to wear your pajamas, right?
Checkiday.com says this is a holiday that is observed annually! So make sure you leave that business suit in the closet and put on your nicest “jammies”!
It always feels like Pajama Day here at Morgan and Presley Dental. We wear our scrubs each day we are in the office and nothing is better than the buttery soft material they are made of!
We hope you have a great Monday and a wonderful start to the week. As always, if you are in need of an appointment just call us or shoot us a text! 8010-561-9999
Dr. Stan Presley and Dr. Jaimee Morgan offer a Laser Course a couple times a year. This course is worth 7 CE credits and is offered to Doctors and Hygienists. The laser they use and teach about is Ultradent’s Gemini Laser (Here’s a link to their website: https://www.ultradent.com/en-us/Dental-Products-Supplies/equipment/gemini-810-plus-980-diode-laser/Pages/default.aspx )
Both doctors have fell in love with this laser for many reasons. For one the look, it is so sleek and just the right size.There are not cords hanging on the floor or any extra buttons that aren’t needed. There are tons of different procedures you can use the laser for and it is very user friendly.
Our latest Laser course was held this past weekend and our current hygienists attended, here is what they had to say about it.
“It is super cool that the Diode Laser won’t damage the tooth surface compared to other lasers, also how clean of a line it makes on the tissue when cutting so it’s not damaging more tissue than needed. It also promotes photobiostimulation which is basically helping to boost the healing parts of the immune system to heal lesions quicker.” – Mckenna, RDH
“I think the most interesting thing I learned is that the oral cavity has 10 to the 9th power and with LBR (Laser Bacterial Removal) you can reduce that bacteria to 10 to the 2nd in 5 mintues. 7 full logs, that’s insane!” -Nikkie, RDH
This is a fun fast course where you can learn a lot! If you are interested in coming to a course or finding more ways to use the Gemini Laser in your office give us a call and sign up for a course!
For more information contact our office:
204 E. Fort Union Blvd, Suite 102, Midvale Utah 84047
Happy First Day of Spring!!
Today is the first day of spring! We are SO excited for the warmer weather. Don’t get us wrong, we love the snow and holidays too but its fun to have a change! Good thing we live in Utah where we can experience all four seasons!
What’s the first thing you do when it turns to spring weather? Spring cleaning? If you haven’t gotten in for you cleaning yet, what better time? We are open Monday- Wednesday and most Thursdays! Come on in and we can get you all cleaned up! Give us a call now! 801-561-9999
We would love to hear from you!
Dr. Morgan recently lectured in Richmond, VA with the help of Dr. Presley. This was a 2-day course with a room full of women! They had great turn out! Dr. Morgan mainly lectured about the Gemini Diode Laser, which we love and have many uses for it in out office.
This is a look at our hands-on component with Gemini Diode Lasers. Dr. Morgan says she “Loved working with this amazing group of women dentists”. These amazing women came to this meeting after a hard day’s work.
How cool is that? Dr. Morgan also said “I was truly impressed!”
Did you know that March 6 is National Dentist Day? Better run go get that card for your dentist!
Here at Morgan and Presley Dental we LOVE our doctors! This is such a fun office to work for and you always get a variety of patients, so it never gets old!
Dr. Morgan is always the first to jump on helping a patient. She cares so much about everyone and would do anything for anyone in a heartbeat. She is always stylish with sparkly scrubs and the cutest shoes! Look close, some of her shoes even have heels!! (Can you say super woman??) Plus, how could you not love someone with such a contagious laugh?
Dr. Presley, well he’s a special soul. He has to put up with SEVEN girls every single day and we all come with attitude. Dr. Presley is an amazing dentist and has done some of the best work I have ever seen. He always has a joke for you or something funny he found on TV or the internet to share. You can always have a good laugh with him.
Both our doctors are amazing, I myself couldn’t imagine being anywhere else in life. These doctors don’t over-treat to make an extra buck. They are 100% interested in your well-being and if you have been to our office you sure know that is true.
So a HUGE Thank You to Dr. Morgan and Dr. Presley for all that you do here in the office and outside. You have always gone the extra mile for each and one of us here. We wouldn’t be the amazing staff that we are without you guys!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!
XOXO your Staff
This past weekend our office attended the KUTV Health Fair at the Mountain America Expo Center in sandy, Utah. We set up our own booth and even had a little game for the kiddos to play. If you keep up with KUTV you may have seen our very own Dr. Jaimee Morgan on Fresh Living talking about the upcoming Health Fair!
It was so fun to be apart of it and even more exciting since this was our first year! And, wow! A ton of preparation goes into these things so a HUGE thank you to anyone and everyone that helped us out. It was fun to design our own booth and get all the things ordered. We wanted to stick out and so, of course, we brought in a huge banner. It looked fabulous!
If you had the chance to stop by our booth we were handing out little goodie bags and giving samples of the best toothpaste out there! Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste. This stuff is amazing! It can help remove surface stains, contains fluoride and has a cool mint flavor! You can even get it in a Sensitivity Relief formula, good for those who have more sensitive teeth.
We also had hand outs about our practice and a brochure about our in-house insurance plan “PDP” that I am sure you al have heard of by now!If not a couple posts back you can read all about it! Or call our office, 801-561-9999
This was an all day event and it was so fun to see all the people who stopped by. We met all sorts of people from younger kids to older adults. Cute families would stop by and talk about how one of them needs their braces done or older couple would say they need an implant here or there. It was just so fun to meet all these different faces and share what we have to offer.
We look forward to doing this again each year and we hope that if we missed you this year that we will see you in the coming years!
Here are a few fun photos of our booth and cute employees!
We hope that “Love Day” this year is a good one for you! We sure love all of our patients and we love our job! Nothing feels better than seeing our patients get up and look in the mirror to see the end result of a procedure and having their reaction be ecstatic!
Our patients brighten our day and are always such good company.
Are you in the market for a new Dentist? Give us a call and we can get you right in!
204 E. Fort Union Blvd, Suite 102, Midvale, Utah 84047