March 11th, 2014
Do you have a favorite season? Many people love the cool temps and beautiful foliage that the fall months bring. Football seasons kick off late August or early September. If you are a resident of the Northern states, do you think we are lucky to have seasonal changes? Winter brings the holiday season, snow is usually welcome then. Is there anybody that really enjoys a blustery, cold winter day? I guess it depends if you are a winter sports enthusiast or not.
Spring signifies hope, renewal or rebirth to many with spring flowers and leaves coming out on the trees. Summer is the start of school recess and long, really I hot, sunny days. There are so many outdoor activities that are possible during the summer months.
Every season change has its positives and negatives. I guess we just have to make the best of it or move to a warmer climate!
January 14th, 2014
Orthodontics and dentistry are constantly changing fields. Therefore, we are always on the lookout for new information and techniques. One of the ways we accomplish this is through participating in study clubs. We are a part of the Comprehensive Dental Excellence Forum (CDEF) and the EICO study club. CDEF is comprised of local dentists and dental specialists who meet monthly to learn about the latest advancements in treatment. We also discuss difficult cases that involve multiple areas of dentistry. Our goal is to combine everyone'S knowledge to help patients receive the best dental care possible. The EICO study club is a group of local orthodontists who also meet monthly. At this meeting, the topics focus strictly on orthodontics. We discuss interesting research articles, new technology, and the latest orthodontic techniques. We also share some of our cases in order to learn from each other and determine the best treatment options available. While sometimes these meetings can make for long days, we keep our involvement a priority in order to improve our patient care.
December 27th, 2013
Have you noticed lately that everyone has joined the technology craze? Everywhere you go people, young and old are on their smart phones texting or surfing the internet. Do we really have that much to communicate to someone or is this an addiction we have all developed?
Research shows that cell phone usage has increased considerably in the last ten years. In some countries there are more mobile subscribers that there are people. Four out of five teens carry a mobile device, the key to their social life! 350 million facebook users access facebook through their mobile device.
Marketing for business owners has changed drastically with the current smart phone boom. Mobile apps and social sites for business have helped companies grow. Colleges even offer a degree in social media!
The question is; do we still communicate? Do we know how to carry on a verbal conversation instead of sending a text? Are we taking the time to speak to our children or are we too busy texting and surfing?
Smart phones play an important part in our daily lives, but do we need to spend so much time using them? We need to put the phones down in the evening and spend quality time with our families. Set a few rules; no phones at the dinner table or during family time.
Bring back the art of conversation!!
December 27th, 2013
Can you believe it? Dr. Bernard doesn’t look very “Big” but for the past 28 years, he has been active as a “BIG BROTHER” in the BIG BROTHER/ BIG SISTER program. This nationwide program has a local Canton chapter and it places adult men with boys who are lacking a father figure as well as adult women with young girls in the same category. The “Bigs” are asked to spend at least 2 hours, twice a month with their “little”; helping them with schoolwork, taking them to museums, events, and sporting activities.
Dr. B accepted his first “little brother” Joe, at age 14. This summer, Joe who is now 42 years old was married for the first time and asked his “Big” to be an usher in the wedding! The two have remained friends even after the “Little” attained the age of 18 when the program officially ends. Dr. Bernard has a new “little”, Kodi, who is just turning 14. The two were “matched” when Kodi was just 8 years old and are going to Laser Quest for Kodi’s birthday. Last week, they went to the movie “Thor” and this summer they went to a water park and circus. Most of the time, the two “brothers” wind up back at the “bigs” house to play computer games, cook, read a book, or work on math problems.
Our practice also supports the BB/BS program by participating in the “Bowling for BB/BS” bowlathon which raises money for the local program and in the past we have taken kids on the waiting list for a “match” to a roller skating arena and bowling lanes. If you are looking for a young person to mentor and can afford 4 hours a month, consider giving it a try. It is a great program and will leave you feeling fulfilled and entertained.