Thanksgiving is a wonderful reminder to express gratitude, reflect on our blessings, and to be a blessing to others. In this month’s article, we share two fun activity ideas for creating a spirit of true thankfulness. And scroll below for our big announcement: Sunshine’s new state-of-the-art Solea Dental Laser. The revolutionary Solea Laser is making dentistry and oral surgery a quick and easy experience.
GRATITUDE IDEA #1: CHILDREN’S THANKFUL HANDS
Create this beautiful piece of art with your children this Thanksgiving. All you will need is some colorful paper, a glue stick, scissors, and markers.
Start by outlining each of your children's hands on various colors of paper.
Cut out the handprints, and glue them onto a contrasting color of construction paper. Allow your children to decorate the background paper with markers.
On each handprint, allow your children to write down what they are thankful for. (You can assist them with this step if your children are still learning to write.) See below for "thankfulness topics" to help spark their gratitude and creativity.
Be sure to write the year and your children's ages. Display at your Thanksgiving feast for everyone to enjoy.
Below are just a few examples to help you get started...
RELATIONSHIPS: Family, Friends, Pets, Teachers, Neighbors (& Dentist!)
TALENTS: Music, Sports, Reading, Artwork, Dancing, Singing
INVOLVEMENT: Teams, Music Lessons, Regular Playdates
GOODNESS THIS YEAR: Blessings that made you smile
FAVORITE EXPERIENCES: Virtual Explorations, New Things Learned, Vacation, Aquarium, Bowling, Beach, Visiting a Friend
POSSESSIONS: Home, Toys, Games, Books, Clothes, Yummy Food
GRATITUDE IDEA #2: START A FAMILY GRATITUDE JOURNAL
Start a holiday tradition that lasts all year long, and for years to come.
Create a "Gratitude Journal" for your family. It is a tangible way each member of your family can express what they are thankful for. Since the theme of Thanksgiving Day is thankfulness, perhaps choose a time before or after dinner for each person to write in the journal.
Date and autograph each entry. Everyone can be involved! Let young children say aloud their list of blessings for an adult to write. Children can also draw pictures of what they are grateful for.
Decide on the frequency of your Gratitude Entries. For example, you may begin with Thanksgiving, but also choose to add to the journal on holidays, birthdays, and milestone moments.
Reflect on your blessings throughout the year. The journal will be a source of joy and encouragement as you look back at the Gratitude Entries in the months and years to come. And just think how precious your journal will be with excerpts from grandparents and distant relatives who have the opportunity to contribute!
ANNOUNCEMENT: OUR NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART SOLEA DENTAL LASER
We have invested in your child’s smile! Our dentists can now provide dental fillings without use of a drill and perform oral surgery without use of needles or scalpels. Some patients even report experiencing zero discomfort during procedures, too. We use the Solea Laser. Many patients want noise-free, needle-free, drill-free, blood-free, suture-free appointments - which is frequently possible with the Solea Laser. When the sources of anxiety are removed, patients (and their parents) have a happier experience. The state-of-the-art Solea CO2 Dental Laser is revolutionizing dentistry, and making fillings and oral surgery something to SMILE about! Talk with our dentists to see if Solea is right for you. Learn all about Solea on our website by clicking HERE.
REDUCED ANXIETY. Little ones can be calm and comfortable throughout the procedure.
QUICK. Fast, precise, speedy appointment time means you can get back to your day with no lingering numbness or lengthy recovery time.
NO NOISE. Quiet CO2 laser is virtually silent.
NO DRILL. Uses a concentrated beam of light to cut and reconstruct tissue (so has none of the discomfort, vibration, sound, or smell that accompanies drill usage).
NO BLEEDING. Solea laser seals blood vessels. Precise cutting efficiency with little to no bleeding or pain, means no sutures needed after oral surgery.
NO NEEDLES. Solea almost completely eliminates the need for local anesthetic for the majority of dental procedures, which means no lingering numbness afterwards or lengthy recovery time.
GERM REDUCING. Up to 99% reduction in aerosols and splatter, which lowers risk of disease transmission (including Covid-19).
VERSATILE. Works on all surfaces of tissue, both hard tissue (teeth) and soft tissue (gums).
COMPREHENSIVE. All 4 quadrants of the mouth can receive work in a single appointment, rather than needing to schedule multiple appointments.
* NOTE: Results may vary. Talk to our dentists to see if Solea is right for you.
To ensure all your children’s teeth are ready to SMILE all year long, be sure to visit Sunshine Children’s Dentistry. The American Dental Association recommends oral checkups twice annually for children (and adults, too). QUESTIONS? We are a resource to you and are happy to answer any questions you may have about your child’s changing smile. We believe that oral health should be FUN and something to SMILE about!
We at Sunshine Children's Dentistry are THANKFUL for our patients!
Your family is a blessing to everyone at our office. Thank you for the honor of serving you! If you ever need to reach us, our number is 910.762.7736.
For more helpful resources and fun activities, be sure to read our other Blog Articles.