I know many of you have been eager to hear about our trip to Kenya. It has been a wonderful journey for us personally and as a team. We spent most of our time at the Oasis for Orphans children’s home, located in southwest Kenya. There we got to meet the staff and the children and hear some of their stories.

Honey Orthodontics in Gurnee IL - Kenya Mission Oasis for Orphans - Group Photo

All the children have sad stories of how they got to be at the orphanage, but feel so blessed to now have good rooms with beds and dressers, nutritious food to eat, clothes and shoes to wear, books to read and the opportunity to go to the nearby school. They gave us a warm welcome and truly loved having us around. They loved to hear about our families and enjoyed looking at the family pictures we brought (over and over again)!

We quickly found out they were a little apprehensive about dental treatment since they never had any before. We decided to treat some of the adult staff first so the children could watch and see that we were causing them no pain. We found many dental problems in the adults we saw, from severely broken down teeth that were causing pain to tartar build-up due to the absence of dental care and limited education about their teeth.

Honey Orthodontics Kenya Mission - Oasis for Orphans - Performing Dental Work

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Honey Orthodontics Gurne IL ThanksgivingThanksgiving is celebrated with feasts and football games and the start of the Christmas shopping season, Thanksgiving means roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and green bean casserole with Campbells mushroom soup. No matter how you celebrate this momentous day, at Honey Orthodontics, we want you to know we are thankful for all our wonderful patients we treat throughout the year . We wouldn’t be here without you! To commemorate this traditional holiday, we would like to share some fun Thanksgiving trivia we thought you would enjoy! Feel free to add some fun facts of your own in the comment area.

Thanksgiving Facts

  • Thanksgiving was not declared a National Holiday by Congress until 1941
  • The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe Native Americans in 1621 and lasted for 3 days.
  • At the original Thanksgiving, there was no milk, cheese, bread, butter, mashed potatoes, corn or pumpkin pie.
  • The presenting of the live turkey to the President has been a tradition since 1947. The President then pardons the turkey, allowing it to live out its remaining years on a farm.
  • Thanksgiving is also celebrated in Canada- on the second Monday in October.
  • Abraham Lincoln chose the last Thursday in November for Thanksgiving

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How many times as a kid do you hear… “Did you brush your teeth? And even more so when you are wearing braces!” Hopefully, brushing and flossing your teeth is an ingrained daily habit no matter what your age for every member of the family.

Unfortunately, a New Survey finds that 3 out of 4 Parents Admit Their Kids Forget to Brush their Teeth.

The Ad Council and The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives created new Public Service Ads (PSAs) for the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign. The new ads are funny adaptations of life lessons which stress that while parenting can be tricky at times, getting kids to brush for two minutes, twice a day can be easier than most other things parents will try to teach their children.Read more on Clever Public Service Ads Are Getting Parents to Teach Kids to Brush Teeth…

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Halloween 2014We have all heard about the damage that sugar and certain “sticky” candies can do to teeth. Well, our Team at Honey Orthodontics wants to remind all of our patients and future patients about the dangers one more time. We know #Halloween is supposed to be a fun time of year for kids of all ages… but it can turn into a “nightmare” of damaged teeth for kids and parents if the wrong types of treats are consumed.

Here at Honey Orthodontics we love #Halloween but we also have a responsibility to increase the awareness regarding the potential damage certain candies can cause if patients are not careful about which treats to eat. Read more on Some Halloween “Treats” May Really be “Tricks”…