Team Recipe Corner

Baby, it’s cold outside! Our Team voted White Chicken Chili as a cold weather favorite. Quick, easy and hearty, it is a tasty family meal after a busy day with school and work:

You will need
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts or chicken tenderloins, washed and cubed
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes in juice
2 cans Great Northern beans (16 oz) drained and rinsed well
2 tsp. lime juice
1 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed, or fresh

Cook it up!
Heat olive oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. When oil is very hot, add onion and garlic; sauté until onion begins to brown. Add cubed chicken and brown on all sides; add spices, tomatoes and beans. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes; add lime juice and stir in the corn kernels.
Cover and simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally, for 15-20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with sour cream, grated cheddar cheese and sliced jalapeno peppers on the side.

Dental Health Tips from Dr. Phil Durden

Dr. Phil Durden
As budgets tighten, many of us are becoming much more aware of our own health, because we know that taking care of our bodies actually does save money by avoiding costly trips to the doctor and drugstore.

Dentistry is no different - a healthy smile not only looks and feels great, it is much kinder on your budget as well. Following are a few simple tips to help you "keep smiling":
1. Brush two to three times per day and floss at least once a day. Flossing is super-important! Cleaning between the teeth helps prevent cavities and gum disease. Unless you have gaps between your teeth like former NY Giants defensive end Michael Strahan or model Lauren Hutton, floss is literally the only way to clean between your teeth.
• Don't rush when you brush - mentally sing the "happy birthday song" 3 times and make sure you brush each tooth on the top and sides, and gently brush your tongue to get your mouth squeaky clean.
• Bedtime is the most important time to thoroughly clean your teeth. The body's systems slow down and give oral bacteria an undisturbed environment to multiply. Brush and floss thoroughly each night before turning in to reduce bacteria levels.
• Make flossing fun - play a game with your kids and find the "coolest place to floss" - I have seen some great photos of folks flossing while standing on top of a mountain, in a fishing boat, or sitting in a deer stand.
--We invite you to send us fun photos of you and your family brushin' and to share on our Facebook page! Email pics to us at

2. Eat healthy foods and avoid processed sugars. Avoid habits such as sucking mints or chewing sugary gum all day. This type of constant exposure fosters the processes that lead to tooth decay. Sugar free gum and mints containing Xylitol®, which studies show may actually help inhibit the growth of oral bacteria, are better choices.
• Sugar is not the only culprit - even carbonated beverages that are sugar-free contain acids, which, with frequent exposure, can break down tooth structure and cause tooth erosion, which can also lead to cavities or extreme tooth sensitivity.
• We recommend Theramints™ with Xylitol for patients as a mint/gum replacement -
---Visit the 3M web site to order Theramints™

3. Visit your dentist for routine preventive visits. Your dentist will perform an examination and take necessary xrays to help address any problems early. Be sure to ask about fluoride treatments and dental sealants to help protect your teeth.

4. When in doubt, call your dentist. Unlike other parts of the body, aches and pains with your teeth and jaw joints don't occur just because of normal fatigue, and we typically don't recover from dental troubles the way we get over a cold in a few days. Dental symptoms, such as pain on biting or chewing, or bleeding gums, should be addressed early to avoid bigger problems (and costs) that are inevitable if treatment is delayed for too long. And, studies show that a healthy smile helps boost our level of confidence in our interactions in our social and business relationships. We all need a smile that we feel good about when meeting a new customer or going into a job interview!

Meet our New Team Member: Mary "Sissy" Sanders White, R.D.H.

Sissy White, RDH
Sissy White (Dental Hygienist) joined our practice in September 2010. Sissy earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from University of Georgia in 1999, an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2001, followed by her Masters degree in Adult Education in 2005. Sissy's background includes over 9 years' experience with pediatric, cosmetic and general dentistry.
      Sissy's genuine passion for helping patients of all ages to improve and maintain their oral health, as well her friendly spirit and caring approach established her quickly as a member of our dental family. As your dental hygienist, Sissy will make sure that your questions about your family's preventive care are fully answered and that you receive up-to-date information about dental health and wellness.
      Sissy lives in Madison, GA with her husband, Conn, and her 2 boys, Campbell and Durham. She is expecting baby boy # 3 in June 2011. In her free time, she follows UGA and Mississippi State football as well as volunteering with some local charitable organizations.

Please join us in welcoming Sissy!