Be Smart – don’t waste your dental insurance

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times In this era of uncertainty everyone needs to be careful about so many things. It’s always true  that regular dental visits save money in the long run. If you are fortunate enough to have dental benefits it’s imperative to use them to their fullest. Did you know your dental benefits reset every year? It’s true. If your dental insurance...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Entering the last quarter of a crazy year!

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times I think we can all agree that it has been a strange and unusual year and dawn of a new decade. The question on our minds is, are all these extreme events the birth of good change or the continuation of more unsettledness of what’s to come? In many ways the year has flown, yet at the same time, I describe the months as moving in slow motion. Whether the...

A new spin on an old idea can give you a better smile, quick

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times A more beautiful smile can be yours today, yes really. Sometimes we need to revisit the past to find something new.  How about a nicer whiter smile today.  Years ago people got their teeth “bonded”. It was the new tooth colored materials that allowed dentists to hand sculpt a better looking tooth in just one visit.  Bonding went by the...

Best way to fight COVID-19? Don’t be stupid

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times When contemplating my column for this month, I looked over the columns of years past and thought about how different things are now.  As I write this I am sitting in my office with the sound of the newly installed localized negative pressure units humming away as my hygienist is working with a patient. It sounds more like I am in a vacuum cleaner...

Inner Nature: Sodium and Potassium — The Yin and the Yang

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times In previous articles, I have examined the various roles that oxygen and iron play in living organisms. These elements are linked in an energy-cycling relationship – iron moves oxygen and electrons around the body, as well as around the inside of the cell itself to harvest energy from food [1]. In this article, I will examine another dynamic relationship: that...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Compassion in an unsettled world

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times My messages in the last few months have taken me in directions that have stirred up many emotions, changing, often times, moment by moment. I can assure you that my message here is not a diatribe that will only bring sadness and discontent to you, my Readers. Instead, my hope is that I can, in some way, give you a different interpretation of what you’re...

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times As we dip our toes into the “new normal” of the world of the COVID-19 pandemic we have a lot to consider. Every single person has had their lives and or livelihoods affected in some way.  As a dentist and what some would call a “quasi-essential” healthcare provider we have a very complicated web of concerns to address.  I thought...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Quarantine, a taste of retirement

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times It has been 11 weeks since most of us have been under Pennsylvania’s Stay Home ordinance. How have you been spending your time? Many of my clients, who are not yet retired and, quite frankly, fearful of how it will be when they stop working, are getting a taste of what retirement will look like. The first, and most important, challenge we were faced with...

Inner Nature: Chocolate — food or poison?

By Vidja Rajan, Columnist, The Times Easter, with its egg hunts and chocolate eggs, is past. With the current school closures and social distancing, the kids are bouncing off the walls already, and don’t need any further stimulation. It’s time to get rid of the chocolate. But the reliable excess food disposal unit, aka Man’s Best Friend, is forbidden from gormandizing Godivas. Why so? In this...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Pivoting to cope with changing times

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times No matter what age we are, there comes a time in our lives, or many times in our lives, when we must take stock of where we’ve been, where we are now and where we want to go. We currently have the gift of time to ponder such introspection. It is essential to take stock of our lives and ask those questions in order to assess and reevaluate if we’re on...