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When You Need Immediate Care, We are Here for You

December 4th, 2019

At Pack Orthodontics, we know orthodontic emergencies are neither convenient nor timely. If you are a patient of record, Dr. Pack and our team are more than willing to see you after hours or over the weekend. As a general rule, you should call our Murfreesboro, TN office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem. If you have an orthodontic emergency after regular office hours, please give us a call and follow the emergency prompts to contact one of our doctors.

Thanksgiving Trivia

November 27th, 2019

At Pack Orthodontics we love learning trivia and interesting facts about Thanksgiving! This year, Dr. Pack wanted to share some trivia that might help you feel a bit smarter at the holiday dinner table and help create some great conversation with friends and family.

The Turkey

There is no historical evidence that turkey was eaten at the first Thanksgiving dinner. It was a three-day party shared by the Wamponoag Indians and the pilgrims in 1621. Historians say they likely ate venison and seafood.

According to National Geographic, the dinner at the Plymouth colony was in October and included about 50 English colonists and 90 American Indian men. The first Thanksgiving dinner could have included corn, geese, and pumpkin.

Today, turkey is the meat of choice. According to the National Turkey Association, about 690 million pounds of turkey are consumed during Thanksgiving, or about 46 million turkeys.

The Side Dishes

The green bean casserole became popular about 50 years ago. Created by the Campbell Soup Company, it remains a popular side dish. According to Campbell’s, it was developed when the company was creating an annual holiday cookbook. The company now sells about $20 million worth of cream of mushroom soup each year, which is a major part of the recipe.

While there were likely plenty of cranberries for the pilgrims and Indians to enjoy, sugar was a luxury. What we know today as cranberry sauce was not around in those early Thanksgiving days. About 750 million pounds of cranberries are produced each year in the US, with about 30 percent consumed on Thanksgiving.

The Parade

Since Thanksgiving did not become a national holiday until Lincoln declared it in 1863, the annual parades were not yearly events until much later. The biggest parade that continues to draw crowds is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Beginning in 1924 with about 400 employees, they marched from Convent Avenue to 145th Street in New York City. Famous for the huge hot-air balloons today, it was actually live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo that were the stars of the show then.

However you choose to spend your Thanksgiving holiday, we wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday with those you love.

Happy Thanksgiving from Pack Orthodontics!

November 26th, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving from Pack Orthodontics! Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and express your deep gratitude to those who matter the most to you. We asked each of our staff members to share with us their plans for Thanksgiving day, what they are grateful for, and how they like to give thanks. Read on to learn more about how our staff celebrates Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving, our staff are all anticipating some quality time with their families. Hope and Nina will spend time at home with their families. Ashley will be in both Pulaski and Loretto over the holidays with her kids visiting extended family. Morgan will be in Manchester. Denise is traveling to her son’s house in Franklin with her husband, her other son, daughter-in-law, and grandkids. Laura is visiting her in-law’s farm in Christiana. Laurie will stay at her sister’s home in Mt. Juliet with her family.

The best part of Thanksgiving is a little different for everyone. Hope, Denise, and Laurie are all in agreement that all the delicious food is definitely the best! Nina, Laura, Ashley, and Megan appreciate the opportunity to catch up with family members that they don’t get to see too often. Morgan loves that it’s a time to stop and reflect on what she’s thankful for in life.

Everyone has their own unique traditions this time of year! Morgan and her family gather around to give thanks to God for having one another. Denise goes Black Friday shopping with her girlfriends and has an annual black olive eating contest with her youngest son. Nina goes to a tree farm to pick out a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Laura gathers together with her family at a fancy table to share a nice dinner. Laurie makes her granny's pumpkin pie recipe. Ashley helps her grandmother cook Thanksgiving dinner and watches the men and younger boys play slow-motion football in the yard. Megan always watches the Thanksgiving parade with her family.

Is it possible to pick a favorite Thanksgiving side or dessert?! It’s pretty hard to choose a favorite but our staff tried! Denise is a mashed potato and gravy kind of girl, but her husband and sons insist on having sweet potato casserole every year. Nina loves stuffing and green bean casserole. Laura prefers her father-in-law’s stuffing. Hope loves pumpkin pie, Laurie would pick her granny’s pumpkin pie before any other pumpkin pie, and Morgan loves chess pie. Megan is a big fan of dressing and Ashley looks forward to her Aunt Nancy’s dressing-- it’s so good her family fights over the leftovers!

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and share on the people and things in your life you’re most thankful for. Hope is so thankful for her family and their good health. Morgan is grateful this year for new beginnings. Denise appreciates the love and support of her family and friends when she lost her dad. Nina feels blessed for all of the trips she and her family were able to go on. Laura is 6 months pregnant and is excited to finally meet little Lucas. Laurie is always grateful for her wonderful family. Ashley is thankful for God’s grace and her family, kids, and friend’s support throughout the past few months while she starts a new chapter in her life and settles into her new job at Pack Orthodontics! Megan is thankful for her lovely children and the opportunity to start a new side business.

Expressing your gratitude is another special way to give thanks! Morgan thanks God directly through devotion and praise. Denise donates to her favorite charities. Nina sends out personalized cards to her loved ones. Ashley also loves sending out thank you cards and special texts to friends and family to remind them of how much they mean to her. Megan takes the time to text each of her friends on Thanksgiving day to let them know how important they are to her.

As a person gets older, our perspectives tend to change and we may start to appreciate things that we’ve previously had taken for granted. Hope has a deeper appreciation for her mom after taking on the role of “mother” herself. There are so many sacrifices made but an equal amount of incredible rewards to cherish. Morgan is thankful for all her tough life lessons and God's grace throughout all those moments. Denise loves having her grandchildren close by. As the years go by, Nina’s love for her family only continues to grow. Laura feels closer and closer to her family every year, and they are a huge blessing as well as her biggest supporters. Laurie adores her family and now has a beautiful daughter. Ashley has a new appreciation for her health. Many of Ashley’s friends either have parents with serious health issues or are sick themselves. Megan’s children remain the most important to her.

Everyone has a fond Thanksgiving memory from the past. Hope remembers her Memaw cooking an extra pan of dressing just for her because she knew Hope loved it so much. Denise recalls eating at a mess hall with her dad, mom, and sister one year when they were younger. Laura reflects on the time before her parents moved out of town-- they would all dress up and cook a fancy meal, say a prayer, and eat together. They don't get to come into town for Thanksgiving anymore and she misses them dearly. Laurie loves the memory of her granny teaching her how to cook in the kitchen. Ashley simply has too many fond memories to share just one. Megan remembers going to her grandma's house and being with all of her extended family. Being together with family is always so much fun!

We hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about our staff. We are wishing everyone a wonderful and joyous Thanksgiving!


Orthodontic Emergency Care

November 20th, 2019

Although major orthodontic emergencies are relatively rare, when they do happen it is important to seek immediate attention. By comparison, a minor orthodontic issue is something you can usually take care of yourself, or wait until your next scheduled appointment for care. Here are some guidelines to help you understand the difference between an orthodontic emergency and a minor issue.

Orthodontic Emergencies

Acute, Direct Injury to the Mouth, Jaw, or Teeth

Whether undergoing orthodontic care or not, if you injure your mouth, jaw, or teeth, you should see a doctor or dentist immediately. You may need an X-ray to determine the extent of your injury. If the injury affects the orthodontic appliances, they will need adjustment or possibly replacement, depending upon the extent of the injury.

Infected Teeth

It is possible for teeth to become infected following orthodontic treatment. This may or may not be related to your orthodontic appliances. If you experience pain or swelling around a tooth that gets progressively worse, seek professional care as soon as possible.

Minor Orthodontic Issues

While true orthodontic emergencies are rare, minor issues are much more common. Here are some examples of minor orthodontic issues that can be remedied on your own and/or fixed at your next office visit:

  • Poking wire
  • Loose bracket
  • Loose elastic band
  • Loose wire
  • Loose appliance
  • Headgear does not fit
  • Lost or broken elastic band
  • General soreness

Any of the above issues can happen as a result of normal usage, shifting, and wear of your braces. Eating unusually hard or sticky foods can cause or exacerbate these problems. Vigorous brushing of the teeth can also be a factor. None of these issues are emergencies unless they are accompanied by acute or prolonged pain or discomfort.

As for on-the-spot remedies, covering a loose bracket or wire with wax can be a quick fix to alleviate discomfort until your next orthodontist visit. Poking or protruding wires can be moved with a cotton swab or tweezers, or clipped down with nail clippers. Be sure to sterilize the tweezers or clippers in alcohol first. Cover any clipped wire ends with a small ball of wax.

Some soreness or small abrasions in the mouth are normal, especially with recent orthodontic work. Rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution comprised of eight ounces or warm water and one teaspoon of salt.

When in doubt, be sure to contact our Murfreesboro, TN office with any questions, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pack at Pack Orthodontics.