As I was beginning to write this article I was looking many newspaper headlines from the days following the attack.  The information was different from paper to paper.  Unlike today as we huddle around our TV’s waiting to see images and get minute to minute updates on a situation, they had to solely rely on the information over the radio, letting their imaginations run wild with the images.  I think about how the families with loved ones stationed there must have felt after hearing the news.

Listen to this real radio broadcast from December 7, 1941:

“December, 7 1941, A Date which will live in Infamy… No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the american people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.”      -President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Take time today to remember all of the lives lost on this devastating day in American History.



The time has come for Santa’s scout elves to leave the North Pole and make their way to homes around the world.  We are so excited to have Dash and Clementine with us again here at Hatcher Orthodontics for the holiday season!

For any who do not know the story, the “scout elves” hide in people’s homes to watch over events. Once everyone goes to bed, the scout elf flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa the activities, good and bad, that have taken place throughout the day. Before the family wakes up each morning, the scout elf flies back from the North Pole and hides. By hiding in a new spot each morning around the house, the scout elf and the family play an on-going game of hide and seek.

The Elf on the Shelf explains that scout elves get their magic by being named. In the back of each book, families have an opportunity to write their elf’s name and the date that they adopted it. Once the elf is named, the scout elf receives its special Christmas magic, which allows it to fly to and from the North Pole.

The book tells how the magic might disappear if the scout elf is touched, so the rule for The Elf on the Shelf states, “There’s only one rule that you have to follow, so I will come back and be here tomorrow: Please do not touch me. My magic might go, and Santa won’t hear all I’ve seen or I know.” Although families are told not to touch their scout elf, they can talk to it and tell it all their Christmas wishes so that it can report back to Santa accurately.

The story ends on Christmas Day with the elf leaving to stay with Santa for the rest of the year until the following Christmas season.


American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event is your chance to triumph over addiction. Every November since 1977, they set aside the third Thursday to encourage smokers to triumph over addiction, and to finally give up smoking.

Approximately 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Smoking and other tobacco products can also lead to gum disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. Gum disease or Gingivitis, is a leading cause of tooth loss.  Use of tobacco products can also lead to these irritating and serious conditions:

  • Bad Breath
  • Tooth Discoloration
  • Inflammation of the salivary gland openings on the roof of the mouth
  • Increased buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth
  • Increased loss of bone within the jaw
  • Increased risk of leukoplakia, white patches inside the mouth
  • Increased risk of developing oral cancer

Like cigars and cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products (for example, snuff and chewing tobacco) contain at least 28 chemicals that have been shown to increase the risk of oral cancer and cancer of the throat and esophagus. In fact, chewing tobacco contains higher levels of nicotine than cigarettes.  One can of snuff delivers more nicotine than over 60 cigarettes.

Smokeless tobacco can irritate your gum tissue, causing it to recede or pull away from your teeth. Once the gum tissue recedes, your teeth roots become exposed, creating an increased risk of tooth decay. Exposed roots are also more sensitive to hot and cold or other irritants, making eating and drinking uncomfortable.

Visit to learn more about quitting smoking, improving your health, or getting involved with the Great American Smokeout in your community. Or just call your American Cancer Society anytime at 1-800-227-2345.