Eagle U - Youth Success

Eagle University 2016

The fourth annual Eagle University kicks off today at UofL in Louisville, Kentucky! Eagle U is a week-long event where about 200 students stay on campus and learn from world-renowned speakers about life experiences and how to set themselves apart from their peers. At the end of the week, the students get to meet with and interview successful community members for an opportunity to learn from their success. The Mortenson Charitable Foundation is proud to sponsor this event and help the children of our team members and patients learn the skills they need to become future leaders.

What is Eagle U?

During the Eagle U program, participants get a 7 year jump-start on life. Students entering high school through college age build self-confidence, motivation, and direction. Participants will find mentors that give them inspiration, wisdom, and new ways to develop a direction in life and be successful. Participants will also learn life lessons at the hands of those who have actually proven, by their performance, the success of the principles that they teach. At Eagle U, participants will define their goals and discover the tools to reach them.

The eagle has always symbolized independence, strength and focused direction. When you emerge from Eagle U, you’ll have the opportunity to be all of these things as you follow the systems you will be given. They are common sense systems, but not commonly practiced. To be extraordinary, you don’t do ordinary things that ordinary people do.

Why We Choose Eagle U

“It is critical to success to think and to plan ahead,” says Jacque Ramsey, Mortenson Fmaily Dental’s marketing director, “It is also critical to our company culture that we provide opportunities such as Eagle U to our team members’ children and our patients. Eagle U has been an extraordinary experience for the students that have been able to attend over the last three years. We are proud to partner with Eagle U and to support it so that others in the community can benefit from it too.”

Mortenson Family Dental participates by donating to Eagle U so that our team members’ children and our patients can experience the program at a significantly reduced rate. We are committed to helping not only our team members achieve success, but their families and our patients as well. By sending our young people to Eagle U, we are helping them create pathways to success.

Stay tuned to all our social channels this week to follow the students’ activities. And if you’re posting about Eagle U on Twitter or Facebook, be sure to tag #EagleU!

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Smiles for Life at Culver’s, Simpsonville – June 14

Eat at Culver’s this Tuesday and help children around the world

 

Where: Culver’s in Simpsonville (Click here for directions)

When: Tuesday, June 14, from 5:00–8:00PM

Why: 10% of all purchases will be donated to Smiles for Life

 

What is Smiles for Life?

 

Smiles for Life is a national fundraising campaign that Crown Council members participate in. It is a non-profit organization that donates proceeds raised to children’s charities around the world.

Since 1988, Smiles for Life has raised more than $33 million benefiting hundreds of children’s charities including Children’s Miracle Network, St. Jude’s Children Hospital and the Kids Cancer Care Foundation.

 

See you this Tuesday from 5-8, Simpsonville!

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Louisville Slugger Field Voted Best Triple-A Ballpark

Louisville Slugger Field — home of the Louisville Bats — has been voted the #1 Triple-A Ballpark in the country, according to BallPark Digest’s “Best of the Ballparks 2016”. The contest started with 30 stadiums going head-to-head in a tournament-style bracket, and ended with Louisville Slugger Field narrowly beating the Indianapolis Indians’ Victory Field with 51% of the vote. Over 14,000 fans voted during the contest.

In a private release, Louisville Bats’ Senior Vice President Greg Galiette said:

I’d like to thank everyone who voted for Louisville Slugger Field.  Without your support this nationwide recognition would not have been possible. I hope to see you at the Ball Park soon. And again thank you for your support of Louisville Slugger Field and the Louisville Bats it’s greatly appreciated by our entire organization.

As partners and fans of the Louisville Bats, Mortenson Family Dental would like to extend a huge congratulations to our friends. It is a well-deserved victory for one of our favorite local spots to spend an evening or weekend night with our families. Go Bats!

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Crohn’s Disease, Colitis and Oral Health

About 5 million people worldwide are living with Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis, also known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). These chronic diseases affect the digestive system and cause intestinal tissue to become inflamed, form sores and bleed easily. Crohn’s specifically can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract including the lips, mouth and even the esophagus. And in addition to the physical and emotional toll IBD has on the well-being of its patients such as weight loss, fever, nausea, diarrhea and anemia, it can also have a number of negative effects on oral health.

Sometimes it is difficult to tell what is causing changes in the mouth such as ulcers, soreness, dry mouth or cavities. Sometimes medications taken to treat Crohn’s disease interfere with normal mouth bacteria that can cause problems. IBD can also lead to nutritional deficiencies that affect dental and oral health. In other instances, it is the disease itself causing the problems. Your doctor can identify whether Crohn’s or colitis is interfering with the health of your teeth and gums with testing.

 

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Cavities & Tooth Decay

For 8-29% of patients with Crohn’s Disease, cavities can appear before any intestinal complications. Many patients have reported an increase in tooth decay and higher incidence of cavities as they have undergone treatment for Crohn’s. And studies have shown that changes caused by colitis in the mucus that lines the gastrointestinal tract have led to tooth decay in some patients. Patients who are using Prednisone for their symptoms might want to consult their physician and dentist as some patients have reported a link between the medication and cavities. In our research, this was a very common side effect of medical treatment and the connection should not be taken lightly.


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Mouth Ulcers & Vitamin Deficiencies

Inflammatory Bowel Disease is known to cause legions throughout the intestine, colon, esophagus as well as in and around patients’ mouths. Poor vitamin consumption, particularly of vitamin D, can lead to complications that range from small, painless lesions inside the mouth to ulcerations and swelling of the lips. This can lead to more serious issues like Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome, oral tuberculosis, cheilitis granulomatosa, sarcoidosis, or even contact allergic reactions. Pyodermatitis-pyostomatitis vegetans is also associated with Crohn’s disease, but only rarely. Symptoms include pustules (pimples) that can be yellow or whitish in appearance in the mouth. After the pustules rupture, they leave a superficial ulcer. The lymph glands under the chin can become swollen and there may be mild pain. Yeast infections and deficiencies in Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, zinc and Vitamin K are common.


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Gum Inflammation & Gingivitis

Gum problems, such as swollen or bleeding gums, can be another complication of Crohn’s and may be the result of poor nutrition. Getting the right vitamins and minerals in your diet is crucial to good overall health and oral health, but the combination of Crohn’s and mouth problems can leave you with little appetite or interest in eating. You might need to work harder on the quality of your diet because the consequences of Crohn’s can prevent your body from taking advantage of all the nutrients in the foods you eat; instead, food is moved through your system without being fully digested. Some medicines can contribute to inflammation and gingivitis, so if you are using the following medications, you might want to talk with your doctor about possible alternatives: Steroids, Mesalazine and Methotrexate.


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Prevention

As always, we encourage you to discuss your symptoms and treatment options with your doctor or dentist. But the following tips will not only help your overall health, they might also prevent dental complications associated with IBD:

  • Avoid sweetened drinks like soda, juice and energy drinks
  • Limit the amount of dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) you eat
  • Get plenty of sunlight or take a vitamin D supplement
  • Eat 5 or 6 small meals each day that are low in saturated fat, with lots of fruit and antioxidant-rich foods (beans, berries, apples)
  • Stop smoking!

If you have IBD, let’s talk! We’d love to help you find the right treatment for your oral health. Call 502-244-9595 today!

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