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$3,500 Raised for Omaha and Sioux City Charities

Community Lemonade Stand Day 2017 raised over five times the amount of donations for the Open Door Mission than it did last year and Siouxland had an amazing first year for the event, raising over $1,200 for the Siouxland Soup Kitchen.
 
We had Summit Dental Health team members, families, kids, football teams, businesses and hotels all participate in the day by hosting 37 lemonade stands in Omaha and 17 lemonade stands in Siouxland.
 
Thank you to everyone who participated this year. We can’t wait to see how much will be raised next year!
 


 

Open Door Mission

Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty.

Siouxland Soup Kitchen

The Siouxland Soup Kitchen serves on average 1,800 to 2,000 meals per month. There are no requirements for being served a meal at the Soup Kitchen, they welcome everyone that comes to their door.

Summit Dental health team members stationed at their table outside the LaunchPAD Children's Museum next to a Summit Dental Health banner

How To: Make Elephant Toothpaste

Some of our team members had the opportunity to participate in the Sloppy Science event at LaunchPAD Children’s Museum in Sioux City this past weekend. It was a great first-year event where kids could watch science demonstrations, create their own experiments, and get sloppy with slime and a sloppy obstacle course.

At the Summit Dental Health booth, we had 3 hands-on activities that were fun for the kids, but also educational.

Kids learned how to floss and then got to practice their new skills with mega blocks, Play-Doh and yarn. We had some pretty enthusiastic new flossers who were pretty excited to win their very own dental floss on our wheel of prizes.

We also did an experiment to show how bacteria in your mouth feeds off sugar and creates cavity-causing plaque.

One of our most popular experiments was making elephant toothpaste while sharing fun facts about elephant teeth. We had several parents ask us how we did it, so we thought we’d share here

Elephant Toothpaste Recipe

A young boy smiles as he watches the chemical reaction that makes up the "elephant toothpaste"

Supplies Needed:

  • Pan to catch the toothpaste
  • Empty 16 oz plastic bottle
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon
  • Funnel
  • 3 tbsp. very warm water
  • 2-3 tsp. yeast
  • 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide (We used the kind you get at a beauty supply store. It’s stronger than the regular kind you have in your medicine cabinet.)
  • 1 tbsp. dish soap

 

Step 1: Mix the warm water and yeast in a small bowl. Set aside.

Step 2: Place the plastic bottle inside the pan. Using the funnel, pour in the hydrogen peroxide and dish soap.

Step 3: Pour the yeast/water mixture into the bottle. The mixture will bubble over and look like toothpaste coming out of a tube.

Summit Dental Health team members stand behind their table at LaunchPAD Children's Museum


Disclaimer: This experiment only looks like toothpaste and should not actually be used as toothpaste for children or pet elephants.
Graphic of Lemon and Banner that reads "Community Lemonade Stand Day"

Host a Lemonade Stand for CLSD17

Support Open Door Mission and the Siouxland Soup Kitchen in their commitment to feeding the hungry and breaking the cycle of homelessness in Omaha and Sioux City. Host a lemonade stand for Community Lemonade Stand Day on Saturday, July 29, and help us give back to the communities we love so much.

 

Pick up your free lemonade stand kit at any Summit Dental Health location

Community members are encouraged to pick up their FREE lemonade stand kit from any Summit Dental Health location in Omaha and Sioux City starting July 3. Your lemonade stand kit includes:

  • Powdered Lemonade
  • Cups
  • Poster
  • Instructions
  • Summit Dental Health Sunglasses
  • Lemonade-flavored Chapstick

 

Add your Lemonade Stand to our Map

Complete this form and we’ll add your stand to our Omaha or Sioux City map in 2-3 business days.

If the form doesn’t load in your browser, just click here to view it in a different window!

 

Promote your Lemonade Stand

Once you’ve got your kit and added your stand to our map, you’ll want to generate some customers! Here are some suggestions for promoting your lemonade stand:

  1. Say you’re “Going” to the Event on Facebook. Click here to see our Facebook Event and share it with your friends!
  2. Post about Community Lemonade Stand Day on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Be sure to include a link to summitdentalhealth.net/lemonade to help your friends learn more about the event and see your lemonade stands on our Omaha or Sioux City map!
  3. Print this flyer and hang it at work, church or school. Tell everyone you know about Community Lemonade Stand Day and invite them to come visit your stand on Saturday, July 29th.
    Poster - Summit Dental Health - Community Lemonade Stand Day 2017 - Omaha - Saturday, July 29


About Open Door Mission

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty.

About Siouxland Soup Kitchen

Siouxland Soup Kitchen serves on average 1,800 to 2,000 meals per month. There are no requirements for being served a meal at the Soup Kitchen, they welcome everyone that comes to their door.

 


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Books for Charley

During the month of May, new children’s books can be dropped off at any Summit Dental Health location throughout Omaha in honor of the 7th Annual Books for Charley initiative through the Charley’s Heart Foundation. The books will be donated to the Omaha Children’s Hospital. Over 11,000 books have been donated to children’s hospitals and pediatric units since Books for Charley began in 2011.

Charley’s Heart

Books for Charley is an annual book drive in memory of Charlotte (Charley) Ritchie, daughter of Matt and Kristen Ritchie of Gretna, Nebraska. Charley was born with a congenital heart defect. After numerous hospital stays, procedures and open heart surgeries, Charley passed away on May 31, 2011, just two weeks after celebrating her first birthday.

After losing Charley, her family knew that they needed to do something to help keep her memory alive and to stay involved with other families with children with congenital heart defects. “Charley’s Heart was formed in an attempt to help provide support to others in the heart community, fund continued research for congenital heart defects, raise awareness, and above all, to celebrate Charley’s life,” says Kristen Ritchie, Charley’s mom.

Dental-Themed Halloween Costume Ideas

Headed to a Halloween party and can’t think of any costume ideas? We’ve got you covered! We looked all over Pinterest and found some fun, do-it-yourself costumes you can make right at home. From cute to spooky, these inexpensive ideas are great for kids and adults too! Be sure to check out our Dental Halloween Costumes board on Pinterest for the complete list.

For Kids: Tooth Costume

a young boy stands smiling in his tooth costume made from pillows

Why not, right? And this is a great way to recycle any pillows you own that have lost their fluff. Just grab those two old pillows you’re replacing, a pair of scissors, a needle and thread. Follow the simple directions in this YouTube video and in 15 minutes, your kid will be wearing one toothfully cute costume.

If you want to ramp  it up, you could add a pair of all-black sweatpants or tights and a black sweatshirt, then you’d look like a tooth floating through the night. Maybe wear some glasses, wear a beard or walk with a cane and tell people you’re a wisdom tooth! Or you can wear some ears and put on some make up to look like a bear, and call yourself a molar bear! It’s always fun to get a little punny with your costumes.

For Couples: Toothbrush and Toothpaste Costume

Young white couple poses dressed in costume as a toothbrush and tube of crest toothpaste

Probably the most classic dental-themed costume is the tube of toothpaste. This one’s super easy to make out of recycled household items too! Just grab an old sheet, a lampshade, scissors, thread and a needle. You might need to go out and purchase these though: hot glue gun, headband and felt paper. We bet you can guess how these all fit together, but here are some better directions if you need them.

As for being a toothbrush, there are plenty of ways to make a brush. Basically all you need is a headband and a way to attach something flat with “bristles” attached. We recommend cardboard for the head and drinking straws for the bristles, but you can also use some light wood, zip ties or any other materials found in your garage or basement. Then just make sure your shirt and pants match and now you’ve got yourself a toothbrush costume!

For Everybody: Tooth Fairy

Girl standing on a porch dressed as the tooth fairy

Of course the Tooth Fairy is often depicted as a woman, but guys can have fun with this costume too! Every good Tooth Fairy costume features four main components: wings, wand, crown and a tutu. Even though a lot of people buy wings, this YouTuber has a cool tutorial on making your own pair with coat hangers and pantyhose. And it’s pretty easy to convert plastic headbands into a crown with some construction paper, glitter or other art supplies you have at home.

As for making a wand, we’ve seen a lot of people get creative — this pin shows one made entirely out of toothbrushes! But if you take a look around your house or apartment, we bet you can create your own. We’re thinking covers of notebooks glued to look like a tooth in the photo to the left. Maybe some wrapping paper cut thin for streamers. We looked around the house and found a chopstick, flashlight, umbrella and a wooden spoon we could use to make a wand.

More Dental-Themed Halloween Costumes

That’s not all! For more dental-themed Halloween costumes, just visit our board on Pinterest where we’ve got plenty more to offer. We found some pretty spooky facepaint, some more horror-themed dental costumes and even Nemo and Darla (featuring her infamous headgear) from Finding Nemo! Click here to see the rest and … Happy Halloween!

Summit Gives: Dental Day 2016

You’re invited to Summit Gives: Dental Day 2016 – a day of free dental care hosted by Summit Dental Health! This is the day we give back to the community that has been so wonderful to us. Each attendee (18 or older) will receive one free extraction, cleaning or filling. Tri-State Dental Lab will also be providing free denture repairs until 12PM.

Saturday, August 20

8:00AM – 4:00PM

Summit Dental Health – Sioux City

 

Arrive early! Registration begins at 8:00AM and patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather and to bring snacks, water, umbrellas and lawn chairs, because some patients will end up waiting outside. Our Sioux City office is located at 2114 Pierce Street in Sioux City, Iowa.

For more information, contact us at (402) 799-1166!

Click here to view our easily printable flier: SDH-SummitGivesDentalDayFlyer3

Best of Omaha 2017

It’s that time again to vote for Summit Dental Health the “Best Family Dentist Office” in Best of Omaha 2017. Casting your ballot is super easy. If you would like to vote only for Summit Dental Health as “Best Family Dentist Office” and “Best Cosmetic Dentist,” just follow the directions below and you’ll be finished casting your ballet in less than five minutes! Voting ends August 31st.

Vote for Summit Dental Health as Best Family Dentist Office in Omaha

 

QVC Category: Family Dentist Office
QVC Number: 49054
QVC Link: http://BestOfOmaha.com/49054

 

For those of you who’d like to fill out a complete ballot, we encourage you to vote for these other local businesses who are friends of Summit Dental Health. Feel free to follow the links to their websites and Facebook Pages to learn more about them.

Dining

Coffeehouse: Dundee Double Shot
Outdoor Patio: Goldbergs in Dundee

Family

Children’s Attraction: Omaha’s Children’s Museum
Dentist Office: Summit Dental Health

Health & Beauty

Barre Fitness Facility: The Barre Code
Charity Walk/Fun Run: UNO Claussen-Leahy Maverick Run/Walk
Cosmetic Dentist: Summit Dental Health
Yoga Studio: One Tree Yoga

Nightlife

Neighborhood Bar: Goldbergs in Dundee

Retail

Gift Shop: Spruce
Pharmacy: Kohlls

Services

Employer – More Than 100 Employees: Summit Dental Health

Transportation

Brake Service: Buchanan’s Service Center
Car Tire Service: Buchanan’s Service Center
Oil Change: Buchanan’s Service Center

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Help Others Beat the Heat This Summer

This summer has been a scorcher in the Omaha metro, especially during the month of July. With temperatures in the triple digits, many have been trying to beat the heat by cranking the air conditioning, frequenting swimming pools or staying hydrated with ice cold beverages. With highs like these, we can’t forget those in the metro who have a bit more difficulty beating the heat. Summit Dental Health is a proud to partner with iHeart Media to sponsor Beat the Heat in support of the Open Door Mission.Last week the Open Door Mission handed out over 4,000 bottles of water in ONE day! Summit Dental Health locations in Omaha are drop-off locations through the end of July for the following needed items:

  1. Water: to be handed out to the homeless on days when it’s extremely hot and humid.
  2. Fans: to help low income families in the Heartland who do not have air conditioning.

 

You can also help by hosting a lemonade stand on Community Lemonade Stand Day on July 30. Pick up a lemonade stand kit (includes instructions, lemonade, cups, a poster and sunglasses) at any Summit Dental Health location in the Omaha metro. Let us know the address of your lemonade stand so we can add it to the list and map of lemonade stands throughout the city. To gather some tips for hosting a lemonade stand, check out our blog post on Hosting a Successful Lemonade Stand.

A young girl stands in front of her lemonade stand

Community Lemonade Stand Day

Lemonade stands are a summer staple and most kids jump at the chance to host one. The school year is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to cross ‘hosting a lemonade stand’ off your summer bucket list while helping a worthy cause. Summit Dental Health is hosting a Community Lemonade Stand Day on July 30 in support of the Open Door Mission. Here are your instructions and tips for hosting a successful lemonade stand.

 

  1. Pick up a Lemonade Stand Day Kit from any Summit Dental Health location. Make sure you sign up with the front desk when you pick up your kit so we can include your location and hours on the list and map of all the lemonade stands on Saturday, July 30.

 

  1. Post on social media (RSVP for the Beat the Heat – Lemonade Stand Day Facebook event here), make fliers, make phone calls, etc., to let your friends, family and neighbors know that you will be hosting a lemonade stand on July 30 in support of the Open Door Mission. Don’t forget to tag Summit Dental Health and Open Door Mission.

 

  1. Decide how much you will charge for your lemonade. Instead of setting a price, consider asking for a free will donation. Write the price on the yellow price tag on the poster provided. Make other posters to place around your lemonade stand location to draw attention to your stand.

 

  1. Host your lemonade stand on Saturday, July 30. Post photos on social media and use hashtags: #LemonadeStandDay, #SummitGives, #BeattheHeat

 

  1. Place the donation from your lemonade stand in the provided envelope and mail it to the Open Door Mission or drop it off at any Summit Dental Health location by August 10. Here is a list of our locations and their hours. 

 

Email mritchie@summitdentalhealth.net if you have any questions!

 

A sign for Summit Dental Health and Books for Charley sits in front of stacks of books

Summit Dental Health Collects Over 400 Books for ‘Books for Charley’

Summit Dental Health locations collected over 400 books that will be donated to the

Omaha Children’s Hospital and to St. Luke’s Hospital Pediatric Unit in Sioux City!

During the month of May, Summit Dental Health locations in Omaha, Sioux City and

South Sioux City collected new children’s books in honor of the 6th Annual Books for

Charley initiative through the Charley’s Heart Foundation. Over 11,000 books have

been donated to children’s hospitals and pediatric units since Books for Charley began

in 2011.

Books for Charley

Books for Charley is an annual book drive in memory of Charlotte (Charley) Ritchie,

daughter of Matt and Kristen Ritchie of Gretna, Nebraska. Charley was born with a

congenital heart defect. After numerous hospital stays, procedures and open heart

surgeries, Charley passed away on May 31, 2011, just two weeks after celebrating her

first birthday.

After losing Charley, her family knew that they needed to do something to help keep her

memory alive and to stay involved with other families with children with congenital heart

defects. “Charley's Heart was formed in an attempt to help provide support to others in

the heart community, fund continued research for congenital heart defects, raise

awareness, and above all, to celebrate Charley’s life,” says Kristen Ritchie, Charley’s

mom.

Summit Dental Health staff

About Summit Dental Health

Summit Dental Health is proud to serve the Omaha and Sioux City metro areas and proud to be active participants in our communities. Throughout the year we not only want to make sure that all of your dental needs are taken care of, but we want to make the communities we live and work in better. Collecting books through Books for Charley is just one of many community initiatives our team members and patients are proud to support.

Follow Charley’s Heart on Facebook.

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