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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

2008.05.21 Have your teeth been feeling hard enough lately?

Written by David Green.

By RICH FOLEY

I have a dentist appointment next Tuesday, so I guess it’s time to start worrying about what might be discovered this time. No matter what I do, the oral health care industry always seems to be one step ahead of me.

Just when I think I’m doing everything I can to protect my teeth, they introduce some new product or piece of research to let me know what an enemy I am to my teeth and make me think that, hey, maybe a monthly dental appointment isn’t that bad of an idea, after all.

I’ve always been pretty good about brushing and, much as I dislike the chore, even flossing on a regular basis. In the past few years, though, it has gotten quite a bit harder to pick out a toothbrush. Many of them are starting to resemble small torture devices. which isn’t my idea of fun. I even purchased a battery-operated brush, but it sounds more like a sandblaster than something I’d put in my mouth.

And what’s the deal with dental rinses? I used Crest’s blue rinse for several years and then they introduced a clear “Night” version. The ingredients list is identical for the two products, so what makes one different from the other except for color? And if I buy both, which are the same price, I’ll just buy the blue style half as much and replace it with the clear. Both types claim the exact same benefits, so why must I store two bottles?

 I do have a  little family history which can make going to the dentist somewhat of a fear-inducing experience. About 30 years ago, I had an aunt who actually died in the dentist chair. She was only 41 years old, but had a heart attack and died right there in the examination room. It had nothing to do with the dentist, of course, but when you take the apprehension that many people have of dentists in the first place and add that little experience to it, the temptation to just keep driving by his office can be hard to resist.

I had never told my current dentist that story, but a couple of years ago, he hired a new assistant and before cleaning my teeth, she asked me several questions as she updated my patient file. One of them pertained as to whether I had a fear of going to the dentist. Well, since you asked....                                                                                                      

After she recovered from the initial shock of the story, she said that since my aunt’s death had no real connection with her dentist, there wasn’t really a reason for it to scare me. Besides, she added, she was fully trained in CPR and the dentist was, of course, an M.D. If I were to have a similar problem, there were two trained professionals there to assist me. I was probably safer there than at home.

I had to admit, she made a lot of sense.  And since she is able to carry out her teeth-cleaning duties in an efficient manner without gagging me with the dreaded floss, I almost look forward to the appointments. Notice that I said almost. At least I enjoy seeing her. And with all the scary stories in the news relating to dental health, you have to see somebody.

I suppose it didn’t hurt the profession any when the research linking dental health to overall health started coming out. Various studies now make a connection between gum disease and heart disease. Gingivitis isn’t just a funny word anymore, but one that can cause you all sorts of trouble. That’s one reason I’m glad I don’t mind getting my teeth cleaned. And I may just have learned about another.

Last week, I read one of those syndicated ask-the-doctor columns and a questioner asked if it was true that dental problems can affect your heart. The doctor confirmed the connection and added that other problems included (don’t let the children read any farther) erectile dysfunction.

That’s the first time I’ve heard that little nugget of wisdom. If that doesn’t cause a rush of new dental patients, I don’t know what would. Now there’s three good reasons to take care of your teeth: So you won’t have to face the drill, so you won’t have to pay a big bill, and so you don’t end up needing a little blue pill. And, if you will excuse me, I think I hear my toothbrush calling me.

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