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September 14, 2013

A Message from the Beach Family

As a tribute to Tim Beach, our spouse and father, we are honoring the man we all loved with an annual fundraising event for brain tumor research. Our 2nd Annual Hope…It’s a Beach Thing Event, in memory of Tim Beach, will be held Saturday, September 14, 2013. The 5K Run/Walk will start at 10:00 AM on the University of Dayton campus – rain or shine!   Beach-Thing-2012-Photo-1024x682

NEW THIS YEAR – Blue Jean Beach Ball – In addition to the 5K walk/run held in the morning, we have added an evening event, a Blue Jean Beach Ball held that same evening, September 14, 2013. No need for a black tie or formal gown- dress up your blue jeans, put on your sundresses and relax! You will have the opportunity to taste fine wines from all over the world, enjoy live music, bid on silent auction items, and have your caricature drawn! (See 2013 Event page for more details)

Our goal is to build on this event each year and with your prayers and support, we HOPE to find a cure for brain tumors and the disease Tim fought over 21 months and so many more are still fighting. Please join us in our efforts to support brain tumor research to help prevent others from going through what our family has endured. 100% of proceeds from this event will go directly to Dana Farber Cancer Institute to support Dr. David Reardon and his team’s brain tumor Research Efforts.

Help Us Find A Cure for Brain Cancer…

“This research is very close to our hearts and we have witnessed Dr. Reardon’s (Tim’s neuro-oncologist) passion toward it as well. For those of you who are unaware, Tim passed away from a Glioblastoma Multi Form brain tumor at barely 53 years of age, in April 2012. After his initial surgery he was given 3-6 months to live, possibly a year with treatment. Through clinical trials and our knowledgeable physicians, we were blessed to have him for 21 months.

We HOPE that through research, others will survive this horrible disease and their families and friends will not have to suffer the loss of a husband, wife, father, mother, brother, sister, or friend. We personally know so many others affected by this disease and we HOPE that you will join us in this effort to help find a cure for brain cancer.”

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– The Beach Family

September 7, 2013

Indian Ripple Dental to attend Beavercreek Popcorn Festival 2013

Indian Ripple Dental to attend Beavercreek Popcorn Festival 2013

The Beavercreek Popcorn Festival is held annually the weekend after Labor Day (September 7 & 8th 2013) celebrated by the Beavercreek Community.

Located at Dayton-Xenia Road between Fairfield and Meadow Bridge [ location ], this not-be-missed family affair and community event is found in front of Beavercreek Plaza.  Indian Ripple Dental Center will again be sponsoring and attending the 5-K Run Even on Saturday, September 7th.  Stop by and see us there!

Festival Hours:

Saturday 10am – 8pm with 5k Run at 8:30am

Sunday 11am – 6pm with Car Show registration at 9am

The festival has over 200 booths with festival foods, tantalizing treats, special services, creative crafts, and sensational specialties made with Popcorn. [ map ]

The festival would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Please help us and the Beavercreek community out by patronizing these companies. The festival includes a children’s area and lots of entertainment.

There are additional special events throughout the weekend with the 5k Popcorn Run and Car Show on Sunday.

For more information, check here often, contact the festival at 937-602-CORN or email us at

January 8, 2014

2014 Resolutions

When you think of health & wellness resolutions for 2014, don’t neglect oral health care.

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August 22, 2013

U.S. Health News – Excuses Begone! See your dentist…

U.S. Health News – Excuses Begone!  See your dentist…

Oh, you don’t love spending time and money as a stranger picks, buffs, scrapes, fills or pulls your teeth? Join the club. No one says you ought to enjoy dental appointments, but that doesn’t mean you should skip them. It’s through the mouth that we breathe, eat, communicate and kiss, so it’s usually worth 45 minutes of discomfort to keep your mouth healthy. If you’re not convinced, we’ve debunked three popular excuses for skipping appointments.

Dental work is too expensive. Many of us have dropped a swollen, drool-soaked jaw upon leaving a dental appointment and hearing the cost of the procedure. In fact, more than one in three Americans delays dental care because of their financial situation, according to a 2013 survey by ORC International and Aspen Dental, which also shows that 61 percent of workers making less than $35,000 per year don’t have dental insurance. A study from Harris Interactive and the American Dental Association elaborates on the dental divide: There are those who can afford dental care, go to the dentist and have good oral health, and then there are those who can’t afford dental care, avoid the dentist and thus land with poor oral health, which is quite expensive to treat.

Yes, shelling out for fillings and cleanings can be frustrating and flat-out difficult to afford if you’re broke. But putting off these necessary appointments can cost much more in the long run. Nathan Laughrey, owner of several Aspen Dental practices in western Pennsylvania, sees many patients with decay, broken teeth and lost fillings. “If they came in right away or had routine maintenance, we could have covered them with crowns and replaced fillings – a couple hundred dollars worth of work,” he says. “But it turns into thousands of dollars worth of extractions and root canals.”

Laughrey also has patients who have had gum disease for years but didn’t recognize the warning signs – persistent bad breath and receding gums that may be red, swollen and tender, among others. So by the time they pay him a visit, he often needs to pull all their teeth. Indeed, the ADA survey shows that adults making less than $30,000 per year are more than twice as likely than those earning $30,000 or more to have had all their teeth removed.

Tooth decay and gum disease are slow, progressive problems; you don’t wake up one morning and suddenly need all your teeth pulled. At regular appointments, professionals can detect warning signs, help you prevent the diseases if you’re at risk and catch them in their early stages – before they do major damage to your mouth and wallet. “They’re easily prevented and controlled diseases,” says William Kohn, vice president of dental science and policy at Delta Dental Plans Association, and a former director of the Division of Oral Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “But once they start, they’re hard to reverse. Prevention is key to dental success.”

The most obvious way to save money on dentistry, Kohn says, is to regularly spend a few bucks at the drugstore on fluoride toothpaste and floss, use the products regularly and get checkups twice a year to avoid costly dental ailments from the get-go. But if the classic “brush and floss” bit is too little too late, and you need to foot an intense bill for dental work, ask your health care provider for financing options, which may allow you to stretch payments across several months, Laughrey suggests. He also says, acknowledging that this advice could be filed under “easier said than done,” to try budgeting money specifically for dentistry, just as you would for primary care checkups.

Dental appointments are uncomfortable. Well, yeah. Health care is personal, and lying back with machinery in your mouth can make you feel vulnerable. But it is what it is, and dentistry has improved vastly in the last couple decades. “A lot of people base their fears on what they had when they were kids,” Laughrey says, “but modern dentistry is a whole lot different than it was in 1960.” Think about what specific part of dental appointments makes you cringe, and communicate that fear to your dentist, Laughrey says. If it’s the sound of the drill that curdles your blood, the dentist may suggest you bring in an iPod. If it’s a needle you fear, the dentist may try an oral sedative or topical anesthetic. “We get lumped into this big pile, like we’re sadists and enjoy inflicting pain, but it’s much easier to work on a patient who is calm,” Laughrey says. “And if you have a dentist that doesn’t cater to your whims, find another one.”

Why you should go to the dentist

Even with a mouthful of cotton balls and drills, you have a voice with your dentist, so use it. Talk about fears and possible adjustments to curb them. Ask questions. “You shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions, and you should really expect to receive good answers,” Kohn says. And if the questions go unanswered? Or you feel unwarranted judgement as opposed to information and advice? Switch dentists.

I earn gold stars for my dental hygiene, and I’m in no oral pain. Kudos! Taking care of your teeth is the best way to ward off oral diseases and ailments. But often, the symptoms from the diseases won’t be obvious until they’ve progressed considerably. Cue the medical expert checking for signs and risk factors. Plus, Laughrey says, a professional cleaning is usually leagues more thorough than the brushing you do at home. If you really feel like an oral health superstar – the kind with a toothbrush at the office and a special pride for being cavity-free – then simply ask the dentist if it makes more sense to come in once a year instead of twice.

And why wait until you feel pain to see the doctor? “If you have pain, it’s usually too late,” Laughrey says. “The definition of preventative care is to find pain ahead of time, and handle it when it’s small.”


August 23, 2013

Beavercreek High School Scrimmage Proceeds Benefit American Cancer Society

The Beavers travel to Vandalia on Friday night, August 23rd, for their final scrimmage before the 2013 season begins.

Admission is $2 and/or a canned food item. All cash proceeds go to the American Cancer Society and food items to the Vandalia Food Pantry. The Freshman scrimmage begins at 5:00 pm with the Varsity following at 7:00 pm.

Go Beavers!

August 18, 2013

Time to Say “Hello” to a Healthier You – Dayton, Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio —

Are you feeling out of sorts and sluggishly out of shape? You just might be in need of a little nudge toward reality and self-respect.

You’re also not alone.

Join the feeling unpleasantly plump club.

Whether the lovely yet calorie-laden indulgences of the holidays or a lifetime of inactivity have escalated the battle of the bulge, don’t despair. Fitness professionals say it’s never too late to shape up and discover an improved — and wonderfully healthier — you.

Know the risks and the benefits

Although many of us would love to look like the preternaturally svelte Madonna, or, say, the boldly buff Mark Wahlberg, vanity alone should not be the prime motivator in dusting off the athletic shoes and heading to the gym. The health risks of being overweight and/or out of shape are breathtakingly scary.

According to Julia Valentour, program coordinator for the American Council on Exercise, there are many chronic diseases associated with obesity, including cardiovascular disease; several types of cancer, including colon, endometrial, breast and prostate; high blood pressure; muscular-skeletal problems; diabetes; stroke; and metabolic syndrome. Physical inactivity also can contribute to osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, liver and gall bladder diseases, sleep apnea, gynecological problems, as well as anxiety and depression.

Not a cheery forecast.

But on the flip side, exercise offers so many incredible benefits, according to Valentour, “including a reduced risk of many chronic diseases, improved cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure, better cholesterol profiles, decreased depression and anxiety, and overall wellness and better cognitive function.”

She added studies consistently have shown that people who work out live an average of two to four years longer than those who don’t.

Mitch Lyons, a partner in Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit Troy, can readily list the benefits of working out: “having a sense of self worth; feeling as if you accomplished something; minimizing stress; looking good; and performing well.”

Let’s get started

Verne Fortson, the activities director for LA Fitness clubs in Ohio, encourages people to start slowly and wisely on the path to wellness. “I suggest that they take the opportunity of a new year to start fresh,” she added, and set sensible and achievable goals, rather than make grandiose resolutions that lead to failure and disappointment. “Find a gym, but don’t overdo it,” she said.

Valentour added the first step is to make sure you’re healthy enough to exercise. “Check with your doctor first if you have cardiovascular, pulmonary or metabolic diseases or risk factors for these diseases,” she said. “You may need to be on a medically supervised exercise program.”

But if you’re an otherwise healthy adult, put a plan in action and do something to prevent those dreadful diseases linked to obesity.

“If you’re beginning an exercise regime for the first time, I recommend you get a certified personal trainer to help get you motivated,” said Valentour. “A personal trainer can definitely point you in the right direction.” A trainer can not only assess your fitness level at the start of your program, but he or she also provide a long-range plan and make sure you do exercises safely and use equipment correctly.

When most people first join a gym, they are overwhelmed by all the equipment, music and other people working out, said Dennis Ehntholt, the lead personal trainer at Urban Active at The Greene in Dayton, Ohio. “They generally have no idea of where to start and most often mimic the other people they see working out — without understanding their bodies and what they need to be working on to reach their goals. Working with a trainer is like working with a teacher and coach. Each training session is an opportunity for the client to learn from someone who wants them to be successful. Trainers push and encourage them to work harder and smarter.”

(Personal trainers apparently worked marvels for Wahlberg. The actor reportedly flew two trainers and equipment to the sets of other movies and rose at 4 each morning to train.)

If a dose of self-motivation is required to get back in shape, the American College of Sports Medicine offers a printable self-contract that you can fill out, listing your exercise goals and the changes you will commit to in order to realize the best possible you. Find the schedule at

Added Lyons: “People can motivate themselves by taking before and after pictures. Having an end goal is always great as you start an exercise program. When I say goal, I don’t mean losing 10 pounds.” He prefers people set specific fitness-related goals, such as running a 5K, a 10K or a marathon, and avoid obsessing over the numbers on the scale. “Exercise programs, in my opinion, should not be about losing weight. It should be about being fit. Looking good is a by-product.”

Pick your exercise

The ACSM guidelines recommend you do moderately intense cardiovascular exercise for 30 minutes a day, five days a week — or — vigorously intense cardio exercise 20 minutes a day, three days a week. In short, cardio exercise raises the heart rate and uses the big muscles in the body. Think brisk walking or light snow shoveling for moderate cardio, and running, cycling, skiing, swimming laps or jumping rope for intense cardio. The better your aerobic fitness, the more efficiently your heart, lungs and blood vessels transport oxygen throughout your body. In addition to the cardio program, ACSM also recommends eight to 10 strength-training exercises twice a week to improve muscular strength and endurance.

Find a sport or exercise you love, and you’ll be more likely to stick to your fitness program, according to Fortson. Regardless of your activity of choice, she urged beginning exercisers to start slowly and set realistic goals. Furthermore, know what your limitations are. If you have bad knees, then the cutting action of a sport like basketball or tennis might not be the best choice. If you’re tipping the scales at 300 pounds, then start with simple, nonimpact exercises such as walking and water aerobics, she added.

If the cardio segment sounds daunting, take a deep breath. Fortson said that moderate-intensity physical activity can be accumulated throughout the day in 10-minute bouts, which can be just as effective as exercising for 30 minutes straight. Start with 10-minute chunks of time a couple of days a week, suggests Fortson, and walk during a break, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or even sled with the kids. It all adds up.

A wise bite at a time

At the same time as you bravely enter a new world of gleaming free weights, Stairsteppers and dance-exercise classes that call for a snazzy cha-cha-cha, look at your eating habits and modify them accordingly. Fortson said she tells clients to be sensible and watch portion size, especially if they want to lose weight.

“The main thing is that you have to expend more calories than you take in,” said Valentour, “and that will create a negative caloric balance that will result in weight loss.” She recommended visiting to get the lowdown on what a healthy diet should include or work with a registered dietitian to overhaul your diet.

And make sure you don’t bite off more than you burn calorically. A slip of the lip does lead to a generously padded hip. Valentour recalls a former student who was perplexed by her inability to lose weight. Valentour asked her what her daily diet look liked, and the student said she started each day with a large vanilla latte. The student was blissfully unaware that daily latte cost her 300-plus calories. Morale to this story: Be conscious of not only what you eat, but also what you drink. Alcoholic beverages and sodas, too, can thwart you in your quest to create that negative caloric balance.

Although we inevitably want the pounds to melt off like a winter thaw, remember that slowly losing weight is the healthiest way. Patience is a virtue in this arena, and Valentour suggests losing no more than one to two pounds a week.

No more excuses

If Father Time has a treadmill, he is definitely not giving unlimited access to it.

“The No. 1 reason people give for not working out is time. I believe the No. 1 reason is a lack of commitment to change,” said Ehntholt. “That requires work. Most people know they need to exercise, but are not willing to make the time commitment. With an organized fitness program, people can reach their goals by maximizing the time they spend in the gym. The first commitment we get from our clients is (for them) to show up at the gym two to three times a week.”

Valentour is no-nonsense in her advice: “Don’t make excuses to skip exercise. It’s easier to prevent weight gain than to actually lose weight.”

If a gym membership is not an option, then Fortson suggests people take advantage of the vast outdoors and get fit by ice-skating, snowboarding, skiing or even shoveling.

“And if you’re feeling cooped up in the house this winter and pulling your hair out, use your stairs and go up and down them,” Fortson said, for aerobic exercise. And turn ordinary furniture into workout equipment. A chair, or even a coffee table, for instance, can be the apparatus on which to do triceps dips, she added.

The wonders of technology, too, have put a resounding kibosh on even the most cleverly concocted excuses to exercise. Instructional exercise DVDs run the gamut from yoga to kickboxing and weight lifting to Zumba, and they are easy to follow and inexpensive. Build a library of them. Snow Day? Turn it into a Downward Dog Day and do your body good. Fitness gurus such as Jillian Michaels (“America’s Biggest Loser”), Karen Voight, Denise Austin and Richard Simmons will put a personalized and energetic spin on your home workout program. Websites such as make shopping effortless.

To keep you on track and make it easy to pencil in exercise time, ACSM offers a printable exercise planner at

Music is also an invigorating accompaniment to exercise and helps keep boredom as bay. “It is a proven fact that music can help people perform at higher levels in every part of their lives,” said Ehntholt. “All of us have different tastes in music, but upbeat, faster tempo music will help you perform at a higher level when exercising.”

With the right tools and attitude, the hard work of a fitness program will pay off. Not just for 2011, but for years to come.

“It is amazing to watch the metamorphosis of our clients as they make progress toward their fitness goals,” said Ehntholt. “The once quiet man or woman becomes outgoing and confident. They begin to wear more stylish clothes and change their hairstyles.”

By:  Staff Writer, Robin McKracken, Dayton Daily News

July 25, 2013

Otto is turning 2 months old!

Our newest edition to the family is Otto Alexander Bergman.  Otto is the second grandchild and only grandson.  Here is a picture of Otto with my daughter, Meagan and her husband, Alex.  1005968_10101232349922878_851049986_n 1069998_10101317327028078_1470842942_n

July 13, 2013

July 13th Wedding Congrats to Katie & Daniel Morris!

On July 13, 2013, my daughter Katie Grierson married, Daniel Morris of Columbus, Ohio.  The matron-of-honor was my daughter, Meagan Bergman.  This is a picture of all our children, grandchildren, son-in-laws, and my dad, John Grierson.The family