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Friday, May 30, 2014

The Importance of Dental Check-ups

There are several reasons why dentists recommend you take your children to a checkup every six months. Here is one more…

New research shows that certain types of tooth decay do run in families. It appears that young children actually contract Mutans streptococci from their mothers. The presence of this type of bacteria puts a child at high risk for dental decay. According to the research, new babies are born without the bacteria in their mouths, but children whose mothers exhibited untreated decay eventually developed cavities themselves. It is very common for mothers and children to share the same bacteria because of shared food and utensils. (Note to parents: do NOT feed your children using the utensils contaminated with your own saliva). Dentists can easily test for the culprits known to cause decay. This evidence makes it clear that since dental decay is a family affair, preventing decay, which includes good home care practice and regular dental treatment, should involve the whole family as well.


See more at: http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Adult/Periodontal/22,Delta93

Friday, May 23, 2014

Coffee Reduces Diabetes Risk

A new study led by Harvard School of Public Health found a correlation to the amount of coffee consumed and the risk of diabetes type 2 . People who drank more than one cup over a four-year period had a 11% lower risk for type 2 diabetes than those who made no changes to their coffee consumption. In addition, the study found that those who decreased their coffee consumption by more than a cup per day increased their type 2 diabetes risk by 17%. These findings are consistent with those of previous studies. That's good news to start the day--let's raise a cup of joe to that!

See more at:
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/increasing-daily-coffee-intake-may-reduce-type-2-diabetes-risk/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hag&utm_content=aad_comm_all_alumni_2014-05-20

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Orthodontics for Adults is Becoming More Popular Than Ever

A beautiful smile is priceless, as improves self-confidence and overall health. Adults surveyed about their orthodontic treatment reported significant improvements in both their professional and personal lives. Advances in orthodontic technology made treatment more esthetic, comfortable and convenient. Newer appliances can have shortened the time in treatment, while lengthening the amount of time between appointments. The American Association of Orthodontists reported that adults are seeking orthodontic treatment at a record high rate. Moreover, more men are getting orthodontic treatment; as of 2012, 44% of adult patients were male, as compared to 29% in 2010.
- See more at: http://www.orthodonticproductsonline.com/2013/10/aao-study-finds-adults-are-seeking-orthodontic-treatment-in-record-numbers/#sthash.ScVSRjnO.dpuf

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bad Teeth Can Be the #1 Target of Bullying


Bad Teeth Can Be the #1 Target of Bullying

A study published in the leading orthodontic journal (American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Dec 2013) reveals a significant percentage of children experiencing bullying as a result of dental and/or facial appearance. According to the study, the four most commonly reported dental-facial features targeted by bullies were spacing between the teeth, missing teeth, the shape or color of the teeth, and prominent upper anterior (front) teeth.
Teeth were the number one targeted physical feature to increase a child’s chance of being bullied, followed by the child’s strength and weight. Early orthodontic treatment of a child being bullied can have a major beneficial psychological effect, and the improvement in self-esteem can begin within the first month of treatment. Many patients have reported that bullying and teasing stop once the treatment starts as the peers see it as a work in progress.

See more at: http://www.orthodonticproductsonline.com/2014/01/new-study-links-dental-problems-in-children-to-bullying/#sthash.h0t7OseY.dpuf

Monday, May 19, 2014

As we are headed into summer, here are some cool treats that are braces friendly

  • STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM SHORTCAKES
Prep: 20 mins
Stand: 30 mins
Bake: 12 mins
Cool: 20 Mins
Ingredients:
1 (16-ounce) container strawberries, sliced
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
Sweet Cakes (see recipe for Sweet Cakes below)
4 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
Sweetened whipped cream
  1. Rinse strawberries; drain but don't completely dry. Combine with sugar and almond extract in a medium bowl. Let stand, stirring occasionally, 30 mins or until sugar dissolves and syrup forms.
  2. Combine cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Set aside.
  3. Cut Sweet Cakes in half horizontally. Spoon half of strawberries and syrup evenly over cake bottoms. Top each with 3/4 cup ice cream and cake tops. Spoon remaining strawberries and syrup over biscuits; dollop with sweetened whipped cream. Makes 6 servings.
Recipe for Sweet Cakes:
Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup cream or whole milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  3. Whisk together cream and egg; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until dough comes together. (Dough will be sticky.) Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead with floured hands 4 or 5 times. Pat 1 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into 6 rounds with a 2 1/2 inch round cutter, and place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake 12 to 15 mins or until golden. Cool completely. Makes 6 servings.

  • PEANUT BUTTER-BANANA ICE CREAM BITES
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 8 mins
Freeze: 45 mins
Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Sugar
1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
1 banana, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat first 4 ingredients with an electric mixer at medium speed until blended. Add egg; beat well.
  2. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture, blending well. Shape dough into 1-inch balls on ungreased baking sheets. Gently flatten with a fork dipped in sugar, making a crisscross pattern on each. Bake 8 mins. Remove to wire racks to cool. 
  3. Combine ice cream and banana until well blended. Scoop 1 rounded tablespoon ice cream onto 1 cookie, and top with another cookie, pressing lightly to make a sandwich. Freeze 45 mins or until firm. Makes 1 1/2 dozen.

  • TIRAMISU ICE CREAM CAKE
Prep: 20 mins
Freeze: 3 hours
Ingredients:
3/4 cup espresso, cooled
1/4 cup dark rum or coffee liqueur
1 (3-ounce) package soft ladyfingers
3 cups vanilla ice cream or coffee ice cream
3/4 cup finely grated bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
Garnish: cocoa powder
  1. Line an 8- x 4-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides.
  2. Combine espresso and rum in a shallow bowl. Brush or quickly dip one-third of ladyfingers (about 8) on both sides in espresso mixture, and place in bottom of prepared loaf pan.
  3. Layer 1 cup ice cream over ladyfingers. and sprinkle evenly with one-third grated chocolate. Repeat 2 times with remaining ladyfingers, espresso mixture, ice cream, and grated chocolate.
  4. Cover and freeze at least 3 hours or until ready to serve. Invert pan onto a serving platter, and remove pan and plastic wrap. Cut into 1 1/2- or 2-inch slices. Garnish, if desired. Makes 6 servings.

Source: Coastal Living, June 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

One of the things not officially taught in school, but should be our social skills.

Here are some tips:

  1. Smile! Your smile is one of the first things people notice.
  2. Look others in the eyes and mention their names.
  3. If you need help, just ask.
  4. Listen with your eyes, ears, and hands.
  5. Think about your actions and how it may affect others.
  6. Learn from a role model who is doing things right.
  7. Choose your attitude—behave differently from your feelings if needed.
  8. Respect personal space by keeping an arm’s length away.
  9. Take responsibility for your mistakes.
  10. Let others know what they are doing well.
  11. Body language is just as powerful as words.  


Source: O’Neil & Associates

Friday, May 9, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

We are celebrating our moms by giving out flowers this week. We wouldn't be here without you and wouldn't blossom without your love and guidance.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Dirty Money

NYU researchers have identified over 300,030 types of bacteria, viruses and fungi on one dollar bills. The body temperature of the wallet can exacerbate the problem allowing the pathogens to fester. As the article says, don't put your money where your mouth is; make sure you clean your hands before handling food or touching your mouth.



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