Dental Health, Fruit, Juice, Veggies and Water

A diet high in saturated fat, which can clog our arteries and lead to inflammation, is considered a key underlying causal factor for periodontal diseases like gingivitis. But, what about too much fruit and vegetables?  By looking in your mouth your dentist may find out more about you than you realize! The study, Plant-Based Diets: Oral Health found that higher intake of high-fiber foods, especially fruits, may at least slow periodontal disease progression. For oral cancer it’s a no-brainer. According to a review in the journal of the American Dental Association, “Evidence supports a recommendation of a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables
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November 1 is World Vegan Day

World Vegan Day History In 1944, in the UK, Donald Watson took the first and last letters of the word “vegetarian,” and created the word “vegan” to indicate being vegetarian from beginning to end – (not only not eating any animals, but also not eating any products that come from animals, not using any products that come from animals, and simply not using animals for our human purposes – true Ahimsa, “dynamic harmlessness”). Certainly there were those who had such beliefs and lived by such committed values long before 1944, but, up until that time, there was not a single
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Born Oct. 30, 1735 – John Adams

On this day in 1735, John Adams, the son of a farmer and a descendant of Plymouth Rock pilgrims, is born in Braintree, Massachusetts. He enrolled in Harvard University at 16 and went on to teach school and study law before becoming America’s second president. Adams did not fight in the Revolutionary War, but was instrumental in crafting the foundation of the American government. In 1776, he anonymously published Thoughts on Government, which proposed the three-tiered system upon which the United States government is modeled: a bicral legislature, independent judiciary and strong executive. In 1783, Adams brokered the peace treaty with
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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States. The most important thing you can do to lower your lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke. For help quitting, visit smokefree.org, call 1 (800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669), or text “QUIT” to 47848 from your cell phone. What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk You can help lower your risk of lung cancer in the following ways— Don’t smoke. The most important thing you can do to prevent lung cancer is to not
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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

1. ARE YOU AWARE OF DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH? Each year when November rolls around, people begin thinking about the common disease that affects around 29.1 million people in the United States alone. Diabetes affects people of all ages and causes many health concerns in the body. It is crucial people are aware of this disease and their risk factors towards getting it. This is why diabetes awareness month is so important for raising awareness of this disease and helping people understand how it can be treated. Understanding more about this special month and its symbolism will give people the knowledge they
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October 28,1886 Statue of Liberty was Dedicated

The Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, is dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland. Originally known as “Liberty Enlightening the World,” the statue was proposed by the French historian Edouard de Laboulaye to commemorate the Franco-American alliance during the American Revolution. Designed by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, the 151-foot statue was the form of a woman with an uplifted arm holding a torch. Its framework of gigantic steel supports was designed by Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the latter famous for his design of
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Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858

Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858, inside a Manhattan brownstone on East 20th Street. On the anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt’s birth, learn 10 surprising facts about America’s twenty-sixth president. 1. His mother and his first wife died on the same day. On Valentine’s Day in 1884, Roosevelt’s mother passed away from typhoid fever. One floor above in the same house, his first wife, Alice, died less than 12 hours later from Bright’s disease and complications from giving birth to the couple’s first child just two days before. “The light has gone out of my life,” Roosevelt wrote in
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Candy Alternatives for Halloween Trick or Treating

Break from Halloween candy tradition with a trip to your local school supply store. School supplies? Sure. But think less wide-ruled paper and more in the realm of orange and black. Halloween-themed pencils, stickers, coloring books and crayons or markers are often front and center in discount store displays, right along with the costumes and decorations. Crayola, for example, has you covered with their Halloween Crayon Treat Pack. Not only do they last longer than a candy bar, they inspire kids’ imagination – which is exactly what this holiday should do.
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Does diet affect my child’s teeth?

Yes. Avoiding sweets, sticky foods, and between meal snacks is good advice. To avoid cavities, limit sweet snacks and drinks between meals. Have meals and snacks at regular times. Teeth-friendly snacks include foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Baby bottles can create additional problems with your child’s dental health. When liquid from a bottle, like milk and juice, stays in contact with the teeth for a long time, the sugars cause tooth decay. This can create a condition called bottle mouth. Your baby’s teeth can develop cavities and become pitted or discolored. Never put a baby to bed with
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How can I best care for my child’s teeth?

Good dental hygiene habits should begin before your child’s first tooth comes in. Wiping your baby’s gums with a soft damp cloth after feedings helps to prevent the buildup of bacteria. When teeth appear, start using a soft children’s toothbrush twice a day. Fluoride is known to reduce cavities in primary teeth (baby teeth) and permanent teeth (adult teeth). Your child can get it from drinking water, (if your community’s water is fluoridated), or from an oral fluoride supplement prescribed by your doctor beginning at 6 months of age. Your child will have additional cavity protection if your doctor or
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