Caring for Baby’s Teeth Starts Before Birth

A child’s dental health begins at the time of conception, says an expert who recommends mothers-to-be visit the dentist before, during and after pregnancy. “The mother’s dental health affects her overall health and her baby’s health. Statistically, mothers with poor oral health are at risk for premature and underweight births,” William Wathen, an associate professor at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, said in a university news release. “Mothers-to-be need to realize controlling plaque and limiting high-starch and sugary foods is crucial,” Wathen added. “Cavities are ‘contagious,’ because germs in the mother’s mouth and family’s mouth will be in
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8 Things About Daylight Saving Time

Turn clocks back 1 hour on November 6 1. It’s “daylight saving time,” not “daylight savings time.” Many people render the term’s second word in its plural form. However, since the word “saving” acts as part of an adjective rather than a verb, the singular is grammatically correct. 2. Though in favor of maximizing daylight waking hours, Benjamin Franklin did not originate the idea of moving clocks forward. Benjamin Franklin was the American envoy in Paris in 1784 . The man who espoused the virtues of “early to bed and early to rise” was not practicing what he preached. After
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Halloween and Healthy Smiles

Halloween is around the corner, which for most children means bags of free candy and a chance to build a stockpile of sweets for the winter. No surprise, Halloween can also present parents with a variety of health and safety challenges. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween but it’s important to have a plan,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty. Here’s how you can help your family stay “Mouth Healthy” on Halloween and year-round. Time It Right — Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals. This helps
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National Nut Day – October 22

National Nut Day is observed annually on October 22. This day is NOT about the neighbor that lives down the street or the crazy friend; it is a food holiday that celebrates a healthy and nutritious snack. Nuts are a highly prized food and energy source and are an important source of nutrients for both humans and wildlife.   Many of them are used in cooking, eaten raw, sprouted or roasted as a snack food and pressed for oil that is used in cookery and cosmetics. The fats found in nuts, for the most part, are unsaturated fats including monounsaturated fats. Many nuts are good
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NATIONAL PASTA DAY-October 17

October is National Pasta Month and October 17 annually celebrates National Pasta Day. Pasta lovers celebrate! Pasta is a type of noodle of traditional Italian cuisine, with the first reference dating to 1154 in Sicily and first attested in English in 1874.  Typically, it is made from unleavened dough of durum wheat flour that is mixed with water or eggs and formed into sheets or various shapes. It is then cooked and served in a variety of dishes. Pasta is divided into two categories: dried or fresh. Fresh pasta was originally produced by hand but, today, many varieties of fresh
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Happy 241st Birthday to the Navy – October 16

On October 13, 1775, the United States Navy was established. The day is celebrated as the birthdate of the American navy. Naval Celebration The day is mainly celebrated by personnel, veterans, or other people related to the navy. Usually, it is marked with a Navy Birthday Ball with a formal dinner, birthday cake, and entertainment. Pirate Problem The United States Navy originated over 240 years ago as the Continental Navy. The then Continental Congress authorized 2 armed vessels to search for ships supplying the British army with weapons and ammunition during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). When the war ended,
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World Food Day – October 16 – Food for Thought

World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero. World Food Day celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on October 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada. First established in 1979, World Food Day has since then been observed in almost every country by millions of people. In North America, grassroots events and public awareness campaigns engage diverse audiences in
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October 29 is National Cat Day

Today is National Cat Day! “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” Charles Dickens once mused. Cats are one of the most beloved human companions of all time. They were first domesticated in the Middle East’s Fertile Crescent as early as 12,000 years ago. When humans relied on hunting as their main source of food, dogs were most useful – but when the first agricultural societies emerged, cats became invaluable. Domesticated cats became responsible for keeping grain stores free of mice and other rodents. Today, cats can be found in 34% of American households, making them the most
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October is Dental Hygiene Month

It’s a perfect time to thank your dental hygienist. It’s also a good time to make an appointment for a good cleaning and a check of how you’re doing to maintain the best dental hygiene. Be sure to have a conversation about The Daily Four. • Brush for 2 minutes, 2 times per day • Floss daily • Rinse with mouthwash • Chew sugar-free gum after eating
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