Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year 2011!

This year, I resolve to...

Fill in the blank! Leave us a comment and tell us what your 2011 resolution is!!!

Say What? "Happy New Year!" (in 22 different languages)


Arabic: Kul 'aam u antum salimoun
Brazilian: Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo means "Good Parties and Happy New Year"
Chinese: Chu Shen Tan
Czechoslavakia: Scastny Novy Rok
Dutch: Gullukkig Niuw Jaar
Finnish: Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
French: Bonne Annee
German: Prosit Neujahr
Greek: Eftecheezmaenos o Kaenooryos hronos
Hebrew: L'Shannah Tovah Tikatevu
Hindi: Niya Saa Moobaarak
Irish (Gaelic): Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit
Italian: Buon Capodanno
Khmer: Sua Sdei tfnam tmei
Laotian: Sabai dee pee mai
Polish: Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
Portuguese: Feliz Ano Novo
Russian: S Novim Godom
Serbo-Croatian: Scecna nova godina
Spanish: Feliz Ano Neuvo or Prospero Ano Nuevo
Turkish: Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Vietnamese: Cung-Chuc Tan-Xuan

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year's Traditions!

New Year traditions in the United States:

  1. The most famous tradition in the United States is the dropping of the New Year Ball in Time Square, NY! This tradition started in 1907. The original ball was made of iron and wood; the current ball is made of Waterford crystal. This weighs approximately 1,070 pounds, and is 6 foot in diameter!
  2. A Southern New Years dish is black-eyed peas and ham hock. An old saying goes, "Eat peas on New Year's day to have plenty of everything the rest of the year."
  3. Another tradition is the Rose Bowl, in California! The Rose Bowl parade is made up of many floats that precedes the football game. The first parade was held in 1886.

If you would like to read about other countries New Years traditions take a look at

Have a Safe and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Desserts!

It's that time of year for all those delicious desserts:) Here are a few recipes!

Sugar Cookies:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks

*Now it's time to decorate*

Peanut Butter cookies:
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon

Cream together the shortening, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually stir into the peanut butter mixture. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Make small balls of dough. Flatten with fork dipped in flour to form cross-wise pattern.
Bake for 10-12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until just set. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.

What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Bodyflight Mamba Take Gold

Check out this video. I was amazed on how awesome these guys freefly! I didn't even know teams competed doing this.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Oral Cancer- The Forgotton Killer?

There will be approximately 30,000 new cases of oral and pharyngeal cancer diagnosed in the United States this year. Out of these cases as many as 8,000 people will die from the disease. This works out to be about 22 deaths a day, each and every day, from oral cancer in the United States. On top of this staggering statistic, the 5 year survival rate is only 50%. Although most cancerous survival rates are increasing in the United States, the rate of survival from oral cancer has not improved in decades. In fact the death rate from oral cancer is...

Get the full article HERE!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dental Bonding: What is It? What Problems Does it Fix?

Dental bonding is a conservative and very effective way to enhance your smile with an easy treatment that requires little, if any, advanced preparation and usually no enamel reduction Dental bonding uses a composite resin filling that reduces or eliminates natural flaws in your teeth.

There are two types of bonding:

Minor Corrections - For correcting small fillings and fillings in front teeth, bonding is a good solution that can generally be completed in one dental visit. Color matching to your natural tooth provides a nice result and the bonding adds strength to a weakened tooth.

Major Corrections -For greater durability and strength, such as needed by a large filling, tooth colored fillings can be created at the dental lab. First, a mold is made of your teeth and you’ll receive a temporary filling. The dental laboratory creates a very durable, custom-fitted filling made of porcelain, then bonded to your tooth on your second visit.

Read more HERE!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

So my teeth are really connected to the rest of my body!!

Studies for the last few years have shown a definite connection between periodontal ("gum") disease, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Diseases of the oral cavity, such as periodontal disease and its part in the overall general health of the individual have been reported in the literature for many years including the 2000 Surgeon General's Report on "Oral Health in America."

To summarize, science and research is now pointing to a direct relationship of periodontal disease to heart disease and stroke. With an estimated periodontal disease rate of 33% of the people over the age of 50 and the large numbers of people that die each year from stroke and cardiovascular disease, these findings could have a profound outcome on the treatment of stroke and cardiovascular disease. As science has now shown, in case there was ever any question about it, yes, your teeth are connected to the rest of your body.

Read more on this here.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gingerbread Cookies!

6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup shortening, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup molasses
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, until they are completely absorbed. Divide dough into 3 pieces, pat down to 1 1/2 inch thickness, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. When the cookies are done, they will look dry, but still be soft to the touch. Remove from the baking sheet to cool on wire racks. When cool, the cookies can be frosted with the icing of your choice

18 Days until Christmas!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Periodontal Disease Part 3 of 3: Treatment and Prevention

In last weeks blog, part 2 of the blog series, we discussed possible health problems and complications associated with periodontal disease including its association with heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy, and we also discovered that it can also be hereditary.

This week as we conclude this topic, we will discuss the prevention, treatment, and possible cures for all forms of periodontal disease.

First things first.. Is there a cure? Well, yes and no.. There is no magic pill or shot or mouthwash that's going to magically take it all away and that's it, no more gum disease. It takes work. Typically you want to make a dentist appointment right at the onset of symptoms. The earlier it is caught, the less invasive it is to treat and maintain. Of course, prevention is key here and it is as simple as brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing once a day, getting regular check ups, and by not smoking. Of course, for some people it won't be that easy, as this disease can be genetic, which makes the importance of regular dental maintenance even more important.

Treating gum disease can be tricky and quite pricey. For mild cases of gum disease, periodontal scaling and root planning may be used to scrape away tartar and build up, and then antibiotic irrigation is usually used. For more sever cases, antibiotics may be prescribed (these come in various forms), and sometimes surgery is required. Surgery might entail temoroary removal of sections of the gums to clean out infection, bone grafting, and even tooth restoring/replacement surgeries such as crown lengthening or dental implants for those who have already suffered tooth loss.

As you can see now, Periodontal Disease is no joke and it certainly is not something to ignore. Remind yourself that a healthy body starts with a healthy mouth! And go get a check up because most people who have it, don't even know it!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Secrets of the perfect set of teeth:

ACCORDING to an old wives’ tale women should expect to lose a tooth with each child - and not so long ago that belief was well rooted in reality. But today, with careful management, Dr Jacinta Yeo of the British Dental Association says most of us should be able to avoid losing our teeth. So what steps can you take to ensure that you keep your teeth in top condition? Here, ANGELA BROOKS presents the essential cradle to grave guide.

Ages 0 To 10
STUDIES have shown that if we have tooth decay as babies, then we are more likely to get decay in our permanent teeth.

Apart from their food-processing function, bay teeth are important as space maintainers so that permanent teeth have a space to slot into. If these teeth are lost early through decay, the space may not be saved, so permanent teeth can drift - a problem more likely to lead to a need for braces later.

Dental hygiene should begin with newborns. Bacteria should be removed by wrapping a piece of gauze around your finger and gently wiping the baby’s gum pads.

Baby toothbrushes with soft heads should be introduced as soon as teeth come through, along with specially formulated children’s toothpaste. These contain the optimal dose fluoride for youngsters.

In order to break down sugars, the ph in our mouth changes from neutral to acidic - and it is this acidic saliva which attacks teeth. As a result, a baby’s sugar intake should be monitored, bearing in mind that even health foods, such as milk and fruit, contain sugars.

Nursing Bottle Syndrome - a condition which causes rampant decay in a baby’s teeth - can occur from six months, and constant sweetened drinks are often blamed.

Studies have shown that 50 pc of five and six-year-olds in the UK have erosion of their front milk teeth - a condition causing pain and sensitivity. At around the age of six, the first molar teeth start to appear. These can be sealed with a plastic coating, known as fissure sealant, to prevent decay.


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Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Is your dentist always throwing words at you that you don't understand? Words like Apicoectomy, Metastasis or Bruxism. Well if this happens simply the Savon Dental Plan Tooth-a-pedia.

Here you can look up words and get both a clinical and a simple to understand definitions. Never again be confused by big dental words when you have a Tooth-a-pedia at your fingertips.