Tuesday, December 27, 2011

12 Ways To Grow Younger In 2012

Wouldn't it be nice to feel younger as you get older? Well you can do this in 12 easy ways!



  • Take Vitamin D: Known as the "anti-ager" This helps nourish the memory, skin, and helps fight cancer.. makes you feel 9 years younger

  • Take care of your teeth and gums: Brushing and flossing everyday will make you feel 6 years younger

  • Watch your size: Staying fit makes you feel 19 years younger

  • Stay stress free: Reduce stress with meditation, this will make you feel 2 years younger

  • Stay in touch: Keep in touch with family and friends, this will make you feel 8 years younger

  • Pump some iron: Weights do the muscle and bones good, makes you feel 3 years younger

  • Be happy: Spend time with friends, watching a movie and laughing make you feel 8 years younger

  • Eat fruits and nuts: Eating these will keep your mind, heart and waistline healthy and make you feel 6 years younger

  • Choose whole grains: This fends of diseases and helps keep weight down, makes you feel 3 years younger

  • Think happy thoughts: A positive attitude makes you feel 5 years younger

  • Exercise: Regular exercises makes the body feel 9 years younger

  • Sleep: Sleeping 6-9 hours make you feel 3 years younger


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Monday, December 19, 2011

A Merry Yule & Christmas Wishes to All

Whether we wish upon a star or throw a lucky penny into a wishing well; whether we place our trust in God or Goddess or our own individual higher power, our wishes are all the same at Christmas....for goodwill and peace to mankind. In these troubled times and especially at this time of year, we should reach out to those around us and offer unconditional love and acceptance.
There is never a shortage of need in this world, but there is definitely a shortage of love.
Acknowledge those in your circle, and then reach beyond it to those who are suffering!
Have a safe and Happy Christmas season.
Namaste.

Monday, December 12, 2011

How to nurse a weekend toothache

So it's the weekend and everyone is busy.. And where are you? At home with a toothache, wishing Monday would hurry up and arrive so you can get to a dentist. Here's a few tips on how to make it throughout that painful weekend with out suffering completely:

- Try rinsing your mouth out first. Take a mouthful of room-temperature water and rinse vigorously. Many times, a painful toothache can caused simply by trapped food.

-If that doesn't work, try flossing GENTLY. This should get rid of the problem, unless your problem is something other than just stuck food.

-Numb the pain- Take a shot of whiskey (do not swallow it), and hold it in your mouth right over the painful tooth. Your gums will absorb the alcohol and it will numb the pain.

-Rinse with salt water- Make sure the water is room temperature. This is very soothing and cleansing and will help keep it from getting any worse.

-Massage your hand- No, I'm not kidding. Rubbing an ice-cube in the V-shape between your index finger and your thumb for 5-7 minutes can reduce the pain by 50%.

-Put a little clove oil on it- You can purchase this over the counter. Simply drop a little right on the tooth.

-Try not to bite- This is a no-brainer. Obviously, if you have a toothache, try not to bite on that side whatsoever.

-Try icing it up- This may not work if you have sensitivity to cold. If you don't, you might try sucking on an ice cube- on or near that tooth. If sucking on an ice-cube isn't going to work, try puting an icepack on your cheek in 15 minute intervals.

-Shut your mouth- If you are having sensitivity to cold, breathing through your mouth can cause even more pain. Try breathing through your nose.

-Take Aspirin- And no, don't put it directly on your tooth or gum, this can cause damage. Actually take and swallow an aspirin every 4-6 hours.

-Keep it cool- Try to avoid getting to warm or hot. And definitely avoid placing heat on the area. Heat draws infection to the surface, making it worse and more painful.

This information is not intended to replace regular, professional dental care. Do-it-yourself dentistry is never a good idea. These tips are to GET YOU BY until you can see a dental professional. This information was gathered from various online sources.

Repost by MoobiDoo April 14, 2009

Thursday, December 8, 2011

15 Myths and Facts About Cavities


  • Sugar Is the Prime Cause of Cavities Myth and fact.

  • Exposure to Acidic Foods Like Lemons Causes Tooth Decay Fact.

  • Kids Are a Lot More Likely to Get Cavities Than Adults Myth.

  • Aspirin Placed Next to a Tooth Will Help a Toothache Myth.

  • All Fillings Eventually Need Replacing Myth.

  • If You Have a Cavity, You'll Know It Myth.

  • Once a Tooth Is Treated, the Decaying Stops Fact.

  • Cavities Are More Likely Between Teeth Fact.

  • Gaps in Teeth Encourage Cavities Fact.

  • Chips and Cracks in Teeth Lead to Decay Fact

  • Sensitivity in Teeth Means You Have Decay Myth.

  • Cavities Are the Prime Reason for Root Canals Myth.

  • Clenching and Grinding Leads to Cavities Myth and sometimes fact.

  • You Don’t Need to Worry About Cavities in Baby Teeth Myth.

  • Brushing and Flossing Is the Best Way to Prevent Cavities Fact. “Absolutely!


Check the myths and facts here: http://hubpages.com/hub/15-Myths-and-Facts-About-Cavities to find out how cavities are caused, prevented, and treated.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Go Ahead, Gnaw on This!

As a dental assistant, I would frequently be asked by patients if it's ok to chew gum. My answer "yes, chew gum!" came easily, but..with a few guidelines. Dentists today are encouraging patients to smack, chomp, chew their gum for their dental health. Done in moderation and in a sugar free format (i.e., gums containing Xylitol), chewing gum has many proactive benefits. Not only does it instantly freshen breath, it helps clean the surface of your teeth while chewing and stimulates the saliva flow, which in turn helps fight tooth decay!Dentists do offer a few guidelines when choosing your chewing gum. It's best to avoid gums containing sugar, as to chewing those can actually increase your chances of getting tooth decay. Excessive chewing of gum can also lead to potential problems with your temporomandibular joints which leads to problems such as TMD. Dentists suggest that chewing a piece of gum will freshen your breath after 3-5 minutes and shouldn't be chewed more than about 20 minutes.Should you have doubts about what brands of chewing gum are right for you, ask your family dentist!
Happy Chewing!!

Original post by DawnDA aka Savon Dental Plan on 12/17/09.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mouth Injuries Related To Sports

Did you know sports is the leading cause in mouth injuries? If you play or have played a sport you have been probably been hit in the mouth at least once. The most common injuries that a dentist has seen related to sports are: broken, displaced or knocked out teeth, and broken jaws.

What should you do if your child hurts their teeth or jaw?

"If a tooth has been knocked out, the tooth needs to back in the mouth with in 30 min. for the best chance of survival"


  • Avoid touching the root because it can be damaged easily.

  • If the tooth is dirty, hold it by the upper part and rinse it off with milk. If you don't have milk, don't clean it. Wiping it off may cause more damage.

  • If you can't get it back in the socket, put it in a cup of milk and head for the dentist or emergency room.

***Milk will help provide nutrients to the cells, DO NOT place/wash tooth in water


" If your child has hurt their jaw"



  • See a doctor
Remember always wear a mouth guard no matter what sport you are playing!

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Soon There Will Be No Drilling For A Filling!

That's right! Researchers in France have developed a new method that will make filing cavities easier on the dentist and totally painless for the patient!!!

Rather than finding new ways to fill the hole a cavity leaves behind, these researchers found a way to fill the hole from the inside out!!

Want to know how it works and when it will be available? Read on....



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Holiday Message From Our Family To Yours!

Wow! Another year has already flown by! Time flies when you are having fun! We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to our members who have continued to show their trust by keeping their dental plan. We would like to say a special thank you to all of our members that have referred new members to us. It is only because of our members that we have been able to survive these tough economic times.

Here at Savon, we are doing everything in our power to keep from adjusting the Schedule of Fees and Benefits (what you pay at the dentist). We will continue our efforts to every extent that we can until we start losing providers. We are in constant discussions with our provider and we are trying to get them to understand that raising our fees is not in the best interest of our members, our plan and their practice.

We would also like to remind you of our holiday hours:

December and January


  • Closed Friday the 23rd at 12:00 MST through Monday the 26th for Christmas(We will re-open on Tuesday the 27th)



  • Closed Friday the 30th at 12:00 MST through Monday the 2nd for New Years(We will re-open on Tuesday the 3rd)

From our family to your family, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season and a prosperous 2012!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Who needs false teeth when you can grow your own?

Dentures? Implants? Who needs those when you can have the real deal?

The surgery is much like getting dental implants. However instead of waiting for a lab to create your teeth out of porcelain, you would be waiting for a lab to be forming your stem cells in to cells that will grow teeth. Then, instead of getting steel screws implanted in your jaw, you would get little stem-cell filled buds implanted. Give or take a few months and you've got a fully grown set of teeth.

This is the first I've ever heard of this and I have yet to Google any success stories (which I will be doing for sure lol).

What are you're thoughts? If you could choose between false teeth or growing back your own, which would you pick?

Check out the full article HERE. It's interesting!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Teething Syndrome

Do you have a baby that is getting ready to teeth? Well they will be going through a process called teething syndrome. (Teething is the growth of teeth through the gums in the mouth of infants and young children.)

Swollen gums are a good indicator your child is starting to teeth. Also if your child has a fever over 101 degrees teething is most likely the cause of this. If you child has lower persistent fevers you may want to contact you physician.

Some things to help relieve the pain of a teething child are a light gum massage, chilled or frozen toys to gnaw on, also chilled food and/or drinks!

Teething pain cannot be completely prevented, but you can help comfort them and this will help the baby get through it with less distress.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

7 Tricks To Stop Eating Out Of Boredom!

We all do it. When the house is clean, it’s the weekend, there’s nothing on TV, and nothing better to do.. We snack. Problem is, a few potato chips here, and few cookies there, they add up in pounds on your midsection!! Here’s how to stop:

Pre-make your snacks- Put an even mixture of healthy options on a plate and put it in the fridge. Most snacking comes from the convenience of opening a bag. Now it’s just as simple as opening the fridge.

Sip Water- Slowly sipping water throughout the day will help eliminate snacking urges.

Walk- Instead of grabbing the box of crackers, grab your mp3 player and take a brisk walk around the block.

Call someone- It’s a GREAT distraction from wanting to eat.

Keep your hands busy- Do a crossword, work on a project, give yourself a pedi. Organize your office. Anything to keep your hands from reaching for another chip.

Keep your mouth busy- Chew gum!!! It satisfies your urge to nibble on something without the added calories!!

And finally-

Control your snack supplies- Only stock healthy snack options. If the junk isn’t in your cupboard or drawer, you’re not going to eat it!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday Depression-Has it Got You Down?

This is the time of year when stress levels and anxiety are most prevalent.....It affects people young and old. The elderly are particularly susceptible. I did a little research and came up with some tips for dealing with Holiday stress and anxiety. Hope you find these useful! I did!
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1. To manage the inevitable overload of tasks and events, make a daily list and stick to it! Keep it within reason...don't try to do too much in one day. Spread it out over the course of each week.


2. Set a reasonable budget and don't go over it! Money is the number one trigger of Holiday anxiety and depression. If money is a serious issue, consider giving of your time in lieu of gift giving.


3. Help others......it's a great way to forget your own troubles, and it's so simple. Visit an elderly person, donate your services to a charity food organization or a church.


4. Find time to be by yourself....even if it's only 15 or 20 minutes a day. Meditate (if you're into that sort of thing) read, sit in the sunshine, watch a movie that invokes feelings of goodwill, or a kids movie for a lift.


5. Share your feelings with a trusted friend or relative. Sometimes it helps to talk about your anxiety.


6. Exercise, exercise, exercise!



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These were just a few of the remedies I found online. Hope everyone has a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving Thoughts!

Remember those who are less fortunate than you....

Remember elderly relatives and family friends who may be alone for the holiday...

Remember that goodwill is a building block for teaching values to your children....

Be grateful for all you have and for the blessings in your life....

Be careful, and have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

And remember, a smile is almost always returned by another smile!

Keep smiling!

Reposted: Original post by walnutflwr on November 22, 2010

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

What Your Skin Reveals About Your Health

Did you know your skin can reveal what is going on with your body? Here are a few signs to help you figure what is going on:

Chin Acne

The Cause: Hormonal Imbalance

Many Woman will experience chin acne right before there period, many will experience mild acne, but if your breakouts are painful and more sever, its time to talk to your doctor. Deep, cystic acne on the chin or along the jaw line can be a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome or other types of hormonal abnormalities.

Redness and blotchiness

The Cause: Stress, a digestive order or lupus

Red blotches around your face and neck that come and go could be stress related. Red pimple like cluster on the face or neck to mean you have a digestive problem. If you have a butterfly shaped rash on you cheeks, this is a symptom 0f lupus.

Dark under eye circles and puffiness

The Cause: Allergies

Allergies dilate blood vessels, which causes them to leak making a bluish-purple color under your eyes. Also if you have allergies this will make your eyes burn, itch and water which will cause puffiness!

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Eating Disorders And Oral Health

Many Americans are affected by eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. It is often the pain and discomfort related to dental complications that first causes patients to consult with a health professional. Dentists are often the first health professionals to observe signs and symptoms of eating disorders.

Anorexia-Involves an extreme fear of weight gain or a dread of becoming “fat” even though these individuals are markedly underweight.

Bulimia-Discrete periods of overeating (binge eating) which may occur several times a week or at its most severe, several times a day. This leads to self-vomiting.

Binge Eating-Binge eating may involve rapid consumption of large amounts of food with a sense of loss of control. Feelings of guilt and shame may lead to repeated episodes of binge eating.

Eating disorders that may include frequent vomiting and may result in nutritional deficiencies can also affect oral health. Salivary glands may become enlarged. Lips are often red, dry and cracked. Lesions may appear on oral soft tissues which may also bleed easily. There may be changes in the color, shape and length of teeth. Teeth may become sensitive to hot and cold foods.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Extreme Smile Makeover Contest!

Do you know someone that could use a dental plan? Simply e-mail us at:Customerservice@savondentalplan.com

Explain the situation of the person that you are nominating and why you think that they could use the dental plan. 3 winners will be chosen from the entries and the contest is open to the general public. You do not need to be a member of the plan to nominate someone.Please make sure that you include the contact information for the person you are nominating. We will notify the winner on November 15, 2011 and their free plan will start on December 1, 2011.

*Keep in mind that this contest is for a dental plan membership only and does not include dental work.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

HIV and Oral Health

I originally posted this article about 3 years ago and I thought it may be a good one to repost. I got a few comments the last time amd it's an informative article! I hope you'll find it useful!

With the advance of medical technology over the last 20 years, so much more is now known about the importance of oral health for people infected with HIV. Did you know that there are over 30 oral conditions that can either result from or be more problematic for people with HIV infection? Some of these conditions can occur in people who are not infected, but some of them are found exclusively in people who are infected. Did you know that at one time, it was thought that root canals and other invasive procedures should not be performed on people with HIV/AIDS, and that there are publications today that have been updated for copyright, but still include this misinformation in the transcripts? Oral health and preventative care is important for everyone, but even more important for people with compromised immune systems. Education is essential.

Click here to learn more about the oral conditions associated with HIV/AIDS.

Click here for information about financial aid for dentistry and other services for people infected with HIV/AIDS.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Laser Treatment for Periodontal Disease

If you are facing periodontal procedures such as scaling and root planing, bone graft, (surgery) and a lengthy treatment plan, ask your Periodontist about Laser Therapy! It is a more effective, less invasive and less painful procedure with a fast recovery time and is safe for patients who may have specific health concerns such as HIV, diabetes and hemophilia, or who take certain blood thinning medications that could hinder or impair conventional treatment. In researching this, the only drawback that I found was that not all dentists are equipped with the Laser.....in fact, only a small number offer it as a treatment, so you'll have to do your homework to find a dentist that is certified and licensed to perform Laser Therapy.

Keep Smiling!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Extreme Smile Makeover Contest!

Do you know someone that could use a dental plan? Simply e-mail us at:
Customerservice@savondentalplan.com

Explain the situation of the person that you are nominating and why you think that they could use the dental plan. 3 winners will be chosen from the entries and the contest is open to the general public. You do not need to be a member of the plan to nominate someone.

Please make sure that you include the contact information for the person you are nominating. We will notify the winner on November 15, 2011 and their free plan will start on December 1, 2011.

*Keep in mind that this contest is for a dental plan membership only and does not include dental work.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Don't forget the sports mouth guard!

Do you like to play sports or have children who play? Did you know that it is normally a tooth to tooth contact that causes the tooth injuries? It is important to wear a mouth guard on the upper or lower teeth to cushion the teeth if you should take a blow to your mouth. You can even get custom mouth guards made so it is easier to talk and more comfortable. Here is a site with a little more info on the importance of them and the benefits it can provide.

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Original Post by bftlbutterfly on 07/29/08

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Should You Fill Rotten Baby Teeth?

Filling rotten baby teeth may be an unnecessary as well as uncomfortable experience for children to endure, some experts say. About 40% of five-year-olds have tooth decay and at least one in ten is treated with fillings. But evidence from the case notes of 50 dentists suggests fillings may not offer significant benefits.

What are your feelings on restoring baby teeth?

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Original post by btflbutterfly77, June 2009

Friday, September 2, 2011

Website Of The Month: StumbleUpon.com!

It's like a status shuffle for the Internet!

StumbleUpon.com is a popular website and falls right in with one of the hottest trends, social networking! Basically, it's an interest based directory of sorts. Free to sign up, you simply set your interests (choosing off of a list or entering specifically) and hit stumble. It pulls random websites, deals, coupons, information, pictures, videos, all relevant to you interests! And of course, anything cool you find can be shared on Facebook!! It's free, it's fun, and you never know what you'll find!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Myths about ADHD

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)this is a chronic disorder that affects children and can lead into adulthood. ADHD includes a cobination of problems, such as hyperactivity, troubled relationships and how they preform in class. Here are a few myths about ADHD...

Myth #1: Only kids have ADHD.Although about 10% of kids 5 to 17 years old have been diagnosed with ADHD, at least 4% of adults have it.
Myth #2: All kids "outgrow" ADHD.Not nearly always. Up to 70% of children with ADHD continue to have trouble with it in adulthood.
Myth #3: Medication is the only treatment for ADHD.Medication can be useful in managing ADHD symptoms, but it's not a cure.
Myth #4: People who have ADHD are lazy and lack intelligence and willpower.This is totally not true. In fact, ADHD has nothing to do with intelligence or determination. It's a neurobehavioral disorder caused by changes in brain chemicals and the way the brain works.
Myth #5: ADHD isn't a real disorder.Not so. Doctors and mental-health professionals agree that ADHD is a biological disorder that can significantly impair functioning.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Mouth Modification: Taking Self Expression To A Whole New Level...

Oral modification goes back further than recorded history. Vikings, Mayans, West African Tribes (to name a few) used various methods of oral modification to identify themselves, to distinguish class, tribe, seniority, religion, coming of age, etc... Whether it be sharpening of teeth, adorning teeth with jewels, splitting tongues or piercings, all of these have roots deep in our history.

Now days, it's not unusual to see people covered in tattoos, body piercings, sporting diamond covered "Grillz" or bejeweled pearly whites. Some even go as far as to have horns anchored in to their skulls and have lip and tongue tattoos.

Through the ages, self expression has taken a leap from the modest 20's where even showing a shoulder was inappropriate, to a world where the more bizarre one can be, the better. But is it better? Individualism and self expression are rights that should not be taken away from anyone. But with rise in popularity of body modification in general and people doing it because it's "cool", the concern is that it is taking away from the cultural and historical aspect of the trend.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Flu Bug-It Lurks In Places You Might Not Think Of

The dreaded flu season: Will it make it's rounds early this year? The news media has already begun reporting the warnings and vaccines are already available for those who want to get an early start at prevention.
Of course, airborne contaminants can be difficult to avoid, but aside from the obvious... playgrounds, children's toys, door handles...etc., here are some tips on other places the flu bug can hide...and how to prevent your family from catching it.

*Telephones (at home or office)
*Paperwork that is passed between employees
*Shared computer keyboards (home or school)
*Gas pump handles
*Your purse! (you may accidentally set it down on a contaminated surface)
*Escalator/Stair rails
*Elevator buttons

There is no way for most of us to avoid touching these surfaces on a daily basis, but most of the time the flu can be prevented with a couple of simple steps.

*Wash your hands!
*Hand sanitizer (carry it in your purse, your car...keep it in your desk at work)
*If you should come into contact with public surfaces, do not touch your hands to your face!
If you know of some tips for staying healthy and avoiding the flu, please share them with us! We'd like your feedback.
Here's hoping this flu season is a mild one!

As always, keep smiling!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Dental Plan Scams

In these slow economic conditions, I have found a new scam that as a potential purchaser of a dental plan you should be aware of.

Since we are a dental plan, we spend many hours each week monitoring what's happening in the dental field. One of the newest things popping up is dental offices offering their own dental plan.

This may appear to be a great offer to the patient of the dental office BUT it should raise a couple of red flags too.

1. For a small fee (usually under $100.00 per year), paid directly to the dental office, they will lower their usual fee by as much as 50%. The main question to ask yourself is, "why are their usual fees so high to begin with". We all know that such a small membership fee doesn't offset the discount that they are offering.

2. Does the fact that they are willing to drop their fees if you purchase their dental plan cause a trust issue with that dental office? When I have the chance to explain in detail like I did in paragraph 1, the majority of the people I talk with usually develop some level of a trust issue.

3. What happens if you decide that you don't like the dental office, don't agree with the treatment plan or move too far away making it almost impossible to continue to go to that dental office. Is another dental office going to accept the plan that you purchased? I can say with 99.9% accuracy the answer is NO!! You are now stuck with a dental plan that you can only use at one office or a mega office (a series of offices managed by a group) and no where else.

Dental plans like Savon do one thing. They provide their members with quality, affordable dental care at over 13,000 dental offices nationwide. The dental plan controls the fees not the dental office. If you have a problem with a dentist, simply choose a new dentist. If you feel you were overcharged, the dental plan is there to act on your behalf in sorting out the issue.

Don't get caught in the trap of purchasing a dental plan that may be good only at the dental office or dental group that sells it to you. Investigate all of your options and find a good solid dental plan that works for you.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Waxed Vs. Unwaxed Dental FLoss

Many people wonder what the difference between waxed and unwaxed dental floss is? Well there are a few differences which you might find interesting!

Waxed Dental Floss:


  • Helps slide in between tight teeth


  • Does not remove as much plaque as unwaxed floss

Unwaxed Dental Floss:

  • Could get stuck or shread while trying to get between teeth


  • Removes more plaque then waxed floss

*Either waxed or unwaxed will do the job of removing debris...


What kind of Dental Floss do you like?



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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery) is preformed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. This surgery is to help correct a overbite, underbite, or misaligned teeth. This surgery can also improve facial appearance. Your Orthodontist will determine if you will need this surgery.

The procedure:
After about 1-2 years of orthodontic treatment, This may only take 1-3 hours to complete. Both your orthodontist and Oral surgeon will be in the room for the procedure. This will take place at the hospital under anesthesia. You may have to stay overnight, but usually released the next day.

Recovery:
After surgery you can expect pain, swelling, bruising, minor bleeding. You will be able to speak, drink, eat immediately because you will not have your jaws wired shut! Doctors will recommend blended food for 2 weeks and then gradually work to solid foods..

Cost:
Initial Orthodontic treatment (braces/retainer) usually cost around $2,000-$5,000. Corrective Jaw Surgery usually cost around $20,000 -$30,000. You may want to check to see if your insurance will cover this procedure.

*Many people go through this surgery just to change their facial appearance... Would you?

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Are Amalgam Fillings Safe? Another Look

In MoobieDoo's previous post, the topic of amalgam fillings and whether or not they are safe was discussed. It is an excellent question. I thought it might be fun to stir the debate a little....after all, so much controversy surrounds the issue. In this day and age when everyone (medical professionals and the average patient alike) is so much more aware of the harmful toxins in the air we breathe and ingredients in our food and water....it's nice to be able to have a choice about what goes into our body.
HERE is a link to a very good article that has an interesting twist...a link to a youtube video that actually shows mercury vapor coming out of an extracted tooth that had an amalgam filling. This will knock your socks off! And it might just help you to make that ever important decision...Amalgam or Composite?

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Monday, August 15, 2011

What Do You Think: Are amalgam fillings safe?

I'm sure we've blogged about this before but now we want to hear from YOU!

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the controversy over amalgam fillings (the silver fillings in case you didn't know) and the levels of mercury they contain. Although many dentists no longer offer amalgam fillings, not all have done away with them. Some say they are dangerous because they leak mercury in to your system over time, and others argue that the amount of mercury is so low that it couldn't possibly be harmful.

What's your opinion?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Poll: New Cigarette Health Warnings- Are You For Or Against?

As of September 2012, the FDA will require every cigarette pack to include large, full color anti-smoking ads. Some of these ads are very graphic, and although they haven't even hit the shelves, they are already a controversial issue. Some people believe the ads to be too graphic and argue that they will not be as effective, while others believe the new labels will communicate the hazards of smoking better than the original Surgeon General warnings as well as television ads.

We want to know what you think! Take a look at these new campaigns (you can find them all HERE) and tell us what you think!

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Monday, August 8, 2011

The DDS: A Plate That Helps You Consume Less Food!

As I was browsing the web this afternoon looking for something interesting to blog about, I found this article. It's called the DDS (doesn't say what it stands for). Apparently, the DDS is an appliance you can have custom made which supposedly prevents you from taking in large bites of food. The DDS fits snug against the roof of your mouth, reducing the amount of space for food. You only wear it when you're eating, and according to a study, people who wear the DDS consume 25% less food and lost around 1.3 lbs more per week. Of course something like this doesn't come cheap. The DDS will set you back about $400, but if it does what it's intended to do, you'll be set back a few pounds too. Something to think about next time you visit your cosmetic dentist :)

I found this information here.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Chewing Tobacco is NOT better than Smoking!

For any of you smokers out there who are thinking of switching to chewing tobacco because it might be better for you, think again! Apparently it's a common misconception. Many people think that smoking tobacco is more dangerous, but the fact is, chewing tobacco could be equally as bad. I came across an article when I was looking for research on the effects of smoking......it sends a very clear message. If I were a tobacco user, it would be enough to make me quit altogether!

Chewing Tobacco Causes:

* Stained Teeth
* Higher risk for tooth decay
* Receding gums
* Mouth sores
* Bad breath
* CANCER!!

Click here to see images. Beware, these are GRAPHIC!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

'When do I take my child to the dentist for the first time?'

After some research on line I found most articles said about when they are two or three, when all 20 baby teeth have come in. After the first visit, children should see a dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups. These visits can allow your dentist to detect flaws early, possibly preventing more serious problems in the future. Hope that helps some of you out there who might have wondered the same thing. :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tooth Discoloration

Are you starting to notice your teeth are becoming discolored? Here are a few reason why this might be happening?



  1. Foods/Drinks

  2. Tobacco Use

  3. Poor Dental Hygiene

  4. Disease

  5. Medications

  6. Advanced Age

  7. Trauma

  8. Environment

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chewing Ice: Sooo Good, But So Bad!!!

Chewing ice is a common, thoughtless habit that most of us are guilty of. We all know it's bad for you to chew ice, but if you're anything like me, you've found yourself chomping on a cube or two every now and then. Seems harmless, but according to the following facts, an ice chewing habit can mean trouble in more ways than one:

-Chewing ice is a sign of iron deficiency anemia and other nutritional deficiencies.

-Chewing ice is also a sign of Pica- a medical condition where people have strong urges and cravings to chew on non-nutritional substances such as rocks, pottery, dirt and ice.

-Chewing ice is also a guaranteed seat at the dentist office. It causes tiny fractures and chips which could lead to an abscess and cause you to need a root canal. Cosmetic dentistry to fix chipped or broken teeth can be pricey and is often not covered by insurance companies.

-Constant chewing can also damage existing fillings and crowns as they are not as structurally sound as a natural tooth. This could lead to a lot of pain and an expensive dental bill.


It's a difficult habit to break not to mention how annoying it is to hear someone else do it. But to this day I still can't help myself. Anyone else have an ice-chewing addiction like me? :D


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Answers to Common Dental Questions

While researching this morning for a good blog topic, I came across a web page that has a really informative FAQ's page. There are answers for a variety of issues from what causes morning breath to wearing dentures! Very cool. Check out the site, you'll learn something new, for sure.

Here you will find the answers to 25 common dental questions.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Soda Or Pop? It's Teeth Trouble By Any Name!

People across North America use different words to identify a sugary, carbonated soft drink. But however they say it, they're talking about something that can cause serious oral health problems.
Soft drinks have emerged as one of the most significant dietary sources of tooth decay, affecting people of all ages. Acids and acidic sugar byproducts in soft drinks soften tooth enamel, contributing to the formation of cavities. In extreme cases, softer enamel combined with improper brushing, grinding of the teeth or other conditions can lead to tooth loss.

Here are somethings that you can do...


  1. substitute different drinks

  2. Rinse with water afterward

  3. use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash

To read the article http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Oral-Hygiene/Oral-Hygiene-Basics/article/Soda-or-Pop-Its-Teeth-Trouble-by-Any-Name.cvsp

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Does Dental Enamel Regenerate?

Dental enamel, unlike bones, does not regenerate or "heal" once it is damaged. Dental enamel is formed during the original growth of the tooth underneath the gums. While there are many factors that can contribute to the loss of dental enamel, such as poor dental hygiene or certain hereditary conditions, there is good news. Researchers are actively seeking treatments and therapies that could change everything. Of course, proper hygiene and regular visits to your dentist are the best way to combat any kind of dental dilemma, but for dental enamel in particular, there are now certain treatments that can help slow the process of enamel degeneration that can be applied during your regular dental visits as part of your preventative maintenance regimen. For more information on such treatments, click HERE.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Bruxism (Teeth Grinding): Did you know?

I suffer from bruxism.....I have for many years now, and I thought I'd do a little research and blog about it because it affects your body in so so many ways. First, you should know that it is an unconscious, involuntary thing. When you are unconsciously grinding your teeth (clenching while awake, clenching and grinding while you are asleep) you are putting up to ten times the force on your teeth and jaws than when you are chewing food! Many people don't even realize they're doing it, and consequently, suffer from unexplained problems such as jaw pain, muscle fatigue, headaches, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, TMJ and a variety of other conditions, aside from the fact that it can fracture, shorten and cause your teeth to loosen, erode and decay. Long term effects are distressing; it can actually change your physical appearance! It can cause bags under the eyes, enlargement of the muscles around the joints of the jaw and curling of the skin around the lips. There are devices (night orthotics) that dentists can make for you to wear when you're sleeping to prevent this damage from happening! If you suspect that you are having this problem, ask your dentist today about a diagnosis and a night orthotic device to help correct the problem before it does long term damage.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums. This is the initial stage of gum disease, and the earliest to treat.
Gingivitis is due to a long term effects of plaque deposits. Plaque is a sticky material made up of bacteria, mucus, and food debris that develops on the exposed parts of the tooth.'
Ways to reduce Gingivitis is to have your teeth cleaned on a regular bases. Brush and floss everyday, along with using a mouth rinse.


If you start noticing any of these symptoms consult with your dentist....



  • bleeding of the gums

  • bright red or red-purple appearance to gums

  • mouth sores

  • swollen gums

  • gums that are tender to touch

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bleaching is good, but don't do it too often!!!

Teeth whitening procedures are currently among the most requested cosmetic dental procedures. There are the expensive treatments you can have done at the dentist's office, and there are the over the counter kits that you can purchase at drug stores and department stores. Bleaching isn't necessarily bad for your teeth, but as with almost anything these days, you can overdo it. Many people have the mentality that more is better, but not in this case!! Bleaching too often can result in irritation to the gums, sensitivity to hot and cold, and it can actually alter the natural color of your teeth and cause a bluish hue....much the same way that bleaching overprocessed gray hair to white can result in blue hair! Nobody wants blue teeth! So follow the directions of your dental provider when bleaching and never exceed the recommended treatment on the over-the counter kits. Unless of course, blue is your color and you would dare to be different!

Here is a link to a good article about bleaching.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Savon Dental Plan, A Wise Investment

With the struggling economy and the unemployment rate increasing daily, people are very careful with how they spend their money. When it comes to Dental Coverage, people often look more into what they pay for the plan rather than what they save at the dental office. I understand the need to find a plan that a person can afford, but is a low monthly or yearly payment really worth it, when you are not getting a valuable discount when you visit the dentist? That's the reason why Savon Dental Plan is recommended by it's members, agents and most of it's dentists too. Savon offers a reasonable premium with the most comprehensive fee schedule that shows you the savings that you will get when you visit the dentist. Log on to www.savondentalplan.com today. Check out The Comparision Zone link on the home page and check it out for yourself. Savon will show you how they have the most reasonable rates and best savings around. Do not take my word for it. Log on today!

Monday, June 27, 2011

What's In A Smile?

A great smile can help you to look and feel your best. A smile radiates beauty, and a dazzling smile has the power to boost your self-confidence and project a picture of health. There's a reason why the smile is the universal language. The original form of instant messaging, a smile is ageless and it never goes out of style. In the past few years, the smile has taken center stage as the ultimate symbol of beauty-more than beautiful eyes, great hair, even more than a sexy body. If you are one who wants to improve your smile or freshen it up and need some dental work to do that, check out Savon Dental Plan to help get you that smile you want and deserve!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ever been bored while waiting to see the dentist?

Have you ever been in this situation? You are sitting in the waiting room at your dentist's office and start to get bored. You then realize that you have forgotten to bring a book or something else to keep you occupied. The magazines are 2-3 months old and there is not any that you like. I know I have been there before. I have created a list of things that you can do to help pass the time of that dreadful wait. Try them out and let me know which one works the best!
1. See how many different words you can make out of the phrases on the signs hanging on the wall. For example, if there is a sign that says "payment is due at the time service is rendered", see how many words you can make out of that phrase. (team, meat, serve, pending) just to name a few.
2. Engage yourself in a magazine scavenger hunt. Pick a topic or a name and count how many times it is referenced in the mountain of magazines that surround you. (President Obama is one that can keep you occupied for hours)
3. If you brought your cellphone, update and clean up your contact's list. That is something that people always mean to do, just never find the time.
4. Correct and complete the puzzles in the magazines that other people "attempted" to do.
5. Play "name the noise". When you hear a sound coming out of one the exam rooms, try to identify it. (If you are unable to do so, chances are very good that you will experience it first hand very soon).
Some dental centers have created an office theme that is designed to keep you occupied and take your mind off the dental work that you are about to endure. However, if you are stuck in a boring waiting room, give these a suggestions a try. Feel free to comment with more ideas so I can update the list in a few weeks

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Recipe for Homemade Toothpaste!

For those of you who prefer Old Home-Style concoctions...and who would like to stay away from artificial and (in some cases) potentially unsafe ingredients that are added to commercially marketed products, here is a recipe I found while searching online for something homemade. Of all the recipes that I looked at, I liked this one best.Mix together:2 tablespoons Coconut Oil3 tablespoons Baking Soda5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil5 drops Spearmint Essential OilA pinch of Stevia powder (as a sweetener)These are all completely natural ingredients and tasty too!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Is kissing dangerous to your health??

Is kissing harmful to your health? With just one kiss couples can share more than 500 different types of disease-causing germs and viruses, warns the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists.
Some different types of things you can catch are:


  1. Cold Sores-Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus. They appear as tiny, clear, fluid-filled blisters that form around the mouth and lips.

  2. Colds-Common cold and flu viruses can be transmitted very easily through contact with the saliva.

  3. Mononucleosis-Mononucleosis, also known as the "kissing disease."

Remember people can look healthy and you may never know if they have any diseases.


To read more look here: http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=i&iid=341&aid=8950

Thursday, June 9, 2011

15 Facts about Teeth

1.A human child will lose their first tooth around 7.
2. The enamel on a humans tooth is the hardest thing in their body.
3. A mammal has 2 types of teeth called primary and permanent teeth.
4. Teeth in humans start to form before they are born.
5. Toothbrush bristles were originally made from the hair of cows.
6. Baby teeth are actually called milk teeth.
7. A Shark has around 40 sets of teeth in their life time.
8. A human baby has 20 teeth which start to grow at about 6 months old.
9. An adult human has 32 permanent teeth.
10. Humans only have 2 sets of teeth in their life time.
11. A humans front teeth are called "incisors"
12. An adult human has 2 "canine" teeth that have points and are used for tearing.
13. A human uses "molars" to grind their food.
14. Teeth are kept alive by blood and nerves.
15. Teeth are fixed into jaw bones and held in place by cement.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Flossing

Many People often ask, Why do i need to Floss? This is like asking, Why do you brush your teeth?
Well the answer is that flossing reaches the small tight areas in between your teeth, where food and other things like to get stuck. Secondly your toothbrush can't reach the troubled spots where plaque likes to grow. When unflossed for a long amount of time the plaque will build up and harden and the only way to get it off is by a dental professional.
Flossing will also help prevent gum disease and gingivitis..

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Myths and Facts

Do you know what ones are myths or facts?



  1. Sugar Is the Prime Cause of Cavities? (MYTH AND FACT)

  2. Exposure to Acidic Foods Like Lemons Causes Tooth Decay? (FACT)

  3. Kids Are a Lot More Likely to Get Cavities Than Adults? (MYTH)

  4. Aspirin Placed Next to a Tooth Will Help a Toothache? (MYTH)

  5. All Fillings Eventually Need Replacing? (MYTH)

  6. If You Have a Cavity, You'll Know It? (MYTH)

  7. Once a Tooth Is Treated, the Decaying Stops? (FACT)

  8. Cavities Are More Likely Between Teeth? (FACT)

  9. Gaps in Teeth Encourage Cavities? (FACT)

  10. Brushing and Flossing Is the Best Way to Prevent Cavities? (FACT)

TO READ MORE VISIT http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-10/cavities-myths

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hold On To Your Dental Coverage!!!

Working in the dental industry, I've noticed the downtrend caused by the failing economy with respect to dental insurance, dental plans and even dental appointments. While dental health may not be on everyone's mind at the moment, you should still hold on to your dental coverage if you can. Unfortunately, prices for dental procedures have not gone down to match the economy. In fact, in many areas, the prices have gone up! With the decline in the number of patients being seen, many dental facilities have raised fees in an effort to recover lost revenue, so it's as important as ever to make sure that your family is covered in the event that treatment is needed! Also, remember that a good dental plan is an excellent way to help keep the cost of dentistry down, and in most cases can be used as a supplement to dental insurance. Your dental insurance plan has limitations, and a good dental plan doesn't.
Here's a link to the best one out there (in my opinion, of course!)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tooth Sensitivity

For millions of people, sensitive teeth can make life miserable. The pain and discomfort make even favorite hot or cold foods impossible to enjoy. All is not lost. In many cases, sensitive teeth can be successfully treated bringing long sought after relief.

Read this article to see what causes the sensitivity and when you should see a dentist http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/tooth-sensitivity/

Friday, May 13, 2011

BEAT THE HEAT!

It's coming into that time of year again in Arizona where the temperatures are beyond HOT! It's gonna be another REALLY hot summer! I'd like to take a moment to remind you all that even though we are lucky enough to still be enjoying 90 to 100 degree temperatures, it's still important to remember to STAY HYDRATED! One of the leading causes of heat stroke in AZ is over-exposure to the sun/heat and dehydration (insufficient water/fluid intake). This doesn't just apply to us adults who are brave enough to venture out into the heat, but for you little ones and pets too!
Also, please remember, with these climbing temperatures it's never safe to leave children or pets unattended outdoors or in vehicles. It only takes several minutes to cause a lifetime of regret.
So with that said...Lather yourself up with sunscreen, grab a bottle of water and stay cool! Enjoy your Arizona summer!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Top 10 Dental Hygien Facts


  1. Change the toothbrush for every 3 months: The American Dental Association (ADA) has recommended people to change the toothbrush at least every 3 months.

  2. Use a fluoride toothpaste: Toothpaste that contains fluoride is very good for the teeth, as it helps to fight against the bacteria causing various diseases. It also gives a refreshing breath.

  3. Use proper brushing technique: Overactive brushing can harm your teeth. One can consult your dentist to know the proper technique of brushing to clean the teeth.

  4. Flossing: Flossing also helps to eliminate bacteria. So it very good to floss after every meals.

  5. One should have a healthy food which includes nuts, carrots and celery sticks. These are know as “Palace of Cleaning”, as they clean the tooth root. A sprig of parsley will also helps to prevent bad breath.

  6. Regular check up for every 6 months: It is one of the most important fact, as regular checkup by the dentist helps to know the dental health and other disease if present. This helps to prevent the disease at an early stage.

  7. Dentists can know the condition of the teeth, he/she can take advice from the dentist for the dental health. You can also you prescribed mouth washes and rinsers for good oral hygiene.

  8. Carry a travel kit with the dental products: You may not take the whole dental kit with you, so one buy a small dental hygiene kit. Thus, you can brush your teeth after having every meal.

  9. One should always brush and floss the teeth properly. However, rushing to brush and floss can harm the teeth.

  10. Clean your tongue: For a complete oral hygiene, one should clean the tongue to eliminate bacteria from the teeth.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

8 Amazing Dental Facts!

Here are some interesting facts that people don't know.



  1. The commonly used practice of putting a cap on toothbrush is actually more detrimental. The moisture entrapped in the cap favors bacterial growth.

  2. You are not supposed to brush within 6 feet of a toilet. The airborne particles from the flush can travel up to a distance of 6 feet.

  3. 75% of the United States population suffers from some stage of periodontal gum disease.

  4. People who tend to drink 3 or more glasses of soda/pop daily have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others.

  5. The first toothbrush with bristles was manufactured in China in 1498. Bristles from hogs, horses and badgers were used. The first commercial toothbrush was made in 1938.

  6. Fluoridated toothpastes when ingested habitually by kids can lead to fluoride toxicity.

  7. You are supposed to replace your toothbrush after you have an episode of flu, cold or other viral infections. Notorious microbes can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.

  8. New born babies do not have tooth decay bacteria. Often, the bacteria are transmitted from mother to baby when she kisses the child or blows in hot food/drink before feeding the baby.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Controversy over Dental X-rays and the use of Thyroid Shields

There was an episode on Dr. Oz recently that seems to have thrust the issue of radiation exposure and thyroid cancer into the spotlight. Having been in the dental profession for 20 years or so, I've heard many arguments about the effects of x-rays on the body, and not just dental x-rays....mammograms and chest x-rays surround the controversy as well. Many of our members have questioned whether dental x-rays are really necessary. The answer, absolutely, is yes! Now, at such a small dosage ,whether they pose a danger or not is questionable as there have been many studies done over the years and all of them provide a different outcome. An intelligent way to approach this issue is to weigh the evidence; consider that there is a minimal risk, but also consider the very small percentage of people who have contracted thyroid cancer that may be related to radiation from x-rays, then, if you feel you would prefer to minimize your risk, by all means ask for a thyroid shield prior to having your dental x-ray! The bottom line is that your safety and piece of mind should matter. When it comes down to choice, it is never unreasonable to err on the side of caution.
Keep Smiling!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What is Plaque?

Plaque is a complex biological soil that can lead to dental problems like tartar, gum trouble and tooth decay. It's a soft, sticky bacterial coating that is constantly forming on your teeth-every day. When plaque comes into contact with the sugars and starches in the foods you eat, it produces acids that can cause cavities.The best way to avoid problems often associated with plaque is by making regular visits to your dentist. See your dentist at least once every 6 months for a complete checkup and a thorough cleaning.Toothbrushing is the most effective way to remove plaque at home. It is recommended that you brush your teeth after every meal, and especially before you go to bed at night. Also try and replace your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months -using an old or worn toothbrush is less effective. It is also recommended that you use dental floss to remove additional plaque below the gum line and between teeth areas where a brush cannot reach. A pre-brushing rinse might help to loosen and detach plaque for easier removal during brushing.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dental Jewelry- A New Fad

It's the newest thing in the body art revolution, and it's catching on! You can now purchase small jewels and have them bonded to your teeth to give your smile an extra sparkle! It doesn't come cheap, however! The procedure is simple, the jewels are bonded with the same type of glue that is used to secure braces to your teeth. More and more people are trying it. Here is a link to a website where you can view some pictures and learn a little bit about this fast growing fad. Keep Smiling!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Do men PMS?

For some women it is easy for others to tell when it is 'her' time of the month as she may get crabbier then normal. But what about the men who have mood swings at one point during the month? I thought I would google it and found this article that says "yes, men suffer from pre-menstrual stress". They say every four to six weeks you will have a period where you feel grumpy, moody, tired etc. This is the male hormonal cycle. Check it out to read more, it is pretty interesting.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Veneers used to cover Tetracycline Stains

Many, many years ago..........the baby boomers will remember this.......the antibiotic Tetracycline was widely used to treat a variety of ailments in children as well as adults. It is still used today for more specific diseases but more is known now about the effects of the drug on permanent teeth of children in their formative years. Tetracycline has been known to cause a staining of the teeth in children whose teeth are in the formative stages. It attacks the teeth from the inside, and the discoloration begins before the tooth is completely formed. The stain then becomes encased in the tooth. These stains can range from very light to a very dark brownish gray color. Until recent advances in dentistry became available, the procedures to mask the stains included bleaching, which was essentially ineffective because the tooth is discolored on the inside as well as the outside, or placing a porcelain crown, which involved grinding the actual tooth and fitting a crown over it to cover them. In many cases, the dark portion of the tooth would still show through the crown. The newest and most effective procedure in dentistry by far is the porcelain veneer. Here is an article including some before and after pictures of people with tetracycline stains who have opted for the veneers. They are a bit pricey, but worth the cost when you see how easy it is and the end result. Amazing!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Health & Beauty Miracles From The Sea!

The deep blue ocean is gorgeous to look at, and beneath it lies a whole underwater "pharmacy".

  1. Ease aches and pain- with spirulina

  2. Get energized- with sea kelp

  3. Cure PMS- with sea salt

  4. Smooth your skin- with seaweed

  5. Create a glow- with sea pearls

  6. Prevent sun damage- with red algae

  7. Loose weight- with chitosan

You can find all of these at your local health-food store or online at amazon.com

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cream Cheese Mint Candies ~

Ingredients
3 oz. pkg cream cheese, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
* Food coloring (optional) Beat cream cheese and peppermint extract together with electric mixer until creamy. Add powdered sugar slowly and beat until smooth.(Note: Mixture may get stiff and difficult to blend with mixer. You can blend the last of the powdered sugar in with your hands.)Roll into small, marble sized balls and place on a sheet of wax paper. Flatten with fork and let them stand for a few hours or overnight. * To make pastel mints, divide mixture into 4 parts and add one drop of food color to each part, then knead with a fork or your hands until you have an even color.

Found here!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

G.U.M. ~ Soft Picks

Since I have had my braces on I discovered soft-picks by G.U.M. Let me tell you they are great for after you eat and have stuff stuck in your braces. When you need a quick effect fix (don't have the time to floss) these little guys do the trick!I find them to be a great product and thought I would pass it along!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New Car Seat Recommendations

Children should ride in rear-facing car seats longer, until they are 2 years old instead of 1, according to updated advice from a medical group and a federal agency. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued separate but consistent new recommendations Monday.


Read here for more information on the rear facing car seats... http://health.yahoo.net/news/s/ap/us_med_car_seats_children

Friday, March 18, 2011

10 Things To Know About Your Feet

Just "foot" for thought! Ha ha ha :)

1. Your foot is made up of 33 joints, 26 bones and more than a hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments. This explains why a lot of things can go wrong with the human foot - it is indeed very complex!

2. The foot has more than 250,000 sweat glands.

3. The combined sweat and bacteria in our socks and shoes produce a foul odor. Now we know why it stinks when not taken proper care of!

4. The average person spends 10-15 minutes applying soap or bath gel on his body and another ten minutes shampooing his hair but spends less than thirty seconds cleaning his feet.

5. A person with dry skin or diabetes should not soak his feet in warm water with Epsom salt. This worsen dryness of the skin. Instead, soak feet in warm, soapy water. You may use a few drops of dish washing liquid.

6. A majority number of people says that their feet are not checked whenever they have their regular physical exam.

7. Going barefoot is fun but not always safe! Although there is a recent trend of runners and even everyday people who go barefoot on marathons and on their way to the office, you should remember that you could always hurt yourself. Another factor to take into account, even if you are not diabetic, is that you could possible have neuropathy.

8. If you want celebrity-looking feet, apply lotion on your feet and massage it for a few minutes before you go to bed. Petroleum jelly will also do but remember to put on a pair of socks after to keep the moisture. This will prevent dry skin, soothe your muscles and leave you with feet you'll be proud of!

9. When a pair of running shoes has reached its maximum life of 200-400 miles of use, throw it away. It will do your feet harm despite being in its "broken-worn-torn-but-comfy" status.

10. There are four common foot treatment nowadays - surgery to remove fungal nails, surgery to correct bunions, surgery to reduce arthritis and unbearable pain and a shock wave therapy that uses shock waves to relieve heel pain.


I found this article HERE.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

How clean is a dog’s mouth?

We have all had a dog lick us at one point in time. Some think it is gross while others take it as a sign of affection and your dog is just kissing you. We all know dogs will pretty much lick ‘anything’ so I find it hard to believe their mouth could be sanitary.
I tried to google about it but I get mixed theories on the subject. Some say they are clean and can even heal a wound you have, while others say their mouths are not 'sanitary' due to the diseases or illnesses you can get from a dog bite. I would like to know what you think and any web-sites you might have that back up the theory dog’s mouth are indeed clean and we won't think ‘eeww’ when they lick all over our faces. :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

11 Metro Areas Where the Jobs Recovery Has Failed:(

The jobs recovery has been pathetic nationwide. Since January 2010, national employment increased by only 0.8 percent.
But there are some places where the recovery has downright failed.
The following 11 metropolitan areas increased jobs by less than average.

  1. Las Vegas, NV
  2. Newark, NJ
  3. San Fransisco, CA
  4. Riverside, CA
  5. Minneapolis, MN
  6. Atlanta, GA
  7. Los Angels, CA
  8. Phoenix, AZ
  9. Long Island, NY
  10. Miami, FL
  11. Boston, MA

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

No-Fail Ways To Get flawless Skin!

No one has completely perfect skin, but you don't need a staff of people or celebrity money to win your battle over blemishes, push back the signs of aging, and feel absolutely gorgeous. Here's how to put your best face (and shoulders and neck) forward.

  1. Drink water
  2. Microdermabrasion
  3. sun screen
  4. Protect self from sun
  5. SPF make up
  6. Chest, back, & neck need SPF also
  7. Apply retional carefully
  8. get vitamin C

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Do you have a thumb sucker?

I use to think it was so cute when my son would hold his bear and suck on his thumb. I never really thought how it might effect his teeth until he got a little older and was still doing it. I was reading this article and it said there should be no harm done to their teeth or jaw as long as the permanent teeth have not started to erupt. If you have ever had a thumb sucker you know how hard it is to try and break the habit. In this article it also gives some tips on how to help them stop. :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Little Wednesday Humor!

You might be a redneck if...
  • You re-use dental floss to save money.
  • You've ever drunk mouthwash just because you're too lazy to walk down to the liquor store.
  • Your homecoming basketball game was rained out.
  • Your baseball bat "ain't never been used on a ball, but it's sure hit plenty of other things."
  • Your kids learned to shoot before they learned to walk.
  • You place a classified asking less than $1.
  • You think the freeway is the back door of the movie theater.
  • Higher math means counting over 10.
  • The lake has to be restocked after you take a bath.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tooth Pain-It's not always a toothache!

Did you know that toothaches can have a variety of causes and not all are actual dental events? Sinusitis and pressure in the nasal cavities and the air passages of the cheek bones can cause pain in the jawbone that may feel like a toothache. Many people do not know that angina pain and some heart ailments can also cause jaw pain and/or tooth pain as well. Occasionally, toothaches are caused by nerve ailments and neuralgia. TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) can also cause chronic pain that is not related to a toothache. It's never a bad idea to check with a doctor as well as a dentist in the event of unexplained tooth pain.

Friday, March 4, 2011

10 Reasons To Eat Avocado's

- avocado has been shown to reduce the growth of prostate cancer

- high in oleic acid, avocado's have been known to help lower the risk of breast cancer

- avocado's aid fighting oral cancer

- they contain ingredients known to protect your eyes against macular degeneration and cataracts

- they help lower cholesterol

- they are extremely heart-healthy

- avocado's can help prevent a stroke

- they improve nutrient absorption

- avocado's are strong in antioxidants which slow the effects of aging, the growth of cancer and heart disease

- they are packed with vitamin E, an essential vitamin which helps regulate your over-all health and is also used to treat common illnesses/conditions

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Why our bodies need water…

Many people do not get the amount of water they need in a day. Drinking water is good for you in a lot of ways. There are health benefits such as water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Factors that determine an individuals water needs are exercise, the environment, illnesses and when pregnant or breast-feeding. Here is a link to an article from the Mayo Clinic on how water is essential to good health and how much you should really be drinking a day.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

25 Ways You Could Be Wasting Your Money...

Has your budget sprung a leak? Here are ways you couldbe wasting your money..
  1. Carrying a balance.
  2. Overspending on gas and oil for your car.
  3. Keeping unhealthy habits.
  4. Buying brand-name instead of generic.
  5. Buying beverages one at a time.
  6. Paying ATM fees.
  7. Paying for things you don't use.
  8. Buying new instead of used.
  9. Procrastinating.
  10. Not reading the fine print.

For more read this http://finance.yahoo.com/banking-budgeting/article/112202/25-ways-to-waste-your-money?mod=bb-budgeting

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Jobs For Smart People!

Smart people come in all shapes and sizes. So do smart career choices. Here is a list of 6 smart careers!
  • Accountant
  • Medical Manager
  • FBI Agent
  • Registered Nurse
  • Computer Systems Administrator
  • Teacher

Education/Pay

  1. Accountant- A quick mind isn't enough to become an accountant. Formal training matters too. There are plenty of accounting and finance programs that can prepare you for a career as an accountant. A bachelor's degree is the most common entry-point into the profession. Average Pay... $$67,430
  2. Medical Manager- To qualify for most management roles, you'll need to earn a bachelor's degree in an area like health care administration, followed by an MBA. Average Pay...$$90,970
  3. FBI Agent- A bachelor's degree is required. Common majors include information technology and accounting. Majoring in a foreign language is also a plus. Average Pay...$73,170
  4. Registered Nurse- Most registered nurses have a bachelor's of science in nursing. Additional training options include an associates degree in nursing and a nursing diploma.
    Average Pay...$66,530
  5. Computer Systems Administrator- An associates or bachelor's degree can help you get your computer skills up to speed. Employers look for brainy applicants well-versed in areas like computer science, network administration, and IT & information systems.
    Average Pay... $70,930
  6. Teacher-It's best to begin with a bachelor's degree. From there public school teachers need to get certified. And keep in mind that a master's degree can help increase your pay and employment opportunities.
    Average Pay...$55,150

If you would like to read more here is the Article http://education.yahoo.net/articles/jobs_for_smart_people.htm?kid=1F337

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Surprising Health Benefits of Veneers

Many people are opting for porcelain veneers to cover imperfections in their teeth because they are less expensive than dental implants, and require a much shorter treatment time than orthodontics, but did you know that aside from the obvious smile enhancing benefits there are some other good reasons to opt for veneers? They can be used to close gaps and adjust malformations in the teeth and improve the bite, therefore aiding in digestion. They can actually strengthen the teeth against chipping and abrasion. And, because of the high-gloss/glazed finish on the veneers, they are resistant to plaque, cutting down on gum disease and gingivitis! And we all know that healthy teeth and gums contribute to the overall health of our bodies!

Just thought I'd throw that out there for anyone who might be considering extensive cosmetic dental work. Explore the possibilities!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Should I brush my dog’s teeth?

Well we all know how important it is to brush our own teeth but did you know that dogs need their teeth brushed as well?
Dogs can also get tartar, gum disease, and tooth decay, just like we do. It is important to clean your dog's teeth at least once a week, or have the veterinarian do it to prevent tartar build-up and dental problems.
There are all kinds of different toothpaste for dogs on the market now. Once you get into a routine it won’t be as hard. Starting while they are young might make it easier. (:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Come on, we all do it... We avoid the dentist like the plague!

What is it really that makes us put off our dental work till it's absolutely necessary to go? Fear of pain? Expense? A bad experience? We all dread it, and a good percentage of people put it off for 10 or 20 years, until gum disease and decay set in and by then it's often too late. What are your reasons for avoiding the dentist?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Enjoy super-health...for pennies!

No need for pricey pills, fancy foods or expensive supplements to reach your health goals! The latest research shows that everything you need to look and feel your best can be had for pennies!

  • Turn of hunger... With Peppermint lip balm!

  • Cut more calories...With gum!

  • Thwart Cancer...With green tea!

  • Cut cholesterol...With concentrated OJ!

  • Reverse memory loss...With fish oil!

  • Dodge diabetes...With whole milk

  • Zap arthritis... With garlic!

  • More chocolate...Healthier DNA

Friday, February 18, 2011

Flax Seed: Tiny Seed, BIG Health Booster!

Often referenced to be one of the most powerful plant-type foods on earth, flax seed has been cultivated and used in medicine for centuries. Now days, flax seed or "flax" can be found on the ingredients label on many foods including various crackers and oatmeal. Although flax seed contains an abundance of healthy components, it's 3 key ingredients have given it its healthy reputation:

Fiber- Flax seed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber lowers cholesterol (thus reducing the risk of heart disease) and regulates blood sugar in people with diabetes. Insoluble fiber promotes regular bowel movement and prevents constipation. Insoluble fiber also removes toxic waste and regulates pH in the intestines helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Omega-3- This is an essential fatty acid known as "good" fat. Omega-3 fatty acid is known to benefit and help regulate many conditions from high blood pressure to cancer. It has also been proven to benefit the cardiovascular and circulatory system.

Lignans- Lignan is an antioxident that reduces the risk of breast cancer in women as well as prostate cancer in men.

For more information about flax seed and it's health benefits, follow any above link or click on the site referenced below.

WebMD on flax seed

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Things you can do with dental floss…

Here are 5 interesting things you can use dental floss for;

Slice Cake and Cheese
Secure a Button Permanently
Extra-Strong String for Hanging Things
Remove a Stuck Ring
Lift Cookies Off a Baking Tray

To read more on it click here. Enjoy! (:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pets Can Make You Healthier!

There are so many ways that owning a pet can influence a persons health. If you own a dog or cat and are especially attached to it, you probably enjoy lower blood pressure, less anxiety and even a better immune system than people who don't! Many hospitals use visiting canines to boost the spirits of people who are ill or recovering from surgery. For the elderly, just walking a dog everyday can give them much needed exercise... and a sense of purpose. People with HIV/AIDS and cancer patients are less likely to suffer from depression if they are pet owners.
And for those who are single and shy.....a pet can be an excellent ice-breaker! Dogs are naturally outgoing animals. Take them for a walk and they'll get the conversation going for you by just being themselves!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Headaches: How to treat them..

In our stressful world of deadlines and high-speed everything, it's no wonder we find ourselves taking an occasional painkiller. Here are some ways to treat a headache...

  • With a firm, circular motion, massage the web of skin between the base of your thumb and your forefinger. Continue massaging for several minutes.Acupressure experts call this fleshy area trigger point LIG4 and maintain that it is linked to areas of the brain where headaches originate.

  • Soaking your feet in hot water will help your head to feel better. By drawing blood to your feet, the hot-water footbath will ease pressure on the blood vessels in your head.

  • Have a cup of strong coffee. Caffeine reduces blood-vessel swelling, and thus can help to relieve a headache.

  • Wring out two wet peppermint tea bags and place them on your closed eyelids or forehead for five minutes.


For more remides follow this link http://www.readersdigest.co.uk/health/97/33.html

Friday, February 11, 2011

Heart Attack - 7 Signs Women Should Never Ignore

Insomnia... Indigestion... Nausea... Body Aches...

Most women would write these types of symptoms off as everyday "womanly" issues. And rightly so... But what many women don't know is that these very symptoms could be signs of a more severe problem: Heart Attack.

Generally, when people think "heart attack", they think of gasping for air and clutching your chest, pain in the left arm, etc... While these, of course, are generally definite signs of a heart attack, statistics show that 95% of women who have had a heart attack didn't recognize the symptoms at the time. Why? Because women's signs are completely different than men's, and are often mistaken for other, more common, issues that one wouldn't normally seek medical attention for. Sadly, because of this, women are more likely to die from sudden cardiac death than men.

Here are the signs you should NEVER ignore:

Indigestion: Cramps, nausea, diarrhea or any other unusual digestive activity can be signs of a heart attack. Become familiar with your system and take note if any unexplained changes should occur.

Fatigue and/or Insomnia: Many female heart attack patients reported having chronic fatigue in the few months prior to their attacks, however, during the last month prior to the attack, many of these women also experienced insomnia or inability to fall, or even stay, asleep.

Shortness of Breath: About 40% of women reported having shortness of breath during day to day activities such as walking up stairs, activities that wouldn't normally exert them.

Anxiety/Stress: Stress is a huge risk for a heart attack. Pretty much everyone knows that. But for women, it was the emotional experience they reported. Many said they experienced severe, uncontrollable anxiety before their attacks, like knowing somethings wrong but not knowing what it is.

Feels like Flu: Flu-like symptoms could very well be a heart attack in disguise. Clammy skin, sweating, body aches, and weakness are signs you should go to the doctor and make sure it's the flu.

Jaw/shoulder Aches: While men often feel pain and numbness in the chest, shoulder and arm, women commonly don't experience anything like that. Female survivors have reported noticeable pain in areas such as the jaw, ear, neck, and shoulder much like a pulled muscle or an ache.

Protect yourself. Pay attention to your body, it will always tell you what's wrong, you just have to know how to listen.

Cheers to health and happiness!

This information was gathered and summarized from an article found here.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Toothpaste is good for more then just brushing with…

Did you know toothpaste can be used for other things besides just brushing your teeth? Here are 5 things it is good for;
Prevent Fogged Goggles
Clean Your Piano Keys
Deodorize Baby Bottles
Remove Scuffs from Shoes
Clear Up Pimples
To read on them click here and just keep hitting the next button until you have gone through them all. If you have toothpaste you don’t use now you know of a few things it can be good for other then throwing it away or just sitting in the medicine cabinet. (:

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cold Sores VS Canker Sores

My youngest recently was crying that his mouth hurt when he ate. One night after brushing his teeth I looked in his mouth and he had a sore on the inside of his lower lip/gum area. I wasn't sure if it was a 'cold' sore or a 'canker' sore as I did not know the difference. I decided to go on line and find out. I found this article here explaining what they are. It seems as though he had got a canker sore.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Easy ways to Stay younger longer!

Here are some ways to look younger:)



  1. Add 10 healthy years to your life, by sipping wine. Wine wards of diabetes.

  2. Fend off cell damage by sitting! Protect your cells with tea.

  3. Sleep better with the sent of jasmine. Walking deepens sleep, too.

  4. Stop brain drain with berries. Shield your memory with celery.

  5. Dodge disease by eating pumpkin pie. Pop magnesium.

  6. Fire up energy with chocolate

  7. Erase aches with ginger

  8. Sharpen your smarts with video games

Monday, February 7, 2011

Dental Procedures and Antibiotics-Good News!

I am one of those people who is required to pre-medicate with antibiotics prior to dental procedures, and I recently disovered that it may no longer be necessary! I was told this by my dentist, so I went online to research it and found an article on the topic that confirmed what he had told me. There is a listing of conditions that were previously thought to increase the risk of infective endocarditis in certain people. Click here for the link to the list. And remember, always check with your family physician to make sure that it is right for you!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Super Bowl XLV- Last Minute Party Ideas

Unprepared for this year's Super Bowl?? Did your house become the last minute party place? Or are you just not sure you'll have enough food?? No worries!! Here are some last minute snack ideas that involve a quick trip to the grocery store and just a few minutes of your time (and they're great if you have kids at your party as well!!).

-Pigs in a blanket- Just grab a package of Lil' Smokies and some Pillsbury ready made pizza dough (comes in a tube). Unroll it, cut in to small strips, and roll 'em up and bake for about 10 mins. This makes a lot and are sure to be a hit!

-Creamy Bacon Croissant Bites- This simple recipe is mouth watering! Grab a tube of Pillsbury small croissants, a block of cream cheese, and a jar of real bacon bits. Mix the cream cheese and bacon together. Unroll croissants individually. Place a spoon sized dallop of the bacon mixture on the center of the croissant dough and roll it, pinching at the ends. Bake according to directions on the croissant rolls.

-Fiesta Nacho Dip- Pick up a block of Velveeta, 2 cans of refried beans, and a large can of Ro*Tel's mexican style diced tomotoes. This is simple! Throw all this together in your crock pot and let it melt and simply stir! Serve with tortilla chips or small tortillas!

Super Bowl Sunday is usually a gathering of friends, family and food. If you plan to serve alcohol at your party this year, please be a responsible host and make sure there is a designated driver present!