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Things your dentist doesnt tell you

If you are an adult you don’t really want the tooth fairy to visit you. If you keep your mouth healthy today and you will be thanking yourself tomorrow. Poor oral health has been linked to chronic diseases including diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Prevent teeth and mouth problems before they start. Below you will find information as well as tips and tricks on how to have a happy and healthy mouth.

  • Taking care of your oral health means brushing twice a day, flossing, and seeing a dentist regularly.
  • Good oral health can prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Chewing tobacco and cigarettes can cause serious mouth problems.
  • 500+ species of bacteria live in your mouth.
  • Those who have diabetes have an increased risk for gum disease.
  • Bacteria in the mouth can cause inflammation throughout the body.
  • Good oral health plays an important role in overall health.
  • Green tea has antiseptic properties that help keep gums healthier.
  • Without saliva you wouldn’t be able to taste anything.
  • Flossing is the most effective way to reduce plaque.
  • Good oral hygiene is essential during pregnancy.
  • You have taste buds on the insides of your cheeks, lips, under the tongue and roof of the mouth.
  • Tooth enamel is the hardest part of your entire body
  • You will spend 38.5 days brushing your teeth during your lifetime
  • Most common childhood disease is tooth decay.

The more you know about oral health the better you can take care of yourself.  Also if you have any health concerns regarding oral health it is best to get seen by a professional. January is a great time to start new beneficial habits, so let us know in the comments below how you plant to increase your oral health.

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Happy Halloween! Fun & healthy trick-or-treat ideas

Halloween is this Thursday and I have yet to buy any Halloween candy for trick-or-treaters. (Insert Halloween scream here or the famous dun-dun-dun sound).

Well here’s the truth: I don’t want to buy a big bag of candy because we don’t get very many trick-or-treaters. A huge bag will just end up being a trail of candy wrappers next week. Read More

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Teach Me How To Brushy and other kids health videos

Check out this fun parody of “Teach Me How To Dougie” called “Teach Me How To Brushy” from the Oregon Dental Association. This is a great way to encourage kids to brush their teeth.

 Teach me how to brushy

Pull-ups recently debuted their “Potty Dance” commercials. Have you seen this one? 

 Potty dance

In a past My apple a day post, we featured  “Pack It Up” made by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

What other health related children’s songs have you heard of? Feel free to leave us the link to any other fun videos in the comments. Education can be fun!

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Popcorn – Hold the Chemicals

Butter, salt, oil…and disease-causing chemicals?

Studies show that when prepackaged microwave popcorn bags are heated, the grease-resistant coating breaks down into toxic chemicals called PFOAs. The chemicals migrate into the popcorn oil, and then into our bodies when we eat it.

Lab studies link PFOAs to serious long-term health problems. It takes years to break down in the body, and the Center for Disease Control has found the chemical in nearly everyone tested.

Fortunately, there are easy ways to pop corn without cancer-causing, persistent chemicals. You can even pop it in the microwave using a brown paper lunch bag. You’ll save dollars per serving, and avoid the unhealthy food additives, too!

PFOAs have been used since 1947, but only recently has EPA started working with industry to phase them out. If you think chemicals should be proven safe before they reach the shelves, find out about the Safe Chemicals Act.

Information provided by the Oregon Environmental Council Eco-Healthy Home Tips April, 2012.

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month highlighting the important role of early dental care in children’s overall health. Developing good habits at an early age and making regular dental visits helps get a good start on healthy teeth and gums. We had our very own Dr. Bill Ten Pas DMD talk about children’s dental care in the video below. Check it out! Read More

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November 17th is The Great American Smokeout!

Are you thinking about quitting smoking? Have you tried before and been unsuccessful? Join millions of Americans this month around a common quit date. The Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to set up a quit plan and quit together on the third Thursday of November. This year, the quit date is Thursday, November 17th. Get the support and guidance you need to kick the habit with cessation resources available to you.

The Free & Clear Quit for Life Program is here to help you every step of the way. Log on to your myODS account to learn more*.

The Oregon Quit Line offers numerous resources online and via phone. Call 1.800.quit.now (784.8669) or log on to https://www.quitnow.net/oregon/.

*Services may not be included in all benefit plans.

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Portland’s March For Babies – How You Can Help

Aren’t those the cutest little feet you have ever seen? This is the new 2011 March For Babies Public Service Announcement as posted on the March For Babies Blog. March For Babies is a very special wellness walk by March of Dimes that will be held in Portland, and in several other communities, at the end April. As there are several new baby feet in my family, this is a cause that I hope to join this year. Do you know anyone pregnant or with small children? Perhaps this is a cause that you should join too!    Read More

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month highlighting the important role of early dental care in children’s overall health. Developing good habits at an early age and making regular dental visits helps get a good start on healthy teeth and gums. We had our very own Dr. Bill Ten Pas DMD talk about children’s dental care in the video below. Read More