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National Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, a time to stress the importance of practicing

daily dental hygiene to avoid cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. The truth is early gum

disease is silent and painless. If left untreated, early gum disease can lead to bad breath,

tooth loss and other health problems.

Daily basic dental care is crucial in order to keep your teeth their healthiest. Good dental

hygiene from an early age is one of the most beneficial lessons parents can teach their children:

the importance of brushing and flossing teeth, as well as twice-a-year checkups. Persistent

daily care is the most important preventive measure you can take against fighting

the threat of your beloved dentist's tools.

Routine Care

􀁸 To clean your teeth properly, brush them at least twice a day — plus preferably after

each meal and snack — and floss daily.

􀁸 Use a soft-bristled brush — it's gentler on the gums.

􀁸 Place your brush at an angle against your teeth and use short back-and-forth motions to

clean your teeth. Also clean the inside and chewing surfaces of the teeth and your


􀁸 Replace your brush every three months.

When you floss, gently ease the floss between your teeth. Then pull the ends of the floss

against the front and back surface of a tooth so that the floss forms a "C" as it wraps

around the tooth. Gently pull the floss from the gum line to the top of the tooth to scrape

off plaque. Remember to floss the backs of your teeth and to expose fresh floss between

your fingers as you progress through your teeth.

Mary Whitmore

Sources: National Institutes of Health, Healthwise, *Mayo Clinic

National Dental Hygiene Month

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What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is the grinding of teeth usually accompanied by the clenching of the jaw. In most

people it is not serious enough to be a health problem, but about 25% of people suffer symptoms

from “bruxing”. Bruxism can cause wear and tear teeth—leading to tooth loss and gum

recession, headaches and other problems.

Symptoms of Bruxism include teeth that are worn down, flattened or chipped, worn tooth

enamel, increase tooth sensitivity, jaw pain or tightness in jaw muscles, earache, headache,

chronic facial pain and/or chewed tissue on the inside of your cheek.

See your dentist if you have symptoms of Bruxism. They will be able to detect the characteristic

wear on teeth and provide options for management.

Avoid the Flu this Season!
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Flu shot recommendations have changed this year. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention

are urging parents to get all their children vaccinated. It’s estimated that each year in the U.S.

more than 20,000 children under age 5 are hospitalized due to flu. And sadly, last flu season, 72 children

died due to flu-related causes.

To protect their health, all children –aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday– should be vaccinated

against the flu each year. But they aren’t the only ones.

Who else needs a flu shot?:

􀂍 Pregnant women

􀂍 People 50 years of age and older

􀂍 People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions

􀂍 People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

􀂍 People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu

􀂍 And, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu

Other good health habits to prevent the flu:

􀂍 Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

􀂍 Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick.

􀂍 Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands. Use a tissue – then throw it away and wash your hands. If

you don’t have a tissue cough into your sleeve/elbow.

􀂍 Wash your hands often.

􀂍 Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something

that is contaminated with germs and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

Learn more:

Morning Glory Muffins

1 cup all-purpose (plain) flour 1 cup whole-wheat flour

3/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup egg substitute 1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups chopped apples (unpeeled) 1/2 cup raisins

3/4 cup grated carrots 2 tablespoons chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 and line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners. In large bowl, combine flours, sugar,

baking soda, cinnamon and salt—whisk to blend evenly. In a separate bowl, add egg substitute, oil, applesauce

a& vanilla. Stir in apples, raisins & carrots. Add to flour mix and blend just until moist but still slightly


Spoon batter into cups-about 2/3 full. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and bake until springy to the touch,

about 35 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Serving size = 1 muffin at 170 calories, 3 g protein, 25 g carbohydrate, 7 g total fat—1 g saturated/2 g

monosaturated, trace of cholesterol, 195 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 140 mg potassium, 17 mg calcium.

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