We want to share with you some of our favorite fall foods and spooky Halloween treats that you can make with your kids. These are recipes that we made with our kids, and now we enjoy doing with our grandkids. These make for a fun time with your family, and you may even entice picky eaters to enjoy some fruits and veggies.
Ghosts & Pumpkins
First, we have some healthy snacks: Ghosts and Pumpkins. The ghosts are really bananas cut in half, and the eyes are mini chocolate chips pressed into the bananas. The pumpkins are clementine oranges. How easy is that? And it looks really fun.
Jack O’Lantern Stuffed Peppers
Our next spooky treat is Jack O’Lantern Stuffed Peppers. Use your favorite stuffed pepper recipe. But use orange, or maybe red or yellow peppers instead of green peppers. Before you bake the peppers, cut out jack o’lantern eyes, mouths and noses out of the peppers. Then bake and stuff the peppers according to you favorite recipe. If some of the filling spills out of the eye or mouth holes, it just looks spookier. The cutting of the peppers should be done by an adult, but kids can help with the rest of the recipe. Our kids were always more eager to eat veggies and food in general if they got to help make it.
Of course, we can’t leave out dessert. These spider cookies are so easy and fun to make, and of course to eat. Use your favorite creme-filled sandwich cookie for the body of the spider. Use some frosting to glue on the eyes. The eyes could be any colored round candy or even candy corn. The legs could be red or black licorice. You could also use pretzel sticks or shoestring potatoes for the legs. These are also called potato sticks, but they taste like potato chips. We used chocolate sandwich cookies with both white and red frosting in the middle. You could also use vanilla sandwich cookies to make brown spiders. Just use your imagination or what you have around your kitchen.
What does that word bring to mind? Perhaps, it seems like an unnecessary step in your daily routine. Maybe you can’t go a day without flossing. Whatever you think of, there are many good reasons to floss. Some of those reasons may seem obvious and others may seem surprising. So…without further delay…
Here is the countdown of the 10 Reasons to floss:
10. Flossing may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease and inflammation is a key player in cardiovascular disease. So reducing inflammation in your gums can reduce your cardiovascular risk.
9. Flossing may reduce the risk of female-specific health issues. Women experience fluctuating hormone levels throughout life. These hormone fluctuations impact the bacteria that grow in the mouth. Hormone-related gum disease seems to increase the risk of low birth weight, pre-term labor, osteoporosis and even fetal death. Though we don’t know at this time if there is a direct cause-and-effect relationship between these health issues and periodontal disease, there is definitely a strong correlation.
8. Flossing may reduce complications associated with arthritis. Again, both arthritis and periodontal disease are inflammatory processes and controlling inflammation in one area can help the entire body.
7. Flossing may help prevent weight gain. Obesity and periodontal disease share inflammation in common. There appears to be a link between periodontal disease and metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, obesity around the abdomen, and high cholesterol. It stands to reason that controlling inflammation could be helpful in the battle of the bulge.
6. Flossing can reduce your risk and complications associated with diabetes. Diabetics are more prone to inflammation-related problems and, as we’ve already discussed, flossing reduces inflammation of the gums. Maintaining good oral hygiene has been shown to have a positive impact on glycemic control in Type 2 diabetics.
5. Flossing can help you stay well. Respiratory ailments such as pneumonia and bronchitis are caused by bacterial and viral infections of the lungs. Researchers have found that the bacteria that grow in the mouth can invade the respiratory tract and make symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia worse. Other studies have shown that elderly patients with good oral hygiene suffer much less frequently from pneumonia.
4. Flossing can prevent periodontal disease.
3. Flossing can prevent cavities that develop in between the teeth.
2. Flossing can help control bad breath. The bacteria that grow between your teeth and below the gumline produce waste that can be very stinky, to say the least.
1. And, finally, the number one reason to floss…So you won’t have to feel guilty about not flossing when your hygienist asks how often you floss!
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I didn’t even mention that having floss available makes a handy cheese or cake slicer (try it, you’ll like it).
All in all, some pretty great reasons to floss. Remember: You don’t have to floss all your teeth, only the ones you want to keep.
Advances in dental care sometimes border on the miraculous.
Not so very long ago the thought of being able to replace missing teeth with something permanent without requiring major work to the adjacent teeth seemed like the stuff of science fiction. But today, not only is this possible but it is a routine, every day procedure that has restored thousands of people to more attractive smiles, better chewing, and improved quality of life!
Missing a tooth or teeth can be embarrassing…
Especially if the missing tooth shows! This can lead to self-consciousness in social situations. And this can definitely have a negative impact on relationships and overall satisfaction with life. Missing teeth can also affect the ability to chew, and it may no longer be possible to enjoy some foods that have always brought pleasure in the past. A missing tooth can also cause the teeth around it to shift or move into the space left by the missing tooth and this can lead to both cosmetic and chewing problems. Once a tooth is lost the bone in that area begins to be lost. This can create a major problem for denture patients because as the bone is lost there is less and less to hold a denture and that means very inefficient chewing and, many times, chronic problems with sore spots.
Whether a single tooth is missing or all the teeth are missing, dental implants, in most instances, can successfully address all of the above issues. And with recent advances in 3 dimensional x-rays and digital impressions, often an implant can be extremely accurately placed without an incision or sutures. Most patients report that having an implant placed is easier than having a tooth removed.
Tooth decay may cause cavities, which can have a big impact on not only oral health, but also your overall health. So imagine that if your mouth has some grossness going on in it, that grossness could be elsewhere in your body. Yeah…that’s not too pretty to think about, so our goal is to prevent cavities and tooth decay as soon as we can.
There are a few things that our patients can do to prevent cavities:
Brush two times a day
Floss once a day
Visit the dentist twice a year
Avoid sugary drinks and foods
Avoid exposure to acid (e.g. soda, fruit juices, citrus fruits, acid reflux, etc.)
Our Newest Weapon in the Fight Against Tooth Decay
Most of the methods listed above are probably familiar. But there’s another tool in our arsenal that can stop cavities before they get out of hand. Let me introduce you to the Spectra. The following video talks about the amazing abilities of this wonder technology.
The Fortune-Telling Tooth Decay Predictor
“[The Spectra] is like Dental Doppler!” which is pretty cool, but I like to think of it more as a fortune teller that predicts when teeth could turn into festering sites of tooth decay. That prediction doesn’t have to come true, though. Since the Spectra detects the early stages of decay, it allows us to treat it before cavities are a problem. Cavities are stopped in their tracks. No more worrying about your tooth becoming the next breeding ground of disgusting decay.
Good oral health maintained. Yeah!
So keep up your good oral habits at home, and we’ll help you out by using the Spectra. Between your hard work and our fancy-pants tool, we’ll make sure your mouth–and your overall health–are as fantastic as can be.
Need More Info?
If you need more information about the wondrous Spectra, you can go here. It’ll give the mindblowing details on how it works.
How cool would it be if you went into the dentist and you saw more than just the humdrum, ordinary tools present in every dental office? What if you saw something that looked like it was from the future? Lucky for our patients, we have something from the future. Well, it’s not from the future, since it’s at the office right now. But it’s technology that you might think came from the future.
The Dentist’s Super Power
Our futuristic device is called a CBCT or the Cone Beam Computed Tomography. Long name, right? So we’ll just call it the CBCT from now on. This device lets us take completely 3-D images of your craniofacial area. In laymen’s terms, that means the face, mouth, jaw, and head region. X-rays are pretty cool, because your dentist can see your through skin and muscles to the bones and teeth. Kind of like Superman’s x-ray vision. The CBCT goes beyond that though with a 3-D image of your mouth. It would be like looking at your skull. The dentist really does have x-ray vision. Pretty cool, right?
You may be asking, “Okay. That’s pretty cool, but what’s the purpose? How is that any better than a normal x-ray?”
Benefits of the CBCT
Well, that’s a great hypothetical question, reader. The futuristic device gives the dentist the super power to diagnose abnormalities, assess the placement of dental implants, create more accurate treatment planning, among many other valuable uses. There are also amazing benefits to you as the patient. The CBCT scan is non-invasive. It uses less radiation, and you get better treatment. That’s why it’s better than a normal x-ray.
Watch It in Action
Don’t take my word for it, though. Watch this video to see how cool it is!
Who knew that Futuristic Technology would give your dentist super powers?
If you’re curious about the CBCT, we’ll gladly have you schedule an appointment and answer your questions. You can also learn more here.
Thanks so much for reading our blog, and here’s to your health!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
IF YOU COULD HAVE any superpower, what would it be? Would you choose super strength? How about the power of flight? Maybe you’d like the ability to see through solid objects! Although super strength and flight may not come too easily, you don’t have to search far for x-ray vision (in a manner of speaking)!
Today, we want to share with you a little bit about x-rays and how we use them in our practice to spot troublesome cavities and other issues before they have a larger effect on your smile!
X-Rays Were Discovered By Accident!
X-rays were first observed in in 1895 by German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845-1923). Roentgen accidentally made this discovery while conducting an experiment testing whether cathode rays would pass through glass. After covering the glass cathode tubes he was using for his experiment, he noticed a glow coming from a nearby chemically coated screen. He was unsure what rays were causing the glow so he dubbed them “X-rays” for the time-being, and the name stuck!
Roentgen is also credited with discovering the medical use of X-rays. The first photograph of a human body part using X-rays is actually his wife’s hand!
Dental X-Rays Help Spot Problems Early
X-rays have become an incredibly valuable tool in modern medicine-especially for dentistry! We learn a lot from visually examining your teeth, but not everything is visible to the naked eye during a routine dental exam.
Dental X-rays allow us to detect and diagnose tooth decay between teeth, on hard-to-reach surfaces, and under existing dental work. X-rays can even be helpful in identifying dental and orthodontic issues that exist beneath the gum line-something that was impossible without invasive procedures before X-rays became widely available.
We Have Your Safety In Mind
Both traditional and digital X-ray exams are safe. Though low levels of radiation are used to capture the X-ray images, each technique is designed to limit the body’s exposure to radiation. A leaded apron and thyroid collar may be used to minimize exposure to the abdomen and throat during an examination. These protective measures are especially recommended for women of childbearing age, those who are pregnant, and children.
If you are pregnant and in need of dental X-rays, be sure to tell your dentist. They will be sure to use the leaded apron and thyroid collar during your exam to protect you and your fetus from any radiation. Dental X-rays do not need to be delayed if you’re breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant, but talk to your dentist if you have any questions or concerns.
Prevention Is The Key To Healthy Smiles
We want to keep your mouth as healthy as possible and preserve your beautiful smile. That’s why it’s essential that we discover and diagnose the earliest sign of a problem. X-rays are an essential tool in helping spot these problems that might otherwise go unnoticed. If you have any questions about dental X-rays, please let us know! We’d love to speak with you about this or any other questions you may have.