Soda Pop – How it affects your health.

Cool glass of iced soda

Cool glass of iced soda

OK!!! Who HASN’T downed a long, cool refreshing glass of soda?? Particularly when it’s lovely, warm and sunny outside. I know I have, on many occasions, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Whether you call it “Pop”, “Soda”, “Juice”, “Seltzer” or “Coke”, it’s a carbonated, artificially flavored fruit drink. Although this article is more concerned with the effects of carbonated beverages, please remember that most beverages otherwise known generically as a “Soft Drinks” have some of the same scarily bad for you contents too, just without the carbonation.

Soda Brands

Soda Brands

As I said in my first line above, I have enjoyed many a cool soft drink, as I am sure many of you have too. (Some reports estimate that each American consumes an average of 58 GALLONS of soda a year!!) But, how many of us have ever considered WHAT we are actually drinking, and the consequences of downing these types of liquids, in the quantities that we do?

Soft drinks, according to many recent medical and dental studies, have become one of the biggest sources of tooth decay as well as being linked to obesity, kidney damage, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers. Now, it’s not just the “full fat” or regular sodas that harm us. Diet sodas also have their own additional effects. Such as; boosting risk of strokes and heart attacks. Amazing that we still drink them huh???

SO!!!

What's REALLY in the can?

What’s REALLY in the can?

Water is, of course, the main ingredient. Hhhhhmmmm, now how can water be bad for us??? Well, in pretty much in the same way that salads, vegetables, fruits and plenty of other food stuffs are really good for us “au naturel”….it’s once we start adding the extras (i.e; salad dressings, sauces, butter and sugars) that the problems begin. Whilst in most natural foods, a little of what you fancy does you good, soda’s and most processed foods not only have excessive amounts of sugars (an average of 16 teaspoons per can of soda), fats and carbohydrates, they also have unnatural chemical ingredients added. Now while some of the chemicals in foods and beverages are there to prolong the shelf life and stabilize the mix (so ingredients don’t separate) in some cases the chemicals are, surprisingly,  there to make the food/drink taste better. So, getting back to the point – what is IN a soda drink and WHY are they bad for us?

What is in a soda?

What is in a soda?

Your long, cool, refreshing soda isn’t sounding quite so refreshing now is it?

Phosphoric acid – used to promote carbonation, give a sharper flavor, slow mold and bacteria growth (ever tried dropping a penny into a glass of Coke overnight? Comes out sparkling like new the next day!!!). This acid erodes tooth enamel, weakens bones.

Check the acid and sugar content of sodas!!

Check the acid and sugar content of sodas!!

Excessive Artificial Sweetener – a chemically manufactured substance used as a substitute for real sugar. Artificial sweeteners can inhibit rather than promote weight loss as they “trick” your body into thinking it is getting sugar so, upsetting the normal working process of the pancreas in producing insulin. They can also induce cravings for “more” sugar and sweet things, increase migraines and possibly lead to intestinal troubles and thymus gland damage. The chemicals used for artificial sweeteners can also convert to Formaldehyde at body temperature!.

Just looking at those two ingredients alone is enough to give me nightmares!!! An analysis of dental checkup data at the University of Michigan found that “Adults who drink three or more sodas a day have worse dental health. Soda drinkers had far greater decay, more missing teeth and more fillings”.

Just let it be said, SODA is BAD for you!!! Diet OR regular!! Try and drink alternatives such as milk, fruit juice (although in moderation, as these too contain citric acid) and best of all WATER!. If you CAN’T give up your soda habit at least try drinking it with a straw, to avoid as much direct contact with your teeth as possible. After all, which smile would YOU prefer?

This smile was caused by excessive drinking of Mountain Dew!

This smile was caused by excessive drinking of Mountain Dew!

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THINK before you DRINK!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Baby’s First Visit to the Dentist

OK!!!!! So you’ve done the hard work and now you have a baby………..

New Born Baby

New Born Baby

Well!!! You THOUGHT you’d done the hard work……

Now you have all the ongoing questions of When, What, Where, Why and How???

You will feel as if you know NOTHING from the simple things like which shampoo to use to big things like whether or not to practice the “No Cry Sleep Solution” or indeed if you even know  ANYTHING!! However, at least for dental questions, we are here and happy to be of help!!

Baby's first visit to the dentist.

Baby’s first visit to the dentist.

So, when do you take your precious little one for his or her first trip to the dentist? In the past, general thinking was that you wait until your child was three, by which time pretty much most of the first (deciduous) teeth had appeared.  However, now, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that the first visit be no more than 6 months after the arrival of the first tooth.

The Baby and The Dentist

The Baby and The Dentist

When you take your baby to the dentist for the first time you will get the chance to visit with the Dentist and have him answer any questions you may have. The first visit is really more about getting Baby comfortable with the dentist and his staff, and of course, to familiarize him with the actual dental office. The dentist will look at Baby’s history and look at his mouth. Depending on how many teeth (and of course how willing Baby is), the hygienist might also have a look and possibly clean Baby’s teeth. Some babies/toddlers will be happy sitting in the big dentist chair, while others will prefer to stay on Mommy’s (or Daddy’s) lap for the exam. Either way is OK, as I said earlier – the main purpose of the first visit is just to get Baby familiar with the dental office.

During your visit, the dentist will take time to answer any questions you have, go over things such as how to take care of Baby’s oral hygiene and give you advice about avoiding cavities, possible trauma to the mouth, teething and normal expected development of Baby’s mouth and teeth. Before you leave, you should feel that you have all the information you need, as well as a plan in place for future visits to the dentist.

Here are some pointers in the right direction:

Cleaning: As soon as the first tooth appears, you should start cleaning. At first, you can wipe the tooth with a clean, damp cloth every day. Once other teeth start to appear, you could start to use a soft baby sized toothbrush. Only use fluoride from 2 years, unless your dentist recommends it.

How much toothpaste?: A small smear of toothpaste, is all you need. Again, remember, no fluoride unless your dentist advises it. Too much fluoride, even though it is great for fighting cavities, can cause white spots on teeth. You will also have to teach your child to spit out the toothpaste and rinse the mouth well after brushing. When they get older (around 6 years old) they can use a small blob of toothpaste, the size of a small pea.

A SMEAR of toothpaste

A SMEAR of toothpaste

How often?: Children need to start off right by brushing at least twice a day. Initially, you will have to do it for them, and you will have to continue to supervise them and watch them closely once they are old enough to hold the toothbrush themselves. Making sure that they only use a smear of toothpaste…….kids LOVE to squeeze the tube, well….it DOES look kind of cool when it comes out of the tube!!!!!

Too much toothpaste!!!!

Too much toothpaste!!!!

By starting early with your baby, you can help them to have a healthy relationship with their dentist AND their teeth!!!!

Clean, healthy, smiley-faced Baby

Clean, healthy, smiley-faced Baby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ed the Ted’s Vacation

Eddie the Ted ready for vacation.

Eddie the Ted ready for vacation.

Back in the middle of May our intrepid little Office Bear, Ted was getting ready for his vacation to the United Kingdom!!! He was helping our newest office member, Tina (Hygiene Coordinator)  with her luggage on her trip home to see her new Grand-daughter Esme!  This is his account of the trip.

“The first leg of the trip involved a short drive along US23 from Ypsilanti, MI to Flint. Where Dear Hubby and Miss Tina had their last breakfast together for two weeks 😦

BUT, although Miss Tina was pretty sad about leaving Dear Hubby behind, she was equally happy to be heading back home to Great Britain for the first time in three years. Especially as in the meantime her son Matthew had met a wonderful young lady, Hayley and they had just had their first child, a beautiful little girl called Esme.

Checking in at Bishop International Airport, Flint, Michigan

Checking in at Bishop International Airport, Flint, Michigan

So, after a lovely breakfast at Bob Evans, Miss Tina and I checked in at Flint for our 12.30 flight to Atlanta, the first leg of our long, long journey that would end up with us arriving in Fort William just after 10pm the following day.

Chilling between flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Atlanta, Georgia

Chilling between flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Atlanta, Georgia
Arriving with Miss Tina At London Heathrow

Arriving with Miss Tina At London Heathrow

We arrived at London Heathrow the following morning a bit blurry eyed at 7.30am with a bit of a rush on to get to the coach station for our trip by bus to Luton Airport, where would meet up with young Esme and her parents Matthew and Hayley for our weekend trip up to Fort William. During the trip we would also meet up with young Esme’s Great-Grandparents and several friends of Miss Tina’s, as she lived there for twenty years before she moved to the USA three years ago.

Onward, ever onward.....at Luton Airport waiting for the flight to Glasgow Scotland

Onward, ever onward…..at Luton Airport waiting for the flight to Glasgow Scotland

After a rather hectic couple of hours because our flight from Luton was delayed and there was a huge traffic accident on the M8, between Glasgow airport and the city centre we finally arrived at Queen Street station for our final (4 hour) leg of the journey to Fort William a mere 43 hours after leaving the house!!!

Now at Queen St Station, Glasgow waiting for the final leg of the journey via train to Fort William, Highlands

Now at Queen St Station, Glasgow waiting for the final leg of the journey via train to Fort William, Highlands

Unfortunately, we didn't travel by The Jacobite Steam Train pictured here...

Unfortunately, we didn’t travel by The Jacobite Steam Train pictured here…

Fort William is home of; Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in  Great Britain; Ben Nevis Malt Whisky; the Jacobite Steam Train (as featured in the Harry Potter movies); the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup; it is the Outdoor Capital of the UK; Nevis Range (where the mountain biking, hiking, hill-climbing and winter-sports take place); Crannog Cruises among many others. The Fort William area also has a rich local history including the Jacobite uprising and the infamous Massacre of Glen Coe. You can look up Fort William by checking out http://www.visit-fortwilliam.co.uk

Glen Nevis, one of the beautiful drives we had near Fort William

Glen Nevis, one of the beautiful drives we had near Fort William

All too soon though, it was time for our weekend in Fort William to come to an end and travel back down to the south of England. Where we would meet more of Miss Tina’s family and get to spend time with Young Esme and her parents.

Having fun in the Duty Free area of Glasgow Airport

Having fun in the Duty Free area of Glasgow Airport

While visiting Banbury, a market town in north Oxfordshire, we met with Miss Tina’s family for a reunion lunch and also went out with Young Esme’s Grampy for the day to Bourton-on-the-Water. A beautiful Cotswold village that is famed for it’s quaintness, it’s Model Village and Birdland among other things. You can check them all out at bourtoninfo.com and banburytown.co.uk

Here is Ted, visiting the beautiful model village of Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds, England.

Here is Ted, visiting the beautiful model village of Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds, England.

The reason the Ted decided to defect to the UK - his heart was captured by this little girl.... Esme

The reason the Ted decided to defect to the UK – his heart was captured by this little girl…. Esme

More proof of their mutual love.....

More proof of their mutual love…..

So on her way home, Miss Tina consoled herself with visiting the Harrods store at Heathrow and taking a photo of some Harrods teddies.

So on her way home, Miss Tina consoled herself with visiting the Harrods store at Heathrow and taking a photo of some Harrods teddies.

The final Goodbye from England......Beefeater Ted standing guard.

The final Goodbye from England……Beefeater Ted standing guard.

So…….I had a wonderful trip, touring around the United Kingdom with Miss Tina and I promise I will send regular updates of my new life over here with Young Esme.”

Regards

Ed the Ted 😉

FLAG DAY -Friday, June 14th, 2013

Flag Day, June 14th, 2013

Flag Day, June 14th, 2013

June 14th is the day that The United States celebrates Flag Day. On this day in 1777 the flag was adopted, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress as the official flag of The United States, and in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation, officially marking June 14th as National Flag Day.

The original flag, in 1777, created by Betsy Ross, bore just 13 stars and 13 stripes which represented the then 13 colonies making up the United States. Since then it has been updated and now bears 50 stars to represent the current 50 states, the original 13 stripes remained to honor the original 13 colonies. This action making the United States the only nation that has willingly altered its national flag. The colors for the flag were not accidental either, each color has a specific meaning: Red is for Hardiness and Courage; White is for Purity and innocence and Blue is for Justice and Freedom.

The commonly used nickname for the Stars and Stripes is “Old Glory”. This name originated with Capt. William Driver of Salem, MA in 1824. The full story can be found here: http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/oldglory.pdf

While Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, the President in office will usually issue a proclamation urging all US Citizens to fly the flag for the week of June 14th. All Government buildings should fly the flag this week also – although common practice is that most Government building and departments normally fly the flag anyway. On June 14th, 1937, Pennsylvania declared June 14th as an official State holiday, thus far, it is the only state that has done so.

Around the country, many local organizations have Flag Day Parades. Some of them on Flag Day itself and some during the week. The oldest Flag Day parade takes place in Appleton, WI and the largest (according to the 2010 census) takes place here in Michigan at Three Oaks.

238th US Army Birthday

238th US Army Birthday

Today is also the 238th Birthday of the United States Army. In 1775, Congress officially adopted “the American Continental Army”. Celebrate the continued strength, professionalism and bravery of our ready and resilient Soldiers in the all-volunteer force. Our Soldiers remain Army Strong with a lifelong commitment to our core values and beliefs.This 238th birthday commemorates America’s Army – Soldiers, families and civilians – who are achieving a level of excellence that is truly Army Strong. We also celebrate our local communities for their steadfast support of our Soldiers and families. We are “America’s Army: Service to the Nation, Strength for the Future.” (Source: http://www.army.mil/birthday/238/)

Some fun facts about the US Army:

18 Presidents have served in the US Army.

In 1946 the Women’s Army Corps were permitted to serve in the regular Army.

Being a Citizen is NOT a requirement to serve in the Army.

The first Army Medal of Honor (the highest award for a Soldier) was awarded during the American Civil War.

The Purple Heart, designated as the badge of Military Merit, was established George Washington as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army on August 7, 1782.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team is the most highly decorated Army combat unit.

The Reserve Component of the Army (Guard/Reserve) is larger than the Active Army.

The US Army motto is: Duty, Honor, Country

So…..today we honor our flag for all it stands and give thanks to those that serve and defend us and our freedoms.

Remember….

Freedom isn't Free

Freedom isn’t Free

Why you should love your dentist!!

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 was “I LOVE MY DENTIST DAY!!!”

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Do YOU love YOURS????

You should………..though unfortunately, many of us don’t. If anything, we fear them, which is really unfortunate as our dentists help us with the very thing that helps us get noticed….our smiles!!!!

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Your dentist can help fix your smile for you and give you the confidence to go out and meet the world head on!!!

There are several reasons why you should love your dentist, and make regular trips to see him (or her);

A) During your check-up, your dentist will check for signs of oral cancer. He will also check for gum disease which is especially important to treat as it can affect your heart, blood sugar, memory and breathing. Effectively, your dentist can, in some cases, give you a very important heads up to other health conditions you may not know you have. (http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/gum-disease-can-cause-serious-illness)

B) Your dentist knows how to fix your teeth!! Among other things, he can take x-rays, look for cavities you can’t see and fill them. He can straighten crooked teeth. He can help you with bad breath and he and his team can clean and polish your teeth.

C) Your dentist cares about your teeth and will help you when you’re in pain. They will even see you out of hours if necessary and are usually (as is the case with Dr Schmidt) available by phone whenever you need them.

D) Your dentist prefers to see you on a regular basis though, so that he can help you avoid needing treatment. By having regular checkups he and his hygienist can spot minor ailments before they blow up into instances that need major work. In some cases your dentist can put sealants on teeth to avoid cavities. Your hygienist will help you by advising you how to care for your teeth at home between visits, reminding you to floss and brush regularly.

E) Modern dentists have new ways to treat you. They can do implants as well as crowns. Hygienists use sonic brushes to cleans your teeth, they can whiten your teeth so your smile is brilliantly welcoming. The dentist’s chair is now a place to relax with calming decor, music playing. If you’re still nervous, we can offer Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) to relax you. The modern dental office is a great place to get your teeth checked.

F) Your dentist will have had a long thorough education in order to be able to care for your oral health. His education will have included College, Dental School, Dental Admissions Testing, State Licensing, National Dental Board Exams, Continuing Education and in some instances further specialist training.

G) You get a free tooth brush, floss and toothpaste every time you have a check up!!

And lastly, you get a healthy mouth AND a wonderful, clean, bright smile!!!!

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What more could you ask for?