TAKE SAFE STEPS FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN HAVE FUN AND STAY SAFE ALL SUMMER LONG!
While children may be on summer vacation, a parent’s concern for their safety isn’t. Here are a few ways to keep your kids safe during the summer. SUN SAFETY One of the most important hazards to keep in mind is the sun. UV rays can damage the skin and eyes, causing skin cancer and even immune system suppression. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to counter sun exposure. Wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, covering your exposed skin, wearing sunglasses, and controlling your time spent in direct sunlight can all prevent skin damage. Another way to keep your child happy and healthy in the sun is to keep them hydrated. If your child has a dry or sticky mouth, sunken eyes, dry and cool skin, drowsiness, dizziness, or little to no tears while crying, then they may be suffering from dehydration. Make sure that your child drinks water as much as possible and that they rest in a shaded area to prevent dehydration. STAYING HEALTHY This is one subject that shouldn’t take a break over the summer vacation. Children are more likely to gain weight over the summer than any other time of the year. Sticking to a schedule can keep your kids proactive and create positive and healthy habits for them. When you’re heading out to a summer activity, packing a lunch can ensure that your children are eating healthy. You can help the entire family maintain healthy eating habits by packing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and healthy
beverages instead of picking up a quick bite to eat on the way there or back. To keep your child busy throughout their break, sign them up for a summer activity. Swimming lessons or camps are great ways to give your kids a schedule they can follow while having fun and interacting with kids their age. SWIMMING Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities. If you’re headed to a beach or a local pool to cool off, it’s vital to avoid the potential dangers swimming can pose. If your children are swimming in any body of water, maintain constant vigilance, and stay within reach if you have an infant or toddler in or around water. If there are multiple adults present, take turns watching the children. Keep in mind that water wings or water noodles are not approved personal flotation devices (PFDs). Using a U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD, such as a life jacket, is highly recommended. Applying waterproof sunscreen is also crucial for all water- related summer activities. Water gives minimal protection against UV rays, which can easily cut through the first three feet of water. Any sunlight reflected on the water can sunburn someone just as easily as if they had been out in a park all day. If your family is going to a pool or lake, be sure to apply a copious amount of waterproof sunscreen every two hours for full skin protection. During the summer months, kids are excited for blue skies and a break from school. Keeping them healthy and safe is just as important as the amount of fun they have. Stay safe and have enjoyable days in the sun!
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Did you know the average strength of a human jaw can produce a bite of 162 pounds per square inch (psi)? This is enough to scratch pure iron, but it’s nothing compared to the power of some bites in the animal kingdom. The strongest bite on Earth belongs to the Nile crocodile of sub-Saharan Africa, at 5,000 psi. You definitely don’t want to get on this croc’s bad side. Our jaw is designed to help us bite and tear food, but some meals are a little tougher on your jaw than others. Some of the most difficult foods to eat, in terms of jaw pressure, are things like nuts (especially walnuts), popcorn (due to the kernels), and raw fruits or vegetables, which put extra pressure on the incisors. Even softer foods can wear out your jaw. Well-done steak and caramel candy require extra chewing, and therefore extra jaw pressure. Eating a lot of food that’s hard on your jaw can lead to pain, but if you experience chronic jaw pain, it might not be caused by your diet. Jaw pain can be brought on by a number of problems, including the following: UNDER PRESSURE
What You Can Do About Jaw Pain
TEETH GRINDING A lot of people grind their teeth due to stress, but you can also grind your teeth in your sleep without realizing it. Grinding in your sleep is often a sign of a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. UNTREATED CAVITY If you fail to get a cavity treated right away, the damage can work its way beneath your enamel and down the pulp of your tooth. Most people with major cavities aren’t able to determine which tooth is the problem because the pain radiates throughout their jaw. BAD BITE If your teeth aren’t lined up right, you can end up with an overbite or an underbite. A bad bite can get in the way of your ability to chew, wearing out your jaw muscles and leading to pain. A lot of the time, your dentist can help you determine the cause of your jaw pain. If you suffer from an aching jaw, be sure to mention it during your next appointment. We’d be happy to help you find the reason and the solution for your pain.
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“This is the best dentist my family has ever been to! Angela was super friendly and helpful throughout the entire visit. Dr. Jones is wonderful and we look forward too many years with them as our dentist! We would highly recommend them to everyone we know.” –TAYLOR H. “Jones Smiles is such a great dental group. Everyone there is wonderful and make you feel so welcome. They are upfront and honest and really care about helping their patients. If you are looking for an awesome dental group, I highly recommend that you give them a try.” –RHONDA B.
“Amazing experience from start to finish! They all made me feel so comfortable and took so much time to get to know me and my needs. Dr. Jones is conservative in his approach, so he believes in saving your teeth and saving you money where possible. His staff is stellar — loved Angela and Colleen!” –PATTI G. “Rachel was excellent. She cares about your experience and the health of your teeth and gums. Great experience!” –KEIYA T.
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How Dental Implants Can Change Your Life Get That Smile You’ve Always Wanted
Many people benefit from dental implants. Not only do they give people self-confidence through a beautiful smile, they can prevent many other oral health problems. With implants, people don’t have to hide behind their hands or feel embarrassed when they laugh or smile — it’s life-changing. None of this would be possible without a significant contribution to dental science by Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark. Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark of Sweden made dental implants possible. Prior to his work, it was considered common knowledge that no outside material could successfully fuse with bone. This changed in 1952 when Dr. Branemark, conducting orthopedic experiments on a rabbit legs, discovered that titanium was not rejected by the bone. Although he wasn’t a dentist, the orthopedic surgeon’s innovative research led to the creation of dental implants, bringing better smiles to millions of people around the globe.
which allowed him to eat and speak normally for the first time — abilities he was able to retain for the rest of his life. Dr. Branemark’s research and determination to pursue his passion led to many other successful implants. Larsson was just the first of many who would benefit from his groundbreaking research. Implants not only help patients regain the confidence to smile and laugh, but they also restore overall oral health. Many patients who are suffering from broken or missing teeth will finally enjoy biting into an apple or chewing on a steak with no pain or discomfort. Dental implants are stronger than a dental crown and look exactly like natural teeth. Jones Smiles understands how uncomfortable it can be when patients struggle with their oral health, and we are here to help. We’ve helped many patients replace missing or broken teeth with dental implants, often giving them their lives back. If you have teeth you’re embarrassed about, you too may benefit from Dr. Branemark’s research, just as so many other patients have. Call our office at 770-467-3639 today to set up a consultation. SMILE-FRIENDLY RECIPES
His first patient, Gösta Larsson, was a Swedish man who was born with a deformed jaw. In 1965, Larsson received four dental implants,
CHARRED CHILI-CHEESE CORN
You’ll find all of the flavors of elote, Mexican street corn, in this dish, without any of the mess. It’s the rare side that can outshine any main course.
• 4 ears of corn, husked • 4 tablespoons high-smoke- point oil, such as canola or vegetable • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced • 1/2 red chili (such as Fresno) or jalapeño, thinly sliced
• 1/4 cup fresh lime juice • 2 ounces fresh cotija cheese (or feta), crumbled • 1/4 cup cilantro • Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Heat grill to medium. 2. Brush corn with 2 tablespoons oil and grill until visibly charred, 10–12 minutes. 3. Cut kernels off cob and combine with shallots, chilis, lime juice, cheese, and remaining oil. 4. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with cilantro, and serve.
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6 Dog Mayors From Around the US WHEN POLITICS GOES TO THE DOGS
Most towns and cities around the country play it safe: They elect humans to hold political office. But a few towns decided to do something a little different. They threw political formality to the wind and elected dogs to office. Here are a few popular pups from around the country.
Max leading the pack. Max was elected to a second term in 2013, but soon passed away after a battle with cancer. Thankfully, his successor was quickly appointed: Maximus Mighty-Dog Mueller II. Brynneth Pawltro, Lucy Lou, Junior Cochran, and Goofy Borneman These four dogs all hail from Rabbit Hash, Kentucky. Back in 1998, the people of Rabbit Hash decided to elect a dog mayor. That year, Goofy Borneman, a mixed breed, became the first in what would become a continuing tradition. He held the office until 2001, when he passed away at age 16. In 2004, Junior Cochran, a black Labrador, took on the role of mayor, but his term was plagued by scandal after he spent too much time hanging around the town’s general store — and Health and Safety was called. Then, he too died in office in 2008. Later that year, Lucy Lou, a border collie, was elected into office and became the town’s first female mayor. The good news is she saw her term through to the end, but she didn’t run for a second term. Instead, pitbull Brynneth Pawltro, or Brynn as his friends call him, ran and won. Today, you’ll find Brynn roaming Rabbit Hash, staying carefully out of Health and Safety’s way.
Duke This Great Pyrenees became one of the most popular pups to hold elected office. He first ran for mayor in 2014 in Cormorant Township, Minnesota, and won by a landslide. He’s been in the mayoral race every year since then — and he’s won every time! Today, Duke is still in office, where he never misses a photo-op or a pat on the head. Maximus Mighty-Dog Mueller This golden retriever was first elected to office in 2012 in Idyllwild, California. His election was part of an initiative put together by an organization called Animal Rescue Friends, or ARF. As part of the election, area residents could nominate their cat or dog for mayor. During the inaugural event, 14 dogs and two cats ran for mayor, with
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