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Sep 18 / Natasha Gayle

What You Need to Know About Wisdom Tooth Removal


Wisdom Tooth Removal Infographic

Have your children had their wisdom teeth removed? As they enter their teen years, and on into young adulthood, the procedure becomes seemingly inevitable. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, an estimated 85% of wisdom teeth eventually need to be removed, and an estimated 9 out of 10 people have the procedure at some point in their life–although it’s better to do so at a young age. 

Before you break out your video camera in preparation for your child’s wisdom tooth removal day (You’ve surely seen at least one funny video of a post-wisdom tooth removal experience), it’s helpful for parents and children to understand the process and procedure. Doing so will keep you informed and possibly allay some of the fears your child may be experiencing. Though a common procedure, kids may still be nervous about what’s going to happen to them. Helping them understand what they’re walking into can ease those fears.

This infographic demonstrates what you can expect from your child’s wisdom tooth removal and how you can help them as they recover:

Sep 16 / Natasha Gayle

America’s Push for Healthy School Lunches

Healthy School Lunches Lunch Line

Photo by Meriwether Lewis Elementary School / CC BY-NC-ND

Do you remember what you used to eat for lunch at the school cafeteria? While you may have some great cafeteria stories to tell of your own—Mystery-Meat Fridays, Sloppy-Joe Tuesdays, etc.—you probably cringe at the thought of your child eating those same foods.

Legislators took this into consideration and in 2010 passed the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” as a way to improve those cafeteria standards so children get the nutrition they need.

If you’ve been following the progress of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, it may not surprise you to hear that this law has been received in vastly different ways.  This article is not meant to take sides in this critical debate, but to describe the progress and the impact this act has had in the past couple of years as well as lay out some possibilities we may want to consider.

Sep 11 / Natasha Gayle

Taking Care of Your Sick Kids and Their Teeth

Sick Kids

When your kids are feeling under the weather, one of the last things you probably think about is the health of their teeth. You’re too busy trying to help them feel better, as any parent would be. In all actuality, taking care of their teeth can help them feel better faster.

Discover what you can do to take care of your sick kids and their teeth by heeding the advice listed below.

Sep 9 / Natasha Gayle

How to Help Your Child Stay Healthy at School

Little Girl Stays Healthy At School

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As a parent, you may have realized that your kids can be a bit…germy. Now imagine your child multiplied by one hundred kids. It’s no wonder they get sick so easily. Germs are everywhere, and a lot of kids don’t know that there are ways to avoid them—or that they even should.

Here are several steps you can take, as a parent, to help your child stay healthy at school.

Sep 4 / Natasha Gayle

How to Encourage Kids to Eat Healthy Food

 Photo  by Melissa /  CC BY

Photo by Melissa / CC BY

As parents, when you think about ways you can improve your child’s overall health, consider some of their habits. What foods are they eating regularly? Do they seem to enjoy eating healthy foods or do they do so begrudgingly because they have to?

This article will look at ways you can encourage kids to eat healthy food by making these foods more appealing to them. They may start to enjoy eating healthier and  eventually take those great habits on into adulthood and into their own families.

Sep 2 / Natasha Gayle

Healthy Snacks for Studying Students

Studying Student For Healthy Snacks

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School is back in session and it’s likely your kids are studying hard. But what are they eating to get through their studying time? Junior high, high school and college-age students are known for eating not-so-healthy snacks. While these snacks may give your kids the temporary energy boost they need, what affect will these foods have on their health?

For this school year, try encouraging good eating habits in your kids by giving them some of these healthy power snacks. They’ll get through their studies and feel healthier overall.

Aug 26 / Kayla

The Importance of Dental Insurance for Employees’ Health

Working Professionals With Dental Insurance

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Do you provide your employees with dental insurance? If so, you may be helping improve their overall health, according to a recent survey by Delta Dental. Dental health is important to improve a person’s overall well-being, and those who receive dental insurance from their employer are more likely to have good dental health. Check out the results of the survey below and learn more about the importance of dental insurance for your employees’ health.

Aug 21 / Kayla

Superfoods for Health and Teeth

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Photo by madlyinlovewithlife / CC BY-NC-ND

Superfoods are a huge health trend right now. They are packed with nutrients and typically carry multiple health benefits. Here we’ll look at some of the top superfoods for both health and teeth (and some super superfoods that show up on both lists)!

Superfoods for Health


Yogurt is higher in calcium than other dairy products, and it also has the added bonus of protein and potassium. It can easily be enhanced with other good foods, such as probiotics for extra nutrients. Even people who are lactose intolerant can often tolerate yogurt. Try eating plain yogurt fortified with vitamin D, and then you can mix in fruit to add sweetness without a ton of calories.

If you don’t like yogurt, skim milk is a great substitute. Actually, most dairy products contain just about every nutrient you need each day, so any dairy is a good option.


Eggs are a great source of protein! They are also packed with 12 different vitamins and minerals, including choline, which is good for brain development and memory. Try to incorporate an egg dish into your breakfast – eating eggs for breakfast may result in eating less calories throughout the day.

Aug 19 / Natasha Gayle

Grocery Store Tour: How to Shop and Eat Healthier

Grocery Store Tour With Jessie

Pictured: Jessie Zoller, Registered Dietitian at JPS Health Network

There are a lot of reasons why someone would want to eat healthier—to lose weight, a doctor told them to or simply to start taking care of their body. But, if you’re like me, wanting to eat healthier doesn’t necessarily mean you will.

The reality is that a lot of us who say we want to eat healthier have no idea where to begin. That’s where grocery store dietitians come in.

Grocery store dietitians are becoming more common in the U.S.  They are in-store dietitians who help customers learn to read labels and figure out what’s healthy and what’s not while they’re grocery shopping.

Beyond grocery stores, a few clinical dietitians are doing something similar. They have seen the value in visually explaining how to shop for healthy food to their patients so they meet their patients at grocery stores to show them what to do.

My friend Jessie Zoller, Registered Dietitian at JPS Health Network, does just that. Here’s what I learned on my Grocery Store Tour with her.

Aug 14 / Kayla

Don’t Be Scared of the Dentist: Check Out the Latest Technology

Scared Of The Dentist

Photo by Conor Lawless / CC


Are you scared of the dentist? Dentophobia – or fear of dental procedures – is very common. However, many people allow this fear to keep them from going to the dentist, which is dangerous for your oral health. Fortunately, many dentists have implemented new technologies that help make for a more pleasant experience. If you are affected by dental anxiety, check out some of the latest technology designed to improve your dental experience.

Aug 12 / Natasha Gayle

How to Get Rid of a Debilitating Phobia

Man With Phobia

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A phobia is defined by Merriam-Webster as an extremely strong dislike or fear of something or someone. Typically, it’s a fear that poses little to no threat in reality. It’s different from normal fears in that the degree to which a person is impacted by the fear is increasingly high.

The typical symptoms people with phobias experience include:

  • Feelings of great terror, dread or panic
  • An inability to distract oneself from the feared object or person
  • Dizziness, trembling, rapid heartbeat or some other uncontrollable physical reaction
  • A strong desire to get away from the person or object

As you can see from the symptoms, phobias can seriously detract from one’s daily activities and make their fear debilitating. Even more so, there are some individuals whose phobias go so far as to make them black out at the sight or even thought of their fear.  Fortunately, there are ways to treat these types of phobias, but first we’ll look at the three major phobias as defined by the American Psychiatric Association.

Aug 7 / Natasha Gayle

How Sleep Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders Affect Your Dental Health

No More Sleep Insomnia

Photo by Flood G. / CC-NC-ND

Sleep insomnia and other sleep disorders are very common in the U.S., with an estimated 50-70 million adults who have some type of sleep or wakefulness disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And while most know the correlation between sleep and health, few may understand the relationship between sleep and dental health.

Here, we’ll talk about how sleep insomnia and other sleep disorders can affect your dental health and what you can do about it.

Aug 5 / Kayla

Can’t Sleep? 19 Problems You’ll Understand, and Remedies for Them

Can't Sleep

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Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Over 30% of Americans suffer from insomnia. If you fall into this group, then you probably understand the following problems:

  1. You can never get comfortable in your bed.
  2. Anything before 11 a.m. is way too early.
  3. You don’t understand people who can sleep anywhere.
  4. You’re always tired.
  5. The occasional 2 a.m. meal is your friend.
  6. You feel drowsy when driving.
  7. What day is it? They all sort of blur together.
  8. Your alarm goes off just as you fall asleep.
  9. There is no chance of sleeping if the sun is out.
  10. Even sleeping pills don’t work.
  11. You may be proud of the fact that you require very little sleep.
  12. Naps either don’t work or have you out for HOURS.
  13. You are all too familiar with tossing and turning.
  14. 24-hour stores and restaurants were made with you in mind.
  15. You have seen far too many terrible infomercials.
  16. You are the person who posts on social media or responds to email at 3 a.m.
  17. You have great math skills from constantly adding up how many hours of sleep you will get if you fall asleep now.
  18. You’ve seen your fair share of sunrises – from still being awake, not waking up early.
  19. You’re never asleep and never really awake.

If you can relate to these things, you’re in good company. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to determine the cause of your insomnia. Oftentimes, people have trouble sleeping because of another underlying health problem. One such problem is sleep apnea – a disorder in which there are pauses in breathing while sleeping.

Jul 31 / Natasha Gayle

How Can Medical Conditions Affect Your Oral Health?

Medical Conditions Affect Oral Health

Photo by Colum O’Dwyer / CC-ND

As we age, experiencing some type of medical problem is pretty much inevitable. And while our focus, and the doctor’s, is solely on treating it, few think about the effect it’s having on their oral health.

Here we’ll talk about what you should be aware of when it comes to how your medical conditions affect your oral health.

Jul 29 / Kayla

Fun Ways to Exercise for Seniors

Golf As Exercise For Seniors

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As you age, it becomes harder to move around. However, exercise is still an important part of your health. Just because you’re not as fast as you once were doesn’t mean you can’t work some cardio or endurance exercises into your daily routine. To get you started, here is a list of some fun and low-impact ways to exercise for seniors.