Planning Ahead Is Planning Smart

planning aheadPlanning ahead is something that actually takes a little bit of practice if you’re not used to it.  It sometimes seems really overwhelming to get everything done in your busy day. But if you really think about it, if you get 7-9 hours of sleep, you’ve still got 15 hours in your day!

Planning ahead helps you to be more productive.  There are different strategies that you can use to plan ahead and make a schedule.  One way is by blocking your schedule.  This is like what you see on Google Calendar.  There are visual blocks for each activity with different colors to help you keep things organized. When you are making a schedule, don’t forget to block out time for everything.  Even eating.  Sometimes when we get busy, we forget to eat.  By planning ahead, you can be sure to get three balanced meals a day that will help your mind and body stay healthy.

There are many websites that can help you plan and schedule your day. Check out this article from Emily Clark on the ASDA blog:  Planning ahead is planning smart | Mouthing Off | Blog of the American Student Dental Association.

Finding The Best Dental Clinic For Your Family

dental clinic for your familyThe oral health of your family is important. While there is much you can do to keep proper oral hygiene at home, it is important to find a good dental clinic for your family. This may seem like an overwhelming task given its importance, but here are some tips that may help you.

First, you will probably want to do an online search for dental clinics in your area. Check out the web pages and learn more about them and the services that they offer.  You can also compare services and fees with other dental clinics.  Most websites will provide information about the dentist and the other dental staff.  You will also probably find reviews from patients about the care they received at that clinic.  This can give you an idea of which ones might be worth looking further into.

Once you have narrowed it down to a few favorites, you can set up appointments to visit the clinic and get a tour.  Most clinics offer this service.  When you check it out, get an idea of the type of staff that works there. Get a feel of how they manage their clinic and treat their patients.  Be upfront and ask any questions that you may have.  If you have younger children, don’t hesitate to show them around as well.  Have one of the staff explain the different equipment so it won’t be a surprise on their first visit.  If you have narrowed it down to a couple of clinics, it is always a good idea to ask around as well.  Use social media sites or call and ask neighbors.  Find out if any of them have had good or bad experiences with the particular clinics.

Above all, don’t take for granted how important it is for your family to see the dentist on a regular basis.  It may take a couple of tries to find the right fit for your family, but have confidence that you will find the best dental clinic to meet your needs.

Guide To Choosing A Family Dentist|Family Life By Fe

Family Troubles Tied to Poorer Dental Health, Study Discovers

29763873-drawing-a-cartoon-character-with-tooth-face-vector-graphicsA recent study has shown that parents and children in troubled families tend to have more cavities and missing teeth. The study from New York University found that parents with poor dental health often had partners who were more verbally or physically hostile to them. And children whose mothers were emotionally aggressive to their fathers also had more decayed, missing or filled teeth.

Their findings don’t prove that troubled family behaviors cause poor oral health.  To read about the entire study, see the article here: Family troubles tied to poorer dental health, study discovers – Kids – MSN Healthy Living.

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

If you are 28438416-young-adorable-cheerful-baby-playing-in-park-in-the-sunny-daya new parent you may be wondering when to schedule your child’s first dental visit. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says “First visit by first birthday”.  This may seem quite early to most parents, but national studies have shown that preschool aged children are getting more cavities.  Many kids get cavities as early as age 2.

Seeing the dentist at an early age can help parents learn about their child’s dental health and how to manage diet, hygiene and fluoride to prevent problems for their child.  It also allows parents to discuss oral habits such as thumb sucking, ways to prevent accidents that could damage face and teeth, teething milestones and the link between diet and oral health.

After this first visit, the dentist will suggest you schedule visits every six months.  To find the best dentist for your child, you should consider a pediatric dentist who specializes in the care of young children.  You will also want to prepare your child for their first visit before you see the dentist.  To learn ways you can do this, check out this article from Colgate: Your Child’s Age 1 Dental Visit.

Healthy Tips For You And Your Family

5369229-fresh-vegetables-isolated-on-white-backgroundSchool is back in for most of us now and our kids are working on getting back into the swing of things. Now is a great opportunity to start creating some new healthy habits for the whole family. Here are five healthy tips to get the ball rolling.

Eat a nutritious breakfast – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! This is our chance to help our kids get a great start on the day. Include healthy doses of fiber, calcium and protein into your child’s breakfast.

Limit liquid calories – This is the easiest place to start limiting sugar. Sugary drinks like soda, juice and energy drinks are just empty calories.  Try milk or water instead.

Increase fruits and vegetables – Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and nutrients and low in calories. Keep pre-washed produce available to grab and eat when your child gets hungry.

Plan family dinners – The best way to get your kids to eat healthy is to engage them in the planning.  Have them help you plan healthy options for dinner such as steamed veggies, whole wheat pasta and low calorie sources of protein such as chicken or fish.

Practice portion control – Minding your portions as well as those of your kids is another great way to manage calories. Allow occasional treats instead of banning foods altogether.

5 Healthy Back-to-School Tips | Dr. Lisa Young.