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By dr@dentistspa.com
November 15, 2012
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1)Singin' in the Rain                                            

Do you have kids? One rainy day, I was humming, and realized she'd never seen "Singin' in the Rain." Not her fault, it was before her time. Well, it was in the library, we took it home for movie night, and she LOVED it. I've since been making a list of "classic" movies, old & new, that she should see, and thought I'd share, in the order I'm showing them to her. I've got 40 on the list, so I'll add 1 a day, be done before Thanksgiving, but would appreciate any additions you might have. Remember, no "R" and only mild PG-13's!


2)Big                                                                        Having "movie night" is a great incentive to get homework done, and a great way to get them a little modern culture and enjoyment. 2 down 38 to go.... 


3)1776                                                                    "Movie night" doesn't always have to be funny. While studying US history, before the big Phila class trip, my daughter fell in love with this musical! 3 down 37 to go....


4)Who Framed Roger Rabbit                            Seems like a good idea to mix it up a bit, alternate cartoon with real, funny with (semi)serious. Feel free to give me suggestions to add to the list, I'll give you credit! 4 down 36 to go....


5)Our Man Godfrey                                                Even though it's black & white, this feel good, romantic comedy has happiness, & a social message still relevent today. Feel free to post suggestions, or forward for more! 5 down 35 to go....


6)Back To The Future                                            I'd forgotten how much swearing this has (for younger folks), but it's fun, exciting and a modern classic. Thanks for all the "Likes" to get more suggestions for us all! 6 down 34 to go....


7)Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory             More fun & lighthearted than the remake, great songs, no nightmares. Anyone know any other originals more fun than the remakes to add? 7 down 33 to go....


8)Airplane                                                                 Wackiness at it's best! How could you not expose your kid(s) to this kind of humor?!? Not just entertainment, it's film/cultural education too! 8 down 32 to go....
 

9)Star Trek:The City on the Edge of Forever
OK, it's TV, but one of the best,most awarded Star Trek's. Happy & sad. Remember, kids' minds are a blank canvas, and it's up to us to sketch the outline so they can fill it in. 9 down 31 to go.... 

10)ET
Did you see Spielberg on 60Min? Classic movie! Have to include it. Anyone want to vote on including "Rocky"? 10 down 30 to go.... 

11)On The Town
This is an amazing movie you’ve probably never seen either! Check out this clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7CIgWZTdgw Loaded with famous people & songs every kid should grow up having heard once. Let me know any suggestions! I’ll put the past descriptions of each on our website http://www.DentistSpa.com/ 11 down 29 to go.... 

12)Field Of Dreams
With the storm coming, what better time for an uplifting, emotional charge, the ultimate father/son film. Be safe, let me know if you need help from the storm. 12 down 28 to go....

13)Star Wars                        Star Wars came out in the 70's! Classic, a part of American history. I feel it's *my* duty to make my daughter experiences it. Be safe, let me know if you need any help. 13 down 27 to go....
 

14)Ghostbusters

Halloween, it's a natural! Not too scary, good effects, happy ending. Please forward this reminder to all your friends to bring "extra" (unwanted) candy over to the office, so we can send a big collection and make our troops happy! 14 down 26 to go.... 

15)Sleepless in Seattle
Nothin' better on a cold night than to snuggle up and watch a family romantic comedy together (then hang on to that romantic feeling for... later...). I'm amazed at all the candy pouring in. Feel free to write notes to our troops to be included with all the candy on our blog &, like or share this to spread the word http://www.dentistspa.com/blog/post/welcome-to-the-dentistspa.html 15 down 25 to go.... 

16)Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Have *you* even seen this Henry Fonda classic? Teach your kids the elegant beauty (and the dark side) of our democracy, in this romantic adventure. Feel free to vote on movies!
16 down 24 to go.... 

8)Airplane
7)Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
6)Back To The Future
5)Our Man Godfrey
4)Who Framed Roger Rabbit
3)1776
2)Big
1)Singin' in the Rain
How 'bout the happier side of patriotism? Did you see the election coverage, with the George M.Cohan statue right there in Times Sq? This is his musical story, and America's. 17 down 25 to go.... 

17)Yankee Doodle Dandy
16)Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
15)Sleepless in Seattle
14)Ghostbusters
13)Star Wars
12)Field Of Dreams
11)On The Town
10)ET
9)Star Trek:The City on the Edge of Forever
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8)Airplane
7)Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
6)Back To The Future
5)Our Man Godfrey
4)Who Framed Roger Rabbit
3)1776
2)Big
1)Singin' in the Rain
How 'bout the happier side of patriotism? Did you see the election coverage, with the George M.Cohan statue right there in Times Sq? This is his musical story, and America's. 17 down 25 to go.... 

17)Yankee Doodle Dandy
How 'bout the happier side of patriotism? Did you see the election coverage, with the George M.Cohan statue right there in Times Sq? This is his musical story, and America's. 17 down 25 to go.... 

18)The Incredible Mr. Limpet
On TCM Sun! Don Knotts as you've never seen him... Winning WWII for us, who could ask for more? Well, if it's you, & you like the entire movie list, you can check it out tonight, then on our blog, with all the movie comments I've made, and you can also comment & suggest, but going forward I feel the list is too long here, in this form. I'm always open to suggestion!
18 down 22 to go.... 

Thank you for wanting to further help our troops with written messages from home! Feel free to write whatever you like (the more upbeat & complimentary the better, name & return contact info optional) and I will personally print them out and include them with the candy we send out.

Again, thank for your support, and let's hope for the day when we won't need to do this anymore.

By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
November 08, 2012
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   nutrition   sugar  
SugarsTheGoodandtheBad

You probably know that tooth decay results when the bacteria in your mouth release acids after consuming sugars. After you eat sugars, particularly the type of sugar known as sucrose, increased acid in your mouth begins to dissolve the enamel and dentin in your teeth, and you end up with cavities.

What are the Types of Sugars?
Modern diets include several types of sugars. Most of these are fermented by oral bacteria, producing acids that are harmful to teeth.

  • Sucrose (commonly known as sugar)
  • Glucose (released from starch consumption)
  • Lactose (milk sugar) — Less acid is produced from this type of sugar
  • Fructose (found naturally in fruit and also added to many processed foods)
  • Maltose

Recommended intake of “free sugars” is no more than 10 teaspoons per day. Note that a can of soda contains over 6 teaspoons! Soft drinks are the largest source of sugar consumption in the U.S. In 2003, for example, Americans drank an average of 52 gallons of soft drinks. Average per capita consumption of all sugars in the U.S. was 141.5 pounds (64.3 kg) one of the highest levels in the world.

Sugar substitute xylitol (which is chemically similar to sugar but does not cause decay) can be part of a preventive program to reduce or control tooth decay. Chewing gum sweetened with xylitol stimulates saliva flow and helps protect against decay.

Sugars Released from Starches
Starches are foods like rice, potatoes, or bread. When you eat refined starches, such as white bread and rice, enzymes in your saliva release glucose. However, these foods have a lower potential to produce decay than foods with added sugars. When sugars are added to starchy foods, as in baked products and breakfast cereals, the potential for decay increases.

Less refined starches such as whole grains require more chewing and stimulate secretion of saliva, which protects from harmful acids.

The Case for Fruit
Fresh fruit has not been shown to produce cavities, so it makes sense to eat them instead of sugary desserts and snacks. Dried fruit is more of a problem because the drying process releases free sugars.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about diet and oral health. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Nutrition & Oral Health.”

By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
October 31, 2012
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea   snoring   sleep  
5ReasonsWeCanHelpYourSnoringandOtherSleepRelatedBreathingDisordersSRBDs

Snoring and other sleeping disorders impact between 50 and 70 million Americans each year. However, did you know that our office can help when it comes to diagnosing and treating sleeping disorders? For this reason, we have put together this list to highlight how we can have a positive impact on your snoring.

  1. Many people are surprised to learn that physician training is lacking and very slowly evolving in the area of sleep related breathing disorders. Therefore, there is limited public and medical awareness. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has acknowledged that properly trained dentists are the first line of therapy for treating mild to moderate sleep apnea effectively.
  2. Because we see our patients on a more regular basis than many primary-care physicians, we dentists are in a unique position to identify and/or detect a SRBD. However, for us to accomplish this, you must share the facts about your sleeping habits and issues related to breathing. In other words, do not be embarrassed to let us know that your spouse, sleeping partner or family complain to you about your snoring!
  3. When it comes to treating complications associated with Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) used in managing Sleep Related Breathing Disorders (SRBD), dentists are the primary professionals who are specifically trained to create, fit, adjust, monitor and treat any complications associated with a mouthpiece (oral appliance).
  4. Did you know that dentists help identify the approximately 90% of misdiagnosed cases of patients suffering from a SRBD? Well, it is true. We play a critical role in diagnosing and treating these patients.
  5. Another reason why it is much easier for us to diagnose and treat these problems is because the core of our training is centered upon the oral cavity, mouth and parts of the upper airway — the very areas where your snoring and SRBDs occur.

If you suffer from snoring or any other Sleep Related Breathing Disorder, it is imperative that you seek and obtain treatment. Ignoring these problems can lead to issues such as: an irregular heartbeat, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and other forms of heart disease as well as strokes and impotence. Contact us today to discuss your questions about snoring or to schedule an appointment. You can also learn more about snoring and sleep disorders when you continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sleep Disorders & Dentistry.”

By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
October 22, 2012
Category: Oral Health
IfYourChildChippedAToothWhatShouldYouDo

Nearly every parent and caregiver has experienced that almost instantaneous sick feeling when they see that their child has been injured, especially when it is an injury to the mouth and teeth. For some, it is just a bloody lip; however, if the accident chipped a tooth, then you may have a completely different situation on your hands. If the nerve of the tooth has not been damaged, you needn't worry too much — a composite (plastic) tooth-colored restoration that is actually bonded to the tooth is an ideal material for repairing most broken or chipped teeth. See us as soon as possible to assess the extent of injury, so that proper and appropriate action can be taken.

An additional reason why bonding with composite resin may be the ideal choice for repairing a child's chipped tooth is that it can be custom created in virtually any shade so that it perfectly matches the damaged tooth and the surrounding teeth. It is also far less expensive than a crown, an important factor to consider when repairing a primary (baby) tooth that will eventually fall out to make room for a permanent tooth. If the injury is to a permanent tooth, a composite resin still may be ideal to use as a restoration until your child or teenager has stopped growing or playing contact sports. This is because your teenager may be too young for a more permanent restoration such as a crown or porcelain veneer.

An important, proactive step you can take to be prepared for the next time your child has a dental injury is to download Dear Doctor's Field-side Pocket Guide for Dental Injuries. This handy, quick reference guide is a must have for athletes, parents, caregivers, teachers, coaches or anyone who is often in an environment where a mouth injury is likely to occur. Knowing what to do and how quickly you must respond can make the critical difference between saving and losing a tooth.





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