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Valentine’s Day is typically thought of as a holiday for spouses and partners to show how much they love one another. However, this festive day can also be a great opportunity to show your kids that same love! It’s easy to make Valentine’s Day enjoyable if you put a little thought into it. Here are a few fun and creative ways to make Valentine’s Day special for kids:
Instead of serving up the usual cereal and milk or handing over the standard toaster pastry, set aside some time to make a special breakfast for your children. Use a cake mix to whip up some red velvet pancakes topped with a drizzle of cream cheese icing. Create heart-shaped French toast with a cookie cutter. Let your kids dip strawberries in chocolate hazelnut spread or vanilla yogurt. It doesn’t really matter what you serve as long as everyone enjoys it. Don’t forget to join your children at the table! Spending a bit more time together is another way to make their morning meal extra special on Valentine’s Day!
Most kids love exchanging Valentine’s Day cards with their friends at school. Make that activity even more special by letting your child create a unique box to hold all those cards. You can purchase a pre-made box from a craft store or make your own by gluing together some pieces of poster board or cardboard. Then, provide a variety of decorations for your child to use. Paints, foam, felt, construction paper and glitter are all good options. Girls can use traditional colors like red and pink while boys can use shades like blue or green for a look that’s a bit more masculine. There’s really no right or wrong way to decorate. It’s all about having a good time. Creating a Valentine’s Day card box is a fantastic way to make the holiday distinctive and exciting!
It’s simple to turn your kids’ everyday lunchtime favorites into something slightly more out of the ordinary. Pack a heart-shaped sandwich or spell out “I love you” with pepperoni on a homemade pizza. Bake a batch of strawberry cupcakes and place one in your son or daughter’s lunchbox for a sweet midday surprise. You can also write a little Valentine’s Day note that says just how much you love him or her. Anything you can do to make the day feel different will help create some fun childhood memories!
There’s nothing more special than a good, old-fashioned slumber party! Allow your kids to invite over a few friends and plan some fun activities for them to enjoy. Girls can make some friendship bracelets or create some red and pink sand art. Boys can watch the latest superhero movie or play their favorite video game. Of course, you can serve up some treats like fruit punch as well as sugar cookies decorated with frosting and Valentine’s Day sprinkles to make the night one of a kind. Any time is a great time for a party, but this February holiday calls for a special celebration!
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for those who are in love. It can also be a terrific chance to show your kids how much you care about them. Make the effort to make this holiday extra special for your children by using one of the inventive suggestions on this list. With these fun and creative ideas, you’ll make this Valentine’s Day one to remember!
For some patients with dental fears, finding a sympathetic practitioner is the beginning of a happier relationship with the dentist’s chair (as it leads to a greater understanding of the facts behind the dental fears). However, for other patients, the nicest dentist in the world can’t really allay dental fears. If you fall into this category, it is worth considering the following five treatments for dental fears.
Many dental offices are equipped with the ability to let patients watch or listen to some form of entertainment during treatment. If you can shift your focus to your favorite music or an intriguing movie, you might find that your dental fears start to die down (and eventually dissipate).
Your dentist may be willing to do ‘dry runs’ of treatments to help to reduce your dental fears by making the experiences associated with the procedure more routine. For example, you may have the chance to practice breathing with a rubber dam, or your dentist might let you touch and learn about some of the equipment that will be used (thereby demystifying it).
For dental fears associated with needles, a device called a Dental Wand can be used to ensure that the shot is controlled by a computer (ensuring a slow, steady pace that should be painless). As a bonus, the equipment helps to minimize dental fears because it looks much less intimidating than a lone syringe held in a gloved hand.
Anti-anxiety and sedative drugs (usually benzodiazepines) can help to reduce your dental fears by inhibiting your ability to feel anxious, increasing you sense of well-being and making you feel somewhat drowsy. While they may not be safe for you to use if you have certain health problems (e.g. heart problems or impaired liver function), your dentist will be able to assess your suitability.
Dental fears can also be tackled by drugs administered directly into your blood stream during a procedure. You will be extremely relaxed, and time will seem to pass extremely quickly (as IV sedatives typically induce full of partial amnesia).
Whether we’re shopping at Coquitlam Centre, getting groceries from PriceSmart Foods, hopping on the West Coast Express for work or dropping off the kids at school—most of us in Coquitlam are usually on the go. With our busy and fast-paced schedules, it’s not always easy to stay close and connected to our families. And when everyone in your family has their own schedules and activities—it’s more important than ever to keep your family close together so you can support each other and share in each other’s interests. Spending quality time with your family can strengthen your family bond, help you understand each other better and make you feel comforted and loved. It can also help children overcome behavioral issues, have a positive foundation and in some cases, even improve academic performance.
If you feel that your family could benefit from being closer together, start by taking advantage of drive times. When you’re ferrying the kids to school or to extra circular activities, use that time to connect with them by talking and sharing. You can talk to them about their day or tell them about yours. This can help you to connect with your kids while you are on-the-go and share in each other’s experiences.
Creating new memories together can also bring your family closer together. You can create quality memories for you and your family by taking a vacation, having a movie night at Cineplex Coquitlam, taking a walk around Lafarge Lake, or just even having weekly dinners together. This time allows you to create a space where your family can talk about what is going on in their lives, share in each other’s interests and have fun! Creating weekly or even holiday traditions or rituals can help set time aside for your family and give everyone something to look forward to.
While it’s important to spend time together as an entire family, it’s also equally as important to have one-to-one time with each other. If you have more than one child—having one-to-one time with each child can help them feel special and important. Having “us” time for parents to spend together is important because a strong marriage can lead to a stronger and closer family. Take a few hours out of your week to spend with your spouse so you can connect with each other. One way to do is to keep a reservation at a local Coquitlam restaurant or book tickets to a play at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. This way you have a standing activity you both can look forward to sharing together as a couple—and when you successfully connect with your spouse, chances are you can successfully connect with your family and bring your family closer together.
Remember that it’s not about the quantity, but the quality of time you spend together. Spending quality time and having fun together can help create a safe space where your children feel comfortable enough to share their problems or concerns with you, and vice versa. It allows for open communication between your family members and can help bring your family closer together. Laughing together is also a great way to break barriers, diffuse difficult situations and create a positive space—so watch a funny movie together or tell a funny story at your family dinner to share a good laugh.
A good dentist helps his patients explore all of the available options for braces in order to assist them in choosing the style that is going to perform the best for their needs. Does Invisalign really work as well as traditional braces? This is a question that is heard in many dental offices and clinics each day. Invisalign performance is important if you are considering clear braces over traditional metal wires-and-brackets. Invisalign® provides similar results to traditional metal braces for most individuals who wear them.
Your Invisalign® performance in straightening crooked teeth should be just as successful as if you had gotten traditional, ceramic, or InVu braces. Your dentist takes great care to have each Invisalign® tray professionally fabricated to provide the desired performance.
When you first start out, your clear aligner trays look beautiful. They will remain that way too as long as you aren’t a heavy smoker or coffee drinker. Unfortunately, if you do smoke heavily or drink more than 3 cups of black coffee a day, your clear braces are going to pick up a few stains in much the same manner as your teeth. Your Invisalign® performance is still going to be the same, and your teeth are going to get straighter. It’s just that your clear braces are no longer going to look as invisible.
In general, traditional styles of metal braces provide the highest level of stability in a patient’s teeth-straightening treatment. This is due to the fact that traditional braces are worn 24 hours a day. With Invisalign®, the patient has the opportunity to remove the aligner trays for eating and caring for the teeth (brushing and flossing). This creates the opportunity for a patient to become lazy about their teeth-straightening treatment. If the aligners are kept off for extended periods of time, the results will not be the same as with traditional braces, and Invisalign® performance suffers.
As long as you care for your trays properly, your aligners should remain nearly invisible. This aspect of Invisalign® performance is perhaps the most compelling reason that people choose them over traditional braces.
It is a great time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and what we want to achieve for the following year. Many people make New Year resolutions but often fail to keep motivated throughout the year, so that they can achieve them.
Setting long term goals has many advantages and can give you a direction on where you see yourself in a few years. It gives you something to work for and achieve, so you can feel good about your accomplishments and achievements. Long term goals are better than short term goals because they help you see the bigger picture of where you want to go. They allow you to anticipate any roadblocks you might have along the way so you are better prepared for them. Long term goals have the capacity to create long term, permanent changes that last over time.
When you’re creating your long term goal, make sure it’s clear. For example, saying “I want to get more sleep” is too vague of a goal. Instead, saying “I want to get eight hours of sleep every night” gives you something specific and measurable to work towards. Also, write down the reasons why you’d like to make this change so that it can help you stay motivated in the long-run. From there, you can break your goal into small chunks and set smaller goals to help you achieve your long term goal. For example, say you currently get six hours of sleep a night— you can then set a goal to get six and a half hours of sleep by March 2014. From there you can set a goal to get seven hours of sleep by June 2014 and so on. This will help your long term goal become more achievable and help create a long term change that benefits you. It also helps you to understand and take your first step to achieving your long term goal.
Once you are working towards your long term goal, keeping yourself motivated is extremely important. Finding effective ways to keep yourself motivated can help you avoid distractions and keep yourself from losing interest in your goal.
The best way to stay motivated is to enjoy the process. Make sure to reward yourself for the small triumphs and give yourself a break if you fail to meet your goals one week. When you meet your goals, share it with your close friends and family members, or post it on Facebook. Keep a positive attitude by reminding yourself what you hope to achieve with this goal and refer back to what you wrote down when you were first creating your goal. You can even watch motivational speeches to keep your spirits high when you’re feeling discouraged or distracted. Another way to keep positive is to keep the string of check marks going on the calendar for the days that you focused and worked towards your goal.
If you can keep motivated, you’ll find yourself achieving your long term goals in no time. Good luck!
Getting your wisdom teeth removed can prevent a range of complications. Dentists often recommend that wisdom teeth are extracted if they are likely to develop complications in future. People in their teens and late twenties should see their dentist regularly to check up on the progress of their wisdom teeth.
If your wisdom teeth cause you pain, you should see a dentist quickly – do not put off making an appointment. Pain can indicate an infection, a cyst growing around an impacted wisdom tooth, or decay that has reached the root of the tooth. In all of these conditions, your dentist is likely to recommend that the affected wisdom tooth is removed.
Even if your wisdom teeth are not currently causing you any pain, your dentist might still recommend that you have them removed. For example, if your wisdom teeth are partially erupted, they might be susceptible to infection as food particles can get caught in the opening around the tooth, causing bacteria to thrive in the gum tissue. Your dentist may also do an X-ray to see whether a wisdom tooth is pressing against your other teeth or the bones in the mouth. The pressure exerted by a wisdom tooth on bones or other teeth can cause damage, so it is important to monitor the situation carefully and remove the tooth if necessary.
It is often difficult to clean wisdom teeth thoroughly, as they are crammed into the back of your mouth, behind all your other teeth. If you are having trouble reaching your teeth to clean them, you should seek advice from your dentist. He or she might be able to give you advice about keeping the teeth free from infection. Alternatively, the possibility of removing the teeth so that they do not become decayed might be discussed.
The key to managing your wisdom teeth, whether you choose to keep them or have them removed, is to work with a dentist who you trust. A good dentist can often spot problems with your wisdom teeth and either treat or remove the tooth before a serious infection develops.
Cosmetic dentistry isn’t only for people who have lost most of their teeth; in truth, there are many different reasons why cosmetic dentistry procedures are worth considering, and some of them are more intimately connected with your oral health and general well-being than you might first expect.
Although most people assume that cosmetic dentistry will only influence the appearance of your teeth, it can actually correct oral functionality problems by making your teeth fit together in a more natural way. For example, wearing either traditional or Invisalign braces can help to correct the position of your jaw and enhance the regularity of your bite.
One obvious benefit of cosmetic dentistry is that it can stop you from feeling self-conscious or anxious when you smile or laugh, and it can help you feel generally more attractive. Many patients even say that cosmetic dentistry has changed their life in this respect, helping them to enjoy a happier social life.
Firstly, if left untreated, decayed or damaged teeth can lead to the spread of decay to other areas in your mouth. Having them repaired via cosmetic dentistry helps to reduce your chances of experiencing further decay or infection. Secondly, having your teeth straightened will make it easier to brush and floss in an effective way that prevents gum disease and tooth decay.
If you want to look younger than your years, cosmetic procedures such as whitening treatments and implants can help to create a much more youthful look by concealing much of the wear and tear that your teeth have experienced during your lifetime.
In addition to helping you feel better about yourself, carefully conducted cosmetic procedures can give you a more polished and professional look that could help to enhance the way you are perceived in the workplace.
Brushing the teeth is a task that most people are generally taught by the time they reach two years of age. However, this wasn’t always the case. While people did want to clean their teeth, it took centuries for the toothbrush to evolve from a rudimentary tool to the highly mechanized devices that exist today. Here is a look at toothbrush history from its early days of barely being adequate enough to remove debris from the teeth to its modern design of highly advanced styling and efficiency.
A look at the early days of toothbrush history shows that this useful tool as we know it might have first been designed by ancient Chinese civilization. Of course, earlier populations cleaned their teeth using whatever was handy, including fingernails, twigs, and slender sticks. However, around the end of the fifteenth century, the bristled toothbrush seems to have been created in China. Rather than relying on the frayed ends of twigs and small sticks to remove food particles and plaque from the teeth, the Chinese found a way to attach coarse hog bristles to the ends of a piece of bamboo or animal bone. Since the hairs were stiff, this method of cleaning the teeth was more effective than using twigs.
The very first mass produced implement in the history of the toothbrush happens to have been created by William Addis, an Englishman. During his incarceration for participating in a riot, Addis filled his time creating a bone-handled brush with boar bristles attached to it by wires. While it might not have been the prettiest implement, toothbrush history places this discovery as the first mass produced version of this tool.
Remaining popular until 1938, boar bristles were eventually replaced with nylon ones. The first model was known as “Doctor West’s Miracle Toothbrush.” It was created by Dupont de Nemours.
Offering a gentle cleaning that is accomplished with oscillating bristles, electric toothbrushes are the latest versions to be included in the annals of toothbrush history. They are efficient and available in many styles.
Christmas is a joyous occasion for spending quality time with your family, feasting on great food and exchanging gifts in the holiday spirit. With the focus on family and festivities, safety often gets pushed to the back burner. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), this leads to almost 400 Christmas tree or decoration-related house fires and 20 deaths each year.
Dry Christmas trees account for over 60 percent of all Christmas-related home fires. The reason for this is twofold. First, dry pine trees ignite easily. A string of incandescent lights, if left on for an extended period of time, can ignite dry pine needles. Second, a dry tree burns fast and hot. If you are planning on using a real tree, keep it watered. Your tree stand should hold at least a gallon and a half of water and be filled every day (multiple times if necessary). A tree filled with moisture will not ignite as easily and if it does burn, will burn at a lower temperature at a much slower rate.
Getting a healthy tree is the first step in making sure that it will be fire safe. Tap the trunk of the tree on the ground and look for fallen needles. If there is a ring of needles after you tap the trunk, the tree has been sitting for a long time and may not wick up water once you get it home. Only choose fresh cut trees that do not easily drop needles.
When you get your tree home, cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk to provide a fresh contact for water to enter the tree. Place the tree in your tree stand and move it so no part of the tree is within 3 feet of a heat source. Heat vents, fireplaces, radiators and even candles can dry out areas of the tree and make them more susceptible to fire.
Don’t block any exits with your tree. If the tree catches fire, you’ll want to be able to get out of the area fast.
Once the tree is in its permanent place, fill the stand reservoir. Check it frequently for the first few days. You may have to fill it multiple times a day to keep the tree needles moist.
If you don’t plan on using a real tree, a flame-retardant artificial Christmas tree will provide the best protection against a tree fire. Not all artificial trees are flame retardant. Make sure to check the label for a “Fire Resistant” designation.
The second-leading cause of Christmas-related fires is faulty electrical wires or overloaded sockets. Everyone wants to have great lights, but having more lights can lead to serious socket load issues. A standard socket should not hold more than three mini string light sets (about 150 lights). Using a surge protector can allow double this number. New LED lights draw far less energy, which can allow you to use several more strands. They also emit almost no heat, so they are the choice type of lighting for live trees. The number of LED strings that can be connected together varies by manufacturer; read the instructions with your strings and follow the manufacturer recommendations.
Older lights often have broken bulbs or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. If any of your strings are damaged in any way, do not use them.
When you are hanging outdoor lights, use insulated staples to hang your strands and plug them into ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). This will prevent them from being damaged by the wind or through water reaching the socket. There are portable GFCIs available at most big-box retailers and home-improvement stores.
Don’t decorate trees with candles. This may be a time-honored tradition, but it is one of the most dangerous things you can put on your tree. Even if your tree is in great condition, open flames can singe needles and light trim or decorations on fire. There are LED flickering candle ornaments made specifically to replace real candles. Use these instead.
If a fireplace is going to get used during the year, Christmas is the time. The burning of the Yule log can create a nice focal point for a Christmas Eve gathering, but if the flue has not been cleaned it can lead to a chimney fire. When wood fires burn, they release carbon-based materials into the flue, especially creosote. These build up on the interior of the chimney and can ignite if the temperature in the fireplace gets high enough.
This is part of the reason that only hardwoods should be burned in a fireplace. Wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and other Christmas remnants can burn hot and fast and result in a chimney fire. They can also release toxic gases into the home.
When large gatherings occur, people end up sleeping in places that weren’t designed for it. This could mean basements, living rooms or family rooms. Unfortunately, this often means using space heaters. Space heaters account for 32 percent of all home fires, but according to the NFPA, they cause 79 percent of home fire deaths. This happens because space heaters are often run while people are asleep. If you must use a space heater over the holidays, keep a 3 foot minimum distance to any other objects. Make this a kid-free zone as well. Make sure your unit is equipped with an automatic tip switch that will turn off the heater if it is knocked over.
The holidays mean lots of food. If you are cooking a Christmas dinner, don’t leave any stovetop food unattended and check on items in the oven periodically. Have a designated area for your oven mitts, wooden spoons, food packages and towels that is well away from the cooking surfaces. There will be a lot of activity in the area. Do your best to keep people from lingering by placing snack trays out in the dining area. Keep your pot lids nearby to smother grease fires. And remember, never throw water on a fire in the kitchen, grease will rise to the top, and the fire will quickly spread.
The number-one cause of fire-related death in the United States is smoking. Lit cigarettes readily ignite furniture and bedding materials resulting in high-intensity fires. Almost all smoking-related fires happen when the smoker falls asleep with a lit cigarette. To eliminate this, insist on a no-smoking policy in your home. Politely ask your guests to smoke on the porch or in a garage area with an open door. They won’t fall asleep, and there won’t be any smoking-related fires.
If a fire does break out in your home, you need to have the right equipment on hand to take care of it. There should be a smoke detector on every level of the home, fire extinguishers in the kitchen, upstairs and downstairs closets, and fire escape ladders in upstairs bedrooms.
The smoke detector is the number-one life saver when it comes to home fires. Two-thirds of all fire deaths happen in homes without smoke detectors or in ones where the smoke detector was not working properly. Make sure to test all smoke detectors and replace any batteries as is necessary.
Just having a fire extinguisher is a step in the right direction. Every fire extinguisher should be ABC rated so it is safe for all fire types. In addition to having the correct type of extinguisher, you need to know when and how to use it. Extinguishers should only be used on small, contained fires like those that start in wastebaskets. If the fire is taller than you are, get everyone out of the house and call 9-1-1. Fires double in size every minute, so if it is already larger than you are there is little chance that you will be able to control it on your own.
P – pull the pin
A – aim the nozzle at the base of the fire
S – squeeze the trigger slowly
S – sweep the fire with a back and forth motion
A typical household fire extinguisher will deliver between 10 and 20 seconds of spray time. This is just enough to douse a small fire or help you create an escape path through a larger one.
Having fire escape ladders in the upper bedrooms creates an escape route that doesn’t require descending the stairs where there might be a fire. There are two standard lengths, the 13-foot to 15-foot ladder and the 23-foot to 25-foot ladder. These are used for two and three-story homes. If you have windows that are over three stories high, custom ladders can be bought for these rooms.
We want your holidays to be happy and safe. Following the fireman’s guide advice should help you avoid the common causes of Christmas-related house fires.
If there’s one thing that can easily kill your chances at making a good first impression, it’s teeth with bad stains or obvious signs of decay. With this in mind, it’s worth remembering that some of the foods you eat are also interacting with plaque on the surfaces of your teeth, creating acids that will gradually break down their enamel. The worst foods for your teeth tend to be those that are either very sugary, dark, sticky or acidic. Although it might seem impractical to attempt to eliminate every one of these foods from your diet, it’s certainly helpful to know which ones they are and why they can cause so much harm.
Here are a few foods to watch out for:
This can include not only your favorite sodas, but also many of today’s popular sports drinks. The sugar in these beverages produces acids that continue attacking your teeth for several minutes after you drink them. If you’re just gradually sipping on them, this effect tends to go on even longer. To avoid prolonging this damage, try drinking these beverages all at once with your meal. Just make sure it’s not a sugary meal consisting of dried fruits, candies and other sweets. Even the carbohydrates in saltine crackers are known to convert to sugar, as soon as you put them into your mouth. This will cause the exact same process to occur.
Most of the foods in this category are candies, which have been responsible for probably more dental problems than any other modern food. The problem is rather obvious, in that they remain in close contact with the surfaces of the teeth for far longer, because they’re not as easily washed away. Stickiness is yet another problem with the saltine crackers mentioned above, as they become rather gooey when they are chewed and this sticky mess has a way of getting caught between your teeth.
Most of the problems associated with dark foods and beverages have to do with staining. Generally, the darker the substance happens to be, the more it’s going to stain your teeth. If you’re big on black coffee or even black tea, you might consider adding some milk or cream to your beverage, just for the sake of reducing this effect. The same type of staining has been known to occur as the result of eating dark-colored berries and even certain sauces, like soy sauce and tomato sauce.
Two other dark beverages not mentioned above are sodas and red wine. This is because their acidic qualities are even more damaging than their ability to stain teeth. Actually, both red and white wines are acidic, but red wine can cause both problems. Other acidic foods include citrus fruits and tomatoes. All of these can eat away at the enamel on the surface of your teeth. If you like sucking on limes, you might think twice about doing that. Whenever you consume these foods or beverages, try flushing your mouth out with some water to buffer the effects of the acid.
Remember that most of these foods are generally harmless when consumed in moderation. Even though they’re considered the worst foods for your teeth, eating them here and there is not going to make your teeth rot, provided you take the time to properly care for them. The problem is that many people tend to binge on some of them more often than they should and if you’re somewhat careless about brushing and flossing, all that accumulated crud can lead to all sorts of issues with your teeth.
We are pleased to announce that we are now open. Please call or email us if you require an appointment.
With that in mind, we wanted to let you know that we have put proper protocols in place and have access to personal protective equipment for all our staff to serve you in a safe and healthy environment.
As healthcare professionals, dental offices are some of the most prepared to keep patients safe as we re-open – as we already follow strict infection control procedures in our regular practice.
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