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Moist, Phlegm, and Other Words that Repel

Moist, Phlegm, and Other Words that Repel

Did you ever just HEAR a word and get that ‘yuck” sensation?  It is amazing how just the sound of certain words can make us queasy. Sometimes they conjure up an image, sometimes a scent, often a bodily function or habit – but the power of words to repel us, often known as “word aversion”, is remarkably strong. Just think about it. You are having a conversation with a friend and he tells you he hasn’t been feeling well and has been producing a lot of phlegm. You find yourself retching, right? Just the sound of the word produces an...

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The Grind of Teeth Grinding

The Grind of Teeth Grinding

Do you BRUX? During the day or at night? No, bruxism isn’t a new type of meditation or exercise, but, rather, the technical name for grinding teeth. You may unconsciously clench your teeth together during the day, or clench or grind them at night (sleep bruxism). If you grind your teeth at night, it is considered a sleep-related movement disorder and may accompany other sleep disorders such as snoring. Sometimes grinding your teeth is not a major problem and needs no treatment, but at times it can be so severe as to lead to tooth damage, disorders of the jaw...

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Facing Bullies with Confidence

Facing Bullies with Confidence

As your child starts school this month, remember that although every school has a zero tolerance policy for bullying, that doesn’t prevent the act from taking place and your child from being hurt physically or emotionally.  You can help.  Be prepared and prepare your child so that he or she starts school feeling prepared, empowered and self-confident. Parents, teach your kids to try to avoid the bully. Kids, remember, it is hard for someone to pick on you if you are in a group or near an adult.  Bullies tend to pick on kids who are alone and who are...

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To Floss or Not to Floss – That is the Question:

To Floss or Not to Floss – That is the Question:

Whether ‘tis nobler to use a little string to clean between your teeth or not – ay, there’s the rub. Recently there has been a new study that suggests flossing your teeth, in addition to brushing (and, of course, using your TUNG Brush and Gel, is not a necessary part of your daily oral hygiene routine. The study points to evidence, or dare we say the lack of evidence, that flossing really helps reduce plaque that promotes tooth decay. So, you ask, why does my dentist still tell me to floss?  Because there is also no evidence that proves that...

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Back to School: Healthy Snacks to Pack for your Kids

Back to School: Healthy Snacks to Pack for your Kids

It may be hard to believe, but summer is winding down and the school year has either already started or is just about to! It is time to get your kids ready, and that usually entails shopping for supplies, new clothes and, above all, working on their attitudes! Getting up early, classes and homework are probably the farthest things from their minds as they relax in the pool, sleep in, or just hang out with their friends and video games for those last precious days of academic freedom! While you are making plans for the year and are shopping for...

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