Healthy Teeth Hacks for Halloween

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Are you concerned about keeping yourself and your children happy and healthy this Halloween? With walls of candy lining every store and the chance for kids to bring home mounds of free candy, we understand your concern.  But don’t fret, because all you need is a plan. A Sun City West dentist put together this list of tips to help you have a healthy Halloween.

Eat Candy with Meals

Eating your candy with meals can help reduce the risk of tooth decay. The nutrients from your food will help to balance the acid levels in your mouth from the sugary candy. Chewing also produces saliva, which will help to move the candy and sugar particles from your mouth quicker.

Avoid Sweet Snacks

Candy is everywhere right now, but try to keep it as a treat to have with meals. Don’t substitute healthy snacks for candy. Snacking on candy will only increase your risk of getting cavities. Keep snacking to the healthy choices, like fruits and veggies.

Choose Candy Wisely

Some candies are much stickier than others, like taffy and caramels. These will stay on your teeth much longer than other candies, increasing your risk for tooth decay. Another choice you might want to make with candy is the calorie intake. Choose candies with lower calories, and stick to fun-sized versus full candy bars.

Limit Your Stash

Don’t stock up on your Halloween candy early. It will be a constant temptation, especially if it’s a candy you enjoy. Limit the amount of candy you keep in your home to avoid this temptation of snacking on candy. When your kids bring home their bags of candy on Halloween, have them pick their favorites and get rid of the rest by donating it or saving it for food storage or a 72-hour kit.

Drink Water

Drinking water is so important, not only to maintain every healthy bodily function but to help prevent cavities too. Drink water, especially after consuming a sugary treat to help rinse the sugar off your teeth. When you send your children trick-or-treating, send them with a water bottle to help keep them hydrated and to drink after eating their candy early.

Chew Sugar-Free Gum

Chewing sugar-free gum will stimulate saliva production, which will help remove some of the sugar from your teeth. This could be a good item to hand out for trick-or-treaters if you want to give them something a little healthier this year.

Brush and Floss

This may be obvious, but always remember to brush and floss, especially when you’ve been eating candy. Food gets stuck between your teeth and sugar likes to cling to your teeth, so make sure you do your best to continue good brushing and flossing habits through Halloween. Help your children establish good dental hygiene habits to ensure healthy teeth when this sugar-filled holiday is over.

You can still enjoy this holiday and your favorite candies. Just make a plan to keep your family healthy through all of the candy-filled fun.

Safeguarding Your Future? How You Can Make The Right Decisions

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We can all be a little guilty of sticking with the here and now. We may go to work, we earn our money, we pay our bills. There’s nothing wrong with living in the present. However, what is wrong is not considering your future at all. In theory, we have no idea what tomorrow is going to bring. We can’t predict the future, as much as that would be a fantastic skill to possess. So what do we do about that? This is when sometimes the things we do in the here and now can safeguard our future a little bit. While we never know exactly what is instore, we can be somewhat prepared for some of the potential outcomes. I thought I’d share with you some of my thoughts on what you could be doing.

 

Make your health a priority

 

The truth be known, our health and wellbeing are one of the most important factors of present day life and of course our future. So why don’t we do more to safeguard that? Too often we can indulge in little treats, let our fitness levels slide, or worst still not listen to our bodies when something isn’t right. A great way to focus more on our health in the here and now is to develop a healthier lifestyle. This means making more informed choices on the food we eat. Nourishing our body with the right vitamins and nutrients for it to function to full capacity. It’s about making sure we stay hydrated. Water can be an attribute to other things like our mood levels and quality of sleep. It’s even about remaining active. So walking more and exercising as and when we can. A healthy lifestyle is exactly that; it’s about everything to do with your life and not just a good diet or being a keen gym goer. On a different side, many of us don’t take into consideration our health care. No matter what we do, we can still suffer from things. We don’t listen to our bodies and often don’t take ourselves to relevant clinics if something isn’t right. Some of us haven’t got the right healthcare insurances in place. This is where members own health funds could benefit you. Making sure you get the best care, and getting more back in contributed premiums. There isn’t much more you could do to safeguard your health, but all of this is possible to achieve during the here and now.

 

 

Financial investments that could pay off

 

What about your finances? How are they looking? Living in the present day may often mean that you live from payday to payday. Never putting anything away for a rainy day, or even investing in your future. But what happens when those paydays are no more? When retirement age has come, and there isn’t much to be living off. This is why making those crucial investments today could prove lucrative in the future. While still benefiting from some of them in the here and now. This means buying a property to live in. Saving small but regular amounts each month. Perhaps even investing in plans for retirement payouts in the future. All of which could help safeguard your financial future, while still enjoying today.

 

Healthy Menu List for a Child’s Birthday

There are two schools when it comes to the food at children’s parties. There are those people who believe that the kids do not really care what they are eating, as long as they are having fun and as long as they are provided with enough sugar to keep them running. There are also people who think that it is important to think about the menu for the kids’ birthday and that it is also a good idea to think about how healthy the foods will be. We will take both of these into consideration and provide you with a few ideas for the kids’ birthday menu.

Pizza

It does not matter if you are going the healthy way or not with the menu for your children’s birthday, you can never go wrong with pizza. All kids love pizza. It is one of those eternal truths. If you serve children pizza, they will go berserk. It is just true. If you want to experiment a bit, you can set up a make your own pizza station where kids can create their own pizzas. If you want to go healthy, there are always pizzas that can be teaming with healthy ingredients. It is the perfect birthday food.

Hamburgers

Hamburgers are perfect for children who are older than 7, 8. You cannot really give hamburgers to a crowd of 5-year olds and expect them not to make a mess. For kids that are a bit older, homemade burgers are one of the best things that can happen to them. The great thing here is that you can control what goes into the burgers. Go with organic free-range meat, whole wheat buns, fresh lettuce and tomatoes, etc. You will have perfectly healthy burgers that the kids will go crazy for.

Fruit and vegetables

There is some doubt as to how popular these menu items will be at a children’s birthday, but you can always give it a go. Fruit salads (with or without added sweet stuff like ice-cream and cream) are always a hit while you will need to work a bit harder for veggies. It is most likely to have some success with cutting up raw veggies and partnering them with dips that the children will love – such as peanut butter or some homemade healthy alternatives. It is worth a try.

Something sweet

When we say something sweet, we mean a lot of sweet. Kids’ birthday parties are supposed to be about having fun and enjoying themselves and sugar is a part of it, no matter how you cut it. Plus, you do not want to be a jerk and have one of those candy-free birthday parties. Make sure that you have quality candy on offer and that you have plenty of it. Don’t go improvising with the cake. Make it sweet and delicious.

Something to drink

If you want to make your kids’ birthday party healthy or at least healthier, the best way to do it is with drinks. Get rid of the sodas and go for natural juices and other alternatives such as iced tea. Natural fruit juices are super tasty and delicious and kids will love them.