Schools should check kids brush teeth, says NICE

Schools should check kids brush teeth, says NICE
"Given that we know how to prevent dental disease this really should not be happening," Prof Kay added. Poor oral hygiene in adults has been linked to increased gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancers. The British Dental Association said that there
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Dr. James Wells of South Charlotte Dentistry Recognizes Dental Hygiene Month
Patients looking for a dentist near Ballantyne in South Charlotte can now visit Dr. James Wells of South Charlotte Dentistry, who is now accepting new patients in honor of Dental Hygiene Month. Dr. Wells specializes in same day crown service which …
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Oral care for little ones
… eating habits and nutrition. In addition, many forget that tooth decay can impact communication and physical appearance as well. Primary (baby) teeth last for one-sixth of a person's life. Hence, proper oral care has to be ensured, right from the
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The midwife at the end of life

Like many of you, I’ve been mesmerized by the bravery of Brittany Maynard, a 29 year old woman who is dying of Stage IV brain cancer. After hearing the course of the disease progression from her doctors and considering what the end of her days were likely to be like, she made the incredibly difficult decision to move to Oregon, one of a handful of states in which assisted suicide is legal, and choose the day and manner in which she will die.



While her story is compelling and awful, it is not so surprising a concept. For veterinarians, taking part in these sorts of heavy decisions is an everyday occurrence, and to the Maynard family I say: I am so glad you have the ability to make that choice.

As I travel to Indianapolis for the annual meeting of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (the mouthful acronym of IAAHPC), I find myself struck by the two most common things clients say to me when I come to their home to euthanize a sick pet:

  1. This must be so hard.
  2. I wish we had this for people.

Though we all wish for ourselves, and our pets, to die peacefully and unaware in our sleep, the truth is, that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes death is peaceful, but sometimes it is horrible and painful and agonizing and drawn-out. To say that is a fate worse than death is not a metaphor in this case. Death can be a relief. We don’t always get to choose the way in which we die, but when we know it is coming and it is going to be unpleasant, I am very grateful this is an option we have for our pets, and for some people.

I suppose in many ways veterinarians are leading the charge in normalizing people’s attitudes about this possibility, right in there with hospice workers and other professionals who deal with these realities. None of us probably gave that much thought when we signed the dotted line on vet school admission forms, but it’s there nonetheless.

There is a small but important distinction I wish more people made when talking about Brittany’s situation: they say, “She is choosing to die.”

This is not true. She wants very much to live. She has no choice in the matter. She is dying.

The accurate statement is, “She is choosing how to die,” and that is a vital distinction. I’ve seen differing views on this, people who genuinely believe that there is beauty in every moment of life, even in suffering an agonizing death with a ravaged body, and to that I simply say: I respect your view on it and your right to choose that end. I also respect those who choose as Brittany is doing, and I find beauty in that as well.

There are limits, of course. I do not show up at people’s homes and simply provide euthanasia on demand for pets who do not have a terminal disease. For my own emotional well-being I have very specific requirements and lines I do not cross. There are situations (such as a dangerously aggressive pet) where the lines about what is ethically acceptable are fuzzy, but my personal limits are not. I feel very proud and honored to be able to do what I do.

This is how I continue to do this every day: by reminding myself and the grieving owners that we are not killing a pet; the disease is killing him or her. We are simply aiding the process and making it more comfortable. I wish for the Maynards the same I do for my patients: comfort, peace, as much as can be gathered in a stressful situation.

I am the midwife at the end of life.

And I am OK with that.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Halloween has hit rock bottom

Things were simpler back in the 80s. We only has three things to do the week before Halloween:

1. Watch the Great Pumpkin.


2. Carve a pumpkin. No one helped. If you cut your finger off, oh well.


3. Run to Woolworth’s and pick out your plastic costume that tied in the back like a surgeon’s gown and suffocating mask you could only see out of one eyeball at a time. Trying not to kill yourself tripping over the pavement was half the fun.


And that was it. Our biggest worry at the time was the ever ubiquitous ‘old man hiding razor blades in apples’ trick, which we were all scared of but no one actually ever saw.

I long for those simpler times. My week has been, shall we say, a bit more complicated.

1. Who has time to watch the Great Pumpkin? I have a Halloween party to plan at school. Except we can’t call it Halloween, so it’s a “Harvest Party” (with costumes) in grade 3 and a “Mystical Science Party” (with costumes) in grade 5. Two weeks ago I was summoned to a summit of all the room moms so we could coordinate our party activities, which were delegated as follows:

  • candy potions lab
  • luminescent fingerprint experiment
  • homemade spooky finger cookies
  • dry ice punch
  • Pretend blood coagulation experiment

I missed the meeting. When I was asked after the fact what I’d like to do I offered to contribute some sort of preserved creature in formaldehyde, which was the best I could do. I was assigned plates and cups.

2. Pumpkin carving has now become an Olympic sport.



























My garage is filled with half-used Pumpkin Masters and the sad remnants of plans gone awry. This year, we’re painting them and calling it a day.

3. Costume shopping began two months ago when the Chasing Fireflies catalog arrived. They cost a small fortune, but they are the only catalog where ten year old girls are still allowed to be ten year old girls.


Over my dead body.


“Why aren’t you wearing a costume, Mommy?” asked my daughter.

“Because I can’t find anything I like, honey,” I responded.

“How about a dog?” she asked. “You like dogs.”

That was out.

That was out.

“Maybe I’ll just be a veterinarian,” I said. “That’s hard to mess up.”



Desperate, I tried to think of the least sexy things on the planet. A lamp. A body bag. A hazmat suit.



We’re all doomed.


“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” I said to her. “Maybe we can just get Brody a costume instead.”


Or maybe not.


Go home, Halloween. You’re drunk.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Dog Bad Breath | Plaque Attack

Dog Bad Breath | | Bad Dog Breath Plaque Attack Triple Care Dental Spray No more brushing! Results in as little as…

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Light thoughts on Encouragement

The Greek word for “encourage” is,  parakaleo , and appears 105 times in the New Testament. If you use the NASB or New American Standard Bible, the word is “implore”….either way..there is power in encouraging others, be it to try and help guide them away from harm or maybe from things that are clearly shared as…

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Kudos for all your tireless work. You are changin…

Kudos for all your tireless work. You are changing the tide.

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Law Department Compliance DeskTop

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

Law Department DeskTop Services, LLC (?LDDS?) announces the release of the Compliance DeskTop providing a very cost-effective cloud solution for tracking, managing and analyzing corporate compliance.

Steve Lauer, Principal of Lauer & Associates, has directed the design of the Compliance DeskTop to incorporate compliance ?best practices? that lead a compliance officer through the necessary steps of capturing, interviewing, reviewing and, if necessary, forwarding the compliance issue to either the in-house law department or outside counsel. ?The Compliance DeskTop,? offers Steve Lauer, ?is a simple, cost-effective way for small to mid-sized companies to build, organize and manage a compliance program. The DeskTop also integrates the company?s legal department or its outside law firms into the workflow for those compliance issues that call for legal analysis and input.?

?But the DeskTop,? adds O. Forrest Morgan, CEO of LDDS, ?goes beyond just tracking compliance issues and allows the corporation to practice preventive law and identify the divisions, products and localities which create compliance events then implement policies or training to reduce future occurrences.?

The DeskTop is designed to enable a company to organize its compliance-related policies and procedures in conformity with the expectations in the Sentencing Guidelines for Organizational Defendants, the standard for an ?effective compliance program? and outlined in Chapter 8 (Section

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LoveAnimalsLogoWe’re excited about the newest episode of Shelter Me, a fantastic show that we sponsor. Shelter Me is a series airing on PBS that celebrates shelter pets. As you may know, some parts of the United States are tougher than others when it comes to new pets finding homes.

Shelter Me’s fourth episode “New Beginnings” spotlights a group of pets moving from crowded shelters in the Los Angeles area to the northwest where they’ll have a chance at a new life.

But how do you get pets from crowded shelters to shelters with room if the two are far away? Wings of Rescue is the answer. These volunteer pilots fly pets to areas where they are more easily adopted.

wor_logo_flag_inset_1Halo and are working with our friends at and Shelter Me to help these pets in need. Our sponsorship of Shelter Me, made possible by you, is showcasing these pets and bringing much-needed publicity to shelter pets.

Wings of Rescue is raising money through to provide more of these life-saving flights.

However, again because of you, we’re able to sponsor which means that all donations are able to go directly to Wings of Rescue.

You’ve done even more! Halo, with our friends at, is not only helping the shelter in Los Angeles, but we’re donating 10,000 meals of Halo food to Kootenai Humane Society, the shelter that will help these pups find their forever homes.

Those sponsorships and meals are all made possible because of you! Thank you for supporting Halo and allowing us to help pets.



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Downton Abbey’s beloved dog could be written out –and for a very unfair reason

Lord Grantham’s beloved Labrador was named ISIS after an Egyptian goddess years ago when she made her debut in season two. Now in an “unfortunate coincidence,” jihadist group leaders have settled on the name ISIS for their merciless army of terrorists. Isis the dog is involved in a storyline about her health in the ongoing fifth season and there are hints that she may be written out of the show by the time the new…
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Dr. Chris Stevens Takes Advantage of Dental Hygiene Month by Educating Sun Prairie, WI Residents on the Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Sun Prairie, WI (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

In honor of Dental Hygiene Month, Dr. Chris Stevens wants to educate patients on the symptoms of periodontal disease and new treatment options available for patients in Sun Prairie, WI. A state-of-the-art laser gum surgery procedure, offered by Dr. Stevens, has made it easier than ever for patients to fight the disease, and regain a healthy smile. Recognizing the symptoms of gum disease is the first step to improving oral health. Symptoms may include swollen or tender gums, receding gums, bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, and loose teeth.

Until recently, gum disease treatment has been very invasive, requiring the cutting and suturing of gum grafts. Traditional gum disease treatment also required a huge time commitment on the part of the patient. With the minimally invasive DEKA Smart CO2 laser, Dr. Stevens is able to treat gum disease with little bleeding, swelling or discomfort. The laser, which targets diseased cells, leaves healthy gum tissue intact and encourages new bone and tissue growth.

Research shows that people who brush their teeth twice daily for two minutes have significantly fewer cases of gum disease and dental cavities. In addition to proper brushing, daily flossing or some sort of interdental cleaning has also been shown to significantly decrease the instance of gum disease and dental decay. Using anti-bacterial mouthwash and chewing sugar-free gum has also been shown to improve oral health by removing plaque and bacteria missed by brushing and flossing.

The DEKA laser uses a CO2 wavelength which has been shown to be very effective when working with soft tissue, such as gums. In addition to gum disease treatment, Dr. Stevens also uses the DEKA laser in cosmetic and implant dentistry. It is also used for the treatment and removal of oral growths, cold sores, and mouth ulcers, without scalpels or stitches.

Patients suffering with the symptoms of periodontal disease in Sun Prairie, WI are encouraged to take advantage of Dental Hygiene Month by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Stevens. To learn more about gum disease, the DEKA Smart CO2 laser, and the dental services available at Dr. Chris Stevens Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, patients are encouraged to visit or call (608) 837-4880.

About the Doctor

Dr. Chris Stevens Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is a general practice that provides personalized dental care for patients in Sun Prairie, WI. Dr. Chris Stevens graduated from Marquette School of Dentistry and has been practicing in Sun Prairie, WI since 1982. He utilizes the latest dental technology and techniques in his services in order to deliver a superior standard of patient care. Dr. Stevens is among the first group of dentists in the country to undergo the training required to perform the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?, a minimally invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting surgery. To learn more about the dental services available at Dr. Chris Stevens Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, please visit or call (608) 837-4880.

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