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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Healthy Holiday Tips for your Teeth

The holidays can be tough on teeth! Keep them healthy with these holiday tips:
The best way to avoid cavities while still enjoying your holiday indulgences is to practice good oral hygiene. Here are some tips to help:
Eating sugary or carbohydrate-rich foods as part of a balanced meal is better than eating them alone. The body produces more saliva to help digest larger meals, which washes away more food and helps neutralize harmful acids before they can attack teeth.
Foods that take a long time to chew can damage teeth. That's because sticky foods, including nutritious choices like raisins, dates and dried fruit, hold acid against teeth longer than do other foods. Try to limit your consumption of these foods.
After consuming high-acid food (fruits) or drinks (wine), rinse with water before brushing your teeth to prevent tooth erosion from the acids.
Keep a toothbrush and travel-size toothpaste handy (for example, in your pocket or purse or store these in the glove compartment of your car) so that you can brush right after eating at holiday parties. An added benefit is that you are less likely to eat after you brush your teeth, so you may end up eating less at parties.
If you're unable to brush your teeth after eating, rinsing your mouth thoroughly with water or chewing sugar-free gum will help to wash away food particles, produce more saliva and neutralize acids in your mouth

For more holiday tips, visit http://bit.ly/IEXWZM

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Outreach Opportunities

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, are you looking to give back this holiday? There are several opportunities for you to volunteer your time or financially around Austin.

You can donate to the Hill Country Community Ministries Holiday Turkey Project 2013 for families in need by visiting http://www.bethany-umc.org/filerequest/8283.

You can also visit http://www.givingcityaustin.com/2013/10/27/thanksgiving-volunteer-opportunities-2013/ for amazing opportunities in the Austin area.

From our families to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thanksgiving Eating Tips

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends and reminds us to be thankful for all we have. On the opposite end, Thanksgiving can present a challenge if you are trying to stick to a healthy diet. Want to have a healthier Thanksgiving this year? Take a look at some food tips we found at http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/healthy-eating/thanksgiving-tips.htm.

1. Get Fish-Friendly: By itself, fish is lower in calories than chicken or ham, and certain types of fish are rich in heart-healthy fats. Just remember to avoid the creamy sauces!
2. Pass Up Ham: Ham is one of the fattiest meats, with 25% of your recommended amount of artery-clogging saturated fat in just one serving.
3. Dark Meat is OK: Dark meat has slightly more calories than white meat, but it also has more vitamins and minerals. Cut calories by not eating the skin.
4. Skip the Skin: Whether you eat white or dark meat, be sure to go skinless. Just one ounce of skin contains 80 calories and 2 grams of fat!
5. Try a Nontraditional Pick: Pork roast often includes both the fatty and lean parts of the meat, but it's made with herbs and spices (not brown sugar and butter) and has little added fat.
6. Refrain from Red Meat: Eeek! Red meat is one of the fattiest proteins. Be sure to trim it before you dig in, and serve yourself portions that are approximately the size of your palm.
7. Sneaky Calorie Cutter: Swap dark meat for light meat and you save 30 calories.
8. Go Easy on Gravy: Roasted turkey is a smart bet for your holiday dinner. Just don't get crazy with the gravy – it’ll cost you about 20 calories per ounce.
9. Forgo Fried: Loading fried chicken on your plate won't give you much room for sides. One serving has close to 500 calories and half your daily intake of saturated fat.
10. Sinful Sides: With a deadly combo of cheese, sour cream, and butter, au gratin potatoes are a dish best eaten in moderation. Using low-fat cheese and cream helps, too.
11. Bypass Baked Beans: Beans are an amazing source of fiber and iron. Unfortunately, this casserole is full of brown sugar, molasses, and honey. Leave the bacon off your plate and save 42 calories.
12. Ignore Biscuits: Homemade biscuits often contain whole milk and butter, which give them their fluffy texture. They're dense in calories, so you're better off with cornbread.
13. Steamed = Slim: Steamed broccoli is a slim side. Just don't ruin it by slathering it with fat-filled cheese sauce.
14. Be Choosy with Coleslaw: This side dish varies from recipe to recipe. If you see it dripping with mayo, pass it up. Made with vinegar and herbs, it's a diet-friendly option.
15. Go Butter-Free: Cornbread, a true Thanksgiving staple, is hard to avoid. Eat it plain -- without the pat of butter -- and cut 30 calories.
16. Fresh is Best: The canned variety of cranberry sauce can be packed with sugars and additives, but homemade versions made with fresh cranberries can be a healthy topping. Either way, it won't wreck your diet.
17. Slim Down Creamed Spinach: By itself, spinach is one of the most nutritious veggies. Add in butter and cream, and you do more diet damage. If you're looking for a low-cal swap, try using reduced-fat cream cheese instead of whipping cream.
18. Banish the Bread Basket: Why waste the extra calories? Have one more spoonful of your holiday favorite instead of a plain dinner roll.
19. Go Green! Without the cream, butter, and cheese in green bean casserole, these veggies are an excellent choice. Add some flavor with garlic, lemon juice, or a sprinkle of Parmesan.
20. High-Cal Casserole Alert: The base of this casserole contains vitamin-packed green beans but smothers them with cheese, cream, and butter. Cut 50 calories by leaving off the fried onion topping.
21. Be Selective with Salads: Though it's not crazy in calories, congealed salad, a Jell-O-based dish, can contain added sugars and creams. Skip it and save room for dessert!
22. Take Control of Mac and Cheese: It's hard to avoid this gooey dish, but with several types of cheese, milk, and breadcrumbs, it's a complete diet fail. If you indulge, just take a tiny spoonful.
23. Boost Flavor Naturally: Mashed potatoes vary greatly from recipe to recipe. Cut down on calories by adding low-fat milk, herbs, and garlic, and cutting down on butter and cream.

24. Pass Up Pumpkin Bread: Though pumpkin is rich in vision-boosting vitamin A, pumpkin bread contains a ton of sugar and fat. You're better off with a side of sweet potatoes. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Lakeway Smiles Gives Back with LT Love

Every year, Lakeway Smiles participates in LT Love’s annual free dental day. Dr. Kaye and Sara attended this year and helped several children who cannot afford dental care. It was an amazing experience for our office and we cannot express enough how much we enjoy giving back to our community in any way we can. We look forward to next year’s event.

You can learn more about the LT Love organization by visiting http://www.ltlov.org/about.htm

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween

We want to wish each and every one of you a Happy Halloween! Share you costumes and carved pumpkins with us!

Whatever you are doing this Halloween, be sure to check out some safety tips from the CDC by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/.

Happy Halloween

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Austin Halloween Events

Do you love Halloween and dress up each year? We have put together a list of events you can attend in Austin this Halloween!

  • Halloween Bash 2013- The Lucky Lounge will host a great celebration complete with costume contest, surprise guests and drinks! You can purchase tickets at http://events.austin360.com/austin_tx/events/show/352118023-halloween-bash-2013.
  • “Halloween” at the Alamo Drafthouse- You can watch the horror flick in all of its glory. Visit www.drafthouse.com for more information
  • Halloween Children’s Concert at the Long Center- The Austin Symphony presents its annual concert sure to be entertaining for the entire family! Costumes are welcome and encouraged. http://www.austinsymphony.org/events/halloween-childrens-concert-2013/
  • The House of Torment – An Austin classic sure to bring on the scares and chills, the house is open through the end of October! Be sure to bring a friend with you for support!
  • There are so many more events out there! Whatever you are doing this Halloween, we wish you tons of fun! Be sure to share your costume photos with us!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

It’s a Great Pumpkin Contest at Lakeway Smiles

Announcing our pumpkin carving and decorating contest at Lakeway Smiles. Send us photos of your decorated pumpkin and you will be entered into the contest. We want to see some cool pumpkins so be sure to show off your skills!

Entering is easy! All you need to do is send us a photo of your pumpkin to LakewaysSmiles@gmail.com and we will enter you in the contest

It’s time to show off! Good luck everyone!