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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

At Lakeway Smiles, we want to wish all of our customers a safe and Happy Halloween. Do you know the story behind the celebration?  “It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.” 

Remember to be safe if you’re taking the kids out trick or treating! Have a Happy Halloween! 

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Costume Contest

We are very excited to announce our Halloween Costume Contest!! All you have to do to enter is send us a photo of your Halloween costume to be entered! Send your pics toLakewaySmilesHalloween@gmail.com

1st Place - Kindle
2nd Place - Sonicare Toothbrush
3rd Place - Home Whitening Kit 

We will announce the deadline for entering in a few weeks. Good Luck!!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Health Tips from Dr. Oz

These days, we all try to be a little healthier. One of my go to resources for health tips, who many of you probably know, is Dr. Oz.  He offers great tips and suggestions to help you get on the right track and change your life. Check out some great tips he has, especially for women that will make you feel better and live longer!

1.       Laugh Often-It relieves stress!
2.       Eat Breakfast- It keeps your metabolism more active throughout the day
3.       Get plenty of sleep- shoot for at least 7 hours
4.       Eat colorful foods (no, not skittles)-fruits and veggies each day
5.       Floss, floss, floss!
6.       Join a yoga class-it eases stress, lowers blood pressure and increases your flexibility
7.       Avoid Fad Diets- Develop a healthy lifestyle and stick to it!
8.       Indulge in some green tea- the benefits range from cancer-stopping to fighting dandruff!
9.       Sweat it out- sweating reduces the toxins in your body and risk of heart attack!
10.   Add some weight to your workout- Burn more calories and build muscle

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dental Tip - Flossing

Flossing is one of the most effective methods of keeping your teeth and gums healthy yet many overlook it. Don’t skip this step in your oral routine. Follow these simple rules for proper flossing techniques: (www.mayoclinic.com)

·         Don't skimp. Break off about 18 inches (46 centimeters) of dental floss. Wind most of the floss around the middle finger on one hand, and the rest around the middle finger on the other hand — leaving about 1 inch (3 centimeters) to floss your first tooth.
·         Take it one tooth at a time. Use your thumbs and forefingers to gently pull the floss from the gumline to the top of the tooth to scrape off plaque. Rub the floss against all sides of the tooth. Unwind to fresh floss as you progress to the next tooth.
·         Keep it up. If you have trouble getting floss through your teeth, try the waxed variety. If it's hard to manipulate the floss, use a floss holder or an inter-dental cleaner — such as a dental pick or stick designed to clean between the teeth.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dental Tip - Healthy Brushing

Many of us don’t put much thought into brushing and can develop bad habits of improper brushing. When you brush your teeth, keep in mind these important tips to keep them healthy: (www.mayoclinic.com)
·         Brush your teeth at least twice a day. When you brush, don't rush. Take enough time to do a thorough job.
·         Use the proper equipment. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively.
·         Practice good technique. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle against your teeth and brush with short back-and-forth motions. Remember to brush the inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue. Avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing, which can irritate your gums.
·         Keep your equipment clean. Always rinse your toothbrush with water after brushing. Store your toothbrush in an upright position, if possible, and allow it to air dry until using it again. Don't routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers, which can encourage the growth of bacteria.
·         Know when to replace your toothbrush. Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric or battery-operated toothbrush every three to four months — or sooner if the bristles become frayed.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

NAMIWalk Austin 5K

Join others is raising awareness and help build better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The organization NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will be having their 7th Annual NAMI Austin Walk on Saturday, October 6th. Last year the Austin walk had over 2,000 walkers and raised over $200,000 for NAMI’s programs.

For more information and to learn more about how you can help, visit http://www.namiaustin.org/namiwalks/