Health Tips

National Children’s Dental Health Month

national-childrens-dental-health-month1February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Developing good dental habits at an early age is key to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Babies and Toddlers
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), parents should start brushing their children’s teeth as soon they emerge. Use a little toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice, on a soft-bristled brush. Don’t forget that your child should have his first dentist appointment by his first birthday.

Let your child pick out a new toothbrush and a great-tasting toothpaste. Kids that take the lead are more likely to make daily brushing a personal habit. You’ll still need to supervise his technique and help ensure that the teeth are cleaned at least twice daily.

Kids at this age start losing their primary teeth. Just because these teeth are on their way out doesn’t mean kids can ignore the importance of dental hygiene. Schedule regular checkups with your dentist to detect any complications during this process.

Continuing with regular dental checkups can help remind your teen to keep brushing and flossing.

For more information, visit the American Dental Association at


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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Whether you prefer to walk during the day or night, in the city or a trail, winter walking can be enjoyable. The beauty of nature, the crisp, fresh air and movement are all beneficial to your overall health and well-being.

Winter walking also requires a certain amount of preparation and precaution. Follow these important tips to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors during the winter months.933-snowflake-winter-wonderland-2

Dress for the weather. Start with a thin, breathable layer, then add a thermal layer. Finally, add a thin outer shell to help keep out the wind and cold. Choose smart footwear that provides traction on snow and ice. Add accessories to stay warm and dry from head to toe.

Be safe. Carry a cell phone, tell someone your planned route, and think about walking with a buddy. Use a walking stick or pole to help with balance. Keep hands out of pockets when walking to aid in balance.

Be visible. Between shorter daylight hours and sunlight reflecting off the snow, it can be tough to see and be seen in the winter. Always wear bright, visible clothing. A reflective vest or gear is ideal any time of day.

Stay alert. Assume that all wet, dark areas on pavements are slippery and icy and proceed with extra caution. Wait for vehicles to stop completely before crossing a road.

With a little preparation, you can safely enjoy a winter walk.

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Source:  Health News from HAP, January Article.


Adults Need Vaccines, Too

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a time to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on recommended vaccines.

Your need for immunization doesn’t end when you become an adult. Regardless of age, we all need immunizations to protect our health against common diseases that can be serious.

The specific vaccines you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, job, lifestyle, health conditions, locations of travel, and vaccines you’ve received in the past.

Vaccination is important because it not only protects the person receiving the vaccine, but also helps prevent the spread of disease, especially to those that are most vulnerable to serious complications such as infants and young children, elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at to view and print the recommended immunization schedules. These schedules list the age or age range when each vaccine or series of shots is recommended. Talk to your healthcare professional about which vaccines are right for you.


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