Friday, March 27, 2015

Smile Big: Three Components to a Healthy Mouth

Just because a person has beautiful, straight, white teeth, doesn’t mean their mouth is a picture of health. There are several components people should address if they wish to have the healthiest smile possible and ward off potential health problems as they age. The mouth is tremendously important, as it is a key element of delivering nutrition to the rest of the body. It is a key component of delivering affection to others, and is the avenue through which we communicate. It’s important to stay current with dentist appointments and invest in having the healthiest mouth possible. Dental problems will only multiply as you get older, if left untreated, and they can have dire consequences. Here are a few important components to having a healthy mouth.

Healthy Gums

Your gums are made of a soft skin around your teeth, designed to keep bacteria away. If you have a build-up of plaque that is left untreated, your gums can become infected, which causes gingivitis. Toxins can irritate and inflame the gums as well. If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease, low-grade infection that can slowly destroy the gums and bones around your teeth. For healthy gums in Montana it’s important to find a dentist who can keep your gums healthy through regular check-ups and suggestions on daily maintenance. Brush and floss regularly, as well as having your teeth cleaned on a regular basis. Stay away from sugars, sodas, fruit juices, coffee, and other substances that have an adverse effect on your teeth.

Healthy Teeth

If you suspect you have a cavity, take care of it right away, so you don’t develop deeper problems. Regular check-ups can help prevent deeper problems. Dental care is costly, so it’s better to take care of problems before they happen, or in the early stages, to prevent more problems later on down the road. Floss daily, and brush your teeth three times a day right after eating. Brushing your teeth after each meal can help add a bit of refreshment to your day. If you work a desk job, brushing your teeth in the afternoon is a good excuse to get up and move around to take a trip to the restroom. Refresh your mouth and keep it healthy.

Healthy Breath

If you are cleaning your teeth regularly and taking good care of them, your breath will even smell considerably better, which impacts your social relationships. Regular tooth brushing and teeth cleanings keep your mouth smelling and feeling fresh. This is good for your professional life, as well as close personal relationships. Establish some daily and monthly systems for optimum mouth health, including daily maintenance and regular check-ups. Cosmetic improvements are also available, including orthodontia, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or other cosmetic options that may help you gain more success in your career and personal life. It’s most important to establish mouth health first and then add on these cosmetic options for improvement. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Picture Beauty- 2015

Well it might not feel like spring this morning with the snow/ice mixture... especially since last Monday it was 81 degrees!   What a difference a few days can make.   

My beautiful girl is almost done with 1st grade.  This year she has made many good friends!   Her heart is sweet and tender and her attitude always seems positive.   She is an awesome big sister!   Right now her favorite things are pink, American Girl Doll stuff, playing games on her tablet, singing, and any crafty stuff.  

Friday, March 20, 2015

Book Review: The Beginners Bible- Stories about Jesus

The Beginner’s Bible Stories about Jesus follows the story of Jesus’ life from his humble birth to his life as an adult as he preaches and teaches the people. Using the classic iconic art and simple text from The Beginner’s Bible, this padded board book will appeal to the youngest reader with its message of God’s love and its stories of the miracles and words of Jesus.

My Review:
This wonderful book shows the birth, miracles, and death of Jesus.   It is a great book with wonderful illustrations.  This is a board book which is great for those little hands!   Overall your son or daughter will hear some of the key stories of Jesus in this little beginner Bible.  My favorite story included in this Bible is Jesus and the Children.   I love being able to remind my kids how much Jesus loves them and this story always leads to that special message.   

Thank-you Zondervan for sending me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  I was not paid for this review and all opinions are 100% mine.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Book Review: "The Pirate and the Firefly"

About the Book:

Based on Psalm 1:1-3:

1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit in each season.
Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
Oliver loves pretending to be a pirate, but learns that blindly following others doesn’t leave him with a good feeling inside.
In this Scripture adventure, kids join Oliver as he rights the wrongs done by his so-called Pirate friends.
Though it all, Captain Oliver learns that following God’s way is the true way to wisdom!
The second book in the Firefly Chronicle series brings entire sections of Scripture to life via imaginative, fantastical stories that use a passage from Psalms to help children understand and applly biblical truths to their lives. Each book in the series will depict Oliver wearing a different costume as he imagines and adventures his way through God’s Word with the help of Phineas, the firefly. The series will address the felt needs of children ages 4 to 8 including courage, confidence, friendship and more with biblical truths about God.
My Review: 
This book is sure to please the young boys especially ones who likes pirates but girls as well!   My almost 4 year old (birthday in one week) made sure to retell some details about the mean pirates.   The entire story shares the guilty feelings of Oliver until he finally says no to the mean leader and becomes the new leader doing nice things! 
The life lessons in this story are very real and the book can be a great resource to use to lead to more discussions about not being a follower especially if following includes hurting others. 
I also loved the pictures on each page.  Another great feature is to read and discuss the scriptures in Psalms 1.  
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review.   I was not paid for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.  

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