Rethink Your Drink

Do you love sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, energy drinks, sports drinks or fruit juice?

It’s time to rethink your drink.

According to a major study, “the odds of dying from heart disease rose in tandem with the percentage of sugar in the diet—and that was true regardless of a person’s age, sex, physical activity level, and body-mass index.” And what accounts for one third of the added sugar in an average American diet? Sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, energy drinks, sports drinks and fruit juice. Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages doesn’t just make you gain weight, it can also increase your risk of heart, tooth and gum disease. 

 

Health Effects of Sugary Drinks

You’ve probably had a discussion about possible health effects of artificial sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup by now. Drinking sugary drinks can lead to diabetes, hypertension and some types of cancer, but it can also have severe side effects on your teeth. Sugary drinks eat away at the enamel of teeth, causing teeth to become weaker and thinner. This can lead to tooth decay and inevitably cavities. This is why dentists often put sealants on back teeth, so that they can prevent cavities and avoid fillings.

If you’re looking to make a little change, the CDC has a great guide here that’ll show you just how much sugar is in your favorite sugar-sweetened drinks. Keep reading for healthy drink options you can make at home, plus easy tips to remember from the American Heart Association.

 

Healthy Drink Options You Can Make At Home

For a bunch of great healthy drink options you can make at home, be sure to follow the “Rethink Your Drink” board on the Mortenson Family Dental Pinterest here!

Fruit Infused Water on the  wooden table.

Lemon Cucumber Water

This has to be the easiest recipe of all time. Slice lemons and cucumbers and place them in a glass of ice water. But there are some healthy effects of lemon cucumber water you might not know:

  • Helps you stay hydrated
  • Provides you with a healthy dose of Vitamin C
  • Gives you a boost of Potassium
  • Helps Prevent Kidney Stones

Blueberry Lime Water

Blueberries are often called a superfood because they’re low in calories but high in Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. They may even reduce the risk of heart disease. Limes are good for your eyes,  skin, gums, weight loss and digestion. Put them together and you’ve got a delicious way to hydrate!

  • 2 cups of water or sparkling water
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 1/2 limes sliced

 

Go on GREEN today

RED: Drink Rarely, If At All

  • Regular sodas
  • Energy or sports drinks
  • Sweetened coffee/tea drinks
  • Fruit drinks

Yellow: Drink Occasionally

  • Diet Soda
  • Low-calorie, low-sugar drinks
  • 100% juice

Green: Drink Plenty

  • Water
  • Seltzer Water
  • 1% or Skim Milk

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National Brush Day and Mortenson Family Dental logos over photos of children celebrating Halloween and brushing their teeth

National Brush Day 2016

November 1 is more than just the day after Halloween. It’s also National Brush Day, when we remind ourselves to brush twice daily and help educate our children on the importance of dental hygiene. In addition to other healthy habits, brushing 2 times for 2 minutes every day helps reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

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Teaching good dental hygiene to our children is especially important, so that they can make brushing twice part of their daily routine. According to Psychology Today, habits that develop early in life can be very difficult to change — so helping your children understand the importance of dental hygiene will transition into keeping healthy habits as an adult.

The Children’s Oral Health campaign encourages parents to reduce their children’s risk of oral disease by making sure they’re brushing for two minutes, twice a day. Their website, 2min2x.org, has plenty of educational and fun resources to help parents out, including these easy Tooth To-Dos:

  • Use a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste for kids ages 3-6, and use slightly more when they’re older.
  • Teach them to spit out the toothpaste when they’re done so they don’t swallow it.
  • Help your kids place the toothbrush at an angle against their gums.
  • Make sure they move the brush back and forth, gently, in short strokes.
  • Help them brush the front, back, and top of teeth.
  • Teach them to brush their tongue to remove germs and freshen breath.

For more tips, be sure to read Colgate’s Teeth Brushing For Kids: Three Strategies For Proper Technique.

Show Your Support

If you’d like to show your support for #NationalBrushDay, there are plenty of ways to get involved on social media.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - American Cancer Society

Join us for Making Strides of Louisville – October 30th

The Making Strides of Louisville walk is this Saturday, October 30th, at Waterfront Park in Louisville, Kentucky. Registration opens at 11:00 am and the walk begins at 1:00 pm. Feel free to register under Team Mortenson! Click here to register.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and it is the second leading cause of death for women. But there are also over 2 million survivors of breast cancer in the United States, thanks to the work of groups like the American Cancer Society to fund life saving research. We are proud to join the American Cancer Society this weekend to support the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

How Donations Save Lives

The American Cancer Society has been saving lives for more than a century. Every day, 500 lives that would have otherwise been lost to cancer are saved. None of it would be possible without the generosity of donors like you. Your dollars help us to help people now who are fighting breast cancer in every community, while working to free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer tomorrow.

  • Promoting Prevention and Early Detection
  • Supporting Patients in their Recovery
  • Pursuing Lifesaving Treatments
  • Fighting Back
  • Learn more

 

 

SWAP YOUR SWEETS! written in candy corn letters

Swap Your Sweets 2016

Halloween is right around the corner! No, we’re not going to tell you or your kiddos not to enjoy any candy, BUT we do want to let you know about a fun way to enjoy some of your candy and send the rest to our troops overseas!

Now through November 15th you are invited to Swap Your Sweets! You can bring in your extra or unwanted Halloween candy to any Mortenson Family Dental, BracesBracesBraces or Kid’s Dentistree location (in Kentucky or Indiana) during that office’s regular hours to get a $5 gift card!

Here are the rules and details:

Each person may swap one bag of candy.

You must have at least one full, sandwich-size bag of candy.

No chocolate! (It melts in the mail when shipped overseas.)

All of the candy that we collect will go to Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas.

Have a safe and fun Halloween and remember, you have until November 15th to swap!

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