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Smiling
Jul 26 2017

5 Ways Smiling Will Make Your Life Better

Did you know that we start smiling before we are born? Most newborns don't start smiling regularly until they are about 6 weeks old, but you will see many ultrasounds that show a hint of a smile on your unborn baby. Tooth buds can actually start forming as early as 8 weeks during gestation. This shows that the smile is an essential part of life from almost the beginning. There are many reasons that smiling is just plain good for you and for those around you. Here are a few reasons why:   Smiling...

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Teething Baby
Jul 19 2017

Tips For A Teething Baby

Teething is a term used when a baby's teeth begin to grow in and break through the gums for the first time. This usually starts to occur between the ages of 6 and 24 months. The two bottom front teeth are usually the first to appear, followed by the two top front teeth. It can be quite painful and irritating for your baby.   A few classic signs or symptoms of teething include:   Drooling.   Chewing on solid objects.   Cranky or irritable.   Tender or sore gums.   So what's the best way to soothe these sore...

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Above and Beyond Dentistry diabetes
Jun 20 2017

Diabetes and Your Mouth: What You Should Know

People who live with diabetes know the disease can harm the eyes, kidneys, heart, nerves and other important systems in the body. Did you know diabetes can also wreak havoc on your mouth? If you are one of the 22 million people living with diabetes, there is a lot you need to know.   Diabetes affects the body's ability to produce sugar. When you eat, food is converted to sugar and used for energy. When you have Type I diabetes, the body doesn't produce enough insulin, which is the hormone that carries sugar...

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American Flag Fruit Salad
May 25 2017

Mouth Friendly Recipe: American Flag Fruit Salad

With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, we thought this was the perfect time to offer up a fun, super easy treat to make! This mouth friendly recipe is not only delicious but low calorie as well.  Need a dish to pass for your upcoming barbecue? Look no further! This American Flag fruit salad is sure to be the hit of the party!   Ingredients:   1 pint of blueberries   2 cups of strawberries (cut in halves)   3-4 bananas (cut in slices)   8 oz of Cool-Whip   Directions:   1. Layer the bottom of a 9x13 pan (glass or metal) with the entire...

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Above and Beyond Greenfire
May 04 2017

Where To Eat In Rockford. Restaurants We Love!

Rockford is a city with all kinds of restaurants, many of them well known. There is the ever popular JMK Nippon and the elegant Franchesco’s Restaurant, but what are some of the lesser known places to eat in this amazing city?  We asked each team member to pick their favorite. Some are high-end dining and some are just rustic joints off the beaten path, but all should be put on your must-eat list immediately. Warning: proceed with caution. This list is guaranteed to cause salivation and hunger!   Ashley’s pick: Mexico Clasico   This Mexican...

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Above and Beyond Dentistry pineapple mango salsa
Mar 22 2017

Mouth Friendly Recipe: Pineapple Mango Salsa

We've all had traditional salsa, but have you ever had this amazing pineapple mango salsa? These bright, tropical fruits burst with flavor and color. It's light, refreshing, healthy, tasty and has endless food pairings you can use it with! Try it with fish tacos, grilled chicken, BBQ pork, salmon, or just enjoy it on its own as an appetizer with tortilla chips. Any way you choose, you can't go wrong. Just follow this easy recipe below:   Ingredients:   1 cup freshly chopped pineapple 1 mango, peeled, seeded and chopped 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1 jalapeno,...

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Above and Beyond Dentistry Cold Sores
Mar 16 2017

How To Survive Those Horrible Cold Sores

As I sit here now with these horrible cold sores wreaking havoc on my lips, I think to myself why me? But the truth is, millions of us suffer from these embarrassing sores. They are painful, ugly and take a good week or more to heal. Make-up and lipstick can't really hide them and at times, just make them worse.   So, what is a cold sore? Of course, many of us hear the word herpes and panic, but don't fret, the herpes simplex virus lies dormant within almost everybody. It is stress,...

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Above and Beyond Dentistry Dental Implant
Feb 22 2017

Are Dental Implants Right For You?

A smile is such a wonderful thing.  An important part of having a great smile is strong, healthy teeth that you can keep for a lifetime. But let's be honest, most of us are not born with those perfect, glorious Hollywood smiles you see on tv.   Millions of people suffer from tooth loss, most of which is caused from tooth decay, injury, or periodontal disease. Back in the old days, options were limited to bulky dentures, partials and bridges.  We all know the story of George Washington and those "wooden teeth". Dentistry...

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Above and Beyond Dentistry Broccoli
Feb 15 2017

Mouth Friendly Recipe: Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli

Oh, broccoli. How we want to love you. We know we need to eat more of you because you are so good for us!   When it comes to nutrition, broccoli is an all-star food with many health benefits. While low in calories, broccoli is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber. But how do we spice it up and make it fun to eat, while still keeping us healthy? Try this mouth friendly recipe to give your broccoli just the kick it needs to take it from boring to...

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