Re-Posting: ABC Jesus Loves Me Book Review and Giveaway!

It seems we had some problems with broken links and being able to open yesterday’s post from emails.  Now it has disappeared from my blog completely!  I sincerely apologize to all my readers and I am reaching out to my fellow WordPress followers- have any of you been having issues like the ones I encountered?  If you did please send me a message or leave a comment so I can take measures to be sure this doesn’t happen again.

I have been using ABC Jesus Loves Me with my own children and I just love how thorough and creative it is.  Our days are filled with learning through fun and play!

Heidi, creator of preschool curriculum ABC Jesus Loves Me and Our Out of Sync Life Blog, has kindly written a review of both Teddy Visits the Dentist and Teddy Gets a Filling and, for this week only, is doing a giveaway!  Share this link to enter to win your very own copies of The Teddy Visits the Dentist series!  Deadline is Sunday, June 15th.

Also see, ABC Jesus Loves Me Self Care Page for great ideas on teaching self care to your children.

2014 Writer’s Challenge: What is your legacy going to be?

What is your legacy going to be?

What will you leave behind, what will you be remembered for?  Is this how you want to be remembered?  What are you doing to make sure you will be remembered this way?  Are you building the legacy you want to be remembered by?  Are you living your life well?  Are you the person you want to be?  Are you the person you should be?

These are some questions to inspire you to write your submission for the first ever 2014 Writer’s Challenge.

The Mahadeo Movement is challenging you to take a good look at your life, truly be honest with yourself, and decide if you like what you see.  Decide now-

What is your legacy going to be?

If you would like your thoughts published, submissions can be emailed to:

themahadeomovement@hotmail.com

Submission deadline is May 2, 2014

Make Your Smile Go A Mile!

A Minute With The Mahadeo Movement- All About Teddy Visits the Dentist

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Hi!  Welcome to A Minute With The Mahadeo Movement.  I am Elizabeth Mahadeo, Registered Dental Hygienist, Author and Your Healthy Life Leader!

An Honorable Mention at the New York Book Festival, Teddy Visits the Dentist was approved by Curriculum Services Canada (CSC) as a supplemental resource for dental health education.   

Teddy Visits the Dentist to have his teeth counted, cleaned and checked at the dental office.  He goes for a ride in the chair, sees the various instruments and learns what to do at home to keep his teeth clean. 

Each child learns differently so enhance your child’s reading experience with CSC approved Teddy Visits the Dentist worksheets.  Engage them in word search, true/false, fill in the blank and multiple choice questions. 

We all want the best for our kids and don’t want to see them in pain, so tough love now with dental health education will make a difference.  Let’s empower our children to Make Their Smile Go A Mile!

For a written copy of this video please visit emahadeo.wordpress.com

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Did That Just Come Out Of My Mouth? Part 2 Guest Post by Dr. Rich Butler

Oh no!  Back so soon?  Here is Dr. Butler, and he’s done it again!  A big welcome back to him and thank you for providing a humorous sequel to last year’s post Did That Just Come Out Of My Mouth

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Dr. Richard Butler obtained his D.D.S. from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 1998.   He maintains a private practice in Wilmington NC, while still maintaining ties with the New Hanover Community Health Center of which he is the original Dental Director.  He is past-president of the Wilmington Tri-county Dental Society, past-member of the Cape Fear Community College Dental Hygiene Advisory Board, Adjunct Faculty member UNC-Chapel Hill DISC program, and volunteer dentist at Cape Fear Clinic, a non-profit clinic to the under-served.

“There ain’t no cure for stupid”, the saying goes.  And yours truly is a perfect example.  If you had the pleasure, or should I say morbid curiosity, of reading my last treatise regarding the horrendous, however innocent, things that come out of my mouth on a daily basis, then read on.  Believe it or not, I do not seem to learn from past transgressions in my daily discourse with the wonderful patients I see each and every day.  Regretfully for me, dentistry is not strictly “hello, how are you…open wide!”  It is in fact a dance to engage in a human connection.  This then translates into a relationship of trust which then allows for the dentistry to be done.  This requires dialogue, and for me it goes like this…

I’ve been seeing Joe for years now.  Joe is a great guy, who brings the girls flowers every now and then, and cards of thanks to show his appreciation…well, up until I made fun of his dad.  Let me explain.  Joe’s dad, let’s call him Bob, is getting up in years so Joe brings him to his appointments.  I walk into the operatory to greet Bob and I am immediately taken aback by this huge square gauze taped to the top of his head.  The whole time I’m evaluating and talking to him I can’t stop my eyes darting to it!  It turns out he had recently had some skin cancer removed from his head at the dermatologist.   So my evaluation is complete and I explain his dental condition and the multitude of options he has to address his needs.  Realizing I have probably overwhelmed him with options, while staring at the top of his head, I end my monologue with…”do you have any questions (pause, wince)…off the top of your head?”…did that just come out of my mouth? With that, I quickly exited the room, reprimanding myself silently.

In dentistry you learn very early on to be careful where your fingers are in someone’s mouth…’cause someone’s going to bite you!  Luckily I have very small hands with very short fingers, so they are rarely in the danger zone, however once in a while it can be a little close for comfort.  When it is a close call, this is a perfect opportunity to have some fun with the patient, embarrass them a little bit and threaten to put a note in the chart!  Patients love it and will always sheepishly laugh…well not always.  So the wonderful Linda is in the chair for her first visit with our office.  She’s had her teeth cleaned, x-rays taken, and is now having her comprehensive exam performed.  I’m checking this and checking that, and then we look at the way her bite comes together.  At this point I have Linda bite her teeth together, and with the speed and force of an 18 foot Everglades alligator she chomps down.  Holy crap! Luckily with my cat-like reflexes I just get my hands out of there.  I then jokingly exclaim, “you almost bit my thumb clean off!”  To which she immediately replies, “Like this!”  As I look up, I see my worst nightmare, I’m in shock.  Do I laugh at her wit, do I cry at my awful luck.  She’s holding up a hand with NO THUMB!  Are you kidding me, how can this be true…did that just come out of my mouth?  Almost speechless, I jokingly asked if she used to be a dentist…and I vaguely remember a joke about the clickers the contestants use in Jeopardy, then I slinked out of the room in another moment of shame.

I treat everyone in my practice and I love them all the same.  We have young, we have old, we have big, we have small, we have men, we have women, we have straight, and we have gay.  It’s all good.  This particular day we had a gentleman who was in his early twenties, let’s call him Roger.  He was openly gay, very flamboyant, funny and engaging.  It was his first appointment with us and I came into the hygiene operatory and introduced myself.  As I was performing my comprehensive examination with the assistance of my hygienist we got on the subject of orthodontics, braces and crooked teeth.  Roger regaled us in the dental history of his family, giving the details of his five siblings all requiring years of orthodontic treatment including braces and headgear.  He was particularly proud of the fact that he was the only sibling that never needed to have braces.  With his mouth wide open and me concentrating on the subtleties of my comprehensive examination, I responded to his proclamation by saying, “wow, you must have got the STRAIGHT jeans.”…did that just come out of my mouth!  Luckily I had concluded my examination, because honestly I couldn’t see at that point, my senses had all left me as my brain went into damage control mode.  After one fraction of a second of awkward silence, the patient and the hygienist both laughed and told me, “that was a funny one Doc,” to which I sheepishly grinned, taking the acclaim to the inadvertently funny quip, hiding the fact my blood pressure had instantly skyrocketed and sweat was dripping from my brow!

It has been just over a year since my last travel down “wish it could be, but probably never will be forgotten” memory lane.  Unbelievably these situations continually arise.  I believe there could be some pathologic condition that predisposes me to these occurrences.  However, until there is a diagnosis, or more importantly a cure, my sister will have a yearly entry for her blog, courtesy of her brother…guaranteed!

How To Improve Your Self-Worth

There are a few little changes you can make to help improve your opinion of yourself.  Some of us are over-confident, some not confident enough.  Here are a few tips to live a well- balanced, good life and to improve your self-worth:

1.)  Don’t judge others, this will come back to haunt your self-esteem.

2.)  Achieve something every day.  Big, small, doesn’t matter, just do it and check it off your list.  Accomplishments are good.

3.)  Be compassionate to others, but not so far as to pity them.  Nobody wants your pity.

4.)  Always be kind.  Have a kind heart, a kind mind, kind ears and a kind mouth.

5.)  Focus on being the best you can be, but don’t get too caught up in yourself.  Don’t be selfish, genuine interest in the world around you and the people in is a huge self-esteem boost.

Remove ‘NO’ From Your Vocabulary

NO is such a tiring word.  If you remove the word NO (within reason) from your vocabulary life opens up and rewards you in amazing ways!  Here are some ideas on how to do this:

  • Let things go.
  • You don’t always have to be right.
  • Don’t worry.
  • Try new things.
  • Make a concerted effort not to be stuck in your ways.
  • Don’t rely too heavily on others.
  • Create standards to live by, not rules.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  By saying YES you are liberating yourself to enjoy your life!

The Mahadeo Movement Twelve Day Challenge for Christmas Wellness

This Christmas The Mahadeo Movement is challenging you to find a balance between your life and your lifestyle, to feel good and to be good so you and your loved ones have a great holiday season.  Are you up for the challenge?

1.  Bake something and give (most of) it away.  There are so many quick, easy and affordable recipes to choose from, you don’t have to be a chef to sort this one out!

2.      Reach out.  Make a connection with a friend or family member you haven’t seen in a while.

3.      Take a moment for yourself and don’t think about a thing.

4.      Eat a meal that has something from every food group.

5.      Clean out a closet, cupboard or drawer.

6.      Donate gently used items that you don’t need or use, someone who does will appreciate it.

7.      Go for a run, walk, swim, bike ride, or meditate.

8.      Stop telling people how YOU feel about it and ask them how THEY feel about it…whether you want to or not.

9.      Donate your time to the food bank, a hospital, homeless shelter, animal shelter, charity.

10.   Donate your time to a friend or family who would appreciate it (babysit or just talking to an older person)

11.   Sleep in

12.   Do something nice for yourself

Are you up for the challenge?  It’s on.  You have 12 days to complete 12 challenges!  It’s an honour system but hopefully these challenges will help you find balance and goodness in your life this holiday season, and goodness is something you can pass on to others, what better gift to give!

So what do I do when we are hungry NOW?

As a busy Mum I feel a huge pressure to feed my family the right food to maintain optimal health and energy.  But I’m also pressed for time.  There are some days when I don’t have the prep time to make snacks or the next meal, and never-mind food for the next day. This makes it difficult to have easy snacks on hand, and meal preparation daunting.  How do I keep healthy food in my family’s tummies when I am holding a baby in one arm and chasing a toddler around?  We don’t eat out often and we don’t really do take-out.  We stay home most of the time with our young family as we prefer to cook our own meals.  So what do I do when we are hungry NOW?

What I do have going for me is a thriving blog, and a nutritional theme of guest posts this autumn which have led us to here.  You will remember Beth Waters, who gave us kid-friendly ideas for healthy snacks.  Having kids around means it is essential to having an endless supply of snacks!  Especially if you run with a pack of grazers like I do.  If you’ve ever been on play date with my family you’ll know some of our favourite snacks are the easy ones, like peanuts, hard-boiled eggs, Cheerios and raisins.  Beth has awesome ideas, like peanut butter, oatmeal, smoothies, humus and cheese.  She really hits all the different food groups.  See here for more great ideas!

Carrie Ibbetson RDH let us in on the secret of how we can avoid cavities.  Who knew it was food combining that kept us and our teeth healthy?  Wild.  It’s an important concept to remember, and easy too, to end your meals with foods such as cauliflower, nuts, and plain yogurt, (see here for more examples) to balance the acids inside your mouth after eating. Carrie also explains the magic of Xylitol, something naturally occurring in our own bodies yet will do an even better job when supplemented.  It tricks the plaque and helps to mineralize your teeth!

A big thanks to my guest posts on keeping us in the know and helping us to keep our balance on this tightrope we call life.  My advice?  In my experience… prioritize, keep your children involved, and smile.

Avoid Getting Cavities with this One Secret- Guest Post by Carrie Ibbetson RDH of Natural Gumption

Why it is that some people get cavities but others don’t?  There are many reasons, but none as powerful as knowing how foods break down in your mouth and contribute to cavities. Thanks to saliva, carbohydrates break down into sugar in your mouth. As the carbohydrates are breaking down, two things are happening that help form cavities. Bacteria are using the sugar as food which produces acid as a waste product.  Those acids eat holes in the teeth, causing cavities.

The great carbohydrate cause

Every time you eat a carbohydrate, acids rise in your mouth for 20 minutes.  This is especially an issue for grazers or frequent snackers. Examples of foods that cause acids in the mouth:

·        breakfast cereals (including oatmeal)

·        breads and other refined flour products

·        crackers, cookies, cakes and pretzels

·        raisins and other dried fruit

·        rice and pasta (this includes all of those wonderful gluten free foods)

·        soft drinks and fruit juice

·        beer and wine (sorry parents, but read on, there is a solution!)

·        sugar, high fructose corn syrup, agave nectar and candy

Foods that benefit the teeth

So does that mean you have to avoid these foods altogether? No, but it means when you eat these foods, you need to make sure to end your meal or snack with a food that will neutralize the acids and begin to balance your mouth’s pH.  That way, instead of bathing the teeth in acid, you are beginning to remineralize the teeth. Some examples of food and drink that balance the acids are:

·        cheese (harder is better)

·        nuts and seeds

·        cucumbers

·        celery

·        pineapple (surprising, huh?)

·        broccoli

·        cauliflower

·        egg

·        full fat milk

·        plain yogurt (preferably full fat or Greek)

See, parents? I wouldn’t leave you high and dry.

Cheese with your wine or a few almonds with your beer – now we are talking! Sorry no peanuts….they are in fact legumes and not really a nut.

For the little ones in your life, work to end a meal with tooth protective foods. This can make a huge difference to the strength their young teeth.

The one great secret of xylitol

There is one other thing that can trump any of the foods mentioned thus far, and that is xylitol. Xylitol is sweet like sugar, but its effects on bacteria are the exact opposite.  Fear not; xylitol is not a chemical, artificial sweetener. It is a naturally occurring sweetener found in birch trees and corn, and our bodies produce it daily (around 15 grams).

Xylitol does not break down and feed the plaque like regular sugar.  Instead it tricks the plaque into thinking it is food, yet delivers no nutrients to the plaque and essentially starves the plaque. Having xylitol at the end of your meal will take away acidity and put minerals into the tooth surface. It is recommended to ingest 6-10 grams (1-2 teaspoons) throughout the day.

Having a bit after each meal and a teaspoon in your morning’s water will help you satisfy the recommended daily “therapeutic” dose.

Xylitol is available in many forms such as gum, candies, mints, lollipops, caramels, chocolate and granules which look and act like table sugar.  If you are using xylitol to bake or cook with, the ratio is equal 1:1.

Have you had any remarkable stories about xylitol or food combining?  Leave a comment here and tell us about it.

If you are interested in purchasing xylitol, here is a link to products offered by Natural Gumption.

About Carrie Ibbetson RDH

Carre-Ibbetson-RDH-sm (2)Carrie is a dental hygienist, oral health coach and creator of 21 Days to a Healthy Mouth, an online course that teaches you how to care for your mouth with lifelong results.  Her daily “bite-size” pieces help you to understand what it takes to achieve a healthy mouth make it easy to learn and implement at home.

Carrie owns and operates Natural Gumption, where she studies and recommends natural oral health care products that are effective and deliver great results.  She helps families all over the world via Skype, her blog  and works locally in person as well as an oral health coach, a personal trainer for your mouth.  She is happy to consult with anyone who may have questions. Contact her at www.NaturalGumption.com.