1. Cook Local with the Little Rock Farmers’ Market   July 24, 2014

    40-somethings_making_dinner_putting_ingredients_in_panWe’ve all heard countless messages about the importance of eating locally. What are the benefits? For starters, when local produce is in season, the large quantity of the crop tends to make it less expensive.
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  2. Relieve Cranky Cankers   July 22, 2014

    Toothache-in-ChildrenIf you’ve ever had a canker sore, you’re not alone. In fact, more than half of the population regularly experiences these small, but painful ulcers. Less than one centimeter in diameter, canker sores often affect the soft areas of the mouth, including the tongue, cheek and lips.
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  3. Why You Need Dental Insurance   July 17, 2014

    Dental visitLooking for ways to keep your family healthy? Nutritious food, exercise and regular doctor checkups are important. But, so is dental insurance. Regular dental visits keep both your teeth and body healthy.
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  4. Keeping your Child’s Mouth Safe this Summer   July 15, 2014

    3 kids in poolThe long days and short nights of summer create the perfect conditions for outdoor fun. And while warmer weather might tear your child away from that comfy living room chair, it’s also the time of year when youth accidents are most common.
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  5. Is Oil Pulling a Safe Practice?   July 10, 2014

    cooking oilOil pulling has been in the news and all over social media as of late. Oil pulling is the practicing of swishing oil in your mouth, which supposedly cleans your teeth and gums. But does it work?
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  6. Finding a Dentist   July 8, 2014

    Multiethnic dentist office Caucasian and blackMoved Recently? Child just turned 18? New job with new benefits?
    All of these could be reasons you’re searching for a dentist.
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  7. Pucker Up for International Kissing Day!   July 3, 2014

    businesswoman sending big kissJuly 6th is International Kissing Day! According to Guinness World Records, the longest kiss lasted 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. Would your significant other want to engage in a record-breaking “kissathon”? Maybe! But what exactly makes a kissable mouth? Follow our kissable tips, and your sweetie may want to set the new record for locking lips. Read more…

  8. Here’s to a Happy, Healthy July 4th   July 1, 2014

    Flag flyingCelebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, friends and food. But in planning your holiday party, remember to serve some healthy fare – like fruits and vegetables. Starting your kids on a healthy diet early is good for both their bodies and their teeth.
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  9. History of the Toothbrush   June 26, 2014

    6.26 history toothbrushKnee-deep in the world of X-box and iPhones, it’s hard to imagine a time before the conveniences of modern technology, let alone a time when the simplest of inventions weren’t commercially available.

    Interestingly enough, a 2003 survey conducted by Lemelson-MIT found that technologically advanced items like cars, computers and our beloved cell phones lag in importance when compared to a rather simple (but practical) invention. In the survey, the toothbrush beat out the car and computer as the invention Americans can’t live without. While there hasn’t been a similar study done in recent years, it does beg the question: What did people do before the development of commercial toothbrushes?

    It turns out that our ancestors had plenty of options when it came to preventing bad breath, including:

    Tufts of Pine Needles – Grab a tuft of pine needles, and give your teeth a good scrubbing. The needles leave your breath piney fresh, and if you chew them a little, you’ll also be getting a few milligrams of Vitamin C. There are a couple of toxic pine needles, but they are not usually found in Arkansas.

    Pounded Hardwood Twig – Early Native Americans were well documented in their historic use of pounded hardwood twigs as toothbrushes. Dogwood, oak and maple were just a few of the non-toxic hardwood varieties in use 300-400 years ago. These twig toothbrushes were so common, in fact, that they were widely used among the colonists of Virginia.

    Wondering what it feels like to brush your teeth with a twig? You can try it out for yourself. To make a twig toothbrush, simply cut a green twig about the diameter of a pencil and just as long. Pound the end of the twig with a clean, smooth rock. Then chew this end for a minute to moisten and soften the bristles; and finally, brush away.

    You can even bend the end of the twig at a 90-degree angle to get the backs of your teeth as well, which is a trick you cannot do with the pine needles. Make sure you skip potentially poisonous twigs like mountain laurel, rhododendron, black locust, yew, buckeye and horse chestnut.

    So there you have it. While our tooth brushing options today may be easier and more appealing, we wouldn’t be where we are today without these early tools. Aren’t you grateful we only have to hop on over to the hygiene aisle of the local drug store? I know I am!

  10. Keep Teeth Sparkling During the Summer   June 24, 2014

    two women taking self portraitDuring the summer, most of us are worried about sunburns, not dental health.

    Like any other season, though, summer comes with its own set of dental health concerns. Prevent tooth damage by reviewing some of the top seasonal dental health issues – and how you can prepare for them. Read more…