The Smiles Blog
Posts for: November, 2013
Help the Vicitms of the Illinois Tornadoes!
As everybody knows, at least 14 tornadoes tore throughout Illinois on Sunday. There were millions of people in the path of this system, most were spared. The tornadoes left a path of damage and destruction. For those of us who were fortunate enough to avoid damage, it's time to help out our neighbors who were not. We're putting together a supply drive and will be delivering items this weekend.
We're being told that the main things needed at this time are plastic bins, household cleaning supplies and personal toiletries. We've set up a couple of collection points in North Aurora.
Items can be dropped off at the following locations:
- North Aurora Police Department, 200 S. Lincolnway (Rt. 31), between 7am and 10pm
- Fox Valley Physician Services, 23 N. Lincolnway, between 8am and 5:30pm
- North Aurora Smiles, 1133 Oak Street, between 8am and 5pm.
We'll be collecting items until 5:00 on Friday afternoon and then preparing them for delivery over the weekend.
Please help us pass the word around and help out some neighbors in need. For questions or information, please contact Chris Faber at 630-551-8683 or visit www.christopherfaber.com.
November 1st is the inaugural National Brush Day, launched to reduce the number of children suffering from oral disease. Parents are urged to make sure children brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Visit here for more information: http://www.aapd.org/inaugural_national_brush_day™_encourages_parents_to_keep_kids_mouths_healthy_by_brushing_for_two_minutes_twice_a_day/
Halloween Tip 1: Choose Wisely
Controlling how much sugar children eat is not as important as controlling what kind of sugar they get and what form it comes in. Dr. Warren Brill, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends choosing candy or sweets that are eaten quickly, rather than something that stays in the mouth. "The important thing with sweets is how long the sugar sits in the mouth," he says. "The sugar turns into acid and demineralizes teeth." So consider a small piece of chocolate over a lollipop or a jolly rancher.
Halloween Tip 2: Set Expectations
It’s easy to overindulge on Halloween. Set ground rules for your child and for yourself before you go trick-or-treating. What is allowed during trick-or-treating, when you get home, and in the days to come? Make a plan and adhere to it. Mimi Wu, a nutritionist with Nutrition.gov suggests, “Let him know that he will have an opportunity to eat treats at a certain time (i.e. after dinner, as a snack), how much of it (i.e. two pieces of candy, one mini-cupcake), and that he can choose what he would like to eat[.]”
Halloween Tip 3: Fill Bellies
Before going trick-or-treating, feed your child a hearty snack or dinner to ensure he stays full while walking around the neighborhood. Make the festivities extra special by serving up a favorite (hopefully nutritious) meal. "This will help ensure that [they] fill up on something healthy, and be less likely to overindulge when confronted with a tray full of treats," says Mimi Wu, nutritionist with Nutrition.gov.
Halloween Tip 4: Be an Educated Consumer
Not all Halloween candy is the same. Learn what the best choices are. For example, is a Snickers bar healthier than a Reese’s peanut butter cup? What about M&Ms vs. Skittles? And how about the difference between a Twix and a Kit Kat? Here’s a link to help you begin your research: http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/halloween/healthier-halloween-candy-00000000045321/index.html