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Phasing Out Flossing?

As a journalist, I get lots of press releases that pop into my inbox. This week I was inundated with folks reacting to and pitching stories about an Associated Press investigation about flossing. Seems the AP story says there is “little proof” that flossing is beneficial. This blows my mind! One of the reasons I [...]

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Bracing Myself — Again

I wore braces when I was a teenager. After having four teeth pulled and enduring three years of monthly tightening, annoying rubber bands and wires that cut into my cheeks and lips, they were removed. I had beautiful, straight teeth. I didn’t wear my retainer, though, so my teeth slowly moved out of their newly [...]

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Triclosan is an antibacterial agent that’s found in antibacterial soap as well as mouthwash, toothpaste, toys, and lunch bags. It’s also found at higher levels in the blood of allergic kids, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, solidifying the fact that you really need to avoid the stuff — if you aren’t already. [...]

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Big Girl inherited many of my positive traits, but just as many of the negative ones. One such trait is the inability to let others help her. She seems to want to carry the world on her slim little shoulders. Another that goes hand-in-hand with the first: Projection. She is always thinking those what ifs. [...]

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Big Girl is not a wiggler. She gets a loose tooth and just leaves it alone. She doesn’t ask us to wiggle it, either. She just waits around until it falls out. That’s why Tooth Number One got swallowed with a bite of bagel as did Tooth Number 4. (And why she let me pull [...]

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I subscribe to a bunch of e-newsletters. One of my must-reads is from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). I got my latest email newsletter yesterday and opened it right up. The first item was a link to the organization’s Healthy Home Checklist, a two-page PDF that details all the actions you can take to make [...]

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I’m starting to think about Little Girl’s second birthday. It’s only three-and-a-half months away. I need to figure out what kind of party I am having, (if anything), and get invitations. Then I’ll need to figure out favors, decide on the guest list (do I invite her friends’ older siblings), and pick a date and [...]

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My daughter recently lost a tooth. She really lost it, too, since she was eating a bagel at the time. It got swallowed, never to be seen again. I warned her ahead of time that it was ready to fall out. I even asked her to let me help the loss along. I told her [...]

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