Happy Fathers Day!!

We would like to take the time to wish all the fathers a happy fathers day today.

Fathers day fun fact-

Father's Day is June 15, 2014 in many countries. It is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, but it is also celebrated widely on other days. Father's Day was created to complement Mother's Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood.

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea (or sleep apnoea in British English; /æpˈnə/) is a type of sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from at least ten seconds to several minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour.[1] Similarly, each abnormally shallow breathing event is called a hypopnea. Sleep apnea is classified as a dyssomnia, meaning abnormal behavior or psychological events occur during sleep.[2] When breathing is paused, carbon dioxide is building up the bloodstream. Chemoreceptors in the blood stream note the high carbon dioxide levels. The brain is signaled to wake the person sleeping and breathe in air. Breathing normally will restore oxygen levels and the person will fall asleep again.[3] Sleep apnea is often diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or "sleep study".

There are three forms of sleep apnea: central (CSA), obstructive (OSA), and complex or mixed sleep apnea (i.e., a combination of central and obstructive) constituting 0.4%, 84% and 15% of cases respectively.[4] In CSA, breathing is interrupted by a lack of respiratory effort; in OSA, breathing is interrupted by a physical block to airflow despite respiratory effort, and snoring is common. According to the National Institutes of Health, 12 million Americans have OSA. There are more cases of sleep apnea still because people either do not report the condition or do not know they have sleep apnea.[5]

Regardless of type, an individual with sleep apnea is rarely aware of having difficulty breathing, even upon awakening.[6] Sleep apnea is recognized as a problem by others witnessing the individual during episodes or is suspected because of its effects on the body (sequelae). Symptoms may be present for years (or even decades) without identification, during which time the sufferer may become conditioned to the daytime sleepiness and fatigue associated with significant levels of sleep disturbance.

Sleep apnea affects not only adults but some children as well.[7] As stated by El-Ad, "patients complain about excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) and impaired alertness".[7] In other words, common effects of sleep apnea include daytime fatigue, a slower reaction time, and vision problems.[7] OSA may increase risk for driving accidents and work-related accidents. If OSA is not treated, one has an increased risk of other health problems such as diabetes. Even death could occur from untreated OSA due to lack of oxygen to the body.[8] Moreover, patients are examined using “standard test batteries” in order to further identify parts of the brain that are affected by sleep apnea.[7] Tests have shown that certain parts of the brain cause different effects. The “executive functioning” part of the brain affects the way the patient plans and initiates tasks.[7] Second, the part of the brain that deals with attention causes difficulty in paying attention, working effectively and processing information when in a waking state.[7] Thirdly, the part of the brain that uses memory and learning is also affected.[7] Due to the disruption in daytime cognitive state, behavioral effects are also present. This includes moodiness, belligerence, as well as a decrease in attentiveness and drive.[9] Another symptom of sleep apnea is waking up in sleep paralysis. In severe cases, the fear of sleep due to sleep paralysis can lead to insomnia. These effects become very hard to deal with, thus the development of depression may transpire.[10] There is also evidence that the risk of diabetes among those with moderate or severe sleep apnea is higher.[11] There is also increasing evidence that sleep apnea may also lead to liver function impairment, particularly fatty liver diseases (see steatosis).[9][12][13][14] Finally, because there are many factors that could lead to some of the effects previously listed, some patients are not aware that they suffer from sleep apnea and are either misdiagnosed, or just ignore the symptoms altogether.[7]

Sleep Apnea Awareness Day is April 18 every year. April 18 recognizes Colin Sullivan's invention of the CPAP machine and technology. In 1981 he released his study with results of five patients suffering from sleep apnea and successfully used the CPAP machine. The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) believes the CPAP machine greatly changed the treatment and regulation of sleep apnea. Research found using this sleep technology allowed for a better night's sleep and reduced related conditions like diabetes, depression, and hypertension.[15]

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flag day

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.[1] The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.[2][3]

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. Title 36 of the United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, CHAPTER 1, § 110[4] is the official statute on Flag Day; however, it is at the President's discretion to officially proclaim the observance. On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday, beginning in the town of Rennerdale.[1] New York Statutes designate the second Sunday in June as Flag Day, a state holiday. [5]

Perhaps the oldest continuing Flag Day parade is at Fairfield, Washington.[6] Beginning in 1909 or 1910, Fairfield has held a parade every year since, with the possible exception of 1918, and celebrated the "Centennial" parade in 2010, along with some other commemorative events.

Quincy, Massachusetts has had an annual Flag Day parade since 1952 and claims it "is the longest-running parade of its kind in the nation."[7] The largest Flag Day parade is held annually in Troy, New York, which bases its parade on the Quincy parade and typically draws 50,000 spectators

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Happy Mothers Day

flowersMother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in spring. (e.g., April–May in the northern hemisphere, October in Argentina, but northern hemisphere spring, May, in Australia). It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father's Day and Siblings Day.

The celebration of Mother's Day began in the United States in the early 20th century; it is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a celebration of the mother church, not motherhood).[1][2][3][4] Despite this, in some countries Mother's Day has become synonymous with these older traditions

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Happy Cinco de Mayo

Fun fact about Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States[1] and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla,[note 1][2][3][4] where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).[5][6][7]

It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War,[8][9] and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.[10] In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.[3][11] Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.

 

 

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April is National Facial Protection Month

As dental professionals nationwide observe National Facial Protection Month, dentists can take the opportunity to remind their patients, both children and adults, about using safety strategies to protect themselves against injuries to the face, head and mouth.

 One fall or collision with a fellow biker could damage your smile, so it’s better to be safe than sorry,” said Dr. Alice Boghosian, ADA consumer advisor spokesperson and a practicing dentist in the Chicago area. “Mouthguards aren’t just for football players or hockey players. Mouthguards should be worn while participating in any sport that involves the risk of injury, such as basketball and volleyball. Why risk damaging your gums or losing a tooth?”

 The AAOMS encourages use of helmets during a variety of sports and activities, including riding bicycles, scooters and motorcycles; or playing baseball, soccer or lacrosse. An AAOMS news release states that nearly half of children 14 and under who are hospitalized for bicycle-related injuries are diagnosed with brain injuries, and helmets can reduce the risk of a head injury by 85 percent and brain injury by 88 percent.

 Dental professionals have long encouraged patients to use protective mouthguards during sports and recreational activities such as rollerblading and skateboarding.

 Mouthguards, which typically cover the upper teeth, can cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth, according to the ADA. A properly fitted mouthguard will stay in place and be easy for users to talk and breathe while wearing.

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St. Patricks Day!!!

Dont Forget to wear your GREEN today!!!!st patricks day

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Chew Gum Responsible for Migraines in Teens

A team of reseachers recently indentified gum-chewing as as cause of migriane and tension headaches in adolescents, according to a study publishes in Pediatric Neurology. Lead author Nathan Watemberg, MD, said hid findings can be put to use immediately and that by advising teenagers with chronic headaches to simply stop chewing gum, doctors can provide many of them with quick and effective treatment, without the need for expensive diagnostic tests or medication. In the study, researchers "evalusted the influence of daily excessive gum-chewing in older children and teenagers with chronic headaches, emphasizing the impact of habit discontinuation and its reintroduction."Out of 30 patients, 26 reported significant improvement, and 19 had complete headaches resolution," said Watemberg in a news release. "Twenty og the improved patients later agreed to go back to chewing gum, and all of them reported an immediate relapse of symptoms."

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Valentines Day!!

     HAPPY VALENINES DAY!!!    

Valentines day fun fact

There are a number of Saints called Valentine who are honored on February 14. The day became associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages in England. This may have followed on from the Pagan fertility festivals that were held all over Europe as the winter came to an end. Traditionally, lovers exchanged hand written notes. Commercial cards became available in the mid nineteenth century.

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February is National Children's Dental Health Month

 

 

National Children’s Dental Health Month is meant to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.  Why is this type of celebration—and year-round attention to children’s dental health–important?

 

Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. More than 40 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have had a cavity in their primary (baby) teeth, and more than two-thirds of 16- to 19-year-olds have had a cavity in their permanent teeth. Although overall rates of tooth decay have decreased over the past four decades, decay has actually increased in preschool age children in recent years.

The good news is there are safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth. Good oral hygiene practices such as thorough brushing with a fluoride toothpaste can help keep children from getting cavities. In addition, dental sealants and community water fluoridation are two other strategies that can help prevent tooth decay.

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