Meet A Member Of Our Dental Team!
LaRonda Smith, Dental Hygienist
Ms. Smith listens to her patients and is
always happy to answer their questions.
Call us at 214-426-3645 ext. 107 to
schedule your next dental appointment!
DID YOU KNOW?
Dental hygienists specialize in preventive oral health care.
They educate their patients, the community, and schools on oral
health and its effect on the overall health. They can also provide
dietary education and counseling.
Studies show that toothbrushes
can become heavily contaminated with
oral bacteria. Because most families
store toothbrushes in a common
storage space, airborne bacteria can
move from toothbrush to toothbrush.
THE EASIEST WAY TO PROTECT
YOUR TOOTHBRUSH IS BY USING
A TOOTHBRUSH COVER.
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Do You Have Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums and bone that
surround and support the teeth. The early stage of the disease is
called gingivitis. The gums become swollen and may also bleed. This
can progress to periodontitis. The gums pull away from the tooth, bone
can be lost, and the teeth may loosen or even fall out. Our mouths are
full of bacteria and the main reason for this disease. The bacteria in
the mouth can infect tissue surrounding the tooth. This causes
inflammation around the tooth that leads to periodontal disease.
The following are warning signs of periodontal disease:
• Bad breath or bad taste that won't go away
• Red or swollen gums
• Tender or bleeding gums
• Painful chewing
• Loose teeth
• Sensitive teeth
• Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
• Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
• Any change in the fit of partial dentures
Certain factors increase the risk for periodontal disease:
• Smoking, diabetes, poor oral hygiene, stress, heredity, crooked
teeth, AIDS, fillings that have become defective, taking
medications that cause dry mouth, bridges that no longer fit
properly, female hormonal changes, such as with pregnancy or
the use of oral contraceptives.
How To Help Prevent or Control Periodontal Diseases!
• Brush and floss every day to remove the bacteria that cause gum
• See a dentist at least once a year for checkups, or more
frequently if you have any of the warning signs or risk factors
The American Dental Association recommends that
you change your toothbrush at least four times a year,
approximately every 3 months.
Did You Know According To The CDC Over 19% of children ages 2-19
have untreated cavities? When was your last dental appointment? Do
you have a dentist? The Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Clinic offers
affordable dental services for the entire family. Call us at 214-426-3645
ext.107 to schedule your next appointment!
Preventative Healthcare Matters!
What we don’t talk about enough is the role preventative healthcare services can play
in our overall health. This summer is a great time to change our behavior by sitting
down with our family and making a healthcare list. Here are some suggestions you
may want to add below:
• Annual checkup for each member of your family to ensure there are no health
concerns. Also, ask your doctor about your body mass index.
• Make sure childhood and adult immunization shots are current. Don’t know, ask
• Dental checkups and annual teeth cleanings.
• Have you had a HIV test?
• Who may need an eye exam?
• Have you had a mammogram?
• Have you had a prostate exam?
• Have a kidney disease test, especially if you are diabetic, have high blood
pressure or a family history of kidney disease.
ALWAYS Protect Your Skin With Sunscreen Of SPF 15 Or Higher!
Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness!
• Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait
until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the
amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much
you should drink while the weather is hot.
• Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–
these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid
very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
• NEVER leave ANYONE in a closed, parked vehicle.
• Check regularly on the elderly, children, those with
mental illness, and health conditions to ensure they
are not at risk of developing heat-related illnesses.
Warning Signs Of Heat Exhaustion Can Include:
• Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness or weakness,
dizziness or headache, a "sick stomach" feeling or vomiting, and faintness
If these symptoms are severe or the person has HEART PROBLEMS or High
Blood Pressure…IT’S TIME TO GET MEDICAL HELP RIGHT AWAY! If this is
not an emergency situation, then help the person cool off by having him/her do the
• Drink cool, non-alcoholic beverages such as water, rest, take a cool sponge
bath or shower, and change into lightweight clothing.
• Lastly, move to an air-conditioned place such a library, shopping mall, or local
heat-relief shelter if available.
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Summer Safety Reminder!
FACT! Concussions can occur in any sport
or recreation activity. It is very important for
all coaches, parents, athletes, and children
involved in recreational play to learn the
symptoms of a concussion and what to do if a
one occurs. Remember, a bump, blow, or jolt
to the head can cause a concussion!
Signs You May See Of A Concussion:
• Appears dazed or stunned
• Is confused about assignment or position
• Forgets an instruction
• Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
• Moves clumsily
• Answers questions slowly
• Loses consciousness (even briefly)
• Shows mood, behavior, or personality
• Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
• Can’t recall events after hit or fall
Some Symptoms A Player May Experience:
• Headache or “pressure” in head, nausea
or vomiting, balance problems or
dizziness, double or blurry vision,
sensitivity to light and noise, confusion,
Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy,
and problems concentrating.
What To Do If Injury Occurs:
• Remove the person from play
• Seek medical attention from a healthcare
professional experienced in evaluating
• Inform their parents or guardians about
the possible concussion
• Keep them out of play until a healthcare
professional says they are symptom-free
and it’s OK to return to play
Remember, you can’t see a concussion! Plus,
some people may not experience and/or
report symptoms until hours or days after the
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Clinic
Veggies And Other Healthy Snacks!
• Apples and Breadsticks
• Carrot and celery sticks
• Green pepper sticks
• Zucchini circles
• Broccoli spears
• Unsalted rice cake
• Unsalted sunflower seeds
• Plain, low-fat or fat-free yogurt
• Unsalted almonds, walnuts and
• Thin slice of angel food cake
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Quick & Easy Recipes And More You Should Know!
Chicken And Asparagus Tossed With Penne
1 1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
1 cup chopped asparagus
6 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with herbs, including juice
1 ounce soft goat cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
Directions - Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Add the
pasta and cook until al dente (tender), 10 to 12 minutes, or according to the
package directions. Drain the pasta thoroughly. Set aside. In a pot fitted
with a steamer basket, bring 1 inch of water to a boil. Add the asparagus.
Cover and steam until tender-crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes. Spray a large
nonstick frying pan with cooking spray. Add the chicken and garlic and sauté
over medium-high heat. Cook until the chicken is golden brown, about 5 to 7
minutes. Add the tomatoes, including their juice, and simmer 1 minute more.
In a large bowl, add the cooked pasta, steamed asparagus, chicken mixture
and goat cheese. Toss gently to mix evenly. To serve, divide the pasta
mixture between 2 plates. Sprinkle each serving with 1/2 tablespoon
parmesan cheese. (Serves 2)
Healthy lifestyle choices and eating habits start at home. This summer start new
traditions like, walking together as a family twice a week, and cooking a healthy
meal together. These are easy changes that can add up to a healthier lifestyle!
Turkey Wrap with Lemony Hummus & Cheese
2 multi-grain lavash or 8-inch tortillas, 2 tablespoons lemony hummus, 4 slices roasted
or smoked turkey breast, 2 romaine lettuce leaves, 2 tomato slices, and 2 slices cheddar
cheese or 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese (or whatever kind of cheese you like best!)
Directions - Lay out the wraps on your clean work surface. Next, use the teaspoon to
spread 1 tablespoon hummus on each wrap and top each with 2 slices turkey, 1 romaine
leaf, 1 tomato slice and cheese slice, making a line of filling down the middle with a
little room at the top and bottom. Finally, roll up each wrap, then wrap with foil, wax
paper, or parchment paper. Serve right away
[Recipe Courtesy Of Letsmove.com]
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Blend fat-free or low-fat yogurt or milk with fruit
pieces and crushed ice. Use fresh, frozen,
canned, and even overripe fruits. Try bananas,
berries, peaches, and/or pineapple. If you
freeze the fruit first, you can even skip
Kids love to dip their foods. Whip up a quick dip
for veggies with yogurt and seasonings such as
herbs or garlic. Serve with raw vegetables like broccoli,
carrots, or cauliflower. Fruit chunks go great with
a yogurt and cinnamon or vanilla dip.
Assemble chunks of melon, apple, orange, and
pear on skewers for a fruity kabob. For a raw veggie
version, use vegetables like zucchini, cucumber, squash,
sweet peppers, or tomatoes.
Set up a pizza-making station in the kitchen. Use
whole-wheat English muffins, bagels, or pita bread
as the crust. Have tomato sauce, low-fat cheese, and cut-up
vegetables or fruits for toppings. Let kids choose their own
favorites. Then pop the pizzas into the oven to warm.
fruity peanut butterfly
Start with carrot sticks or celery for the body. Attach
wings made of thinly sliced apples with peanut butter
and decorate with halved grapes or dried fruit.
Department of Agriculture
Center for Nutrition
Policy and Promotion
veggies and fruits
10 tips for making healthy foods
more fun for children
Encourage children to eat vegetables and fruits by making it fun. Provide healthy ingredients and let
kids help with preparation, based on their age and skills. Kids may try foods they avoided in the past if they helped
Frozen treats are bound to be popular in the warm
months. Just put fresh fruits such as melon chunks in
the freezer (rinse first). Make “popsicles” by inserting sticks
into peeled bananas and freezing.
bugs on a log
Use celery, cucumber, or carrot sticks as the log and
add peanut butter. Top with dried fruit such as raisins,
cranberries, or cherries, depending on what bugs you want!
homemade trail mix
Skip the pre-made trail mix and make
your own. Use your favorite nuts and
dried fruits, such as unsalted peanuts, cashews,
walnuts, or sunflower seeds mixed with dried apples,
pineapple, cherries, apricots, or raisins. Add whole-grain
cereals to the mix, too.
Decorate half a baked potato. Use sliced cherry
tomatoes, peas, and low-fat cheese on the potato
to make a funny face.
10 shape or design.
Go to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov for more information.
put kids in charge
Ask your child to name new veggie or fruit creations.
Let them arrange raw veggies or fruits into a fun
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