Nutrition - The Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Clinic

Nutrition - The Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Clinic

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!


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.






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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

mentioned above.

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

you doctor.

• 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

("falling out").

If these symptoms are severe or the person has HEART PROBLEMS or High


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

• Radishes

• Broccoli spears

• Cauliflower

• Unsalted rice cake

• Unsalted sunflower seeds

• Plain, low-fat or fat-free yogurt

• Unsalted almonds, walnuts and

other nuts

• 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

inch cubes

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

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smoothie creations

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

the ice!


delicious dippers

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.


caterpillar kabobs

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.


personalized pizzas

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.

United States

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

make them.


frosty fruits

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.


potato person

Decorate half a baked potato. Use sliced cherry

tomatoes, peas, and low-fat cheese on the potato

to make a funny face.

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put kids in charge

Ask your child to name new veggie or fruit creations.

Let them arrange raw veggies or fruits into a fun

DG TipSheet No. 11

June 2011

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