There’s an expression for when you’ve got something handled, taken care of, or under control: We sometimes say it’s “in the bag.”
Some famous fictional characters have bags. Santa has a bag of toys (I wish I had that bag). Mary Poppins had just about everything under the sun in her carpetbag. That miraculous bag had the power to heal others drawing from it a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.
When I say, “it’s in the bag” there’s no way I can deliver on that kind of wonderful mystery or magical delight. But, I still feel that it’s a purposeful expression and I literally deliver critically healthful materials to my patients in a bag every day.
So, what’s in the bag? It’s pretty simple:
- A tooth brush
- A tube of toothpaste
- Return appointment card
If we use these items in our normal daily routine, then we would have fewer instances of tooth decay and infected teeth. A healthy diet also plays an important role in good oral health. With that said, you have to know how to use the items in the bag properly.
Believe it or not, you can apply too much toothpaste to the toothbrush. A pea-size amount is all you need … ever. When the bristles on the toothbrush fray and bend down instead of stand up, then it’s time to get a new toothbrush. If you never use the dental floss then you can allow small particles of food to settle in between and behind your teeth after eating. That unflossed food breaks down and ferments, causing an odor that is unpleasant and sometimes offensive to others. And, it creates an unhealthy oral environment that can initiate bone loss.
Also, you need to visit your friendly dentist every six months. As good as we are at brushing away plaque, we will never be able to remove it all on our own. A little help by the dental hygienist goes a long way in keeping our teeth in tip-top shape. Parents can help model these good habits to their children as they create a home with healthy and beautiful white smiles.
So, when I think about it, the things that I put in our patients’ goody bag can help us to take care of our teeth, handle it, and keep things under control. And as we use them we can say with confidence: It’s in the bag!
About McKinney Smiles:
Dr. Paul Lawrence of McKinney Smiles offers top-quality, comprehensive dental care for adults and children so that any dental health need can be addressed. McKinney Smiles is conveniently located at 2780 Virginia Parkway, Suite 201, in McKinney.
McKinney Smiles’ services include:
- Orthodontics, including clear aligner orthodontics
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Sedation dentistry
- Restorative care
- One-visit root canals
- Preventive care
- And much more!
If it’s been a while since you or your loved ones have been to the dentist, no worries. Dr. Lawrence’s patients appreciate his kind demeanor — he understands that time has a way of sneaking by, and he will partner with you to help restore your dental health.
At McKinney Smiles, Dr. Lawrence also believes in preventive care to ensure you a lifetime of smiles. McKinney Smiles wants to help patients keep their teeth healthy for life — and Dr. Lawrence tells patients that tooth decay and gum disease can be stealthy opponents. That’s where McKinney Smiles’ preventive care strategy comes in: Dr. Lawrence and his staff do a comprehensive examination, keep steps ahead of decay and disease, catch concerns early, and teach you to practice effective home hygiene.
Please call McKinney Smiles at 972-542-8400 so the friendly, wonderful McKinney Smiles staff can help you and your loved ones achieve your healthiest smiles possible!
Baylor Medical Center at McKinney opened in July 2012 to serve the health care needs of families in McKinney and the surrounding communities—and it’s growing again. Here’s what’s going on:
Emergency department expansion. Through this project, the hospital will add 12 beds and double its existing space, bringing the total square footage to almost 19,000. “Based on the positive response and demand for the quality, safety and compassion that Baylor represents, we’re at a point where we have to expand our ED to meet the growing demands of the community,” says Scott Peek, president of Baylor McKinney. The expansion is scheduled to wrap up in August.
Fifth-floor expansion. By finishing the existing fifth floor, the hospital will be able to use more than 47,000 additional square feet and add 48 inpatient beds. The floor is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of this year. “Increasing our inpatient capacity not only allows us to serve more patients, it has clinical advantages as well by providing the flexibility and space for specific service lines in dedicated areas—enhancing the specialty and teamwork of the individualized care we provide,” Peek says.
For more information on Baylor McKinney, please call 1.800.4BAYLOR or visit the website at BaylorHealth.com/McKinney.
With the new FollowMyHealth patient portal, you can now view and manage your personal health record from any computer or mobile device with Internet access.
If you’re discharged from Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, you’ll receive an email invitation to create an account with this convenient, secure service. You can also visit BaylorHealth.com/FollowMyHealth, to request access.
FollowMyHealth allows you to see important parts of your medical record, including:
• Most lab studies
• Radiology tests such as X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, ultrasound and nuclear medicine studies
• Cardiology and gastroenterology procedure results
• Other clinical information such as discharge medications and instructions, allergies, immunizations and ExitCare instructions
For more information on Baylor McKinney, call 1.800.4BAYLOR or visit the website at BaylorHealth.com/McKinney.
When we walk into the local convenient store in the morning, we typically see a group of “zombies” reaching for energy drinks on their way to work. We’ve all heard the sales pitch from all of the big companies, about having tons of energy with no crash etc. How could this be? How is this healthy long term? That got me thinking: What are some healthy alternatives to energy drinks. Here are a few to get to your day energized:
1. Drink Water: Getting our day started with an 8 oz glass of water helps our bodies “wake-up”. I am not a doctor, but we all know we can benefit from water throughout the day. One of the best times is first thing in the morning.
2. Exercise: How great do you feel after an incredible workout? A great way to get more energy naturally is by exercising consistently. This is the true way to maintain energy without the “crash”. Our bodies release endorphins when we exercise that not only gives us energy, but also relieves stress.
3. Eat Healthier: Ever notice the difference in how we feel when we eat a healthy, balanced meal vs. pigging out on junk food or fast food? It’s night and day! Our bodies crave organic and nutritional foods to keep us going while junk food just weighs us down and has us feeling sluggish. The problem is that fast food is so cheap and convenient that sometimes it’s the easier solution. This is why I love Shakeology. It solves this problem because a shake can be made in a matter of minutes and it contains over 70 natural ingredients to keep you full and energized. It is also cost effective because Shakeology comes out to about $4.60 per day (less than the #1 on any fast food menu).
4.Sleep: This one is easier said than done, but those that can find a way to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep will see a big difference in their health and energy over time.
All 4 of the above done daily will lead to a happier, healthier, more energized life without the dreaded crash from energy drinks.
What are some things that you do get energy throughout the day?
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