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Posts for: May, 2016

May 19, 2016
Category: Informational
Tags: Stroke  

If you’re like most Americans, you don’t know the signs of stroke. Only 8 percent of those recently surveyed in the American Stroke Association/Ad Council Stroke Awareness Continuous Tracking Study could identify each letter in F.A.S.T., an acronym of the most common stroke warning signs.

F.A.S.T. stands for:

• F - Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

• A - Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

• S - Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

• T - Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Additional stroke signs include: Sudden severe headache with no known cause (indicating a bleeding type stroke); sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; or sudden confusion or trouble understanding.

Acute stroke is something that we can now do something about if it happens often with miraculous results, (unlike what was being done 10 years ago).

If you think someone is having a stroke, immediately call 9-1-1 so an ambulance can be sent. Also, check the time so you'll know when the first stroke symptoms appeared (single most important fact that helps the doctors determine what treatments to give a patient).

A clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) may improve the chances of getting better but only if you get help right away (within 4.5 hours). Nearly 800,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, someone experiences a stroke every 40 seconds. These strokes kill more than 130,000 people a year.

Although stroke can happen to anyone, studies show that up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by working with a healthcare professional to reduce personal risk. Maintaining a healthy diet, getting the proper amount of daily physical fitness, not smoking, and controlling your weight are just a few of several ways you can protect yourself.

Preparation is key when it comes to a child’s first dental visit, and can help a person avoid a lifetime of dental anxiety.  

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should see a dentist when their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday. The article went on to advise that parents help make the first dental visit a positive experience by reading books about the dentist to the child in the days prior to their first exam, and also by bringing the child to see them have their twice-annual dental visit.

What Is The Right Way To Brush?

Learning how to brush your teeth properly, is the first step to maintaining good oral hygiene, healthy teeth and gums. It helps to minimize the risk of tooth decay and gum problems. You can follow the steps as given below:

  • Step 1: It is important to position the toothbrush right, in order to brush your teeth properly. Start with outer and inner surfaces, and brush at a 45-degree angle in short, half-tooth-wide strokes away from the gum line. Make sure you reach your back teeth.
  • Step 2: Move on to chewing surfaces. Hold the brush flat and brush back and forth along these surfaces.
  • Step 3: Once you get to the inside surfaces of your front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and use gentle up-and-down strokes with the tip of the brush.
  • Step 4: Be sure to brush your teeth gently along the gum line.
  • Step 5: Brush your teeth in a back-to-front sweeping motion to remove food particles and help remove odor-causing bacteria to freshen your breath.

The American Dental Association recommends, to brush twice a day for at least two minutes, to remove food particles and dental plaque that can damage teeth and gums over time.

What Problems Can Occur If You Brush Incorrectly?

Brushing regularly is considered vital for healthy teeth and gums, but dental experts warn that you should never overdo it because:

  • Vigorous brushing can wear down the enamel on the teeth, as well as damage and push back the gums, exposing the sensitive root area. Receding gums can also lead to other dental problems, such as periodontal disease, cavities on the roots of the teeth and may lead to the need for treatments such as fillings, root canals and tooth extraction.
  • Also brushing with a hard, sawing motion promotes unhealthy build up between your teeth and gums. Letting particles and plaque build up over time can cause serious problems. The proper method makes sure that each tooth gets the full advantage of your toothbrush bristles.
  • While brushing your teeth, apply just enough pressure to feel the bristles against the gums. If you are squashing the bristles, you are brushing too hard.

Achieve Those Sparkly Whites

Although brushing your teeth is important, it is only a part of a complete dental-care routine. You should also make sure to clean between the teeth daily with floss. Tooth decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach.

This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line. It is advisable to eat a balanced diet and limit in-between meal snacks. Make sure to visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.

Blooming Annuals for Sale - Just in time for Mother's Day - Saturday, May 7 (9AM - 4PM)

Make plans to purchase your flowers for Mom (and yourself) at Downtown Crystal Lake's Spring Flower Sale Fundraiser.

Volunteers from Downtown Crystal Lake will be selling hanging baskets and planters with beautiful blooming plants from Countryside Flowershop & Nursery.   

Plants will be on sale at the corner of Brink & Williams (near Heisler's Bootery).  Thanks to our good friends at Countryside, this will be a fundraiser for Downtown Crystal Lake/Main Street.


Lively music throughout the day to lift your spirits while you shop 

Lupus Fundraiser on May 7th

NEWSFLASH!  In honor of National Lupus Awareness month, Downtown Crystal Lake and Countryside Flowershop will be making a donation to the National Lupus Foundation for EVERY flower sold!

Lupus Foundation Booth near Benedicts La Strata will have raffles and information.