SAFE CAMPING

Some people love the great outdoors and are willing to pitch a tent in the nearest glade and set up a rustic campsite. Other people prefer to camp with all the comforts of home in an RV or trailer. (This is often called “glamping.”) Whatever your preference, being prepared is essential for a safe and successful camping trip.  “Being prepared for emergency situations is critical when people are out in remote areas with limited access to phone service, hospitals and emergency help,” said Don Lauritzen.

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LET YOUR KIDS STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES AT THE ARBORETUM

Are you looking for something that can provide your children a very special opportunity? Something that at the same time will allow them to experience stimulating sensations? The place you seek is right here in Lexington on the campus of the University of Kentucky. The Arboretum is Kentucky’s state botanical garden and includes the Home Demonstration Garden, the Rose Garden and the Fragrance Garden.  Start your exploration with a stop at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center, which is open Monday through Friday....

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KEEPING KIDS ACTIVE IN THE SUMMER

Kids these days are heading down the path leading to a sedentary lifestyle, and that makes it important for adults to spark a passion for activity in them. This will keep their bodies, brains and development on track. Summer is the right time to get them moving.

Here are five ways to encourage your kids to live and love an active and healthier lifestyle outdoors.

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spend brushing. Whether you choose an electric or manual toothbrush, dental experts recommend you try not to brush too excessively or too hard. This can abrade enamel. Anything that boosts the beauty of your smile is worth looking into.

In the quest for good dental hygiene, you may find yourself trying to decide between using a manual or an electric toothbrush.


“A hygienist would say everybody should have an electric toothbrush,” said Dr. Patricia Takacs with Beaumont Family Dentistry. “You can’t push it too hard; it does what we can do with our drills; it polishes like we can polish; it can get below the gum line. But I still use manual toothbrushes.”


The American Dental Association (ADA) says manual toothbrushes can be just as effective as powered ones. According to Consumer Reports, a recent study showed electric toothbrushes reduced dental plaque 21 percent more and gingivitis or inflammation of the gums 11 percent more than a manual toothbrush after three months of use. What makes the difference is the brusher. Proper brushing technique is important whether you plug your toothbrush in or use your own power.


Toothbrushes have come a long way from the days when people used twigs stripped of their bark to clean their teeth. The earliest bristle toothbrushes were created in China in the 7th century. The first U.S. patent for a toothbrush was granted to H.N. Wadsworth in 1857. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifies toothbrushes as medical devices, but they are generally considered to pose little harm to anyone and are subject to the least amount of regulatory control.   

BRUSH UP ON THE ELECTRIC VS. MANUAL DEBATE

An electric toothbrush can do almost 30,000 strokes per minute, compared to the manual average of 300 to 600 strokes per minute. There are several different types of electric toothbrushes. One type has a rotary brush that moves in a circular motion at 3,000 to 7,500 strokes per minute. Some toothbrush heads move in alternate directions; this is called rotation oscillation. Sonic toothbrushes use a side-to-side motion at about 31,000 brush strokes per minute. An ultrasonic electronic toothbrush has side-to-side motions that create vibrations that dislodge plaque. None of these are more highly touted over the other, so the choice about whether to go manual or electric is strictly up to you. One disadvantage is the cost. A top-quality electric toothbrush can cost up to $100 or more. As with regular toothbrushes, electric toothbrush heads have to be replaced every few months.


If you have trouble physically moving your toothbrush around your mouth – perhaps because you have a touch of arthritis – an electric toothbrush can be a great asset. Children may enjoy using an electric toothbrush that features their favorite cartoon character. Also, an electric device with a timer can help them brush for the recommended two-plus minutes, which isn’t a bad idea for adults, either, since many people underestimate how much time they actually spend

TANYA TYLER

Tanya Tyler is the Editor of Health & Wellness Magazine

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