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7 Crazy and Interesting Facts About Cleveland

February 1st, 2018

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Here are 7 unusual and interesting facts you probably didn’t know about our favorite city:

1. Fore!

If it wasn’t for Cleveland, golfers would still be using golf balls filled with boiled feathers. Really, that’s what they used to use! Thankfully, Cleveland’s own Coburn Haskell upgraded them to the rubber core balls we use today.

2. Five Flavors

They call Life Saver candies Life Savers because they look like little life preservers, but the more important part of this story is that they were invented in the first place because Clevelander Clarence A. Crane wanted candies that wouldn’t melt in the summer, as chocolate always did. Thank goodness for his sweet tooth, because everyone loves Life Savers.

3. Their English Teacher Would Be Appalled

Here’s a great fact about Cleveland: It’s spelled wrong. The city is named after Moses Cleaveland, but … well, you can see it, right? That extra “a?” It got dropped thanks to the Cleveland Advertiser newspaper, which allegedly didn’t have room for it in the masthead (or so the story goes), so they got rid of the “extra” letter and inadvertently renamed the city when the misspelling stuck.

4. It’s A Magical World, Hobbes

Calvin & Hobbes is arguably the greatest comic strip in history, beloved by millions and missed by just as many. It was created by Bill Watterson, who grew up here in Cleveland. He keeps to himself these days, so you never know. Maybe he’s back in town and sits across from you at the coffee shop.

5. Neither Rain Nor Snow

You get your mail delivered every day like clockwork, and it happens for free – so say thank you, Cleveland. This was the first city with free mail delivery, and was also the city where the postal uniform was invented. Now they are an American icon!

6. Three Strikes You’re Out

Cleveland had one of the worst baseball teams of all time – and no, we’re not talking about the 1991 Indians. In 1899, Cleveland’s home team was the Spiders, but locals probably didn’t want to admit that, since the Spiders went 20-134 that year.

7. Up, Up, And Away!

This one you probably know: the world’s first superhero was invented here. That’s right, the big guy, Superman, red underpants and all, was invented in Cleveland by local geniuses Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Even more amazing is that they did it while still in high school. If you love costumed adventures, you have Cleveland to thank for it.

We hope you enjoyed these fun facts as much as we enjoyed digging them up!

For Whiter Teeth, Avoid These Food And Drinks

January 3rd, 2018

We all want to enjoy whiter teeth. The confidence that results from having a brighter smile can be a big part of making the most out of life.

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In-office whitening treatments can assist with giving you the white teeth you’ve always wanted, but if you want to keep that bright smile you’ll want to limit or avoid the following:

Cola

You already know that that soda is bad for your teeth. We’ve all learned since childhood that sugar will rot your teeth. What you may not know is that cola can stain your teeth, too. All the sugar combined with the dyes and coloring of cola can result in darkened and stained teeth after a few years of regular cola consumption.

Coffee

No surprise that this made the list. All of us coffee fiends may not like to hear it, but coffee is one of the worst villains when it comes to teeth staining. It may be a morning necessity for many of us, but it’s also making it harder for us to have bright smiles.

Tea

We’re sorry to say that switching from coffee to tea does not mean you are out of tooth-staining danger. In some ways, tea is even more damaging to your teeth than coffee. Because it is high in tannins and rather acidic, having tea in your diet can be bad for your teeth. The good news is, switching to green, white and herbal teas can help, since black tea is the primary culprit.

Red Wine

Red wine is a favorite for many, but it can also wreak havoc with your smile. Its high acidic content and deep red color makes it great at staining your pearly whites. Enjoying red wine may be a nice part of your social life, but it can also be a a bad part of your dental life.

Raspberries, Blueberries

Blueberries and raspberries are high in antioxidants and great for your diet, but they are not so great for your teeth. These dark berries are high in tooth-staining colors, which is exactly whythey have often been used in dyes. Keep eating them, because they are very good for you, just be sure to brush when you’re done.

Tomato Sauce

Sorry, Italian food fans, but our favorite pasta sauce can also contribute to stained teeth. Because of the acidic nature of tomatoes and their deep red color, you may end up needing to see your dentist for a whitening after a lifetime of eating Italian food.

While this may seem like bad news for those of you who like to eat – and who doesn’t? – it’s not.

All of the above beverages and foods have good health qualities except for cola, so go ahead and keep them in your diet. Their staining effects can be mitigated by modern teeth whitening treatments and good oral hygiene.

Remember to consume them in moderation, of course. If you do, you can have a great smile your whole life long.

5 Reasons Your Oral Health Matters (OTHER Than Your Teeth)

December 2nd, 2017

People are often under the misconception that their dentist visit is all about maintaining their smile and appearance. Straight teeth, white teeth, that’s important, but it’s not the whole story.

The fact of the matter is, your oral health plays an important role in your overall health and well being. Here are five reasons how:

1) Oral Hygiene Can Affect Your Weight

This may sound outlandish, but it’s true: good oral hygiene habits can have an effect on your weight. See, brushing your teeth sends a signal to your brain that you are finished eating.

When you have an urge to snack, try brushing and see how your appetite is suppressed. Add in the fact that nothing tastes good after you’ve just brushed and you can see how good oral hygiene can help you maintain your weight.

2) Oral Infections Can Spread

Gum disease often leads to oral infections, and those infections are not just a problem for your mouth. They can spread to other parts of the body, creating digestive issues, sometimes spreading to the heart where they can cause bacterial endocarditis, and other problems.

In fact, this often works in reverse, which is how many diseases can be diagnosed through symptoms that first show up in your mouth. Some of these include heart disease, diabetes, leukemia, and kidney disease.

3) It Can Help You Look A Lot Better

We don’t need to guess: we know you don’t want your teeth look bad. Your eyes and your smile are two of the first things people notice, after all. A good cosmetic dentist can repair many issues, but isn’t it better to avoid such issues in the first place?

Good preventative oral hygiene is not only good for your overall health, it’s GREAT for how you look and feel. A bright, white smile will fill you with confidence!

4) Links Between Gum Disease And Diabetes

Those who have diabetes are more prone to gum disease. What have only recently discovered is that the link may go in both directions. Having gum disease may actually contribute to your diabetes by impacting blood glucose control.

According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the bacteria associated with gum disease produces toxins. When your body’s immune systemfights those toxins, your body’s response “can increase insulin resistance and, therefore, blood glucose levels.” In other words, gum disease is bad for your diabetes!

5) Poor Oral Health Can Affect Your Unborn Child

Pregnant women already know that they are eating for two. What they may not realize is that poor oral health can have a direct impact in the health of their child. Experts have found a connection between periodontitis and low birth weight, as well as premature birth. That means if you want a healthy baby, be sure you have a healthy mouth, too.

The facts cannot be disputed: your oral health and your overall health go hand in hand!

5 Worthwhile Charities in Northern Ohio That Deserve Your Support

November 1st, 2017

The season for giving is about more than toys and gifts. It’s also about giving to the great organizations in our area that do good work for other people.

There are far too many to count, but here are five we think are worth supporting:

Youth Challenge Sports

Sports and recreation brings young people together and teaches them teamwork and confidence. Shouldn’t those with physical disabilities have the same opportunity? That’s what Youth Challenge Sports does.

They are an organization dedicated to assisting young people with experiencing activities their disability would normally prevent. Your donations make their sessions, transportation and more possible, and through them, these kids get to enjoy sports normally closed off to them. It’s a good cause!

Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

Homelessness is a problem few Americans want to talk about, one that often remains hidden away from us. It exists right under our noses. But with a cold winter upon us, it’s important to remember all those people throughout Ohio who do not have a roof over their heads.

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless helps fight for those without a home. They are devoted to lobbying, education, and much more, and they are always looking for assistance with their cause.

The Turn

It’s always a shame when a young person has their physical ability taken from them – and whether from Cerebral Palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, amputation, and other ailments, it happens far too often.

Through The Turn, some of the fun times those kids may have missed can be enjoyed. They provide free golf outings to young people with a wide range of impairments, allowing those kids to experience some of the fun and excitement they might otherwise be missing.

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs

Our furry friends need help, too. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs has a mission we support: getting older into homes with people who will love them. Until they are matched, these dogs are provided with a sanctuary to keep them healthy and happy.

And if all goes well – your support helps – they will eventually find a home. This has been a top rated charity for years for a reason!

Girls With Sole

Fitness and activity can lead anyone to a better life. That’s especially true when it comes to young women who have been abused. That’s why Girls With Sole exists.

To help provide girls who have been abused with equipment and gear, getting them involved in races, 5K events, and more. They also give scholarships to up to 1,000 girls throughout Northern Ohio. There are few charities like it.

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