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Renowned Natural Oral Health Dentist Offers Advice for National Children’s Dental Health Month, Makes Donation to Operation Smile

Think you are keeping your kids’ teeth healthy? Think again!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, making it a great time to look at how families around the country are caring for their children’s teeth. Most parents believe they are doing the right thing by opting for popular brands of toothpaste and colorful products that will catch their child’s attention. Yet what these people are not usually aware of are all the hidden dangers in the mass-marketed products because of the ingredients they are made of.

“Many of the products that parents are buying for their children to use are made with ingredients that they really shouldn’t have,” explains Dr. Bruno Sharp, a fourth-generation dentist who created a line of products called Dr. Sharp Dentistry, and is celebrating their 10th year as a Natural Oral Care provider. “Ideally, you want to use a natural product, so you avoid the ingredients that can be harmful to your child’s health.”

Creative Ways to Add Order to Your Home

(Family Features) Although there are hundreds of options for organizing your home, the pieces you make yourself are the ones that truly reflect your personality. Adding your own flair to standard organizing materials adds instant character and functionality to any room.

Making the most of your space – including your walls – is the key to successful organizing. Channel your inner creativity with help from the crafting experts at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and add chic style to your storage with distressed wooden boxes hung to create artful, cubby shelves or this hanging bulletin board, which uses cleverly stylish clothespins and clips to protect your treasured photos and messages from thumbtack punctures

Nursery Decor Handmade with Love

(Family Features) Whether you’re working on a budget or simply looking to infuse a little handmade love, DIY projects can bring a special heartfelt touch to a baby’s nursery.

Themes for a nursery range far and wide: everything from bold patterns and shapes to animals and objects representing favorite pastimes. You can go completely DIY and make items such as the crib skirt, bedding and curtains by hand, or you can expand on pieces you purchase with creative accessories such as this wall art or mobile, both created by the crafting experts at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Each can be fully customized to match the color scheme and theme you have selected to welcome your little one.

Toys And Unstructured Playtime Promote More Than Just Fun

Children Thrive When Imagination Is Allowed To Flourish, Experts Say

A child maneuvering toy cars down an imaginary highway in his backyard appears to be doing little other than having a good time.

But there could be more to the activity than meets the adult eye. Research shows that imagination and unstructured playtime are important to a child’s intellectual development.

Often, it’s a favorite toy that helps spark creativity – and occasionally much more. It was his son’s interaction with stuffed animals, for example, that inspired author A.A. Milne to create Winnie-the-Pooh.

Personal Loans 101

(Family Features) If you happen to find yourself in a tight spot, borrowing money can help set you back on the right path. However, doing so without a full understanding of the facts can hinder your finances in the future.

“When faced with a financial emergency, most people don’t think through how borrowing money might affect them down the line,” said Susie Irvine, president and CEO, American Financial Services Association Education Foundation. “With so many options available, it’s relatively easy to get a loan, but the impact on your credit and what it actually costs you over time can vary a great deal.”

6 Ways To Talk About Money With Your Family

Finance Cuts To Our Emotional Roots, Money Professional Says

When we think about money, let’s be honest – we’re not talking about just money, but also a host of related consequences and deeply felt emotions, says retirement specialist
Lee Stoerzinger.

“Money cuts to the emotional roots of every human issue,” says Stoerzinger, a
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, head of Lee Stoerzinger, Inc.,
(www.leestoerzinger.com) and author of “On The Back Burner.”

“In my years of advising, I’ve come to understand that when we talk about money, we’re layering in fear, spirit and soul. When we strip away the facts and figures, money is all very emotional. We can’t really make progress until we understand those emotions. I have found that most people don’t necessarily want to be rich—they just don’t want to be poor. Isn’t that what we all want – security?”