This afternoons activity with Daddy looked like lots of fun: they gathered sticks and the kiddies built their own pile of firewood for a camp fire. They then sat around the fire pit to test whose camp fire would flame up the best!

Isla created a very structured camp fire, logical and a pattern to where she placed her sticks. Noahs looked more sporadic but covered a wider area.

Neither camp fires took fire, it was quite windy. So the kiddies enjoyed a hot chocolate and marshmallow around their piles of sticks.

They had fun though and that’s the main thing. I’m loving all of these practical tasks they’re doing with Daddy.

I’ve been waiting, all day, for someone to tell me it’s all a dream and we are still going to Dubai. But, unfortunately, no one jumped out screaming April #fool and alas, we are still at home. I’m gutted.

Lots to look forward to though and right now it’s about focussing on our main objective: stay at home at all times, unless to buy essential food & walk the dogs! I have actually loved being at home everyday. It’s my favourite place.

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This afternoons activity with Daddy...

“We are very excited to try out this new food from Forthglade, it smells woofing delicious” 🐾 Straight from the doggies mouth!

I am very excited to announce that I am a new ambassador for @forthglade. What does that mean? Well, I get to try out the products and tell you all how good they are and get special offers and discounts for my followers too!

It’s such a strange time with lockdown, however finding out about Forthglade couldn’t have come at a better time. When I went to get our usual dog foods in the supermarket it had all sold out. So, resorting to online orders seemed a very natural thing to do to ensure our furbabies are fed.

This food is a minimum of 75% meat or fish and is free from junk. With Snoopy, he has a tummy condition which means we have to be careful what he eats, it’s perfect. We will keep you posted on what they thought! 🐾 #gifted

“We are very excited to...

🌼 April is here and along with it comes another set of photo keywords for #MummyPhotoADay photo challenge.

We should have been flying to Dubai today, so my insta squares would have been very different to what they now will be. I’m expecting to see lots of Spring colours and stay at home families instead this month.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can comment and share my favourites throughout the month.

Does anyone have any creative stay at home plans for April?

🌼 April is here and...

My favourite pics from March #MummyPhotoADay - a massive thank you to everyone that took part. We have had a lot of new members this month and it’s been really hard picking my favourite 9! There are now over 4,000 photos to choose from.

All photos are tagged, but from left right:
📷 @cultivatingdelight
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @confessionsofacrummymummy
📷 @houseofbaughs
📷 @sahrazade
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @_lisaslife_
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @descendants_of_war

I’ve really loved seeing photos from @anywaytostayathome, @the_mummy_editorial, @freyalexandra, @becsbrewtifullife & @canonjacq.

All you have to do to join in is add #mummyphotoaday to your caption and the keyword of the day... I’m very excited to see what April has in store for us. Lots of fun “Stay at #Home” themed photos!

Thank you to everyone that joins in 📷

My favourite pics from March...

The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

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The kiddies had a lot...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.

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Today has been a busy...

I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s very necessary with the lockdown rules. 
Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.

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I am running a day...

Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

Tips & treatments for Periodontal Disease

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms around your teeth and your gums. Build-up over time causes your gums to swell, become irritated, and bleed. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease. As your gums weaken, pockets form between your gums and teeth. Periodontal therapy becomes necessary before tooth and bone loss results. Prevention begins with good daily oral techniques. 

Non-Surgical Periodontal Hygiene Techniques 

• Daily brushing and flossing 

Brushing and flossing once or twice a day may help prevent periodontal disease. It helps remove food particles in which bacteria will breed, becoming plaque and tartar. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle, brush side to side and up and down for 2 minutes. Replace your toothbrush when the bristles fray or tilt to one side. Every three months is a good policy. 

• Diet 

Nutrition relates to oral health. High carbohydrate and sugary diet lead to a formation of plague and encourages dental decay. Acidic metabolism causes inflammation. Some personal habits such as smoking exhaust your body’s healing nutrients. Taking supplements or eating food high in vitamins A, C, E and K may relieve inflammation of periodontal tissue. Balancing fats and proteins and increasing plant-based foods in your diet may have a positive effect on periodontal healing. 

• Professional cleanings 

Expert cleaning removes gummy deposits and hardened build-up under the gum line. Plaque and tartar encourage tooth decay and promote periodontal disease. Professional cleaning once a year and conscientious oral home care can prevent halitosis and gingivitis. To control worsening inflammation, you may need to schedule cleanings throughout the year.

• Scaling and root planning 

Scaling removes calculus deposits on your teeth and cleans the deep pockets under your gums into the roots. Calculus deposits are tartar, plaque, and bacteria. Applied antimicrobials and antibiotics help heal affected tissue. In planning, your doctor smooths the roots so your gums will reattach to your teeth. Sometimes, you will need to uphold regular professional treatments. 

• Occlusal adjustments 

Occlusal adjustments reshape your bite. An uneven bite may be because of irregularly shaped, loose, missing, or overcrowded teeth. Uneven teeth may cause excessive wearing, cracked or chipped teeth. Often, misaligned teeth make daily oral home care difficult leading to irritated gums, inflammation, receding gums, pocket formations, and possible bone and tooth loss. Adjustments are minor and need no anesthetic when corrected early. 

Medications 

• Reduce plaque with an antiseptic or fluoride toothpaste and toothpaste. Buy it over-the-counter without a prescription. 

• Oral probiotics may help balance friendly bacteria and harmful microbes that cause plaque build-up. 

• Chlorhexidine is a common antiseptic in a mouthwash that cleans the gums. It promotes a clean oral environment where germs cannot grow and cause infection. 

• Prescription antibiotics stop bacterial infections. Take Amoxicillin, Doxycycline, Minocycline or Tetracycline by mouth or apply directly to the infected area. 

When caught early, the harm caused by gum disease is lessened. But ignoring gingivitis allows the periodontal disease to flourish. Damage to gum and bone needs immediate periodontal therapy. There are several treatments to reverse or fix oral damage. You will need to cooperate with your dentist specializing in chronic gum disease treatment. 

Professional Periodontal Disease Treatments 

• Pocket reduction procedures 

Pockets between your tooth and gum allow particles to settle and breed bacteria. Your periodontist removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and under your gums. If cleaning involves the bone, the bone is smoothed before attaching the gums. In a healthy clean environment, your gums will re-grow tight against your tooth. 

• Regeneration 

Regeneration is a method used when gum recession has caused supporting bone to dissolve. Your periodontist pulls back the receding gum and removes bacteria from the inflamed gum tissue. She inserts a mesh-like fabric between your gum and the bone promoting bone tissue regrowth. The gum is pulled over the affected site and secured in place. 

• Grafts 

Pedicle grafts are performed when there’s healthy coverage near receding gums. A flap from healthy tissue is cut leaving an edge of the gum attached. The flap of loose gum is pulled over the recessed gum and stitched in place. 

Connective tissue grafts treat exposed roots. The tissue under the skin of your palate is cut away and grafted to gum tissue covering an exposed root. The thin layer of skin on your palate is secured to the roof of your mouth. 

• Crown lengthening 

Crown lengthening with a procedure, called osseous surgery, reduces gum tissue that grows over your teeth. Your gums and bone are cut and shaped to lengthen your teeth. Sometimes, your tooth needs to be prepared so a crown can be attached. Oral hygiene is better once excess gum is removed and a crown is properly fitted. 

• Implants 

Metal screw posts screw into your jawbone as new roots for your tooth. After three to six months of healing, your new custom crowns are fixed. They’re stable, secure, with a feel and look of real teeth. 

Periodontal disease is insidious and can create serious oral problems before you realize it. Oral inflammation may also be connected to other health issues such as diabetes, bacterial pneumonia, and heart disease. Discuss oral hygiene techniques and periodontal disease treatments with a periodontist, a Doctor of Dental Medicine. 

Dr. Marissa Crandall-Cruz is a Doctor of Dental Medicine, earning a bachelor’s degree in biology, master’s degrees in biomedical science and oral biology. She’s completed periodontology and oral implantology programs. Dr. Crandall-Cruz is a member of the Delaware Valley Academy of Osseointegration, Academy of Stomatology of Philadelphia, American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Periodontology. She is also Diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology, and Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (DICOI). 

Staying abreast of cutting edge periodontal therapy, Dr. Marissa Crandall-Cruz’s expertise is bone and periodontal regeneration, dental implant therapy, and periodontal treatment in the King of Prussia area.

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