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To fight cavities in children, the North Carolina Dental Society (NCDS) is encouraging caregivers to brush their children’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth comes in.

This new guidance expands the use of fluoride toothpaste for young children. It follows the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) recent recommendation that caregivers use a light smear of fluoride toothpaste (or an amount about the size of a grain of rice) for children younger than three years old and a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste for children three to six years old.

"For 50 years, dentists have recommended that patients use fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities,” says Dr. Ron Venezie, an Apex, N.C. pediodontist and president-elect of the NCDS. “A review of scientific research shows that this holds true for all ages, especially given the high levels of decay among young children.”


On June 25, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the second case of Chikungunya to appear in the state.

The disease that is carried by way of a mosquito was discovered when a Almance County man recently returned home from a vacation in the Caribbean.

Health officials in Macon County are now urging travelers to be aware of diseases that may be possible to contract in their noted destinations.

“Be very attentive to preventing mosquito bites, not only to prevent Chikungunya but also dengue, which is prevalent in the Caribbean,” says Stan Pulanski, physician's assistant at the Macon County Health Department. “Use an effective repellent, sleep in mosquito-free rooms, and consider staying indoors if there are swarms of mosquitoes around at certain times of the day.”


Angel Medical Center invites the public to a special program to learn more about Angel Hospice and its many services. The program, “Angel Hospice: Making a Difference, One Life at a Time,” will be presented by Dr. Michael Parmer, medical director of CarePartners of Asheville.

“Doctor Parmer has more than 30 years experience in hospice and palliative care,” said Bonnie Peggs, director of Marketing and Public Relations for Angel Medical Center. “His dedication and compassion for his patients is evident as he has tirelessly worked to improve the quality of patients’ lives, helping them to live their last days, weeks or months as free of pain and other distressing symptoms as possible."

Angel Hospice: Making a Difference, One Life at a Time will be an honest and open conversation about Hospice Care in Macon County regarding end of life care. The program will be presented twice on Tuesday, July 15, in the Angel Medical Center Dining Room, at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. This is a free community program.


Diabetes rates in North Carolina have nearly doubled in 20 years, reflecting a rapidly growing "epidemic" that costs billions of dollars in medical spending and a less efficient workforce, a new report from Harvard University says.

Diabetes is now the seventh-leading cause of death in the state, where the disease is far more prevalent than in the U.S. overall, the report says. And among African Americans and American Indians in the state, it is the fourth-leading and third-leading cause of death, respectively.

"This growing threat to the health of North Carolinians is also a threat to the state's economy," the report says.


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