The Brownsville Herald from Brownsville, Texas on December 31, 1972 · Page 51
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I 3 WAYS IO OKDIH: WtlfAID · C.O.O. · US! YOUR CHAKOI CAIDI -- 1 frtchinrtc _ ....... n ntnat, i «*,,. «*. i Mote Than · To To Fight TooHiDocay Many hours are wisely spent during a lifetime taking care of teeth. But dental authorities point out that some of the most essential parts of tooth care are generally neglected by the public, even by those who pay scrupulous attention to their teeth. The major CMM of too* too«i low k oiwamd the toe* and^oM. The gums are a Irving organ, and the tissue much more movable than most people think. Plaque-all that stuff that builds up between the teeth during the day, from food particles and oral secretions--lodges in these spaces and causes the growth of bacteria at geometrically increasing numbers. Safe in these secure harbors, bacteria cause inflammation of the gums and loosening of the teeth, as well as destruction of the hard and soft parts of the teeth themselves. The single moat important thing you can do for your teeth is to remove this plaque from your Jobmanship gums each day, preferably after the last meal. D«iM Don of the unwind and 1MB type Is the best thing to aim. The new water sprays an mceflent adjuncts to a total tooth-care pro- yrMn, but ate not the first Una of offense. Gums are mobile, I iving tissues. You can carefully floss beside the teeth deeper down than you think. Have your dentist show you the best way to floss, and do it every day. Then, with a tittle luck, you'll look like those piano-toothed beauties on TV for many years to come.--By John J. aeconaT, ttO. How to Turn Off ttw I . Who Is Ahrays "CoJtoding" There's one in every work force: the person who is always "collecting." Instead of feeling grateful that someone is seeing that co-workers' illnesses, bereavements, family births, weddings, etc., are acknowledged, people often resent the collector's efforts and may even turn against contributions in general. Getting the group together and deciding on a definite policy for Who. When, and How you all want to give can be the solution. Who and Whan: exactly which occasions will the group acknowledge? Illness of co-workers only? Of co-workers plus their immediate family? Weddings of coworkers? Of co-workers plus their immediate family? H doesn't matter now your group decides. It's hawing a policy that's Important. How? With a card? With a gift? Anyone who has ever had an important event in his life and has received no token from the gang at work, knows that being ignored does hurt. As a result, ' · only H doesn't i foirnl»»«. Once you decide on a policy, the "collector" in your group can be put in charge. Now with guidelines set by everyone, people will feel cooperative rather than put-upon when they next hear the familiar words, "I'm collecting for...."-By8.B.r Pet Owners. Beware! These CommonHousehold Kims Can IVrfMHi \rnir Cat ·yFeUela Director, Friskies Cat Council, and author of "The Cat You Care For" N ot so long ago, the list of known things that could poison a cat might have filled, at most, a single column. Today, thanks to veterinary research, the list would require several pagss. Of course, many of the poisons are of recent usage, such as most insecticides. It would behoove you, if you're a cat owner, to make yourself familiar with the list. Ask your veterinarian. For the moment, well just indicate a few of the better-known items. Most peeMcMe*. as we've said, an dangerous; so are most hefMcMea and l That's because they con- . Many a cat has lost his life from sampling a neighbor's lawn. You may wonder, don't cats reject odors and tastes they find abhorrent? Yes, cats masticate their food very well before swallowing, and most of them would undoubtedly refuse to swallow most poisons they might encounter in a grass plot. But it takes only a drop to make them sick. As it is their practice to roll about on almost any surface, and to lick themselves clean from head to tail, there is no way for a cat to avoid some insecticide, if he roams. There is a psfM type fciMeHelBa for snatts, incidentally, that is a real killer. It even resembles cat food and has been the end of many cats. Avoid it,'at all cost Other venoms await a roving Tabby, although he isn't apt to meet all of them in the average suburban plot Certain snakes, for example, and some lizards have bites that can prove fatal. Bees and wasps are fascinating to some cats (as are all flying things). Any cat even a city dweller, runs the risk of their sting, which can be deadly, especially when it happens about the lips or tongue. The best way to avoid these dangers, of course, is to make Tabby stay at home. A cat does not really need to wander outside. And since most cats should be spayed or neutered (there are some ten million homeless cats already!), even the mating urge is no excuse for letting a cat risk the many hazards that lurk outdoors. Of course, don't think your poison worries are over when you've brought your wanderer in to stay. Curiosity being his middle name, a cat will, you can make book on it, find his way into every closet and cupboard in the bouse, to say nothing of the drawers. This includes the paint cabinet, the medicine chest, the storage room, etc. Household poisons are many. Let's consider a few of the commoner ones. I Very bad! Abo, ehmifciB Utah, any dye, all and allMMChM zone, ink. QasoHne, of course, and Check those housepUnts. Perhaps more illnesses from poisoning arc caused by ordinary, everyday houseplants than any other single category. Take, for instance, that lovely cafca Hly. Take it out, or place it somewhere out of Tabby's reach. It's very poisonous. So, too. are chrysanttMmurn. HoUy and i are very, very bad, so be sure to hang a note on that Christmas-ornament box. Christmas is a specially dangerous time for cats, with tinsel and small objects to swallow. To your medicine chest Keep it closed, tight Almost anything in it can harm your cat Many people have the mistaken notion that what can't hurt them can't hurt their cat. Not so. A little Alka-Sdtzer may be all right to ease the hurt of your overindulgence, but don't expect ft to help Tabby's. And whatever you do, do not give a cat your aspirin. It is a real no-no! (Baby aspirin is sometimes used, but only on the advice of your veterinarian.) If your cat u poisoned, there is only one answer: Rush him to your veterinarian. Don't waste a second. And don't just rely on the advice of well-meaning friends, unless, by some miracle, they also happen to be qualified. The fact is that thert are as many remedies as there are toxins, and what works for one cat doesn't necessarily work na| for another, , UQ · · FAMILY WEEKLY, DKMlbx 31. 117!

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