The Daily Times from Salisbury, Maryland on February 12, 1986 · 11
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The Daily Times from Salisbury, Maryland · 11

Salisbury, Maryland
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Wednesday, February 12, 1986
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Salisbury, Md. Wed.. Feb. 12J 19B6 THE DAILYTIMES 11 Den tal Sealan ts Offer Protection From Plaaue c Editor's Note: The Eastern Shore Dental Society brings you this article in observance of Na-;ona.L Cnlldren's Dental Health Month. It is one in a series on "Ways to Better Dental Health." Despite recent advances In pro-fessional dental care, .dental (Jis-ease remains a chronic problem throughout much of the world. In the U.S. alone, 98 percent of the population is still susceptible to some form of dental disease. Studies show that by the time the average child enters school, around age 6, three surfaces of the primary teeth are already decayed or filled. Researchers have long known that plaque - the sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth is the main culprit in the decay process. But, they've learned, removing plaque through brushing, flossing, and regular profpssionalcleanings may not be sufficient to prevent dental decay (caries). Although fluoride use has prevented the severe, widespread development of caries that once was commonplace, fluoride is least effective on back teeth (premolars and molars). The problem is that the chewing surfaces of premolars and molars contain tiny grooves called pits and fissures. These natural depressions often trap harmful bacteria that even a single toothbrush can't reach. Aiming to protect these cavity-prone surfaces, dental researchers as far back as 1923 experimented with "preventive filling" materials. Since that time, a variety of solutions have been "painted" directly on teeth and tested for their anti-caries effectiveness. Although these treatments met with little success, , they did pave the way for a relatively recent breakthrough in modern dentistry the development of sealants. , Pit-and-fissure sealants, as they're now called, first came into use 15 years ago. Today many dentists routinely use sealants on children's teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA), the national membership and policy-setting organization for the dental profession, has recognized the importance of sealants and recommends sealants for all children. To date, 58 percent of dentists are known to use sealants, and this percentage is expected to rise as the public becomes better acquainted with this important and relatively new preventive technique. RETURN HOME Norma Dise of Salisbury and her children, Sharlene Mendoza of Salisbury and Emilio Mendoza of Chicago, have recently returned from a trip to the Philippines to visit relatives. They also traveled to Hawaii and Los Angeles. HADASSAH MEETING ;The Salisbury Chapter of Hadassah will meet Feb. 26 at 12:30 p.m. at the home of Eleanor t Stelzner, Salisbury. Jim Jacobs will give a slide presentation on his trip to Israel. ?: OSTOMY GROUP - The Delmarva Ostomy Association will meet Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Educational Building of Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center, Salisbury. For more information call 742-4707. ' MEETING SET CThe Easy-Does-It AA Group meets Thursday and Friday nights from 7 to 8 in Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center Educational Center, Salisbury. For more information write to the Group Chairman, PO Box 3192, Salisbury. CLASS REUNION An interest meeting for the five-year reunion of the North Dorchester High School Class of 1981, will be held Fe. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Hurlock Fire Hall. SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL The East Side Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Saturday night special in the banquet room of the East Side Men's Club, Isabella and Church Streets in Salisbury, Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The menu will be T-bone steak with baked potato and salad for $6 or homemade spaghetti, tossed salad and garlic bread for $3.50. All proceeds will go for the children's Easter egg hunt to be held in the Municipal Park on March 30. PANCAKE SUPPER The Union Gospel Group of the Union United Methodist Church here will sponsor a pancake and sausage supper in the church hall Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost will be $3. Lorraine Carrigan is president of the Group. ' The greatest advantage of sealants is their "non-invasive" property. That is, sealants are applied directly onto the surface of teeth, and, unlike dental fillings (restorations), do not require that changes be made in tooth structure. But what exactly is a sealant, and how does it work? Sealants are clear or shaded plastic materials that act as a barrier, protecting the decay-prone areas of the back teeth from bacterial plaque and its harmful acids. Application is quick and easy, and the results are hardly noticeable because sealants blend well with natural tooth color; Each tooth usually takes only a few minutes to seal. The teeth to be sealed are first cleaned. The chewing surfaces are then etched, or slightly roughened, with a weak acidic solution to help -the sealant adhere to the teeth. Finally, the sealant is brushed on the tooth enamel and allowed to harden. Some sealants need a special curing light to help them harden; others do not. Although adults also can have sealants applied, children are the best candidates for sealants because their teeth, especially newly erupted permanent teeth, are. usually free from decay and dental restorations. Sealants can provide underlying tooth surfaces with complete protection from decay for several years. However, they should be checked regularly to determine if a new application is needed. Clearly, sealants play an important role in preventing tooth decay. In a recent report published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the ADA'S Council on Dental Research states that "flouride programs keep caries at a controllable level; the addition of sealants could virtually end it (the problem of decay)." DEAR POLLY How often should the condenser coils of my new frost-free refrigerator be cleaned? What's the procedure for cleaning these coils? BEV ' DEAR BEV The condenser coils should be vacuumed every two to three months. It's easy and takes only a few m inutes. A buildup of dust on the condenser coils will reduce their efficiency and the refrigerator won't work as well, so it's important not to neglect this minor chore. At the same time, you should remove and wash out the drain pan under the refrigerator and sweep out or vacuum any readily available dust there. One more maintenance chore is Important. Every day wipe around the refrigerator gasket with a damp cloth. Cleaning the gasket is vital to maintaining a good seal and keeping the gasket in good condition. Hope you enjoy your new appliance! A few minutes of maintenance when necessary will allow the refrigerator to give you many long years of service. POLLY DEAR POLLY - My family always had a problem with clothes hangers. We would hang wet clothes on them and the wire would make a rust stain on the clothes. We solved the problem by wrapping colored plastic tape on the wire hangers. This way, you can make old hangers look new again. Every family member has a different color. MRS. R.D. DEAR POLLY - If I have something I want to remember to tell a friend or relative, I make a note of it to keep in my address book near the name. When the ferson calls, I call or we visit, and check the address book for notes. -J.C. Polly will send you a Polly Dollar ($1) if she uses your favorite Pointer, Peeve or Problem in her column. Write POLLY'S POINTERS in care of this newspaper. IT'S NOT TOO LATE! ORDER NOW OPEN 0:OO A.M. to 6:00 P.M. On valentine dw for the CIKM Ol VIK MJr.K III fZf wSj"" 'LV- f CJ CHOCOLATE I w DEAIKR TELEPHONE 749-6103 COURT PLAZA lit. t. II trath ialtohir, !.. lUtekwy PRESENT BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS LEARN TO: Waltz "Jitterbug Fox Trot Samba Tango Polka ChaCha Rumba MONDAY NIGHTS 6:30-8:30 P.M. Foxtrot & ChaCha Feb. 17th KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HALL On Emerson Ave., Salisbury Register ot 1-364-5773 (Local 896-4141) Soft, Supple Leathers . . Comfort in today's styling. "Polly" available in navy, burgundy and sawdust. $38. QlO "i Vernon Powell A step ahead 4 tiff Downtown Plaza 749-4561 Salisbury Mall 546-9664 WE'RE FIGHTING FOR OJR LIFE - I tl V PRESIDENTS' DAYS SALE NOW IN PROGRESS! F ND SAV NGS AND SPEC AL PURCHASES v ' m ricuiutmy uai jalc nun in ntuuitcu! ninu omvini lYA li 1 ST0REWIDE FOR YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR HOME. - k i "k L ft HERE'S AN EXAMPLE OF THE SAVINGS: Original price 34.00 Current sale price . . .17.97 Less additional 25 . .4.49 RED DIAMOND PRICE. .13.48 Excludes handmade rugs, Fine Art Gallery, and Fine Jewelry, HlT7.lf.RS Otn CLASS ogq W VENDOR nu $000 StAtON t 17.97 34.00 ' Look for the red diamonds on our price tags and signs all over the store! T7 mm m ERS

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