Earth Day is April 22. Here are some Earth Day trivia quizzes and activities you can do to celebrate our dear planet Earth, and help inspire your fellow humans to treat our planet with more loving care!
What is an orthodontist? An orthodontist is just a kind of dentist who specializes in making teeth straight, and ensuring your jaw is properly aligned. It’s where people who have braces or retainers go. But if you haven’t been to one, you might wonder what else goes on at the orthodontist. Here’s what to expect when you visit one.
He or She Will Ask You Easy Questions
Your first appointment will most likely involve a bunch of questions about your teeth and your jaw. They’ll be pretty easy to answer. Some examples might be, “Does your jaw make a popping noise when you open and shut your mouth?” Or, “Do you snore at night?” These questions will help your orthodontist determine what kind of treatment you will need to make sure your teeth and jaw are working properly.
X-Rays and Molds Will Be Taken
A technician at your orthodontist’s office will probably take some x-rays and make a mold of your mouth. To make the mold, your technician will ask you to bite down on a dental tray filled with a gooey substance. The process might be slightly uncomfortable, but shouldn’t hurt at all. Both x-rays and molds will help determine what kind of care you need: braces, retainer, or maybe nothing.
A Plan Will Be Devised
The x-rays and molds should give a clear picture of what’s happening inside your mouth. Then, the orthodontist can formulate a plan to change anything that will cause you a problem now or in the future. There are more reasons to fix your teeth other than just having a pretty smile. Did you know that overlapping teeth could cause future tooth decay and cause more cavities in the long run? Yep. Braces might not seem that awesome right now, but they could save you some problems in the future!
So go bravely to your first orthodontist appointment and get it over with!
Chances are you’ve had a zit . . . or a few. But don’t worry; you’re not alone. Acne is very common. And if you’re looking for a way to keep your skin clear, start by following these simple steps:
Wash Your Face!
Acne is caused when overactive glands in your pores produce too much oil. This oil, mixed with bacteria and dead skin cells (gross) gets under your skin and causes pimples. That’s why you need to wash your face every morning and night, to clear away the oil BEFORE it can cause acne.
Keep Your Pillows Clean!
The pores on your face secrete oil. Then, you put your face on your pillow to sleep. Well guess what pillows are? Huge oil sponges. Be sure to wash your pillowcases often to make sure you’re not sleeping on an acne factory!
Stop Touching Your Face!
Like it or not, your fingers have all sorts of bacteria and grime on them (even if they look clean)! And when you rest your hand on your cheek or forehead, the bacteria leaps off of your fingers and onto your face! From there it mixes with the oil in your pores and BOOM: Pimple City!
Don’t Pop Them!
Yeah, pimples are easy (and kind of fun) to pop, but don’t do it! Popping pimples can push the oil, dead skin, and bacteria (again, gross) back into your pores and cause an infection, making your situation even worse.
Do you have any pimple horror stories? Tell us in the Comments!
You may think of inventors as geniuses with years of experience, but some of the coolest inventions actually came from kids!
In 1858, 15-year-old Chester Greenwood invented earmuffs. He hated hats and hated cold ears even more. So he tied fur patches to a headband and invented the first earmuffs.
Robert Patch was only 6 years old when he turned the model truck into a children’s toy. The boy created a toy truck with parts that could be taken apart and rebuilt into different vehicles. Patch’s truck was patented way back in 1963, but is still selling in toy stores today.
Frank Epperson accidentally stumbled across the Popsicle when he was 11. One frigid night, he left his drink outside with a stirring stick inside. The next morning, he found a frozen drink, and the world’s first Popsicle was born.
Krysta Morlan was in 10th grade when she invented the cast cooler, a device that pumps air into a cast and relieves irritation. But Krysta wasn’t done yet. She also invented the Waterbike, a bike-like vehicle you put in the water and power by pedaling.
Ryan Patterson was working at Burger King when he saw a translator ordering for a deaf friend. That sparked Ryan’s imagination and he soon invented a glove with sensors that translate sign language into written word.
Louis Braille was only 15 when he invented his own language for the blind. Braille, named after its inventor, uses a series of dots that people can trace their hands over and read.
Kids have created some of the coolest gadgets and also helped a lot of people. What invention would you like to create?
“blackberry watermelon popsicle” Flickr photo by stu_spivack
I know you’re sick of hearing it, but yes, too much sugar is bad for you. Why, you ask? Good question. Well…
It Can Cause Tooth Decay. You take really good care of your teeth, right? You brush; you floss, and your smile is flawless. But if you’re drinking sugary sodas, you could be destroying all that hard work. Sugary drinks contain an acid that weakens enamel (the hard coating that protects your teeth), leaving your choppers vulnerable to cavities.
You Could Gain Weight.
You already know that eating too many calories and not exercising enough can cause your body to produce fat. But did you know that sugar alone can cause weight gain? It can. Sugar is high in calories and not very filling, which means it’s easy to overeat sugary foods. Limit your sugar, and you could avoid those extra pounds.
It Is Hiding Where You Least Expect It. Many products at the store have corn syrup (a form of sugar) added to them to make them taste better. Peanut butter, ketchup, even canned soups! So even if you think you’re eating healthy, check the label! You may be getting more sugar than you think.
You Could Crash and Burn! Have you ever eaten a bucketful of Halloween candy? First, you had a burst of energy, but pretty soon you crashed hard and felt sick and sluggish. That’s because sugar is a carbohydrate (the stuff that gives your body energy). When carbohydrates are eaten in moderation, your body knows how to handle them. But if you eat too much, your body freaks out and crashes and you feel terrible.
Cut down on sugar and keep your body healthy. You’re stuck with it for the rest of your life!
On February 2, more than 3,000 Donald Trump supporters crammed into an athletic club in Milford, New Hampshire to hear the Republican candidate speak. The place was buzzing with excitement. Before Trump came on, a group of people went onto the stage and delivered speeches. This included some of Trump’s campaign managers and former United States Senator Scott Brown. Continue reading →
Are you ready for the winter weather? Winter Storm Jonas is coming to the East Coast! I am ready with a nice, big pile of books to read, some hot cocoa mix, and all the ingredients needed to bake something yummy.
Here are some other ideas for things to do on a snowy weekend.
It all started in 2013, when Shea Stollenwerk, then eight years old, asked for a new hand for Christmas. Shea was born with a partial right hand, which restricts her ability to do things that other kids take for granted.
Shea practices picking up objects with her new hand. Photo courtesy of Frankie Flood.
“My mom went online” to look for help, says Shea, who lives in Mukowango, Wisconsin. Shea’s mother, Ranee, soon learned about a community of artists, designers, and scientists who are making big breakthroughs with prosthetic (artificial) hands.
Frankie Flood, a professor at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, was among the designers who saw Ranee’s online request. Flood enlisted help from fellow professor Adream Blair and their students, who were learning how to make designs using a 3-D printer, a device that can create layers of material, like plastic or metal, one on top of the other, to produce solid objects.
“We made a mold of Shea’s hand out of plaster,” Flood explains about the beginning of the process. “We made a cast, and then we 3-D scanned her hand.”
A LOW-COST SOLUTION
Flood emphasizes that Shea’s “robo-hand” is not like devices that medical professionals make for people who have lost limbs. Such devices can cost thousands of dollars, whereas a “robo-hand” can be printed for less than $50.
While being fitted in Flood’s laboratory, Shea got to choose the color of her new hand. She went with bright pink. She now has a pink hand, a purple hand, and a purple and pink one, and can do things that she couldn’t do before, like peel potatoes, pick up objects, and catch a ball.
Flood and his team have since built hands for six other local children. Indirectly, they have helped dozens more, by posting their designs online so that people around the world can print them out. Flood is also working on prosthetic legs for military veterans who were injured on the battlefield. “Without a covering, the [prosthetic] leg is kind of ugly and plain,” Flood says. “Soldiers want something that will restore the shape of their leg and make it cooler to look at when they’re playing sports.”
As for Shea, the aspiring musician can now play her viola with help from an adaptive device that Flood’s team created. “Nothing is ever going to hold her back,” Shea’s father, Steve, told a local reporter. “She is going to do what she wants to do, and we are going to be there to help her.”