Archives for September 2021

Getting Your Confidence Back: 3 Benefits Of Full Mouth Restoration

Confidence is highly important for people from all walks of life. If a person is lacking confidence, it can negatively affect every area of their life. When a person’s teeth are missing, their smile is incomplete and their confidence can take a hit. Thankfully, there are ways a dentist can help.

What Is a Full Mouth Restoration?

A full mouth restoration involves different steps that include restoring, rebuilding, and replacing teeth that are missing. A full mouth restoration renews a person’s ability to smile with confidence and also helps improve the way their mouth functions. A Family Dentist will help individuals dramatically improve their smiles.

Three Benefits of Full Mouth Restoration

Dental care has improved dramatically over the last hundred years. Most people are surprised to learn 50% of adults had no teeth a century ago. When a person loses their teeth, they may feel embarrassed about their appearance. They can also find it difficult to eat or speak clearly.

1. Improved Diet

People who have no teeth or only a few are going to find it more difficult to chew their food correctly, which will end up having an impact on their nutrition. If a person cannot eat most foods, this limits their diet and could cause nutritional deficiencies. Once a person’s mouth has been restored, they will be able to eat all types of nutritionally dense foods.

2. Regained Confidence

When a person is missing teeth, they are often embarrassed about their appearance and the way they talk. They may feel ashamed to smile or talk in front of others. A dip in confidence can have far-reaching negative impacts on every aspect of a person’s life. When individuals go through a full-mouth restoration, they regain their confidence and can smile at the world.

3. Overall Health Improvements

Many people do not realize the health of their smiles can have an impact on their overall health. The mouth is the gateway to the body. Poor oral health can cause problems with a person’s immune system and has been linked to cardiovascular disease. Getting a full-mouth restoration will offer overall health improvements.

The First Step Is a Consultation Appointment

Individuals need to schedule a consultation appointment so they can learn if they are a good candidate for mouth restoration. Multiple treatments are offered to restore a person’s smile and help them improve their appearance and function.

The dentist may offer dental implants, crowns, veneers, bridges, or dentures. These are sometimes used in combination to help individuals overcome issues with their smiles.

At the consultation appointment, an individual will have a full examination and X-rays. The information gleaned from these allows the dentist to create an extensive plan of care that is directed at the patient’s individual needs.

Get Started on Smile Restoration

Dealing with missing teeth is embarrassing for most people. Multiple issues can cause a person to have missing teeth, including mass decay or injuries. Once a person’s smile has been evaluated by the dentist, treatment can begin right away.

Those who are tired of being toothless and being unable to eat should explore their options for full mouth restoration. The restoration process takes time but is well worth the effort. Finally, a person will be able to smile with confidence and eat all the foods they enjoy.

Scheduling a consultation appointment will allow a person to get started on the process. Once the dentist has mapped out a treatment plan, individuals will soon be able to see progress.

Nightbooks * Just The Right Amount Of Scary For A Thrill But Won’t Keep You Up All Night

A young boy named Alex becomes the prisoner of a witch to avoid certain death, he convinces her to let him tell her a scary story every night. Upon meeting the witch’s servant, Yazmin, the two must use their wits to escape her apartment, a magical labyrinth filled with various dangers, before the witch kills them both. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Katherine S. comments, “Nightbooks is very entertaining, but has some slow moments. It’s perfect for people who love a scary movie, but may regret watching it at night (like me!). It has the just right amount of scary moments to give you a thrill, but also doesn’t keep you up at night.” See her full review below.

Nightbooks

Katherine S, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Nightbooks is very entertaining, but has some slow moments. It’s perfect for people who love a scary movie, but may regret watching it at night (like me!). It has the just right amount of scary moments to give you a thrill, but also doesn’t keep you up at night.

Nightbooks follows the story of a boy named Alex (Winslow Fegley) who loves to write scary stories. While trying to find the boiler room in his apartment complex, he is lured into a witch’s (Krysten Ritter) house, who steals children. He meets Yasmin, who is also stuck there. Can they make it out before they face certain doom? Watch the movie to find out.

This film is based on the book by the same title, so fans of the book should love the movie. The set has so much attention to detail and the costume design, especially for Natacha the witch, is immaculate because all of her outfits perfectly express her personality. The special effects, specifically for the monsters, are so realistic that it gave me chills. My favorite character is Lenore the “sometimes” invisible cat because she has such a mind of her own.

The message is to never lose hope and always be yourself. Just because people think you are different doesn’t mean that you are bad. There is some bad language and some scary parts that young kids find scary.

I give Nightbooks 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. This movie releases September 15, 2021 on Netflix.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie * Teen Musical Reminding Reminds You To Find Your Place In The World

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a 2021 biographical coming-of-age musical comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Butterell (in his feature directorial debut) from a screenplay by Tom MacRae based on the stage musical of the same name, in turn adapted from the BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16. Despite obstacles, 16-year-old Jamie has the courage to fabulously follow his unconventional dream in this inspiring true story turned musical sensation.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Katie F. comments, “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the new musical film of the year! With music to get you on your feet and comedy that will make your stomach hurt, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is one to watch.” Eshaan M. adds, “A glittery, glamor-filled, unique and entertaining film, everyone is bound to be talking about Everybody’s Talking About Jamie! The musical numbers, the classic plotline of a teen finding their place in the world, and lovely messages of having confidence in yourself and following your passion all make this production an especially fun watch. However, some directorial choices might cause you to divert your attention from what’s happening on screen.” Heather S. wraps it with, “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the empowering spectacle everyone needs! With its amazing songs, incredible dresses and an iconic protagonist, the film will have you wanting to dance along at your nearest cabaret.” See their full reviews and talent interviews below.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Katie F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Aged 12

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the new musical film of the year! With music to get you on your feet and comedy that will make your stomach hurt, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is one to watch.

Based on true events, the story follows Jamie New (Max Hardwood) , a sixteen-year-old boy with the passion to become a drag queen, and he gets help from a former drag queen. With his best friend, Pritti Pasha (Lauren Petal), he attempts to prove wrong the people who doubt him, including school bully Dean Paxton and his own father. Although his father has chosen to cut him out his life, his loving mother is always there to help.

Jamie New is a huge character. He has an answer for everything and always has some glitter to spare. As he attempts to become a drag queen he is more confident than ever. Hugo/Miss Loco Channel (Richard E. Grant) is a former drag queen who attempts to help Jamie as he sees him as the next generation and the future of drag. Pritti Pasha is definitely the brains of the duo. She is a high achiever and would never break the rules. The rest of the cast are incredible and every single character stands out.

The music in this film is from the original stage musical. My favourite song is the opening song, “And you don’t even know it.”  It serves as an introduction to some of the characters and is an upbeat dance number that will have you dancing and singing along just like the rest of the soundtrack. My favourite part of the film is when Jamie realizes that all he wants is to be a drag queen and becomes Hugo’s trainee. As a result he starts saving for his very first drag queen dress – his mum already bought him the shoes.

The message of the film is to be who you want to be. Don’t let others pull you down from what you want to do, especially if it makes you happy. You should be aware that this film does contain very strong language.

I give Everybody’s Talking About Jamie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie steps out of the darkness and into the spotlight on September 17, 2021 on Amazon Prime.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

A glittery, glamor-filled, unique and entertaining film, everyone is bound to be talking about Everybody’s Talking About Jamie! The musical numbers, the classic plotline of a teen finding their place in the world, and lovely messages of having confidence in yourself and following your passion all make this production an especially fun watch. However, some directorial choices might cause you to divert your attention from what’s happening on screen.

The film follows Jamie New (Max Harwood), a gay 16-year-old boy from Sheffield, England, whose secret dream is to become a drag queen. His mom, Margaret (Sarah Lancashire), as well as his best friend and fellow outcast Pritti Pasha (Lauren Patel) support him, but his absentee father (Ralph Ineson), homophobic bully Dean Paxton (Samuel Bottomley) and future-focused career’s teacher Ms. Hedge (Sharon Horgan) all seem to be against Jamie. Mentored by former drag queen and current shopkeeper Hugo Battersby (Richard E. Grant), a.k.a. Loco Chanelle, Jamie embarks on a journey to discover his true identity, tearing down boundaries and burying toxic relationships along the way.

Max Harwood brings viewers along on his emotion-packed hero’s journey; he certainly steals the show. Besides Harwood, though, Lancashire’s portrayal of Margaret captures all of the motherly emotion that a sentimental coming-of-age story needs. The care between the two is palpable. Jonathan Buttrell makes his silver-screen directorial debut with this film, and his technique of capturing emotion is superb. Unfortunately, lighting, camera angles and focal choices leads to some distraction in some compelling moments. The score of the film, as with the musical version, is superb, but the sheer number of songs and usage of varied background tracks causes the film to drag as it nears the end. Nevertheless, the music is undoubtedly the highest point of the film.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie promotes acceptance, following your dreams and never being afraid to take a risk. There is some mild profanity in the film.

I give Everybody’s Talking About Jamie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18, plus adults. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is available on Amazon Prime Video beginning September 17, 2021. Go check it out!

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

By Heather S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the empowering spectacle everyone needs! With its amazing songs, incredible dresses and an iconic protagonist, the film will have you wanting to dance along at your nearest cabaret.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is based on the true story of Jamie New (Max Harwood) and adapted from the West End musical of the same name. Jamie was always taught to be conventional, to choose a “realistic” career and be basic like everyone else. On his sixteenth birthday, he realizes that’s not who he is, and decides to become a drag queen. The film has mind-blowing choreography with top-tier songs that pay homage to the musical.

This movie is a real Broadway show in your living room. The elaborate dance numbers with large groups of people, neon lights, phenomenal singing and fabulous drag dresses leave little to be desired. Jamie finds his way into the world with glamour and by making a statement. He encourages audiences globally to be yourself. Being a drag queen in the small town of Sheffield, England was very different. Jamie grows into the stunning personality of Fifi la True with the support of his amazing mother and friends. The film itself really proves how much effort the filmmakers put into their work. The movie shows the real truth of what it was like to be a drag queen in the past. Richard E. Grant is the best mentor Jamie could ever have. He explains his life in the 1980s reminding Jamie about the epic beginning of drag culture. He is so amazing; his fluid movements and the way he speaks just make you want to be his friend. Richard really worked hard on not making his character a parody of a drag queen, but reflect the beauty of a queen. He shows he has what it takes to be called Loco Chanelle, on and off the stage. The movie also has amazing cameos like the iconic queen Bianca Del Rio and Layton Williams, the star of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie on West End.

The moral of this film is to always be yourself. Jamie never gave up on his dream of being a drag queen and most of all, he never gives up on being himself. He put in the effort of becoming an amazing queen, and working on himself. He always shines and never cares what others think.

I give Everybody’s Talking About Jamie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18 plus adults. It is available in theaters September 17, 2021.

What Are The Causes And Symptoms Of Gingivitis?

Dental patients visit their dental professionals regularly to identify risks to their teeth and gums. Dentists can review patients’ teeth and gums for signs of damage. Gingivitis could emerge at any time and cause major problems for the patients. At the first sign of gingivitis, the patients need a complete assessment of their gums and advice for treating the condition. The dental professionals may also examine the teeth and perform x-rays to review underlying damage.

What Causes Gingivitis?

The most common cause of gingivitis and even periodontal disease is poor oral hygiene. If the patient doesn’t brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day, they are not maintaining their teeth and gums as they should.

Pregnancy can lead to gingivitis, and many women lose teeth because of it. If expectant mothers are showing any signs of gingivitis, they need to visit their dentist before it becomes severe or the patient’s risk losing their teeth.

Additional causes of gingivitis are smoking, poor nutrition, vitamin C deficiencies, HIV/AIDs, viral infections, and certain medications. The patients can discuss these risk factors with their dentist and doctors. At the first sign of gingivitis, the patients need to seek assistance from a Family Dentist Near Me and set up an appointment.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are a sign of advanced gingivitis, and the patients will notice their gums bleed while brushing their teeth. Dentists may recommend using a medicated mouthwash to treat gingivitis. It can reduce the bleeding and keep the gums healthier.

An Increase in the Frequency of Bad Breath

Gingivitis will cause an increase in the frequency of bad breath. The reason for the bad breath is because of the gum damage. As the gum tissue becomes unhealthy, bacteria will grow and cause an unpleasant odor. Dental professionals will need to complete scaling and planning to remove damaged gum tissue and protect the healthy tissue underneath it. 

Gum Pain and Sensitivity

With gingivitis, the gums will become sensitive, and patients could experience pain and discomfort more frequently. Dental professionals may recommend a toothpaste for sensitive teeth to manage the pain and discomfort.

The patient’s teeth could become sensitive to temperature changes. This is a symptom of gingivitis and requires regular treatment. The dentist will evaluate the patient’s tooth sensitivity and determine if there are any underlying causes besides gingivitis. 

Red and Puffy Gums

At the first stages of gingivitis, the gums become red and puffy, and they will become irritated. This is due to the onset of the condition and must be managed with regular visits to the dentist. Gingivitis could lead to periodontal disease if left untreated.

Once periodontal disease sets in, there isn’t a cure. Gingivitis is manageable, and dentists can provide a course of treatment. They will also set up regular visits to ensure that the patient gets the best treatment.

Dental patients must set up an appointment with their dental professional if they see any signs of gingivitis. The gum condition causes bleeding, redness, puffiness, and discomfort. If the gum tissue is damaged, dental professionals will have to remove it to protect healthy gums underneath the damaged tissue. Regular checkups help the patients keep the condition in check and reduce their risks of periodontal disease. By visiting their dentist regularly, the patient reduces their risk of tooth loss and maintains a healthier smile.

Lucas, Sept. 23rd Pet of the Week!

Lucas knows that it’s impolite to talk with his mouth full, but if the playful little guy could bring himself to drop that stuffed whatever-it-is for 10 seconds, he’d tell you that at two years old, he has plenty of play in him for years to come and that he’d like to share all of it in a loving home! Lucas is a 2-year-old kelpie or mix thereof and is a great shelter favorite. Besides that little stuffie, he says that his best buds are Mr. Tennis Ball, Mr. Bouncy-Ball and, of course, the volunteers. He’s ready to make brand-new forever friends! Our shelter’s adoptions are conducted through appointment only, so call 562-570-PETS or email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to meet Lucas. Ask for ID#A657334.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Aquarium receives tadpoles as part of critical effort to save endangered SoCal frogs after fires

Photo credit: Aquarium of the Pacific

Government and state wildlife agencies rescued the last remaining mountain yellow-legged frogs from local mountains after wildfires scorched their habitat last fall. The agencies then worked to find local institutions to take in the critically endangered frogs and tadpoles as part of a survival plan for the species. The Aquarium of the Pacific has built a lab and special home to house some of these amphibians as part of the conservation effort to increase their numbers in the wild. The first of these animals to arrive at the Aquarium of the Pacific are tadpoles, which will be raised with the goal of eventual release into the wild. 

“We built this facility at our Aquarium specifically for these mountain yellow-legged frogs to do our part to help their populations recover,” said Brett Long, Aquarium of the Pacific curator. The frogs’ ideal habitat is in cool streams at about 45 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, which is one of the specifications of the Aquarium’s behind-the-scenes home for these amphibians to ensure the best care possible. 

Partners on this project include the Aquarium of the Pacific, United States Geological Survey, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Los Angeles Zoo, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, Santa Ana Zoo, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, the Wildlands Conservancy, and University of California, Los Angeles.

Mountain yellow-legged frogs are native to California’s mountainous regions and depend on habitats in the San Gabriel, San Bernardino, and San Jacinto Mountains. Threats to their survival include extreme weather conditions that lead to wildfires and drought and the chytrid fungus that can cause life-threatening disease for amphibians. “Supporting this conservation effort, respecting signs announcing areas off limits to the public when visiting these local mountains, and reducing your carbon footprint are all things anyone who is interested in helping can do,” Long said.

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

Come From Away * Life-Changing Stories of Passengers Diverted to Newfoundland Following 9/11 Attacks

Come From Away is a 2021 American-Canadian musical film comprising a live stage recording of Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s 2017 musical of the same name, which tells the true story of 7,000 passengers who were stranded in a small town in Newfoundland, where they were housed and welcomed, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The film, produced in response to the shutdown of Broadway caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, was directed by Christopher Ashley and filmed in May 2021 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in New York City, featuring members of the Broadway cast. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Katie F. comments, “Come From Away is a modern musical telling the life-changing story of the stranded passengers diverted to Newfoundland following the 9/11 disaster. With an incredible cast, catchy tunes and a moving tale Come From Away is definitely a film to watch.” Avalon N. adds, “This musical is a lot like the film Hamilton in that it is a live recording of the stage musical and is based on real historical events and people. It is about the aftermath of 9/11 when 38 planes were forced to land on a small Newfoundland island and tells how all the residents of the town of Gander took care of 7,000 people who were on those planes while they were stuck there for five days.” See their full reviews below.

Come From Away
By Katie F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Come From Away is a modern musical telling the life-changing story of the stranded passengers diverted to Newfoundland following the 9/11 disaster. With an incredible cast, catchy tunes and a moving tale Come From Away is definitely a film to watch.

Twenty years ago, on September 11, two planes crashed into the world famous twin towers in New York City, after they were high jacked. American air space was closed and all planes in the air were forced to land; thirty-eight of them were diverted to and stranded in Newfoundland, Canada. This story follows the passengers and crew from one of the planes as they come to terms with life in their new surroundings, while forming new relationships and bonding with the locals. This is the filmed version of the award-winning Broadway musical, filmed live on stage at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in New York City, which tells the story of those 7,000 stranded passenger.

Throughout this film, twelve cast members each play a number of roles and it is very hard to single people out at times. All the characters are based on key individuals involved in the plane diversion. Some cast members who really stood out to me include:  Jenn Colella who plays one of the pilots and a townsperson, Annette. She plays sets the bar very high for anyone who might play these roles in the future. Her amazing solos and riffs will knock your socks off. Sharon Wheatly plays Diane and Jim Walton plays Nick, two people who meet on one of the planes and, throughout their time in Newfoundland, start to feel a connection. Sharon and Jim are both very talented and share and amazing duet, “Stop the World.”  The remaining cast members each bring something different to this amazing production in their own unique way, from comedy to heart-break. My favourite song is the opening song “Welcome to the Rock.” I love that it’s an upbeat dance number that introduces you to the cast and the characters they play. I don’t think I could choose a favourite part of the musical as all of it is just so interesting, moving and inspirational.

The message of this film is to remember how precious life is and how quickly it can be taken away or changed forever. My thoughts are with all those who have been affected by this tragic event over the past 20 years.

I give Come From Away 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. It premieres September 10, 2021 on Apple TV+.

Come From Away
By Avalon N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Come From Away is an amazing filmed version of the Broadway musical. With all the singing and dancing, this show is sure to get you up and dancing.

This musical is a lot like the film Hamilton in that it is a live recording of the stage musical and is based on real historical events and people. It is about the aftermath of 9/11 when 38 planes were forced to land on a small Newfoundland island and tells how all the residents of the town of Gander took care of 7,000 people who were on those planes while they were stuck there for five days.

This musical is different from most because there is no main character; every character is equally important. Also, all the actors play two roles, often both a passenger and a helpful Newfoundlander. The costume changes are incredible as they often do them while on stage, but that is so small that you might not notice it. Another cool thing is that in the back of the stage there is a door that some people walk through and then it shuts again, which I found intriguing. Some of my favorite characters are Kevin and Kevin, who are dating and Bonnie, who takes care of animals. One of my favorite scenes is when people are walking on chairs and others keep moving the chairs and the stage rotates so it looks like they are moving. It has so much music. I continued listening to it right after I finished watching the film and listened to it while i was writing this review.

The message of this show is twofold. First, that you can make the best of any situation and second, when you can help others, try to help.

I give Come From Away 5 out of 5 and recommend it for ages 12 to 18 plus adults. It is available on Apple TV+ now.

Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty * Totally Engaging; Makes Us Want To See More

Continuing the dramatic tale of survival revolving around three families of meerkats who are descendants of the legendary meerkat matriarch, Flower. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Dominic D. comments, The latest series, Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty, is totally engaging and makes us want to see more of our favorite mongooses.” See his full review below.

Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty (2021)

By Dominic D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

Many of us live in areas where Mother Nature brings a variety of seasons which exposes us to a wide array of ecosystems. Because we’re used to this variety, we have become incredibly curious about areas of the globe whose ecosystems are perhaps not as vast; one area in particular is the desert. With its harshly hot and dry climate, we know that anything able to withstand such brutal weather has to be an amazing creature and that’s one reason we have completely fallen for the South African meerkat.  The documentary series Meerkat Manor has entertained us for over 15 years and has brought the wondrous secrets of the Kalahari Desert right into our homes. The latest series, Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty, is totally engaging and makes us want to see more of our favorite mongooses.

Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty follows three families of the most charismatic desert mammals and showcases their family dynamics. In the spotlight of this series is Swift, the granddaughter of the original Meerkat Manor Whisker family matriarch, Flower. We’ve waited 12 years to catch up on what the Whiskers, Hakuna Mata and Ubuntu families have been up to and there are many surprises within this series as some things have changed. The new series continues to show us just how difficult life in the desert can be, yet with the perfect family dynamics and role assignments, animals can overcome these challenges. Just like in our own lives, people compete for space, food, and other resources, the meerkat families are no different. These episodes highlight that, despite the fact that the meerkats share a common bloodline, individual survival and the survival of their family is their main concern.

There are a lot of great things about this series, but my favorite part is the character led story telling by narrator Bill Nighy. The series humanizes the meerkats and gives each their own entertaining personalities. There are heroes, villains, babysitters, a Romeo and Juliet pair, and so much more. These personalities are hilarious and interesting to watch. The cinematography is also fantastic with its capturing of some of the most harsh weather conditions on Earth. I especially enjoyed the scenes where the camera was placed deep within the meerkat burrows. Meerkat Manor:  Rise of the Dynasty is a captivating series about the natural world and I appreciate its educational value.   

The message of this series is about teamwork.  Of course, family, culture and perseverance are worth  mentioning here also; however, if this species didn’t have a system of working together, they could not thrive within their harsh ecosystem. Each meerkat has a specific role to support its family. They work cohesively in a variety of ways to assure the success of their family. Whether their role is one filled with drama or with entertainment, one thing is for certain – these desert dwellers are sure to tug at your heartstrings.

I give Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. Adults, especially animal lovers and nature enthusiasts, will also love this series. Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty is available now on BBC American and AMC+. Episodes 7 and 8 are coming out on September 4 and September 9, 2021.