Local produce from Wild River Farms

Wild River Farms

We all know how important it is to eat your vegetables! They are naturally filled with vitamins that your body needs, plus they are delicious! One way to get your daily intake could be to take a look at our local produce providers in the Austin area.

My boyfriend just so happens to work at one of these places. He is a Horticulturalist that works at a farm called Wild River Farms. It’s located about 30 miles West of Austin in Spicewood, Texas.

Tomatoes at Wild River Farms

Tomatoes at Wild River Farms

The great thing about dating a horticulturalist (besides his dashing good looks) is that I get to see firsthand where some of my food comes from and how it is grown. Wild River Farms uses a retractable roof greenhouse that accommodates a large variety of lettuce, Kale, Arugula and Basil. The greenhouse uses a system in which these are grown hydroponically- a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil that conserves water and also contributes to the preservation of natural land. All of the veggies and fruits grown there are non GMO (not genetically modified) and pesticide/ herbicide-free. So you can feel better about what you are putting in your body!

Wild River Farms is also home to a large apple orchard, and over 2,000 blueberry plants! So you can get some of that sweet along with your savory. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and high in fiber, which lowers your cholesterol, regulates your digestive system, and keep your heart healthy! Fruits and Veggies are packed with Vitamins such as A and C.  Both Vitamins protect your mouth from cell damage and bacterial infection, speed up the healing process and reparative influence on the soft tissues of the oral cavities, and support cell growth throughout the entire body.

You can find products from Wild River Farms at your local Central Market(statewide) or Wheatsville.  Some local restaurants such as Jack Allen’s kitchen (in Oak Hill) and Austin Golf Club also feature some of Wild Rivers’ delicious produce!

Bluebonnet Beautiful

As we all know, the State Flower is the Bluebonnet, and spring time is Bluebonnet time in the great state of Texas.  But did you know there are actually 5 state flowers! Don’t get too excited though, they are all some variation of bluebonnets!   Some bluebonnets are not even blue! They can be white, pink and even maroon. These beautiful flower bloom in late March and early April.   Some say that the Lone Star of Texas flag was fashioned after a spot of white bluebonnets among a field of blue ones.  It is also said that a pink bluebonnet is a symbol to survive and a memory of those who dies so that Texas could be free.  To learn more about  bluebonnet lore and history visit the Texas Bluebonnets website.

Austin Texas Bluebonnets

Some of the best places to see bluebonnets are in Austin off of Hwy 360, Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Bull Creek and 45th Street.  You can even venture to Brennham and go to the Bluebonnet Festival April 11-13.  For more information you can visit  bluebonnetfestival.org.

4 Interesting Dental Facts From Your Austin Dentist

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A lot of our blogs are meant to educate our patients about their oral health and to give advice on how to keep their smiles in the best shape. But sometimes at 12 Oaks Dental, we like to take some time away from the seriousness of dentistry and share some of the fun facts about our profession we find to be so cool.

  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, it’s important to remember that this does not make it all right to use your teeth to open bottles or stubborn packaging! Doing that can lead to broken or chipped teeth in Austin!

  • On average, people spend about 48 seconds a day brushing their teeth. That’s not nearly long enough to remove all of the plaque and leftover food particles. Take our advice and make sure to brush for at least 2 minutes, twice a day.

  • We produce about 25,000 quarts of saliva in our lifetimes. That’s enough to fill 2 swimming pools! And saliva is, believe it or not, a good thing for our smiles as it helps neutralize acid and protect teeth from decay.

  • You know that feeling you get when you burn your mouth with hot food? It has a name. It’s called pizza palate! Also, speaking of pizza, the cheese is actually healthy for your teeth. Since it contains calcium and phosphorous, cheese can reduce the pH level in plaque and can help remineralize enamel.

At 12 Oaks Dental in Austin, we’re here to help you get your best smile. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist in Austin, give us a call to schedule an appointment today. We’ll make sure to perform an in-depth exam and work with you to get your smile clean, bright, and beautiful. And we’ll also make sure to give you some fun and interesting advice along the way.

Put Me in the Zoo

If you’re looking for a fun day trip with the kids, why not check out

The Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary!

 This small non-profit zoo has been in Austin for many years, tucked away in Southwest Austin. They are home to over 300 rescue animals, ranging from your big cats to birds and reptiles!  They also have a petting zoo where kids can feed the goats, sheep and llamas.

Although it is a smaller “zoo” in size, their friendly staff and clean grounds make up for it. Perfect for a first time experience with younger kids yet educational for older children and adults to hear the history and/or stories of how the animals actually arrived to call the zoo their forever home.   Make it a field trip, take your picnic lunch and just hang out with nature. The freely roaming peacocks are fun to follow!

Ryleigh and Ronald Morgan

Ryleigh and Ronald Morgan

My granddaughter and I have made several visits. While it doesn’t compare to the much larger zoo’s such as in San Antonio or The San Diego Zoo…its satisfies her love of animals and can easily be walked in a couple of hours.    We will continue to visit for as long as she lets me hang out with her! ~Terri

Uncovering Cavity Myths in Austin

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While they are many things that do cause cavities and can increase your susceptibility to cavities, at the Austin dental office of 12 Oaks Dental, we want to debunk some of the commonly accepted myths about these pesky pockets of decay.

MYTH #1

Sugar is the Prime Cause of Cavities

Ok, this one isn’t a total myth. However, it’s important to know that it’s not the sugar itself that causes cavities, it’s actually the acid that’s produced by bacteria in your mouth when you eat carbohydrates like sugar. When the carbohydrates enter your mouth, the bacteria is triggered to make acid. This acid can then eat into your teeth and create little cavities.

MYTH #2

Kids Are More Likely to Get Cavities Than Adults

Cavities in kids used to be a lot more common than they are now. With the help of sealants and an increase in education on the importance of preventive care, the amount of cavities in kids has decreased dramatically. However, the number of cavities in older adults has actually increased. This is in part due to certain medications that cause dry mouth and reduce saliva production. Saliva is extremely important in fighting decay because it helps to neutralize acids and wash away bacteria.

MYTH #3

If You Have a Cavity, You’ll Know It

Most people think that you’ll know you have a cavity because it will hurt. Not necessarily. In fact, mild tooth decay doesn’t have any symptoms and the pain we associate with a cavity in Austin comes later, when the decay is more advanced and causes damage to the nerve.

This is one of the reasons keeping up with dental check ups from your Austin dentist is so important. If a cavity is caught early, there won’t be much, or any, pain associated with it. However, if a cavity continues to grow, it may lead to additional dental procedures like crowns or even root canals.

If you’re due for a checkup, call our Austin dental office today. 12 Oaks Dental will perform an in-depth exam and we’ll work together to stop any problems before they really have a chance to cause bigger issues.

HPV (human papilloma virus) Oral Cancer

 

HPV and Oral Cancer:

  • Did you know that HPV is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers (the very back of the mouth and part of what in lay terms might be called a part of the throat), and a very small number of front of the mouth, oral cavity cancers. HPV16 is the version most responsible, and affects both males and females.
  • HPV is responsible for the growing number of oral cancers.
  • White, non-smoking males in their 30s and 40s are most at risk, 4 to 1 over females.

How do people get HPV?

  • HPV is passed on through genital contact, most often during vaginal, anal and oral sex.
  • You are more likely to get HPV if you have many sex partners or a sex partner who has had many partners.
  • Many people don’t have symptoms and are unaware that they have HPV.
  • The virus may be inactive for weeks, months and for some people possibly even years after infection.

Oral Cancer Signs and Symptoms:

This list considers both oral cancers from HPV and those from tobacco and alcohol

  • An ulcer or sore that does not heal within 2-3 weeks
  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Pain when chewing
  • A persistent sore throat or hoarse voice
  • A swelling or lump in the mouth
  • A painless lump felt on the outside of the neck, which has been there for at least two weeks.
  • A numb feeling in the mouth or lips
  • Constant coughing
  • An ear ache on one side (unilateral) which persists for more than a few days.

If you have any concerns about HPV please let us know.  We do have salivary testing to diagnose HPV!

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