Dr. Ronald Venezie and other pediatric dentists in North Carolina, are alarmed at the number of children experiencing advanced oral disease. “We’re seeing a growing number of young children with severe dental caries (cavities),” said Venezie, who practices in Apex, N.C. Small children with severe dental caries, sometimes resulting in 6 to 10 cavities or more, must often be treated by having the teeth filled or extracted in hospital operating rooms under general anesthesia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28% percent of preschoolers in the U.S. experience decay in primary or “baby” teeth. And for the first time in four decades, the number is increasing. Currently, among children 2-5 almost one in five (19.1%) has untreated cavities. There are other preventive steps parents can take with babies, toddlers and preschoolers: Clean baby’s gums with clean, wet gauze after feeding; when teeth start to appear, brush them with a child-size toothbrush and plain water; brush teeth with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for children over the age of two; and begin flossing when at least two teeth begin to touch. Venezie added that “early childhood tooth decay” is almost totally preventable if parents are committed to establishing good oral health habits early and making sure that children see their dentist regularly. For additional information on childhood oral disease prevention, visit www.ada.org.
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One woman has been sent to Baptist following a house fire last night in North Wilkesboro. Assistant Fire Marshall Nikki Hamby said they believe the fire in the small wood frame house on Grandview Street started from a cigarette. Neighbors saw smoke and called 911 about 10:20 last night. One neighbor kicked in the back door but was unable to get inside due to the heavy smoke. North Wilkesboro Firefighters arrived and the fire damage was contained to the livingroom area. A woman, Linda Moore, was found unconscious on the floor of the bedroom. Hamby said they think her condition resulted from smoke inhalation and other health issues. Moore was transported to Baptist Medical Center. Firefighters remained on the scene until 12:30 this morning.
At least two different larcenies within the same time frame and in the same neighborhood are being investigated by Sheriff’s Officials. This week, a resident on Singing Waters Lane in Purlear reported a theft from their home. Reportedly some baby items and a hope chest were stolen from the property. Nothing else was reported stolen. Then a second homeowner on Singing Waters Lane called to report a theft of some tools. This time, the thief or thieves got away with 2 ladders, a chainsaw, and a power saw. Sheriff’s Officials say the two thefts in that neighborhood could have been committed by the same person; however, it is too early in the investigation to tell for sure.
With all the bad news you hear, it is nice to also hear some good news like: There are still good Samaritans. Thanks to a local Wilkes resident, someone can get their tools back. In a report filed with the Wilkesboro Police this week, a man called to report he had found a box of tools. The toolbox with various tools was in the roadway at the Intersection of Main Street and Oakwoods Road. It looked like the toolbox might have fallen from someone’s truck. It was early in the morning, so the man retrieved the toolbox out of the road as it was causing a traffic hazard. The man later called Police and advised them of the situation and of the recovered tools. Police took custody of the toolbox and has it in storage awaiting the owner to come by and claim it. Yes, it’s good to know there are still honest people in the world.
March is Red Cross Month. 3WC spoke with Rebecca Matherly of the Wilkes Alleghany Chapter of the American Red Cross. Matherly says the main mission of the Red Cross is to help with, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. They also help military families. Of course, the Red Cross holds regular blood drives. Matherly says that for every pint of blood donated, 3 lives can be saved. AIR For more information, you may also contact our local chapter of the American Red Cross at 838-4563.
While he was away, we don’t know if the mice came to play, but someone certainly came to steal. In a report filed with the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department, a North Wilkesboro resident stated that he had been in a resthome for the past 6 months. He came back home to find some property missing from his residence including a welder, welding helmut, and a TV. No damages to the property was reported and the Sheriff’s Department report does not indicate if there was a forced entry. There is also no word on suspects, but the investigation is ongoing.
In another theft report, there was no forced entry because the doors were left unlocked. A property owner on South Plum Ridge Road called the Sheriff’s Department this week to report the theft of several motors. The victim said that he had 5 motors outside and 7 motors inside an outbuilding. Again, he did not lock the door, so there was no forced entry. The 12 motors are described as fan motors and are valued at 2500 dollars. The motor thefts occurred sometime between 8am Sunday and 4pm Wednesday. Again, there is no word on suspects.
March is Red Cross Month. 3WC spoke with Rebecca Matherly of the Wilkes Alleghany Chapter of the American Red Cross. Matherly says the Red Cross helps military families, and of course, the Red Cross holds regular blood drives. However, the main mission of the Red Cross is to help with, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Matherly says the best way to help the Red Cross is through donating blood and financial donations. AIR For more information, you may also contact our local chapter of the American Red Cross at 838-4563.
With business tax-filing deadlines fast approaching, the Internal Revenue Service encourages small employers that provide health insurance coverage to their employees to check out the small business health care tax credit and then claim it if they qualify. The recently-revamped Small Business Health Care Tax Credit page on IRS.gov is packed with information and resources designed to help small employers see if they qualify for the credit and then figure it correctly. Taxpayers needing more time to determine eligibility should consider obtaining an automatic tax-filing extension, usually for six months. Businesses that have already filed and later find that they qualified in 2010 or 2011 can still claim the credit by filing an amended return for one or both years. For more information and answers to many tax questions go to www.IRS.gov
Governor Bev Perdue has proclaimed Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week in North Carolina from March 12-18. “We are grateful North Carolina has chosen to support our efforts to create a world free of MS,” said Elizabeth Green, president of the Central North Carolina Chapter of the National MS Society. MS is the number one disabling disease among young adults, striking them in the prime of their life. The National MS Society furthers cutting-edge research and provides vital programs and services for the 10,000 people living with MS in North Carolina. Multiple Sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Central North Carolina Chapter provides services and programs to approximately 2,500 people with MS and their families in fifteen North Carolina counties: (including Wilkes) Alamance, Alleghany, Ashe, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin. To find out more go to www.nationalMSsociety.org