Seen on Sunday morning: May 25th

May 25, 2008 11:59:23 AM PDT

It's a theme that runs true in just about any household with children - fear of the dentist's office. But there are some things you can do to help ease your child's fears while in the dental chair.

Joining us this morning is the singing Dentist, Dr. Harvey Passes.

Many people usually wait until dental pain is just unbearable - big mistake.

Nearly all dental treatment today can be completed within two days - unless you've waited so long you require extensive (and often expensive) work. Crown and bridge procedures can now be completed in just two visits instead of multiple visits. Bonded fillings can now be finished faster with greater esthetics.

There's no reason to wait. All dental procedures today can be painless. From the first injection to the drills, the modern equipment provides far less invasive experiences than ever before.

1. Injections can be administered with a computer instead of the traditional syringe.
2. The insides of teeth and bone can be viewed and analyzed with computerized x-rays. This means less invasive radiation with greater capacity for diagnostic evaluation.
3. The air driven high speed drill can now be replaced with the quieter electric drill. It is a less threatening experience. Even the pre-injection numbing cream has been advanced to become more effective.
4. Periodontal disease can lead to a variety of other health problems including heart disease.

The earlier you begin taking responsibility for good oral health the less time you have to spend at the dentist and the less work will be required. Thus, good oral health should be taught to children in a way that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

This is what motivates Dr. Passes to offer "free" Singing Dentists seminars for young folks. He offers them the tools to take pride in their smiles.

We all know someone (sometimes ourselves) who are very self-conscious about their smile. When they laugh they try to cover their teeth with their lips or even their hands. A good smile conveys many subliminal positive messages: Confidence, intelligence, competence, and that the person with the attractive smile is trustworthy.

An attractive smile is tantamount to wearing the power suit or the seductive outfit - people are drawn to it. And your chances for a successful outcome are greatly increased.

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It's the day you've been dreaming of your whole life. And nothing can ruin it faster getting a nasty stain on your wedding dress.

Joining us this morning is Joe Hallak, Jr. - principle at Hallak Dry Cleaners.

The day after the wedding is when you need to get your gown to a couture dry cleaner to fully remove the stains, which is part of the wedding gown preservation process.

For day of the wedding, every bride should keep these solutions on hand in small travel bottles (purchased at any craft shop) for all those bridal emergencies.

Learn to recognize and understand the difference between water-based and oil-based stains to start you off in the right direction.

Always test the solution on a hidden area of your dress to ensure that it won't yellow

Recognize that professional stain removal is a science and an art -- even professionals skills vary in their abilities

- Mechanical action is key to removing a stain at home, but so is knowing where your boundaries are to not damage a fiber.
- Water-based stains, such as coffee, wine, soda, blood, and perspiration have a clear outline around the stain
- Oil-Based stains, such as salad dressing, car and food grease, lipstick, make-up look dark and blotchy with jagged edges

Stains and solutions:

Lipstick and mascara: lemon dish detergent
Fresh blood: use peroxide first, followed by clear ammonia and then white vinegar
Car grease stain: odorless mineral spirits
Fresh champagne/wine: wipe down with cold water, a drop of baby shampoo and feather it out and blow dry

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It's a condition that affects approximately 50 percent of men between 50 and 60 years old. BPH, also known as enlarged prostate causes men to have unusual urinary symptoms, but it could also be a sign of much more.

Joining us this morning is basketball hall of famer, Earl "the Pearl" Monroe and his doctor, Dr. Kenneth Ring.

What brings you to town?
It's just another stop on my one-week Flomax tour. I go from town to town to encourage men to see about their health -- especially about urinary problems and specifically about BPH, which my urinary problems were caused by. When I'm talking about men, I'm talking about men 40 and older and specifically African-American men.

Why this cause?
I've experienced how it changed my life. I was addicted to going to the bathroom seven or eight times per night. I would wake up all hours of the night. It was a lifestyle change going to basketball games, boxing matches and traveling -- basically having to plan around going to the bathroom.

When were you diagnosed?
I was diagnosed in my early 50s with BPH. It was actually my wife that encouraged me to go to the doctor. We couldn't get a good night's sleep because I was getting up all hours of the night. The doctor prescribed Flomax, and within one week, I started improving. I'm still taking it, and for me, it works. It's important for other folks to go see their doctor. Men don't like going to the doctor. And if folks that have seen me play basketball see me talking about it, maybe they will go see about themselves.

What do you do now?
I'm a spokesperson for an insurance company in New York, and I'm in the music business.

For more information, go to, where you can take a short quiz to see if you might have BPH.

- BPH stands for benign prostatic hyperplasia, a non-cancerous condition that affects approximately half of men between the ages of 50 and 60. BPH may cause urinary symptoms such as going often, urgency, straining, stopping and starting, incomplete emptying, weak stream and waking up at night to go. BPH is also known as "enlarged prostate."

- Because male urinary symptoms can also be caused by more serious conditions, such as prostate cancer, it's important to see your doctor to determine the cause of your symptoms.

- Urinary symptoms associated with BPH can often be treated with medication. Without treatment, urinary symptoms associated with BPH typically get worse.

- When Earl's symptoms first appeared, he attributed the symptoms to "just getting older" and was very frustrated about his 'unexplainable condition.'

- Earl realized that he needed to take action to get help for his condition. He went to his doctor who put him on a prescription medication called FLOMAX, which worked for Earl to relieve his symptoms. No one medication works for everyone so men should see a doctor to learn about what is causing their urinary symptoms and find out what treatment is right for them.

- Earl is challenging all the men out there age 45 and over who might be putting up with urinary symptoms to go to , to complete a simple questionnaire, get their symptom score and discuss the results with their doctor.


As you hit the beach this Memorial Day weekend, you'll be surrounded by bikini bodies. If that's an area you're still trying to work on, we have some tips for you.

Joining us this morning with some fitness facts and fiction is Jeanine Detz, the senior fitness editor for Shape Magazine.

Myth: You shouldn't work out in the morning because you won't have enough energy for a good session.
Truth: Exercising before the day gets crazy is always a good idea, but you do have to time it right. When you workout first thing, you draw on your carbohydrate stores from the previous day, so you should have energy to get through a 30-45 minute routine. If you prefer to exercise later in the morning, you'll have used up some or all of your carbohydrate supply, so eat something an hour or so beforehand to avoid "hitting the wall."

Myth: Lifting weights regularly will make you look bulky.
Truth: Most women can't develop muscles like men do. But if you find yourself adding more muscle than want, don't give up on weight training. Instead, reduce the load by working with lighter weights, and do moves that use your own body for resistance.

Myth: To burn fat, do easy cardio
Truth: Low intensity cardio exercise- at 50 to 60 percent of your maximum heart rate- does burn fat primarily, but it doesn't burn a ton of calories. To lose weight faster and save time, focus on just burning calories by exercising at a moderate to high intensity.

Myth: Muscle turns to fat when you stop working out
Truth: Muscle and fat are different types of tissue, and one can't morph into the other. What can happen when you stop exercising is that you put on fat, so those once-flat abs will turn distinctly flabbier. Also, when you don't use muscle it starts to atrophy, so it's not as firm as it was.

Myth: I need exercises to work my 'lower abs' and reduce my pot belly.
Truth: First, there is no such thing as 'lower abs.' The six-pack you're going for is actually one long muscle, called the rectus abdominis, that extends from below your chest to your pelvis. To work your abs, you should do exercises to target all four muscles: the rectus abdominis, internal and external obliques and the transverse abdominis. Also, doing crunches will not help you get a 'six-pack' if you have a layer of fat over your abdominal area. In order the see the muscles; you must reduce your body fat.

Myth: If I can't workout often enough and hard enough, I might as well not even do it.
Truth: The general rule for weight loss is to do cardio 4-5 times a week for 30-60 minutes as well as weight training 2-3 times a week. Some people simply don't have the time to work out that much and they think, since they can't do all of that, why do ANY of it? Remember: Any exercise is better than no exercise, even if it's only a 15-minute walk. Being physically active is proven to reduce stress and make you healthier.

Myth: Pilates can lengthen your muscles
Truth: Pilates doesn't lengthen muscles--it tones and stretches them, which doesn't mean the muscles get longer. Pilates does an excellent job of improving core strength and postural awareness, which can make you look longer and leaner. If you stand taller and extend your arms farther, you will have the appearance of longer muscles.

Myth: Building muscle will significantly speed up your metabolism
Truth: Pound for pound, muscle does burn about 50 more calories than fat. Depending on how much muscle you add it can boost your metabolism, but the average person, especially women, only add a few pounds of muscle as a result of a weight training program. People involved in a dedicated, focused program may add more, though. These small differences do add up and weight training will lower your body fat percentage and help you burn fat faster.

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Keeping your feet healthy while enjoying the outdoors this summer!

Joining us with some tips are board certified foot surgeon Dr. Seema Ram-Charitar and foot surgeon Dr. Hillary Brenner of the Devon Shire Surgical Center.

Dr. Seema Ram-Charitar will show us the hottest shoes that are bad for your feet and show us the alternatives.

Dr Hillary Brenner will show us lotions to make our feet beautiful.