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Smile-Friendly After School Snacks

Smile-Friendly After School Snacks

As parents, you know that when your child comes home from school, they often run straight for the pantry! We understand that kids can be a bit hungry after a long day at school and we want to help you provide you with smile-friendly snacks that won’t only fill their bellies, but will benefit their teeth as well!

Try These Smile-Friendly Snacks!

Consuming a lot of starchy and sugary treats in the afternoon can do a number on a child’s teeth—not to mention ruin their appetite for dinner! Sticky, sugary snacks can adhere to your child’s teeth for long periods of time, potentially causing harmful cavities. In order to avoid snack-induced cavities and other oral health concerns, try these ideas instead:

Leafy Greens and Fresh Veggies

Dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens have calcium, vitamin A, vitamin B2, and magnesium–all essential for healthy teeth and gums. Veggies like broccoli and celery are great as well! In addition to being rich in vitamins, broccoli has been shown to create an acid-resistant “shield” for your teeth.  As for celery, because of its fibrous material, it massages gums, cleans teeth, and encourages saliva production, making it a natural tooth scrubber!

If your kids like a little crunch in their snack, you could even try making homemade veggie chips! You can use anything from kale and spinach to sweet potatoes and carrots. Simply mix your veggies with enough olive oil to coat them, add any spices you’d like (garlic or pepper is always good), and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes, flip your veggies, and then bake until crispy!

Cheese, Milk, and Yogurt

Dairy is the go-to dental snack for a reason! Few other foods give such a great boost of calcium. Cheese and yogurt even help cut acidity, helping protect your child’s teeth from erosion caused by acidic fruit juices. If your child doesn’t just want plain yogurt, fruit and yogurt parfaits are a great option to add some flavor and healthy vitamins to their snack.

Fruit High in Vitamin C

A lack of vitamin C can break down the collagen network in our gums, making them tender and more susceptible to bacteria and gum disease. Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit and kiwi are great sources of Vitamin C. To make their citrus snack fun, you can make fun kabobs with some citrus, berries, and some of their favourite cheeses.

If you’d like some healthy and creative school lunch ideas, check out these tips from Martha Stewart!

Do You Have Anything To Add?

Do you have any healthy snack recipes of your own? We’d love to hear them! Feel free to comment below and share this with your friends and family! Maybe they’ll have snack recipes of their own!

 

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Why Your Dentist Should Be Your Best Friend

Why Your Dentist Should Be Your Best Friend

Going to the dentist is something a lot of people try to avoid as much as possible. Nevertheless, it’s important for you to understand why it’s something you need to look forward to. There are many benefits and advantages to visiting the dentist, and you need to embrace these. Here are some reasons why your dentist should be your best friend.

Oral hygiene is important

There are a lot of things that matter these days when it comes to health and well-being. Oral hygiene is one of the most important. You need to have healthy teeth as you go through life, and the only way to properly ensure this, is to make sure you start going to your dentist on a regular basis.

Saves you from serious work in the long run

One of the biggest benefits of going to see your dentist regularly is that it saves you stress and money. By going often, you’re able to catch any problems early, which will help ensure your teeth stay healthy . Problems with teeth can quickly lead to more severe problems. This often takes a lot of time and money to correct, and this is something most people would want to avoid. So, make sure you visit your dentist on a regular basis; it will be worth it in the long run.

Helps improve your appearance

Appearance plays such a prominent role in your life that it’s important to work on looking good as much as you can, and your teeth play an enormous part in the way you look. When you have bad teeth, it’s often very noticeable, and it’s the same with healthy teeth. Your dentist will be able to work on your teeth, and give you tips and helpful suggestions. You can get them cleaned, polished and whitened, and this will make them look a lot brighter than they did. There’s even the option of veneers to make them look even better!. Your dentist can be monumental in helping improve your appearance and make you look and feel more confident.

Avoid fillings & dentures

As we get older, we might get to the point where we need to get fillings and dentures. This is never a pleasant experience but is often necessary. You can avoid this for a long time by ensuring you partake in bi-annual visits, helping your teeth and gums stay strong. Avoiding dentures and fillings will save you money, as well as saving you the stress and trauma of having intensive work done.

 

A lot of people have an irrational fear of visiting the dentist. But, you need to understand how important it is to visit your dentist in the long-run. In fact, your dentist should become your new best friend. Hopefully this article gave you a better insight on how beneficial a dentist can be; and helped calm any fear you may have of them. If you have any stories or tips on how regular visits benefit you, leave a comment below!

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Brushing Your Teeth

The Do’s & Don’ts of Brushing Your Teeth

We’ve all heard our dentists tell us to “brush twice a day and floss regularly.” But is that all you need to do to build strong teeth and gums? Not exactly. The following are many do’s and don’ts of brushing your teeth to ensure they stay at their healthiest, strongest and brightest.

Tooth Brushing Dos:

  • Brush with fluoride toothpastes and gels. Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that helps prevent and even reverse early stages of tooth decay.
  • Choose a toothbrush that is appropriately sized and use a soft-bristled brush. Bristles that are too hard can injure your gums and cause recession.
  • Brush for 2 minutes covering all sections of the mouth (upper, lower, inside, outside or behind). A motorized (electric or battery-operated) toothbrush with a timer can be a great choice; as most people don’t realize 30 seconds per mouth section is a long time. Don’t forget to use short, gentle strokes that cover one or two teeth at a time.
  • Brush shortly after you’ve consumed anything particularly sweet or chewy, in addition to the normal two times a day (morning and bedtime). If it’s not convenient to brush, rinse with mouthwash or water to wash away food particles, sugar residue and to help dilute acids produced by decay-forming bacteria.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or whenever the bristles start showing signs of excessive wear. Also replace after any illness (cold, flu, etc.). Germs can live on the bristles so if you continue to use the same toothbrush, it could lead to reinfection.
  • Brush your tongue once a day with a toothbrush or tongue scraper. Sulphur-emitting bacteria can reside on the tongue surface and are largely responsible for bad breath. One or two swipes from back to front will suffice to reduce the bacterial count in your mouth and help control halitosis.
  • Keep toothbrush heads dry after use.

Tooth Brushing Don’ts:

  • Don’t ever share toothbrushes with anyone, even your family members. Germs and gum disease can be transferred via moist brushes.
  • Don’t brush your teeth within 30 minutes of consuming acidic (citrus fruit) foods or beverages (juices, sports drinks, soft drinks). The acids soften the tooth structure and make them more susceptible to abrasion through brushing.
  • Don’t use a hard-bristled brush or excessive force. You are cleaning your teeth and gums, not the grout between your bathroom tiles! Be gentle.
  • Don’t allow children 2 years old and under to ingest toothpaste. Children should always brush teeth under the supervision of an adult. Tip: Children need assistance with oral hygiene until they possess the dexterity to tie their own shoelaces.
  • Don’t forget to rinse! Rinsing collects and discards all of the bacteria you just brushed from your teeth and gums and prevents it from re-depositing on the tooth surface.
  • The Most Important Don’t: Don’t forget to schedule regular checkups with your dentist (Like us) every 6 months. Bi-annual professional cleanings and exams are the easiest way to avoid painful and costly dental problems in the future.

Share this with your friends and family and let us know if you have any other tips to keeping your teeth healthy!

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Acid Reflux: Protect your teeth

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If you’ve ever had acid reflux, you know it can be a terrible experience.  Not only does it damage your esophagus and stomach lining, but it can also damage your teeth. Acid reflux occurs when some of the acidic stomach contents go back up into the esophagus, creating a burning pain in the lower chest area, often after eating. If your acid reflux is severe enough, it can even cause erosion in your teeth.

Stomach acid is at a PH level of 2.0, and teeth can dissolve if the PH level is 5.5.  This can lead to severe oral damage such as erosion of teeth in the future if eating habits are not changed. 

Ways to prevent acid reflux are:

  • Avoid eating acidic foods and foods that can cause acid reflux. (ex. Tomatoes, citric fruits, spicy & fried foods, fatty meats, dairy, chocolate and caffeine)
  • Consume lots of water and vegetables
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat smaller portions
  • Avoid laying down for 3 hours after eating a meal
  • Elevate your head while lying down
  • Avoid smoking
  • Cut back on alcohol consumption
  • Wear loose fitting clothes
  • Try a gluten-free diet
  • Medications

If you are diagnosed with acid inducing erosion, the following will help minimize the effects:

  • Continue to avoid foods that cause acidic reflux(as stated above)
  • Avoid brushing teeth for 60 minutes after acid reflux episodes
  • Rinse mouth with water after an occurrence
  • Take a sugar-free antacid and let it dissolve in your mouth
  • Chew sugar free gum, lozenges or candies
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2016, a year of success for The Tooth Corner

2016, a year of success for The Tooth Corner

From Dr Hassan, thank you all for an incredible 2016

I wanted to thank all of our patients who put their trust in us to keep them healthy and comfortable.  Because of you, last year was the most success we’ve experienced at our location.  I understand going to the Dentist can be a challenging experience for some, but we pride ourselves in ensuring the highest quality of service with care, patience and professionalism to each individual.  It’s important to make sure each patient is comfortable when receiving treatment, and also understands proactive measures to help retain good oral health.  This is a model we chose to utilise, in the hopes that the dental industry can see the success it brings, and ensure it becomes a core part of their values.  This will help everyone have an enjoyable visit to their dentist, which will then create a more positive outlook from patients towards the entire industry.  Because of these values, we’ve had more patients, more frequent visits and more bright smiles in 2016.

Here’s a recap of other reasons why 2016 was successful for The Tooth Corner:

A New Addition

In 2016, we added a new location to the Tooth Corner family.  The dental office on Tomken Road was the newest addition to our growing brand and we saw much success towards that location with just the brand attached to it.  We are hoping to add more locations every year, so look out for us.

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Updated technology

In 2016, The Tooth Corner took a huge step to adopt modern technology.  First, we introduced Bitcoin, which is continuing to grow as a very successful digital currency. (See the article below).  We also introduced real time chat support for our potential and current customers to seek out quick and helpful support on any of their needs.

Mississauga’s Only Bitcoin Dentist

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Our Staff

The Tooth Corner staff work tirelessly to ensure the brand continues to grow and all customers continue to stay satisfied.  From the dentists, to the assistants, to the administrative staff and everyone at corporate office, I thank you for all you’ve done; working together to create a strong, sustainable and customer oriented brand isn’t easy, but we’ve proven its achievable.

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Once again, thank you all for an incredible year. We are very excited about our upcoming plans and most of all, where the industry is going.  We hope to see you soon in 2017.  Smile, it’s going to be a great year!

 

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Best Dentist in Mississauga

Best Dentist in Mississauga

Best dentist in Mississauga or best dentist is not something a dental office can self-proclaim. It’s not solely about dentistry either. The Best dentist is about care and service. Can my dentist fix my smile if she can’t even smile herself? Confidence is an asset but does it necessarily have to come with a rigid attitude? Here’s what “Best Dentist” means to me:

Passionate: Without passion, you have a dentist working hours anxious to get through the day, whereas a dentist with passion is lost in the moment, completely focused on your care.

Kind and Friendly: When a dentist can empathize with you, they can relate, and when they can relate, they can feel your frustration. A few kind words like “you’re in good hands now, just relax and enjoy the ride,” can go a long way in putting you at ease. You don’t want your teeth cared for by the dental nazi. A friendly dentist is easy to work with no matter what the situation, but it’s something you feel and experience rather than a question you ask.

Experienced: All the kindness and passion in the world won’t do if your dentist doesn’t know what they’re doing. Ask about their credentials, where they studied, what their specialty is, and for how long they’ve been practicing dentistry. Fresh college grads are passionate and kind but tend to lack in experience. You don’t want to be a training ground for experience; you want to be in the care of someone with years of experience.

Not Necessarily the Cheapest: A cheap dentist can be alarming at times. Cheap at the cost of what exactly? Something has to give because dentists are not in the business to lost money. Make sure you’re charged fairly and that your dentist is wisely and not greedily using up your insurance to care for your teeth and not just their pockets. Notice whether the dental clinic is run more like a business or a caring facility. Ask if they follow the Ontario Dental Association fee guide, and if so, which year do they adhere to?

Convenient: What’s the point of all of the above if you have to wait for weeks to see your dentist or the clinic has odd hours. There are dentists in Mississauga open seven days a week and late in the evenings. Ask if they offer emergency care and what number you can reach out to in case of an emergency.

In the end, choosing or finding the best dentist in Mississauga comes with experience. You just don’t want to go through so many before finding one. You can start by giving us a try, after all, if we’re aware of the points above, we could be striving to put them to practice! You can reach as directly by phone or book your appointment online for a free consultation.

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait To Treat A Cavity

Why You Shouldn’t Wait To Treat A Cavity

MANY OF US HAVE HAD at least one cavity in our lives, and if we don’t keep up on our oral hygiene, it’s likely that we’ll get a couple more as time goes by.

While cavities may be inconvenient, it’s imperative that we get them treated immediately. Early treatment of cavities prevents long-term damage to our teeth and is essential to maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile!

Cavities Are A Sign Of Tooth Decay

A cavity is a small hole that develops on your tooth when it begins to decay. Harmful bacteria is contained in the plaque that sticks to our teeth. This bacteria produces acid that eats away at our teeth and causes cavities if the plaque is not removed. If left untreated, the cavity can grow larger and cause permanent damage to the tooth.

Letting cavities fester is more common than you think. Approximately 28 percent of adults are living with untreated cavities. Because cavities are so commonplace, some may think they can leave them untreated, either to save money or spare themselves a filling. It is important to remember, however, that a cavity is considered an infection that requires prompt treatment.

Cavities Will Continue To Grow If Left Untreated

Cavities can only get worse with time. Once that harmful bacteria creates a cavity, it will continue to grow if not repaired with a filling. To further understand the damage a cavity can do to your tooth, let’s go over some tooth anatomy.

A tooth consists of three parts:

  1. The hard and protective outer layer called the enamel
  2. The middle layer called dentin
  3. The inner layer called the pulp, which contains the tooth’s blood vessels and nerves

The enamel is the tooth’s first line of defense against cavity-causing bacteria. If treatment is postponed, the bacteria will eventually get through the enamel and enter into the layer of dentin, and eventually, the pulp.

If cavity-causing bacteria is allowed to reach the dental pulp, it can lead to a condition known as pulpitis, or inflammation of the pulp. If treated quickly, pulpitis can be treated with a simple filling. If left to progress, more serious measures may need to be taken such as a root canal or tooth extraction.

Your Health And Comfort Are Our Priority

In the end, the ideal option is to prevent cavities before they even occur! At our practice, your health and comfort are our priority. We are your partners in helping you maintain a cavity-free, beautiful smile!

Thank you for choosing Dr. Hassan El-Awour’s Dental Office in Mississauga.

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Brightening Your Smile Is Easy!

Brightening Your Smile Is Easy!

IS YOUR SMILE AS WHITE as it used to be? Even good oral hygiene won’t prevent tooth discoloration forever. While daily brushing and flossing help keep your teeth clean and healthy, it’s normal to feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle as you get older. If you’re looking to bring that sparkle back, cosmetic tooth whitening may be the answer!

Teeth Change Color Over Time

Here are some reasons our teeth may be a bit more discolored than we’d like:

  • Food and Drink: Coffee, tea, red wine, and cola are all drinks with strong color pigments that easily attach to enamel, the outer part of the tooth.
  • Age: Over time, tooth enamel gets thinner, allowing the more yellow dentin to show through.
  • Tobacco Use: The tar in tobacco is naturally dark, and nicotine, when mixed with oxygen in the air, turns into a yellow surface-staining substance.

Tooth Whitening Is A Simple Process

Teeth Whitening agents use hydrogen peroxide in one form or another to brighten your smile. Hydrogen peroxide acts as a strong bleaching agent that breaks up deep stains into smaller pieces, making the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter. It’s that simple!

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There Are Whitening Options For Everyone

Teeth whitening in Mississauga is made easy at the Cosmetic Dentistry practice in Dr Hassan Dental office Mississauga.

In-office bleaching is done at the dentist’s office and is a fast, effective way to whiten your teeth. You can usually get your whitening done in one to three visits, depending on the method used and the severity of tooth discoloration.

When you come in to get your teeth whitened, a substance is applied to cover and protect your gums. The whitening gel is then applied directly to the tooth surface. This gel is then activated, usually by a laser light, enhancing the action of the whitening agent. These professional tools produce the fastest tooth-whitening results.

At-home bleaching is another option! Many use at-home whitening kits to supplement their in-office whitening treatments. Ask us about our at-home whitening kits after your in-office whitening procedure to keep your newly white smile sparkling!

Over-the-counter whitening kits are also widely available for home use. These provide trays to hold whitening gel or whitening strips that stick to your teeth. Over-the-counter products contain a weaker whitening agent than the products you can get from your dentist and as a result, require a longer treatment period. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions when using at-home products and always follow package directions.

Whitening toothpaste is another simple option for those who want a whiter smile! Whitening toothpastes contain abrasives that remove stains on the enamel, helping your teeth stay clean and bright.

Put The Shine Back In Your Smile!

Whitening procedures are a fast and simple way to boost your confidence and brighten your smile. And getting that white, sparkly smile you’ve always wanted has never been easier. Give us a call or stop by. We’d love to discuss what whitening options would be best for you and your teeth!

Thank you for placing your trust in our practice!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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What Causes Bad Breath?

What Causes Bad Breath?

LET’S JUST SAY IT… bad breath is unpleasant. And yet we’ve all suffered from it. Sometimes, however, it’s worse than others. You may wonder, what causes bad breath? And perhaps more importantly, what is the best way to prevent it?

On popular demand your Mississauga Dentist brings you this piece of info packed article on how to deal with oral hygiene and keep your breath fresh.

Bad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by a number of things. Here are some reasons your breath may not be as fresh as you’d like:

Good Oral Hygiene Makes All The Difference

If you don’t brush and floss everyday, food stays in your mouth and collects bacteria. This bacteria causes bad breath. On top of that, food that remains in your mouth and in between your teeth will begin to rot and smell bad.

Brush and floss regularly and go to your biannual dental cleanings (or more, as directed). As bacteria that causes bad breath often congregates on the back of your tongue, make the tongue scraper your best friend!

Certain Foods Make Breath Worse Than Others

Watch out for foods such as garlic, onions, cheese, and soda, as they can be a major cause of unpleasant breath. Once food is absorbed into the bloodstream, it’s transferred to the lungs where it is expelled through your breath. Thus, foods with strong tastes or odors, like the ones mentioned above, can stick around longer than you’d like.

Consumption of tobacco products can also cause severe halitosis. If you use tobacco, ask us for assistance in helping you quit.

Bad Breath Can Be Linked To A Medical Disorder

Our oral health is strongly connected to other health conditions. In fact, bad breath could be the first sign of a medical disorder. Severe and persistent halitosis is a major symptom of dental diseases such as gum disease and cavities. Other maladies can negatively affect our breath as well such as diabetes, sinus infections, and liver or kidney ailments.

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What’s Up With Morning Breath?

Morning breath seems to be an especially pungent offender. Morning breath gets to be so bad mainly because of dry mouth. During the day, saliva works to wash away food debris and keep bacteria in check.

When we sleep at night, our saliva production goes down, causing our mouths to become more dry and allowing bacteria to proliferate. Many people sleep with their mouths open as well, which can make dry mouth even worse.

Here’s what you can do to make your morning breath a little less offensive:
Clean your teeth before bed. This is a given! The less food bacteria have to munch on, the less odorous your mouth will be in the morning.
Keep water by the bed. When you wake up during the night, take a drink of water. Keeping your mouth moist will combat the spread of those smelly bacteria.

We’re Here To Help

For the most part, bad breath is manageable. However, chronic or extreme bad breath is not normal. If you are concerned about halitosis or have any questions, call and make an appointment with us. Our job is to find solutions for a healthier, happier you!

Dr Hassan’s Dental office is one of the best dentists in Mississauga. At the clinic, the staff are always ready to help with queries, fix a dental appointment and sort your dental issues as soon as they get a request.

Thank you for being a part of our practice family!

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Guarding Your Child Against Playground Tooth Injuries

Guarding Your Child Against Playground Tooth Injuries

DID YOU KNOW that about 50 percent of kids experience some type of tooth injury during childhood? Most parents are prepared to treat minor cuts, scrapes and bruises, but it is also important to know how to prevent and treat tooth injuries. It is always good to take advice from a Pediatric dentist in Mississauga and take preventive measures than curative dental care.

As fun as it is, the playground happens to be a hotspot for injury. So, what can you do as a parent to help protect your child from experiencing a tooth injury on the playground? And, what do you do if your child does have an injured tooth?

Ways To Prevent Playground Tooth Injury
Scout Out The Facilities. Make sure there are no rusted, loose, or broken pieces of playground equipment as these frequently result in injury.
Age Appropriate Equipment. The equipment that your children are playing on should be age appropriate. Younger children climbing too high, jumping too far, running too quickly, etc. are the most likely to injure themselves.
Know The Weather Forecast. Rain, snow, and ice can make things slippery and, therefore, more risky.
Check Your Child’s Clothing. Loose clothing is often the cause of falls because it catches easily on things. Dress your child appropriately for the type of playground you will be going to.
Always Supervise. Not only can the equipment cause injury, but your child’s playmates can as well. Some children are rowdier than others and certain types of play may need to be stopped by adults before any injuries occur.
Mouthguards. These are a great option for protecting your child’s teeth during playtime or while participating in sporting events. Mouthguards can prevent chips, fractures, or knockouts of teeth, as well as protect the soft tissues of the mouth.

What To Do If There Is A Tooth Injury

Depending on the accidental incident an emergency dentist in Mississauga may be contacted. If a tooth is knocked out or chipped, please contact the dentist immediately. Chipped or lost teeth can result in infection if not treated properly. Depending on your child’s unique situation, we can best advise you in assuring a positive outcome for your child’s tooth.

Whether the tooth is lost or chipped, try to save the tooth or tooth fragment that has been chipped off and take it to your dentist.

We Care About Your Child’s Safety And Dental Health

Injuring or losing a tooth can be traumatic for some children. As your trusted dental practice, we want to help parents know how to prevent dental trauma and protect their children’s teeth from injury. Nevertheless, accidents do happen. When they do, we’ll be right here to provide the best and most effective care for your child!

Preventive care for kid’s dental health is always better than curative care. While growing up the denture of the children go through rapid changes. With advice from a Child dentist the dental health can be kept intact. At Dr Hassan’s dental clinic it is always our endeavor to provide excellent quality pediatric dental treatment to bring smiles to the faces of kids.

Thank you for being a part of our practice family!

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