Roll Back The Years With Healthy Teeth

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I am pleased to have Darla Scheidt, Marketing Director at Grove Dental Associates, as my guest poster again. Need a New Year’s Resolution? How about looking younger with a brighter, whiter smile. Whiter teeth are just a few steps away. Read on for great tips from Darla….

A smile might be worth a thousand words, but a smile that shows dingy, stained or chipped teeth can convey a message that you might not want to send. Your smile is one of the first things people notice when they meet you for the first time — and first impressions are formed very quickly. If you instantly want to impress others with your youthful look and your fantastic smile, you’re going to want to make sure your teeth are white, bright and healthy-looking!

 YOUR TEETH CAN REVEAL YOUR TRUE AGE. No matter how much money you spend on anti-wrinkle cream, vitamins and even cosmetic surgery, your true age can easily be revealed by the look of your teeth. Over the course of your lifetime, your teeth may gradually become stained, dull or chipped. Not only can your teeth add years to your appearance, they can also cause others to believe that you neglect your oral health. This can lead to embarrassment and might cause you to refrain from smiling.

If your teeth are showing the inevitable signs of aging, it’s time to figure out how to roll back the years by establishing oral health practices and doing what is necessary to restore your white, sparkly and beautiful teeth. You will look years younger and you will undoubtedly feel more vibrant.

 

START WITH DAILY BRUSHING AND FLOSSIING. The absolute most important thing you can do for your teeth is brush and floss them every day. Believe it or not, many people neglect this simple routine practice — even though brushing and flossing only takes a few minutes. Whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush is not as important as making sure your teeth are brushed every morning and every evening. Daily flossing is just as essential to maintain the health of your teeth.

 MAKE SURE TO RINSE YOUR MOUTH WITH WATER AFTER EATING AND DRINKING. After you drink a cup of coffee or red wine, or after you eat any type of food that can cause staining, make sure you rinse your mouth with water. (If you can brush your teeth after eating or drinking, that’s even better!) When you rinse your mouth, you minimize the risk of staining your teeth. Rinsing is also a good way to prevent tooth decay.

VISIT YOUR DENTIST TWICE A YEAR FOR A PROFESSIONAL CLEANING AND ORAL EVALUATION. Dental professionals recommend that you have a professional teeth cleaning and oral evaluation twice a year. A professional cleaning allows a dental hygienist to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, and also includes a polishing treatment. During your bi-annual dental visit, a dentist will examine your teeth and gums and ensure that everything is healthy. If a dental problem is discovered, it’s important to have it fixed as quickly as possible in order to prevent additional problems.

 HAVE YOUR TEETH WHITENED. If your teeth have a yellow, brown, blue or purple hue, you may be able to whiten your teeth with an over-the-counter teeth whitening system. If an at-home whitening system is not effective, most dentists offer teeth whitening services in their office. Such procedures are usually quick and painless.

 

CONSIDER OTHER COSMETIC DENTAL PROCEDURES. Your dentist has the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth with various cosmetic dental procedures. Some of the most common include porcelain dental veneers, tooth bonding, crowns, bridges, dental implants and more. Make sure to ask your dentist about the available dental procedures that will work best for you.

Remember, your teeth and your smile are a focal point on your face. Therefore, you want to make sure your teeth look as youthful as possible so that you convey a healthy and vibrant appearance. Make people underestimate your age by keeping your teeth bright and shining.

 

 

Author Bio:

Darla Scheidt is the Marketing Director at Grove Dental Associates. Grove Dental is a successful multi-office, multi-specialty group dental practice in the Chicago western suburbs.  With four offices, more than 30 doctors and having been in practice for more than 40 years, they have been able to stay on the cutting edge of dentistry to better serve each one of their patients.

 

 

5 Healthy Foods For Healthy Skin

I know I have used several puppy pictures, but this one seemed appropriate.

So I heard that dreaded question when I picked the kids up from summer camp yesterday.” Is that your mom or your grandma?” Really, little girl, do I look that old? I know she is only eight years old, but really, little girl?

I recently changed my skin care regimen to included coconut oil, and I guess it hasn’t “kicked in” yet. In the meantime, I am offering a list of foods that can help our skin look younger.

But first, on a side note, for all of you who are trying to lose those last five pounds, you may want to re-consider. There is a saying – if you’re thin, you’ll look good from behind, but your face will suffer. Depressing as it may seem, there is some truth to the saying. A couple of studies have found that women with a low body mass index (BMI) have increased skin aging (read: more wrinkles).

So do thinner women just look older, or do they actually have more wrinkles? Actually, both are true. As your BMI goes lower you lose some volume of soft tissue, particularly over the age of 40, and loss of soft tissue can mean the wrinkles either become deeper or more noticeable.

Okay, if thinner women have more wrinkles, is the opposite also true?  Well, yes, heavier women may look less wrinkly as they age because they have more fat padding just beneath the skin (subcutaneous fat). They also might have a little extra collagen (the protein that gives skin its elasticity). However, don’t think that wrinkle prevention is a good reason to blow your healthy eating plan on pizza and ice cream.

Back to the foods of choice. There are certain foods that offer specific skin health benefits. Take a look at this list and make sure you include some in your beauty regimen, which begins at the dinner table.

  1. 1. Seafood for smooth, clear skin. The omega-3 fatty acids and zinc found in oysters and salmon help to reduce dryness, inflammation and control the production of sebum, the oily substance that causes acne.
  2. 2. Citrus fruit for smooth, taut skin. Citrus is full of vitamin C, which helps your body produce collagen, a protein that forms the structure of your skin. Increasing vitamin C helps tighten the skin and prevent wrinkles.
  3. 3. Red and green vegetables for bright, smooth skin. We convert the beta-carotene found in veggies into vitamin A, which prevents cell damage and premature aging and offers anti-acne benefits to boot.
  4. 4. Nuts for young soft skin. The vitamin E in nuts fights free radicals and helps protect against sun damage. It also relives dryness, making skin appear younger.
  5. 5. Whole grains for clear, moisturized skin. Whole grains provide the antioxidants, which helps fight inflammation-related skin damage, and biotin to assist cells in processing fats. If you’re biotin deficient, your skin may be dry and scaly.

These are easy enough foods to add into your daily menu that not only benefit your insides, but also your outsides.

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