Master Five Behaviors to Mature Gracefully

by Jason 9/23/2014 8:30 AM

  What do you, a fine wine and George Clooney all have in common? These are all things that get better with age! While many of us come to loathe blowing out our birthday candles each year, employing these simple tips to mature gracefully can help us embrace our age -- and have fun while doing it! 1. Kick up your cardio. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, four to five times a week. Moderate exercise can include a fast walk, household chores, playing with your kids outside or even taking the stairs at work. If you make an effort to stay active now, you’ll help keep your body feeling and looking great for years to come. 2. Brush up on oral health (literally). To keep your mouthful of natural teeth for a lifetime, you need to make the right moves now. You know you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once, but it’s also important to see your dentist on a regular basis. A dental visit involves a comprehensive checkup that extends beyond your teeth. Dentists can screen for oral cancer, diabetes and more.  3. Social network. We all know it’s fun to hang out with our friends, but people who grow their social networks as they age have higher IQs and lower rates of dementia. Win-win! 4. Eat well and prosper. Maintaining a healthy diet doesn’t have to be hard. For starters, follow the new “food plate” recommended by the USDA. The food plate will help you understand which foods are better for you and which foods you should enjoy in moderation. We all know that a healthy diet is key to having a fit body. The healthier your body, the longer it will last. 5. Smile, Gorgeous! In addition to improving happiness, smiling may even prolong your life. A 2010 study of professional baseball players, conducted by researchers at Wayne State University, showed those who smiled genuinely in their 1952 Baseball Register pictures lived an average of five years longer than players who didn’t smile. This study provides some evidence that smiling is linked to people living longer.

Plug Into High-Tech Toothbrushes for a Healthy Smile!

by Jason 9/18/2014 8:30 AM

Today’s power toothbrushes pack advanced technologies with multiple features that can help keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright. Plus they can make your brushing experience more effective and downright enjoyable. Three of the most beneficial components in many power toothbrushes include:  1.    Timers: Built-in timers take the guesswork out of brushing for you. Many of us don’t brush for the recommended two minutes. Thirty seconds should be dedicated to each quadrant of your mouth, and many power toothbrushes now have alerts to signal you to move to the next area so you can do a thorough job every time you brush.   2.    Pressure Indicators: While you want to brush your teeth hard enough to clean off plaque, you don’t want to brush too hard. Too much pressure could cause bleeding or gum erosion. These indicators alert you as soon as you’ve reached the right amount of pressure.  3.    Brushing Mode: Power toothbrushes now have several modes that work to your advantage. Some include a soft setting (for sensitive teeth) and a massage setting (for your gums). Make sure to check the modes and choose the one that suits your unique needs. Purchasing a power toothbrush and putting it to work for you twice a day is a wise investment to help maintain your oral health for life.  

Root Canal or Dental Implant? Consider Your Options

by Jason 9/16/2014 8:37 AM

A nagging toothache has been bothering you so you head to the dentist to investigate the source of the pain. During your appointment, your dentist gives you the diagnosis – you have an infected tooth. At this point, it’s safe to say you’re not jumping for joy. Your dentist will likely give you two treatment options to either save the tooth and keep it in place, if possible, by doing a root canal – or replace the tooth, if necessary, with a dental implant. Root Canals: Hearing the words “root canal” might cause you to wince. Root canal procedures gained a bad reputation because decades ago they were painful. But don’t let that outdated stereotype make you cringe! Local anesthetics have improved and the instruments used to clean the inside of the tooth are very small. Most root canals can be completed in one visit and are nearly painless. During a root canal treatment, your dentist removes the source of your tooth pain, also known as the inflamed pulp. Once the inflamed pulp is removed, the tooth is then cleaned, filled and sealed. Dental Implants: Dental implants have been used for decades. Just like root canals, dental implants have come a long way since their breakthrough in the 1960s. In fact, dental implants and root canals yield virtually equal success rates. Implants require extracting the tooth followed by multiple surgeries to insert a metal post in the jaw and attach a porcelain crown to the post. These surgeries often can take three or more visits to complete, and can be time-consuming and costly. However, if your tooth is severely damaged, an implant might be the best choice. In the end, no one procedure is better than the other.    Your decision to opt for a root canal or a dental implant should be based on the complexity of your case, as well as your preference. Your dentist can help you weigh the pluses and minuses of each option. And, be sure to confirm if your dental insurance covers any costs for a root canal or for an implant, so you know your expected out-of-pocket expenses before making your decision.

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