Stop Diabetes and Start Smiling

by Jason 11/4/2014 8:00 AM

November is American Diabetes Month, and the American Diabetes Association is helping America “Get Cooking to Stop Diabetes!”... more...

Top Gums: Feel the Need – the Need to Prevent Gum Disease!

by Jason 9/25/2014 8:30 AM

If you don’t already feel the need to prevent gum disease, consider the following.    Gum disease can take two forms – gingivitis and a more advanced form, periodontitis. Both diseases come with a host of nasty symptoms, including receding gums, gum pain and teeth sensitivity. Interested in a toothless smile? Negative, Ghost Rider. If left untreated, gum disease can cause teeth to fall out! But take heart. Gum disease is preventable, so it’s important you take care of your teeth and gums from this point forward. Jump in the pilot’s seat and work your way to top gums by: ·         Brushing and flossing daily: Brush with fluoride toothpaste at least two times a day. Flossing is the wingman to brushing – make sure to floss at least once a day. ·     Getting regular checkups: Regular dental checkups are especially important in preventing gum disease. With twice-a-year checkups, the condition of your gum tissue can be compared over time. Additionally, professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar, a buildup of bacteria along the gum line. ·        Saying “no” to tobacco use: Using cigarettes, chewing tobacco and/or other tobacco products automatically puts you in the danger zone. Tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for gum disease. Eating a Healthy Diet: Poor nutrition can worsen your gum’s condition. Obesity is a risk factor for developing gum disease. Make your mouth and body happy by eating well. Load up on nutritious, low-sugar foods, limit snacking and drink plenty of water.

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.

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