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How Sunshine Benefits Your Health

June 26, 2024.Individuals
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Most of us enjoy summertime because it’s the perfect season to meet up with family and friends and enjoy all the outdoor activities. But did you know that summer sunshine also offers health benefits, even for your smile? Sunny days aren’t just for fun – they can also improve your emotional, oral, and overall health!   Sunshine can be good for you in many ways! For starters, the vitamin D that sunshine helps your body produce can: Help your body absorb calcium so you can maintain strong teeth and bones. Boost your immune system and help reduce your risk for heart disease. Play a key role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease.   But the good benefits of the great outdoors don’t stop there. In fact, some of the benefits of being outside continue after you’ve gone back inside. For example: Sunlight supports a relaxed mood because it causes […]

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Why Oral Health Matters for Men

May 23, 2024.Individuals
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Hey men, listen up! Did you know June is Men’s Health Month? Let’s celebrate by learning more about why men – even more than women – need to be extra vigilant about their oral health care. Men are more at risk When it comes to oral health, there’s a surprising difference between the genders – and that’s sobering news for men, who are more likely than women to experience oral health issues like cavities, gum disease, dental trauma, and oral cancers.[1] There are many potential reasons for this – including unhealthy habits. Studies have shown that men are more likely than women to: Forget to brush and floss.[2] Skip routine dental visits.[3] Drink alcohol and use tobacco. Spend time in the sun absorbing UV rays.[4] Ignore oral health issues until they get worse.[5] Play contact sports without wearing a mouth guard. Ride a bike or motorcycle without a helmet. There […]

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Don’t Let Stress Affect Your Smile

April 30, 2024.Individuals.#Dental routine
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There are a lot of great reasons to focus on your mental and emotional well-being – it can strengthen your relationships, boost your productivity, and reduce your risk for anxiety and depression. But did you know that caring for your emotional health can also support your oral health?  Several oral health conditions can stem from, or be complicated by, excess levels of stress. These include: Canker sores Dry mouth Gum disease (periodontitis) Teeth grinding (bruxism) Say “yes” to self-care Self-care isn’t selfish. In fact, making sure you have time and space for yourself is a vital part of reducing stress. How you approach self-care should be unique to you, but here are a few tips for getting started: Try to exercise regularly. Even a short walk allows you to enjoy the scenery, while still bringing benefits of movement. Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga, guided meditation, or deep breathing. Eat […]

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The Harmful Effects of Alcohol and Tobacco

March 26, 2024.Individuals
man drinking and smoking

Most people already know that smoking is a major health risk and excessive alcohol can cause many health problems. But you may not know the other ways they can make an impact – for example, how can drinking and smoking change your physical appearance? How do substances harm your teeth and gums? Are there ways to reduce risk? If you want to maintain or improve your oral and overall health, it’s useful to review the harmful and potentially dangerous effects these habits may have on your smile – then you can use the knowledge as a powerful motivator to break free and embrace a healthier you! Smoking, Drinking, and Your Physical Appearance The unhealthy ingredients and chemicals in tobacco and alcohol products can alter your appearance in ways that you might not guess. Exposure to smoke from tobacco can: Change your collagen levels, leading to loose-looking skin under your eyes […]

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Travel Tips for Your Teeth

March 5, 2024.Individuals
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Whether you’re exploring someplace new or revisiting a favorite spot, vacation is the perfect time to kick back and forget about your day-to-day responsibilities. Just make sure you don’t forget your good oral health habits! Caring for your teeth and gums while traveling seems simple enough. However, changes to your schedule and the convenience of packaged snacks and fast food can make it difficult to take care of your smile. A little planning can help you keep your mouth and teeth in tip-top shape. Follow these easy tips to maintain your oral health wherever you go! Pack smile-friendly travel snacks It’s tempting to indulge in salty or sugary snacks, especially during layovers or long car rides. An easy way to travel healthier is to choose fresh fruits and vegetables! They keep well and give you more energy because they provide nutrition instead of empty calories. If you’re wondering which nutritious […]

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