Health & Beauty Tips – Week of September 5th

Beauty Tip- Take care of Your Teeth for a More Youthful Look

      “Just as white, straight teeth convey youth, a smile with crooked, discolored, worn, or missing teeth is associated with an aged look,” says Edmond Hewlett, DDS, professor of restorative dentistry at UCLA’s School of Dentistry. “The adage ‘long in the tooth,’ used to describe older persons, reflects the fact that gum disease causes gums to recede and teeth to appear longer as a result.” Crooked teeth and missing teeth can also lead to other dental and health problems such as gum disease.

We now know gum disease is linked to heart disease and other systemic problems. Not only will taking care of your teeth make you appear more youthful it can also prolong your life. Studies show that people who keep their teeth live on an average of 7-10 years longer!

I find it ironic that most people would agree paying any amount of money would be worth adding almost a decade to their life yet they will buy a new car or several throughout their lives or go on expensive vacations and not spend money to fix and take care of their teeth.

What would you do with an extra 10 years?

 

Health Tip- Cool Beans!

      Cholecystokinin is a digestive hormone that is secreted by the small intestine when you eat beans. The cool thing is that this hormone is an appetite suppressant. The high fiber in beans also helps to lower cholesterol and helps you to feel full longer. This stabilizes your blood sugar and helps you to say no to the office donuts. If you have problems with beans (I think we all know what I am talking about!) try eating them on a regular basis and your digestive system will adjust. Think outside the box and have some beans with your breakfast. I like lentils since they have a nice nutty flavor or black beans go well with eggs and salsa. Try eating a half cup of beans instead of rice, bread or tortillas with every meal for about a week and see how you feel, you might be surprised!

 

 

 

Green Tip- Safer Toys

      HealthyStuff.org a non-profit has tested over thousands of toys for chemicals including heavy metals. Each product tested is given a rating of low, medium or high. Because children’s bodies are growing and developing, they are more vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemicals.

Even small amounts of a chemical can impact a child’s ability to reach his or her full potential. Pets, like young children, spend a lot of time on the floor and on furniture – collecting dust and dirt from the household. Pets, especially cats, then clean their fur and swallow any chemicals on their bodies. Each of us is exposed to toxic chemicals from many sources, ranging from our cars to toys, and it is the combination of these many exposures that is of greatest concern.

 

 

Dental Tip- Your Medication is the Likely Cause of Your Dry Mouth

      Over 1800 drugs can make your mouth feel dry. Eighty percent of the top 10 drugs may cause oral dryness. Moreover, the more drugs you take, the more likely you will be troubled by dry mouth. Prominent among these drugs are those prescribed for high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, allergies, weight loss, Parkinson’s disease, pain and many more.

Dry mouth can have serious consequences on your oral and overall health. Chewing gum with xylitol such as Spry can help to stimulate saliva and xylitol also helps reduce tooth decay, a common problem with dry mouth. Over the counter saliva substitutes such as Biotene spray are helpful and can be used as often as needed.

Sipping on water throughout the day as well as avoiding mouth rinses with alcohol, which can dry out the tissue, are also helpful. Lastly, do what you can to be at cause over your own health so you don’t have to take medication unless absolutely necessary.