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smiles

There are many different options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. From something as simple as teeth whitening to something as complex as getting a whole new set of veneers, the options are nearly endless, depending on what your dental issues are.

If you have gaps in your teeth, broken or missing teeth, crooked teeth or you suffer from stained teeth, there are things you can do to make your smile one you’re proud to show off again. The health of your teeth isn’t the only thing that is of concerns when it comes to dental issues. Plaque and bacteria in the mouth can cause issues throughout your body. On top of that, when you have something wrong with your teeth it can affect your confidence.

Knowing what’s wrong with your teeth and working towards a better smile can change your life. A lack of confidence over a sour mouth can affect your ability to work, date and more. Instead of keeping your mouth closed, open up about your issues with your dental care provider and find out what cosmetic dentistry practice would work best for your problems.

Whitening Teeth

Your teeth can get stained from many things. Smoking, drinking coffee and soda, and even some medications, can discolor your teeth. You don’t have to live with brown or yellow teeth, and there are far better options that actually work that are better than the store bought options.

Teeth whitening done by a dental professional also ensures that you don’t have any negative reactions, like burning your gums. Teeth whitening isn’t a one time thing though, unless you stop the thing that is discoloring your teeth.

Replacing Teeth

There are many issues with missing teeth. Not only is it unhealthy, but it can also affect more than just your internal health. According to Broadway Dental, a premier dental institute in Australia, missing teeth can give you poor self-confidence in work and personal situations.

Replacing teeth can be done with dental implants, partials or full sets of false teeth and even veneers, which look and perform almost like real teeth. Cost factors into what choices you make with your replacement teeth, as well as the shape of the teeth you still have.

Straightening Teeth

Some people seem to be born with crooked teeth. Maybe you had a traumatic mouth injury in childhood that made a tooth or two grow in wrong. It doesn’t matter how old you are now, there are orthodontic options for everyone.

If you don’t want to look like you’re wearing braces, look into Invisalign. This process of teeth straightening using a clear aligner to straighten your teeth, invisibly. If you don’t care about being a “brace face,” you can go old school too, and maybe save a little money on straighter teeth.

No matter how old you are, or how young, fixing what is wrong with your teeth can change the way you feel and bring a smile back to your face.

24Mar
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Has life got you stressed out? Technology has us all going non-stop. If you aren’t at work you’re probably busy at home with life, children, and the internet. Everyone wants to reduce stress and probably even find inner peace. We all want to clear our minds, but we don’t all have hours and hours to dedicate to meditation.

The thing is, you don’t need many hours a day in order to reach inner peace. Instead, you just need to pencil in a little time each day for a relaxing zen experience that melds your mind, body and soul. Here are three ways to get down deep and find the peace within.

Meditation

A great way to clear your mind and find your zen is through meditation, but you don’t need to meditate for hours on end. While Buddhists have certain steps they take in practicing meditation, you can simply take twenty minutes out of your day to find a silent place to clear your mind. For some people meditation is hard, which is why a focus word, like “ohm,” can help you remove all the thoughts that plague the human mind. The idea is to spend this time not worrying about things, but in peace and relaxation.

Yoga

Whether or not meditation works for you, you may want to try out yoga. Doing both, separately of course, allows you more time in that blissful zen, but adding just one of them to your daily or weekly routine can have great benefits on stress. Many people describe yoga as a form of meditation, since you are focusing on the movements and your breathing rather than your cares. Not only is yoga a zen practice, peaceful and relaxes, but it is also a great form of fitness and can enhance flexibility.

Massage

Lastly, take some time out once or twice a month to enjoy a relaxing zen massage. Massage therapy has many positive benefits. Of the many benefits that massage therapy offers, you will find relaxation, rejuvenation and that inner peace you have been seeking. Massage helps relax the muscles and the mind. It’s therapeutic for your mind, body and soul. You don’t have to have an injury in order to get the benefits of massage. Some people just enjoy all the things it does for them.

People that integrate any or all of these modalities into their lives find more energy and peaceful in each day. It’s not too difficult to take a little time out once or twice a month to have a massage, or to attend a yoga class each week, or to even stop everything and meditate before sitting down to relax after a long day at work. Pamper yourself and enjoy the inner peace you get from the results.

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If you work in an office you probably tend to take the safety of your workplace for granted. You’re indoors, usually seated, warm, and dry. Feels pretty secure, right?

The truth is, when office workers sustain injuries they often do so gradually, over time. This means that you may not notice physical damage until it’s too late. To protect your long-term health and wellness, take a look at this list of 4 easy changes you can make to your daily work routine.

1. Practice good posture

It’s been well documented that poor posture can lead to both mental and physical health problems, and posture is even more important for office workers who spend a significant portion of their day in front of a computer screen.

Improper keyboard use can cause a number of long term injuries including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which is painful and requires costly surgery to correct.

2.   Stand tall

Speaking of your desk, consider this: according to Livestrong.com you can burn 20 to 50 more calories per hour just by standing at your desk. Of course, for office workers, inactivity is a serious health concern. It can lead to weight gain, obesity, high blood pressure, and even increased stress.

When standing it’s easier to practice good posture, which in turn improves your mental and physical well being, and leads to less long term injury. So, sneak some comfortable footwear into that cubicle and stand up.

3.   Graze

Office employees are too often a victims of time. If you’ve ever been over-loaded with work, had to arrive early, skip breakfast, work through lunch (or eat at your desk),  or stay late, then you know that the diet of an office worker isn’t always well balanced, healthy, or consumed with regularity.

This is why grazing on healthy, low sugar snacks throughout the day is so important. Letting your body go hungry for extended periods of time can lead to weight gain, blood-sugar imbalances (which can cause nausea, migraines, and even unconsciousness), and blood pressure problems. Skipping breakfast alone has been linked to increased risk for coronary heart disease, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Health.

4.   Don’t use the elevator

You already know you should take the stairs for the added cardiovascular/calorie burning benefits, but did you know that by avoiding the elevator you may also be dramatically reducing your risk of catching the office cold or flu du jour?

According to the National Health Interview Survey, the flu accounts for some 75 million days of missed work each year. One of the places most covered in office germs? You guessed it, the elevator buttons.

Everyone benefits from healthy choices

Making your health a priority at work will benefit you and your employer. Healthy employees require less of their health care coverage, have fewer absent days, and are more productive over the course of their working lives.

 

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Menopause

If you are dealing with the symptoms of menopause, you may feel less than fabulous. This is especially true if you have severe symptoms that have a negative impact on your daily living. It is ideal to find a hormonal balance in the midst of menopause, if at all possible. This can be achieved if you rely on effective methods to help you deal with the change of life and restore lost hormones in the process.

Use Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

It is important to get the hormones back into your body that have been depleted. The decreased levels of estrogen and progesterone are the reasons you are experiencing the undesirable symptoms of menopause.

One of the most effective ways to balance your hormones is by taking HRT on a daily basis. You can choose from a variety of brands, dosages and methods of doing so that may drastically improve your quality of life at this time.

Get your Exercise in Daily

It is important to your mental and physical well-being to exercise on a regular basis. During menopause, various types of exercise can dramatically improve your mood and help you avoid weight gain that is extremely common for menopausal women.

By committing to an exercise program that you do at least three times a week for thirty minutes is enough to combat the symptoms of menopause. It’s important to choose one that you will stick with and enjoy. Some ideal options include walking, swimming and strength training to rebuild muscle mass that is lost at a faster rate during this stage of life.

Be Mindful of your Daily Diet

The nutrients you get each day can affect your mood and your body. It is ideal for menopausal women to consume a healthy diet that is loaded with fruits, vegetables, fish, lean meats and whole grains.

The positive results of eating a healthy diet during the change of life can be immediate. Some women who suffer severe symptoms of menopause may go as far as altering the diet entirely and eating a Mediterranean Diet exclusively

One of the common ingredients in this diet is olive oil because it doesn’t include the saturated fats that some of the cheaper types do. Additionally, Omega 3 is a high ingredient in the Mediterranean Diet. This is known for combating mood swings and decreasing the severity and frequency of hot flashes for the menopausal woman.

You can get control of the symptoms associated with menopause and get your life back. Simply invest the time and energy into doing so, and you can once again have a high-quality that can be enjoyed, rather than endured at any age.

 

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All injuries have one thing in common: they’re painful. Whether you sustained your injury at work, at the gym, or just by trying to reach that top cabinet at home, the pain from an injury can make you not want to move your body at all.

Unfortunately, while some rest after an injury is good for your healing, extended bed rest can be a problem. Resting too much can significantly slow healing. If your muscles remain stationary for too long, they can atrophy. This can strain your joints, as your muscles are no longer strong enough to support them.

An injury that should have healed in a few weeks can cause you pain for months if you allow your muscles to atrophy. Pain from your injury can even linger for years if you don’t let it heal properly. The longer a muscle is allowed to remain still, the greater your chances are for developing stubborn pain which doesn’t respond to conventional treatments.

Avoiding Chronic Pain with Exercise

Lasting chronic pain is definitely something you want to avoid. Fortunately, there’s an accessible way to significantly lower your chances for developing chronic pain following an injury — exercise.

It may seem counterintuitive to exercise when you’re injured. However, exercising your injured body part promotes healing. Strengthening the muscles around the area of your injury ensures your tendons and joints don’t take on more work than they can handle. Exercise stretches your muscles so they don’t become tight, allowing them to work to their full capacity. This takes stress off the point of your injury, and also can significantly relieve pain.

Exercise to Avoid

It’s important to not overdo exercising, particularly if you have an injury. Exercising too hard can take a toll on your health. If you’re injured, you risk making the injury more severe by pushing yourself too hard. You can even sustain another injury, which is the last thing you want when you’re already in pain.

If exercise isn’t something you do often, it’s extremely important to start out slow. It may be boring or frustrating to start out slower than you think you need to, but you will be able to ramp up your routine fairly quickly. Starting out too fast can easily make your injury worse.

A good rule of thumb when exercising with an injury is to avoid high-impact workouts. These include jogging, jumping jacks, and other exercises when your weight comes down hard on your joints.

Good Exercises for Injuries

Before exercising with an injury, talk to your doctor about what sorts of exercises you should be doing. A professional can make recommendations based on your injury as well as your overall fitness and needs. Your doctor can also vouch for you if you need special accommodations at your workplace because of your injury, or if you need to apply for disability benefits.

Always stretch before exercising. Stretching alone offers significant healing benefits. Low-impact workouts are excellent for healing from an injury. Swimming offers a full body workout, while allowing the water to support your weight. This protects your joints and your injured body part. A gentle walk is also a great way to heal.

Conclusion

Exercise is part of any recovery plan following an injury. By consulting with your doctor to learn what exercises will work best for you, you are already starting on the road to healing.

28Jan
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Too many people assume that eating well means that you’re committed to a diet. While dieting can help many people lose weight and become more healthy, you don’t have to label the way you eat. Simply changing your habits and making a few modifications to your daily meals can have similar outcomes as some of the most prolific mainstream dietary plans. In fact, you may find yourself feeling better in general by changing your daily eating routines.

Eat in Moderation

One of the keys to enjoying some of the finer things in life is doing it in moderation. This includes eating as most of society is overfed. When you go to a restaurant, realize that your order has enough food to feed you two or three times. According to Laura Schocker of The Huffington Post, almost every restaurant chain in the United States serve more food than is necessary which is loaded with fats and sodium. Eating less and saving the rest for later can help you manage that intake.

Change Up the Snacking

Snacking is a very common pastime for many people. Although fruits and nuts are far more healthier to snack on, you can enjoy some of those salty processed snacks in moderation. For instance, one ounce of chips such as Pringles can be good. Eating the entire package in one sitting can give you more calories and carbs than you need in a single day. Try to remain true to portion sizes when snacking and keep in mind the number of fats and sugars you consume in any given day.

Fighting Pain

Many foods are able to help you quell pains you are feeling throughout the day. Everything from arthritis to headaches can be treated with the right intake of nutrients. According to this post, there are several foods you can eat that can help you manage the pain. For instance, ginger and calcium can help relieve a headache before it becomes unbearable. Your nutritional intake directly affects the body and mind, and eating nothing but junk food and meals from a drive-through window can be detrimental to living pain free.

Improving Your Mood

As mentioned earlier, food can directly affect your mental capacity. Studies have been conducted of how antioxidants in berries have made a lasting contribution to many mental attributes. One of the most notable after effects is the reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease of which various berries contribute. The healthier you keep your brain, the more of an impact it will make in your mental capacities as well as overall physical management.

You don’t have to follow mainstream diets in order to lose weight and become more healthy. By monitoring your portion sizes and adding healthier snack choices, you could make a profound impact in your overall health in less than a month. If you mix it up with getting more physical activity on a daily basis, you can quickly melt away pounds while keeping your mind focused and clear. Practice better choices for eating and feel the results for yourself.

 

25Jan
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It is never a pleasant experience to watch a friend or loved one spiral into the depths of drug addiction. The use of substances, such as drug and alcohol, frequently begin as a means of escaping the overwhelming realities of everyday life. Maybe an addict gets behind on their bills, they cannot bear to face some tragedy that happened or they are attempting to self medicate to manage reoccurring pain. According to theriversource,org, whatever the reason, it is critical to their health and well being that they obtain genuine professional help from drug rehab.

It is at this point that the greater bulk of the burden ends up falling on another person’s shoulders to provide the addict with the guidance they need. It is not a responsibility that too many people want to have thrust upon themselves. An addict is oftentimes not going to be thinking rationally. They may not even initially appreciate the help you are trying to provide for their benefit. However, in order to help an addict get their life back together, it is generally necessary for someone to step in to be the voice of reason.

Becoming the Voice of Reason

In order to step in as the voice of reason, a person has to prepare themselves for the worst. An addict is going to make every excuse to maintain a grip on their substance abuse. The dependency they have developed for their drug of choice will be a tremendous vice they are not going to want to abandon. In many cases, an addict will be convinced that they are in control of their addiction. Although it is evident that they are not in control, it is important to realize that an addiction leads people to believe a lie for the sake of maintaining a habit that is hazardous. As the voice of reason, it is important to help an addict admit that they need to seek the opinion of a drug addiction counselor. If the addict says that they are sure everything is fine, simply explain that there is no harm in speaking with a drug addiction counselor to make sure. Let the addict know that it will help convince you that everything is okay if they are willing to comply with this simple request.

When Things Get out of Hand

In a lot of cases, an addict will refuse help until things start to get way out of control. often it becomes harder and harder to live the lie that is the hope that an addict is in control of their addiction. In a drug policy update on whitehouse.gov, it was noted that illicit drug use has been responsible for billions in lost productivity, criminal costs and that deaths to addictive substances have surpassed deaths due to homicides and car accidents. For this reason, failure to receive treatment for a worsening drug addiction problem can and often will have fatal consequences for the substance abuser. When it is impossible to get an addict to reach out for help, it may be time to seek a qualified drug addiction professional who is willing to make a house call on the addict’s behalf. In many cases, a trained professional will have the experience talking and coaxing substance abuse victims into getting the help they desperately need.

 

20Jan
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Cancer is the disease that trumps all other diseases and is one of the most difficult to treat; despite decades of research, cancer remains impossible to cure. The key to overcoming cancer has a great deal to do with when the disease is detected and treatment begins. Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers; there are more new cases of skin cancer than of breast, prostrate, lung and colon cancers combined. In fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, there have been more diagnoses for skin cancer over the past three decades than all other cancers combined.

Knowing how to identify symptoms of cancer can be a great advantage, as it will better enable a concerned individual to talk to a medical profession early, increasing the likelihood of the available treatment options being effective. Here are four signs of cancer that should never be ignored.

1) Unexplained Weight Loss

Weight loss is something many people strive for, and while most people wouldn’t complain about losing a few pounds, rapid and unexplained weight loss could be a sign of cancer. If someone experiences significant weight loss, usually 10 pounds or more, there could be a medical reason—one possible explanation being cancer. Most cancer patients drop weight at some point during their illness. Though it is more common in cancers such as pancreas, stomach, esophagus, or lung cancers, it can also be a symptom of skin cancer.

2) Skin Changes

One thing to watch out for as a symptom cancer is changes to the skin’s appearance, which could be a sign of skin cancer. The American Cancer Society notes that one of the precursors of skin cancer, particularly melanoma skin cancer, is a change in skin color. Other changes, like itchiness or excessive hair growth, can also be indicators of a medical issue. Any changes to the skin’s texture, color, texture or sensitivity should be discussed with the individual’s primary care physician as soon as possible.

3) Wounds That Won’t Heal

Another sign of skin cancer is the appearance of sores that don’t heal. Sores may bleed and appear normal, but if they persist for a long time they should be checked out by a doctor. Non-healing sores aren’t unique in their appearance amongst patients with cancers of the skin—long-lasting mouth sores are often seen in oral cancer patients.

4) Unusual Bleeding

Having any type of irregular bleeding is an indicator of a medical issue. The body works like a factory, with many machines that have interrelated parts that depend on one another to function. Noticing any major changes in the way one’s body works is a reason to consult a doctor. Coughing up blood or having bloody stool and urine are all signs of cancer or another serious malady and should be taken very seriously.

What to Do If Cancer is a Concern

If an individual has a family history of cancer or is concerned that they may be experiencing symptoms of cancer, there are many online resources for information on the disease. Once he or she has compared the symptoms he or she is actually experiencing against the list of symptoms related to cancer, the individual can decide whether a visit to the doctor is necessary. Medical experts agree: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If someone fears that they are experiencing symptoms of cancer, he or she should speak with a medical professional as soon as possible.

 

14Jan
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It is late in the evening, and you have just seriously injured yourself. The sight of your own blood, rapidly drips from an open wound on your forehead, making you feel a little queasy and faint. Since you cannot stand the sight of your own blood, you feel yourself start to panic and sweat a bit. Your wife quickly accesses the number to a local free-standing ER center, but you insist that she can just drive you to the hospital instead.

Cleaning the blood off your forehead, you decide to place a cold press over the swelling that is forming into a decent sized bump. Your wife grabs her keys, and the both of you head out the door, pile into the car, and head across town to the hospital. When you get to the check-in desk at the emergency room, you notice the place is completely packed with people. You sign in, find a vacant seat, and the waiting begins. A woman finally calls you back, takes your vitals, and eventually you get to see a doctor. The doctor looks at your head, takes an x-ray, tells you nothing is wrong, and sends you home with a huge bill that stings more than the bump on your head.

Avoiding the Emergency Room at the Hospital

Often people imagine that when they are seriously injured, the best place to seek treatment is at the local hospital in their area. It is a trend that has been strongly reinforced by popular media and television shows. However, in many cases, walk-in clinics and free-standing ER-centers are actually better choices. In many stand alone facilities today, the wait is only a few minutes. At the emergency-room in the hospital, the wait can extend to being many hours. This is hardly efficient in light of the fact that you may need immediate attention and care. When you can get in quick and get scanned quick, this means that the nature of how serious your condition truly is can be assessed much faster and more efficiently. According to an American College of Emergency Physicians fact sheet, because hospital emergency-room triage-policy is to take the most severe patients first, patients with less serious injuries will end up having longer delays in receiving patient care.

Other Important Benefits of Free Standing Medical Emergency Centers

According to SignatureCare Emergency Center, the injured have access to more medical services than what local hospitals are able to ration out to patients. Many stand alone emergency care centers have state of the art medical equipment. These facilities compete with hospitals with convenient 24-hour service as well. They utilize the services of board-certified physicians, take most major insurance plans and sometimes provide ambulance service to patients in need of emergency transportation to their facilities. Since many of these clinics are much smaller than emergency-rooms at the hospital, it is easier to keep these facilities clean and free of infections that are present within many larger hospital settings. With many of these facilities, the patient volume is much lower than at the hospital, which makes it possible to get more one-on-one care from an on-staff physician. In some ways, the free standing emergency care facilities make the entire hospital-based emergency-room experience seem antiquated.

22Dec
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As people age, they begin to become more concerned about their overall health and well-being. Who can blame them? Being sick these days gets expensive. This is especially the case when your doctor has prescribed a lot of medications. To avoid this problem, many people have decided to take control of their own health. They spend hours online educating themselves about the latest diets, exercise regiments and health supplements. When a person is striving to become healthier, it is easiest if they surround themselves with other like-minded people. For this reason, many health-minded individuals search for a community of people who will support them in their health-related goals. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to find people in a person’s local area who share their healthy lifestyle values. The good news is that it is possible to build a thriving health-related support network online.

Getting Your Online Health Community Up and Running

If a person truly wants to start their own online health community and support network, the initial steps are not too difficult. According to the Yahoo-groups website, they are an online community designed to connect people who have common interests. Anyone can begin to structure a topic-centric community online by using the free Yahoo-groups platform. Depending on how one sets up the moderation features of a free Yahoo-group they can either turn a Yahoo-group into a forum or a newsletter. If all a person wants to do is provide health-related information to a group of subscribers, then it is simply a matter of setting the Yahoo-group up to restrict other member postings. In this case, the list-owner can provide all the information to the group in a newsletter format. If they want more group participation, then allowing members to post to their health-related Yahoo-group is the way to go. To obtain more regular participation, a Yahoo-group moderator can advertise their group and assign other moderators, giving them tasks central to increasing the health-related knowledge base of the list members. Many of these online communities grow into the thousands of members and remain quite active.

Expanding the Reach of Your Online Health Community

Once an online health community has been running solid for a while, something else a group owner can do is to expand the influence of the group. Because millions of people are online looking for up-to-date health-based information, there is actually quite an interest in people wanting to get involved with spreading health-related news. Many such groups start petitions and push for reforms, using the online environment as a means to promote their message of healthy living and alerting the public to very real health concerns. Often these movements lead to real changes in a variety of industries and government policies involving the health of the general public. When this sort of change happens, it helps to reveal the real power consumers have over companies who may not have their best interests in mind; thus, helping to further expose why such community-based movements are necessary in these modern times.

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