Cavities and How to Treat Them

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Most people remember getting their first cavity and what followed after.

It usually meant a trip to the dentist as well as a semi-painful filling in your mouth.

For most of the people, other than a couple cavities from their childhood and adolescent years, they haven’t really had to deal with one since, but sadly even in adult years there will likely be a time when you will have to deal with one. You may be already be dealing with one now.

Even so, you may be asking yourself what a cavity really is and what is there to be done to prevent it or do about it?

Here are four important things to know about cavities and why it’s important to go to your dentist to get it treated.

Bacteria are to blame

If you are wondering what exactly causes cavities, the answer is the bacteria that is found in plaque.

What then happens when plaque forms is that bacterium in the plaque turns to acid that then breaks down the protective coating of your teeth and causes small holes, or cavities.

If you have too many of these cavities it can cause pain and discomfort.

Sugar is to blame

Another root cause of cavities is the things that we consume, specifically foods high in sugar and highly acidic foods.

Bacteria can more easily grow from these types of foods because the conversion from sugar to acid happens more quickly.

If you consume a lot of sugar, be sure to brush, floss, and rinse your teeth well. This will prevent bacteria spreading through plaque in your mouth, causing cavities.

If you think you have one you probably do

Cavities in the early stages are pretty painless. By the time you actually start feeling some pain you probably already have one.

If you do have pain or sensitivity make sure to make an appointment with your local dentist, like Durango Dental, to get it checked out and treated.

Leave it to the professionals

Although there are a couple of at-home remedies, you need to seek the professional help of a dentist.

This is because the holes that cavities cause need to be filled, so the bacteria and tooth decay can’t spread.

Daily habits are essential for healthy teeth. Also, be sure to visit the dentist every six months has proven to be healthy as well.

 

5 Reasons Why It’s Important to Have Healthy Gums

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When it comes to oral health, the first thing we tend to think about is having healthy teeth. In reality, we should put more focus on our gums.

Our teeth are what we see and usually what we can feel in regard to something being wrong, so we are told to brush and floss our teeth every day to keep things like cavities away.

And although our teeth do play a significant role in our oral health, the star player and the ones we should be paying very close attention too, health-wise, are our gums.

There are many reasons why it’s really important to have healthy gums, but here are five reasons to help you understand how and why healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth.

Healthy gums, healthy body

You may not have realized this, but your gum health can actually affect the health of your entire body.

Plaque, which is a filmy substance filled with bacteria, can build up in your mouth and then the bacteria can be spread into your blood stream. This has been linked to problems such as heart disease, arthritis, and other types of health problems and infections.

Keeps your teeth in the right place

Your teeth are only as strong as their support, so if you want teeth that are going to stay in place, having healthy gums is essential.

Gum disease can lead to things like tooth decay and even tooth loss, so by taking care of your gums through flossing in between your teeth and using a disinfectant mouthwash, you can keep your gums and teeth in the right place.

You don’t know that something’s wrong

One of the scariest things about gum disease is that you can have it without even realizing it. Oftentimes, in the beginning stages, it’s completely painless. According to the American Dental Hygienist Association, about 75% of Americans have gum disease and don’t even know it.

This is why it’s important that you take care of your mouth. This is also why it’s important to get your mouth checked out by your dentist at least once a year, more if you need it.

They are your teeth’s protection

Gums are the barriers that protect your teeth and jaw.

But in order for the barrier to be effective, it needs to be strong. The only way that gums stay strong is if they are properly cared for.

It’s easy to do

Your routine doesn’t have to be anything extravagant; all it takes is proper brushing, flossing, and using a mouth rinse.

Make sure when you brush your gums you don’t do it too rigorously because they can wear over time. Use a toothbrush with soft but firm bristles and apply gentle pressure as your brush over them.

These small daily habits can lead to a big difference in the health of your mouth.

2 Huge Tips for Creating a Healthier Home

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With the holidays fast approaching, and guests soon to be arriving from all over, how healthy would you say your home is right now?

Since the kids have started school and sports, they are likely trailing in germs from all over the place. Pests from outside are trying to make their way indoors as the weather gets cooler. And it’s been a while since you were able to deep clean anything.

But don’t stress! You still have time!

Now is the perfect time to schedule a day when you can go to town on sanitizing your home. You can plan on making it a healthier place for your family and guests.

Dusting

Dust can cause a lot of problems with the respiratory system, especially if anyone in your household has asthma. Before you have people trailing in and stirring up all the dust, and especially before you consider decorating, it would be wise to clean it all up.

Some helpful tips for cleaning up dust include:

  • Start from the top and move to the bottom. Start with the ceiling fan, high shelves, and blinds in your dusting endeavors. That way, anything that falls will be cleaned up when you make it to the floors.
  • Wipe down the walls. You might not visibly see dust accumulating, but it’s there. And how often do any of us clean our walls anyway? This will help in eliminating harmful bacteria that spread through the air and cling to your walls as well.
  • Wipe down counters, shelves, tables.
  • Vacuum. You should vacuum regularly – ideally once a day, but at least a couple times a week, especially in high traffic areas of your home. Make sure to clean out the vacuum so that it actually picks up the dust rather than just spreading it around.
  • Change out air filters. Air filters don’t need to be changed often, but be sure to inspect the filters in your HVAC system to keep the air in your home clean.

Dealing with Pests

It’s no secret the insects and rodents carry diseases. So keeping them out of your home will help to keep it a healthier place. As the weather gets colder, they are only going to move toward the warmth as they search for a place to nest and hibernate.

In order to keep larger pests, like rodents and birds, out of your home, walls, attic, etc., do a thorough inspection of the walls, windows, and doors outside your home. Make sure any large holes or crevices are sealed to keep these pests out.

Here are a few tips to help keep the smaller pests like insects and spiders out of your home this winter:

  • Seal up your doors. Put a weather seal on your door and make sure there are no cracks. You’d be surprised the tiny places insects can squeeze their way into.
  • Make sure your screens are in good condition. In the winter, despite the cold outside, in can get warm inside, causing people to open doors and windows. So make sure you have good screens in place to keep bugs out when this happens.
  • Keep wood piles away from your home. If you keep wood logs at home for burning in the winter, make sure to keep them away from your home. Definitely not against the walls outside your home. This is a place where bugs tend to congregate, so keeping it far will help eliminate some of the nests around your home.
  • Don’t leave food and drinks out. Clean up after meals and snacks to make sure bugs aren’t attracted to anything that does get left out.

If you are renting and live under a property management company like Rooftop Rentals, they might even have a maintenance team who can take care of many of these fixes for you.

If you take care of the dust and the pests, your home will already be so much better off. It will fare much healthier this winter.

6 Facts You Didn’t Know About Gum Disease

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The real nickname for gum disease should be the silent killer because, in the early stages of this disease, most people don’t know they have it: there are no signs or symptoms associated with it.

If you weren’t aware of this, don’t be too hard on yourself. Most people aren’t aware of many things that are associated with gum disease, which is something you can change. Knowing more about how it develops means you can also prevent it.

If you want to make sure your teeth and mouth have a healthy and long life free of this disease, it might be a good idea to brush up on it, literally and figuratively.

Here are six important facts most people don’t know about gum disease. These are a good place to start learning all you can about it.

You are not exempt 

Most people aren’t aware that gum disease is actually contagious. If you have it, you can pass it along to someone else when you do things like share food or utensils with them.

Taking care of your teeth and regularly visiting the dentist or periodontist can not only save you from gum disease but those you are closing to as well.

Brushing your teeth is not a cure

Although daily brushing is super important for keeping your mouth healthy and clean, if you already have gum disease, it most definitely won’t cure the disease. In fact, in some cases, brushing can aggravate it and make it worse.

If brushing your teeth is painful or produces blood, even in tiny amounts, your mouth may already be affected by gum disease and it’s time to seek some professional help.

If you’ve got it, it can still get worse

Even though the beginning stages of gum disease are bad, you shouldn’t wait to get treated. When gum disease gets worse, it turns into something more severe: a severe case of gum disease known as periodontitis.

When this occurs, you will fare best by seeking treatment from a periodontic specialist, like those at Washington Periodontics.

You should stay vigilant because a case of gum disease that receives early intervention can be cured.

And the best way to keep your mouth and gums healthy is taking care of the disease before it leads to excessive pain and expense.

Blood is not normal when it comes to teeth

If you ever discovered your gums bleeding after brushing or flossing your teeth, you might be surprised that this is one of the signs of impending gum disease, and you could already have it.

Healthy mouths don’t bleed when you brush and floss them regularly.  If you’re noticing blood after you do these activities, its important to visit your dentist.

It affects more than your mouth

Its not only bad for your mouth, but it’s bad for your whole body.

It’s been linked to heart problems, pregnancy problems, and certain types of cancers when left untreated.

All ages are affected

Many people think that it is only something they have to worry about when they get older. Interestingly, gum disease can affect people of all ages.

This is why it’s important to take care of your oral hygiene at a young age. Be sure to schedule regular check-ups.

5 Surprising Things You May Not Know About Cancer

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Cancer is a word and disease that we have learned to fear from a young age.

Usually, it is associated with a grandma or grandpa passing away, or a GoFundMe page you may see as you scroll through Facebook associated with a tragic case that is affecting the child of a friend.

But what do you really know about cancer?

Other than it is a disease that can lead to death, most people do not know much about what cancer really is.

Here are five surprising but important things you may not know about this disease, and hopefully by learning them, you can be prepared to deal with it if it comes up in your life or the life of someone close to you.

Most forms of cancer are actually preventable

According to research, more than half of the cases and deaths are actually preventable.

This is why it is important to eat your fruits and veggies, exercise, and go to the doctor regularly.

There’s no way to have a universal cure

Technically, though people may have the same types of this disease, the way it manifests in each person is unique. Each is a different form of the disease, which is why it would be nearly impossible to find a cure for it that would work for every person who has it.

In the last ten years, there have been over 200 types of cancers identified, with more likely to be found.

Even though this may seem like bad news to find out there are different forms of the disease, it has also led to the creation of more individualized and tailor-made ways to combat for each individual person.

Eating hot dogs and lunch meat could be cancer-causing

Hot dogs and cold cut meats contain a preservative and flavor additive called nitrites which, when consumed, cause a chemical reaction within the body and turn into carcinogens. These can then turn into cancer.

This hasn’t prevented most of the population from still eating a ton of hot dogs; in fact, Americans ate over 20 billion hot dogs in 2017.

Sleep is a big contributing factor

Studies have found that those who get lower amounts of sleep, about less than six hours a night, are more susceptible to getting the disease.

Oncologist or hematologist

If you were to receive a diagnosis, you’re likely to be referred to an oncologist. This is someone who studies and treats cancer. You’re also likely to see a hematologist. A hematologist is someone who studies hematology, or blood and blood diseases, especially based on the type of cancer that you are diagnosed with.

You might have to visit a hematologist early in the cancer-testing process. They can study your blood and identify any issues.

 

4 Reasons the Right Shoes Make or Break Your Exercise Routine

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Exercise requires you to think about safety in order to prevent injury, but many people don’t immediately think about their shoes.

Choosing the right shoes can help make exercising a better experience and increase your performance.

On the other hand, neglecting the type of shoes you wear when you workout can cause unnecessary pain and injury and prevent you from performing to your full ability.

Here are four more reasons why the right type of shoes can make or break your exercise routine and why you should do your research in getting the good shoes.

Shoes that support

When you are exercising, your bones and joints need the right support, especially because most of the time when you exercise you will be putting more pressure on them.

By buying the right shoes for running, walking, or weight lifting, you provide that support for your feet and in turn for your back, hips and legs as well.

Shoes that prevent injury

According to BHD Orthopedic Surgery, the proper shoes for the type of exercise you do the most can prevent joint and bone injury because it will help to ensure the impact that is made on these parts of your body are not as harmful.

When you make sure the shoes you buy are made for the type of exercise you do the most and also replace those shoes when they need replacing, it is like having extra insurance for your body, ensuring you can do all the exercises you want your body to do.

Shoes to exercise properly

Not all feet are made alike, so every person may need a different type of shoe.

Some people have flat feet, some people have high arches, but however your feet or ankles may be, it is important to buy the proper shoes for your exercise and bodily needs. In doing so you will be more comfortable while you exercise, leading you to be able to push yourself harder while you do it.

Better shoes can mean better performance, so it’s a good idea to find the shoes that fit and feel good.

Shoes to stay motivated

When you have shoes that make you more comfortable while you exercise, you are more likely to become more motivated to exercise.

Most of the time people stop exercising because of injury, lack of motivation, or a combination of both, and that can all be eliminated just by finding the right shoes with the right fit.

When you go to buy shoes, find someone who is familiar with your type of exercises and the types of shoes required.  Be sure to try different ones on until you find the ones that feel the best to you.

 

4 Reasons Flexibility is Important in Fitness

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When it comes to physical fitness the thought of lifting heavy weights or running long distances comes to mind. This is the case, more than the thought of touching your toes or doing the splits.

Stretching and staying flexible play a big part in maintaining a person’s physical fitness and strength.

Ensure you make it a part of your everyday exercise routine. Here are four reasons flexibility is super important when it comes to fitness.

Keep you and your body injury free

 

According to BHD Orthopedic’s sports medicine page, increasing your flexibility improves your ability to move easily and can reduce your risk of injury. Stretching and staying flexible prevents injury while you exercise. It will also help to prevent injury in your day-to-day life.

You might have a job in which you have to bend down a lot and pick up objects. Flexibility will ensure that you don’t injure yourself while doing it. It can even help prevent injury from seemingly harmless body movements. Things such as getting up quickly out of bed, out of a chair, or even tossing and turning in your sleep are affected.

Help with endurance and strength

 

Flexibility helps your performance at the gym. It allows you to being able to lift more weights, deepen your squat, or lengthen your stride in running.

Being more flexible and improving your flexibility is actually a way you improve in each and every one of these areas and more.

Stretching all of your body after you exercise will help you to achieve and even surpass your fitness goals. It will also help to prevent injury as you push yourself even more physically.

Take the pain out of the gain

 

They say no pain no gain. But in fact, the more flexible you are, the more likely you are going to have not as much pain after exercise or physical activity.

Staying flexible and stretching will help with the recovery process after an especially physically difficult exercise.

It also will help with areas that you may already be experiencing pain in. It might possibly ensure that those areas don’t bother you anymore.

Keeps your mind, body, and spirit open

 

One of the biggest goals of certain types of stretches in Yoga is to open the mind, body, and spirit to be more receptive and to let go of anything it doesn’t need.

Even if you don’t necessarily believe in that type of stuff, flexibility does help to improve your mental state and make you happier because your body will be in a better state and more than likely pain-free.

Flexibility is a great way to relieve stress and to relax, and it really isn’t too hard of a habit to get into for all the rewards you will reap by doing it.

Being flexible in all areas of your life, especially physically, ensures that you are open to improving yourself and doing the things that you want to do without hurting yourself in the process.

5 Habits to Ensure a Healthier Life

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Daily habits are the things that can make or break us and, in the end, add up to either help us or harm us.

That is why it’s a good idea to pick up great habits as soon as possible and make sure they stay with us all of our lives.

In fact, there are habits that when added into our daily routines can actually ensure that we have a longer and healthier life.

Here are five habits that will ensure that and will only benefit you and those around you when doing them.

Washing your hands

This may seem like an obvious one and one that everyone should do, but it might surprise and gross you out to find out how many actually don’t do it enough.

Getting in the habit of washing your hands will guard you against many unwanted illnesses and germs, and also help you from stopping from spreading them to other people.

Also washing your hands sets a good example for those around you and hopefully encourage family and friends to wash their hands more.

Getting yearly check-ups

Most people think that the only time they need to go to the doctor is when they are sick or that they only need to go to the dentist when they have a toothache.

But usually, when those things actually happen, it’s a little too late.

By going to your yearly check-ups with your doctor and getting the proper dental care from your dentist, you will find that you actually have to visit both less.

Being physically active

Getting sufficient physical activity is not as difficult when you are younger and have a lot more free time and a lot less on your plate, but as you get older and have more stress and things to do, it can become more difficult.

It’s important to get in the habit of daily physical activity that way even when life gets hectic, you will make time for it.

The more you do now the more your older self will thank you because that is a daily habit that will have many benefits in the long run.

Eat all the veggies and fruits

Remember when your mom told you to eat all your vegetables, so you can be healthy and strong? Well, as you realized, she was definitely right.

Making sure to incorporate as many veggies and fruits into your daily diet will give you and your body so many nutrients and help prevent things like cancer, osteoporosis, and many other ailments.

Get outside

Everyone could benefit from a little more sunshine, and not only because it feels good but also because more and more people are becoming vitamin D deficient, so getting more sun is one of the best ways to ensure you are getting enough of that important vitamin.

Getting outside is also good for the soul and will always help to lift your spirits and clear your mind.

How You Can Improve Your Self-Esteem

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For many people, it is easy to get caught up in self-doubt. You might find yourself often feeling like you aren’t good enough or that you don’t have enough to offer.

We’re here to tell you that simply isn’t true. Every person is unique, has different talents, different beauties.

If you find that you are feeling down on yourself a lot, or lack self-esteem or self confidence, try some of these things to get you feeling good about yourself again.

Think About the Cause

 What is causing your self-doubt? Maybe you’ve experienced low self-esteem for as long as you can remember, or maybe it stemmed from a series of negative occurrences such as:

  • prolonged stress
  • being bullied at school or in the workplace
  • abuse
  • mental health problems
  • physical illness
  • relationship difficulties

All of these stress-causing situations can lead any person to experience self-doubt. But even in these situations, there are ways to find yourself again.

Avoid Negative Talk

It might be second nature to doubt yourself, your looks, or your abilities. But it’s time to recognize that and stop doing it. What is going to stop someone else from talking negatively about you if you do it to yourself?

If you wouldn’t say it to another person you love, definitely don’t say it to yourself.

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

 Do you get caught up in feeling envious of those who just look so happy in their social media feeds?

We’re going to let you in on a little secret…that’s not real. That’s not to say that your social media friends aren’t having those real experiences and posting about them, but that’s not the complete story. Many of them probably face similar challenges to you, but choose to only share the good in their profiles.

Don’t compare some of your worst moments to others’ bests.

Focus on the Good

 This might seem cliché, but focusing on the good and keeping a positive outlook can totally help with your self-esteem.

Remaining positive can be extremely difficult, but it’s worth the effort.

Think about the things that you do like about yourself, or the things that others compliment you on. What talents do you have? What can you do well? And remember, talents don’t just have to be a tangible thing that you can make or do well like sewing or cooking. Talents can include being friendly, smiling at others, or the ability to carry on a conversation.

To help you focus on the positive each day, try keeping a gratitude journal. At the end of each day, try to come up with three things that you are grateful for that day before you go to bed. This positivity will start to seep its way into how you feel about yourself.

Change Your Looks

We don’t want this to sound like you need to change how you look. But sometimes we get down on ourselves about how we look, so if there is something that you want to change to feel better about yourself, there’s nothing wrong with that.

For example, many people don’t like there smiles. So they don’t smile in pictures, or hardly ever. And just the act of smiling can greatly improve the positivity you feel. Sometimes there are simple corrections you can make to your teeth to help you feel better about your smile. Just visit a professional like The Village Dental Center to ask about the options available to you.

Sometimes even simple changes in your hygiene regime can help with this too. Switch up your shampoo, take more showers, remember to floss, keep deodorant in your purse.

Just making some of these simple changes can affect your entire outlook on life and yourself.

5 Reasons You Need More Whole Grains

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When you hear the word “grains” you probably think of a piece of hay or some oatmeal, not necessarily something you want to stuff in your mouth.

Grains do sound healthy, but you aren’t exactly sure why they are healthy and how you can incorporate them into your diet other than at breakfast time or perhaps in certain types of bread that you use.

But grains actually have so many nutritional benefits and are an awesome way to get some much-needed vitamins and minerals into your diet.

And contrary to what many people think, it’s actually pretty easy to incorporate them into meals you make every day.

Here are five reasons you need more grains in your life, and after you incorporate them into your body, you will be very glad you did.

 

They are really good for your heart

 

Grains contain many things that are good for the body, one of them being fiber. Their high fiber content is one of the things that make consuming grains so good for you, and especially your heart.

Eating things high in fiber has been shown to lower bad cholesterol, as well as lowering blood sugar and regulating blood pressure. Also, fiber-rich foods could lower your chances of getting type two diabetes.

Even the American Heart Association says you should eat at least six serving of whole grains a day.

All in all, when you add things like whole grains to your diet, your heart will thank you.

 

They help to keep you at a healthy weight

 

Because grains contain many nutrients and are high in fiber, when you eat them they keep you fuller longer. This is also because they take longer to digest, but all this means is once again they make you think you are fuller and more satisfied.

And staying full with healthy foods will help you to resist sneaking on to many not-too-good-for-you foods, which helps to keep you at a healthy weight.

 

They give you all the good nutrients

 

According to the Mayo clinic grains contain minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and selenium, and they also contain fiber and certain types of grains even have calcium and vitamin c.

Selenium is good because it prevents the oxidation of blood, magnesium, and potassium help build strong bones, and they also contain iron, which helps oxygen be transported throughout the body.

 

They are wallet friendly

 

The great thing about whole grains is that most of the time it’s pretty affordable to buy them, especially in larger quantities.

You’ve probably driven by farms and seen Dome Technology grain storage silos, and while you don’t have to go to those lengths to buy affordable whole grains, you can go to some grocery stores and buy certain types of whole grains in bulk to use for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

 

They make your tummy happy

 

Eating a lot of good, whole grains have many digestive benefits which in the long run mean you will more likely have a happy and healthy tummy which will make a happy and healthy you.

Whole grains contain things like lactic acid, which help to create good bacteria in the intestine system, specifically in your large intestine, which will make food easier to digest but also will help to make your immune system stronger and help your body to absorb the nutrients from your food.

Also, the fiber in whole grains helps you to have more regular bowel movements, meaning fewer stomach aches or discomfort from things like constipation.