Ways To Look After Your Smile

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By Steve Barker

malesmileOur teeth are obviously an important part of our bodies, so looking after them is a top concern for most. There are many benefits to a bright smile, aside from just appearance. With the job market more competitive than ever, having good first impressions can be the difference between getting a job and losing it, or between securing a client and losing one. A well looked after set of teeth can help you give the best possible first impression.

A friendly smile is also a benefit if you are looking for love – it is often said that potential partners make a judgment of you within the first 15 seconds of you meeting! We’re not so sure how true that is, but there is probably some merit in the broader point, if you’re looking for love, care for your teeth first! Not least of all, having a healthy mouth can give you a boost of personal confidence by making you feel better about yourself. If you are wondering what you can do to improve your dental health, you’ve come to the right place!

Dental Treatments that Can Enhance Smiles

No matter what your age, you can always do something to improve the health of your smile. Below we look at some of the most common treatments, their benefits, and general information.

● Cosmetic Procedures – These come in a wide variety of options and can be both restorative and purely cosmetic (i.e. there are no underlying problems that need fixing). Treatments like bonding are an attractive solution for those that do not like the gap between their teeth. Cosmetic procedures aren’t only for fixing appearance imperfections, but also to repair the damage done by dental conditions such as gingivitis.

● Teeth whitening – A very popular procedure that can give you a Hollywood smile! One of the most common types of cosmetic dentistry, this is a quick method that gives tremendous results at a cost effective price point. Whitening is an excellent choice if you’re preparing for an interview or trying to impress that special someone!

● Restorative care – Carried out when there has been a severe dental condition like tooth loss. This type of treatment is more common among senior citizens but applies to people of all ages. Typical treatments include dental implants and dentures.

Protect your Smile with Insurance

Dental insurance can save you a lot of money in the case of emergency care for you or your family. At the end of the day, the decision is a financial one which you are best placed to make, but we can advise on some of the pros and cons. One of the biggest advantages is the reduction in cost if you do require emergency dental treatment. An often overlooked factor is that having a dental plan can reduce your financial worries about going to see your dentist, and this means that you get the right advice and care as soon as you develop a problem, rather than putting off a visit to the dentist’s because you are concerned about the cost.

In the long term, putting off any healthcare complaint can seriously impact your long term health outcome and also cost more money than it would have done to get the problem sorted early on. The drawbacks to having dental insurance is that you may never need it but always have to pay for it. Naturally, this is obviously how any insurance works and can be a risky strategy to go without some kind of backup plan. Also, it is essential that you understand the terms of your insurance paying particular attention to what conditions/treatment it covers and any additional charges you may incur. It could be that some treatments aren’t more expensive than on a plan, but this all depends on the nature of the plan you take out. It is because of this reason that we advise you to have a good read and speak to someone with experience to help you make the decision for yourself.

Enjoy Your Smile!

The most important point of this is article is easily summarized: enjoy your smile and maintain a healthy mouth! Don’t suffer with teeth that you aren’t happy with, because life is too short. There are many dental companies out there, exceptionally experienced with hundreds of satisfied customers, such as VSP Dental. Whatever dental treatment you choose, always remember that if you look after your health, it will take care of you!

3 Things To Look For In A New Dentist

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By Staci Rae

dentistIn order to have great looking teeth, you will have to put in a lot of work. The only way you will be able to keep your luminous smile, you will need to find the right dental professional in your area. With all of the many options when it comes to dentists in any given area, finding the right one will take some time and effort. You need to make a list of what you are looking for in a dentist and then go out in search of the right professional to fit the bill. Here are a few things you have to look for in a dentist office.

Knowledge and Vast Experience

The first thing you have to look for in a dentist is experience and a vast amount of knowledge about their chosen profession. The more you are able to find out about a dentist and how long they have been around, the easier you will find it to choose the right one. Make sure to do your own research to verify anything you are being told by a particular dentist.

A Great Staff

Another very important thing you have to consider when trying to find the right dentist is the type of staff they have. In order to get a feel for the staff at a particular dentist’s office you will need to schedule a consultation. By getting a firsthand look at what a particular dentist office can offer, you will be able to make the right choice. Be sure to weigh all of the options you have so you can get the full scope of what is out there. The time you spend going to these different dentist’s offices will be more than worth it.

Knowing Their Cost on Procedures Performed

If you do not have insurance, you need to think about how much you are going to have to pay for the procedures you need. The time you spend doing the research on this factor is worth it when you are able to adequately budget yourself. Make sure you call around to as many different offices as you can to get a feel for what the going rate for dental work is in your area. The more you can find out about this, the easier you will find it to get the right dentist chosen in your area.

The right dentist will be able to help you keep your teeth in pristine condition with ease. The time invested in this process will pay off in the end.

– Staci has been a freelance writer and editor for more than 15 years. She has worked on a wide variety of projects for a kaleidoscope of clients, from websites and guest blog posts to academic writing and ghostwriting 3 fiction books. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and their 8-year-old daughter. She also writes articles for a dental office in Scarborough.

10 Moments Your Kids Will Love To Look Back On – Part 2

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Continued from part 1 of this article…..

boyssportsTheir First Sports Team – Nearly every kid joins a sports team at least once in their life, and you’ll want to make sure that you have evidence of their first sports experience documented in their online journal. From team pictures to shots of your child in action, as well as stats that outline how successful – or unsuccessful! – their team was and favorite memories and stories from the season, your child will love looking back through the memories of their first sports experience.

Halloween Costumes – You can almost always tell what year it was based on a child’s Halloween costume and the character they’re portraying, and having documentation of each year’s costume is sure to evoke smiles of joy from your kids. Make sure to include fun details with each picture, such as pumpkin carving pictures, any costume contests they may have entered and where they went trick or treating.

Events and Festivals – If your family makes it a point to go to certain festivals and events each year, such as the Renaissance Festival, certain sporting events or even your neighborhood or church’s annual fall festival, then make sure to include as much in your child’s online journal. Pictures of your child in game day colors, gnawing on massive turkey legs and delighting over getting their face painted are memories that your child will look back on with fondness.

schoolbusThe First Day of School – Nearly every parent documents their child’s first day of school each year, and these pictures are a must-have in your online journal. Include pertinent school year details, such as the grade they were in, who their teacher was, what school they attended and what they were most looking forward to that year. Try and do a follow up post at the end of each year that details their favorite projects, subjects and memories.

Their First Car – Whether it’s exactly what they wanted or a clunker in need of serious work, there’s nothing like your child’s first car, and seeing pictures of it is sure to evoke a slew of good memories. While it likely won’t ever sit in the driveway for very long, try and capture at least a few pictures of your child standing next to it and behind the wheel.

High School Graduation – Nothing signals the end of an era and the beginning of the next big chapter in life quite like graduation, and your child’s high school graduation deserves a special spot in her online journal. Along with pictures of your graduate and candid shots from the ceremony, include what your child will be doing now that high school is over and what her hopes and dreams for the future are. Whether those dreams turn into a reality or not, the documentation of them is sure to transport her right back to the bittersweet feeling of graduation every time she reads about them.

Submitted by Teresa Blecher of kidmondo.com

10 Moments Your Kids Will Love To Look Back On – Part 1

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familyfunAs you fill the entries in your child’s online journal over the years, you’ll likely find that they are comprised of a mix of memories that are both interesting and mundane. Some will be nothing more than a quick note telling about a random day, whereas others will commemorate large-scale events that immediately take you and your child back to a particular time and place. There are certain moments your children will love looking back on years down the road, whether it’s a memory they possess or something that happened that has slipped away from them over time. Throughout your journaling, be sure to include these ten different moments in time.

Their Birth – While your child won’t remember anything from their actual birth day, they’ll never tire of looking through pictures and recounts of the day they entered the world. In addition to pictures, be sure to include pertinent information, such as their birth stats, the doctor who delivered them and the hospital where they were born. Chronicle who came to visit, memorable details of the day and the emotions you felt throughout the experience.

Birthday Parties – Every kid has a soft spot for their own birthday, and having an array of pictures from each birthday party over the years will help retell their life story. As each birthday approaches ask your child a variety of questions that capture the year, such as who their best friend is, what their favorite color is, what their favorite food is and what they most like to do with their time. This is a great way for your child to see their own evolution over throughout the years.

familywalkWeekends with Grandparents – Whether your kids are lucky enough to see their grandparents on a regular basis or only get to see them a handful of times each year, it’s important to document as many of these visits as possible. Since grandparents are only in our lives for a fleeting amount of time, having photographs of the time your kids spent with them as well as details from each adventure they went on together will preserve some of their time spent with you and your partner’s parents.

Family Vacations – Family vacations are usually a mix of over the top excitement and exasperation. They also provide some of the best memories for kids, so it’s important to immortalize the time you spend taking family vacations in your child’s online journal. From Disney Land to the Grand Canyon to camping in obscure places to horrific experiences that evolve into hilarious stories, the vacations you spend together as a family are some of the best memories you’ll make.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

Submitted by Teresa Blecher of kidmondo.com

Look For PTSD Symptoms In Stroke Victims

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By Richard Ueberfluss

heartshinyAlthough post-traumatic stress disorder is associated with retuning veterans, a new study published in the journal PLoS ONE found that people who develop PTSD after a stroke could have a greater risk for heart problems or another stroke because of the psychological issues they endure.

Reporter Barbara Bronson Gray, writing for HealthDay, found that the researchers “discovered that patients who develop a serious health condition followed by intense treatment may have mental problems that frequently go unrecognized by physicians and family members. PTSD is an intense physical and emotional response to a life-threatening or traumatic event. The symptoms fall into three broad types: reliving the event, avoiding usual activities and hyperarousal, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Bronson warned that “unlike a soldier who can leave the battlefield, stroke patients typically return to the place where the crisis occurred. Many patients may simply see the living room chair where they had the stroke and immediately feel PTSD symptoms.
Flashbacks, nightmares, palpitations, chills, and elevated heart rate and blood pressure may occur for months or years after their return home.”

If you are caring for a loved one that has experienced a stroke, monitor their behavior to determine if they exhibit any unusual behavior. A home care company can provide an aide to keep company with the loved one and try to minimize any anxiety –they are trained to seek medical intervention if they suspect a patient’s condition has worsened.

As medical science studies stroke victims they are finding ways to detect strokes early and treat them, but also that strokes can present challenges beyond the initial incident.

– Richard Ueberfluss is a certified physical therapist and president of Assisting Hands-Chicago. He can be reached at this web site.