11 Health Tips for 2016

Featured Image -- 211. Find a fitness activity that interests you.

Exercise doesn’t have to happen inside a gym. Don’t commit yourself to large amounts of time on the treadmill or lifting weights if you can’t stand the thought. You’ll never end up finding the motivation to go.  Instead, pick a physical activity that sounds fun.

If you like to dance, go out and salsa dance.  It’s no longer exercise. It’s actually an activity.

2. Turn ordinary activities into fitness opportunities.

If you vacuum your house once a week, start doing it twice a week. If you’re a coffee addict, walk to grab your cup of joe rather than drive. If your house has stairs, roll a die and invent games for climbing the steps.

If you include your children in the physical activities, all the better because then you’re building a healthy lifestyle as a family.  Over time, it should become second nature.

The idea is to incorporate (fitness) in what you do.

3. Ditch the scale.

Increased physical activity will lead to an initial weight loss, but continued exercise will build muscle mass, which could slightly increase your weight — and that’s not a bad thing.  Too many people focus on what the scale says.

Instead, ask yourself these questions: Are my clothes fitting better? Do I feel stronger? Can I walk longer without feeling fatigued?

The scale is the worst indicator of success.

4. Join a recreation-league sport.

When a team is relying on your participation, it’s more difficult to find an excuse not to go. And you don’t need to be an all-star to play: Many rec leagues offer divisions based on skill level.

5. Make it a group event.

Whether you need motivation exercising or cooking healthier, buddies will help. Find people with similar health goals and meet regularly to exercise or share nutritious recipes. Maybe go hiking one week, followed by a game night — think Twister or Charades.

The key is keeping it fun and social. Facebook groups and email lists can help keep it organized, ensuring that it doesn’t fall off the calendar.

6. Try new food.

Can’t pronounce quinoa? Never heard of Romanesco broccoli? Give it a shot to expand your food horizons. You’ll never know what you might like that’s actually good for you.

That means you don’t need to abandon your favorite foods either. Just be more sensible. Eat smaller portions of carbohydrate-filled food, and find healthier ways to prepare meals. Instead of eating fried chicken, try grilling, baking or boiling it. Spices and herbs also serve as healthier substitutes for higher-calorie marinades.

7. Keep a journal.

If you log your exercise and meals, it’s easier to spot bad habits.  Write down your mood and what you ate and drank. Chances are, you’ll notice that you “cheat” more when you’re stressed, sad or busy.

8. Find what motivates you.

Buy a cool new water bottle, extra leftover containers or a snazzy outfit that’s a size or two too small. The small motivator might be enough to get you to the gym.

9. Plan your menu weekly.

This takes the guesswork out of choosing a meal, which could lead to poor choices. If your pantry and refrigerator is stocked with the ingredients needed to make your tasty, nutritious meal, it will be easier to muster the courage to cook.

Added bonus: Menu planning saves money in the long run.

If you don’t have a food plan, there’s a greater likelihood you’ll wind up in the Rosa’s drive-thru!

10. Drink more water.

Water can ease those snack cravings, while also keeping you hydrated. Most people need about 100 ounces of water per day.  That’s about 13 8-ounce glasses of water.

If you hate the taste of plain water, cut up some fruit to add in a pitcher. Avoid drinking liquids like Gatorade or Powerade unless you’re exercising because they’re higher in calories and carbohydrates.

11. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Missing a workout or eating a gluttonous meal will happen. Just don’t let it derail your progress.

 

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Microscopic view of the little bacteria on our GUMS!GUM BACTERIA

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DENTAL MYTHS…..BUSTED.

DENTAL MYTHS….BUSTED.

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MYTH – IF YOUR TEETH ARE WHITE THEY ARE HEALTHY

FACT – DECAY AND GUM DISEASE CAN LURK BEHIND WHITE TEETH

WHITENING DOES NOT TREAT TOOTH DECAY

MYTH – BABY TEETH DON’T NEED TO BE BRUSHED

FACT – DECAYED BABY TEETH CAUSE PAIN, SPEECH PROBLEMS AND EATING ISSUES

DECAYED BABY TEETH CAN CAUSE ADULT TEETH MISALIGNMENT

MYTH – BAD BREATH MEANS YOU HAVE POOR ORAL HYGIENE

FACT – POOR ORAL HYGIENE IS ONLY ONE CAUSE OF BAD BREATH

FOODS, ILLNESSES, AND CERTAIN MEDICATIONS ARE OTHER CAUSES

MYTH – THE MORE SUGAR YOU EAT, THE MORE CAVITIES YOU WILL GET

FACT – HOW LONG SUGAR SITS ON YOUR TEETH, NOT THE AMOUNT YOU CONSUME, COUNTS MORE

NOT BRUSHING AFTER SUGAR IS A REAL DANGER

MYTH – YOU SHOULD PUT ASPIRIN ON AN ACHING TOOTH

FACT – ASPIRIN CAUSES ACID BURNS TO GUMS AND LIPS

ASPIRIN DOESN’T WORK UNLESS SWALLOWED

DID YOU KNOW PLAQUE CONTAINS 300 SPECIES OF BACTERIA

59% OF PEOPLE PREFER DENTAL VISITS TO SITTING NEXT TO A PERSON ON A CELL PHONE

TOOTH ENAMEL IS THE HARDEST SUBSTANCE IN YOUR BODY

PUTTING A CAP ON YOUR TOOTHBRUSH ALLOWS BACTERIA TO GROW THERE

THE CHINESE USED HORSE OR HOG HAIR TO MAKE TOOTHBRUSHES AS EARLY AS 1498

MEDIEVAL GERMANS THOUGHT KISSING A DONKEY CURED TOOTHACHES

WOMEN AVERAGE 62 SMILES PER DAY VS. 8 PER DAY FOR MEN

POOPING BACTERIA

Top Ten Things you should NEVER say to your dentist!

Here are the top ten things you should never say to your dentist.

Number 10: My face was swollen a few weeks/months ago, but it went away, so I didn’t do anything about it.

Infections of the head and neck can kill you. Death is bad. That swelling was your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Your immune system was able to get the infection under control, or you took some of the antibiotics that you found left over in the medicine chest. The next time the swelling occurs it will be worse, a whole lot worse. These are the kind of swellings that we see every day. The next infection can block off your airway or require a nice stay at Hotel du Hospital.

Number 9: I’m only coming to you because you take my insurance.

Your insurance does not care about your health and well-being, I do. You must be confident in the doctor you have chosen. Do your research. Ask friends and family. Do not go off the insurance website.

Number 8: I’m not having that treatment done because a friend of my sister (insert relationship here) had that done and it didn’t work (insert caused pain, disfigurement, or death).

It is always an unknown entity that has had the failed treatment but the end result was a happy patient with a chewing tooth.

Number 7: Do I really need that filling (insert whatever you need)?

Dr. Wall would never tell a patient that they needed something that wasn’t true.

Number 6: My tooth only hurts when I do this. As long as I don’t do that, my tooth is fine. That is why I didn’t come in sooner.

You may have caused harm by delaying your treatment. The initial discomfort was your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t quite right and if left untreated it will get worse. You cannot reverse even the smallest cavity.

Number 5: Google diagnosed me and….

Really? Google, eh? Did Google go to Dental School? Statistically 90% of people self-diagnose using the internet and 89% of the information is WRONG. Yeah. Let that sink in.

Number 4: When you are done looking at my child’s problem, can you check out my teeth?

If you have a problem you must make an appointment for yourself. Dr. Wall’s concentration will be on why your child is here today

Number 3: You charged my insurance company for a brief visit?

We must document every visit to your insurance company. It is in our contract with them. Every encounter helps to draw a picture regarding your treatment. The insurance company uses the information to keep tabs on the doctors Don’t forget that even a quick appointment takes fifteen to twenty minutes to clean and disinfect the room.

Number 2: I didn’t want to bother you over the weekend, but…

We do our best to serve our community as much as possible. If you are unable to contact Dr. Wall please seek attention immediately, especially if there is swelling, and get to the ER.

Number 1: I hate going to the dentist.

We are here to serve you. Dr. Wall is about to have some very sharp instruments near very delicate structures. Please respect what he does for you and we’ll all get along just

Floss Floss Floss, Floss Floss Floss, Floss your teeeeth

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Why in the world is flossing so darn important? I mean who has time to sit there and pick crud from in between every tooth?

“I don’t floss because it makes my gums bleed.” -Patient

“No, your gums bleed because you don’t floss.” -Hygienist

Check out these nifty facts!

Fun facts about your teeth, mouth, and everything dental. Great for dentists, health nuts, and even mommies. Have you ever wondered who first used the toothbrush, why flossing is important or whether it really is true that a certain type of chocolate is actually good for your teeth? Find out those and other facts here. Enjoy!

In order to get the most out of your oral cleaning regimen, flossing before brushing is recommended! The more plaque removed before lets the fluoride in toothpaste do it’s job and kick the bacteria where the sun don’t shine! Kind of like painting your living room using just a roller brush and leaving the detailing brush behind. Well that’s just silly 😉

Morning Breath and YOU

Jason Wall, Complete Health Dentistry

We wake up every morning with a yawn. A big, wonderful smelly yawn. Why is this? I totally brushed last night and flossed and rinsed! How in the world do little bacteria find their dirty stinking way into my mouth?! I don’t know about you but I am NOT a fan.

“Everyone has morning breath to some degree,” says Sally J. Cram, DDS, a periodontist in the Washington, D.C., area and a consumer adviser for the American Dental Association. Here’s the simple reason why: When you sleep, your mouth dries out. When your mouth dries out, odor-producing bacteria proliferate. “When you sleep, your normal flow of saliva decreases,” Dr. Cram explains. “That’s why your breath can be worse in the morning.”

Other sources for morning breath are smoking, snoring and even allergies. These little bacteria guys like to create a food source out of postnasal drip. Ew.

The good news…

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