11 Tips to Keeping a Smile on Your Face

Smile often can be good for your health

We know that smiling can help relieve stress, but sometimes it’s hard to keep smiling, especially in the times when we need it most, when the stress is high and things are looking down. But even in the worst of times you can find a reason to smile. Here are a few that can help you put that smile on when you need it. Be Thankful When things are rough, the bad times loom ahead of us. But there’s not just bad things in our lives. There are plenty of good things to appreciate in your life. Try to keep a few in mind so that when things begin to overwhelm you, can recall them and put a smile on your face. Be Active Too many of us live a sedentary life. Work, play, and transportation all occur with us seated. But being active stimulates endorphins in the brain that give you a natural high. It mak ...

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Bad Breath Video Mostly Gets It Right

Brushing your teeth is a good habit if it isn't too often

LifeHacker has gained a reputation as a pretty good advice site, and now it’s expanding its articles into video production. These self-help videos tackle a wide number of subjects, including bad breath. Most of the advice in the video works well, but there are a few things to avoid. Good Advice If you take nothing else from the LifeHacker video, remember that it’s primarily bacteria that are behind your bad breath. Controlling oral bacteria will help protect you against bad breath. You already have an antibiotic mouth rinse: it’s called saliva. When you’re dehydrated, your body makes less of it, which lets bacteria flourish. So keep hydrated. And remember to avoid sugary drinks, which can feed bacteria. You also want to make sure you’re keeping up on your oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twi ...

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Five Things to Look for in a Dentist

A young lady visiting the dentist office

If you are looking for a dentist in south Denver you have a lot of options. So how do you narrow down your choices to find the best dentist for you? Here are five things to look for when considering your options for a dentist. Skills and Training beyond the Minimum There is a minimum amount of training that dentists have to do to become dentists and to maintain their accreditation, and many dentists do that. But do you really want a dentist that just does the minimum? Instead, you want a dentist who is truly passionate about their profession and their patients, and is constantly striving not just to maintain their accreditation, but to become a better dentist. Training to look for includes cosmetic dentistry, neuromuscular dentistry (TMJ treatment), sedation dentistry, and sleep dentistry. ...

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Water Fluoridation Began in Colorado

River in Colorado

Efforts to introduce fluoride to drinking water have helped to protect thousands of Americans from tooth decay. The idea of fluoridation stemmed from a discovery in Colorado, where a dental school graduate began his life-changing research. Although water fluoridation protects your teeth from decay, some people worry about fluorosis staining, which fluoride can cause. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can help reduce the appearance of fluorosis staining. The History of the Colorado Brown Stain In 1901, recent dental school graduate Frederick McKay moved from the East Coast to Colorado Springs in hopes of opening a new dental practice. Upon his arrival, McKay was shocked to see a majority of the locals with grotesquely stained teeth. In his observations, a large number of people had several te ...

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Straws Protect Your Teeth

Straw may help your teeth by having beverages avoid most of your teeth

The types of beverages you favor on a regular basis can impact your oral health and the attractiveness of your smile. Favorites such as coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, wine, and beer can all damage your teeth in different ways depending on how you consume them. You don’t need to choose between a beautiful, healthy smile and your favorite beverages, however. Drinking through a straw can help protect your teeth from decay, staining, and other damage. Stave Off Tooth Decay Most fast food establishments provide you with a straw if you order a soda for on-the-go convenience. Whether you realize it or not, these straws also offer your teeth some amount of protection from the sugar and acid in your soda. When you drink from a cup, the liquid inside fills your whole mouth and bathes your teeth. ...

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