How To Be Healthy, In One Minute Or Less

Whether it’s eating well or getting the right amount of exercise, staying healthy can often be time consuming. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be.

We’ve partnered with MinuteClinic, the medical clinics inside CVS/pharmacy stores, to bring you a list of quick and easy things you can do to be just a bit healthier. You have no excuse — each of these items literally takes less than 60 seconds to complete.

Stretch When You Get Out Of Bed
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After hours of lying still (or mostly still) throughout the night, it’s important to stretch your muscles upon beginning your day. You’ll shake off your morning grogginess, improve your flexibility and get your blood flowing. It’s easy to start: just reach your arms above your head, stand on your toes for a few seconds and reap the benefits immediately.

Give Your Eyes A Screen Break
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Staring at a computer screen all day puts incredible strain on your eyes. An easy way to help prevent this strain is to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, avert your gaze from the screen and look at something 20 feet away — for at least 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a nice break from the glare and will help you stay focused throughout the day.

Use Moisturizer With SPF
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No matter the time of year, your skin can be damaged by the sun’s rays. To help protect against skin cancer and early skin aging, the American Cancer Society recommends using a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher in combination with other sun protection measures.

Floss
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Brushing your teeth isn’t the only thing necessary for a healthy mouth. Adding a thorough floss to your daily oral hygiene routine is an easy way to help prevent gum disease and cavities, ensure fresh breath and keep your dentist smiling and happy.

Brush Your Tongue
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Another way to keep your mouth in tip-top shape is to brush your tongue. When you’ve finished brushing your teeth, use your toothbrush to scrape the bacteria and plaque from your tongue, from back to front. This will only take a few seconds, but it will do wonders for your oral health … and your breath!

Wash Your Hands
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It’s especially important to wash your hands during cold and flu season, when germs run amuck. You should scrub your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds to ensure you are truly getting clean. One easy trick? Recite the alphabet to ensure you’re scrubbing for the correct amount of time.

Get A Flu Shot
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Getting a shot isn’t the most pleasant thing, but if it can keep you from getting ill, isn’t it worth it? The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get vaccinated. The vaccine can take about two weeks to take effect, so don’t wait until the last minute.

Drink Plenty of Water
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According to the Institute of Medicine, men need roughly 13 cups of fluids per day and women need about 9 cups. Now: This doesn’t mean you have to slug it all at once. Since food provides about 20 percent of your total water intake, eight glasses of water should work just fine. So remember: sips here and there throughout the day will go a long way.

Use Hand Sanitizer After Sneezing And Coughing
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Yes, this is important to do year-round, but it’s especially important during cold and flu season. If you don’t have a tissue handy, follow the guidelines set by the CDC and sneeze or cough into your elbow. If you cover your mouth with your hand, do yourself and those around you a favor by using hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should have an alcohol level of at least 60 percent to be effective.

Hug A Friend
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Hugs are not just a way to say hello to your loved ones. They’re good for you, too. Numerous studies have pointed to the health benefits of hugs, which include being a natural stress reliever and a way to lower blood pressure.

Turn Down the Volume
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Listening to music too loudly can have serious long-term effects on your hearing.Osteopathic physician James Foy told CNN that it’s best to follow the “60-60” rule when concerning headphones. He suggests listening to music no louder than 60 percent of the maximum volume for no more than 60 minutes a day.

Focus On Your Breathing
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When you feel yourself getting stressed, taking a few deep breaths has been proven to have calming effects. In addition to relieving stress, deep breaths have also been shown to alleviate anxiety and negative emotions, as well as lower blood pressure.

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ss, deep breaths have also been shown to alleviate anxiety and negative emotions, as well as lower blood pressure.

Save money with these key dental care tips

A lot of people worry about the cost of dental treatment. Here are some dental care tips that can help you keep your teeth healthy and lower your costs.

Visit your dentist on a regular basis.

You should visit the dentist regularly. The chances of getting an infection or tooth decay decreases with regular checkups. This is quite obvious because if the dentist sees something wrong then he/she will recommend a treatment to resolve the problem. Allowing it to continue untreated could result in a more serious problem.

Rinse your mouth after meals.

Once you have eaten meal, it is beneficial for you to brush. However, sometimes this is not possible. If you can’t brush, try rinsing your mouth after every meal instead. When you rinse, the food left in your mouth will be removed and pH levels will be neutralized in your mouth.

Use dental floss.

Tooth decay can be fought with proper use of dental floss. This will clean the areas between your teeth which are at risk of getting infected. Make sure that you do not irritate gums while flossing. Get in touch with the dentist if your gums bleed during flossing. The idea is to slip the floss between your teeth and then hug the side of the tooth with the floss whilst using an upward motion (for lower teeth) or a downward motion (for upper teeth) to clean the side of the tooth. This should be repeated for the other side of the tooth.

Brush your tongue as well as your teeth.

It is essential for you to clean the tongue while brushing as there are various kinds of bacteria which tend to reside there.

Utilize anti-bacterial mouthwash.

In order to maintain a healthy mouth, opt for anti-bacterial mouthwash.

Stop Smoking.

Smoking is bad for teeth and gums. Smoking can also discolor teeth. The blood supply to the gums is disrupted and it makes it harder for them to maintain good health. With the lack of blood supply, it is also harder to diagnose gum disease.

Avoid choosing to have an extraction.

It is always better to save the natural tooth rather than going for permanent solutions like bridges, etc.

Permanent constructions can be better than dentures.

When people have missing teeth, they usually opt for dentures because this is less expensive than alternatives. But these people are not aware of the fact that dentures can provide only 20 percent of the strength that a natural tooth can provide. On top of that partial dentures might apply more pressure which can lead to damage of teeth in the long term.

There are some instances where bridges can create more damage to teeth than a denture so it is always good to get a dentist’s opinion, as they can guide you on what options are available for you.

Stay away from staining drinks and food after teeth whitening.

Once you are done with teeth whitening you will find that the white shine of your smile lasts only a little while. This is because of the kind of lifestyle choices that you make. In order to maintain your bright smile, avoid fizzy drinks and colored food. Smoking and red wine will also stain your teeth.

Eat spinach and fish, and drink milk.

Calcium is essential for teeth and for this you need to eat spinach and drink milk as these are rich in calcium. Vitamin D is required to absorb Vitamin C. Oily fish is good for this as it contains vitamin D.

Eating carrots can help to have healthy gums.

Carrots, rich in vitamin A, can help in development of saliva. This can help in maintaining teeth and gums healthy as saliva possesses anti-bacterial qualities.

Stay away from sudden temperature changes.

When teeth are exposed to sudden temperature changes, sensitivity can occur and in extreme cases it can lead to enamel damage. Do not consume hot and cold food together.

Make use of minimal treatment for cosmetic dentistry.

For your smile makeover, veneers or crowns are used by dentists. The end result is the same from both. When veneers are used, your tooth will be trimmed a little bit. Crowns are more destructive to the tooth tissue. Ensure that you seek the dentist’s opinion for which one would be best suitable for your teeth.

There are many factors that have an impact on the price of dental treatment. If you opt for private dental care, it will prove to be expensive. Location as well as reputation will influence cost. Therefore in order to get reasonably priced dental care, you need to shop around to get best value for your money. Do not forget to check credentials.

Do not fear the dentist.

Nowadays with the advancement of technology it has become possible for you to get dental treatment that is painless. So there is no need for you to fear the dentist.

Do not wait until it is too late.

Just leaving your teeth infected, damaged and untreated can leave you with serious problems. If you visit the dentist at the initial stages it can prove to be reasonable and quick treatment. So if you find any problem, get in touch with the dentist soon!

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Stay minty fresh over the party season with these top tips to beat bad breath

There’s so much to worry about at Christmas, from the presents to your party dress – but we often forget about our breath.

Bad breath can not only be embarassing but it can also be a sign of something more serious like gum disease.

Whether it’s rich food, office drinks or pre-party exercise, you’ll be shocked to learn how lifestyle changes during the festive season can impact bad breath.

Dentist Luke Thorley has given us the lowdown on what to watch out for in order to maintain fresh breath.

Here’s the top tips from the dentist’s mouth…

tips to maintain fresh breath

Eating

We’re all tempted to eat more of the things that we shouldn’t over Christmas and often don’t realise the effect that constant grazing can have on our breath. If you want to stay fresh-breath confident throughout the party season, try these top tips.

Beat the buffet: Be aware that Christmas party favourites like walnuts, brazil nuts, smoked salmon and cream cheese canapés can contribute to bad breath, as they provide a source of sulphur-producing bacteria which can cause oral odour. Other foods with sulphur-producing bacteria include dairy, meat, fish, egg, nuts and beans, so mix it up when you’re piling up your plate.

Pass the parsley: Christmas platters are filled with parsley and mint, so don’t leave them on the buffet table! Chew on a fresh sprig of parsley, as the chlorophyll in these green plants are a known breath deodoriser and neutralise odours.

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GETTYHold back on the fruit juices, these acidic drinks can make bad breath much worse

Acid Attack: Acids make bacteria that causes bad breath to reproduce much faster. To slow it down, reduce the amount of acidic foods or beverages you’re eating and drinking, such as tomato and citrus juices.

Vegetate on vegetables: Head for the crudités! Snacks of crispy, fresh fruits and vegetables are natural cleansers and help clean plaque off your teeth, while stepping up your saliva flow to help wash away bacteria from teeth, tongue and gums that can cause bad breath.

Re-think your mint: Get those salivary glands flowing. Chewing is great, as it stimulates the salivary glands to produce more saliva that helps to combat negative bacteria that leads to bad breath.

However, mints/gum that contain sugar will only feed the bacteria creating even more offensive, sulfur compounds, so double check the ingredients in your gum first. Strong or fruit flavourings in most mints and gum only mask your bad breath.

Use a sugar-free chewing gum that contains zinc, fluoride and Xylitol to give you fresh breath confidence.

top tips to maintain fresh breath

Drinking

Increased alcohol consumption over Christmas is inevitable and it can also lead to bad breath. Alcohol is a diuretic which means it dries up the saliva in your mouth which is needed to break down and rinse away bacteria. If you’re looking to have a tipple or two during Christmas, try to:

Mix it up: Drinking can change the normal oral environment and cause a reduction in the flow of saliva and reduce its effectiveness in controlling the effect of the bad bacteria. Combining alcohol with watery mixers help wash away food particles and bacteria.

Equal measures: With every unit of alcohol you consume, keep your mouth hydrated and have a glass of water to counteract your dry mouth (this will reduce the sore head in the morning too!)

Improve your morning routine: Use a professional oral rinse with active ingredients Zinc acetate and Chlorhexidine diacetate that neutralises and helps prevents the formation of the Volatile Sulphur Compounds that cause bad breath. Rinse in the morning with a mouthwash designed to last for 12 hours to see you through the working day and on to the party.

Lifestyle

Excessive exercise during the festive season in a last attempt to squeeze into party-wear, coupled with rushing around between present buying and making it to the school nativity play, can all have an impact on your breath. Make sure you adopt these tips below to stay fresh breath confident:

Hydrate: Swap that egg nog latte for a bottle of water when you’re Christmas shopping  and increase your H2O intake during exercise, as water dilutes the chemicals causing bad breath.

Postpone your post-workout shake: A high-protein diet forces the body to burn fat for energy. In doing so this can have a negative effect on your breath, as the body cannot process the acetone molecule, which is instead mostly released through the breath.

Up your oral game: Between visits to the in-laws and food shopping for a turkey, don’t forget to do the oral basics. Brushing and flossing teeth at least twice a day can help keep the mouth fresh and clean all day long.

Always keep mouthwash handy. Use a professional oral rinse with active ingredients zinc and chlorhexidine to give you protection against bad breath for 12 hours. Using a good mouthwash together with improving oral hygiene can be more effective at reducing oral malodour.

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Tooth Care 101 with Dr. Nicholas Ng and the Mint Dental Clinic

Proper maintenance of your teeth and regular visits to the dentist clinic will not only ensure a beautiful, healthy smile, but will contribute to your overall health and wellbeing.

Dr. Nicholas Ng and his team of certified professionals specialize in family, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. The friendly dental team values long term relationships with their patients, and in respect to their values, they will take the time to get to know you and your family. Aside from visiting the Mint Dental team regularly, you should also practice good oral health care at home. As a strong advocate for preventative oral care, Dr. Ng places significant emphasis on dental education for his patients. He’s always eager to offer brushing tips, natural care remedies, and preventative measures to ensure that your mouth remains in the best possible condition. On behalf of Dr. Ng and his team of dental technicians, here are a few tips to ensure complete care for your teeth:

1)    Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush to remove decay-causing plaque. Maintaining a 45 degree angle with your brush, move it back and forth in gentle, tooth-wide strokes. Take your time while brushing; each session should be two to three minutes in length to ensure a thorough cleaning.

2)    Flossing is key to your overall oral health. Plaque can build up in between your teeth and lead to gum disease, which is one of the main causes of tooth decay and tooth loss. Use floss to clean between your teeth at least once a day.

3)    Using mouthwash on a daily basis can boost your oral health care from good to great. Gargling with mouthwash after brushing can help remove plaque, strengthen your teeth, and provide that extra, minty-fresh breath you crave.

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5 Ways to Put Oral Health on Your Resolution List

There’s something special about the start of a new year. Maybe it’s because it’s a blank slate—a new beginning that is full of promise. A new year is also a milestone, which is a great time to take stock of the important things in our lives, such as our health – specifically our oral health.

Oral health plays a role in our overall health. If our oral health is poor, that can put us at greater risk for disease. That’s enough reason to add oral health to your New Year’s resolutions for 2015!

If you want to resolve to take better care of your mouth and teeth this year, here are five ways you can help improve your oral health in 2015.

Resolution #1: Improve your brushing and flossing habits. Brushing after each meal and flossing at least once a day will help to remove the food particles that would otherwise decay in your mouth, potentially causing damage. For a refresher, consult these videos on how to brush your teeth and how to floss your teeth.

Resolution #2: Take care of delayed dental treatments. Now is the time to complete that dental work you’ve been putting off, or head to the dentist’s office if you haven’t been in awhile. If you’ve been avoiding treatment because you have a phobia of the dental chair, this video offers tips to help you fight your fear of visiting the dentist.

Resolution #3: Eat a healthy diet that benefits your teeth. Maintaining a healthy diet promotes strong teeth and bones. That includes plenty of fruits and vegetables! Choose foods rich in vitamin C, including leafy vegetables; foods with folic acid, such as spinach and broccoli; and foods with vitamin B12, such as dairy and meat. Dairy foods contain calcium, and yogurt has phosphates that can help remineralize teeth. Egg yolks are excellent sources of vitamin D, and the vitamin C in vegetables contributes to strong gums. Limit your exposure to acidic drinks and sugary treats, which can harm the enamel on your teeth. Be sure to talk with your physician before making any major diet changes.

Resolution #4: Quit smoking. Easier said than done, I know, but the effects of smoking on oral health are not appealing. They include yellow teeth, increased buildup of plaque and, of course, bad breath. Not smelling great is the least of your worries, though, as the habit also increases your risk of oral cancer. Mouth cancers are among the toughest cancers to treat. For inspiration to quit, watch this video on the health and cost benefits of quitting smoking.

Resolution #5: Wear a mouthguard during contact sports. Mouthguards aren’t just for kids. These essential appliances absorb and distribute forces that impact the mouth, teeth, face, and jaw when an athlete takes a hit. If you play competitive sports with a risk of contact,wearing a mouthguard can prevent chips, fractures, lacerations, displaced or dislodged teeth, and other trauma.

Practice these five resolutions and you’ll have plenty of reasons to smile in 2015!

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Tips for Looking After Your Teeth

Who doesn’t want a perfect smile that seems to brighten up the room when they walk in? While it’s great to have a dazzling set of pearly whites, it doesn’t come without any effort. Unfortunately, like most good things in life, you have to put in a decent amount of effort in order to achieve beautiful teeth. Although you may not have perfectly straight teeth, you can still make them look amazing if you take proper care of them, and here are a few tips to help you along.

  1. Choose a good toothpaste

Don’t choose the cheapest toothpaste because you’re on a budget, since although they will clean your teeth, they don’t really work the best. However, don’t fall for the highly expensive toothpastes which boast that you’ll magically have shiny white teeth in a couple of weeks. Most of these will slightly enhance your teeth depending on how badly stained they are, but the adverts are mostly exaggerated. Choose a fluoridated toothpaste, since these lessen the risk of getting decay in your teeth.

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  1. Brush regularly (but not too much!)

It can actually damage your teeth if you brush them too much, so don’t be under the impression that you can brush your teeth 6-7 times a day and they’ll be perfect. You should aim to brush your teeth twice a day, and not much more than 3-4. Be careful at which times of the day you brush too, since brushing after drinking acidic drinks can damage them. While it’s good to brush your teeth fairly soon after drinking or eating, it all depends on what you have been consuming.

  1. Be careful with the beverages you choose

You should avoid tea, coffee and fizzy drinks such as Pepsi if you want to have lovely white teeth. These drinks will stain your teeth badly, and unfortunately, once they have been stained, it’s much more difficult to get the stains off and reverse the procedure. Drinking water is very good for your teeth (and the rest of your body), so it pays to drink plenty of this. Water is also the safest thing to drink, so you don’t have to worry about it staining your teeth at all.

  1. Fix any problems

If you have any problems with your teeth, don’t be afraid of going to the dentist. If you’ve had fears of the dentist your whole life (which many people have), try changing dentists and trying out some of the others in your area. There are dentists which really try to put people at ease, making the whole experience much more pleasant than usual. If you have any damage to your teeth, it is worth considering going to a cosmetic dentist Scottsdale who will be able to repair any damages or cracks in your teeth. This will prevent any further damage occurring and will make it easier to look after your teeth.

  1. Don’t forget the floss!

Many people either completely forget about floss or just skip it since they find it much too time-consuming. However, this is actually a very important part of your daily dental hygiene, and is arguably more important than brushing. When you do floss, don’t floss too quickly, or your gums can end up bleeding. You should floss in a steady, slow motion in order to achieve the best effects.

  1. Avoid artificial whitening

There are dozens of artificial whitening products out there on the market, and there are also beauticians who have teeth whitening equipment. However, this isn’t the same as getting them cleaned and polished by your dentist, and artificial whitening treatments can damage your teeth. It also makes your teeth look somewhat unnatural and almost too white, so think carefully before taking up the appealing offer of having your teeth whitened by somebody other than a dentist.

  1. Keep sugary foods to a minimum

While sugary foods are incredibly tasty, your teeth won’t be thanking you for it in the long term. Keep these types of foods to a minimum if you want to have beautiful, healthy, white teeth. It will also prevent gum decay, which is ultimately what causes your teeth to fall out as you grow into old age.

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9 Easy Dental Care Tips

We tend to assume our teeth will always be there, but having healthy teeth and gums may take a little more effort than just gliding a toothbrush across them once a day. Strong, functional teeth should not be taken for granted, especially as we move on in years. Issues such as dry mouth due to medications, sensitivity to temperatures and textures and painful gums are all common dental complaints.

I recently heard a report on the radio about how baby boomers are concerned about not being able to afford dental care insurance. Interestingly, according to a new WellPoint survey that examines how we view dental coverage benefits, “Americans over age 45 understand that good oral care can positively affect their overall heath.” But, the survey adds, “while 83 percent of Americans surveyed say they have medical coverage (from either an employer or the government), only half as many are covered by dental insurance.” With retirement around the corner, the cost of dental care coverage is being weighed strongly.

Proper dental care is essential throughout the life cycle, no matter what your age. Here are some tips that should bring a smile to your face:

1. Your teeth and gums are made up of calcium, so you can imagine how important it is to make a deposit in the calcium bank. Eating foods such as yogurt, cheese and soybeans will keep your teeth strong. For breakfast, try having yogurt topped with a crunchy whole-grain cereal and fresh fruit to start your day off right.

2. Vitamin D, most of which we get from the sun’s rays, helps us absorb the calcium in our body. This is just another benefit of getting outdoors and exercising. If you don’t know what your vitamin D level is, it’s easy to check with a simple blood test.

3. Diets that are deficient in vitamin C can cause severe dental problems, including loose teeth and bleeding gums. Try a salad with citrus fruits, such as orange or grapefruit sections, to boost your body’s ability to fight those destructive symptoms, as well as plaque. Be sure to buffer citrus fruits by including them as part of a meal, because their acid content could potentially erode tooth enamel.

4. Although it seems like a “duh” statement, avoiding sugary foods is pivotal to help ensure dental health. Foods high in sugar, like candy (particularly the sticky types), convert to acids inside your mouth and can cause the harmful decay you’re trying to avoid.

5. Saliva is one of our body’s strongest soldiers battling bacteria. Foods that promote saliva production, such as tart or sour foods including lemons, limes, cherries and cranberries, can help your body fight bacteria in your mouth. Drinking water is another great way to produce saliva, clear bacteria and cleanse your oral cavity. Foods that have a high water content also help to thwart the process of decay by diluting the sugars in the foods you consume. In other words, eat your fruits and veggies.

6. If you can’t find your floss during the day, opt for Mother Nature’s toothbrush. Hard, crunchy foods, such as carrots and apples, can clean your teeth naturally.

7. Make sure you are brushing and flossing twice-a-day – every day! Flossing should be a part of your morning routine, and both brushing and flossing after dinner could even help you lose weight by discouraging bedtime snacking.

8. See your dentist every six months. Your teeth may not look dirty from the outside, but bacteria and plaque lurks in places you cannot see in the mirror.

9. Rinse out your mouth with mouthwash, or at least water, after every meal. This practice will help kill germs and prevent others from knowing you had onions on your sandwich.

Remember that a smile speaks every language – it’s the only thing that depicts “one size fits all.” A healthy smile wouldn’t be the same without shiny teeth to lend their support.

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