It is never enough to emphasize how important it is to take care of your teeth. Healthy teeth add to the quality of your smile and improve your overall mood in general.
Just because we are in the profession of making happy smiles, we want you to show off your teeth and enjoy your healthy laughter. Of course, we want all of you to laugh no matter what your teeth look like but making them look better will help you get a big boost of self-confidence by providing excellent dental restoration services and maintenance.
Smiles Improve Your Mood and Provide Relaxation
Many people do not appreciate fake smiles. They feel that it is insincere and misleading. No wonder that when you are in a bad mood, smiling or laughing is the last thing on your mind. But did you know that faking it can help improve your mood?
It is maybe hard to believe this, but some Japanese scientists found that it does in fact happen. They studied the effects of smiling manipulation during the negative thinking process and confirmed the importance of smiling before and during negative self-focused attention.
Just the act of curling your lips into a smile or letting out a small giggle is enough to trigger your brain into feeling happier. Fake smile can be a good bridge to a genuine positive emotion. People who smile genuinely, report being more satisfied and happier with their lives. So, find that positive memory, engage in a positive experience and simply talk to your best friends and smile next time you are experiencing any negative feelings and see what happens. It might feel weird at first, but it could turn into an effective strategy for coping with unpleasantries of your life.
Take another step and improve those effects by turning that smile into a full-blown laugh. Use some available tools to ease your efforts and you will feel how laughing will stimulate your blood circulation and help your muscles relax. Amazingly, those positive effects last up to 45 minutes after the laugh ends. Imagine what Real Smiles can do for you!
You Can Become More Sociable and Open-Minded
Your smile & laugh efforts will pay off not only by helping you feel better, but you’ll also show to others that that you’re an easy going and sociable person. It is obvious that it is not pleasant to be around people when they are in a bad mood, so why would it be different when you are in a badmood?
Humans are social creatures, and that suggests constant interaction with others. Note: the more you engage and socialize with others, the happier you’ll be. Positive interaction accompanied with smiles and laughter creates a great and stimulating atmosphere. Smiles and laugh are contagious — whenever you see someone else doing it, you respond with the same. The mirror neurons that we’ve been using since our early childhood help us understanding the actions of other people and learn new skills by imitation. They trigger copying certain behaviors, including smiling and laughing.
Everything is good in moderation but trying to be positive and trying to share a laugh with others will allow you to develop great bonds with people, share information and have healthy long-term relationships. Picture: A – Resting position; B - 1st stage of smile, SOCIAL SMILE; C – 2nd stage of smile: SPONTANEOUS SMILE; Patient’s eyes are half-shut.
You Become More Productive
Work is not always a place that creates an atmosphere for smiles or laugh, but your generally positive attitude makes you and others more productive. Smiling and laughing generates energy and improves your mood. So, completing tasks will be easier, as you’ll be able to maintain a better focus on the work you are doing.
Being charged with positive energy, you will also have more time to focus on the things that matter outside of work and enjoy what makes you truly happy.
Again, this is a cycle that’s worth getting into. Being positive helps you be more productive, being productive makes you happier and vice versa. This is something everyone can do, even if you have to start with a fake smile, no matter what you do for a living.
Improving Your Physical Wellbeing
In addition to mental health, smiling and laughing will definitely help your physical state of being. Your abdominal muscles get activated with laughing. As a result, your body releases endorphins which can ease pain (if you are experiencing any dental or other type of pain) and make your immune system stronger.
There are lots of scientific studies that proved the effects of smiling and laughing. Decreasing your risk for heart disease is one of them. Positive properties of endorphins allow to protect the heart and prevent the buildup of fat and cholesterol. Moreover, these actions can also lower your blood pressure for about a day or even longer.
The Best Benefit of All…
All the scientific information mentioned above is great, but the best benefit of smiling and laughing more is that it makes you feel good. Thoughts are material. Take advantage of positive thinking, spend time doing what makes you feel better, smile and laugh yourself and share that with others.
Don’t let the state of your teeth get in the way of that. Our professional dental team can also support you with BETTER CARE for BETTER SMILE & BETTER LIFE!
Chronic jaw pain and limited jaw mobility are two common symptoms of a group of conditions known as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD or TMD). Several effective treatments have developed over the years, despite the fact that the underlying causes for TMD remain an elusive quarry for medical researchers.
But we may now have a promising new lead in understanding TMD: a possible link between it and other systemic inflammatory diseases. In recent study researchers interviewed over 1,500 people with TMD about various aspects of their lives. Nearly two-thirds reported at least three or more other inflammatory health conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic headaches or rheumatoid arthritis.
These statistics suggest a relationship between TMD and these other conditions. Further exploration of these possible links could result not only in a greater understanding of TMD but better treatment strategies for it and the other related conditions.
In the meantime, though, what can you do if you're currently dealing with TMD?
As of now the approaches with the best results continue to be conservative, non-invasive techniques we've used for several years. Thermal therapies like hot or cold compresses to the jaw area, for example, are quite effective in providing pain relief, and muscle relaxant drugs have proven beneficial for improving jaw mobility.
More radical approaches like jaw surgery have also come into prominence. But there's a caveat here: a significant number of people find their conditions don't improve or may even worsen. In the study previously mentioned, only 38% of respondents who had undergone jaw surgery saw any range of improvement (from slight to significant); by contrast, 28% indicated no change in symptoms and 46% said they were worse off.
It's important, then, that you thoroughly discuss your condition with your dentist, verifying first that you have TMD.Â Together you can develop a treatment plan to relieve pain and restore jaw function. If your dentist or surgeon suggests surgery, consider seeking a second opinion before choosing this more radical approach.
Hopefully, further research into the causes and relationships of TMD with other health conditions will yield still better treatments. In the meantime, you may still find relief and improve your quality of life with the proven techniques available now.
If you would like more information on treatments for chronic jaw pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Chronic Jaw Pain and Associated Conditions.”
Is a chipped tooth big news? It is if you’re Justin Bieber. When the pop singer recently posted a picture from the dental office to his instagram account, it got over 2.6 million “likes.” The snapshot shows him reclining in the chair, making peace signs with his hands as he opens wide; meanwhile, his dentist is busy working on his smile. The caption reads: “I chipped my tooth.”
Bieber may have a few more social media followers than the average person, but his dental problem is not unique. Sports injuries, mishaps at home, playground accidents and auto collisions are among the more common causes of dental trauma.
Some dental problems need to be treated as soon as possible, while others can wait a few days. Do you know which is which? Here are some basic guidelines:
A tooth that’s knocked out needs attention right away. First, try and locate the missing tooth and gently clean it with water but avoid holding the tooth’s roots. Next, grasp the crown of the tooth and place it back in the socket facing the correct way. If that isn’t possible, place it between the cheek and gum, in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva or a special tooth preservative, or in a glass of cold milk. Then rush to the dental office or emergency room right away. For the best chance of saving the tooth, it should be treated within five minutes.
If a tooth is loosened or displaced (pushed sideways, deeper into or out of its socket), it’s best to seek dental treatment within 6 hours. A complete examination will be needed to find out exactly what’s wrong and how best to treat it. Loosened or displaced teeth may be splinted to give them stability while they heal. In some situations, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth.
Broken or fractured (cracked) teeth should receive treatment within 12 hours. If the injury extends into the tooth’s inner pulp tissue, root canal treatment will be needed. Depending on the severity of the injury, the tooth may need a crown (cap) to restore its function and appearance. If pieces of the tooth have been recovered, bring them with you to the office.
Chipped teeth are among the most common dental injuries, and can generally be restored successfully. Minor chips or rough edges can be polished off with a dental instrument. Teeth with slightly larger chips can often be restored via cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. When more of the tooth structure is missing, the best solution may be porcelain veneers or crowns. These procedures can generally be accomplished at a scheduled office visit. However, if the tooth is painful, sensitive to heat or cold or producing other symptoms, don’t wait for an appointment seek help right away.
Justin Bieber earned lots of “likes” by sharing a picture from the dental office. But maybe the take-home from his post is this: If you have a dental injury, be sure to get treatment when it’s needed. The ability to restore a damaged smile is one of the best things about modern dentistry.
If you have questions about dental injury, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
Although we’ve made great strides over the last century making dental visits more pleasant and comfortable, many people still feel a little apprehension about them at one time or another. For a few, though, this apprehension escalates into high anxiety so high they may even avoid important dental treatment altogether.
If you have a significant phobia regarding dental visits and treatment, here are some things you can do to reduce your anxiety and feel more comfortable when you undergo treatment.
Let us know about your feelings of anxiety. We’re conditioned by society to regard such fears as irrational or “silly,” and so we tend to hide our negative emotions. Dentists, however, have been trained to work with fearful patients to reduce their anxiety levels. Being honest with us about your fears and nervousness is the first step to developing an anxiety-reducing strategy that will make your visits more pleasant.
Counteract bad experiences with good. For most people the fear they have during dental visits stems from earlier unpleasant experiences at the dentist. The fear can be so ingrained that simply trying to convince yourself or to be told “there’s nothing to be afraid of” will have little to no effect. Instead, build a memory collection of positive and pleasant dental visit experiences that serve to counteract the unpleasant. To do this we might first get you acclimated to routine visits and then gradually transition to more invasive procedures. This may increase the normal time for dental treatment, but the reduction in anxiety is worth the extra time.
Consider sedation therapy. In addition to modifying your experiences, you may also benefit from sedation medications that reduce anxiety, especially in the early stages of treatment. Depending on your medical history and current status, we can prescribe a sedative for you to take an hour or so before your appointment to help you relax. We can also increase the level of anesthesia (from local to intravenous or gas anesthesia, for example) if your anxiety is especially acute.
Taking proactive steps to minimize dental visit anxiety will increase the probability that you’ll obtain needed dental care. Your teeth and gums will be healthier for it.
If you would like more information on coping with dental visit anxiety, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overcoming Dental Fear & Anxiety.”
Good nutrition is essential for your child's developing teeth and gums as well as the rest of their body. You do what you can to provide them not just nutritious meals but also healthy snacks for other times of the day.
But once they begin school, you can't watch out for them all the time. They could be away several hours where they might be tempted to make unhealthy snack choices.
What can you do to lessen their chances of unhealthy snacking at school?
Engage with the school and their snack offerings. A set of U.S. Department of Agriculture regulatory guidelines called Smart Snacks in Schools sets minimum nutritional standards for snacks offered on school grounds. These guidelines promote whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products and limit calories, fat, salt and, of particular importance to dental health, sugar. The guidelines, though, are only a minimum, so join with other parents to encourage your school to exceed those snack nutrition minimums whenever possible.
Educate your child about nutrition. Good nutrition starts at home: it's important not only to offer wholesome foods but to also teach your child why some foods are better for their body (and their teeth) than others. By encouraging a lifestyle of healthy eating both in practice and knowledge, you'll find it easier to set limits on their snack choices away from home.
Send snacks with them to school. If you're unsure your child will make the right choices, especially if they're young, than send snacks with them to school. Be sure, though, what you're sending is as appealing as the school choices. Try a little creativity: popcorn with a zing of cinnamon or cheese; decorative snacks; or easy to eat bite-sized fruit or vegetables. The more they like what you're sending, the less likely they'll choose something else.
In some ways snacking could be the Achilles' heel in providing your child the right foods for good dental health. By following the tips above, though, you can help raise the chances they'll eat the best snacks for strong teeth and gums.
If you would like more information on nutrition and dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Snacking at School.”
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