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Sea bueno con su corazón Todo el Año


Cada día de San Valentín, corazones se vuelven una vez más popular. Desde cajas de dulces en forma de corazón para tarjetas de San Valentín con el corazón cubierto, a rosa y rojo todo color - esta es la época del año para reconocer que los músculos de bombeo en el medio de nuestros pechos y sentir el cálido resplandor que nos da.

Pero, si sólo está prestando atención a lo que necesita su corazón y quiere durante unas semanas en el mes de febrero, lo estás haciendo un gran perjuicio.

En general, we all know how important heart health is – and what it takes to keep this incredibly important organ working hard. Exercising, comiendo correctamente, no fumar, and watching your weight is the right recipe for a healthy heart. Pero, ¿Cómo se traduce todo esto en las prácticas diarias? ¿Cuáles son los más importantes para las tareas pendientes en su lista en forma de corazón? Incorporating the following activities daily into your life will keep your heart from losing that loving feeling.

Comer grasas saludables

Piense todas las grasas son malas para ti y tu corazón? Entonces usted no ha leído el investigación últimamente. Las grasas monoinsaturadas, como las de aguacate y aceite de oliva se han ganado una reputación por ser corazón sano. Incluso las grasas saturadas de aceite de coco y ganado alimentado con pastos eran injustamente demonizado viciado a través de la investigación y ahora se consideran seguros.

Por el contrario, - grasas trans se encuentran en los aceites vegetales hidrogenados y semillas – son peligrosos para el corazón, as they lower your “good” or HDL cholesterol and clog your arteries. Look carefully at food labels and avoid packaged goods, alimentos y margarinas merienda se mantenga alejado de las grasas trans.

Practique una buena salud dental

Lo que el hilo dental tiene que ver con la salud del corazón? A lot more than you might think! hábitos de salud bucal son un buen indicador de su salud en general, y muchas personas con enfermedad de las encías tienen similares factores de riesgo para enfermedades del corazón.

Varias especies de bacterias that originate in the mouth as a result of poor oral hygiene can be found in plaque in arteries in the heart. It’s that kind of plaque that can lead to a heart attack. Por lo tanto, asegurarse de que está viendo a su dentista de forma regular!

Dormir lo suficiente

Piense corriendo todo el día y la noche es saludable para el corazón? Think again! El sueño adecuado es fundamental para todo el cuerpo, y que va para el corazón, también. Un estudio encontró que los adultos mayores de 45 quien dormía menos de seis horas por noche tenían el doble de probabilidades de sufrir un derrame cerebral o ataque al corazón que aquellos que dormían entre seis y ocho horas cada noche.

Get Up de esa silla!

Dormir puede ser importante para la salud del corazón, pero es terrible estar. Para permanecer sentado durante largos períodos de tiempo - no importa la cantidad de ejercicio que usted separado - aumenta el riesgo de problemas cardiovasculares.

Muchos de nosotros tenemos trabajos sedentarios que nos mantienen en un escritorio durante horas a la vez, Entonces, ¿cómo nos aseguramos de que no estamos demasiado tiempo sentado? Take frequent breaks during the day and look into standing desks. Maybe you could take a walking meeting.

También debe ser evidente que si usted fuma - dejar de fumar ahora!

En lugar de esperar para febrero 14º para obtener romántica sobre el corazón, make sure you’re doing right by it all year round. That way, su corazón está seguro de amar de vuelta.

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Five Ways to Stay Healthy (and Sane) During the Holidays

Every year, we look forward to the mellow, relaxing, slow-paced few weeks leading up to the holidays….said no one ever.

Starting with the madness of Black Friday and ending with the crushing hangover of New Year’s Day, the season brings over-eating, over-drinking and the stresses of family drama, last-minute shopping and holiday traffic.

Since opting out of the holidays is rarely an option one can explain reasonably to family and friends, creating a plan to cope with unhealthy behaviors that seem to pop up around this time of year is critical. To help, we made this list and checked it twice – read through our tips to stay a little bit saner and healthier this year.

Watch what you eat

Seems pretty obvious, but many of us find it difficult to stick to our regular diets during the season of parties and get-togethers. It’s hard to deny yourself – or offend your host – by saying no to typical party foods, which usually include fatty, greasy or creamy appetizer and entrees. And don’t get us started on the desserts that seem to flow freely through homes and offices this time of year.

Por lo tanto, make sure you indulge strategically. Eat smaller meals during the day of a party, to prevent yourself from gorging later. Follow each cocktail or glass of wine with a glass of water to keep your alcohol intake to a minimum.

Don’t get sick

Or, at least take precautions to prevent it as best you can. Wash your hands regularly to avoid picking up germs. Get a flu shot for yourself and everyone in your family. Carry disinfecting wipes with you and wipe down public armrests, door handles, and anything else your hands come in contact with.

Get enough sleep

Between late-night parties and midnight online shopping, sleep seems to become a secondary consideration around the holidays. Pero, consistently going without sleep leads to fatigue, stress, and even a depressed immune system. Make sleep a priority to improve your overall health and attitude, and give yourself the gift of rest this season.

Keep calm and keep it simple

If connecting with family is the joy of the holidays, why does it always feel so stressful? Close quarters with in-laws and extended family members requires a concerted effort to act polite and set what may become unrealistic expectations for enjoying holiday traditions.

Get a grip on your desire for a perfect holiday scene. Try prioritizing what you need to focus on by writing a list of stuff that’s truly important – and the other small stuff that doesn’t deserve your energy. Remember to make time for yourselfit’s not selfish, it’s essential.

Stop and smell the holly

Every year, the holiday season seems to rush through our lives like a high-speed train leaving us a bit dazed and confused as it whooshes past. Make an effort to remind yourself what the holiday season is truly about – a time to feel thankful for the friends and family in our lives and all the wonderful moments we got to enjoy this year.

Happy Holidays!


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Holiday Engagements-Don’t Forget About Your Smiles!

Planning your wedding? Many young women spend years of their lives dreaming of the day they will walk down the aisle. Just imagine it: all eyes on you, your hair and make-up perfect, wearing the dress of your dreams, as everyone “oohs” and “ahhs” watching you enter the room while they take a million pictures of your every angle to last forever in photo albums and Facebook feeds.

Sí, those photos will be around for a lifetime, so of course you want to make sure everything looks perfect. You’ve got the dress, you’ve the hairstyle…but what about your smile? If your teeth are not looking their best, they may steal the spotlight away from you…in a bad way.

Even if you haven’t included a smile makeover in your wedding to-do spreadsheet, no te asustes! No matter how much time you have until your big day, you can work some tooth polishing (pun intended) into your plans.

Got One Week? Get Whiter!

A super-fast and effective way to improve your smile immediately is with a professional whitening session at your dentist’s office. Although over-the-counter whitening strips will help if your teeth are not that stained, significant discoloration may require a professional appointment. You may even opt for take-home trays to lighten your teeth several shades in the comfort of your own house.

Got a Month? Fix those Chips!

If your teeth are misaligned, agrietado, chipped or gapped and you want a Hollywood smile on the day of your nuptials, veneers might be a good investment.

Chapas, which are made of either resin composite or porcelain, are thin, custom-made shells that cover flawed teeth to change and improve their size, color or shape. Although fixing crooked and gapped teeth with veneers takes a lot less time that say, apoyos, it doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll need to wait 2-4 weeks after being fitted with models by your dentist for the individually made veneers to be received back at the office.

Got a Year? Get Invisalign!

Many brides to be start planning extremely early – it’s not unusual to set a wedding date a year or more in advance. With months to plan, you’ll have plenty of time to fix your teeth permanently with these invisible aligners.

Invisalign requires a fitting and 10 25+ individually created trays that adhere to the teeth and gradually move them into a more aesthetically pleasing shape. The process can also fix overbites and other dental issues. It typically takes six month to a year or more to be completedalthough the results can be delayed if the aligners are not worn long enough each day.

No matter how many days (or hours!) you have before your wedding, you still have enough time to improve your teeth. Get a smile upgrade and make sure your wedding photos are the ones you want to last a lifetime.

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Concierge Dentistry – Only for the Rich and Famous?

Think about the word ‘concierge’ and you’re bound to imagine a visit to a swanky hotel, during which you might call upon the services of a polite and accommodating hotel employee to arrange restaurant reservations or give site-seeing advice on how to take advantage of where you are staying. Y, the notion of having a personal concierge – someone at your beck and call to regularly help plan outings or activities – is something you would associate with being rich or elite.

What you might NOT think about is the notion of ‘concierge dentistry,’ and that’s possibly because you haven’t heard of it. Pero, the concept of providing more personalized, ‘patient-first’ service is becoming a more popular approach for dentists looking to offer a holistic, whole-body methodology.

Corporate vs Concierge Dentistry

Most dental offices today are corporate models – owned and run by one or several dentists. These offices are profit-based and sometimes need to become obsessed with the bottom line, running the practice more like a business than a place of healing. This kind of environment can lead to over-worked staff, long appointment wait times, and services restricted or confined by available insurance plans.

Similar to the idea of a personalized service that caters to an individual, concierge dentistry differs by focusing on the needs of each patient, first and foremost. Services are not dictated by insurance plans or fees, which allows for a more comprehensive approach to dental caregoing beyond the teeth, gums and mouth.

Is Concierge Worth it?

Many concierge dentists offer plans for discounted procedures. They may provide emergency dental services 24 horas, 7 days a week and even offer house calls. Imagine how much less anxious many dental patients would be if they could receive routine services in the comfort of their own homes!

Although most concierge dental practices are not considered in-network for insurance plans, many still do take insurance. Personalized financing options may mean that you actually pay LESS for the higher level of concierge service that caters to your immediate dental needs.

Ultimately, concierge dentistry is about putting the patient first. A concierge dentist is able to take the time to evaluate and analyze in order to provide the best treatment for that individual, regardless of insurance plans or costs.

Going to a concierge dentist is a little different than the service you get from a concierge at a hotel. Pero, you will benefit from the same level of personalized, tailored care and attention – from your teeth to your gums and beyond.

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La respiración afecta la apariencia?

Dicen ' belleza está en el ojo del espectador,' y cuando viene a nuestras características físicas, no hay una definición única de belleza. Nuestras caras son generalmente reflejos de las características familiares de nuestras madres y padres – que nos aseguran desde una edad temprana que somos hermosas, a pesar de lo que nosotros mismos podemos pensar cuando nos a veces mirar ansiosamente en nuestro cuarto de baño temprano en la mañana espejos.

Normas convencionales de la belleza física a un lado, hay características faciales que son representativos de un nivel superior de bienestar y otros rasgos que son indicativos de problemas de salud. Y, lo creas o no, los rasgos faciales pueden empezar evolucionando durante la infancia como resultado de la respiración por la boca.

Respira la manera equivocada?

Respirar por la boca como a través de una nariz puede parecer un problema menor. Respiración es la respiración, Correcto? Como vas a encontrar aire en los pulmones, Cuál es la diferencia?

En realidad, hay muchas razones por qué la respiración por la nariz es superior a la respiración boca. Nos construimos para respirar por la nariz y dibujo en el aire de esa manera aumenta la circulación y la sangre del oxígeno, así como mejora la capacidad pulmonar. Por el contrario, respiración por la boca pasa por alto las fases críticas del proceso de respiración, como la liberación de productos químicos de lucha contra las bacterias que reducen el riesgo de infección.

Pero, afecten también respiración bucal lo que pareces? La respuesta, increíblemente, es sí.

Toma una respiración profunda

Cuando la boca queda abierta para respirar por largos períodos de tiempo, los músculos de las mejillas aprieten y aplican una fuerza externa a la mandíbula superior e inferior que causa un efecto de estrechamiento en la cara. Además, la lengua – que se basa típicamente en el techo de una boca cerrada se ve obligada a caer más bajo, creación de un estrecho arco dental superior e impidiendo el desarrollo normal de la mediados de-cara.

Años de respiración por la boca llevará a una reducción global de la cara, desarrollo pobre mandíbula y dientes chuecos. Un niño que respira de esta manera puede esperar tener un mentón menor y menos prominente mandíbula inferior retraída.

Por qué boca ocurre en primer lugar? Los niños pequeños que sufren de congestión crónica – si el resultado de alergias u otros problemas nasales – normalmente se acostumbra a respirar por la boca.

Qué boca respiración parece

Ronquidos, fatiga crónica, ojeras oscuras y adenoides son todos signos de boca de respiración en los niños. Si reconoces estos síntomas en su propio hijo, considerar una visita a un dentista entrenado en terapia miofuncional, que puede ayudar a corregir funciones anormales de los músculos faciales y lengua en los niños pequeños.

Los niños son hermosos a sus padres, no importa lo que parece. Pero podemos tomar medidas para garantizar que los niños que criamos maravillosamente saludables dentro y por fuera.

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Necesita un aparato de sueño?

In the day-to-day hubbub and stresses of life, we all have mornings that find us feeling less rested than we’d like to be. Even if you went to bed at a reasonable hour, job or family worries weighing on your mind can keep you from getting that kind of restful and restorative sleep we all need.

Pero, if you find that you are chronically tired, stumbling your way through days like a zombie and your spouse is continually complaining about the loud snoring you do each night – you may want to seek a doctor’s opinion on whether you suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea.

Why are You Always Tired?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that occurs when breathing is disrupted during sleep. The more common form – obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – is caused by the collapse of soft tissue at the back of the throat that results in a blockage of the airways, and can cause loud snoring. If you suffer from sleep apnea, you may stop breathing repeatedly during the night – up to hundreds of times over the course of several hoursand as a result, your brain may not be receiving enough oxygen.

Overweight men over the age of 40 with a family history of sleep apnea or gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) are more at risk for suffering from sleep apnea, but anyone – including children – can be affected. Untreated, the disorder can lead to high blood pressure, a higher risk of stroke, heart failure, diabetes, y la depresión. That’s on top of the daily exhaustion and negative effects on concentration and focus. People with sleep apnea never feel fully rested, because they never get a full night’s sleep.

If your doctor suspects you may have sleep apnea, you may be asked to undergo a sleep apnea test – also called a polysomnogram. Many times, this test is done under the surveillance of a medical team in a sleep disorder center, where patients are monitored and recorded to determine the nature and severity of a sleep disorder.

Like any chronic condition, getting a diagnosis as soon as possible can improve your chances of successful treatment and lower the risk of developing further complications.


Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

Por lo tanto, once you’ve been diagnosed, how will your sleep apnea be treated? If lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, quitting smoking or changing sleeping positions don’t help enough, you may be required to use a breathing machine known as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), which regulates breathing by increasing air pressure. Por desgracia, it can be a large, loud apparatus with tubing and a mask that gets in the way of relaxing bedtime routines. Thankfully, this technology is evolving and smaller, quieter alternatives are becoming available.

If your sleep apnea is mild, you probably won’t need a CPAP machine and may get successful results with a dental appliance. These oral devices, which resemble sports mouth guards or retainers, work by pushing the lower jaw and lower tongue slightly forward which keeps breathing airways open during sleep. They are custom made and fitted by your dentist to conform precisely to your mouth and jaw.

Sleep apnea is more than just a nuisance – it’s a serious health issue that can affect nearly every facet of your well-being. If there’s a chance you may have it, get checked out right away. Your snoring, your mental focus and your overall health will greatly improve – and your suffering spouse will thank you!

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Masticar su manera a mejor salud

How many times this past week did you glance at your watch, realize you were late for something, grab a snack or meal on the run and wolf it down while hurrying to your next appointment?

Although we can acknowledge that our society is too fast-paced and harried at times, the idea of eating on the run has been around for a while. Fast food, drive-throughs, and super-speed pizza delivery all support the practice of rushing through our meals – which unfortunately may be to the detriment of our health.

When was the last time you sat down and purposefully chewed your way through your food? For many of us, it’s a time luxury reserved for special dinners out or first dates. Pero, the exercise of chewing, also known as mastication, is a critical first step to the digestion process and taking it slow ensures you will start out – and finish – with better nutrition absorption, a healthier relationship with food and even a trimmer waistline!

Chew, Chew

Making a conscious effort to slowly chew your food more completely has significant benefits:

It helps digestion

You may not connect chewing to digestion, but it’s actually an important preliminary part of the process. As you chew, your secreted saliva coats the food with enzymes that start to digest it while it’s still in your mouth. Además, the smaller the particles of food that you swallow, the easier it is to digest them. Chewing your food until it’s almost liquefied (we know – that’s a lot of chewing!) ensures enzymes and stomach acid can properly dissolve all those particles.

It ensures nutrient absorption

Breaking down all those food particles is essential for distributing the proteins and nutrients they contain. Amino acids – which are what proteins are broken down into – promote repair and growth throughout the body and support healthy sleep, energy levels and brain activity.

It controls your weight

The longer you take to eat, the easier it is for your brain to signal to your stomach that you’re full before you wind up scarfing down half a chocolate cake at one sitting. Slow, purposeful chewing of your food allows you to taste it better, appreciate it more and truly stop when you’re satisfied.

It’s good for your teeth

When you chew your food into smaller particles, the bones and muscles around your teeth get a workout, which helps to keep them healthy and strong. Increased saliva also washes away bacteria which means less plaque build-up in your mouth.

Por lo tanto, how carefully should you chew your food? Try to take smaller bites to begin with, chew each mouthful until it’s lost all its texture and wait to drink fluids until after you’ve swallowed each bite. Chewing more slowly can remind you that food is meant to be savored and enjoyed – not eaten at full speed on the run

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Su madre era derecho: Una buena postura es importante

Are you a sloucher?


In these times of intently staring down into laptops, mobile phones and electronic devices, many of us have become a generation of slouchers, slumpers and hunchers. Y, although our mothers may all be waving their fingers in disappointment, we might roll our eyes and shrug it off with hunched shoulders. Después de todo, what harm could we really be doing to ourselves anyway?

Turns out – quite a bit more than you might think. Poor posture can be responsible for many negative physical and even emotional effects on the body. Becoming more self-aware of how we sit, stand and move may help reduce pain, increase health and even improve our moods.

Slouch Much?

You may have started slouching as a somewhat sullen and angsty teenager, attempting to shrink yourself from the view of parents and teachers. Slouching feels a bit rebellious too – especially after a comment about posture from your mother.

You continued your slumping while studying through college and into a fairly sedentary lifestyle behind a computer – working long hours staring into a screen at a desk creates an opportunity to slouch that becomes increasingly tempting.

Ahora, you’re a full-time, bonafide sloucher. Other than giving you the physical appearance of a hunched back, what havoc is it wreaking on your body?

Hazards of Hunching

Headaches – As you slouch your head over a desk or table and lean into your computer by just two inches, you are adding 20 extra pounds of pressure on your spine. That forces your neck and back muscles to work harder to hold up the extra weight, which can lead to headaches and shoulder strain.

Jaw pain – A misaligned spine causes stress to your jaw joints and creates additional muscle pains in the back of your head.

Internal organ issues – When your spine is misaligned, it can affect your ribcage, damaging your lungs and heart and eventually causing gastrointestinal issues.

Stop the Slump

As bad as slouching is for your body, there’s good news. No matter your age, poor posture can be reversible – if you make it a priority.

Stay alert at your desk – Working over your computer for long periods of time – as many of us must do – puts you at the highest risk of succumbing to poor posture. Make sure your seat is properly aligned with your desk. Sit with both feet on the floor, with your knees and hips bent to 90 degrees. Roll your shoulders back and down, so you feel your shoulder blades move down your back.

Check your stance – When standing and walking, your ears, shouleers, hips and ankles should all be in a vertical line. Keep your feet hip-width apart with toes pointed forward. Your spine should be erect with your shoulders pulled back and down, and your chin raised. Check yourself out in a mirror to be sure you’re staying straight!

Yoga classes or similar kinds of exercise can help improve flexibility and muscle tone that lead to better posture. Correcting poor posture can help you breathe easier, improve circulation and digestion, make you look slimmer and younger and improve your level of confidence!

Learning to sit up straight is a worthwhile exercise that we know your mother will agree with!

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Es usted un candidato para implantes dentales?

Dental Implant i-CATDespite the advances in dental and oral health care in this country over the past century, many Americans lose their teeth because of tooth decay, illness or injury. En realidad, 178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth and over 35 million people in this country do not have any natural teeth at all.

Losing teeth can be uncomfortable and embarrassing for many reasons. It can affect your speech, your oral health and your self-esteem. Por lo tanto, what are your options for missing teeth? Removable dentures and bridges can provide a long-term solution. Pero, they can be irritating, slip while speaking and change your diet as you may need to avoid certain kinds of foods.

Implantes dentales: A Permanent Solution

Dental implants replace natural tooth roots and are a permanent solution to lost teeth. They consist of metal posts or frames that are surgically fused below the gum line directly onto your jawbone. Artificial crowns are then placed over the implants, creating a new set of permanent replacement teeth.

Committing to dental implants takes some patience. The procedure requires several steps that are performed over the span of months.

  1. First, the dentist surgically places the implant onto the patient’s jaw, while inserting screws to prevent debris and bacteria from entering the implant. Gum tissue must then be allowed to heal for 3-6 meses.
  2. The second step requires multiple posts to be attached to the implant. Otra vez, the gums must heal around each post.
  3. Eventually, the third step of attaching crowns to the posts creates a permanent new set of artificial teeth.

The Next Best Thing to Natural Teeth

Although the process may seem arduous, dental implants provide the longest-lasting and cost-effective solution to missing teeth. Dental bridges and dentures – even when taken care of – will eventually have to be replaced, but dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth and can last a lifetime if properly cared for.

With dental implants, you won’t need to worry about your speech or diet being affected by loose or uncomfortable dentures. They allow you to retain your natural face shape, as missing teeth can cause sunken or hollow-looking pockets in your face. Dental implants protect your bones and any remaining natural teeth you may have by guarding your jawbone against further irritation and deterioration. En realidad, implants may actually help stimulate bone growth.

There is also no worry about further tooth decay or cavities with dental implants – although continuing proper oral habits is essential to keeping implants healthy over the long term.

Por lo tanto, are you a candidate for dental implants? Definitelyas long as you have healthy gums and adequate bone and tissue to support the implant process. You’ll have to visit your dentist to confirm that.

Missing teeth can affect every facet of your life – from your eating habits, to speech, to how you feel when you look in the mirror. Implantes dentales, when placed correctly by a skilled dentist, can give you a new lease on life – and your smile.

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What is Oil Pulling and Should You Try It?

If you’re responsible about your oral health and strive to keep your teeth clean and bright, you
hopefully brush at least twice a day. You probably use floss daily and you might even use
mouthwash on a regular basis to keep your breath fresh and your pearly whites looking…well,
pearly white.
What you may NOT be doing is oil pulling – which is the practice of swishing oil around in your
mouth like Listerine for up to 20 minutes a day. At first read, it may sound ridiculous. How can
gargling grease in between your teeth help your oral health?
Although it may seem like the latest fad to work its way through trendy natural remedy blogs,
the concept has actually been around for a long, long time. It’s an oral therapy based on
Ayurvedic medicine dating back 3,000 years to ancient India. Y, even more recent studies
point to the validity of the process of “pulling” microorganisms that cause bad breath, plaque
and gingivitis out of one’s mouth when the oily rinse adheres to them. Sort of like a powerful
magnet. All those evil bacterial cells are flushed away when you spit out the oil. The evidence
that this practice may be beneficial is there, but incorporating it into your oral health regime
definitely requires some do’s and don’ts.
Oil Pulling Do: Use the Right Oil
Make sure the oil you are using is food grade and ingestible. Although many oils contain
bacteria-fighting benefits, coconut oil includes lauric acid – which has superior anti-microbial
agents. Coconut oil has also been shown to reduce streptococcus bacteria when used
regularly in this way.
Oil Pulling Don’t: Oil Should Not Replace Brushing
Even if you start oil pulling and find that it’s helpful in whitening your teeth and reducing bad
breath, it should NOT replace your regular oral health habits of brushing and flossing. Oil
pulling has not been shown to reduce tooth decay and is a supplement to oral habits, not a
replacement of conventional practices.
Oil Pulling Do: Make Sure You Spit It Out!
The whole point of oil pulling is to draw out toxins and bacteria from all the tiny crevices in
between your teeth and get rid of them by spitting them out of your mouth. By swallowing
them, you’re actually ingesting all those toxins you just took so long to pull out! Don’t forget to
spit! Y, if you plan to oil pull regularly, you may want to spit everything out in a bowl or trash
can rather than the sink, as oil build up can eventually clog your pipes.
Many believers claim oil pulling can cure everything from skin issues to headaches to hormone
changes. Although it’s probably not the cure-all be-all many think it might be, according to
most dentists, it’s a unique and valuable addition to your regular oral health practices. Give it a
Have more questions about oil pulling and other trending dental practices? Let us give you
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holistic approach to dental care that incorporates total-body health and wellness. Learn more