Posts for: September, 2015
It can’t be reinforced enough that your diet affects every component of your body and overall wellbeing. Naturally, this also includes your skin. What goes in also comes out; whether it is in the form of radiant, elastic, and dewy skin or dull, aged, and cracked. While genetics play a role in the aging process and the appearance of your skin, you play an even bigger role in the future of your skin health and appearance. There is no physical and legitimate fountain of youth, as the myth involving Juan Ponce de Leon and his Florida discovery in the 1500’s describes. It is your responsibility to take charge of your heath! One of the main goals of the Parker Wellness blog is to give you the necessary tools and information you need to make the right decisions for your personal heath.
Just like your brain requires healthy carbohydrates (brown rice and whole-wheat grains) and essential proteins (eggs and beans) to function, your skin needs certain vitamins and nutrients to repair damage caused by free radicals, regenerate skin cells and collagen, promote skin elasticity, and improve appearance. The same way that there are “good foods” for your skin, there are also “bad foods.” Your skin, and quite frankly the rest of your body, doesn’t appreciate highly processed foods and foods that are full of refined carbohydrates, sugars, and unhealthy fats. On the other hand, bring on the antioxidants, essential proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, C, and E!
Bad Foods (If you can’t avoid completely, then moderation is the key.)
- Lunch meat
- Cured meat
- White bread/rice/flour
- Microwave meals
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Fried food (French fries, chicken fingers, onion rings, etc.)
- Wild Salmon
A healthy diet, in combination with sun protection, moisturizer, skincare maintenance, proper hydration, and for good measure, Juice Plus, is your personal fountain of beautiful health on the inside and on the outside. The future of your internal and external body is up to you. Simple changes and additions to your lifestyle and diet can provide monumental benefits. You might be surprised how happy your skin will appear when your body is sufficiently hydrated, adequately supplied with the essential nutrients, and treated with a little love and care.
We all want people to find the positive in us. Make it easier with a healthier, whiter smile!
Whether you are getting married soon or you have a big job interview, it’s important to look your best. Aside from the obvious aesthetic value that a healthy smile offers, it also boosts your confidence when you feel great about the way you look. If you want to remove dental stains and revive your smile before your big day, then it’s time you turned to your Hollywood, FL cosmetic dentists. Drs. Stephen, Blake and Thomas Parker for that show-off smile.
What is it about a white smile?
One study found that white, straight smiles are not only a sign of good health but also make you appear more attractive and employable. So whether you want to wow a date or a hiring manager, some of that success will lie in how you care for your smile. If you are dealing with external stains that are keeping you from that brilliant smile, then it might be time to see if teeth whitening in Hollywood, FL could help make your next big event more successful.
What is in-office teeth whitening?
Forget everything you think you know about teeth whitening. When you think about getting a brighter smile you probably think about at-home whitening strips and toothpastes. But these products don’t offer the vibrant results that our professional system can. When you come into our Hollywood, FL dental office you can expect to walk out with a smile that’s up to 10 shades whiter. No dealing with messy whitening strips or waiting weeks to see results. One 45-minute whitening session is often all it takes to wipe away surface stains.
After a thorough dental cleaning, a high-grade bleaching gel will be applied to the surface of your teeth. To speed up the whitening process, we will shine a laser over your teeth to activate the gel. One session consists of three, 15-minute whitening applications. It’s one of the safest ways to get a brighter smile, and it’s even safe for those with tooth sensitivity.
Ready to feel great flashing those pearly whites? What are you waiting for? Schedule your whitening session with your Hollywood, FL dentists at Parker Dentistry, and get a smile that will be sure to make the best impression.
Radiographic (x-ray) images are an indispensible diagnostic tool in dentistry. One of the most routine and useful types of x-rays dentists take is the so-called bitewing. Here are some things you may want to know about this common diagnostic procedure.
What are bitewing x-rays?
Bitewings reveal the presence and extent of decay in the back teeth, specifically in areas where adjacent teeth touch each other. Unlike other areas of the teeth, these contacting surfaces between adjacent teeth can’t be examined visually. Bitewings can also show areas of bone loss around teeth — a sign of periodontal disease; however, they are not taken for that purpose because bitewings will not show the complete root surface that is surrounded by bone.
Why are they called that?
The name “bitewing” refers to how the film — or sensor, in the case of a digital x-ray — is positioned in the mouth: The patient bites down on a little tab or wing that holds the apparatus in place.
How often do I need them?
This is determined on a case-by-case basis, with the goal of not exposing you to any more radiation than necessary — even the minimal amount found in a series of bitewing x-rays. Your individual susceptibility to caries (tooth decay) and personal dental history will play a major role in determining how frequently you need radiographic examination — and, for that matter, how often you need to come in for routine cleanings and exams.
Are they safe?
The safety of bitewing x-rays is best illustrated with a comparison to the regular daily radiation exposure we get every day from environmental sources, which is about 0.01 millisieverts — the unit of measure we use for radiation. A series of 4 bitewing x-rays exposes you to 0.004 millisieverts of radiation — less than half of the daily exposure. Undetected tooth decay, which can spread quickly through the softer inner layers of teeth, is considered much more dangerous!
If a bitewing x-ray shows that there is tooth decay, what happens next?
If the cavity is very small, we may be able to treat it during the same appointment. If not, we will make a separate appointment to make sure it is taken care of promptly. The sooner tooth decay is treated, the better!
Keeping your skin moisturized is one of the best practices you can implement into your daily skincare regimen. The key word here is regimen. Everyone needs one, and everyone’s is slightly different depending on age, sex, and skin type. However, there are several factors that are consistent across the board, and this includes cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting your skin. Earlier this month, we discussed the importance of protecting your skin from the sun and some revolutionary products to help you do so. We discussed a great monthly way to treat your skin to a deep clean, exfoliation, and supplementation through a HydraFacial. Now, it only seems that the next progressive step would be to talk about moisturizers and their important role in your daily regimen.
It is safe to say that there are thousands of different moisturizers on the market today. There are ones for every specific skin type and combination, and every budget and personal preference. It is also safe to say that not all brands are created equally. The same way that we consider the quality of foods, beverages, and supplements that we put into our bodies, we should consider what we put onto our bodies. Products that are researched-based and produced from the highest quality and reputable sources don't necessarily have to be in the top price bracket and out of reasonable reach. Parker Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness offers some of the best products on the market to cater to your specific skin needs and financial means.
The immediate result of moisturized skin is that it makes your skin look healthier, smoother, and more visually flawless. When your skin is moisturized, water is locked in and is prevented from evaporating due to heat and wind. On the long term front, when skin is moisturized it is able to perform at its highest capacity. Healthy skin cells can more rapidly repair themselves and turn over fresh cells. This continuous process is huge in the anti-aging future of your skin. It is proven that those with moisturized skin develop wrinkles at a much slower rate than those that have dry and flakey skin. Moisturizing your skin might be one of the easiest things you can do; plus it feels absolutely amazing and refreshing.
Parker Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness is pretty much your one stop shop to hydrated and happy skin. Ivonne is your personal guide to the road to putting your best face forward. Whether you want a daily moisturizer with a SPF, an ultra sheer moisturizer, a rejuvenating moisturizer, or a replenishing hydrating cream, we've got you've covered. Dry skin, oily skin, combination skin...there is something for everyone. A daily moisturizer is vital for all skin types! Regular maintenance is easier and more cost effective than trying to fix an established issued. Why not come in for a consultation and HydraFacial and see what we have to offer your skin?
Healthcare is an inside and outside consistent process. When you have the right support and the right products, it easily just becomes a second nature habit. If you protect your skin from the ultraviolet rays of the sun, stay internally hydrated, treat your skin to services like a HydraFacial, and stay moisturized, you'll be surprised at the resilience of your skin and the potential for a long lasting youthful appearance. In combination with other healthy practice and nutrition, you are as close as you are going to get to the fountain of youth.
Continue to stay tuned this month, as we continue with basic skincare insight to help keep you glowing on the outside the same way you are glowing on the inside. Thanks for sharing a smile with us this week! Stay fresh, protected, hydrated, and moisturized!
You probably can’t remember a time without your teeth — and can’t imagine life without them. But now it’s a reality: one by one your teeth have become casualties in a long-standing war with dental disease until now they’re all lost.
Total tooth loss (edentulism) can be difficult in more ways than the loss of function — it can be psychologically traumatic as you must now transition from natural teeth to dentures or other restorations. To add to the stress, you probably won’t be able to obtain your permanent restoration immediately because the extraction sites must heal.
To help you with this transition and provide a means for you to have teeth during the healing period, we may fit you with an appliance known as an immediate denture. With these temporary teeth replacements, you can maintain your smile appearance, chew food and speak unimpaired.
Initially, immediate dentures should fit well, but over time your gums will tend to shrink as they heal. This can loosen the dentures’ fit and make them uncomfortable to wear. If the healing process is still ongoing and you still need to wear the immediate dentures, they can be relined with more denture material to fine-tune the fit.
At some point, though, we must consider creating a new, permanent set of dentures. When your mouth is fully healed, we can make a more accurate impression that we can then use to construct your new set. There are also other options, such as using dental implants to support a denture or a fixed bridge. This option will only be possible, however, if you have sufficient bone available to fully support it, which we might also be able to augment with grafting.
Immediate dentures serve a worthwhile purpose, but only for a temporary period. We’ll be happy to discuss all your options with you to help you find the right permanent solution that fits both your mouth’s condition and your financial ability.
If you would like more information on transitioning to teeth replacement, 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 “Immediate Dentures.”