Posts for: November, 2015
While we are on the topic of smiling this week, Parker Wellness would like to share with you some other amazing benefits of this simple, yet powerful gesture. Smiling is something that every person is capable of doing. It is an act that has an incredible impact on not only your personal health and wellbeing, but on the people around you. When you smile, you are doing more than just smiling.
- Smiling lowers stress.
- Smiling reduces anxiety.
- Smiling releases endorphins.
- Smiling strengthens your immune system.
- Smiling decreases your blood pressure.
- Smiling produces a natural high.
- Smiling can increase your longevity.
- Smiling makes you appear younger.
- Smiling enhances your mood.
- Smiling can boost your creativity.
- Smiling can help you be more productive.
- Smiling makes you more approachable.
- Smiling is contagious and will encourage others to smile.
- Smiling is free!
Here are some quotes to smile about!
Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life, the evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray. Lord Byron
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. Mother Teresa
Peace begins with a smile. Mother Teresa
If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. Roald Dahl
So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about. Marilyn Monroe
Smile, sunshine is good for your teeth. Unknown author
Every smile makes you a day younger. Chinese Proverb
A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give. Unknown author
When you smile, you are helping to encourage the world to smile back. We all smile in the same language. A smile means the same thing in every culture. It is something, that regardless of our differences, we can all share and understand the meaning and value of it. Smile for your happiness, health, and wellbeing and smile for the happiness, health, and wellbeing of those around you.
An extra special thanks for sharing a smile with us this week!
A smile is an accessory that you should always carry with you. Your smile is unique to your personality and your way of expressing positive emotions to the world around you. It is surprising though how many people don’t embrace this simple gesture. One of the reasons might be because they are unhappy with their smile.
There are many possible reasons why one might be unhappy with their smile. Two very common reasons are the color and straightness of one’s teeth. According to www.nationalsmilemonth.org, 48% of the population is unhappy with their teeth and 64% of those people are unhappy because of the color of their teeth.
There are all different types of teeth stains and causes. Sometimes our teeth appear yellow or dull because of genetics, while other times it is related to the lifestyle choices that we make over time. Red wine, smoking, tea, soda, and other food and beverages can be the culprit for those less than pearly white teeth. There is no reason that one should have to live with a smile that doesn’t reflect his or her true self. We all deserve to be happy, confident, and proud to smile.
Fun Facts about smiling from www.nationalsmilemonth.org
- It takes 43 muscles to frown but only 17 to smile.
- A smile is on the top of that list of things we first notice when meeting a new person.
- On a night out, 80% of us would be more likely to talk to somebody we didn’t know if their smiled at us.
- Teeth and smiles are rated the second most important attractive feature after personality.
At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, one of our missions is to help you achieve the smile that will keep you smiling. Remember, a smile is contagious and the more you smile, the more likely others around you will too. You are doing a great service to humanity by just performing the simple act of smiling. So, what do you do if you are unhappy with the color of your teeth?
Parker Dentistry offers a line of Zoom Whitening products for in-office treatment, at-home treatment, and for touch ups. The Zoom Whitening system is one that all of the Parkers personally use and stand behind. All of the products that are offered in the office are ones that the Parker Dentistry team believes to be the best on the market.
Let’s take a look at what some of your teeth whitening options are:
- Zoom WhiteSpeed is an in-office whitening procedure that uses advanced blue LED technology to whiten your teeth up to eight shades lighter in just 45 minutes. In just one office visit, you will experience dramatic results.
- Zoom DayWhite is an at-home whitening treatment. The user will wear the trays for fifteen minutes a day for two weeks. There is also a formula for sensitive teeth. You won’t be disappointed with your new healthy white smile!
- Zoom Whitening Pens: This is an excellent product for touch-ups. Simply twist the end of the pen and paint on the whitening formula directly onto teeth.
- The Sonicare electric toothbrush is a highly recommended and researched backed product that is one of the best ways to keep stains off of your teeth and from yellowing your smile. This is a toothbrush that the Parker Dentistry team completely endorses and believes should be a part of everyone’s oral hygiene routine. This toothbrush removes 10 times more plaque than a manual toothbrush, improves gum health in only two weeks, and helps keep your smile bright.
There are whitening options for every lifestyle, budget, and smile concern. Another added bonus of brightening up your smile is that it can help erase years from your physical appearance! Let your smile brighten up the world!
Thanks for sharing a smile with us this week!
Find out how you could get that straighter smile without other people noticing your braces.
Finally decided that it’s time to get a straighter smile? If you're older and worried about what it would be like to wear braces now, your Hollywood, FL dentists Drs. Stephen and Blake Parker are happy to tell you that you can now get the smile you want without other people noticing. How? With Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of custom, clear thermoplastic aligners that are made specifically to fit over your upper and lower teeth to shift them into the proper alignment.
Once your Hollywood, FL dentist deems you a good candidate for treatment we will start to map out your unique orthodontic treatment plan, including which teeth will need to be moved while wearing Invisalign to get the look you want. Each patient is given multiple aligners and the number of aligners you get will depend on the severity of the dental problems you are looking to address.
How does Invisalign straighten teeth?
When your Hollywood, FL orthodontist starts to map out your treatment plan, we will use 3D computer technology to help us create your orthodontic plan. From your current smile’s position to your smile’s final position, you will be able to see and approve the plan.
Through slow, controlled force, and by also controlling the timing of the force, each aligner is able to gradually straighten your teeth. By wearing your aligners every day for a minimum of 22 hours each day you can ensure that you get the final results you want as soon as possible.
What problems can Invisalign address?
Contrary to what you may have heard, Invisalign is able to handle a broad range of cases from mild to more severe including,
- Crooked teeth
- Overlapping/crowded teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Open bites
- Overbites and underbites
More complex or serious dental problems that may involve changing the jaw’s position will require traditional braces in order to correct these issues. But for those looking to change just the shape of their smile Invisalign can help.
Turn to Parker Dentistry for all of your orthodontic, preventive and restorative dental needs. Call our office today to schedule your Invisalign consultation with us.
No one wants to visit their dentist at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, Florida only to hear that they have multiple cavities that need to be filled. Make sure your next dental visit is a pleasant one by following these seven tips to prevent tooth decay starting today.
1. Brush Twice a Day
When it comes to preventing tooth decay, brushing is your first line of defense. Choose a sturdy toothbrush with soft or medium bristles and a dentist-recommended toothpaste that contains fluoride. Brush in a circular motion for two minutes, being sure to reach every tooth, even the back ones. Try to brush immediately after eating, if possible, so food particles don't have a chance to linger.
2. Floss and Rinse Once a Day
While brushing gets the majority of the food particles and bacteria off of your teeth, it cannot get them all. Reach the germs your toothbrush misses by using dental floss and mouthwash to get into those hard-to-reach cracks and crevices where germs like to hide.
3. Avoid Sugary Treats
You know candy is bad for your teeth, but you may just be surprised by how many different foods leave you susceptible to cavities. In addition to candy, you'll also want to avoid sodas and fruit juices, foods that are sticky, foods that are made from refined carbohydrates (like crackers and chips), and foods that are high in sugar.
4. Enjoy Cavity-Fighting Foods
Instead of the cavity-causing foods listed above, enjoy a few cavity-fighting foods instead. These foods include sugarless gum, dairy products like milk and cheese, and crunchy foods like apples and nuts.
5. Drink Water
Water doesn't just quench your thirst on a hot day; it can help prevent cavities too. Drink water while you eat or after you eat to rinse germs and food particles off of your teeth. Choose water with fluoride and it will help build up your tooth enamel as well.
6. Visit Your Dentist Regularly
In addition to using these at-home tips to prevent cavities, don't neglect to visit your Hollywood, Florida dentist every six months as well. Your dentist can give your teeth a more thorough cleaning than you can at home, and he or she can also be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of other dental problems as well.
7. Consider Dental Sealants
Are you at an increased risk for cavities? If so, dental sealants may be right for you. Thin, invisible caps that cover the surface of your teeth, dental sealants protect your teeth from cavities by forming a barrier that keeps germs off.
Is it time to visit your dentist at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, Florida for a routine check-up or to discuss dental sealants? If so, call and make an appointment today. Your teeth will thank you.
The Native Americans of North America, the indigenous people of Central and South America, the aboriginals of Africa, Asia, Australia, and beyond all relied on fruits, vegetables, and herbs to maintain optimal health, prevent diseases, and cure maladies. Modern medicine is exactly that, modern. Ancient traditions were passed down from generation to generation regarding the cultivation, collection, and preparation of plants for all different purposes. There was a deep understanding that certain plants produced fruits, vegetables, or herbs that all had their own individual value. This information is still available to us, and is the key to good health.
While every fruit and vegetable contains some combination of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to various parts of our bodies, there are several fruits and vegetables that stand out as the superstars of the bunch. These so called superfoods are packed with antioxidants and other nutrients that help reduce cellular oxidation, repair damage, and strengthen our systems. This decreases the effects internally and externally of the natural process of aging. Here are a few more to add to that list: aronia berries, hemp seeds, raw cacao, and wheat grass.
Aronia Berries: Aronia berries are native to the deciduous forests of the eastern United States. These berries are said to have the highest amount of antioxidants out of all of the other berries. They also are rich in vitamin C. They are often consumed raw, dried, or in juice form. If you are looking for a way to increase your antioxidants, incorporating this berry into your diet is a great way to accomplish that.
Hemp Seed: Hemp has been used for various purposes, including for clothing, paper, cosmetics, and hygiene products for thousands of years. The seeds have a superior nutritional value and are highly beneficial to our skin, hair, nails, and metabolism. They are very high in antioxidants, omega-6, and vitamin E, which are all great anti-agers. Hemp seed is also one of the best sources of plant-based protein.
Raw Cacao: Cacao, which is a fruit, grows on Theobroma cacao trees in South America. The Aztecs believed that the cacao tree was a gift from the gods, and with good reason. Cacao beans contain over 300 nutrients and it has the highest concentration of antioxidants out of any other fruit. Cacao is also loaded with omega-6, protein, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and iron. This is the epitome of a superfood!
Wheat Grass: Wheat grass is one of the best ways to ingest living chlorophyll, which has incredible benefits. Chlorophyll contains an important enzyme, which is responsible for breaking down superoxide radicals. This awesome green attack is what slows down the aging process in your body. It is also a natural healer, and works wonders on the inside and outside of the body. Wheatgrass contains over 100 different elements that are essential to our health, including 17 amino acids, B-complex, and vitamin A. Wheat grass consumption is an excellent way to help your body detoxify. Wheat grass is rich in protein and considered a nutritionally complete food. The list can go on and on as to why this sprouted grass is an exceptional addition to your diet!
Exotic superfoods are a potent and exciting way to help your body stay strong, healthy, and young. Little additions like adding a wheat grass shot to your morning regiment, mixing raw cacao into your next smoothie, or toasting hemp seeds and eating them for a snack, can literally and figuratively change the face of your health. There is considerable research, resources, and recipes to support the addition of superfoods into your everyday life. Enjoy the benefits that the earth has offered us since the beginning of our time!