Posts for: July, 2017
While face oils may seem to be the latest beauty and skincare trend, this skincare addition actually dates all the back to the ancient Egyptians who used moringa oil to keep their skin fresh and flawless. Quality face oils can produce borderline miracles for your skin. The key is choosing the right oil for your skin type and skincare goals. It is a common misconception that oils cause breakouts, clogged pores, and greasy looking skin. There are dozens of different plant-based oils, some of which are used on their own and others are blended with other types of oils and ingredients. Today we would like to share with you the ways that face oils are beneficial.
High quality and properly extracted oils can do a number of different things for your skin. Oils are made of fatty acids, which is the same as the lipids in the epidermal layer of your skin. When your skin lacks lipids, it losses strength, softness, and moisture, and becomes more prone to irritation and damage. Supplementing your skin with fatty acids (oils and Juice Plus+ Omega Blend), will help reverse and prevent these effects. Most face oils are plant-based, which gives you the added benefits of a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that naturally come from the plant.
Face oils that are high in antioxidants, like Argan or primrose oil, can help reduce and prevent wrinkles caused by free radicals from air pollution and UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Oils high in omega-3 fatty acids do wonders for dry and cracked skin. Oils like macadamia, jojoba, and camellia are great at shrinking enlarged pores. Oils like geranium help to calm down rashes, irritation caused by other skincare products, and rosacea. For those who are suffering from acne or the occasional flare up, tea tree oil will quickly zap those blemishes.
Oils easily penetrate the skin, which helps to lock in moisture and creates a barrier against water loss as well as external irritants and toxins. Oils are hydrating and nourishing, as well as repairing and protecting. There are ones that are beautifully scented, as well as scentless ones. There are light and fast absorbing oils, as well as thicker ones that are lovely as part of your nighttime routine. You can also use the same oils all over your body and in your hair. A little oil goes a long way. It is not unlikely that once you find the right oil, it will become your favorite part of your skincare regiment.
Coming up in the next few weeks: a guide to the different types of oils, brand and product recommendations, more on omega fatty acids, eating for youthful skin, and how adding Juice Plus+ into your routine can significantly improve your skin.
Thanks for sharing a smile with us this week!
If we could go back in time, we all probably have a few things we wish we could change. Recently, Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors, shared one of his do-over dreams with Dear Doctor magazine: “If I [could have] gone back and told myself as a teenager what to do, I would have worn a mouthguard, not only to protect my teeth but also to help potentially reduce risk of concussion.”
What prompted this wish? The fact that as a teenage basketball player, Stork received an elbow to the mouth that caused his two front teeth to be knocked out of place. The teeth were put back in position, but they soon became darker and began to hurt. Eventually, both were successfully restored with dental crowns. Still, it was a painful (and costly) injury — and one that could have been avoided.
You might not realize it, but when it comes to dental injuries, basketball ranks among the riskier sports. Yet it’s far from the only one. In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are some two dozen others — including baseball, hockey, surfing and bicycling — that carry a heightened risk of dental injury. Whenever you’re playing those sports, the ADA recommends you wear a high-quality mouth guard.
Mouthguards have come a long way since they were introduced as protective equipment for boxers in the early 1900’s. Today, three different types are widely available: stock “off-the-shelf” types that come in just a few sizes; mouth-formed “boil-and-bite” types that you adapt to the general contours of your mouth; and custom-made high-quality mouthguards that are made just for you at the dental office.
Of all three types, the dentist-made mouthguards are consistently found to be the most comfortable and best-fitting, and the ones that offer your teeth the greatest protection. What’s more, recent studies suggest that custom-fabricated mouthguards can provide an additional defense against concussion — in fact, they are twice as effective as the other types. That’s why you’ll see more and more professional athletes (and plenty of amateurs as well) sporting custom-made mouthguards at games and practices.
“I would have saved myself a lot of dental heartache if I had worn a mouthguard,” noted Dr. Stork. So take his advice: Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports — unless you’d like to meet him (or one of his medical colleagues) in a professional capacity…
There’s nothing better than being a kid on summer vacation. Summertime is synonymous with pool pruned fingers, sun kissed cheeks, “vacation food” like popsicles, ice cream, pizza, fruit juices, and other sugary snacks, and a carefree freedom from school and regular routines. With the change in routine and lackadaisical attitude that often accompanies summer vacation, it is important that everyone keeps to certain routines and safety practices in order to ensure that summertime is full of fun. Sun protection diligence, sports safety practices, and a solid oral hygiene routine are all very important to keep to during the summertime months off from school. The following tips will help ensure that you and your family end this summer with all smiles.
1. Stock up on healthy summertime snacks and drinks. Summer doesn’t have to be a sugar-thon. As we all know, sugar can wreak havoc on your teeth and general health. Sodas, fruit juices and sports drinks have a mind blowing amount of refined sugar in them. Instead of keeping those types of drinks in your house opt for natural coconut water, fruit infused water, or homemade juices and smoothies. Keep a lot of fresh fruit, cut up veggies and dips like homemade hummus, or all natural popsicles instead of greasy chips, cookies, and sodas. Taking Juice Plus+ every day will also help to ensure that everyone is getting sufficient fruits, vegetables, and omegas so that the whole family can stay healthy and energized for all that summertime fun.
2. Slather on the sunscreen. Look for a mineral-based physical sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect your family from the intense summer sun. Mineral sunscreens reflect the damaging UVA and UVB rays from the skin and are non-toxic for both you, your kids, and the environment. They also start working instantly and don’t need 15-20 minutes to absorb like chemical sunscreens do. At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we carry some amazing mineral sun protection products. Talk to Honi or Ivonne on your next visit to find out how we can help you protect yours and your family’s skin.
3. Safety first! During the warm and free summertime months, kids are more likely to be out riding their bikes, rollerblading, skateboarding, and engaging in competitive sports. Make sure that everyone wears their helmets, mouth guards, and protective pads to avoid a trip to the emergency room and a major summer bummer.
4. Stick to your oral hygiene routine. While summertime can bring about a more lax routine, don’t let that affect your oral hygiene routine. Even though you might stock your house with healthy and low-sugar snacks, it is inevitable that kids are going to consume more sugar during the summer when they are out with their friends, going to pool parties, and on family trips. It’s ok to indulge every now and then, just make sure that everyone is brushing and flossing twice a day. Summer vacation is also a great time to schedule cleaning!
Check out the below link for some easy, healthy, and kid-approved summertime snack ideas!
Did you know that every year between 25 and 60 million bottles worth of sunscreen washes off of our bodies and into the ocean? Did you know that ingredients like oxybenzone, butylparaban, octinoxate, and 4MBC, which are found in many different brands of sunscreen are highly toxic to coral reefs, and recent research is finding that these ingredients might also be harmful to us? We are in the thick of summertime and this is when we tend to lather up with the most sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the sun is crucial, however you can do it without harming our reefs and potentially harming yourself.
Fortunately, we live in an era of choices. There are two main types of sunscreen, physical and chemical. Chemical sunscreens absorb the harmful UV rays from the sun, while physical sunscreens deflect and block the UV rays from our skin. Physical sunscreens contain the active ingredient zinc oxide and or titanium dioxide. Physical sunscreen, or mineral sunscreen, are all natural and as far as we know pose no threat to the coral reefs and marine ecosystems or our own bodies and health.
At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we believe in carrying the highest quality, safest, and most effective skin care products. MD SolarSciences is an exceptional sun protection and skincare line. Their reef-friendly and Eco-cert sunscreens are not only highly effective at protecting your skin while you are out enjoying the summertime sunshine, they are also non-irritating, oil-free, and actually moisturizing. There is even a tinted mineral sun cream that makes your skin look flawless and silky; this is an excellent everyday sunscreen that might be all you really need to put on your face.
We also carry Colorscience, which is another mineral based sun protection and skincare company. You might be amazed to learn that their Sunforgettable brush on mineral powder sunscreen contains SPF 50 and is incrediblly water-resistant. InStyle magazine rated this product a 2017 Best Beauty Buy. In a world of choices, why wouldn’t you choose a sun protectant that is environmentally and reef-friendly, all skin types and child-friendly, and not tested on animals that also protects your skin against the harsh and damaging rays of the sun and makes your face look flawlessly fabulous?
Talk to Honi or Ivonne next time you are in for a visit to learn more about these fantastic summertime products.
Teeth grinding is one childhood habit that sounds worse than it usually is: often the most harm done is to your night’s sleep. That said, though, it’s still a habit to keep your eye on.
Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding is so common among children that it’s considered normal behavior by many healthcare professionals. As for causes, some suggest a child’s immature neuromuscular chewing control may trigger it, while others point to the change from deeper sleep to a lighter stage as a possible cause. Problems like airway obstruction, medications or stress also seem to contribute to the habit.
For most children, teeth grinding usually fades by age 11 with no adverse effect on their teeth. If the habit extends into adolescence, however, there’s an increased risk for damage, mainly tooth wear.
This can happen because grinding often produces chewing forces 20-30 times greater than normal. Over time this can cause the biting surfaces of the teeth to wear and reduces the size of the teeth. While teeth normally wear over a lifetime, accelerated wear can pose a significant health risk to your teeth. Any sign of tooth wear in a child or adolescent is definitely cause for concern.
If your child’s tooth grinding habit appears to be developing into a problem, your dentist may recommend a few treatment options. The most common is a thin, plastic night guard worn in the mouth during sleep that prevents the upper and lower teeth from making contact. If the suspected cause is airway obstruction, they may refer you to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist to seek treatment for that, as well as other professionals to help with managing stress or medications.
Like thumb sucking, the habit of teeth grinding usually ends with no permanent ill effects. But if you notice it continuing late into childhood or your dentist finds tooth wear or other problems, take action to avoid problems long-term.
If you would like more information on childhood bruxism, 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 “When Children Grind their Teeth.”