Posts for: September, 2017
Everyone ages. To think that you can stop the effects of time on your skin is a silly thought and one that causes people to really overdo it on the cosmetic surgery, injections, and skincare fads font. Everyone has some sort of skin concern, whether it is dryness, excess oil, dark spots, or acne. One of the easiest ways to help your skin age gracefully and appear its best is through your diet. Diet is just as important as the other components of your skin regiment, which should definitely include daily sunscreen use, a gentle cleanser, and quality facial oil and other products that are specific to your skin type and skin needs.
Did you know that acne, psoriasis, dry skin, rosacea, fine lines, wrinkles, and dull skin could all be partially linked to your diet? What you put into your body will eventually show up on the surface. While we’ve talked about the importance of lycopene, protein, vitamin A, C, and E, omega-3, and sufficient water intake, there are a few other key players that you need to include in your diet to keep your skin looking its best.
Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that is critical for the enzymes in your body that are responsible for fatty acid metabolism. While very few people are truly deficient in biotin, eating biotin-rich foods is important to help protect your skin against environmental damage and moisture loss. Your skin cells are actually the first ones to exhibit symptoms when biotin levels are low. Fortunately, biotin-rich foods are common and delicious. Egg yolks, romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, almonds, and walnuts are all good sources of biotin.
Sulfur is a highly important mineral for skin health and overall wellness. A sulfur deficiency has been linked to many inflammatory and degenerative diseases, as well as the breakdown of collagen in our skin, which leads to wrinkles and premature signs of aging. Sulfur is also necessary to the synthesis of glutathione, which is one of the most important antioxidants. Remember that antioxidants play a critical role in fighting free radicals, which are one of the leading threats to our skin. Foods like kale, garlic, onions, Brussel sprouts, egg yolks, fish, and poultry are excellent sources of sulfur.
Selenium is a powerhouse antioxidant that helps to ward off inflammation and free radicals. Acne has been linked to low-levels of selenium. Oxidative damage on the skin can appear in the form of visible signs of aging and a dull complexion. A diet rich in selenium will help your skin fight off environmental damage and boost your skin’s radiance. Brazil nuts, fish, spinach, chicken, and turkey all contain this important antioxidant.
Zinc deficiency is unfortunately a common one. Zinc plays a critical role in supporting our immune system. It has healing properties, which benefits damaged skin. Acne has also been linked to low-levels of zinc in the body. Our skin needs all the help it can get since it is constantly exposed to the elements and an abundance of free radicals. You want zinc on your side! Oysters and other shellfish, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, cashews, mushrooms, spinach, and chicken all contain this valuable mineral.
The great thing about eating a healthy skin diet aside from the amazing effects it will have on your skin is that the foods your skin craves are also incredibly important and valuable for the rest of your body. The sooner we realize how important diet and nutrition is to our health and wellness, the sooner we will be feeling, performing, and looking our best. It is far easier to eat healthy now and take care of your one and only body than to try and fix the damage later.
Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand.Â Recently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.
Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.
A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.
Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.
If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.
If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
Healthy skin requires love and care from the outside as well as from the inside. We can protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun with mineral sunscreen and the sufficient application of it. We can reduce the appearance of fine lines, soothe red and irritated skin, clear up blemishes, hydrate parched patches, and promote a dewy radiance with the use of natural and essential oils and high quality serums and creams. We can treat our skin to HydraFacials and spa treatments. We can even implement homeopathic home remedies to help our skin look its best. But if your diet and habits are bad, it is likely that your skin will reflect your poor choices.
A healthy diet is crucial for a healthy life. Our systems require certain vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to function properly and this also includes our skin; the largest organ in our body and the one that protects us from all of the external elements. Think of your skin as your body’s shield on top of it being the physical part of yourself that you present to the world. What goes into your body will eventually reveal itself on your surface.
In the book Feed Your Face, Dr. Jessica Wu offers a few simple insights into the types of foods we should be eating in order to help keep our skin looking younger, smoother, and more radiant. The following foods are also great for the rest of your body too!
Tip one: Eat a variety of color at every meal. The more colorful your plate is with natural foods, the more likely your meal is healthy and well balanced. Three colors in particular that are quite valuable to skin health however are red, yellow, and green. Red, specifically tomatoes are high in the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is great at fighting free radicals, which contribute to skin damage and early signs of aging. Yellow and green vegetables such as arugula, kale, spinach, and squash are also free radical fighters and can help to reduce the breakdown of collagen. A good rule of thumb is that the darker and brighter the color is the more nutrients it has.
Tip two: Make sure you are eating ample protein. Eating a diet rich in protein is essential for the absorption of amino acids, which come from protein. These acids are key in collagen production. Collagen is what makes your skin strong. Amino acids are also important for the elastic issue in your face. Lack of amino acids will result in lack of strong and supple skin. It is important to remember that protein comes from far more sources than just animals. In fact, plant-based protein is much healthier and more environmentally friendly. Good sources of plant-based protein are lentils, black beans, peanut butter, wild rice, chickpeas, chia seeds, spinach, and steel cut oatmeal.
Tip three: Eat omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, C, and E rich foods. Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for strengthening your skin. Foods like sardines, chia seeds, flaxseed, and walnuts are very high in omega-3. Juice Plus+ also recently released a new attention to their line of whole food nutrition, an Omega Blend, that is packed full of all of the omegas! Vitamin A and E are antioxidants that will help your skin’s defense system against free radicals and reduce the signs of premature aging. Almond butter, sweet potatoes, carrots, and cantaloupe are all full of vitamin A and E. Vitamin C works wonders for collagen production. Make sure to eat plenty of bell peppers, strawberries, citrus, kale, and broccoli to keep your skin plump and supple.
Tip four: Hydrate. Divide your weight by two and that number is the number of ounces of water that you should be drinking on a daily basis. Every system in your body requires water and your skin is no exception. Drinking sufficient water will not only help to flush out toxins, but it will also help to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.
Here are some more delicious additions to your diet that will benefit your skin:
- Olive oil
- Dark chocolate
- Green tea
- Red wine (1/2 to 1 glass)
- Sunflower seeds
If you're currently undergoing orthodontic treatment, you're no doubt looking forward to the day your braces come off. But that won't end your treatment just yet — you'll need to wear a retainer.
Teeth are held secure in the bone of the jaw by an elastic tissue known as the periodontal ligament. As the braces “pull” the teeth to their new position, the ligament stretches and the bone remodels around the teeth. But the ligament also has a tendency to rebound as the tension eases when the braces are removed. The teeth could then return to their original position, especially during the first few months.
To prevent this patients wear an orthodontic appliance known as a retainer. It maintains some of the tension once supplied by the braces to help keep or “retain” the teeth in their new position. Depending on your age and other factors, you'll have to wear one for at least eighteen months; some patients, especially adults, may have to wear one indefinitely.
You may be familiar with a removable retainer, one you can take in and out of your mouth. But there's another type called a bonded retainer that's fixed to the teeth and can only be removed by a dentist. With this retainer a dentist bonds a thin piece of wire to the back of the teeth where it can't be seen. You can feel it, though, with the tongue: an unusual sensation at first, but one easily grown accustomed to.
Unlike their removable counterparts, bonded retainers aren't noticeable, either to others or the wearer. They're especially appropriate for patients who may not be as diligent in wearing a removable retainer.
It does, though, have some disadvantages. The position of the wire running horizontally across several teeth can make flossing difficult. And as with any retainer, removing it could increase the risk of the teeth moving out of alignment.
There are a number of factors to discuss with your orthodontist about which type of retainer is best for your situation. If you do choose a bonded retainer, be sure you work with the dental hygienist on how best to floss the affected teeth. And if you do have it removed, have a removable retainer prepared so you can preserve that smile you've invested so much into obtaining.