Posts for tag: 2019
According to leading industry experts, it has been predicted that in 2019 there will be a rise in the trend of smile self-care. Our wellness and cosmetic routines have long included caring for the appearance and integrity of our hair and skin, but now more than ever we are looking to give that same care to our smiles.
At Parker Dentistry, we have always said, “a face makes a smile and a smile makes a face.”
Wouldn’t it be great if in 2019 we all collectively smiled more? When we feel great about our smile, we are more likely to share it with the world, and the world could really use the light of bright white smiles! This is a trend that is accessible to everyone.
There so many amazing and affordable options of at-home and in-office teeth whitening products, electric toothbrushes, effective kinds of toothpaste and mouthwashes, and procedures to help your smile reflect your inner smile. At Parker Dentistry, we have it all and have it all to offer to you. This is one of the areas where we really shine!
To get you on your way to your most brilliant smile yet, follow these simple steps.
Floss every single day
Flossing helps remove plaque between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. A build-up of plaque can lead to cavities and periodontal disease. While some of us love to floss, for those who don’t, you can also try an oral irrigator to reach those tight tough-to-reach spots.
Come visit us twice a year
Coming in every six months for a proper teeth cleaning is key to maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. We also have the tools to remove stains from your teeth, which will only help make your smile sheen even more.
Regularly having your teeth cleaned will also greatly decrease your chances of developing periodontal disease, which has been linked to heart disease and other conditions.
Buy a great toothbrush
If you are ready to make the switch to electric, we highly recommend a Sonicare. The entire Parker family uses one and we even sell them in our office. Electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque and stains from your teeth than the traditional manual toothbrush.
Once you’ve tried a Sonicare, you’ll never go back to a manual; the clean feeling is truly next level!
Drink more water
If you aren’t already guzzling down two liters of water a day, 2019 should be your year to start. Not only is drinking water necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, but the rest of your body requires it to function at its full capacity.
Your teeth, gums, and skin around your mouth will thank you for giving up the smokes. Your entire body will greatly benefit from kicking this habit. There is no time like the present to stop doing something that has zero benefit and immense consequences.
Choose the right whitening product
The next time you come in to see us, ask Dr. Blake, Dr. Steve, or your hygienist about our in-office and take-home teeth whitening products. This is a wonderful gift to yourself! Now, whitening your teeth is easier and more affordable than ever. And, a particularly great time to start whitening your teeth is right after you have had your teeth cleaned.
We can’t wait to see your smile soon!
Did you know that “Meatless Monday” was actually created back during World War I? The U.S. Food Administration encouraged families to reduce the consumption of key staples in order to aid in the war effort. More than 13 million families pledged to give up meat on Mondays and wheat on Wednesdays. Meatless Monday was again reintroduced and widely followed during and after World War II.
It wasn’t until 2003 that this movement was revived though and for quite different reasons. Meatless Monday was reintroduced as a public health awareness campaign. You might not have realized, but the average American eats as much as 75 pounds of meat a year! The health and environmental effects of such a high rate of meat consumption are truly devastating.
Did you know that according to EarthDay.org…
Eating one less burger a week is the same as taking your car off the road for 320 miles?
Skipping steak once a week is equivalent to not driving for almost three months?
The world’s population of cows eat enough to feed nine billion people?
70% of the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest is to provide land for livestock?
An eight-ounce steak requires 900 gallons of water?
Deciding to lead a plant-based lifestyle is one of the best things that you can do for your body and the planet. However, such a decision is completely personal and not necessarily what everyone wants to do. If you aren’t ready to go full plant-life, eliminating your meat and dairy consumption by even just one day can have wonderfully positive consequences on your health and on our planet.
A meat-heavy diet has been linked to obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Meat, dairy, and highly processed foods also increase inflammation, which is the root of most chronic diseases. Many of us have been taught or led to believe that the best source of protein comes from the meat of cows, chicken, pigs, and fish. This is simply not true. Protein in found in countless plant-based forms.
Veganism, vegetarianism, and meatless-days are trends that have been gaining momentum and will continue to do so as we venture into 2019. Eating a plant-based diet has become more accessible, affordable, and appetizing than ever as brands and companies that are dedicated to this shift in the way we eat are continuing to grow and evolve.
You can easily swap out animal protein for these nutrient-dense plant alternatives:
Remember, little changes can produce grand results, and our actions and decisions affect more than just our individual health and wellness. Let's make 2019 OUR healthiest year yet!
Overconsumerism has long consumed us. It is the core of our economy and has dominated many of our lives for far too long. According to Northwestern Mutual and CNBC the average debt an individual has in the United States is $38,000 with credit card debt being responsible for 25% of that. Large percentages of our debt are coming from buying things that we can’t afford and don’t actually really need.
It has long been engrained in our society that material possessions and success go hand and hand. The more stuff that you have the more successful you must be. When did the type of car, house, clothes, electronics and accessories become a symbol of success and personal worth? It often seems that the more we make the more we spend, and then the more we become indebted to our things.
The idea of minimalism is really starting to gain traction though. In short, according to The Minimalist, “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so that you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom. Minimalism can help us eliminate our discontent, reclaim our time, live in the moment, pursue our passions, discover our missions, experience real freedom, create more, focus on our health, grow as individuals, contribute beyond ourselves, rid ourselves of excess stuff, and discover purpose in our lives.”
Minimalism does not mean that you have to get rid of everything that you own. It simply means that you only own things that bring you joy and have meaning to you.
Some of us are beginning to wake up and realize that we are so cluttered internally and externally that various areas of lives are being affected by mindless or influenced consuming. When our space is cluttered and disorganized, it is difficult to function to our highest potential.
We have been led to believe that possessions make us happy. We are bombarded every day with marketing campaigns telling us to buy and to upgrade. These ads paint a false reality of happiness being connected to material possessions.
But, if you really took the time to ask yourself and answer with complete and utter honesty what brings you joy in your life, it is likely that it would be hard to say that an item, such as a new iPhone or another pair of shoes is really providing you with everlasting joy. Is the debt that is attached to overconsumption and the weight of working more to afford more and “better” possessions contributing to your life in a positive way?
Less is more! And the less we consume that less we are negatively impacting our planet as well. The idea isn’t to stop making purchases and stop having material possessions entirely. The idea is to be mindful about what you consume and what you keep in your space. Maybe 2019 can be your year of less!
Mindful Ambitions’ step-by-step guide to “Minimizing Your Possessions to Live a Focused Life” is a really great resource if you are interested in taking the initial steps to living a life that is less cluttered and more fulfilling.
The Minimalist also have a great documentary on Netflix that is definitely worth watching and might help inspire your "less is more" year ahead.
We all have that song that does something to our complete being when we hear it. It’s that song that makes you almost involuntarily turn up the volume and say, “oh, I love this song!” The song elevates your mood, makes your body groove to the beat, and in the end leaves you feeling all around better. This is an example of sound therapy.
Music has long been a powerful tool for healing, among other things like inspiring creativity, productivity, motivation, and peace of mind. For thousands of years, music and sound has been utilized to alleviate mental disorders, stress, insomnia, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety. The ancient Greeks, Tibetans, and native tribes of North, Central, and South America have used sound therapy for many different reasons.
Sound therapy goes far beyond just hearing a song that has meaning to you though. Sound therapy involves the use of different instruments and tools that produce different frequencies and vibrations of sound. Common tools include but are not limited to gongs, singing bowls, tuning forks, cymbals, chimes, bells, and drums.
These instruments are used to induce entrainment, which is a process that synchronizes our fluctuating brainwaves by providing a consistent frequency for our brainwaves to match. The idea of entrainment is to take our normal beta state down to an alpha (relaxed consciousness), theta (meditative state), or even delta state (sleep state).
When our brainwaves are operating in a down-shifted state of alpha, theta, or delta healing can occur. Sound healing is sometimes used during yoga or meditation practices. A guided meditation or a meditation that includes a mantra is also considered sound healing in and of itself.
In a world where our senses are constantly being inundated, a practice that focuses on solely one sense can be quite powerful. The whole-body sensation that occurs from the vibrations made from singing bowls and a gong are almost paralyzing, but in a very positive way.
Sound healing is used to move us from a state of imbalance to a state of balance. More and more of us are finding that we need a little extra help when it comes to balance in our lives. And who could blame us! Our lives pull us in so many directions and there are so many demands for our time and energy that it is no wonder many of us feel unbalanced.
This upcoming year of 2019, you will start seeing a lot more sound healing classes and opportunities popping up as sound healing really starts to make waves in the Western world. This holistic and natural healing practice is one that every single person can benefit from.