“The mouth is a mirror of health and disease in the body.” - U.S. Surgeon General
When most of us non-dental professionals think about our oral health, we tend to only focus on concerns like cavities, bad breath, tooth discoloration, crookedness (malocclusion), and bleeding gums. Our oral cavity is typically viewed as a completely separate entity from the rest of our body.
If we have bad breath, it’s because we haven’t been flossing and brushing enough. If we have a toothache, it’s because we have a cavity or need a root canal. If our teeth are crooked, it’s because of genetics. While there is truth between these connections of symptoms and conditions, it is also important to consider that the symptoms you are experiencing in your mouth aren’t always directly linked to something else in your mouth.
As dentists and hygienists at Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we know that the mouth is an excellent indicator of what’s going on in the rest of your body. Based on the alignment of your teeth, the condition of your gums, the coloration and texture of your tongue, and the smell of your breath, we can tell a lot about your current state of health. This information is then very useful so that you can act either curatively or preventatively to address the health concern depending on what we find.
Just by having a look around in your mouth, we can identify potential signs of certain types of cancer, anemia, kidney or liver failure, gastroesophageal reflux, lung abacuses, bronchitis, tonsil stones, a sinus infection, vitamin deficiencies, and widespread inflammation. As we have discussed at length before, inflammation, in particular, is at the root of most chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease. When there is a lot of inflammation in your mouth, it is likely that there is a lot of inflammation in the rest of your body.
Several conditions such as diabetes, kidney and liver failure, bronchitis, and gastroesophageal reflux can be guessed based on the distinct smell of your breath!
At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness we are firm believers in preventative healthcare, and it is through our oral assessments that we can help you help yourself in becoming your healthiest self. This is one of the many reasons why it is so important to stay on top of your oral health and keep to your twice a year professional dental cleanings. We care about more than just your teeth. We care about you as a whole!
Are you thinking of getting Invisalign?
Do you want to improve your smile but are reluctant because of the traditional look of braces? Well, dentists Stephen and Blake Parker of Parker Dentistry understand how you feel. As an answer to this situation, they offer Invisalign from their Hollywood, FL, office. Read on to learn more!
More about Invisalign
Invisalign is composed of custom-made clear aligners that are made to fit your upper and lower teeth. The aligners function the same way as traditional braces work—by applying pressure on each tooth so that they all move into their proper positions. Your Hollywood dentist creates your custom aligners using a specialized computer software.
The clear plastic aligners are flexible and are great if you need to straighten your teeth but don't want anyone to know that you're wearing braces. Another benefit is that you can take them off if you want to eat, brush your teeth, or floss, although you do need to keep them on for a minimum of 20 hours a day.
There are several other advantages to Invisalign. Here are a few:
- Discreet Look: Traditional metal braces are noticeable, especially if you're a teenager or an adult. Invisalign is transparent, so no one will notice that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
- No Dietary Deprivations: Traditional braces prevent you from eating your favorite foods, such as taffy apples or corn on the cob, but that's not an issue with Invisalign. You can eat whatever you want because the aligners you wear are removable!
- Oral Hygiene: Because Invisalign is a removable appliance, you will also be able to clean your teeth more thoroughly than if you had traditional metal braces. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with dentists Stephen and Blake Parker, then call their Hollywood, FL, office today at (954) 983-5450!
Spring is fast approaching! This lovely season in Florida is the perfect time to start spending more time outdoors. For many of us who work indoors, it might require a bit more effort and planning to make sure that we get enough fresh air and natural light. A typical schedule during the week might include eight hours in an office, a drive home, and then an evening indoors. Perhaps mixed in that timeline, you pick up your children from school or their extracurricular activities and or you exercise at an indoor gym or studio.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends 93% of their life indoors! The scientifically-proven health benefits of spending time outdoors and in nature are quite vast. To receive these benefits, you don’t even necessarily need to make a grand effort. Spending time in any type of greenspace can benefit your overall health and wellness in over a dozen ways.
These benefits include reduced inflammation, improved short-term memory, lowered stress levels, increased energy, lessened symptoms of depression and anxiety, decreased blood pressure, boosted immune system, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and type II diabetes; heightened concentration, increased creativity, and a reduction in pain in the body. Spending time outdoors is also a surefire way to get your daily dose of vitamin D, which many of us are deficient in.
Ready to spend more time outdoors?
Here are some easy ways to work some outdoor-time into your daily schedule.
- Enjoy your morning beverage on your patio or balcony
- Dine al fresco
- Exercise outside
- Take an extra or an extra-long walk with your dog (Your dog will definitely appreciate this effort.)
- Create an outdoor ritual
- Pursue an outdoor hobby (running, tennis, swimming, biking, nature photography, hiking-the possibilities are endless!)
- Plan an outdoorsy vacation
- Take an after-dinner bike ride
- Watch the sunrise or sunset
- Build a garden (If you don't have the greenest thumb or don't have a lot of outdoor space, the Tower Garden is a great option! Dr. Blake or Honi can tell you more about it if you are interested. They are both experienced Tower Gardeners.)
- Walk or bike instead of driving when possible
At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we are experts in helping you to put your best face forward. Our expertise extends beyond your teeth and gums though. We like to look at the big picture when it comes to the health of your mouth, especially since it is the gateway to your internal body. We know that nutrition plays a significant role in our comprehensive health and the same is true for the health of your teeth, gums, lips, and face.
There are certain vitamins that greatly contribute to the health of your face (eyes, skin, lips, teeth, gums, and tongue). Did you know that 92% of Americans have a deficiency in one or more vitamins according to The BioStation. According to the Center for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 7 out of 10 Americans are deficient in calcium; 8 out of 10 are deficient in vitamin E; 50 percent are deficient in vitamin A and vitamin C, and 50% are deficient in vitamin D.
Calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin D happen to be the four essential vitamins that your teeth, gums, lips, and skin crave the most. These particular vitamins are vital to maintaining the health, appearance, and resiliency of your smile maker. Between the ultraviolet rays from the sun and other free radicals that are constantly bombarding our body, it is crucial that we supply our body with the right nutrients to protect itself.
These vitamins are also amazing anti-aging advocates! Maintaining a diet that is rich in these essential nutrients and incorporating Juice Plus+ into your daily routine is a surefire way to support your teeth, gums, lips, and face.
Add the following foods to your weekly diet:
As you can see, many of these nutrient-dense foods are fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Maintaining a predominantly plant-based diet is not only an easy way to get your vitamins, but it’s also an earth-friendly way to eat.
Aristotle once declared that “we are what we repeatedly do.” This declaration is our truth. We each have a series of rituals that we perform daily. Many of those rituals are mindlessly incorporated into our daily lives though. These can include having a cup of coffee before you do anything else in the morning, reading the newspaper on your patio, eating lunch at noon every day, turning on the news when you get home from work, etcetera. In this case, rituals and habits are interchangeable.
If we are what we repeatedly do, then why not regularly do something that brings meaning and a sense of fulfillment into your life? Our habits can make or break us. Replacing negatives habits with positive rituals can do wonders for your health and happiness.
Creating a mindful ritual can also significantly improve your sense of self-awareness, self-love, and self-worth. Rituals help us to establish a deeper relationship with our self. They also help us to create a space or time that is dedicated to something that brings us joy, peace, and clarity. Healthy rituals can help us to move in a positive forward direction and improve the quality of our lives, one day at a time.
Dr. Deepika Chopra, a holistic psychologist and manifestation expert, states that “the more we can rely on constants, the more we are able to positively engage in spontaneity.” Rituals don’t necessarily need to have a spiritual undertone either; they can involve any practice or activity. Rituals can also be created to include your family or friends; they don’t always need to be something that you do alone. The possibilities are endless and what makes your ritual or rituals so special is that they are unique to you and with whomever, you decide to participate.
How to create a ritual
Step 1: Establish what you want to bring into your life.
Do you want to be happier? Healthier? More creative? Do you want to strengthen your physical body? Do you want to find a spiritual connection? Spend more time in nature? Develop a deeper relationship with your family or friends? Do you want to read more? Learn more? Sleep deeper? Learn to quiet your mind?
By taking the time to think about what you want to manifest consciously, you will be able to create a ritual that suits what you want to bring to fruition.
Step 2: Create an action-based plan that includes a time and a place.
Decide when, where, and how often you are going to practice your new ritual. Making a clear and concrete plan for your new ritual will help you stick to it and make it a conscious habit. Your ritual can be as simple or as grand as you want it to be. Maybe it’s just taking a moment every day at sunset to thank the universe for all that she has given you. Or perhaps you want to start each day with a twenty-minute sunrise yoga practice. Maybe it’s making your morning coffee a technology-free time.
Your ritual is unique to you.
Step 3: Make a promise to yourself.
Our lives are full of hustling and bustling. Our days often blend into one another because we are so ingrained in our routines. Incorporating a positive and mindful ritual into your day will help break up the monotony of our other daily habits and tasks. To stick to a new ritual though, you must make a promise to yourself to complete it no matter what. It will take time to turn your new ritual into a mindful habit, but once you do, you won’t be able to imagine your day without it.
Rituals help bring balance and stability into our lives. There is no limit on the number of rituals that you can create for yourself. The idea is to do something consistently that brings meaning and joy into your life. There is no time like the present to make time for you.
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