Smile and The World Smiles With You

As they say, smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone. A welcoming smile and a flash of your pearly whites can make a big difference to the first impression you give to those you meet. There are many ways to emphasise your smile, to make the most of your pearly whites and to ensure that your teeth are healthy.

Brushing your teeth

A survey by “National Smile Month” (http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org/facts-figures/) confirms that only 25% of adults in the UK brush their teeth twice a day. Indeed one in 10 admit to forgetting to brush their teeth on a daily basis. Brushing your teeth twice a day is one of the more successful ways to fight tooth decay. It also ensures that your breath remains fresh, food particles are dislodged as soon as possible and those pearly whites remain gleaming for longer.

Experts recommend that you replace your toothbrush or brush attachment every three months and under no circumstances should you share a toothbrush – this can very quickly spread infections!

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Electric toothbrushes

For many people electric toothbrushes are like Marmite, you either love them or you hate them, but they do have an interesting role to play. The speed at which the brush head rotates can cause a flow of fluid which ensures that stubborn food particles are detached more often than when using a traditional toothbrush. Whether or not an electric toothbrush is “better” is debatable because if either one is used correctly then they will certainly have a positive impact on your dental health.

Flossing is not just cosmetic

Many people believe that flossing your teeth is simply for cosmetic purposes and has relative little to do with your overall dental health. The reality is that flossing is not just a means of dislodging that stubborn food particle but regular flossing has been shown to reduce gum disease and avoid bad breath. Flossing alone will be relatively ineffective compared to other options, but carried out in tandem with regular brushing it can make a huge difference.

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Is mouthwash effective?

There are alcohol and non-alcohol mouthwash products available because obviously those which include alcohol are not suitable for children. They can also create a dry mouth and cracked lips, which is why there has been a significant move towards non-alcoholic mouthwash in recent times. While many people tend to use mouthwash just before or just after brushing, it is advisable to use mouthwash between brushing your teeth. Not only does this help to dislodge food particles but it also helps to maintain high levels of dental hygiene throughout the day.

Avoiding bad breath

Whether we are talking about halitosis, morning breath or simply an unpleasant odour, bad breath is a problem for many people which can be fairly easily addressed. Research shows that bad breath is simply a build-up of bacteria which is not flushed from the mouth and is often hidden in broken or cracked teeth and just under the gum line. We also know that bacteria thrives in “dry mouths” which is why many people wake up with “morning breath”, especially if you sleep with your mouth open. If you have a gum guard there is every chance that this will also lead to a dry mouth and encourage the build-up of bacteria. Regular brushing, rehydration of the mouth and the use of additional products such as mouthwash will have a significant impact upon those living with bad breath.

Manage those pearly whites and they will last a lifetime

Regular brushing, flossing, use of mouthwash and avoidance of dry mouth where possible are just some of the ways in which you can avoid issues such as bad breath. There are a couple of simple ways in which to test for bad breath which include checking the back of the tongue for a white coating. This can often indicate the build-up of bacteria and the use of tongue cleaners is very useful in this situation. The simplest way to test for bad breath is to clean an area on the top of your hand, lick it and then wait for it to dry. Once the saliva has dried you will be able to smell an odour if you have bad breath, then you can take the appropriate action to address the issue.

Just Keep Gymmin’ – A Guide To Building Your Own Home Gym

It’s January, which means it’s cold, snowing and probably pouring down with rain outside. The last thing that you want to be doing right now is putting your trainers on and pounding the pavement for a run or commuting the sweaty gym that is packed with all the New Year Resolutioners. You may well be daydreaming about what it would be like to have a house big enough to run your own home gym, just for you.

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A word of warning before you start doing insane amounts of research and buying up gym products. There have been many people who have bought into the thousands of pounds worth of equipment, even speaking to a personal loan company to be able to afford them all outright. Most of the equipment you would buy into are part of a fad, and the last thing that you need is to be buying into that! Imagine how many other people who wanted to set up home gyms have vibrating plates, treadmills and cross trainers stashed in the garage because they simply got bored. It’s a lot!

Having a gym at home is a brilliant idea if you find the cost and commute to your usual haunt to be an inconvenience, but it’s not for everyone. The motivation and inspiration most people feel when they head to a group class or a gym is big, and the social side of the gym is also something that most people enjoy. If you prefer to workout alone, though, a home gym could be perfect for you! So, how can you create the perfect home gym?

Budget. Before you get started, you need to think about your budget. It doesn’t have to cost you much to set up a gym, but it’s really going to depend on what you want to achieve. If you want an extension with a hard floor and gym equipment, it’s going to cost you more than just a treadmill in the corner of the bedroom.

Equipment. You could buy all the essentials for an effective home gym with no more than £1-2,000, it’s all going to depend on the equipment that you enjoy using and how much you have to spare. You can buy a lot of gym equipment second hand from sites like Gumtree and eBay, and you can really slash the cost of the equipment this way.

Atmosphere. A home gym is about more than just the equipment, though. You need to consider the atmosphere. Installing a music system may be costly, but if it’s going to get you moving, then you need to invest your cash well. You need to be primed for success, so make sure you’ve set up your gym to push you in the way that you need.

You can be as lean as you like just by setting up a gym and sticking to using it. When you’ve put your cash into the home gym, it should be motivation enough to stick to your workouts.