Good hygiene is one of the earliest skills we learn, besides eating. It’s also one of most-consistently important routines we engage in. Yet, the tenets of continuing good hygiene aren’t always fully understood, and you might not realize that what you do throughout the rest of the day could negate the care you give your teeth and gums at the sink. With a little extra care in your daily routines, however, you can help make your good hygiene practices more effective, with longer-lasting benefits. (more…)
Bad breath can say a lot, and usually, its message isn’t a good one. To eliminate bad breath and the embarrassment that can go with it, you have to understand what’s causing it and address the problem at its root. For some patients, that might mean simply improving their hygiene practices, while for others, it might require more involved professional treatment.
How Breath Goes Bad
The most common reason for chronic bad breath is poor hygiene. More specifically, the bacteria that accumulate in your mouth when you don’t brush and floss your teeth well enough. Some these germs, particularly the ones that like to gather on your tongue, release sulfur gases that can overwhelm your mouth and breath. (more…)
Are you under the impression that smiling is an involuntary physical response to feeling happy? This would make sense. What if you reversed the equation, however? Believe it or not, the act of smiling can give you a release of endorphins in the brain that is similar to eating chocolate. So, instead of sinking deeper into feeling blue, Encinitas periodontist, Dr. Ann Kania, wants you to consider smiling more when life gets you down.
Fascinating Smile Studies
There have been many university studies on the power of smiles to predict the future successes and well-being of individuals. Here are a few:
- Researchers at Wayne State University compiled baseball cards to find out how the qualities in each player’s smile related to their longevity. Better, happier, healthier smiles correlated with longer lives.
- At UC Berkeley, yearbook photos were the focus for tracking the health, success, and quality of life reported by previous students. The more wide and natural a smile was on a graduate, the more success they were likely to have in marriage and career.
- Scientists in the United Kingdom instituted a study focused on the therapeutic effects of smiling. The power of one single smile from study volunteers elicited the same feelings of happiness you would feel if you were told you had won $25,000 in the lottery. Blood pressure was even lowered from smiling in this research.