How to live LONGER?

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Don't we all want to find the fountain of youth and eat cheesy's all day long. Well, its not that easy but it just might be. Here are some ways, we can live a longer and healthier life. 

No matter what your age, you have the power to change many of the variables that influence how long you live, and how active and vital you feel in your later years. Actions you can take to increase your odds of a longer and more satisfying life span are really quite simple:

  1. Don't smoke.
  2. Enjoy physical and mental activities every day.
  3. Eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, and substitute healthier monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats for unhealthy saturated fats and trans fats.
  4. Take a daily multivitamin, and be sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D.
  5. Maintain a healthy weight and body shape.
  6. Challenge your mind. Keep learning and trying new activities.
  7. Build a strong social network.
  8. Follow preventive care and screening guidelines.
  9. Floss, brush, and see a dentist regularly.
  10. Ask your doctor if medication can help you control the potential long-term side effects of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, osteoporosis, or high cholesterol.

October is NATIONAL ORTHODONTIC MONTH

Summer flew by this year, as usual, and now we're quickly diving into Fall! The trees are starting to turn those beautiful autumn colours and everywhere you go people are starting to get into the Thanksgiving and Halloween spirit.

October is recognized in Canada and the U.S. as National Orthodontic Month. This month we celebrate your beautiful , healthy smile, the biggest benefit of your orthodontic treatment! With Halloween at the end of the month, October also provides us the opportunity to raise awareness regarding orthodontic care, which plays as important role in dental health and overall physical health. Good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment helps your teeth respond better to the gentle force from orthodontic wires, whereas braces that are covered in sticky candy or plaque make it much more difficult for teeth to move, as it causes increased inflammation on the gums.

The most obvious concern of Halloween are the treats. Here is a list, as a reminder, of what to avoid so you don't do damage or pull off a bracket or wire:

  • Super chewy candy, like taffy and caramels
  • Beef Jerky and other leathery food treats
  • Licorice
  • Bubble gum
  • Jelly beans
  • Hard candies like candy canes and lollipops
  • Popcorn and nuts

Don't worry, we aren't here just to tell you what not to eat! We understand that Halloween is an exciting time to dress up and celebrate with friends and family- and of course, delicious treats. Here are some recommendations  of orthodontic friendly treats:

  • Soft, melt in your mouth chocolates
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Milk shakes
  • Jello
  • Pudding
  • Peeled, thinly slices apples (don't bite off with your front teeth)
  • Ice cream

Does Smiling Effect Your Life For the Better?

It was actually Darwin, who first proposed in the 19th century that facial expressions didn't only reflect emotions, but also caused them. Your smile brings others towards you, can show your mood, but more amazingly can alter your mood. Smiling can make you feel happy. Smiling also makes you look younger as it lifts the face without even undergoing a surgery! That alone should change your mood. 

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Studies show that when you smile, there is a considerable reduction in your blood pressure as you are more relaxed and calm. If you are in in physical pain, studies also reveal that smiling releases endorphins and serotonin which are natural pain killers. 

In the 1980s studies on the physiology of smiling found that when test subjects were asked to contort their faces in fear, their body temperature increased and their pulses sped up. 

Taking into consideration the benefits of smiling above, there is really no question why you should invest in smiling. It all get very technical, but the study showed that a warmer brain produced negative emotions. The brain temperature is reduced during the act of a smile, and the brain then produces more positive and happy feelings. That gives you a lot of control over your mood. Laughter and smiling can really be the best medicine.

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So Where Does Orthodontics Come Into Play?

Think about it. If you smile more, you will have an increased happy mood. If you lack the confidence to smile because of what you may consider to be a flawed jawline, teeth, or smile - that is where orthodontics can help.