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You brush, floss, and go about your day. What do you really need to know about teeth that isn’t on the tube of toothpaste you use every morning? Well, a lot actually. Here’s some surprising dental facts you don’t know. You’re Brushing Too Hard If your bristles are mashed in like a pug’s face, you’re brushing too hard. Way too hard. Easy up on things and let the brush do the work. You don’t need to strongarm your teeth. The plaque will come off with technique. The vast majority of people actually brush too aggressively, and this is because there’s […]
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You need medical marijuana, but you don’t want to smoke it. Fortunately, for you, there are many different alternatives you can use to ingest it and get the benefit of cannabis. Here are a few preferred methods. Oils This is probably the most widely-recognized method as a substitute for inhaling through smoking. If you’re going to make an oil preparation, make sure you: • Make a large batch each time. You get a more consistent dose each time. • Use high quality butter or olive oil as the carrier. Using lower-quality oils may not mask the (awful) taste of the […]
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Sometimes you need a little “pick me up,” but what do you reach for? The usual suspect is caffeine. But, did you know there are many different ways you can boost brain power and feel more alert? Here are what some experts recommend. Take A Power Nap One of the best ways you can increase your mood and improve mental clarity is to take a power nap. Yes, sleeping. It’s low-tech and it works almost every time. Most people don’t spend enough time sleeping, so they’re chronically sleep deprived. A 5 to 15 minute nap might be all you need. […]
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You’re ready to jump on the bandwagon. Everyone else is doing it. Electric toothbrushes. They’re all the rage, but which one should you choose? There are the top contenders and a few things you should think about before making your choice or this guide. Also, consider that, when you use an electric toothbrush, you may not need to visit the dentist as often. And, even if you don’t or can’t reduce your cleaning frequency, you can still visit Carefree Dental for information on how to lower your dentist bill. Either way, these brushes will help you improve your oral health, […]
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Don’t you wish you could have perfect teeth? You’ve seen smiling faces in magazines but, no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to make your smile like those models. Plus, you know you have a few crooked ones in there that are embarrassing. What you have is called a “malocclusion.” Here’s what you need to know about it and how to get your smile back. What Is It? A malocclusion is when the teeth are misaligned. According to Dr. Joseph Hung, these misalignments can take the form of overbites, underbites, open bites, crossbites, and crowded teeth. A malocclusion […]
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Smoking tobacco has led to many illnesses and deaths for decades.  A much disputed habit, government agencies continually place pressure on cigarette manufacturers to reveal the truth regarding the dangers of smoking.  While some people quit cold turkey, use meditation, or try the patch, others have tried ‘vaping.’ While debates are open and long-term results are pending, a number of people believe that vaping is helping people quit cigarettes. Those Who Vape Based on a survey, most (72%) ‘vapors’ were former cigarette smokers, with 76% smoking e-cigarettes on a daily basis.  An international survey reported that 72% of those who […]
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Only those that experience the true horrors of a war-zone or an incredibly traumatic event, can truly describe the internal turmoil they experience in trying to process what they have witnessed. Many of us are familiar with the term of PTSD and how it is triggered by witnessing distresses images, and when a literature professor called Francine Shapiro received a cancer diagnosis, her physical reaction to the shock became the catalyst that lead to development of EMDR Therapy . EMDR explained Francine Shapiro is now a respected professor in psychology and since her accidental discovery back in the 1980’s, EMDR […]
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It can be hard enough to find child care for a healthy child. But, for those who have children with special needs, it can be much, much, more difficult. Here are some ways to find the best care possible for a child that needs just a little more help. Consider a Special Needs Daycare Center Finding good child care is difficult when you need it for your special-needs child. The American Disabilities Act doesn’t allow day care centers to refuse to admit a child because of a disability. But, not all daycare providers have the knowledge and expertise to care […]
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Did you know your oral health is directly related to your heart health? It is. Here’s how brushing your teeth, and getting regular checkups, could reduce your risk for heart-related illness or disease. The Link and Why It Matters Studies have shown that people with moderate or advanced gum disease are more likely to have a heart problem than those with health gums. Heart disease is the most common type of heart problem correlated with gum disease. Oral health studies also show that oral health can provide early warning signs for other diseases or conditions. This squares with what many […]
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With a lifestyle involving sitting or lying down ten hours or longer each day, people over the age of 65 tend to experience the lowest activity level of any age group. Their sedentary life tends to cost them dearly. Inactivity stiffens the joints over time, making movement harder and harder; seniors who work little opportunity for physical activity into their lives end up finding it more challenging each passing year to enjoy simple pleasures such as stepping out for everyday activities. An inactive lifestyle can ruin the health even further. Research finds strong connections between activity level and both physical […]
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