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Oral Care for Seniors

Oral Care for Seniors

Oral diseases of teeth and gums, are common among our oldest Americans who grew up without the benefit of community water fluoridation and other fluoride products. Often why a dentist asks “are you pre-medicated” before doing many procedures.  Periodontal (gum) disease or tooth decay (cavities) are the most frequent causes of tooth loss. Most older Americans take both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Over 400 commonly used medications can cause a reduction of saliva, a dry mouth and increases the risk…

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Diet and Inflammation

Diet and Inflammation

Is your body cranky coming out of winter? Chronic inflammation is the common cause. Symptoms include: fatigue, body pain, anxiety, gastro upset, persistent infections. Quickest treatment is to spring clean your diet. Spring is ripe with a variety of healthy vegetables and fruits; many boosts impressive nutrient to quiet inflammation. According to the American Dietary Association eating followings foods can ease symptoms of chronic inflammation in our bodies.  Food is literally our fuel. Eat better for a strong, long-term immune…

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Life Healthy Hacks

Life Healthy Hacks

Taking care of your physical self is vital, but it is equally important that you tend to your emotional health. Try to incorporate the following into your daily routine. Stay socially active with friends and family and within your community. Stay physically active with regular exercise, or just keep moving throughout your day Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet — dump the junk food in favor of fiber-rich, low-fat, and low-cholesterol eating.  Check out Mediterranean food selection No late-night meals before…

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Nothing Tasty?

Nothing Tasty?

Not being able to taste food can take the enjoyment out of eating. Loss of taste, known as ageusia, can be a natural occurrence with aging or a side effect of medical conditions, treatments. It is the fourth most commonly reported side effect of COVID 19. Focus on your other senses. Choose to make your meals more visually appealing by adding various colors or spending time decorating your plate with garnishes. Slow down and notice the subtle differences in textures,…

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5 Mood Boosters Welcoming Humanity

5 Mood Boosters Welcoming Humanity

We have all done what we can to soothe ourselves over this last year of stress.  It may have been increasing our chocolate intake, binge watching Netflix, even going into hibernation. Here are some things to try as we spring into the world to recapture our humanity. Pay attention to your smile. Smiling is a mood booster Make that appointment with your dentist for an oral checkup and teeth cleaning.  Now as we are unmasking flash those pearly whites. share…

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7 Tips: Retrain Taste Buds

7 Tips: Retrain Taste Buds

Cleveland Clinic studies have shown that our taste buds diminish as we age. However, taste buds are adaptable and can be “purposely reprogramed”. Here are 7 steps to retrain your taste buds to enjoy a healthier palate. Start Small. Start by reducing the amount of added salt in your food over a 6-week period. Increase Flavor. Adding healthy herbs and spices entices  your other sense, smell. Avoid artificial sweeteners. NIH reports that artificial sweeteners are 180-13,000 (yup) times sweeter than…

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Spring Clean Your Diet

Spring Clean Your Diet

Spring is ripe with a variety of healthy vegetables and fruits; many boast impressive nutrient profiles. Take some time to spring clean your diet. According to many health experts eating food plans, that include the following, as your food/fuel, can ease symptoms of chronic disease and inflammation in our bodies.  Food is literally our fuel. Eat better for a strong, long-term immune boost. Broccoli and Cauliflower have vitamins A, C and E that increase needed antioxidants. Eggplant and dark berries…

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QUARANTINE FUNKY?

QUARANTINE FUNKY?

Feeling quarantine funky? Check your water gauge.  As we adjust to being home, we are more alert to how we are feeling. Increasing your water intake can be your secret solution Adjust your water intake to the chart below and you will feel better. Yep, 2 liters of water a day, if you are between 150 and 200 pounds. This means WATER,  NOT juice, coffee, tea, soda (diet is more dehydrating), regular soda and alcohol!  100 pounds 50 ounces 150…

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COVID Survival Kit Refresh!

COVID Survival Kit Refresh!

How is your COVID Survival Kit holding up? Months ago, we all got on the bandwagon to have our COVID survival kits packed and ready. None of us packed enough for this long, right? How depleted has yours become? As we move into colder, darker winter months, let’s refresh. We need to be aware of long-term effects, everyone is having with the prolonged effects like, isolation.  As we grow up, the cost of our happiness increases. These last months have…

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Oral Health for Seniors 

Oral Health for Seniors 

Oral diseases of teeth and gums, are common among our oldest Americans who grew up without the benefit of community water fluoridation and other fluoride products.  Being disabled, homebound, or institutionalized also increases the risk of poor oral health. Most older Americans do not have dental insurance. Often these benefits are lost when they retire. The situation may be worse for older women, who generally have lower incomes and may never have had dental insurance. Medicaid may fund dental care…

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