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Beauty Tricks to Help Your Smile Stand Out

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When you aren’t comfortable with your smile; then people are going to notice. One way to help yourself gain confidence in your smile is to make it stand out. Below are a few quick and easy tips to help you get the most of your smile and make it stand out for a great first impression.

Brush Them

It should probably be common sense, but it is still worth mentioning. Brushing your teeth is a way to clean off all the leftover food and plaque that builds up during the day and night. Dentists everywhere recommend brushing your teeth twice a day to get optimal cleaning, and it should be done for an entire two minutes. If you aren’t doing this part, you can’t expect a white and bright smile.

No Smoking

Yes, smoking can cause a myriad of health problems, but your teeth suffer as well. Smoking has a tendency to turn your teeth yellow and even a dark, dingy brown that is simply unsightly. It can be hard to get rid of those pesky stains as well, so it is best to nix the smoking. Not only will your teeth thank you, but your whole body will as well.

Whitening Them

Whitening your teeth is a great way to improve your smile, especially if you already take good care of your teeth. As Markham Dental points out, teeth whitening is purely aesthetic, and it works best if you already have healthy teeth and gums. So before you go to whitening your teeth, make sure you cut out your other bad habits first.

Consider Food

Your diet can have quite the effect on your teeth as well. Berries, red wine, soda, and coffee can stain your teeth and change how white your smile is. If you tend to eat these foods on a regular basis, you should have a glass of water or brush your teeth afterward to prevent staining. However, things like casein protein can help your teeth as well. Casein protein is a powder that can help reduce your enamel erosion for a healthier smile all around.

Conclusion

Your smile is important to you, and with it, you can make a great first impression. However, you don’t want a smile that doesn’t stand out from the crowd. Getting a better smile doesn’t have to be a long process, and with a few simple tips, like the ones mentioned above, you can have a brighter, whiter, and more confident smile in no time at all.

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A Tiny Detail, Often Forgotten: The Pre-Marital Check-Up

Congratulations, you’re getting married! A wedding is one of life’s biggest events to plan, and you have probably thought of everything by now, even the prenup. Except there is one detail that brides-to-be often forget before embarking on the blissful honeymoon: a gynecological exam.

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As unpleasant as going to the doctor can be, it is essential to make sure your vaginal health is in good order before the honeymoon. Not only can certain vaginal conditions make sex uncomfortable or impossible, but sex can irritate the vagina and make an existing condition worse. Here are some symptoms and conditions to look out for and ask your doctor to test for before your big day:

STD Tests and Bacterial Tests

If you’re having mysterious symptoms that don’t match any particular criteria, an STD and bacteria screening may be in order. Maybe you have unusual discharge, sores on the genitals, or chronic fatigue. These can be caused by common STD’s or bacterial imbalances, some of which are easily cured by a visit to the doctor. You don’t want to have painful sex on your honeymoon or give an infection to your partner. Be safe and get checked before the wedding for a happy and healthy start to your marriage.

Yeast Infections

Vaginal yeast infections are marked by itchiness, dryness, irritation and pale, sometimes foul-smelling discharge. These infections happen because the pH balance of the vagina is off and yeasts are allowed to grow out of control. They can be caused by things like soaps, chemicals near the vagina, stress, and diet, to name just a few. Sex can irritate the vagina further if there is a yeast infection present, and the smell and discharge can be unpleasant.

Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness could be a particularly surprising ailment that you might not have thought about affecting your marriage. The biggest symptom of vaginal dryness is the inability to become naturally lubricated through arousal. But there are other symptoms such as vaginal discomfort, burning, itching, and irritation. When the cervix is not producing enough moisture for the vaginal walls, sex can be very painful. Also, a dry vagina is not cleaning itself as it should and leaving the area vulnerable to infections. Painful sex and chronic infections don’t make for a happy and healthy sex life. Fortunately, vaginal dryness is relatively easy to diagnose and treat with a little help from your doctor.

Urinary Tract Infections

These infections occur when foreign bacteria (usually from the anal area) makes its way into the urethra. The symptoms include a burning feeling while urinating, blood in the urine, painful sex, pelvic pain and even fever. It is simple for doctors to diagnose and treat these infections, but it should be done right away as a UTI can spread to the kidneys and cause severe damage. Frequent sex and specific birth controls can cause and aggravate UTI’s, so get checked before the big day to avoid unnecessary pain.

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Health Checkups You Might Forget About in Your 20’s

Adryenn Ashley

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Life in your 20’s can be absolutely crazy, for a lot of different reasons. You may be in school, you may be working full-time, you may be starting or in the middle of a serious relationship, or you may be figuring out how to live on your own for the first time. No matter what you are going through, this transition from being a teenager to being a fully-functioning adult member of society can be a little hard to navigate on your own. It’s easy to forget about the small but important things, which include your health. So what health checkups should you make sure that you remember?

Cardiovascular Health

If you maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly, it’s unlikely you’ll have any cardiovascular health concerns. Heart attack and stroke are relatively rare conditions for younger adults. However, if you have a family history of heart problems, you need to be on the lookout for warning signs. You should also be checking your blood pressure on a regular basis. This can also be an indicator of whether you are having heart problems, or if you need work on living a healthier lifestyle. Just because you are at a good weight does not mean that you are in shape. Your doctor will check up on all of these things every time you have a physical, which means that it is important not to skip these.

STD Testing

If you are sexually active, this check-up is incredibly important for you to keep up on. Sexually transmitted diseases are no joke, and they can cause problems ranging from discomfort to serious health concerns. While you may be able to diagnose some STDs on your own, you may not recognize some of the symptoms. Additionally, sometimes STDs are asymptomatic, meaning that there are no signs. Make sure you get tested for STDs at least once a year. It is also recommended that you get tested before you start having sex with a new partner.

Immunizations

As a young adult, you may have the opportunity to travel for school or vacation that you may not have had before. It’s important to make sure that you stay up on your vaccines and immunizations. It’s also important that you update any childhood immunizations that you received that may have expired. Additionally, if you are pregnant or have health concerns, it may be important to get immunizations to prevent complications. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a list of recommended vaccines based on age and health conditions.

There is a lot of things you need to worry about as a young adult, but don’t let your health get pushed off to the side by something else. Your body is one of the most important things in your life, and you need to make sure that you take proper care of it.

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New Book by Dr. Sheila: Yes, I Have Herpes

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New Book by Dr. Sheila: Yes, I Have Herpes

Yes, I Have Herpes is a phenomenal resource from a medical perspective. It dispels myths, shares facts, and provides physical and emotional treatments for patients who don’t always get the education and information from their doctors. But just as important, Dr. Loanzon shares how she got herpes, how it’s affected her relationships and self-esteem, and how it became a part of who she is and her journey toward enlightenment, love, and happier relationships.

You can find Dr. Sheila at http://www.drsheilagyn.com/

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