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Caring for Your Teeth as You Age

A lot of people are under the mistaken assumption that aging necessarily means they’ll lose teeth, which is completely untrue! Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime and any tooth loss has a cause that isn’t aging. Aside from suffering a traumatic accident that causes your teeth to be broken or knocked out keeping your teeth is completely under your control!

At Gentle Family Dentistry we work hard to keep your smile healthy. Regular visits to our Duncansville dentist office are essential to keeping your teeth healthy but that isn’t all you need to do! Lifestyle choices are the biggest deciding factor in the future of your teeth so don’t let bad habits leave you in dentures!

By following these tips you’ll be all set for a lifelong healthy smile!

Quit Smoking

It’s the truth whether you like it or not: smoking is bad for you! There are a lot of things it can do to ruin your overall health and it also causes serious damage to your teeth as well!

There is always bacteria in your mouth. It makes up the plaque that forms on your teeth over the course of the day. Some of it is harmless but other strains are what cause tooth decay! When plaque bacteria metabolize the sugar in foods you eat they turn it into acid that destroys your enamel and starts cavities.

Studies of smokers have found that the bad bacteria levels in their mouths was much higher – the harmless bacteria is actually dying off! That greatly increases the risk of infection and tooth decay which in turn can lead to eventual tooth loss! Even just one lost tooth can start a domino effect!

Eat Right

That harmful plaque bacteria won’t do a lot of damage if you don’t feed it a lot of sugar! While it’s possible to still end up with cavities on a healthy diet it’s not nearly as likely and when they do happen they’re generally minor and easy to treat.

Make sure you’re avoiding excess carbs too! Foods like bread, pretzels, chips, crackers, and other things high in processed white flour are high in a different kind of sugar, called glucose, that plaque bacteria still love!

If you do treat yourself to sweets or starches don’t panic – just make sure you’re drinking water to keep your mouth clean and brush as soon as you have an opportunity.

Practice Good Oral Care Habits

Plaque bacteria is the thing that will destroy your teeth. The best way to manage bacteria day to day is through your brushing and flossing habits. Just because you brush doesn’t mean it’s effective, though! Make sure you follow these tips to ensure good brushing.

● Brush for at least two minutes
● Use a soft-bristled brush. Hard bristles can damage your teeth and gums!
● Sweep down from your gumline toward the edge of your teeth or gently brush in circles.
● Use small, tooth-width strokes and focus on each tooth.
● Make sure to get all the surfaces of your teeth – front, back, and chewing surfaces!
● Use toothpaste containing fluoride for an extra boost of protection.
● And don’t forget to always floss in the evening! It’s the only way to get the tricky bits of plaque and food that hide between your teeth!

Get Regular Professional Care

Aging doesn’t mean you have to lose teeth but without caring for your mouth your chances definitely increase! To guarantee you’re keeping a healthy mouth you should make sure you’re seeing us at our Duncansville dentist office every six months! By seeing us regularly we can monitor your oral health and catch any potential problems before they become serious!

If you have any questions about keeping your teeth healthy or are ready to schedule an appointment you should give Gentle Family Dentistry a call today! You can reach us by phone at 814-693-6777 or you can request an appointment by filling out our online form. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

How to Quickly and Easily Get Rid of Kidney Stones

How to Quickly and Easily Get Rid of Kidney Stones

How to Quickly and Easily Get Rid of Kidney Stones

If you have ever had kidney stones you know how painful and debilitating they can be. But the American disease maintenance Association, formerly known as the AMA, will never tell you how to get rid of them at home without “seeing a doctor”.

Kidney stones are the result of consuming too much oxalic acid which your body then turns into oxalate crystals. Normally your kidneys do a good job of filtering out the oxalate crystals until they begin to grow into large clumps and then are known as kidney stones.

These oxalate crystals, now kidney stones, have a very rough surface resembling thousands of little knives which can very easily cause severe irritation to your kidneys and urinary tract.

Fortunately there is a simple and fast method that you can use that works most of the time to dissolve and eliminate the kidney stones within 24 hours.

My Coke and Asparagus Kidney Stone Cure

Here’s how it works…

If you have had kidney stones before you know what it feels like when the lower back pain sets in and you just know it your kidneys.

Here are your supplies: a 2 L bottle of Coke or Pepsi and 8 ounces of puréed asparagus.

The Coke or Pepsi can either be room temperature or chilled and the asparagus can either be room temperature or warmed.

1st thing next morning you are going to eat the puréed asparagus while drinking the entire 2 Liters of Coke.

Be prepared during the next 12 to 24 hours for plenty of pee trips to the bathroom.

Here’s how it works. The 2 Liters of Coke contains enough phosphoric acid to dissolve the stones. The asparagus acts as a natural diuretic causing you to pee. It’s really that simple.

Now who wants to lose days of work, go to the hospital and get those damn painful stones blasted or cut out of you?

How to Prevent More Kidney Stones

The obvious way is to limit the foods that contain or produce oxalic acid. Unfortunately that long list of foods contains some of our all-time favorites. Now I’m not suggesting that you cut out some your favorite foods, but here’s the list anyway.

Some of the biggest offenders include spinach, chives, purslane, cassava, amaranth, beets (particularly the tops), rhubarb, parsley, sweet potatoes, pokeweed, leeks, turnips, sugar beets, okra, strawberries, star fruit, lime and lemon peel, pecans, chocolate, tea, instant coffee, toasted wheat germ, dry beans (almost all except lima and green beans), soy protein (including soy milk), peanuts, peanut butter, and black pepper.

Of course, our Creator has already provided a natural herb that works to prevent the formation of oxalate crystals which form and to kidney stones. That herb is called Chanca Piedra or Phyllanthus niruri.

I get it from Swanson vitamins online at this link:

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/swanson-premium-chanca-piedra-phyllanthus-niruri-500-mg-60-veg-caps.

If you are prone to kidney stones I suggest you take one capsule every morning and be mindful to consume the foods listed above in moderation.

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Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

The Leading Cause of Kidney Problems

 

The Leading Cause of Kidney Problems

 Especially in cold weather it’s important to ensure that our car’s cooling system has adequate antifreeze.

So, what does that have to do with kidney problems?

The primary ingredient in antifreeze is ethylene glycol, a colorless, odorless form of alcohol. Domestic and wild animals (and small children) are attracted to its sweet taste, but consuming it can be fatal. The underlying cause of its toxicity isn’t so much the ethylene glycol itself, but rather its metabolite, oxalic acid—also called oxalate.

Almost all kidney stones are formed from oxalate and another mineral, typically calcium. When one ingests antifreeze, the glycolic acid is metabolized into oxalic acid, which binds to calcium, forming calcium oxalate crystals. These razor-sharp crystals accumulate in tissues throughout the body, including the brain, bones, lungs, and kidneys. In antifreeze poisoning, the accumulation of oxalate crystals in the kidneys causes severe damage and kidney failure, resulting in death.

Antifreeze poisoning illustrates an extreme situation involving oxalate crystals. And although I’m not worried about you drinking antifreeze, there is a list of foods, not to avoid but, to consume in moderation.

And, before you get caught up in the green smoothie craze, there are a few things you should know.

The basis of most green smoothie recipes is spinach and most will include other green vegetables such as kale, arugula, Swiss chard, collard greens, broccoli, celery, or parsley. From there, the sky is the limit. All types of fruits and berries can be on the ingredient list, as well as soy milk.

Unfortunately, as most kidney stone sufferers well know, many of these foods are very high in oxalate and can increase kidney stone formation. In addition to spinach, some of the biggest offenders include chives, purslane, cassava, amaranth, beets (particularly the tops), rhubarb, parsley, sweet potatoes, pokeweed, leeks, turnips, sugar beets, okra, strawberries, star fruit, lime and lemon peel, pecans, chocolate, tea, instant coffee, toasted wheat germ, dry beans (almost all except lima and green beans), soy protein (including soy milk), peanuts, peanut butter, and black pepper.

You’ll notice that many of these foods are healthy and beneficial in moderation. But for individuals who can’t process oxalate and are susceptible to kidney stones, they can trigger problems quickly.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, the lifetime risk of kidney stones in men is 19 percent. In women, it’s 9 percent. And once you have formed a stone, the likelihood of recurrence is more than 50 percent at five years and 80 percent at 10 years. Roughly 3.5 million people in this country seek medical care for kidney stone removal each year.

Daily oxalate intake in adults averages 69–235 mg per day. In comparison, many green smoothie recipes typically call for two cups of spinach in addition to other high-oxalate foods. Two cups of spinach alone contain roughly 1,450 mg of oxalate. Daily oxalate intake skyrockets when you add other ingredients and/or substitute one or two meals a day with these smoothies.

See my article on this blog site about curing Kidney Stones, once you get them and preventing them going forward.

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Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

Cure Your Own Type 2 Diabetes Because The Drugs Don’t Work!

 

diabetes-cureCure Your Own Type 2 Diabetes Because The Drugs Don’t Work! 

The FDA itself has just admitted that. But not in so many words. What they did admit was; “none of them have ever proven to save lives, and none of them have ever proven to cut the risk of diabetes-related complications such as blindness.”

The FDA also said saving lives, even IMPROVING lives isn’t the point. All a drug has to do to get approved is reduce blood sugar levels. BUT high blood sugar is a symptom, not a disease. Very few people die of high blood sugar alone. And 80 percent of diabetics die of heart problems not high blood sugar.

In fact according to the FDA; A drug can cut blood sugar and increase the risk of heart problems by as much as 30 percent and still get approved.

And you thought the FDA worked for the US government. They may have the typical lack of intelligence common to most govt. bureaucrats BUT they actually work for and answer to big Pharma.

Now, if you are on one or more of these expensive new Diabetes drugs, trying to tolerate the growing number of awful side effects because you’ve been led to believe that newer is better, your doctor, also working for big Pharma and not you, plans on keeping you on these drugs for life. However short that may be. So, Don’t Get Mad Get Even by Curing Yourself.

The Top Four Natural Diabetes Cures

Cinnamon: This spice can do more than add flavor to your oatmeal. Cinnamon is powerful medicine, used since ancient times, and modern science confirms it with studies showing that cinnamon can cut blood sugar levels by between 10 percent and 30 percent. As a bonus, it can slash your triglycerides and even shave a few points off
your BP.

But there’s a catch here and it’s a pretty big one: Cinnamon also contains a poison called coumarin. A little bit won’t hurt you. But in the amounts needed to lower blood sugar it is harmful.

Use a water-based cinnamon extract instead of a powdered supplement. There is no coumarin in that. Just look for the phrase “cinnamon extract” on the label.

Chromium: Takes on super powers inside your body. A small amount can tame the flames of raging blood sugar levels. Studies show that Chromium can decrease blood sugar levels by 15% – 30%.

Chromium will also protect your heart, boost your HDL (“good”) cholesterol and might even help you drop a few pounds. And it can do all that with NO side effects.

Berberine: Every diabetic knows and dreads the word metformin. It can leave you doubled over with pain as you blast from both ends with vomit and diarrhea, loud belching and noisy, stinky farts. But Berberine is better than metformin with no side effects, especially if taken in smaller doses throughout the day.

Turmeric: is so effective at cutting blood sugar levels that diabetics are warned NOT to take it with their meds because their glucose levels could fall too far. Because turmeric can do the work of drugs without the risks, you should insist that your doctor lowers your meds. 300 mg of turmeric per day for three months can improve hemoglobin A1c, blood glucose and insulin resistance.

So, if you are tired of paing big bucks to be a lab rat, then here is what you must do…

Combine these 4 natural cures with an all-natural low-carb diet, similar to the Atkins diet.

You can reverse your Type 2 Diabetes and cure yourself.

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

The Newest Weapon Against Dental Caries and Gum Disease

EvoraPro

 

Brush more, floss more, use automated toothbrushes, a water pik, sulcular antibiotics? What if I told you that mechanical removal of bad bacteria might not be enough to ensure optimal oral health in everyone. After all, if simple removal of bacteria was beneficial then mouth washes would rein supreme chemical adjunct to mechanical removal. The problem is that this chemical warfare kills all types of oral bacteria, including the good! The potential issue is that problems can become worse because good bacteria are targeted and reduced and numbers can decline to levels that allow bad bacteria to take over. What if the war on bad bacteria could be won by target warfare by out numbering them! It is time to consider adding friendly bacteria to the mix.

Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria) thought to be healthy for the host organism. According to the currently adopted definition by the World Health Organization, probiotics are: “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.” Lactic acid bacteria (lactobacillus) (L. acidophilus) and bifidobacteria are the most common types of microbes used as probiotics and have been widely accepted in the medical profession. The benefits of probiotics are decreased hypertension, managing lactose intolerance, lowering cholesterol, overall GI health, and soon to be added is improved periodontal health and caries prevention.EvoraPro

The EvoraPro System of oral care products contains a formulation of ProBiora3, a probiotic blend of beneficial bacteria, found in naturally healthy human mouths, S. oralis KJ3, S. uberis KJ2, S. rattus JH145. ProBiora3 was developed from basic research started more than thirty years ago at the Harvard-affiliated Forsyth Institute by Jeffrey Hillman, DMD, PhD. This body of research has shown that in diseased mouths, these three beneficial strains had virtually disappeared. It is delivered in a form of a dissolving mint that, in addition to the probiotics, also contains xylitol – a proven bad bacteria reducer.

Dental Caries Prevention

As a dentist I advise patients to avoid sugar to prevent caries. Have you ever wondered why some patients’ diets are loaded with sugar, and yet they are relatively caries free, while others partake in a diet only light with sugar (substrate) and they are highly caries active?

Here is the truth when it comes to caries. It isn’t the sugar that causes cavities but how streptococcus bacteria use sugar and produce lactic acid that causes decay. Thus patients whose bacteria war is being won by the bad bacteria will have more decay than those where the bad bacteria is kept at lower levels. What can be done? Streptococcus rattus JH145 is a unique strain of streptococcus that does not produce lactic acid, and has been shown to successfully compete for nutrients and space on tooth surfaces with the native strain of Streptococcus mutans that produces lactic acid. The result is a reduction in decay despite the potential presence of sugar (substrate) in the oral environment.

S. oralis KJ3, and S. uberis KJ2 produce hydrogen peroxide, which aids in inhibition of periodontal pathogens that cause gum disease. The ability to reduce these types of harmful bacteria in return results in a reduction of pathogenic biofilm on the teeth. The patients who suffer from periodontal disease, or who have poor results from traditional periodontal treatment now have a new conservative approach which might provide them results they were previously unable to achieve with contemporary treatments alone. Research has shown there is an unintended cosmetic benefit from this hydrogen peroxide production. Now patients can have whiter enamel from using a daily oral mint.

The benefits to probiotics in oral health care are endless. Patients who have been susceptible to health breakdown due to age related or medically induced changes can now have a conservative treatment to help reverse these issues. Patients who undergo extensive dental treatment such as implants, veneers, full mouth rehabilitations, or even are currently undergoing orthodontic therapy now have a simple treatment to aid in the protection of their dental investment.

The science and research on probiotic therapy for overall health and well being is constantly advancing in new areas and uncovering new benefits. The probiotic benefits for oral health are an exciting and newly expanding area of this type of therapy.

The breath mint industries annual retail sales are approximately $3.7 billion dollars. The obvious patient demand for fresher breath is apparent. How about a mint that not only tastes good and freshens breath, but allows for reduction in caries and periodontal disease?

The good news is that you can now get EvoraPro at Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

 

Soy Is like Steroids for Breast Tumors

soy

Today’s vegetarian extremists should hightail it out of the health industry, and stick to what they’re REALLY good at — making bumper stickers.

Yet ANOTHER study is proving that a disgusting “food” they’ve been forcing down our throats for years is little more than a mouthful of murder.

Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering have shown that your soy-laced tofu salad might not just be leaving you hungrier than a hibernating bear. It turns out that tasteless garbage is practically STEROIDS for breast tumors too!

Women with early-stage breast cancer spent only TWO WEEKS taking a daily soy supplement, but it may have given them a permanent vacation from good health. Just 14 days of soy was all it took to activate a key gene that’s been linked to tumor growth and aggressive cancer.

You see, soy is loaded with chemicals that mimic estrogen in your body and can act like rocket fuel for existing tumors — even tumors that should NEVER have been dangerous in the first place.

SoyThat’s right, despite all the health-food hype, soy isn’t saving the world — but it may be making it a lot less crowded.

No doubt this news won’t stop the vegan crowd from continuing to sling soy like it’s manna from heaven. After all, this isn’t the first time research has proven that soy is bad for your health.

Soy has already been linked to dementia, and research has revealed it can even turn fellas from studs to duds in the sack. A major Harvard study found that eating just ONE SERVING OF SOY PER DAY can cut your sperm count in half!

That means that vegans are going to have an awfully hard time reproducing. 

If you kicked the soy habit years ago, you still may be at risk. Soy is used as cheap filler in many of the processed and packaged Frankenfoods you’ll find at your local supermarket. Even your favorite cookies and crackers could be loaded up with hidden dangerous levels of soy!

Ditch the soy silliness for good before you eat your way straight to the grave. Stick to a fresh foods, low-carb meat-and-veggie diet — and maybe we can start printing our own bumper stickers to set the veg-heads straight for good.

I was thinking of starting with “Meat Me For a Steak.”

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

How To Stop Smoking (or Chewing) Tobacco

Smoking or chewing tobacco has been a pleasurable activity for you over the years, but now it is becoming a problem. It is a real threat to your health and to the health of those you love. Perhaps it is interfering with social relationships. Maybe it’s putting your job at risk. You may be finding it harder to find places to smoke in public. Non-smokers are becoming less tolerant of smoking.

Whatever your reasons, you know that it is time to seriously consider quitting smoking or chewing tobacco. Perhaps you have tried to quit and started again, maybe several times. You may feel discouraged because quitting is so difficult. On the other hand, tobacco has been an important part of your life and consistently reliable at helping you deal with stress and strong emotions. The thought of giving it up may make you feel a little as you would at the loss of a close friend – sad and maybe even frightened at how you’ll cope with life afterward.

Difficult as it is to give up tobacco, more than a million Americans quit each year. Most stop on their own without using outside groups or counseling, but many find that formal smoking cessation groups (such as those offered by the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society and many local hospitals) are helpful. Others use self help books or recordings to succeed in becoming tobacco free. We all know there is no painless short cut to “make” you quit. It is you who must decide that you will quit, when you will quit and how you plan to accomplish your goal.

how to quit smoking

Preparing to Quit

Becoming permanently tobacco free is a process that sometimes takes more than one attempt before success is achieved, however some people may be successful on their first attempt. Research shows that most who are successful at quitting think about it and allow time to prepare before they stop. Sufficient preparation may be the most important factor in your success. This period of preparation may take days or several weeks, but it should be a time of steady progress. Think about changing your tobacco using behavior and about the day when you will quit permanently. You can also use this time to learn strategies that will help you become permanently tobacco free.

Here are some activities that may be helpful in your preparation:

1. Make a list of your reasons for quitting, stated as positive benefits. Keep adding to your list.
Here are some examples:
➨ My health will improve, my body will start to heal itself.
➨ My family will be safe from the dangers of passive smoke.
➨ My family and I will have fewer respiratory infections.
➨ I will have more energy and endurance for athletic activities.
➨ The odors from smoking will be gone.
➨ I will save money.
➨ Barriers to personal relationships will be removed.
➨ I will reduce my risk of high blood pressure, heart and lung disease and some cancers that are more likely to occur with tobacco use.
➨ I will be able to smell and taste things better.

2. Assess the role tobacco plays in your life. The nicotine in tobacco is a powerful drug which both stimulates and relaxes. You may feel that tobacco helps you:
➨ Cope with stressful situations.
➨ Deal with painful or unpleasant emotions.
➨ Improve your concentration.
➨ Relax.
➨ Take a break from work.
➨ Get a lift when you’re feeling sad.
➨ Pass the time when you’re bored.
➨ Give your hands something to do.
➨ Make an enjoyable time more enjoyable.
➨ Keep from gaining weight.
➨ Keep from having withdrawal symptoms.
➨ Feel more comfortable in social situations.

➨ There are situations that may trigger an automatic urge for tobacco that don’t involve emotions such as:
➨ Picking up the telephone.
➨ Starting the car.
➨ Finishing a meal.
➨ Taking a coffee or tea break.
➨ Drinking alcohol.
➨ Watching TV, reading or enjoying a conversation.

3. A good way to take note of your tobacco use patterns and triggers is to keep a journal of your smoking or chewing behaviors. Some people like to use a piece of paper and wrap it around the tobacco container. Make a list of each time you smoke or chew; noting time or day, what activity is occurring, how you’re feeling and a way of rating how strong the urge is. Notice when urges to smoke or chew are stronger.

4. Plan activities that will add to your health and enjoyment of life and remove barriers to quitting.
➨ Begin an exercise program.
➨ Learn relaxation and meditation techniques.
➨ Begin a hobby or a healthy social or spiritual activity to keep your mind and hands busy and help you to feel good about yourself.

5. Do whatever you can to reduce stress in your life before you select a quit date. If you are expecting a major life change (such as job change, moving, project deadline, marriage or divorce), wait until your life is more settled. However, don’t use this postponement as an excuse not to quit as soon as possible! There will always be stress in your life.

6. Line up your support system. Your effort to quit tobacco can be enhanced by support from key people in your life. You’ll need to be selective. Some important people in your life will not be supportive and may even sabotage your efforts (for example, other tobacco users). Tell one or two supportive people that you’re planning to quit. Explain that you would appreciate their being available to talk to (or cry or laugh with) while you go through the first few weeks of the quitting process. Plan to minimize contact with those who might interfere with your efforts. If this is your spouse or significant other, it will be necessary to negotiate a compromise to minimize their tobacco use around you.

7. Begin to alter your smoking and chewing patterns.
➨ a)Stop buying tobacco by the carton. Buy one package at a time and only when you’re out of tobacco.
➨ b)Buy brands of cigarettes that are lower in tar and nicotine. (Monitor your smoking so that you don’t smoke more of them, inhale more deeply or take more frequent puffs to increase nicotine intake).
➨ c)Begin to smoke less of each cigarette, cigar or pipe. Make your pinches of tobacco smaller and leave them in your mouth for shorter periods of time.
➨ d)Begin to postpone your first smoke or chew of the day as far toward noon or later as possible.
➨ e)If you can stand it try buying the least tasteful brand you can find.
➨ f )Delay smoking or chewing when the urge strikes. Begin to employ alternative strategies. Notice which ones help you best to postpone smoking or chewing and use these strategies at the times when your urge for tobacco is greatest.
➨ Drink water or juice.
➨ Suck or chew on something (toothpicks, a coffee stirrer) or eat a low calorie snack.
➨ Take a series of slow, deep breaths.
➨ Get up and move around or take a walk.
➨ Do something else with your hands (for example, doodle or knit).
➨ Practice relaxation and meditation techniques.
➨ Change your routines and habits, begin new ones.
➨ g)Make it harder to smoke or chew without having to think about it. Stop carrying your tobacco in your pocket or purse. Put it where you have to go get it.
➨ Begin to disconnect tobacco use from other activities. It isn’t eating or driving or talking on the phone you need to quit, it is tobacco.
➨ Designate a place to smoke or chew away from all other activities–not in front of the TV, not at the meal table, not at your desk nor in your car. Do not read or listen to music there, just smoke or chew tobacco.
➨ h) Discuss getting a prescription for nicotine patches or nicotine gum with your health care provider. Symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, which usually only last a few days, can interfere with developing new skills of coping with life without tobacco. They can be used for the first weeks or months after you quit tobacco and then can be tapered off, usually without much difficulty. They are not to be used while you are still using any amount of tobacco or serious side effects may result.

Quitting (First 2 Weeks)

Set your quit date. Pick a time that will be as calm as possible, when you will be able to focus as much energy as needed to get through your first week or two of being tobacco free. You may want to share your quit date with one or two of your key support people.

Have your last tobacco, privately or in a sort of public celebration ritual of freedom from tobacco. Then throw away all your tobacco and everything related to it, ashtrays, pipes, matches and lighters from your home and office. Clean out the ashtrays in your car and fill them with toothpicks, coffee stirrers or sugarless gum. If you’ve chosen to use nicotine patches or nicotine gum, start now. Follow the manufacturer directions or the instructions given by your doctor.

What to Expect in the Early Stages of Quitting

Everyone varies in how they feel during the first days or weeks of quitting tobacco. Some effects, related to nicotine withdrawal, are common to both smokers and chewers of tobacco. They may include: craving for tobacco, irritability, anxiety, nervousness, difficulty concentrating – especially under stress, dizziness, changes in temperature and heart rate, headache and upset stomach.

There are other effects that smokers may experience. There is an escalator – like system in the lungs to remove “trash” (dust, smoke, air-pollution) that is hampered by smoking. When smoking stops, it begins to work again. As a result, you may notice an increase in shortness of breath. You may cough more and bring up discolored mucus. This can be scary but it is actually a sign of your lungs working to improve their function.

All these effects of tobacco withdrawal will disappear in time, usually in 1-2 weeks. If you are experiencing other problems or these withdrawal effects continue, consult your health care provider.

Strategies to Help You Through the Early Stages of Quitting:

Put your list of the benefits of quitting on file cards or in a small notebook. Keep this list with you at all times and read it often. Visualize yourself as a tobacco free person. Drink lots of water, juices or caffeine-free drinks. Employ your relaxation techniques, use your new coping skills and exercise! Remember that the urge for tobacco will go away even if you don’t use tobacco and that it will get less and less strong as time passes.

➨ Plug into your power source(s):
Quit Smoking➨ Stop smoking programs, books, recordings, support groups.
➨ Hobbies, classes, self-esteem builders.
➨ Meditation, prayer.
➨ Your support people.

Give yourself rewards and treats:

➨ Buy yourself gifts with the money you’re saving.
➨ Get a massage.
➨ Take long soothing bubble baths or hot tub.
➨ Listen to your favorite music.
➨ Get your teeth cleaned.
➨ Get your carpets and drapes cleaned.
➨ Engage in pleasant, peaceful, nurturing activities.

➨ Celebrate how much better your food tastes and smells.

➨ Celebrate the fact that your family will be healthier.

➨ Know that healthy changes are going on in your body:
➨ Decrease in blood pressure and pulse rate.
➨ Decrease of carbon monoxide in your body.
➨ Better circulation to your hands and feet.
➨ Increase in oxygen to all parts of your body.
➨ Risk of heart attack is decreasing.
➨ Risk of lung cancer will decrease.
➨ Your respiratory system is improving and you are preventing further damage.
➨ Energy and endurance are increasing.

Avoid places and events where people are likely to be smoking. Minimize as much as possible your contact with persons and situations that will increase your stress and your urge for tobacco. Laugh a lot! Laughing is good for your spirit and releases chemicals in the body that are calming. Just be tobacco free one day at a time.

Staying Tobacco Free

Set a time each week to review your progress, perhaps with a key support person, perhaps in your journal. What has been difficult or may be a problem in the future? When are you most likely to have the urge to smoke or chew? Which coping strategies work or don’t work? Review your list of the benefits of quitting. Be watchful for situations that may cause a relapse:

➨ Drinking alcohol, especially with tobacco users.
➨ When you’re stressed, frustrated or angry.
➨ Relaxing after eating.
➨ Times of boredom.
➨ When you’re feeling sad, depressed or sorry for yourself.
➨ When that addict’s voice is sitting on your shoulder saying “just one won’t hurt,” “you’ve been good, you deserve it” or “you can control it now.”

If you slip up and smoke or chew, don’t waste time and energy being hard on yourself. You are not a failure, you have hit a risky situation and your coping technique wasn’t adequate at the time. Start over, learn from the relapse, take control again and proceed with your campaign to become smoke free. The only real failure would be to allow a relapse to convince you that it is of no use for you to try to quit. Many who have successfully quit experienced a slip or two. Learn from these mistakes and avoid making them in the future.

Plan long term rewards for yourself when you have been tobacco free for three months, six months, a year. Keep the vision and benefits of being tobacco free in your mind and heart. Finally, congratulate yourself on accomplishing one of the most important and difficult tasks of your life.

Make A Big Deal Out Of It! — It Is A Big Deal!

The Lung Association New Years’ Quit Smoking Tips

After you’ve had your last cigarette, here are eight tips from The Lung Association to help you stay smoke-free in the future:
1. Stay busy. Keep your mind and body occupied so the urge to smoke does not sneak up on you.
2. In the first few weeks at least, avoid bars, parties and functions where smoking may be commonplace. Socialize with people who do not smoke.
3. Make a list of the reasons you should not smoke and read it when you are tempted to light up.
4. Put aside the money you are saving by not smoking and treat yourself to a reward after three, six or nine months. You’ll be amazed how the dollars will add up.
5. When you have an urge to smoke, eat a sugarless candy, chew sugarless gum or bite on a toothpick.
6. Enrol a friend or relative you a can count on to talk to when you have an urge to have a smoke.
7. Don’t let the nicotine withdrawal symptoms like sore throat, lack of concentration or trouble sleeping bother you too much. They won’t hurt you and will go away in a few days.
8. Never give up! Most people who quit have tried a number of times before. This may be the final time for you, too.

IF YOU CHEW, QUIT!

Smokeless tobacco use in the United States continues to increase each year. It may be smokeless, but it isn’t harmless. Why should you care? Keep reading.

Smokeless Tobacco

Tooth Abrasion — Grit and sand in smokeless tobacco products scratches teeth and wears away the hard surface or enamel. Premature loss of tooth enamel can cause added sensitivity and may require corrective treatment.

Gum Recession — Constant irritation to the spot in the mouth where a small wad of chewing tobacco is placed can result in permanent damage to periodontal tissue. It also can damage the supporting bone structure. The injured gums pull away from the teeth, exposing root surfaces and leaving teeth sensitive to heat and cold. Erosion of critical bone support leads to loosened teeth that can be permanently lost.

Increased Tooth Decay — Sugar is added to smokeless tobacco during the curing and processing to improve its taste. The sugar reacts with bacteria found naturally in the mouth, causing an acid reaction, which leads to decay.

Tooth Discoloration and Bad Breath — Common traits of long-term smokeless tobacco users are stained teeth and bad breath. Moreover, the habit of continually spitting can be both unsightly and offensive.

Nicotine Dependence — Nicotine blood levels achieved by smokeless tobacco use are similar to those from cigarette smoking. Nicotine addiction can lead to an artificially increased heart rate and blood pressure. In addition, it can constrict the blood vessels that are necessary to carry oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Athletic performance and endurance levels are decreased by this reaction.

Unhealthy Eating Habits — Chewing tobacco lessens a person’s sense of taste and ability to smell. As a result, users tend to eat more salty and sweet foods, both of which are harmful if consumed in excess.

Oral Cancer — With the practice of “chewing” and “dipping,” tobacco and its irritating juices are left in contact with gums, cheeks and/or lips for prolonged periods of time. This can result in a condition called leukoplakia. Leukoplakia appears either as a smooth, white patch or as leathery-looking wrinkled skin. It results in cancer in 3 percent to 5 percent of all cases.

Other Cancers — All forms of smokeless tobacco contain high concentrations of cancer-causing agents. These substances subject users to increased cancer risk not only of the oral cavity, but also of ;the pharynx, larynx and esophagus.

Danger Signs — If you use smokeless tobacco, or have in the past, you should be on the lookout for some of these early signs of oral cancer:

➨ A sore that does not heal
➨ A lump or white patch
➨ A prolonged sore throat
➨ Difficulty in chewing
➨ Restricted movement of the tongue or jaws
➨ A feeling of something in the throat

Pain is rarely an early symptom. For this reason, all tobacco users need regular dental check-ups.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
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And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

Invisalign

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Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

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And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is basically worry that never stops. Its symptoms can be severe or mild, and include emotional, physical, and/or psychological manifestations. Here are some of the symptoms and possible causes of anxiety.

Symptoms and Manifestations

-Abdominal Problems
Anxiety can cause pain in your abdomen. Anxiety can also cause nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. Have you ever had “butterflies in your stomach”? This refers to the fluttery feeling you get in your middle when you’re nervous. This is caused by the “flight or fight” response, during which the body decreases circulation to non-vital body processes such as digestion. This allows your body to go into full alert, able to run or fight as the case may be. When this is prolonged, however, the digestive organs become worn out and, without the return of normal circulation, begin to malfunction.

-Muscle Tension
This can cause pain throughout the body, the most frightening being the chest tightness in a “panic attack.” (Panic attacks are also symptoms of anxiety.) The muscle spasms can feel like you’re choking or like a heart attack, increasing feelings of fear and anxiety.

-Phobias
Phobias are irrational fears of harmless or specific things. Fear of heights, spiders, or flying in airplanes are some of the more common phobias.

-Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
People with OCD feel the need to enact some sort of ritual to alleviate anxious feelings. Probably the most well-known example is obsessive hand-washing, but OCD can also involve other ritualistic behavior, such as checking all the doors and windows multiple times to see that they are locked, even when you just locked them.

-Headaches
Probably a result of muscle tension or chemical imbalance in the brain, headaches often are part of anxiety.

-Heart Palpitations
This is when the heart seems to flutter or beat rapidly and irregularly. Like the butterflies in the stomach, heart palpitations are part of the fight or flight response, only in the case of anxiety it’s chronic.

Anxiety-Restlessness/Insomnia
People with anxiety often have trouble relaxing in general and sleeping in particular.

Causes of Anxiety

-Genetics
There is evidence to suggest that the tendency to develop anxiety can be inherited. This genetic tendency may need an environmental trigger of some sort to develop actual anxiety symptoms.

-Traumatic Event(s)
Veterans of wars, survivors of rape and/or sexual abuse, and other victims of traumatic experience can suffer from anxiety. It’s as though the brain can not “move on” from the event, creating patterns of anxious thoughts and physical symptoms.

-Brain Chemicals
Those who suffer from anxiety tend to have abnormal levels of neurotransmitters, which means their brains have trouble transmitting information on a cellular level.

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.


You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

Sobe Lifewater – The Healthy Choice

Sobe Lifewater

For many years now I have been telling people to get off the sugar. Sugar is poisonous enough to cause major organ damage over time and to cause the total destruction of your teeth over time. Sugar’s historical replacement however, is just as bad, although it doesn’t rot your teeth. I’m talking about aspartame here.

So, for a long time, it seemed that people had one of 3 choices. The safest being unsweetened drinks like unsweetened iced tea or plain water. Then there was the sugared drinks which would eventually cause you to become sickly with rotted teeth. We call that Mountain Dew mouth. Then there were the drinks that people consumed because they knew sugar was bad for them that were sweetened with aspartame. What they didn’t know is that aspartame is also poisonous.

When bottled water became popular many people started drinking that, and that is perfectly okay as long as you know where your water is coming from. If you’re paying over a dollar for 20 ounce bottle of tap water that doesn’t sound fair at all. So companies began releasing flavored water. And of course, “no one’s going to buy flavored water unless we sweeten it 1st”. So those same companies decided to add sugar, aspartame or saccharine. In effect, they took a perfectly good healthy substance, water, and poisoned it.

Sobe Lifewater 4Well, kudos to the Pepsi bottling company for coming out with Sobe Lifewater. The Sobe Lifewater bottles that have the white label on top that say 0 cal are sweetened with a combination of Stevia and erythritol. Both Stevia and erythritol are natural healthy sweeteners that do not cause any damage whatsoever to any part of your body. That same combination of Stevia and erythritol is also packaged in granular form as Truvia. And it now comes in single use packets or bulk form.

But now back to Sobe Lifewater. Most of us from teenagers on up have grown up addicted to sugar. So we like our sweets. That is exactly what makes Sobe Lifewater so good. It’s very sweet yet safe and tasty. Also, because of the combination of natural flavors and erythritol there is absolutely no aftertaste from the Stevia which some people claim they can taste from plain Stevia or products sweetened only with Stevia.

Sobe LifewaterThose are the health advantages to drinking Sobe Lifewater, but only the ones with the 0 cal white label. But it gets better. You can buy Sobe Lifewater in any of the large stores like Walmart, Costco, Kmart, etc. for only $1 per 20 ounce bottle. If you’re a Sam’s Club member you can get a case of 12 bottles for $10. That’s only $.83 a bottle. In most places you can’t even buy bottled tap water for that price.

In my professional opinion you have 2 healthy choices for your drinks. If you don’t like sweet drinks then drink steam distilled water. If you do like your drinks sweet then switch yourself and your family to Sobe Lifewater. It is also fortified with vitamins and minerals. And I guarantee the kids will love it, especially if you don’t tell them it’s good for them.

So go pick some up now and start having some good dental checkups. Without all that sugar and aspartame in your body you probably will even feel better.

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.


You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
Go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.