STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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and then apply the whitening product to your teeth. This is done by using a specially made tray that fits into your mouth like a mouth guard. The active ingredient in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As it is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel and the tooth’s color lightens. The total treatment can be done within three to four weeks. Whitening toothpastes may also help the effect last.


Some dentists offer laser or power whitening, in which a bleaching product is painted onto your teeth. Then a light or laser is shone on the teeth to activate the chemical, which speeds up the reaction of the whitening product. The color change can be achieved more quickly. Laser whitening is said to make teeth up to five or six shades lighter. This kind of treatment will be more expensive than professional bleaching.


The American Dental Association recommends having a checkup with your dentist before using whitening strips on your own. This is especially important for patients with many fillings, crowns and extremely dark stains.

Do you want to have a brighter smile? Tooth whitening can be an effective way of lightening the natural color of your teeth without removing any of its surfaces. There are various tooth-whitening products and systems available, such as whitening toothpaste and strips, over-the-counter gels, rinses, trays and products obtained from a dentist.


Whitening can be achieved in two ways. There are products that can bleach the teeth, changing their natural color. Bleaching products contain peroxide(s) that help remove deep (intrinsic) and surface (extrinsic) stains. On the other hand, non-bleaching whitening products contain agents that work by physical or chemical action to help remove surface stains only. The British Dental Association says whitening is absolutely safe if carried out by a registered dental professional.


There are various reasons to get your teeth whitened. Teeth can get stained on the surface by food and drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine and by smoking. Tartar can also affect the color of your teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface caused by certain antibiotics or by tiny cracks in the teeth.


Professional bleaching is the usual method of tooth whitening. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment. First, the dentist will put a rubber shield or gel on your gums to protect

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 No matter which treatment you use, there is a chance your gums can be sensitive to the chemicals used in teeth whitening, especially if you already have sensitive teeth. The effects of whitening may last up to three years, though this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you eat or drink products that can stain your teeth. Stopping smoking can also help prevent discoloration and staining.


There may be a few side effects of teeth whitening. Some people find their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment, while others may have discomfort in the gums, white patches on the gum line or a sore throat. These symptoms are usually temporary and may disappear within a few days of finishing the treatment. If they don’t, contact your dentist.