HEART DISEASE AND THE NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT

Like many Americans, do you believe heart disease affects mostly men? In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.  Heart disease, according to The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women, written by members of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is one of several cardiovascular diseases that affect the heart and the blood vessel system. Others include stroke, high blood pressure and rheumatic heart disease.

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10 COMMON WEIGHT-LOSS MYTHS

There are so many misconceptions about weight loss and diets that it can be hard to know what to believe. Here are some common weight-loss myths.   Snacking and eating fast food are bad ideas.    Actually, eating small, healthy snacks between meals could help you eat less so you don’t overeat or binge later. Dietitians recommend having five small meals a day, instead of just three. Snacking has a bad rap because of some of the snack choices we make, such as potato chips, cookies, candy and other fattening items.

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FITNESS TIPS FOR LOSING WEIGHT

Summer is finally here, and you want to get your weight down and be in the best shape ever. This summer, make it your mission to reach your weight-loss goals – the same ones you probably set for yourself at the beginning of the year. Fortunately, it’s never too late to start down the path to health and wellness. Follow the guidelines below so you can put yourself on a fast track. Turn these tips into lifelong habits to ensure lasting success.

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Gingivitis or gum inflammation leads to periodontitis or bone loss, which progresses at a slow pace. Logically, if you prevent or reduce the gum inflammation, you reduce bone loss or prevent periodontal disease.


According to the American Dental Association (ADA), even a small benefit is good, considering the fact that half of the American population suffers from periodontal disease. Moreover, the guidelines do not in any way rule out the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which accepts the importance of flossing.


If performed properly, flossing only does you good. A tooth has five surfaces; your toothbrush can only reach three of them. Only by flossing can you get access in between your teeth. The only time you should not floss is when you start feeling pain while flossing, but this generally happens only when you do it aggressively. There is a correct technique for flossing. Many people move the floss in a sawing motion. The right way is to move it up and down around the sides of the teeth, forming a “C” shape around the tooth, and going below the gum line.

To floss or not to floss – that is the question. This is the dilemma people are facing, especially after reading about the latest change in dental guidelines for Americans that was released in August 2016.


The change is based on certain reports that say the evidence of any benefits of flossing is very low quality or weak and unreliable because of fewer research studies and small sample sizes. Recent reviews concluded flossing is not very effective in plaque removal and reduction of gum inflammation.


But many dental experts still emphasize cleaning between the teeth at least once a day. To them, weak evidence of the benefits of flossing does not mean that flossing is useless.


So just what is flossing and why do dentists recommend it?


When food particles get stuck in the gap between the teeth and along the gum line, they rot and form plaque full of bacteria. This region is difficult to reach with your toothbrush, and that dental plaque causes gum disease. If the plaque is not removed with the help of a toothbrush or an interdental cleaner such as floss, it will harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing removes bacteria or plaque and food particles. This helps you avoid plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease.

SHOULD YOU FLOSS?

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Some experts say small inter-dental brushes are best for people who have spaces between their teeth. However, if the spaces between your teeth are too tight, flossing is a better option for cleaning the area. Talk to your dentist for more information.