The Aches of Aging

As we get older, our bodies change whether we like it or not. We become less able to do the things we once could and we can struggle with staying healthy. Since aging affects every part of our body, even our teeth and oral health, it is important we understand how to best work to prevent and deal with the complications linked to aging.

The good news is people are now living longer, and the number of people age 65 and above is increasing. At the same time, it is important though that we make sure to take even better care of our bodies, especially as we age as aging generally makes pre existing conditions worse and harder to deal with day in and day out.

The first step is to do your best to take care of your teeth while you are still young. This will lead ultimately to better oral health in the future. As you age, physiological changes associated with aging can lead to other oral health problems. Generally, the better health you are in when you turn 30, the better health you will be in when you turn 65.

There are also many dental symptoms that are associated with aging. Most frequently, people experience more frequent problems with dry mouth and tooth sensitivity. Additionally, advanced age can lead to more cases of periodontitis and root and coronal caries.

Finally, as we age, we tend to use more prescription and over-the-counter medications. As age increases, you will find yourself more likely to have complications with drug interactions or adverse drug reactions. People can also find themselves more sensitive to medications and drugs used in dentistry such as anesthetics.

While aging is never fun, it is even less fun if you are not ready for it. To better prepare yourself, start practicing good oral health today, and the stay informed about how aging will affect your body, especially your teeth.


Recipes for a Beautiful Smile

One of the hardest parts of living a healthy life is finding the time to eat well. Choosing you diet carefully though can have a lasting impact on everything from your heart to your teeth and oral health.

In fact, one of the biggest ways to promote strong oral health is by choosing a nutritious diet. However, we know it can be difficult. Amongst the business of work and everyday life, it can be hard to find the time to shop and find health options.

To help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle, we have done some research on some delicious and healthy recipes to help your oral health. From a smoothly to a chicken, these recipes sound delicious. All of these recipes are from youbeauty and Deborah Dunhams’ Recipes for a Beautiful Smile article!

Kaleberry Smile Booster Smoothie Recipe
Recipe by Dr. Shawn Frawley

1 banana
8 ounces brewed green tea (plain, chilled)
4 ice cubes
1⁄2 cup frozen blueberries
1⁄2 cup frozen strawberries
4 kale leaves
1⁄4 cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon xylitol (can be bought in most health food stores, such as Whole Foods, and is available online)

Brew green tea and chill. In a blender, add ice, green tea, Greek yogurt and kale. Blend until no large pieces of kale are visible. Add the other ingredients and blend until all ingredients are well incorporated.

Shiitake Mushroom Chicken with Millet Recipe
Recipe by Karen D. Krchma

1 1⁄2 pounds chicken breast (preferably, organic, hormone- and antibiotic free)
2 teaspoons sea salt, Himalayan or Celtic
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped, or 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄4 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, washed, trimmed and patted dry. Remove the tops and slice; finely chop the stems.
1 small onion, chopped
2 large sprigs fresh rosemary, removing the leaves from the stem, or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
3-4 green onions, trimmed and sliced diagonally, or increase onion to 1 medium onion
1⁄2 cup fresh pea pods, washed, trimmed, sliced diagonally (optional)
1⁄2 cup sliced red pepper (optional)
1⁄4 cup white wine, dry preferred
1 cup fresh or prepared chicken broth
1 tablespoon butter, organic preferred, or Ghee (clarified butter)
2 tablespoons, fresh coarsely chopped parsley, or 1 scant tablespoon dried parsley
1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Wash and scrape chicken (scrape a sharp knife over the chicken while rinsing under running water). Place chicken breasts on a glass cutting board. With a sharp knife, pierce each chicken breast 10-12 times. Using a wooden or stainless steel meat tenderizer (mallet), pound each chicken breast down to 1⁄4-1⁄2-inch thickness, as evenly as possible. Tent a paper towel over the mallet to prevent “chicken splash” when pounding. Never use plastic wrap when pounding chicken. Cut each breast in half, or palm-size pieces. Sprinkle chicken with sea salt and garlic powder if using.

Heat coconut oil in skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot add chicken, mushrooms and onions, as well as fresh garlic if using. Sauté chicken about 5-7 minutes or until lightly brown, stirring mushrooms and onions to brown evenly. Turn chicken to brown both sides, cooking for an additional 5-7 minutes, making sure juices in the thickest part run clear. Place chicken breasts in a baking dish and cover to keep warm.

In your skillet with the mushrooms and onions, add rosemary, green onions, pea pods, and red pepper. Add the wine, stirring to loosen cooked juices in the pan. When the wine is slightly reduced, add the broth, and then continue to cook until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in butter or Ghee. Add the chicken and bring back to serving temperature. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and parsley and serve.


The Secret of Dark Chocolate

We have all heard people say dark chocolate is good for you, but that always seems a little too good to be true. How can something so delicious also be good for you? Turns out, there are some great benefits to eating a little bit of chocolate everyday. In fact, it can improve your health and actually reduce your risk for heart disease.

The actually make-up of dark chocolate is healthy when its quality with high cocoa content. According to Authority Nutrition, a 100 gram bar of dark chocolate with 70-80% cocoa contains 11 grams of fiber, 67% of the RDA for Iron, 58% of the RDA for Magnesium, 89% of the RDA for Copper, 98% of the RDA for Manganese, and also some potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium for good measure. In total, that would be 600 calories. A little bit of this daily would be great nutrients for you body.

Plus, dark chocolate provide the body with great amounts of antioxidants. It also has flavanols that help stimulate your body into producing gases that lower blood pressure. Overall, it greatly reduces your risk for heart disease by raising HDLs and protecting LDL from oxidations. Essentially, it promotes good cholesterol and discourages bad. Then, in some cases, brain function can also be enhanced.

Finally, dark chocolate can actually protect you skin from sun damage. Bioactive compounds such as the flavonols help increase skin density and hydration, and it has been proven to reduce sunburn. Perhaps, you should take some dark chocolate with you to the beach.

All of this said, nothing is good in excess. Eating too much dark chocolate will still be bad for you. However, instead of an apple a day will keep the doctor away, try a piece of dark chocolate away will keep the doctor away. And as far as your dentist is concerned, just make sure to brush you teeth afterwards!