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Category Archive: Smile Importance

  1. June is Men’s Health Awareness Month and Frankel Dentistry is spreading awareness and encouraging healthy habits. Did you know over 350,000 men die every year from heart disease? And only 3 out 5 have regular physicals. Believe it or not, your oral health is connected to your health! This is why we always say a Healthy Mouth Promotes a Healthy Body! Oral health is often overlooked but did you know there are currently 3.6 billion individuals struggling with oral diseases? 

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    Your mouth is typically a good indicator of your overall well-being. Individuals with periodontal disease have the same risk factors as those with heart disease. Diseases such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and Alzthemiers can all be connected to oral health. Frankel Dentistry wants to see you live a healthy, happy life with smiles to share for years to come. How can you make sure you’re practicing a healthy lifestyle?

    Here are some heart healthy habits to help encourage a healthy lifestyle!

    1. A healthy diet.

    Limit your fat and sodium consumption! Highly fat foods are known to increase your risk of heart disease or stroke. This is because fatty foods increase cholesterol which lead to high blood pressure, build up in the blood, clogged arteries, and more. 

    A heart healthy diet includes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and limit processed foods. 

    1. Exercise!

    30 minutes a few days a week is all you need! Cardio exercises such as walking, running, cycling, or exercise classes all help strengthen your heart. Find a form of exercise you love and will look forward to! 

    1. DENTAL CARE

    As you know a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body! Studies have shown bacteria in the mouth creates plaque which can move into the bloodstream and increase your risk for diabetes, stroke, and more. Remember to brush twice a day for at least two minutes, floss regularly, and schedule your recare appointments! 

    1. Quality rest.

    Quality sleep is essential to your health and well-being. Sleep allows your heart to rest as well as improve blood pressure and heart rate. We recommend a 7-8 hours of quality rest a night.

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  2. National Smile Power Day

    Smile! It is good for you.

    June 15th is National Smile Power Day! Smiling is such a simple act that has a lot of health benefits. Here are some reasons why you should be smiling not just today but every day.

    Reduces stress

    You have probably heard about the negative effects that stress causes your body. Smiling is a great way to reduce that harmful feeling. By forcing yourself to smile you are telling your body to release endorphins. These are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals that tell our body to be in less pain. So the next time you are feeling stressed out or overwhelmed, just remember to smile!

    Lowers blood pressure

    As you just read, endorphins are our natural feel-good chemicals that can reduce our stress levels. When we are stressed, our blood pressure rises and can cause damage to our bodies. The physical act of smiling causing our endorphins to rise which can lower one’s blood pressure. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure level can lead to an overall healthy body. Keep smiling and keep that blood pressure down.

    Makes us attractive

    People are drawn to a natural smile. It creates an open and positive feeling that is inviting to others. When we don’t smile we can look tired or worn out, making us seem unapproachable. Put a smile on and test it for yourself.

    Makes us feel happy

    The physical act of smiling tricks our brains into thinking we are happy. The muscles involved with this action tell our brain that humor is occurring which can then create actual feelings of happiness. Even a forced smile tells our brain to be happy. So the next time you are feeling down, slap on a smile because your brain won’t know the difference.

    Smiling is a powerful tool. It can affect our mental health by sending a message to our brain and letting us know that “Everything is okay.” Our physical health can be improved with this simple action. Make smiling apart of your daily routine and see all the different benefits that it can have on your body.