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Malocclusion? What?

Even if every individual tooth is in perfect health, your mouth can still be in trouble if your bite is wrong. Malocclusion—a bad bite—occurs whenever the peaks and valleys of your upper teeth fail to fit precisely into those of your lower teeth. A good bite meshes your teeth like the gears in […]

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FLOURIDE—Good News Just Got Better

For half a century we’ve known that fluoride benefits teeth. But although most people mistakenly think that drinking water with fluoride hardens enamel from within, actually the enamel is hardened by fluoride’s direct contact with your teeth. This can be via your drinking water or other fluoride sources such as […]

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Whatever Makes You Smile

Something in the air tugs at your heart this season and brings a smile. It might be choral music or children’s laughter, the fragrance of pine or of fresh baked cookies. It might be twinkling holiday lights, or the warmth of a crackling fire. It could be the memories ignited […]

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Our Kind of Holiday

In Iceland, books are exchanged as Christmas Eve presents, then you spend the rest of the night in bed reading them and eating chocolate. The tradition is part of a season called Jolabokaflod, or “The Christmas Book Flood”, because Iceland which publishes more books per capita than any other country, […]

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Optimism can help you deal with stress.

That, in turn, can improve your health. Research suggests that the rewards from positive thinking range from lower rates of depression to longer life expectancy and even greater resistance to the common cold. Life abounds with challenges, and an important part of a healthy lifestyle often means spoiling yourself with […]

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What is a Good Carb?

Carbs are those foods that most affect our glycemic index (GI). Your GI relates to how much blood sugar is increased by the foods you eat. If your daily GI is too high, you may be a candidate for type-2 diabetes. So any added sugar—refined or high fructose corn syrup, […]

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Protect Your Health Over the Holidays

Heart-related deaths increase by 5 percent during the holiday season. Fatal heart attacks peak on Christmas, the day after Christmas, and New Year’s Day, according to research. While researchers don’t know exactly why heart attacks are more common around holidays, they note a number of possible reasons, including changes in diet and alcohol consumption during the holidays; stress […]

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TONGUE-BRUSHING

An old habit seems new… Here’s an idea that may be new to you. Did you ever think of brushing your tongue? Actually, tongue-brushing is an ancient practice. Our ancestors considered it part of their daily hygiene. In fact, it can be traced back to rudimentary tortoise shell and bone inscriptions […]

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More Pregnant Women are Using Pot

More pregnant women seem to be using pot–sometimes to ease the nausea of morning sickness or heightened anxiety–and a new study suggests that this rise in marijuana use is most pronounced among those younger in age. Among pregnant teens younger than 18, marijuana use climbed from 12.5% to 21.8%, and […]

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