Some people unhappy with their looks may fantasize about improving their appearance. Two popular choices include cosmetic dentistry for gorgeous teeth and losing weight. Combined those two changes can boost appearance, confidence, pay and health (medical, mental and dental), and those looking to kick start the process can implement some cost-effective strategies now.
There is no denying the connection between obesity and dental health; various studies have shown that individuals carrying extra weight have higher levels of dental plaque, THE culprit behind dental problems including cavities, gum disease and tooth decay. Fortunately, there is a way to empower yourself and turn this cause and effect relationship towards improving dental health!
Dental health does not come easily, it requires practicing oral hygiene, visiting the dentist regularly, eating a nutritious diet and exercising. It also requires getting enough vitamins including calcium and vitamin D. The added perk is by ensuring those nutrients are delivered, individuals also stand better odds of shedding stubborn belly fat. Research conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that there may be a correlation between those two supplements spurring a healthy loss of abdominal fat (http://health.yahoo.net/experts/weightloss/calcium-plus-vitamin-d-might-cut-dangerous-kind-body-fat-around-your-middle).
Low fat milk is an excellent source of both calcium and vitamin D, but those are not the only choices. Vegetarians and those who choose to eat lower on the food chain have plenty of other options for calcium. Vitamin D can come directly from the sun and mushrooms!
Skipping soda for dental health is a no-brainer; the drink (both in diet and full sugar forms) is known for upping the odds for increasing the formation of dental plaque and for causing weight gain as the beverage is also associated for doing a body no good as they feature nothing but empty calories. Controversy surrounds diet soda being associated with weight gain. Buying soda is also a huge waste of money.
Plus, by skipping soda and only drinking water, individuals can save a small fortune. Depending on the type of soda consumed and how it is packaged (IE fountain drinks vs. bottles) soda can cost approximately $4 to $8 a gallon for an approximate annual savings amount ranging from $800 to $1,200 per person. Imagine how much money you could save if you were a soda loving family of four!
For decades libraries have been an essential community resource allowing anyone to borrow materials for free! Over the years bibliotecas have updated their materials to include access to free computer time, books on tape and work out DVD's. Individuals can borrow and use yoga, Tai Chi and Pilate's for free and that will allow them to reduce stress, lose weight and improve dental health all for free!
Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates are all very different exercises with one very important link in common, concentration. Mental focus and precise movements can help change ones thinking and help relieve stress. Additionally, those exercises will release endorphins that can lower stress and naturally increase happiness levels, that can lower stress and prevent tooth grinding (which is a trigger to other dental problems).
There is one thing for certain, under no circumstances should shortcuts be taken to kick start any weight-loss program. Intentional self-starvation or purging are indicators of eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia nervosa. Aside from being mental illnesses, they will also compromise dental health. Both illnesses have been linked to dental problems including, but not limited to missing teeth, tooth erosion, tooth discoloration, bone loss and tooth sensitivity.