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5 Ways To Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

5 Ways To Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

If you want to practice and maintain good oral health, then you need to pay a lot of attention and care to your teeth. Good oral health is not just good for the smile, teeth, and gums, but it also has a positive effect on the whole body. If there is an infection in the gums that is left untreated, it can lead to cardiovascular disease. If you do not take care of the teeth, you can end up losing them, which can have a negative effect on self-image and your personality.

Maintaining the healthy teeth is essential and here are some of the easy tips that can help in keeping a healthy mouth.

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1. Create an Oral Hygiene Routine

The first step to maintaining good oral health is to establish a daily routine. If you want to have a plaque-free mouth, then having an effective routine is essential. Plaque is a sticky, bacterial film that can cause a lot of negative effects to your teeth, if you aren’t brushing your teeth at least twice a day to keep plaque at bay. Flossing should also be an essential part of your oral hygiene routine.

2. Use the Right Tools

Once you have established a good oral hygiene, the next step is to choose the best tools to carry out the routine. Having best tools makes it easier to take care of the teeth. Consider replacing a regular toothbrush with an electric one. The electric toothbrush is more effective in getting rid of harmful plaque and reducing the occurrence of gum disease.

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Use toothpastes that include fluoride as an ingredient. Fluoride makes your teeth stronger by making it more resistant to acid introduced to the mouth through eating and drinking. To complete your oral hygiene routine, you should also use a tongue scraper. It helps in getting rid of plaque and bad smells.

3. Focus on Nutrition

Diet can also have a major effect on the health of your teeth. Everything that you eat passes through the mouth first, so it is important to make sure that you pay attention to the things you eat. If you eat too much sugar, then it can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Drinking too much soda, and other acidic beverages and foods, can be very damaging to your teeth.

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4. See Your Dentist Regularly

Never be too lazy to pay a visit to the dentist. Visiting the dentist regularly is important because it will help with catching any problem before it gets serious. You should get a dental cleaning at least twice a year, once every six months. Make sure that cavities are filled, that any decay you experience is addressed, and that if any teeth need to be pulled, that you get that taken care of immediately. As previously mentioned, any dental issues you do not resolve has the potential to lead to other health problems in the body that are even more detrimental to your health.

5. Get Dental Insurance

To make sure that your oral health is in good hands and that you do not get overwhelmed by exam costs, you should get dental insurance. Having coverage encourages you to get regular check-ups, especially when those regular check-ups are included in your insurance plan. Dental check-ups are not cheap and the best way of handling these costs is to get dental insurance.

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It is highly useful for extensive care, like surgeries or even cases of emergencies. Insurance helps in simplifying the process and reduces cost significantly. Some insured patients get as much as 100% of their dental cleanings covered twice a year, simply by having insurance. It is one of the best ways to stay on top of your oral health. If you have insurance, you can focus on maintaining good oral hygiene without worrying about the cost it comes with.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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