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5 Great Foods That You Can Eat to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

5 Great Foods That You Can Eat to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

We are all familiar with the fact that that there is a wide variety of foods that may damage our teeth and that food particles and bacteria found in the mouth can cause tooth decay. We also understand that brushing and flossing regularly are important for maintaining good oral health – but, did you know that there are certain kinds of food that are actually good for our teeth, and that can benefit their health in many ways? Let’s take a look at some of them.

1. Raisins

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Raisins

    It is well known that sugar may help the bacteria damage your teeth by letting them stick to their surface, but raisins contain different kinds of sugar which are not that damaging. Phytochemicals found in raisins have the ability to destroy the bacteria responsible for the development of plaque, and that makes it beneficial in many ways. Some studies have even shown that raisins are also good for the gums, because some of the compounds found in it make the reproduction of bacteria responsible for gum diseases harder.

    2. Cranberries

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    Cranberries in a bowl

      Because they contain polyphenols, chemicals that do not allow the plaque to stick to your teeth, cranberries are a good example of food that is beneficial for your oral health. However, because of the not so appealing taste of this particular fruit, many cranberry products contain large amounts of sugar, which is, of course, not a great way to keep your teeth healthy.

      3. Black tea

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      Black tea

        Besides being a great and healthy substitute for coffee, black tea has other interesting features. Just like cranberries, it also contains polyphenols, and various studies have shown that three to four cups a day decrease the amount of bacteria found in the mouth. It is not a big deal if you add some sugar – it will still help in fighting tooth decay. Black tea can also help with bad breath issues, as it neutralizes sulfur compounds, which are responsible for this particular condition. If you do not enjoy drinking this beverage, you should know that rinsing with it also has its benefits. So, do not neglect black tea, it’s been with us for years, and with some valid reasons, too.

        4. Cheese

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        Cheese

          There are numerous benefits when it comes to this particular dairy product. Some types of cheese can help you lose weight and will help you balance your blood-sugar levels. It is also a great source of protein, which is a nutrient crucial for the proper development of muscle, as they are made from it. If we are talking about the influence that it has on our overall oral health (and we are), we have to mention that some studies have shown that it lowers the acid levels in the mouth, thus slowing down the development of bacteria and neutralizing the plaque acid. Of course, we all know that cheese is very rich in calcium, which makes it even clearer why it is so good for the teeth.

          5. Apples

          A single apple

            This delicious fruit has been given the royal title for a reason. There is no balanced diet that doesn’t include eating apples, and because it is rich in all kinds of vitamins, minerals, dietary fibers and easily digestible carbs that makes it beneficial in numerous ways. When it comes to teeth, chewing apples can help in keeping them clean, because it increases the production of saliva in our mouth which washes off the bacteria, and chewing off a bite of apple will mechanically clean your teeth.

            Nothing will protect your teeth if you neglect oral hygiene

            All of the food mentioned above can help in keeping your teeth healthy and good looking, but you should not use them as a replacement for good oral hygiene habits. Brushing your teeth when you wake up, after big meals and before you go to bed, flossing at least twice a day and even rinsing with mouthwash should not be neglected, no matter what you eat during the day and how healthy and well-balanced your diet is. If you are afraid of the dentist or don’t want to spend tons of money on fixing your teeth then put some effort into keeping them clean, and keep in mind that problems with tooth decay can be the trigger for some other bigger issues such as coronary diseases and all kinds of digestive problems.

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            Ivan Dimitrijevic

            Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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            Last Updated on September 16, 2019

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

            We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

            The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

            Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

            1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

            Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

            For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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            • (1) Research
            • (2) Deciding the topic
            • (3) Creating the outline
            • (4) Drafting the content
            • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
            • (6) Revision
            • (7) etc.

            Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

            2. Change Your Environment

            Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

            One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

            3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

            Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

            Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

            My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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            Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

            4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

            If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

            Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

            I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

            5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

            I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

            Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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            As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

            6. Get a Buddy

            Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

            I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

            7. Tell Others About Your Goals

            This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

            For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

            8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

            What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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            9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

            If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

            Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

            10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

            Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

            Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

            11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

            At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

            Reality check:

            I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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