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Traveling to Cuba

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The relaxing allure of vacation consistently tempts Americans to head off to Europe or the Caribbean islands for a respite away from home. One island nation, however, has not been visited by many Americans for the last sixty years for reasons of tense international relations. Cuba and the United States have been approaching a diplomatic relationship that has already changed the course for travelers as direct flights between the two are already flown and will be increasingly as the air clears up.

Marieve Rodriguez - CubaCuba saw a record number of visitors last year, and with Cuba on the brink of an influx of Americans, that number is sure to skyrocket. There is a bit of urgency for travelers that wish to see Cuba in its current state. It offers calm, quaint beaches and modest urban centers lending an uncharted charm to the place. Peaceful dining in family-owned restaurants (paladares are restaurants run by self-employed groups), learning dances and experiencing native culture are just a few of the attractions. Old, pre-embargo American automobiles are driven around the streets making it seem like something out of an anachronistic novel. Cuba has a one-of-a-kind vintage feel, “still in 1959,” but natives and onlookers view it as ephemeral, and inevitably so. Some fear the closer relationship between the U.S. and Cuba will lead to modernization and capitalization, and the remodeling of an original and unique place. The country sits at an important threshold of transition, and a gold mine of opportunity for future change. Entrepreneurs and real estate agents have already visited Cuba to scan for and assess business prospects. Some are more optimistic about the modernization seeing it as a way to bring Cuba up to speed with Western expectations.

For those that seek a less run-in-the-mill vacation experience, it is important to travel soon. Cruiseship companies are expected to launch a series of lines including Cuba in their trips, and the island might be quickly populated with zealous tourists. In short, if you want to see Cuba for Cuba, go now.

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Certain Foods More Damaging to Your Teeth

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There’s a saying “you are what you eat,” that rings true all too often. What we put into our bodies eventually starts to shape what we look like—all other factors aside, nutritious foods will keep us looking healthy, and foods high in unwanted substances (sugars, saturated fats) will take a toll on our physical potential. The same holds all the more for teeth. Being the first contact food has with our bodies, teeth tend to bear the immediate brunt of the less-than-ideal snacks we eat. It’s important to remember that while all the calories work their way to your belly and thighs, the chemicals in foods can damage our teeth. Three causes were named as the most common offenders: simple sugars with acidic qualities, foods that are hard and difficult to break down, and liquids that parch the mouth.

marieve rodriguez - fruitSome of the most commonly consumed foods are among the most threatening to strong teeth. The most common, and likely upsetting to many, is bread—bread and its many forms from baguette to potato chip. The problem with bread is its high sugar content. As you break down bread, the complex and simple sugars get released into the saliva, and particles that linger will start to eat at enamel. Another sugary culprit is fruit, especially dried fruit which can break apart into sticky and stringy pieces that easily get left behind. Fruit will further dehydrate and leave highly concentrated sugar crystals in your mouth. Joseph Banker, DMD told the Huffington Post “any food that would stain a white t-shirt will also stain your teeth.” This is a good rule-of-thumb as many fruits, while contributing essential vitamins to the diet, leave visible sugar stains on your teeth. Staining is a superficial problem that represents a larger problem underneath.

For some of us, the next one is hard to accept, but alcoholic drinks negatively affect dental strength. Many alcoholic drinks, particularly cocktails, run high in sugar and also leave you will a dehydrated mouth. Dry mouths have more difficulty cleaning the crevices between teeth as saliva, the first aid in digestion, is not readily produced.

If it seems unfair for us to be burdened with such easily harmed teeth, there is good redeeming news. Water is sufficient to clean the mouth. A gargle and rinse, or a glass to sip on will comfortably wash the mouth of particles that were left behind, getting rid of abandoned sugars and undesirable chemicals.

For more on this article, check it out on the Huffington Post.

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The “Nano-Tooth Fairy” – Nanoparticles Release Drugs to Reduce Tooth Decay

Great Things from Small Things .. Nanotechnology Innovation

Tooth Decay 041415 anovelwaytoaTherapeutic agents intended to reduce dental plaque and prevent tooth decay are often removed by saliva and the act of swallowing before they can take effect. But a team of researchers has developed a way to keep the drugs from being washed away.

Dental plaque is made up of bacteria enmeshed in a sticky matrix of polymers—a polymeric matrix—that is firmly attached to teeth. The researchers, led by Danielle Benoit at the University of Rochester and Hyun Koo at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine, found a new way to deliver an antibacterial agent within the plaque, despite the presence of saliva.

Their findings have been published in the journal ACS Nano.

“We had two specific challenges,” said Benoit, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering. “We had to figure out how to deliver the anti-bacterial agent to the teeth and keep it there, and also how to…

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Pediatric Dentist Dos and Don’ts

Journey Into Pediatric Dentistry

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  • Remember to identify yourself to the child. Hello, sweetheart. I am Dr ….., and I will be the one who will look at your teeth today. I despise the thought of making children open their mouth and letting you drill their teeth without even identifying yourself to them.
  • Wake up early and make morning appointments especially for the preschoolers and uncooperative children. They tend to cope more at the early morning hours because of the higher cortisol level.
  • Daily workout that makes you move most of your core muscles because a hyper mobile child will not allow you to achieve the perfect operator position. Without a workout routine, you are putting your health, and career in jeopardy.
  • Good breakfast before starting the day at the clinic. Nourished body, and brain will lead to more efficacy while treating children who need an actively talking, moving dentist.
  • Tea, coffee or a…

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Why Tongue Scraping Offers Distinct Health Benefits

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The teeth, gums, palate, and tongue all need to be kept clean to maintain good oral hygiene. However, studies show that one half of the causes of halitosis come from food particles, fungus, and bacteria specifically on the surface the tongue. Brushing your tongue with a standard toothbrush is always a good idea, and helps to remove surface bacteria, but for those who prefer a thorough, more lock-and-key method to removing all potential contaminants, cursory brushing can leave unsatisfying results. If you brush back and forth only to find white residue, or biofilm, still lingering behind, that is likely your culprit. The good news is there are more than a few options on the market for those wishing to rid themselves entirely of gloop for a sparkling clean tongue.

marieve rodriguez tongueTongue scraping is a practice that dates back over two thousand years, so it is odd to see only recently the surge of products inexpensive and commonly available today. You may have seen tongue scrapers of many kinds on the market, some with a toothbrush or thistles included, others with a blunted surface. All of these provide the care necessary for keeping the tongue clean. Many companies also offer an antibacterial toothpaste-like gel containing sorbitol and xylitol (tooth-friendly sugars) that lubricate the tongue for scraping, and leave a fresh taste. It is recommended that patients use the scraper at each instance of brushing. Tongue scraping is a practice that dates back over two thousand years, so it is odd to see only recently the surge of products inexpensive and commonly available today. You may have seen tongue scrapers of many kinds on the market, some with a toothbrush or thistles included, others with a blunted surface. All of these provide the care necessary for keeping the tongue clean. Many companies also offer an antibacterial toothpaste-like gel containing sorbitol and xylitol (tooth-friendly sugars) that lubricate the tongue for scraping, and leave a fresh taste. It is recommended that patients use the scraper at each instance of brushing.

While research explicitly showing the superiority of tongue scrapers to toothbrushes is wanting, there is no lack of additional advantages to adequately cleaning the tongue. One study done in Brazil showed a drastic 30% reduction in malodorous compounds after using a tongue scraper. (http://ift.tt/1MKCA7r) It may be wiser to keep your brush and scraper separated as both will collect ample bacteria on their own. Toothbrushes often take a lot of wear, and need to be replaced every few months as thistles lose their efficacy. A tongue scraper will bear some of that dental duty. Scraping has been shown to produce saliva which aids in the process of digestion; the main digestive enzyme in saliva is amylase which serves to break down sugars and starches aiding to keep the surface of teeth clean.
When scraping, be careful not to injure the soft tissue of the tongue. Fortunately, the tongue is the fastest healing organ in the body, and one night without cleaning will be enough to allow the tongue to return to its scrape-ready state. Happy scraping!

For more on this topic, check out the research here.

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Airline Wine

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It may not come as a surprise that airline wine doesn’t rank too high by international wine standards. This infographic from Skyscanner does point out some interesting facts, though. Who would have thought EasyJet’s white wine would be the industry leader? Since nearly 90% of people might go for a drink on a flight, this infographic may come in handy…
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Know the Importance of Cosmetic Dentistry

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With the term cosmetic, the first thing that comes up in mind is that it is something related to enhancing of the appearance. Likewise, when it is about cosmetic dentistry, it is certainly about enhancing the appearance of smile by dealing with various dental issues. Some of the most common dental issues that are usually dealt with in cosmetic dentistry are as follows:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Malformed teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Gaps in teeth
  • Leaching fillings
  • Tooth wear and many more

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Basically, the main aim of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the condition of teeth and adjoining areas so that an individual do not lose confidence and can smile with full confidence. The dental issues are very common and thus needs to be treated with perfection and accuracy so that it may not hamper the overall personality of the person and also helps the person in…

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