Exquisite Smile Times

Healthy news and information from Exquisite Smiles / 2022 September Issue

Soothing Homemade Popsicles for Your Teething Baby

If you’ve got a teething baby, finding lasting, soothing relief can be a challenge. As your partner in oral health, we’ve got an idea: soothing homemade ice pops. These cool treats are sure to be a hit with your little ones, and as a bonus, they don’t have any added sugar-which is great for their teeth and gums.

If you don’t have a mould, you can use a muffin tin, inserting a wooden stick into each one. For this recipe, you’ll just need frozen or fresh fruit of your choice.

Step one: Puree your fruit into a jam-like consistency. Add water or milk if needed.
Step two: Layer your fruit into the mould (or tin).
Step three: Add a second layer of your other fruit puree. Repeat the layers as much as you’d like.
Step four: Add sticks and freeze them for 4 hours before enjoying.

4 Tips for Improving Your Cognitive Health

Did you know that cognitive health plays a major role in longevity? As we age, changes occur in our cognitive function, but there are things you can do to stay sharp. Here are some of our favourite tips.

1. Get regular exercise. Regular exercise has been shown to improve memory and thinking skills, and can help protect against age-related cognitive decline.

2. Eat a healthy diet. Eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help improve your cognitive health.

3. Get enough sleep. Getting enough quality sleep can help improve memory, focus, and problem-solving skills.

4. Challenge your brain. Doing activities that challenge your brain, such as puzzles and brain games, can help improve cognitive function. Learning new things and taking on new challenges can also help keep your mind sharp.

How Gum Health Affects Overall Health

It’s been long known that oral health and overall health are connected. But just how intertwined the two are may shock you!

Did you know that the health of your gums can be connected to health problems elsewhere in the body? That’s right – gum disease has been linked to a number of serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, and even diabetes.

There are a number of things that can increase your risk of developing gum disease, including smoking, poor oral hygiene, and certain medical conditions. But one of the most important risk factors is simply genetics – if you have a family history of gum disease, you’re more likely to develop it yourself.

Some of the signs of gum disease include red, swollen, or bleeding gums. If you notice any of these symptoms, be sure to book a visit with us as soon as possible.

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