Taylor Dental January 2018

January 2018 Taylored to You 4 Fitness Trends From 2017 ... And Where We’re Headed Next

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The words “trend” and “fad” are often used interchangeably in the fitness world (as well as everywhere else). But do we even know the difference? According to Dictionary.com, a trend is “the general course or prevailing tendency,” whereas a fad is “a temporary fashion, notion, or manner of conduct.” Unlike fads, then, fitness trends show us where our workouts are headed and how to improve them. Each year, the American College of Sports and Medicine conducts a survey of worldwide fitness trends to help identify those that have a “perceived positive impact in the industry.” Based on feedback from thousands of fitness professionals fromacross the globe, here are the top five fitness trends of 2017. Wearable Technology Ranked No. 1 despite having emerged on the fitness scene only a few years ago, wearable technology — including activity trackers, GPS devices, and heart rate monitors —hasn’t somuch changed the way we work out as it has provided enthusiasts motivation to keepmoving. Activity trackers, like Fitbit wristbands, keep us accountable and show us our progress. Wearable technology in the formof smart fabrics and interactive textiles is only in its infancy. From light-up shorts (to help identify runners in low-light conditions) to fabrics that control muscle vibration (to improve athletic performance), designers are exploring the limits of our athletic wear. Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, a professor at Pratt Institute, says, “What makes smart fabrics revolutionary is that they have the ability to domany things that traditional fabrics cannot, including communicate, transform, conduct energy, and even grow.” This steady rise in popularity means developers will probably work out kinks, and apps and devices will run even smoother, all of which translates to better workouts! Body Weight Training After the economic downturn, people turned to cheaper workouts, and body weight training gradually rose in popularity. In fact, it’s been steadily gaining a following since 2013. Going beyond pushups and situps, this type of training uses minimal equipment to get maximum toning results. What Does This Mean for You?

What Does This Mean for You?

Not only do body weight classes usually cost less, but they can be done anywhere. Take the workout outdoors, meet up with your friend in the weight roomand use a mat, or gather co-workers to attend a body weight class at your nearby facility. Educated, Certified, and Experienced Fitness Professionals Even with workouts at our fingertips, exercise-educated professionals remain a crucial part of the fitness scene. More andmore degree programs have entered universities, and passionate people are seeking out advanced fitness training. The Department of Labor even predicted that fitness instructor employment will grow 8 percent in the next seven years. More education and experiencemeans better fitness options for us, and competition for jobs will result in even stronger gymprograms. Whether you want to up your game, break out of a workout rut, or seek physical therapy, fitness professionals can help. Strength Training Strength training is important at all ages. In addition to bone benefits, strength training builds muscle, which keeps us burning calories throughout the day. If you haven’t incorporated strength training into your fitness program, there are many options out there. Most gyms have group exercise classes based on strength training, and a personal trainer can adapt a program so it’s just right for you. ACSM’s findings have a lot of potential for the future of fitness. As we start the new year, you’ll see these trends on an international and local level, so your gymmight just incorporatemore strength training and HIIT classes. Similarly, they might hire from the strong pool of certified trainers and fitness professionals. Look for these and other new trends in 2018 and continue striving tomaintain your health! -Dr. Taylor What Does This Mean for You? What Does This Mean for You?

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Make Reading a Family Resolution Every parent wants to see their child do well in school, and there’s one fun activity that benefits students of all ages: reading. In a world with so much stimulation, however, it can be difficult to motivate kids to put down a screen and pick up a book. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity to make reading a priority. Here are a few tips to make 2018 the year your kids become bookworms. MAKE IT A FAMILY RESOLUTION There’s no better motivator than solidarity! Plus, we’re guessing everyone in your household could stand to read a little more. You don’t have to read the same books or set identical goals, but it’s a lot more fun when everyone participates. Schedule weekly reading discussions so everyone can share the cool stories they’ve read. Stack your completed books in your house somewhere as a monument to all the knowledge your family has gained. SET REWARD MILESTONES Positive reinforcement will propel your kids to keep reading long after the calendars have turned. For a certain number of books completed or hours spent reading, offer them a prize. You can even create a big end goal to really cement

those reading habits. Better yet, set a combined goal that the entire family can work toward. Don’t be afraid to pull out all the stops. If your kids know that reading one book per week through June means an extra-special summer vacation, their enthusiasm won’t wane come spring. USE READING APPS Goodreads is a social network for bibliophiles. You can find recommendations, share ratings, and create lists of both completed and to-be-read books. Users also create reading lists based on topic, genre, decade, and more. With over 2 billion books added, you’ll never run out of inspiration. Biblionasium offers the same services, but it’s designed specifically for children. Talk to other parents and create a network of friends and classmates. After all, nothing is cooler to a kid than what their friends are doing. Avid readers tend to do better academically from kindergarten through college. In fact, a study from the Journal of Education and Practice found that reading comprehension predicted success in other subjects more than any other factor. If you want to see improved report cards, make a reading resolution for your entire household.


Is Lack of Rest Hurting Your Mouth?

We all know brushing before bed is the key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. You may be surprised to learn, though, that what happens after you brush can make a huge difference as well. Sleep quality has a massive impact on oral health, in regards to both periodontal disease and bad breath. A study commissioned by the Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry, led by Dr. Muneo Tanaka, sought to examine the influence of lifestyle factors on gum disease. They observed 219 patients over the course of four years, monitoring hours of sleep, hours of work, exercise, alcohol use, smoking, eating breakfast, overall diet, and physical and mental stress. When the results came back, only smoking was a bigger risk factor than lack of sleep. Those patients who had seven to eight hours of sleep fared much better than those with six or fewer. “This study points out to patients that there are lifestyle factors other than brushing and flossing that may affect their oral health,” says Preston D. Miller Jr., DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology. “It is also important to keep these in mind as the body of evidence linking oral disease with systemic diseases continues to grow, because ultimately, these factors might impact a patient’s overall health.” This connection is especially strong with periodontal disease. Heart surgeons have found the very same bacteria in clogged arteries as those in gums.

Why does sleep matter so much? Well, it’s the time when your body restores itself. Your body needs to recover after strenuous exercise in order to get the most out of a workout, and the same is true for your mouth. At night, you’re more likely to breathe through your nose, which allows your mouth to produce more regenerative saliva. A good night’s sleep also lowers stress levels and regulates blood sugar. To make sure you’re getting the highest quality sleep, it’s important to establish a routine. The more your body clock can acclimate to a pattern of expected sleep, the less likely you will be to wake up in the middle of the night. Avoid eating right before bed, especially after you’ve brushed and flossed. Also, limit your screen time before bed to ensure a good night’s rest.

Oral health is only one of the many benefits of getting more (and better) sleep. Rest up for increased focus, better memory, and brighter moods.

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Slow Cooker

Raspberry White Hot Chocolate

Looking for a way to prepare a warm treat for the kids while they’re out building snowmen? Break out the slow cooker and enjoy the best hot cocoa you’ve ever had!


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1 cup white chocolate chips

14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

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2 cups heavy cream, divided

3 cups milk (any variety will do)

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 tablespoons raspberry liqueur or syrup


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1. In a slow cooker, combine white chocolate chips, condensed milk, 1 cup

3. Using a hand or stand mixer, whip until stiff peaks form. 4. Serve mugs of hot chocolate

cream, and milk. Cover and heat on low about 2 hours.

These Dangerous DIY Whitening Tricks?

with about 1 tablespoon of raspberry liqueur or syrup to taste and a dollop of whipped cream .

2. In a large bowl, mix

Who doesn’t want a beautiful, white smile? If a wedding or a high school reunion is on the horizon, whitening your teeth is likely a top priority. The internet is full of seemingly miraculous and inexpensive do-it-yourself life hacks that promise to improve your smile. But before you jump on the BuzzFeed bandwagon, let us save you some regret. Be sure to avoid these “amazing,” but actually harmful, DIY whitening tricks. Charcoal Not to be mistaken for the bricks you toss on the barbecue, activated charcoal has the uncanny ability to absorb toxins. Found in everything from hand soap to face masks, charcoal even made its way into toothpaste. But in reality, dentists warn against scrubbing the black stuff all over your teeth. While activated charcoal may be able to whiten your teeth to some degree, the abrasive substance can easily damage your teeth and gums, leading to enamel deterioration and tooth erosion. Strawberries Many beauty blogs recommend using strawberries to whiten teeth. Ran Kwon, a teeth- whitening researcher at the University of Iowa, decided to put the claim to the test. In her research, Kwon determined that while brushing with a strawberry mixture might remove superficial debris and plaque, it has no real whitening effect. In fact, the malic and citric acid found in strawberries actually erodes teeth and can reduce surface hardness by up to 10 percent. Whitening Toothpaste Yes, even “official” home whitening methods can cause more harm than good. Whitening toothpaste erases extrinsic stains and discoloration caused by tea, wine, coffee, smoking, and other bad oral habits. However, whitening toothpaste works by literally scrubbing away the stains with tiny abrasive particles. In addition to the stains, this toothpaste also scratches off your enamel. And once your enamel is gone, it doesn’t grow back. So, what are you supposed to do if you’re longing for a brighter set of pearly whites? Talk to your dentist! They’ll recommend in-office and over-the-counter treatments that can help whiten your teeth without destroying them in the process.

remaining 1 cup cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla.

Recipe inspired by SlowCookerGourmet.net.

Train Your Brain!


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• What Our Workouts Looked Like in 2017 page 1 • The Resolution That Leads to Better Grades Inside This Issue

• Easiest Way to Improve Oral Health page 2

• Warm Up With Some Hot Cocoa

• The Dangers of DIY Whitening page 3 • Become a Pensacola Explorer! page 4

Pick Up Your

Passport to Fun!


Sometimes we’re so set on traveling that we forget to enjoy what’s right in front of us. Just think about what’s all around Pensacola. How lucky are we that we live in a place where we can enjoy the beach year-round? This year, take the kids on adventures in their own hometown by becoming Pensacola Explorers! The Pensacola Visitor’s Center contains your gateway to fun. Pick up your passports there or download them from www.visitpensacola.com/explorer/. Most of the sites on the passport are free and will take you to historical and natural wonders. Your Pensacola Explorer Passport comes with a map to guide you on your journey and four different categories to explore. To get your history stamp, visit the Naval Station at Fort Barrancas or the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum.

The Aquarium at the Perdido Key Visitors Center is our top choice for the nature category, though Johnson Beach is a close second. Enjoy the sounds of our local talent at the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, and become Indiana Jones for a day at University of Florida’s Archeology Network. Each category includes several options to choose from, so pick the ones that sound most fun to you! The Pensacola Explorer Passport program is a great way for the whole family to enjoy activities together, and to share our endowments with visitors. Try to complete one site from each category during a long weekend, or take all the time you want to keep the exploration going. Once you’ve received a stamp from each category, return your passport to one of the three visitor’s centers in Pensacola to claim your prizes!

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