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Russian winter: What it’s like?

Russian winter: What it’s like?

 

Winter in Boston vs Winter in Siberia (based on personal experience).

 

Hello all! Violetta is here and I have to say that I LOOOVE winter. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that for 5 years before coming to the United States I’d lived In Siberia, Russia. What do you think when you hear Siberia? You automatically think cold weather, snow all year long and … vodka! Ha ha. But if you’d like to know a little more -> read this up!

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Mouth and Heart...A love-hate story by V.

Besides hurtful words that can make your heart bleed,

Or warm kisses that make its wounds heal,
Did you know that mouth and heart are closely linked?
In fact, periodontal disease and heart disease are intertwined.

I might be a -bad- Poet and certainly no Doctor, but I work in the dental field, read the news and keep myself fairly informed, and it is no news that oral care is linked to diseases and health issues, such as diabetes, Alzheimers, and even breast cancer, just to name a few.

Studies have shown a direct link between the frequency and length of brushing as well as flossing and the risk of having a heart attack, failure or stroke. And it is for this reason patients with gum disease cannot undergo brain surgeries!

This is how I explain it with my bad-Poet-no-Doctor words:

-         Some bad bacteria live in the mouth.

And those are not simply linked to badmouth.

-         If not eliminated by proper oral care, they harden into dental plaque.

Almost as hard but definitely not as pretty as your Shellac ;)

-         Plaque is in direct contact with the gum.

And here begins all the fun…

-         Gum are tissues with tons of blood vessels, that connect to more blood vessels…

That’s why they should be treated like little Angels…

-         Vessels transport blood to and from the Heart.
Sooooooo smart.

-         The Heart pumps bacteria-filled blood.

Now I’m gonna throw-up.

-         Bacteria cause blood clots, leading to hear attack or stroke.

And don’t pretend you are choked.

-         Death.
=> AVOIDABLE WITH GOOD ORAL HEALTH!

Alright, the last one is a bit dramatic, but I wish more people would understand and take seriously the impact of poor oral care on their heart. In conclusion: <3 Happy Teeth , Happy Heart <3

 

-V.

What I love most about Thanksgiving 🦃

Good morning y'all!

It's Jackie reporting in, and I hope you're all having a smooth week! We are just DAYS away from one of my favorite days of the year, and I'm sure yours too! That's right... THANKSGIVING. This is one of the warmest and heartfelt holidays of the season, and I'm happy this is a short week for everyone to enjoy!

I just wanted to jump right in to today's blog and talk about some of my favorite things about Thanksgiving:

1. Traveling 🚘

Now it would be nice if I meant traveling to a different state/country for a vacation, but I think traveling to see your family/friends comes close to beating that! Personally, traveling isn't something I do during the holidays because I don't live too far from my family or my friends, but I'm still just as eager to see them (as if I didn't see them the other week, lol!). So I can only imagine the feeling of excitement for those who don't really get to see their loved ones as often.

2. Quality time ☺️

You know I had to slide in some quality time in this blog. I am very family oriented; I grew up with a HUGE family. I was always told "family is everything" while growing up, but I think I really started to grasp that concept on my own when I started college (and that was only a few years ago!) I came to the realization that not only are we getting older, but so are our loved ones around us. So definitely cherish the times you have with them now! ❤️

3. The FOOD 🍽️

A girl loves to eat, ha! I'm happy that I did not grow up a picky eater at all. I'll eat anything as long as it's edible lol. I think my all time favorite thing on the table has to be MASHED POTATOES. Second best would be cranberry anything. Not sure why I love cranberries so much, but also not complaining!

4. Black Friday Sales‼️

I know we all like to look for some deals while we're shopping, but how nice is it to have one day where every store has a sale going on! Don't get me wrong, Black Friday shopping is very hectic but a lot of online stores are holding a sale on their website as well! So you get to save money from the comfort of your home. An example being... US 😉

Make sure to check out our Black Friday sale: Buy 1 Get 1 FREE on Manual and Travel Brushes/Packs! Just make sure to add the extra item(s) to your cart! 

I hope you enjoyed this blog and that it makes you just as excited for the holidays as I am! Talk to y'all soon 👋 -- Jackie

My Top 5 Holiday Travel Essentials!

Hi All!

The holidays are just around the corner, which is crazy! Time seems to fly as soon as October ends, and then it’s a mad dash to the end of the year.

I don’t know about you, but I no longer live near home—I’m about 2.5 hours north of where my parents live—so the holiday season means traveling back and forth throughout the next few weeks. Since traveling can be a pain (+ we often have our brains scrambled/occupied by so many other things), I’ve compiled a list of my Top 5 essentials for traveling this time of year! I hope this list is helpful (and keeps you from forgetting any important things while packing!)

1. A foldable hair brush

I am very low maintenance with my hair, but a hair brush is still essential! No matter what kind of hair you have, it’s important to get all snags and tangles out a couple times per day, plus it’s good for your scalp to brush your hair, as the contact of the bristles encourages circulation! I don’t like packing heavy when I travel, so a must-have for me is the Wet Brush Foldable Hair Brush

2. Comfy Socks

Travel (for me) means lots of driving, and my feet can get sore from the hours spent on the road—not to mention that the holiday season here in New England means brisk, chilly weather! A comfortable and warm pair of socks is a necessity for me. My favorite ones are Bombas! They support your arches and also give pairs to those in need when you purchase.

3. A Portable Face Toner

I’m a skincare junkie! I often have breakouts, plus when the cold weather rolls around your skin can get dry so easily. When I’m tuckered out from travel I don’t always want to go through a whole extensive skincare regime, so having a quick, easy, and portable option helps a bunch. I’ve been loving the Neogen Real Cica Pads—They have a smooth side and a more exfoliating side, so you can really get a good clean/scrub if you’ve decided to slack on cleansing, etc and just want to get to bed.

4. A Great Travel Toothbrush

Traveling is no excuse for slacking on dental hygiene! During the holiday season, people are always taking pictures, so you want your smile to be in tip top shape. I always make sure that I have my Dr. Plotka’s travel toothbrush!!! The flossing bristles make sure every spot gets a thorough clean, and the antimicrobial properties of the brush are even more necessary during travel—I can rest assured knowing that my toothbrush is clean and bacteria-free even after bouncing from my travel bag to various bathrooms/hotels back to home. I never travel without it!

5. A Good Neck Pillow

Most folks associate neck pillows with traveling on airplanes, but when you drive (or maintain any posture) for a long amount of time it can strain your neck! When I drive I have a very “forward” posture, so once I’ve arrived at my destination, relaxing with a good neck pillow really helps to ease the muscles and get everything back into position. My favorite neck pillow is memory foam!

 

I hope this list was informative and helps you piece together your packing list for wherever the holiday traveling season may take you!

 

Best,

 

~Meg

Happy Boss's Day! A Tribute to our General Manager, V

October 16th is Boss's Day, so the MouthWatchers team has decided to write about our wonderful manager, V!

V has been with MouthWatchers since 2009, and has helped the company to grow and flourish through her enthusiastic leadership. Here are some things we love about V:

What is your favorite thing about V?

Violetta: Her energy and positivity. She is always in a good mood and she never complains. That's so rare nowadays!

Jackie: Her work ethic. I’ve always said that she works 24/7. I’ve seen emails coming from her as late as 11 PM and and she has taken a lot of phone calls outside of our business hours for dentists/stores that want to place orders.

Tim: Her optimism in the face of any challenge.

Meg: Her sense of humor!

What's your favorite memory of V?

Violetta: This year at Expo West in Cali we were playing hide and seek with her adorable 2-year old daughter Eliana at 3 in the morning. We were hiding for about 20 min until V found us! 

Jackie: When we went to Expo West and she did a tarot card reading on us. It was nice of her to share one of her interests with us.

Tim: Any time she’s with Eliana.

Meg: When she very purposefully got ready to vacuum our office, citing it as her "duty". 🤣

How does V make MouthWatchers a great place to work/a great team to be a part of?

Violetta: She is supportive and understanding. She makes sure that we all know that our hard work is appreciated and does not go unnoticed.

Jackie: Out of all the jobs I’ve had throughout the years, I have never felt like I held such an important position until I came to work for the MW team. She really makes you feel like an asset and always reminds you.

Tim: Her enthusiasm for providing the best service to our customers and finding innovative ways to improve all the time.

Meg: Her ambition and excitement to constantly improve/grow, and how she reminds us that we're a part of that vision & process!

THANK YOU V for all you do! You make being part of the MouthWatchers team a blast!

Much love,

Violetta, Jackie, Tim, & Meg

 

How to Keep Your Gums and Teeth Healthy

Gum disease is caused by bacteria found in plaque and tartar. Plaque is mostly made up of bacteria, mucus, food, and other particles. When it’s not removed, it hardens into tartar, giving the bacteria a home.

Gum disease has 3 stages:

  • Gingivitis —> This is the early stage where the gums are red, swollen, and tender (can easily bleed). If the condition is caught early, it can often be reversed on its own with correct brushing and flossing.
  • Mild/Moderate Periodontitis —> In this next stage, there is increased inflammation and bleeding around the tooth. This happens when bacterial poisons in plaque and your body’s defenses start to break down the gum attachment to the tooth. The gums start to pull away from the teeth and forms pockets of infected material. Treatment at this stage is critical to prevent further loss of bone and loosening of teeth.
  • Advanced Periodontitis —> This stage has further deepening of gum pockets and heavy destruction of bone that holds teeth in place. The teeth may become so loose that they need to be removed if treatment doesn’t restore bone support. 

Symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Bad breath that lasts
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Pain when chewing

The following risks put a person at more risk for developing gum disease:

  • Smoking or using chewing tobacco
  • Hormonal changes in girls/women
  • Diabetes
  • Certain medicines
  • Heredity

How to Avoid Gum Disease:

Having good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing twice a day) can help prevent gum infections, cavities, and tooth loss. Also having your teeth cleaned and checked by a dentist or dental hygienist at least once a year is important.

To brush correctly:

  • Brush in the morning and before you go to sleep.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against your gums and brush each tooth 15-20 times. 
  • Move your toothbrush gently, using short strokes. Do not scrub!
  • Brush vertically in short, downward strokes against your inner upper-front teeth; short, upward strokes for lower inside teeth. 
  • Brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth with short, back and forth strokes.
  • Replace your toothbrush about every 3-4 months.
  • Don’t cover your toothbrush or store it in a closed container as this can encourage growth of microorganisms.

Floss like you care!

Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles stuck between your teeth and under your gums 

  • Cut off about 18 inches of floss and hold it tightly between your thumb and forefingers. Place it between your teeth and gently slide it up and down. 
  • When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it around 1 tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss up and down, making sure to go below the gumline. Repeat method on the rest of your teeth, and also flossing the back side of your teeth!

Your teeth and your gums will thank you once you get into the habit of good oral hygiene. Do everything in your power to preserve that great smile!

9 Tips for Embracing the Fall!

As I am sure many of you can relate, this week I am reluctant to accept that Summer is coming to an end.  I protest silently in my mind, but this past week’s persistent grey skies and temperatures in the mid-60’s leave little room for argument.  So, in the spirit of embracing that which I cannot change, here are some tips to make the most of Fall!

 

  1. Stay active

With the days getting shorter and the weather becoming less temperate, we can feel less inspired to get outdoors.  We naturally slide into “hibernation mode”.  Being inside is often accompanied by couch-lounging and indulgent snacking.  This is a perfect combo for those extra pounds we tend to lament as bikini season comes back around.  But you can hold off this slip into laziness by making a conscious effort to stay active.  There are plenty of things to still do outside like going for a hike, mountain biking, fishing and hunting for yard sales.  Still can’t get out there as often as you like?  Try a 15-minute bodyweight workout.  There are hundreds posted everyday right on YouTube by experienced and talented trainers.  There’s really no excuse for getting lazy in the Fall!

 

  1. Get Vitamin D

Much has been discovered about this ubiquitous micronutrient in the last 10 years.  Studies have shown it to be integral to many cellular processes, and have linked it to Seasonal Affective Disorder, obesity, and heart disease.  Tend to feel a bit blue when the days get shorter?  Want a little extra assurance that you are protecting your health?  Consider adding a Vitamin D supplement as the weather gets cooler.  It can help boost your immune system and your overall sense of well-being!

 

  1. Bundle up

Here in New England it is a rite of passage to endure the four seasons in all of their extremes.  For you fashionistas out there, the changing of the seasons is just an opportunity to break out a whole new wardrobe.  For the more practical types, having the right weather resistant gear can mean enjoying the outdoors straight through the colder months.

 

  1. Go to a game

September through January is the peak of the sportophile’s year!  The NFL season kicked off a couple weeks ago, the playoffs are about to begin in the MLB, and the NBA and NHL are both ramping up with preseason activities.  You can enjoy a local high school or college game any weekend and support the next generation’s up and coming talent.  Take it one step further and commit to coaching a local youth sports team and help guide kids to aspire to be better and believe in themselves.

 

  1. Take a class

September is back to school time.  But that isn’t necessarily reserved to just the kids.  Feel like you could use an edge at work?  Looking to start a new hobby or learn a new skill?  Now is a great time to make the most of being inside more by taking a class and grow on a personal level.  There is probably a breadth clinics and classes right in your community.  Check out locally owned businesses, community colleges, and adult learning centers to see if there is something that appeals.  It might just open up a whole new world of opportunities!

 

  1. Throw a Party

There’s nothing like propping up against the colder weather with a group of close friends and family.  Share that new recipe you learned in the cooking class you recently signed up for.  Take a chance to reconnect with people you haven’t seen in a while.  Having less to do outdoors can mean having less social interaction through the colder months.  But it doesn’t have to be true!  This is the perfect time of year to fill your home with the good cheer of great company.

 

  1. Enjoy the Harvest

This is prime time for local farmers and artisans to bring their goods to market.  Seek out a farmer’s market and you can support families and the local economy.  You are sure to find some of the freshest produce, baked goods, meats and cheeses available.  Often the selections are organic and better for you than food from national producers.  It is also a great opportunity to find something to share at that party you’re planning next weekend!

 

  1. Crock Pot Cooking

Nothing is easier, and often healthier, than cooking in a crockpot!  You just pile the ingredients together in the morning, and by the afternoon you have a delectable hearty meal.  And it’s not just limited to beef stew.  You can find delicious recipes online for anything from curry to jambalaya to cheesecake!

 

  1. Grow a Beard

This last one is based on my own biased opinion that beards help improve a man’s health, vitality, and credibility in general.  They look great, bestow an air of wisdom, and stave off that chill that comes creeping in with Fall and Winter.  Having trouble finding a girlfriend? Struggling with a plateau in the gym?  Wondering what you’re going to do about that pack of wolves that keep harassing your flock?  Grow a beard and watch as these seemingly insurmountable obstacles crumble at your feet.

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