Healthy Teeth

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What is a great outfit without a great smile? Men turn out to give more attention to shaving and skin care, but what about dental care? We found a nice article on this subject on

After having recently researched the preventative measures to keep my teeth through old-age and retain a smile worth showing, here’s a few tips I learned that will help save your smile:

  1. First thing’s first, stumble our from the covers and drink a tall glass of water.  Our lack of water consumption, and typically dry household air, radically dehydrates your body and mouth over the course of the night. Bearing in mind that a dry mouth breeds the very bacteria that cause gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath, start your morning off with as much water as you can drink in one sitting. One glass (10-12oz) is great, two is better. Your body and mouth will thank you!
  2. Floss, every tooth, morning, night and throughout the day. Lunch at Peter Luger’s leaving you picking at your teeth all afternoon? Reach for your dime-store solution to most periodontal problems. Starting behind your last molar, floss between each crevice twice, once pulling outward to clean the forward tooth, once pushing backward for the rear surface.  Difficulty fitting the string between your teeth? Experiment with thicknesses, from ribbon to fine until you discover what feels most comfortable.
  3. Rinse with warm water before brushing. Brush each tooth, moving the brush in small circles across the surface. Pay special attention to darker or discolored areas and crevices in molars that tend to catch food.
  4. While we’re on the subject, invest in a quality toothbrush. While we have no issue forking over money for new phones, televisions and gaming systems, the thought of spending money on a toothbrush technology seems unreasonable. Though the initial investment may hurt, trade up your traditional brush for its electronic counterpart. If you’re anything like me, you’re staring down the price-point, starting around $50, alongside the 2-for-1 supermarket special. This isn’t apples to apples, not even apples to oranges…this is like comparing a Ferrari to a Razor Scooter. You won’t regret it.
    After your purchase, read the directions! Most require charging well ahead of use and contain specific details regarding angle and pressure of brushing. Start chipping away at years of missed plaque and debris from traditional brushes!
  5. Rinse with warm water. Spit. Rinse again. Spit. Gargle. Spit. Rinse with non-alcoholic, fluoride rinse for 20-30 seconds. Spit. Leave for 20 minutes before eating or drinking again. Find a wash sans alcohol since, similar to booze, the chemical dries out your mouth and gums.
  6. Stay fresh throughout the day. Dental health shouldn’t be relegated to morning and nights. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, succeeding any cup of coffee, tea, alcohol, juice or other sugary drink. If you must consume sugars or dyes, water will limit the exposure to your teeth.  Use treated toothpicks, like those soaked in Tea Tree Oil, a natural antiseptic, to remove debris and chew sugarless gum to continually stimulate saliva production. If possible, keep a travel brush in your desk for discreet, after lunch, before meeting runs to brighten your smile.
  7. Consider investing in a humidifier for the bedroom. In additional to keeping your skin, sinuses and eyes better hydrated, thus preventing a myriad of other unsavory conditions, the balanced environment will help avoid hours of dryness throughout the night. If a humidifier seems too bulky, try setting a glass or pot of warm water adjacent to the radiator or floor grate for forced hot air.


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Grooming Boom

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Grooming, a once female dominated field, has transcended heavily into the male realm. These days men’s grooming regimens are receiving more hype than ever.  Magazines, such as GQ, Esquire, Details, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal have all reached out in attempts to appeal to the submerging world of men’s grooming.

One of the main incentives in increasing grooming advertisements is associated with the money.  Last year, Men’s Health readers, alone, spent $1.2 billion on grooming products.  The ad pages devoted to this category rose 37 percent in June 2012 in comparison to June 2011.

According to publisher Jack Essig at Esquire, advertising for grooming products is up 45 percent for the first half. Esquire editor in chief David Granger said that “We’ve made a big push on grooming in the last couple of years, talking to men about a common sense approach to taking care of themselves. As the category has exploded and product for men has multiplied, guidance is more important than ever.”

They also found a great percentage of growth (37) in advertising in the grooming category compared to last year at GQ. An online tracking system showed that GQ’s readers are very interested in hair, even more so as in shoes, suits and watches. ‘Hair’ turned out to be the number-two search term on their website.

Many magazines devote an increasing amount of pages to men’s grooming and the ad pages for this category are up 79 percent compared to last year.

Developments in the retail industry cannot stay behind on this trend. A partnership between Details and Space NK Apothecary resulted in endorsed products for men in 21 stores in the U.S. and shops-in-shop in Bloomingdales. “This is a pilot program for us and I believe Details endorsing a product as best of the category will of course have an impact,” said editor in chief Dan Peres.

Men’s grooming habits are sure getting a lot of attention these days. In Morgan Spurlock’s film ‘Mansome’, he gets models, actors, experts and comedians to weigh in on the subject. “I think you try to look good to meet a woman or you try to look good so the woman doesn’t run away,” explains Judd Apatow.

Article source:, by Amy Wicks