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 MenofHabit.com.

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.

 

Article source: http://www.menofhabit.com/watch-your-mouth/

Shaving Tips

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Annoyed by the speed that your razor blades manage to go dull? You might not realize the influence you can have on keeping your blades sharp. We will provide you some tips and tricks how to make shaving a more pleasant experience.

For example, razor blades particularly do not like to be used on a dry skin, punishing you by speeding up the process of becoming dull. The beard has not been softened yet and this has a negative impact on your razor blades.

For your own comfort and to make your blades last longer, you should always follow these rules:

– When you wake up, your face is puffy with overnight fluid which will keep you from getting a close shave. We recommend to wait at least 20-30 minutes before shaving.

– Before you can start shaving, we would advise you to take a shower.  As we recommend you to wait for 20-30 minutes in the morning, it would be a great idea to shower first because showering will provide you with a perfectly relaxed skin and soft beard hair. If you’re not a morning shaver and/or shower taker, try to always soak your beard in warm water or steam for at least 15 minutes before you shave.

– Be parsimonious with the shaving soap/cream/gel or whatever product you’re using. The aim is to have a thin, even layer on your skin covering the hair. It’s not about how much product you use, but rather about how you apply it onto your face. When you use your hands, make a gentle circular motion. Make painters strokes when using a shaving brush.

– To clear out lather and hair, rinse your blade after every few strokes. Use hot water for better cleaning. Moreover, a hot blade will cut the hairs easier and more smoothly than a cold blade.

– Take a little time to clean your blade after using it. Rinse it in hot water and carefully dry it with a towel. To complete the process, rub a little alcohol on your blade to prevent any remaining moisture from oxidizing your blades.

– Also, keep your razor in a safe and dry place. Don’t leave it on the counter in the bathroom while your showering, because the humidity can affect your blades.

 

Article source: http://everyguyed.com/howto/razor-blades-longer/