STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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Gingivitis or gum inflammation leads to periodontitis or bone loss, which progresses at a slow pace. Logically, if you prevent or reduce the gum inflammation, you reduce bone loss or prevent periodontal disease.


According to the American Dental Association (ADA), even a small benefit is good, considering the fact that half of the American population suffers from periodontal disease. Moreover, the guidelines do not in any way rule out the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which accepts the importance of flossing.


If performed properly, flossing only does you good. A tooth has five surfaces; your toothbrush can only reach three of them. Only by flossing can you get access in between your teeth. The only time you should not floss is when you start feeling pain while flossing, but this generally happens only when you do it aggressively. There is a correct technique for flossing. Many people move the floss in a sawing motion. The right way is to move it up and down around the sides of the teeth, forming a “C” shape around the tooth, and going below the gum line.

To floss or not to floss – that is the question. This is the dilemma people are facing, especially after reading about the latest change in dental guidelines for Americans that was released in August 2016.


The change is based on certain reports that say the evidence of any benefits of flossing is very low quality or weak and unreliable because of fewer research studies and small sample sizes. Recent reviews concluded flossing is not very effective in plaque removal and reduction of gum inflammation.


But many dental experts still emphasize cleaning between the teeth at least once a day. To them, weak evidence of the benefits of flossing does not mean that flossing is useless.


So just what is flossing and why do dentists recommend it?


When food particles get stuck in the gap between the teeth and along the gum line, they rot and form plaque full of bacteria. This region is difficult to reach with your toothbrush, and that dental plaque causes gum disease. If the plaque is not removed with the help of a toothbrush or an interdental cleaner such as floss, it will harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing removes bacteria or plaque and food particles. This helps you avoid plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease.

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HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Some experts say small inter-dental brushes are best for people who have spaces between their teeth. However, if the spaces between your teeth are too tight, flossing is a better option for cleaning the area. Talk to your dentist for more information.