Dental care, Sydney

Why Clean Teeth

dental-care It is too easy to neglect dental health. People prefer the aftertaste of the last meal to the strong taste of toothpaste. Some people claim not to have the time to brush their teeth; but the few minutes spent brushing your teeth each day prevents most dental problems and the discomfort of serious dental procedures later on. A study once showed that the most successful people in life were the ones who tolerated short term inconvenience over long term problems. Brushing your teeth is an example of this.

More than Just Brushing at Home

Even with regular brushing and flossing individuals should have a dental check-up every 6 months. Early detection can prevent permanent damage to teeth and gums and avoid costly and uncomfortable treatments latter on. Problems like tooth decay are often accompanied by at least some pain or physical signs of change, and should be checked straight away. But problems such as gingivitis are not obvious of painful at first, making regular check-ups essential.

Regular dental cleaning, recommended every six months, not only removes plaque, tartar, bacteria and other problems, it also makes teeth feel smoother by polishing them. This in turn helps them stay clean as bacteria are less inclined to stick to them.

Food

The advice your grandparents gave about healthy eating is probably not too far from the truth. Vegetables, dairy foods, apples and other forms or healthy eating make all the difference to one’s dental health. Green teas also seems to help teeth and breath considerably.

Sticky food and anything acidic tends to be very harmful. This includes obvious culprits such as soda and sugar, but also a few healthy foods like orange juice. It is less about the amount consumed than the regularity of consumption. Harmful food eaten several times a day is worse that a greater amount of harmful food consumed in one sitting.

Chewing gum that is sugar free can be beneficial for teeth, though the artificial sweeteners used in the gum can have their own health issues. Patients experiencing drowsiness, insomnia of other issues should consult an allergy specialist.

Regarding any concerns about dental care, Sydney based Dental Focus can address any problems.

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Social side of Martial Arts Training

Social skills are a complex thing, and the psychologists who study them don’t always agree about what’s going on. We can suddenly develop better skills with people who share a common interest, or find ourselves gravitating towards people similar to ourselves when in a foreign situation. Social skills require little effort under some circumstances, a lot of effort under other circumstances. The situations that work well seem to require the least effort, but it would be too easy to get the cause and effect mixed up here. We only start putting in effort because the situation requires it, and we tend not to enjoy this situation as much.

We tend not to have the same social issues as a child. In kindergarten everybody’s interest was in similar toys and novelties. On some occasions everything was unfamiliar and confusing, so we withdrew; on other occasions everybody was part of the same group. There was no ‘us and them’ at that point in our lives; there were other people who were simultaneously different but not part of a different group. Undoubtedly we learned some of our first social abilities here, though we might have lost some things too; later divisions into ‘us and them’ cost us some common connection with all others. Really balanced, spiritual people tend to more apt at getting on with far more people, not just their own crowd. Perhaps they retained something we lost back them.

Common training can have a positive social influence on participating individuals. We hear about people bonding in the military when they would have had rather little in common under other circumstances. But this ignores the fact that being in the same circumstance is giving them something in common. If people are in a circumstance voluntarily that may well have some common goal or interest beforehand. And it it’s involuntary they may well find they identify with other stuck with the same fate. It still keeps coming back to the idea they have something in common.

Perhaps it’s the rediscovery of our common human situation here. Great literature, great human insights and great proverbs all cross cultural barriers and social classes. If we feel human like everybody else is human then we have a universal common thread that runs through all people, and we are no longer separated because of superficial differences. Barriers to social interactions are inadvertently acquired over time. At least part of improving social skills is the unlearning of misconceptions. We unlearn artificial differences and see the real common ground.

Watching people improve in anything, especially something we are involved with ourselves, gives us some insights into both them and ourselves. It’s a little like seeing yourself in the third person. And if we avoid the trap of dividing the world into ‘our’ exclusive group and others we can form a bond with people in general. This type of training (and the insights we acquire through it) can apply it to every aspect of our life. I tend to think good training strips us back to the fundamentals and rebuilds us the way we would have liked to have been the first time around.

I said earlier that the better social situation requires less effort from us, and I believe we enjoy it more when getting on with others comes easily. But there was some effort; we but the effort in earlier to either learn skills or avoid misconceptions. We learn in advance so things come naturally when the situation requires it. More than one martial artist has supported this type or view. We train now so that latter on we can do more with less effort.

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Our first blog post is supplied by United Martial Arts & Fitness Academy. United Martial Arts provides Martial Arts, TKD (TaeKweonDo) courses in Perth. For more information, feel free to visit their website.

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