Get­ting out and en­joy­ing the warmer weather

Some of you, quite rea­son­ably, have re­mained in­doors dur­ing the win­ter sea­son for fear of end­ing up in sick as a re­sult of the bit­ing winds and low tem­per­a­tures. Take care of your den­tures

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For­tu­nately spring is now here and al­though the weather may not be up to scratch just yet, it’s cer­tainly on the way. The evenings have started to be­come longer and, even though it’s still cold, it’s not half as bad as it was in depths of this cold win­ter. This is now the time to start plan­ning your ac­tiv­i­ties for spring. A key step we can all take is to at­tempt to im­prove our gen­eral health. It’s a well-known fact that ac­ci­dent and ill­ness are more likely to oc­cur if our con­sti­tu­tion isn’t up to snuff. So now that we can once more take ad­van­tage of the im­proved weather, it is es­sen­tial to try and get into a rou­tine of reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, im­proved diet and men­tal stimulation. Phys­i­cal ex­er­cise, along­side ex­er­cise for the brain, have long been doc­u­mented as pre­ven­ta­tives for a cor­nu­copia of ills rang­ing from heart disease to de­men­tia, and with a bit more time on one’s hands dur­ing the golden years, why not put some aside to en­hance your well­be­ing? The ben­e­fits of a healthy, bal­anced diet, too,

Get­ting den­tures can be a daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence but it’s not one that has to stay that way. By hav­ing all the facts and in­for­ma­tion you can un­der­stand how den­tures work and how you should look af­ter them and your mouth. The first step is to treat them as you would an ex­pen­sive china col­lec­tion. Drop­ping them could cause break­ages and with costly re­pairs, you are bet­ter off to avoid putting them in a sit­u­a­tion where they could be dam­aged. When you are clean­ing them, hold them over a soft towel or a full sink of wa­ter as you wash them. Han­dle them gen­tly and al­ways have a firm grip on them. Se­condly, as you would with your nat­u­ral teeth, your den­tures need to be brushed daily to re­move food and plaque. A soft bris­tled brush de­signed for den­tures should be used in­stead. Avoid us­ing a hard bris­tled tooth­brush as this can dam­age the den­ture pieces such as the plas­tic or at­tach­ments. Brush gen­tly over the sur­face and rinse

af­ter ev­ery meal. When it comes to tak­ing them out for the night, how you store them is the para­mount to their longevity. Den­tures need to re­main moist so their shape does not dis­tort or they don’t try out. By pur­chas­ing a den­ture soak­ing so­lu­tion or putting them in wa­ter, you can en­sure they will re­main at their very best. How­ever, if your den­tures have metal at­tach­ments, so­lu­tion may dis­colour them. Con­tact your den­tist for tips on how to cor­rectly store your den­tures. The main step to en­sur­ing your den­tures re­main in tip-top shape is by vis­it­ing the den­tist reg­u­larly and never at­tempt to fix or al­ter your den­tures your­self. Some­times den­tures aren’t fit­ted cor­rectly which can cause oral sores and gum ir­ri­ta­tion. If your den­tures have cracks, chips or if any of the teeth be­come loose, visit your oral care provider as soon as pos­si­ble.

have been ev­i­dent for decades now, and with a lit­tle ex­per­i­men­ta­tion it re­ally is pos­si­ble to strike that dif­fi­cult bal­ance be­tween nu­tri­tion, flavour and a sat­is­fy­ingly full stom­ach! A lot of the time it’s about tak­ing the time to plan. Eat­ing the right foods and set­ting time aside for ex­er­cise need care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion and the more of a habit you get into, the eas­ier it gets to plan ahead. Stim­u­lat­ing your­self men­tally can be done in a num­ber of ways, whether it’s your favourite crossword or tuck­ing into a new book, and the best part is that it’s not weather re­liant. What­ever steps you take to en­sure your health and well­be­ing this com­ing spring, how­ever, re­flect on the words of Abraham Lin­coln: In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

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