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Self-Care Tips to Practice at Home for Better Overall Health

Self-Care Tips to Practice at Home for Better Overall Health

Turn all that at-home time into a win.

In a matter of weeks, the way we live, work, parent, and play has rapidly changed.

As we self-quarantine in an attempt to slow the spread of the illness, it’s normal to feel a little stir-crazy. Schools are out, most restaurants are closed, and gyms have shut their doors.

Yet, with a little perspective, this can actually be one of the most restful and nourishing seasons of our lives. What better time than now to slow down and take care of yourself?

Today, we’re sharing a few self-care tips that can help buoy you through this challenging time. Read on to learn a few key ways you can channel your restless energy into strengthening your body and renewing your mind.

1. Find an online workout program.

Sure, the fitness center around the corner might be closed, and your Wednesday-morning yoga class is shelved.

That doesn’t mean you can’t connect with others, break a sweat, and release some much-needed endorphins. Getting your heart rate up is a great stress-blaster and immune-system booster.

There are many different online workout programs available, and many have lowered or even waived their sign-up fees in the wake of the current crisis. A few of our favorite fitness, lifestyle, and nutrition apps include:

Click around, read reviews, and find one that fits your needs. Most offer a free introductory period, so you have plenty of time to try before you buy.

2. Go outside.

Resist the urge to leave a human-shaped imprint on your couch. While we are all practicing social distancing, that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors 24/7.

Go to the backyard and have an afternoon picnic. Take a walk around the block with your furry companion. Break out the sidewalk chalk and leave a note of encouragement for your neighbors.

Research shows that a lack of vitamin D can have a direct effect on your mood, leaving you feeling cranky, depressed, and restless. Even if the sun is behind the clouds, take the time to breathe in the fresh air, feel the wind on your face, and look away from the television every once in a while.

3. Organize and declutter.

Still staring at that pile of winter clothes that need to be stored away until next year? Tired of walking around stacks of paperwork in the office or miles of dishes in the kitchen? Consider this your golden opportunity to hunker down and get it done.

While you’re at home, make it a more pleasant place to be by organizing your space. As you go around from room to room, fill three boxes:

  • Keep
  • Toss
  • Recycle

Oh, wait. What do you do with those old batteries or dried up cans of paint? This list explains exactly what to do with those confusing items you’ve been holding onto for years.

4. Get enough rest.

A healthy immune system hinges on a well-rested body. It’s easy to burn the midnight oil when you know tomorrow is just another day at home, but resist the urge.

If you’re working remotely, remember that you need to be mentally sharp in the morning. The same applies if you’re still showing up to a physical work location. Even if your work is temporarily paused, it’s still smart to turn in at a good time.

When you get at least seven to eight hours of sleep a night, your immune system is better able to ward off germs and illness. If you can’t get that many ZZZs at once, make time for them during the day. A power nap is no longer a guilty pleasure—it’s a necessity!

5. Learn a new skill.

Have you always wanted to learn how to crochet? Or maybe your interests lie in watercolor painting, guitar playing, or software coding.

Regardless, now is an excellent time to dive deep into those interests. Don’t add more pressure to your plate or stretch yourself too thin, but take the time to learn as much as possible about the subjects that intrigue you.

You can find online material on almost any topic imaginable. Start on edX where you’ll find free courses from Harvard, MIT, The Georgia Institute of Technology, and other big names.

6. Refine your culinary skills.

Another way to make the most of this time at home is to find a few new healthy recipes and learn how to make them from scratch. While you might have to get a little creative with your grocery shopping these days, there are still plenty of new dishes to create.

Look for ones that incorporate whole fruits and veggies, lean proteins, and hearty whole grains. In addition to the plethora of online recipes available, don’t forget to reopen those cookbooks you have stashed under the counter. You might just discover a new favorite!

7. Indulge in a bath.

Rushing about in your everyday life, it might be hard to justify taking the time to draw a big bath and sink to your nose in frothy bubbles. It might feel even more ludicrous to slather on a six-step skincare routine when we get out.

Now, however? It could be the answer to everything you need.

An indulgent, warm bath is a beautiful way to soothe your muscles, ease your tension, and rejuvenate your senses. Turn the lights down, play some relaxing music, and let your thoughts roam far away from the evening news.

8. Practice meditation.

Whether you spend it praying, journaling, chanting, or just sitting in silence, remember to carve a little quiet time into your day. If you need a little guidance easing into your zen, try listening along to a meditation app like Headspace or Calm.

Mindful meditation can help you keep anxious thoughts at bay and help improve your mental health. You can also schedule an online video therapy session if the silence and solitude start to feel too overwhelming. Don’t hesitate to reach out to these experts during this time, as they’re specially trained to help you navigate it.

Put these self-care tips into practice today.

There’s no denying that these are uncertain times and this is uncharted territory. The coronavirus pandemic has introduced a new normal for everyone, and we’re all learning how to adapt.

It can be easy to see the storm clouds, but the silver lining is still there. By practicing these self-care tips, you can learn how to lean into this time with gratitude and reflection, emerging even stronger and healthier than before.

In the meantime, if you need anything from our office, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.

How to Help Your Future College Student Succeed

How to Help Your Future College Student Succeed

There is a strong connection between smiling and success in life.

Did you know your teen’s smile has a significant effect on their success in life?

Studies show individuals with a confident, beautiful smile and straight teeth tend to have higher success in all facets of life, especially their careers and relationships. With your teen getting ready to graduate high school or leave for college and start their own journey, they are at a pivotal point in life. Helping them get a stunning, healthy smile will increase their success at school, in job interviews, and when socializing, and will simply boost their self-confidence.

Here are some ideas for how you can help your teen get their best smile before they leave for college, the workforce, or any other exciting path they’ve chosen to take.

Get any existing oral health issues taken care of before they leave for college.

Oral health issues don’t get better with time. A small cavity in your teen’s tooth can end up being a big problem if treatment is delayed. They could end up needing more intensive treatment or, worse, may find themselves with a bad toothache when they’re far from home.

Since your teen is finishing high school, now is the best time to take care of any outstanding dental problems. This is even more true if your teen will be leaving Greensboro for school or work and you’re concerned they might forget dental appointments while they try to juggle a busy new schedule.

Schedule your teen’s bi-annual cleanings and exams to work with their school breaks.

Bi-annual cleanings and exams are easy for your teen to forget when their schedule is jam-packed with school, work, and social events. You can help by scheduling these appointments for them, especially if they’ll be staying in Greensboro or coming home during school breaks.

To save even more time, you can book all of your household’s preventive care appointments ahead of time. We’ll send out appointment reminders so you’ll get a heads-up just in case you or your teen forgets. 

Book a bruxism evaluation if they frequently experience headaches or head and neck soreness.

If your teen has been mentioning headaches, consider scheduling a bruxism evaluation for them. Headaches aren’t uncommon for a busy student cramming for school, but when they happen often and are accompanied by head, neck, and jaw soreness, it’s time to see a dental professional.

Your dentist can check out the issue, and if it turns out your teen has been grinding or clenching their teeth, you can get a custom mouth guard for your teen to wear at night. Getting this problem taken care of will ensure your teen’s teeth don’t become damaged and, most importantly, they can get quality sleep.

Give the gift of a professional teeth whitening session so they won’t be tempted by DIY options.

Social media has a huge influence on most college students. The good news is it can help encourage our teens to take an interest in their oral health. Unfortunately, it can also tempt them to look into not-so-safe DIY or store-bought whitening methods. 

DIY whitening is never a good idea, and even though store-bought options may be “dentist-approved”, they can still be used incorrectly. The results can range from painful, sensitive teeth to permanent enamel damage. Play it safe by gifting your teen a professional whitening session at Farless Dental Group. We can even send them home with an at-home kit using our products so they can maintain their smile when they’re away at school.

It’s not too late to straighten their teeth. Ask Dr. Farless about Six Month Smiles.

Crooked teeth can be embarrassing to some teens and may even pose a tooth decay risk when food gets stuck in the nooks and crannies of their smile. Even though you may have opted out of braces when your teen was a child, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to help them straighten their teeth now.

Dr. Farless offers Six Month Smiles, a super-fast straightening option that utilizes clear aligners. As long as your teen is older than 15 years of age and has healthy teeth, they could very well be a candidate. Book a consultation with Dr. Farless to find out what your teen’s options are.

Take care of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth now while they can take time to heal.

In some cases, your teen’s wisdom teeth may be able to come in normally, but Dr. Farless generally recommends they be removed as a preventive care procedure. Most of the time, wisdom teeth are impacted and can not only cause pain as they erupt, but they can also push on your teen’s healthy molars. This can lead to teeth shifting and becoming crooked, and it could change their bite alignment.

If your teen hasn’t had their wisdom teeth removed, now is a good time to see Dr. Farless, have X-rays taken, and discuss what option is best.

Porcelain veneers are the ultimate makeover option for a flawless smile.

If you know your teen doesn’t feel great about their smile and straightening alone won’t help, consider porcelain veneers for them. Porcelain veneers are a permanent choice but are truly the ultimate smile makeover option.

Porcelain veneers can address issues with crookedness, gaps, tooth shape, and discoloration. If your teen has a “gummy” smile they don’t like to share, you can also combine porcelain veneers with gum contouring to bring balance to their smile.

Porcelain veneers are a very big step, and though it comes with many aesthetic and functional benefits, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons with the help of Dr. Farless. 

A visit to Dr. Farless can help your student prepare for this big step in life.

Whether your teen is due for a cleaning or they’re interested in a consultation for veneers, Dr. Farless and his team are ready to help in any way they can. 

To schedule your teen’s appointments, you can either give our Greensboro office a call directly or fill out our online request form.

6 Ways Porcelain Veneers Can Give Your Smile a Makeover

6 Ways Porcelain Veneers Can Give Your Smile a Makeover

Artistically Made Veneers Make Perfectly Imperfect Smiles Possible

Do you ever think veneers are for those who want obnoxiously perfect teeth? Do they convey an air of untrustable perfection to you? Have you secretly always wanted veneers but are afraid you’ll end up with intimidating square teeth?

We’re overjoyed to be dental veneer myth busters today.

Veneers can deliver so many things that most people never think of it. And the overall effect can be like losing five excess pounds or getting a full night’s sleep when you’re lacking sleep—nobody notices why you look so much better, but you just do. Veneers and their many applications can help you look younger, like a facelift for your teeth. Veneers can turn back the clock and erase the years.

Here are a few of the amazing ways veneers can improve your smile.

1. Whitening

This comes as a surprise to many people, but veneers are often a good choice to whiten teeth if you want to correct some other minor issues at the same time. Porcelain veneers can provide the perfect shade of white which will not stain over time the way that naturally porous teeth will.

If all you are after, however, is whiter teeth and you are sure you are not getting veneers in the near future, consider asking us about whitening as an alternative to veneers.

There are a few other things to consider about whitening and veneers. If you’re getting only a few veneers and wish to have a whiter, brighter smile, it’s best to whiten your teeth before the application of the veneers, so all your teeth will match. Then you just need to maintain that level of whiteness with routine whitening as your veneers will not stain or darken over time the same way your teeth will.

2. Minor Straightening of Crooked Teeth

Yes, porcelain veneers can straighten minor crookedness and improve your smile. Many people opt for the quicker, more convenient route of veneers to get the perfectly straight smile they desire. There are several reasons for this:

  • It is faster—you can have straight teeth in a matter of weeks.
  • You can fix any other imperfections at the same time.
  • It is more convenient—no juggling clear aligners or cleaning traditional braces while you wait for your teeth to straighten.

Veneers are a great choice if you have only a few crooked teeth as well. For instance, if you have two overlapping teeth, veneers can quickly correct this without having to create space in your mouth by using traditional orthodontics. This makes sense as an alternative to the hassle of applying orthodontics to your entire mouth just to straighten two teeth.

3. Filling in Gaps

Just as veneers can fix two or more overlapping teeth, they can fill in a gap as well. The choice to use veneers to fix a gap is similar to the choice to avoid a mouth of braces just to fix one overlap.

When you use porcelain veneers to fix a gap, your dentist will simply be making each tooth slightly and imperceptibly wider, creating a more natural and unnoticeable gap. At the same time, he can use the veneers to touch up discoloration, cracks, or chips.

4. Correcting Chips

A minor chip on your tooth is nothing to worry about. Most people can function quite well, even in social situations, without repairing it. However, if you are on camera a lot or the chip’s appearance really bothers you, or it creates a rough edge for your tongue, then it’s time to consider sharing your smile goals with your dentist. Your two choices to fix a chip are bonding or a veneer. Both work well, and your dentist will help you choose the right option for your case and budget. A veneer will cover the whole tooth. Bonding will adhere to your existing tooth and be just large enough to replace the part of your tooth that you lost. Don’t worry, neither solution will be noticeable.

5. What about Cracks?

Cracks are trickier than chips. Hairline cracks can be corrected with veneers, but cracks that cause pain and structural damage cannot (and should not) be corrected with a veneer. It would be like painting over a crack in your home’s wall caused by a faulty foundation. But don’t worry! Your dentist can repair a cracked tooth. Only your dentist will know the best way to repair a cracked tooth and most likely will notice the crack before you tell him or her. However, please speak with your dental team about any dental concerns you have, cracks or otherwise.

6. Teeth which Seem too Short

There is not really a restorative or oral-health-related reason to lengthen short teeth unless your teeth have been worn down by teeth-grinding or other wear. It is purely cosmetic. Nevertheless, we want you to have the smile of your dreams, and lengthening teeth is one way to improve your smile and brighten your face when you smile. If it gives you more confidence, we say go for it!

Also, as hinted at, if your teeth have been shortened by wear and tear of some kind, veneers are a great way to restore and improve your smile. Whatever the reason for lengthening your teeth, veneers can help you smile with confidence.

6 Myths About General and Cosmetic Dentistry

6 Myths About General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you believe one of these common dentistry myths?

Compared to decades ago, modern general and cosmetic dentistry has truly advanced leaps and bounds, thanks to new research and technology. Because of that, your Greensboro dental team is able to give an exceptional level of care and service, especially in terms of educating you about modern dental practices.

However, despite your dentist’s best efforts, there’s still misinformation out there at a patient level. You might have read an incorrect article online or heard something not factual about a procedure from a friend. It’s even possible that the myth in question may have once been somewhat truthful but is now outdated because of modern dentistry. Either way, you could be unaware that one of your ideas about general or cosmetic dentistry is a myth that’s holding you back from seeking proper care.

Let’s take a look at 6 common myths surrounding general and cosmetic dentistry that need to be debunked.

Myth #1: Wisdom teeth only need to be removed if they feel sore.

Wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain as they begin to come in, but just because you’re not experiencing soreness now doesn’t mean there won’t be problems in the future.

It’s important to heed your dentist’s advice about your wisdom teeth, especially if your dentist finds risks of impaction based on your X-ray. Left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can be very painful, cause infection, and even push nearby teeth into misalignment.

Even if X-rays show a low risk of impaction, wisdom teeth removal is often still recommended. Tooth decay on wisdom teeth is a common issue due to how far back these teeth are located in the mouth, making thorough brushing and flossing difficult.

Myth #2: Others will know if you get veneers because they look fake.

The myth of veneers looking fake and the term “Chiclet teeth” being used stems from how veneers looked in the past. While original veneers may have looked harshly noticeable before, our modern-day porcelain veneers are exceptionally natural-looking.

Dr. Farless designs custom porcelain veneers that look very lifelike, right down to the texture of the surface and color gradient. Not only will you be able to get rid of the gaps, chips, discoloration, and other flaws or imbalances within your smile, but anyone new you meet will be none the wiser that your teeth are veneers.

Myth #3: Teeth whitening will make your teeth sensitive and weak.

Not all teeth whitening products are created equal. When it comes to teeth whitening causing damage, it’s often D.I.Y products and overuse that are to blame.

If you want a whiter smile, forget the at-home treatments and seek out professional teeth whitening from a Greensboro dentist instead. Dr. Farless offers two different teeth whitening services, KoR and ZOOM!. Best of all, if you prefer whitening your teeth in the comfort of your own home, Dr. Farless offers take-home treatments to his patients.

By whitening your teeth at Farless Dental Group, you’ll be sure to whiten your teeth effectively, without pain, unusual sensitivity, or enamel damage.

Myth #4: Bleeding from the gums after brushing or flossing is normal.

Just because bleeding from the gums after brushing or flossing is somewhat common doesn’t mean that’s normal and something to ignore. It’s actually a potential warning sign of gingivitis or gum disease.

General dentistry isn’t just about the teeth, it’s also about the periodontal health, meaning the health of your gums and other soft tissues in the mouth. Inflammation in the gums is generally the reason why bleeding occurs after brushing and/or flossing. This inflammation can be due to a number of reasons, but typically, plaque buildup is to blame (one reason why regular cleanings are important). Left untreated, gingivitis can end up turning into periodontal disease.

If you’re having this problem, even if it’s only very light bleeding, you need to schedule an appointment with your Greensboro dentist.

Myth #5: Cosmetic dentistry only changes the aesthetics of your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry might have a focus on enhancing the appearance of your smile, but many of the same procedures also serve to improve or protect your teeth and oral health in general.

For example, a dental implant replacing a missing tooth is considered cosmetic, but it is highly beneficial for keeping your bite properly aligned and your jawbone strong. Receiving porcelain veneers gives you a beautiful smile, but it also helps prevent further wear and tear or enamel erosion from occurring on your existing teeth, potentially saving them from extraction.

Even straightening crooked teeth helps protect your oral health by closing up gaps where trapped bacteria can cause tooth decay.

Myth #6: Straightening crooked teeth with braces is for kids and teens.

The truth is there is no such thing as being “too old” to get braces or similar orthodontic treatment. Age isn’t even a top factor in whether an individual can receive treatment or not. And thanks to the effectiveness of invisible braces, more adults than ever are choosing to straighten their teeth later in life, as they won’t need to wear metal braces.

Dr. Farless offers two types of invisible braces to the Greensboro community: Clear Correct and Six Month Smiles. Both options are similar to Invisalign in terms of having subtle, clear aligners, but they do have their own distinct characteristics. A consultation with Dr. Farless will help you find out whether Clear Correct or Six Month Smiles is the right choice for you.

The Farless Dental team is ready to answer your questions.

Now that these top 6 myths have been debunked, you might have even more questions about general and cosmetic dentistry. Perhaps you’re even interested in pursuing a specific type of service, such as porcelain veneers, because you now understand the truth behind the myths. Either way, our Greensboro dental team at Farless Dental Group is ready to answer your questions.

You can either give us a call, visit our office, or schedule an appointment online right now. You can also visit our New Patient Experience page to learn about becoming a new patient of Dr. Farless, as well as explore our website to see what dental services we offer.

What Can the Best Cosmetic Dentist in Greensboro Do for Your Smile?

What Can the Best Cosmetic Dentist in Greensboro Do for Your Smile?

Dr. Farless wants to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you’re unhappy with your smile or wish it looked different, you’re not alone, and there’s no reason to feel embarrassed. Over one-third of American adults feel self-conscious about their smile because of the way their teeth look. With the strong correlation between bright, confident smiles and success in life, it’s no wonder cosmetic dentistry (or cosmetic dental services) can have such a profound effect on patients’ lives.

Cosmetic dentistry has evolved heavily since it first started gaining traction in the ’90s, and it only continues to grow more popular as techniques and technology advance. The days of uncomfortable bridges and Chiclet-like veneers have long since been over, and now, dentists like Dr. Farless are able to offer cosmetic dental services right alongside general and preventive care.

Every smile is important, and no one should feel like they can’t share theirs with everyone around them. With Dr. Farless as your cosmetic dentist, you can rest assured you’ll get the best care possible in Greensboro and get on the right path toward a new, more confident smile.

Let’s take a look at some of the different ways Dr. Farless can assist with your smile transformation.

Porcelain veneers are the king of total smile makeovers.

Porcelain veneers remain the king of total smile makeovers for good reason. When it comes to complete smile transformations, porcelain veneers are able to cover the majority of both minor and major flaws at once.

Poorly crafted veneers stick out like a sore thumb, which is why Dr. Farless pays extreme attention to detail when it comes to the design, shape, and color selection of every one of his patients’ veneers. If you have chipped, cracked, crooked, discolored, or even missing teeth, Dr. Farless will be able to use his skills as Greensboro’s best cosmetic dentist to get the look you want with your new veneers.

Visit our Smile Gallery to see firsthand examples of how beautifully Dr. Farless designs his porcelain veneers.

Restore your smile post-extraction with bridges and implants.

Missing teeth can pose a significant flaw, but thanks to cosmetic dental services, you have plenty of options for restoring your smile.

As mentioned, it’s possible for porcelain veneers to fill the gap from a missing tooth, but if you have multiple missing teeth or simply don’t want veneers, Dr. Farless may suggest porcelain bridges instead. Porcelain bridges will match your natural teeth and also prevent your teeth from shifting.

Another option, which is considered restorative rather than cosmetic, would be dental implants. If you’re concerned with bone loss in your jaw from missing teeth, Dr. Farless may recommend implants in place of a porcelain bridge. 

Bring balance to your teeth-to-gum ratio with gum contouring.

Do you see yourself smiling in pictures and think your smile is too “gummy”? Cosmetic dentistry has a heavy focus on the teeth, but it doesn’t stop there. Dr. Farless’s cosmetic dental services also include gum contouring and reshaping.

Gum contouring involves the use of a state-of-the-art laser to reshape your gum line above your teeth to bring more balance. Depending on your teeth and gums, Dr. Farless may also recommend porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns to achieve the best look possible.

Straighten misaligned teeth with nearly invisible clear aligners.

Crooked or misaligned teeth aren’t uncommon, but they can make patients feel uncomfortable when smiling and can actually lead to other problems. As an example, crooked teeth are more prone to developing decay due to bacteria being trapped in those nooks and crannies.

Dr. Farless has two options for orthodontic treatment: Clear Correct and Six Month Smiles. Both options utilize clear aligners and have faster treatment times compared to traditional braces. In fact, as the name suggests, it’s possible for adults to straighten their teeth in as little as six months with Six Month Smiles aligners.

Only have minor flaws? No blemish is too small to correct.

There is no such thing as a flaw too small to warrant a fix. If there is something about your smile that you don’t like, no matter how minor, Dr. Farless wants to know, so he can help.

For example, maybe you have some old silver fillings that stand out from the rest of your teeth and are visible to others when you speak. Dr. Farless can remove these and replace them with natural tooth-colored composite fillings that blend in with the surrounding teeth.

If you have a few surface blemishes on your teeth that don’t warrant porcelain veneers, like chips, cracks, or small gaps, Dr. Farless can perform dental bonding instead. This will help give your teeth a straighter, whiter appearance and correct flaws without permanently altering your natural teeth underneath.

Professional teeth whitening is also a fantastic solution if the color of your teeth is the flaw that’s bothering you. This service can also be a nice introduction to cosmetic dental services.

Schedule an appointment to meet Dr. Farless and the team.

If cosmetic dentistry sounds like it might be the right solution for your smile’s flaws, the next step is to have a consultation with Dr. Farless. Dr. Farless will give you a comprehensive exam to see where your dental health is currently, and will point out any issues he may notice. You’ll then have an open discussion about the flaws you don’t like in your smile, and Dr. Farless will create a custom treatment plan for you.

You can easily schedule your appointment with us right now by using our online Schedule Appointment form. Simply fill out your contact information, select a time of day, and check the “Cosmetic or Restorative” box. From there, we’ll give you a call as soon as we can to find the exact date and time that works with your schedule. 

If you’d prefer to give us a call or even come into our Greensboro dental office to schedule your appointment, you can find our contact information and our address on the Contact Us page of our website.

Dr. Farless and the rest of the Farless Dental Group team can’t wait to meet you and help you get started on the path to having the smile you’ve always wanted.

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