Top 3 Reasons Why Dental Patients Love Life-Like Teeth Whitening

Many cosmetic dentists today find that more patients are requesting teeth whitening services to help boost their self-esteem. Perhaps our world has become too focused on celebrities, or social media and the ever-present need to be photo-ready, have increased patients’ awareness about the importance of having a whiter smile. When patients become overly self-conscious about their smile, they might feel uncomfortable in social situations and may begin to withdraw from interactions.

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The first step to building confidence often involves taking some kind of action. In the case of self-consciousness about a smile, that action might be a decision to ask a dental provider about teeth whitening. WebMD reports that there are many benefits to having a great smile. Their website states that, over the long term, smiling can benefit your patients’ health, perception at work, social life, and may even help to improve their romantic status.

Dental practices that offer tooth whitening services can help patients take steps toward achieving many personal goals. To support these dentists, Life-Like Cosmetic Solutions offers both professional whitening kits for in-office use and whitening kits for at-home use. When utilized by the dentist or by the patient under the dentist’s supervision, our dental products can help dental patients achieve noticeable whitening in their smile and an increase in their self-esteem.

Since 1990, Life-Like Cosmetic Solutions has been helping dental practices grow by enabling them to offer implement safe, easy-to-use, and effective dental whitening techniques. According to Dr. Matthew Yarnis, of Plum Point Dental, “Patients love the fast, safe results. It’s the only bleaching product we use. We have peace of mind knowing we will have a happy, satisfied patient with the Life-Like system.” Here are the top three reasons patients have for loving Life-Like teeth whitening:

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  1. Teeth Whitening While Showering: Life-Like understands that dental patients lead busy lives. They may not be willing to useteeth bleaching kits that are messy or inconvenient. That’s why we designed our at-home teeth whitener to be quick and convenient. We offer carbamide peroxide concentrations of 10%, 15%, 20%, and 30%. As the percentage increases, the bleaching process time for patients with normal staining decreases. Treatments last about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the concentration and level of staining – just about the length of a good morning shower. After the shower is over patients will feel refreshed, reinvigorated, and ready to face the day, knowing that their teeth are already whiter.
  1. Low Sensitivity:  One benefit of a custom-fitted tray is that the bleaching agent only rests on the teeth, without affecting the gum tissue. Given no other underlying tooth or gum problems, most dentists find that patients have very few sensitivity reactions to Life-Like’s teeth bleaching process. Even with the 30% carbamide peroxide concentration, patients experience the same rate of sensitivity as is found with the lesser concentrations, generally about 5% of the patients. If the patient does experience any sensitivity, treatment should be discontinued for 24 to 48 hours, and then resumed with half the original application time. We recommend that dentists have the patient come back to the office half-way through the treatment protocol to ask about sensitivity issues, check on progress and answer any questions. For cases of increased sensitivity, Life-Like offers our #9 Enhancer (Tri-Ethanol-Amine – TEA), for use with in-office material and at-home in special cases. Simply adding a few drops in the tray on top of the bleaching material serves to raise its pH and reduces sensitivity.
  1. Getting a Beautiful White Smile Is Easy: With Life-Like teeth whitener dental products, getting a beautiful white smile is fast and easy. The dentist first checks the patient’s teeth and gums to be sure that the patient is in good dental health. The dentist may choose to begin the process with a short in-office bleaching session. For at-home bleaching, the dentist takes an impression of the patient’s teeth to provide a custom-fit plastic tray which will hold the bleaching gel next to the teeth. At home the patient then extrudes a small amount of Life-Like gel into each tooth indentation in the mouth tray; generally about ¼ cc of material is sufficient to load the tray. The tray is placed in the mouth, and worn for the time prescribed by the dentist. The tray is rinsed out after use in preparation for the next treatment. The entire process takes about 14 to 28 days, depending on the level of staining and carbamide peroxide concentration. Patients should be advised to refrain from eating, drinking or smoking for 30 minutes after using the gel. It is also advisable to avoid citrus to minimize possible discomfort. Whitening results from Life-Like products can last a long time. Non-smokers who don’t drink coffee or tea often see little or no change over five years. Each patient’s long-term results depend on their habits and the specific foods they eat. A yearly examination will determine if any “touch-up” treatments are required.

Help Build Patient Self-Esteem With Life-Like’s Teeth Whitener Kits

Life-Like, the original teeth whitening system, is committed to providing dental supplies that help patients look and feel their best. Patients who look good have higher levels of self-confidence and self-esteem, and are more likely to recommend their cosmetic dentist to their friends. Contact us today and find out why so many patients love Life-Like Cosmetic Solutions!

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About Life-Like: Life-Like Cosmetic Solutions provides teeth bleaching kits for at-home use and teeth bleaching products for in-office use by dentists. The complete line of Life-Like dental products and dental supplies is designed to help patients achieve their teeth whitening goals. Cosmetic dentists can purchase professional whitening kits from the Life-Like website or a wholesaler. Visit the website at http://life-like.com to find complete patient instructions for using Life-Like’s tooth whitening kits. “Like” the Facebook page to receive regular tips and insider information on Life-Like’s dental whitening products. Call 800-543-3545 for more information about boosting patient self-esteem with teeth whitener kits.

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Sugar Addiction – The Most Deadly Habit

Why is Sugar so Addictive?

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It seems so simple and unthreatening, doesn’t it? A spoonful of sugar on the morning breakfast cereal, a candy bar for an afternoon pick-me-up, or some soda to unwind after work…they all seem harmless enough. But, when looked at as part of a total diet that includes processed sugars, natural sugar, and hidden sugars in foods we eat, many people are surprised to learn that they have a sugar addiction. As a Santa Barbara therapist I work with many patients who are trying to free themselves from the control sugar has over their lives.

In a landmark report that focused attention on our national sweet tooth, the U.S. Department of Agriculture stated that the consumption of sugar calories hit a record high in 1999 – an astonishing 155 pounds per year! The food industry practice of using high-fructose corn syrup as a sweeter has resulted in sugar showing up in some of the most unlikely places such as hot dogs, pizza, boxed rice, soups, spaghetti sauce, lunch meat, flavored yogurts, ketchup, and mayonnaise. It can be difficult to control sugar intake, even for people who maintain a healthy diet. For people who have difficultymanaging anxiety it can be downright impossible.

As a Santa Barbara psychologist, I often witness first-hand the connection between sugar addiction and mental health problems. The relationship between food and mental health becomes so intertwined that patients sometimes depend on food and sugar to help them get through the day. While a medical doctor can help manage the physical aspects of withdrawing from a sugar addiction, I provide counseling to help patients work through the mental and emotional reasons behind their sugar addiction.

Understanding Sugar Addiction

According to WebMD, there is a fundamental connection between sugar and brain cells. While sugar does supply the fuel brains need to function, your brain can also come to see sugar as a reward. When it kicks into high gear, the brain starts demanding more and more sugar to keep it happy. The feeling can be similar to the effects of drugs or alcohol, which provide an artificial “high.”

The “rush” we get from our mid-day sweet snack can be attributed to sugar. This turns into glucose in our bodies, and spikes our blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, blood sugar levels then drop quickly, which can wipe you out and make you crave even more sugar. When combined with a stressful job situation, unhappy marriage, or traumatic life events, the sugar high can become an addictive way of making ourselves feel happy.

Some people don’t realize that highly refined, starchy, carbs,” can have the same effect. Things like pretzels, white bread, pasta, potatoes and crackers raise and lower blood sugar levels quickly.


Signs of Sugar Addiction

It may be hard to realize that you have a sugar addiction. Think about your daily food habits and your relationship with food. Here are some questions that might help determine whether sugar is starting to exert an unhealthy influence in your life:

  • Does it feel like you are always “craving” something sweet?
  • Do you often think about eating sweets?
  • Do you lose control when eating sweet foods?
  • Is it difficult for you to say “no” to sweet foods?
  • When you try to cut back on sugar, do you feel intense cravings?
  • Do you experience mood swings that go up and down quickly after eating sugar?
  • Have you even eaten more than you planned, or more than you know is needed, because of a sweet taste?
  • Have you ever felt guilty or ashamed about the amount of sugar you have eaten?
  • Do you turn to sweet foods to help you deal with emotions such as depression, sadness, anger, or loneliness?
  • How often do you use sugar as a reward for yourself?
  • Do you associate sweet foods with any specific positive memories or emotions?

These questions don’t necessarily indicate that you have or don’t have a sugar addiction, but they can be helpful guidelines. If you think there is cause for concern it is always best to check with a medical doctor and a psychologist for anxiety to confirm your suspicions.

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Overcoming a Sugar Addiction

You may have seen some advertising about sugar detox programs, but this is a very drastic approach. If the sugar addiction has been linked to a mental health issue, it becomes even more difficult to reduce a dependence on sugar. Patients may requiredepression counseling, in combination with exercise and a healthy diet from aNutrition and Eating Disorder Consultant such as Julie Hayes-Nadler, R.D. . It can also be helpful to replace your consumption of soda and sports drinks with plain old water. Try to aim for 100-150 sugar calories per day. Prevention® has a helpful book,The Sugar Smart Diet, which can help you get started on the right path.

A slow but steady approach may be more effective at reducing your dependence on sugar. If you feel you are being controlled by a sugar addiction contact my office immediately to set up a session, and let me help you find a path to a better life.

Dr. Adina McGarr-Knabke
The Santa Barbara Therapist

About MySantaBarbaraTherapy.com: If you are looking for a psychologist for depression, consider making an appointment with Dr. Adina McGarr-Knabke. TheSanta Barbara Therapist provides therapy for anxiety and therapy for depressionfor patients who are dealing with many types of eating disorders. The office, which is located at 1187 Coast Village Rd., Suite 10P in Santa Barbara, also provides alcoholism and addiction treatment services. Visit the website athttp://mysantabarbaratherapy.com to download a complimentary PDF, the “Top 10 Ways to Cope With Depression and Anxiety.” “Like” the Facebook page to receive updates, tips, and information on sustaining good mental health. Appointments forcounseling for anxiety and other needs may be made online or by calling 818-518-6775.

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Food Allergy Relief

Food – it’s the focal point of almost everything we do. We need it to keep our bodies functioning properly, it’s part of almost every meaningful social interaction, and sometimes it just makes us feel better. But for patients who are being treated for food allergies at Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC), the relationship with food can take on a frightening new dimension.

These are the people who have been diagnosed with a food allergy to such common ingredients as peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, gluten, fish, shellfish, and so many others that we take for granted as part of our daily existence. They have to read labels more carefully, scrutinize menu options more closely in restaurants, and risk being seen as rude when they ask their hostess about the ingredients in a dish she has prepared. In some cases these allergies may even be induced by exercise or pollen, further curtailing activities.

Our patients are not alone in their heightened state of vigilance. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is raising awareness that food allergies are a growing public health concern. Their compilation of statistics from many sources reveals that as many as 15 million people now live with food allergies. Of these, some 9 million sufferers are adults and nearly 6 million are children. Younger children seem to be particularly affected. Their research shows that these numbers are increasing, and taking a dramatic financial and physical toll.

Our founder and noted allergy doctorDr. Ulrike Ziegner, treats patients with all types all allergies. She notes that there have been vast improvements in allergy testing and treatment. Many sufferers today are able to experience high degrees of food allergy relief, and can minimize the stress they feel in eating-related situations. In this article, Dr. Z. offers some insights to help you understand how food allergies affect you and those you love.

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Food Allergy Symptoms

Food allergies are related to an overshooting function of your body’s immune system. When working properly, the immune system will keep you healthy by destroying any bacteria or viruses that could make you sick. In some cases, though, your system can overreact by wrongly recognizing a harmless food protein as a threat and attack it.

There is a wide range of food allergy symptoms, from minor itching to life-threatening allergic reactions. These symptoms may show up immediately or may take as long as six to eight hours to appear. Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Itching or tingling in the mouth after ingesting an allergenic food.
  • Swelling of lips, tongue, throat, face, hands and/or feet.
  • Wheezing, coughing, difficulty breathing.
  • Hives, skin rashes, eczema.
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe abdominal pain and cramping.
  • Dizziness, light-headedness, fainting.

Fainting may be caused by decreased oxygen supply from breathing difficulty and/or decreased blood circulation. Worst scenario, a food allergy can be life-threatening or even fatal, a condition known as anaphylactic shock, caused by severe airway tightening and a significant drop in blood pressure from widening of blood vessels. People displaying these symptoms must receive immediate emergency medical care, including epinephrine injections and a prompt 911 call. Food allergic patients who also suffer from asthma stand a much higher chance of experiencing such a serious medical episode.

Food Allergy Tests

Cases of suspected food allergies should always be evaluated and treated by a qualified medical professional, such as Dr. Ziegner. If you or a loved one has experienced a reaction to any type of food, set an appointment at RAMC for allergy tests. Dr. Ziegner is dedicated to finding the cause of your problems rather than just treating the symptoms. She uses state-of-the-art diagnostics to determine the root cause of your condition.

When you come to RAMC for advice, the first thing we do is taking a detailed medical history. We will ask you questions about your symptoms and suspected food allergy triggers. We will perform a comprehensive physical examination to check your current state of health. Depending on your specific situation and medical condition, we may recommend an allergy test such as a skin test, blood test, food challenge test, or a trial elimination diet. One or some combination of these and other tests may provide an answer to the puzzle of what is bothering you.

Food Allergy Relief

Food Allergy Relief

Once we have pinpointed the exact triggers for your food allergies, Dr. Z. will design a strategy for symptom relief. Food allergy remedies may include over-the-counter or prescription medications to help reduce symptoms of minor food allergy reactions. If you are in danger of a severe allergic reaction, Dr. Z. recommends that you carry an EpiPen® or Auvi-Q™(epinephrine autoinjectors) with you at all times. This is a device that contains a syringe and concealed needle which injects a single dose of medication for instant symptom relief. Research is constantly being conducted in this area, and RAMC will continue to search for and find food allergy medications to provide relief for our patients.

We will also advise you on other precautions and lifestyle adjustments you can make to deal with your food allergies. Be sure to ask us how to talk to family, friends, babysitters and teachers about your food allergy, so that they can become part of your support and care team. It can be difficult living with food allergies, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Talk to us today and let us provide you with the best allergy treatment possible.

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About RAMC – Riviera Allergy Medical Center, located at 1711 Via El Prado, Suite 101 in Redondo Beach, offers comprehensive testing for food allergiesOnce a specific trigger or triggers has been identified Dr. Ulrike Ziegner and the RAMC staff develop a comprehensive treatment plan to provide wheat allergy reliefgluten allergy reliefpeanut allergy reliefnut allergy reliefegg allergy relief, andsoy allergy relief. Visit the website at http://rivieraallergy.com to read our blog on seasonal allergies and allergy treatment. “Like” the Facebook page for allergy and asthma tips. Call 310-792-9050 or schedule an appointment online for allergy treatment.

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