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Healthy teeth are really important for our overall health. They help us to bite, chew, smile and speak.

It's important to understand the different types of teeth you have throughout your life and how to care for it.

This act (Growing of Gum and Teeth) start from when the baby is still a fetus since "a child’s baby" teeth are being made before birth while the baby is still inside the mother’s womb.

Things you need to know about teeth

Healthy teeth are really important for our overall health. They help us to bite, chew, smile and speak.

It's important to understand the different types of teeth you have throughout your life and how to care for it.

This act (Growing of Gum and Teeth) start from when the baby is still a fetus since "a child’s baby" teeth are being made before birth while the baby is still inside the mother’s womb.

In this article we will learn:

How to take care of our children teeth and the skin (gums) around them

How to take care of our teeth and the skin (gums) around them

Common dental problems and how to treat them

Benefits of healthy teeth

• Good Health

• Good Looks

• Good Speech

• Good Eating

• Good Breath

Sour Grapes: You should drink the juice of sour grapes for two purposes, improving appetite and boosting digestive heath. Remember to take this continuously every And when you think of your teeth, think of your gums. Gums are important for holding each tooth in place.

You need strong teeth to eat different kinds of foods. Different foods are important for health.

 Nuts, maize, fruits, and meat are some of the best foods—but they are difficult to bite and chew if your teeth are loose and hurting!

Since the act start from when the baby is still in the womb "a child’s baby" teeth are being made before birth while the baby is still inside the mother’s womb.

During the last months of pregnancy and the first few months after the child is born, the baby teeth take their final form. Pregnant mothers and young children need good food and good health in order to have strong baby teeth.

 The care of baby teeth continue after birth, before the teeth come out

Breast feed to help a child’s teeth grow and stay strong. An older child can drink from a cup.

Do not give a baby anything to drink from a bottle. Sweet tea, sugar water or fruit juice can easily make holes in the child’s teeth.

Even though this set will only be around for a short time, their health is essential to your baby's gums and those future permanent teeth. Make sure your baby's new teeth get the best care.

Start cleaning your child's mouth even before her teeth come in. Wipe the gums off after each feeding with a warm, wet washcloth

For Adults
Eat only good healthy foods

The best food is food that you grow or raise yourself. Mix different kinds of food together and eat several times a day. This helps your body as well as your teeth and gums to stay strong and healthy.

Traditional food is usually good food.

Sweet food, especially the kind you buy from the store, can mix with germs and make cavities—holes in the teeth. Soft food sticks to the teeth easily and it, too, can make a coating of germs and food on the teeth that starts an infection in the gums—gum disease.

Soft and sweet food and drinks with a lot of sugar are bad for both teeth and gums.

Characteristics of Strong teeth
They would be whitish in colour

The front surface would be smooth

Weak teeth
They would have yellow marks

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Curry powder is usually only added in the food for aroma and taste. If you eat curry leaves in the morning on an empty stomach, you will have many benefits to the body.

The curry leaves contain vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin B2, vitamin C, calcium and iron.

However, they are far more important than many people realize, and they offer a number of health benefits without any side effects.

Cure Diarrhea

Research studies conducted by Ashish Pagariya and Maithili, V. concluded that the carbazole alkaloids present in curry leaves have anti-diarrheal properties. Experiments on lab rats showed that carbazole extracts from curry leaves had significantly controlled castor oil-induced diarrhea. A bunch of curry leaves can be ground up and the paste can be eaten or the juice of the leaves can be consumed.

Gastrointestinal Protection

Use of curry leaves is recommended as a cure for gastrointestinal issues in Ayurveda. One important is due to the fact that they are considered to possess mild laxative properties. Make juice out of a bunch of curry leaves and add lime juice. This mixture is to be consumed for indigestion or a paste made from the leaves can be added to buttermilk and taken every morning on an empty stomach.

Antioxidant Properties

Research studies conducted by Mylarappa B. Ningappa et al. at Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Molecular Parasitology and Protein Engineering Laboratory in Bengaluru, India have indicated that curry leaves are a good source of antioxidants. The presence of various vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and vitamin E help in reducing oxidative stress and free radical scavenging activity. They are also available in dried powder form.

Anti-diabetic Properties

Perhaps one of the biggest health benefits of curry leaves is its use in diabetes control. Research conducted by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Madras, Chennai had shown that the anti-hyperglycemic properties of the leaves were beneficial in controlling blood glucose level in diabetic rats.

Fight Cancer

The chemical constituents found in curry leaves such as phenols are helpful in fighting cancers such as leukemia, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancers. Research on these leaves at the Department of Medical Chemistry at the Mejio University, Japan showed evidence of cancer-fighting properties in the carbazole alkaloids extracts from curry leaves.

Lower Cholesterol Levels

Curry leaves are also known to reduce bad LDL cholesterol level. Studies conducted at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Kerala, India have shown that they have the potential to reduce LDL cholesterol levels.

Good for Hair Growth

Curry leaves are believed to help in strengthening hair roots. Dry curry leaf powder mixed with oil can be applied to your hair. The paste from curry leaves can also be applied in cases of gray hair. Doing these on a regular basis can improve hair growth as well.

Good for Eyesight

Curry leaves contain high amounts of vitamin A and therefore is good for eyesight. Vitamin A contains carotenoids which protect the cornea, which is the eye surface. Deficiency of vitamin A may cause night blindness, cloud formations in front of the eye and even the loss of vision in some cases.

Radioprotective and Chemo-protective

Studies on the extracts of curry leaves have shown positive results in reducing the effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. They also offering protection against chromosomal damage, protection of bone marrow and prevention of free radicals becoming active in the body.

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When I’m cooking, the first ingredient I reach for is olive oil.

Still, I never really appreciated until now how important olive oil is for everyday health.

In fact, lots of folks swear by drinking olive oil every single day. Some people even insist that a glass of olive oil a day keeps the doctor away!

While a glass of olive oil sounds like it might overload the average system, there are definitely benefits to making olive oil a key part of your diet.

In fact, olive oil is extremely useful stuff — you can even use it around the house to clean and make minor repairs.

Meanwhile, many medical professionals recommend using healthy fats like olive oil to cook all of your food. You can also swallow down a tablespoon in a pinch.

So, what exactly happens to your body when you start drinking olive oil as part of your daily routine?

Scroll through below to learn about the incredible benefits!

What Exactly Is Olive Oil?

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Most of us use olive oil in our cooking every day, but do you know exactly where it comes from?

As the name suggests, it’s a byproduct of the olive fruit. The raw fruit is ground into paste and crushed. The thick, rich olive oil is what comes out.

There are different kinds and qualities of olive oil, though the best quality is extra virgin olive oil, or EVOO.

Why Should You Drink Olive Oil?
#1: Benefits Your Brain

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Olive oil is excellent for your brain because it’s packed chock-full of healthy fats.

Saturated fats are dangerous and can cause major damage to your body.

However, olive oil is a monounsaturated fat, and it works wonders for your brain!

That’s because the lipids in the oil help nurture the neurological pathways in your brain, which allow impulses and thoughts to move more efficiently.

Translation: olive oil makes you think faster and better!

#2: Helps Your Heart

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Olive oil is probably best known for being a heart-healthy superfood. That’s because your body needs fats, but we often get them from the wrong sources.

Too much red meat, fried food, and cheese can block your arteries.

In contrast, the fat you get from olive oil can help improve your heart health and unclog your arteries along the way — if you pair it with the right foots.

According to Forbes, when you pair olive oil with a dark leafy green like kale, you create a nitro fatty acid that reduces inflammation and relaxes the blood vessels to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow.

#3: Boosts Your BMs

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It should come as no surprise that olive oil is great for your digestive system. Specifically, it’s great for moving things along, if you know what we mean.

If you have a tendency to be constipated, swallowing a spoonful of olive oil every day (and making sure you’re getting enough water) will make a huge difference.

The oil lubricates your digestive tract and your BM’s, making things move more smoothly.

This can be especially helpful if you’ve been constipated for a few days and need an all-natural kickstart to unblock your colon.

However, avoid taking more than a spoonful, as this can cause loose, watery stools.

#4: Weight Loss

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Olive oil may be a healthy fat, but it’s still a fat.

So you might be thinking, how could it possibly help with weight loss?

It sounds counterintuitive, but some fats actually help you lose weight, and olive oil is one of them.

Partially, it helps by simply helping your body work more efficiently, like processing the good stuff out of your food and getting rid of the bad stuff in your waste.

A 2010 study also showed that a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil contributed to more weight loss than a low-fat diet. It also boosted HDL (good) cholesterol, which helps aid in weight loss.

#5: Skin, Nail, And Hair Health

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Looking for healthier and happier skin, nails, and hair? Look no further than your grocery shelf.

Olive oil contains lots of vitamin E, which is an important micronutrient for helping your hair, skin, and nails retain moisture and stay glossy and healthy.

You can reap the benefits by taking olive oil by the spoonful, or get to the root of the problem and apply olive oil in place of face and hand cream. Additionally, you can use it as a hair mask.

#6: Provides Pain Relief

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Some studies indicate that olive oil is as good for pain relief as aspirin or ibuprofen, two of the most popular over-the-counter painkillers.

Olive oil contains an enzyme called oleocanthal, which acts just like painkillers to reduce inflammation and reduce pain.

A spoonful of olive oil is only about 10 percent of the strength of a dose of ibuprofen, so it might not help with an immediate problem like a headache.

However, taking olive oil daily could introduce natural anti-inflammatories to the body and tackle chronic pain from conditions like arthritis.

#7: Keeps You Young

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Olive oil is packed full of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant associated with anti-aging properties.

Aging is an incredibly complex process that science doesn’t fully understand, but early studies have shown that polyphenols can help slow or reverse some signs of aging and age-related illnesses.

That means that olive oil is a veritable fountain of youth. It has been credited with reducing wrinkles and age spots, as well as slowing the cellular aging that leads to chronic illness later in life.

High-quality EVOO that has been bottled recently, and that was bottled early in the olive season, has the highest levels of polyphenols!

Are There Any Side Effects?

Is there any reason you shouldn’t drink olive oil? In most cases, there’s no reason you shouldn’t take a spoonful once a day.

However, too much olive oil isn’t healthy because it can lead to diarrhea.

There are also 120 calories in a tablespoon of olive oil, so you don’t want to overdo it by drinking too much of it. A single tablespoon will probably give you everything you need.

Just to be safe, check with your doctor before adding it to your diet; because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it might interact badly with blood-pressure medication by lowering your BP too much.

Our conclusion? Olive oil is pretty incredible stuff, and we are totally going to start taking a spoonful daily once we have the OK from the doctor!

So, what do you actually do when you find dark spots on your face? Besides sulking, I mean. Because no matter how much bleach you assault your face with, those pesky discolored marks simply refuse to leave you alone. And going in for one of the dermatological treatments mentioned above is not a viable option for everyone. Well, do I have some great news for you!

What if I told you that instead of heading to your nearest drugstore or dermatologist’s clinic, the only place you need to head to is your kitchen? I don’t blame you if you don’t believe me because it does sound too good to be true. But, the honest truth is, your kitchen is full of ingredients that work wonders for dark spot removal. And I am here to tell you exactly what you will need and how to use it. So read on to find out all the secrets to get rid of those pesky little buggers and restore your selfie-ready perfection!

 1. Lemon Juice

When life gives you lemons, by all means, make lemonade. But also use them to get rid of your dark spots! Immeasurable research done over many years has proved that the citric acid and vitamin C present in lemon make it the perfect bleaching agent, which is exactly what you need to lighten your dark spots (books). There are a variety of ways in which you can use this incredible ingredient, depending on the sensitivity of your skin.

Method 1 – Lemon Juice And Water

Lemon juice, by itself, is a great way to remove dark spots. However, in its concentrated form, it can be pretty harsh on your skin. So, using water to dilute the solution is a good idea, especially if you have sensitive skin.

What You Need

1 lemon

Filtered water

Cotton balls

How To Use

Squeeze the juice of a lemon into a clean bowl.

Add equal parts clean, filtered water to the lemon juice.

Use a cotton ball to apply lemon juice/water solution all over your face.

Leave it on for 20 minutes, and then wash off with water. Do not use soap.

How Often?

Every alternate day.

Method 2 – Lemon Juice And Yogurt Face Mask

The bleaching effect of the lemon juice and the cleansing property of yogurt create the combined result of lightening your dark spots and brightening your skin. Who doesn’t want to kill two birds with one stone, right?

What You Need

1 lemon

1 tbsp fresh yogurt

How To Use

Squeeze the juice of a lemon into a clean bowl.

Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt to it and mix well.

Apply the paste all over your face and leave it on for 30 minutes.

Wash off with clean water.

How Often?

Twice a week.

Method 3 – Lemon Juice And Sugar Face Scrub

The exfoliating benefits of sugar and the bleaching effect of lemon juice combined can make the perfect scrub to get rid of all your dead skin and give your face a refreshed glow.

What You Need

How To Use

Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a clean bowl.

Add a teaspoon of sugar to the lemon juice and mix well (you can also add a teaspoon of coconut oil to the mixture if you have dry skin).

Rub the mixture between your fingers and scrub all over your face using circular motions, giving special attention to the dark spots.

Keep scrubbing for two minutes.

Wash off with clean water and pat dry your face.

How Often?

Once a week.


Do not apply any home remedies containing lemon juice around or under your eyes as the skin in those areas is highly sensitive.

Do not go out into the sunlight during or right after using a lemon juice home remedy as it makes your skin highly sensitive and can cause sunburns.


Use only freshly squeezed lemon juice as the packaged variety contains preservatives that can harm your skin.

If you have sensitive skin, you could add honey or rose water to any of the above mixtures to make them gentler on your skin.

2. Vitamin E Oil

Many dermatologists swear by the benefits of vitamin E oil to reduce the appearance of a variety of skin discoloration problems, especially dark spots. This is why it is one of the vital ingredients found in many skin care products. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that targets free radicals that are responsible for aging and discoloration and helps to repair damaged cells (ncbi). Moreover, vitamin E oil does not need to be mixed with any other ingredients to make it viable for applying directly on your skin. Hence, it is a convenient and cost-effective option for dark spot removal.

Method 1 – Bottled Vitamin E Oil

What You Need

A bottle of vitamin E oil

How To Use

Apply a few drops of vitamin E oil directly on the dark spots and rub it into your skin with clean fingers.

How Often?

Daily, before going to sleep.

Method 2 – Vitamin E Capsules

What You Need

1 vitamin E capsule

A needle/safety pin

How To Use

Poke a hole in the vitamin E capsule with the help of a needle or a safety pin.

Squeeze the oil out of the capsule onto your fingers.

Apply it directly to your dark spots and rub it in.

How Often?

Daily, before going to sleep.


Some people could be allergic to vitamin E oil and develop contact dermatitis if they come in contact with it. Do a patch test on your forearm before trying out any of the home remedies mentioned above.

Since vitamin E comes in a heavy formulation, it could cause your skin to break out if your skin is acne prone.


Since vitamin E comes in the form of a thick oil and requires you to not wash it off, it could make your face look oily throughout the day. Hence, it is best to apply it at night, in place of a moisturizer.

Add foods rich in vitamin E like almonds, peanuts, wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, and dried apricots to your daily diet to make use of its many benefits.

3. Potato

Ah, potato – the wonderful vegetable that gives us the simple joys in life, such as French fries, potato chips, hash brown, and tater tots. Besides giving us gastric happiness, potatoes can also do wonders for our skin. Starch and sugar – the key components of potato – work their combined exfoliating magic to remove dead skin cells and aid the growth of new ones. Vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, zinc, and phosphorus – minerals that rejuvenate the collagen production in your skin – are also found in this root vegetable. All in all, a potato is a storehouse of numerous minerals that work together to provide many skin care benefits. There are many different ways to use potatoes to remove dark spots.

Method 1 – Potato Slices

Let’s start off with the easiest one. You do not need anything except a potato and a knife for this one. Don’t you just love me for making your life so easy right now?

What You Need

How To Use

Slice up a potato into thin slices with a knife.

Apply a tiny bit of water to the potato slices to make them wet and place them on the areas with dark spots.

Leave the potato slices on for 10 minutes.

How Often?


Method 2 – Potato And Lemon Juice

The combined bleaching properties of potatoes and lemon juice, owing to their rich vitamin C content, make this an excellent home remedy for dark spot removal and skin brightening.

What You Need

1 potato

1 cup hot water

1 tablespoon lemon juice

A knife

Cotton balls

How To Use

Slice up a potato into thin slices and soak them in a cup of boiling hot water.

Leave the potato slices to soak for half an hour.

Remove the potato slices and add a tablespoon of lemon juice to the water that is left behind.

Refrigerate the potato water and lemon juice mixture for an hour.

Apply the cold mixture directly to the dark spots using a cotton ball.

Wash off with clean water after 20 minutes.

How Often?

Twice a day, every day.

Method 3 – Potato And Honey

The extensive skin care benefits of honey work wonders when combined with potato. They make an excellent face mask that can eliminate those dark spots right off your face.

What You Need

1 potato

1 teaspoon of honey

A grater

How To Use

Grate the potato to a fine texture.

Add a teaspoon of honey to the grated potato (if the mixture is too dry, you can add more honey or a little bit of water to it).

Apply the mixture as a face mask and leave it on for 15 minutes.

Wash off with clean water.

How Often?

Every alternate day.


If you experience any redness or irritation after applying potato on your skin, wash off the face mask and discontinue use immediately.


You can slice or grate up 3-4 potatoes at a time and refrigerate them in an airtight container. That way, you will not have to cut a fresh potato every day and the refrigerated potatoes will have a nice cooling effect on your skin.

4. Buttermilk

Buttermilk is the sour liquid left behind after butter has been churned out of the milk. Remember when I told you at the beginning of this article that a superficial chemical peel uses alpha hydroxyl acids? Basically, the lactic acid found in buttermilk is also a type of alpha hydroxyl acid. It helps remove dead skin cells from your face and lightens dark spots . So, instead of spending a ton of money on a dermatologist to get a professional chemical peel to remove your dark spots, you can just spend a couple of dollars on a carton of buttermilk to get the same results.

Method 1 – Raw Buttermilk

The easiest and cheapest way to use buttermilk is to use it as it is, without mixing anything in it.

What You Need

How To Use

Pour a little buttermilk into a small bowl.

Using a cotton ball, apply the buttermilk directly onto your dark spots.

Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off with clean water.

How Often?


Method 2 – Buttermilk And Tomato Juice

Buttermilk and tomato both have bleaching properties that can give you quicker results in your quest to get a dark spot-free face.

What You Need

4 teaspoons of buttermilk

2 teaspoons of tomato juice

How To Use

In a clean bowl, add the buttermilk and tomato juice and mix thoroughly.

Apply the mixture all over your face and leave it on for half an hour.

Wash off with clean water.

How Often?



Do not apply any of the aforementioned buttermilk home remedies around and under your eyes as the skin there is highly sensitive and the lactic acid in the buttermilk can cause irritation.


You can use milk or yogurt in place of buttermilk if it is difficult for you to find it, as they contain lactic acid as well.

5. Aloe Vera

I think we have all been told an infinite number of times by innumerable people how aloe vera is the best thing that happened to their skin. But there’s a reason all these people and skin care companies make such grandiose claims about aloe vera. It contains 90% of the amino acids found in our body, in addition to vitamins A, B, C, and E. All these, along with the beta-carotene also found in this miracle plant, lead to this plant having miraculous anti-aging and skin nourishing properties. Besides providing quick depigmentation, removing dark spots, and treating sunburn, this wonder plant also has analgesic (pain relief) and antiseptic properties. And to cap it all off, aloe vera also works as an excellent moisturizer. Phew! That is way too much goodness packed into one spiky little plant. Anyway, here are our favorite ways to use aloe vera for dark spots removal.

Method 1 – Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera gel, taken straight from the leaves, is the best way to get rid of those black spots and any other discoloration.

What You Need

An aloe vera leaf

A knife

How To Use

Using a knife, slice away the outer layers of an aloe vera leaf.

Squeeze the gel onto your fingers and apply it directly to your dark spots.

Leave the gel on for 20 minutes, then wash off with clean water.

How Often?


Method 2 – Aloe Vera Gel, Sugar, And Lemon Juice

Sugar acts as an exfoliator to scrape away dead skin cells and the dual bleaching properties of aloe vera and lemon juice work wonders to eliminate your skin of dark spots, thus leaving your skin bright and glowing.

What You Need

½ cup aloe vera gel

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

How To Use

Put the aloe vera gel, sugar, and lemon juice in a clean bowl and mix thoroughly.

With clean hands, scrub the mixture onto your face for 10 minutes, giving extra attention to the areas with dark spots.

Wash off with clean water and moisturize.

How Often?

Every alternate day.


People allergic to latex could experience irritation as a result of coming in contact with the component aloin that is found in the lining of aloe vera leaves. Thus, it is best to wear gloves while extracting aloe vera gel from its leaves.

If you are allergic to garlic, onion, or tulips, you could be allergic to aloe vera. Do a patch test on the inside of your forearm before proceeding with any of the home remedies listed above.


Invest in a potted aloe vera plant to keep at home. This way, you will always have it readily available for all your skin care needs.

Consume aloe vera gel every day by blending it into a smoothie with another fruit to boost your health and get that natural glow

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It is almost a craze among the teenagers and women these days to have a lighter complexion. Among these people, some may experience imbalanced skin tone, such as darker complexion on the neck, but fairer on the face. While the rest just deal with pigmentation issues caused by sunburn. Generally, prolonged exposure to sun can make one’s skin go dark, dull and dry. Also, prolonged use of some chemical products can result in the same manner.
We all know that that are numerous skin whitening creams available in the market these days- literally at every drug store and parlor you go to. You get these products at just about any budget. In fact, the tele is flooded with adverts that urge you try fancy products that have large claims. But, do not be fooled! 60% of the products that have tall claims are loaded with chemicals, and are sure to harm the skin in the long run. Now, I am not saying that all of the products are harmful, some may work and some may not. But it is best that you avoid products that claim to work overnight for they might trigger side effects like acne breakout, dullness, and uneven skin tone.
Whatever the case may be, especially when it concerns the skin, natural remedies are the way to go! They are mild on the skin and give you although not exact, but certainly incredible results that you have been looking for. Having said that, here are few skin whitening home remedies that are really effective in lightening your skin. Not only are these affordable, but they are also easily available at home and work wonders in lightening your skin. However, note that these remedies will work only to some extent, to bring out your natural skin color instead of bleaching it. These remedies work well to eliminate prolonged sunburn too. Read on for more!

1. Dried orange peels + yogurt
You can dry the orange peels by placing them under the hot sun until the peels turn dry and crisp. Later, grind the dried peels into powder. Mix a tablespoon of this with a tablespoon of fresh yogurt to make a paste. Then apply this paste over cleansed face and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Repeat this at least thrice in a week for best results.
2. Tomato + yogurt + oatmeal
This is a potent yet gentle remedy that suits all skin types. All you have to do is to mix a tablespoon of oatmeal with a tablespoon of tomato juice and yogurt each. Mix well until you get a thick paste. Apply this on your face just like you would with your regular face mask and leave it on for 30 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. You may follow up with a mild skin moisturizer afterwards.
3. Milk + lemon juice + honey
Milk, lemon and honey, make a magical potion that lightens your skin better than most expensive cosmetic products. Make sure to use fresh lemon juice for this remedy. Mix a tablespoon of milk and lemon juice each in a bowl. Then, add in a teaspoon of honey. Honey acts as moisturizing agent that balances out the drying property of lemon. Mix these ingredients well and apply over cleansed face. Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing off.


4. Yogurt
Not only is yogurt yummy, but it is also great for the digestive system. But that’s not all. It also does a lot of favors to your skin too. Thanks to the lactic acid present in this probiotic, when applied on the skin, yogurt naturally bleaches and moisturizes it. Simply spread some fresh yogurt onto your face and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off as usual. As an alternative, you can also try mixing yogurt with a tablespoon of honey or lemon for best results.

5. Lemon
There is no better natural bleaching agent than lemon! Cut out a small part of lemon and rub it on your face in a circular motion. Allow the juice to stay on your face for at least 30 minutes. Later, you may wash off using lukewarm water. Do this daily for best results. But you must also bear in mind that lemons can dry out the skin. For a natural alternative, you may apply some honey onto your face after trying out this remedy to lock in some moisture. You may also use your regular face moisturizer.
6. Gram flour
This is also one of the best remedies, you may have ever stumbled upon. Not only will it lighten your complexion, but also will keep blackheads at bay. It removes excess oils smartly, and leaves behind just enough oil to keep the skin moist. Make a fine paste out of two tablespoons of gram flour and some rose water. Add in rose water until thick paste is formed. Later rub this all over your face and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing off. It is advisable that you repeat this at least thrice in a week.
7. Tomato juice
Remember when our mothers endlessly emphasized on the benefits of tomatoes for skin? Mine did. Do not take it for granted, because tomatoes can actually whiten and moisturize your skin naturally. They make your skin glow and appear fairer than ever before. Consume one raw tomato on daily basis. You can also make a mask out of some freshly crushed tomatoes with yogurt. Apply the mask every two days once and watch the magic happen.

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Cancer grows when a cell’s DNA is damaged, but why or how that DNA becomes damaged is still unknown. It could be genetic or environmental, or in most cases, a combination of the two. But most patients will never know exactly what caused their cancer. However, there are certain established risk factors that are associated with breast cancer.

Genetic Factors

Gender:  Breast cancer occurs nearly 100 times more often in women than in men.

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Age:  Two out of three women with invasive cancer are diagnosed after age 55.

Race:  Breast cancer is diagnosed more often in Caucasian women than women of other races.

Family History and Genetic Factors:  If your mother, sister, father or child has been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer, you have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer in the future. Your risk increases if your relative was diagnosed before the age of 50.  

Personal Health History:  If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer in one breast, you have an increased risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer in the other breast in the future. Also, your risk increases if abnormal breast cells have been detected before (such as atypical hyperplasia, lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) or ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)).

Menstrual and Reproductive History:  Early menstruation (before age 12), late menopause (after 55), having your first child at an older age, or never having given birth can also increase your risk for breast cancer.

Certain Genome Changes:  Mutations in certain genes, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2, can increase your risk for breast cancer. This is determined through a genetic test, which you may consider taking if you have a famstage.history of breast cancer. Individuals with these gene mutations can pass the gene mutation onto their children.

Dense Breast Tissue:  Having dense breast tissue can increase your risk for breast cancer and make lumps harder to detect. Several states have passed laws requiring physicians to disclose to women if their mammogram indicates that they have dense breasts so that they are aware of this risk. Be sure to ask your physician if you have dense breasts and what the implications of  having dense breasts are.

Environmental And Lifestyle Risk Factors

Lack of Physical Activity:  A sedentary lifestyle with little physical activity can increase your risk for breast cancer.

Poor Diet:  A diet high in saturated fat and lacking fruits and vegetables can increase your risk for breast cancer.  

Being Overweight or Obese:  Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for breast cancer. Your risk is increased if you have already gone through menopause.  

Drinking Alcohol:  Frequent consumption of alcohol can increase your risk for breast cancer. The more alcohol you consume, the greater the risk.
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Radiation to the Chest:  Having radiation therapy to the chest before the age of 30 can increase your risk for breast cancer.  

Combined Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT):  Taking combined hormone replacement therapy, as prescribed for menopause, can increase your risk for breast cancer and increases the risk that the cancer will be detected at a more advanced stage

What Are The Stats?
60-70% of people with breast cancer have no connection to these risk factors at all, and other people with risk factors will never develop cancer.

What Are The Stats?
60-70% of people with breast cancer have no connection to these risk factors at all, and other people with risk factors will never develop cancer.

These Do Not Cause Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is not contagious; you can’t contract cancer from a person who has the disease.

Breast cancer is not caused by wearing underwire bras, implants, deodorants, antiperspirants, mammograms, caffeine, plastic food serving items, microwaves, or cell phones, as myths often suggest.

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Breast Cancer Treatment

Breast cancer treatments are getting better all the time, and people have many more options today than ever before. With so many choices, it’s a good idea to learn as much as you can about the ones that can help you the most.

No matter which ones you choose, all breast cancer treatments have two main goals:

To rid the body of as much of the cancer as possible

To prevent the disease from coming back

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How Do I Know Which Breast Cancer Treatment to Choose?

Your doctor will think about a few things before she recommends a treatment for you:

The type of breast cancer you have

The size of your tumor and how far the cancer has spread in your body, called the stage of your disease

If your tumor has things called "receptors" for HER2 protein, estrogen, and progesterone, or other specific features.

Your age, if you’ve gone through menopause, other health conditions you have, and your personal preferences also play a role in this decision-making process.

What Are the Types of Breast Cancer Treatment?

Some treatments remove or destroy the disease within the breast and nearby tissues, such as lymph nodes. These include:

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Surgery to remove the whole breast, called a mastectomy, or to remove just the tumor and tissues around it, called a lumpectomy or breast-conserving surgery. There are different types of mastectomies and lumpectomies.

Radiation therapy, which uses high-energy waves to kill cancer cells.

Other treatments destroy or control cancer cells all over the body:

Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells. As these powerful medicines fight the disease, they also can cause side effects, like nauseahair loss, early menopausehot flashes, and fatigue.

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Hormone therapy uses drugs to prevent hormones, especially estrogen, from fueling the growth of breast cancer cells. Medicines include tamoxifen (NolvadexSoltamox) for women before and after menopause and aromatase inhibitors including anastrozole (Arimidex), exemestane (Aromasin), and letrozole (Femara) for postmenopausal women. Side effects can include hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Some types of this therapy work by stopping the ovaries from making hormones, either through surgery or medication. Fulvestrant (Faslodex)  is an injection that keeps estrogen from attaching to cancer cells.

Targeted therapy such as lapatinib (Tykerb), pertuzumab (Perjeta), and trastuzumab (Herceptin). These medicines prompt the body's immune system to destroy cancer. They target breast cancer cells that have high levels of a protein called HER2. Palbociclib (Ibrance) and ribociclib (Kisqali) work by blocking  a substance that promotes cancer growth. Along with an aromatase inhibitor, palbociclib and ribociclib are for postmenopausal women with certain types of advanced cancer.  Abemaciclib and palbociclib are sometimes used with the hormone therapy fulvestrant (Faslodex).

You might get chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or targeted therapy along with surgery or radiation. They can kill any cancer cells that were left behind by other treatments.
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Certain worries arise from being sexually active. Besides being infected by one of the several sexually transmitted diseases out there, people also worry about unwanted pregnancies.

Emergency contraceptive pills can be taken after unprotected sexual intercourse to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
Often referred to as the morning after pill, it contains a type of progesterone that stops pregnancy by preventing fertilization.
You can dramatically lower your chance of getting pregnant by using emergency contraception with 3 days of sex ( the sooner, the better). 
Studies indicate you have only a 1% to 2% chance of getting pregnant if you take emergency contraception within 72 hours of sex.

Taking emergency contraceptive is encouraged if you forgot to use protection, the condom broke or you used it incorrectly. 
It is also essential for a woman who was raped to take emergency contraceptive pills besides getting treatment for STD exposure.

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Here are the six things you really need to know about Emergency contraception

1. It is best you take the pill as soon as possible

Healthcare professionals recommend that emergency contraceptive pills are taken within 72 hours (three days) of unprotected sex. 
Although effectiveness declines over time, research indicates Emergency contraception pills can be effective up to five days after unprotected intercourse.
By day five, effectiveness drops to about 50 percent, it is best taken within the first 24 hours

2. Sexually transmitted diseases

In recent times, the use of emergency contraceptive pills has been linked to an increase in sexually transmitted diseases. 
This is because some people have abandoned the use of barrier protection methods like condoms. 

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This risky sexual behavior is dangerous because emergency contraceptive pills offer no protection from STD infections, they only prevent pregnancy.

3. You don’t need to see your doctor to get it 

You don’t need to get a prescription from your doctor, you can simply get an Emergency contraception pill at a pharmacy.

Emergency contraceptive tablets are available over the counter at reputable pharmacies in the country.

4. There is more than one type of emergency contraception pill

There are several kinds of Emergency contraception pills – you have a choice of two different pills – containing either ulipristal acetate or levonorgestrel.

Most of these pills use levonorgestrel, a form of the hormone progesterone. 

Some popular brands include Postinor, Plan B, One-Step, Next Choice, and Trivora.
You can consult a healthcare professional about effectiveness to ensure you are well informed of your options. 

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5. Effect on fertility

The use of emergency contraception has no effect on future fertility regardless of how many times you take it. 

However, after using emergency contraception, make use of a condom until you have a long-term contraceptive in place. 
Emergency contraception pills are not meant to be a regular form of contraceptive.

6.It does not cause miscarriage or abortion

Emergency contraception works by preventing fertilization from occurring. It has no impact on an existing pregnancy. 

This means if you are pregnant when taking the contraception pill it will not terminate the pregnancy.

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While cholesterol is an essential fat needed for many metabolic processes. Too much cholesterol in the blood can damage your arteries and lead to heart diseases.

Our liver produces about three-quarter of the cholesterol in the body while the rest may come from the types of fats we eat. 
This means cholesterol in our diet has a small effect on blood cholesterol.

Making lifestyle changes, especially changing some of the foods you eat, is very important to help reduce cholesterol levels.
Below are health tips for lowering cholesterol 

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Lose weight
Start by evaluating your eating habits and daily routine. While you don’t necessarily have to lose a lot of weight to significantly lower your cholesterol. Losing as little as 2.5kg can lower total cholesterol dramatically. 

If you are not overweight, concentrate on maintaining a healthy weight. Make sustainable lifestyle changes like increasing physical activity and eating healthy.

Reduce trans fats in your diet
Trans fats are notorious for increasing ‘bad’ cholesterol level and increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. 
Restaurants and Fast food outlets are major vehicles for trans fat products. Food products like deep fried chicken, cakes, biscuits and donuts often contain trans fats.

Whenever you are purchasing packaged foods, check the ingredients for ‘partially hydrogenated vegetable oils’ or ‘hydrogenated oil’ and avoid them.
Some healthy alternatives include olive oil, nuts, avocados and peanut butter.

Besides improving your diet to lose weight, you should also work on your exercise program. Moderate physical activity can help raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the "good" cholesterol.
Add physical activities like brisk walking, swimming or cycling to help you lose some weight and bad cholesterol.

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Increase soluble fibre in your diet
You can lower high cholesterol by eating foods rich in soluble fiber. Soluble fiber causes the body to use cholesterol from the blood stream to make bile acids.

Sources of soluble fiber include beans, oats, vegetables, and fruits.
Besides lowering cholesterol, these fiber soluble foods also make you feel full, reducing your appetite for unhealthy snacks.

Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids
Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids are good for lowering cholesterol. 

Studies indicate changes such as an improved lipid profile and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and sudden death.
Sources of omega-3 fatty acids include mackerel fish, walnuts, tuna, sardines and egg yolk.

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Most of us have experienced minor chest pain at one time or the other. People who have severe chest pain sometimes wonder if it's serious like a heart attack or something that would go away with time.

Chest pain occurs in the upper body, from the jaw down to the ribs. Common probable causes of chest pain include panic disorders and heartburn; acid reflux.

A heartburn can simply be cleared up with an antacid while a heart attack is a health emergency that can cost you your life.
People having a heart attack usually have one or two symptoms that suddenly progress within 10 minutes ( this makes quickly identifying a heart attack very important).

It is safe to consider heart attack if you have chest pain and other symptoms that are associated with having a heart attack. 
While some symptoms of heartburn and heart attack might be similar, the outcomes differ. 

Below are symptoms of heartburn and heart attack to help you make a safe choice

Besides chest pain, heart attack symptoms can also include:
•Pain that extends from the chest to the neck, jaw, shoulders or arms
•Shortness of breath
•Sweating profusely
•Unusual fatigue
•Upper abdominal discomfort
•Dizziness (associated with fast or irregular heart rate)
•Vomiting or nausea 
Anyone with the symptoms listed above needs to be evaluated by a health-care professional as soon as possible.

On the other hand heartburn symptoms besides chest pain include:
•Dry cough 
•Sore throat
•Difficulty swallowing
•A sour taste in the mouth

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Most of us are aware that smoking and other tobacco products can lead to issues of the lungs and overall health problems. For this post, we are going to focus on the effect of smoking specifically on our oral health. Our mouths, gums, and teeth are all negatively impacted by tobacco use.

Conquering The Smoking Habit
Most smokers sincerely want to quit. They know cigarettes threaten their health, set a bad example for their children, annoy their acquaintances and cost an inordinate amount of money. 

Nobody can force a smoker to quit. It's something each person has to decide for himself, and will require a personal commitment by the smoker. What kind of smoker are you? What do you get out of smoking? What does it do for you? It is important to identify what you use smoking for and what kind of satisfaction you feel that you are getting from smoking.

Many smokers use the cigarette as a kind of crutch in moments of stress or discomfort, and on occasion it may work; the cigarette is sometimes used as a tranquilizer. But the heavy smoker, the person who tries to handle severe personal problems by smoking heavily all day long, is apt to discover that cigarettes do not help him deal with his problems effectively.

When it comes to quitting, this kind of smoker may find it easy to stop when everything is going well, but may be tempted to start again in a time of crisis. Physical exertion, eating, drinking, or social activity in moderation may serve as useful substitutes for cigarettes, even in times of tension. The choice of a substitute depends on what will achieve the same effects without having any appreciable risk.

Once a smoker understands his own smoking behavior, he will be able to cope more successfully and select the best quitting approaches for himself and the type of life-style he leads.

Because smoking is a form of addiction, 80 percent of smoker who quit usually experience some withdrawal symptoms. These may include headache, light-headedness, nausea, diarrhea, and chest pains. Psychological symptoms, such as anxiety, short-term depression, and inability to concentrate, may also appear. The main psychological symptom is increased irritability. People become so irritable, in fact, that they say they feel "like killing somebody." Yet there is no evidence that quitting smoking leads to physical violence.

Here Are Common Oral Health Issues Associated with Smoking

1. Tooth Discoloration
Often the most visible sign of a smoker is yellowing or discolored teeth. In a very quick time, the nicotine and tar can be absorbed by your teeth and take them from white to yellow to brown. Nicotine itself is colorless but when combined with oxygen, it turns yellow. For smokeless tobacco, the tobacco mixes with the saliva and a dark brown liquid is created. This liquid often rests against the teeth for an extended period of time and is extremely staining to the enamel.

2. Bad Breath
When you inhale a cigarette, smoke particles are left behind in the throat, lungs, and mouth. This can stay in a smoker’s mouth for quite some time, leading to the stinky “stale smoker’s breath”. Smoking and tobacco use can also decrease saliva flow. Dry mouth or xerostomia can lead to a proliferation of bacteria that cause chronic bad breath.

3. Gum Disease
When using tobacco, plaque tends to accumulate near the gum line rapidly. This affects the attachment of the bone and gums to your teeth. Research shows that specifically smoking interferes with gum tissue cells. The body’s immune system is weakened and therefore makes it harder to fight off oral infections.

4. A few statistics from the CDC:
Smokers are four times more likely to develop advanced gum disease than nonsmokers

The more cigarettes smoked and the longer you smoke, the greater risk for gum disease

5. Decreased Success Rate of Dental Implants
Advanced periodontal disease can lead to bone deterioration. When this happens tooth loss or loose teeth can occur. A cosmetic procedure, such as dental implants, rely on having healthy, adequate bone in place to support the teeth. Since the immune system is also compromised, the healing rates tend to take longer in smokers than nonsmokers.

6. Increased Chances of Developing Oral Cancer
80% – 90% of all diagnosed oral cancers are attributed to tobacco use. Smokeless tobacco contains around 28 chemicals that have been directly linked to an increased risk of oral, throat and esophageal cancers. For oral cancer screenings in Medford please contact Main Street Family Dentistry.

7. Quitting Smoking
The best prevention tip from the above common dental issues is to quit smoking. Studies have shown that after 11 years of quitting smoking, a person can achieve good health and prevent gum diseases as if they hadn’t smoked at all. For any cases that one cannot fully quit smoking, reducing the intake could also significantly help as well. If you’re ready to quit and looking for guidance, the CDC has “Tips From Former Smokers” and our dental office can provide advice as well. To learn more about gum health and dental health risks, contact your local Medford Dentist, Main Street Family Dentistry.

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