Anti-Aging through Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry should not just be about white fillings in teeth.

Dr. Rose Photo By Dr. Scott L. Rose

The first person one thinks about when talking about improving ones’ looks is the plastic surgeon. And while they really do offer some wonderful options, most people fail to look at other options. A dentist who is well trained and experienced in the combination of Cosmetic and Neuromuscular Dentistry can also achieve amazing “facelift like” results without surgery. While it is great to have nice skin, it is just as important to have a nice smile and a proportional lower 1/3 of the face. Cosmetic dentistry should not just be about white fillings in teeth.

For most dentists who say they do cosmetic dentistry, that is just what they do. That’s O.K. if all the other parts of your face are in balance. But my personal philosophy is that Cosmetic Dentistry is about creating or restoring the harmonious balance between the size, shape and color of the teeth with facial features and facial profile. It takes into consideration your bite position, the muscles of your face, and the proportion of the components of your face. A bite position that is placed in a neuromuscular relaxed position has many benefits. This usually results in a facial profile where the upper, middle, and lower 1/3 of the face are in proportion and balanced, a much more pleasing and natural look. It helps minimize wrinkles around the mouth. Teeth that are the correct color and shape help restore a more youthful “vibrant” appearance. Another benefit is that a bite restored to a more muscle balanced position reduces muscle tension and strain in the face. It helps improve headaches, neck pain, and jaw pain.

So what I consider real cosmetic dentistry is not just about looking good, it is also about feeling good. Both go hand in hand in improving and preserving our quality of life as we get older.

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8 Tips for Exercising in Summer Heat

By Joe Decker for

Summer is the perfect time to go outside and have fun. There are so many outdoor running or cycling. But the summer heat can be a problem if you’re not careful, particularly in areas with extreme heat and humidity.

The biggest problems are staying hydrated and maintaining your body’s electrolytes and salt. When you sweat, your body loses not only water, but electrolytes and salt, too. This delicate balance of water and electrolytes is crucial to keep your body functioning properly. If you don’t drink enough water, you can get dehydrated and suffer from light-headedness and nausea. If not recognized, dehydration can even result in kidney failure and or, in extreme cases, death. However, if you drink too much water without replenishing your electrolytes, you can experience hyponatremia. This can lead to confusion, nausea, muscle cramps, seizures or even death in extreme cases.

There are some things to keep in mind when it comes to exercising in the heat:

• The time of day is important. Unless you are training for an event that takes place in the daytime heat, avoid exercising from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s the hottest part of day.

• Generally, the early morning is the best time to workout, especially if it’s going to be scorcher that day.

• Wear loose, light-colored clothing. The lighter color will help reflect heat, and cotton material will help the evaporation of sweat. You may also want to try specially designed, “hi-tech” running shirts and shorts. They are often made from material meant to keep you cool.

• Sunscreen is a must. I use SPF 45 just to be safe. It’s important to protect your skin.

• You can get burned and suffer sun damage to your skin even on cloudy days.

• Stay hydrated. Before you go out, drink a glass or two of water. Carry a bottle of water or even a hydration pack. Take a drink every 15 minutes, even when you’re not thirsty.

• When you’re done with your workout, have a few more glasses of water.

• Replenish your electrolyte and salt intake while exercising with something like SUCCEED capsules– small, simple packs of sodium and electrolytes that keep your system in check.

• If you can, choose shaded trails or pathways that keep you out of the sun.

• Check the weather forecast before you start your workout. If there’s a heat advisory, meaning high ozone and air pollution, you might want to take your workout indoors. These pollutants can damage your lungs.

• Most importantly, listen to your body. Stop immediately if you’re feeling dizzy, faint or nauseous.

If you just don’t like to exercise in the heat and It’s keeping you from exercising all together, come inside with a membership to Medina Community Recreation Center. Always air conditioned, you can maintain your same intensity and workout and see consistent results. And you can always cool off in the pool after your workout!


Shop Local, Eat Local… Finding your Starting Point

BethWhen registered dietitian Beth Bennett meets with cancer survivors at The Gathering Place, she always talks about the important guidelines put out by the American Cancer Society and the American Institute of Cancer Research that encourage cancer survivors to have a diet high in fruits and vegetables, to be physically active, and to maintain a healthy weight. When you think about it, everyone could benefit from following these guidelines. One way to meet these guidelines and include the entire family is to shop and eat local by visiting farmers markets.

When you shop local farmers markets you are getting produce that is in season. This means the fruits and vegetables are higher in nutritional content and in taste. There is nothing like eating a juicy, ripe strawberry that is at its peak. It’s important to understand what foods are in season in order to know what you will fi nd. This helps with planning your weekly menus. Before heading out to the market, visit that provides a listing of fruits and vegetables that are in season. A great way to include children and teens in the process is to have them search the internet for recipes that will use the local produce you purchase.

When going to the farmers market it is best to go early, fewer people and better selection, or shop late, less people and sometimes you get a better deal. Take a bag of change so that you can make your transactions quickly. Many people are accustomed to seeing perfect fruits and vegetables that have been cleaned and waxed when shopping in your local grocery store. Keep in mind that in many instances the produce is brought to the farmers market right after being picked so there may be dirt and leaves still on the produce. Be sure to bring bags with you so that you can easily carry home your purchases.

If you are fortunate enough to have a farmers market nearby in your community, the whole family can consider walking to it which lends itself to the guideline of keeping physically active. Another good thing about eating what is in season is that you and your family may end up eating a wider variety of fruits and vegetables. It’s an opportunity to be creative in the kitchen and try different recipes. Consider asking the farmer how he or she likes to prepare the food they are selling. This is another opportunity to try something different.

If shopping and eating local really becomes something you and your family enjoy, next year you might want to consider participating in community supported agriculture (CSA). A CSA actually allows you to support a local farmer by buying directly from that farmer. Each week you and your family will receive a package of food picked that week. It’s making an investment in the local farmer and providing your family with locally grown food. For more information on this option, visit For a listing of farmers markets visit

Get a great recipe for “Breakfast Root Cake” on page 23 of our west edition!  Breakfast Root Cake

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Celebrating July 4th!

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July 4th  Hosting a July 4th barbecue for the first time may have some hosts anxious about throwing a summer soirée to remember, but fun is sure to be had if hosts remember to include the following backyard barbecue essentials this Independence Day. 

July4thJuly 4th Celebration Hosting a July 4th barbecue for the first time may have some hosts anxious about throwing a summer soirée to remember, but fun is sure to be had if hosts remember to include the following backyard barbecue essentials this Independence Day. 

The 4th of July is fast approaching and revelers across the nation are preparing to toast their independence with family and friends. For many Americans, backyard barbecues are synonymous with the Fourth of July, a day that, in the United States of America, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.
Precious few Americans can say they have not been present at a 4th of July barbecue or witnessed a fireworks display honoring America’s official declaration of independence from Great Britain. Hosting a July 4th barbecue for the first time may have some hosts anxious about throwing a summer soirée to remember, but fun is sure to be had if hosts remember to include the following backyard barbecue essentials this Independence Day.
No Fourth of July barbecue is complete without food, so hosts should be sure to stock up on popular barbecue fare like hot dogs and hamburgers. Though such foods likely won’t be mistaken for gourmet fare anytime soon, Fourth of July revelers often embrace the tradition of grilling up some hot dogs and hamburgers even if they tend to avoid such foods throughout the rest of the year. Hosts should not feel pressured to provide gourmet fare on July 4th, but it is a thoughtful gesture to ask guests in advance if they have any food allergies or need to avoid certain foods for other reasons.
It goes without saying that guests will need refreshing beverages at parties held in early July, but be sure to stock up on a variety of beverages so guests are not forced to consume drinks they don’t want. Be sure to have plenty of water available to guests, and provide sodas, iced tea and lemonade as well. Offer alcoholic beverages to adult guests, but don’t go overboard stocking up on alcohol, as that might encourage guests to overindulge.
Backyard barbecues are most fun when guests are entertained, so plan to have some games available for guests of all ages. Encourage guests to bring a change of clothes or swimsuits if games will involve water or something that might soil their clothing. If you have a pool, purchase some pool games so swimmers can do more than just wade in the water or take a few laps. Plan a Wiffle® ball game for kids and dig some horseshoe pits or buy a ring toss set so adults can engage in some friendly competition as well.
Though no one wants to think of a 4th of July celebration taking a turn for the worst, hosts must prepare for emergencies. Restock the first-aid kit if necessary and keep a constant eye on guests, especially children, to ensure everyone is having a safe and happy time. Program a list of local taxi companies into your phone so you can easily call for transportation should any guests have too much to drink during the festivities. Hosts should abstain from alcohol so they can serve as designated driver should the need arise at the end of the night.
Backyard barbecues are a staple of July 4th, and there’s no reason your summer soirée can’t be one to remember for years to come.