Watermelon is a Tasty and Edible Sunscreen

During summer, you hopefully adhere to the mandate of slipping on a shirt, slopping on the sunscreen and slapping on a hat to help protect yourself against sunburn. But, did you know that in addition to using good quality sunscreen, a tasty edible treat can help battle harmful ultraviolet rays? Most of us associate watermelon with the summer months because it’s bright, juicy and fresh, making it the perfect food for warmer weather.

As its name suggests, watermelon is approximately 92% water, but it also contains vitamins A and C and potassium. Additionally, watermelon is rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant commonly found in red-coloured fruits and which can help act as a natural sunscreen. Lycopene helps to protect skin cells from harmful rays which can lead to skin cancer. It replenishes these cells and helps your skin act as a natural filter while allowing enough sunlight through for vitamin D production. Lycopene can help prevent wrinkles, strengthening the elasticity of skin tissues.

When eating watermelon, try to serve it with some oil such as salad dressing or olive oil because this increases lycopene absorption. Other good sources of lycopene include cooked tomato products like tomato juice and canned tomato sauce, guava and ruby red grapefruit.

Ensuring Your Kid’s Dental Visits are More Enjoyable

Encouraging kids to enjoy dental visits is essential because regular dental care helps to detect problems early on and before they become painful. Our entire dental team love seeing children, and we go out of our way to ensure every visit is a positive experience.

By making dental visits fun and enjoyable, we can help your child grow up understanding the importance of good dental and oral health. Excellent dental education will show them exactly how to maintain a healthy smile. Our focus is very much on prevention through providing regular check-ups and cleans for our young patients, and fluoride applications to help minimise the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. We strongly recommend fissure sealants which can protect a child’s chewing teeth against tooth decay. Our dentist will keep a close eye on the growth and development of your child’s teeth and jaws, recommending an early orthodontic evaluation if appropriate.

With the appropriate dental care, your child can enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Did You Realise Oral Health and Mental Health are Connected?

The connection between oral health and mental health isn’t yet fully understood, but we know it exists. People with mental health issues are less likely to care for their physical health, and when physical health is impaired, it affects emotional and mental health. Additionally, poor physical health and especially oral health can be harmful to a person’s sense of self-worth and self-esteem.

Depression is a common mental health problem and is associated with alcohol and tobacco abuse, both of which are habits that can cause dental disease. People suffering from depression will often neglect their oral hygiene, increasing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Side-effects of antidepressants and mood stabilisers can increase the likelihood of dry mouth and susceptibility to oral bacterial infections.

Conversely, poor dental health can increase social anxiety especially if it affects speech or causes bad breath. People with mental illnesses are nearly 3 times as likely to have lost all their teeth, affecting their physical image and possibly their self-esteem. The rates of tooth decay and missing teeth are higher for people with mental illnesses.

These are all reasons why we take a detailed medical history from all our patients, including a list of all medications. The information allows us to carefully tailor treatment plans so patients can achieve optimum oral health, protecting physical and mental health.

An Optimistic Outlook Could Improve Your Health

While the power of positive thinking cannot replace medical treatment and advice, it can help seriously ill people recover more efficiently and may even help disaster victims cope with psychological trauma more effectively. Researchers have shown that people with a more optimistic outlook can recover more quickly and positivity has other effects too. These include a greater willingness to complete physical therapy, better physical endurance and more energy.

How This Could Help You

The more clearly you can envision a healthy future, including what needs to be done to improve your health, the more optimistic you’re likely to feel about your future. Another important side effect is that feeling more optimistic can motivate you to make healthier choices. Just think about how good you feel after eating a tasty salad, doing yoga or other exercises.

Why is it Effective?

Although most people want to make healthy choices, framing these choices a favourable light and continuously reaffirming them makes it easier to repeat them. If you’d like to practice feeling more optimistic, then try keeping a journal where you regularly write down one positive thing you want to do in the future. Keep yourself accountable and if needed, break down your goals into small, manageable steps. Building good social relationships has continually proved useful in improving health and happiness.