5 Ways to Take Better Care of Your Gums

5 Ways to Take Better Care of Your Gums

This post is in partnership with Crest

Over the past six months or so, I’ve written quite a few posts on dental health here at Bubby and Bean. It all started early last year after a visit to the dentist, where I was made aware of just how connected tooth, gum, and mouth health is to the overall health of your body. My mind was blown and I felt compelled to share. This is the last post in this series (although I hope to continue to talk about it here in the future as well, because it’s incredibly important), so I’ve decided to go out with a bang and focus on an often overlooked but absolutely crucial part of maintaining a healthy mouth: our gums.

Through my own research and multiple conversations with my dentist, I have learned so much about how our gum health is just as important as the health of our teeth. Even if your teeth are in great shape and cavity-free, you can still get gum disease if your gums aren’t properly cared for. I’ve learned quite a bit about the best ways to care for our gums in our daily routines, and today I’m sharing my tips with you!

1. Use a soft toothbrush.
I used to only use hard bristled brushes, thinking that harshly scrubbing was the best way to get my teeth and gums clean. Then my dentist informed me that doing that can actually damage my gums. Brushing with a soft toothbrush using a gentle massage is the truly the best way to keep gums in tip top shape.

2. Floss daily. 
Sure, we all floss occasionally. But you really need to do it every single day, at least one a day, no matter what. Flossing daily can help reduce your risk of developing gum disease by removing plaque between teeth and at the gum line. And once you start doing it regularly, it becomes a healthy habit. (I can’t fall asleep without flossing anymore. True story.)

3. Use Crest Gum Detoxify toothpaste.
This is probably my all-time favorite toothpaste, both because my mouth and gums feel clean and healthy all day long when I use it, and because (in addition to helping prevent cavities in my teeth) it has active foam technology that goes around and even below the gum line to give me lasting gum protection. It also seeks out bacteria by penetrating hard to reach places. I’ve been using it, along with my other Crest pastes, for a year now, and have had perfect dental exams since. No cavities in sight! Crest Gum Detoxify and the importance of gum health was even recently mentioned on the Dr. Oz show. Love that! I use the Deep Clean variety, but it is also available in Extra Fresh, Gentle Whitening, and Two-Step, and is available right here at Walmart.

4. Avoid sugary and starchy foods. I know, they’re delicious. But in excess, sweets and junk food are just as bad for our gums as they are for our teeth (and bodies!). Sugary and starchy food stick to our teeth, especially in between them and at the gum line. This creates an accumulation of plaque which can lead to gum disease. When I do eat these foods, I try to brush immediately after, or at least rinse my mouth with water.

5. Get regular dental cleanings. This is the first time I’ve suggested this in my entire mouth health series, because I assumed it was a given. But at my most recent dentist appointment last month, she told me more people than you’d think only come in once a year or even only every few years. It’s crucial to health of your gums (and all of your mouth!) to see your dentist every 6 months to have a proper cleaning and removal of tartar. If you haven’t been in a while, schedule an appointment today my friends!

I hope these tips prove helpful to you all, and I hope that you’ve been able to take some positive things away from my other posts in this series. If you have any tips for better gum health I might have missed, I’d love to hear them! Here’s to a clean, healthy mouth!

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The Tales of Tofu: Encouraging My Kids To Be Whatever They Want to Be

Thank you House Foods for sponsoring this post.

My kids are always talking about what they want to be when they grow up. My three year old son mostly just wants to be a dinosaur, but my daughter has several career paths in mind: a dance teacher, a horticulturist, and a chef. My husband and I are very big on encouraging them, even from a very young age, to follow whatever paths they desire (and that includes in the present too). Whether we’re talking about their dreams for adult years or what activities they want to try this summer, it’s important to us that they know they can be whatever they want to be.

Recently my daughter and I were having one of our “deep talks” about hopes, dreams, and how we define ourselves (or, in preschool terms, “what makes us us”), which led to a specific discussion about her ability to be whatever she chooses. To better explain to her what I meant, I likened it to one of our favorites foods: tofu. I had just gotten a copy of the children’s ebook The Tales of Tofu from House Foods, which is the most endearing story about a superfood named Tofu who learns about how he can be anything he wants to be (by easily mixing with other foods), and it really did seem like the perfect comparison. As we read the book together, I watched her reactions and could see how the story made sense to her. She told me it “an-spired” (inspired) her, and immediately asked if we could make one of the book’s super easy-to-prepare recipes recipes. I was in!

We decided to go with the Strawberry Papaya Tofu Smoothie, and ran to the store to pick up the ingredients (see recipe below for full list). When we got home, my daughter got to experience one of her future careers dreams of being chef as we made the smoothie together. And man was it delicious. Here is the recipe so you can see for yourself!

Strawberry Papaya Tofu Smoothie

SERVES: 2 | PREP TIME: 5 min | TOTAL TIME: 5 min

INGREDIENTS
½ pkg. House Foods Tofu Soft
3/4 cup papaya; peeled — seeded, and chopped
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 cup frozen mango, chopped
1/2 banana

In a blender, combine all the ingredients. Cover and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds or so. Enjoy!

One of the things I love most about The Tales of Tofu is how it helps kids and their families eat healthier by focusing on good ingredients like fruits, veggies, and tofu. (When House Foods partnered with Melissa Rauch to to create the ebook, this was part of it’s purpose, which is so great!) I also love how the ebook finds a creative way to introduce kids to tofu, which is a food they might normally be less familiar with. Even though both of my kids eat tofu often, the ebook shows them the endless ways tofu can be prepared and combined with other foods. (Just like my kids, tofu can be anything it wants to be!)

Next up, according to my daughter, is Tofu Tacos, another delicious recipe included in The Tales of Tofu. I can’t wait! You can download your own digital copy of The Tales of Tofu from www.house-foods.com right here. It’s such a wonderful way to not only encourage your little ones to be whatever they want to be, but also to introduce them to tofu and create discussion on the importance of eating healthy foods. And of course, it’s a great way to make food together, which in our house, is one of our favorite ways to bond.

How do you encourage your kids to be whatever they want to be?

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What is exactly is a turtle?

box turtle

Possibly the greatest debate in all vertebrate taxonomy is classifying the turtle. If you were to ask an expert about where turtles belong, well, it will depend upon the expert and which papers this expert has recently read.

That’s because the literature on turtles is definitely divided. Morphological comparison studies, some of which have used rather complex statistical analysis of characters, have generally placed them closer to Lepidosaurs.  The most common Lepidosaurs are squamates, which are better known as snakes and lizards, and there is another Lepidosaur order with exactly one species left in it. Rhynchocephalia is this order, and it includes exactly one extant species, the tuatara of New Zealand.

Molecular studies have generally placed the turtles either into or close to Archosaurs.  Extant Archosaurs are the crocodilians and birds. All dinosaurs and pterosaurs were also Archosaurs, and birds, which are the only living dinosaurs, are certainly Archosaurs.

One would think that molecular studies would solve this problem, but it really doesn’t.  The problem is that turtles evolve quite slowly, and trying to figure out divergence times based upon mutation rates could result in inaccurate conclusions.

So no one really has a way to resolve this conflict.

And if you were to ask me, I would say, well, I don’t know. We have some ideas, but they are in conflict. And we have no way to resolve them at this time.

But that’s science for ya.

 

 

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Win a Pet-Themed Lilla Rose Flexi Hairclip!

Hot weather is right around the corner here (we’ve already hit 90 degrees on a few days) and that means one sure thing for my twice-daily dog walks: a ponytail! Usually I grab an elastic band…



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What’s Your Favorite Dog-Friendly Store? #Giveaway

What’s your favorite dog-friendly store? Now that Barli is done with his therapy dog training class, I’m working to get him out and into stores as much as possible to work on his skills…



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Silver Screen to Mainstream: The Original Influencers

This post is in partnership with the Chicago History Museum.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram may have joined me last Friday as my mom, daughter, and I visited the most incredible exhibition at the Chicago History Museum entitled Silver Screen to Mainstream. When I first heard about it, I was intrigued by its tagline – “the original influencers” – and when I saw it in person and learned more about the history of the clothing on display, the tagline really made sense. Today I thought I’d share with you some pieces of the wonderful afternoon we spent at the exhibition. And I hope those of you in the Chicago area (and beyond!) will take the time to go check it out. It’s captivating.

Jessica Roussin, Digital Marketing Coordinator for Chicago History Museum (that’s her above!), gave us a little tour when we first arrived, and explained more behind the pieces in the exhibit. Over thirty garments from the 1930′s and 40′s are on display, by designers such as Chanel, Vionnet, Valentina, Paul du Pont, Howard Greer, and Adrian, and you guys, they are stunning. She also explained more about the history behind it, which was just fascinating to me.

If you’ve been reading here for a while, you likely know that I have a background in fashion (I majored in theatre in college and spent much of my senior year studying costume design, and later ran an eco-friendly womenswear label for close to 15 years), and the history of fashion in America during the 20th century has always had a place in my heart. I didn’t know a great deal about this particular era though, and walking through the exhibit was such a rich lesson in how, as America headed out of the Great Depression, celebrity culture emerged and began to affect mainstream style. Long before blogs and social media existed, Hollywood movie stars were true influencers, and for the first time in history, designers began creating garments for the everyday woman based on what these stars wore in their films and beyond.

While Silver Screen to Mainstream showcases fashions from Paris, New York, Chicago, and Hollywood, it was (understandably) the section featuring dresses that were all worn by Chicago women that most resonated with me. An evening dress made of silk and ostrich feathers, which was a copy of a design made by Jenkins Gowns for a performance by opera singer Helen Jepson, was custom made for the woman who ultimately donated it to the museum (Mrs. Otto Madlener) by Stanley Korshak Chicago, a high end women’s apparel store here in Chicago. The dress is absolutely jaw dropping in person. My daughter couldn’t take her eyes off it. It was so cool to be able to explain to her how old it was (she’s 5, so anything more than 10 years old is ancient in her eyes), the story behind it, and how it was created during a time when our country was truly reinventing itself after a decade of difficult times. (The exhibit also had a “cinema” that explained more about fashion of this era; my daughter watched the video five times.)

In addition to the plethora of glamorous dresses on display, the exhibition also has a section of casual dresses handmade by women who weren’t designers or famous on any level from patterns ordered from catalogs. One of the dresses is even on display inside out, to showcase the detail that was put into sewing it. Even these house dresses are simply gorgeous, and it was so cool to learn more about the time when sewing patterns first became commonplace.

It was also a treat to get to see the shoes, evening bags, and jewelry worn at the time, and the ways in which Hollywood had influence over accessories as well as clothing. I was specifically drawn to the dress clips on display, which were very on trend at the time. They were convertible, and could be worn on necklines, on shoes, or as brooches. My daughter was intrigued by the pocketbooks, which were quite fancy, and made from materials like suede, metal, and even plastic.

I took so much from this exhibition (as did my mom and daughter!), but I was especially intrigued by how, despite serious hardships and adversity as a result of the Great Depression, people in the 1930′s and 40′s used fashion to retain a sense of normalcy – or to at least appear to be together, even if the rest of their lives were not. Going to the movies was an escape from reality that provided a sense of optimism, and women were inspired by the fashion of the stars, so they took a little of the movies with them and made that fashion their own. Some were able to purchase designer replicas of what the actresses wore, and others (most, I’m guessing) purchased inexpensive patterns and created Hollywood inspired garments from them. Whatever the means, in a time of uncertainty, the fashion of the cinema was moving far beyond the silver screen and providing the mainstream with an exciting, new American style.

If you live in the Chicago area, or are planning a trip to Chicago, I highly recommend stopping by the Chicago History Museum and checking out Silver Screen to Mainstream (which runs through January 21, 2020) in person. It tells a fascinating story, and the hard work by Collection Manager Jessica Pushor and Guest Curator Virginia Heaven is evident. Then stay and explore the rest of the museum, which is full of fun for the entire family. Essley was obsessed with the lifestyle Chicago style hotdog. I was obsessed with the gorgeous event room (seen directly above).

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Only for tonight…yeah, right

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#BostonStrong

Happy Boston Marathon Day! Can I just say that I love that this dog is named Spencer, (I’m assuming) after the famous fictional private investigator based in Boston. Remember Spencer for Hire on television? He was from a series of books by Robert B. Parker, which I highly recommend for those of you who like […]


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National Parks On My Mind

When I was in my twenties, much of my summers were spent in a 1978 Southwind RV, traveling the U.S.. (Okay, so a lot of that time was also spent on the side of the road attempting to fix the vehicle, but that was, um, part of the adventure or something.) And while there were lots of random stops to visit friends and various attractions, most of the destinations were music festivals (where I vended the eco-friendly clothing line I owned at the time) or National Parks.

It’s been a few years now since I’ve last officially been in a National Park, but I daydream of them often (especially my favorites: Yellowstone, Yosemite, Rocky Mountain, and Redwood). And I can’t wait to take my kids on a tour of them on our own summer adventure once they’re a little older.

A few days ago, I stumbled upon this new collection of eco-conscious clothing from Free People in partnership with the National Park Foundation, and was instantly smitten. And no, this isn’t sponsored; I just loved them all too much not to share. Whether it’s the nostalgic aspect of seeing them or the fact that I’m drawn to the style (or both), they make me want to put on one of the pieces and hop on the next RV I see headed west. This time I think I’ll opt for a slightly newer model though…

What is your favorite National Park you’ve visited?

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Win a Pair of Crystal Cat Earrings!

Shh…don’t tell Barli and Tiki but we’ve been busy planning our booth at next month’s POP Cats event in Austin. The two-day show, where we were vendors last year, is held at…



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