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Posts for: January, 2016


Elkhart BotoxIs happiness an injection away?


Botox is already a household name, but we’re still learning more about all the ways it benefits our lives. In addition to its aesthetic advantages, Botox can be administered therapeutically to improve head pain or migraines, or soothe jaw disorders. And its unique assets don’t stop there.


Studies on the connections between emotions and physical display of feelings have been using Botox as a means of learning more about the way our brains work. The findings are surprising - and they’re teaching us more about what Botox really does. At the same time that it’s smoothing out lines on your forehead, Botox may also be making you happier on a daily basis.


How Botox Impacts Our Moods


You might be saying to yourself, of course Botox makes people happier. It gets rid of wrinkles and boosts confidence, so it makes sense that happiness follows. But the studies we’ve referenced have taken steps to remove the aesthetic aspect from results. They experienced heightened contentment simply because they weren’t frowning, rather than as a side effect of their appearance.


Charles Darwin first proposed that our emotions and the display of our emotions might be cyclical, with the way we look changing the way we feel. More recent studies have been able to approach this question in a scientific fashion. In one, half of the participants received Botox in muscles associated with frowning. When filling out surveys about their anxiety levels and mood, the Botoxed participants said they were happier and less nervous in general. The key finding? They also didn’t feel more attractive, so the shift in mood wasn’t related to wrinkle loss.


Why is this important? Because Botox may help you more than you expect. If you’ve ever been interested in taming facial lines, just get in touch to learn more about the process. Soon, your skin could be smoother and your heart could be lighter - it’s as simple as a few injections.

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Elkhart gum disease treatmentYou've weathered periodontal disease - now what? After the immediate problem has been resolved, you'll need to engage in home care and heightened vigilance. This part of the process is key. We need to make sure your disease doesn't return, take steps to change the habits that allowed disease in the first place, and also monitor healing progress, and that's a team effort.

If you ever have questions about your gums, don't hesitate to contact us. We're always here to help, and we want you to be as informed and comfortable as possible.

Steps to Take Post-Periodontal Disease

These aren't universal steps (they won't be necessary for every patient), but they encompass possible steps you'll take after initial gum disease treatment.

  • Excellent brushing and flossing - This is the most important part of your home care. You need to ensure that plaque doesn't return to your teeth, and prevent infection in the areas recovering from periodontitis. Be sure to brush and floss gently but thoroughly. If you find your gums too sensitive, ask us for recommendations on special products. If you've never been a flosser, now is the time to start! Put a reminder on your bathroom mirror or phone to help get in the habit.
  • Antibacterial treatment - Locally placed antibiotics will help treat infection at its site. At Elkhart Dental Center, we offer both Atridox and Arestin to provide two options for patients with diverse needs. One is a powdered medication, and one a gel. Both offer a gradual release of medication for carefully-controlled dosing.
  • Surgery - If your gums were signficantly changed by the disease, surgery may be necessary for both health and aesthetic reasons. Gum surgery will close pockets that have opened between teeth and gums, and reconstruct your gum line. This will reduce sensitivity, help prevent the return of disease, and restore your smile's appearance.
  • Behavior change - You may need to give up some habits that have been irritating your gums and may have hastened the onset of gum disease. The major offender is tobacco use. Start by finding free quitting resources online.
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