Archive for November, 2009

Your Pearly Whites

Monday, November 30th, 2009

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Taking good care of your mouth — teeth and gums — does more than help ensure you have a bright, white smile.

A healthy mouth and healthy body go hand in hand. Good oral hygiene and oral health can improve your overall health, reducing the risk of serious disease and perhaps even preserving your memory in your golden years. The phrase “healthy mouth, healthy you” really is true — and backed by growing scientific evidence.

It’s never too early to start teaching your children to take care of teeth and gums — healthy habits learned in childhood can pay off in adulthood. And, if you’re tempted to shrug off your good oral hygiene habits — brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly — remember that you’re a role model for your kids. Keep in mind these six ways having healthy teeth and gums helps boost overall health. Below are 6 ways that oral hygiene can keep you well!

Boosts Your Self-esteem and Confidence

Decayed teeth and gum disease are often associated not only with an unsightly mouth but very bad breath — so bad it can affect your confidence, self-image, and self-esteem.

May Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Chronic inflammation from gum disease has been associated with the development of cardiovascular problems such as heart disease, blockages of blood vessels, and strokes. Experts stop short of saying there is a cause-and-effect between gum disease and these other serious health problems, but the link has shown up in numerous studies. The findings of these studies may suggest that maintaining oral health can help protect overall health.

Preserves Your Memory

Adults with gingivitis (swollen, bleeding gums) performed worse on tests of memory and other cognitive skills than did those with healthier gums and mouths, according to a report in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

Reduces Risks of Infection and Inflammation in Your Body

Poor oral health has been linked with the development of infection in other parts of the body. In one study, poor oral hygiene and periodontal disease was associated with the development of pneumonia in older people. Bacteria in the mouth can travel into the lungs, causing infection or worsening of lung conditions.

Helps Keep Blood Sugar Stable if You Have Diabetes

People with uncontrolled diabetes often have gum disease. Having diabetes can make you less able to fight off infection, including gum infections that can lead to serious gum disease.

Helps in Pregnancy

Women may experience increased gingivitis during pregnancy. Some research suggests a relationship between gum disease and preterm, low-birth-weight infants.



We’re bursting our buttons about another honor!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

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As someone who trusts Belladerm to help you look your best, we are excited to share some wonderful news with you:

The “Best of Citysearch Spa & Beauty” nominations are in, and Belladerm MedSpa has been nominated for the best Laser Hair Removal! In case you aren’t familiar with Citysearch, the “Best of Citysearch” is a nationwide competition that lets local businesses compete for local votes– and win the ultimate honor of being named best in the city!

We are so excited about this nomination and are pleased to hear that we have achieved the excellence that we have set out to create for you! Please take a moment to click on the voting link below to show your support.  We need your votes and thank you in advance for your help with this!

You don’t have much time to help us get from nominee to winner! Voting ends December 2nd! Winners will be announced on Citysearch.com on December 3rd.

Click here to vote!! It will only take a couple of quick minutes! Click on the orange voting button.  Yes, you will need to create a login with Citysearch (and confirm it in an email that they will send to you) in order to vote, but this doesn’t take long and you are on your way.  It means a great deal to us and we thank you in advance for your votes and for your time!

We appreciate your help and we love having the opportunity to serve you! Don’t forget to call with any questions you might have about getting gorgeous for the holidays! Happy Thanksgiving to you all from all of us at Belladerm!



Little Black Dress: It Can Work For Every Body Type

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

With the holidays quickly approaching, you are sure to open up an invitation or two requesting your presence at a festive party.  What will you wear? While they say the little black dress is always the perfect choice for attire, you may be feeling like you just can’t pull that look off like other women can.  Au contraire, my friend! Read on to gain the knowledge you need to look stunning at those fun parties!

Bottom Heavy Figure

Bottom Heavy Figure

The easiest way to balance a bottom-heavy figure is to choose a little black dress that skims over the lower half of the body. Fuller skirts, like this disguise heavy hips, while showing off the waist.

Petite

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The perfect little black dress for a smaller frame elongates and flatters like this stretch satin dress. More flattery: look for a dress with a lot of shape — here it has a V-neck and horizontal seaming — and is scaled just right for your figure. Avoid too-cutesy looks (like puffed sleeves) so you won’t look little girlish.

Plus Size

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Just because your figure has curves doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a pretty sleeveless little black dress. Show some skin and enjoy the flattering capabilities of a knit dress.

Thick Waist

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Disguise a thick waist in a little black dress by either raising, lowering or eliminating the waistline. This shift works by skimming the body without defining the waist.

Wide Shoulders

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You don’t need to hide your upper body in a little black dress if you have wide shoulders. Instead, look for body-balancing details like the trendy asymmetrical neckline, like this one-shoulder style.  Avoid puffy sleeves or voluminous tops paired with slim bottoms that will exaggerate your shoulder width.

Now get out there and knock ’em dead!