Mom to Mom: Whiter Whites
Waxing-day dos and don’ts, whiter whites, facts about ovarian cancer, and more.
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Can a busy mom enjoy her coffee and an occasional glass of red wine and still have white teeth? Yes, with a little help from her dentist (preferred) or her local drug store.
- $$$ In-office whitening typically offers the quickest and most-effective whitening. Bonus: It’s under the supervision of a professional.
- $$ At-home whitening products deliver somewhat affordable results over a time.
- $ Whitening toothpastes brighten the smile by removing stains; they do not bleach the teeth themselves. Remember, white teeth are not necessarily healthy teeth; teeth-whitening products do not clean your teeth and should not be used in place of twice-daily brushing.
- Under $10: Check out Arm & Hammer Whitening Booster, Colgate 360° Optic White Powered Toothbrush, or Crest 3D White Arctic Fresh MultiCare Whitening Rinse.
Waxing-Day Dos and Don’ts
Ready or not, bathing-suit season is just around the corner. Before you head to the salon for your own personal “spring cleaning,” read these bikini-friendly reminders:
- Don’t wax during the week before your period. Your skin is more sensitive just before and during.
- Do allow 1/4” hair growth so the wax has something to grip.
- Do take ibuprofen (or your go-to anti-inflammatory medication) before your appointment.
- Do wear loose, cotton clothing that will minimize chafing of the wax site.
- Don’t moisturize the area before your appointment.
- Don’t wax on the day of a special event or trip. Allow at least 24 hours for the skin to recover: no sun, no swimming, no sex.
5 Facts about Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is often undetected during early stages, so the disease frequently has time to progress.
In 2013, more than 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and more than 14,000 women will die of the disease, according to the National Institutes of Health. A history of pregnancy lowers your risk (yay, Motherhood!), as does a history of taking oral birth control.
- Risk factors include: obesity, especially as a teenager, family history of ovarian cancer, and a previous cancer diagnosis.
- Symptoms include: abdominal fullness and bloating, pelvic pain, changes in bowel or bladder habits, frequent gas and indigestion, loss of appetite, low energy, and low back pain.
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