How to Build Your Home Gym

How to Build Your Home Gym

A personal gym should be well equipped with all the necessary equipment to allow you to train the way you want. When selecting equipment for your home gym, you should always keep in mind your fitness goals, budget and space restrictions. A home gym will give you the opportunity to exercise at any time of the day without having to leave the house. Below is some of the equipment needed for a home gym.

Cardiovascular Equipment

Having one or two cardiovascular machines will help you complete your workout indoors instead of having to go and run or cycle outside. There are many different types of equipment used for this - you can choose to invest in a treadmill for walking or running workouts, and you can also use an upright stationary bicycle, rowing machine or stairs climber as your cardiovascular equipment.

Weight Training Equipment

You will need to equip your home gym with equipment for strength training. The best equipment to use includes at least one barbell and a set of plate weights for a start. You should always buy a set that you can expand later on. This is because you will get stronger and you will need more weight. Adjustable dumbbells are very good since they save room and are also less expensive compared to an entire dumbbell set with a rack.

In terms of getting a full body workout, adding a weight bench and either squat stands or a power rack will allow you to train effectively with heavier weights.

Additional Extras

There are other small pieces of equipment that can be added to really complete your home gym. One of them is a mini-trampoline that can be used for a nice quick workout. You can also have an adjustable step bench for leg toning and calf rises. You can also add kettle bells and medicine bells in order to increase your core and limb strength and also give you flexibility. None of these items are essential, but can help add a little variety to your workouts.

Cosmetic Dentistry – Changing Smiles

Cosmetic Dentistry – Changing Smiles

Unlike in the past where dental surgery was only meant for improving oral care, preventing and treating, today, one can be able to improve the general appearance of their teeth thanks to technological advancements. This procedure provides the patients with not only the required but desired treatments that could lead to making one’s smile better and warmer. Sometimes, however, it may be used to restore the teeth with procedures like filling and treatment of tooth decay.

Today, a professional cosmetic dentist may be able to perform any form of cosmetic surgery for you depending on your need while maintaining the natural look. The techniques today are also up to par to make sure the solutions are long lasting. It is also important to note that these procedures have been much easier to access with most dentists advancing technology wise.There are a number of procedures that can be performed during cosmetic dentistry like:

Teeth whitening

Most people get stained teeth either by smoking, drinking coffee or red wine or even eating some foods. Others are born with stained teeth. Cosmetic surgery is the best counter to this common problem and after the bleach, you can be sure of an enhanced smile.


A simple procedure called composite bonding can be used to repair chipped, discolored, broken or decayed teeth which improves their general appearance. This procedure involves applying a composite material to the face of the tooth or the cavity which is then cut into the desired shape, contoured and stiffened with a light of high intensity. This way, the new tooth is able to blend with the older one and give you healthier and brighter teeth.

Full mouth reconstruction

During the process of a smile makeover which is done to improve the appearance of the smile, there may be need by your cosmetic dentist to look at functional faults like your bone structure, muscles and bite. If there is a problem with any of those, you may be recommended for a full mouth reconstruction.


Today, you may be able to undergo dental implants, which deals with artificial root replacement, dental veneer, which uses either porcelain or composite to smoothen the surface of your teeth and inlays which helps with filling.Visit a professional dentist today and get your smile back.

How Can You Get Whiter Teeth?

How Can You Get Whiter Teeth?

Good dental hygiene is always an important aspect of keeping healthy. It actually gives you confidence. Teeth whitening normally work by lightening the colour of the teeth. Tooth whitening does not, in fact, change the colour of the teeth, but simply lightens any existing colour of your teeth. Teeth whitening can be done either in dental clinics or at home with a whitening kit.

Eat a Lot of Crunchy Food

Because of their acidic nature, carrots, apples, celery, pears and many others have got the ability to clean as well as whiten your teeth naturally. Crunchy fruit and veg will always clean and also whiten your teeth. As a matter of fact, they are a natural toothbrush for your smile. Nevertheless, always remember to eat these fruits in their whole form instead of just cutting them up or even crushing them up to make juices.

Eat Dairy Products

Scientific studies indicate that dairy products such as yogurt, cheese and milk have minerals such as calcium and phosphorus that are great for strengthening your teeth and also improving their appearance as well as whiteness. They also make tooth enamel very strong.

Consume More Strawberries

Malic acid is an important component in the strawberries. It works to fade away discolorations in your teeth that may result from medication, tobacco or caffeine use. The rough texture of strawberries aids in buffing the enamel which gives a brighter and also a smoother appearance.

Finally, if you have to drink wine, soda or any other coloured type of drink, always use a straw. Coloured drinks may stain your teeth. Ensure that you use a straw to sip them directly into your mouth.

With these simple tips, you can always keep your smile bright!

Causes of Cancer

Causes of Cancer

Cancer can occur anywhere in the body and that means any cancer will be different from another. While the actions a cancer carries out are similar, you should know that there are more than 200 different types of cancer a person can have. With such a high number, it’s conceivable that there is an innumerable list of causes for how someone ends up with the illness. There are certain undeniable pointers as to what can lead a person to have cancer. These can include everything from someone’s age and what they eat, to environmental factors and how one’s immune system works. This short article will give a brief view of these common causes and how dangerous they can be.


A simple fact is that as the body gets older, the harder is it for it to keep performing in peak condition. The older someone is, the more likely they are to be diagnosed with cancer. Roughly a third of all people who have cancer are over 75.


People say that smoking is a cause of cancer, especially lung cancer, but detailing exactly what ways it can do so isn’t so forthcoming. It must be realised that smoking doesn’t create tumours but it can make their creation much even in a weakened body. Smoking drastically lowers the body’s immune system, making it harder for your body to regulate itself. Having a lower immunity, coupled with the internal chemical exposure smoking creates, can actually give a tumour a better chance of growing.


While it can’t be said that a certain food is a definite cause of cancer, it is certainly true that a poor diet can have an adverse effect on someone’s overall health. Put too much pressure on organs like the kidneys and liver and you could find yourself facing major problems later in life. Obese women people are at a higher risk of getting cancer in the breast and womb, while obese men are at risk of getting cancer of the kidney.


A lot of older males in the UK in the late 70s to early 90s were diagnosed with cancers that all stemmed from the same problem: exposure to asbestos.  The now banned mineral was used widespread in heavy industry until its dangerous nature was found out. It’s a good example of how the environment someone works in and the chemicals they become exposed to can have a massive effect on causing cancer. A common environment cancer causer is the sun, with too much exposure to its UV rays causing skin damage.


The immune system does an incredibly complex job of keeping your body in check every day. Constantly under pressure to do well, a person who has a poor immune system can be in some ways prone to getting cancer. It could be because someone is taking drugs to limit their immunity after an organ transplant or because they suffer from an illness that already drastically lowers immunity. Those with poo immune system who get cancer are more likely to suffer from skin cancer or cancer near the reproductive organs.

While all of these factors can cause cancer, there are also an abundant number of ways people can receive special treatment for cancer. This can be in the form of a private cancer hospital like The LOC or as part of the National Health Service.

Choosing dental implants

dental implants in GlasgowDr David Cashel of has many years Experience of placing dental implants and has some excellent advice when it comes to choosing dental implants and the practice involved. First of all it’s really important to make sure that you don’t judge everything based on price. Not all dental implants are made equal, and the range of different qualities you can find across the spectrum is huge. Given that the best practice material to use in dental implants is titanium, David advises that you give any dental practice which does not use titanium implants a wide berth.

There are hundreds of different types of dental implant on the market and you should be advised by a long-standing dental practitioner in whom you have the utmost faith. Some practices only quote price of the implant itself, and add on the the value of the attachment or abutment and Crown later. You need to make sure when comparing prices that you have been quoted for the entire implant system including the bridge or over denture.

A good dentist will assess you to find out whether or not you actually required implants, and if you do he will make sure that you have sufficient jawbone for the implants to embed and become successful. This may involve a series of x-rays and MRI scans and you may require to have bone grafts in certain circumstances.

Many people now travel abroad to have dental implant work done, but Dr Cashel advises strongly against this. The overwhelming reason for so-called dental implant tourism is the fact that foreign practices offer treatment at much lower prices. Whilst this can be a good thing, Dr Cashel has seen many patients who have had to have the entire dental implant process reversed because of extremely poor clinical expertise. Here in the UK a good dental implant dentist will offer a minimum of five years guarantee on all the work and you should make certain before signing anything that this is the case.

Dental implants can provide over 30 years of trouble-free eating and smiling, but it is key to do your research before selecting a dentist to do this for you.

How to care for your Invisalign retainer

How to care for you invisalign retainer

If you have invested in an Invisalign treatment then you are serious about getting that perfect smile. To help you get that smile we have written this short guide on how to care for your invisalign retainer.

  1. Always remove your Invisalign and rinse it thoroughly under luke-warm water. Make sure it is never too cold or too hot.
  2. Get your tooth paste and an old soft toothbrush and clean gently going in clockwise movements. Once you have covered the entire invisalign surface, once again give it a good old clean under tepid water.
  3. Now you need to use your eyes! Give the retainer a good inspection to see if you can see any calcium build up. It is quite distinctive and looks like a cloudy white film.
  4. If you see any calcium build up then give it a thorough soaking in the cleaning solution your orthodontist provide. Here is some good advice from the resident Orthodontist from Stoke Bishop Dental Centre on cleaning methods.
  5. Once your invisalign is thoroughly clean – pop it back in your mouth and look forward to your new smile

Finally here are a couple of more tips about your invisalign retainer

  1. Never, ever soak your invisalign retainer in mouthwash because most high street brand mouth washes have colour pigments that may stain it.
  2. Get into the habit of cleaning your retainer each time you clean your teeth
  3. When your orthodontist advises you to move on to your next retainer – keep the old one. Clean it well and put it away in your protective orthodontic box. The reasons for this there are occasion when the patient will be instructed to ‘roll-back’ to a previous retainer.
  4. Remember that your Invisalign retainers are made from plastic. So anything where the temperature is too hot or too cold could affect their shape.

Air Abrasion Dentistry

Many thanks to Dr Gardee of for this informative article on a new technique to us. Dr Gardee is one of Glasgow’s foremost dental implants dentists, and this article covers a new technique for nervous patients.

Some dentists in Glasgow and beyond are using a new technique called air abrasion which allows them to remove tooth decay without using a drill. Effectively air abrasion tools work like a small sand blaster, spraying away dental decay. Afine spray of aluminium oxide particles is blasted into the decayed part of the tooth and a suction tool removes the debris as it comes away.

The advantages of air abrasion are many – there is no drill noise, ( there’s not really any noise), there is no heat generated, no pressure and very little vibration. Air abrasion requires less anaesthesia and also leaves more of the healthy tooth tissue untouched. The mouth remains dry throughout the process which helps with the placing of composite fillings, and multiple sites within the mouth can be targeted with a single patient visit. There is a also a reduced chance of splitting or chipping the patients’ teeth.

The disadvantages – the procedure can be a little painful for the patient, especially if there is a sensitivity issue, and air abrasion is not recommended for deep cavities. The other drawback is that only composite fillings can be used following air abrasion because the surface left behind is so smooth.

Air abrasion is a great new technique for patients with a dental phobia or for children who may be frightened by the noise of a drill.

Air abrasion can also be used to remove old composite fillings or to prepare a tooth for sealants or bonding procedures.

Just a footnote here to someher other health related musings over on our other page.

Glasgow Private Investigators Did A Great Job

Vaguely health related, well certainly dental health related story of what happened in Glasgow a couple of months ago . We had a friend visiting from Canada, and we decided to go into Glasgow city centre for a night out one Saturday night. We had a great time, but were unfortuanate to be attacked on our way home. We were wandering along Argyll street looking for a taxi, when we were jumped by a couple of guys who took our phones, wallets and for good measure assaulted my Canadian pal, who had to go to hospital after having a couple of his teeth punched out.
When his parents found out about it, they went ballistic and after some research they decided to get the guys at to try and find the morons who attacked us. I guess if you’re private investigators Glasgow is a bit of a goldmine with a load of business coming in every Monday morning after the mayhem of the weekend.

Anyway, cut a long story short, Veritas Investigations had a result for us in four days !  Four days after we contacted them, we had the name and address of one of the guys who had attacked us. Not only that, Veritas had managed to obtain CCTV footage of the attack, which will be admissable in court.  We went to the police and they arrested the guy, who has now been charged. We didn’t get our money back (yet) but at least we got the guy. I can’t thank Veritas Investigations enough, all their investigators are ex police detectives, so they obviously know what they’re doing. They were polite, professional and discreet. A really big thumbs up from me and my pal.

What is a Cosmetic Dentist ?

What does a cosmetic dentist actually do ?

The simple answer is that he or she is a qualified dentist who can perform dental work which will improve the appearance of your teeth and smile although it is possible that the actual function of your teeth is not improved greatly. In many ways, the term “cosmetic” used in this context, refers to an “on the surface” improvement. However,  some cosmetic dentistry procedures do have a tremendous impact on the performance and function of your teeth. Many thanks to our friends at for their input to the following :

There can be no doubt that cosmetic dentistry is more popular and fashionable than ever before with many people desiring “Hollywood” smiles . This has produced an unprecedented demand for cosmetic dental procedures and Dentalfx in Glasgow are at the forefront of many advanced techniques. Let’s take a look at a few of the terms contained under the umbrella of the term “cosmetic dentistry” :

Dental crowns

- also known as dental caps, can be made out of resin, metal or ceramic material and completely cover an existing tooth, giving a far better appearance . These are usually placed when a patient has a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth problem, or a weakened tooth or teeth. Dental crowns are also used widely to restore broken and worn teeth or to hold a dental bridge more firmly in place , and are also used in dental implant and root canal treatment. Dental crown treatment may require a couple of visits, and may appear relatively expensive, however they can last a very long time with good maintenance.

Teeth whitening

is the single most popular form of cosmetic dentist treatment on the planet. Basically, over a period of time, the surface of the teeth become discoloured due to the effects of heavily staining food and drinks, smoking and also some medications people take which have teeth discolouring side effects. Although many cosmetic dentists now perform laser whitening, at Dentalfx the procedure is still one where a custom mouthguard is manufactured and a prescribed amount of teeth whitening solution is applied over a period of time into the mouthguard and onto the teeth, all of which can be done at home, and usually results in an excellent outcome. Stephen Jacobs, the lead practitioner at Dentalfx Glasgow, is not yet convinced as to the safety of the laser whitening procedure and therefore prefers to dispense the “old fashioned” teeth whitening trays and solutions, at least until the evidence is more robust for the laser treatment.

We will continue an analysis of cosmetic dentistry procedures in another post in the future.

Dental Implants Process

While many people have heard of dental implants, very few people know much about the actual process involved so we produced the following article courtesy of  dental practice

First of all, the good stuff !

Dental implants are the best way of replacing lost teeth and are almost universally recommended for patients who fit the profile for having implants placed. Essentially, the implant is screwed or gently tapped into the jawbone and replaces the original tooth root. Modern implants actually merge into the real jawbone and become a part of it, meaning the dental implant is rock solid and should give many years of excellent service. Properly placed implants will help to save adjacent teeth, because additional stress is placed on these teeth when you have gaps due to lost teeth, so you protect your natural teeth from even more losses. Patients report much easier chewing and more confidence in smiling and eating after having the procedure, and there’s no doubt that patients experience is much improved – you must have heard peoples’ dentures clicking or slipping when they speak ? Well, there’s zero embarrassment when you have dental implants placed. Also, they look really good !

Now on to the actual process itself ….

Implant placement can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months depending on the individual patient and the number of implants required. You will have an initial visit where the dentist will do an assessment as to your suitability for the treatment. This visit will involve a dental xray and also a CT scan if required. At this visit, an impression of your jaw may also be taken.

Assuming you are suitable for the dental implant procedure, then the next stage will be to discuss the anaesthesia, which will take the form of local, sedation or general anaesthetic. With the information from the first visit available, the dentist will now know if any bone grafts are required. If so, a general anaesthetic will be necessary. If it is a “straightforward” procedure not involving bone grafts, then the dentist will administer a local anaesthetic – you should not eat or drink for around 4 hours before this and it is probably advisable to have someone on hand if you need a lift to get home afterwards. The most used procedure involves two steps : In the first stage, a small screw or tap will be placed into your jawbone. This is effectively a new tooth root, and will become the base for the crown to be attached in the second part of the process. The dentist drills a small hole into the jaw and places the implant into the hole. The incision is then closed and the jaw is given time to heal, perhaps up to 3 months. This allows the dental implant to fuse to the bone.

The next stage is the restoration – the dentist will reopen the incision, and fit a small collar on to the implant called an abutment. The crown or replacement tooth is then attached to the abutment. Depending on the scale of the work involved, a single tooth or a bridge or denture can be attached. Finally, there will be regular check ups in the post- implant period to monitor your progress.