Oral health benefits of hyaluronic acid

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Many of us have heard about the use of hyaluronic acid in cosmetics as it became incredibly popular in the skincare industry for its, hydrating, plumping and cell renewal capabilities in the fight against aging.  Less was known about its application in general health and wellness, however hyaluronic acid is being more widely used in medical and dental situations.

For some time now, hyaluronic acid has been used to lubricate joints, maintain the shape of the eyeball and is a key component of connective tissue.  Injected into joints, it acts as a cushion and lubricant, whilst in dermatology it is a popular dermal filler, to plump and hydrate cells for younger looking skin or fuller looking lips.  

Other known uses of hyaluronic acid include:

·      Rheumatology

·      Otolaryngology

·      Urology

·      cancer studies and as a carrier of DNA molecules

·      surgery and wound healing

·      Dermatology; aesthetic and clinical medicine, topical drug delivery

·      Cosmetic ophthalmology

In dental procedures, hyaluronic acid has been injected into gums to plump them back up to treat “black triangles”.  Hyaluronic acid, due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties is becoming more popular in addressing oral health disease.

Tissue including skin and gums, consist of connective tissue and research has found that hyaluronic acid plays a key role in repairing and maintaining this tissue. There is more awareness these days on the many benefits of hyaluronic acid for overall oral health.  Not only for its ability to hold 1000 times its body weight in water but for its, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as the significant role hyaluronic acid plays in the wound healing process.  

Gum (periodontal) disease is a widespread problem around the globe and is the single highest cause of tooth loss.  Periodontal disease is often undetected by patients as it is silent, painless condition. You may first notice redness or even some minor bleeding and this is the start of gingivitis. As the disease progresses, the soft tissue becomes more inflamed and usually bone is destroyed with more of the length of the tooth showing. Having healthy amounts of hyaluronic acid in our system, or by acquiring artificially in liquid or pill form (see Hylodent range), it can help soft tissue to regenerate and increase our ability to maintain fresh healthy gingiva, as it reduces inflammation and decreases or eliminates bleeding gums.  Studies have shown applying the gel form of hyaluronic acid (like Hylodent Gum Serum), can help reduce gingival bleeding and reduce the likelihood or effects of periodontal disease.

Hyaluronic acid is active in tissue regeneration and influences the migration of fibroblast and fibrinogenesis, thus making tissue healing easier.  

In the initial inflammatory stage of gum disease, the tissue’s requirement for hyaluronic acid increased by 200%, signifying its key role in regulating cell turnover and improving tissue regeneration.  If hyaluronic acid is lacking, there can be a delay in healing and the possibility of inflammation to continue.

Hyaluronic acid in tissue healing 

In the anti-inflammatory phase of tissue healing hyaluronic acid is said to enhance inflammatory cell and extracellular matrix cell infiltration into the inflamed site.  There is an elevation of pro-inflammatory cytokine production by damaged tissue and hyaluronic acid assists in the stabilization of granulation tissue matrix. It scavenges free radicals such as superoxide and hydroxyl radical and inhibits inflammatory cell- derived proteinases.

During the proliferative phase there is an increase in organisation of the granulation tissue matrix, extracellular matrix cell proliferation as well as increase in inflammatory cell and extracellular matrix cell migration.  In this stage there is also an increase in blood vessel formation (angiogenesis). Wound margins contract to pull toward the centre of the wound and in this stage epithelial cells arise from the wound bed or margins and begin to migrate across the wound bed until the wound is covered with epithelium.

New tissue slowly gains strength and flexibility and here, collagen fibres reorganize and the tissue remodels.

To learn more about take home oral care products containing hyaluronic acid go to 

Hylodent toothpaste

Hylodent mouthwash

Hylodent Gum Serum

Hylodent Oral Care Lozenges

 

How to holi-slay your hair!

Because Hair Matters

The holiday season is upon and that means it’s the time of year when we all want to look our best to impress family or that special someone at the Christmas party.

 The secret to “sleigh” worthy hair dos over the holiday season is not to over wash type hair it will strip all the good stuff and make it completely unmanageable, planning a textured up do or some glamorous curls for an event? Wash your hair the day or night before rather than the day of and it allows the hair and scalp relax and gives more grip when using pins etc. 

Not all Haircare products are created equal most supermarket and drugstore brands contain high amounts of alcohol & SLS which over strip the hair and then cover it all up with a heavy layer of man made silicone, Neon & Co. Good Hair Shampoo/Conditioner followingby a shot of goodnesswith the super booster Hair shot Ampoules leave out all the bad stuff which causes bad hair days and nourishes your hair while extending the life of your Holiday Do. 

 Fan of the ultimate beach wave? try cleansing your hair with the Neon Light Shampooand a good helping of the Air Dry Spraybefore braiding into 2, Parting wherever you like and allowing to dry completely, this is an easy one to do overnight it’ll dry & style while you sleep, release the braids in the morning and top up with some Volumising Spritz voila. 

 Prefer something slick? A clean ponytail is always appropriate just blow dry with a paddle brush in the direction your pony will sit direct all your hairline away from face & the nape upwards (heat protection is included with all our products) gather your hair where you want it with a bristle brush and secure with a hair tie or bungee, finish off with a healthy dose of Treatment Oil for the glossy frizz free finish that will leave you so Grande you’ll feel like a Venti. Happy Holidays & Slay Away!

 

XOXO Neon & Co.

Tips for Last Minute Christmas Shopping

Christmas Markets

by Wendy James

As a busy mum, I know life can always get a little hectic, and we can often forget to buy everyone a Christmas present until the last minute. Lucky for us, the shops are open a little later for us now, but finding the perfect gift for everyone can often be very hard, so I would like to share with you my tips for last minute shopping!

1. Write your list of people to buy presents for

Quite often, we can over or underestimate the amount of gifts we need to buy, and we end up wasting valuable time and money at the shops. Do a little planning ahead to maximise your shopping trip.      

2. Divide them into categories like kids, male and female                      

By dividing up your list, you can make sure that you’re shopping in the right shops for all the right people.

3. Determine if there is one gift you could buy for each group.                             

With everyone on our lists sorted, try and buy similar gifts for groups of people. Try searching for unique gifts online and look for any gifts that you can buy for more than one person          

Because You Matter will be outside the Cafffe Cherry Beans at the Rouse Hill Town Centre From TOday until 5pm on Christmas Eve.

4 ways to instantly feel more confident

Because Health Matters

They say confidence is the best makeup a girl can wear, and quite frankly, we couldn’t agree more! When you feel good, you look good, but that’s far from a coincidence. Your exterior is usually a reflection of your interior… think about. You know those inevitable off days we all have? Maybe you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, you might have a bout of PMS or you might be feeling a little sick and run down. Those are the days you generally put in minimal effort in favour of maximum comfort, are probably sitting at your desk a little slumped over and don’t have the motivation to do a whole lot. And then there are the days when you wake up feeling like Beyonce. You probably put in a bit more effort getting ready without even realising - you might subconsciously decide to curl your hair, rock a bold lip and you’ll probably stand a little bit taller. 

 

So how do you put the confidence pep back in your step on those inevitable off days we all have? Below are four of our favourite fail proof ways! 

 

1.) Stand up straight 

 It sounds like a no brainer, but standing in ‘power pose’ is a fail proof confidence trick that’s actually been scientifically proven. The simple act of standing with your arms overhead in a V shape has actually been proven to boost your confidence. (https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are?language=en

 

2.) Spray some of your favourite perfume  

Did you know that your olfactory system (your sense of smell) is directly related to your limbic system (your memories and emotion). We emotionally connect to fragrances - so when you put on a perfume that you have positive associations with - like a fun night out with the girls or a date with your special someone, it can instantly make you feel happier and more confident. 

 

3.) Turn on a power playlist 

Whether you’re gearing up for a work presentation, getting ready for a big event or just need to change your mood, never underestimate the the power of a song. What’s more? Songs with a heavy-bass promote more feelings of power.

 

4.) Smile 

While again, this one sounds like a no brainer, smiling can instantly dismiss feelings of stress by tricking your brain into thinking you’re happy. Smiling can trigger a chemical release in the brain including dopamine and serotonin, which increase feelings of happiness and decrease feelings of stress. 

 

Stay smart this silly season 

By the time December rolls around and the decorations go up, so too do the number of social invitations that bombard our inbox at this most wonderful time of the year. When the silly season is in full swing, generally, our alcohol consumption is too. But don’t freak out, because you can still enjoy alcohol on a low carb lifestyle… you just have to be smart about it. 

Below is a guideline for choosing low carb alcohols and how to use them. 

Low Carb Wines

Opt for dry wines. These wines tend to have 1-2 grams of carbs per standard serving of wine (150ml). Make sure you check the labels on your wine bottles and select wines of at least 12% alcohol by volume (ABV). Here are some common dry wines (with roughly 1-2g carbs per 150ml):

- Cabernet Sauvignon 

- Pinot Noir 

- Chardonnay 

- Sauvignon Blanc

 

Wines you should avoid: Avoid dessert wines like ports, madeiras, sauternes, and most sherries as they tend to have a higher sugar content. Riesling and sparkling wines can be dry or sweet, so be cautious with these varieties also.

Low Carb Spirits:

The distilling process removes almost all of the sugar from the following alcohols. These are preferred to be consumed ‘straight’ or if you use a mixer, just make sure it’s a sugar-free, low carb mixer.

- Rum 

- Tequila 

- Vodka 

- Gin 

- Whiskey (Bourbon, Rye, Scotch) 

- Cognac and Brandy

 

Examples of sugar-free, low carb mixers are:

- Diet soda's / diet ginger beer

- Diet tonic water - Soda water