Flax, DDS, Hugh_cred Brian Crumb (1)Dr. Hugh Flax from Flax Dentistry answers a readers question about whitening sensitive teeth.

Q: Can I whiten my teeth even if I have sensitive teeth? 

A: Whitening products may worsen sensitivity, so it is important to get to the root cause of sensitivity before you start a whitening treatment. For instance, a cracked tooth can cause sensitivity and should be repaired before whitening. If you have sensitive teeth due to thinning enamel, avoid high concentrations of whitening chemicals and opt for lower concentrations. You may also need to cut down on the frequency with which you whiten, whether at home or at the dentist’s office.

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Wellstar DoctorsDr. Jonathan Lowman from WellStar Medical Group’s Douglasville Medical Center shares his best advice on diabetes.

What medical test should men be sure to get? 

A fasting glucose test. This is a simple blood test done when they’ve had nothing to eat and only water after midnight.

How often should they get this test? 

Yearly, when they are over the age of 40.

What results can they expect to receive? 

Normal is less than 100. If the glucose is higher than 100, we will do more lab tests, like an A1C test, to check for diabetes.

Is this test typically covered by insurance? 


When do men know they need to get this test? 

Symptoms of diabetes mellitus include frequent urination, increased thirst, unexplained weight loss and blurry vision.

What preventive care can someone do to avoid developing diabetes? 

Just watching your diet and exercise are good first steps.

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Gillespie, Kevin_cred Andrew Thomas LeeNothing beats a big Sunday dinner in the South, but when is the last time you really had one? Chef Kevin Gillespie, from Atlanta favorite Gunshow, invites you back to the table for stepped-up Southern fare at his new restaurant, RevivalA restored Decatur home is the perfect setting for Revival’s family-style meals, such as pastured Georgia chicken, mountain trout with cornbread, country fried grass-fed beef and more. Stopy by this month to try their dinner or a la carte lunch options, and watch for the patio bar opening in the fall.

Details: 129 Church Street, Decatur, GA, revivaldecatur.com

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Ryan and Jen Hidinger

Ryan and Jen Hidinger

As marches take place across the nation to campaign for raising the minimum wage, it should come as no surprise that many members of our service industries aren’t at the top of the financial food chain. So when an unexpected hardship crops up, such as medical emergency or a debilitating accident, these workers now have two uphill battles to fight: health and financial stability. Local nonprofit The Giving Kitchen aims to help them win those battles. TGK, launched after a 2012 outpouring of support for Chef Ryan Hidinger’s cancer battle, provides financial support to Atlanta’s restaurant workers in the form of grants, helping them recover and thrive.

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Case in point: the story of Kia Presley Meade. “She fell off an embankment while on vacation, breaking both of her arms and sustaining a traumatic brain injury,” says Stephanie Galer, TGK’s executive director. While normally a situation like that might result in weeks or months of lost wages and medical bill struggles, TGK worked with Meade’s employer, Augustine’s, to award her a financial grant and help her get back to work. “They were incredibly supportive,” Galer says of Augustine’s. “They found some seated work for Kia to do during her recovery and rehabilitation, and Kia was back to bartending within months of her accident.”

Those gestures of support, accommodation and encouragement that helped Meade are the same principles driving TGK”s new venture, Staplehouse. This restaurant, currently under construction in Old Fourth Ward, is the brainchild of TGK’s original beneficiary, Ryan Hidinger. He and his wife Jen ran a small supper club out of their home, called Staplehouse, eventually wanting to open a “mom and pop” restaurant. Jen and TGK are continuing Ryan’s legacy opening the restaurant, which will provide steady revenue for TGK’s ongoing work. Look for Staplehouse’s opening later this year.

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By Best Self publisher Sherri Adair 

Escape to Blue RidgeAt just a little over an hour from the city and with its natural beauty, Blue Ridge is one of my favorite places. I have enjoyed many “escapes” there over the years, but once I discovered Escape to Blue Ridge mountain cabin rentals, I never booked lodging anywhere else. The bed linens, towels, cleanliness and comfort meet standards consistent with high-end resorts, and their cabin home rentals also include stunning views, gourmet kitchens, game rooms, hot tubs and more. You will love it.

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The best fitness advice around town 

Green SmoothieWhat is the best way to refuel after a workout? 

What seems to work for me is a simple green smoothie with some protein in it. Toss in a handful of kale or spinach, frozen pineapple, frozen banana, a teaspoon of honey, some almond mil and a scoop of protein powder. When I want extra protein, I add in a Premier Protein vanilla shake instead of the almond milk and scoop of protein powder.

Shashi Charles, blogger at “RunninSrilankan”

Hit the Books, Then the Gym 

Free WeightsWant to take your passion for fitness to the next level? Share your enthusiasm – and your moves – with others as a group fitness instructor! Kennesaw State University’s College of Continuing and Professional Education offers a certification program that blends classroom and hands-on training in a fitness facility. You’ll learn basic human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and nutrition, as well as how to plan and prep classes for students at different levels, keep people motivated and more.

Details: ccpe.kennesaw.edu

View More: http://liebepr.pass.us/ckkshallowfordfallsSummer Camp – Plus Cardio! 

Summer camp doesn’t always mean cabins and canoeing – with Cardio Kool Kids, summer camp is focused on fitness. During the week of July 13, kids ages 5 to 12 can try fun workouts like kickboxing, hip hop dancing, strength training and more. Each camp session also includes nutritional education so the kids have a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle. The cost is $150  per child, and camp classes are held at Georgia All Stars Gymnastics in Woodstock or Dance It Off in Sandy Springs.

Details: cardiokoolkids.com/summer-camps

Young woman in white doing yoga pose arm balanceYoga on Ponce 

Alongside a host of fashion retailers such as Anthropologie, Q Clothiers, Lily Rain, Rye 51 and more, Ponce City Market will also welcome a fitness studio. CorePower Yoga, whose Buckhead studio opened last month, will open its second Georgia studio this summer. Try a power yoga, hot yoga or restorative yoga class at any level in their 6,500 square-foot space.

Details: 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. Ne, poncecitymarket.com, corepoweryoga.com

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Eapen, DannyDr. Danny Eapen from Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology shares his best advice on heart disease.

What medical test should men be sure to get? 

All men over 35 must have their fasting cholesterol levels checked via a simple blood draw.

How often should they get this test? 

It can range from semi-annually to every five years, depending on that person’s heart disease risk or whether they are on cholesterol lowering medications. Your primary care doctor or cardiologist will assist you in determining frequency of testing.

What results can they expect to receive? 

A basic cholesterol panel will give you a total cholesterol level (TC), low-density cholesterol (LDL, high-density cholesterol level (HDL) and triglyceride levels (TG). For a man with no heart disease risk factors, optimal cholesterol levels are: less than 200 mg/dl for TC, less than 130 mg/dl for LDL, more than 40 mg/dL for HDL and less than 150 mg/dL for TG.

Is this test typically covered by insurance? 

Yes, nearly all insurance plans will cover basic cholesterol blood tests.

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Sharon Bent-HarleyDr. Sharon Bent-Harley from Harley Anti-Aging shares her best advice on hormones.

What medical test should men be sure to get? 

A blood test for testosterone levels.

How often should they get this test? 

At least once per year if they are in the optimal range. If they are not in the optimal range, then repeat testing after intervention may be needed every three to six months.

What results can they expect to receive? 

Low testosterone, or Low T, is usually associated with symptoms of decreased libido, anxiety, irritability, brain fog, insomnia, difficulty focusing, loss of muscle mass and elevated cholesterol.

Is this test typically covered by insurance? 

The blood tests are usually covered by insurance.

When do men know they need to get this test? 

Any male over the ages 35 to 40 should get this test, or if symptomatic, they may need it before, as testosterone levels in men actually start declining by age 30 and sometimes younger.

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By Denise Romeo, president of Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society

Squash blossomsJuly is peak season for summer squash with their thin and totally edible skins; no peeling necessary. There are many different varieties, including crookneck squash, zuccini, and patty pans that vary in size, shape and color, but they can be used interchangeable in recipes. Look for smooth, blemish-free squashes that are small and tender.

Basic prep: A quite saute is the best way to enjoy fresh summer squashes. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add some garlic and red pepper flakes to the pan and cook, stirring often, until fragrant but not browned. Add sliced squash and cook, tossing occasionally until tender, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and top with some grated Parmesan. 

Step it up: The flowers of summer squash are not only pretty to look at, but completely edible. Try adding them to a frittata with some goat cheese or feta for a light summer supper.

Find It: Look for squash at the new Westside Farmers Market at Westside Provisions District, every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through September 27. farmatl.org/markets/westside

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By Laura Carson Miller

cocomeSidebySide-1-3.31.15Stick it to Dry Skin!

If you’re like me, you love the moisturizing benefits of coconut oil, but application is, let’s face it, mostly a mess. Say goodbye to all that with the CocoMe Bodystick. It packs pure organic virgin oil coconut oil and a bit of beeswax into a convenient stick that glides across skin, providing both instant and lasting moisture. It’s also available in a lip balm size, perfect for your purse, desk drawer or gym bag.

Details: $15.99 for the full size, $4.99 for the lip balm size, cocomebodystick.com

poppy_picnic_palette 2Easy Summer Makeup 

The Poppy Picnic limited-edition palette from Tarte’s summer collection packs a pretty punch, featuring eye and cheek hues infused with Amazonian clay to nourish and hydrate. Crate custom eye looks with the matte shadows, and you’ll find the peachy pink blush shade is flattering on most skin tones. The cheeky pink flower motif on the outside packaging is also swoon-worthy, and a mirrored top on the inside makes for easy (and portable) glam sessions. Plus, most of Tarte’s products are cruelty-free and vegan.

Details: $38, tartecosmetics.com

Mimi Chatter 1Beauty Talk with Mimi 

Indulge your beauty obsessions on the new website MIMI, from the Time Inc. Style Network. MIMI is chock full of beauty and celeb news, photos, product reviews, tutorials and just aout every other beauty-related topic you can imagine. Sign up and log on to contribute your own voice to the mix of MIMI, too- the editors will hand select their favorite posts to feature on the main site. It’s like getting together with your girlfriends to talk all things beauty, and you can access it anytime you want. I’m a huge fan!

Details: mimichatter.com

Roosters Men's GroomingProper Grooming for Guys 

For guys looking to bridge the gap between a girl-geared salon and a quickie cut in the strip mall, there’s Roosters Men’s Grooming. With locations in Johns Creek, Northwest Atlanta and just north of Buckhead, Roosters has you covered for haircuts, highlights, blending away gray, taming the eyebrows and, of course, the classic shave. All this happends in an atmosphere of leather, wood, massaging recliners, HD plasma televisions and ice-cold beverages. So guys, next time you need a bit of a spruce up, you know where to go!

Details: 4969 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 963-1953., roostersatl.com

Vincent Longo Chiara Flush Stick, OrombraContour? For Sure! 

Want to try your hand at facial contouring? Or are you already a master of Kardashian proportions? Either way, Vincent Longo’s new Chiara Flush Stick in Orombra will help you get the job done! Enriched with jojoba, shea butter and vitamin E to nourish and hydrate, the stick boasts a matte golden amber shade with a light shimmery gold core, so you can easily pull up a contouring cheat sheet online and draw your way to a runway worthy makeup look.

Details: $34, vincentlongo.com 

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