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Experts Predict a Dire Fall for Working Moms

The decisions moms make in the coming months will impact their families and women at large for decades.

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working mom stressed

Working moms brace for a fall full of hard choices about how to spend their limited time.


Madison Brady* had it all planned. A teacher with a Ph.D. in special education, she was going to transition to consulting, writing and project work this fall, right around the time she gave birth to her fourth child. Her other three children would be back at school and daycare, so she’d have time to continue building her new career while home with her newborn.

Now, with all three kids under foot, she squeezes in her consulting work during their quiet time, around 5 to 10 hours per week. She was recently offered her dream gig, working with an early literacy organization. She turned it down.

“Teaching full time and trying to

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This Dentist’s 60-Second Hack to Make Your Face Mask Fit Better Is Going Viral

When 2020 began, most Americans likely didn’t anticipate a reality in which we’d all be wearing (or should be wearing!) a face mask while out in public. But that’s the reality of life in the age of coronavirus. In some cities and counties, face masks are required in any place where you are not able to safely social distance. 

The facial coverings are, of course, recommended by the CDC to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but anyone who’s attempted to wear a surgical mask can tell you that they don’t always fits properly. Enter dentist Olivia Cuid, who shared a 60-second mask hack on her TikTok that is now going viral. 

In the clip, Cuid shows you how to take a standard surgical mask and make it fit your face better—and it’s pretty fantastic. The video has already racked up over 400,000 views for good reason. “In absence of

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This 60-Second Hack to Make Your Face Mask Fit Better Is Going Viral on TikTok

Photo credit: TikTok
Photo credit: TikTok

From Prevention

  • Dentist Olivia Cuid, M.D., shared a new hack for making your surgical mask fit better.

  • She demonstrated the trick in a TikTok video that quickly went viral.

  • The video was shared and reposted by both Katie Couric and Kristen Bell.

Wearing a mask in public is basically the norm these days (or at least, it should be). But let’s be real, surgical masks aren’t perfect. Namely, they can have a loose fit and allow potentially infected particles to get to your nose and mouth.

Well, dentist Olivia Cuid, M.D., has a hack for making surgical masks fit better over your face, and it’s genius. (BTW: This can work for cloth face masks, too.)

Cuid shared the hack in a TikTok that’s already racked up 395,000 views. With a surgical-style mask, “the sides of your face are left very exposed to the outside,” Cuid points out.

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8 Treatments Experts Say Make a Huge Difference in Your Smile

Our smiles are the one feature that immediately tells the world how we’re doing. With age, stress and normal wear and tear, they can lose their vibrancy due to tooth loss, discoloration, cavities, decay or excessive grinding. Yet, no matter the tooth trouble, there is always a solution. And while we might spend oodles of time tweaking our hair and skin, if we fail to maintain our pearly whites, we’re not anti-aging one of our most eye-catching features. “Any irregularity can cause the human eye to focus on an unattractive feature of the smile, rather than the face. Some examples are badly crowded teeth, large gaps, too dark or too white shades, a crooked smile, or a lot of exposed gum tissue,” says Atlanta cosmetic dentist Ronald Goldstein, DDS. “Patients don’t realize that anti-aging your smile is essential, too. And it’s not a quest for perfection or straight across, super

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When to Make an Emergency Dental Visit

You take a tumble from your bike, knock out an incisor and calmly pick up your tooth from the road. Your preschooler’s baby tooth is hanging on by a thread despite all his twisting and you don’t feel happy about pulling it out. You’re the mother of the bride, the wedding’s this weekend but your dental crown falls out on Friday. Your root canal surgery seemed to go well but now your mouth is swollen, your tooth is throbbing, your gums keep bleeding — and it’s midnight.

When dental problems occur, you can’t always tell what’s an emergency and what can wait. “The decision tree that the patient has could be different than what the dentist has,” says Dr. Larry Williams, a spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry and an associate professor with the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine–Illinois.

[See: 10 Surprising Habits Killing Your Teeth.]


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Thanks for sharing? US politicans’ online tone seeks an authentic like

Washington (AFP) – Ex-congressman Beto O’Rourke Instagrammed his dentist appointment. Senator Elizabeth Warren guzzled a beer on the same online platform. And an unfiltered Senator Cory Booker sends video selfies to young users on Snapchat.

These American politicians may or may not be running for president in 2020, but they are united in their savvy social media use to raise their national profiles, appear more relatable to new voters, and rake in millions of dollars in donations.

The approach — even when desperately oversharing personal lives online — is a bold one, full of promise and some pitfalls.

A fresh generation of Democratic lawmakers, and a few canny veterans, are pioneering the new social media strategy they hope will help them topple US President Donald Trump.

Today’s digital age is a startlingly frank and revealing one, and some lawmakers are embracing it, political risks be damned.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was tending

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How to Find a Good Dentist

Karen Vasso, a 43-year old farmer from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, takes good care of her health. In addition to the copious amounts of physical exercise she gets while working, she’s an avid swimmer and triathlete, who’s completed a few solo 12.5-mile swims around Key West in Florida. She also has a background in nutrition and knows that good dental health is an important aspect of overall wellness. She’s long sought to make visiting a dentist regularly a priority. However, a couple of bad experiences over the years have caused her to think carefully about what makes a good dentist and how to find the right one for her.

The first incident occurred several years ago. At the time, Vasso was a single mother and her health insurance wasn’t terribly robust, so her options of which dentist she could see were limited. “I went to this quiet, dark office in the basement

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You ‘Guys Never Fail Me’

Chrissy Teigen is proving once again that she has no time for mom-shamers.

The proud mother of two shared a sweet video of daughter Luna Simone, 3, making her first trip to the dentist on Tuesday — and it wasn’t long before social-media trolls tossed in their two cents.

“So proud of my toons at her first dentist appointment!!” Teigen captioned her post, which featured Luna sitting on her grandmother Vilailuck Teigen‘s lap as the little girl helped brush the teeth of a stuffed animal.

“What age do they start over there? My daughter started seeing a dentist at a yr old,” one user quickly responded.

But the model and Lip Sync Battle host, 33, seemed to have already braced herself for criticism, responding to the comment with, “Was waiting for this. U guys never fail me.”

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Meet Saudi Arabia’s first female DJ, a TV host and former dentist riding the country’s uneven wave of social change

Cosmicat, Saudi Arabia's first female DJ.
Cosmicat, Saudi Arabia’s first female DJ.


  • Nouf Sufyani is Saudi Arabia’s first female DJ. She plays to crowds all over the Middle East, and hosts her own TV show.

  • The rise to fame of the 27-year-old, also known as Cosmicat, comes as attitudes to women and house music in Saudi Arabia are changing.

  • Under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom has silenced critics and logged an abysmal human-rights record.

  • But at the same time, cultural shifts like the one around women’s careers are opening up new possibilities for young Saudis.

  • Insider visited Cosmicat at her studio in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia last month. She told us what the upheaval feels like and how she got to where she is now.

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — In 2014, 22-year-old Saudi dental student Nouf Sufyani was attending an industry conference in Dubai when she heard a

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16 Dental Hygiene ‘Hacks’ for When You’re Too Depressed to Brush Your Teeth

If you’re someone who lives with depression, you are probably aware of the effect depressive episodes can have on your everyday life. Personal hygiene habits such as brushing your teeth and showering can often present themselves as challenges while you’re experiencing feelings of hopelessness or apathy.

If you haven’t been taking care of your teeth, you might feel discouraged to re-start your routine or go to the dentist. Dentists are not there to just guilt patients into flossing more, Amy Weis, DDS, a dentist in Parris Island, South Carolina, told The Mighty. Your dentist’s job is to help you find a routine that works for you.

“As dentists, it is our duty and obligation to care for the whole person,” Dr. Weis explained. “Good oral health cannot be achieved without good mental health. Dentists need to be aware of the signs in patients who may be struggling and be able

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