Archive for ‘Health’

March 21st, 2014

Effects of Poor Oral Health on Overall Health

by Dov Waxman

You understand that poor oral health can cause tooth decay and other dental problems, but do you know that poor oral health can also cause serious health problems? Many oral problems such as gum diseases in which the bone that supports teeth gets affected and if left untreated, it can contribute to serious health conditions that includes heart disease, diabetes, mental health problems and pregnancy complications.
In this article, we will discuss the effects of poor oral health on overall health.

1) Heart disease
If you are suffering from periodontal disease (advanced stage of gum disease), the bacteria can enter in the blood stream traveling in the arteries in the heart that leads to the condition known as atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries) which decreases or may also block the blood flow to the body which increases the risk of heart disease or stroke.

2) Diabetes
According to the research, periodontal disease somehow can affect the body’s metabolism and contributes to the development of a condition known as pre-diabetes in which the sugar levels are higher than the normal. Moreover, people suffering from diabetes are also more susceptible to periodontal disease.

3) Pregnancy complications
Studies show that pregnant women with gum disease are at higher risk of delivering pre-term babies, low birth weight babies than women without periodontitis. Periodontal therapy help in reduces the risk of preterm deliveries.

4) Mental health problems
It is common that stress and anxiety impact your health negatively. But according to the research, there is a strong relationship between oral health and mental health. Stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness causes your body to produce more of a hormone cortisol which in long term can aid to the progression of periodontal disease.

5) Alzheimer’s disease
This disease is affecting many people today. Patient who suffer from gingivitis (initial stage of gum disease), the bacteria may enter the brain either through the blood stream or the nerve channels in the head that might lead to the development of Alzheimer disease, a condition in which people lose their memory.

6) Respiratory infections
The Journals of Periodontology warns that gum disease can cause respiratory infections. Although the reason is not so obvious, but think of what happens when breathing in bacteria from the infected teeth and gums for longer period of time.
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March 11th, 2014

Care after Wisdom Tooth Surgery

by Debbie Harry

As with other surgical procedure, post operative care is very essential. Unnecessary complications like infection, swelling and pain can be avoided if instructions are carefully followed. In this article, we will discuss how to care should be taken following wisdom tooth extraction.

  • A gauze pad is placed where surgery has been done. It needs to be replaced every 40-45 minutes until you bleeding slows down.
  • Touching of surgical area should be avoided. This action can remove the blood clot and initiate bleeding.
  • Take medications as prescribed especially painkillers. Don’t wait till you start feeling pain.
  • Restrict your activities and resume back to your regular activities when you feel normal.

Care when bleeding occurs
Certain amount of bleeding is normal for first 24 hours. Slight redness or bleeding in saliva is common. To prevent excessive bleeding, the surgeon puts pressure by placing a gauze pad on the surgical area. It should be replaced every 40-45 minutes. If bleeding continues for more than 24 hours, contact your dentist.

Care when you have swelling
Swelling is normal following surgery. To reduce swelling, apply an icepack or a towel filled with ice cubes on the cheek on the area of the surgery. Continue applying ice for 36 – 48 hours.

Care when you feel pain
Pain and discomfort is part of any surgical procedure. Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist. Do not wait until the local anesthesia wears off.

Diet following surgery
Switch to soft diet for a couple of days. Drink plenty of liquids, like water, fruit juice, milk etc. Avoid using straw, as this will put pressure on the surgical area. Do not take hot foods or liquids. You can return to your normal diet when you feel normal or unless your dentist advises.

Oral hygiene
Good oral hygiene is essential for better healing. You can start brushing your teeth from the next day after surgery, but take care when brushing the tooth next to surgical area. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water at least 2-3 times a day. This will help to heal soon.

Make sure to contact your dentist if swelling, bleeding and pain do not subside or become worse.
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March 7th, 2014

How To Keep Your Kid’s (Infant) Teeth healthy?

by Debbie Harry

Maintaining your kid’s teeth healthy from the infant stage helps you avoid the dental problems in future. Healthy teeth can be maintained by brushing teeth regularly.

How to keep your kid’s teeth healthy?
At the Infant stage:

  • Before teeth appear, The gums should be cleaned with a wet soft cloth. This removes the plaques in the surface of the gum which leads to the decay problems.
  • As soon as tooth appear, brush the teeth with water. Do not use tooth pastes.

By the age of 2 years:

  • By the age of two years, start brushing the teeth with a soft bristled tooth paste.
  • Brush twice a day for 2 minutes. Once at bed time and before breakfast.
  • Use a fluoridated tooth paste to clean the surface of the teeth.
  • A pea sized amount of tooth paste is enough for brushing.
  • Make sure that your child is not eating the tooth paste.
  • After brushing ask them to spit, so they do not swallow the froth.
  • Always use a good quality nylon soft bristle tooth brush and make sure that the head of tooth brush should be small.
  • Change the brush once in every 3-4 months.
  • Once all the teeth appear and the teeth are touches to each other. Floss the teeth weekly once.
  • Do not rinse the mouth much with water. It removes the fluoride content from the teeth and does not work effectively.
  • Do not a put a bottle of juice or sugary liquid during bed time. Baby may fall asleep with the bottle in the mouth. This causes the exposure of teeth to the liquid leads to dental decay and discoloration of teeth
  • Avoid sugary juices. Most of the people think that juices are healthy but continuous consumption of juices causes tooth decay and obesity.
  • Sticky foods should be avoided. This may clog into the teeth leads to tooth decay problems.
  • Always wear a mouth guard when playing outdoor games.
  • Drinking more water makes children healthy. This helps to remove any food particles clog in the mouth.
  • Take your child to the dentist for regular checkup.
  • Balanced diet also helps in the maintenance of healthy teeth. Calcium containing food helps the teeth become stronger.

Oral hygiene can be maintained by brushing twice daily. This helps prevent dental problems in future and teeth become more healthy.

February 6th, 2014

Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay in Children

by Debbie Harry

Children are susceptible to dental decay. When consuming sugary or starchy food, bacteria in the mouth live to use these kinds of foods, which lead to forming acid. Then this acid attacks the tooth/teeth enamel, gradually dissolving the layers of tooth/teeth. This process is called as decaying of tooth/teeth.

Parents should teach children the basics of oral hygiene in their early childhood age. This helps shape good habit patterns and they continue even when they grow up which contributes to their overall health and wellbeing. This article contains some tips for preventing tooth decay in children.

1) Take good care of baby’s teeth

  • 0 – 12 months: Keep your baby’s mouth clean by wiping the gums gently with soft cloth. As soon as the first tooth erupts, brush gently with a soft baby toothbrush and water.
  • 12 – 24 months: Brush your child’s teeth twice daily. Ask the dentist about the fluoride toothpaste and when using toothpaste for your child, pea size amount of toothpaste should be applied.

2) Make sure that your child never goes to bed with bottle
Never make your child go to bed with a bottle of milk, juice or any sugary drink, as this practice will make your child’s teeth exposed to sugar thus forming cavities. Apart from this, there is also a risk of choking and ear infections.

3) As soon as possible, teach your child to drink milk in regular cup
This habit should be introduced to your child from the age of 12-15 months, as drinking with cup is less likely to cause collecting liquid around the teeth. Moreover, cups cannot be taken to bed.

4) Avoid sugary or sticky food
Do not let your child to eat too much of sweets as it is very bad for the teeth. Avoid sticky food like candies, gummies, fruit rolls and cookies. These foods tend to stay on teeth for long time and there is a greater risk of tooth decay.

5) Check for fluoride in the water
Fluoride, a natural mineral that helps in making teeth healthy and strong is added to drinking water for reducing the risk of tooth decay. Get the sample of sample of drinking water tested for knowing the fluoride content.

If your water does not have enough fluoride, your dentist will prescribe fluoride toothpaste or supplements especially if your child is at high risk of tooth decay.

It is recommended by the dentist that parents should have their kids first dental visit as soon as his/her first tooth erupts in order to ensure good oral health.
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November 5th, 2013

Importance of Vitamin D in Oral Health

by Debbie Harry

Studies show vitamin D acts as a resistant to dental caries. Researchers found very less incidence of tooth cavities in the children who are more exposed to sunlight than those who are not so. Sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D. This vitamin is essential as it helps in absorbing calcium from the food we eat. If vitamin D intake is low, calcium absorption is lower and the bones and teeth become weak.

Importance of Vitamin D in oral health
Vitamin D is important in order to make calcium useful to the body. Without vitamin D, calcium cannot get absorbed as vitamin D helps calcium absorbed from food we eat. The following points make you understand the importance of vitamin D in oral health.

Vitamin D and periodontal disease
Periodontal disease, an advanced stage of gum disease leads to weakening of jawbone that supports teeth. This results in bleeding and swelling of gums, which can even lead to tooth loss. Vitamin D is very important as it helps in keeping teeth attached to their sockets. People who have deficiency of vitamin D are more likely to have periodontal disease. This is because, vitamin D in early stage of gum disease helps in reducing gum swelling as it causes anti-swelling effects, and thus reduces the chances of disease getting worse.

Vitamin D and strong teeth
Most of the calcium present in bones and teeth is in moving state. If the calcium level is low, it gets reabsorbed in blood and is put back in teeth and bones if the levels are high. This entire mechanism is regulated by vitamin D. It is for this reason that vitamin D is important to make calcium effective.

Vitamin D and kids’ teeth
There are fewer tooth cavities in children who get enough vitamin D. Children need more calcium for growth and development of strong teeth and bones. Without vitamin D, calcium is unable to play its role effectively. Lower level of vitamin D in children can even lead to improper development of tooth enamel.

Thus vitamin D plays an important role in maintaining your oral health. See physicians if need be in case you are going to use vitamin D supplements. read more »

October 22nd, 2013

Ideas To Stay Happy for Well Being

by Edwin Rosenthal

Happiness is the best medicine in the world. It is free of cost and you can get unlimited benefits. If you know the secret of being happy, you are the richest person in the world. In this article, we discuss some ways to stay happy for a good health.

Be thankful: It makes others happy as well as you feel happy. If you appreciate anyone for well doing, whether it is a small or a big thing, they feel grateful. It shows your kindness to people, your attitude of giving importance.

Avoid comparing with others: Never compare yourself with others in terms of social status, character, etc. It is like imitating them. Comparing with others will develop an inferiority complex in you. You will never be happy if you compare yourself with others. No two people are the same in terms of living. Instead of comparing with others, compare yourself. It will allow you to rectify your mistakes to progress in your life.

Try to involve in social welfare activities: Involvement in social welfare activities will help you get a change from routine environment. You feel happy and satisfied about it. It is the positive energy you get and at the same time develops humanity.

Try to mingle with others rather than living lonely: Some people are afraid to mingle in the society what we call “social phobia”. If you spend time with people you tend to forget your worries. It increases mental wellness.

Try to avoid people with negative vibes as they try to influence you and it can affect your health. If you don’t like any place, person or anything that has given you bad experiences, try to avoid them. If your problem is with working place, think how you can make it better.

Learn to forgive: It is quite difficult to forgive people who ruined your life or responsible for you career destruction. But still, if you prepare yourself to forgive them, it shows your openness and will bring a positive change in others. Not forgiving others will always give a sort of pain to you. It is better to forgive them and proceed in your life.

Develop logical thinking: It is not that easy, it comes through experiences. Logical thinking will reduce half of your burden in workplace or anywhere. It improves your analytical skills. You can organize and finish work in fast way.

Belief in spirituality: Spirituality means belief in one’s religion or powers of nature. Spirituality will help you know roots of your life.

Health care: Spend some time to care of your health. Have the regular master checkup to know your health status. Irrespective of work pressure, have plenty of sleep to maintain good health.

Read books that inspire you: Books can be health related, comedy books, magazines, story books, books written by great authors, etc., read books that interest you.

The secret of happiness is to make others believe they are the cause of it”- Al Batt

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October 9th, 2013

Staying Away From Unhealthy Habits For Pregnant Woman

by Edwin Rosenthal

Pregnant women with unhealthy diet can put their unborn child at a higher risk of developing negative health issues for the child as well as the mother. During pregnancy there are certain things to avoid, which are mentioned below:

  • Alcohol: The food or drink a pregnant woman eats or drinks goes to the baby through the placenta, so if alcohol is consumed during pregnancy it will pass on to the baby and will remain in the baby’s body much longer than your body. Consuming alcohol by pregnant woman has high risk of miscarriages. Alcohol can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome that can further cause poor birth weight, heart problems, mentally retarded growth and also facial deformities. Even a small quantity can affect baby’s brain development.
  • Smoking: Tobacco smoke has chemicals that are poisonous and if smoked it will pass in to your blood thereby affecting the blood of your baby. Smoking can also increase the risk of miscarriages, retarded growth of the baby which can also lead to premature deliveries and poor birth weight. Even after the baby is born, the child is at a higher risk of chest infections, asthma, etc.
  • Medications: Some medicines can cause problems to the pregnant women while some are safe like paracetamol with normal dosage can be helpful for backaches, headaches that are common during pregnancy. Many of us are not sure about the medicines that can be unsafe in pregnancy. When pregnant one should minimize intake of medicines. Whenever you are consulting a physician or dentist make sure to mention that you are pregnant.Ibuprofen that is anti-inflammatory should not be taken during pregnancy as it can affect blood vessels of the unborn baby. Antihistamine if needed, the safest one to be taken during pregnancy is chlorphenamine as it has a long record of safety. Thus it can make some people drowsy, if any alternative required it is better to see a doctor.

    Laxative may be required in pregnancy as there can be a problem of constipation. Trying out some diet that is rich in fiber can be helpful to solve the problem or you can switch on to fluids that are non-alcoholic. If still the problem persists, you may need to see the doctor. Certain laxatives like lactulose or docusate for short time may be prescribed.

During pregnancy it is very important to keep yourself away from unhealthy habits and stick to healthy habits for the well being of you and your child.

September 30th, 2013

Vitamins Vs. Minerals

by Dov Waxman

Your body needs sufficient amount of essential minerals and vitamins from your daily diet, in order to lead a health life. Many of you, queries about what is the difference between the two and how its helps your body. This article helps you in providing some clarity between the two.

Parameters Vitamins Minerals
Chemical composition Vitamin is an organic compound because it contains an element called carbon. Mineral is an inorganic element because they don’t contain the element carbon.
Classification They are classified as a chemical compounds (atoms of one or different elements like iron, calcium, magnesium, etc.) They are classified as a chemical elements (atoms of same elements)
Sources These are obtained from plants and animals sources. These are obtained from soil and water.
Types 13 essential vitamins are available in two types.

  • Fat-soluble vitamins (4)
    • Vitamin-A
    • Vitamin-D
    • Vitamin-E
    • Vitamin-K

  • Water soluble vitamins (9)
    • Vitamin-C
    • B-Complex vitamins-B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin ), B6, B12
    • Biotin
    • Foliate
    • Pantothenic acid

These are two types of minerals:

  • Trace minerals: They are required in small quantities for the body.
  • Macro minerals: They are required in large quantities for the body.
Vulnerable They are vulnerable to heat, light and chemical agents. So, during food preparation you need to take appropriate precautions to preserve them. They are stable during food preparation. But when they combine with other substances, it becomes unavailable to utilize in the body.
  • Vitamin-A functions: Helps in good vision, resistant to infections, support growth and repair of tissues.
  • Vitamin-D functions: Helps in absorption of calcium and phosphorous for bone health.
  • Vitamin-E functions: Helps red blood cells integrity and maintains cell membranes.
  • Vitamin-K functions: Helps in blood clotting.
  • Vitamin-B1 functions: Helps in maintaining appetite and normal digestion.
  • Vitamin-B2 functions: Supports in vision and skin health.
  • Vitamin-B3 functions: Supports nervous system and digestive system.
  • Vitamins-B6 functions: Helps in protein metabolism
  • Vitamins-B12 functions: Helps in maintaining the nerve cells
  • Vitamins-C functions: Resistant to infections and helps in absorption of iron.
  • Biotin functions: Helps in fat synthesis and glycogen synthesis
  • Pantothenic functions: Helps in energy metabolism.
  • Folic acid functions: Helps in protein metabolism and blood cells formation.
Some of the important functions of minerals are listed below:

  • Boron: Supports bone health.
  • Calcium: Very important mineral for bones and teeth. It helps in muscle contraction.
  • Phosphorus: Maintains acid-base balance.
  • Magnesium: It helps in bone mineralization and muscle contraction.
  • Iodine: Essential element for thyroid hormone.
  • Fluoride: Helps in formation of bones and teeth.
  • Manganese: Helps in amino acid, cholesterol and carbohydrates metabolism.
  • Copper: Supports bones, muscles and blood vessels.
Nutritional Requirements You need all the 13 vitamins for your body. Some are stored in the body and some are replaced from the body. Your body may not need all the minerals.

  • Major elements like calcium, chlorine, sodium, phosphorous, etc. are required in bigger doses.
  • Trace elements like iodine, zinc, fluorine, iron, etc. are required in smaller doses.
September 17th, 2013

How are Dentures Helpful?

by Dov Waxman

A denture is a temporary replacement for missing teeth. Though they are temporary, they help you in certain cases such as if your tooth affected a disease, deformity, and so on. In this article, we will discuss how dentures are helpful when your teeth are not in good condition.

If you have missing teeth
As we said in the beginning, dentures are a replacement for teeth. Though they are temporary they keep your cosmetic appearance unchanged. See a dentist to save other teeth from malfunction.

When you lose teeth, the remaining teeth are more prone to get more workload. This may result in loss of more teeth. To avoid losing more teeth, you need to dentures by a professional dentist.

If your teeth are loose, shifting or have gaps that are much wider
Loose teeth means gum disease and it needs a treatment. Sometimes extraction of these teeth is needed. Shifting of teeth is often unnoticeable as it very slow which can afterwards cause gaps between teeth that are much wider. With denture, one can overcome this problem. Before the problem gets more complicated, it is better to seek a dentist.

Further, if you have issues has shift in teeth or of gaps, use of dentures makes the situation better.

If your gums are bleeding, tender or swollen
Also known as gingivitis, gum swelling and tenderness can increase from mild to severe form. In gingivitis, your gums bleed, have tenderness and are swollen. Treatment of this is easy in early stages, when overlooked or untreated can lead bone loss following tooth loss and then there is a need of dentures. It is sensible to consult dentist and get dentures. This helps you prevent tooth loss because of gingivitis.

If you have trouble in chewing
If there is any difficulty or trouble in chewing certain food. The problem might be cracked or missing tooth or teeth or any gum problem. Dentists may advise you for partial denture for missing teeth. Detecting and treating the problem in the early stages can avoid the need for dentures.

If you don’t visit the dentist every six months
Make sure to visit dentist once every six months. This helps you keep away gum disease and tooth decay. Minor issues can be simply be treated in early stages. If you overlook and leave untreated, it can make the problem complex and results in more complex treatment. In future, there might be the need for replacing the teeth with dentures.

If you are self-conscious
Sometimes dentures are considered a cosmetic choice for people. If you are self-conscious of smiling and your teeth are not proper, going for denture is a better option. Moreover, they are not as costly as dental implants. It helps you in giving a beautiful smile, thereby enabling you to smile more confidently.

Dentures are useful in conditions as discussed. Do not ignore dental issues. See professional dentists, and follow their advice. This is likely to reduce the need of dentures and keep your teeth healthy. read more »

September 16th, 2013

Benefits of Using Home Medical Equipment

by Dov Waxman

Using medical equipment at home is in practice, especially in developing countries like U.S. Generally, these equipment are used only after taking suggestion from the doctor. If a patient can recover fast in familiar environment, then doctors suggest home equipment like infusion pumps, etc.

Benefits of using medical equipment
Technology has improved, as many of us take medicines by taking suggestions on phones by doctor, service providers will personally explain how to use the equipment at home.

Traveling time is reduced – Visiting hospital every now and then is time consuming and very expensive. It may also lead to decline in medical condition sometimes.

Special care – Home medical equipment are flexible to use, so the patients condition can be improved by using home medical equipment, and special care is given by care takers at home.

Ensures free from infections – Medical equipment that are used in hospitals have chances of spreading infection from one person to another in hospitals. But this is not the case when medical equipment are used at, it reduces infection and ensures speedy recovery.

Some of the equipment that are used at home are air ionizers, infusion pumps, diabetic shoes, oxygen concentrator, wheel chair, etc.

Air ionizers – This equipment attracts particles present in air and make your home free of infections when patients are at home.

Nasal cannula (small tubes) – They are used when patients do not get enough oxygen.

Oxygen concentrators – They provide sufficient amount of oxygen to patients who have breathing problem.

Diabetic shoes – People with diabetes can get affected with skin issues like skin ulcers at foot regions. So to prevent from infections, doctors advice diabetic shoes.

Wheel chairs – Patients who have undergone surgery on legs, cannot walk on their own due to paralysis and cannot stand on their own for a long time, and for patients who are devoid of legs are suggested to use wheel chairs.

Precautions to be taken while using home medical equipment
Proper usage of equipment – Caretakers should be clear enough about the usage of the equipment. Before buying home medical device, check for best quality equipment available in the market and get it insured. Because it is away from the doctor’s supervision.

Maintain hygienic conditions – Before handling medical equipment, clean hands with sanitizers to prevent contamination. Also wash hands after its usage. Maintain clean environment around patients.

Home medical equipment are gaining popularity in today’s world due to awareness about its usage. They give positive results for people seeking homely environment. Take guidance of doctor before using any medical equipment. read more »