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When To Visit The Dentist

Most people hate the dentist and with good reason. Whether it is the dreaded drill or the thought of mouth pain that sends people over the edge will never be truly known. A dentist office can be a scary place to a person who really doesn’t know what it going on. Because of this unnatural fear, many people avoid the dentist chair even when they really need it. So when is it time to go to the dentist’s office and when can simple over the counter methods be utilized? The number one reason why a person visits a dentist is a toothache. A tooth ache can be caused by many things. The most common cause of the throbbing pain is a tooth with a cavity. While a cavity is the most common cause of a toothache, there are other problems that can leave the tooth tender. Sinuses can cause more pain than a cavity in some people. The entire mouth area is sensitive and has nerve endings. The pressure of the sinuses can fill up and put pressure on a tooth causing excruciating pain. While there is no cavity present, medication may still be needed to counter the swelling around the tooth. Whether for sinuses or a cavity, a trip to the dentist is needed. Playing sports or even doing normal activities can sometimes go wrong and a tooth can get chipped. When any chipping occurs in a tooth, or a tooth gets knocked out, make sure to get to a dentist immediately. Sometimes teeth can be replaced and the chips can be easily repaired. If a chip is let go it can further chip and cause irreversible damage to the entire tooth. Also, the exposed nerve endings and inner parts of the tooth can cause decay. A dentist can quickly access the situation and allow a person take...

The Importance Of Preventative Dental Care

Most of us make the mental connection between our nutritional intake and the direct effects on the health of our body. Somehow many of us overlook the direct effect the intake of food has on our oral health, as well as the indirect effect oral health has on our overall health. In order to maintain our oral health, preventative dental care is necessary. Just as you use your family doctor’s office for booster shots and regular checkups to maintain general health, a family dental office will enable you to provide your family with the preventative dental care that they need to maintain oral health as well. Preventative dental care includes work done at your family dental office by your dentist as well as daily dental work that you perform on your own mouth. Some examples of preventative dental care done in office are regular checks for cavities and keeping up on your cleanings done every six months. Dental hygiene done daily at home will keep your mouth clean so as to make it an inhospitable environment to bacteria. Bacteria tend to build up in dark, moist areas. This happens in places, like the cracks between the tooth and gum, the spaces in between teeth, and the crevices on the chewing surfaces. There are multiple ways to get rid of these bacteria in order to stay orally healthy. Brushing removes a lot of germs and plaque (leftover food) from tooth surfaces. Flossing between teeth helps remove even more health destroying filth. Using mouthwash after brushing and flossing will keep your breath fresh, and continue to kill the bacteria in your mouth, up to 99%. Maintaining these practices on a daily basis will only serve you. Preventative dental care can help stop or eliminate problems like tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria mix with the saliva...

Things To Do After You Turn 50 Health Wise

There are a lot of things that you should do to ensure that you stay healthy after you turn 50. Moreover, it is vitally important that you do everything you can to keep your body healthy, and that job gets harder and harder as you age. Therefore, you must work hard to stay on top of any potential health concerns. Being proactive with your health and getting the necessary medical treatment when needed is the most effective way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A key component to this is scheduling the needed check-ups so you stay apprised of your own health. There are a number of tests that you should be getting each year, especially after you turn 50. You know you need to stay informed when it comes to your blood pressure and cholesterol. You likely get a physical every year and you probably even get a blood test that can detect the presence of other serious diseases such as diabetes. You have likely even had a stress test as part of your physical, so you probably have a good idea how healthy your heart is. If you are the type of individual who is thoroughly committed to your health, you may have even signed up for a test that scans your entire body, and can detect most cancers and even structural abnormalities of the heart. However, many people overlook the fact that they need to get a prostate exam. While no one really wants to think about getting a prostate exam, it is an essential component of living a healthy lifestyle and ensuring that you are, in fact, healthy. A prostate exam can detect potential problems before they become too serious, and the problem can then be dealt with accordingly. Therefore, it is essential that you get a prostate exam, especially after you turn 50. Otherwise, you...

Still a Smoker? Here Are Three Ways That Smoking Can Impact Your Life Insurance

By now, most people are well aware that smoking is bad for personal health. However, sometimes people have not followed that line of reasoning out to its logical conclusion. Since smoking is bad for one’s health, it makes sense that it is difficult for smokers to find a cheap life insurance policy. There are three major ways that smoking can impact a life insurance policy, and they are detailed at length below. Smoking Can Almost Double The Cost of Life Insurance Premiums Smoking goes a long way in making a cheap life insurance policy very difficult to find. In fact, many people have reported that being a smoker has nearly doubled their premiums for life insurance. Considering that, it is clear that smoking can be a very expensive habit. This is why it is important to shop around if you are a smoker to determine the difference between different policies. For example, some underwriters will factor smoking as less of a risk in your policy, which would mean that you would have lower premiums. Though smoking makes life insurance more expensive no matter what, by shopping around you may be able to find a better deal. All Smokers Are Considered Equal The unsettling thing about this is that any tobacco use in the last twelve months qualifies a person as being a smoker in most cases. Insurance companies do not distinguish when it comes to the frequency of smoking, but instead have a more expensive rate for all smokers. Some insurance underwriters even penalize people for reporting the occasional celebratory cigar. Any tobacco use is risky when it comes to being evaluated for a life insurance policy. The Consequences of Hiding the Habit Because life insurance premiums are so drastically affected by being a smoker, many people endeavor to hide their habit in an effort to get lower premiums....

Summer Food Poisoning Cures

Food poisoning is a common illness. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 6 people in the US get sick from bad food or drink. In 2001, they reported about 48 million illnesses, resulting in 128,000 Americans hospitalized, and over 3,000 deaths each year from food poisoning. Food poisoning is also common in the summer because of picnic foods being left out too long in the sun. Before looking at food poisoning cures, we should become familiar with symptoms and causes. Causes:   Infectious Agents- viruses, bacteria, and parasites are the most common of these agents Toxic Agents- poisonous mushrooms, improperly prepared exotic foods (for example, barracuda), pesticides on fruits and vegetables, also poor sanitation in food preparation or improperly packaged or food stored at wrong temperatures can promote contamination.   Salmonella is the most common type of food poisoning. It is seldom fatal; however, it is contagious, easily leading to multiple cases (outbreak). Typical symptoms of food poisoning are:   Nausea Vomiting Abdominal pain and cramping Diarrhea quickly developing within 48 hours of eating or drinking the contaminated food or drink.   If food poisoning is not treated early, further complications can become very serious and life-threatening:   Fever Chills Bloody Stools Dehydration Nervous system damage   You should seek immediate medical help if any of the following situations occur:   If you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea for longer than 2 days If the ill person is a child under the age of three If the ill person is pregnant or nursing If abdominal symptoms are accompanied by a low-grade fever If the symptoms appear after foreign travel If other family members or friends who ate the same thing as you are also sick If you cannot keep any liquids down If you are drinking lots of fluids, but your condition has not improved in 2 days...

What You Need to Know About Heart Disease

Heart Attack or Cardiac Arrest? Statistics indicate that several thousands of people in North America die daily of heart disease. Until last week, I wasn’t familiar about the difference between heart attack and cardiac arrest, the leading causes of heart-related deaths on this planet. Now that I am a bit enlightened, I believe that it is perhaps a good idea for all of us to educate ourselves of what ails us, given a truckload of information out there that is not necessarily conveyed to us at the right time. When the heart is in a really bad shape, the outcome of neither a heart attack nor a cardiac arrest is in our control; so it might be a good idea to do something about our heart before it gets really bad and destroys us. Heart Attack: Plainly stated, a heart attack is a problem of difficulty in pumping blood in and through the heart as a result weak heart muscles or blocked arteries due to high cholesterol or plaque, a condition also known as ‘atherosclerosis‘. A cardiac arrest, on the other hand, is a damage or irregularity of heart’s rhythm (too fast, too slow or just no rhythm at all), also called ‘arrhythmia’ or ‘atrial fibrillation’. This could happen as a result of several things: Long QT Syndrome (LQTS), Brugada Syndrome, Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CVPT), Arrythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) or Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Those are big and scary names, and can lead to scary heart conditions as well. There are, however, some warning signs, and it would do us good to heed to them. Heart attacks occur due to blocked arteries and those do not happen in a day. The plaque inside the arteries builds up gradually, over the years, causing angina pain or heart attack one fine day. If we let our arteries get blocked to the extent of getting a heart attack...

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