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My Dental Health Tips

As an experienced Dentist working in a general practice for forty years, I’ve always placed my patient’s welfare and dental concerns first and foremost.

I believe that every individual young or old, has the right to be examined,diagnosed and treated by a licensing Dentist. You as a dental patient have the right to be examined and treated in a safe, healthy environment by the Dentist of your choosing.

You have the right to receive prompt emergency service whether you can pay for that service or not. You have the right to be informed of the treatments you may require and the cost associated with those treatments.

These treatments proposed should be explained in laymen’s terms and followed by any alternative options. A competent, caring, dentist will provide you with an explanation as to why a certain treatment has been recommended.

There are usually both advantages and disadvantages to the possible treatments suggested. Every patient has the right to receive dental treatment to the accepted standards of the Dental Profession.

Each and every patient has the right to an avenue in which to file a complaint against a dentist.

All dentists have the responsibility and obligation to report to his or her licensing review body any unprofessional conduct or failure to provide treatment in accordance with currently accepted professional standards.

That said, dentists have the responsibility and obligation to their colleagues as well. In the best interest of the general public, dentists are encouraged to consult and communicate with each other regarding previous treatments that have been rendered

A healthy smile is a good indication of a happy child! Here are some children’s oral health tips that if adhered too, will help prevent any child from suffering the unnecessary embarrassment and pain of tooth decay. Start early! When that first tooth erupts, approximately at 6 months of age, clean the tooth with a damp cloth. As more teeth erupt into place, use a very soft child’s tooth brush. Placing the tooth brush in hot tap water will make the brush bristles even softer.

I would like to discuss the “Baby Bottle Tooth decay syndrome”. Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when a baby’s teeth come into frequent contact with sugars from liquid carbohydrates such as fruit juices, milk, formula, sugar water or any other sweet drink substitute. Even human breast milk can cause tooth decay as well.

As these liquids break down into simple sugars in the oral cavity, the bacteria in the mouth break down these sugars into acids that subsequently cause tooth decay. If untreated, decayed teeth cause pain, are unsightly, and make eating and chewing difficult. Why would any responsible parent want to contribute to their infant child’s poor oral health status.? If baby teeth are damaged and lost prematurely, they will not be present to help guide the later developing permanent teeth into place. YES! Baby teeth will be replaced later on however they MUST be kept healthy to compliment the baby’s overall general health and well being!

Naturally the baby may not like you cleaning their teeth with a face cloth or anything else, but you must do it. Even if you only spend a few moments at it. When a child is around two years of age, all of their 20 baby teeth should be present. You may want to start using a little toothpaste at this time. Most young children at this age may not let you do this procedure. They may just want to do it themselves. Let them try it. We know they will not be able to a thorough or adequate job but teaching them to do so is much more important than the final results. Hopefully, they will eventually co-operate and let you help them brush their teeth.

One way to give them the idea is to brush your teeth first in front of them. Tell them why you brush your teeth and ask them if you can show them and help them brush their teeth. If you get too much resistance, you have to take charge. You are the “Boss”. I’m not saying you have to be aggressive, but you must be assertive and determined.

When you begin using a tooth paste,make sure it has fluoride in it. Children at an early age have a tendency to swallow the tooth paste so be sure not to give them too much. A small pea sized portion of tooth paste is adequate. Fluoride is very important in fighting tooth decay. Have the child spit out the toothpaste and then follow with a mouth-rinse of water. I don’t believe a child is capable of brushing their teeth properly, until they have the dexterity to tie their own shoes. The same goes for flossing of the teeth as well if not more so.

That said, there brushing techniques should be supervised until they are nine or ten years old and beyond. You can serve as a good role model by practicing good oral health care habits and schedule regular dental visits for checkups and cleaning appointments when necessary.

You know I’ve been telling you how to look after your children’s teeth to prevent costly tooth decay but the best way to prevent tooth decay, is to prevent your child from consuming too much sugar in any shape or form. We know all children love candy in any way they can get it. Eating the candy may not be an issue if they have good home care brushing and flossing habits. But because most children do not have these good habits at an early age, you must reduce the amount of sugar they consume in their daily diet.

It is imperative to note that not all sources of sugar come in the form of candy per se. There are what I call many forms of “HIDDEN SUGARS “. For example, there is sugar in many pops and fruit- like beverages that children love to drink. There is sugar in cookies, ketchup, breakfast cereals and chewing gum, bubble gum and cake icings. As a matter of fact, there are more hidden sugars in breakfast cereals than in any other source of food that I can think of.

The sugar-coated breakfast cereals are absolute dynamite on children’s teeth. If I had my way, they would be banned from the grocery store shelves. Children love these types of cereals because they are sweet. But a combination of milk and these cereals followed by poor brushing and flossing habits, is a dental disaster waiting to happen. Even eating these types of cereals in the dry form are not much better. They become very tenacious to the teeth and create quite a challenge for a child to clean adequately. The worst thing you could ever do is give your children milk and cereal before bedtime and not make or help them clean their teeth thoroughly.

One thing I never allowed my three children to eat was any hard candy in the form of suckers, lifesavers, lollipops, toffee, jawbreakers, you name it. I did permit them to eat any form of candy that they could chew and swallow in a short period of time. Hard candies take a long time to consume and consequently have serious consequences on the rate of decay in the mouth. Chronic drinking of Soda pops and high sugar content fruit drinks,are not recommended and should be avoided if possible.

To this day, my two older boys have had no cavities and neither one of them have a desire to eat sweets on a regular basis. My third child, a daughter, did develop a sweet tooth and had one or two small cavities when she was 7 or 8 years old. Here are some good tips that really works. Sit your kids down once a week or once a month and let them eat all of the soft candy they want. Believe me they will get tired of it. After they have finished eating all they want, ask them to go brush their teeth thoroughly and wait until the next time they want another good feed.

Man is a creature of habit. Why not instill some of the good habits instead of the bad habits. It takes the same amount of effort but the final outcome can be quite different and beneficial. Here are some tips to help prevent baby bottle tooth decay:

* To calm a baby during the daytime, give them a bottle of water or a pacifier, instead of milk or juice.
* NEVER! NEVER dip the pacifier into a jar of honey or other sugary liquids.
* At bedtime, DON’T EVER put your baby to sleep with a bottle of sugary liquids, watered down fruit juices like apple juice, or milk. Give them water as a substitute.
* Don’t ever allow your baby to feed continuously throughout the night while sleeping. Use a pacifier instead.
* Don’t ever add sugar to your baby’s food!
* Use a wet cloth to wipe your baby’s teeth after their feeding.
* Ask your dentist about your baby’s fluoride requirements.
* Teach your baby to drink from a cup by his or her first birthday.

Granted these tips take some effort and perseverance on your part, but believe me, it will be worth it and you can literally save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars worth of dental treatment over the formative years of your child’s life.

According to the Center of Disease Control, tooth decay is one of the most common infectious diseases among U.S.children. That said, these statistics usually can and will a apply to children in Canada and other Western countries of the world!

This is a sad statement in my view because this health problem is totally preventable. Twenty eight percent of children aged 2 to 5 years have already had decay in their primary or baby teeth. By the time they reach the age of 11, approximately half of these children will have experienced decay issues. By the age of nineteen, tooth decay in permanent teeth will effect 68% of all adolescents. These are alarming statistics and to think that simply by applying some preventive measures, they could be drastically reduced or eliminated altogether.

It appears that low income families have twice as much untreated decay than children from families with higher incomes. As I eluded to earlier, Tooth Decay is preventable! There is an old proverb ” 1 once of prevention, is worth a pound of cure”. One of the main obligations of a parent is to go to any lengths to protect their children from all harm. And yet, so many parents neglect their children’s oral health for one reason or another.

Although there appears to be an increased interest in Dentistry for children today, this field is still a subject of widespread pubic ignorance and misinformation. Many people still think that the “Baby” teeth are not important because they will eventually be lost and a new permanent set of teeth will subsequently follow.

This is a false and dangerous notion because it had led to major defects in health, appearance and personalities. A great number of people might have had their lives drastically altered for the BETTER, if they had received adequate dental care in their childhood.

An older,common, false notion existed that “Baby teeth ” were easier to treat that adult teeth. This was because a Dentist may not have to do his or her best work, because these teeth will be lost eventually. What a ridiculous thought!

On the contrary. These Primary or Deciduous teeth, (baby teeth or milk teeth) as they are quite often referred too, are very different from permanent or secondary teeth, being lighter in color, (whiter) and smaller in size than their successors.

They actually require more attention and the very best work that a dentist can provide.The fact that they will subsequently be lost is completely irrelevant to the quality of care they should receive.

The development of the teeth begins long before the their eruption into the oral cavity. Their formation can begin as early as the seventh week of pregnancy. That said, the first teeth to erupt will not do so until approximately the six month after birth. This of course can vary because some infants have been known to be born with teeth already exposed. If the sequence of eruption pattern for baby teeth does not adhere to the average pattern exactly, Do not be alarmed! Remember, some children do develop faster than others.

The mechanism by which the deciduous teeth are replaced by the permanent teeth is remarkable and is one of the most striking examples of nature’s ingenuity. By age two on average, all of the twenty Baby teeth should be present and visible in the mouth of a child. As a permanent tooth continues to develop after birth, it begins to move through the jaw towards the gum tissue and the baby tooth it is going to eventually replace.

When the erupting permanent tooth rubs up against the root of the baby tooth, it causes a progressive resorption or erosion of that root to take place. Ultimately, resulting in that resorbed root to get shorter and shorter until it becomes lose and the remaining tooth falls out and is replaced by the permanent tooth. By this unique eruption pattern, the baby tooth is permitted to remain and fulfil its necessary functions up to the last moment such as; chewing and guiding the development of the jaws and maintaining the space required to accommodate the much larger permanent tooth.

The premature loss of baby teeth, can cause several problems. Drifting can occur of adjacent teeth, resulting in loss of space to accommodate the eruption of the much larger permanent teeth. One of the most common causes of the need for expensive orthodontic treatments, is due to premature space loss that can occur at an early age. Poorly positioned teeth often cause irregularities in the jaw’s formations resulting in distortion of a profile, facial asymmetry and general outward appearance.

The resulting effect upon an individual’s facial asymmetry can be very profound and can place enormous influences upon the individuals success, happiness and overall personal development. Do not underestimate the importance of Baby teeth. With preventive measures that may take time and some perseverance, you can save your child a lot of anguish, pain, unpleasantry and yourself a lot of stress and pocket money.

Health Tips For Healthy Life

Your health is very important to you. In fact, next to your mind, it is the only thing you actually really own, or have a solid claim on. Money and power can disappear, but your health will stay with you. So, if you have good health, good for you. If you fail to take care of your health, there are bound to be problems in the future. There is an Arabian saying, “He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.”

Health tips available on the internet today help you have an idea of how you can start watching your health. First, make sure you move about a lot. Take the stairs more often, not the elevator. If you have children, make a point of playing with them more often, including the ball throwing games that adults tend to stay away from because they are tiring.

Another health tip is that you should cut down on the amount of fat you take into your body through food. Burgers, fried foods and meats that contain a lot of fat are the prime suspects. As for dairy products, try and find the ones that come in versions with lowered fat content.

Quitting smoking is probably a health tip that you have heard repeated to you many times by the media and other organs. The most challenging thing you can do as a smoker is to give up the next cigarette. Tough but totally worth it.

Do Not Let Yourself Suffer From Low Self

Self-confidence is very important especially since it makes everyday life easier and more enjoyable for us. For many people, having enough confidence can also mean better work output, a more active social life and a happier outlook in life. Now, if you want to achieve all these but is blocked by an acne condition, it is good news to say that you can now permanently get rid of your acne using time-proven acne health tips so that you can have a more confident you.

According to research, people who have sufficient self-confidence are more likely to succeed than those who have low self-esteem. This is primarily because people who feel good about themselves find everyday living effortless and easy. They can easily interact with other people; they feel comfortable in other people’s company and they feel good even without expensive material items. That is why curing your acne problem is one good solution so that you can have a boost in self-confidence.

Acne is one skin condition that affects many of us today. If you are one of these sufferers, then you have to know that you are not alone. Also, aside from having other people suffer from acne, it is good news to say that you can get rid of it permanently whatever its causes are. Note that acne can affect you not just on the face but also on other body part like the arms, chest and back. It can affect not just young people but also those in their adult years and it affects persons both male and female. The thing is that, if you have high risk for acne or if you already face the problem, then you should act on it proactively and do not let it take control of your life. If you want to boost your self-esteem and self-confidence, then you should do something about your acne problem.

One way to deal with an acne problem is by getting the right acne health tips. It is true that we always see lots of advertisements for various kinds of acne products. Some examples of these products include expensive creams, ointments and even medications. Now, if you are not comfortable in using those products or methods, or if you do not have the financial capacity to maintain them, do not despair because there are proven acne health tips that can help clear your face or your body without you spending as much.

You can get useful acne solution tips from the internet. These tips are proven by time as well as by many people’s experiences. These tips can be extremely helpful for a people who suffer from acne or other skin problems. This is because they aim to not just to clear your skin now but they also aim to permanently rid yourself of acne, blackheads and even face redness or oiliness. By getting access to these proven health tips, you can easily look better and, at the same time, feel better about yourself. In the end, one indispensable result would be better self-confidence.

Five Simple Health Tips to Jump Start

Creating a heather lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated but it does require commitment. It takes 21 days to create a new habit, and 6 months for that habit to become ingrained in your routine. Since life can get in the way, I recommend small changes one step at a time. The list below represents five simple health tips that you can incorporate into your life and make a huge impact on your health, energy, and vitality. Choose one item at a time and do it for at least 3 weeks before adding another component to your lifestyle. When you are doing it without having to constantly remind yourself, then you are ready to move on to the next item.

1) Drink half your “ideal” weight in ounces of water per day. If your ideal weight (not your actual weight) is 120 pounds, you should drink 60 ounces of water per day. Even mild dehydration will cause a 3% drop in your baseline metabolism. That means you will gain 1 pound of fat every 6 months! Drinking water minimizes bloating and water retention in women. These symptoms are often a result of lack of hydration. Drinking plenty of water is how you flush the fat and toxins stored in your fat cells, and also how you can prevent muscle cramps. When muscle cells don’t have adequate fluids, they don’t work as well and performance can suffer. When exercising, you should try to drink 3-5 ounces of water every 20 minutes. Downing your 8-10 glasses of water all in one sitting doesn’t cut it. For maximum effectiveness, staying “evenly” hydrated throughout the day is how our bodies metabolize fat. Also, proper hydration keeps our kidneys and bowel function healthy. Getting the proper hydration also gives you more youthful looking skin. Symptoms associated with mild dehydration are weakness, muscle cramps, headaches, irritability, fatigue, trouble concentrating, heart palpitations, and anxiety.

2) Get your Vitamin D levels tested. Over 80% of Americans are Vitamin D deficient. This is especially prevalent during the winter months. Research shows that proper levels of vitamin D can boost your immune system and decrease your risk for cancer. You can buy Vitamin D3 in a supplement form or you can spend some time in the sun, although your body can only generate vitamin D from UVB rays and during certain times of the day. There is an app for smartphones called Dminder. This app will let you know what time of day, based on your geographic location, the sun is at the proper angle and generating UVB rays so your body can create Vitamin D. In some geographic areas there will be times of the year that you cannot generate vitamin D from sun exposure and will need to get it in the form of supplementation or special tanning beds. This app takes all of the scientific data into account plus your personal profile which includes skin pigmentation, weight, and age. When you are ready to begin your sun exposure, input the type of clothing you are wearing and start the timer. When you’ve maximized your Vitamin D production for the day, an alarm will sound to end your session. For those of you who don’t enjoy the outdoors or live in a location where you can’t generate Vitamin D, there are plenty of Vitamin D supplements. Look for Vitamin D in the form of D3. The daily recommended amount is controversial, but generally, 1000-5000mg is recommended. For more info on this topic visit mercola.com

3) Get to bed before 10pm. Since I know this is going to be challenging, start with going to bed just a little earlier each night and work your way to 10pm over a three week period. The latest sleep studies indicate that the deepest and most regenerative sleep occurs between 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. If your body is chronically deprived of “regenerative sleep” between 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., then you may still feel tired and have difficulty getting up in the morning. At 10 p.m., your body goes through a series of transformations following the rise in melatonin production. Melatonin not only helps regulate your sleep/wake cycle but is also responsible for the repair and restoration of your body. A reduction of your mental and physical activity is necessary for this 10 p.m. shift to occur. Watching television, reading from an electronic device, or bright LED clocks all impact melatonin production and the subsequent chain reaction that leads your body into deep sleep. This is one good reason to buy paperback books and a book light! You can also listen to relaxing music. Getting a good night’s sleep can create longevity and health. Deep rest during the night helps you fight stress, maintain a healthy weight, and keeps your energy levels high. A simple health tip for those wanting to lose weight: get a minimum of 5 hours of sleep per night.

4) Eat more fruits and vegetables. When we eat a diet high in whole foods, we feed our bodies thousands of micronutrients which stabilize our blood sugar and cholesterol, decrease weight, boost the immune system, reverse heart disease and prevent cancer. An apple a day may keep the doctor away but a mushroom a day will help keep cancer away! The micronutrients found in fruits and vegetables are very powerful antioxidants. Micronutrients create many cell protecting compounds. Many of these compounds such as polyphenols, flavonoids, carotenoids, and phytoestrogens have significant health benefits and are an essential component to optimal health. Micronutrients high in carotenoids are found in carrots, tomatoes, pumpkin, broccoli and spinach. Vegetables that are deep red, purple or black provide rich sources of polyphenols. Flavanoids are found in nuts, seeds, grains, green tea, red wine, kale, and lemons. Phytoestrogens are found in soybeans and flaxseeds. If you do not have access to a fresh variety of produce, then supplement your diet with a good whole food concentrate formula. It’s important to incorporate both raw and cooked vegetables into your diet. A simple health tip is that roasting vegetables is easy, quick, and delicious! Cut your vegetables into bite size pieces, drizzle them in olive oil, add salt, pepper and a little cayenne. Roast at 420 degrees for about 20 minutes. To change it up, add raw nuts or dried cranberries in the last five minutes of cooking. You can squeeze fresh lemon juice or shake some parmesan cheese over the top for added flavor.

5) Exercise for 20 minutes a day. It is not necessary to kill yourself at the gym for hours at time. You can get tremendous benefit from just 20 minutes of activity per day, and even walking the dog counts! If you can think of exercise as a play-date, then it can be something to look forward to rather than something to get done! Find something you enjoy doing, and do it. It could be tennis, swimming, hiking, jogging, weightlifting, Zumba aerobics, dancing, pole-dancing, kickboxing, boxing, cardio barre, Nia, yoga, biking, jump rope, hula hooping, climbing stairs, or even just shooting baskets. Think about something you used to love doing and then do it again! If you can commit to anything physical for 20 minutes a day you can make a big impact on your health and really boost your metabolism! Running on a treadmill for 20 minutes a day at 4 mph will take 26 days for you to lose 1 pound of fat. That’s a total of 14 pounds of fat in one year from this simple health tip. That’s a lot of pant sizes! There are so many fun ways to lose weight and get in shape while improving your heart health, reducing stress, increasing endorphins and building muscle.