Your baby needs proper health care and proper dental care. It's easy to overlook this simple but very important fact. Once your baby's teeth start coming in, it's essential that you start taking care of them and encouraging healthy brush habits early on. Here is the most common advice from your dentist.
You'll start to see teeth anywhere from 4 to 9 months. Some kids take longer than others; some take as long as 18 months before the first ones appear. If you're unsure about it, talk to your dentist. It's rare for there to be problems with tooth emerging. Doctors recommend that you start cleaning before they even come in. Make sure your finger is clean, and use it to rub your baby's gums. You can start doing this just a few days after birth.
Teething is when your child's teeth are coming in, and it's painful. They may cry a lot and drool more than usual. They may also wake up at night more often and in grumpier moods. One thing you can do to help them when they're teething is get them a teeth ring or cool washcloth to chew on. You can also massage their gums with a clean finger.
Brushing And Flossing
Once your baby has some teeth, it's time to start brushing. While it's not necessary to use a toothbrush, many parents choose to so that their child will get used to the routine. Your dentist will tell you to brush in the morning and evening before bed at least. After meals is ideal but not always possible.
Toothpaste is optional, but if you choose toothpaste, make sure to use one that's not fluoride based. You can always ask for your advice on what to use. For children under 2, just use a tiny bit. Always be gentle when brushing and flossing. Remember that their oral organs are much more sensitive than an adult's.
Watch For Cavities
Baby teeth are important for your child's later development, so watch closely for cavities. The warning signs are discoloration and pitting. If you see anything that looks like a cavity, it's always a good idea to show it to the dentist. One cause of cavities in babies is too much bottle feeding. Dentists recommend that you do not leave the bottle overnight in your child's crib for this reason.
As soon as your child's tooth starts coming in, go ahead and start making regular check-ups with the dentist. The first and best way to avoid problems is through prevention! …
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, can be a real pain. Truth of the matter is, the vast majority of people will have to have their wisdom teeth extracted at some point in time. For most of us, the recommendation brings with it some uncertainty and some anxiety, as with anything relating to oral surgery. Asking questions of your Fort Lauderdale dentist is the best way prepare yourself for a visit to the Ft. Lauderdale oral surgeon you have been referred to.
While a Ft. Lauderdale oral surgeon can extract them at any point, the older a patient is when they go the procedure can play a part in both the surgery and the recovery. Typically, the younger the age of the patient going through a wisdom teeth extraction, the lower the risk of complications. The results of studies conducted on the issue show a lower number of complications related to the procedure as well as the healing process in patients younger than those mid-twenties. Most of the time, it is during the time of a patient's teens to mid-twenties that those Fort Lauderdale dentist recommends wisdom teeth extraction.
While your Ft. Lauderdale oral surgeon will not want to wait too long to take out wisdom teeth, they also will not want to do it too early either. Yes, there is a time that your wisdom teeth are ripe for the picking. Trying to take them out too soon can be difficult because if the teeth are not developed enough, they will be difficult to manipulate. This is why it is not until late teens to mid-twenties that this type of extraction is recommended.
During the time your Ft. Lauderdale oral surgeon is extracting your wisdom teeth, you will be sedated. You will not know at all what is going on; you will drift off to sleep and then wake up in the recovery room. Although your oral surgeon will sedate you, you will also receive numbing medication to control pain. After your procedure, you will be given a prescription for pain to get you through the recovery process.
Before your procedure, your dentist will assess the benefits and risks to the extraction. Typically, the benefits outweigh the risks by leaps and bounds. Leaving wisdom teeth in place can result in pain and swelling; even infection. However, you need to know both the pros and the cons.
One of the most common complications experienced after wisdom tooth extracts is a "dry socket". Technically this is alveolar osteitis. The longstanding belief is that dry sockets happened for one of two reasons: either an adequate blood clot did not form in the socket of the extracted tooth or the blood clot that did form has come out. The blood clot is a critical part of healing, so losing the blood clot can sometimes delay the healing process. While this is a common complication, it is not necessarily considered a risk and therefore is not a reason to leave wisdom teeth in …
What is Health?
How do you define health? Is it a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being? Is it merely the absence of disease or infirmity? Or is health a resource for everyday life, rather than the objective of living; a positive concept, emphasising social and personal resources as well as physical capabilities?
Good health is harder to define than bad health (which can be equated with the presence of disease), because it must convey a concept more positive than mere absence of disease, and there is a variable area between health and disease. Health is clearly a complex, multidimensional concept. Health is, ultimately, poorly defined and difficult to measure, despite impressive efforts by epidemiologists, vital statisticians, social scientists and political economists. Each individual’s health is shaped by many factors, including medical care, social circumstances, and behavioural choices.
While it is true to say that health care is the prevention, treatment and management of illness, and the preservation of mental and physical well-being, through the services offered by the medical, nursing and allied health professions, health-related behaviour is influenced by our own values, which are determined by upbringing, by example, by experience, by the company one keeps, by the persuasive power of advertising (often a force of behaviour that can harm health), and by effective health education. Healthy individuals are able to mobilise all their physical, mental, and spiritual resources to improve their chances of survival, to live happy and fulfilling lives, and to be of benefit to their dependants and society.
Achieving health, and remaining healthy, is an active process. Natural health is based on prevention, and on keeping our bodies and minds in good shape. Health lies in balancing these aspects within the body through a regimen consisting of diet, exercise, and regulation of the emotions. The last of these is too often ignored when health advice is dispensed, but can have a pronounced effect on physical well-being.
Every day, or so it seems, new research shows that some aspect of lifestyle – physical activity, diet, alcohol consumption, and so on – affects health and longevity. Physical fitness is good bodily health, and is the result of regular exercise, proper diet and nutrition, and proper rest for physical recovery. The field of nutrition also studies foods and dietary supplements that improve performance, promote health, and cure or prevent disease, such as fibrous foods to reduce the risk of colon cancer, or supplements with vitamin C to strengthen teeth and gums and to improve the immune system. When exercising, it becomes even more important to have a good diet to ensure that the body has the correct ratio of macronutrients whilst providing ample micronutrients; this is to aid the body in the recovery process following strenuous exercise.
If you’re trying to lose weight by “dieting”, don’t call it a diet, first of all – successful dieters don’t call what they do a “diet”. A healthy diet and regular physical activity are both important for …
You do your best to take care of your teeth and your gums, but you still need the help and services of a qualified dentist. Your dentist performs routine exams on your mouth and takes x-rays to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy. If a problem is found, he will discuss treatment options with you. Your dental provider offers you preventative measures to keep your teeth not just looking their best, but remaining in an ideal state of health.
Regular check-ups are important for your oral health, as are frequent cleansings done by a dental hygienist. When you first begin going to a new dental office, you will be required to fill out forms relating to your medical history. This includes any health issues you suffer from, any surgeries you have had, and any medications you are on. You also need to include any known allergies that you have. Your file needs to include everything that is pertinent to your medical past, as well as your present. Even such things as mineral or vitamin supplements that you are taking need to be noted down.
You may wonder why the dentist has to know about a medical problem that is not related to your mouth. The reason for this is because your whole body is connected when it comes to your health woes. It is possible that a problem that you have in one area of your body could bring about symptoms in your mouth. For instance, too much stress can lead to a dry mouth. There are certain medications that can also cause a person's mouth to produce less saliva.
It is essential that you are honest with your dental practitioner about your medical history. Even if something seems small and insignificant to you, it still needs to go into your file because your dentist may need this information for future reference.
The same goes for your lifestyle choices. If you smoke, drink, or use recreational drugs, this information is relevant to your health and well-being. Be honest about how much you indulge in these habits. Your dental provider is not there to chastise you but to make sure that he has all of the information at his disposal to take care of your ororal health needs. To have healthy teeth and gums, he needs to know as much as he can about how healthy you are and how you live your life. It can be detrimental to your health to tell lies about your health.
Disclose to the tooth doctor the names of the medications you are currently taking and the reasons for which you are taking them. Tell him what the daily doses for each are and how long you have been on them. If it is something you are taking on a temporary basis, let him know when you will be finished with it. …
I sometimes hear from women who have just married (or are seriously dating a man) and they are trying to gauge which baby gender this man might help them to produce. Some people may find this desire petty or silly. But I understand this inclination. Many women have dreamed about the child that they might have all their lives. And, many are already married and committed to the relationship no matter what gender might be in their future. So, although they are curious about which gender they are more likely to produce, it’s not as if they are going to end the relationship if they don’t get the gender they want.
I heard from a woman who said: “I was married six months ago. In a few more months, we want to start trying to have a baby. I have my heart set on having a girl baby. Is there any test that he can take to make sure that he can conceive a girl? Or to tell me which sex he’s most likely to conceive?”
This woman might be happy to know that, barring some sort of injury or illness, a health man is said to produce equal amounts of Y perm (which produces boys) and X sperm (which produces girls.) This is one factor in ensuring that the birth rates are close to equal. She was somewhat happy to hear this, but she was also a little disappointed that she couldn’t do some sort of diagnostic test that was going to tell her what gender might be in her future.
It’s my opinion that there is a test that you can take, but it test the woman, not the man. You can test the mother-to-be’s PH. A woman who is more acidic is said to have a better chance of having a female baby because that same acidity discourages the Y sperm. The test is simply done at home with a PH tester. They typically come with a chart to tell you where you fall in terms of being acidic or alkaline.
Many people mistakenly assume that if they test and find they are acidic, then they are absolutely going to have a girl without question. Or, they assume that an alkaline reading means a boy. It doesn’t. It only means that you have a vaginal environment that is more conducive to one type of sperm over another. Your husband, partner, or boyfriend will still probably deposit equal amounts of Y to X sperm. But, your vaginal environment may discourage some of those sperm. Still, it’s likely that both X’s and Y’s remain, regardless of the vaginal environment. That’s why it’s important to do more than one thing to influence your baby’s gender.
Timing your conception before ovulation (for a girl) or after it (for a boy) is one more way to discourage those sperm that you don’t want hanging around and fighting for the egg. Plus, the sexual positions that you use can be classified as girl …
Summer is finally here and it’s time to start doing new type of fitness program. If you are like me living in the Northern US being stuck indoors all winter is zero fun. During the summer I can really start doing home fitness instead of visiting the gym.
Gym Difficult in Summertime
I have found over the years it is easier to go to gym in winter, but in the summer it is difficult. The summer time I have yard work, flower garden and vegetable garden to keep me busy. Unfortunately this hurts my fitness program of going to the gym four or five times a week.
Last year I started my own personal home fitness program. I found I like my summer home workout better than going to the gym. I started using some workout DVDs from various “workout gurus.” Won’t name names, but the usually fitness women we have seen on TV hundreds of times. All are very good.
Get Out of House
I do not just workout inside my house. I incorporate a couple different fitness programs. One part is to walk and/or jog the neighborhood in morning or evening. This is very relaxing since it gets my blood flowing. I usually do interval training by running for one minute and then walk the next minute. Many fitness people promote this style of working out vs. running continuously for 30 to 60 minutes.
Here’s another summer time workout. Go biking. I go by myself or with my kids to change up my workout. Take a look to see if your community offers any bike paths. Bike paths give you a great way to bike several miles without worrying about cars on the busy roads.
I know this article was supposed to be about home fitness, but all the programs start at home. You do not have to drive to your local gym for a great workout. Walk outside your door and take advantage of the sunny weather in your area.
Different Types of Workouts
I love the summertime because I do have multiple ways to workout. I can still go to the gym, which I still do, maybe one or two times a week. The other days I am doing some type of home fitness. I could do a DVD workout, ride my bike or jog around the neighborhood.
For all of us who live up North we do not have the nice weather our friends to the South enjoy. However, Southern summers are a lot hotter than our Northern summers. Well we do have hot weather just not quite as hot on a consistent basis. Take advantage of the early mornings to do your home fitness. I do this when I know the temperature will be over 90 degrees for the day.
Have Fun When You Exercise
Exercise is meant to be fun and enjoyable. The best way to make your home fitness fun is to change up the location or type of workout. …
Taking a good multi-vitamin everyday can improve your over all health and give you a sense of general well being. It gives your body a boost physically and mentally. There are multivitamins made especially for certain age groups, or certain conditions like pregnancy. It is important to take a multi vitamin in a liquid for to get the most out of it. The body absorbs liquids 5 times more efficiently than taking a pill form.
Everyone can benefit from taking multi-vitamins. Children need to build healthy strong bones, and athletes need there antioxidants to fight the free radicals from working the body. It helps white blood cells fight off infection, aides in healing wounds, and helps the formation of collagen. People who can really benefit from multi vitamins are people over the age of 55, people who consume a lot of alcohol, extremely active people, athletes, people who are sick, and smokers.
Oxidants and free radicals can be very harmful to the body in high levels. They can damage the membranes in cells and can alter genetics, contributing to a number of diseases that develop like cancer, heart disease, cataracts, premature aging. Free radicals and oxidants are caused by chemicals, toxins, and stress. Smoking and environmental pollution can cause them too. Taking vitamins like Vitamin A, C, and E can help to chase these oxidants down and get rid of them and neutralize free radicals. This will prevent some of there damage.
Vitamin E can also prevent blood clots and fatty plague that builds up in the arteries. Vitamin C can maintain flexibility of blood vessels and improve the circulation of blood in smokers. Both of these vitamins together can help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Foliate can improve the blood flow through the arteries and all the B vitamins can help prevent hear disease. This is just a few of what some of the vitamins found in a multi vitamin. There are some many beneficial qualities that can come from taking multi vitamins.
Conversely, taking vitamins in very high doses can be very dangerous to the body. The antioxidants in supplements have a pro-oxidant effect on the body that can harm the arteries and can do a lot of damage to the body. Keeping a proper vitamin intake can be simple with help from a healthy diet and a high quality liquid vitamin.
I recommend taking high quality liquid vitamins because they can be absorbed, broken down and digested easier and faster. One example of a high quality liquid vitamin is Bell Liquid Multi Vitamin. It contains all vitamins and minerals needed to support a healthy body and mind. The absorption rate for this liquid multi-vitamin is 85 %. It is a great combination of colloidal minerals, multi vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and herbs. By taking daily vitamin supplements, you will enrich your mind and body, and who wouldn’t want to do that!…
When choosing medical care for our kids, there are a lot of traits that are important to look for. It certainly has to be someone knowledgeable and skilled, but beyond that, you want to choose someone that’s going to have a good attitude and be able to get along well with your child. In the case of pediatric dentistry, that trait becomes even more important, as this is someone who’s going to be teaching and reinforcing good dental habits that will stay with your child for the rest of his or her life.
When looking for the right pediatric dentist, one of the best tools you have is your own pair of ears. Ask around, and especially talk to other parents in the area to find out who they go to and who they trust. Credentials are also highly important, but there’s no real substitute for firsthand, anecdotal evidence. Another good consideration is the size of the practice, and the number of patients the dentist is currently working with. While a busy office is a good sign, you want to make sure that your pediatric dentist will be available for your child and that making appointments won’t be a huge hassle. Remember also that this is a person that you’ll be seeing often, and that the person you choose as your child’s pediatric dentist should be someone that you get along with as well.
A great way to find the right pediatric dentist is to treat it like you’re hiring an employee. Don’t be afraid to conduct some interviews, where you can sit down and see what your potential choice is like before committing your child to an appointment. Though references are very helpful, it’s certainly a good idea to personally judge the way a pediatric dentist comes across. After all, your own parental instincts are important to pay attention to when entrusting the care of your child’s teeth to a pediatric dentist. This is someone who’s going to be spending a lot of time with your child, and you want to make sure that he or she is trustworthy.
When choosing the right pediatric dentist it’s important to be thorough. Ideally, the person that you choose will be able to take care of your child for years to come, and making the right decision the first time will save a lot of wasted time and money. One of the great things about having a dedicated pediatric dentist working with your child as he or she grows is that the dentist will be personally familiar with your child’s dental history, and will be more likely to notice things earlier, like the potential need for braces or a retainer.…
Anyone who has been to the dentist has heard of and probably had at least one procedure done to save a tooth. As commonplace as cavity fills and root canals are, it is hard to imagine a tooth being alive and how it ends up being infected. Still, it's important to understand how your teeth work and how they can get infected. If you do not want to be left in the dark the next time you visit the dentist, read on to find out about tooth structure, fillings, and root canals.
The tooth can be broken down into two main parts: the crown and the root. The crown consists of the part of the tooth that can be seen from the outside. It protrudes out from the gums and is covered in enamel. Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body and provides the tooth's toughest layer of defense against hard foods. Underneath the enamel is a tissue called dentin. Dentin is not as hard as enamel, but not as soft as most human tissue. At the very heart of the tooth is a tissue called the pulp. The pulp is a soft connective tissue that provides nutrients to the rest of the tooth.
The other half of the tooth is embedded deep into the gums to hold it in place and is referred to as the root. The root is mostly comprised of dentin and extends like prongs deep into the gums. At the tip of each prong blood vessels enter the tooth and connect to the pulp. Without these vessels intact to deliver nutrients to the pulp, the tooth will die. Most of the work that a dentist does aims to prevent the pulp from being damaged so that the tooth will not be lost.
Tooth decay occurs naturally. Bacterial deposits form on the outermost layer of the crown and, if left untreated, will eat away at the enamel and eventually the dentin. This deterioration forms a hole in the tooth known as a dental cavity. Once a hole has been made in your tooth the enamel and dentin will not regrow, so the hole must be replaced with a hard substance known as a filling. Sometimes the cavity forms at the top of the tooth and an entire new surface must be created- this is called a crown.
A root canal is needed in more dire situations. When a cavity has reached the pulp and infected it, it is usually necessary to completely remove the pulp. During a root canal procedure, the dentist drills into the tooth from the top, removes the pulp, and fills the tooth with a synthetic substance. When the tooth is sealed on top with a crown, it is technically dead, although it will not be lost because the bacterial infection is stopped.
These two common dental problems both result from basic bacterial infections. Brushing and flossing helps reduce buildup of bacteria on the teeth, and regular trips to the dentist …
Inevitably, as you grow older, the color of your teeth changes, slowly but surely. When you are young you can eat what you want and it has no affect affect. The truth though is that it does.
From the moment you take your first drink and eat your first piece of food your teeth are under constant attack and no matter what you do it is fighting a losing battle. Unless you take action and get your teeth white again.
Tea, coffee, alcohol, sugary drinks and food all attack the enamel on your teeth, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and cutting down on these will keep your teeth whiter for longer.
Everyone is concerned with their teeth and their smile and one of the first things you notice about someone, even if you do not realize it, is their teeth. It is only when you see someone with yellow and badly stained teeth that you really sit up and take notice.
It is possible to get whiter teeth at home though, even if they are yellowed and stained and there are plenty of products willing to help you to do this. Finding the right product can be confusing and difficult as you are overloaded with choices and conflicting advice.
Here are the methods that home kits use.
o Whitening trays. Probably the most effective and most well known product. The tray goes over your teeth with the whitener in it and cleans and whitens your teeth.
o Whitening strips. These are what they say. Strips that you place across your teeth. These have varying degrees of effectiveness and if they do not fit across your teeth even you are going to see some strange results with some teeth whiter than others.
o Whitening pens. These use a pen to release the whitener onto your teeth. If you are going to use this a good tip is to get someone else to do it for you and ensure each and every tooth is covered properly.
Out of all these methods the one that gives the most consistent, effective and quickest results for whiter teeth at home is usually the whitening tray. The manufacturers of many home kits that use trays usually give away free trials from time to time to let you see how effective and safe they are. …