It is not very often that we experience an emergency for dental care. However, the complexities of our daily lives has brought as much closer to certain perils that are bound to happen any time. Because of this, it is important to look at the top 3 tips for emergency dental care. A fast and efficient way to deal with the problem is important to avoid any unnecessary complications that may be brought about by delayed reaction or improper treatment. It is keen to note that about two million teeth are knocked out every year and statistics show that one out of four Americans suffer from a dental injury in their lifetime. You must be ready for any eventuality. The proper response in each situation is crucial. Here are the top 3 tips for emergency dental care:TIP no. 1 – One of the more common injuries is chipped or broken tooth. When this happens see if it involves the lower or upper tooth. In any case, apply direct pressure to the gums and not the teeth itself to stop the bleeding. After this, rinse the mouth and apply cold compress just to make sure that swelling will be kept at a minimum. Find the chipped fragments and bring it with you to the dentist. The tooth may be saved still if done in time and the chipped fragments may be cemented back by a tooth filling available at the clinic.TIP no. 2 – When it comes to sore gums, get some Peroxyl and rinse with it. Also when you brush your teeth and gums do it with care. Now is the time to have an evaluation with your dentist to see what is best for you.TIP no. 3 – The most common dental health problem is bad breath. Use fluoride toothpaste and brush your teeth after every meal. Do not wait for an hour or so before you do this, time is an important element. Make a list of foods that you normally eat on a good day to trace which might cause your problem. If you have to clean your tongue do not brush it, instead use a tongue scraper which is far more effective in cleaning it. Lastly, keep you mouth moist and use a good mouth rinse everyday.Follow these top 3 tips for emergency dental care and you are on your way to a better dental health.
Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Bee…He was the 6th of my friends who died (4 days ago) within a year. Two died late last year from cardiac arrest and cancer, while four this year – two from cancer and two from cardiac arrest.And he died right on the operating table while undergoing a by-pass.You might think this is no big deal because people die every day, anyway. You will just shrug your shoulders and say that it was their time.True!But when death strikes close to home, i.e., close friends, relatives, members of brothers, sisters, children, parents or spouses dies, it becomes personal. We weep, mourn, and are sad of our loss.And if the cause of death is avoidable and curable (at their early stages), like the above examples, we not only mourn. We are vexed why they allowed such things to happen to them.A good example is the 6th death. He was a doctor, a rheumatologist, and one of the best in the city.Ten years ago, he had his first by-pass. I was expecting that he will take better care of his weight after that. I was wrong.When he died, he weighed almost double than when he had his first operation.Ironical, isn’t it? He knew that he was walking a path that will surely lead him to an early death but never paused for a second to think of his options, never changed direction.He knew, but he ignored it.How about my other friends and all the others who died of diseases? Did they know or not. If they did, did they ignore them too, like my doctor friend?We will never know because nobody is telling. But you don’t have to be like them. You don’t have to follow their footsteps. You don’t have to die needlessly or untimely.Here are a few things you can do to live a healthier and happier life.6 DIY ways to avoid expensive medical bills:These preventive steps can go a long way to “nip things in the bud.”1. Check the color of your urine:Check the color of your urine each time you go to the bathroom when you wake up in the morning.Urine has 70 markers that can determine if any part of your body is functioning well or not.Foremost of these markers is color.The normal color of urine is pale yellow to gold if you are healthy. The color may change from the food you eat or drugs you are taking.The color becomes pale yellow to almost white if you drank too much water or a diuretic.A dark honey color or brown could mean that you are dehydrated and must drink more water. If it persists, you may have liver problems and must see a doctor right away.If your urine has spots of blood, it could be a urinary tract problem, or kidney stones. Pain normally comes with these problems. If you feel no pain, it could be signal for cancer.Dark or orange urine, if it comes with pale stools, yellow skin and eyes, could be liver malfunction problems.Mayo Clinic has a good urine color chart to help you avoid expensive health problems down the road.2. Regularly check your weight:Unexplained weight gain or loss could indicate hypothyroidism, adrenal disorders, fluid retention as in congestive heart failure, or renal disease.Other than dieting, unexpected loss of weight can signify cancer, autoimmune diseases, chronic diseases or depression.For women, it could be signs of pregnancy.3. Check your teeth:Don’t just brush your teeth, check them for cavities and other teeth problems.Check your gums for gingivitis (gum inflammation) or periodontitis (gum disease).Visit your dentist regularly. Dental problems can be signs of more serious medical problems of the heart, lungs, digestive system and other parts of the body.It can even spot early signs of oral cancer.4. Check your skin:Regularly check your skin for changing moles or lesions that don’t heal.Liver spots are normal when you grow old. But if they grow in size or feel itchy, visit your dermatologist.Be careful with the sun. Though sun tanning is cool for most, you are actually damaging your skin from the sun’s radiation.Most common skin disease caused by too much sun exposure is melanoma, which can be fatal. It normally starts as an innocent, slightly darkened mole. If it grows and begins to itch, consult a dermatologist.Take note that a skin exam is only good on the date it is performed. So many things can happen a day, a week, or a month later.5. Your stamina:Consult your doctor if you run out of breath going up or down staircases, or gets flustered doing things you can easily do before.I asked a cousin who had just a by-pass how he knew that he must have the operation. He told me that he cannot go up a single flight of stairs, or walk the distance of two street lamp posts without pausing for a rest.Sudden loss of stamina could indicate heart problems.6. Check your home:Yes, home is where your heart is. It can also be a favorite breeding place for molds, tics, toxins and other irritants that can make you feel unhealthy.A poorly ventilated, poorly lit, and dirty home can cause headaches, congestion, respiratory irritation, asthma or allergies.To put your heart where it should be, have your home regularly checked for molds, allergens, and chemicals that may be harmful to your health.Diseases and other medical problems don’t just come from out of the blue. They come like a train approaching an intersection – with horns blaring.They start as seemingly innocuous irritations, discomforts, tiny little spots, a small cavity tooth cavity, or little loss of breath which we take as one of those things that happen on a bad day, or will just go away.Next time you feel any of these, consult your doctor. It could be the most important thing you do to avoid more serious health problems up ahead and save on expensive medical bills.Remember the saying, “Forewarned is forearmed.”
1. Teach your kids how to floss: flossing is a very important part of oral health. This is because there is no other effective way of removing food particles that have stuck in-between teeth. Brushing alone isn’t effective. You must therefore make a point of teaching your kids how to floss if you want them to maintain good oral hygiene. It is important to note that flossing can be dangerous for kids. You must therefore take time to teach them how to floss without hurting their gums. Flossing can’t be ignored even when dealing with kid’s oral health. The best thing to do is to teach your kids how to floss properly once they become responsible for cleaning their own teeth i.e. 9 yrs.2. Restrict thumb-sucking by age 2: this is also a very important oral health tip for kids. Most kids develop the habit of sucking their thumbs at a very young age. You must curb this habit by age 2 to avoid developmental abnormalities. Thumb-sucking causes many common developmental abnormalities in kids, i.e. poor teeth arrangement, protruding teeth etc. To avoid such abnormalities you must curb thumb-sucking as soon as possible.3. Avoid giving your kids sugary snacks i.e. biscuits, chocolate, etc. between meals: according to research, most kids get cavities mainly because of eating sugary snacks frequently. The number of times you give your kids snacks throughout the day counts more than the amount of snacks (sugary foods) you give your kids in regards to oral health. The number of times your kids expose their teeth to sugars daily counts more in terms of causing cavities among other oral health problems.4. Limit intake of sticky foods i.e. raisins, chocolate, etc.: according to research, sticky foods are the worst foods for teeth because they tend to wedge in-between teeth. You must therefore limit sticky food intake for your kids because kids may not know how to clean their teeth properly after they eat such foods. This reduces the chance of your kids getting cavities from eating too much sticky foods.5. Take good care of your oral health: this is also an effective oral health tip for kids. According to research, bacteria responsible for causing tooth decay among other health problems in kids can be easily passed from caregivers to young children/infants. As a parent or caregiver, you must therefore take care of your own oral hygiene/health to ensure that you reduce the chances of passing on bacteria to your kids.6. Limit sharing of bottles and spoons between children and caregivers: as mentioned above, it is possible for caregivers i.e. parents among other adults to pass over mouth bacteria that causes tooth decay among other dental/oral diseases. Limiting sharing of spoons and bottles among other household utensils is important to ensure that your kids enjoy good oral hygiene/health.7. Encourage your kids to chew sugar free chewing gum: this is also an effective oral health tip for kids. One of the main causes of tooth decay as mentioned above is sticky foods in-between teeth. Normal chewing gum is usually coated with a lot of sugars which stick in-between teeth. You must therefore encourage your kids to chew sugar free gum to help them avoid dental health problems.