Preserving Your Baby’s Dental Health

Preserving Your Baby’s Dental Health

When it comes to caring for an infant, most parents are well aware of the need for routine pediatrician visits as part of their baby’s health care regimen. What’s less well-recognized is the importance that early and regular dental care plays. For optimal oral health, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that dental visits begin with the appearance of a child’s first tooth as an effective way to kick-start a lifelong program of preventive dental care.

One Baby Tooth + One Pediatric Dental Visit = Zero Cavities

“The ‘first-tooth visit’ lets the pediatric dentist check for proper oral and facial development, see if the teeth are growing in properly, and detect early tooth decay,” says H. Pitts Hinson, president of the AAPD. “It also gives the dentist a chance to walk parents through a complete program of home dental care for the child.”

Tooth decay, even in the earliest stages of life, can have serious implications for a child’s long-term health and well-being-and it’s becoming more of a problem every day. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comparing the dental health of Americans in 1988-1994 and 1999-2002 found a 15.2 percent increase in cavities among two- to five-year olds. In addition, the U.S. Surgeon General has identified tooth decay as the most common childhood disease.

A possible contributor to this trend is the fact that only three out of five children visit a dentist at least once a year. While parents may avoid taking a child to the dentist to save money, studies show that children who have their first dental visit before age one have 40 percent lower dental costs in their first five years than children who don’t, making preventive care a sound health and economic decision.

Without preventive care, the impact of tooth decay on child development can be striking. A study in Pediatric Dentistry showed that children with cavities were significantly more likely to weigh less than 80 percent of their ideal body weight. Even more disturbing is evidence that the effects of poor oral health may be felt for a lifetime. Emerging research suggests that improper oral hygiene may increase a child’s risk of having low-birth-weight babies, developing heart disease or suffering a stroke as an adult.

No one is better-equipped to care for primary teeth than pediatric dentists. Pediatric dentists complete two to three years of advanced training after dental school, preparing them to address the unique needs of infants, children and adolescents-including those with special health care requirements. Having the first dental visit in an office designed for kids before the onset of any tooth problems establishes trust and confidence in dental care in children that can carry over into adulthood.

How to Cure Bad Breath Permanently

How to Cure Bad Breath Permanently

As humans, being liked, popular and sought after is a natural desire inherent in each of us. This is why deodorants, toothpastes, gym memberships and fancy cars sell at astronomical rates. This is also why mints are so popular and hardly a day goes by without someone at work, school or in public asking you “do you have some gum?” You already know what that person may be trying to curb or correct: Bad Breath. (It also relieves you this person didn’t offer you some!)

I wrote once in an article in my blog titled “You’ve lost the weight but how clean are you on the inside?” that exterior indications-though very convincing and at times correct-don’t necessary depict proper health, as disease may manifest itself in various ways.

One strong indication of disease is always stench, as a result, if you suffer from bad breath or as is Medically diagnosed, halitosis, this is a sign that you need to make some drastic dietetic changes or undergo a cleanse to curb this unpleasant occurrence.

Using toothpastes (especially the controversial and hazardous fluorinated ones), mints and chewing-gums to curb bad breath, like any artificial drug for any disease, doesn’t cure this ailment but only masks its symptoms temporarily-only for it to come back in full force. This explains why we as humans become addicted to all sorts of unnatural and oft time hazardous substances ranging from pain killers to alcohol.

The necessary and very effective measures one should take in eliminating bad breath are the following (you can trust this author who even upon waking up doesn’t have the so-called ‘morning breath’, falsely and commonly accepted as being natural…nothing my friends could be further from the truth!)

1. Make a change in your diet; for as is known in every culture known to man; “You are what you eat!” Hippocrates- the Father of Medicine once said: “Let your foods be your medicine and your medicines your food”, well ‘what should I eat?’ the uninformed might ask: Plain and simple: alkaline forming/mucus binding foods also known as, you guessed it right (if you’ve read my other articles elsewhere) Fruits and Vegetables.

One common indication of disease besides stench is always mucus and this is introduced into the body by only one means, what you consume, therefore all measures should be taken to eat the foods that not only nourish you but have the added ability and benefit of being able to bind and eradicate the excessive mucus.

I am not trying to be a pro-vegan or vegetarian (heck I’ve smelled bad breath and strong body odor on the most blindly fanatical of both kinds of people before) but, from experiments and being a nature lover, all vegetarian animals-free of human captivity or at least allowed to eat their natural diets (for examples the grazing cattle who consume only grass) DO NOT have any bad breath.

For a good example of a suggested daily menu plan, look for my article on ‘How to get rid of Acne in 10 days’ on this site as space is a constricting factor at this time.

2. Practice basic natural oral hygiene. As I indicated in the core e-book of my site, practitioners of Yoga such as the hard-core ones in India, Africa and even here in the USA know of such ancient techniques of cleansing the body that-though not as necessary for the beginner-are very, very effective for eliminating bad breath.

Type “kunjar kriya” up in Google and read what this process is. Being an advanced technique that must be practiced under supervision, a simple and less repugnant (if you think) process will be:

-Brushing the teeth with a toothbrush and pure all natural un-iodized Sea-salt or using an African Chewing stick or even a firm toothbrush exclusively. I always get compliments on my dentition and smile and besides my mother’s genes (if I may be so vain) using one of these methods has proven to me to be the safer and more effective methods of dental hygiene as outlined in chapter 11 of the text mentioned elsewhere in this article.

-Massage the gums with your clean index fingers. This essential practice strengthens the gums and cleans out impurities from its pores.

-After this; join the index, middle and ring fingers and massage the back of the tongue thoroughly for the same purpose.

-When you are done with these two procedures, scrape the tongue thoroughly with a tongue scraper designed exclusively for this or a blunt bread-knife. Intermittently, between all the steps above, you should rinse the mouth with warm saline water and ensure to gargle with this solution upon completion.

As you may have observed from the steps above (and in most of my articles) alleviating the symptom of a discomfort such as bad breath is mostly a two-part procedure: A drastic change in the diet (internal) and natural cleansing procedures/exercises (external). To complete the three limbs of Naturopathy, your positive and open-minded approach in reading this article takes care of the positive thinking aspect.

It never ceases to amaze me how the population so naively accepts mere fads, hyped products and so called drugs to eradicate the myriad of our modern day ailments, but take it from a guy who suffered (note the PAST tense) from asthma, acne, bad breath and depression for a long length of time, most if not all common diseases of this age can and will be things of the past if some basic all-natural methods such as the steps above for bad breath are applied.

Common Dental Problems Among Young Adults

Common Dental Problems Among Young Adults

When you were still young, your parents always forced you to brush your teeth especially before sleeping. They would go with you to the dentist for the routine checkup, thus your teeth are always on a good condition. When you grow into a young adult, many things change I your surroundings and within you. Your parents can’t force you to do anything anymore and your peers have changed from mom and dad to the boy next door or the classmates. At this age, you tend to forget what you parents have been teaching you since you were young. This includes taking care of your teeth. When teeth are not taken care of, lots of dental problems occur.
A young adult can have a gum disease and tooth decay. This is caused by too much plaque which accumulated in the teeth because of too much sugar from carbonated sodas. The plaque may also lead to tooth decay which would also lead to social problems like bad breath. Gum disease must be treated right away because it may lead to periodontitis which is a serious mouth disease. Another dental problem that young adults experience is the growth of the wisdom tooth. It is the tooth which grows when you are at the stage of being a young adult. They are molars that would grow at the top and bottom rows of one’s teeth. A wisdom tooth can cause major discomfort among young adults especially when it does not grow properly. Dentists recommend the total removal of these teeth using a proven and tested oral surgery.
One dental problem of many would-be adults is having crooked teeth. This could be due to the teeth which did not grow properly. Because of crooked teeth, young adults get picked on a lot. Young adults end up getting called names like “Alligator teeth.” However, crooked teeth can be corrected. This requires an orthodontic care though.
Oral problems among young adults can be caused by oral piercings. It is now common among young adults to have piercings in the ears, eyebrow, navel, and even in the mouth. Oral piercings can give you oral problems. If not taken proper care, the bacteria can accumulate inside the hole that has been made. The jewelry which is used in the tongue piercing may chip and break the teeth as it constantly hits the teeth.
Young adults also suffer dental problems which resulted from sports. Contact sports can damage the teeth when hit too hard. Thus, it is always necessary to wear a mouth guard. This is to prevent the teeth from chipping and breaking. Some older kids and teenagers may get dental problems from thumbsucking and nail biting. Though this is a rare occasion, this phenomenon still happens to young adults. It happens when parents do not cut the habit of thumbsucking and nail biting when children are still young. Thus, the activity is taken even up to the young adult stage. Because of this, the conditions of the teeth are affected.
To prevent dental problems, teenagers and people in their early twenties must make it a habit to still go to the dentist like when they are still young. Not only that dentist will help you take care of your teeth but also it will also help you boost your self confidence as oral problems will be lessened a lot. A young adult must visit the dentist every six months. This is to check for early signs of tooth decay and gum disease. One must not wait to have toothache before going to the dentist as it may be too late if you do so because at this time, you may have already developed gum disease or tooth decay.

Choosing A Proper Dentist

Choosing A Proper Dentist

Oral health receives a lot of of attention these days with the resurgence of modern teeth whitening systems and a new consciousness regarding oral hygiene. However, the development of new technologies in dentistry necessitates the attention of committed dentists and dental work experts. Recent studies indicate that more dental health workers are just in for the money and treat dentistry and its branches as means to make lucrative business. Therefore, choosing a dentist is a crucial move, for the sake of your oral and financial health.

Before qualifying as dentists and dental work practitioners, candidates are required to take up a pre-dental degree and dental school courses. Dental school studies are divided in two: pre-clinical studies for two years and a practicum under a licensed faculty for the latter two. Dentistry candidates are then required to pass the state and national dentistry board to qualify as dentists. However, if the candidates plan to specialize in a branch of dentistry such as public health, endodontics, oral maxillofacial pathology, oral maxillofacial surgery, dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics, a couple of years of advanced studies is required. They are also required to pass the specialty board examination to gain their board certification and license. After so much study and money spent on training, it’s no wonder some dentists are more keen to earn big money at the expense of their clients’ teeth. Here are some guidelines to help people choose a proper-minded dentist who actually care for their clients’ teeth and oral health.

Being an advocate of prevention rather than expensive one-time treatments is a positive sign that dentists and dental work experts are interested in their patients’ health. They often suggest or recommend doing a full oral study before dispensing treatments and procedures. They require x-ray films or copies of dental records from their clients’ previous dentist. Thorough examinations of overall dental health are to be expected and these include examinations of the following: teeth, gums, lips, tongue, palate, cheek insides, and throat. If the dentist charts, shows, and explains in detail the results of the exam to the client, it is a good sign that the dentist is serious about dental health. Advices and reminders about regular visits are to be expected from good dentists. They are interested in monitoring and assessment of maintenance and dental procedures, if any. Hence, good dentistry requires time and detailed work unlike treatments which promise instant results.

Aside from the positive signs to be reckoned with in finding a good dentist, there are also signs which raise the red flag. Flamboyant teasers and advertisements often signify mass production instead of detailed work. Also, lower than average fees are not foolproof ways to save money. Lower fees often require longer, repeated treatments which in time cost more. Dentists who often rely on sedation are also exposing their patients to undue risks. Unscientific processes employed by some dentists should be warning enough. Dentistry is based on science and not “holistic” treatments as some advertise. It is more likely that these “holistic” treatments are bent on consuming a client’s wallet whole.

With the risks these situations pose, it is imperative that people know where to find good dentists and dental work experts. Referrals from family members, friends, and impartial local health workers are good sources. There are also agencies that offer assistance in finding quality dental care. It is also important to ensure that the client’s philosophy on health and dental care coincides with that of the dentist. This promotes cooperation, good rapport, and ultimately, outstanding oral health.

Gugulipid

Gugulipid

An ancient herb, guglipid is derived from the resin resembling a gum from the mukul myrrh tree. It dates back to thousands of years ago and has been used in India’s traditional Ayuverda medicine.

The Mukul Tree

The mukul tree, or Commiphora mukul, the plant from which gugulipid is extracted, is a small, thorny plant that grows throughout northern India. It produces a gum-like resin called guggul. Sometimes, guggul is also referred to as guggul gum, guggal, gugglesterone, guggulu, and gum gugal.

The gugulipid tree is closely related to the Commiphora mukul tree or common myrrh, which was used as one of the first medicines. There were even hieroglyphic notations of its use during the ancient Eqyptian times. With such a close relation, many scientists believe that gugulipid may have many of the same properties as myrrh as even their ancient status is similar.

Health Benefits

In the 1960s, researchers in India discovered an ancient Sanskrit medical text, Sushruta Samhita. This classical book of medicine described the prescription of gugulipid for the treatment of medoroga, a disease that closely resembles symptoms of high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries. To test this ancient theory, Indian scientists used gugulipid on animals. They later found that gugulipid both lowered cholesterol levels and protected against the development of hardening of the arteries.

A culminating study was subsequently conducted, examining the effectiveness of gugulipid on humans. Although of its potency are still quite preliminary, the Indian government was impressed enough to approve it as a treatment for high cholesterol.

In the Sushruta Samhita, gugulipid was also suggested for fat loss and the relief of arthritis. Some recent studies have noted benefits for these conditions, as well as acne and several other conditions. In the ancient times, the people used gugulipid in a crude, powdered form. Today, gugulipid is available as a supplement in a more refined form.

Additionally, guglipid was used as early as 600 B.C. as treatment for people who suffer from a condition associated with regular overindulgence in rich foods and sedate lifestyle – a condition we now call as atherosclerosis. Present scientists have researched the benefits of gugulipid on atherosclerosis and they were able to find that the refined resin of the mukul tree inhibits formation of plaque that hardens arteries. Furthermore, active ingredients in gugulipid called guggulsterones can encourage levels of fat in the body to drop. This in turn lowers the risk of heart disease.

Buying Information

Before you go out and buy yourself a gugulipid supplement, be sure to consult your doctor first. If you have liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or diarrhea, there’s a good chance that your doctor may advice you against taking the supplement. Pregnant women should also not take it.

During product selection, look for one that is clearly marked as a gugulipid supplement and not guggul or guggulu. The latter products are crude, unrefined forms of the resin and may contain toxic compounds, which in turn may cause loss of appetite, stomach pain, diarrhea, and rashes. Gugulipid on the other hand has been refined and contains only the active ingredients without the toxins.

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Individual Health And Dental Insurance

Individual Health And Dental Insurance

Both individual health and dental insurance plans have confusing, yet important, abbreviations. Below is an explanation of each to help you learn the things you need to know about individual health and dental insurance plans.

Health Maintenance Organization (HMO): An HMO is a health insurance plan that allows you to choose a primary care physician who will act as your “go between” in the event you need to see a medical specialist outside of your primary care physician’s field. If you have an HMO health insurance plan, you “prepay” for services rather than pay a deductible.

Preferred Provider Organization (PPO): PPOs are available with both individual health insurance plans and dental insurance plans. Like an HMO, a PPO lets you choose your doctor or dentist within a particular network. Unlike an HMO, you only pay for the services you are given by the doctor or dentist.

Point of Service (POS): A POS is a health insurance plan that combines features from HMOs and PPOs. Like an HMO, there is usually no deductible, low co-pay, and a primary care physician. Like a POS, you’re allowed to go out of the network of doctors, in which case you’ll pay a deductible and possibly higher co-pay.

Indemnity Plan (IP): The IP is a very popular dental insurance plan. Coverage is limited, but you usually have the option of choosing your own dentist, which actually helps you save money.

Dental Health Maintenance Organization (DHMO): After paying one annual premium, a DHMO guarantees a certain number of visits, though it doesn’t allow you to choose your dentist.

Dental Discount Plan (DDP): Although a DDP isn’t a traditional dental health insurance plan, you can get discounts from dentists who agree to participate in the plan. There’s no limit and you choose your own dentist.

Rather than let abbreviations complicate things, learn the meanings to easier find the right individual health and dental insurance plans for you.

How Does Dental Insurance Work

How Does Dental Insurance Work

Bad oral hygiene like failure to brush or floss teeth, gargle your mouth after meals, or eating foods like chocolate or sugar can harm your teeth. This gives rise to many dental problems like bad breath, gingivitis, bleeding gums, and dental cavities. This means a visit to a dentist could leave a hole in your pocket. At times, a normal checkup can set you back by $50 without undergoing any treatment. Besides, good oral health is important for our appearance. Also, dental problems can signify underlying health problems like heart disease. But going for dental insurance will ensure that the insurer pays for the costs. Here we explain briefly how dental insurance works.

Good dental health is not only important for our appearance, it is important for our overall health too as problems in the mouth can often be a sign that something else in the body needs attention.

Why do I need dental insurance?
A dental insurance plan is useful in paying for the costs of both normal and emergency dental treatments. You need not worry about paying your dentist’s fees to take care of your oral health.

Where do you get dental insurance?
There are various healthcare cash plan insurers who cover the dentistry fees to a determined limit. Now some companies offer independent dental insurance. The cover will vary from insurer to insurer, but both the cash plan and an independent dental insurance policy will cover the charges for normal checkup, emergencies and any unintentional injuries to the teeth. Recently, an insurer has started providing cover for major dental problems like reconstructive surgery, which can include a plastic surgery after injury to the teeth or oral cancer.

Where should I buy dental insurance?
You can get the best insurance that fits your budget by shopping around. Visiting the websites will offer you detailed information on the dental insurers and their policies. This gives you adequate time to compare the terms and conditions of various policies. You can also find out about any discounts on dental insurance.

Say Cheese: Dental Benefits

Say Cheese: Dental Benefits

Dental insurance is often an afterthought when obtaining health insurance for a number of reasons. Some people may simply dislike the dentist and use the lack of dental insurance as a reason to not visit the dentist; others may feel that dental insurance is not worth the added cost to their monthly health insurance premium. Still others may simply feel that their teeth are in good shape and there is little need to spend the extra money to cover a part of their body that does not currently have any problems. Nevertheless, dental insurance is important because of several benefits.

When people think of the cost of dental work or procedures, they often think of costly bills. Even simple procedures like getting your wisdom teeth removed can average in the hundreds of dollars per tooth! However, one obvious benefit to dental insurance is the coverage of simple but costly dental procedures such as getting a tooth removed. In the end, the slight increase in a monthly premium may be worth it to avoid a high dental bill. Moreover, dental insurance also helps financially if a dental emergency develops. Perhaps you are in need of a root canal or dental implants – both extremely costly procedures that you often do not anticipate. Dental insurance will most likely cover a portion, if not all of these expensive procedures.

Also, while many feel that brushing and flossing daily is all the dental care they need this is simply not true – even for young, healthy adults. Dental disease is common and can affect your body in a number of ways. For instance, some dental diseases left untreated can lead to more serious medical issues such as kidney infections or even diabetes. Most people do now know of the connection between dental diseases and other illnesses. Thus, having dental insurance that covers routine visits to the dentist, which can help uncover dental diseases early, is extremely important. Dental insurance is designed to encourage preventative care, because spotting dental diseases or dental problems early reduces the overall cost of treatment.

Dental insurance may seem like just another gimmick to get a few more dollars out of you, but it is essential for your health. Your regular health insurance plan, whether it is through your employer as a group plan or an individual plan, should offer you the option of buying dental insurance coverage, and you should consider this piece of the plan thoroughly when purchasing health insurance.

Medicine Chest In A Bottle

Medicine Chest In A Bottle

Tea tree oil is steam distilled from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia. This indigenous tree is found only in tropical northeastern New South Wales Australia. The name tea tree was given by Captain Cook during his exploration of Australia during the 1700’s. After running out of tea on his voyage, he found a fragrant plant and brewed the leaves into a spicy beverage and named these plants, tea trees.

Tea tree oil is both powerful and safe. It is known for its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. The Aboriginal people of New South Wales have used the tea tree plant medicinally for thousands of years. In the early 1900’s, tea tree oil was readily used by dentist and surgeons as a disinfectant and for incisions. Dentist also used tea tree oil for gingivitis, bleeding gums and infection. During World War II, tea tree oil was included in the first aid kits of medics. It was poured on wounds to prevent infection. It was also used very successfully to heal wounds that were already infected. They were amazed to find that this powerful germicide dissolved pus without damaging the surrounding tissue.

The beauty of tea tree oil is that it penetrates deep into the skin tissues. Acne and nail fungus are popular conditions many use tea tree oil for. It is effective and gentle on the skin. There are numerous other conditions that tea tree oil is effective on such as, arthritis, athletes foot, bites and stings, candida albicans, cold sores, dandruff, eczema, head lice, hemorrhoids, muscle aches, psoriasis, rashes, sinus congestion, warts, wounds and more. Don’t forget about your pets. It’s great for removing fleas, ticks, lice and as an antiseptic.

Tea tree oil should only be used externally, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Make sure to choose high quality tea tree oil that is 100% pure. Tea tree oil can be found in body lotions, foot creams, deodorants, dandruff shampoos, toothpaste, mouthwash, soaps, healing saves and even dental floss.

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Is Dental Insurance Even Necessary?

Is Dental Insurance Even Necessary?

In a recent survey of the most wanted work benefits and perks, health insurance was at the top of the list. That’s only to be expected. Everyone knows that you need health insurance. It might come as a surprise, though, that the second most desired work benefit is dental insurance. Why is dental insurance so important and necessary?

Anyone who has ever suffered a toothache can tell you that when your teeth hurt, your whole world seems to become one throbbing, aching tooth. There are few things that can disrupt your day more than a bad tooth. And yet, most people don’t consider dental insurance to be that important – and major employers are only just starting to realize what a potent piece of their employee benefit dental insurance is. Dental health is far more important than most people realize, and doctors are realizing that more and more each day.

Dental health is closely tied to overall physical health in ways that most people are only beginning to realize. Gingivitis – infection of the soft tissues of the mouth – can easily become systemic infection that requires hospitalization. Misaligned teeth can cause neck pain and headache, and broken teeth can open the way to opportunistic infections that can, in the worst-case scenario, be fatal. Neglecting your teeth is neglecting your health.

Without dental insurance, many adults neglect routine dental care because it’s simply too expensive. A simple filling averages $125-$200 depending where in the country you live. Routine examinations and cleanings – recommended at least once a year for adults – average $75 and up, and a full set of dental x-rays can easily cost over $200. The cost for emergency services is even higher. A root canal – one of the most common oral surgeries – can approach $1,000. And cosmetic dentistry – from whitening teeth to full replacement bridges – averages $1500 to $3000, depending on the procedure.

Good dental insurance reduces the cost of routine dental care, often paying in full for one set of x-rays and a cleaning each year. That routine care can prevent many of the more expensive emergencies. Even more important, routine dental examinations can often turn up the first signs of more serious health problems – the first signs of illnesses like diabetes are often found in your mouth. Comprehensive dental insurance is one of the key ingredients in good health care.

Is dental insurance really necessary? The answer is an unqualified yes.