October 17, 2014

Keeping Colds and Other Contagious Infections Contained

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Sure, we all want to avoid getting sick. However, most of the time we find out it’s usually too late to guard against colds, flu, and other contagious illnesses. That’s because we can be exposed to the illness before the person who has it shows any symptoms.

For example, a family member may sneeze several times at the dinner table before coming down with a full-blown cold the next day. Even the early sneezes, though, probably exposed you and other members of your household to the cold virus. The flu can be contagious about a day prior to the onset of symptoms, and strep throat can be contagious as much as five days prior to onset.

However, if someone in your household has a common cold or other contagious bug, you can take some precautions to keep catchy infections from taking over your home. Here are some “stay-well” strategies to prevent illness and keep catchy infections contained.

Top of Your List for Infection Protection

Immunizations have reduced or eliminated diseases such as smallpox, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), and polio. But despite the success of vaccines, contagious diseases still often outwit the best efforts to control them. For instance, there is concern now about a resurgence of whooping cough, which is most contagious before the coughing actually starts. The best way to prevent whooping cough is still through vaccinations. The childhood vaccine is called DTaP, and there’s also a whooping cough booster vaccine for adolescents and adults ages 19 through 64 called Tdap. The booster not only protects against whooping cough, but also against tetanus and diphtheria.

The moral is: No matter what your age, talk to your doctor to see if you are current with all of your immunizations. You should also make sure you get a flu shot annually to protect yourself from influenza, and if you are in the group of people who need one, you should get the pneumococcal vaccine, as well. It can help protect you against pneumonia.

Remember, though, while a flu shot is one of the best ways to avoid the flu, the vaccines aren’t always 100% effective. And flu, if you catch it, can lead to serious respiratory complications such as pneumonia or bacterial bronchitis. So, in addition to making sure you have all your immunizations and shots, you should also know about and use the following “stay-well” strategies to prevent illness and keep catchy infections contained.

Six Prevention Strategies to Use Every Day

Preventing any illness, including the common cold, begins with the following six basic prevention strategies:

-Think of hand washing as a survival skill (More on this later).
-Never touch your mouth, nose, or eyes without washing your hands.
-Teach your kids not to share food and other things that go in the mouth, as in guzzling milk from the carton or double dipping chips.
-Encourage family members to cover their mouths with a tissue when they cough or sneeze and to dispose of the tissue themselves. No time to grab a tissue? Cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow instead of your hands.
-Avoid sharing personal items like toiletries, towels, and pillows.
-Get proper rest and good nutrition to improve resistance and bolster immunity.

Source: Webmd.com

June 3, 2014

Things to Consider When Choosing a Toothpaste

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Types Of Toothpaste

These days, you may feel overwhelmed by the types of toothpaste available at your grocery store or pharmacy. Just remember: The best toothpaste for you is the one you like well enough to use every day.

Of course, you can buy a few different types for variety, or to suit the tastes and needs of your family members. Today, there are toothpastes to meet the oral care needs of virtually everybody, and you can’t really go wrong with any toothpaste that has the seal of the American Dental Association.

That said, some toothpastes do offer specific benefits in addition to cleaning teeth. Some specialty types of toothpaste include:

Antimicrobial. Antimicrobial toothpastes may contain stannous fluoride, an antibacterial agent that also provides anti-cavity and sensitivity benefits.

Tartar control. Tartar-control toothpastes may contain sodium pyrophosphate which helps to keep tartar from forming on teeth or better yet, sodium hexametaphosphate, which helps prevent tartar and stain, above the gum line. But if you already have stubborn tartar, tartar control toothpaste won’t remove it-you’ll need a professional cleaning from your dental hygienist.

Whitening. Whitening toothpastes contain chemical or abrasive ingredients to help remove and/or prevent stains from forming on the teeth. When used regularly, whitening toothpastes can reduce the appearance of stains and make your teeth look whiter.

April 22, 2014

Warning Signs You May Have a Cavity

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Cavities, like most other health issues, can vary in degree or seriousness. When a cavity first begins to form, it’s pretty easily treatable and we’re able to keep it from spreading. If left untreated, however, it can lead to some pretty serious complications, including tooth loss.

Your best chance of minimizing tooth damage from cavities (short of not getting them in the first place) is early detection and early treatment. If you’re coming in to see your dentist every six months, we’ll definitely be able to watch for early warning sign, but there are also ways you can be on the lookout between visits.

Here are three signs to watch for:

Tooth pain is not normal, so it’s definitely a red flag. If you’re experiencing pain, a cavity may be the root (tooth pun intended).

Many things can cause general tooth sensitivity (teeth whitening treatments for example), but if you notice a particular tooth is sensitive to hot, cold, sugary and acidic foods or pressure, it’s cause for concern.

Bad breath:
This one is tricky, as there are many causes of bad breath, but one of them is actually a cavity. The bacteria present in tooth infections (which is really what a cavity is) produces a very unpleasant smell. 

If any of these sound familiar, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If it is a cavity, early treatment is vital to minimizing damage. And if it’s not, your dentist will be able to determine what else might be causing the issue. 

April 19, 2013

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