Posted by in Health Care on April 8, 2013
Contrary to what others advice and believe, dental health care must not be neglected even during pregnancy. This is because the condition of the mother’s gums and teeth can affect the baby’s health inside her womb. Several medical surveys show that preterm delivery and babies with low birth weight are both caused by dental and periodontal infections.
Now, how do you start with this? Firstly, inform your dentist whether you are trying to get pregnant or already in the early stages of pregnancy. By doing so, he can help you prepare for oral health problems that may come your way during the conceiving stage up to the delivery stage. Secondly, take efforts to know which of the dental procedures are not advisable for you to undergo.
Challenges on pregnant women’s dental health care usually start from the presence of plaque. The latter is a film of bacteria which can wound the gums and seep deep into the gums and into the bloodstreams. Take note whatever infection present in the bloodstream can reach the fetus any time. The good news about this is that it can be prevented through a thorough periodontal exam that which may be done months or years before your planned pregnancy.
In the case that you are already pregnant, do not forget to religiously practice oral hygiene at home. This can prevent potential problems in your gums and teeth. Seeing the dentist while pregnant is another measure to observe. Moving forward, you can also undergo professional cleanings which can equip your gums and teeth from the harms of dental illnesses brought about by the hormonal changes during pregnancy. Enamel erosion and gingivitis are two common examples of these illnesses.
Some specialists suggest that cavity fillings and installation of crowns may be done to reduce possibilities of further infection from gingivitis or enamel erosion. In fact, root canal may also be administered so long as local anesthesia is used. Dental x-rays are the procedures to be avoided since its harmful rays are believed to harm the fetus. If ever emergencies require them, abdominal shields may be used. As for the medicines associated with these treatments, they should only be taken under prescription by the dentist. Do not risk the health of your unborn child by buying over-the-counter pain relievers. Cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening and implant installation must be postponed until your baby is born. The same goes for treatments with which application of electricity will be used. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by in Health Medical on April 7, 2013
When thinking about diet, the intention of most people is simply to look attractive. Suddenly we want to have a flat belly and a sexy bum. Nice looks can boost our self-esteem and generally make us happy, but there are serious health reasons to lose weight.
Let’s start with obvious advantages. Once you lose excessive weight, you feel better. It’s easier to wake up, your energy levels are higher, climbing the stairs is no longer a challenge. Extra energy and a better look together will let you go to the beach and start a successful sex life again. Weight loss can also help improve knee problems and fertility problems.
If you still feel unconvinced, then it’s time for you to find out what are the consequences of being obese.
First of all, the risk of death rises with the increasing weight. Tell me, how many old people do you know that are really obese and feel good and full of energy?
Second, obesity contributes to heart problems and is one of the most frequent reasons of heart attacks. This argument is often underestimated by young people, who think that this problem is more age-related, but medical findings are merciless in this field.
Do you know any people with diabetes? Obesity leads to the development of insulin resistance and thus your chances of getting diabetes increase. For those already diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, weight control is regarded as the most important therapeutic task. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by in Physical Therapy on April 6, 2013
Accidents sometimes happen. You can neither predict it nor expect it. As adults say, you can never be safe therefore you should always be careful. When you encounter accidents though, you need to attend to your injuries as soon as possible. One of the best ways to recover is through injury rehabilitation.
Injury rehabilitation is normally for athletes. These are the people who are involved in sports and other vigorous physical activities. They are using their muscles and bones so much that they become damaged even if they do not encounter accidents. They are also very prone to encountering mishaps because they run around and compete with others most of the time. Sometimes, the injuries are far too severe therefore rehabilitation is important. Below are some goals of injury rehabilitation and the different phases the patients undergo through.
One of the goals of injury rehabilitation is to help an athlete recover as soon as possible. The ultimate goal is complete recovery – the condition where an athlete can go back to the game without any complication. However, this process takes time especially if the injury is quite severe. The therapists need to be experienced and very professional to make the process faster.
The first phase involved in injury rehabilitation is the healing phase. Before the therapists can begin to help the patient become normal again, the wound has to heal first. If not, it may just become worse. Some of the treatments that are included in this phase include total rest, pain relief, treatment for swelling and the treatment of the muscles and tissues. The second phase is known as the mature healing process. This is done by intensively treating the tissues and making sure that they have well-recovered. Advanced treatments are necessary here to ensure that the body is ready for the rehabilitation. The last phase is the integration. This is where the real rehabilitation takes place. There are many exercises and trainings that help the muscles regain strength. Aside from strength, the body is also being trained for endurance and improved coordination of the brain and the muscles.
Injury rehabilitation is not the only that can be used to bring the body back to its normal condition. The other one is known as the strength training. It is done after or during injury rehabilitation. It mostly consists of bodybuilding and resistance training routines. One benefit of strength training is the fact that it is not very time consuming and it is not as hard as cardio exercises. This means that you can do it even if you are a person who finds it difficult to commit to physical exercise. Read the rest of this entry »