Health Week

Kids Need Not be Afraid of Dental Visits

Health Week May 17, 2017 at 2:19 am

Woman Afraid of DentistRemember when you were young, and a toothache meant a dreaded visit to the dentist? As a parent, it is now your duty to assure your child that dental health habits should start at their young age. But being kids, they won’t take it rationally, kicking and screaming all the way.

This doesn’t have to be the case, especially when you choose the right dentist for your child as early as possible. We say ‘early’ because it is important to establish familiar connections with the right dental institution, which greatly helps your child develop relaxed, positive attitudes towards his or her dental health.

If you’re wondering how to get started, read on and be enlightened!

Growing up with the right “dental home”

Deidra Bird Kokel DDS agrees that finding a dental practice for your child in the long-term helps them with familiarization. If children grow up in a familiar environment, with people they’ve known for a long time, their ‘attachment’ develops and fear is replaced by trust.

Choosing a pediatric dentist is the best course of action for parents for a good reason. Pediatric dentists undertake specialized training specifically for addressing a child’s unique dental needs. Many of them are well versed in child psychology, allowing them to interact with patients better than anyone could.

Ask the clinic about dental visits and explain them to your kids

Visiting a dentist for the first time only serves as an introductory experience, to let kids get accustomed to the new environment. Pediatric dentists will gradually familiarize children into how certain dental procedures and exams work, like cleanings, etc.

Children respond well to show-and-tell methods, putting them at ease with visually stimulating pictures and toys. These techniques focus on informing them of basic dental care in an entertaining fashion.

Apply techniques for home use

Pediatric dentists can impart valuable dental care information, which is not limited to the clinic. They’ll be more than happy to provide tips for you to use at home, helping you choose products and the like. They can also counsel parents on the proper diet that contributes to kids’ overall oral health.

Fear of dentists should be a thing of the past. With the help of your friendly pediatric dentist and proper oral health habits formed at home, kids will be smiling brightly for years and beyond.

What Age is Too Old for Orthodontic Treatment?

Health Week May 12, 2017 at 4:17 am

BracesWhen you hear the word “orthodontics” or “braces,” you usually think of a teenager with headgear or a so-called “metal mouth.” Orthodontic treatment, though, is not only for children and teenagers.

More adults are straightening their teeth because of the various benefits to their work and social lives. As Williams Orthodontics puts it, undergoing this “at later stages in life can dramatically improve your social appearance and self-esteem.”

beautiful smile is a great asset when looking for a relationship. In a survey of 1,000 people, one-third said that it’s less likely for them to kiss someone with bad teeth. Apart from encouraging intimacy, a great smile is also important when meeting someone for the first time.

Clearly, good dental health is in your best interest. But is it too late to straighten your teeth when you reach a certain age? If not, then at what age is too old?

Adult Orthodontic Treatment

If you’re dealing with crooked teeth and poorly-aligned bites, here’s some good news for you: you can still undergo orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists shares that one in five patients is over 18.

While it’s best to undergo treatment during childhood because it’s easier to change the positioning of the teeth, your age shouldn’t stop you from getting straighter teeth. The treatment generally has no age limit, but there are restrictions that depend on the condition of your jaw bones and gums.

Here are a few reminders when you decide to get the treatment:

  • You may also want to see a periodontist to ensure that bone loss does not hinder your treatment.
  • The treatment may take a little longer compared to children and teenagers. The duration of treatment will differ from one person to another.

Why Undergo Orthodontic Treatment?

Not only will orthodontic treatment give you straighter teeth. It will also prevent jaw problems, speech problems, tooth loss, and gum disease due to malocclusions.

Orthodontic braces have improved throughout the years. Thanks to technological advancements, clear aligners, such as Invisalign, allow for convenient and easy orthodontic treatment. The clear aligners are not only safe, comfortable, and effective, but also perfect for people who are too conscious about the way they look, whether young or old.

Live a Healthier, Happier Lifestyle with These Simple Tips

Health Week April 28, 2017 at 9:22 am

Young Woman with Great TeethHow often do you get home from work, feel tired to the bone, collapse on the couch, and only to be roused by your phone’s alarm three hours later because it is time to go back to work? You’ve probably figured it out: that is no way to live.

A healthy, happy lifestyle is a prerequisite if you want to make it to a ripe, old age – or at least keep your sanity. Here are some simple tips to make your life better.

Take Care of Your Teeth

Happiness begins with a smile. You need caring for your teeth because all that bacteria in your mouth can change the complexion of your knickers, as well as cause health problems. You can get into the habit of flossing or make regular visits to the dentist. Potters Bar, Harlow and other English towns are just as adequate as London when it comes to dental hygiene services.

Learn to Organise and Time-Manage

Do you spend a lot of time gossiping at the cooler? Do you always go out for lunch? Simple adjustments like preparing a healthier meal at home can do wonders for your time management.

Shift Careers

If you have done everything possible to organise and manage your time, but you still end up working overtime every day and become disconnected with reality, perhaps it’s time to start looking for another job. You may also look into a work-at-home alternative.

Exercise

Do not forego the opportunity to exercise even once a week. If you can squeeze at least 25 jumping jacks to the start of your day, that’s much better.

Eat Better

You can skip veggies in some meals, but make sure you eat something that gives the nutrition you need for the day.

These habits are rather elementary, yet many tend to ignore or procrastinate. If you go the extra mile in finding what makes you happy and healthy, then the rest will follow.

Do not take your teeth for granted

Health Week April 12, 2017 at 2:24 pm

Old man with good teeth

Sometimes we ignore our teeth until there is a problem but to keep your mouth problem free, it pays to look after them so that you can enjoy good oral health in the long-term. Caring for your teeth involves more than a quick brush twice a day, although proper attention at home is essential. Having a healthy mouth means choosing a good diet, ensuring good gum health and early detection so that issues can be dealt with before they become severe. Regular check-ups with your dentist allows them to assess the health of your teeth and mouth, advise on care and carry out prompt treatment if necessary.

Healthy teeth and beautiful smiles

Having strong teeth is essential for carrying out everyday activities such as eating and speaking properly, but they also affect how you feel about your appearance. If your teeth are discoloured, damaged, missing or misaligned, it can make you feel less confident and may start to change how you interact with people. Londent in London Bridge provides a range of services for the whole family, including preventive dentistry, emergency care and cosmetic dentistry. Seeing your dentist regularly is a long-term investment, not just in your health but in how you look and even how you feel about yourself.

Supporting your changing needs

Regular dental check-ups keep your teeth well but if there are problems, you may need additional procedures. Crooked teeth are usually dealt with during childhood as the jaw is still developing but it is not too late for adults. Modern braces are effective, discreet and comfortable, so straighter teeth are easier to achieve and fit into your lifestyle. The problem of missing teeth can be solved using dental implants, bridges and dentures. If you are concerned about aesthetics then crowns, veneers, teeth whitening or facial enhancement may help. Your dentist can also help in dental emergencies with procedures such as root canal therapy, tackling abscesses, carrying our extractions and dealing with teeth that have been knocked out.

Ensuring a good relationship with your dentist means you can get the care you need for long-term wellbeing, quality of life and a beautiful smile.

Choosing the Best Bamboo Sheets for your Bed

Health Week April 5, 2017 at 3:57 am

Woman Sleeping Soundly Have you ever slept on a bed so comfortable you practically had a hard time getting out of it? Chances are, you have slept on a quality mattress sheathed in bamboo linen, topped off with a fluffy comforter. How would you like that experience repeated every day inside your bedroom?

Searching for the best bamboo sheets is quite hard. Comfort expert Cozy Earth suggests buying bamboo sheets that are cool, breathable, eco-friendly, and hypoallergenic. However, how should you choose among the dizzying array of sheets?

The best bet of sleep enthusiasts

The bamboo sheet is the top bed sheet pick of many consumers across the globe. They always carry that sophisticated softness, smoothness, and strength that no other bed sheet type has. You will quickly fall in love with the bamboo sheet’s luxurious feel, clean appearance, and incredible resistance.

Examine the sheet’s softness

Quality bamboo sheets feel creamy soft on the first touch. It glides on your skin smoothly as well.

Check the fabric’s temperature regulation factor

The best bamboo sheets feel cool underneath your skin. They wick away moisture and keep you fresh while you are dozing off. During hot days, the sheets must keep you cool and refreshed. Conversely, during cold days, the sheets must be able to give you cozy warmth.

Look at the sheet’s durability

Bamboo sheets are extremely durable. They can withstand repeated washing and drying cycles. High-quality bamboo sheets are often more expensive than others, but cost should not be the only factor to look at. Check the sheet’s weave and thread count, and make sure to touch and feel the fabric to check its strength.

Pick a shade for your room

Select a design and color scheme that matches your entire bedroom’s visual interiors. This allows you to create a homey, relaxed vibe in the comforts of your room.

You see, selecting the right bamboo sheet needs a keen eye for detail. Follow the tips mentioned above and get ready to doze off to a relaxing sleep with your new set of luxurious bamboo sheets.

How Much Do I Have to Pay for Dental Implants in Croydon?

Health Week March 30, 2017 at 6:57 am

Dental ImplantsThere is an array of options for replacing missing teeth, but dental implants are often the most recommended by most dentists. Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants are a permanent, durable solution that will last for life, if you care for them properly. They also have no adverse effects on the nearby teeth and even keep your jawbone strong and healthy.

The Cost of Dental Implants

The cost of dental implants varies in Croydon. However, one thing is for sure. Because dental implants last far longer than other treatment options, they also cost far more than dentures of bridges.

Some dental clinics charge around £900 for a single implant, while others charge double at £1,800. This usually covers administrative and laboratory fees, sterilization, materials, and other expenses. Back tooth implants are slightly more expensive than those in front.

Dental implants are available at a much lower cost at the NHS. However, you will have to prove that you have a good reason not to wear dentures, such as if you’ve had mouth cancer or if your teeth have been knocked off by accident.

The Cost of Multiple Implants

Naturally, the more dental implants you need, the higher you will have to pay. However, the cost per single implant goes down. The price for replacing two teeth can go anywhere from £1,600 to £3,500.

If you need three or more dental implants, expect to pay much more, starting from £4,000 to £6,000, or even more if you need implants for your entire jaw.

Other Expenses You Might Not Have Known

Aside from the cost of the dental implant itself, you may also have to pay for other expenses. For instance, your dentist will have to give you preparatory treatments, such as extractions and repair work on existing teeth. You might also have to shoulder the cost of X-rays so your dentist can evaluate if your gums are healthy enough for the implants.

Why Busy People Need Hot Stone Massage Therapy

Health Week March 27, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Hot Stone Therapy Hot stone massage therapy is something to look forward to on your day off. It’s a relaxing and effective alternative treatment for chronic pain and stress. Professional massage therapists use special flat rocks to massage the spine, stomach, chest, face, hands, and feet. These materials aid in easing tense muscles, improving blood flow, and promoting overall relaxation.

 A Good Spa Day is one of those peaceful environments ideal for good hot stone massage treatments. If you’re looking to unwind, this and other places like it understand the need for mind, body, and soul rejuvenation.

Muscle Spasms and Tension

If you’re a very busy person, you’re likely experiencing muscle spasms and tension more than the usual. Constantly being in a hurry and under pressure makes muscles in the legs and back stiff. Heat is known to reduce muscle spasms by increasing blood flow. It also helps in improving joint mobility.

Chronic Stress

Stress is an inescapable reality of life. Busy people, however, are overstressed. The lack of respite makes the body more vulnerable to major diseases as stress becomes chronic. Hot stone treatments relieve stress by calming the nerves and clearing the mind. Therapists usually incorporate deep-tissue massages with this therapy to maximize its benefits to the whole body.

Joint Pain

Joint pain and arthritis are known effects of mental and emotional anxieties that work-related stress brings about. Hot stone treatment’s combination of placing hot stones in strategic areas and kneading the muscles by hand releases tension and improves the flexibility of joints. It enhances overall range of motion.

The efficacy of massage stones mainly depends on how well professional massage therapists apply their knowledge. The stones themselves won’t be enough to treat aches and pains. Next time you visit a spa, look for a well-designed massage protocol that combines useful materials and expertise.

Weight Loss: Why You Need to Do It Now

Health Week March 24, 2017 at 1:00 am

A person squeezing the excess fat of their belly In a 2010 National Health Survey report, researchers found that 11 percent of adults in Singapore were obese. Putting it in perspective, in 2004, the obesity rate among people aged 18 and 69 years old was just 7 percent.

There are many health risks and diseases linked to obesity. In a 2016 study, findings showed that obesity during late adolescence can increase the risk of stroke and heart disease-related death in midlife. In a separate study, researchers found that the people who suffered the most intense cases of heart attacks in the past two decades were younger and more obese.

These are just a few of the many reasons why people in Singapore want to lose weight. If you’re one of these people, here are some of the benefits you can enjoy if you start your weight loss journey as soon as possible.

1. Losing weight can lower your cholesterol level.

Bad cholesterol and obesity have been known to function side by side. High levels of bad cholesterol in your body can lead to a stroke or heart attack. Losing just 10 pounds can help you lower your cholesterol level by more than 10 percent. This means that you are lowering your risk of heart attacks and strokes too.

2. Losing weight can lower your blood pressure levels.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure levels can lead to strokes, especially if you already have plaque buildup in your arteries. When the walls of the heart become thick due to hypertension, it can become stiff. This increases your risk of heart failure. It can also lead to damages in your kidneys because the heart then tends to work harder. Losing weight can help you protect both your kidneys and heart.

3. Losing weight can enhance your enjoyment of life.

In one study, researchers from the Duke University Medical Center found that people suffering from obesity were 25 times more likely to be dissatisfied in their lives compared to people with average, healthy weight. Findings from the Duke study showed that a mere 10 percent body weight loss can increase confidence and life satisfaction.

Start Your Weight Loss Journey Today

Whether it’s a diet fad or a gym routine, losing weight does not happen overnight. It takes time, discipline and determination. However, the results are truly life-saving and life-changing. So start your weight loss journey today and get the body you’ve always wanted.

Understanding Cholesterol and Heart Health

Health Week June 30, 2015 at 1:00 am

Heart healthHigh blood cholesterol is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease. This fatty substance within the body serves an important purpose; it helps build new cells, produce hormones, and insulate your nerves. Having too much of it, however, will clog your arteries and restrict the flow of blood. This may eventually lead to a heart attack or heart disease.

Because of this, the medical community strongly emphasizes the need to keep your cholesterol at a normal level. Health websites like Be Heart Strong and Heart.org even create detailed guides on helping you manage the “bad” cholesterol within your body. However, a large number of people still struggle with high LDL.

The problem is that many do not understand what really causes the build-up of unhealthy cholesterol within the body, and still believe in a few widespread misconceptions. It is important to learn which tips work, and which you should ignore.

What You Need to Know About “Bad” Cholesterol

Often, the biggest contributor to high cholesterol is an unhealthy lifestyle; if you hardly ever exercise and eat food that is high in trans or saturated fats, it will cause a gradual increase in your LDL levels. Meanwhile, consuming food that contains dietary cholesterol (like chicken eggs) has a relatively minimal effect; eggs can even increase your HDL or good cholesterol levels, so they are an important part of your diet.

This problem also has a genetic component, and people who have a family history of unhealthy cholesterol levels are more susceptible. Other factors include age, being overweight, and gender—women in menopause have higher LDL levels and are at greater risk of heart disease.

Almost everyone can avoid LDL build-up, however, if they take charge of their health. It is important to make certain lifestyle changes that will help keep bad cholesterol at bay. With enough effort and diligence, most people can stay strong and keep their hearts in great condition.

Fit and Fun: Make Exercise an Enjoyable Daily Habit

Health Week June 23, 2015 at 9:07 am

exercisingLet’s face it, exercise can sometimes seem too much like a chore. When your day is packed with things like work, it becomes even harder to put on your running shoes and do that jog around the neighbourhood. Yes, you know that exercises will help you keep the ideal weight, reduce risks of diseases—such as heart diseases and diabetes—, make you more energized, and allow you to sleep peacefully through the night, but more often than not, you tend to forego exercise in favour of other activities.

Getting fit and exercising should not be something that you dread. By making exercise a fun daily habit, you will be able to maximise its benefits. QLDKettlebells.com.au shares more information below:

It’s all in the mind

No, really it is. Get in the right frame of mind before you start exercising. Condition your mind and see it as an opportunity to make you feel better about yourself—physically and mentally.

Don’t forget your diet

Exercise is just one of the many factors that make up a healthy mind and body. Diet also plays a huge role in keeping yourself fit. But, it does not mean depraving yourself of the things that you do like to eat. Remember the food pyramid you learned way back in school? Follow that and make sure that your every meal is sufficient and balanced (and yes, you can sneak in the occasional cake).

Join a club or a class

One of the things that make exercise seem tedious is the fact that you do it alone. Why not make it a fun social activity so that you will have more reason to stay motivated? Join a sports club or enroll yourself in a class so that you will have a support group that share the same fitness goals. Try swim clubs, yoga classes, or kettleball programs—it doesn’t necessarily have to be something you already like or have experience in. Who knows, you might even pick up a new hobby by joining such things.