Health Week

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.

The Root of Your Wisdom Tooth

Health Week June 22, 2015 at 11:43 pm

Wisdom teethAdults everywhere are likely to have pondered why the wisdom teeth are called so, given that they are useless and serve no purpose. No, it is not because your wisdom teeth are smarter than the rest of your teeth; they are called wisdom for a certain reason.

Linguists, dentists and modern day scientists say the etymology has scientific backing. Here is a short explanation for the curious mind:

Where the Wise is in Wisdom Teeth

In the seventeenth century, the third molars were called the ‘teeth of wisdom’, since they appeared much later in adulthood, when one is expected to make wiser and more mature decisions. Two centuries later, it evolved into simply being called “wisdom teeth”.

Linguists are not the only ones in consensus with the etymology. Dentists and practitioners, like the team behind HarleyStreetDentalClinic.co.uk, add more credence to this idea. Modern science and technology even goes so far as to prove that the third molar does indeed erupt when a person is wiser.

The Age of Wisdom

Recent research shows the brain continues to grow and develop even after adolescence. In fact, neurospecialists say the brain only reaches full maturity at 25. The wisdom teeth generally develops and erupts until between the ages of 17 to 25.

This is why the etymology from several centuries back is not so far off the mark. During this phase, you are expected to make much more mature decisions. This may include sticking to a job more than two months or abandoning habits that harm your health, including not going to the dentist regularly.

Diet Through the Ages

Humankind used to have a different kind of diet. Food then was mostly coarse and tough. The teeth, the jaw and the mouth had to work harder, forcing the development of larger bones. Due to the frequent loss of tooth at an early age, more room for wisdom teeth in the mouth was allowed.

When the food was still difficult to chew, the molars were helpful. Now that our diet has evolved from coarse foodstuff to soft processed food, the wisdom teeth are not so useful anymore. Still, they should get proper care to avoid developing plaque, tooth decay and infections.

Myths about Massage Therapy Debunked

Health Week June 11, 2015 at 8:21 am

massageMajor developments are coming to Utah. With work requiring more time, it can’t be helped if you feel the need to go for a massage—and for good reason. Massage therapy is a great way to improve blood circulation and ease muscle tension. To enjoy your session, know the misconceptions about massage therapy.

1. Soreness and pain are indicators of a successful massage session.

Soreness usually happens if you don’t drink enough water after a massage. Pain, on the other hand, is an indicator that the massage was too hard.

Notify the therapist right away if you feel pain during the session. Discomfort is normal, but soreness and pain do not equate to a great massage.

2. The soothing effects of having a massage are just temporary.

You probably spend at least eight hours at work and an hour or so travelling to and from work. During those times, your body experiences awkward or stressful positions.

Apollo Chiropractic says massage therapy helps relieve tight soft tissues and reintroduces proper posture and body positions to your muscles. Going for a few minutes of massage after a stressful day allows the muscles to remember its relaxed state. This adds to the overall reduction of stress and tension in the body.

3. Pregnant women cannot get a massage.

A gentle pregnancy massage reduces the tension that an expecting mother feels because of the various physiological and emotional changes.

4. Having a massage is just a waste of time and money.

Some say that massage sessions are just for those who have extra money to spare. Regular massage sessions, however, can eliminate disorders associated with muscle tension or misalignments in the body. In the long run, it can help you reduce expenses for hospitalization and medicines.

There are various clinics and centers that offer therapeutic massage in Murray and other nearby cities. Observe how your body responds and see for yourself whether the notions mentioned above are true or not.

6 Reasons for Bringing Your Smile Back

Health Week May 27, 2015 at 7:44 am

Restoring Your SmileLosing teeth is an experience we all go through as children. Tooth loss as an adult, however, is a different matter.

Effects on self-confidence

If you have missing teeth, then you are familiar with the negative effects. This would be more so if you lost an incisor or a canine (the front teeth), as these are very noticeable and not having them greatly affects confidence. While not as visible, the same is true when you lose a molar.

More serious effects

More than being self-consciousness or having less confidence, however, Church Road Dental and Cosmetics says that losing teeth decreases your ability to chew and digest food, thus affecting your overall diet and health.

An even more serious concern is that the jawbone beneath the missing teeth may atrophy or shrink, changing not just your smile, but your whole face making you look older.

Dental implants effectively address the problem of missing teeth. Here are the top 6 reasons for choosing them:

1. They are the best replacements for the natural teeth you lost.

Everything about dental implants–how they look, feel inside your mouth, how they fit and how they work– is similar to natural teeth. Therefore, they will not ever interfere with your mouth’s daily functions.

2. They are long lasting.

With only some occasional adjustments and regular visits to your dentist for cleaning, dental implants are the ultimate long-term solution. They are built to last.

3. They keep the jawbone in good shape.

As mentioned earlier, when you lose your natural teeth, the jawbone underneath it deteriorates. The presence of dental implants is one way of preserving it and preventing the problem of bone loss.

4. They protect the other natural teeth.

Since these replacements are put right where the original teeth used to be, they do not impact the healthy teeth beside them. Since they also fill the gaps, they prevent the neighbouring teeth from shifting in their places.

5. They give you back that natural smile.

Dental implants can keep your face from sagging, which is associated with looking older. By maintaining the natural shape of your face, you can smile confidently again like the way you used to.

6. They allow you to enjoy your favourite food again.

Since dental implants restore the chewing function of your mouth, you can enjoy your favourite food again. Unlike dentures, you will not have to worry about your implants moving out of place when you chew.

These reasons alone show that implants are the best option for restoring lost teeth. Consult with an experienced dentist to know more about them.