Maintain Your Oral Health by Going to the Dentist

Maintain Your Oral Health by Going to the Dentist

Many people really don’t like going to the dentist. This is partly because of fear of pain due to needles. However, to maintain good oral health, going to the dentist is something we must do. If you don’t take care of your teeth, you will likely have serious oral health problems in the future.

Today many of the processed foods we eat are filled with sugar, fructose, and fat. We are also big consumers of carbonated beverages. All of these foods can affect the teeth by damaging the tooth’s enamel and wearing away the tooth. When you go to the dentist every six months, you are taking precautions to assist your gums and teeth to stay in good health. A dentist will thoroughly exam each tooth and your gums to look for such problems as cavities and gum disease. The dentist has sophisticated equipment and tools to thoroughly clean your teeth and remove plaque and tartar which is a big factor in the cause of gum disease and cavities.

If you do not maintain your teeth and have regular visits to the dentist, it’s possible that you will eventually develop cavities, which will have to be treated so that they do not develop into further problems, which could result in an unpleasant treatment called root canal. In addition, cavities that are not treated can cause tooth loss. When teeth are not healthy, infections can develop causing gum disease, which can also cause tooth loss. In addition, infections can enter the bloodstream which makes you sick and can in severe cases even cause heart problems. Scientists in the dental community are examining the genetic relationship between periodontitis and heart disease through Chromosome 9.

The build up of plaque can lead to the development of empty spaces around your teeth. These spaces …

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How to Get Informed About Your Health Care Policy

How to Get Informed About Your Health Care Policy

When we get a policy to pay for required health care, it is important to realize how your insurance works and what responsibilities are needed of you and your insurance carrier but also follow some basic common sense steps.

The policy or benefits book ought to really be kept with other vital finance records, then become familiar with plan rules and follow them. For example, your insurance may need previous permission for surgery or other care, or it may need a referral from your first care doctor to see an expert. It is vital to double take a look at your plans list of participating suppliers to make certain the ones you want are still in-network. Doctors occasionally change networks; regularly updated lists are available on the net. Be informed of cut off dates and techniques. For instance, a referral could be good for just two visits, may expire after thirty days, or may be invalid if faxed.

Keep your physician informed about the policy, too. Your physician and other providers will help you follow insurance techniques. Ask for their assistance in getting referrals or other permission for hospital treatment and selecting among suppliers. Their billing staff might be particularly useful at finding a path through the system. Keep them in the loop and ask for advice when you need it. In my opinion, is a good idea to keep records up to date and all of the care you receive, when, from whom, and why. Also, keep copies of bills, clarification of benefit statements from the insurance supplier, and all the other written correspondence from doctors, surgeries, other suppliers, and insurers.

Call member services whenever you have got a question or problem. Call the insurer immediately for steerage. Attempt to be respectful and calm always even if you happen …

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Healthy Eating Tips Both Outside and Inside Home

Healthy Eating Tips Both Outside and Inside Home

Eating healthy is important to stay hale and hearty and live longer. In today’s fast moving life style it often becomes difficult to maintain strict  often eat outside foods that are not at all healthy. But here are few simple health resources that can help in maintain the nutrition level of the meal even while having outside food.

  • It is better to have lean meat
  • Have considerable amount of salad with low calorie salad dressings
  • It is better to have boiled and grilled dishes instead of fried stiffs
  • Cut down the portion of the meal by sharing the dish or by ordering small portion of the dish
  • Avoid eating everything in the buffet.
  • Stay away from the fillers that are given with drinks or with other food items

It is better to eat something before dinning outside. It will prevent over eating. It is also not necessary to have a complete meal from starters till dessert only because you are dining outside.

These are the simple tips to eat healthy food outside home. It is also equally important to maintain the nutrition level in home made food. Here are few simple tips that can help in preparing healthy food at home.

  • It is important to check the quality of the food item while purchasing
  • Clean and pack food properly before storing
  • It is better to store food items properly in the freezer
  • Try to eat the food items within few days
  • It is also important to maintain the hygiene level while cooking
  • In order to reduce the amount of fat in the food item it is better to use applesauce instead of butter or oil
  • Use non-sticking cooking spray instead of butter to grease pans
  • Have brown rice instead of white rice
  • It is better to have freshly cooked food
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Herbal Granny Knew Best

Herbal Granny Knew Best

I can still remember in horror my grandmother grumbled in her overgrown garden picking these leaves in the leaves, throwing them all into a pot of boiling water and drinking it. Of course at the time I, plus a lot of the other young members of the family, thought she was quite mad and more than a little weird. What we didn’t realise at the time was that Grandmother was saner than any of us and quite the herbalist, and it seems,  quite a brilliant one at that. As much as I rack my brain I can’t remember her suffering from anything so common as the common cold in her entire long life time. Of course, some might say it had nothing to do with her unusual er…habits, she was just one of those lucky few who experience a better health for most of their charmed lives. Of course, I can’t argue with that. However the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that she knew something I didn’t. She knew I believe, some of the old ways. The ways that somehow tied us to the land for everything that we needed. The land, Mother Nature if you like, sustained us. Not just for our food but also (and doesn’t it make a lot of sense when you think about it), for our health.

Let me explain, I’m not one of those people we want to go back to. For all the grandmother’s wisdom, she still could not cure Rickets, TB, or Polio. Those terrible diseases that almost die will come later when we are wiser and vision is more hygienic. No, what I’m suggesting is a combination of both. A partnering of the knowledge of the past with today’s expertise in science and what have you. Of …

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Are You Still Writing for GP Reports to Manage Absence? – 5 Reasons To Think Again

Are You Still Writing for GP Reports to Manage Absence? - 5 Reasons To Think Again

As an experienced Occupational Health Nurse, I have always wondered why it is that some HR professionals and managers write to GPs rather than ask an Occupational Health specialist for a report to help them to manage absence. Occupational Health is the speciality of medicine which has the knowledge skills and training to provide advice on fitness for work in any industry setting and also has specialist knowledge of the diseases of occupations

Asking a GP, who has never had any occupational health training or even visited a workplace, for an opinion on fitness to work, rarely provides any useful advice on capability. It generally lengthens the management of the absence as GPs are very busy and can take weeks before a response is received and the report can be expensive.

Maybe it’s time to review your approach?

1. In my experience, non-medical people writing for a GP report are mostly wasting their time. I know that seeking further medical evidence is advised in many management of absence procedures, but I do not believe writing to a GP will give you anything other than a report which states the employee’s perspective on their medical condition. Once that is written in a report, it can sometimes ‘stranglehold’ the employer into a corner it is difficult to get out of without being seen to be unreasonable.

‘If Mrs Jones could be given a job nearer to home with light duties, reduced hours and a different Manager, I am sure she would be able to return to work’

2. The GP report may advise you of an employee’s diagnosis, but can you really make a judgement on what work capability an employee has from a medical diagnosis? If for example they are diagnosed with bi polar disorder, endometriosis or sciatica where does this …

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