Periodontal Disease Linked To Breast Cancer

 

Periodontal disease is a pretty common circumstance that can range from gum inflammation to serious disease that can lead to bone damage and loss of teeth. Some new research has shown that some women, especially those who are postmenopausal, are more likely to develop breast cancer if they suffer from periodontal disease.

 

We have known for some time that periodontal disease can lead to higher risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. But this new information about the link between gum disease and breast cancer is just another alarming reason why it is so important to keep up on good oral hygiene. According to the research, periodontal disease raises the risk of breast cancer by 14 percent.

 

Women who smoke or who have lower immune systems are at even more risk of gum disease which can lead to all these other conditions. Regular brushing, flossing and dental cleanings are imperative to avoid gum disease.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist.

 

Not Just A Toothache: Periodontal Disease Linked To Breast Cancer|Medical News Today

How To Prevent A Cold

prevent a coldCold and flu season is upon us, and if you get a cold, there is not a lot you can do other than wait it out in misery.  Really, the best thing you can do for a cold is to prevent it in the first place.  There are the obvious ways such as washing hands, getting enough sleep and staying away from those who are sick.  Below are eight ways to prevent a cold.

  1. Wash Hands – As was already mentioned, washing your hands is an obvious way to keep germs away. Anytime you use a pen in public, or twist open a doorknob, you get tons of germs on your hands. Experts say this is the single best way to keep from getting sick. If you absolutely can’t get to a sink, use hand sanitizer, it’s better than not washing at all.
  2. Hang Out With Friends – Some research has shown that we are more likely to get sick if we have fewer human connections, at home, work and in the community. A study that monitored 276 people between ages 18-55 found that those who had six or more friends where 4 times more likely to fight off viruses than those with fewer friends. Interesting!
  3. Use A Humidifier – You can help moisten passages by running a humidifier all day and night.  This helps because if your nasal passages are dry, the bacteria are more likely to settle there.
  4. Get Sun – People with low vitamin D levels are more likely to have upper respiratory infections. If you’re not sure you are getting enough sun, such as in the winter, try foods with vitamin D such as fish and dairy.  Or you can take supplements. You should have at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D a day.
  5. Tai Chi – This is an Eastern exercise the revs your body’s cold fighting defenses.  Experts think this is because if it’s slow movements and controlled breathing.
  6. Keep Toothbrushes Separate – You can avoid catching germs from sick members of your family by keeping your toothbrushes separate.  Shake them after use so they dry fast because germs don’t thrive well on dry surfaces.
  7. Kitchen Etiquette – Change your dish towels every day and don’t dry dishes with the same towel you use for your hands. If you can, let your dishes air dry. Clean sponges in the dishwasher and change them often.
  8. Increase Omega 3 – Omega 3 has impressive immune fortifying properties. It can increase airflow and protect lungs from colds and respiratory infections. If you don’t love to eat fish, you can use supplements.  Look for capsules that have EPA and DHA.

8 Ways To Prevent A Cold – Prevention

Sun Blisters on Lips

It’s summer time and the nice weather beckons us outside.  We all know how important it is to use sunscreen to protect our skin when we play outdoors, 22991212-dune-landscape-in-summertime-with-scots-pine-or-pinus-sylvestris-trees-in-the-background-and-hot-yelbut what about our lips?  Sun blisters on lips can be painful and irritating. Lip balm with sun protection factor (SPF) is just as important as sunscreen for the rest of our body.

Sun blisters on lips can be small and hardly noticeable or they may be large and more painful.  If not treated, these blisters can cause pain and lead to infection.  If you do end up with sun blisters there are some ways you can relieve the pain and treat them from home.

Relieving pain from sun blisters on lips can be done first and foremost by taking a pain medication such as aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen.  Cooling gels that contain aloe vera or antihistamines can also be applied to sun blisters to ease pain.  Keep the area dry and cool and free from irritants.

Once you have eased some of the pain, take some steps to help the sun blisters on lips heal more quickly. Firstly, don’t try to pop the blisters, this won’t help and can lead to infection. Clean the blister regularly and apply antibiotic ointment.  Avoid petr21303829-green-getaway-relaxation-in-peaceoleum based products or lotions that contain benzocaine or lidocaine.

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Dental Emergency 9-1-1!

safety first signYou’re spending the afternoon with your family at the park. The kids are playing Frisbee in an open area when all of a sudden you hear a crash and a scream from your youngest. He’s holding something in his hand and between sobs you can see blood gathering in his mouth and that there’s an open spot where his canine is supposed to be. He’s lost a tooth. The fact is, dental emergencies happen; and that time until you can get in to see a dentist can be a crucial one. Here are some tips to follow if you happen to run into some tooth turmoil:

Knocked-Out Tooth:

Do:

  • Pick up tooth by the crown (top part), NOT the root.
  • Rinse blood or debris off the tooth with milk (milk is the best way to keep the tooth from drying) or cold running water if milk isn’t available.
  • If possible, reinsert tooth back into socket and gently push it in with your finger or bite a clean cloth to hold it in.
  • If you can’t reinsert it, place the tooth in a container of milk, or a damp cloth if milk isn’t available.
  • Get to the dentist immediately – teeth that are replanted within 30 minutes have the best chances of surviving.

Don’t:

  • Don’t touch or scrub the root.

Bleeding in the Mouth:

Do:

  • Use clean gauze to apply pressure to the area bleeding for 5 minutes to try and stop bleeding.
  • If bleeding continues, press a moistened tea bag against the cut for 5 minutes.
  • If you can’t stop bleeding call your dentist.
  • If bleeding won’t stop, is significant and you are unable to reach your dentist, go to the hospital.

Don’t:

  • Don’t rinse your mouth (especially if the bleeding is caused by an extracted tooth, rinsing can affect the socket).

Broken Tooth:

Do:

  • Gather any broken pieces and rinse mouth with warm water.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • Place gum or dental wax over any sharp edges of remaining tooth to avoid further cuts and damage to your mouth.
  • If the break involved the dentin or pulp of the tooth, call your dentist immediately.
  • If the break only involved crown or enamel of the tooth, call your dentist as soon as possible.

Don’t:

  • Don’t eat hard foods.

Broken or Lost Filling/Crown:

Do:

  • Save the filling/crown to bring with you to the dentist.
  • Place dental wax over any sharp edges to prevent damage or cuts to your mouth.
  • Use denture adhesive to reattach a crown until you can get in to see your dentist.
  • Make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.

Don’t:

  • Don’t try to replace a filling yourself.
  • Don’t eat very hot or cold foods/drinks.

Toothache:

Do:

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water.
  • Apply ice to the area.
  • Remove any food particles or debris between teeth with dental floss.
  • Call your dentist for advice and have the tooth examined if needed.

Don’t:

  • Don’t place any pain reliever directly on the tooth/gum.
  • Don’t use or apply any heat.
  • Don’t eat extreme foods (very hot, cold, sweet or spicy).

Mouth Sores:

Do:

  • Use an over-the-counter anesthetic (like Orajel) for temporary relief.
  • Rinse mouth with warm salt water.
  • Apply ice or a paste (by mixing baking soda and water) to the sore for a few minutes.
  • See your dentist if the sore doesn’t heal in about a week, it could be a sign of a bigger problem.

Don’t:

  • Don’t put aspirin or pain relievers directly on the sore.
  • Don’t take antibiotics unless they are actually prescribed for the sore.
  • Don’t use any steroid creams.
  • Don’t use a hot pack.

Broken Dental Appliances:

Do:

  • Save all pieces to bring them to your dentist.
  • Cover any sharp spots or protrusions with dental wax to prevent further damage or injury/irritation.
  • If a denture, remove until you can get to the dentist.
  • See your dentist as soon as possible.

Don’t:

  • Don’t try to bend, fix or glue pieces back together yourself.
  • Don’t wrap pieces in a tissue, because it could easily be thrown away by mistake.

Dental emergencies aren’t the end of the world, but they can be painful and scary! Remember that in the event of a dental emergency, your number one resource is a dentist. These are just some things to keep in mind and do until you can call or get to them! girl with broken tooth

Brushing Could Help Reduce the Risk of Heart Attacks and Strokes

doctor smiling and heartDentistry Today reports that a recent 3-year study conducted by researchers at Columbia University, revealed that brushing regularly reduces and could eliminate atherosclerosis (fatty deposits in the arteries) and therefore hinder the risk of a heart attack or stroke. The correlation is gum health. Participants in the study who brushed regularly had healthy or improved the health of their gums, which according to the study, in turn affected the health of their arteries.

Research has also shown that poor dental hygiene could lead to a whopping 700 strains of bacteria entering the bloodstream affecting health in multiple ways.

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So get brushing my friends! To make sure you’re brushing correctly and effectively, check out our article, Are You Brushing Correctly?, and help lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke!

You can check out Dentistry Today’s original article here: http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-

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