Planning Ahead Is Planning Smart

planning aheadPlanning ahead is something that actually takes a little bit of practice if you’re not used to it.  It sometimes seems really overwhelming to get everything done in your busy day. But if you really think about it, if you get 7-9 hours of sleep, you’ve still got 15 hours in your day!

Planning ahead helps you to be more productive.  There are different strategies that you can use to plan ahead and make a schedule.  One way is by blocking your schedule.  This is like what you see on Google Calendar.  There are visual blocks for each activity with different colors to help you keep things organized. When you are making a schedule, don’t forget to block out time for everything.  Even eating.  Sometimes when we get busy, we forget to eat.  By planning ahead, you can be sure to get three balanced meals a day that will help your mind and body stay healthy.

There are many websites that can help you plan and schedule your day. Check out this article from Emily Clark on the ASDA blog:  Planning ahead is planning smart | Mouthing Off | Blog of the American Student Dental Association.

Treating Gum Conditions In Kidney Disease Patients

People who are affected by chronic kidney disease often have poor health outcomes because of an increase in cardiovascular disease. Some studies have shown that those with kidney disease  are linked to gum conditions such as periodontitis.

Treating periodontitis can significantly reduce the risk of fatal heart disease in these patients with chronic kidney disease. Studies show that more than 85% of these patients do have gum disease because of failure to remove dental plaque. Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause clots and narrowing of arteries.

Read more about this study on Medical News Today here: Treating A Common Gum Condition Could Reduce Risks Of Heart Attacks In Kidney Disease Patients|Medical News Today.

Secondhand Smoke: Risk Factor For Periodontitis

secondhand smokeWe are all aware of the fact that smoking is bad for our health. There have been thousands upon thousands of newsletters, videos, articles and documentaries that have been created to inform us that smoking can be dangerous and can cause various ailments. One of the leading causes for lung cancer and oral cancer is tobacco smoking. This is because of the nicotine present in tobacco smoke. Nicotine is a known carcinogen (one that causes cancer). Studies have reported that passive smoking, more commonly known as secondhand smoking, can be equally harmful to one’s health. This is because the destruction caused in the lungs from tobacco is almost the same in a nonsmoker and a smoker.

Recent studies have revealed an astonishing fact that the risk for development of periodontitis is higher in nonsmokers who inhale secondhand smoke compared to those nonsmokers who do not come in contact with smoke at all. Periodontitis is the inflammation of the gums and the supporting tissues. It has very debilitating effects on the mouth and teeth. The common signs of periodontitis are swollen and bleeding gums, periodontal pockets, furcation involvement, gum recession, tooth sensitivity due to receding gums and bone loss. In cases of severe periodontitis one may have periodontal abscesses, loose teeth due to excess bone loss and even tooth loss. Periodontitis is a serious dental problem because one tends to lose healthy teeth due to lack of support or anchorage from the supporting tissues.

To evaluate the effects of secondhand smoke on periodontitis a study was conducted by researchers of the University of North Carolina. These researchers recorded the levels of serum continine. It is a nicotine metabolite that moves around in blood and can be recorded from the blood samples of an individual. For the purpose of study and research, the blood samples of 3,255 nonsmokers were taken into consideration. Apart from that a thorough periodontal examination was also conducted.

The results were tallied and after analysis the reports showed that the development of periodontitis of moderate or severe level was 62% more in exposed nonsmokers than nonexposed nonsmokers. Similarly, exposed nonsmokers were at least 1.5 times more at a risk of developing moderate to severe level of periodontitis as compared to the unexposed counterparts.

This study shows that secondhand smoke has adverse effects in the oral tissue also apart from affecting the lungs. The nonsmokers should be more careful and try to stay away from environmental smoke. Otherwise they will suffer due to someone else’s fault. They should not put themselves at such a risk.

13 Ways To Stop Drinking Soda For Good

We all know that soda is not good for our health, but it can be so addicting and so difficult to stop drinking.  The biggest risk for soda drinkers is the excess calories that come entirely from sugar, but it is also linked with tooth decay, diabetes and is bad for your bones.  In an excellent article from Amanda MacMillan of the Huffington Post, you will find 13 ways to stop drinking soda for good.

Wean yourself off slowly. If you are used to drinking multiple servings of soda a day, first cut bastop drinking sodack to just one a day.  After a couple of weeks, try to cut back to just three a week.  This gives you a chance to gradually make the change and allow it to be permanent.

Mix it with water. In addition to weaning off slowly, you can try mixing your soda with water.  This not only cuts back on the sweetness you get from soda, but it also allows you to drink more water and get more hydrated.

Switch to unsweetened tea.  If you feel like you need that jolt of caffeine, try unsweetened tea instead. It can be just as refreshing and it even has some health benefits.

See the other 10 ideas in the full article here: 13 Ways To Stop Drinking Soda For Good.

Health Effects of Biofilm

biofilmIn an article from Dental Products Report, Shannon Pace Brinker takes a close look into understanding and controlling biofilm. Dental plaque biofilm can greatly affect the health of its host and lead to the development of many diseases. If we can understand their characteristics and then ensure proper control, this will enable disease prevention.

What exactly is biofilm?  Bacteria begins to form in the mouth at birth, and constantly changes with age. This bacteria and their ecosystems reside on tooth surfaces to form biofilm.

Read more details about the health effects of biofilms by checking out the full article here: Understanding health effects of biofilms | Dental Products Report.