Panicked By Your Cataract Diagnosis? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Panicked By Your Cataract Diagnosis? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be

If you’ve been told that you have the beginnings of cataracts, those cloudy clumps or yellowed proteins in the lens of the eye that can rob you of your vision, you may feel understandably frightened and depressed — but don’t panic. While a cataract diagnosis should be taken seriously, your visual future is much brighter than you may think. Here are some heartening thoughts to help you face your situation with a smile. You May Not Have a Problem for Years While some types of cataracts are associated with eye trauma, diabetes or other abnormal situations, the majority of them are age related. If your cataracts are in an early stage now, chances are that you’ve got many years to go before your vision becomes so clouded that you need to look into cataract replacement surgery. Your optometrist will monitor your eye health and visual acuity from year to year to check the rate of the cataracts’ progress. Regular changes to your corrective lens prescription can keep you enjoying decent vision well into your 60s, which is when cataracts tend to start impairing quality of life significantly. At this early stage of your cataract development, you can also take some effective steps to slow or even arrest this condition’s progress. First and foremost, always shield your eyes from UV rays whenever you’re out in the sun by wearing sunglasses. Make sure the sunglasses are designed to filter both UVA and UVB rays, and look for a “UV 400” label indicating that they block light waves down to 400 nanometers in length. Other healthful anti-cataract measures include smoking cessation and a diet high in antioxidants. Cataract Surgery Is a Cinch Once your vision reaches the point where glasses or contacts can no longer correct it adequately, your optometrist will probably recommend that you undergo cataract removal surgery. By this time, you’ll be more than glad to trade in that foggy lens for a crystal-clear artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Some people are scared stiff by the prospect of eye surgery, but cataract surgery is actually astonishingly easy for the patient in this day and age. Modern cataract replacement surgery takes only a few minutes is completely painless and is usually done as an outpatient procedure. In a standard cataract replacement procedure, you’re given a sedative to keep you still and calm, along with numbing eyedrops as a local anesthetic. The surgeon then makes a tiny incision in the capsule that contains the lens, breaks up the lens with ultrasound waves, removes the bits of cataract-ridden lens and inserts the artificial one in its place. Cataract laser surgery is an even quicker and more accurate variation on the procedure, partly because of the laser beam’s pinpoint precision and partly because the laser helps breaks up the lens. New Treatments Are Being Developed As painless and streamlined as cataract laser surgery may be, there’s a chance that someday you may not need surgery for your cataracts at all. Medical science continues to advance, introducing some exciting new concepts for conservative cataract treatment. These include: Eye drops – Studies indicate that eye drops containing a steroid called lanosterol can dissolve cataracts. This approach has succeeded on animals, leaving human studies as the next logical step. Stem cell therapy – Scientists have successfully regenerated human...

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How To Take Good Care Of Your Oral Health While Pregnant

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on How To Take Good Care Of Your Oral Health While Pregnant

When you are pregnant, going to countless doctor appointments and preparing for your new baby can take up a lot of your time. You have so many thoughts running through your head that you might neglect to properly take care of your teeth and gums. However, pregnancy makes you more susceptible to dental health problems, such as gum disease and tooth decay. These dental health issues can become serious if they aren not treated promptly. To avoid experiencing any oral health problems, follow these helpful tips: Floss More Diligently  Flossing every day becomes even more critical when you are pregnant. According to WebMD, hormonal changes will cause about 40 percent of pregnant women to develop gingivitis. Because your body is producing more progesterone, your gum tissue will become more sensitive and prone to infection. Gum disease can also increase your risk of giving birth to a premature baby. If you floss thoroughly every day, you will remove plaque and be less likely to get gum disease. However, if you still experience red, puffy or bleeding gums, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. Do not Eat Too Many Sugary Treats It is pretty common to crave sugary treats during pregnancy. However, overindulging in sweets can have a negative effect on your teeth. All the sugar can eat away at your enamel and increase your risk of tooth decay. When you are craving a muffin or donut, try eating something healthier, such as carrots or apples. If you still want to have sweets on occasion, always rinse your mouth out with water once you are finished eating. Wait to Brush Your Teeth After Vomiting Although it is normal to vomit during pregnancy, it can make your mouth feel really yucky. You just want to brush your teeth as soon as possible. However, you should hold off on that. If you brush your teeth directly after vomiting, the stomach acids can erode your tooth enamel. The Australian Dental Association recommends waiting at least an hour before you brush your teeth. If water is not enough to rinse that icky taste out of your mouth, try using a fluoride mouthwash. If brushing makes you feel like gagging, consider using a toothbrush with a smaller head and brushing more slowly. Eat More Calcium Rich Foods Another effective way to maintain good oral health while pregnant is to increase your calcium intake. Calcium makes your teeth stronger, making them less susceptible to decay. Dairy products are not the only foods that contain lots of calcium. Almonds, spinach and broccoli are also packed with calcium, so be sure to add those foods to your diet. Ask your doctor how much calcium you should eat on a daily basis. If you are not getting enough calcium from food, your doctor may recommend taking calcium supplements.  Make Dental Checkups a Priority Now is not the time to skip your dental appointments. Your dentist will thoroughly check your teeth and gums for any abnormalities. If he or she detects signs of gum disease, for example, you can start treatment right away. If you have noticed any changes in your teeth or gums since becoming pregnant, do not forget to tell your dentist. Also, let your dentist know about any types of medicines or vitamins you are...

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Two Denture Cleaning Mistakes To Avoid

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Two Denture Cleaning Mistakes To Avoid

Dentures are an investment in your ability to eat and talk normally once complete tooth removal is required. Dentures that are made to personally fit your mouth are the best option for long-term comfort and durability. These types of dentures are likely to cost you about $4,000 to $8,000 for a full set. This means that you should do your best to make sure that you treat the dentures with care so you do not need to invest in a new set in the immediate future. One of the easiest things you can do to reduce damage is to clean them properly. However, many people make some basic cleaning mistakes, especially when they first receive their false teeth. A few of the mistakes that you should avoid are listed below. Cleaning With Regular Toothpaste It is wise to brush your dentures at least once a day like you would your natural teeth. However, you should not treat the artificial teeth like your natural ones. Most dentures are made from either porcelain or acrylic resin varieties. Porcelain teeth often look and feel real and go through a hardening process so they remain strong for a long period of time. Porcelain materials will resist scratches much like the natural dental enamel. Porcelain teeth will break if they are dropped on the floor though. This is one reason why acrylic resin is utilized to make dentures more often than porcelain is. Resin is lighter, cheaper, and it adheres to the base of the denture much more strongly than porcelain does. This means you are more likely to have resin dentures than porcelain ones, but resin is much softer than porcelain. This means it will scratch, especially if you use toothpaste that contains abrasive agents. Abrasive materials like silica, aluminum hydroxide, calcium carbonate, and phosphates are added to toothpaste to polish the enamel. Natural tooth enamel is stronger than bone, so it will not readily scratch when exposed to these polishing compounds. Acrylic resin will though. This means that you should look for a toothpaste that does not contain any strong abrasive materials. A toothpaste that has a rating between 0 and 70 on the toothpaste abrasiveness index is a good choice. Many of these toothpastes contain baking soda, which is safe for dentures.  You can also use plain dish soap to gently clean the dentures. If you decide to do this, then just make sure to rinse the false teeth thoroughly with warm water afterwards. While soap is not particularly harmful, it can cause diarrhea when ingested.  Failing To Soak Dentures Another mistake that people make with their false teeth is failing to soak their dentures at night. The dentures can and will build up with plaque like the natural teeth. This attracts bacteria to the dentures. Saliva can wash the bacteria underneath the base of the teeth. This can lead to the formation of sores along the gum tissues and infections. Also, yeast will attach to the dentures and build along the base and an overgrowth can start to develop. This will cause a condition called denture stomatitis to develop where white patches of yeast form on the gums. Infections as well as stomatitis conditions can both be avoided by soaking your dentures every night while you sleep. You can purchase a denture soaking material from...

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