You brush and floss your teeth everyday and you have an excellent dental health. And this is why you don’t need a visit to a dentist.
It’s a myth. It’s important to see your dentist regularly for checkups, in addition to daily brushing and flossing. You may need a fewer visits or more frequent visits. It depends on your dental health history. But you certainly need a visit to your dentist.
So, what does a dental checkup involve? Well, there are no hard and fast rules on what involves in a dental checkup. Every dentist doesn’t operate in same way. However, it typically involves a thorough examination of your your teeth, gums and mouth, x-rays (if required), cleaning and polishing (if required) and education.
Dental implants are one of the most common dental procedures requested around the world. Dental implants replace teeth lost due to gum disease, tooth decay, and imperfections of the root canal, and damage caused by accident or trauma. Dental implants generally fall into one of two basic categories:
Endosteal implants – attach directly to bone to provide an anchor for artificial teeth within jawbone structures.
Subperiosteal implant – a metal framework that fits over the jawbone to provide anchors for artificial teeth in cases where bone support structures are damaged or inadequate for securing of implant.
These categories are further separated by type of implant needed and its procedure. For example, common types of dental implants are composed of different materials and procedures. The most common type of dental implant procedures offer:
Ancient wisdom says that, you are what you eat, we must then be careful about what we put into our bodies. We cannot cure all illness or stop the hands of time. We cannot protect ourselves from all diseases, but we can certainly be careful. What we can do is treat our bodies well and enjoy the health benefits that result from this conscious effort.
Senior citizens’ nutritional needs vary little from the nutritional needs of other age groups, yet there are some slight differences. Our younger bodies are able to withstand lack of nutrition more than those of the elderly, and hence it becomes more and more important to get proper nutrients as we age. These factors must be taken into consideration by elders as well as those who provide senior care services and act as their caretakers. Here are a few things essential for elderly care through proper diet for senior citizens:
1. Fiber – Fiber serves two purposes. It fills us up more quickly than empty carbohydrates (carbohydrates that lack nutrition) and it aids in digestion. Fiber forms the bulk of our waste, so encourages our intestinal tract to continue functioning properly. Sources of fiber include: Wheat, spouted pulses, green leafy vegetables etc.
According to an article in the Medical Post (Colostrum Cuts NSAID’s GI Problems,” September 8, 1998), bovine colostrum may work to protect the GI tract from non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS’s). In a study at Leicester University, changes in gut permeability were assessed in six healthy males before and after taking the NSAID indomethacin with and with out colostrum. Colostrum was taken with meals as a liquid supplement two days before starting the NSAID and throughout the five days of taking the drug. Gut permeability was assessed using a five-hour urinary lactulose-rhamnose (L/R) ratio. At the end of five days, this ration increased 300% for those who didn’t take colostrum, but only 20% for those taking it.
The interaction of foreign materials (like viruses, bacterial and fungi) with the GI component of the immune system leads to the production of about 75% of the antibodies in the human system. The ability of AIDS/HIV patients to fight infectious disease is severely compromised, partially due to damage to the gut from chronic inflammation and diarrhea. Several recent studies show colostrum to be helpful with this chronic problem. For example, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that “immunoglobulin from bovine colostrum effectively reduces and prevents viral and bacterial infections in immune deficient subjects: Bone marrow recipients, premature babies, AIDS etc.”
4. Heart Disease
Theoretically, colostrum could be effective in the treatment and prevention of heart disease for two reasons. First, the growth factors in colostrum may help regenerate heart muscle. Second, recent medical research indicates that infectious disease agents may be associated with several chronic disorders, including heart disease. A study conducted by the University of Utah School of Medicine shows strong evidence that the bacterium Chlamydia pneumoniae may be a major factor in the development of coronary atherosclerosis. In fact, researchers at the University believe that this bacterium may be responsible for as much as 50% of all serious heart disease. Consequently, colostrum’s immune boosting, disease-fighting components could help those susceptible to heart disease.
Using known risk factors for breast cancer, mathematical models can be developed to help answer important questions. These mathematical models are useful tools for researchers and for patients as follows:
1.Research on risk factors The Claus risk assessment model was used to discover the subpopulation of people who had an autosomal dominant genetic allele that increased their risk from 10% to 92%. This led to the discovery of the BRCA genes associated with breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer.
2.Clinical trial eligibility The Gail risk assessment model was developed to help researchers determine who to enroll in the NSAPB Breast Cancer Prevention Trials
where chemoprevention was shown to reduce breast cancer risk.
3.Guidelines for doing BRCA testing BRCA testing is very expensive and practically worthless if done on everyone (because it is so rare to be homozygous for BRCA1 or BRCA2). Mathematical models such as the BRCAPRO, BOADICEA, and Tyrer-Cuzick models can help determine what patients should undergo BRCA testing. The decision for testing is usually made when one of these models predicts a 10% or greater chance that there is a mutation of the BRCA1, BRCA2, or both genes.
4.Guidelines for doing MRI screening for breast cancer – MRI screening for breast cancer is not a cost effective screening test for the general population, but in specific groups, there are clear cut reasons to do so. In general, screening MRI is recommended for women with 20-25% or greater lifetime risk of breast cancer. The BRCAPRO and Tyrer-Cuzick models have been used to help make clinical decisions about ordering MRIs for breast cancer screening.
5.Guidelines for breast cancer therapy The Gail model is used clinically to help
determine who should be put on tamoxifen or raloxifene for chemoprevention. Other models have been used to help make decisions about breast cancer risk reduction with prophylactic mastectomy.
For these reasons, it is important to understand these models. These models are collectively refered to as risk assessment tools. The following paragraphs summarize the most popular and most widely used risk assessment tools. Keep in mind that none of these risk assessment tools apply to breast cancer survivors. No mathematical model has been widely accepted to determine cancer risk in cancer survivors.
Nadi Shodhana can be defined in the form that Nadi is a tubular organ for the passage of Prana, or energy carrying seminal, cosmic, vital and other energies, as well as sensation, intelligence, and consciousness in the subtle, casual and physical bodies. The primary aim of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama is to get the purification of the nerves and it also referred to as alternate nose breathing. The word Shodhana means purification, cleansing whereas the word Pranayama means the act of mental and spiritual excellence.
The practice of Nadi Shodhana Pranayama should be performed in a relaxed cross legged position, spine straight, and shoulders down. Close your eyes and center your head between the shoulders and chin. Use the thumb and fourth finger of your right hand and place the two middle fingers softly on your forehead. Keep them closed into the palm in order to avoid strain in the neck, and shoulders.
Next thing is to close the nostril by placing your right thumb, as you breathe into the left. Generally, start off the breathing process to the count of five and decrease the count after feeling dizziness. During the process, at the top of the inhalation process, immediately close the left nostril with your right ring finger, removing your thumb from the right nostril at the same time, and start performing a slow, rhythmic, easy exhalation through this nostril to the count of five. Start inhaling through the right nostril to the count of five and close the nostril by placing your thumb. Repeat this process through the left nostril to the count of five.