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3 Foods and Habits Known to Cause Tooth Discolouration

Our teeth have to endure tremendous punishment from all angles, and the vast array of different foods and drinks we consume only adds to the strain on our precious tooth enamel. To a certain degree, a person’s teeth will gradually discolour over time, as this is part of the natural aging process, yet there are certain substances we should avoid, as they are known to be harmful to our teeth, and if you would like to minimise the risk of fading white teeth, here are some of the harmful things to avoid.

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  1. Tea and Coffee – People mistakenly think that due to its dark colour, coffee is the main culprit, when in fact, the opposite is true. Tea, whether brewed hot or served cold, as it contains acids and tannins, which act on the tooth enamel, causing it to break down slightly. The good news is, you would have to drink an awful lot over time, for there to be any noticeable discolouration, but tea and coffee addicts beware! If you do have tooth discolouration and you would like to regain your healthy smile, an Internet search will locate a local clinic, whether you are looking for a Melbourne or Brisbane CBD dentist, and most will offer a range of cosmetic services, which include teeth whitening treatments.

 

  1. Smoking – Of course, smoking not only causes cancer, it also can bring about teeth discolouration. There are special toothpastes that are said to remove tobacco stains, but generally speaking, the tar in the tobacco smoke will wreak havoc with your tooth enamel, and if the threat of death isn’t enough to make you quit smoking, losing your pearly white smile might just do the trick.

 

  1. Red Wine – As nice as it is to sip a glass of wine on occasions, it is not particularly good for a white smile. Like tea, wine is very acidic and is packed with tannins, and red wine also has a natural colourisation, which can stain tooth enamel. As a rule, one should always use a mouthwash after drinking wine, as once the majority of wine is removed, it cannot attack your tooth enamel, and if you find red wine too appealing, there are some effective methods to reduce red wine staining on your teeth that you can try. Chromogens are also present in high numbers, which quickly stick to the teeth, and too much, too often is likely to cause some staining. The good news is that this can be removed with suitable oral treatment, and your local dentist would be able to help.

As we age, the enamel on our teeth becomes worn and tiny cracks and crevices appear, and when these are filled with substances contained in food, staining occurs. Modern teeth whitening treatments might not be a cure, but they will restore the whiteness to your smile. If you have recently moved to a new area and have not registered with a dental clinic, an online search will point you in the right direction, and by trying to avoid the above, your teeth should remain healthy and white.

Benefits of Wearing a Postpartum Girdle After Delivery

As a first time mommy, I was lucky that my doctor advised me to use a postpartum girdle after I gave birth to my baby. Following doctor’s advice my husband bought an abdominal binder from the hospital pharmacy. It is true that four years ago I was not much aware of the benefits of having a girdle for me after a C-section. However, today I am glad that I used an abdominal binder!

If you are a new mom or mom to be, here are some helpful tips that explain the benefits of wearing postpartum girdle after delivery. I used a postpartum girdle and I experienced all these benefits. So, I am sure these tips will help another mom to experience all these benefits after the delivery of the baby!

Benefits of Wearing Postpartum Girdle After Delivery

A Postpartum Girdle or an abdominal binder is a special garment that also compresses and shapes your body. This is why it is helpful to get the shape back after the delivery. Especially for those who deliver the baby via C-section, sometimes it is difficult to come back to the normal shape of the body. I remember the sagging and loose tummy I had during the first few weeks after the delivery. Luckily I could get firm belly skin and almost flat tummy in few months. When the kid was celebrating his first birthday I was almost in my pre pregnancy weight

 

Why You Should Use a Postpartum Girdle after Delivery?

Reasons are simple. A postpartum girdle will help you to get the shape. It gives muscle support after your delivery. A Postpartum Girdle will help you to tighten your abdominal muscles without giving much compression. Also this compression of muscles will improve the blood flow. As you can reduce the swelling of the muscles with a postpartum girdle, that will help you to recover and heal from the wounds after a C-section. This is the main reason for my doctor to introduce an abdominal binder for me after my C-section. That gave me comfort from the wounds and sagging muscles. Check this guide for top postpartum girdle options for more details of different types of abdominal binders available on the market.

 

How do you buy a Postpartum Girdle?

Postpartum Girdle or abdominal binders come with lot of features .So, if you plan to buy a girdle for you, it is better to read the features before you buy. It should fit you properly and it should easy to use. After all it should be a girdle that gives you comfort.

Considering the benefits you get after using a Postpartum Girdle, an abdominal binder can be a best investment for any postpartum lady!

Do you have any experience with using a Postpartum Girdle? Please share.

 

Ovarian Cancer – Spreading Awareness Together

Ovarian Cancer – Spreading Awareness Together

Cancer can be devastating for those who are touched by it. Whether a diagnosis is given to a family member, friend, co-worker, or of course yourself, we can all agree cancer can rock your mind, body, and soul inside-out. In light of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which is in September, I’d like to share some eye-opening statistics, factors that increase a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer, and ways we can try to reduce our risk.

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Things to Consider

Did you know 14,000 women die each year from ovarian cancer? This is an alarming number, especially considering half of the women who develop ovarian cancer are under 60. Here’s another shocker: pap smears do NOT detect ovarian cancer. I’m sure this is upsetting to many women, including myself, since I thought my yearly trips to the gynecologist inherently included cancer screenings on top of STD testing and our general wellness check up. It’s no wonder only 15% of ovarian cancers are diagnosed at stage 1–  we didn’t know we had to ask for a separate test. Given that most women don’t “look forward” to the uncomfortable conversations at their yearly exams, this is something we need to be bringing up in addition to the routine Q&A, no matter how uncomfortable it may feel.

Period Pain or Cancer?

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Now think about it for a second. If most women are under the impression that they’re being screened for cancer at their yearly exams, then there doesn’t seem to be a reason to bring up telltale symptoms of ovarian cancer, which many women would commonly attribute to aunt flow. Speaking of symptoms, let’s take a look at what they are:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation or menstrual changes

Out of these nine signs of ovarian cancer, I think it’s safe to say that the majority of women could confuse at least six of these symptoms with their monthly menstrual cycle, and a few others with a UTI. So ladies, please listen to your body and don’t feel shy bringing up any of these symptoms to your OB/GYN, and ask about getting screened for ovarian cancer if you have any inkling of these symptoms.

Genetic Factors to Look Into

Along with being proactive regarding these (confusing) symptoms by chatting up your gynecologist and stating any abnormalities in the exam room, ask your family about any history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer, and report any findings to your doctor. And whether or not you have a history, it’s smart to get tested for the genetic mutations BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genetic mutations greatly increase a woman’s risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. If you end up testing positive for either mutation, your doctor will be able to better identify any symptoms you’re having (if any), and take the proper steps to monitor your health. He or she may recommend oral contraceptives as one way to reduce your risk of developing ovarian cancer. Oral contraceptives also seem to reduce this risk especially for women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. To find out if you have the mutation, you can be tested with a simple blood sample.

Be Wary of Products

In the heat of the summer, it may seem like a good idea to grab some scented feminine wipes to use after the gym or dust yourself with a light powder in the morning to stay fresh down below. Or, perhaps you’re under the impression that during your menstrual cycle, you should be using scented tampons. To be honest, the marketing of feminine products can be confusing and even misleading, especially for the unsuspecting consumer. But, the vagina is self-cleaning, so scented tampons, feminine washes, and powders are totally unnecessary to keeping the vagina healthy and fresh, and can actually cause harm down below.

Not only do scented products of any kind, including scented tampons, kill the good bacteria that should be in the vagina, but these products allow the bad bacteria to overgrow. Dusting baby powder on your nether regions to stay fresh can also cause problems of a different kind. Numerous scientific studies and juries have found a direct link between talc and ovarian cancer, and doctors have associated the mineral with lung problems as well. If you’d like to dust yourself with a light powder to stay comfortable, try cornstarch, arrowroot, or rice powder. These have all been found safe for women and baby, and many brands have switched to these alternative minerals. Whether or not you choose to use any feminine products, remember that it’s recommended to use simply use a mild, unscented soap and warm water to clean your nether region.

Stay Active

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

We all know exercise has wonderful benefits, but did you know that keeping a healthy weight could reduce your risk of developing ovarian cancer? If you’re like millions of Americans, this can take some motivation! Let’s break things down. Studies from the Mayo Clinic suggest 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week. I know that sounds like a lot at first glance, but if you think about it, that’s a brisk walk around your neighborhood for only 30 minutes a day Monday-Friday! Not only can keeping a healthy weight reduce your risk of ovarian cancer, but exercise helps to balance out the neurotransmitters in your brain that affect mood as well as mental function!

Keep the Conversation Going

I hope this was helpful information and you share some life-saving information with loved ones everywhere since the more we know about our health, the better off we are! We can do small things to spread awareness. Text some girlfriends and ask if they know about the early symptoms of ovarian cancer, and if not, tell them. Call your family members and suggest you go for a walk together to keep active. Share information on genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 on social media for your followers and their families. Let’s all work together to help spread the word on common symptoms of ovarian cancer and ways we can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer for women all over the world. Remember, talk to your gynecologist if you have any questions or concerns about ovarian cancer.

Detoxing From Sugar? No Big Deal!

Addiction is real.

It means having a strong attraction or desire for anything, and the word itself suggests a negative connotation.

It is a force of habit, which has negative consequences, especially when it comes to our health. It may either be due to the corrosive nature of the parasitic character of the method itself.

Addiction has enormously disastrous effects on the body, mind, and soul of the addicted person. Addiction also ruins a person’s personal and social life. Society tends to discriminate against an addict in a very judgmental fashion, often to an extent where that person becomes extremely unacceptable to the patterns of society.

Such people become alienated from the routines of a normal life. Addictions tend to weaken the body and, after taking the addicted substances, the addict feels pacified or sated. However, this sated feeling does not last for a long time. It is incredibly short lived and not worth the consequences.

The problem is that in the long run, addiction results in weakening the body and paves the way for dysfunction of both the body workings and the brain. Addictions include anything: foods, drinks, or other physical substances, but also co-dependency, a hostile attitude towards others and greed.

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Human beings are programmed to like sugar and are genetically prone to enjoy sugary food more than other types of food.

Almost all of us are genetically hardwired to favor a sweet dish over anything else.

Excessive use results in diabetes, trouble losing weight and other sugar related problems that have begun to crop up recently.

Even people who do not want to take sugar are sometimes unaware of taking it because sugar is latent in almost all foods we have in our diet. Excessive intake of sugar keeps you overweight, unhealthy and fatigued. It’s not surprising then that many recent online diet programs like the South Beach Diet, Beyond Diet, Weight Watchers all ask you to cut down on sugar as much as possible (read this).

Sugar is quite hard to get rid of and can be very deadly for people who get a very little amount of exercise.

Watching diets closely is not something practical in the modern world. Most of us do not realize what is happening until it is too late. Sugar can cause addiction and sugar cravings, which is not natural.

For your health, sound and balanced life, sugar addiction can be one of the greatest impediments.

If you need to be sure of good health, a sound mind and permanent weight loss or weight stability, you have to be serious and selective about consuming sugar and sugary substances. In this post, I hope to help define what sugar addiction is, and help you identify the symptoms. I would also like to show you how to distinguish between a healthy usage of sugar and how it crosses the line to become an addictive substance.

I’ll also give you a quick treatment plan and steps on how to stop cravings. You can overcome sugar addiction! I’m here to help you do it, and the advice given in this book is sound advice, based both on experience and expertise in the subject. Rest assured. You will find help within this post, and it may just save your life.

Weight Loss and Sugar Connection

Research and studies have proven time and again that most people that remove or drastically reduce sugar from their diet are going to lose weight.

This is inevitable because when you are removing fatty processed and high sugar foods from your diet, this means you are taking in fewer calories. When you eat fewer calories, you’re going to lose weight. The numbers don’t lie.

Weighing your blood sugar levels is essential for overall fitness and well-being, healthy hormones, directing your body to burn more stored fat, and boosting your metabolism to shed pounds, according to Dr. Oz.
What happens is people make a habit of eating unhealthy sugary processed foods that trigger repeated spikes in blood sugars. This not only affects your mood and increased risk of disease, but it also interferes with your ability to lose weight.

With high blood sugar levels, you are communicating with your body to store more fat and not burn it. Balance is important, and that comes from removing extra sugars and eating a healthy well-balanced diet.

How To Start Detoxing

Having the courage to recognize you have a sugar addiction and WANTING to take action. Gain the knowledge required to create your plan and make it happen. Psychology Today experts say it takes more than six months of repeating an action to make it a habit. That’s where you don’t have to focus so intensely on the new action. Change is tough, and we are resistant to it.

FACT: If you want to leave your sugar cravings at the candy store you are going to have to crave change and make it stick. You are in control of you; so, ultimately, there’s nobody to point the finger at but yourself if you decide to jump ship and not climb back on. There are lots of different tactics and strategies to get the sugar off your plate and out of your mind.

Here are a 7 tips to get you started.

Give Yourself a Taste – WebMD dietitians believe you should start by giving yourself a little. Most people fail because they try to go cold turkey, shock their system, and quickly slip back into their unhealthy habits. Have two bites of cake or a mini chocolate bar. If you are feeling completely deprived, you are more likely to fail.

Try Finding Combinations – This one is just like sitting on the fence. You are looking to get nutritious with a little treat. Have a few strawberries dipped in chocolate. Or a sprinkle of brown sugar on your oatmeal. A nut mixture with a few smarties in it hits the spot. This will help you crave healthy foods, and the extras will soon fade away.

Flip the Switch – This is a tough move. Just be wary the first few days afterward you may be feeling a little “off.” Depending on how much sugar your body was used to. Your cravings will dissipate, but you have to be willing to wait it out.

Turn Up the Fruit Volume – Initially, this may seem like a cheap consolation prize. Out of your Halloween treat bag do you want an apple or a peanut butter cup? By eating more fruit, you will curb your craving for fructose faster. And if you stick with it long enough you’re going to start craving all-natural ripe and tasty fruit!

Take Up a New Hobby – I call this one the distraction method. If you start thinking about chocolate ice-cream or fresh baked cookies, hop on your horse or practice your golf swing. Get excited about something new in your life to help forget about sugar.

Get Support – It’s funny in life how many times we are okay with disappointing ourselves, but we’re not so good with letting other people down. Shout it out to the world your commitment to knock excess sugar out of your life and let your cheerleaders help keep you on track.

Eat every 3-4 Hours – By making sure you eat small meals regularly, you’ll keep your blood sugars level and ward off sugar cravings. Willpower gets incredibly difficult on an empty stomach. Get Back On Your Horse – If you happen to fall when you’re out with friends and decide to eat a big ice-cream sundae, or you dive into the cookie one night when you were feeling bummed; pick you up and move on. Don’t worry about it, because we all steer off course from time to time. One slip up won’t kill you. Just make sure it’s the exception to the rules.

What You Can Eat On The Sugar Detox

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Sugar is evil, and it will sneak up on you in the most hidden ways. If you are even remotely looking to lose weight, an addiction to sugar has to be quit, you absolutely need to go cold turkey. You cannot keep living your life according to ‘just one more dinner roll, and I will quit.’
Carbohydrates and sugars are as addicting, if not more so than a drug and for this reason; all sugars must be cut out of your diet completely.

Part of quitting sugar is to know what you can and cannot eat. While the diet will be focused around wholesome foods like proteins and nutrient-dense veggies, there are still foods that you must avoid like potatoes and similar starches. Keep reading to learn the foods to eat and avoid on the 21-Day Sugar Detox Diet.

Proteins – Proteins are an essential part of the sugar detox diet since they keep you feeling full and help balance your blood sugar. It is especially beneficial to start the morning with a breakfast packed full of protein.

Vegetables – Low-starch veggies are encouraged on the Sugar Detox Diet. They contain carbohydrates, but these are not digested the same way that starches and sugars are. In fact, you can eat as many fresh veggies as you want since they are low-calorie and full of nutrition.

What You Cannot Eat

Processed foods – ‘Healthy’ foods like yogurt and granola bars may be full of sugars or artificial sweeteners that harm your dieting efforts. Others like pre-made lunches and crackers are even worse. Avoid all processed foods and replace them with wholesome choices that will help curb cravings and leave you feeling full and energized.

Grain products – In the first ten days of the diet, you should avoid all grain products. Switch out tortilla shells or a hamburger bun for a lettuce wrap. Avoid artificial sweeteners and additives for your coffee, as well as sports drinks and other sugar-filled products.

Starch-filled Vegetables – You should also avoid any starchy vegetables in the first ten days of your diet. This includes winter squash, sweet potatoes, beets, and other potatoes (red, white, yellow, etc.).

Dairy – Something else to avoid in the first ten days of the 21-Day Sugar Detox Diet is dairy products. This is because you may have a sensitivity to the lactose in dairy without realizing it. You can switch this out for alternatives like almond milk and soy.

So that’s it, simply by eating the foods recommended and avoiding the ones mentioned above, you should be able to reduce your sugar cravings and addictive behavior by at least 75-80%.
As for weight loss, simply give this way of eating a try and you will actually start losing weight without even doing anything else!

BONUS: The 5 best drinks on the detox

Water: When it comes to hydration, water is the best option for people with diabetes. That’s because it won’t raise your blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can cause dehydration. Drinking enough water can help your body eliminate excess glucose through urine. Women should drink approximately 8 glasses of water each day, while men should drink about 10 glasses. If plain water doesn’t appeal to you, create some variety by: adding slices of lemon, lime, or orange

Unsweetened tea:
Research has shown that green tea has a positive effect on your general health. It can also help reduce your blood pressure and lower your LDL cholesterol levels. Some research suggests that drinking up to six cups a day may lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. However, more research is needed.

Whether you choose green, black, or herbal tea, you should avoid sweeteners. For a refreshing taste, make your own iced tea using a chilled fragrant tea, such as rooibos, and add a few slices of lemon. If you don’t mind caffeine, Earl Grey and jasmine green tea are also great options.

Unsweetened coffee: A 2012 study found that drinking coffee might help lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that the level of risk dropped even lower for people who drank two to three cups per day. This also held true for people who drank four or more cups per day.

This applies to both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees; so, if caffeine makes you jittery, feel free to grab a cup of decaf. As with tea, it’s important that your coffee remains unsweetened. Adding milk, cream, or sugar to your coffee increases the overall calorie count and may affect your blood sugar levels.

Sugar-free fruit juice: Opt for something that’s sugar-free and 100 percent juice. If you’re using a meal plan, make sure you account for the juice you choose. On average, four ounces has about 15 grams of carbohydrates and about 60 calories. You can also try vegetable juice alternatives.

Blend a mix of green leafy vegetables, celery, or cucumbers with a handful of berries for a flavorful supply of vitamins and minerals

Low-fat milk: Dairy products contain helpful minerals, but they add carbohydrates to your diet. Always choose unsweetened, low-fat, or skim versions of your preferred milk.

You should limit yourself to one or two glasses a day. You can also try dairy-free, low-sugar options, such as fortified nut or coconut milk. Be aware that soy and rice milk contain carbohydrates.

Concluding…

Sugar addiction is a big hurdle when it comes to weight loss. You can give your health and weight a big boost by drastically reducing the amount of sugar you consume.

If not for anything else, at least give this 21-day diet a try for the sake of your body, and just gauge how you feel after just 3 weeks.

I am willing to bet my hat you’ll stick with it for many more months or years to come!

Does My Child Need To See A Pediatric Dentist?

When choosing the right dentist for your child, it is best to choose a pediatric dentist, rather than a general practice. Pediatric dentists specialize in dental care for kids and are specifically qualified to treat the unique dental needs of children ranging from infants to teens, including those with special needs. Here are some reasons to consider a pediatric dentist as your child’s dental care provider.

 Does My Child Need To See A Pediatric Dentist?

They have more training than general dentists.

After finishing four years of dental school, pediatric dentists are required to complete two to three years of additional pediatric training that is geared toward caring for a child’s teeth and unique dental issues. Because pediatric dentists are experts in caring for children, they are better equipped to handle the specific problems that kids face, like cavities, decay, wisdom teeth extraction in teens, and even common behavioral challenges, such as fear of the dentist.

 

They focus on preventive care.

Starting with the first visit, pediatric dentists emphasize the importance of early preventive care and help encourage a lifetime of great oral health for kids. Through early and regular oral exams, many dental issues in kids can be detected and treated before they advance to more serious problems, saving parents time and money down the road. As part of their focus on preventive care, pediatric dentists educate parents and kids on the proper ways for children to brush and floss their teeth along with advice on tooth-friendly nutrition and breaking bad habits, like thumb sucking.

 

They create kid-friendly environments to make dentistry fun.

Pediatric dental offices are designed with the comfort of children in mind. While adult dental offices may feel intimidating to a child, pediatric waiting areas and exam rooms often feature colorful decor, child-sized furniture, and fun games or activities to help kids feel at ease the minute they walk through the door. When children are greeted by a friendly staff and an inviting office setting, it sets the tone for a positive, safe and relaxed appointment every time they visit the dentist.

 

They are skilled to ease dental fears in children.

Many adults who are afraid of the dentist can trace their fears all the way back to childhood. For this reason, pediatric dentists strive to create a positive, calm experience for children so that they not only look forward to visiting the dentist, but desire to take care of their teeth throughout their lives. Pediatric dentists and their staff do this by establishing trusted relationships with their young patients at an early age. They are highly skilled at communicating with children of all ages and treat young patients in ways that make them feel comfortable during procedures. For younger children, this may include a lot of hands-on explanations and “show-and-tell” techniques to help kids become comfortable with unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells at the dental office.

Also check : 3 Foods and Habits Known to Cause Tooth Discolouration

Planning your child’s first visit to the dentist.

According to the American Dental Association, a child’s first trip to the dentist should occur approximately six months after his or her first tooth erupts and no later than the child’s first birthday. Children should visit their dentist every six months for preventive cleanings and exams, or more frequently if recommended by the pediatric dentist, to treat developing dental concerns.

 

The main purpose of the first appointment is to get to know the dentist, which sets the stage for future, positive visits for your child. At the initial appointment, parents can discuss questions and concerns about their child’s dental health. In addition to a thorough exam and cleaning, pediatric dentists will look for signs of decay, provide information about developmental milestones, and demonstrate how to prevent cavities through good oral hygiene practices at home.

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Good oral hygiene practices at home is essential to protect kids’ teeth.Read how to Choose the Best Toothpaste for Toddlers and Kids

 

Pediatric dentists offer a specialized focus on children that most general dentists are not equipped to provide. Ultimately, the best dentist for your child will be one who is highly educated and knowledgeable about dental health for kids and who makes your child feel comfortable during treatment. With the right partner for dental health, you can feel confident that your child is on the best path to a lifetime of good oral health.

 

Author bio: Dr. Sheila Harris is Owner of Natomas Crossing Dental Care in Sacramento, California. Dr. Harris graduated from Northwestern University School of Dentistry and has been a licensed dentist since 2000. She is a proud member of several dental organizations and has been one of the top general dentists in Sacramento for the past five years.

Finding an Emergency Dentist

Finding an Emergency Dentist

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There is a wealth of information available online about dental care and treatment in New South Wales, and an excellent source of information is the nsw.gov.au website. Sometimes people have dental emergencies meaning that they need treatment outside of regular hours, so in these circumstances, it is important to know what to do, and where to go.

The Different Types of Emergencies

There are many different things that can harm or damage our teeth which may require emergency dental treatment. Some of the reasons that you may require an emergency dentist in the Sydney CBD area are:

  • Chipped or Broken Teeth
  • Knocked Out Teeth
  • Lost Crowns
  • Lost Fillings
  • Broken Braces or Wires

If you experience any of the above difficulties, you may wish to contact your local emergency dentist to get the problems fixed as quickly as possible. If you let problems go unfixed, then they could get considerably worse, as well as also becoming more expensive to resolve.

Be Prepared

Ideally, you will want to be prepared in advance of any problem that may arise, and it is worthwhile speaking to your dentist so that you know what to do during a dental emergency. Many surgeries will offer an out of hours’ service, sometimes in collaboration with other dental practices. Ask your dentist about emergency services and see if this is something that they offer. If they do have this type of service available, ask for the details of the service as well as the out of hours contact details. If this is not a service your dentist offers, then you will need to find an emergency dentist for both you and your family.

Finding a Dentist

If you find yourself needing emergency dental treatment, then a good place to start is asking your friends and family for any recommendations that they can offer. Alternatively, you can use the internet to find the closest out-of-hour dentist who will be able to assist you, no matter what your problem is. It is important to ensure that any dentist you are going to visit potentially is properly certified and qualified. Most dental websites will display their accreditations and certificates prominently on their website, and if this is something you cannot see, it is worth the effort to contact them and ask before arranging an appointment.

Check Out Their Reviews

Aside from the recommendations from friends and family, you can also look at all of the online reviews that are available. People love to leave reviews of products and services that they use, whether the experience was good or bad, and it is the same with dentists. Any potential dentists that you are considering using you should be able to find reviews about them online on the various review websites that are available. Read as many of the reviews that you can and compare the potentials dentists with each other.

 

With all of this information you will be able to choose a reliable dentist that will be able to take care of your teeth, whatever the problem. Just remember to take along your crown, filling, or tooth to them when you visit and they will have you smiling again in no time.

 

Also check : 3 Foods and Habits Known to Cause Tooth Discolouration

How Does Egg Donation Work? Your Questions Answered

For those who have difficulty conceiving, egg donation may be the solution for those wishing to have a baby of their own. But how do you go about researching clinics, choosing an egg donor, or navigating the complex emotions that come with using another woman’s eggs to have a baby? This article will detail some of the most important questions women may have when using donor eggs to get pregnant.

How Does Egg Donation Work

Who needs to use an egg donor?

There are several different reasons why women are unable to get pregnant using their own eggs. One of the biggest reasons is age. Older women have older eggs, which make conceiving more difficult. Others may be relatively young, but have genetic conditions or poor egg quality that render them infertile. Women who have undergone cancer treatments or surgeries involving removal of their ovaries may mean it is physically impossible to get pregnant on their own. All of these women would be good candidates for egg donation.

 

What decisions do I need to make before starting?

Fertility treatments using donor eggs give women and their partners a lot to think about. There are ethical and moral considerations, and the couple will need to reach an agreement on pursuing treatment. Financing the cycle is a major point of discussion, along with the feelings and emotions that accompany third party reproduction. You or your partner may have difficulty coming to terms with donor eggs and it is wise to pursue those concerns with a neutral party, such as a therapist who specializes in infertility. You may be grieving the loss of passing on your own genetics to a future child. You may feel angry with your body, for failing to do what comes so naturally to others. It’s not uncommon to experience relief when choosing to stop treatments with your own eggs and move on to a donor. Most women will eventually feel hopeful that this will give them a baby, whether it’s upon their decision to use an egg donor, or after the embryo transfer has occurred. Know that these emotions are a normal part of the process.

How Does Egg Donation Work

Where should I go for my treatment?

Many clinics have donor egg programs, but not all. Before choosing a clinic that has one, you need to decide if you want to use fresh or frozen eggs. Fresh eggs do have a slightly better chance of resulting in pregnancy, but they cost more and cycles have a higher rate of cancellation due to unpredictable circumstances such as life events or a donor not responding well to medication. Frozen eggs are cheaper to obtain since the donor has already undergone the process to retrieve the eggs, and you know how many eggs you will receive, generally about six to eight. Due to advances in science, frozen eggs are catching up in terms of success rates. Not all clinics offer their own frozen egg banks. If you decide to use frozen eggs, you can select your donor from an outside egg bank and have the eggs shipped directly to your clinic.

 

How do I choose my donor?

Once you’ve settled in with a clinic, and decided which type of egg you want, the next step is picking out a donor. The process in choosing is highly individual, and how wide your pool of available donors is depends on how many requirements you have when it comes to qualities you want in a donor: physical appearances, intellectual abilities, and donor medical history. Some women choose to go with an anonymous donor, and some have friends or family who want to step in and undergo the stringent process to donate their own eggs. Once you have come to a decision, though, it’s a matter of filling out the paperwork and working with the clinic’s donor coordinator.

 

What happens during the donor egg cycle itself?

After the eggs are secured, you will begin a medication regimen to prepare your body for a transfer and attend monitoring appointments to make sure your uterus is ready to accept an embryo. Using your partner’s or donor sperm, the eggs are fertilized in a lab and the resulting embryos are transferred to your uterus or frozen for future use. A pregnancy test is done about two weeks later to see if the cycle was successful.

How Does Egg Donation Work

Conclusion

The donor egg process is fraught with many emotions and questions. It can be confusing and difficult, but with careful research and discussion, it can give women hope that their long-awaited baby will finally become a reality.

Benefits of Playing Sudoku

Keeping brain active is really essential with aging. That is where games like Sudoku are helpful as it helps to keep the brain active. Playing Sudoku is one of the best ways to keep brain active and function without much effort. However Sudoku is not only a brain active game for adults, it is also suitable for students.

Benefits of playing Sudoku

Sudoku Puzzles

Benefits of playing Sudoku

If you like playing Sudoku puzzles, then you can use paper version or even online Sudoku puzzles. Sometimes it is easier to play online Sudoku as it is easy to access and most of the time freely available. There are many sites which share free Sudoku puzzles online that can access easily and play whenever you want. Anyway, here are some of the benefits of playing Sudoku.

Benefits of playing Sudoku

Online sudoku

As Sudoku is helpful in making brain active, by playing Sudoku puzzles you can reduce the chances of having conditions such as Alzheimers and Dementia. Sudoku will stimulate the mind and it will also help you to improve your concentration. While it improves your memory, Sudoku will also teach you to think and get decisions fast. After all playing a brain active game is good for your health and that will keep you active with sharp and efficient thinking. Same as doing physical exercises, you also need to think of having brain exercises. Sudoku puzzles are a great way to exercise your brain.

How to learn Sudoku?

If you are a beginner or if you don’t know how to play Sudoku, then don’t worry. There are also online sites which share how to play Sudoku tutorials. You can easily find Sudoku tutorials and articles about tips and tricks to play Sudoku efficiently. Therefore you can easily learn this mind active game and make it as a way of keeping your brain active.

Don’t think that playing Sudoku is waste of time. It has benefits as explained above. After all you can keep good health and active mind with such games like Sudoku!

 

Do you Know these Benefits of Doing Jigsaw Puzzles

Recently I introduced Jigsaw puzzles for my kid and he showed love in solving puzzles with me. He was just above 2 years when I introduced the first puzzle to him and with his interest to solving the puzzles, I added more to our collection. Do you know what happened? Not only my kid, I also attracted to the puzzles and we ended up having a collection of jigsaw puzzles ranging from 9 pieces to more complicated puzzles over 40 pieces. It was a fun activity which we could concentrate our time together.

With our interest to play and solve jigsaw puzzles, I also wanted to find the benefits of playing puzzles and the benefits are really amazing. After reading this post, I am sure you also will start playing jigsaw puzzles as it is a really good way to concentrate your mind!

Benefits of doing jigsaw puzzles

Well, before going for the health benefits of playing jigsaw puzzles, I just want to share my experiences at our home. The puzzles actually can connect all of us. We solve jigsaw puzzles together and it really creates family moments which I am really happy. Playing jigsaw puzzles is one of the entertainment activities which anyone spends time to release the tension of the day. Other than that, below are some of the health benefits you can expect by playing with jigsaw puzzles.

Doing jigsaw puzzles is really helpful for the brain development. Usually left brain thinks logically and right brain is responsible for creative and emotional tasks. However if you use both left brain and right brain together at the same time, your mind power will improve and it gets better day by day. As jigsaw puzzles are such activity which you need to use both left brain and right brain together, that will enhance your brain power while improving efficiency and concentration.

One of the Jigsaw Puzzles I play online.(Credits : http://www.jspuzzles.com/)

One of the Jigsaw Puzzles I play online.(Image Credits : www.jspuzzles.com)

That is why even as adults, it is good to play and solve jigsaw puzzles in order to stimulate your brain power. When you play with your kids, they will also learn to concentrate and solve problems logically which are important skills for any one.

How to find Jigsaw Puzzles?

Finding jigsaw puzzles is not that difficult. You can easily buy jigsaw puzzles with different themes. However, if you don’t organize your jigsaw puzzles this will end up with a mess. You will also spend more time for finding missing puzzle pieces which can also create stressful situation.

If you dont organize properly,these jigsaw puzzles can create a mess too :)

If you don’t organize properly,these jigsaw puzzles can create a mess too 🙂

Another way of playing puzzles is by using online puzzles. With a collection of free jigsaw puzzles you can spend time concentrating on your task without worrying about organizing those after playing. Other than that, you will find new puzzles every day and this will refresh your experience and thinking style as you can find different themes and different size puzzles.

Online jigsaw puzzles (Image credit:

Online jigsaw puzzles (Image credit: www.jspuzzles.com)

There are also apps which are full of jigsaw puzzles. You can easily download such app with jigsaw puzzles and play when you are free, even while travelling.

Playing jigsaw puzzles online or playing physical puzzles are known therapeutic exercise for brain. It is not only good for kids, but also a good activity for adults. This is what I found these days while introducing jigsaw puzzles for my kid. We enjoy playing and solving jigsaw puzzles at our home.

How about you? Do you play puzzles?

If so how do you find jigsaw puzzles? Do you like to buy puzzles or do you like online puzzles? Please share your thoughts.

 

5 Steps In Opening Up Your Meditation Space

If you want to make meditation a part of your daily routine, then it helps to have a space that is physically dedicated to it. Of course that means you need to choose such an area, clear it out, and recreate it for the specific purpose of meditation. It can be an area of any particular size that suits you.

If you are fortunate enough, you might get to dedicate an entire room of your house to meditation. However, most folks use smaller areas or anything that is available, such as a home office, a laundry closet, an extra bedroom, or even their garage. If you want to set up your own meditation space, follow these 5 steps:

5 Steps In Opening Up Your Meditation Space

 1) Pick A Spot:

 Don’t overthink this or get too choosy. Pick any small yet comfortable area within your home that you can access easily. It should have a source of good lighting, proper ventilation, and control over the temperature. If the space has a window or is near it, block out hard sunlight with solar shades. A HEPA air purifier is a good idea to take care of stagnant local atmosphere or poor air quality. If your local climate or seasonal weather is cold, then be sure the room has enough warmth for you to relax comfortably. If you are from somewhere warmer then the garden can be a good place.

2) Make The Spot Free Of Distractions:

 Any electronics in this space need to be turned off while you meditate. This starts with cell phones, but also includes dishwashers, laundry timers, coffee makers, or any other electronic device or appliance that might prove to be a source of noise. Get rid of or cover up any work that visibly needs to be done, be it laundry, a stack of bills, or just your to-do list. You need free your space of work possibilities and possible interruptions that your ears might pick up. A do-not-disturb sign on the closed door lets other occupants of your home know that you’re busy not being busy.

 3) Clean The Space Often:

 If you want to clear your mind, you need to first clear the space where you hope to do this. You should have already addressed clutter, but make sure you also deal with any remaining mess, down to dirt and dust. Sweep, vacuum, or dust mop regularly in order to keep the room pristine and welcoming. If the area is outside then ensure it’s neat and tidy too. Weeding, cutting and caring for a garden meditation space can help.

5 Steps In Opening Up Your Meditation Space

 4) Let The Area Inspire You:

 Your personal choices come into play here. You might take the simple route when you figure out how to make the room beautiful, as you could just go with a vibrantly colored or patterned mat for sitting, or you could get more elaborate and decorate the space with pictures, frames of inspirational quotes, fresh flowers or other plants, and candles. If your space is outside then perhaps some nice statues can help, or maybe one of these outdoor fountains at SoothingWalls.com could do the trick.

 5) Make Yourself Comfortable:

 Make sure your space can support you physically during your meditation. Pillows and bolsters with your mat, or even a comfy chair, are good ideas. Some individuals find it easier to meditate comfortably while warm, so have a shawl, scarf, or large blanket handy.

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