Oral health: 1 doctor for 120000 patients

Oral health: 1 doctor for 120000 patients
The government, in collaboration with Tanzania Dental Association (TDA) has launched a National Oral Health Strategic Plan 2011-2017 to address the situation. The plan was made public yesterday in Dar es Salaam by the Minister of Health and Social …
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Action for Dental Health Stories: Community Dental Health Coordinators Help

Action for Dental Health Stories: Community Dental Health Coordinators Help
The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including …
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Is diet soda really better?
"Full calorie or regularly sweetened beverage consumption is going down and has been going down in the last couple of years," American Beverage Association spokesman Christopher Gindlesperger told CNN in June. "Our companies continue to innovate, … A …
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Hinsdale Dentist to Travel to Japan on 2016 Lecture Tour, Speak on Cosmetic
He has lectured at a host of international and regional meetings, including for the California Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and Chicago MidWinter. Dr. Morgan is an expert on aesthetic dentistry …
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Female athletes find few options for sports gear
“You would think finding a pair of sneakers wouldn't be hard, but we usually have to get her boys shoes because the stores don't carry them for girls,” Walters told The Journal Gazette (http://bit.ly/12nBca2 ). … About 40 percent of American athletes …
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Latest Student National Dental Association News

Health Center Accolades – September 2012
The inaugural Multi-Cultural Oral Health Summit was held in July with four students from the UConn School of Dental Medicine in attendance. The summit was a joint convention of the Hispanic Dental Association, National Dental Association and Society of …
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Bohnsack comes home to join his father's dental practice in Cokato
While in dental school, Bohnsack was involved at the local student dental association chapter. He attended a national conference in his second year at the U of M, at which he was elected to represent Midwest dental students on the American Student …
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GHSU Dental Students Volunteer for Special Olympics
Georgia Health Sciences University dental students volunteered to give special smiles to some special athletes. College of Dental Medicine students partnered with Georgia Dental Association dentists and hygienists and hygiene students from GHSU, Middle …
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Lesson for parents of college students: They're adults now, stop hovering
It evolved from the term “helicopter parent,” coined in the '90s for the kind of parents who hover around, fighting their kids' fights, clearing obstacles out of the way and micromanaging every detail, from dentist appointments to history finals. There …
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Dentistry Can Provide Relief To Everyone

Dentistry Can Provide Relief To Everyone

Dentistry Can Provide Relief To Everyone

The processes and procedures used for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the teeth are collectively known as dentistry.  Dentistry is much more than the painful toothache that most people associate with a trip to the dentist.   One of the more recent specializations in the field of dentistry is restorative dentistry.  Involved in this discipline is the return of the structure of the teeth to a more normal standing so that function is restored.  Damaged and decayed teeth can be removed and alternatives suggested that will allow a person to return to a more normal way of life both in terms of function and appearance. The most common options for the replacement of missing teeth through restorative dentistry include implants, crowns, and bridges.

Restorative dentistry is very closely related to cosmetic dentistry with the only real difference being in the reason behind the completion of the dental work.  Cosmetic dentistry is mostly concerned with how the teeth and mouth in general look whereas restorative dentistry is more concerned with returning teeth to a fully functional state that allows the proper chewing of food.  It is a minor difference and, because many of the procedures are the same, most dental practices that do either also do the other.  The health of your teeth and gums can have other effects causing confidence issues if they have a poor appearance or other health problems if they are diseased so do not put off visiting your dentist out of fear.

If you have a problem visiting your dentist due to fear or anxiety then you are not alone and another recent entry into the field, sedation dentistry, may be the answer that you have been looking for to ease your concerns.  Most communities now have a dental office that can offer sedation dentistry to those patients who need it and many dental offices specialize in it because of the number of patients who have deep seated fears of dentistry.  Normally a patient is given an oral medication a little before the procedure that helps them to relax and ease the anxiety making the whole experience less tense for everyone involved.  This is known as light sedation.  Stronger medications may be used if necessary, but in most cases the light sedation is enough to make the procedure tolerable even to the most anxious patient.

If sedation dentistry still cannot get you into the dental chair, or if you are in need of a more complex procedure, then you will most likely be referred to an oral surgeon who will be able to give you a general anesthetic so that you can sleep through the procedure.  While this type of procedure can be used for those who have extreme dental anxieties, it is most commonly used for painful procedures like the removal of wisdom teeth that cannot be performed with just a local anesthetic like novocaine.  Whatever the condition of your teeth and gums you should get regular check ups so that any issues can be fixed and further issues prevented.  There is a form of dentistry that will fit your needs and keep you smiling.

Arthritis Pain—How to Avoid Accidental Acetaminophen Poisoning

Accidental Poisoning from Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is the most popular painkiller in the US. It is best known by the brand name Tylenol but is sold under 97 different brand names. It is known as paracetamol in many parts of the world. It is also sold in combination with other drugs in more than 100 products.

During cold and flu season, people who take acetaminophen for arthritis are at risk for acetaminophen poisoning. Taking just twice the recommended dose of acetaminophen can cause acute liver failure. Unfortunately, this has already happened to an alarming number of people because it isn’t hard to do. Two years ago, more than 56,000 people visited the emergency room due to accidental acetaminophen overdoses and 100 people died from unintentionally taking too much. Worse yet, the numbers appear to be growing.

How Can This Happen?

This happens so easily because acetaminophen is found in many different products. If you are taking the maximum recommended dose of just two acetaminophen-containing products, you can easily take an overdose.

For example, the maximum recommended dose of acetaminophen per day is 4000 mg. That equals 8 extra strength acetaminophen pills per day. You might easily take that much for arthritis pain.

Now let’s say you get the flu and decide to take a Cold & Flu product for your aches and stuffiness. Many of them include acetaminophen as the primary ingredient for reducing fevers and aches and pains. So, that will dose you with 1000 mg of acetaminophen every 6 hours or another 4000 mg a day.

By taking both products at the maximum recommend dose, you put yourself at risk for acute liver failure.

The problem doesn’t end there. You might get a head ache and pop some Excedrin. That’s 500 mg more acetaminophen per dose. Maybe you are in a car accident or have some dental work done. Prescription narcotics like Vicodin and Percocet contain from 325 mg to 750 mg of acetaminophen inside each pill. That can quickly add up.

Other Acetaminophen Complications for People with Arthritis

For some people, arthritis is caused by suboptimal detoxification pathways. Such people do not have the level of enzymes necessary to carry out the sulfoxidation necessary for a body to properly process and detoxify acetaminophen. In these circumstances, even the recommended level of acetaminophen may cause acetaminophen poisoning.

Furthermore, this same pathway is necessary for detoxifying many of the chemicals we are exposed to in our environment and through our food. This means that our detoxification system can also be weakened through chemical exposure. Similarly, if we swamp our system with acetaminophen, we don’t have enough detoxification power left to fully deal with all the other assaults in our daily environment.

If you have any known food sensitivities or chemical sensitivities, it is best to assume that your sulfoxidation pathways are already challenged enough, without adding the extra burden of acetaminophen in your system.

How to Avoid Acetaminophen Poisoning

Carefully read the label of any cold or flu medicine or painkiller that you are considering to ascertain how much acetaminophen it contains.

Healthy young adults should never exceed 4000 mg/day total from all sources for short term use. For long-term use healthy young adults should never exceed 3250 mg/day, according to clinical pharmacist Sandra Dawson, RPh, MSHA who lectures on pain management in long term care.

People who are vulnerable to damage from acetaminophen should take no more than 2000 to 3000 mg per day, according to Dr William Lee of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. This lower maximum dose includes the healthy elderly since liver and kidney function generally decline with age. Of course, for vulnerable populations, long-term use this maximum dose will also need to be even lower.