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Why Parents Should Begin Their Child’s Oral Care Early

A child’s oral health is an important part of their overall development. Proper preventive measures, exams and treatments should be implemented starting in infancy and sustained continuously to ensure child’s optimal health.

Pediatric dentist Westminster CO provides a comprehensive care beginning at the child’s first visit and looks for the correct growth of normal oral structures and common oral conditions. Additionally, the dental provider will examine the patient for eruption patterns, speech patterns as well as an evidence of any oral trauma. The child’s parents are educated on the importance of preventive measures and methods to halt the cultivation of dental decay.

The natural oral structures include the mucosa, the gingiva (gums), the teeth and the tongue. The mucosa covers the inside of the cheeks, the alveolar ridges and the palate.

Buccal Mucosa – It covers the inner portion of the cheeks and contains the salivary glands. Most frequent childhood infections, such as Chickenpox and Measles, are visible in the buccal mucosa.

Alveolar Mucosa – It serves as a lining for the developing bone ridges. It is underlined with blood vessels and prone to early childhood trauma due to frequent falling while the child develops their motor skills.

Masticatory Mucosa – It is attached to the gingival tissues and covers the hard palate. It is thicker than other parts of the oral mucosa to withstand the force of daily mastication (eating and biting.)

The gums are the tissues that surround all teeth. A proper removal of food debris and bacterial deposits ensures the health of the gums and curbs the formation of the decay. A correct development of the tongue is essential for the child’s evolving speech patterns. In some cases, the tongue may be attached to the lower membrane of the mucosa. A simple procedure can rectify the issue. The tooth formation may begin in infancy with two front incisors erupting first. Once they are fully exposed, the dental hygiene appointments should be scheduled at regular 6-month intervals.

Beginning child’s oral care in infancy is crucial as any detrimental dental conditions can be detected and treated early, thus, alleviating the possibilities of more complex problems later on in life. Proper dental care prevents premature tooth loss and ensures a correct development of all oral structures. It also establishes habitual care at home that is followed by the child throughout their adult life.

 

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Posted by - October 6, 2017 at 12:20 am

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Is It Possible To Have A Flat Tummy With Tummy Tuck?

ID-10055060People usually wonder whether the plastic surgeries that they are planning to have will provide the expected results. Plastic surgery has created a new trend worldwide to introduce individuals to enhanced and innovative procedures that can help them re-shape their figure or change the features they are not satisfied with. A plastic surgeon has played a vital role in this aspect. These surgeons and physicians are working day and night to develop new and refined techniques in order to create effective and minimally invasive procedures. One such procedure is Tummy Tuck which is also known as Abdominoplasty.

During this surgery, excess fat is removed and abdominal muscles and skin is tightened to flatten the tummy. It is an invasive procedure and require anesthesia, such as general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Your surgeon will recommend the best procedure for you depending on your medical history and the type of procedure you prefer. Tummy tuck surgery is performed by making an incision and then weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured while extra fat deposit, tissue and excess skin are removed. This procedure is undertaken by keeping in mind your body type and weight so that a firmer abdominal contouring can be achieved with proportionate results.

In every surgical procedure, surgeon plays a vital role by guiding his patient about the facts that are necessary to keep in mind before making a final decision. He will perform medical exams of your body to make sure you are healthy to have a surgery but it is equally important to be aware of the precautionary measures that are necessary for you to take before having tummy tuck surgery. You can ask your surgeon about the pros and cons of the procedure and how it will benefit you in the long run. Moreover, you should also be aware of the necessary care that you need to take after the surgery. Read more…

Posted by - December 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

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Benefits of Acai Berry

ID-100110877Acai berry the superfood of the Amazon has many benefits. For hundreds of years the acai berry was cherished in the Amazon area (where acai berry grows wild in the rain forests and flood plains naturally) for its healing power and also for many more good qualities.

Some of the acai berry benefits are listed below:

  • Weight loss for obese and overweight persons.
  • Improvement of digestion power.
  • Improved sleep (if you suffer from sleeplessness or insomnia).
  • Increased energy and vitality.
  • Stronger immune system.
  • Improved mental clarity and thoughts and also improve concentration.
  • Detoxification of toxic deposits of the body.
  • Healthier and younger looking skin and youthful appearance.
  • Healthier heart due to improved circulation and by reducing cholesterol content in blood.

From the above mentioned acai berry benefits it is clear that acai berry is one of the most effective natural food products available at present in the market. So no one should waste their valuable time and precious money using products that do not work and are not natural products. Instead of wasting time and money you should take acai berry supplements for overall improvement of your health.

One of the most important and sought after benefits of acai berry is weight loss in obese and overweight persons. Acai berry products are all natural and made from natural acai berry and there are no artificial products added to the acai berry products that may be harmful to the general health as a whole. One of the ways of acai berry in reducing body weight is by detoxifying your body of harmful toxins. Acai berry products are very rich in antioxidants and keep our body clean, healthy and free from excess pounds.

Acai berry is very reach and important source of proteins, dietary fibers, omega fatty acids (has a protective effect on the heart and cardiovascular system), many important vitamins, minerals and also important antioxidants (anthocyanins). Anthocyanins are one of the most powerful antioxidants available at present.

 

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Posted by - December 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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Some Important Facts about Vitamin A

Vitamin A is actually retinol. However, for practical purpose it also include a pro vitamin, pre formed vitamin, beta-carotene, retinoic acids, retinaldehyde, and oxidized metabolites etc. other than retinol. Some of the above are converted to retinol in the intestinal mucosa. The term retinoid include all the molecules that are chemically related to retinol. Retinaldehyde is the essential form of vitamin A that is required for normal vision and retinoic acid is necessary for normal morphogenesis, growth, and cell differentiation in our body.

The unit of vitamin A at present is “retinol activity equivalent” (RAE) and this is very convenient to use than the older form of IU (international unit). IU was in use before 1954 and after 1960 the unit “retinol” is used for vitamin-A alcohol that is available in crystalline form. 1 IU of vitamin A is equal to 0.03 microgram (mcg) of retinol. The following is the conversion:

1 microgram of retinol = to 1 mcg of RAE

1 mcg of carotinoid (beta carotene) = 0.084mcg of RAE

Vitamin A is commercially available in esterified forms (e.g., acetate, palmitate), because they are more stable forms of vitamin A.

There are more than 600 carotinoids available in the nature and out of that about 50 of them can be converted to or metabolized to vitamin A. Beta carotene is the commonest form of carotinoid that is available in our food with pro vitamin activity. In humans large percentage of carotinoids are absorbed and stored in liver and fat deposits.

 

Posted by - January 24, 2013 at 3:17 pm

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Heavy Metal Poisoning: Mercury

Mercury is the only metal which is present in liquid form. The toxicity of low level organic mercury exposure is mainly manifested by neurobehavioral performance. Mercury is excreted in urine and feces and has a ½ life in blood of about 60 days. But, deposits in the kidney and brain may remain for many years. Elemental mercury (Hg°) is not absorbed well. But, it can volatilize into highly absorbable vapor. Inorganic mercury is absorbed through the gastro intestinal tract and skin. Organic mercury is well absorbed by ingestion and inhalation and it is a major source of mercury poisoning.

Sources of Mercury poisoning: Metallic, mercuric mercury (Hg°, Hg+, Hg2+) and mercurous mercury exposures occur in some chemical, metal-processing, electrical equipment industries and automotive industries. Mercury is also present in thermometers, dental amalgams and batteries. Mercury can also be spread by waste incineration. Mercury present in environment is converted to organic mercury from inorganic mercury by bacteria. This organic mercury is than taken up by planktons, algae and fungi which are food for sea fishes like tuna, swordfish, and other pelagic fish. These sea foods when consumed by humans in large amount can lead to slow mercury poisoning.

Toxicity: Acute inhalation of mercury vapor can cause pneumonitis and pulmonary edema (water in lungs) which may cause death. It can also cause polyneuropathy and CNS (central nervous system) symptoms. Acute ingestion of inorganic mercury can cause gastroenteritis, nephritic syndrome, acute renal failure, hypertension, and cardiovascular collapse. Death usually occurs at a dose of 10–42 mg/kg. Acute ingestion of organic mercury causes gastroenteritis, arrhythmias (rhythm disturbance of heart beat), and lesions in the basal ganglia and gray matter. Chronic inhalation of mercury vapor causes CNS toxicity (mercurial erethism) lower exposures impair renal function, motor speed, memory, coordination.

High exposure of mercury during pregnancy can cause severe mental retardation due to derangement of fetal neuronal migration. Mild exposures of mercury during pregnancy (from fish like tuna, swordfish, and other pelagic fish consumption) are associated with reduced neurobehavioral performance in offspring.

Dimethylmercury is highly toxic (supertoxic) and is found in research labs. A few drops of exposure via skin absorption or inhaled vapor can cause severe cerebellar degeneration which lead to death.

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Posted by - November 29, 2008 at 12:46 am

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Typhus: Epidemic (Louse-Borne) Typhus

Epidemic or louse borne typhus is transmitted by Rickettsia prowazekii. The infection is transmitted from man to man by infected louse (Pediculus corporis, P. capitis). Lice acquire R. prowazekii when they ingest blood from a rickettsemic patient. Pediculus corporis lives in clothing under poor hygienic conditions and usually in impoverished cold areas. The rickettsiae multiply in the midgut of the louse and are shed in the louse’s feces. The infected louse leaves a febrile patient and deposits infected feces on its new host during its blood meal and the new host autoinoculates the organisms by scratching.

Epidemic or louse borne typhus can cause devastating outbreaks during war and disasters. In humans the organism can persist for many years with out any symptoms and the disease can manifest itself as Brill-Zinsser disease and can be transmitted by louse to other humans.

Signs & Symptoms:  Incubation period is about 1 week. Onset of illness is abrupt, with severe headache and fever. Fever rises rapidly to 38.8°–40.0°C (102°–104°F). Cough is prominent (70% of patients get). Myalgia (muscle pain) if present is severe. There is characteristic “crouching” posture. Rash can be seen on the upper trunk, on the fifth day, and then becomes generalized and involve the entire body except the face, palms, and soles. But more than half of the patients do not develop rash. Photophobia, dry, brown, and furred tongue, skin necrosis and gangrene of the digits, confusion and coma are other symptoms.

Fatality is 7–40% in untreated cases.

Diagnosis: Epidemic or louse borne typhus is sometimes misdiagnosed as typhoid fever in tropical countries. It can be diagnosed by the serologic or immunohistochemical diagnosis of a single case or by detection of R. prowazekii in a louse found on a patient.

Treatment: Doxycycline (200 mg/d, given in two divided doses) is the treatment of choice. If there is vomiting or patient is unconscious doxycycline can be given intravenously. Treatment is continued for 2-3 days after symptoms subside, though single 200 mg doxycycline is sufficient.

During pregnancy chloramphenicol early in pregnancy or, if necessary, doxycycline late in pregnancy is the treatment of choice.

Prevention: The best way to prevent is to maintain good personal hygiene. Clothes should be washed and changed regularly. Insecticides can be used every 6 weeks to control the louse population.

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Posted by - October 2, 2008 at 12:53 pm

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