Day: November 9, 2016

What You Should Know About Professionals This Year

Getting The Dental Care That You Deserve Your health is an incredibly important part of your life. Your health will influence your overall well-being more than any other factor. It should be stated, of course, that maintaining health can be incredibly challenging. At any given time, there are thousands of unique factors that can influence your overall health. Diet is very relevant, and exercise is also important. One factor that you may not be considering, however, is your oral hygiene. As you may know, oral hygiene is remarkably important. You use your teeth on a daily basis, so you need to do everything that you can to maintain them. Be aware that your teeth are constantly facing outside threats. The truth is that sugar is a staple of the modern diet. Inevitably, you will develop a few problems with your teeth. When this happens, you need to bring in an expert. By working with a skilled dental expert, you can get the help that you need to improve your oral hygiene. It should be stated, of course, that no two dentists are ever completely the same. It’s your responsibility to find a dentist that you can really trust.
Discovering The Truth About Health
Fortunately, choosing a competent dentist can actually be fairly easy. As long as you stay patient, you should come across a dental professional who inspires confidence. If you’re serious about finding a good dentist, it’s important that you know what you’re looking for. Before you do anything else, look at price. If you can, take the time to look at your insurance policy. You will want to work with someone who can take your insurance. By hiring a skilled dental professional, you can get the help that you need to improve your oral health.
A Quick History of Services
It should be stated that no two dental problems are ever identical. You need to know that your dentist can help you with your unique problem. As you may know, dental implants are useful in an incredible number of scenarios. Some people will use them to replace missing teeth, but other people will use them for broken teeth. When you get a synthetic implant, you are getting a complete replacement for the tooth that you’re missing. While some people prefer dentures, implants are a more effective and affordable solution. Remember that the goal of cosmetic dentistry should be to improve your appearance. As you may imagine, modern dental implants are tremendously advanced. You may not believe this, but implants look very similar to your normal teeth. Good implants can also improve your health. If any of this is unclear to you, talk to your dentist right away. By investing in implants, you can improve the overall health of your mouth.…

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Eye Health – Why is Pupil Dilation Important For an Eye Examination?

A woman from Puerto Rico recently asked me why her eye doctor administers drops to dilate her pupils during an examination. She mentioned that she found this to be very annoying because in Puerto Rico there is a lot of sun and, when she went outside after her appointment, the light made her eyes hurt.

This is a very important question and is one about which I am sure that many other people have wondered.

So… is pupil dilation really necessary?

Yes. As an eye-care professional, I have a dual responsibility: to ensure that you have the best visual acuity possible and to monitor your eye health. It is the second of these, monitoring eye health that requires administration of eye drops to dilate your pupils. The misunderstanding occurs because most people visiting an eye doctor are focused on the visual acuity aspect. Since pupil dilation is not needed to test visual acuity, it often is considered an unnecessary nuisance. However, as you soon will see, this is an indispensable tool that helps me to monitor the health of your eyes.

I perform pupil dilation for an eye examination because doing so enables me to get the best look at the back of your eye. In technical terms, this area is called the vitreous chamber. It is filled with a fluid called vitreous humor. The process usually involves administering two classes of eye drops: numbing drops followed by two different types of dilating drops.

Widening (dilating) a patients’ pupils increases the angle in which I can observe the back of the eye. I examine this area by pointing a beam of light through the pupil. Normally, in the presence of bright light, the pupils constrict to allow less light to pass through to the retina. This would create an unacceptable situation in which I only would be able to see a small point in the back of your eye. However, with the pupils dilated, I am able to see a much greater area and have a clearer view of this region.

Once I have administered eye drops for pupil dilation, I examine the optic nerve and the blood vessels in your retina. Specifically, I look for changes in the optic nerve that could be an indication of glaucoma or other eye health problems, such as macular degeneration. I also evaluate the quality of the blood vessels, including the way that they cross each other. Changes in the optic nerve, retina, or blood vessels from one eye examination to the next could be a sign that you are developing an eye disease. The earlier that I am able to detect this, the better the outcome will be for your overall eye health.

Because the eye is such a sensitive structure, it also can show early signs of other disease conditions, such as high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, and elevated cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia). Pupil dilation can help me to identify these problems early. However, there are certain conditions …

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Nutrition: The Super Foods that keep you Healthy

Get ready to experience a volume of information of the healthiest foods in the world. Here is a list of the top ten super foods that most health experts agree on. You should tell everyone you know about these foods and enjoy them at your next meal. From fruits and vegetables, to whole grains, nuts, beans and legumes, this power-packed nutritional inventory will take you into the best years of your life and beyond.

Fruits

  1. Cantaloupe
    Only a quarter of cantaloupe provides almost all the vitamin A needed in one day. Since the beta-carotene in a cantaloupe converts to vitamin A, you get both nutrients at once. These vision-strengthening nutrients may help reduce the risk of developing cataracts. Like an orange, cantaloupe is also an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps our immune system. It is also is a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate, niacin, and potassium, which helps maintain good blood sugar levels and metabolism. This pale orange power fruit may help reduce our risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

  2. Blueberries
    These mildly sweet (and sometimes tangy) berries offer a high capacity to destroy free radicals that can cause cancer. Low in calories, they offer antioxidant phytonutrients called anthocyanidins, which enhance the effects of vitamin C. These antioxidants may help prevent cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease and cancer.

Vegetables

3: Tomatoes
Tomatoes help us fight against heart disease and cancers such as colorectal, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and cancer of the pancreas. Tomatoes are also good sources of vitamin C, A, and K. In a 2004 study, it was found that tomato juice alone can help reduce blood clotting.

Fresh, organic tomatoes deliver three times as much of the cancer-fighting carotenoid lycopene. Even organic ketchup is better for you than regular ketchup! Look for tomato pastes and sauces that contain the whole tomato (including peels) because you will absorb 75% more lycopene and almost two times the amount of beta-carotene.

4: Sweet Potatoes
As an excellent source of vitamin A, C, and manganese, sweet potatoes are also a good source of copper, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron. Those who are smokers or prone to second-hand smoke may benefit greatly from this root vegetable that helps protect us against emphysema.

For a unique dessert, cube a cooked sweet potato and slice a banana. Then lightly pour maple syrup over the top and add a dash or two of cinnamon. Add chopped walnuts for an even healthier kick.

5: Spinach and Kale

A cancer-fighter and cardio-helper, spinach and kale top the list as far as green leafy vegetables are concerned. Much like broccoli, they provide an excellent source of vitamin A and C. Kale is a surprisingly good source of calcium at 25% per cup, boiled. Vitamin K is abundantly found in spinach as well, with almost 200% of the Daily Value available, to help reduce bone loss.

Whole Grains
6: Whole Grain Bread, Pasta and Brown Rice

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