Some Basic Implant Care Advice

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Dental implants are primarily used as a means of allowing the patient to regain function in the teeth and mouth. That includes dental hygiene, too. However, caring for a dental implant requires a slightly different approach than caring for a natural tooth.

It’s more appropriate to use the term “maintenance” to describe all tasks that keep dental implants in shape and place, rather than merely “hygiene”. Despite this, caring for implants is usually easier than caring for any other tooth replacement solution.

After-surgery care is critical. Strictly stick to what your dental surgeon has recommended for you. Avoid hot and cold drinks, do not chew or allow food to the implant area. If you feel pain around the implant, do not try to adjust it. Take a painkiller. If that doesn’t help, refer to your dentist or surgeon. Under no circumstance allow any pressure on the implant for at least two weeks after the surgery.

Use dental hygiene products recommended by your dentist and dental surgeon. Though you will basically still use a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash, these can be slightly different depending on your unique situation. There are special products for caring for implants, or caring for mouths which have them. Your dental surgeon and dentist will monitor the situation after surgery and over long term and propose care products which would best support the implants. Never ignore these recommendations.

Do not miss check-ups. Although implants are a long-lasting treatment, the osseointegration process is critical, so is the stress implants experience during most patients’ everyday routine. Implants need to be occasionally checked for problems and possible wear and tear, so that an appropriate action can be taken in a timely manner.

Stop smoking! Smoking is causing harm to the entire body, and is detrimental for the implants too. Note that smoking shrinks the bone tissue which holds the implant, and causes it to become loose. On top of that, your gums will be weaker as well, and it’s not uncommon for smokers to have their implants fall out, despite the treatment, recovery and maintenance being successful. Also avoid drinking soda and other nutrients which are proven to be harmful for oral health.

A Simple Guide to Dermal Fillers

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Age causes skin causes the skin to lose its elasticity, leading to the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It is normal for people to be concerned about wrinkles, however, wrinkles are reversible if the right treatment is administered. Wrinkles can be treated using dermal fillers, a popular cosmetic treatment which has been proven to be successful to a large percentage of users. Fillers are popular and safe cosmetic remedies for individuals who wish to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on their face. Skin fillers restore a youthful appearance to the skin by plumping up and restoring its lost volume.

Juvederm

Juvederm has gained popularity as being an effective and safe skin filler. Juverderm is made by Allgern, who also make Botox. Juverderm is a range of injectable gels based on hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally occurs naturally in the human body meaning it can fill wrinkles and replace skin characteristics that it has lost over the years.

Further, Juvederm is less painful as it contains a pain reducing component called Lidocaine making the whole experience a more comfortable one. Juverderm effects are natural and long lasting on the skin.

Azzalure

Azzalure is a Botulinum toxin with the ability to smoothen wrinkles between the eyebrows and horizontal lines on the forehead. Azzalure also corrects radical wrinkles on the lower eyelid and around the eyes. Early smokers have lines around their lip and a “gummy smile” (too much gum seen while smiling).

These effects can be corrected by the use of Azzalure as indicated by the physician. Further, Azzalure fights against profuse sweating of face, feet hands and armpits. It is also an effective remedy for clearing vertical lines around the neck.

Restylane

Restylane is derived from hyaluronic acid, and it rehydrates skin and restores facial skin elasticity. Restylane is known for its effectiveness in adding volume and fullness to the skin correcting folds and wrinkles.

Further, Restylane can be used to treat lip lines for patients over the age of 21. Restylane treatment recovery is around three days, and the effects are long lasting. Also, the side effects of Restylane are temporal and mild; they include a little numbness during the treatment recovery period.

A youthful skin is the aspiration of many; do not let age limit you from having a younger look. Seek a quality skin filler and stay young.

 

How Do Period Delay Tablets Work?

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Every month you wait for your dreaded period to arrive and sometimes your period can arrive when it just isn’t convenient for you. Period delay tablets are absolutely perfect for such scenarios and can help you out hugely. Let’s take a look at how these pills work and how they can assist you when you need them.

How They Work

Medication such as ‘Norethisterone’ and ‘Utovlan’ work by affecting the hormones inside the medication sustaining the lining of the womb for longer than usual. This will result in you not coming on your period until you stop taking the medication (e.g. if you take Norethisterone for a week when your period usually occurs, you will delay it by a week or so.) Please note that these kind of pills are not contraceptive and you can still get pregnant while taking them, so you should take other medication/contraceptive methods as and when you need to.

Perhaps you have a hot date coming up or just want to go swimming with your friends during the time which your period would usually strike. These things might not be out of the question when you get your period but they are definitely not preferred for most people.

Taking medication such as Norethisterone or Utovlan would be perfect for such occasions. They are not only used for these methods however, you might be advised to use these by a medical professional. Your doctor might prescribe you with these types of tablets if you suffer from heavy/abnormal bleeding. They can help to normalize your cycles by balancing the hormones in your body.

Are They Safe?

These kind of products are FDA approved and are completely safe to take for the average woman. However it is always wise to consult your local doctor before you take any kind of medication. You should also not take these kind of products TOO often, they should not be used every month and not for a prolonged period of time.

Period delay tablets could definitely be the right option for you if you have a holiday/party coming up, where being on your period is just not convenient for you. Coming to rely on these pills is not good because you could mess up your cycles but using them occasionally is absolutely fine. They in a way, let you decide when you get your period and also give you time to prepare!

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Working in the garden can be great exercise and also is known to have therapeutic effects as well, but one must achieve a balance to avoid straining and possible injury. Walking the garden while cutting grass can help with raising the heart rate, turning garden maintenance into a healthy, aerobic activity. Likewise, regular care such as pruning, planting, weeding, and digging can be of great benefit, but for some this sort of activity can be dangerous. So, when enough is enough and too much plenty?

Keeping Healthy with Garden Maintenance Glasgow

Keeping healthy by performing regular garden maintenance in Glasgow is becoming a normal part of fitness plans in neighborhoods everywhere. Scientific studies are finding more health benefits from performing garden maintenance each day, such as the calming effect the smell of cut grass creates, or that living in greener cities contributes to our happiness and makes us healthier, as reported by The Guardian. The benefit we gain from the physical exertion of it can be as beneficial as swimming or jogging, according to an article that appeared in Saga. Garden maintenance includes all sorts of activities that include stretching, bending, reaching, walking, lifting, carrying and many other basic movements that can help one keep in shape.

With proper planning, garden maintenance Glasgow can become part of one’s regular workout and can be done year round by cutting grass, raking leaves, or removing snow. By completing garden maintenance on a regular basis, it is easy to include these activities in place of a stroll, a jog or a swim. It is important to keep the amount of exercise one gains from performing garden maintenance in balance with the regular exercise routine. If just starting to maintain the garden, work up to it, don’t overwhelm the body by doing too much too soon to avoid strain or injury.

When Gardening Maintenance is Too Much

Enjoying the numerous health benefits of garden maintenance is great for many gardeners, but for some, the task is too much. When cutting the grass becomes too much of a strain for the ol’ back to take, it’s time to call in the professionals. Trying to work at garden maintenance when one is feeling the physical strain is just asking for an injury. Knowing when that limit has been reached is just as important as getting the job done. Sometimes we play too hard and just can’t risk the added strain of garden maintenance. Sadly, as with all things in life, there comes a time when getting the garden maintenance completed is simply beyond physical limitations.

Figuring out when to say when is rather personal, and we all have our own stopping points. For some, life is already full of physical activities that drain the body, and taking on the extra exertion of garden maintenance Glasgow would be overwhelming and likely to cause injury from doing too much. When it becomes too much, don’t strain, call in the professionals, like the garden landscapers of Garden Force.

Dental Veneers – Your Questions Answered

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There are a whole host of manufacturers and brands involved in the dental veneers industry. Here, we explain some of the different types of dental veneers on the market, and answers a few frequently asked questions.

How long do dental veneers last?

There is a difference in the lifespan of porcelain veneers compared with that of composite veneers. Porcelain veneers will typically last between five and 10 years while composite veneers last a year or two at most. Regardless of what kind of veneer you get fitted, they will eventually need to be replaced. Although veneers are strongly cemented into place, there have been cases where they have come loose and fall off. If such a situation arises, it is important that you keep hold of your veneer and contact your dentist immediately. If you follow a good oral hygiene program and visit your dentist for check-ups on a regular basis, your veneers will naturally last much longer.

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Is it possible to have veneers fitted on the same day?

Usually porcelain veneers are fitted over a minimum of two visits. A few cosmetic dentists have invested in CAM/CAD or in-house ceramic studios (CEREC) which can custom produce high-quality ceramic veneers on site in as little as six minutes. With this CEREC technology dental practices are able to offer single visit, same day ceramic veneers that can be fitted within an hour.

What about Lumineers? What are they?

Lumineers are similar to standard porcelain veneers but are fabricated (made) from a patented cerinate porcelain that is extremely thin. They are about the thickness of a contact lens but are very strong. With lumineers, the tooth surface does not need to be trimmed so the procedure is quicker and totally painless. There is another veneer system in the market known as Durathin veneers.

What are Da Vinci veneers?

Da Vinci veneers are similar to Lumineers in that they are extremely thin veneers that are often used for smile makeovers. They are only manufactured in the da Vinci laboratory in California. The da Vinci brand name is very popular, especially with high-profile cosmetic dentists in the USA, who often have celebrities amongst the clients.

What are MAC veneers?

MAC veneers are made from pressed ceramic, giving more strength than standard feldspathic veneers. There are the ideal veneer choice for smile makeovers. They are ultra thin shells of tooth coloured ceramic that are bonded over the front surface of your teeth in order to mask stains, close gaps or repair chips.

As one of the most trusted brands of porcelain (ceramic) veneers, da Vinci veneers have been on the cosmetic dentistry market for more than 25 years. Having featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover show, da Vinci veneers have gained popularity in the public eye. As well as being highly resistant to permanent staining, da Vinci veneers claim to be thinner than conventional veneers and therefore require little or no anaesthesia during placement so that patients have a natural appearance.

Before they are bonded, your dentist will show you how your veneers look so that you can preview your new smile before you veneers are permanently cemented into place. If you or your dentist are not 100% happy with their colour then the colour of your da Vinci veneer can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used.

Fitness Tips To Improve Your Daily Workout

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Working out can be a challenge, which makes it even more frustrating when you don’t see results. But don’t give up yet! There are plenty of ways to make exercising easier and more efficient. This article offers some tips that will show you how to make the most out of your workouts.

  • When planning your exercise routine, put in resistance first and the aerobic exercise last. When exercising glycogen is used first an then fat is used for energy. Glycogen will be used for the energy for resistance exercises. Doing aerobic exercise next will help you to burn more fat because the stored glycogen has already been used.
  • A good tip to help you lose weight is to exercise moderately. A lot of people make the mistake of going too hard at first. They’ll do over two hours of cardio in one session and pretty soon they’ll burn themselves out. It’s best to go with a more moderate workout routine.
  • If you want a flat belly, not only should you do crunches, but you need to add in cardio. It’s important to remember that a flat stomach comes from reducing fat throughout the whole body. Unfortunately, it is mostly the case that the first place you put on weight is the last place you will get rid of it. However, toning the underlying muscles will help and kickboxing is a great way of doing this. It gives you a brilliant aerobic workout the powerful kicks train your abdominal muscles hard. Tae kwon do is also a great cardio ab workout.
  • Walking is a popular exercise and a great way to maintain fitness. It improves circulation, burns calories and strengthens your muscles. While walking, be sure to walk as straight up as possible without arching or leaning forward or backward. Avoid tilting the body, as this will increase your chance of straining muscles.
  • By joining a program or getting a video exercise guide one can learn new techniques and get fresh work out ideas. Learning new exercise strategies can improve results greatly as the body is being subjected to something different. A new technique learned from a program can increase fitness to another level.
  • Improve your balance. Stand on a cushion or pillow, using one leg. Hold a medicine ball, or another heavy object such as a milk jug or phone book, and transfer it from hand to hand, behind your head, and side to side. As soon as this becomes easy, do it with your eyes closed. Improving your balance will help with body control and coordination, attributes which will help your athletic performance.
  • You should stop using a weight belt when performing most lifting exercises. Over time, a weight belt will weaken your abs and lower-back muscles. The only times that you should wear a weight belt is when you perform large lifts, such as squats, deadlifts and overhead presses.
  • A great piece of exercise equipment to burn calories fast while working your entire body is a rowing machine. It’s an all in one machine that works your arms, both your upper and lower back, the muscles in your chest, abdominal muscles and legs. If you were going to use only one piece of fitness equipment, the indoor rower should be it. There are many to choose form but my favorite is probably the Concept2. It is the choice of nearly all top rowers.

Even though staying fit can be a lot of work, it’s worth the effort. Taking advantage of the tips suggested in this article will make sure that the time you spend working out pays off. Keep on trying in your quest to get in better shape. It won’t be long before you see the results you’ve been waiting for.

The Brain Boosting Power of Creatine

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Historically only used by bodybuilders and other fitness enthusiasts, creatine is fast becoming one of the most commonly used supplements outside of the gym as well. It has a myriad of health benefits related to physical fitness, but research is starting to show that it may help boost brain power too.

In a study in Australia they found that, at least in the short term, creatine consumption has a positive effect on memory. It’s thought that the additional energy creatine can provide to the body and the brain is the key behind the improvements.

Most advice around creatine timing suggests you should take it before and after a workout, but there’s very little improvement to be found when compared to taking it at other times throughout the day. Try supplementing with creatine twice a day – you’ll notice better energy levels, alertness and brain power!

 

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What Is CoolSculpting?

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One technique that has been taking the world of fat loss by storm is CoolSculpting. It’s a non-invasive/non-surgical procedure that works to get rid of stubborn body fat from regions such as stomach, thighs, sides (love handles), hips, abdomen and other common problem areas.

It works by freezing fat cells in the treated area, which eventually die and are disposed from the body gradually through the digestive system.

The Procedure

The technique involves the use of paddle-shaped applicators that feature a hose and 2 panels, each having about 3,000 sensors. The hose delivers the cold to the panels which are attached to the skin via a gel pad, which also protects the skin.

They are left in place for about an hour where they will freeze the fat cells. A patient will experience mild tingling, cramping, stinging, or aching which is quite normal. Thereafter, the practitioner will massage the area to reduce the tingling or numbing effects and allow blood to start flowing freely again.

Benefits of CoolSculpting

Non-invasive: unlike other alternative methods such as liposuction, CoolSculpting doesn’t involve any incision or cutting the skin. This minimizes the cases of infection or discomfort, and also eliminates recovery time.

Permanent Results: Fat cells are highly-unlikely to return in an area that has been treated before, meaning the patient won’t have to worry about repeating the procedure on multiple occasions.

Safe: The frozen fat cells which eventually die are removed from the body naturally. The immune system will send enzymes to attack and get rid of the dying/dead cells.

Highly Effective: CoolSculpting is suitable for any person whether male or female, young or old, and works to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat in many different areas of the body.

Fast and Easy: While it should always be used alongside a sensible diet and exercise plan, the fast results from CoolSculpting offer targeted success in a much shorter timeframe.

When Should You See Results?

Although there is no fixed duration for the procedure, it normally takes about one hour to treat each section. Once the procedure is complete, patients are free to go about their day as normal and many return to work as soon as their session is over. There’s almost no recovery involved, so it’s a convenient approach for many people.

You will expect to see results after a few weeks, as the immune system takes time to remove the dead/dying fat cells. The full effect can take up to three or four months to fully complete, but once it’s done the results are permanent.

 

How Hospitals Are Using Software

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The use of software in medicine has come on leaps and bound over the last two decades. In the same way we’ve graduated from small mobile phones to fully fledged smart phones that can do just about anything, hospitals up and down the country are also going through a technical revolution that is helping doctors and nurses save time, resources and money for their wards and all while pushing patient satisfaction to an all-time high. So what is medical software and what can it be used for? In this short piece we’ll let you in on the types of software clinics use, why they use it and what results they’re seeing. Continue reading

Southampton Dentist Interview

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For many years, Dr Ben White has been at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry, especially in the area of dental implants in Southampton. Here, he looks at another well known area of dentistry which is becoming ever more popular – dental veneers.

For many years now, dental veneers have been used to create the ultimate smile makeover. It is possible to transform crooked, stained, damaged or badly worn teeth into a brand-new, straight, white smile, using dental veneers.

So what exactly are dental veneers?

Many dentists describe dental veneers as doing the same for your teeth as false fingernails do for your hands. Veneers can be porcelain, ceramic, or made from composite bonding material. Veneers are wafer thin laminates or shells of tooth-coloured material and are cemented to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance.

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What treatments or problems are veneers used for?

Here are some of the reasons why patients opt for treatment with dental veneers:
Stained teeth.

Badly stained teeth that cannot be improved by teeth whitening or prophyflex treatments can be greatly improved by dental veneers. In this case the veneers are used to simply cover any existing stains on your teeth. This is a very quick and relatively inexpensive procedure.

Damaged teeth.

Teeth that have become badly worn through excessive grinding or indeed teeth that have been damaged by the continued and excessive consumption of carbonated drinks over a number of years, can be hidden using veneers. Also teeth that have been chipped or broken can also benefit from veneers. A small chip on a tooth can be quickly repaired using composite bonding also known as composite veneers. A single damaged tooth can also be easily repaired with a porcelain veneer that has the same characteristics and colouring as your natural teeth.

Gaps.

Spaces or gaps (known in dentistry as diastemas) between your teeth can easily be closed using dental veneers giving you a more uniform looking smile.

Crooked teeth.

Veneers are not the ideal treatment for crooked teeth. In order to keep your natural teeth structure then orthodontics or Invisalign braces will probably be a better solution. However, such treatments can take up to a year or indeed longer. If however your teeth are not severely crooked then veneers placed over their front surface will give a straight and perfectly aligned looking smile. For this type of treatment, many people refer to veneers as “instant orthodontics” as you get a similar end result in a fraction of the time.
So which are better – composite veneers or porcelain veneers?

The most popular type of veneers are porcelain. Porcelain veneers offer a more durable alternative which is stronger than its composite counterpart. Composite veneers do not last as long as porcelain veneers and are prone to staining. Porcelain veneers also offer a more natural looking, translucent appearance. Whilst composite veneers are much cheaper than porcelain veneers, they do not last as long and need replacing more often, so,as a result, they could end up costing you more in the long run. Composite veneers are ideal for small chips, as this treatment preserves more of your natural tooth structure.