Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Which fats are goods?

* Not all are bad. Some, such as Polyunsaturated and Monounsaturated fats as a part of your healthy diet can help to lower cholesterol.
* The cholesterol-raising factor of the saturated fats found in fatty meat-fat dairy products, such as cheese and butter, has given fats a bad time.
* Polyunsaturated fats from sunflower and vegetable oil can lower cholesterol. Today, perticular emphasis is on two of these-Omega 3 and Omega 6. Both have been proven to help maintain good heart health. Our bodies can't produce these, but you'll find both in Flora.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Limit salt intake

Although you need some salt to maintain your body's sodium balance, high intake is linked to high blood pressure, one of the main risk factors for coronary heart disease.
Try to limit your consumption of processed and snack foods, bacon and salami, nd avoid adding extra salt to your food at the table and when cooking. Eating more fruit and vegetables, which contain potassium, helps balance sodium levels.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Five Portions a Day

To make sure you get your day's supply of fruit and vegetables, aim to eat three fresh fruits either at mealtimes or as snacks, plus a substantial portion of vegetables and/or salad with at least two of your main meals a day.
Eat more fibre
A high intake of fibre helps lower cholesterol levels. The fibre thought to be the most helpful is 'soluble' fibre, found in fruits, vegetables, oat bran, barley, dried beans, peas, pulses and lentils. Some starcy foods such as potatoes and sweet potatoed also contain soluble fibres.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Fresh fruit and vegetables

Fresh fruit and vegetables are rich sources of antioxidants, nutrients that help to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, one of the main triggers of atherosclerosis. Increasing your intake of antioxidants can significantly decrease build up of plaques in the arteries.

Three important antioxidants are vitamins C,E, and beta caroteneoften referred to as the ACE vitamins because beta carotene is converted into vitamin A in the body.

* Beta carotene is found in yellow. orange and green fruit and vegetables, such as mangoes, oranges, apricots, crrots, red peppers, sweet potatoes and spinach, asparagus and kale.
* Vitamin C is found in most fresh fruit and vegetables, especially citrus fruits and tomaties.
* Vitamin E is found in nuts, seeds, wheatgerm and broccoli.
* Other antioxidants include a group of nutrients called flavonoids, found in tea, red wine, apple skins and oranges among many other foods.
* Folic acid, a type of B vitamin, along with vitamin B6 and vitamin B12, are also important for a healthy heart. Most people with a raised homocysteine level, which has been linked to heart disease, have been found to have a low intake of these nutrients, which are thought to be necessary to proces homocysteine, so that it does not build up in the blood.
* Sources of folic acid are green leafy vegetables, offal and fortifield cereals, B vitamins are found in fish, egg yolk, whole grain cereals, sprouted seeds, offal, pulses and eggs.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Eating for a healthy heart

Improving your diet can make a tremendous difference to your heart.

The best diet for a healthy hearts is one that includes sufficient servings of fruit and vegetables. wholegrain varietites of cereals and pulses the provide fibre and unrefined carbohydrates rather than foods that are high is sugar and saturated fats.
The good news is that, unlike in the past when the emphasis was only an avoiding certain foods, nowadays the emphasis is also very fimly on choosing the right type of foods that you can eat to improve the health of your heart blood vessels.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

To avoid this complication what must we do?

After completion of the R.C.T the outer covering should be strength ened by a "crown"

This crown could be in various types
* Metal porcelain crown

* Semi precious metal crown

* Precious metal crown

* Ceramage crown

Things to remember in your root canal treatment plan

Totally avoid biting from the toot canal treatment (done) side; as it increase the possibility of a fracture.

Make sure to go for the outer covering of the tooth after couple of weeks of the R.C.T. (at this stage since you don't have any pain or complication most probably you might neglect to go for a check-up) - This step is very important if you miss a complication;eg:fracture of the crown part of the tooth, dislodgement of the GP points of the R.C.T)

If the Dental surgeon advises to have a fabricated crown do not be reluctant to do so.
Since the cost of the crown is a bit high if you are unable to do so make sure to avoid biting hard substances from that particular side.
If you front tooth has undergone R.C.T make sure not to do any forceful biting. (eg: bottle opening, hard food breaking like frozen chocolates)
After many years of R.C.T you will totally forget about your R.C.T done tooth. Suddenly you might feel a part of the tooth/filling has fractured, but without pain. Make sure to go for a check up and get it attended by your dental surgeon. If not, you will end up with a complication which will lead to an extraction.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Why did you undergo root canal treatment?

Fracture of the tooth after root canal treatment/nerve filling-why!
Why did you undergo root canal treatment?

As I explained in a previous issue we can preserve a glossly carious painful tooth with a root canal treatment. Once the R.C.T is completed you are very comfortable no pain, no food packing, no one side biting and you are back to normal.

What happens to the crown part once you undergo R.C.T?

A badly decayed tooth is cleaned very deeply when R.C.T is done. The Dental Surgeon will place a good lining on top of the root filling and fill the balance part of the tooth with a filling material. Most probably normal in shape. But while doing proper cleaning of the inner tissues the remaining enamel part of the tooth will become unsupported-without your knowledge you will bite something hard which lead to a fracture of the (crown) unsupported enamel part.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Orthodontic treatments

Concentrate al the spaced out teeth together leaving a gap or space in one place of the arch.

After effects?
If your proclination not corrected is not dental surgeon, there can be complications.

a. After a couple of years of the treatment specially front teeth become non vital (dead) and become discoloured.

b. Relapses can take place after sometime of the correction of the discrepancy, the teeth will be shifted back to the earlier positions.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

What is the most suitable age for Orthodontic treatment?

In children's orthodontic treatment plans 75%-80% of cases start at the age of 10-14 years. But there are some cases which could be handled earlier than that age too.

Apart from clildren's orthodontics adult orthodontics also could be done. Especially in cosmetic dentistry related orthodontics will be carried out in adult's mouth. Adult's medical history should be closely observed if doing orthodontic treatments.
Eg, Correction of the spaced teeth due to tongue thrust. (Bimaxillary proclination)

Monday, May 12, 2008

How is Orthodontic treatment done?

Very simply explaining, there are 2 types of methods:

1. Removable appliances -commonly known as wearing of a plate. Patient an remove it and clean it and bear less cost. Mild discrepancies could be treate with this.

2. Fixed appliances as wearing of braces. Since it is fixed on to the teeth patient finds it a bit difficult to clean the mouth. Quite expensive and severe discrepancies could be treated with this.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Possibilities of Orthodontic treatment

1. Correction of the jutting out (proclination) teeth.
2. Correction of clustered (crowded) teeth.
3. Correction of traumatic bite.
4. Correction of the discrepancies due to unerupted teeth, trapped inside the jaw bone.
5. Habit intervention and correction of teeth, eg, Thumb sucking, pencil/tie biting and sucking of the soother.
6. Correction of the discrepancies which arises due to loss of guidance to the permanent teeth by early extraction of milk teeth.
7. Correction of the deformities which arise as a result of cleft lip plate surgeries.

What is mean by orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is one of the most advanced treatments in Dentistry. Very simply speaking it is the treatment for the correction of teeth due to discrepancies by birth, to the jaws, teeth, tongue or surrounding oral tissues. This treatment also could be used to correct disfiguration due to bad habits (eg.. Thumb sucking).
Experience is that parents are most concerned about justing out (proclination) of the teeth more than clustered or spacing of the teeth.

It is very essential to visit your family dental surgeon regularly (every six month). As during this period if she/he notices any discrepancy in your child's teeth he.she would immediately take necessary steps to correct it or else he/she would refer your child to a qualified consultant orthodontist.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

8. Do intense exercise

On the exercise side of thing, being in good cardiovascular shape plays a large role in helping to ward off heart disease and maintaining a healthy heart. When it comes to this cardiovascular conditioning, however, you will reap the most benefits from intense short-duration physical activities, such as running sprints.

A good way to tell how at risk you are is to perform an intense activity, slow down and see how long it takes for your heart to return to normal. The longer it takes, the greater you risk (as this is associated with not being in good shape).

The more aften you sprint, the better your body will adjust to returning to its baseline heart rate after the exercise. Aim to perform 20- to 30-second bursts with 1- to 2-minute rest periods in between, repeated 6 to 1 times at least twise a week.

If you are not currently in the shape to do such a workout, work on building your cardiovascular base through more moderate sessions first, then promptly move to this when you are ready.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

7. Drink in moderation

While you don't necessarily have to remove alcohol from your diet to protect yourself against heart disease, you definitely do need to keep it within moderation. Those who drink in moderation actually tend to show decreased rates to heart disease, especially when wine is the beverage of choice. Moderation here would be classifield as one drink a day women or two drinks a day for men.
Also, keep an eye out for your caffeine consumption, as too much of this can also be problematic for your heart. Since caffeine does act as a central nervous system stimulant, it will put additional stress on the heart.

Monday, May 5, 2008

6. Reduce your cheese intake

One major culprit when it comes to the rising increase in saturated fat intake is cheese. Unfortunately, unless you are consuming low-fat cheese products, this detary choice is not going to work with you in your effort to help reduce heart disease. With today's increaase in restaurant eating an the fact that many meals come with cheese either baked into the dish or sprinkled on top, consumption is increasing. Try as hard as you can to eliminate cheese from your iet, While it is a good source of protein and calcium, there are many other heart-healthy methods that meet these requirements with more nutritionally smart options.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

5. Up your soluble fiber content

If you take the step point three you should already be increasing your soluble fiber content, but make sure you make an even further concentrated effort to do so. Beans are a terrific source of soluble fiber, as is oat bran, barley and non-sweetened oatmeal.

Do take note, though, that you should avoid using processed fiber, especially if you have traditionally been eating a low-fiber diet for a long period of time. These are not the healthiest products to be putting in your body in comparison to ral food, so try your best to get fiber from natural sources. These natural sources will also provide you with so many other nutrients that you would be missing out on if you chose to take a processed fiber.

Friday, May 2, 2008

4. Make your own meals

Rather than relying on eating out all the time or purchasing ready-to-eat meals, do your own home cooking. This allows you to really control what gows nto your dishes so you can be sure you are using nothing but the best ingredients.

Furthermore, consider avoiding storebought salad dressing as these are often very high in saturated fat and calories. Instead, make your own by combining heart-healthy olive oil with your hoice of balsamic vinegar, a small amount of wine, soy cauce and any variety of spices you prefer. Spices are another thing to watch out for to maintain an healthy heart as aften these contain as high salt content. Try out some of the salf replacement pices that are out on the market today like Mrs.Dash, for example.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

3.Control your insulin levels

One of the best ways to prevent large spikes in insulin levels followed by rapid crashes iis to omit all the "white" grain type of foods from your diet. Rather, focus on products that come straight from the ground and are the least processed as possible. Potatoes, dry oats, brown rice, and quinoa sprouts are all better choices than white bread, pasta and dry, cold cereal.