Visiting your dentist at least once a year allows for the early detection and treatment of oral problems. But did you know that your dentist may also be able to discover issues that are not related to your pearly whites and gums?
This article will talk about some non-dental health problems that your dentist may be able to notice.
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Everyone knows acid reflux can cause heartburn. However, not too many people are aware that it’s also capable of eroding the enamel of the teeth, especially the upper molars at the back.
If during a routine checkup your dentist notices enamel erosion in your back molars, he is likely to advise you to see a gastroenterologist — a doctor who is specializing in treating various problems concerning the digestive system or gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
People who suffer from bulimia may be able to hide the problem from their family and friends, but they cannot keep it from their dentists. This form of eating disorder can be really harsh on the enamel of the teeth, gums and other soft tissues in the oral cavity, courtesy of the stomach acids being regurgitated.
A dentist can easily tell that his or her patient has bulimia if there is mouth dryness, bleeding of the gums and signs of erosion especially on the back of the front teeth.
High Stress Levels
There are so many things that having high levels of stress can bring, ranging from a bigger waistline to a higher risk of having heart disease. Did you know that being stressed all the time can also cause you to have what’s known as bruxism? In layman’s terms, it is the habitual and involuntary grinding of the teeth especially during sleep.
It’s not unlikely for your dentist to recommend the use of a custom-made night guard to save your teeth from damage. Also, he or she may recommend some lifestyle changes to help reduce your stress.
Not all dentists are specializing in the treatment of cancer of the mouth. However, all dentists are capable of detecting the early warning signs of the said form of cancer.
During a routine checkup and your dentist suspects that you have oral cancer due to the presence of white and/or red lesions on the tongue, palate or floor of your mouth, you may be referred to another dental expert who is specializing in the treatment of cancer of the mouth for further investigation.
Type 2 Diabetes
It’s no secret that type 2 diabetes comes with a number of complications, from high blood pressure to nerve pain. Did you know that this disease is also something that can wreak havoc to your oral health?
The presence of mouth dryness, loose teeth and bleeding gums may leave your dentist suspecting that you are actually suffering from type 2 diabetes. He or she might suggest that you immediately pay a primary care physician a visit to have the levels of sugar in your bloodstream checked.
Usually, osteoporosis does not produce any early warning sign. It usually makes its presence known only after it has considerably weakened your bones. However, a dentist may be able to determine if you are suffering from osteoporosis by means of some common dental problems like a receding gum line and the presence of loose teeth.
Just because you have those oral issues doesn’t mean that you have osteoporosis, although you may be suffering from it if you are 50 years old and above, and osteoporosis runs in the family.
Reasons Why You Should Start Your Day With Ginger
Ginger is often used to add extra flavour to your tea. Ayurveda advises using ginger for various medicinal purposes. It has a strong taste and aroma which makes it can an appropriate element for your cup of tea. But you can add a change to your morning by adding ginger to it. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and something like ginger which is loaded with health benefits can make your breakfast healthier. Adding it your tea is the easiest way to consume ginger but you can also try other methods to consume ginger as well. Here are 5 reasons why you should add ginger to your morning routine.
Health benefits of ginger
- Aids in weight loss
Ginger can help you control your appetite. If you consume ginger every morning you will experience reduced urge to eat. The best way to consume ginger for weight loss is ginger water. To male ginger water, you need to boil cups of water first. Then add at least two slices of ginger to it. Boil it for some time and later strain the mixture. You can drink it both hot and cold according to your preference. Consumption of ginger water every morning will regulate blood sugar levels as well.
- Better hair and skin health
Regular consumption of ginger water every morning can help you achieve flawless hair and skin. Ditch all the chemical loaded products for skin and hair and switch to ginger. The antioxidants and the vitamins present in ginger are beneficial for both hair and skin. It will also ensure better protection against skin infections and diseases.
- Improves gut health
You can say goodbye to all your digestive disorders with ginger. Adding ginger to your breakfast will give you a strong digestive system. It will give you relief from indigestion, nausea and heartburn. You can prepare ginger water for better digestion as well. To enhance its taste and benefits simply add mint, lemon juice and one teaspoon honey to it.
- Reduces inflammation
Ginger is popularly known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Staring your day with ginger regularly will result in reduces inflammation for long term. Arthritis patients can add ginger to their breakfast without giving a second thought. You will also notice relief from other body pains and swelling.
- Better cholesterol levels
Ginger can manage your cholesterol levels as well. Increase in bad cholesterol can trigger the risk of various chronic diseases. It is extremely bad for your heart health. You can reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels with ginger.
You can experiment various methods to use ginger in the morning. You can prepare ginger tea, ginger jam, ginger smoothie or can simply add it to your soup.
Testosterone replacement therapy can rise stroke risk in men
Aging men with low testosterone levels who take testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) are at a greater risk of experiencing an ischemic stroke or a cardiac arrest, especially during the first two years of use, warn researchers.
Published in The American Journal of Medicine, the findings confirm concerns voiced by many health agencies about the potential risks associated with the treatment.
“Our findings show that the use of TRT was associated with an increased risk of stroke, transient ischemic attack or cardiac arrest during the first two years of use,” said Christel Renoux of McGill University in Canada.
According to researchers, there is a limited evidence on the long-term clinical benefits of TRT to effectively treat the modestly declining levels of endogenous testosterone levels of aging but healthy men.
“We strongly recommend that clinicians proceed with caution when considering prescribing TRT and first discuss both the potential benefits and risks with patients,” Renoux said.
The study analysed a large database of electronic medical records of patients enrolled in primary care practices in the UK and formed a cohort of 15,401 men, aged 45 years or older, with low testosterone levels (hypogonadism).
Users of TRT had a 21% greater risk of cardiovascular events compared with non-users, corresponding to an additional 128 events.
The increased risk appears to be transient, declining after two years of TRT use, which the investigators attribute to a phenomenon called “depletion of susceptible.”
High intensity interval training can improve health
An international research team has now found that bringing the science of high intensity interval training (HIIT) into everyday life could be the key to helping unfit, overweight people get more of the exercise they need to improve their health.
According to experts, from washing the car to climbing stairs or carrying groceries, each of these activities is an opportunity for short sharp bursts of ‘High Intensity Incidental Physical Activity’, HIIPA for short.
Speaking about it, study author Emmanuel Stamatakis said, “Regular incidental activity that gets you huffing and puffing even for a few seconds has great promise for health.”
In a study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Stamatakis and colleagues argue that when considering differences in physical capabilities by age, sex and weight, many daily tasks can be classified as ‘high intensity’ physical activity. That is, the kind of activity that gets you out of breath enough to boost your fitness.
According to them, including these kinds of activities into routines a few times a day will see significant health benefits for the majority of adults.
Professor Stamatakis added, “There is a lot of research telling us that any type of HIIT, irrespective of the duration and number of repetitions is one of the most effective ways to rapidly improve fitness and cardiovascular health and HIIPA works on the same idea.”
According to study authors the time commitment for HIIPA is close to zero minutes per day, and people could save even more time if their HIIPA involves brief walking sprints, or taking the stairs instead of waiting for the lift. Furthermore, other practical advantages are nil costs, no need for equipment and no concerns about a lack of skill or fitness.