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Health Problems That Your Dentist Might Detect

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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.

Make sure that you repost this article on your various social media sites later on so that your family and friends may also get to realize just how important regular visits to the dentist are!

 

Acid Reflux

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.

Eating Disorders

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.

Oral Cancer

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.

Osteoporosis

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.


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Never ignore the common signs of A Heart Attack in Women

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Every person knows the common signs of Heart attack is chest pain. It’s not like how it is shown in movies where a man is shown gasping for breath, clutches his chest and falls on the ground. When it comes to real life, the symptoms of heart attack are more than just pain in the chest. Yes, chest pain is a symptom of heart attack, but there are other subtle signs of cardiovascular problems, which are important to know. As per studies, women do mostly feel chest pain when they suffer from a cardinal problem, there are few other signs you should be cautious about. If these signs are overlooked then it can even turn fatal.

The common signs of a heart attack one should not ignore in women

  1. Do you feel uncomfortable pressure in your chest?

One of the most common signs of a Heart attack in women. If you are feeling pressure and tightness around your chest, then ask for help. Pain can happen anywhere in the chest, it is not necessary to be the middle of the heart. Do not brush off the situation just because the pain is on the left side.

 
  1. Breathing Difficulty

Uneasiness and difficulty in breathing is another sign of heart attack in Women. If you are not able to catch your breath and move around even a little bit, then it is an indicator that something is not right with your heart.

  1. Sweating

Sweating on a sunny day or due to intense workout is normal, but if it is random then you should immediately call someone for help. Profuse and sudden sweating can be a sign of a cardiovascular problem. This sign is easily confused with night sweats or hot flashes, which is common with age Overlooking this can be dangerous for you.

  1. pain experienced in both the arms

It is not necessary that pain be experienced only in the chest or in the middle of the heart. At times it can even be on the left or right arm, or even in the upper abdomen. It is important to note that any type of pain above the waist could be due to a heart problem. The pain could be irregular or intense

  1. The most common sign Dizziness

Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms in women. These signs of a heart attack are mostly confused with food poisioned or gastrointestinal issues. But if you are experiencing nausea and vomiting along with pain in the upper part of the body, then it is time immediately rush to the hospital.

  1. Exhaustion

One feels very exhausted, but just like other signs of heart attack, if you feel excessively tired than usual then you get yourself checked. You would actually feel overwhelmed and would not be able to perform any other activity. This sign is often mistaken for anxiety. If you suddenly feel fatigued and uneasy then speak to your practitioner.

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Cutting screen time may reverse sleep problems in teens

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Limiting exposure to blue-light emitting devices such as phones and laptops in the evening for just a week can help teenagers improve their sleep quality and reduce symptoms of fatigue, lack of concentration and bad mood, a study has found.

Recent studies have indicated that exposure to too much evening light, particularly the blue light emitted from screens on smartphones, tablets and computers can affect the brain’s clock and the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, resulting in disrupted sleep time and quality.

The lack of sleep does not just cause immediate symptoms of tiredness and poor concentration but can also increase the risk of more serious long-term health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

 

Other studies have suggested that sleep deprivation related to screen time may affect children and adolescents more than adults, but no studies have fully investigated how real-life exposure is affecting sleep in adolescents at home and whether it can be reversed.

Researchers from Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience, the Amsterdam UMC and the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, investigated the effects of blue light exposure on adolescents at home.

Those who had more than four hours per day of screen time had on average 30 minutes later sleep onset and wake up times than those who recorded less than one hour per day of screen time, as well as more symptoms of sleep loss.

The team conducted a randomised controlled trial to assess the effects of blocking blue light with glasses and no screen time during the evening on the sleep pattern of 25 frequent users.

Both blocking blue light with glasses and screen abstinence resulted in sleep onset and wake up times occurring 20 minutes earlier, and a reduction in reported symptoms of sleep loss in participants, after just one week.

“Adolescents increasingly spend more time on devices with screens and sleep complaints are frequent in this age group,” said Dirk Jan Stenvers from the Amsterdam UMC.

“Here we show very simply that these sleep complaints can be easily reversed by minimising evening screen use or exposure to blue light,” Stenvers said.

“Based on our data, it is likely that adolescent sleep complaints and delayed sleep onset are at least partly mediated by blue light from screens,” he said.

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Common chemicals can increase risk of metabolic disorders

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Do you know that your everyday exposure to everyday harmful chemicals can land you into serious trouble?

A recent study has found that people exposed to chemicals called Phthalates, increasing the risk of metabolic disorders. The study was discussed in the meeting, ‘ECE 2019’. Researchers found a correlation between levels of phthalate exposure and markers of impaired liver function, which are indicators of increased risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

These findings suggest that more actions may need to be taken to reduce people’s exposure to these potentially harmful, yet commonly used chemicals. Phthalates are common additives used in manufacturing to produce plastics and they can be found in numerous everyday items including milk, bottled water, instant coffee, perfume, makeup, shampoo, toys and food packaging.

 

Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals has previously been implicated in causing serious harm to fertility and development, as well as increased obesity risk in rodents and people.

However, no studies have directly investigated how Phthalate exposure is associated with obesity and metabolism. In this study, Professor Milica Medi Stojanoska, one of the researchers correlated the levels of Phthalate absorbed by people with their body weight, type 2 diabetes incidence and markers of impaired liver and metabolic function.

Higher exposure to the chemical was associated with increased markers of liver damage, insulin resistance and cholesterol in people with obesity and diabetes.

Prof Stojanoska says, “Although a small association study, these findings suggest that not only do phthalates alter metabolism to increase the risk of obesity and diabetes but that they are also causing toxic damage to the liver.”

Prof Stojanoska’s research is now looking at the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on human health in adults, adolescents and babies.

“We need to inform people about the potential adverse effects of endocrine disruptors on their health and look at ways to minimise our contact with these harmful chemicals,” adds the professor.

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