Sneaky and Sweet — How Sugar Damages Your Teeth

Tooth Decay In CardiffSugar is not bad, by itself. When consumed more than necessary, the sweetener leads to several health problems. You develop insulin resistance, which may turn into full-blown diabetes. You put on a few more stones. Your liver could also fail because excessive sugar can put your liver on overdrive. Your teeth, naturally, are the first ones to suffer.

When Sugar Attacks

Too much sugar in your diet can cause tooth decay. The effects of sugar consumption are especially worrying for kids. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver highlighted the impact of sugar in his documentary, ‘Sugar Rush’, and his research discovered hospital admittance of 26,000 kids due to tooth decay.

Sugar causes problems for your teeth because the bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar. The bacteria then produce acid, which destroys tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay. The acid will ‘attack’ your teeth for 20 minutes soon after eating, and if you constantly consume food with high sugar content, you’re exposing your teeth to more ‘attacks’.

Sweet Tooth

Sugar is not only found in lardy cakes, jam rolly polys, puddings, scones and every bit of tea and biscuit that come with high tea. Most processed foods, sodas, fruit juices and sports drinks contain sugar. Breakfast bars and energy snacks also have sugar in them.

Cocktails and other alcoholic beverages are also loaded with the sweetener, with a pint of cider containing up to 20 grams of sugar. Savoury food such as ketchup, chutney, ready meals and the like also have high amounts of sugar.

Healthier Choices

How do you stop sugar from destroying your teeth? Eat a balanced, nutritious diet to prevent sugar overload. Avoid products with different names for sugar on labels, such as dextrose, fructose, invert sugar, maltose and sucrose. Drink water instead of sodas. Choose alcoholic beverages with about 2 grams of sugar content.

Most importantly, practice oral hygiene, especially when you wear Invisalign aligners. The Cardiff practice of MiSmile share the treatment is a considerable cost, therefore it pays to follow the proper regimen. Before wearing the removable aligners again, brush and floss to prevent stains and trapped food particles from causing tooth decay.

Finally, don’t forget your dental appointments. A dentist can quickly detect signs of tooth decay, and help you avoid costly treatments in the future.

De-stress: The Different Treatments Spas Offer Today

Spa TreatmentWhen you hear about spa treatments, you probably think about getting a massage only. A massage is part of the wide range of treatments you can expect in a spa. Besides this, most spas offer specialised procedures such as injectables and laser treatments. See the different types of treatments most spas offer today.

Nail treatments

Pedicures and manicures are quite common in spas today. These aim to improve the appearance of your hand and feet through shaping and colouring the nail plate. Other than the typical nail treatments found in salons, most spas offer extensive services to polish and shape the nails. Nail technicians also perform hot stone and warm cream massages, soften and exfoliate the skin and apply paraffin treatments.

Facials

Facials are skin-care treatments, which include peels, masks, moisturisers, steam and exfoliation. This massages the facial muscles to improve circulation, remove dull and dry skin cells, unclog pores and hydrate the skin for a fresh new layer. Facial treatments can target specific problems like puffiness and the dark circles that form around the eyes. Many spas in Singapore offer other face treatments like applying collagen to reduce wrinkles and tighten the skin.

Body treatments

Most spas provide different skin treatments such as showers, body wraps, body polishes and aqua therapy. You need to understand that moisturising and exfoliation are not only for facial skin. A good spa offers aqua-jet tubs with exfoliates, moisturisers and aromatherapy oils where you can soak in. These hydrate and exfoliate the skin, and improve the circulation of blood and body fluids. After the exfoliation process, your body is wrapped in mud or seaweed to enhance overall skin texture and extract skin impurities.

All the treatments that spas offer are for improving general health, from blood circulation to skin appearance. Most of these treatments require professional skills since the skin is a delicate organ to handle.

The Connection Between Depression and Eating Disorders

Eating DisordersEating disorders often have good intentions such as to lose weight, look good and prevent someone from overeating. However, if left uncontrolled or when someone is dealing with depression, it may spiral out of hand. The reasons some people are at risk of developing an eating disorder are unclear, but many surveys and studies point to depression as a big factor.

The Connection: Eating Disorder and Depression

Depression may be one of the factors that cause an eating disorder, but the same can also be said of eating disorders causing depression. A malnourished and underweight person, characteristics of anorexia may result in chemical imbalances in the brain, which leads to psychological changes as well. Dr. Ira M. Sacker, a specialist in eating disorders at the Langone Medical Center at New York University, cites that a person dealing with depression and eating disorders have distinct features.

Sacker elaborates by saying that people with an eating disorder feel they are insufficient or not good enough. They have this obsession with perfection resulting in higher levels of stress. They start to focus on their diet, but beneath is anxiety and depression.

Individuals dealing with binge eating disorders are often overweight and obese, resulting in depression about how they look. After overeating, they feel bad about themselves, which worsens their feelings of depression.

Doctors use the following characteristics to determine depression and an eating disorder:

  • Chronic sadness
  • Loss of activities that were once fun, appetite and drop in libido
  • Anger and constant irritability
  • Constantly unhappy

These are the warning signs that you must be aware of because it may save your loved one’s life if they get treatment immediately.

Treatment for Eating Disorders

Getting help from eating disorders is easy because several treatment centers and specialists are willing to offer their services. According to Eating Disorder Center of Denver, the acknowledgement of the disorder is a step in the right direction towards healing. A person dealing with these problems needs a strong community that supports them and helps them recover.

A guide to teeth straightening without a glint of metal in sight

Aligned TeethPerfectly aligned teeth are one of the many factors considered to make up a “perfect” smile. However, not everyone is gifted with naturally straight teeth, and many lifestyle factors and childhood habits can affect how our teeth are positioned.

If thumb-sucking or use of a dummy continues whilst the adult teeth are developing, this can affect the positioning and alignment of teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. Ill-positioned teeth can affect the bite (how the jaws meet) and how suffers bite and chew food.

Children and teenagers with severe orthodontic issues qualify for free NHS orthodontics. However, some teens would still benefit from treatment even if they don’t match NHS criteria, whilst an increasing number of adults are also turning to orthodontic treatment.

At Staplehurst Dental Practice in Kent, this desire for teeth straightening treatment later in life, coupled with the need for it to be subtler than an obvious metal brace, has been recognised so that there are several discreet teeth straightening systems available. Some of these are also appropriate for teenagers who need mild to moderate correction.

The world of discreet orthodontics has grown rapidly in recent decades. It can involve the use of subtle braces or clear, removable aligners to reposition the teeth with minimal fuss.

It’s worth bearing in mind that even if an appliance is described as “cosmetic”, it can also boost your health by reducing the gaps in which dental plaque can accumulate.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are one of the most popular systems of cosmetic brace in the world. These braces are made from clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured wires, so they will blend in with the natural colour of your teeth to become barely noticeable.

These braces focus on the front six teeth in the upper or lower jaw, which reduces treatment time to a few months rather than years.

Invisalign

An alternative to fixed braces, treatment with Invisalign involves the use of a series of clear, removable aligners to guide your teeth into a better position.

As well as the original Invisalign system, Invisalign i7 is used for minor, rapid correction, whilst Invisalign Teen has been specifically designed for teenagers’ needs.

What’s Stopping the Healthcare Revolution?

Healthcare

HealthcareIt may not seem like it, but most of what runs the world has yet to make a full transition into the digital age. From the filing cabinets of your local hospital to the nation’s nuclear arsenal, technology is struggling to influence the systems most in need of improvement. Many have pushing for a faster and more comprehensive digitization process for the country’s healthcare system, but the difficulty stems from the fragmented nature of the industry itself.

Numerous economic and cultural factors have hampered the progress of digitization, or health information exchange (HIE), as experts refer to it. The most significant obstacle HIE has overcome is the outright unwillingness of the healthcare system’s economic entities to share. These include but are not limited to hospitals, doctors, nursing homes, and clinics. There will be technical challenges on the way towards improving record-keeping systems, but when healthcare providers themselves are the ones resisting change for the sake of income, no amount of programming and funding can help.

To be fair, hospitals and clinics are still businesses, and no institution would ever be willing to hand over their customers’ data for competitors to take advantage of. But, HIE proponents believe that there is a way to bypass the economic entities’ reluctance to digitize – allowing patients to personally keep their medical records. This way, citizens will no longer be restricted to hospitals holding their records, and they are free digitize their data for speedy and secure access.

This idea is covered under provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), stating that providers must share patients’ records within 30 days on request. Consumer-mediated HIE may be the way to go, but as with all new systems, the government will have to come up with a way to regulate and maintain the digital medical records of every citizen.