GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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After the child is 3 years old, you can increase the amount to pea-sized. While your child may want to take brushing into his own hands, the parent should do the brushing or assist the child until he is 7 or 8 years old. As soon as the surfaces of the teeth touch one another, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests beginning flossing, assisting until the child is 10 years old.


Caring for your teeth should be part of your daily routine. The Oral Health Foundation recommends brushing twice a day; cleaning in between your teeth at least once a day using interdental brushes or floss; and changing your toothbrush every two to three months. A toothpaste with fluoride will strengthen tooth enamel, which in turn helps fight decay.


The American Dental Association says regular dental visits are important because they can help spot dental health problems early, when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable and larger problems can be prevented. Some medical conditions or diseases have symptoms that can appear in the mouth, so a dental visit can impact your overall health.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported some statistics that were far from praiseworthy regarding Kentucky’s status when it comes to dental health. The newspaper said dental and oral health problems, such as cancer or other diseases of the mouth and gums, remain a significant challenge in Kentucky. It also found Kentuckians have a high rate of adults over 65 who have had all their natural teeth extracted, with about 25 percent of adults having no teeth, making Kentucky the fifth worst in the nation. The Courier-Journal also reported 22 percent of women in the state smoke during pregnancy, heightening their risk for oral health problems. And because of elevated tobacco use, Kentucky has some of the nation’s highest rates of oral cancer. While there is a lengthy list of benefits of quitting smoking, do not forget smoking can lead to gum disease, tooth loss or staining and even mouth cancer.


The Colgate Oral Care Center says it’s important to visit a dentist every six months for a regular checkup and professional cleaning. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend children be seen by a dentist within six months of the eruption of the first tooth or 12 months of age, whichever comes first. Good oral hygiene should be a priority from birth. The AAP says before teeth erupt, a baby’s gums and tongue should be washed with a wet cloth after feedings. Brushing should start with a soft-bristled, small-head brush with fluoride toothpaste in an amount no larger than a grain of rice.

AN OVERVIEW OF TRENDS AND TOPICS IN DENTISTRY

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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The Oral Health Foundation says dental anxiety is one of the most common phobias in the world, with nearly a third of all adults dreading the dentist and one in 10 having a phobia so strong they actually avoid making visits to the dentist. If you are afraid of the dentist, let him or her know about your anxieties and fears so he or she can tailor your treatment accordingly. You may able to listen to music to help you relax or try sedation dentistry.