How to Prevent Throat Cancer

Throat CancerA diagnosis of throat cancer can be a devastating event. And, although modern medical science has yet to discover the causes of this disease, researchers have discovered that certain behaviors can put individuals at greater risk for developing throat cancer. If you’re someone who falls into any of the categories for being at a higher risk for developing this disease, it’s important to know that making just a few lifestyle adjustments can lower your risk. Though the overall cancer rate in the U.S. is declining, some types of cancers, including mouth and throat cancers, are on the rise throughout the country. Here are some steps you can take to help prevent experiencing this disease firsthand. Continue reading “How to Prevent Throat Cancer”

How to Prevent Oral Cancer

Prevent Oral CancerIn a recent 30-year study done by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the American Cancer Society, it was reported that overall cancer deaths in the U.S. were on the decline. However, this is not true for all types of cancer. While instances of some types of canworse than ever, with many oral cancer sufferers surviving less than 5 years post diagnosis. Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital recently reported that cancers affecting the tongue, tonsils, soft palate, and back of the throat have increased nearly 60 percent in the past 40 years for those 44 and younger. This distressing prognosis is proof that everyone throughout the country needs to get serious about taking steps necessary to prevent this disease. Following are the symptoms of oral cancer to watch out for, as well as vital proactive preventions that can be taken. Continue reading “How to Prevent Oral Cancer”

Types of Oral Cancer

Types of Oral CancerSome types of cancer are on the decline throughout the entire United States. However, the number of cases involving other types of cancers is increasing. Oral cancer is one of these, and more Americans are in the high-risk groups for developing this disease than ever. There are several types of cancers that are considered oral, and the type typically depends upon the location of the disease. As with many types of cancer, the exact causes of the different forms of oral cancer are unknown to modern medicine. However, medical researchers have identified risk factors and behaviors that can put some individuals in greater danger of developing oral cancer, especially if they exhibit more than one of these components. Following is information on the different types of oral cancer, risk factors, and how to cope with a cancer diagnosis. Continue reading “Types of Oral Cancer”

How to Prevent Snoring

Causes of SnoringQuiet, uninterrupted sleep … it’s what every snorer and partner of a snorer longs for every night. Snoring has been comedic fodder for decades in TV and in movies, but if you’re someone who experiences it from either perspective, it’s anything but funny. If you snore, you wish you didn’t, but if you’re the partner of a snorer, you’ve likely stopped at nothing to solve the problem. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were some sort of elixir or magic potion that would end that awful wheezing noise and allow you to sleep again? Okay, so there’s no magic to preventing snoring, but there are things folks can do to reduce or even eliminate it. It’s just a matter of finding the cause and taking the necessary steps to prevent that awful snoring once and for all. Easier said than done, right? Here are some tips on potential causes of your snoring as well as possible solutions. Continue reading “How to Prevent Snoring”

What is Halitosis?

Bad BreathSomeone once said that half of a relationship involves tolerating bad breath. Perhaps this is true, but what happens when your partner decides your bad breath isn’t worth tolerating? If you’re someone who suffers from bad breath, or ‘halitosis,’ especially if it’s chronic, you’ve probably explored solutions. Unfortunately, the various gums and mints available typically only address the symptoms of bad breath. As with any other health problem, if you get to the bottom of why you suffer from bad breath, you’re more likely to find a resolution of the problem. No one need suffer from chronic bad breath. Following is information on some of the most common causes of bad breath, as well as tips for preventing or even eliminating it. Continue reading “What is Halitosis?”

What Is Gum Disease

Gum DiseaseGum disease is fairly common, especially mild forms of it. But don’t let the fact that it’s a common oral health problem fool you into thinking it can’t be serious. Like any other form of disease, gum d fact that it’s a common oral health problisease can cause problems for those who have it. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and even loss of the surrounding bones of your jaw that are necessary for supporting your teeth and gums. In addition, because recent studies have shown that oral health is potentially linked to such health problems as heart disease and diabetes, it’s vital that everyone throughout the country be vigilant when it comes to caring for their teeth. Following are some tips on how to properly care for your teeth, gums, and surrounding structures in order to prevent gum disease. Continue reading “What Is Gum Disease”

Dental Care for Babies

Brush Baby TeethAfter having a baby, you watch weeks of it fussing, drooling and finally… you spot that first tooth that pops out from the gums. It’s an exciting experience, but it’s also the beginning of a long and trying life to teach your kids about their teeth and why it’s important to take care of them. For some kids, taking care or allowing them to take care of their teeth is an easy task, for others, not so much. Either way, it all starts with you and what kind of a foundation you will help to create for your baby’s healthy teeth and mouth. Some parents think that you don’t take care of your baby’s teeth until they get older, but this isn’t the case. In fact, even before they start growing teeth you should be cleaning their gums at least. Here are some important tips on taking care of your baby’s teeth and mouth.

Caring For Baby’s Gums

Yes, you can take care of baby’s gums even before any teeth come in. You should be doing this especially if they are on a bottle. This does not involve a toothbrush or toothpaste; instead it’s a very simple process. Tale a soft terry towel and moisten it, wipe down your baby’s gums 2 times a day at a minimum. Be sure to really wash their gums after feedings and before bedtime. So what does this do? In a simple explanation, it really is just a great way to wash bacteria off of their gums. Bacteria, as with adults, can create plaque that sticks to the teeth and can damage them.

Brushing Of the Teeth

Once the first tooth starts popping out of the gums, you can then use a toothbrush. Just make sure you are getting a baby toothbrush and not a child’s or adult’s toothbrush – even at their softest these are too hard for a baby’s gums and way too big. You will need a soft toothbrush with a very small head and a larger handle for you to hold. When first starting out, just take the toothbrush and wet it with water making sure you get all of the teeth, front and back. Once more and more teeth start to come in, OVER the age of 3, you can use a pea sized amount of toothpaste. You should be the one brushing your child’s teeth until they can do so on their own, and they can spit rinse and repeat on their own. Make sure that from the time you see the first tooth that you look for any spotting or discoloration. If you do see anything odd, make sure you talk to your Family Dentist in Millburn as well as your pediatrician.

Teething – An Uncomfortable Experience

Each baby goes through a stage where the teeth start to poke through the gums, this is called teething. Not only can it be painful for the baby, but hard for mom and dad too because chances are you are going to hear a lot of crying, fussing and seeing a lot of tears. It’s a difficult situation for any parent. You can tell when your baby is teething when they have swollen gums, they begin drooling more than usual and they have a slight temperature. If you want to try and get rid of teething pain, try these tips:

Teething Rings: Cool teething rings usually have water in them – freeze them or put them in the fridge for a cool temperature toy for them to chew on.

Bananas: If your child is old enough, you can freeze a banana and let them “gum” on the banana – tastes a lot better than a plastic toy that’s for sure!

Gum Rubbing: With a clean finger, you can rub your baby’s gums.

Never ever ever give your baby Aspirin. This can give your child a syndrome called Reye’s syndrome. It’s a rare condition but it can happen. Better to be safe than sorry. If the baby is really upset and you can’t calm him or her down, call your family doctor to see what you can do. Chances are they will suggest one of the above mentioned tips, but it’s worth a chance to see if they can offer additional support.

Dental Care Tips for Children

Healing teethIf you have children, there are certain things you need to know about when it comes to their teeth. The #1 question parents ask when it comes to their kids and teeth is WHEN? When should you actually start to brush their teeth? Some people may have different answers, but our answer is clear: As soon as they appear. Even if you are not using traditional toothpaste (as you shouldn’t be anyway) you can use a wet washcloth to clean their baby teeth to ensure that tooth decay is not present and does not happen early on. Kids and cavities is such a high statistics these days. In fact, over 40% of children have cavities by the time they reach kindergarten. That is just plain astonishing and shocking! Maybe if more parents knew how to take care of their kid’s teeth, less kids would have cavities at such a young age. If you want some tips on how to take care of your children’s teeth, there are a few tips below. Continue reading “Dental Care Tips for Children”