Dental Hygiene and Overall Health

Scientists are discovering more and more about the connections between dental health and the health of our entire body.

If our eyes are the windows to our soul, then our mouth is the front door to our body and the teeth may well be the windows to our health, according to mounting evidence that suggests there is a strong link between them. Which is something I have been saying as a holistic dentist for many years.

If the scientists are right – and the evidence is becoming hard to ignore – our oral health can play a big part in our risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even the health of a newborn child. And this may be only the tip of the iceberg.

“There’s a whole lot of research out there at the moment trying to focus on the links between oral health and general health in both directions – poor oral health affecting general health and poor general health affecting oral health,” says Dr Matthew Hopcraft, president of the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch Inc.

It’s not surprising really. The whole body is connected, but for such a long time people and medicine have thought about the mouth as being a separate part of the body and that dentists work in isolation from the rest of the body. That clearly doesn’t make any sense anymore, anatomically or physiologically as the mouth and teeth are a part of you and are connected to the body by a vast myriad of blood vessels and nerve supply, plus all our food and drinks enter the body via the mouth.

ORAL HEALTH AND HEART DISEASE

It appears that poor oral health, and in particular the presence of inflammation in the form of gum disease, increases your risk of heart disease as well as stroke. A study conducted by the University of Queensland found that it was the bacteria found in the mouth, and more specifically in infected gums, that are so damaging. The group was able to locate T cells that are reactive to oral bacteria in the arteries of people with atherosclerosis, where damage to the arteries is caused by a build-up of fatty deposits.

Finding oral bacteria inside coronary arteries in people with heart disease is not something you would expect to find but bacteria from the mouth sitting in a blood vessel in the heart suggests that this is where the link between gum disease and heart disease is coming from. As the mouth acts as a kind of portal, allowing bacteria to travel through the bloodstream to other parts of the body especially in a person with gum disease as the blood vessels become more swollen and more permeable, and more likely to allow bacteria or bacterial toxins from the infected gums into the bloodstream where they travel to other parts of the body.

Our gums are too often neglected, despite the fact that the health of your gums can be just as important as the health of your teeth. In fact, it can be hard to have healthy teeth without healthy gums.

DIABETES LINKED TO GUM DISEASE

Less is known about the link between gum disease and diabetes, but the evidence is mounting. People are now starting to do the research and understand the links much more closely and it appears there may be a link between gum disease and diabetes, but it’s probably more the other way around. Thus people with diabetes are more at risk of developing gum disease or gum disease becoming more aggressive and causing more problems due to the altered immune response experienced by people with diabetes that makes them more susceptible to the bacteria that cause gum disease. Poorly controlled diabetics often have problems with the microvascular system, so the small blood vessels tend not to work so well, which affects the way the gums respond and heal to gum disease.”

Treating gum disease can help with diabetes as if you can control gum disease, the diabetes becomes easier to control. Diabetes is much harder to control if there is an ongoing connection.

FROM MOTHER TO CHILD

The effects of dental health can even be carried from the mother to the child. Gum disease or gingivitis is associated with increased rates of premature birth so it is important to make sure very early in pregnancy that expectant mothers have a dental visit to treat any issues. Around 18 per cent of premature births are related to gingivitis. Pregnancy itself can also affect dental health; there is an old folk belief that you lose a tooth for every child. The idea is that pregnancy can affect your general health and certainly tooth problems can become worse during pregnancy, so it’s even more important to stay on top of any potential problems with regular dental visits during this time.

DRY MOUTH SYNDROME

A dry mouth can indicate a number of conditions and lifestyle factors, which can have a big impact on both oral health and overall health.

Dry mouth is a fairly common side effect for people taking a wide range of medications, particularly if when someone is taking a lot of different medications as they tend to all work together to impact on saliva flow. Saliva is really important to be able to talk and chew and gives lubrication, which protects teeth from decay. It helps to wash away food and acid and provides a buffer against harm. People with low saliva flow are often at much higher risk of tooth decay.

Alcohol and illegal drugs can also produce dry mouth syndrome. A person’s mouth gives you a lot of clues straight away as alcohol and drug use can affect the teeth. Cocaine, ecstasy, heroine, amphetamines can cause a lot of damage. Then there are some medical conditions which can lead to dry mouth, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Also as the mouth is a part of the gastro-intestinal system it also gives you some clues as to what’s going on in other parts of the gut and with digestion.

The state of the mouth and gums and oral health can paint an even broader picture of where a person is at. People with oral problems often report lower overall quality of life, lower self esteem and psychological wellbeing; and because of pain or the appearance of their teeth, they don’t feel so great about themselves.

LINKING GPS TO DENTISTS

With links being drawn between oral health and the rest of the body, there has been a concerted push to link GPs and dentists more than they have been in the past. GPs need to be able to detect abnormalities of the mouth and oral health. Doctors don’t necessarily need to know how to treat these conditions but should at least be able to detect them and then refer to the appropriate dentist or specialist.

The AMA agrees saying: “Part of what we do is to educate GPs and nurses. The doctor should know, for instance, that their diabetic patients are more at risk of gum disease and should be telling them that part of their management should be regular dental checkups.”

So simplistically if we can improve someone’s oral health we can potentially reduce their risk of other significant health problems they may have and this is the main focus of holistic dental practice.

 

How To Impress Employers With Your Online College Education

Landing a great job often starts with having a good college education. But you may be surprised to learn that you don’t have to attend a traditional brick and mortar college or university to succeed in the career world. An online education is now considered equal, if not superior, in quality to an on-campus degree.

Many students earning an online education are full-time employees who are looking to advance their careers. By informing their employers that they’re enrolled in an online program, that will make a favorable impression on their employers, and will often result in career advancement while still in school.

Studying at an online college can be just as exciting, fun and diverse an experience as at any other college setting. There are now thousands of online colleges that offer you both undergraduate and graduate educations to prepare you for the workforce. Online colleges offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences. You can study full-time, or part-time at an online college right from the comfort of your own home using your PC or laptop. Online college education is done by taking online courses in any discipline you could imagine. Whatever your job goals are, you can take one or more online courses to get properly trained so you can qualify for any particular job out there. You can take an online course in interior design, chemistry, psychology or mathematics. Or you can take an online course in business, nursing, marketing, painting, or music theory. Engaging in online college education can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can possibly have.

While you won’t have that specific physical interaction like on-campus college programs, taking online college courses at online schools will indeed allow you to socially interact with other students and professors in a virtual environment. Online college courses can be just as difficult and rigorous as campus-based courses. Don’t think there will be any shortcuts simply because you’re studying at an online school. These online schools realize that the reason you’re studying is to prepare you for your career aspirations and goals, so the coursework and degree programs have to be highly disciplined. You need to learn to be a responsible individual when you’re studying at an online school. Your professors will demand that of you, since in the real business and corporate world, you’ll be faced with daily tasks that are also very demanding, and require a high level of dedication, tenacity, and discipline.

When you finally earn your online degree, you will have to start the interview process with human resource managers at various companies where you’re applying for work. You’ll be expected to deliver a stellar resume, and on that resume you should be proud that you studied at or earned your degree at an online college. Don’t ever feel that it’s an inferior degree because it’s not. The quality standards at online colleges are just as high as at campus-based colleges, and the very best ones also have the highest accreditation standards. With such an education, you can grow confident that you’ve learned every bit as much as at a traditional college where you would have to attend classes every day. With such an education, feel confident that you will indeed be sufficiently impressing the people you interview with because they will know for certain just how demanding and rigorous it was for you to have earned college credit in an online environment.

If you’re thinking of going back to school to either earn your degree or start a new career, then studying in an online setting should be at the very top of your list. You will be able to save on travel costs, and you can work and study at your own schedule at whatever hours you wish. You won’t have to worry about having to try to find a spot in the campus parking lot. And employers will highly respect you when they see your resume. They will instantly realize just how hard it was to have earned your bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate. And even if you didn’t earn a degree, just noting that you studied at a prestigious, fully accredited college or university online will without question boost your employment credibility profile. You really can’t go wrong by studying online in the eyes of a prospective employer. Such an education will make you one of the top employment candidates for most any position, simply due to the great strength and credibility of having studied in an online environment.

 

Our Planet and the Environment – What’s Going On?

If you are a world citizen in the 21st century, one of the most common concerns that you will come across refers to the environment. Everyone is talking about the environment and more importantly, everyone is talking about the need to preserve and conserve the environment.

If you flip across the news channels or nature based programs, you are bound to hear the many grave concerns that are being expressed by a host of persons ranging from politicians, to environmentalists and down to lay folk about the concerns that the environment is currently facing the world over.

What exactly is the environment? Why are we all so concerned about it? In a very generic sense the environment refers to the milieu or context of and the surroundings in which a particular item exists. For instance, we may say that the political environment in Iraq is not conducive for democracy and peace. However, when we refer to the environment as it impacts Planet Earth, we are referring to the state of the natural world or of the ecosystem.

The natural ecosystem means the sum total of the organisms that exist on the earth and the interconnectedness of these organisms (including humans) with the earth and its resources. Hence, the ecosystem refers to the connection between the living (biotic) and the non living (abiotic) constituents of the environment.

In general, we differentiate between the built and the natural environment. The natural environment essentially consists of aspects of nature which exist and have their being without human intervention like air, the soil, water, the atmosphere, animals, birds, plants and humans themselves. On the other hand, the built environment consists of human creations like towns, cities, industries, vehicles and a host of other man-made structures.

The problem in the environment today is on account of the excessive and repressive interventions of humans on the natural environment in the post industrial era. The industrial era commenced in the 19th century and we saw rapid advances over the last century and a half. It witnessed huge advances and strides made by humans in the sphere of harnessing natural resources and advancement in areas of science and technology. Naturally, this was also accompanied by exploitation of natural resources including land, water, minerals and even space.

The growth of human intervention in the natural environment has been necessitated also by the rapid growth of human population over the last two centuries. The global population exceeds more than 6 billion currently and this has far reaching ramifications for the impact on the environment. It is not quite possible to sustain such a huge population on the planet with limited natural resources. Hence, environmental pressures and ecosystem breakdowns have occurred where human beings have over exceeded the capacity of the earth to meet human requirements which have expanded unsustainably.

The environment consists of quite fragile ecosystems, many of which are now extinct or severely threatened. The earth has enough to meet human needs but certainly not to meet human greed! It is quite true that we have not inherited this earth from our parents, but merely borrowed it from our children. Till date, the earth is the only known planet in this vast galaxy that has an environment conducive to life. The environment is all that we have to sustain us and our progeny. It’s high time that we paid less attention to our greedy desires and listened more closely to what the environment needs to sustain itself for the long term.

 

Network Society

Society needs many forms of outlets to maintain organized chaos. Before the advent of mass media through the internet, people received their news from the papers and the television, were able to socialize through dinner parties, groups and other social events. Society needs to be able to take in information and share that information with others. This need stems from the idea of interaction, (the idea that no man is an island) as through interaction society can share interests, needs, wants, desires etc. But now with the internet that same society structure has shifted, now receiving much of its news from online, and foregoing dinner parties for online chats, the social structure is still the same but the shift has taken place to what are called Network societies.

These types of Network societies (like blip.tv) have sprung up all over the internet. Each site offers their own form of interaction. Fulfilling different wants and needs of the people that visit the site. Network societies take different platforms of information, news, television, as well as other forms of digital media. A social network gives a voice to those that use it. Places like blip.tv and Hulu put people in the seat of producer, being able to watch whatever they wish when they want. They can share their interest, likes or dislikes with the rest of that network society through comments, voting etc. This gives the viewer a voice, which is an ongoing theme in a network society.

This sense of structure or organized chaos leads to the next part of a network society, the interaction of the masses. Being able to share opinions, voice view points and express their feelings on something in a completely anonymous way. This anonymity lets people take on any persona they want. From the aggressor to the wise digital hermit, it is this anonymity that takes the old form of society and changes it around. In a sense society is governed in part though the actions we can see, we can see the person standing in front of us that says he does not like something, we can hear the person that says we should do one thing over another all the while we are able to watch them as they speak. Yet online, in a network society all the people that partake in the network can change their stance on something as quickly as changing their user name for the site.

Blip offers the common person the chance to be a director as well as the producer. You can create your own show, host it etc. All the while you can watch whatever you wish when you wish. That voice many people need, to share a opinion, to get your ideas out there and to let others see what you have to say. A network society in all forms always comes back to the user’s ability to make choices based on what they want. There is no need to change the channel, wait through a commercial or sit around bored. Those choices of on demand I want to do this now all encompass the organized chaos we call society. Digital media has just given the user a way to act out according to their own needs and wants.

 

The Advantages Of Creating A Blog To Market Your Product Or Service

A blog is really a useful tool to communicate with your customers and users. It allows you to transmit vital information via a web based interface. In just a few minutes you can have a personalized blog up and running, you can make it look professional, aesthetically pleasing and functionally outstanding.

Blogs are quick and easy to create

In fact, creating a blog is little more than child’s play. There’s no need for a script or expensive software to create a blog. Using wordpress, you can install a blog in under 5 minutes. You just need to sign up with any blog providers such as Blogger, Godaddy, typepad, etc. Once you sign on, you have just three main steps to have your blog;

1. Come up with a name for your blog,

2. Chose a design template (blog providers have a variety of templates) and;

3. Start posting text and images.

Once it’s up, the world will see your information, Google will index your information, your customers will see what you post, and information flow from you to the rest of the world.

Blogs are simple to maintain

Just as easy as it was to create your blog, it is easy it is to maintain your blog. All you have to do is go online to make all the updates. Some blog scripts even offer updating services via email. After you have created your blog, just sign in to your account and begin to customize, create or edit a post. You can replace your current blog template, and customize your blog settings easily. No matter where you are – whether at home or across the world, all you need is an internet connection then you can access your blog and update your blog with content. Your blog may already be able to automatically move newer posts to the top, while archiving posts either by topic or date so you don’t have to bother with moving your content around.

Search Engines will give you importance

Blogs are not so different from traditional websites so search engines will index your site. The biggest advantage of having a blog with regularly updated content is that search engines give significant priority to newer content that users find relevant and recent. A blog is very unique from a search engine perspective for you, since each post of the blog is assigned a different URL addresses. The search engines will give you more importance for the extensive content, given that each blog post would be treated as fresh and relevant content. Creating good posts to focus on a specific topic will give you the power to chose your keywords while describing your posts. The search engines will give you important power to chose which keywords you want to rank for in search engines, and rank for those keywords. This will enable your site to having greater chances of ranking well within the search engines. Since blogs tend to be updated regularly, search engines can “crawl” through them quickly and easily to index them accordingly, because search engines notice the newest posts first.

Blogs give you the ability to interact with your customer

One of the main ideas behind the blog is interacting with your customer. This is done by enabling a comment field to your posts which allows readers to offer their comments. This encourages the visitors to come back which allows you to get a better understanding of your customer’s needs.

Most blog hosts inexpensive

Web hosting for your blog can be very cheap if all you need is a blog. Anyone can start a blog within a few minutes. A blog gives you all the features provided in the blog site, and this can sometimes rival some full-blown websites. Blogs can also allow you to earn money as a blogger. This is done by displaying advertisements, sometimes you can earn up to $10 per click!

Blogs provide you with virtually unlimited space, because all you need is text, which is really tiny in terms of the disk space it occupies. You can load as many posts as you like on your site. It can be as many as a thousand or even a million; the blogs can handle it. Besides all this, you can upload as many videos and images as you like in your blog. The main purpose of the blog is to be online presence which can help build your business. With the blog you can show products and product demonstrations and comparisons with complete pricing.

In short, the blog is quick to setup, versatile, cost effective, easy to maintain and so much more.