Camarillo Dentist Gives Dental Advice For Invisalign Wearers

Dr. Charles Scholler is happy to treat patients’ malocclusion issues, which is why he also wants to give some good advice to Invisalign wearers!

Source: http://www.dentalprnews.com/medical_dental_articles/2013/11/camarillo-dentist-gives-dental-advice-for-invisalign-wearers-370075.htm

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Why Dental Anesthetic Has Epinephrine (Adrenaline) In It

When you get a dental injection, your body wonders why on earth you’re allowing a sharp metal object to penetrate your gums!  It quickly tries to repair the damage by increasing blood flow to the area so it can carry away the anesthetic, which it views as a foreign substance. As you might have guessed, if your body’s protective response tries to get rid of all of the anesthetic, it’s not going to last very long.

Dental Anesthetic Epinephrine

This was a big problem with anesthetics back over 100 years ago.  Then, something exciting (to dentists anyway) happened!  A guy named Abel discovered adrenalin (a more common name for epinephrine) in 1897.   In 1903 Braun suggested using adrenalin as a “chemical tourniquet” to make anesthetics last for a longer period of time.

This Braun fellow recommended using epinephrine at the very small concentration of 1 part to 10,000.  That may seem weak, but we’ve found that even diluting it to 1 part to 200,000 still retains the beneficial effects of epinephrine while minimizing the side effects.

Epinephrine is what is known as a vasoconstrictor, which is just a fancy word for something that causes your blood vessels to constrict, or get smaller.

Why Dental Anesthetic Has Epinephrine

It is this vasoconstrictor effect of epinephrine that makes it so useful in dental anesthetic.  By constricting your blood vessels, it benefits you and your dentist in the following three ways.

1 – The anesthetic gets absorbed more slowly into your body because blood flow to the injection site is decreased.  Since blood levels of the local anesthetic are decreased, the risk of having an “overdose” of the dental anesthetic is minimized.

2 – Since there is less blood flow, the dental anesthetic stays put right around the nerve for a much longer time, allowing it to work for a longer period of time than it would without epinephrine.  This means that you stay comfortable throughout the entire procedure.  It also means that you might be numb for a few hours after leaving the dentist – a sometimes unwanted and embarrassing side effect!

3 – Minimizes bleeding where the anesthetic was administered.  This is great if the dentist is performing a more involved surgical procedure involving the gum tissue since it makes it much easier to see what we’re doing if there’s hardly any bleeding.

Epinephrine is the most common vasoconstrictor used in dental anesthetic in the United States.  In Europe, a vasoconstrictor called levonordefrine is commonly used.

If you prefer to not have these beneficial effects of epinephrine or if you have had heart problems, your dentist may elect to use a dental anesthetic without epinephrine. If that’s your preference and you want to seem like you know what you’re talking about, just ask your dentist for Carbocaine without epinephrine. That’s the most common brand name of dental anesthetic without any epinephrine.

If you have any questions about dental anesthetic and epinephrine, feel free to leave a comment below.  Thanks for reading!

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Burning Mouth Syndrome is often difficult to diagnose

Oral pain that feels like a scalded mouth and can last for months has baffled dental researchers since the 1970s, when burning oral sensations were linked to mucosal, periodontal, and restorative disorders and mental or emotional causes.

Source: http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/health_medicine/dentistry/~3/-9BokiNTQHE/131023100957.htm

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Need Quality Brake Repair? Stop Please!

Your vehicle’s brakes work hundreds of times a day without any thought from you. Fully functioning brakes are vital to safety when driving. Unfortunately, they will eventually wear out regardless of how faithful you have been with quality brake service. Unfortunately, you may not notice any problems until something happens (i.e., you’re involved in a fender-bender or collision) and you’re headed for a major brake repair.

If you know your vehicle well enough you can tell if something isn’t quite right before it happens.  Neglecting regular brake service can lead to increased brake repair costs, or worse, no brakes at all.  Fortunately, paying attention to a few warning signs can keep you stopping when and where you want to, and not in the back of the car that’s in front of you.

Source: http://www.excelautoandtire.com/tips-blog/need-quality-brake-repair-stop-please

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Saltwater vs. Mouthwash

sickfishSaltwater As Mouthwash?

Everyone knows that to alleviate some infections and mouth issues, you should gargle with salt water. But should you use it as a mouth rinse on a regular basis?

Saltwater rinses have been recommended as far back as 2700 b.c. in China. They suggested treating gum disease using a saltwater mix. Even Roman author, Pliny the Elder around a.d. 50 is quoted as giving saltwater as a rinse advice to the upper classes.

In India in 2010, a study was done with 45 people and showed that saltwater is an effective way to kill bacteria in your mouth. 9 teaspoons of salt to 2/3 cup of water kill bacteria by dehydrating it when administered daily. This allegedly got rid of gingivitis and bad breath.

Bad breath comes from things other than food (such as periodontal disease), and although saltwater may mask the problem, it will not eliminate it.

So, before you break out the Morton salt box, note that at least one dentist states that the acidity in the saltwater can damage the enamel on your teeth and cause tooth decay.

Continue to use mouthwash to fresher your breath. Try using saltwater solutions once a week to give your mouth a good cleaning, but we don’t recommend opening your mouth in the ocean, as you may invite some unusual visitors!

The post Saltwater vs. Mouthwash appeared first on Gentle Dental.

Source: http://www.gentledentalgroup.com/2013/07/saltwater-vs-mouthwash/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=saltwater-vs-mouthwash

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What To Do In Case Of An Accident in Wilmington

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it’s an accident! If you’ve ever been in a car accident in Wilmington, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It’s hard to think straight and know what to do.

Let’s review what you should do in case of an accident:

When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Wilmington is considered a crime – even if it’s not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your North Carolina driver’s license or even jail time.

Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other Burgaw and Leland motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Wilmington emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.

Always file a Wilmington police report. It’s tempting to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But without a police report, the other guy can say whatever he wants about the accident later, and you’ll not have an objective report to help defend yourself. Discuss the accident only with the police. Emotions are strong after an accident and we naturally want to talk about it – don’t. Never admit fault or guilt to anyone including the police officer. Sometimes we may feel at fault, but in the eyes of the law, the other guy is responsible.

Truthfully give the officer the facts: such as “I was going thirty miles an hour” not “I wasn’t speeding”. Remember, anything you say to the officer or anyone else can be used against you.

Also get the officer’s name and ID number and ask where you can get a copy of the accident report.

Get the facts on the driver and owner of the other vehicle:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license number and expiration
  • Insurance information

Also take down a description of the other Wilmington vehicle, license plate and vehicle identification number. Most North Carolina auto insurance companies don’t record license plate numbers, so the VIN number is the best way to track the vehicle.

Ask witnesses, including passengers, to wait for the police. If they can’t wait, ask for contact information and request that they write a brief description of what they saw. If someone refuses to leave their name, write down their license plate number so the police can track them down later if necessary. Always call your insurance agent or your insurance company. Call or see a physician if you think you may have been injured. For vehicle repairs, call Atlantic Car Care at 9107941390

Contact Atlantic Car Care to learn more about what do do in case of an auto accident.
You can find us at:
21 New Bern Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
Or call us at 9107941390

Atlantic Car Care and AutoNetTV hope that you never have to use this information and wish you happy Wilmington travels.

Source: http://www.atlanticcarcare.com/automotive-news/what-to-do-in-case-of-an-accident-in-wilmington

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Your Time with Kim: Radio Interview on Medical Tourism

Medical travel for major dental work, plastic surgery and other medical care continues to be in the news in the United States. On Friday evening, I was interviewed about the subject on the Your Time with Kim syndicated talk radio program.

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/BeautyFromAfar/~3/MjdSCI6SKJQ/

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CAD-Ray Imaging Centers Offer Advanced 3D Technology

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Are You and Your Car Ready For The Shopping Season?

Though we love the holiday season, it a time to heighten your awareness of safety. Here are a few tips we found, courtesy of the LAPD, about keeping yourself and your vehicle safe during the holiday shopping season:

Driving

  • Avoid driving alone or at night.

  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.

  • If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.

  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.

  • Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.

  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.

  • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.

  • Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.

  • Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.

  • When approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings.

  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.

  • Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.

Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

  • If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside a police station, mall, or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.

  • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you.

  • Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.

Shopping

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.

  • Dress casually and comfortably.

  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.

  • Always carry your California Driver License or Identification Card along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.

  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.

  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.

  • Keep cash in your front pocket.

  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.

  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.

  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.

  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

Children

  • If possible, leave small children at home with a trusted babysitter.

  • Teach your child to go to a store clerk and ask for help in case your child is separated from you.

  • Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping.

  • Never allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom.

  • Children should never be allowed to go to the car alone and they should never be left alone in the car.

  • Teach children their full name, address and telephone number to give to police officers or mall security. Teach children to immediately inform you if a stranger is bothering them.

Hosting a Party

  • Have non-alcoholic beverages available for party guests.

  • Find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests.

  • Arrange for an official designated driver for your party who will not drink at all.

Attending a Party

  • Have something to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages.

  • Eat high protein foods that will stay in your stomach longer and slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.

  • Remember only time will eliminate the alcohol from your body.

  • Know your safe limit.

  • Never drink and drive.

Source: http://www.roberts-autorepair.com/blog/are-you-and-your-car-ready-for-the-shopping-season/

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