Tooth pain after filling

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Posted on 11th December 2013 by admin in Articles

It is normal for a mild pain to occur several days following a dental filling. It is also common to have tooth sensitivity when the treated tooth is exposed to hot or cold temperatures, air flows, sweets, or pressure. The pain that is often experienced is described as a light to mild throbbing. Until the tooth has healed, it is important to avoid exposing it to stimulants in order to eliminate any pain that it may trigger. Over-the-counter pain medications are rarely needed for treatment, but can be used if necessary.

Tooth pain after dental fillings will usually subside on its own after a few days or a few weeks. Normally, no special treatment is required. However, you should contact your dentist if there is extreme pain or sensitivity that lasts for an extended period of time after the tooth has been filled. A toothache that persists after a dental filling may indicate that there is a problem with the filling or with the tooth.

Cause of Short-Term (Normal) Pain After Filling

While the dental filling is being performed, there is often an irritation of the tooth tissues and gums surrounding it. This is the most common cause for post-operative sensitivity. The high speed drills and lasers that are used during the procedure can cause irritation of the pulp tissues and nerves of the tooth. These drills and lasers are used to remove tooth decay and prepare the surface of the tooth for the placement of the filling. The mechanical nature of the drill and/or the thermal nature of the laser causes this agitation. External stimuli can cause pain or sensitivity in the tooth until the agitated tissues and/or nerves have healed.

The silver amalgam materials of the filling may also cause temporary tooth pain. Because the material is metallic, it can conduct hot and cold temperatures from the mouth environment into the pulp quite easily. This enhances the feeling of sensitivity. Fortunately, tooth-colored composites have become more common and provide with better insulation of the tooth. Because of this, the sensitivity caused by the filling materials is much rarer. If the cause of tooth pain is due to a temporary irritation, then the tooth pain will also be temporary. It should clear up in a few days to a few weeks.

How to Relieve Tooth Pain After Filling

Tooth pain after a filling is usually light to mild, but if it becomes more severe you can always try the following:

• Eat a soft diet. The treated tooth and surrounding tissues will have some degree of irritation. Any foods that are hard or sticky can put the tooth under more pressure, which promotes further irritation of the tooth, and may inflict pain. If possible, avoid chewing on the filled tooth for the first few days following the procedure.

• Take a pain reliever. Although rarely needed, pain killers are an option for increased discomfort.

• Proper oral hygiene. Taking proper steps to ease the irritation of the periodontal tissues is important, and this can be done through oral hygiene. It also ensures that the mouth stays clean and healthy.

• Avoid whatever causes sensitivity. Steer clear of hot foods, cold foods, and/or sweet foods. These can stimulate sensitivity to the tooth and result in tooth pain.

• Use toothpaste made for sensitivity. These special toothpastes contain desensitizing agents that can provide some relief until the pain subsides.

• Home remedies. Warm saltwater gargles or clove oil can be used at home to remedy toothaches associated with the filling.

Kyphosis exercises

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Posted on 8th December 2013 by admin in Articles

Commonly known as ‘hunch back’, kyphosis is a condition where there has been a rounding of the back. This rounding of the back is usually located in the mid-thoracic area of the spine and can sometimes include the neck as well. There are many different reasons for this visible deformity. Some of those reasons include, but aren’t limited to: Remaining seated in one place for too long, osteoporosis, degenerative diseases (such as arthritis), developmental problems, injury, or trauma. People who have weak abdominal muscles and bad hamstrings in the back of the legs are often afflicted with this condition. This can result in bad back posture, slouching, stiffness or tenderness in the spine, mild pain, and muscle fatigue. There are several different methods that can be employed to treat kyphosis. Medications and surgeries are some options. However, the safest of these methods is by performing kyphosis exercise. Kyphosis exercises treat the problem by stretching out the stiff areas, such as the hamstrings or the chest, and also by strengthening the weak areas, such as the upper back and abdominal region.

Postural Kyphosis Exercises

Developed during adolescence, this type of kyphosis is normally very minor. It can usually be corrected by doing strengthening exercises that focus on the rhomboids and trapezius muscles. Here are a few of those exercises:

• Hamstring Stretch – For this exercise, lie straight on your back on a mat or a flat surface. Have a rope or a band wrapped around one foot while stretching and anchoring the other to the mat. Tension the strap and exhale — do so while extending the leg up high until you can feel a pull in the back of the upper thigh. Stay in this position for a few seconds before releasing.

• Shoulder Blade Squeeze – This exercise involves sitting on a stool or a backless chair, and tuck your chin to your chest. Keep the chest high and draw the shoulder blades together. Hold this position for a few seconds and then repeat.

• Reverse Fly – This exercise will require a lightweight set of dumbbells. With a straightened back and tightened abs, sit on a stool or backless chair with weights in hands. Bend over with your head down and lower the weights just below the knees. Compress the shoulder blades together and lift the arms out to the sides at shoulder-height. Make sure that that elbows are bent and the arms don’t go above shoulder level.

Cervical Kyphosis Exercises

This type of kyphosis exercise involves the straightening of the natural curve in the neck. The following are a few exercises that can help with this type of deformity:

• Cervical Spine Stretches – This will help to restore your ability to turn your head and keep your chin above your shoulders. One stretch you can do involves turning your head to the right as far as possible. Hold this for a few seconds. Repeat with the opposite side. The other stretch involves standing with your feet shoulder-width apart while keeping your hands behind your head. Bend the upper back region from side-to-side and take the elbow upward with each stretch. Hold this position for a few seconds and then relax.

• Stretching of Cervical Flexors – For cervical flexion and extension, you will need to tuck your chin in and slowly lower your head down and then move it forward. Then try to touch the chin to the chest and bend the head backward. For lateral flexion, keep the head straight, and then slowly bring the right ear to meet with the right shoulder. Repeat with the opposite ear and shoulder.

Clavicle pain

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Posted on 5th December 2013 by admin in Articles

The bone that links the shoulder joint to the main central skeleton is called the clavicle and is sometimes referred to as the collarbone. People who are suffering from clavicle pain are likely to be in a great deal of discomfort. This bone has very few muscle attachments which is unusual for a bone that connects to the main skeleton.

What can cause pain in the collarbone?

Fracture of the Clavicle – Clavicle fracture accounts for most instances of collarbone pain. Clavicle fractures are quite common and make up almost 5% of all bone fractures. A clavicle fracture can occur for many reasons. Keeping the upper extremity outstretched for a significant amount of time can put stress on the shoulder joint and cause the clavicle to fracture.

A fracture or break of the clavicle may also be caused by a fall if the person lands on their shoulder. A blow to the clavicle or any other kind of direct force or trauma can also cause a fracture. This will lead to pain in the collarbone.

Other causes of clavicle pain – Disjunction between the shoulder joint and the clavicle would cause pain and this is likely to be caused by an injury to the acromioclavicular joint. Hyperactivity of osteoclasts causes osteolysis where there is overactive absorption of the bone — this can occur in the clavicle. Injuries to other areas of the body including the ribs, chest or rotator cuff can lead to clavicle pain. Pain in the collarbone may be caused by burstitis or some bone diseases. Degeneration of the clavicle and sternoclavicular dislocation are examples of rarer causes of clavicular pain.

Treatment for Clavicular pain

The underlying cause of the pain will be a deciding factor in which treatment to offer. If the clavicle is fractured then the affected extremity will need to be rested and the arm supported with a sling.

In most cases the bone will heal with the aid of a sling and pain killers can be taken by the patient to make them more comfortable. However, in up to 10% of all cases a surgery may be required. Surgical intervention may be needed in cases where there is non union of bone fragments and skin penetration. Internal plate fixation will be performed in surgery. The procedure will involve fixing an anatomically shaped steel or titanium plate along the superior aspect of the bone which will be held in place by screws.

There are some side effects to surgical treatment for clavicular fractures including non union of bone fragments, infection and untoward neurological symptoms. There are many factors that can affect the healing of the bone after surgery such as the complexity and location of the break, the severity of the bone displacement and the age and general health of the patient. It can take from between 20 and 30 days for adults to recover from surgery for this condition.

Injuries to the clavicle which can result in fractures are commonly seen in people who play sports. It is a good idea to wear protective gear when playing to reduce the risk of injury to the clavicle.

Goldenseal tea

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Posted on 1st December 2013 by admin in Articles

There are a lot of natural stuffs that provide us with some amazing benefits, and goldenseal tea happens to be one of nature’s finest products. While you may have heard a lot about this or that tea, you may be wondering what sets goldenseal tea apart from the rest. This multipurpose product can serve as a cure for nearly any of the common ailments that may afflict the body. This tea contains antibacterial, antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. The following will serve as a guide on many of the ways as to how goldenseal herbal tea can benefit us and why it should be included in our daily diets.

The goldenseal plant, a part of the buttercup family, is what the tea is derived out of. The tea consists of the plant’s dried green leaves, white flowers, and yellow roots. Sometimes the plant’s burgundy berries are also used in the tea. For preparation, steep the dried leaves of the goldenseal tea in lukewarm water for around five to seven minutes. This health booster heals skin, viral, and digestive problems — and is used for this reason by many drinkers.

Goldenseal tea is also known as Indian turmeric and yellow puccoon. The tea itself is tart and bitter, and is normally sweetened with sugar or honey. The drink strengthens the immune system. It has been reported that it can help stave off malaria, among other sicknesses and infections. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used to soothe irritated membranes in the nose, stomach, and oral cavities. It helps to reduce swelling and has also been said to relieve constipation. Some have used it to subdue spasms and cramps, as it has been suspected of reviving the musculatory system.

One of the most common praises of this tea is that it improves digestion. Regardless of whether it is served warm or chilled, goldenseal tea mitigates hemorrhoids and stomach aches. Furthermore, women have used it as a natural feminine hygiene product as well.

Alkaloids — natural, nitrogen-based compounds that are biologically active — are the active ingredient in this tea. Alkaloids are said to have healing properties. The most common alkaloids found in goldenseal tea are: Berberine, beta-hydrastine, and canadaline. According to research reports, the presence of these pure compounds have been said to give goldenseal tea the ability to battle some cancers — particularly cancers of the mouth and of the cervix. Alkaloids are also known to aid in the combat of typical colds and influenzas.

This sturdy plant has been known to not only survive but thrive in even some of the toughest environments. Even in forests that are overrun with fungi, that would otherwise kill most herbs, one can find goldenseal growing in abundance. Goldenseal is a good replacement for chemical fungicide. Other plants that lack anti-fungal qualities, such as ginseng, can be planted alongside goldenseal so that they may prosper. In both teas and extract form, goldenseal is commonly combined with other herbs. It is believed that goldenseal will make other medicinal herbs, like Echinacea, work better.

One of the side effects of using goldenseal tea is that urine may be darkened. Experts are unsure as to whether or not goldenseal tea in urine will affect drug tests. Some say that this tea, when consumed in the excess, can render a false positive drug tests. However, there is some debate about that. Others claim that the traces of the tea in the urine are too minimal to alter or taint a urinalysis. Two other side effects of using goldenseal tea are: Interference with the body’s ability to absorb vitamin B, and a stimulated appetite.

Endocrine system facts

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Posted on 29th November 2013 by admin in Articles

The endocrine system is in charge of many important aspects of the body. The endocrine system contains glands that are responsible for the hormone production in the body. These glands regulate different life processes by coordinating cooperation between them efficiently. The hormones that are secreted by these glands serve as messengers that transfer vital information from one part of the body to the other. These hormones pass directly into the bloodstream for transference.

The nervous system and the endocrine system function similarly. The nervous system is responsible for sending out electrical messages to coordinate body organs; whereas the endocrine system releases chemicals to communicate to different parts of the body. These chemicals, also known as hormones, are synthesized and secreted by the endocrine gland. Development, growth, metabolism, and reproduction are all activated and maintained by the endocrine system. The term ‘endocrine’ refers to the body’s reaction to stimuli via hormone released into the bloodstream.

The Glands of the Endocrine System

The endocrine system is composed of six major glands. These glands are: The hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, the pineal gland, the adrenal glands, the thyroid gland, and the reproductive glands or gonads (the ovary or testes, depending on gender).

Hypothalamus – The hypothalamus is located in the central part of the brain, and is the main link between the endocrine and nervous systems. It regulates body temperature and metabolism. It also secretes hormones that regulate the hormone secretions of the pituitary gland.

Pituitary Gland – No larger than the size of a pea, the pituitary gland is situated at the base of the brain, located just below the hypothalamus. The pituitary gland is often considered to be the most important gland in the endocrine system, because it regulates the hormone production of the other glands.

Thyroid Gland – The thyroid gland is located on the front part of the lower neck and is shaped like a butterfly. This gland secretes two different hormones: Triiodothyronine and thryoxine. The thyroid gland is in charge of controlling the body’s metabolism. There are four tiny glands that are attached to the thyroid, called ‘parathyroids’. They serve to regulate calcium in the blood. Additionally, the thyroid also plays a role in the development of the brain and of bone growth in young children.

Adrenal Glands – These pair of glands are located atop each kidney. They are triangular-shaped and consist of two different parts. The exterior of the gland is known as the ‘adrenal cortex’, and the interior is known as the ‘adrenal medulla’. These glands secrete hormones that are responsible for dealing with stress by increasing the body’s heart rate and blood pressure. Additionally, they maintain the water and salt balance in the body.

Pineal Gland – This gland is located in the center of the brain. It is responsible for the hormone production of melatonin. Melatonin regulates the wake and sleep cycle of the body.

Reproductive Glands – The reproductive glands, also called the gonads, are the primary source of sex hormones. The female glands are called ovaries, and they produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone. The male glands are called testes, and they produce hormones called androgen and testosterone.

Pancreas – This organ has both digestive and hormonal functions. Insulin and glucagon are two very important hormones that are produced by this double gland. These hormones regulate blood sugar levels in the body. A decrease in the production of insulin can lead to diabetes.