What Is Periodontal Disease & How To Prevent It?

According to a Center For Disease Control (CDC) study, around 65 million or 47%  of Americans have periodontal disease currently.

That means 1 out of every 2 adults over 30 years old has the disease.  When you look at the elderly population >65 years old, rates increase to around 70% has periodontal disease.

So what exactly is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease. “Peri” means around and “odontal” means the teeth.   So it is a disease that affects the gums and the support bone around the teeth (jawbone).

prevent periodontal diseaseThe earliest stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis, which affects just the gums themselves.

Then the disease progresses and starts to affects all tissue surrounding the tooth. Eventually it can lead to tooth loss.

The main culprit behind the development in periodontal disease is bacteria from plaque.

Also come to find out, periodontal disease is linked to other health complications like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and  respiratory disease.

If your gums are constantly bleeding from brushing your teeth, is an early sign that you need to see your dentist.

What can you do to prevent periodontal disease?

Well, the obvious and most effective thing you can do is brush your teeth 2-3 times daily and floss a minimum of once daily.

Also rinsing your mouth with and anti-septic mouthwash daily can help with preventing and reducing plaque buildup.

Seeing your dentist regularly every 4-6 months (side note: if you can regular bleeding of your gums during brushing, see your dentist immediately).

prevent gingivitisRemember the build-up of plaque leads to more bacteria, that leads to inflammation, that leads to periodontal disease.

Other health factors you need to consider are:

  • Smoking & tobacco use: the longer you smoke the greater the risk of the gum disease due to the fact that smokers collect more tarter and plaque on their teeth.
  • Crowded, misaligned, bad teeth:  the more crooked, crowded, and misaligned your teeth that harder it is to floss and to get into the crevasses where plaque and tater is.
  • Grinding and clenching of your teeth: causes irritation and inflammation of the gums, which can worsen existing periodontal disease.
  • Stress: Will weaken your immune system, which can make it harder to treat periodontal disease.
  • Medications: certain medications (blood pressure and depression) can increase your risk of periodontal disease. Specifically ones that cause dry mouth. Dry mouth leads to an increase in plaque build-up.
  • Poor diet: a diet high in processed foods and sugar leads to poor overall health, which leads to a weaker immune system and poor dental health.

As mentioned early, periodontal disease can lead to tooth (teeth loss).  You may then require dental implants salt lake city to correct the problem, which can sometimes be costly and uncomfortable procedure.

So make sure you are brush and flossing DAILY.



Medications For Premature Ejaculation

Many men suffer from premature ejaculation. Since this condition is fairly common, there are many premature ejaculation treatments available.

Generally, before suggesting a treatment method, a doctor will want to do a physical exam and may want to talk to the man’s partner as well. These are some of the common treatment methods that are being used today.

Dapoxetine is a prescription medication that is short-acting. As an SSRI, it is marketed for the treatment of premature ejaculation and is available in most European countries, but still waiting on final approval before being released into the United States.PE drugs

Men who are interested in trying this treatment method should consider making themselves available for any clinical trials. While approval will probably happen in the near future, clinical trials have shown that this medication is very effective at treating PE and was well-tolerated by most men.

A treatment option that is available on the market is Tramadol. This is an oral medication that works by increasing the levels of norepinephrine and epinephrine in the body. Men who have severe cases of PE will benefit greatly from this medication as it can increase stamina up to 20 times.

There are very few side effects noted with this medication and it has a low potential for abuse, making it a popular one for doctors to recommend. Ask a physician about this medication to determine if it is viable for your situation.

Another prescription medication is Clomipramine. This medication works by delaying the ejaculatory response. The only side effect noted is an increased sexual ability and drive. Most men do not have a problem with this side effect and it is prescribed fairly often for men with mild PE.

PE creamOther treatment methods can include desensitizing creams that may be applied to both the tip and the shaft of the penis. These creams work as needed and can be applied before sex if desired.

Unfortunately, regular usage of these creams can lead to a decrease in satisfaction for both partners, so this method should only be used temporarily. While effective, most men prefer to use these creams sparingly and only in rare occasions as it can lead to an insensitivity of the penis.

One final treatment option is a vasodilator drug that is injected into the penis. This medication was just recently released and helps to control PE and maintain an erection. It was effective in approximately 70% of test patients and is commonly used in both Boston and Florida to treat PE.

These are the major treatment methods used for PE. In addition, there are methods that couples can use to decrease the occurrence of premature ejaculation and exercises that men can do by themselves which will also improve this problem.

However, for men that suffer with severe PE, pharmaceutical medications can be extremely beneficial. If regular methods have not worked, asking a doctor about other treatment methods is the best option. These medications have been shown to be very effective and can be used safely by men and their partners.

Lower Your Risk Of Diabetes With Homemade Meals

According to a new Harvard Study, cooking at home has huge health benefits for lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Home-cooked meals tend to be lower in calories and unnecessary ingredients (sugar,artifical sweeteners, flavor enhancers, etc), which lessen weight gain.

“There is growing trend of eating meals prepared out-of-home in many countries. Here in the United States, energy intake from out-of-home meals has increased from less than 10 percent in the mid-60s to over 30 percent in 2005-2008, and average time spent on cooking has decreased by one third,” said study author Geng Zong, a research fellow at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

For the study, Zong’s team collected data on nearly 58,000 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study and on more than 41,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. At the start of these studies, none of the participants had diabetes, heart disease or cancer.

homemade meals for your health

Those who ate about 11 to 14 homemade lunches or dinners a week had about a 13 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, compared with those who ate less than six homemade lunches or dinners a week, the study found. The researchers didn’t have enough information on breakfasts to include that meal in their analysis.

The researchers also noted that people who ate at home more often were slightly leaner.

New data from a national survey has also shown that cooking dinner at home is associated with lower intakes of fat and sugar, Zong said.

“We need more studies to demonstrate whether preparing meals at home may prevent risk of diabetes and obesity, and how,” he said.

“Most important of all, even if meals prepared at home may have better diet quality, it does not mean people can eat without limits in amounts,” Zong said.

“Keeping a balance between food intake and physical activity remains essential for maintaining body weight and health,” he said.

Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, is not surprised that eating more meals prepared at home is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and less weight gain.

“We all know that eating out, or fast food, can be associated with more type 2 diabetes and obesity,” he said. Zonszein added that it may not just be what you eat at home, but rather the environment may be more healthful.

obesity or healthy

The researchers don’t show that any specific homemade meal was healthier than others, Zonszein noted.

“The possibility is that food cooked at home in a less stressful environment can be even a more significant factor than the type of food,” he said.

“I endorse less work, ‘slow food,’ relaxation and conversation around the table and wine for healthier lives,” he added.