7 Silent Signs of a Heart Attack

Overview

Every year over 1 million Americans suffer a heart attack. Traditional symptoms such as cold sweat, chest pain or pressure, extreme weakness are renowned. However, there are silent signs or silent ischemia signs that you’re having or about to have a heart attack which can be easily missed. Notice these subtle heart attack signs early and get prompt treatment to save your life.

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Fatigue

It is one of the common symptoms seen by cardiologist especially among women heart attack patients. During a quarter years of practice, people who were on the verge of a heart attack have reported feeling quite tired and unable to do their usual activities. According to WebMD, during a heart attack, the blood flow to the heart is reduced which put extra stress on the muscle thus make you feel exhausted. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor to do an electrocardiogram (EKG) to check your heart’s activity. Sometimes when people present with lethargy, the doctor’s won’t be immediately ordering an EKG instead they can detect a heart attack. However, you should request one from your doctor in order to ensure you are safe.

Soreness in the back, arms, or chest

Pain or soreness in the back, either arms or chest is often a silent sign of heart attack. This is because when the heart muscle cells start running out of oxygen during a heart attack due to a blocked artery it prevents the oxygenated blood from feeding that muscle hence it begin to send off the pain signals through the nervous system. The brain may confuse these nerve signals with the signals as coming from the jaw, arm, neck, elbow, shoulder, or upper back due to the nerve proximity. Since this pain is often not accompanied by the typical chest heaviness related to the heart attack, people tend to ignore it. Some patient feel the pain only while they are working out hence they assume it is due to exercise. However, this is not right because if the symptoms is something new then its worrisome and you need to see a doctor.

Shortness of breath

If climbing stairs up from the subway is normally not a problem but you suddenly find yourself gasping for air at the top then it could signal a heart attack. Often patients especially women tells that walking up steps or carrying groceries they notice breathlessness or feel fatigued when normally they won’t. If you feel short of breath right after waking up then it could also be a sign that something could be wrong. This is because the heart plays a key role to transport oxygen to the rest of your body and remove the carbon dioxide from the tissues. Hence the blocked blood flow to the heart could affect your breathing.

Heartburn or belching

There’s probably noting to worry about if you have an occasional heartburn flare-up after a heavy pizza lunch but if it’s out of the ordinary or heartburn has never bothered you before then call your doctor as this could signal a heart attack. Angina, a heartburn like chest pain is caused by lack of blood flow to the heart that happens during a heart attack.

Stomach upset

Sometimes, the heart attack signs can mimic the stomach problems such as vomiting, nausea or overall GI upset especially in women. If you don’t feel well, always call your doctor. It could be the taco you had at 10pm but it can also be a heart attack that could turn out to be catastrophic.

Throat, neck, or jaw discomfort

The tightness in the throat you have never felt before or the unexplained discomfort of the neck or jaw or a can signify a heart attack, so immediately contact a doctor. People with diabetes should pay attention to the subtle changes such as this because they have trouble feeling sensations. Also they are less likely to feel more typical symptoms like chest pain.

An overall feeling that something’s wrong

The heart attack patients have told me they have a feeling of doom like something isn’t right. Listen to that little voice in your head and if something feels off, then it is always better to be overly cautious and call a doctor. Some patients report feeling less mentally sharp right before a heart attack.

Final verdict

Don’t be your own physician. If you experience a distinct change in how you feel no matter how subtle then seek medical attention at +91-9371136499 or contact@indianhealthguru.com.

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Cancer Treatments and Oral Health

Overview

Were you diagnosed with cancer? This is indeed a scary disease. If it’s not in an advanced stage, it can be treated or slowed down with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. These methods of cancer treatment can be quite effective. But often they have painful side effects that occur all over body including your mouth. Gums, teeth, salivary glands and oral tissues can all be affected as well. Some of oral problems caused by cancer treatments and therapy are so agonizing that a patient might need not delay or stop the treatment. Knowing about these side effects can help you reduce and manage them with help of your dentist and your physician.

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How can your mouth be affected?

Radiation therapy and chemotherapy have oral side effects which vary as per type of cancer and intensity of cancer treatment. They can display themselves in following different manners:

  • Cavities can appear quickly due to low amount of saliva
  • Xerostomia or dry mouth follows a reduced production of saliva as salivary glands get affected during treatments
  • Jaws might experience stiffness
  • There might be a painful or burning feeling in mouth, gums and tongue which also follow a low amount of saliva in mouth
  • Ability to taste the foods reduces
  • Problems with eating, swallowing and speaking
  • Immune system weakens in general
  • Periodontal disease might emerge

To manage all above side effects, your dentist will recommend you to keep your mouth healthy and comfortable.

What should be done before treatments?

Have your mouth and teeth examined to see if you are pre-disposed for certain problems before undergoing cancer treatments. Dentists recommend undergoing a thorough dental exam at least two weeks before the cancer treatment starts. This is done to reduce and manage the undesirable side effects. If you already have cavities or if you already suffer from gum disease, treating and managing those disorders should be done previously.

Before the exam, notify your dentist about your health state with cancer and update your medical history. Your dentist must know who your physician is and what cancer treatment will be as well as other aspects of cancer diagnosis. All this information will help you dentist to understand and plan on how to treat, make right recommendations and support treatment plan of your physician.

How to care for your mouth?

If you have cancer, continue regular and thorough oral hygiene including brushing two to three times a day and flossing at least once a day. Your mouth becomes drier due to low saliva flow after undergoing radiation therapy or chemotherapy. This increases your chances to develop tooth decay and gum disease. Hence you should floss preferably after each meal.

While you brush your teeth, use mild-tasting toothpaste as too much flavour can irritate your mouth. If toothpaste irritates your mouth, then rinse with salt and water after brushing your teeth. To avoid gum disease, rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash. However, it is also vital to avoid mouthwashes since it contain alcohol.

What to do about dry mouth?

If you have cancer and are suffering from dry mouth, brush your teeth and clean your mouth at least four times a day and floss at least once a day. If there are areas in your gums which bleed or are sore, floss gently around them. Use fluoride containing toothpaste to protect your teeth even more against tooth decay. Rinse your mouth with a solution of salt and baking soda in warm water several times a day, followed by rinsing with water alone.

What should you eat?

While undergoing cancer treatment, you may experience loss of appetite and nausea. However, it is important to get right amount of nutrients and calories. Protein intake is also important. Ensure to get enough vitamins from fruits and vegetables. If needed, take vitamin supplements that provide essential minerals. Most doctors recommend taking vitamin D and calcium to keep your bones healthy. Avoid acidic foods, high sugar beverages, smoking and drinking alcohol during cancer treatment.

Final Verdict

While undergoing cancer treatment, your ability to taste changes and so it’s more difficult to eat foods. Despite all this, it is essential to maintain a balanced diet as recommended by your physician.

Reference:

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How long do Dental Implants last?

Overview

Today modern dentistry offers dental implants which are best solution for tooth replacement. Its main advantage is longetivity. Theoretically, the dental implants are can last for a lifetime. From the mid-1960’s, dental implants were being used to replace missing teeth. However, from the past few years, they have been largely used as they are safe and conventional option to get natural-looking teeth.

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Need of Dental Implants

Dental implants have following advantages in comparison to crowns, dentures and bridges:

  • They function in similar way as natural teeth so you could have no difficulty while eating or cleaning teeth.
  • Dental implants feel and appear as natural.
  • If adjacent teeth are healthy, they need not be filled as support for missing tooth or teeth. Hence, it reduces need for root fillings.
  • Using dental implants, a strong grip can be given to the removable dentures.
  • With dental implants no special glue is needed to hold false teeth at required place.
  • With dental implants, natural process of the bone renewal is stimulated which helps in a good appearance of face and restored teeth.

Candidate of Dental Implant

Dental implant procedure is appropriate for anyone with one or more missing teeth and wishes to improve their chewing ability and physical appearance. However, it is important that patient should be 18 years or more and their bone tissue have been fully developed.

If you are thinking about dental implants then your mouth should be in a healthy condition with no gum disease or untreated tooth decay or else they will lead to dental implant failure or development of an infection. As per dentists, those having a healthy oral hygiene are candidate of dental implant.

When are dental implants not suitable?

Dental implants are not suitable in following conditions:

  • If a patient has problems of unrestrained diabetes and untreated periodontitis as there is a fear of infection and slow healing.
  • If jaw line isn’t sufficiently thick for accommodation of implants due to which bone grafting becomes impossible.
  • People who smoke because their efficiency of healing becomes lower and they can become candidate for a failed dental implant.
  • Dental implants cannot be done in people with blood clotting problems and some bone diseases, drug abuse, any kind of a deficiency in immune system and systemic illnesses.

How Long Dental Implants Last?

When someone says dental implants can last forever, it is no exaggeration but it is utmost important that a person should be healthy and have great bones. If a patient has a good oral hygiene then his implant will lasts for a lifetime. Today, dental implants are most successful cases of tooth replacement options. Continue with brushing, flossing and using dental water jet to take proper care of your implants. Also regular dental check-ups are necessary.

Though they are permanent restoration but success of it depends on following factors:

  • A professional and highly-qualified Dentist

It is necessary for longevity of your dental implant. Dentist should have clear idea of neuromuscular dentistry and how they can help patients.

  • Superior materials

For decades, basics of dental implant surgery have been same but now dentists use superior materials mainly ceramic or metal or a combination-type of an implant.

  • An improved match

Due to advancement in technology, titanium implants are treated chemically by improving their compatibility with living tissue. Now Computer Assisted Design (CAD) is used for a good replacement and fitting along with other teeth.

  • Are dental implants for you

Dental implants are good option only if you do not have any gum disease, don’t smoke or take heavy medication.

Risk Factors for Dental Implant Failure

If there has been no problem in healing process post dental implant, most probable risk factor is insufficient oral hygiene. This is because of bacteria build-up on surface of implant leading to inflammation of mucous membrane which surrounds implant called mucositis which if left untreated can lead to peri-implantitis, a more dangerous condition. In this case, there is inflammation and bone loss around implant which leads to loosening of implants.

Other risk factors include poorly aligned bite and trauma to the tooth or jaw.

Conclusion

Today, dental implants are best for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Be careful with your oral hygiene habits after procedure to make it successful. In recent years, India is most sought after destination of medical tourists seeking dental implants due to low cost compared to the Western nations.

Reference:

Dental Implants: What should you know about it?

Dental Implants FAQ

6 reasons to choose dental implant

7 Facts to Help You Make up Your Mind for Dental implants with Dr Tarun Giroti Delhi India

 

9 Ways to Ruin Your Teeth

Overview

You might say a smile is a person’s best asset as it conveys happiness, warmth and confidence. Studies show that smile makes us more attractive. However, the key to a pretty smile is of course a gorgeous set of pearly whites. We are all well educated enough to know that coffee, smoking and red wine is a big culprit for staining those beautiful pearly whites you possess. Sometimes this can be difficult to avoid.

9 Ways to Ruin Your Teeth

But all too often, the very things we do to take care of our smile- brushing, flossing and even rinsing with mouthwash can hurt instead of helping our teeth. Though we can’t promise you a supermodel smile, we can share nine ways that ruin your teeth.

Soda

Sodas can have up to 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving. To add an insult to the injury, sodas contain phosphoric and citric acids that eat away at the tooth enamel. The diet soda drinks let you skip the sugar however they may have even more acid in the form of the artificial sweeteners.

Munching Ice Cubes

You might think ice is harmless as it is natural and sugar free. However munching on hard, frozen cubes can chip or even crack your teeth. If the mindless chomping irritates the soft tissue inside a tooth then regular toothaches may follow. Eating cold foods and hot foods may trigger quick, sharp jabs of pain or a lingering toothache. Next time you get the urge for ice, get some sugarless gum instead.

Baby Bottles at Night

It is never too early to protect your teeth. Giving a baby a bedtime bottle of milk, juice or formula can put the new teeth on a path to decay. The baby may become used to bathing the teeth in sugars overnight and falling asleep with bottle in his or her mouth. So it is best to keep the bottles out of the crib.

Starchy Snacks

Who doesn’t love the nice, satisfying crunch of a potato chips- the starchy snacks. However they are filled with starch that tends to get trapped in your teeth. If you choose to indulge in snacks like these then take extra care while flossing that day to get all the food particles removed as it can lead to plaque build-up.

Coffee

Over time the dark color and acidity of coffee can cause yellowing of the teeth. Fortunately, this is one of the easiest stains to treat with various whitening methods. Talk with your dentist if you are concerned about the discoloration of your teeth.

Grinding Teeth

Teeth grinding or bruxism can wear the teeth down over time. Often this is caused by sleeping habits and stress which makes it hard to control. Avoid hard foods during the day to reduce pain and damage from this habit. Wear a mouth guard at night to prevent the damage caused by grinding while sleeping.

Tongue Piercings

Though tongue piercings are trendy but biting done on the metal stud can crack a tooth. Lip piercings pose a similar risk as the metal rubs against the gums which cause the gum damage which may lead to tooth loss. Since the mouth is a haven for bacteria, piercings raise the risk of infections and sores. With tongue piercing there is a risk of accidental piercing of a large blood vessels causing severe bleeding. So discuss the health risks with your dentist.

Hard Candy

Although hard candy seem harmless but eating too many and the constant exposure to sugar can be harmful for your teeth. They put the teeth at risk not only due to being full of sugar but because they can also be trigger to dental emergency such as a chipped or broken tooth. Chew sugarless gum carrying the ADA seal which is better alternative to hard candy.

Smoking

Cigarettes and other tobacco products can stain teeth causing them to fall out due to gum disease. This can also cause cancer of the lips, mouth and tongue. Think of your smile while looking for one more reason to quit smoking.

Conclusion

Try to cut down on all of the above wherever possible. Brush your teeth around half an hour after you eat any of the above offenders.

 Reference:

Teeth for Two: Oral Health During Pregnanc

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Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth

 

Myths and facts about root canals

Overview:

People will often clench their teeth in nervousness when someone says root canals. But why do the root canals scare people so much? Most people think that the root canal is a very painful treatment. However, with the advancement of dentistry and the dental technologies, the root canal procedures have changed considerably.

The root canal describes the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. Basically, the root canal treatment is basically a surgery done to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During the root canal surgery, the nerve and pulp of the infected tooth are removed and the tooth is cleaned and sealed from inside.

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I wrote this article to make things clear about different types of myths surrounding the root canals and help the people to know the facts and what to expect if they ever need it.

The most common myths and facts about root canals are:

A root canal treatment is a painful procedure

False. A root canal does not cause pain. Instead, the root canals are done to relieve the pain caused by the inflammation of the pulp chamber or the dental infection. The belief that a root canal hurts is a thing of the past because in modern times, it uses anesthesia so this procedure is no more painful that doing a filling. In case, the dental infection is quite severe then the anesthesia may be more difficult to achieve and hence your dentist will prescribe you antibiotics before the root canal treatment. If a root canal seems quite complicated to achieve then your dentist will refer you to an endodontist, a colleague dentist who specializes in root canals.

A root canal removes the pain immediately after the procedure

False. Post a root canal procedure; the patient will feel significant improvement. But it is quite normal for the tooth to be sensitive the first few days post treatment. The use of painkillers can help. Some of you may experience mild pain, especially while chewing and the pain could last for a few weeks. The pain should disappear completely after that time.

Is it possible not to feel any pain at all after a root canal procedure? Absolutely, it is indeed possible and this depends on how complicated the treatment was and whether or not the tooth was infected before the treatment.

It is necessary to take powerful painkillers after a root canal

More or less it is true. The pain experienced by the patient after a root canal treatment is usually caused by the inflammation around the tooth. This pain will only last for a temporary amount of time. Often this inflammation is best treated with the common painkillers such as the anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen i.e. Motrin or Advil or with acetaminophen i.e. Tylenol.

In case of severe pain that continue for months after the root canal procedure has been done, it is recommended to consult your dentist or endodontist to find the possible complications.

Teeth undergoing root canal treatment often need a crown

True. Often the teeth which need a root canal treatment have very big cavities or big fillings. A tooth with a big filling is quite prone to be fractured. For this reason, the dentist will recommend the placement of a post and a crown after the procedure.

Some dentists will place a filling on a tooth right after the root canal procedure has been done. A crown is recommended to make the tooth stronger after the root canal treatment.

Conclusion:

There are a number of different reasons such as an abscess, trauma from previous poorly performed dental procedures, deep cavities, cracked and damaged teeth for which a patient may need a root canal treatment. A root canal is carried out to repair the root of a tooth that has become infected or inflamed.

Root canal surgeries are highly successful, with more than a 95% success rate. Many teeth getting fixed with a root canal can last a lifetime. Since we have seen all the myths and facts about the root canal treatment, I hope that now the myths won’t stop you from getting this effective tooth-saving procedure.

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Oral Hygiene Kit for Travellers

Overview

Did you put away your passport, camera and all the necessary clothing for your next trip? This can be quite stressful because you don’t want to forget anything be it important documents or credit cards and all the money you need to pay for everything. Do not forget to bring what you need to brush your teeth and keep your mouth clean. In this article, I am recommending few oral hygiene items for the travellers so that you can create a perfect kit to keep you smiling throughout your trip.

Dental floss

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Flossing is not only important when at home but also when you are far away from home. In case your trip lasts for a few weeks and if you don’t floss during all that time then you are at higher risk to develop gum diseases and also cavities between your teeth. Hence, it is significant that you always carry the dental floss with you while travelling. It can also be handy for removing the fibrous foods that stuck between your teeth after meal!

Bear in mind that if the spaces between your teeth are tight then waxed floss can be easier to use.

Toothbrush

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Toothbrush has been the basic device for oral hygiene for centuries as it removes most of the food debris and dental plaque. Its cleaning action is well completed when you floss right after. An electric toothbrush can clean your teeth better especially if you have braces on. Also do not forget to put the charger in your luggage along with rest of the stuff. In case you have to buy a new toothbrush during your trip, remember to get a soft or an ultra-soft one.

Toothpaste

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You can always buy toothpaste from wherever you are travelling to. Each supermarket of every country should have a variety of toothpastes to choose from. However, some travellers have preferences in the toothpaste they like, be it the taste or if they want a tooth sensitivity fighter, it is better off to bring your own.

Keep in mind that big tube of over 100 ml toothpaste cannot be kept with you on an airplane, as it has to stay in the checked in luggage.

Sugarless gum

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Sometimes you will eat a snack or you want to try local food but you cannot brush and floss right after. Chew on a sugarless gum for 10 minutes after a meal. This will stimulate the production of saliva in your mouth which is a natural cleaner. It also reduces the acidity of the mouth, making it a less cavity prone environment. However, it does not replace brushing and flossing, instead it is a temporary salutation that makes your breath fresher.

Interdental brush such as the Proxabrush

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If you have braces on your teeth or you have receeding gums then it is a good idea to have an interdental brush always with you. They are small and manufactured by several companies such as Gum for the Proxabrush. Sometimes even a floss or an electric toothbrush doesn’t remove rice or a tiny piece of food stuck in between your tooth and wire, an interdental brush can do wonders in such cases.

Bottom line

Don’t let a dental issue become the lasting memory of your vacation. There is no better way to ensure a healthy mouth before, during and after your holiday than taking care of your teeth just as you do at your home. Remember that while travelling that all of the usual at home rules apply- avoid sugar and no matter what stick with your regular oral hygiene routine. If you splurge on the sweet sugary drinks or make s’mores around campfire then ensure sensible oral hygiene such as drinking lots of water, brushing and flossing to get the sticky stuff off, even chewing gum as these will help to keep teeth in top form. No matter how often you travel, you can always end your day on a minty fresh, healthy note with a little bit of effort. Maintaining dental hygiene on the road can be quite challenging. Therefore carrying the routine on the road is essential to stave off any dental issues down the road.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bridges

Overview:

Dental bridges are made up of natural teeth or implants; it works as a bridge for the gap that is created by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of two of more crowns these anchoring teeth are called as abutment teeth or false teeth or tooth.

Dental bridges last for 5 to 15 years and even longer; with the help of regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene it is likely to have the life span of a fixed bridge to be more than 10 years.

One can get best dental surgeons and clinics at affordable cost in India. The clinics are updated with all the latest techniques and equipments that can be of a great help during the surgery. The surgeons in India are well trained from some of the best institutes in India and abroad. They are very professional and have seen and successfully treated many dental disorders.

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Who are eligible for dental bridges?

People who have lost their teeth naturally or in an accident can be a good candidate for dental bridge. A dental bridge fills the gap which is made by missing teeth. This bridge is made up of two or more crowns these anchoring teeth are called as abutment or false teeth or tooth.

Types of Dental Bridges:

There are three main types of dental bridges:

Cantilever bridges: This type of bridge is not that common and not even recommended anymore. Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.

Traditional bridges: It is a common type of bridge and is made of either ceramics or porcelain fused to metal. This method involves creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth by using a pontic in between.

Maryland bonded bridges: Porcelain or metal wings often on one side of the bridge are bonded to the existing teeth. Maryland bonded bridges is also known as a resin-bonded bridge; it is made up of porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework.

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Advantages of Dental Bridges:

The major advantages of a dental bridge are:

  • One can restore their smile again.
  • One can get back the ability to properly chew their food and speak.
  • A Dental bridge can maintain the shape of the face.
  • It replaces your missing teeth.
  • A dental bridge can prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position.

Disadvantages of Dental Bridges:

The major disadvantages of a dental bridge are:

  • To support the bridge and proper insertion the abutment teeth should be properly prepared.
  • This process includes removing much of the tooth’s original structure even the ones which are structurally healthy and sound.
  • This process includes the loss of large amounts of healthy tooth tissue and sometimes even tooth devitalization and endodontic treatment.

The bottom Line:

A dental bridge is permanent in nature and takes the place of a missing tooth or teeth. This dental bridge is made up of a natural or an artificial implant. Dental bridges can last for maximum 15 years and even longer. This type of dental work can make eating easier as the dental bridge replaces the missing tooth or teeth. One should eat soft food or should have liquid diet until they get used to the dental bridge.

One may face difficulty in speaking clearly when their teeth are missing. Having a dental bridge can help such people to speak properly. The only thing is the dental bridge work should be done properly and by a professional hand.

After having a dental bridge one should keep their remaining teeth healthy and strong because the success of a dental bridge depends on the solid foundation by the teeth surrounding. Flossing and brushing twice a day and also using an antiseptic mouthwash every day will help one to prevent tooth decay and also gum diseases which can further lead to tooth loss. The dentist who have assisted your dental bridge will let you know how to properly floss and brush your teeth. If the precautionary measures are not taught by the dentist one should initiate to ask to explain the precautionary measures after a dental bridge.