Friday, July 11, 2008
Getting a nice tan may be tempting but care should be taken when lying in the path of the sun's rays. The severity of a sunburn depends on several factors including skin type and time of day. Some medications can actually make your skin more sensitive so check the label and ask your doctor.
The hours of 10:00am to 3:00pm are when the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays are the strongest. Try to avoid excessive exposure during this time.
Choose the Right SunScreen
Use a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF). A minimum SPF of 30 is recommended. The higher the SPF, the more you will be protected. Remember to also apply sunscreen clothed skin since UV ray can penetrate most fabrics.
Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect the top of your head and eyes. Unprotected eyes are more susceptible to cataracts later in life.
Enjoy the Sun but continue to do the right things to protect your Skin..
To Your Health and Success ~~
Julia Gray, Licensed Practical Nurse
Proud Member My VM Team, My VMTeam Majic
Contributing Information from Healthy Tips Calendar 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Recent studies show that there may be a link between bad oral health and other problems such as heart disease and diabetes. You can prevent these problems by making sure that your teeth and gums are at their healthiest.
Oral Health To Do's
- Brush at least once a day (more if needed) for a minimum of 30 seconds to 1 minute using a soft bristle toothbrush. Make sure the brush is a size and shape that will easily allow you to reach your back teeth.
- Floss when you brush. When you don't floss you are missing one third of your tooth surface.
Your teeth and gums depend on the nutrients that come from healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Practicing good oral health includes eating a well balanced diet and getting regular dental check-ups every 3-6 months depending on the status of your oral health.
Also, quitting smoking is not just good for your lungs, it's good for your mouth as well. Tobacco is a major cause of gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss and oral cancer.
Close to Home and Personal
After visiting my dentist the other day - I learned that I have Periodontal Disease - Oh Wow!- Now, I am a nurse but I am not up to snuff in dental matters!!....After a very interesting conversation with my hygienist and dentist I felt compelled to alert others of the importance of paying attention to your oral health and of the risk, prevention and treatment of Periodontal Disease.
Periodontal Disease -- Are You at Risk~~~
Periodontal disease: Symptoms
Symptoms of early-stage periodontal disease (gingivitis) don't include pain and perhaps only involve some slight bleeding after brushing. In later stages (when other tissues supporting the teeth — and the gums — are affected), there may be pus between the teeth and receding of the gums.
Find out more about periodontal disease symptoms
Periodontal disease: Treatment
Removing tartar and plaque from tooth surfaces is the primary treatment for periodontal disease. For more serious cases, there are surgical options or bone grafting.
Get the facts on treating periodontal disease
Keep your mouth healthy with regular checkups and pro-active dental care (on your part).
To Your Health and Success!!
Keep Smiling :)
Miss Julia, Licensed Practical Nurse
Proud Member MyVMTeam ~~~MyVMTeamMajic
Information from Healthy Tips Calendar 2008 ; Internet Article Revolution Health (Periodontal Disease)