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Drug Interactions: Keep a List of All Medications You Take

I am on several medications that I take daily for a variety of health problems. I am on so many medications off and on that it is sometimes hard to remember them all. One day, I was visiting a new specialist, and I forgot to write down one of my current medications on the new patient form. I was given a prescription, and just after he wrote it I remembered the medication I forgot and told him. He said it was a good thing I remembered when I did, because the new prescription he was going to give me would have interacted with it. I now keep a current list of all medications I am on that I update every time there is a change. I created this blog to encourage others to make lists of their own to keep handy, because some medication interactions can be deadly.

Drug Interactions: Keep a List of All Medications You Take

2 Ways A Dentist Can Fix Stained Teeth Issues

by Sophie Craig

If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look due to stains or discoloration, you may be considering having something done to fix the problems. To achieve the best results, you will want to see dentists in your local area to find out what treatment options will be best for your situation. Listed below are some of the ways a dentist can help you in dealing with stains to your teeth.

Making Treatment Decisions

During your visit to the dentist's office, your dentist will generally conduct a visual examination and possibly x-rays of your teeth. This will help the dentist in determining the cause of your staining issues and the health of your teeth.

Most dental stains are due to consumption of items like coffee, tea or wine. Professional strength whitening products will generally be useful for these staining problems. If you have other issues, such as stains from medications, root canal treatments or large resin fillings, an alternate form of treatment, such as dental veneers may be needed to cover the issues with your teeth.

The Use of Teeth Whitening Products to Remove Stains

In most cases, your dentist will recommend teeth whitening using a bleaching agent, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These products are applied directly to the surface of the teeth. Once activated, they will work their way into the pores of the teeth and begin to destroy the particles there that are causing your teeth to look stained or discolored.

Many times the dentist will choose to perform whitening treatments in their dental office. This can be an effective way to have the treatment done. However, it does require being in the office for a period of time. Since many people may be unable to schedule this during their day, some dentists offer patients whitening kits to use at home. Kits contain whitening products of the same strength as a dentist uses. This type of treatment is generally done regularly over a period of days.

Using Dental Veneers to Cover Stains

If the dentist has determined your dental issues will need to be covered rather than bleached away, dental veneers will generally be used. This type of treatment entails the use of porcelain shells that are custom fitted to cover the stained tooth. This veneer or shell is permanently affixed to your tooth with dental cement.

Most veneers are made of a translucent porcelain material. The porcelain is mixed to match the color of your teeth. This helps in allowing the veneers to blend in with your other teeth. This can help to keep your teeth looking natural.

If you have stains or discolored areas of your teeth, seeing a dentist in your area can be a good way to resolve your issues. A dentist will be able to evaluate and treat your issues in a quick and efficient manner. 

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