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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

Bad Habits That Promote Cavities

by Sophie Craig

If you experience tooth pain when chewing on food or if you are eating hot and cold temperatures, you know you have a cavity. While cavities are easy to treat by getting a filling at a place like Empire Dental Associates, the best thing to do for proper oral health is to prevent them. There are some bad habits that actually increase your risk for cavities, which you can avoid. Here are some bad habits to try not to do.

Crunching on Ice

This may seem completely harmless since ice is just frozen water, but the crunching and hard surface of ice can damage your teeth. Over time, the edges of ice cubes when chewed on can cause fracturing of your teeth. When this occurs, there are very small cracks in the enamel, which lets bacteria and plaque get into the tooth. This can cause a cavity that was otherwise avoided.

Using Your Teeth as Tools

Another bad habit that causes cavities due to the damage of your teeth is using your teeth as tools. Stop using your tooth to tear open packages or open bottles. While they seem very strong, they can eventually fracture if they're used for these types of activities often. The damage can lead to a cavity when bacteria gets into the fractures, just like when you're chewing on ice.

Consuming Large Amounts of Sugar

Sugar can disastrous to your teeth because it promotes cavities by combining with bacteria already in your mouth. This includes foods and drinks, from candy and cake, to sugary sodas and juice drinks. When sugar hits your teeth, it actually helps bacteria to turn to plaque at a rapid pace. Reducing your sugar content can help you reduce your risk of getting cavities. If you are going to drink a sugary beverage, use a straw so that the majority of the liquid does not hit your teeth's enamel.

Poor Dental Hygiene

This may come as no surprise, but it bears repeating. You must brush and floss your teeth every day. Getting into the habit of only brushing your teeth once a day or flossing occasionally is a habit to break now. Poor dental hygiene increases the bacteria and plaque in your teeth, which can then lead to cavities. Make it a part of your morning and night routine to brush and floss your teeth. If you know you have little time in the morning before work, start setting your alarm 15 minutes early so there are no excuses. You will be glad when you're not getting extensive dental work just by brushing and flossing regularly.