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Do you want your children to maintain those healthy gleaming pearly whites as they grow older? Well, who would not want that?

Well, are you ready to learn the ultimate secret in having a perfect set of teeth? Well, brace yourselves for this – it’s plain good old dental hygiene!

Have you ever thought for a moment that there will be some rocket-science revelations in here? Sorry if this disappointed you, but the secret really lies in establishing a good dental routine at an early age (as soon as the first milk tooth appears!).

A baby with good dental hygiene may be able to avoid various dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and abscesses. Mind you, these dental problems are not only painful – they may even require a treatment or two, which can be quite costly as well! Plus, good dental hygiene may have a lasting effect on his or her facial appearance and speech development as well.

Encouraging the Development of Healthy Milk Teeth

Your baby’s teeth start to develop even before he or she is born. When your baby is about 6 to 9 months old, the first tooth (also called milk tooth or deciduous tooth) will normally start to appear.

Take care of your baby’s milk teeth as if they were gold. They will serve as the foundation of how the mature teeth will eventually form.

How Can You Prevent Dental Problems in Babies? Aside from proper brushing and regular dental visits, there are still several things that you can do to make sure that your baby’s or any younger child’s teeth remain healthy. Here are some suggestions that you may find useful:

o Load up on calcium. Make sure that your baby drinks enough milk and starts eating calcium-rich foods when he or she is old enough to do so. This will help ensure proper teeth development and may help maintain good dental health as well.

oSay no to sugar! Steer away from sugar-rich foods and drinks. You may also want to try sugar-free medications whenever possible.

o Minimize contact with sugar – Sugar is not in any way good for your baby’s dental health. However, if it cannot be avoided, try to feed your baby with sugary foods only during mealtimes. It will minimize the amount of time that the sweet foods spend in your child’s mouth and may help lessen the risk of developing dental problems later on.

o Do not add sugar in a baby’s bottle. Sugary drinks in baby’s bottle are an absolute no-no since it can play a significant part in promoting dental decay. When feeding your baby with juice, dilute it first and have him or her take it from a cup.

o Opt for healthy alternatives – Offer your baby some cheese or fruits as snacks between meals. These contain essential nutrients vital for good dental health.

o Children sucking their thumb or fingers should be discouraged from doing so. This is an unhealthy dental habit that can affect the development of your baby’s teeth.

o Try to avoid using dummies (also known as pacifiers). These can also affect your baby’s teeth. And please, if you are going to use them anyway, don’t dip them in honey or fruit juices! That will do twice the damage!

Source by Michael Russell

Dental schools teach dental students to be competent dentists. Upon graduation dentists must pass a comprehensive written and practical examination process in order to demonstrate their ability to practice dentistry. The state or region of the country issuing the license to practice dentistry pass only those individuals they deem worthy. Every two years, a dentist must accumulate a certain number of hours of continuing education to maintain an active license. Participation is not monitored specifically. However, when a dentist's license comes up for renewal they are asked how many hours of continuing education they gathered in the previous time period. It is on the honor system for the most part. If the licensing board ever asks for proof of course attendance, it then becomes the licensee's responsibility to provide proof of attendance.

As an incentive to stay "connected" students are autoenrolled as members in the American Dental Association. Attached to this membership is a concurrent membership in their individual state or region's dental association. Additionally, there is enrollment in their local county or area dental society. These groups offer various benefits to belonging, including, but not limited to provided accessible continuing education to maintain one's license. But continuing education is readily accessible to dentists from outside sources.

If you look at the credentials that many dentists list in their arsenal of self-promotion you will see their membership in the above associations and societies. You will also see a myriad of varying acronyms, initials, and other accreditations they have garnered over their careers. Some of these listings take years of study and passing a test to earn. Some require participation in courses to maintain membership. Most require only a current account and a processed payment to maintain active membership status. Among these in the latter category are the American Dental Association and there state / regional, and local area society counterparts.

Most dentists belong to the local dental society, state, and national dental associations when they graduate dental school. As time goes on and practicing dentists gain experience, many choose to distance themselves from these organizations for one reason or another. Some believe these groups have agendas that do not benefit them as an individual practitioner. Others believe in a fundamental ideology that differs from those of the group. There are others that feel they are not properly represented by the groups and wish to be viewed as an individual.

One example is some dentists do not think silver, mercury fillings should be put in people's mouths for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is they ugly. The American Dental Association believes these fillings are a perfectly valid form of treatment and stand behind these fillings 100%. This reason alone alienates many dentists that wish to practice modern dentistry with the backing of the association. Though this is only one example, similar stances can be seen with types of crowns, orthodontics, root canals, implants, etc.

Dentists do not have to belong to the local dental society, state dental association, American Dental Association, or any other dental group in order to practice dentistry. The decision to belong is a personal one and can be based on a fundamental belief system or it can be simply a financial decision. The cost to belong to the American Dental Association and the other counterparts is a group decision. You cannot belong to one without belonging to the others. The cost is in the thousands annually. If the dentist prefers to use that money for other purposes, it is the decision they are free to make.

Should this quesiton open a dialogue with your dentist one way or the other to get their point of view? You decide what's best for you, but I suggest you discuss it with your dental care provider. Choosing a practitioner based on whether or not they are a member of a particular group is not recommended. A better way to choose would be to find out why they made the decision they did and to feel comfortable with the explanation.

Source by Jeff Bueno

Who said theme parties are just for kids?

I've picked out the most popular party themes for adults, sure to bring out the "kid" in you. If you are looking to host a party that is sure to go over well, check out the tried-and-true party ideas below.

Hawaiian Luau Party

Welcome each guest with an "aloha" and a kiss on the cheek. Hand a lei to all guests, and a silk flower for the women to put in their hair. Think balmy and exotic! Bright and colorful is sure to set a tropical ambiance.

The best drinks include Margaritas, Mai Tais, Pina Coladas, Bahama Mamas, and Frozen Daiquiris. Be sure to have Hawaiian punch on hand for the non-alcoholic set as well as water for all. Be sure to have a limbo contest to see "how low can you go" and a hula contest for great fun.

Wine Tasting Party

A wine tasting party doesn't have to be reserved for the well-versed wine connoisseur. Get your friends together for an informal potluck party, with each guest bringing his / her favorite wine. Food should be simple appetizers as well as cheese and bread. Provide index cards for guests to rate their favorites.

Bunco Party Theme

Bunco is a great game is rapidly taking over in our living rooms. It's not your grandmother's canasta game! Bunco allows for regular get-togethers with family, friends, and neighbors as you can meet on a monthly basis, while rotating hosts. It's fast paced and gets you mixing with all players (usually 12) as you rotate from table to table.

Fortune Telling Theme

I see a fun theme party in your future …

A gypsy type garb is perfect for a fortune telling party. Complete your outfit with scarves, lots of bangle type bracelets, and hoop earrings. Have a least one table with a crystal ball. If you can't find one, you can always use a large snow globe of some kind.

Other great games include a Ouija board and Magic Eight ball.

Mexican Fiesta

Go "South of the border" for a festive theme party. Great decorations include inflatable cactus, chili peppers, boots, and sombreros. The signature drinks for a fiesta party are margaritas and Corona beer. Be sure to play plenty of fiesta music as you shake your maracas!

Casino / Las Vegas Night

The central theme is friendly gambling- either for prizes or just for fun. The most popular games tend to be blackjack and poker. For the non-gambling type, include simple games like bingo and other popular card games.

Give each guest poker chips, play money, and dice when they arrive. Great decorations include hanging fuzzy dice and lots of black and red balloons. For a Las Vegas style nightlife effect, add plenty of glow products.

Decade Party (50's, 60's, 70's, 80's)

Decade theme parties are extremely popular and can be also be used for themed birthday parties as well. Guests have lots of fun dressing in outfits from their high school and college days.

Flowered pants, peace signs, and John Lennon glasses are great for a 60's theme.

Bell-bottom Levi's or Wranglers are great for that 70's party- or go all out with your leisure suit.

Punk wigs, mezpahs, and jelly bracelets are great for a retro 80's look.

Dinner Party

There are many options for putting together a great dinner party. Depending on your own style, the dinner party can range from casual and entertaining, to gourmet and polished. The three most popular types of dinner parties tend to be dessert, cocktail, or international food themed.

For a more casual party, use a potluck style. Guest can bring along a dish of their choice. This can be a full course American meal or international cuisine. You can choose to be dessert or cocktail party specific.

Magic Theme Party

Planning a magic party doesn't have to be "tricky" after all. Go all out with your black top hat and magic wand as you get your guests to learn simple card tricks. Tricks can range from easy to more special effects.

Great decorations include hanging black top hats and lots of black and red balloons. For a magical effect, add plenty of glow products.

Western Theme Party

Think rustic and hearty!

Old lanterns, jugs, and bales of hay make great decorations. You can also use kerosene lamps and washtubs as accents. A game of horseshoes next to a roaring bonfire is a great activity for socializing. Sing-along western songs can liven up the bunch, and karaoke takes cowboy tunes to a new dimension. Games to play can include competitions in roping, or using a lasso to catch an object.

I hope these ideas helped spark some ideas for your upcoming theme party. Have a sensational celebration!

Source by Dee Schrock

In 1987, federal legislation Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA-87) was passed by Congress to improve the nursing and nursing-related cares in nursing homes. The legislation requires nursing homes to employ nurse aides who are trained and evaluated through state Nurse Aide training and Evaluation Program (NATCEP). The federal requirements included 75 hours training program which contains classroom instruction, lab training and16 hour's clinical hands-on experience in an approved facility, and a Written / Oral Test and Skill Test. The training program also requires inclusion of minimum OBRA required education requirements. Nurse Aides meeting federal requisites are awarded a CNA Certification and registered with the state Nurse Aide Registry.

In the state of Michigan, the State Department of Community Health has been entrusted the responsibility to develop a state CNA program that includes minimum OBRA requirements and accordingly, Michigan Nurse Aide Training Curriculum, 1989, was designed to train nurse assistants in direct patient cares. The complete duration of state approved NATP is federal legislation required 75 hours, divided between 34 hours class / 16.5 hours lab and 24.5 hours clinical training. The administration of the state training program is the responsibility of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Health Professions.

The Department has assigned a nationally recognized test agency Prometric to develop, manage and administer state competency evaluation test (CEP) and maintain MI Nurse Aide Registry to list certified nurse assistants holding CNA Certification in Michigan.

Once the students have successfully completed nurse CNA Training program, they must appear and pass Witten Test and Clinical Test. The successful candidates are awarded a CNA Certification in Michigan by Prometric and listed with the state Nurse Aide Registry which also allows them to perform health-related tasks in Medicare and Medicaid approved facilities and long term care facilities.

The testing process requires completing a Michigan Competency Evaluation Registration Form and submitting it to Prometric with a copy of CNA program completion certificate. The applicant applying for a CEP must submit the documents within one year of completing his / her training program.

If the submitted documents meet the testing contractor's own requirements, the applicant is sent an Authorization to Test (ATT) and a list of MI testing sites. On receiving the ATT and testing site list, the candidate can call the testing center where he / she wants the test to be scheduled and fix an appointment to test. The ATT is applicable for one year and the candidate must pass the CEP during that period for a CNA Certification in Michigan. The examinees are offered three chances to pass the test and if they fail to pass in three attempts they will have to recomplete the training program once again.

The successful candidate is awarded a CNA Certification in Michigan, which is valid for two years and must be renewed before it expires.

Source by Subodh Maheshwari

From earliest times people have tried to keep their teeth clean. Why they felt this was important may not be clear, since they lacked the knowledge we have today about dental health and its potential to affect the general health and well-being of a person. In any case, we know that they chewed twigs until they were soft enough to function as little brushes that they could then rub against their teeth. Our ancestors also used chew sticks, feathers, porcupine quills, and animal bones. We've come a long way since those early days, but, unfortunately, poor dental care still results in one third of all tooth loss in America. Regardless of what part of the country you call home, Detroit, Denver, or Dallas, plaque and tartar are at work destroying teeth and gums at an alarming rate.

Cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease all have their origin in poor dental health care. Your dentist wants to see you at least twice a year for a good cleaning. This will involve scaling your teeth, debridement if tartar has built up, polishing them for a nice look and feel, and a fluoride treatment to prevent the beginning and growth of cavities. In addition to his good care there are several things you can do at home to keep your mouth healthy and clean.

We all know that we should brush our teeth at least twice a day. A third time after lunch is also permissible, but no more. We have also been told we need to floss to get plaque and food particles from between the teeth. More recently, dentists are suggesting that for good dental health, we should try interdental brushing instead of flossing. These little brushes are not as hard on the gums and move easily between the teeth. You should use them before you do your actual tooth brushing so that any debris will be moved totally away from your teeth. Some dentists also recommend gently massaging your gums with the bristles of your very soft toothbrush.

Oral irrigation continues to be a great supplement to good dental health. Shooting a stream of water into the mouth will drive it deeper into the gum line than flossing can go. The stream is powerful enough to remove plaque and tartar, and your gums get that massaging that is so good for them. Today there are many excellent dental aides to keeping your teeth and gums in their best possible condition. We no longer need to rely on twigs, and I, for one, am very grateful.

Source by Rick Swanson

For those who cannot afford high-cost dental treatment, there are a number of avenues open for them in New York. Various dental plans and community services are in operation so that the poor are not deprived of necessary treatment.

Take for instance the NYU College of Dentistry. The college provides nearly 230,000 visits annually to the most multiethnic, multicultural and desperately poor patient population in the United States. They include a large numbers of Medicaid recipients who account for approximately 60,000 patient visits annually. Many other patients are treated free of charge because they are unable to pay for care, uninsured, or ineligible for Medicaid. The College provides more than $ 30 million annually in free care.

There are a few thousand network dentists participating in different dental plans in New York. There are also clinics that provide free or cheap treatment to those who cannot afford expensive treatment.

Lutheran Medical Center Dental, New York City Technical College, New York University David B. Kriser Dental Center, and Sunset Pediatric Dentistry are some of the places where dental treatment can be received at a low cost.

Moreover, there are a number of dental plans that offer poor patients an opportunity to receive treatment at a low price. Some of them are Aetna Dental Access, GE Wellness Plan, Patriot Plan, and UNI-CARE 200.

Some of these plans are not dental insurance policies and they do not pay directly to the providers of dental services. The plan member is obligated to pay the dentist for all dental care services that he or she receives. But the member will receive a pre-negotiated discount from the dentists listed as providers in the network, in accordance with the specific pre-negotiated discounted fee schedule.

Source by Jennifer Bailey

Do you have a missing tooth? The impact of missing teeth goes far beyond aesthetics. If you're considering dental implants for those gaps, now is the best time to seek an implant dentist.

The real cost of missing teeth

The most obvious impact of lacking pearly whites is the effect they have on the appearance of a person. Our looks affect the way we feel. Lack of pearly whites therefore have profound social and psychological effects. Many people with missing teeth are self-conscious, especially when it comes to smiling or laughing.

The impact of having no teeth is far reaching where dental health is concerned. The loss of pearly whites affects the jaw bone. This is because stimulation is required to maintain and improve the density of the jaw bone. Therefore, a person who has lost teeth is likely to suffer loss in jaw bone width over time.

The effects go even further if the bone loss is not arrested. If the loss continues, it will cause a change in the shape of the person's face. This will eventually result in the partial collapse of the face.

Some people are only concerned about the loss of pearly whites in parts of the mouth that are easily noticeable such as the front. However, loss of teeth at the back of the mouth results in a change in bite. This is because they provide vertical support for the face. If they are not there, they will cause the front pearly whites to be crushed together.

Best solution

The best way to solve the issues caused by lost pearly whites is to replace them. This is what dental implants were designed to do. They replace the roots of the missing tooth. They consist of a rod made of titanium that is inserted into the jaw bone. The jawbone eventually grows around the titanium rod and holds it in place. This rod acts as the root and provides support to a tooth replica that is screwed to the top.

What to expect

When you approach an implant dentist for implants, they will examine your mouth to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. This will involve x-rays to see the density of your jaw bone.

If you are cleared for the procedure, you will be provided with a plan outlining the suggested procedure. If you approve the plan, the dentist will proceed with the surgical insertion of the implants. Once you have healed from the surgery, the false teeth can be fitted and inserted.

Source by Dr Curt Ringhofer

Let me ask you, if you were talking to someone did their smile turn you off by their stained yellow teeth? On the other hand if their teeth are bright white did you feel envious wishing that your teeth could look like that.

What if you find yourself in that position would you opt for affordable teeth whitening or would you rather get the best teeth whitening results?

As you read this article you can learn what is best for you affordability or lasting results. You will also learn:

1. Since you brush regularly and even use whitening toothpaste why do your teeth still have that stained look.

2. Which would be the best option for you go to a dentist to have your teeth whitened or use one of the popular over the counter products?

3. Also we will discuss the cost of each option to help you in your decision-making process.

Do you use whitening toothpaste regularly and still have a stained look?

Through the years the consumption of the foods we eat cause discoloration of our teeth. But the big culprits that stain our teeth such as coffee and cigarettes just keep piling on the stains layer after layer.

While brushing and rinsing does help some but it will not get rid of all of the stains because some of it has actually seeped into the tooth enamel. This makes it impossible to remove without whitening agents and possibly bleaching.

Should I choose use an over the counter product or use the dentist for teeth whitening?

If you are looking for affordable teeth whitening there is certainly no shortage of over the counter tooth whitening products to choose from. They can range from whitening toothpaste, rinses, strips and gels.

While the strips and gels work better than the toothpaste and rinses all will take a period of time to get results.

To get the best teeth whitening results you may consider using a dentist for your teeth whitening. This is because the possible use of lasers in combination with the whitening products can give you much faster and longer lasting results.

Is cost is a factor when choosing over the counter products or a dentist for teeth whitening?

Of course a tube of whitening toothpaste or a whitening rinse cost only a few dollars but bottom line how good is your end result going to be.

The most effective products you can purchase in the store are the strips or gels and should run you under a $ 100 for a full course of treatment.

One of the advantages of using a dentist for teeth whitening is that some pre-existing dental conditions should avoid whitening because it can hurt the tooth enamel. This is good to know especially it you are going to use over the counter products.

It is hard to pin down the actual cost of using the dentist to do your whitening depending on which level of procedure you choose but a good professional teeth whitening cost should average about $ 600.

So what is the best choice to get your teeth white get an over the counter product or choose a dentist. It's going to be more expensive to go to the dentist but you have probably heard of the old saying you get what you pay for.

There are some affordable options available if you would like to go to the dentist to get your teeth whitened. Have you ever heard of a dental discount plan? You should take a look at it. It is a very affordable dental plan for both individuals and families.

As you keep reading you can find out what this affordable plan is all about.

Source by Ivy Creel

Many patients fail to see a dentist when they have an aching tooth because they are scared or simply can't afford to pay for any costly dental procedures. What if you knew that decayed tooth could be deadly. Would you get it fixed immediately? Tragically, one mother discovered the truth the hard way after her twelve-year-old son died after failing to receive the proper treatment in time.

An Unnecessary Death

The Maryland boy died when the infection from his tooth subsequently entered his brain. Doctors performed numerous surgeries on the boy, but were unable to save him. The tragic event occurred because his mother was too poor to pay for dental care and could not travel the three hours to find a dentist to treat him. Instead of the treatment costing Medicaid $ 80, the entire event is estimated to have cost well over $ 250,000 in addition to the loss of an innocent life.

What Is A Dental Abscess?

When the pulp inside a tooth becomes damaged or diseased and dies, it becomes infected from toxic bacteria. It becomes painful and fills with toxic pus as it becomes increasingly inflamed. If the patient fails to seek treatment, this infection begins to spread, affecting the root and the jawbone as it continues to carry on throughout the body. The pain continues to increase, but the patient also begins to experience swollen glands, discomfort, red swollen jaws and gums, and possibly draining.

Tooth abscesses are classified into one of three categories. The most extensive of the three is the one that affects the bones, tissues, and other areas of the mouth, which is called a periodontal abscess. The second, called a periapical abscess, begins in the tooth's pulp. Lastly is a gingival abscess that starts in the gums.

Treatments For Tooth Abscesses

The first step in the process to eliminate the infection requires a dentist performing a root canal. The damaged tissue and infection is drained and the pain eases. Afterwards, a crown can be installed over the damaged tooth to help gain back a healthy smile. The dental professional may also pull the tooth or cut the gums in order to drain off the infection. Finally, the patient will be given painkillers to help ease the pain and discomfort associated with this problem. If you fail to seek treatment early enough, this infection continues to worsen until it enters your brain causing death.

Tooth decay might seem minor, but it can get ugly very quickly. Regular visits to the dentist is one of the sure fire ways to identify dental problems and get them treated before it is too late. Failing to do so can cause the treatment costs to balloon out of control, further degrading the situation and putting your life at risk. If you are going to be afraid of something, consider being less frightened by the pain and keep the story of the twelve-year-old Maryland boy fresh in your mind.

Source by Chris A. Harmen

Finding the best dental implants prices is not that hard. If your dentist has referred you to a place that has quoted you a price in the thousands of dollar ranges, then read this article and save $ 1000 or more!

Imagine saving $ 1000 for reading a article! Well that is the promise, and I aim to deliver!

Let us begin!

The first way to save is to have options. When you consider that often people will be referred by the local dentist to a specialist, you will discover that you have been given a place that is expensive. Why? Because the dentist often gets a referral commission, so it makes sense to include premium places!

However, you don't have to pay the high prices, and there are some great options out there. For example, dental implants prices can actually be very expensive, and result in prices as high as $ 5,000 or more! This is high prices, and you need some great solutions. Luckily they can be found with some research!

The first thing that you will want to do, is to pick up a Yellow Pages and look for any advertisements for dentists offering treatment. Some may even show a rough dental implants price. The result is that it makes life easier in research, but remember that these prices are rough guides, and it all depends on the gum where the tooth is, and other factors.

I have found that the internet is the next best place to research, and you can find some amazing things! Taking the time to research is essential. I have found this method to be quicker, and can result in big savings.

Imagine saving thousands! Well it is possible when you find dental implants prices online. Take time to do the research, and you can find some amazing dental implants prices.

First and foremost, remember to look at the location, and factor in any travel costs, as well as any accommodation costs.

Remember that many places will need you to make several visits, so this can work out more expensive than at first thought. However, with the right kind of research, you can find many options, and the result is that you generally can make enough savings that still result in savings, even though you needed to factor in travel costs, and accommodation costs!

With all this, you can find the best prices possible!

Source by Sarah Reddingworth

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