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Top 9 Teeth Whitening Myths Busted and Common Questions Answered

Myth 1 – Teeth Whitening ruins your tooth enamel

Not generally true! Professional Teeth Whitening product suppliers mostly use Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide as the active ingredients in their tooth whitener gels. The chemical Hydrogen Peroxide (HO) is a bleaching agent which converts into water (HO) and releases an Oxygen molecule (O) in the process of the chemical reaction. Both Water and Oxygen are common, safe components of our everyday lives.

The Oxygen particles penetrate the rough surface of your tooth (even though they appear smooth, they are microscopically rough, rod like crystal structures) and dislodge staining particles. I like to explain this by imagining the TV commercials which show how a clothes washing powder with oxygen lifts stains from your clothing.

The “bleach” Hydrogen Peroxide is not the same as household bleach containing ammonia, or other low-end, acid based tooth whitening products, and can be swallowed, within limits. In fact our own bodies produce Hydrogen Peroxide naturally!

Acidic products can remove enamel from your teeth. Look for teeth whitening products using Hydrogen Peroxide which is pH balanced, meaning they have no, or low acidity levels. Putting acidity into perspective, you should be aware that everyday Orange Juice is shown in lab studies to soften (and potentially erode) tooth enamel by many times more than a professional hydrogen peroxide based tooth whitening gel could, if used correctly.

Myth 2 – Teeth Whitening is not Safe

Not true! Cosmetic Teeth Bleaching with Hydrogen Peroxide has been in use for 100 years. Most recognized dental bodies worldwide endorse tooth bleaching as a generally safe practice, when simple safety steps are followed. Any professional supplier of teeth whitening products will include adequate instructions for the safe use of their product.

Safety vs Risk with tooth whitening is generally centred on 2 main issues: Exposure of the gel to the gums and soft tissue of the mouth or lips, and tooth sensitivity. Both can be minimized by using professional products and minimizing the amount of time the bleaching gel is exposed to the gums or teeth.

As with any cosmetic procedure, there are potential risks. Thankfully with professional teeth whitening any side effects experienced are temporary and are not permanent. As with most cosmetic procedures, you may have to endure some discomfort to look better. Sometimes I call this “Vain Pain”.

Myth 3 – All whitening Gel is the same

Not true! Of the two major professional gel options, there is Carbamide Peroxide and Hydrogen Peroxide. Both produce the same active ingredient Hydrogen Peroxide, but Carbamide Peroxide acts SLOWER on the teeth and is recommended for use only with an Accelerator Light (I will talk about that later) or for overnight use. Carbamide Peroxide concentrations contains roughly 1/3 of the active ingredient, Hydrogen Peroxide. As an example, 35% Carbamide Peroxide is roughly equal to 12% Hydrogen Peroxide.

Because Hydrogen Peroxide is an unstable chemical which reacts immediately, it is more expensive to produce. Many vendors offer only Carbamide Peroxide based products as a …

HIPAA Law Protects Against Improper Disclosure of Health Information by Health Care Providers

In June 2009, a 22-year-old Honolulu mother of three young children was sentenced to a year in prison for illegally accessing another woman’s medical records and posting on a MySpace page that she had HIV.

The State of Hawaii brought charges against the woman under a state statute criminalizing the unauthorized access to a computer; and which categorized the conduct of the defendant as a class B felony.

According to accounts of the incidents that led to the woman’s conviction, there was a feud between the victim and the victim’s sister-in-law, a friend of the defendant. The defendant, who worked as a patient service representative at the hospital where the victim was a patient, accessed the computer for the victim’s sister-in-law.

Over the course of approximately ten months, the defendant accessed the patient’s medical records three times through a computer. After she learned of the victim’s medical condition, the defendant posted on her MySpace page that the victim had HIV. In a second posting, she said the victim was dying of AIDS.

The victim complained to hospital officials of the unauthorized access. After an internal investigation the hospital terminated the defendant’s employment.

The defendant’s conduct, of course, was egregious and inexcusable. The one-year jail term handed down by the Court exceeded the term recommended by the prosecutor. Nevertheless, beyond the issue of holding the defendant accountable for her actions some may question to what extent the hospital should bear responsibility for the breaches of confidentiality that occurred.

Federal law imposes statutory burdens on health care providers to protect against the improper use or disclosure of private health information and to reasonably limit uses and disclosures to the minimum necessary to accomplish their intended purpose.

Specifically, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996’s (“HIPAA”) privacy regulations became effective on April 14, 2003. HIPAA is intended to protect consumers’ health information, allow consumers greater access and control to such information, enhance health care, and finally to create a national framework for health privacy protection. HIPAA covers health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain financial and administrative transactions electronically.

In addition to the privacy regulations, HIPAA’s security rules became effective on April 21, 2005. Together the privacy and security regulations are the only national set of regulations that governs the use and disclosure of private, confidential and sensitive information.

Under HIPAA’s Security Rule, the standards for the protection of electronic information covered by HIPAA are divided into three groups: Administrative safeguards, Physical safeguards and Technical safeguards.

A couple of the most significant required safeguards under HIPAA are the Administrative “Sanction Policy” and “Security Awareness Training” safeguards.

The sanction policy standard requires a communication to all employees regarding the disciplinary action that will be taken by the covered entity for violations of HIPAA. The sanction policy should have a notice of civil or criminal penalties for misuses or misappropriation of health information and make employees aware that violations may result in notification to law enforcement officials …

3 Ways Patient Reviews From Practice Management Software Could Be Harmful to Your Practice Growth

I recommend these software packages (such as Demand Force, Solution Reach and so on) a lot to my clients because they can automate everything and fill up those schedules. However, if you use software like that, beware of the little known issues that may come up with regards to patient reviews:

1) They are not visible to new patients .

The software bundles the reviews on a separate page which can link to your website or from their own platform. It looks great, however, a patient has to go hunting for them on your website. That collects two things: a) they can find them easily once on your website before they get bored and leave (you have only a few seconds for them to find what they want). And b) They are already ON your website.

Only Google reviews stand prominent in the path of the new patient searching for a dentist. If you do not have enough Google reviews then you are not giving the prospect new patient enough incentive to actually click onto your site. With all the clutter in this New Economy, you have to fight for every patient "action".

2) They are not as trusted because they are not public facing .

These software packages a lot of times want to placate the dentist. It looks great to have 3,000 5 star reviews on your Demand Force page, but new patients may not trust that at all. Especially when every dentist has a similar profile and it's on your own website which you control.

People trust Google reviews because they trust Google, they are public facing and anyone can go on there and write a good or bad review. They have more "psychological weight". So the 39 4.8 star review you have on Google might get more attention from people than your 14,450 5 star review on your website (if they are even able to find it).

3) Automated Google review collection :

Beware this issue – it could leave you with many, really bad negative Google reviews.

The same software packages can automate the sending of people to Google to write a review. Here's the problem: for some, writing a bad review is a cathartic experience that has nothing to do with you. They might have had a bad day and want to leave one so they have "yelled at someone" without yelling at someone.

And while you might not have any now, I've seen them hold onto that link for over a year (it's in their email) and one day you piss them off and they go write it. Bad news is spread at least 7x faster and more trusted than good news.

Then you have this problem where a bunch of negative reviews are left as "most recent" and that's the first impression a new patient gets when going through your Google reviews. Also, it's very hard to get rid of negative reviews even if they are libelous.

Here's where those special pages …

Medicine For The Body Electric

Everyone's talking about energy! Not just the energy that we use to fuel our cars, wash clothes, or turn on the lights, but the energy that makes up all of matter, including you and me. In the most literal way, we are beings of energy – beings of light. All of the 'stuff' of the universe is energy, and this energy moves or vibrates at different frequencies. Our energetic frequency is as unique as our fingerprint. Also, every part of our bodies has a specific energetic vibration. When this vibration is altered or disrupted, that part of the body can not function properly. That's where energy medicine comes in.

Energetic medicine has been around in one form or another for thousands of years, and is once more gaining in popularity for two reasons.

First, it works! And it works on the most fundamental level of health and being: our energy field.
Second, energetic medicine is now validated by science. Quantum physics has finally confirmed that we are energy beings, and do indeed inhabit a universe made up of energy. What's more, we can directly and intentionally affect this energy. In fact, we do it all the time without even being aware of it.

This ability to affect energy fields is the fundamental principle of energy medicine, a rapidly growing approach to health that 'tunes into', manipulates and balances the body's energy field in order to identify and correct problems. It does this by restoring the right energy balance, allowing the body to return to health naturally and gently.

Why do we become ill in the first place? Every life form is surrounded by an energy field that moves around and through the body. Normally, this field is quite resilient and able to deal with the many fluctuations that are part of everyday life: toxins in our food and environment, bacteria, fungus, exhaustion, stress, poor diet etc. However, if there are too many disturbances, or if they do not let up, the body and its energy field may no longer cope. The energy in certain parts of the body can become depleted, blocked or 'tainted', and we become ill.

Health problems show up in the energy field before they materialize in the body, and can be detected by the energetic practitioner before the person experiences physical symptoms. By the time the symptoms appear, the disease or illness is already something developed. That's why it is extremely beneficial to engage in some sort of regular energy-balancing practice, such as Qi Gong, meditation, T'ai Chi or Yoga, as these bring the energy into harmony, thereby helping to prevent disease.

The most effective health solution of all, of course, is prevention. That is why most energy healers strongly encourage clients to be pro-active in maintaining and maintaining continuing good health. One way to do this is to be self-aware.

You are the best person to judge when things are going out of balance. You start feeling stressed, less patient, irritable. You lose your enthusiasm, …

The 10 Components of Fitness

Fitness is a concept that is vastly misunderstood and each individual has his / her own way of defending it.

What most people do not know is that there are 10 components / elements / facets that make up the state of "Fitness" . All these 10 components need to be improved in an individual for him / her to be deemed as physically it.

Now, it does not matter if you are young or old, man or woman; Or whether you belong to a certain category of people (bodybuilder, athlete, corporate executive, couch potato, housewife etc). Your fitness program must aim to improve all 10 aspects of fitness.

All human beings are built the same way physiologically. Therefore, we all need each of the components of fitness to enhance the quality of our physical fitness and theby enhance life.

So …. What exactly are the 10 components of fitness?

The 10 Components of Fitness:

1) Cardiovascular Endurance: The ability of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems to transport oxygenated blood to the working skeletal muscles for an extended period of time without fatigue.

2) Muscular Endurance: The ability of skeletal muscles to continuously contract for an extended length of time without experiencing fatigue.

3) Musculoskeletal Strength: The combined strength of muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons.

4) Flexibility: The ability of the body to sustain full and complete range of motion around the joints.

5) Ideal Body Composition: Maintaining an ideal ratio of adipose tissue (body fat) to lean body mass.A male is said to have an ideal body composition when no more that 15% of his bodyweight is made up of body fat. A female is said to have an ideal body composition if no more than 20% of her bodyweight is made up of body fat.

6) Power: It is the ability of the skeletal muscles to maximize the force executed by them in a minimum amount of time.

7) Speed: The ability to minimize the time taken to complete a particular movement or task

8) Coordination: Coordination is the combination of body movements created with the kinematic and kinetic parameters that result in intended actions.This involves combining several movements into a single distinct movement.

9) Agility: The ability to change the direction of the body in an efficient and effective manner.

10) Balance: Ability to maintain the center of gravity of a body within the base of support with minimal postural sway.

For one to be deemed as physically fit, they need to develop all of these aspects of fitness.

The importance and interdependence of the 10 components of fitness in overall performance:

Each of the aforementioned components play a crucial role in our lives. Whether it is for someone who is a competitive sportsman or just a regular human being, each of these components drastically impact overall performance. It must also be noted that each of these components are interdependent on the other and therefore a compromise in one will inevitably lead to short-changing another.

  • Cardiovascular endurance:

Tinnitus Treatment

Tinnitus is a condition in which a person feels a sensation in his ear. The sensation can be loud as well as quite, it can be disturbing as well as unnoticeable. It can be quite a depressing situation. Does tinnitus have a treatment?

To be concise, tinnitus does not have a sure treatment, though there are a lot of things one can try. The effect of a tinnitus treatment varies from person to person. Listed below are some tinnitus treatments that have a good working record.

White noise:

White noise is a new therapy to treat tinnitus, it comes from the concept that tinnitus is caused by loud noises. White noise, such as that produced by a radio tuned to an empty frequency has two effects; the first one is that it masks the ringing sound.

The second is that it assists to stimulate inhibitory pathways by developing a continuous background of sound. The white noise treatment is the latest discovery and a step forward in the tinnitus treatment. In animals the white and blue noise shows effect and the doctors are positive that it will work for humans as well.

Alternative medicine:

Alternative medicine can also prove to be of extreme usefulness when it comes to tinnitus treatment.

Magnesium:

According to some theories tinnitus is caused by the deficiency of magnesium, the doctors say that if a person suffering from tinnitus takes magnesium capsules and tablets, he can overcome tinnitus. The deficiency of zinc is also considered to be a cause of tinnitus.

Dihuang (Rehmannia glutinosa):

It is a Chinese herb. The herb has not be tested or experimented too much. However, some evidence suggests that it can be useful. People use it to treat noise induced hearing loss as well. It can also act as an antioxidant.

Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is a method that has been used by Chinese for ages to treat different diseases. The most common use of acupuncture these days is fighting stress and quitting smoking. Acupuncture does work well. Needles are inserted in various parts of the body and then tapped when a sensation hits. If you want to go for acupuncture, then make sure that you go to a person who as adequate knowledge and understanding of acupuncture. It is not just inserting needles and doing some magic; it is a medically approved treatment, which should be taken seriously. It is an excellent method to cure a lot of diseases.…

The Best Dentures Glue

If you are wearing dentures for the first time right now, or have been a denture wearer for many months or years, I’m sure you have struggled many times to find the answer to the question often asked: “Which is the best denture glue?’ Let me say this at the very start, I have worn a denture ever since I was nine years old and I am now in my eighties. Therefore I’ve had a few years to ponder and search for an answer to that perplexing question.

I would like to give you a short, quick answer, and say: “Do this, or use that” – but I’ve found there is more to the problem than most people realize. The more I think about it the more complicated the answer seems to get. At one time I was so frustrated with denture “glues,” I went directly to my dentist and said point-blank, to him: “Doc, what kind of denture cream or glue do you use with your dentures? What do you think I should use?” He thought for a couple of minutes and replied: “Terry, as a matter of fact, I don’t have dentures, I still have all of my “natural” teeth, so I can’t tell which “glue” is best for you or anyone else to use. My advice is for you to try them all until you find one that meets your needs to make your denture feel: stable, secure and as immovable as possible while you are chewing, talking drinking and sneezing.”

Well, I thought to myself, that was an answer, but not one that helped me at all. I still had the same problem I had before I asked my “expert” dentist for his help.

Of course, my dentist did go on to explain to me, at length, why it was that I might need a “glue” to hold my denture in place. He began by giving me a brief history of dentures and their use from ‘way back in the 1500s to the present time. He told me the first dentures were believed to have been made by the early Etruscans, before the Romans captured them. Those dentures, then called: false teeth were only made for rich people and they were made only for “show” not for eating! Why? Because, back then, there was no good way to hold those false teeth in place while the wearer was eating, chewing, drinking and trying to talk normally with a mouth full of fake teeth.

Much later in history dentists who were then called “tooth barbers” figured out ways to keep false teeth in place using such things as: thread, catgut, and even gold wire. Those wires had to be very carefully put in place. Once the false teeth were wired in place they were not easily taken out. The result was the wearers of those dentures often left them in place too long and the teeth began to smell bad. Another process was to “wedge” the false …

Overcome Infertility – What is "Heat" in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Treating Infertility

As we mentioned in previous articles, infertility is defined as inability of a couple to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse or can not carry the pregnancy to term. It effects over 5 millions couple alone in the US and many times more in the world. Because of unwareness of treatments, only 10% seeks help from professional specialist. In this article, we will discuss what is "heat" in traditional Chinese medicine in treating infertility

I. Definition
According to traditional Chinese medicine heat-pathogen prevails in summer and pertains specifically to Yang. It tends to move upward and outward, impairs the body qi and fluid and is often accompanied by damp-pathogen

II. How heat pathogen effects fertility
Expose yourself in heat may increase the risk of energy overflow as well as speed up your body function leading to infection, inflammation and abnormal bleeding. Patient is considered heat are diagnosis with over flow of energy, skin diseases, qi interruption or accessibility of the body's organs to discharge enough toxins.

1. Kidney function
Since kidney is a second line defense of the body, accumulating heat in the body not only causes lost of fluid but also increasing the risk of kidney stone and abnormal function of kidney, if it is not treated. According to traditional Chinese medicine, kidney plays an important role in men and women reproductive function, deficiency of kidney yin, increasing the risk of sperm production and quality of sperm in men and distorting the normal menstrual cycle in women.

2. Liver function
Liver plays a vital role in regulating the production of certain hormone in the prostaglandins family, fire liver as abundant yang qi causes abnormal function of liver and wakes up the liver diseases leading to menstrual pain and cramps for women, distorting the menstrual hormone production and decreasing the chance of infertility. In men, it may cause abnormal ejaculation and sperm count.

Abnormal liver function also causes abnormal function of spleen, the vital organ for the reproductive system which plays an important role for conception.

3. Blood flow
Heat pathogen interferes with blood circulation in the body, most people with heat pathogen have symptoms of high blood pressure. Since it increases the blood flow uncontrollably, it causes not only nervous tension that can disturb women menstrual cycle, but also increases the risk of abdominal swelling and breaking off of the small vein leading to vagina abnormal bleeding in women. In men, it causes low sperm count.

4. Immune system
Since heat pathogen increases the heat in the body which causes lack of the yin and out flow of energy, leading to weakened immune system resulting in increasing the risk of infection and inflammation that cause accumulation of free radicals and irregular cells growth, thereby increasing the risk of infertility. …

Do-It-Yourself – Deep Cleaning Your Teeth

You make sure that your family has good dental cleaning habits. You brush twice a day, for at least five minutes in scrupulous circles, zoning in on specific geographic regions of the mouth. You floss with the latest, most technologically advanced dental tape. You even buy your family the newest fad in contoured toothbrushes, just to reach those hard-to-get spaces in between.

Now that you’re listening, a qualified dentist or hygienist should do your dental cleaning, preferably every six months. Professional dental cleaning can be broken down into three main subcategories, namely: scaling, root planning, and polishing.

You do your homework, and you provide your children with calcium-rich foods that are not too high in sugars. You stock the pantry with cereals and grains high in B Vitamins. You make consistently sensible food choices, because you know that any foods that augment muscle and bone growth are generally recommended for teeth and gums.

But, no matter how you slice it, the time will come for you and your children to get a professional dental cleaning. While brushing and flossing alone can remove as much as 70% of the plaque on your teeth, the other 30% lurks in areas that are harder to reach, and semiannual cleanings are the most sensible preventive medicine against easily avoidable oral health problems such as bad breath (halitosis), gingivitis, tartar (calculus) buildup, and tooth decay.

The American Dental Association (ADA) used to recommend that a child get their first dental cleaning at the age of three. But the recent wave of cavities in children entering kindergarten has forced the ADA to redefine their guidelines, and now most dentists recommend an initial visit to the dentist shortly after the eruption of the first teeth, which takes place during the first year.

If a child’s teeth are developing normally, this visit can be put off longer. However, if the tendency toward developing cavities is deemed to be genetic, so if the parents have had a history of cavities, it is better to get the child into a dentist earlier, in order to establish a sensible oral hygiene routine. Also, children whose teeth show staining, crowding, or other abnormalities should go to a dentist before the age of three.

Root planning is basically gum work, the cleaning of pockets to prevent further development of periodontal or gum disease. When gums are inflamed, the pockets tend to become deeper, making it much easier for them to trap plaque deposits, further worsening the condition of the gums. Root planning can sometimes be a painful process requiring local anesthesia.

Polishing is the final step of a good dental cleaning. Prophy jet polishing works but spraying powered water mixed with baking soda on the teeth. The powered water helps remove any excess plaque, and the baking soda neutralizes acidic conditions in the mouth while simultaneously fighting stains. Your dentist is equipped with the knowledge and the technology to optimize your own personal dental hygiene program for maximum success. So, please, every six …

How To Properly Floss Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is not enough to keep good oral health unless you do not have any gaps between your teeth. We may not learn flossing at an early age, but using dental floss is necessary to keep dental diseases away. Not only that, with studies about the correlation of oral health to heart ailments, it is also necessary to keep good oral hygiene to prevent heart diseases. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash are some of the basics that we need to properly perform daily.

As recommended, it is best to floss at least once a day. This helps in removing food debris that is stuck between the teeth which are difficult to remove by just brushing or gargling with water or mouthwash. So how do you really floss properly?

Here are some steps and points to do this and prevent oral and heart diseases:

1) Do the flossing before brushing your teeth.

2) Use approximately 18 inches or an arm's length of floss and wind each the ends around your middle finger.

3) Hold around a couple of inches of the floss between your thumb and index fingers.

4) Gently insert or slide the dental floss in the gap between the teeth.

5) Make sure you will not snap the floss to prevent irritating the gums.

6) Hold the floss tightly enough as you gently move the floss up and down and make sure to angle it correctly as it forms a letter "c" as it hugs the tooth.

7) You may also make a scressing motion on the inner sides of the tooth to remove debris clinging to that side.

8) Include the sides of the tooth that are even exposures without another tooth beside it. Some foods that are sticky can also easily cling to the tooth surface.

9) There are several types of dental floss available which even includes a plastic handle. So choose a type which can help you maneuvers easily between the teeth and even to the teeth at the far end of your mouth.

10) Floss between all of your teeth and then brush your teeth once done.

Flossing is not really done for every after meal unless there is really food stuck between your teeth that has been bothering you. So it is not necessary that you wait to remove it by the end of the day. Even gargling with mouthwash is not advisable to be done after every brushing. Still, it is done at least once a day and make sure the mouth rinse is sugar-free. Although some mouthwashes would say it is sugar free just make sure you read the label especially for those who are diabetics. …