Teen Tooth Trauma Prevalent In Ontario

Nearly one in five Ontario Grade 8 students shows evidence of damage to his or her front teeth, says a new University of Toronto study. This the first study of dental injury done in Ontario, says David Locker, a professor with the U of T Faculty of Dentistry. Similar studies have been done in other countries because tooth trauma is considered one of the most severe conditions children can experience. “Once you break an anterior tooth, you carry that with you for life,” says Locker. “Although it can be treated, there’s a likelihood you’ll need to repeat that treatment every 10 years. The cost of initial treatment can be quite high, depending on the injury, and the lifetime cost is estimated to be as high as $250,000 for four teeth.” Locker and his research team examined a random sample of … Read more

Root Beer – The Safest Soft Drink for your Teeth

Exposing teeth to soft drinks, even for a short period of time, causes dental erosion—and prolonged exposure can lead to significant enamel loss. Root beer products, however, are non-carbonated and do not contain the acids that harm teeth, according to a study in the March/April 2007 issue of General Dentistry, the AGD’s clinical, peer-reviewed journal.  That might be something to consider during the next visit to the grocery store. Consumers often consider soft drinks to be harmless, believing that the only concern is sugar content. Most choose to consume “diet” drinks to alleviate this concern. However, diet drinks contain phosphoric acid and/or citric acid and still cause dental erosion—though considerably less than their sugared counterparts. “Drinking any type of soft drink poses risk to the health of your teeth,” says AGD spokesperson Kenton Ross, DMD, FAGD. Dr. Ross recommends that … Read more

Methadone Used for Chronic Pain

Canadian study shows how a pain center’s case-management program allows out-patients to use methadone for relief from chronic pain. The study, published in Pain Management Nursing, found 57 percent of the 75 patients involved were satisfied with the program. Methadone, well known as a treatment for heroin addiction, is also used in hospitals for pain management. Since the body metabolizes methadone slowly, intense monitoring is required to avoid toxicity. “We needed a way to monitor patients effectively after they go home with their prescriptions,” explained Louise Lamb, a clinician nurse at the Pain Center of the Montreal University Health Center. The program begins with an education session with patients and their families receiving information and a diary in which to note pain intensity and its impact on mood and activities. Thereafter, regular telephone communication — via 194 calls — allowed … Read more

Migraine Videos

If your looking for videos on migraines I encourage you to check out http://www.healthcentral.com/migraine/video.html?ic=4025 There are videos that range from the following topics. 1. Migraine: It’s Cause- A migraine is a severe form of recurring headache. The pain is generally concentrated on one side of the head. This animation shows a key cause of a migraine, the changes to the blood flow within the brain. 2. Migraine Zapper – A device can zap away the pain for the 28 million Americans who suffer from migraine headaches 3. Fixing the Heart Eliminates Migraines – A procedure used to treat heart defects in stroke patients eliminates migraines in more than half of those who have them. 4. Virtual Relief from Dizziness – Patients with chronic dizziness are finding solid ground with the help of virtual reality therapy 5. Treating Migraines with Botox … Read more

A Day in the Life of a Headache

A poem written by Sabrina Wirey  Pounding… aching… I must be driving her crazy. She runs for the bottle of Motrin, but I can’t be eliminated. As she lies staring at the ceiling, I am the one keeping her awake. Pounding on her temples with my iron fists, I make it impossible for her to think. You may ask why I would do this to someone. Why would you cause her so much pain? As you ask me this I am causing her ears to ring. She needs to lie down again. As I create a whirlwind of dizziness in her skull, I laugh loudly inside. She falls, like a boulder into her bed, as I continue to throw my shield up at the never ending waves of medicine coming at me. I will continue this series of events until … Read more