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Dentists can diagnose

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  1. Early mouth cancer
  2. Scurvy: In the mouth, scurvy can cause gums to swell, bleed and soften which can lead to tooth loss.
  3. Eating disorder: regular bouts of vomiting covers the teeth in strong gastric acid from the stomach that can wear down the tooths protective layer of enamel, causing teeth to become discolored, cracked and sensitive.
  4. Anemia: Ulcers at the corner of the mouth. A change in color of the gums and tongue
  5. Sinus infection: Infected sinuses can cause pain in the jaw and around the teeth, which can be mistaken for a toothache.
  6. Vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium which helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  7. Too little zinc can leave you open to gum disease, dry mouth and loss of sensation in your tongue.
  8. Low levels of vitamin B3, or niacin, can cause the tip of the tongue to become red and swollen
  9. Vitamin B2 – without it your tongue can become sore and your lips, red and shiny.
  10. B12 levels which can prevent bad breath, loss of taste and a fissured tongue.
  11. Diabetics are at a higher risk of early gum disease – gingivitis – and serious gum disease – periodontitis.
  12. Biting your nails: If you like a nibble, you are putting undue stress on your teeth, causing them to crack, chip and wear down.

Jaw pain, recessed gums and even headaches are other side effects caused by the grinding and clenching involved in nail biting, as well as the germs being passed into your mouth every time you feel like a nibble.

3 simple ways for a restful sleep

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1. Cut down on caffeine: Caffeine drinkers may find it harder to fall asleep. Even a single cup of coffee in the morning may lead to a sleepless night. Caffeine blocks the effects of adenosine, a neurotransmitter thought to promote sleep. Caffeine can also interrupt sleep by increasing the need to urinate during the night. Because caffeine withdrawal can cause headaches, irritability, and extreme fatigue, it may be easier to cut back gradually rather than to go cold turkey. Those who can’t or don’t want to give up caffeine should avoid it after 2 p.m., or noon if they are especially caffeine–sensitive. 2. Stop smoking or chewing tobacco: Nicotine is a central nervous system stimulant that can cause insomnia. If you continue to use tobacco, avoid smoking or chewing it for at least one to two hours before bedtime. 3. Limit alcohol intake: Alcohol depresses the nervous system, so a nightcap may seem to help some people fall asleep. Alcohol suppresses REM sleep, and the soporific effects disappear after a few hours. Alcohol also worsens snoring and other sleep breathing problems.

Tackling tension headaches

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If you suffer from headaches often, more than once or twice a week, then try the following. 1. Don’t skip meals. 2. Get enough sleep. 3. Avoid stress and fatigue. 4. Learn physical and relaxation therapies. 5. Apply heating pad to the neck and shoulders to relax the muscles. 6. Exercising the muscles of neck and shoulders by strengthening and stretching them. 7. Relaxation exercises that focus your attention on various parts of your body in order to relax and release tension and stress can also help. 8. Learn Biofeedback relaxation techniques. Learn to recognize when you are becoming tense and then find ways to relax the muscles before they tighten so much that you develop a tension headache. 9. Identify trigger points, at the back of the neck or in the shoulders. Injecting a local anesthetic into these areas may eliminate the pain and prevent headache.

Tackling tension headaches

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Tension headache usually develops in the afternoon, causing mild or moderate pain that may feel like dull tightness or a band of pressure. Tension headaches occur when neck, shoulder, and scalp muscles become tense. If you suffer from headaches often, more than once or twice a week.

• Don’t skip meals.

• Get enough sleep.

• Avoid stress and fatigue. • Learn physical and relaxation therapies.

• Apply heating pad to the neck and shoulders to relax the muscles.

• Exercise the muscles of neck and shoulders by strengthening and stretching them.

• Relaxation exercises that focus your attention on various parts of your body in order to relax and release tension and stress can also help.

• Learn Biofeedback relaxation techniques. Learn to recognize when you are becoming tense and then find ways to relax the muscles before they tighten so much that you develop a tension headache.

• Identify trigger points, at the back of the neck or in the shoulders. Injecting a local anesthetic into these areas may eliminate the pain and prevent headache.


Tackling tension headaches

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Tension headache usually develops in the afternoon, causing mild or moderate pain that may feel like dull tightness or a band of pressure. Tension headaches occur when neck, shoulder, and scalp muscles become tense. If you suffer from headaches often, more than once or twice a week.

• Don’t skip meals.

• Get enough sleep.

• Avoid stress and fatigue.

• Learn physical and relaxation therapies.

• Apply heating pad to the neck and shoulders to relax the muscles. • Exercise the muscles of neck and shoulders by strengthening and stretching them. • Relaxation exercises that focus your attention on various parts of your body in order to relax and release tension and stress can also help.

• Learn Biofeedback relaxation techniques. Learn to recognize when you are becoming tense and then find ways to relax the muscles before they tighten so much that you develop a tension headache.

• Identify trigger points, at the back of the neck or in the shoulders. Injecting a local anesthetic into these areas may eliminate the pain and prevent headache.

Tackling tension headaches

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Tension headache usually develops in the afternoon, causing mild or moderate pain that may feel like dull tightness or a band of pressure. Tension headaches occur when neck, shoulder, and scalp muscles become tense. If you suffer from headaches often, more than once or twice a week, then try the following.

1. Don’t skip meals.

2. Get enough sleep.

3. Avoid stress and fatigue.

4. Learn physical and relaxation therapies.

5. Apply heating pad to the neck and shoulders to relax the muscles.

6. Exercising the muscles of neck and shoulders by strengthening and stretching them.

7. Relaxation exercises that focus your attention on various parts of your body in order to relax and release tension and stress can also help.

8. Learn Biofeedback relaxation techniques. Learn to recognize when you are becoming tense and then find ways to relax the muscles before they tighten so much that you develop a tension headache.

9. Identify trigger points, at the back of the neck or in the shoulders. Injecting a local anesthetic into these areas may eliminate the pain and prevent headache.