Should I get my tongue or lip pierced?

A surprising number of people, particularly teenagers, express an interest in getting an oral piercing. The tongue, lips, and cheeks are all common piercing sites in the mouth. But how does such a piercing affect your oral health? The American Dental Association discourages oral piercings not only because of the physical pain they cause, but also because of the extensive healing time of open sores in the mouth. It can take weeks, and sometimes even months, for these wounds to heal, particularly for more complicated procedures like getting the tongue split into a fork. These procedures can also be very dangerous, as there are lots of blood vessels in the mouth, and sensitive areas are prone to infection.

Swelling, increased salivary production, scars, and speech interference are all possible following an oral piercing. Finally, the American Dental Association has also expressed concerns about foreign objects in the mouth and their tendency to obstruct X-rays. This could be critical to a person’s health in the case of a misdiagnosis. However, even so, it is recognized that oral piercings are a common occurrence. If you are considering getting your tongue, lips, or cheeks pierced, talk to your dentist first. He or she may be able to discuss this topic in more depth and advise you on the best course of action.

A trip to the chiropractor can ease arthritis pain

More than 40 million people in the United States suffer from arthritis. If you are one of them, you know that joint inflammation can cause everyday activities to become painful. Fortunately, there is a solution that does not require any medications or unnatural remedies. Chiropractic care is a well-documented way of reducing the pain and symptoms associated with arthritis. According to Chiropractic America, chiropractors help restore communication between your nerves and bodily tissues, reducing any disruption caused by arthritis.

A visit to the chiropractor can help take away any existing pain or inflammation in your joints and even prevent more deterioration from occurring in the future. This is possible because chiropractic care corrects misalignments in the vertebrae that cause changes in the way nerves communicate with a person’s brain, cells, and other organs. With a properly aligned spine, a person can more easily heal and function naturally. To learn more about easing your arthritis with chiropractic care, talk to a chiropractor on your True Dental Discounts medical plan. With True Dental Discounts, you can save up to 50 percent on diagnostic and other services at more than 3,000 doctors nationwide.

Ways of Communicating with your doctor over the Internet

In the past, it could be difficult to get in contact with your doctor or have personal communication. Doctors are busy, and an office visit, let alone a phone call, is rare. Now, thanks to the Internet, patients and doctors are establishing a much more immediate connection. Consider these tips from the Mayo Clinic to increase the success of your online interactions:

  1. Keep your online topics reasonable: In other words, don’t e-mail your doctor if you’re experiencing chest pain or another serious condition. Call 911 and get immediate help.
  2. Keep your messages short: Don’t send your doctor drawn-out histories and stories about your health. Write simply and effectively.
  3. Keep your contact secure: Do not send private health messages from a public computer, such as one at work or at the library. Messages sent from these places may not remain confidential, and your privacy may be compromised.
  4. Make sure you have an established connection: Online visits are most effective when doctors and patients already have an established history with one another. It’s much harder to be diagnosed or receive help when you’ve never had a face-to-face meeting with a doctor or constructed a medical history.

Talk to your doctor and ask if he or she conducts virtual visits online. If so, discuss the ways you can best make use of this technology and get personalized tips. You could be saving time and money in no time!

Can chiropractic care really help improve my depression?

Numerous studies have shown that regular chiropractic adjustments can help improve symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder. But how does that work? According to Chiropractic America, one of the triggers of depression and related mood disorders is past physical trauma. Experts believe that depression may be caused by an imbalance of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that relays messages in the brain. Recent research has shown that this imbalance can sometimes be caused by mild concussive injuries to the head, neck or upper back. In such cases, the injury can lead to mood disorders – sometimes immediately, but other times occurring years later. By visiting the chiropractor for adjustments, patients may be able to reverse the effects of the injury. This is possible because chiropractic care helps reduce irritation to injured nerves in the brain and spinal cord. It’s important to remember that there is no one singular cause for depression, and the symptoms should not be ignored. If you or a friend are exhibiting any of the following signs, seek help immediately:

  • Loss of interest in everyday activities and hobbies;
  • Overwhelming feelings of sadness;
  • Restlessness and extreme irritability;
  • Feelings of hopelessness;
  • Thoughts of suicide.

It’s important to get help from a medical professional if you think you may be suffering from depression. He or she can start you on a treatment plan to improve your mood and help you overcome the disorder. If your doctor recommends you seek chiropractic care, or you feel you may be experiencing the effects of a past traumatic injury, schedule an appointment with a chiropractor through your True Care Advantage discount dental plan. You will get significant savings on adjustments that can benefit your overall health.

Communicating with your health care professional can help keep you safe

Many people who get a prescription from their doctor don’t think twice before adding it to their daily routine. They might glance at the dosage, but never give a second thought to what other factors go into a good prescription. Yet, there are many personal habits and health concerns that must be addressed before committing to a particular type of medicine. The National Council on Patient Information and Education suggests that you maintain regular communication with your doctor or pharmacist about the following issues:

  • Any ongoing or past medical conditions, and the overseeing doctor;
  • The names of all medicines you are currently taking, including sleeping aids, laxatives, vitamins, herbal remedies, pain relievers, and both prescription and non-prescription medicines;
  • Any problems you’ve experienced with certain types of medications;
  • Any known allergies to medicines or substances;
  • If you are, or could become, pregnant.

Each of these items represents an important part of your prescription health, and having open communication with your health care professional can help to ensure that you do not take a potentially harmful medication. Many people do not realize that their small day-to-day habits and their “non-medications” such as dietary supplements can impact the effectiveness of any new medication. Be sure to talk about these issues with your doctor, and, as always, show him or her your True care discount card to guarantee you’re getting the best prescriptions for your money.

Chiropractic care could help curb your child’s bed-wetting

We’ve all seen it happen – a child goes to bed, then wakes up with wet sheets after involuntarily going to the bathroom at night. More than 10 percent of children 6 years old and younger face this problem, prompting many parents to restrict their liquid intake after dinner or put protective underwear on them before bed. But many medical professionals recommend another fix: chiropractic care.

According to Chiropractic America, children who chronically wet the bed may benefit from realignment of the spinal column: “When nerve supply or communication is disrupted from the brain to the spinal column – ultimately to all other parts of the body – one or more parts of the body begin to fail. By minimizing nerve interference through chiropractic adjustments, the natural strengths of the human body are maximized, increasing the body’s capacity to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery,” said the site’s experts. To find out if chiropractic care could benefit your child, schedule an appointment with a chiropractor through your True Care Advantage membership. You could save money and boost your child’s wellness all at the same time.

Chiropractic Care for Infants

When you think about the benefits of chiropractic care, you probably don’t think about babies. But in many cases, a chiropractic check up can be just what an infant needs to eat or sleep better. During the birthing process, babies’ neck and back vertebrae can become misaligned as they are stretched and pushed out of the mother’s body. According to Chiropractic America, deliveries with extended “pushing” periods, as well as those assisted with forceps, are more likely to result in misalignments. In severe cases, these misalignments can affect the baby’s bodily systems, including the digestive system. Babies may not be able to digest breast milk or formula correctly, resulting in colic. Studies show that babies treated through chiropractic care experience fewer symptoms of colic and cry less frequently. In addition, chiropractic care can help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, earaches, and other serious conditions. Look for these signs in your infant to determine whether he could benefit from chiropractic care:

  • Difficulty sleeping on his back;
  • Arching of the spine;
  • Sensitivity when touched on his neck or the back of his head;

If you notice any of these indicators, schedule an appointment with a chiropractor through your True Care Advantage plan. He or she will evaluate your infant to decide if misalignments are present, and if chiropractic care would improve his overall well-being. This kind of treatment can benefit your child for years to come.

The link between chiropractic care and a healthy immune system

Chiropractors have known for years that taking care of your spinal health can lead to better physical health, as well. Now, research is uncovering the same link. A study in the Journal of Physiological and Manipulative Therapeutics showed that the health of a person’s immune system may be directly affected by the health of a person’s nervous system. In the study, white blood cells were shown to have receptor sites for chemicals produced by the nervous system.

According to Chiropractic America, this suggests that white blood cells can communicate with the nervous system. Researchers concluded that spinal misalignment’s can cause harm to a person’s immune system by interrupting the link between the nervous system and immune system. People who visit their chiropractor regularly may be able to stay healthier by restoring that communication and correcting any interruptions.

Use your American Health Advantage plan to find a chiropractor who can help you learn more about the connection between a healthy immune system and chiropractic care. By using your plan, you can save a lot of money on preventative care that can help increase your overall wellness and happiness.

The Oral Complications of HIV

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, people living with HIV face an elevated risk of oral health issues. In fact, studies indicate more than one-third of people with HIV have oral health problems as a result of a weakened immune system.

Common issues include oral warts, thrush, canker sores, fever blisters, and white hair-like growth in the mouth. Fortunately, most of these can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications… (American Health Advantage)

The connection between Earaches and Nerves

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, earaches are one of the most common conditions in young children, with more than 70 percent experiencing at least one earache before the age of 3. In most cases, doctors treat this condition with antibiotics; however, new research has shown that the cause of many earaches is actually irritation of the small nerves in the spine.

As described by Chiropractic America, “When these nerve endings are irritated, an abnormal tension is produced in the small muscles of the neck. This muscle tension can place pressure on the lymphatic drainage ducts resulting in inadequate drainage from inside the ear, thus preventing the body from being able to naturally correct the problem.”(American Health Advantage)