Smart medication habits

Are you well-prepared when it comes to taking, storing and disposing of your prescription medication? Even if you think you are, it’s important to make sure you’re following these intelligent habits, recommended by the National Council on Patient Information and Education:

  • Make a list of your medicines and take it with you to all of your doctor’s appointments.
  • Tell your doctor about any problems you have taking medicines, whether it be side effects or simply having difficulty with swallowing pills.
  • Recognize that all medicines have both risks and benefits, and talk to your doctor about which prescriptions are right for you.
  • Read and follow all instructions carefully, and contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions regarding the dosage, frequency, or length of the medication.
  • Store your medicines safely away from children and pets. Make sure you always keep your prescriptions enclosed in a child-proof case and store them out of reach of young fingers.
  • Do not dispose of medications by flushing them down the toilet or sink.

Patients who follow these recommendations are often more informed and health-conscious when it comes to their medications. Of course, another smart medicine habit is to take advantage of your True Care pharmacy discount and use it to purchase your prescriptions at a lower cost. This is a great way to to be smart about both your health and your bank account. For more information, check it out at www.etruecare.com

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Diagnosing Computer Vision Syndrome

If you suspect you may be suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome, your eye doctor may perform a comprehensive eye examination to properly diagnose the issue. During your appointment, the doctor will ask you questions about your work and personal computer use, including how often you use the computer, how it is positioned, and what symptoms you are experiencing.

He or she will also ask about your medical history and any medications you are taking to help frame the diagnosis. According to the American Optometric Association, the exam often includes tests of your visual acuity, as well as a refraction test to help determine the correct lenses for your eyes. This test will account for any refractive issues such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. Finally, the optometrist will test the coordination between your two eyes, making sure they are able to properly focus and work together.

In some cases, the testing may be done without eye drops so the doctor can observe your eyes under normal conditions. After gathering the results, the optometrist will inform you of your diagnosis. If you do indeed have Computer Vision Syndrome, he or she will recommend treatment options and a course of action to correct the issue.To save money on vision care simply visit American Health Advantage and sign up for a vision care plan.

How to find a Discount Dental Plan

If you’re looking to save money on dental procedures and you don’t have dental insurance then you need the next best thing! A dental insurance alternative known as a “discount dental plan“. With a discount dental plan you can receive between 20% and 60% savings on; dentures, braces, fillings, dental exams, cleanings, oral surgery, teeth whitening, veneers, onlays, inlays, dental bridge, dental crowns, dental partials, dental caps and much more.

Below is a collection of informative sites that talk about discount dental plans and programs.

If you know of any other sites please feel free to leave them as a comment to share with others in search of dental discounts.

Succeeding in the workplace with Hearing Loss

Once you’ve secured the job you want, it’s time to prepare for how your hearing loss may factor into the workplace. The Hearing Loss Association of America suggests making a list of all your responsibilities and determining which, if any, may require special accommodations. You should also proactively seek solutions to potential hurdles and present them to your boss. Some areas that may require creative solutions include phone communication, meetings and events.

For instance, if your job requires you to contact clients on the road with a cell phone, you should request a hearing aid compatible phone that can also receive text messages and email. Or, if your desk is near a busy area like the copy room that interferes with your ability to hear clearly, you could ask to be moved to another available workstation. Similarly, staff meetings might require an assistive listening system. Another solution is to write a summary of important points discussed during the meeting and run it past your boss to make sure nothing was left out. You can also request the agenda in advance to prepare.

Your job situation and necessary accommodations will be unique to you; in any case, it is important to be prepared and communicate your needs confidently and clearly. Do the research ahead of time and educate your employer about potential tax incentives. By giving you the tools you need to succeed in the workplace, your organization will run more smoothly and reap the benefits of fostering an inclusive atmosphere.

If you would like to know how you could save money on hearing care procedures then visit American Health Advantage.

Oral health for organ transplant patients

There are numerous health risks associated with organ transplantation, but some of the lesser known risks are those that affect your mouth. People who undergo a transplant may be at greater risk for serious oral health issues, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Some of the side effects of transplant medication include dry mouth, gum disease, fungal infections, mouth ulcers and overgrown gums.

For this reason, it is important to visit your dentist prior to your transplant to make sure your mouth is as healthy as possible. It is also imperative that your dentist and transplant doctor work together to create a treatment plan for you. They should particularly discuss your anti-rejection medications and their effects on your oral health.  The Institute also suggests that you take care of any cavities or other oral issues before the transplant.

After the procedure, continue working with both your doctor and your dentist to make sure you are staying healthy. Always bring a list of your medications to your dental appointments and express any concerns you may have about your mouth, teeth or gums. At home, you should be cognizant of changes in your mouth.

Inspect your mouth for patches, sores and ulcers, and continue brushing and flossing daily. If you notice any changes, be sure to contact your dentist right away. By working as a team, you can reduce your risk for complications and hasten your recovery. If you would like more information simply visit American Health Advantage and request information.

American Health Advantage – Dental Plan YouTube Video

We were digging through our archives and found one of our old “True Care” commercials. Take a minute to view the video below and feel free to leave a comment about what you think.

If you would like more information about the discount dental plans then visit the American Health Advantage website or call us at 1-800-747-6190 to speak to a dental plans specialist.

Baby teeth are important, too

Losing the first baby tooth is a much-anticipated milestone of childhood. Many children are proud to see their “adult teeth” emerge and, as a result, parents can sometimes overlook the importance of their child’s primary – or baby – teeth. Although not permanent, a child’s primary teeth serve many purposes, including saving the appropriate amount of space for each adult tooth.

In their role as placeholders, primary teeth help ensure that adult teeth will have space to grow into and often help them grow straighter than they would without the guidance of other teeth. In addition, primary teeth equip children to consume a wide variety of foods – including meats, vegetables and fruits – that are necessary for proper nutrition.

They also play an important part in speech development as the child learns how to pronounce words and syllables. The interaction of the tongue, teeth and gums is a major factor in learning to speak well. Finally, when properly cared for, baby teeth help instill a good sense of self-esteem in a child. Children with healthy teeth often take pride in their appearance and are motivated to learn personal hygiene skills.

For all of these reasons, it is vitally important to impress upon your children the importance of caring for all of their teeth – primary or adult. For more tips about establishing good dental habits with your children, talk to a dentist on your True Care Advantage plan. He or she will help you start your child on a lifelong path of good oral health.

Tips to Protect your Vision from the Sun

As the long days of summer wind down, it’s natural to want to go outside and soak in all the warmth you can. But before you do, take care to protect not only your skin from sun damage, but also your vision. Even if you go outside on a cloudy day, the same ultraviolet rays that cause your skin to burn can also damage the surface of your eyes. According to the American Optometric Association, unprotected exposure to the sun can increase the risk of certain types of cataracts and also cancer of the eyelids.

On the interior of the eye, harmful rays from the sun can damage the retina, possibly causing significant vision loss over time. The effects of the sun add up each time you go outside without proper protection, so it’s important to think ahead and take the following simple precautions:

• Wear sunglasses outside, even on cloudy or winter days. AOA suggests that sunglasses should block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation and screen 75 to 90 percent of visible light. Talk to an eye doctor on your True Care Advantage plan for recommendations and individualized guidelines.

• Wear a wide-brimmed hat. Hats block any extra rays from entering your eyes around the sunglasses.

How to Save Money on Dental Procedures

If you’re looking to save money on common dental procedures such as; fillings, braces, dentures, root canals and much more then you might want to check out American Health Advantage. Over at American Health Advantage they provide Discount Dental Plans that are designed to help the millions of Americans who do not have dental insurance or those that have particular needs not addressed by their insurance save on their medical costs.

American Health Advantage Discount Dental Plan is a great non-insurance solution to the rising cost of dental care and treatments. Millions of Americans have turned to Dental Discount Plans to help with the high cost of dental expenses.

Smokers are at increased Risk for Periodontal Disease

The health consequences of smoking have been highly publicized over the last few decades, particularly in the areas of lung health. But did you know that smoking is one of the most significant contributing factors to periodontal disease, as well?

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people who use tobacco are more likely than nonsmokers to get calculus – or plaque that hardens on the teeth that can only be removed professionally. If it is not removed, the calculus will remain below the gum line, potentially destroying the person’s gum tissue and causing the gums to begin separating from the teeth.

In these cases, AAP suggests that the newly formed deep pockets will fill with bacteria, leading to disease. Left untreated, the pockets can continue to grow in size, eventually allowing bacteria to destroy both tissue and bone structure in the mouth. Eventually, teeth may fall out; research shows that more than 40 percent of daily smokers over the age of 65 are toothless. Similar consequences occur in people who use other tobacco products, as well.

The good news is that these effects can be reversed when a person kicks his habit. For that reason, it is extremely important that you see your True Care Advantage dentist if you smoke. The two of you, in cooperation with your medical doctor, can work on a plan to help you quit using tobacco, thereby preserving your oral and overall health.