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Areas of Employment for Dental Assistants

Areas of Employment for Dental Assistants

A career as a Dental Assistant will open many doors of opportunity. Dental Assistants will be among the highest growing occupations from now until 2012. This is because people are starting to take a better interest in their oral health. Technological advances have led many individuals to the dentist office for cosmetic dental procedures rather than just cleanings and major dental work. Also, people are living longer, so their teeth need more care to stay healthy throughout their life.

The most common place of employment to find Dental Assistants is in the dental office. Here they provide a variety of services. They often help to comfort scared patients prior to procedures as well as give them follow up care at the end of the appointment. Dental Assistants clean the tools used as well as make sure each work unit has the necessary tools and equipment ready for the next patient’s procedures.

Dental Assistants in the dental office work very closely with Dentists and Hygienists. They often sit in on all procedures, handing staff the necessary tools. Dentist offices are generally small so Dental Assistants often help with lab work. This includes making molds of teeth for caps, bridges, and other dental work. They may also be required to assist with the taking of X-rays.

A common place for Dental Assistants to be employed is in prisons. With more and more prisons being built all over the Nation, Dental Assistants are in great demand for Federal, State, and privately owned prisons. Working as a dental assistant in a prison setting requires more caution that in a regular dental office.

All Nursing Assistants need to be aware of the risk of communicable diseases that are transmitted via saliva and blood. However, the rate of these diseases, especially HIV, is much higher with a prison population than the general public. Also, some inmates might try to attack by biting.

Nursing Assistants in a prison setting need to be alert, and never let down their guard. Inmates often look for any opportunity to escape or obtain weapons. They can use a dental tool as a weapon against you, other staff, or other inmates. It is very important that you keep very close track of all dental tools in a prison setting. Never leave a tool in the reach of an inmate for even a moment. If you discover a tool is missing, immediately notify your supervisor and follow the procedures outlined in the prison policy.

For those Dental Assistants wanting to help the lower income populations, securing employment in a Child Development Center, Head Start, or Migrant program is an excellent way of giving back to the community. Often, these populations can’t afford dental care and would go without it if the services weren’t offered as part of a government program. Employment in these types of agencies as a Dental Assistant often pays less than other employment opportunities in the field. However, many Dental Assistants make the choice to help those in need rather than earn more money.

There are many opportunities to work as a Dental Assistant for agencies who serve the disabled. Often, Dental Assistants are afraid to work with such a population. However, once you feel comfortable with disabled people and their disabilities, you will be able to provide proper care to those who are in need, regardless of their mental capacity or physical appearance.

A career as a Dental Assistant offers you many areas of employment including dental offices, prisons, low income programs, and for facilities who serve the disabled. The ability to choose the type of environment you want to use your Dental Assistant skills in makes the field even more inviting. If you are not sure if a particular type of agency is a good fit for you, talk to them. Ask if you can shadow another Dental Assistant who works there for a few days. This should give you plenty of exposure to the activities that take place in that agency.

Just Breathe~ Is This Your Missing Link ?

Just Breathe~ Is This Your Missing Link ?

Breathing is the vital force of life. It is considered to be the mind-body bridge. Breathing is something that is done everyday, unconsciously; yet the majority of people do it improperly. When babies breathe, it is instinctive. Watching a healthy baby while sleeping, one may notice the deep breaths that are taken which fill up the diaphragm and move up into the lungs. As a person ages, bad habits are picked up, health often declines, nutrition worsens, and stress overwhelms the proper function of breathing. The word pranayama means “that which extends infinitely everywhere”. It is the practice of prana or breath. The breath begins at an energy center inside and extends throughout the body to keep one alive. We exercise our bodies, but what about our breathing?
The balanced and peaceful individual is said to have more prana dispersed within the body rather than outside of the body. An image of a breath center with arrows pointing outward but staying within the boundaries of the physical being is one way to imagine an individual with healthy prana. It is thought that, when the prana remains in the body, the individual is free of physical symptoms. If one feels ill, anxious, restless, or discontented, the prana is at a greater force externally than within. This can show up in a variety of warning signs, from the overt physical manifestations, to the mental feelings of depression, lack of motivation, etc…
The state of mind is directly connected to breathing. The quality of our breath influences the state of our mind and vice-versa. They are one and the same. The most obvious example here would be the quality of breath in a stressful situation. The mind is overloaded with worries and the breath, in turn, becomes rapid, shallow, and sometimes even forgotten altogether. If the breath is used deeply and in a proper manner, the mind’s focus is taken away from the situation at hand and placed back into a state of peacefulness which shows an immediate reciprocation in the calming of the breath and the mind.
Humans generally, and often unknowingly, pollute themselves and the Earth with toxic substances and various forms of rubbish whether it is in what is consumed, or in what is allowed in the mind. Breathing suffers because of this. Breath, the very most important thing that bodies need besides water, is neglected or contaminated. When the body is filled with debris, breathing suffers, as there is not enough room for it to flourish in the body. A daily breathing practice, along with the other important aspects of a healthy lifestyle, can free the body of detrimental breathing patterns and reverse the process of destruction brought upon by our modern day society.
Breathing exercises are excellent tools that can even be used in everyday situations. In many instances, especially those entrenched in fear, anger, or stress, breathing will help to diffuse the state of mind that may cause a reaction or statement that is contrary to a balanced way of life. The exercises can also be used before speeches or performances that may be otherwise anxiety-ridden. Breathing exercises can be used in childbirth preparation and, hopefully, during labor to reduce the intensity of the baby’s birth. The benefits of pranayama are numerous and one who exercises the breath can only hope to have an opportunity to delve deeper into this realm that holds so much significance in our existence on this Earth.
Prana is life and pranayama is its exaltation. One should begin by becoming familiar with the breath and noticing the times when the breath is shallow; be the breath observer. It is recommended to begin breathwork with a qualified teacher (registered yoga teachers are trained in pranayama). As with anything, the more one practices, the more it becomes automatic and a way of life. How can we deny the breath its proper exercise and practice? The next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, remember to take the phrase “just breathe” seriously as it may be that one body-mind-spirit link that you are missing.
“When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed, the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.”(Hatha Yoga Pradipika)

Top Tips To Aging Healthy, Wealthy And Wise (3)

Top Tips To Aging Healthy, Wealthy And Wise

Aging is a normal part of life. Everyone ages, no matter where they are from. Some people show their age more than others and look older. While we can’t stop ourselves from getting older, we can stop ourselves from looking older. Use the tips on aging in this article to help you.

Stop multitasking! Your mind cannot function the way that it once did. You will find it easier and far less stressful if you do not try to accomplish as many things at once. Avoiding stress is important as you get older to avoid doing damage to your heart and your body.

To combat the aging process one of the things that you can do is get some sun. This will help you to maximize the way that you feel and get vitamin D into your system, which can be very beneficial for your looks. During the spring and summer, spend at least an hour in the sun to look much younger and feel great during the day.

To stay healthy as you age, know the facts before avoiding activities or exercises that can actually improve your health. For example, many people with an age-related predisposition to heart trouble worry that strenuous exercise could cause a heart attack. In truth, slowly working up to a brisk regular routine is the best way to improve your overall health and ward off heart disease.

Whiten your teeth to take some serious years off of your age. Years of drinking coffee and wine and smoking can do a serious number of the appearance of our teeth. Shave off some years by having your teeth professionally whitened. The difference it makes will astound you.

Make sure that when you are eating, you are putting essential fatty acids into your body. These are imperative for cell growth and maintaining the proper blood pressure so you are not at risk for any diseases. Also, essential fatty acids can go a long way in improving your cholesterol level and reducing aging symptoms.

Find and immerse yourself in hobbies and passions you enjoy. When you do things you enjoy, you feel a renewed sense of energy and this can propel you into doing more than you thought you could accomplish. Clearly, growing older doesn’t always mean that you have to slow down.

Giving up smoking is one important way to protect every aspect of your body as you age. Since smoking already has side effects like shortened breath and reduced taste, it significantly exaggerates those side effects as they come about naturally with aging. In other words, giving up cigarettes is an obvious way to slow and decrease the effects of aging.

Hormone levels can drop as you age leading to some unwanted issues. Follow up with your doctor regularly about your hormone levels through check-ups and physicals. Listen closely to the results and potential ramifications. Look for foods that will help promote production of these hormones or look for supplements from your doctor as needed.

As stated before, aging is a normal part of life, as everyone ages, and aging does differ among people. So even though we still get older, we can keep ourselves looking young by using the aging tips from this article.

The Change – When Menopause Became A Disease

The Change – When Menopause Became A Disease

The medicalization of menopause is a process that has subtly been going on since the 1930’s, although it wasn’t until the 1960’s that it really picked up momentum in the public eye. This medicalization has transformed the understanding of what is a natural process, into one defined as a disease.

When you define something as a disease, then treatment becomes compulsory. And the implication is that if you don’t get treatment, or what is defined as acceptable treatment, then you are being irresponsible and negligent in your own health. Women’s menopausal experiences were for a long time dismissed as the product of their own imaginations, then later embraced by pharmaceutical companies and subverted to push their shiny new pills.

And given that HRT has been so widely taken up by women, and is still used despite its risks, it has been a successful approach by the drug companies.

The celebrity factor in promotional campaigns has been very effective at selling both the idea of menopause as a disease, and the promises of hormone replacement therapy. The FDA and their comparative bodies in most countries require that product claims are verified by appropriate and legitimate studies. But celebrities in interviews are not subject to those rules, which are designed to protect the public from misleading and harmful information. So when an actress or aging supermodel enthusiastically enacts the lines of the drug company’s scripts – that menopause is fraught with risks of diseases like alzheimers, heart attacks, colon cancer, cataracts, teeth loss, bone fractures and more (p43), in the guise of ‘education’ and personal sharing, this is seen as legitimate. There is no reference to the fees they were paid for this work, the source of their information, or its scientific validity (or lack thereof). Nor is their any mention of the fact that even initially, though there were short term benefits, the long term effects of hormone replacement therapy were not known. These celebrities were either ignorant themselves of their own status as human guinea pigs, or didn’t care.

Menopause is sold with the language of ‘decline’, as though once a woman’s estrogen ‘dried up’, so did she. She was relegated to an image of being ‘less’ than she was before, with the implication being that her value and contributions as a person were defined by something that time would take away. Unless of course she accepted the ‘help’ of the drug companies with their ‘medicine’ for her newly defined ‘disease’. So instead of being supported as her body moved into another phase of its life, women were basically told they were losing what defined them as ‘women’, as though one hormone was responsible for what made them unique individuals. As though femininity was characterized not by their own choices and expressions, but driven by hormones. And as though ‘femininity’ was equated with youth, and that once this passed, women would not enjoy their ‘best years’ as they would otherwise. And, of course, if a woman wasn’t feminine, in the appropriately defined way, then she was not really a woman…

Add to this mix the spectre of diseases that women would supposedly be in greater danger of getting, despite the fact that if scientists really knew the single cause of these diseases they would have triumphantly been marketing the cure to everyone – regardless of gender. When doctors treat alzheimers, heart attacks, colon caner, cataracts and teeth loss, they do not have one treatment for men and one for women. And in most cases, they don’t guarantee a cure with their treatments anyway. So this suggests not only do they not have the cure, but they don’t fully understand the cause. The murky waters of risk assessment are both complex and already muddied.

Women were given estrogen only in the early years of medical promotion. As studies emerged which showed women taking estrogen were more at risk of developing endometrial cancer, progestogen or progestin was added to form the combined hormone replacement therapy that became known as HRT. It was advertised for a long time as reducing the risk of heart disease, amongst other things. But in 1998, a high quality study, the HERS trial, found that in the group of 3000 older women they were studying over 4 years, who all had some form of heart disease, those on HRT were not in fact protected from heart attacks after all. And during the first year of the study, there was a higher incidence of heart attacks in the women on HRT compared with the placebo group. This was completely the opposite of what the drug companies had been advertising, based on their own observational studies, as opposed to the randomized control trial that the HERS study was.

The HERS trial was not the only one that would raise some niggly little facts about the menopause gravy train.

References: R Moynihan & A Cassels, Selling Sickness – How Drug Companies are Turning Us All Into Patients (Allen & Unwin, 2005)

Achieve Success With These Network Marketing Tips

Achieve Success With These Network Marketing Tips

Known most commonly as nourishment, nutrition is something we all need in order to survive. However, the proper balance of nutrition does more than keep you alive; it helps you to thrive as a fit, healthy person. If you want some great nutrition tips to get healthy, then you need to read this article.

Know your carbohydrates. Many people believe that all carbs are bad for you. This is completely untrue. Complex carbohydrates are actually necessary for your brain and body to successfully function. Understanding the differences in these can help you learn which choices to make the next time you are at the grocery store.

In making decisions about nutrition, you should cast a wide net. If you take mind and spirit into consideration in other aspects of your life, you should also do so in regard to nutrition. One writer who does this is Sally Fallon in her book, “Nourishing Traditions”.

For best nutrition, don’t make the mistake of thinking that brown eggs are somehow magically better than white eggs. Egg companies want you to think so; the mystique of brown eggs allow them to charge you up to 25% more than for white ones. But in reality, the differences are only shell-deep. White eggs are every bit as nutritious as their brown-shelled cousins, and are almost always cheaper.

Making sure you eat regularly can actually help prevent bad breath. Bad breath can be caused by the fats that are cannibalized by your body in the starvation state. When your body is lacking in nutrition it starts to burn your fat stores. These fat stores get converted into ketone bodies, which generate bad breath. By eating a small portion of food the body is able to use the energy from the food, rather than relying on your fat; no ketone bodies are formed when you burn glucose.

Eat foods that help your local farmers. Read labels for phrases like “locally grown” to buy food that will help local farmers by making sure that there is a demand for what they offer. Since the food is made locally, there is likely less use of pesticides and the flavor will also be fuller and more delicious tasting.

It is important to start good nutrition early on in life. Children will develop their tastes around what you feed them when they are young. For this reason, make sure to offer your child a wide range of tastes and textures, as well as introducing them to whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Eat a diet of mostly plant-based foods, with a little animal protein and healthy monounsaturated oils. This type of diet will provide your body with the nutrients, protein, and essential fatty acids that you need to be healthy. A healthy variety of plant-based foods also gives your body the fiber it needs for good health and to maintain regularity.

As stated at the start, nutrition is simply nourishment and having the proper nourishment is what allows you to always feel your best. It’s not something that’s going to happen overnight, but if you want to balance your nutrition, the tips in the above article will definitely help you do just that.

California Natural Dog Food

California Natural Dog Food

A low price food supplement that contains fiber and protein fillers. California natural dog food mainly consists of carbohydrate and fats which are hypoallergenic food for pets. There are many food products for dogs, such as Low fat rice with lamb meat, chicken with rice, brown rice with chicken, sweet potatoes and salmon meal, sweet potatoes and herring, Health bar, Venison and rice, deep-water fish and brown rice and many more.

All these dog foods are 100% fat and oil free thus keep your dog healthy moreover; it is highly rich in protein and fiber. California natural dog food is particularly made for pets thus it give a high energy to the pets. All natural dog foods are a good source of fiber and antioxidant. Some of the natural food contain manganese, phosphorous, calcium and potassium all these vitamins and minerals are very much necessary in their diet. There are many vegetable rich in antioxidant such as, dark green and bright orange.

By feeding all natural dogs in their meal is just like getting a insurance policy for your loving pet. There is lots of branded natural food available in market for your pet. However, it is better to consult with your Viet nary doctor before feeding canned natural food. Advice of a doctor is very essential before going for an experiment because some canned food is especially kind of breads.

Every pet owner feel his pet should good breath, brilliant coat sheen, clean teeth, bright clear eyes and be healthy any time. For this entire thing, the pet should good quality of all natural food because a complete diet can only bring this affect to your adorable pet. One should take care about the health of their so that, pet also live a longer life. If the pets are properly feed by rich nutrition then it will be prevention against common veterinary disease. It is always suggested veterinary doctor to give holistic food to pet because home made food thus it keep pet away from artificial ingredients.

Pets are member of our family moreover, they need a special attention and especially in the matter of food. There are many advantages of feeding natural foods to dogs. All natural dog food is very rich in vitamin E and C, which is very important for their body. Vitamin E keeps their skin glowing and Vitamin C is good for their bones. All these vitamins affect in the same manner as it affect in human body.

Vitamin such as, beta – carotene is helpful in removing toxic from the body commonly known as free radicals. Animal normally eat meat thus, their body gain lots of toxic material in their body and if toxic material is not removed from their body then, there are lots of chances to get infected with diseases such as, lungs and heart diseases.

It is good to give a supplement of all natural food daily to keep their metabolic system free from infection and diseases

Nutrition Success Is A Few Short Tips Away! (3)

Nutrition Success Is A Few Short Tips Away!

If you have been feeling tired and don’t seem to have the energy that you need to carry you through your busy day, it may be time to take an honest look at what you eat. Good nutrition is essential to having the energy you need and the sound advice in the article below may be just what you need to get started.

Making sure you eat regularly can actually help prevent bad breath. Bad breath can be caused by the fats that are cannibalized by your body in the starvation state. When your body is lacking in nutrition it starts to burn your fat stores. These fat stores get converted into ketone bodies, which generate bad breath. By eating a small portion of food the body is able to use the energy from the food, rather than relying on your fat; no ketone bodies are formed when you burn glucose.

Pay attention to cravings, but make healthy choices based on your cravings. When you are trying to eat more nutritious foods, but you crave something sweet, it does not mean you need to try to ignore the craving. Nevertheless, it does mean that you can turn to tropical fruits like pineapple and papaya to help curb your sweet tooth.

When eating red meat, always consider how much is really enough. It’s easy to look at that a big and juicy steak and think the “bigger the better” but, red meat is very hard for your body to digest. In fact, in large amounts it can really affect your health. So instead of the twelve ounce steak, substitute it for a three to six ounce cut. Or better yet, substitute in white meat, it’s a healthier choice.

With protein, variety is the key to success. Make sure your protein intake come from a variety of sources to maximize your benefits. Vegetable and bean sources of proteins are inexpensive and tasty, making them an ideal way to supplement your diet. Vegetarians may want to increase their egg intake.

For optimal health, include foods in your daily diet that contain probiotics. Probiotics are the good bacteria that live inside your body. They aid in digestion and the proper break-down of foods so your body can absorb the nutrients efficiently. They work against the bad bacteria that sometimes invade your digestive system and cause diarrhea.

Don’t judge your food by looks alone. Just because a food is found in the nutrition aisle, doesn’t mean it’s always healthy. Make a habit of checking labels, so you can ensure your nutrition choices are spot-on. This is doubly important for people who need to avoid allergens. Learn to spot hidden ingredients and you can avoid disasters.

Making good nutritional choices will make an amazing difference in your energy level, and it will help you get the most out of every busy day. The practical recommendations in the article above offers sound advice to help you make the right choices to feed your body with the most nutritious food.

Aging Is Not For The Weak- It’s For The Strong! (4)

Aging Is Not For The Weak- It’s For The Strong!

Those horrible bags beneath the eyes, the uncomfortable joint pain, and the annoying memory loss are just a few of the symptoms you will encounter as you begin aging. These are things that most people deal with later in life, but it does not necessarily have to be. Below are some good ways to not only slow them down, but stop them all together in some cases.

Whiten your teeth to take some serious years off of your age. Years of drinking coffee and wine and smoking can do a serious number of the appearance of our teeth. Shave off some years by having your teeth professionally whitened. The difference it makes will astound you.

Make sure that your diet includes enough antioxidants. Antioxidants fight off free radicals that can cause many age related diseases. Vegetables such as carrots, spinach, and tomatoes contain carotenoid. Berries such as blueberries contain flavonoid. Consuming a diet that is rich in carotenoids and flavonoids will give your body a boost in fighting off free radicals.

To increase the longevity of your skin, especially the delicate skin on your face, avoid rubbing it whenever possible. When you clean and rinse your face, take care to be as gentle as possible. When you use a moisturizer, pat it in with your fingers lightly until it absorbs into the skin.

Many people attribute living to a ripe old age to having a good sense of humor! Life can get you down, but if you can laugh about it, you stand a good chance of living longer. Laughter is healthy. It increases oxygen intake and makes you feel happy!

Giving up smoking is one important way to protect every aspect of your body as you age. Since smoking already has side effects like shortened breath and reduced taste, it significantly exaggerates those side effects as they come about naturally with aging. In other words, giving up cigarettes is an obvious way to slow and decrease the effects of aging.

Just because you are taking a good multivitamin everyday does not mean that you do not have to eat a healthy diet. Be sure to take the time to learn what foods provide your body with what nutrients and balance your diet accordingly. This will keep you healthy far longer than just using the vitamins.

You know you should eat healthy as you age to keep your body in optimum health. Every once in a while, though, you need to indulge yourself. This way, you do not have to dread the same old same old every day, and can look forward to this treat. This may help you keep to your healthier eating plan if you know you get to have a party occasionally.

Aging is about more than a negative impact on your skin’s appearance. Many people think it can be solved with simple lotions and oils, but that is not enough to dig in and fight some of the real symptoms that aging brings about. The advice given here does exactly that and should be followed in a way that benefits you.

Individual Dental Insurance 101

Individual Dental Insurance 101

Finding providers who offer individual dental insurance plans may be difficult but not impossible. So do not let this minor point stop you from finding an insurance provider, because having dental insurance fulfills two great benefits:

Excellent Oral Health
ADA studies have shown that cleanings and regular dental check ups is one of the best ways to keep ones’ teeth and gums healthy, and safe from diseases. Many plans provide and pay for the insured to go for regular dental check ups.

Relief From Costly Dental Bills
Cavities, root canals, crowns and teeth extraction are an unpleasant reality. Without dental insurance, these simple procedures can become expensive. Many dental insurance providers offer plans where they pay for a bigger percentage or pay for the entire dental procedure.

What To Consider In The Search For Individual Dental Insurance Providers

Short or no waiting period
Some dental insurance providers impose a waiting period, to ensure that the old problems from the previous provider are not carried over to the new plan. This can be a problem for you if you need to undergo a procedure, but the new dental insurance has a waiting period of 6 to 8 months before you can avail of the coverage. You will end up paying for this treatment out of your pocket. So, do not delay your search for a dental insurance plan.

Buyer Plans or referral plans
Consider third party companies, which offer referral plans. Under this arrangement, the individual pays a monthly fee to a third party to gain access to dentists who have agreed to a reduced fee schedule. The third party’s services involve securing individuals to dentists. The individual pays the discounted dental fee directly to the dentist.

Independent insurance carriers
You can easily find these carriers on the net or the yellow pages. The better ones offer a flexible dental insurance plan, which can be written as stand-alone coverage or as a part of your present dental insurance plan.

Some of these carriers provide plans with the following benefits:
• The flexibility to seek treatment from your preferred dentist, but they will offer you bigger discounted fees if you choose a dentist from their network.
• Inform you what the contracted rate is for the treatment before you undergo this.
• Provide you complete coverage from preventive services such as check ups to major procedures like full dentures.

Grapes, Nuts, and Your Dogs Health — Foods that Fido should Avoid

Grapes, Nuts, and Your Dogs Health — Foods that Fido should Avoid

Your dogs health is important to you. You show her how important by keeping her well fed and groomed, making sure she gets plenty of exercise and providing a collection of fun, safe toys for her entertainment. You don’t skimp on the quality of his food. And to reward good boys and girls, there are always lots of delicious treats in the cupboard. But if he has bad breath, you could be overlooking a serious problem with your dogs health. “Dog Breath” is such a common condition that we make jokes about it. Sometimes we even tease our human “friends” using “dog breath” in play-ground style name-calling ( although hopefully this is limited to teenage boys.) And I know many pet owners who comment that they love their dog or cat like a child, but just can’t stand the smell of the animal’s breath! Well, guess what? “Dog Breath” isn’t normal.
It’s estimated that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over the age of three suffer from the periodontal disease — a serious deterioration of the gums and supporting bones of the teeth. Yes, it’s periodontal disease that’s responsible for “dog breath”. But the problem doesn’t confine itself to your furry baby’s mouth. It’s an infection, and the tiny creatures responsible for it can break loose and enter the bloodstream. Once they do, they can infect vital organs such as the liver and kidneys, endangering your dogs health by causing a far more serious illness.
The best way to insure your dogs health, especially where periodontal disease is concerned, is with prevention. It can make all the difference.
Periodontal disease begins as gingivitis, which is virtually harmless and completely treatable. If allowed to move to the next stage–Periodontitis– it can be stopped, but not cured. And the worse it gets, the faster it progresses. This applies to all animals, two legged and four legged alike. Think of a car parked at the top of a hill. The emergency break is released, and the car begins to roll downhill. Now, if you hit the breaks right away, no harm done. But the farther the car rolls the faster it goes, and the more momentum it builds. It gets harder and harder to stop it. By the time it’s halfway down the hill, you could be headed for disaster!
You can maintain your dogs health nicely with proper home care. But, like the rolling car, if disease is already present, stopping and controlling it is a bigger job.
Prevention involves, above all, regular veterinary checkups and professional cleanings beginning early in your dog or cat’s life. I’ll show you how you can help maintain oral health at home, but it’s impossible to do a thorough cleaning on an animal who’s awake. Trust me on this. It’s hard enough to do a thorough job with a cooperative human patient. When we’re talking about animals who don’t understand what we’re doing or why, forget about it.
Most veterinarians recommend annual cleanings, but more frequent or involved treatment may be needed depending on your animal’s condition. Please, no matter what you’re doing at home, follow the vet’s recommendations. As for your part, introduce your dog or cat to the idea of having his teeth brushed as early as possible. I know, it’s not easy, and it takes time and daily conditioning to get your little guy or gal used to it. But your dogs health is worth it!
So how do you prevent the most common of threats to your dogs health? Brush her teeth, of course! Every day. Just like you would your own (twice a day for you, and floss too!!). This isn’t easy, but it can become an expected part of your dog’s routine if you do it right. Here are some suggestions:
Start when your dog is a puppy. The earlier the better.
At first, you just want her to get used to you handling her head and looking inside her mouth. Practice lifting up her lips and looking at her teeth and gums–front, back and both sides of her mouth.
Now begin gently touching the gum tissue with your finger and rub along her gums and teeth as if your finger were a toothbrush. Let her get used to the sensation. This is exactly the way you would introduce a human baby to brushing, beginning with just her gums. Even before there are teeth, there are harmful bacteria. So don’t worry about a tiny puppy who doesn’t have a full set of teeth yet–rub her gums, swab out her little mouth with your finger, and get her used the this kind of contact from her owner.
Your next step is to wrap gauze or a soft washcloth around your finger and rub the gums on both the outer and inner surfaces of the teeth.
Finally, introduce a tooth brush in one small area. As your dog gets used to the brush, you will be able to use it in place of the gauze or washcloth. Remember to brush the inside surfaces!
A little brushing a day, beginning with the first step and working your way up gradually, will eventually lead to a one to two minute session. Your dog will learn that it doesn’t hurt and that she gets a couple of minutes of your undivided attention every day. It generally takes 8 to 16 weeks to get there, but in the end your dog will accept brushing as part of her daily routine.
If a little brushing is done every day at a set time, eventually your pet gets used to it, and some will even look forward to it. It will take most pet owners from 8-16 weeks until the pet accepts it readily. Now the pet realizes it doesn’t hurt and that it will get 1-2 minutes of your undivided attention. Your pet enjoys your attention, and will eventually wait patiently for you to brush his teeth.
There’s a toothbrush with three heads that will allow you to brush all three surface of the tooth at one time, which makes life a lot easier for both of you! It also has nice, soft bristles so you won’t harm your pet’s delicate gum tissue.There are also products that can be rubbed on the gums and added to the drinking water to help reduce bacteria in an animal’s mouth and promote the dogs health and healing. Bad breath is actually a by-product of the bacteria that populate the mouth. They break down proteins and carbohydrates from your dog or cat’s diet, and produce something called “volatile sulfur compounds”, or VSC’s. It’s the sulfur that make the breath smell extra special!
Certain dental products have an agent that neutralizes the VSC’s. Many owners have commented that their cat or dog seems to like the drinking water better when these products are added–even though they have no flavor! And there’s a gel available that, although formulated for the gums, can be very soothing for skin conditions, cuts, and surgical wounds thanks to the Aloe Vera it contains.
The best oral care products work without the use of fragrances and flavors, which entice human consumers, but don’t benefit your cat or dogs health in any way!
I was a practicing dentist for over 20 years, and I saw a lot of human patients who had terrible breath (and periodontal disease) and weren’t even aware of it. People don’t like to tell each other about bad breath. Even the dentist has to be delicate with this piece of bad news.
At least when dealing with a pet, you don’t have to worry about social embarrassment in order to address your dogs health problem! Don’t be shy, get in there and do something about it. Not only can your dog get rid of her breath odor, but she could even live 2 to 5 years longer as a result. And you’ll be able to get close again, without holding your breath.

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