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xx Dr. Bolaji Ogundare donated modern library to college of medicine
October 17, 2017, 11:04:13 PM by Isaac Adeniran
The Faculty of Dental Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, has received a donation of a modern library from an alumnus, the Chief Executive Officer of New Cross Petroleum, Dr. Bolaji Ogundare.

While handing over the facility to the college on Thursday, Ogundare said the gesture was to  give its users access to updated information in the field of dentistry.


 Ogundare said, ďAs a student and alumnus of the faculty, what I discovered was lacking in the present-day education situation is access to global information, which can only be gotten from a well-equipped library with an internet facility and upgraded text books.

ďIt is what  I have always wanted to do and I feel very fortunate to do this in my school environment. I want to appreciate the school management for their approval because itís a different thing to want to give back and a different thing for the college to give the go ahead.Ē


The donor, therefore, encouraged the college to profile the faculty of dental sciences as one of the resource materials in the library.

 ďIt is always good to tell your story for reference purposes and every student, old and new, should be able to do a background check on their college at any point in time,Ē he said.


Speaking at the inauguration, the Provost, CMUL, Prof. Folounsho Lesi, who lauded the gesture, said that an institution without a well-resourced library would add no value to research.

Lesi said, ďDental education is one of the most expensive types of education in the world today and it requires a lot of expensive resources that need to be subsidised by this type of gesture. This donation is highly appreciated by the university authority and we are using this time to call on other alumni not to hesitate to give back to the college.Ē
xx Tips to Help You Sleep Better and Prevent Back Pain
September 02, 2017, 02:23:16 AM by Isaac Adeniran
Waking Up with Back Pain?

Tips to Help You Sleep Better and Prevent Back Pain

Written by Josh Zumstein, DC, MS
Q:  Every morning, I wake up with severe pain and stiffness in my back and neck. The pain generally wears off as the day wears on, but itís very bothersome at the start of the day. Could I be sleeping incorrectly? How can I make sure that I sleep right to prevent neck and back pain?

Sadly, sleeping can be an uncomfortable situation for some people, and it can be a cause of back and neck pain. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to ensure you are sleeping correctly to prevent neck and back pain.

Tip #1:  How You Sleep Is Important

First, make sure youíre sleeping in a position that is conducive to maintaining the natural curves of your spine. Specifically, do not sleep on your stomach. Stomach sleeping can cause neck pain and headaches upon waking, and places your spine in an unnatural position.

Try to sleep on either your side or back. If youíre a side sleeper, place a pillow between your knees. If you sleep on your back, it may help to place a pillow underneath your knees. Placing the pillow between and underneath your knees gives your spine the best chance of maintaining its natural curves while you sleep.

Tip #2:  Check Your Bed Set-up

Next, make sure youíre equipped with the proper sleeping supplies. For example, itís difficult to find a pillow that properly supports your neck. Most feather pillows donít provide adequate neck support, which can cause neck soreness even if you are sleeping in the recommended side and back positions.

If you find yourself awaking with neck pain or headaches despite sleeping on your back or side, it is likely that you need a cervical pillow. A cervical pillow is specifically designed to support the natural curves of your neck while you sleep and places your neck in its desired, natural position. Cervical pillows are designed for side and back sleepers, but make it difficult to sleep on your stomach, which is an added perk to using it.

It is also important to make sure youíre using the correct mattress. There is a link between the type of mattress people use and associated back pain. People who use a medium-firm mattress have less back pain compared to people who use mattresses classified as too firm or too soft.

In addition, research indicates that you should purchase a new mattress every 10 years if you want to ensure your mattress isnít the cause of your back pain. Mattresses that are 10 years old and beyond are shown to be a possible cause of back pain while you sleep.

Tip #3:  The Right Way to Get Out of Bed

Lastly, make sure you are getting out bed properly. Unfortunately, the majority of people will sit up, twist their back to prepare to get into a standing position, and use their back to stand. This method is incorrect.

The proper way to exit a bed upon waking is to roll onto your side and use your arm to push up from the side-lying position. From this position, scoot to the very edge of the bed and get up using your legs, not your back.

Sleeping shouldnít be painful. It should be a time to relax. Implementing these aforementioned suggestions is a great way to decrease pain while you sleep and increase your odds of having a great nightís rest.
clip Cervical Spondylosis ďA Dentistís Nightmare
August 31, 2017, 11:14:34 PM by Isaac Adeniran
Cervical Spondylosis ďA Dentistís Nightmare



Cervical spondylosis is a gradual wearing down or deterioration of the bones and cartilage in the cervical spine. Even though it can also be caused by injury, the condition is usually caused by collective changes brought on by daily normal activities.

Over time, the discs between vertebrae may begin to dry and shrink, slip, or collapse, that may cause the spaces between disc and bone to narrow or eventually collapse. This places mountingstress on the facets of the bone, which eventually begins to weaken. As the cartilage on bone ends wears down eventually causing the bone rubbing against bone.

A dentist typically involves himself working in a standing posture, which requires prolonged bending over a supine or reclined patient, variety of hand tools in a delicate manner is used by the dentist, and occupy extended periods of time, typically less than an hour per patient for a dentist. Some causes also include Whiplash injury &TMJ injuries.

Over the years, research results show that cervical spondylosis issomewhat commonplace among dentists and surgeons, and problem relates to their equipment design,postures and extent of working time.Several different surveys of dentists in Pakistan, Nebraska, South Carolina, India, Canada, Denmark, Poland and Norway, consistently showed that approximately 40%-60% report cervical symptoms and low back pains.

Signs and Symptoms
Neck pain and stiffness is commonly seen.Tingling, numbness weakness in the arms hands legs or feet. Lack of coordination and difficulty in walking is even one of the sign. Abnormal reflexes and muscle spasms also can be felt.

Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the problems.
Prevention fromCervical spondylosis
Ergonomic recommendations for minimizing the risks of cervical spondylosis focus on improving working posture and equipment design. These include:

1) Change of Posture - Static muscle fatigue will decrease, if one alternate between standing and sitting to reduce postural fatigue and maximize postural variety.Indirect vision should be enforced in training to adapt to a comfortable posture by the dentist.

2) Use Support - When standing or sitting, donít lean forwards or bend in an unsupported posture for prolonged periods. With a good back support you can sit, sit up straight or recline slightly in a chair and one can use a good footrest if needed. You can find something to help you lean against if, standing for a prolonged period.

3) Safe reaching - Avoid having to reach uncomfortably to equipment and work close to the patient. Keep the items used most repeatedly within a distance of about 20 inches (50 cm). Use assistants to help move equipment into this zone.

4) Normal arm posture - Keep upper arms andelbows close to the body and donít elevate and tense the shoulders when working. Also, ensure that hand postures are not deviated because this could lead to wrist problems.

5) Use Comfortable Equipment - Use equipment that isnít too heavy, that can be used without uncomfortable upper body posture, and that feels comfortable to use. Equipment that is designed ergonomically helping to minimize stresses on the back and upper extremities.

6) Manage Time ĖTry to avoid long appointments, or mix together these with frequent short rest breaks in which you can relax the upper extremities and change your posture.
Treatment of Cervical spondylosis includes neck immobilization, pharmacologic treatment, lifestyle modifications and surgery.

Adopting the right postures in clinical practice and having a favorable work environment could reduce the incidence for cervical spondylosis. Therefore, itís very important to promote the occupational health and prevention programs regarding ergonomic postures which must be adopted by the dentists during their clinical practices.
xx Facts you need to know Spit Tobacco
June 29, 2017, 07:45:20 PM by life4real
 Facts you need to know Spit Tobacco

Spit tobacco (a.k.a. smokeless tobacco, dip, snuff, chew, and chewing tobacco) contains ingredients that can cause serious health problems. Users can suffer from periodontal (gum) disease, cavities (tooth decay), leukoplakia (white patches and oral lesions which can lead to oral cancer), and are at greater risk for oral, throat, stomach and pancreatic cancer.

The nicotine content in a can of dip or snuff is approximately 144 milligrams, which is equal to about 80 cigarettes. In other words, one can of snuff or dip equals about four packs of cigarettes. Nicotine addiction is a serious physiological health issue that drives users to continue using, despite considerable risks (such as
cancer), and makes spit tobacco a very difficult habit to quit. NSTEP has worked with a number of well known athletes and others who are unable to quit, even when they desperately want to stop using, and are experiencing significant health problems.

Potential and new users should not underestimate the amount of
nicotine contained in spit tobacco and the addictive nature of spit tobacco products.
NSTEP has also heard stories of adults giving spit tobacco to children and youth, often during sporting events and outdoor activities. It is illegal to sell spit tobacco products to children under 18 years of age.

 Parents and caretakers should realize the full impact of sharing this drug with young people, especially given the harmful health effects and addictive nature.


xx International Spit Tobacco Education Program
June 29, 2017, 07:39:30 PM by life4real
International Spit Tobacco Education Program

http://mylastdip.com/ - My Last Dip, a web-based smokeless tobacco cessation project.
www.cancer.org - American Cancer Society (ACS) website. Search for "smokeless."
www.cdc.gov/tobacco/spit.htm - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Office on Smoking and
Health.

www.chewfree.com - A free smokeless tobacco quitting program on the Internet. ChewFree.com addresses
the special difficulties faced by spit tobacco users. Participants will have access to a website containing
information and quitting resources. This program is part of a research project conducted by the Oregon
Research Institute.

www.mayoclinic.org/stop-smoking - Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center.

www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/smokelesstobacco.html - Medline Plus information.

www.cancer.gov - National Cancer Institute (NCI). Search for "smokeless."

http://www.tobaccofreekids.org - The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has a number of excellent fact sheets
on spit tobacco and children, spit tobacco taxes, the differences between Swedish "snus" and American
products that are being marketed as "snus."

www.NOSPIT.com - The Texas Spit Tobacco Education Program (TSTEP) has teamed up with the Texasbased
Spit Tobacco Prevention Network (STOPN) and other statewide agencies. The organizations work
together to provide training in prevention and cessation measures for health educators and health
professionals along with brochures, curriculum guides, videos, and other educational materials. This
information is used in community-based intervention measures such as school presentations, baseball
events, meetings, and seminars.

www.nidcr.nih.gov - Spit Tobacco: A Guide for Quitting. This guide is intended to help you make your own
plan for quitting. Many former dippers have shared advice on quitting that can help you. This guide is the
result of advice from chewers and dippers who have canned the habit. In this guide we refer more to dip than
chew, just to keep it simple. Also, note that we call it-spit tobacco, not smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco
is the term preferred by the tobacco industry. It makes the products sound safe; they aren't.

www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dlsea/sspw/heresources.html - The Stamp Out Spit Tobacco is now in its fifth year of
successfully educating Wisconsin Fifth graders about the dangers of Spit Tobacco. Each spring a comic book
with two spit tobacco free Milwaukee Brewers called the B-Force do battle with the evil Mr. Gross Mouth and
his sidekick the mysterious Dr. Drool. In addition to the comic book there is a weeklong curriculum that is
given to teachers that include math, health and language arts lesson. The culminating assessment has the
students design an anti-spit tobacco postage stamp and send it to the Brewers for a drawing for tickets, a
signed B-force poster and a personal meeting with one of the B-force. An outcome study has been done for
the past four years that has found that students who did not have a strong anti-spit tobacco attitude before the program became strong anti-spit tobacco advocates after. This program is a collaborative between the Dept.
of Health and Family Services, Dept. of Public Instruction, the Milwaukee Brewers baseball club and
Wisconsin Dental Association. The contact person for this program is Jon Hisgen, Health and Physical Activity
Consultant with the Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction 608-267-9234

www.throughwithchew.com - The Wyoming Through With Chew program serves as a resource for all tobacco
prevention professionals. The staff seeks to share experiences and resources developed while establishing
successful spit tobacco use prevention programs throughout Wyoming.

www.razewv.com - West Virginia Youth Tobacco Education Campaign. West Virginia's teens, tearing down
the lies of Big Tobacco with our passion, our power and our minds. Join up, if you think you can handle it
(getting involved means more than just wearing our tee-shirt). Smoker, non-smoker, whatever - we're all
about fighting Big Tobacco.

http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/oehp/tobacco/dhhrlinks.htm - West Virginia Tobacco Use Prevention Program.
Link to data on prevalence of adult smokeless tobacco use in West Virginia.
www.littleleague.org - Little League Baseball, Inc. Little League Baseball, Inc. and Oral Health America have a on of-a -kind partnership that allows NSTEP to present a spit tobacco message on disease prevention and health promotion though the Little League World Series. Their website offers valuable information on the programs offered by Little League addressing the health and safety of their players and coaches.
xx Counseling Patients to Quit Tobacco
June 29, 2017, 07:35:35 PM by life4real
For Healthcare Professional
The Dental Team on the Frontline

Dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and other members of the dental health community represent the
frontline of tobacco cessation counseling. Use this direct contact as an opportunity to educate your patients
about the dangerous effects of spit tobacco use.

Use the 5 A's When Counseling Patients to Quit Tobacco

As an oral health care provider, you will be faced with patients who don't know how to handle their tobacco addiction and who will need help to quit. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources recommends
following the "5 As" when counseling patients to quit tobacco:

ASK about tobacco use. Identify and document tobacco use status for every patient at every visit.

ADVISE to quit. In a clear, strong, and caring manner, urge every tobacco user to quit.

ASSESS willingness to make a quit attempt
. Is the tobacco user willing to make a quit attempt at this time?

ASSIST in the quit attempt
. For the patient willing to make a quit attempt, use counseling and pharmacotherapy to help him or her quit.

ARRANGE followup. Schedule followup contact, preferably within the first week after the quit date. As a health professional, your encouragement and advice can be the motivating factor that helps your patient quit
using tobacco.
xx How To Quit Spit Tobacco
June 29, 2017, 07:27:32 PM by life4real
Quitting Spit Tobacco

The Cessation Process 7 Steps to Recovery
Step One: Decide to Quit and Make a List of Reasons Why Knowing your reasons for quitting will help you make it through the tough situations when cravings and temptation to use spit tobacco are high. Start your cessation process by making a list of all the special reasons in your life to be tobacco free. For example, you'll
save money, make your friends and family very happy, clean up your breath, set a good example for your kids, and avoid serious health problems like oral cancer.

Step Two
: Set a Date It is important to set a clearly-defined quit date no more than two weeks after you decide to quit. Even if you think you can quit now, wait at least a week so that you can get prepared.

Step Three
: See a Health Care Provider Prior to your quit date, visit your health care provider for an oral exam and to inquire about nicotine replacement therapy. Nicotine replacement can be useful after you quit to help ease withdrawal symptoms, but always remember never to use nicotine patches or gum in combination with tobacco products of any kind.

Step Four: Taper Off and Change Your Routine While some people are able to quit spit tobacco "cold turkey", others find that cutting back in their spit tobacco use and changing some aspects of their behavior and lifestyle makes it easier. In the week or two before your quit date, consider:

 Switching to a lower nicotine content brand of spit tobacco;

 Taking only half the amount of spit tobacco you normally consume with every dip;

 Systematically reducing the number of dips you take per day;

Noticing where and when you dip the most;

 Finding other things to do at those places and during those times; and
Using oral substitutes like sunflower seeds or sugarless gums or hard candies to get you through cravings.
Think about how you will cope with the urge to use spit tobacco after you quit, and practice responding in your thoughts and actions to these urges.

Step Five: Build A Support Team Build a support team that includes your friends, family, and a health care provider. Let them know that you are quitting and tell them your quit date. Enlist their help in the process! Your support team can help by encouraging you if you slip, by giving you a pat on the back when you meet your
goal each day, and by being patient with any irritability you may have from nicotine withdrawal during the first week you are tobacco free.

Step Six: Your Quit Day Make this day different and special! Change your daily routines to break tobacco triggers, chew non-tobacco substitutes like sugarless gum or sunflower seeds if you need them, and stay busy and active all day. Exercise and drinking lots of water will help take your mind off tobacco, and will help
curb your appetite. Fall back on the new action and thought responses that you practiced earlier in the two weeks to get you through the cravings. Remember that each urge to chew lasts only 3-5 minutes - you can get through the craving with deep breathing exercises and keeping busy.

Step Seven: Staying Off Spit Tobacco Depending on how much you curbed your use prior to your quit date, the next two weeks might be pretty tough. But don't give up - nicotine withdrawal symptoms decrease dramatically after the first two weeks.

After a month, you'll feel better than ever. If you find that withdrawal is
just too much to bear, consult your health care provider. Remember your reasons for quitting and let them strengthen your intention to become tobacco-free. Anticipate hard situations and plan ahead how you will deal with them. For example, if you usually dipped or chewed while hanging out with friends, or while playing
sports, think hard beforehand about how you will deal with the urge to chew when you engage in these activities now.

A good thing to remember during the toughest moments of withdrawal and temptation to use is the following acronym for DEAR:

Delay: If you can wait another 30 minutes before taking a dip, or if you can put dipping out of your mind by doing something else and thinking positive thoughts, the urge may pass.

Escape
: When feeling irritable from nicotine withdrawal and presented with a confrontation, consider walking away from the source and doing something else for a minute or two, like washing your face and hands.

Avoid: Stay away from situations where the temptation to use is high until you are confident you can remain tobacco-free. If you can't avoid these high risk situations, then plan ahead what you will do instead of dipping so that you will be able to resist the temptation to use.

Reward: Give yourself a reward (other than dipping!) every day you stay tobacco free.
xx Diabetes Detection by your Dentist
June 27, 2017, 03:26:21 PM by oneluv

Diabetes Detection by your Dentist
 

Diabetes and Your Dentist

Why your dentist is often the first person to detect diabetes

By Dr. Jed Jacobson, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H.

Of the 30 million Americans living with diabetes today, more than 8 million donít even know they have it. The numbers are even higher for seniors; 25 percent of them are dealing with the effects of diabetes according to the American Diabetes Association. You might be surprised to learn that regular trips to the dentist are the best way to find out if you might have undiagnosed diabetes.

As a dentist, I like to think of myself as a disease detective. Thatís because as a dentist, Iím often the first person who sees the signs of diseases like diabetes. Many times, people donít go to their physician because they think theyíre healthyówhen theyíre really not. Detecting diseases like diabetes is where good oral health can lead to good overall health.

So how does a dentist detect the signs of diabetes before the patient starts to connect the dots that something is wrong? One of the oral signs of pre-diabetes is frequent yeast infections in the mouth. That happens because blood glucose levels rise in diabetics, setting up a great environment for yeast cells to grow and divide. Healthy people donít normally get yeast infections in the mouth, so when a dentist sees one he or she will work to find out why.

One reason people develop yeast infections in the mouth is the use of antibiotics. If you are not taking antibiotics, a dentist will ask more questions to try to determine if you are suffering from diabetes. One of the big signs that something is wrong is weight loss for an unknown reason. Two more signs are frequent urination and increased thirst. If you have those symptoms combined with a yeast infection, you could have undiagnosed diabetes.

Another warning sign of diabetes is periodontal disease, which is a bacterial infection that destroys gum and bone tissue. It attacks the support structure of the teeth and can cause eventual tooth loss. Periodontal disease is different than tooth decay, which causes holes to form in your teeth.

There is clear evidence that diabetes and periodontal disease are intimately connected. For example, diabetics with periodontal disease find it extremely hard to control their blood glucose levels. That is because sugar content is higher in the bloodstream of diabetics, which can cause some microbial organisms to overgrow and throw the balance of bacteria off in the oral cavity. When that happens, you get periodontal disease.

Not going to the dentist doesnít just put a diabeticís health at risk; it also costs them money. Several studies prove that your medical costs will go down if you visit your dentist on a regular basis.

Seeing your dentist on a regular basis helps ensure that you and your family will have good overall health. We may not be able to stop something like diabetes from happening, but we can do our best to find it early and start treatment. That way you donít become one of the thousands lost every year to the disease.

 
xx Why Are Your Teeth Sensitive?
June 27, 2017, 02:42:57 PM by oneluv
Why Are Your Teeth Sensitive?


Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?
Does a sip of your morning coffee or a bite of your favorite ice cream cause pain in your teeth? Or, maybe when you brush or floss, do you notice that some teeth experience more sensitivity than others?

Donít ignore this sensation in your mouth. Here are some reasons why you may be experiencing sensitive teeth and some ways to help ease some of the pain.

Reason #1: Thereís too much acid in your diet.

If you have sensitive teeth that have exposed nerve pathways, yet you continue to indulge in tomato sauce, pickles, fresh grapefruit and oranges, or other highly acidic foods on a regular basis, you could be making your sensitive teeth worse. Decrease your intake of acidic foods and see if you notice a difference.

Reason #2: Youíre brushing your teeth too hard.

This is a very common reason why people have sensitive teeth: they brush with too much force. If you brush too hard for too long, you can slowly begin wearing down the protective layers of your teeth, which means that they are at risk for nerve exposure. If they are exposed for a long time, you will likely experience sensitivity in your teeth on a regular basis. To combat this, make a concentrated effort to brush gently, and switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Reason #3: You grind your teeth.

If you grind your teeth while you sleep at night, you will likely wear down the enamel in your teeth over time. This will expose the dentin (one of four types of dental tissues), which can lead to nerve exposure. Your dentist can make you a mouth guard that is custom fit to your mouth, and this can significantly help you stop grinding your teeth.

Reason #4: Youíre using mouthwash too much.

Mouthwash is a great product, but it should be used in moderation. Many times, these mouthwashes contain high amounts of alcohol and chemicals that can actually contribute to tooth sensitivity. Instead, try a neutral fluoride rinse or stop using the mouthwash altogether.

Reason #5: You have gum disease.

Do you have receding gums? This is often a result of aging, but it happens especially if you have not kept up with regular teeth cleaning, flossing, or dental check-ups. If you have gum disease or gingivitis, you may have sensitive teeth as well.

To help this, your dentist will likely create a plan of action to treat the gum disease, and may suggest a procedure to seal the teeth and keep them protected. 

Having sensitive teeth doesnít have to dominate your everyday life! Itís usually treatable, often with simple changes to your oral healthcare routine. Start with switching your toothpaste to one that is made specifically for sensitive teeth. If this doesnít work and the pain persists no matter what you do, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine the cause and the best solution
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