Start the Countdown Dental care costs can quickly add up. Stockbyte/Thinkstock "Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill," said late-night talk show host and comedian Johnny Carson. This joke works because it implies karmic retribution for a dentist with no concern for his patient's comfort. But what about the real pain of dentistry: that cramping pain you feel in your wallet at the check-out counter -- a pain that lingers for months and even years after you leave the office? Perhaps Carson's joke should be revised to read: "Happiness is your dentist telling you your visit will be cheap and then having him break his $20,000 drill." Jokes aside, dentistry doesn't have to be painful, at least not financially. Well, OK, maybe it'll hurt a little. That's because, unlike the price of a gallon of gas, which varies only 3 cents in a 10-mile radius, dental care spans a range from pricey to frugal, sometimes (illogically) … [Read more...] about 5 Tips for Finding Good Budget Dentistry
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1Condoms Condoms usually last for years after manufacture, so they're not likely to go to waste. Photodisc/Thinkstock For the sexually active, keeping a supply of condoms on hand is a good way to avoid embarrassing situations, like being forced to run out to the store in the heat of the moment. Another advantage to stocking up is saving money. Condoms can be expensive, but the more condoms you buy, the cheaper they usually are. For example, a recent price comparison revealed that a pack of three Trojan-Enz condoms sells at retail for about $5.99, or about $1.99 per condom [source: Walgreens.com]. A 36-pack of the same brand can be found on Amazon.com for only $11.95 or about 33 cents per condom [source: Amazon.com]. Costco sells a 40-pack for only $9.99 [source: Costco.com]. Condoms generally don't expire until four or five years after they are manufactured, so they likely won't go to waste [source: Trojan Condoms]. Read on for more information and tips on how to improve … [Read more...] about 10 Things You Should Buy in Bulk
The first thing to do is to realize that children do get depressed, either because of a chemical imbalance in their brain or due to stress, grief or trauma. The next step is to recognize that while depression in adults may present as lethargy, talk of suicide or a lack of interest in activities that used to bring pleasure, in children depression can be expressed through acting out in school, becoming aggressive or irritable, or getting into trouble, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. If you think your child is depressed, you should consult a child psychiatrist, a child psychologist or other mental health professional. In addition to whatever medication or therapy your child will be getting from the professional, you can introduce your child to activities at home that will lift her mood and can even set her on the path to a future career. A number of great musicians, writers and artists battled depression or other mental illnesses, and they poured … [Read more...] about What can you do at home to help childhood depression?
There are many good reasons to be organized and strategic when many doctors and specialists are taking care of someone. Some of those reasons include the need to share test results, coordinate medication and schedule appointments, tests, surgeries and rehabilitation. Organization also ensures that the appropriate people would be notified of any changes in the person's health. The doctors and allied health care providers who are part of the medical team for someone with a health condition that affects their brain could include: Primary care provider or family doctorPsychiatristNeurologistSocial workerPhysical therapistSpeech therapistOccupational therapistNeurosurgeonNeuro-oncologist (for brain tumors)PhysiatristDietitian or nutritionistVarious nurses, radiologists and physician's assistants. The person will also have to stay current with any other specialists - such as dentists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, dermatologists and gynecologists - who are seen regularly. Coordinating … [Read more...] about Working with Multiple Healthcare Providers
Are fluoride treatments too much of a good thing? Creatas/Thinkstock You've probably noticed that fluoride is present in virtually all brands of toothpaste; as the writing on the box says, it protects against tooth decay. So why would you want a toothpaste without it? And would a dentist use it? Let's investigate. Fluoride is the 13th most common element in the Earth's crust. It shows up naturally in some soil and water. Back in the 1940s, scientists realized fluoride prevents tooth decay, and so more was added to the public water supply in most cities, causing tooth decay rates to drop by 50 to 60 percent [source: American Dental Hygienists' Association]. Today more than 60 percent of Americans drink fluoridated tap water [source: Kids Health]. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers community water fluoridation one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Fluoride toothpaste became standard in the mid-1950s. So how does fluoride work? Simple: It … [Read more...] about Can dentists use non-fluoride toothpaste?