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Happy (Early) Birthday Present To Me

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Happy (Early) Birthday Present To Me

Hello! If you follow me on Facebook (at Sarah Mushenheim), then you will have seen my musing that I officially feel like a grown up because I asked my parents for an electric toothbrush for my twenty-sixth birthday. After a visit to the dentist, we both agreed that I could benefit from an electric toothbrush and I planned on ordering one off of Amazon once I got home…

But, then, I remembered it is almost my birthday (on the seventh) and it couldn’t hurt to ask. My mom kindly offered for me to pick out an electric toothbrush for my big 2-6 and, thanks to my boyfriend being an amazing sport: IT’S PINK! Check it out:

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My boyfriend, Johnny, and I have wanted an electric toothbrush for a while and after using it one time, I have no idea what we were waiting for! We both agreed that our teeth have never felt cleaner after an at home brushing before and I know that my dentist will be pleased with the results of this here Philips electric toothbrush.

Not only does this model leave my teeth feeling literally Arctic Fresh but it is so adorable I can hardly stand it. Why would I want a blue or white toothbrush when I can have the sweetest cotton candy pink?! It was also a great deal on Amazon, as you could get the toothbrush and a replaceable brush head set as a bundle. #SCORE

Is an electric toothbrush the most exciting birthday gift? Actually, YES. Johnny and I love it, I love the color, and it was exactly what I wanted. So here’s to turning twenty-six with better teeth, I guess?! 😀

How did you celebrate your last birthday? Have you made the change from a regular to electric toothbrush? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Facing Your Fears: A Memoir

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Facing Your Fears: A Memoir

Hi! For those of you who recall, around this time last year I was suffering through a recovery from an oral surgery gone severely wrong. For those of you who don’t recall, I had an oral surgery last year that went severely wrong, which you can read about on the provided link! I have always been wary about the dental arts and, after such a traumatic experience, the last thing I wanted was any more people poking around in my mouth with sharp objects.

Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out the way I hoped, which was never having to go to a dentist or oral surgeon again. Especially because the surgery I had last year left me with some lingering problems that needed corrected. And, especially because I turn twenty-six this year, these issues needed sorted out ASAP before I get off my mom and dad’s insurance.

So, with a heaping dose of anxiety, I made my way to the periodontist who my mom recommended as a patient herself. After an exam, the decisions were made that 1) the doctor was very nice and 2) I would need to undergo a deep cleaning of my gums to help with the recession that was happening as well as the recession that became worse post surgery.

This past week, I had the first deep cleaning on the right half of my mouth and I would be a liar if I said I wasn’t freaking out. Last year, one bad procedure on my mouth left me drinking Ensure and out of work for a month and a half. However, I knew that all of this work had to be done so I bucked up and sat myself in the chair after announcing how nervous I was, of course.

In fact, I started crying as soon as the first numbing injection took place. Yes, I was being a baby but I just couldn’t help myself. I was traumatized by a quack of an oral surgeon and being back in an office to get work done on my mouth made a whole flood of scared emotions come out. But, I gritted my teeth metaphorically speaking because my mouth was open and had the doctor continue.

By the time the numbing kicked in, I literally couldn’t feel a thing and the doctor spent at least an hour cleaning the first half of my mouth (I’ll get the second half done this week). At the end of the procedure, my periodontist thanked me for trusting him because he knew how much I had suffered and how hard it was for me to allow someone to do that type of work on me.

I was so moved by this because I was downright embarrassed. No one wants to hear that they take poor care of their mouth and also no one wants to burst into tears as soon as a needle gets pulled out. I didn’t feel one ounce of shame after the doctor thanked me because he understood where I was coming from and didn’t take it lightly that I was even there to begin with.

After the procedure, I was a bit sore and nauseous but, within a few days, everything was back to normal. My mouth already feels infinitely better and, shockingly, I’m looking forward to getting the other half taken care of this week. The doctor helped restore my faith in those working in the field of dentistry and it also motivated me to continue taking the best care of my teeth as all of the problems I have begin to resolve.

I faced my fear in a big way and the risk was definitely worth the reward. Despite not feeling well post procedure, I felt proud of myself and strangely confident. I confronted one of my biggest fears head on and I came out on top. This is a lesson that I am going to always come back to in my life because sometimes taking a leap of faith pays off in the best way!

What are you afraid of? How did you confront that fear? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

5 Signs You Need To Visit An Emergency Dentist

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5 Signs You Need To Visit An Emergency Dentist

Although it may be a little overwhelming, deciding whether or not you need to visit an emergency dental practice ​can be difficult. Whether you’ve been experiencing a lot of pain or you’ve been in an accident that has caused damage to your teeth, you need to be sure you know exactly when you need to see a professional. Whilst not everything will be considered an emergency, it’s important for you to know when you need medical attention. With that in mind, here are 5 signs you need to visit an emergency dentist:

You’re Experiencing Severe Pain​:

One of the main reasons you need to book yourself an emergency dentist appointment is if you’re experiencing severe pain. Although toothaches can be incredibly painful, you need to be in severe agony to be able to consider an emergency appointment. Whether that means your pain doesn’t subside with tablets or it means you’re unable to do day-to-day activities, if you’re in pain you need to see someone straight away. For at-home ways to treat severe toothache, you can visit this site here.

You’ve Been In An Accident That Has Damaged Your Tooth​:

If you have been in an accident that has damaged your tooth, you need to book an appointment as soon as you possibly can. Although you may not be able to fix the issue right away, the sooner you see a professional the better. Not only will they be able to tell you the type of treatment you need, but they’ll be able to give you something to help with the pain. For advice when it comes to damaging a tooth, you can visit this site here.

You’ve ​Been Referred By A Professional:

Another sign you need to visit an emergency dental office is if you have been referred by another medical professional. Although you may not feel as though you’re in a medical emergency, a toothache can affect several other parts of your body. From earaches to sore throats, you may find that a dentist is able to help.

Your Pain Hasn’t Subsided​:

If you have visited the dentist with an issue in the past and the pain still hasn’t subsided, you may want to book an appointment to see them again. If the pain is getting worse, you need to ensure you’re booking an emergency appointment, as it could be something serious. If you can’t get an appointment right away, you might want to consider calling an out of hours helpline.

There’s No Other Practice Open​:

Finally, if there is no other practice open and you think you need help right away, it might be best to book an emergency appointment. If you’re unsure, the dental office will also be able to advise you as to whether or not you can wait until your regular practice is open again.

If you are experiencing extreme problems with your teeth, use the advice above and act accordingly!

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Be Back Soon!

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Be Back Soon!

Hello everyone! I am just letting you all know that Lil Red will be going on hiatus for the next few days. I, unfortunately, had to go to the ER on Sunday due to complications with my wisdom teeth surgery and am still in a lot of pain. So, now, I must focus on getting back to one hundred percent. Please send me lots of get well wishes, because this friggen sucks and I will be back soon! Much love. -Sarah

Bye Bye, Wisdom Teeth

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Bye Bye, Wisdom Teeth

Hiiiii! So, this past Friday I got my wisdom teeth removed. I now have four less teeth so, if you don’t recognize me, I completely understand! The oral surgeon also had to take some of my gums from the roof of my mouth and sew it into the bottom of my gum line so that was really tasty, too.

Aside from waking up in loopy-ville, the pain hurting like the dickens, and the fact that my face swelled up to chipmunk proportions, I’d say that I did pretty well! But, the best part, was all of the ice cream that I got to eat. The most delicious being the Chocoholic Peanut Butter Ripple from Handle’s.

Originally, I asked my dad to get me Peppermint Stick but, then, I realized that I really really wanted some chocolate. My dad doesn’t have a cell phone, so I did what any girl in pain (And also on her period! TMI?!) would do. I called Handle’s and asked them to let “the man with a mustache and flannel” know that I changed my mind. The girl on the phone was SO sweet and when my dad returned home with my treat there was an adorable note from the employees at Handle’s wishing me a quick recovery. 12/10 will FOREVER be getting ice cream from there again!

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? How about your favorite local ice cream stand? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Providing Your Family With The Best Medical Awareness

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Providing Your Family With The Best Medical Awareness

Keeping Everybody Healthy:

The best way to fully flourish in terms of health is proper diet and exercise. You need to keep the right foods available in your household, and strive to facilitate regular opportunities for working out. Walks. Bike rides. Sports. General calisthenics and anaerobic workouts, all of these can be good strategies. But they’re not going to be fully comprehensive.

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You need to additionally have medical solutions available should you need them, in a variety of different disciplines. You’ll need some dentistry solution, you’ll want general checkups, and you’ll want medical assistance to help account for the worst-case scenario. For example, a broken leg or arm may require physical therapy after the fact. This is actually quite likely. You’ll want to have options available that can render the best possible physical therapy in your vicinity.

A good option for physical therapy in Jersey City, NJ is Riverside Medical Group, who offers the best physical therapy sessions in Jersey City, NJ, at affordable fees. PT rehab centers are well equipped to help you in your therapy sessions with well trained and highly experienced staff.

Cosmetic Considerations:

Your family might also be in situations where a disease, injury, or mental illness condition predicates some level of cosmetic surgery. Certainly cosmetic augmentation has become an increasingly popular form of medical procedure in the modern age. It’s even gotten to the point where certain augmentations are sought specifically to make people look different, just consider those who try to look like a literal doll or an animal.

Sometimes these things are for reasons of health, sometimes they are merely for aesthetic appeal. Either way, surgeries like those are required when installing breast implants. You can find out more at LVCosmeticSurgery.com, a purveyor of breast augmentation in Las Vegas. Breast implants aren’t always just one dimensional. Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure that gives you a fuller, more balanced breast size.

In the wake of breast cancer, such cosmetic solutions can be integral to maintaining personal mental health. Other times, this augmentation is necessary in a reductive capacity after high quantities of weight are lost. Burns or other accidents could also make certain cosmetic procedures a necessary reality for your family.

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Implications:

The bottom line, is that if you want to keep yourself and your family healthy, it will require the understanding of multiple areas of medical provision in addition to ensuring the best kinds of diet and exercise are central to your family’s lifestyle. If this sounds like a bit of a tall order, it is.

Not only are there many areas to research, but there is bound to be expense involved. You need to be strategic in determining means of covering these costs, unless money is no object for your family; which is unlikely. Thankfully, there are a variety of programs out there that you can use to help reduce medical costs, or even cover them entirely.

On the internet, you can look up various situations for which funds exist. It’s sometimes just a matter of approaching the issue from the right angle. Additionally, in the wake of the insurance difficulties resulting from the ACA, there are increasing insurance solutions at decreasing expense available. This trend is expected to continue as ACA is entirely dissolved in the fullness of time.

Look at benefits packages where you work and, additionally, seek employment where there are more comprehensive solutions. The attitude you need to have is that there is a way to fix whatever problems you have. A solution is out there, it may just not be what you expected.

Things to Consider Before Choosing a Healthcare Career

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Things to Consider Before Choosing a Healthcare Career

For people who want to help others in their job, a career in healthcare may seem like the ideal option. If you have never worked in this type of job before, there is a lot to consider before you dive in at the deep end. First, it is a path that requires a great deal of commitment, and it is likely that you will need specific qualifications depending on the area in which you want to work. However, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t accessible for a high number of people.

Like any field of work, healthcare has its ups and downs and you will want to do as much research as you can before you decide that this is the path that you want to go down. However, people who go into this field often find that it is one that is personally rewarding. So, let’s look at a few things that you will want to consider before you definitely decide on a career in healthcare:

Ask Yourself About Your Motivations: Like any career path you decide to go down, you should ask yourself about your motivations in wanting to pursue this particular field. Is helping people your number one ambition? Are you motivated by the financial rewards? Do you want to work in a job that is fast-moving? You then need to think about how strong your motivations are. The likelihood is, is that the healthcare career that you pick will require a great deal of commitment and working long hours that are often changeable. It is not the kind of career that you want to enter lightly. And you should also think twice if it is someone else who is pushing you to go down this particular road. Remember, that you are the one who will be devoting a big part of your life to this career, so you want to make sure that your motivations are your own rather than coming from someone else.

The motivation to help other people is one of the top factors that drives people into this area. If you have a great sense of empathy and a desire to help people through difficult situations, you may be ideally suited to this area. Patience is certainly a virtue in this field, as you will be working with a whole range of people, some of whom are going to be very challenging. The ability to demonstrate good communication skills is another useful skill to possess, as you will often have to be explaining certain procedures or situations to people. It also helps to be a good listener so people feel comfortable with telling you their particular concerns.

Which Specific Role Appeals to You? Of course, doctors and nurses tend to draw all of the headlines when you are looking at careers in the healthcare field, but there are an infinite amount of options that are out there. Within each medical specialty, there are jobs available that suit different levels of education and experience. You will obviously require specific training regardless of which job you go for, but you may be surprised to discover what is within your reach. It is worth reading different articles online and looking at job boards to read through their specifications. There are many specialist job sites such as https://www.staffnurse.com/jrp-dental-nurse that display some of the different options out there. Like anything in life, it pays to do as much research as you can.

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Look at Education/Training Options: When you consider going into a career in healthcare, you have to think about the education and training that goes into it, as well. You will be well aware that it takes several years to become a doctor, so this is a big commitment to make before you actually enter the career in the first place. You need to think about how you would finance your education if you did go down this route. However, a lot of healthcare career options include training that can be done while you are on the job. So, you may need to compromise on your chosen career path if you simply don’t have the time or funds to invest in a long training period. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t find a job that is as equally fulfilling and rewarding.

Do Your Skills and Strengths Fit in the Sector? Everyone has their own specific set of skills and strengths that they bring to every new job role. Before you opt for this particular sector, you need to be confident that your own skills match up. There are a few common attributes that are required by most healthcare professionals. To start off with, you will need excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Many of these jobs involve communicating with patients who are in a vulnerable situation, and even those that are not directly patient-facing will probably require you to work as part of a team. As well as this, you will also need a strong work ethic as many of these jobs are especially demanding. And having that sense of calm when faced with high pressure situations will also stand you in good stead. Another positive quality that it will help you to possess is the desire to continually learn new things. The healthcare field is one that is always adapting and changing, so keeping track of developments and making sure that you are up to date is essential.

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Consider Your Working Environment: Working in the field of healthcare doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be in a hospital. You may work in a doctor’s office, a dentist’s surgery, a school, or even in people’s homes if you are working as a personal carer. Think about how your working environment will affect your particular career path. There may be more opportunities in a hospital but this kind of busy and often chaotic atmosphere may not suit you as a person. Don’t forget that your working environment plays a big role in your job as a whole.

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Think About Your Personal Situation: As we have already mentioned briefly, a career in healthcare is likely to impact your personal life. Many of these jobs require you to work in different shift patterns and you also may have to put in long hours. This is not the case for all of these types of jobs, but you want to make sure that you are fully aware of the level of commitment that you are putting in before you go into any particular job role. It all depends on what your personal situation is currently like and what sort of sacrifices you are willing to make in order to achieve your ambitions.

Like any career path, healthcare is not for everyone. But the people who enjoy success in this area find that it is an extremely rewarding way to spend your working life.     

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Over Thirty? Time To Start Taking Care Of Your Body

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Over Thirty? Time To Start Taking Care Of Your Body

Life’s all pretty well and good when we’re in our twenties. Eat too much food (Always!)? No worries, your body is on hand to make sure that it doesn’t do too much damage. Overindulged at the work party? Somehow, you’re able to get up as if nothing happened (well, almost). However, that all begins to change as we slide towards our thirties. Once we pass the big 3-0, our body stops playing ball and starts to give us a little bit more trouble than we’d like. However, if you take of your body, then there’s no reason why you can’t feel as energetic and full of life as you did in your twenties!

Exercise:

There’s no getting around it, unfortunately: you need to start exercising. This doesn’t mean you have to start visiting the gym every day, but it does mean that you need to be making sure that you get enough physical activity each day. The key to this, is to find an activity that you enjoy. If you find that you really enjoy long distance running, then it won’t feel like work when you set off on those early morning runs: it’ll be fun!

Treating Your Body Well:

Part of having a healthy body in your thirties is remembering that you can no longer push your body to the limit. You need to be taking it at ease, and making sure that it gets everything it needs to be well. For example, you can’t go out late into the night and then expect to get up early in the morning. You’ll also need to curb the amount of alcohol you’re drinking, and if you’re a smoker, then hitting thirty is a good time to quit!

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And eating well, of course!

Nipping Problems in the Bud:

Some issues will happen to you regardless of how much you work out because they happen to everyone sooner or later. The key here, is to take steps so that the issues that might not yet have presented themselves are kept at bay. Take bone loss, which usually begins at age thirty. You should be taking supplements to keep your bones healthy. Take a read of AlgaeCal plant calcium side effects and ask your doctor for advice; if given the all clear, you’ll be able to help increase bone strength. Back pain is also common in our thirties, so avoid doing anything that might cause your back to start giving you trouble.

Happy Mind:

Our thirties can be very happy, but they can also bring with them a fair few mental woes. It’s really important that you stay on top of your mental health, and don’t let all of those freshly acquired worries build up. Make sure tht you’re doing the things that make you happy, and talk about your problems should they arise.

Annual Check Ups:

Most problems can be avoided if we go for an annual check-up – teeth, hearing, and eyes, as well as screenings for any problems that might be hereditary and potentially passed down from your parents.

No matter your age, keeping yourself in good health is always important. And no better time than the present to start!

Keeping Safe When You Are Traveling: A Complete Guide

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Keeping Safe When You Are Traveling: A Complete Guide

Who doesn’t love to travel? Whether it’s for a vacation, business, or to visit your family, travel educates and entertains. Unfortunately, some trips do not go well and are ruined by accidents or ill health. Here’s a quick guide to how you can keep healthy when you are away from home and what you can do if something goes wrong. But fingers crossed that it doesn’t, of course!

Be proactive and prepare before you go:

Be realistic about your health and your physical limitations before you travel. This is especially important if you have chosen to travel by air. There are some people who should not fly and they include:

  • Babies under 2 days old
  • Women who have passed 36 weeks of pregnancy
  • People who have recently had any type of surgery
  • People who have recently suffered a stomach, eye, or head injury.
  • People who have recently had a heart attack or stroke

If you have any sort of health condition it is always a good idea to talk to your doctor before you leave, just in case.

Plan ahead for injuries and illnesses:

You will be responsible for hospital and other medical arrangements during your trip so double check your health insurance and make sure that you are covered for the entirety of your vacation. Think about where you will access treatment if you become ill or injured. Compile a list of USA emergency dentist locations and hospitals in case something goes wrong. This will cut down your stress levels if you are in need of treatment while you are away, as you will already have a place in mind.

Take your own first aid kit with you for minor emergencies. Stock it up with band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and cotton wool so that you can treat cuts and scrapes. Include any prescribed medication and some pain killers. Some basic first aid knowledge is essential so have a read up on what you should do in an emergency. You also need to know when you should call a doctor. In general terms, you need to call medical assistance if you have diarrhea AND a high fever, have been bitten or scratched by an animal, or have been in an accident and are seriously injured.

Let your friends and family know when you will be going, where you will be going, and when you intend to return. Always carry details of your next of kin and your medical requirements with you. You can store these in a mobile phone or in card form in your wallet.

Look after your health while you are away:

It is easy to get carried away on holiday and take risks that we would not take when we are at home. Some sensible precautions will go a long way towards making your trip a safe one. Limit your alcohol intake and use sunscreen when you are in hot and sunny climates. Be especially careful if you are on the coast or in the country as there are additional hazards. Be aware of your surroundings and think about the dangers that you might face and how to avoid them as necessary.

Vacation is meant for fun, not catastrophe. Have a back up plan in place for peace of mind while you have a good time!

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Stop Fear From Standing In The Way Of Terrific Teeth

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Stop Fear From Standing In The Way Of Terrific Teeth

The dentist is a scary place for a lot of us (me included). In fact, a study by Colgate showed that between 9-15% of Americans have avoided going to the dentist because of fear. That’s about 40 million people! So, if the idea of sitting in that plastic chair makes your heart flutter, then you aren’t alone. Dental phobia has many different sources. Like many phobias, it can come from our parents. Or, it may be that you’ve been unlucky enough to have a bad experience. In some cases, fear comes from something as simple as the idea of needles going near your mouth!

As much as causes vary, the extent of our fears is also different. Some of us get nervous but are fine once we get there. Some get extremely scared but understand that it has to be done. And, as stated above, some of us are so afraid that we don’t go at all. This post is for people in the latter group. We’re going to look at how you can keep your teeth healthy, even when you don’t visit the dentist. Of course, nothing beats a professional. If at all possible, you should book an appointment. But, if it’s not in your cards anytime soon, then you should at least do what you can to keep your pearly whites…well, pearly white.

To start with, you need to develop an extensive dental hygiene routine. It may be obvious to say, but a lot of teeth related issues are caused by plaque build up. So if you work hard to stop this from happening, then your teeth will definitely benefit from it. Make sure to get yourself a top quality toothbrush. The many electrical options on the market are your best bet for getting to those hard to reach places. Take the time, too, to develop a flossing routine (even though it’s super annoying, let’s be honest.). You can buy a lot of different flossing products, so make sure that you pick the one that suits you. And, make sure you’re brushing for a long enough time! Dentists recommend two minutes, twice a day. Time yourself to ensure that you’re spending long enough brushing.

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If you do start having problems or begin to worry about the appearance of your teeth, then consider some alternatives. There are natural remedies for most things, and your teeth are no different. If you have a toothache or abscess, there are steps that you can take. Clove oil, ginger root, and simple salt water could help you. If the problem is an aesthetic one, such as wanting straighter teeth, you can also take action. Here’s how to straighten teeth without braces. Give it a try and see if you spot a difference. You can even whiten your teeth at home using products like baking soda or apple cider vinegar.

And, if you continue to have problems, it may be time to face your fear. Depending on how severe it is, it might help to receive a little therapy. Or, you could take the plunge and visit your dentist. You never know; it might not be as bad as you’re expecting!

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