Sample By: Kalyn Hoppe
Missing teeth can be a cause of discomfort for a lot of people. We remember our grandparents’ toothless grin and when we try to picture ourselves with that same face we feel a chill of embarrassment. Thankfully, dentures were made to not only replicate the biting pattern that teeth are needed for, but also for appearances.
Types of Dentures
There are two different types of dentures; partials and complete. Partial dentures are when only a few teeth are missing (two front teeth, bottom six teeth, etc.) and they will match your other teeth. Dentures can provide you with an almost exact color match to your own teeth so you will not be able tell where the partial begins and your real teeth end. Complete dentures are when all your teeth have been removed and you will have two complete denture pieces- upper and lower.
Some dentists can make dentures immediately. These are dentures you can use immediately following teeth removal. You can also wait until the mouth bone and gums have become stable, it's all a matter of comfort. Permanent dentures are made through a more lengthy process- multiple fittings, dental impressions, and oral impressions are completed before the dentures are actually fabricated. Adjustments can be made if they don’t fit the first time, although it can take some time to get used to them. Your gums may be a little sore, but with proper dentures you should experience very little pain.
Do Dentures Look Fake?
Most people can not tell when a person is wearing dentures. There have been great advances in oral science that have made dentures appear more like real teeth. They have also become much more reliable and less likely fall out of your mouth while eating. Something that can ease the transition from your natural teeth to dentures is practicing doing things alone at first; eating, drinking, and speaking can be a little difficult after being fitted for dentures. Practice makes perfect! Dentures are not a shameful item but one that will bring normalcy back to your mouth.
Sample By: Lisa Delsanno
For thousands of years, people have looked to Mother Nature to cure what ails them. Before there was such a thing as pharmaceutical medicine, or even doctors, entire communities could be cured from illnesses by simply venturing into the woods to collect herbs, plants, and berries. Now that pharmaceuticals have become mainstream, most of these remedies have been long forgotten, or considered to be "Old Wives' Tales", written off as superstitious beliefs from a simpler time. However, if we look into these remedies and dare to ask ourselves why they were used, it becomes apparent that there actually is a certain science to it. These very same ideas can still be utilized today, usually without the harmful side effects that we see with pharmaceuticals. A lot of these remedies are incredibly easy to make, and most of the ingredients can be obtained with a quick trip to the grocery store. In fact, they may even be in your kitchen already! A few good examples include: honey, ginger, and cinnamon.
Honey has long been considered one of nature's most versatile remedies. It can be used to treat and/or cure hundreds of ailments, including acne, cuts/scrapes, sore throat, and insomnia. A mixture of warm milk and honey can be just the thing to help you fall asleep, and swallowing a teaspoon of honey when you have a cold will soothe a scratchy throat almost instantly. It can also be applied directly to an open cut to act as a natural antibiotic.
For people suffering from arthritis, fresh ginger may very well be one of the simplest, yet most effective forms of relief. It can be eaten, however ginger has a strong taste and some may find it hard to handle. The easiest way to use ginger to relieve arthritis pain is to grind it in a food processor, add enough boiling water to form a paste, put the warm paste into a piece of cheese cloth, and apply as a compress to the affected area.
Some diabetics use cinnamon as a means to control blood sugar spikes. It can be eaten or taken in capsule form, and when taken daily may help to regulate high blood sugar.
It goes without saying that any illness, or treatment thereof, should always be discussed with a medical professional. Most medical professionals would agree however that a natural alternative to traditional medications is safe, providing you have no known allergies. An open minded doctor may even encourage it! Modern medicine is all about experimentation and finding out what works best for the individual. This can be accomplished much more easily when harmful side effects are no longer a concern. With most herbal remedies, there are no side effects, and they can be experimented with safely.
Sample by: Shelly Luban
Chinchillas are cute, soft and fluffy, but is a chinchilla the right pet for you? There are some important factors to consider when deciding whether to adopt a chinchilla for your family pet.
While chinchillas are rodents, they have one huge difference from most rodents. They have a very long lifespan compared to other pet rodents. The average lifespan of a pet chinchilla is 10-15 years, but if the chinchilla was bred properly and taken good care of, he or she could live as long as 20+ years. A chinchilla is a long term commitment.
Chinchillas are much like toddlers. They lose interest in everything very quickly and they move rapidly from one thing to the next. They get into anything and everything and are avid chewers. It is important to allow your chinchillas outside of their cage for exercise a couple hours per day, but you must always keep your eye on them at all times. Pens are a good idea to keep them contained in smaller areas. They are not much of a cuddly pet and they don’t enjoy being held, but some of them will easily form bonds with their human owners and will groom them or “talk” with them.
Chinchillas require a cool climate. In the wild, chinchillas live in the Andes Mountains in Peru and Chile. Their bodies require cool temperatures and can succumb to heat stroke very quickly in temperatures as low as 80 degrees. Therefore, household air conditioning is very important and should be kept within the 70’s to keep your chinchilla sufficiently cooled. Chinchillas are nocturnal animals and do enjoy sleeping in the daytime. Cage placement should be in a household area that will receive less traffic during the day. Sleep pockets and covered houses in their cages can help maintain the quiet and security they need. Chinchillas lacking sleep will quickly decline in health which can result in fur biting or digestive upset. Chinchillas also require very large, tall cages so they are able to leap from ledge to ledge for exercise. A small cage, like the ones sold in pet stores, will result in a very unhappy and unhealthy chinchilla.
Chinchillas have very sensitive digestive systems and require their owners to have a vast knowledge of what is safe for them to consume. Strictly hay and good quality pellets are their main diets. Small amounts of treats in the form of oats, apple wood sticks, cheerios, and rose hips are also safe for them. Unlike other pet rodents, fresh fruits and vegetables should not be given to chinchillas.
It is very important to always buy from a reputable breeder that can provide back ground information for your chinchilla’s genetic history. They are prone to genetic disorders if there is any cross breeding in their family history. A good breeder will know this and will be able to provide several generations worth of your pet’s family tree. Do not think it is a good idea to breed your pet with someone else’s chinchilla. Without knowing exactly how each of their genes affects the other, the results could be disastrous and cruel to the offspring.
When you are searching for a pet for your family, always make sure you do your research and choose one that is suitable for your household. When it comes to chinchillas, extra research is highly suggested and careful thought should be put into the decision.
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