Tuesday, September 8, 2015
An oral surgeon does more than just remove teeth. Oral surgeons take care of more complex procedures, such as impacted wisdom teeth. DentAbout lists a number of other procedures conducted by oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Included in the list are jaw surgery, facial reconstruction, and correcting oral birth defects. An oral surgeon can also provide treatment for birth defects, such as cleft lip and cleft palate. Why Cleft Lip/Palate Should be Corrected Correcting cleft lip/palate is less about cosmetics and more about functionality. It’s easy to see that these are anatomical defects and thus, creates many different complications that can make a child’s life difficult: Difficulty in Feeding. This is more pronounced in the case of cleft palate. The roof of the mouth is incomplete, making feeding difficult. During infancy, breastfeeding becomes a challenge as the baby can’t suck properly. Liquids may pass through the opening and into the nostrils.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Humans naturally lose hair every day – it’s just a part of a normal hair growth cycle. A few strands falling are not a cause of worry since new hair will grow to replace them. If the loss is more than just a few strands and new growth doesn’t seem to be keeping up, however, it might be a case of male or female pattern hair loss (MPHL or FPHL), a.k.a. Androgenetic alopecia. Causes Androgenetic alopecia, as the name implies, is rooted in genetics particularly those affecting the sex hormone androgen. The hormone is responsible for different functions, including the regulation of hair growth. In the case of MPHL, problems with the hormone cause hair follicles to shrink, resulting in shorter and finer strands, until hair eventually stops growing.
Friday, September 4, 2015
As if the emotional toil isn’t enough, now life stress is stripping you off your mane, too. Perhaps they are coming off in clumps after you brush. You see lots of them on your pillow and on the shower floor too. This massive shedding has been going on for weeks now and you’re grief-stricken by the thought of going bald for life. But have you ever looked into how exactly this process occurs? Under severe stress, the body reserves its nutrients for use of the more vital organs. Hair is not as essential, so deprived of the necessary ‘supplies’, the hair follicles cease production. As soon as the body stops supporting the hair follicles, the strand now enters into an early resting state (telogen phase). At any given time, about 85% of the hair is in the growth stage.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Teeth loss or edentulation is among the most prevalent dental problems faced by adult Philadelphians. Just because the condition is common, however, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s alright to disregard. It’s not a cosmetic concern one may simply choose to shrug off; permanently lost teeth, in significant numbers, is a matter worth taking seriously as it affects an individual’s overall health. Chewing is one of the most important functions of the mouth, and is often compromised due to discomfort from lost teeth. Less chewing means reduced secretions of the saliva, an enzyme essential in regulating bacterial presence in the mouth. With less amount of ‘cleansing’ agents around, bacteria can easily build up as plaque on the tooth enamel. In sufficient quantity, plaque can reach down below the gum line and destroy the gums from within over time, particularly with improper or inadequate oral hygiene.