Monday, June 23, 2008

The health risks of nail biting...

Most of us one time or another have bitten our nails. I knew biting your nails was not healthy, as they are full of germs but I did not know however that it could do damage to your teeth & gums if one bites their nails over a long period of time.
So if you are one who bites those nasty little things, you might want to check this article out! (:

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Help with choosing the right teeth whitening system

I am one of those people who is constantly concerned about the color of my teeth, but lately, my pocketbook has been cause for concern as well. Sure, I can go to my dentist and sit in a chair for an hour and pay hundreds of dollars and have a smile as white as snow, but why do that when there are at home kits that work just as well? The problem is there are WAY too many products to choose from. How do you know which one is best? I began doing my homework and I found this awesome website that reviews and rates the most popular whitening products on the market. It briefly describes each product with pros and con's and even includes the official websites for each product. Take a LOOK and see which one you think is best!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Medical Tourism; aka Medical Outsourcing?

I posted a blog in February of this year warning against the dangers of traveling to Mexico to have dental work done. To date, I'm standing behind that article, as I don't believe that Mexico is a contender in the world market for doctors and dentists! However, as I was looking for more information to follow up on that blog, I came across some very interesting and enlightening information about the practice of traveling to other countries for medical and dental procedures. We all know that the cost of medical and dental care is becoming outrageous, and we all know that many people are either uninsured or underinsured, on fixed incomes or bogged down with financial problems not related to medical or dental. Many simply can't afford treatment, and for those people even traveling to another country is out of the question. It's unfortunate and it is unnecessary, but that is my opinion and a good blog topic for another day!
Those of us who are insured are feeling the crunch as well, with rising costs of co-payments and deductibles, and procedures or prescriptions that are no longer covered. I knew that the practice of traveling for medical and dental treatment existed, but what I didn't know was that there are actually companies out there whose sole purpose is to help you locate a state of the art facility in another country with a renouned practitioner, and who will set you up with an exotic vacation, having the procedure done during the course of your stay, all for nearly the same price as the procedure alone would cost in this country! Many of these countries are stepping up in the market today and are answering the call for quality, affordable medical and dental care by expertly trained professionals. Not to mention that there are drugs approved for use overseas that have been proven effective for treatment and are reportedly less harmful than many prescribed here in the states. Who wouldn't want to combine a vacation abroad with medical treatment if it meant you'd be getting twice the value for your money, not to mention expert care!
Some of the countries that medical tourists are traveling to for treatment are: India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Costa Rica. Some of the countries they're traveling from are: The USA, Canada (due to socialized medicine and the lack of timely treatment) Europe, Japan and the Middle Eastern countries. Does this surpise you? It surprised me, but it shouldn't have. I will definitely be doing more research on this topic.

In my next blog I will be writing about the travesty befalling many of our citizens with regard to medical and dental care (or the lack thereof) in this country. Stay tuned......