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Having moved to Ocala, FL recently, my family and I were thrilled to be near Daytona Beach and the Ocala National Park. Our excitement turned into a bit of nightmare when one of my children started getting cavities in his teeth. I scrambled to find the nearest dentist to help ensure that the cavities were taken care of and didn’t spread any further.

However, to no avail, I went through three different dentistry all of which were either inexperienced or just unprofessional. I had no idea finding a dentist in Ocala would be this difficult. Luckily, I eventually came across VIP care Dental which has since been our family dental care provider.

To save others from this ordeal, I’ve made a guide that will help you research local dental care providers. The following questions will ensure you opt for the right provider for your family and avoid going through the same experience as me.

Which specific areas do you specialize in?

You will find that a lot of dentists specialize is specific treatments and may not be able to offer others. Two of the three dentistry I went to were not capable of putting dental implants. It made no sense to me to go to separate dentists for different treatments so I dropped those two altogether.

You want to pick a dentistry that can offer you the works from orthodontic, cosmetics, to other dental treatments. This will make it much easier for you and the family to build a relationship with the practice.

How will you determine the number of visits I would need?

When it comes to oral care, everyone is different. Some take better care of their oral hygiene while others don’t. Dentists should have a custom plan for each individual based on their oral needs. So if a dentist tells you to visit a certain amount of time without even examining you, this should sound an alarm.

It is essential that a thorough examination of the mouth is taken before they tell you how often you need to visit. So it is important that you ask them how they come up with this and what is their process in determining the number of visits. Just so you have an ease of mind and can tell that you are in the care of capable hands.

How experienced are the dental professionals and do they have any referrals?

No matter what type of healthcare solution you opt for, you want to make sure you go to an experienced practitioner. Especially when it comes to procedures and more serious treatments.

It is important to know exactly how much experience the dentist has, this allows you to develop trust in them. The first dentistry I went to in Ocala was new and while the dentist was professional, he was a bit timid while treating my son.

Probably because he didn’t have much experience treating children. The pain from the cavity also did not subside after the treatment which prompted me to look for another dentist.

Experienced dentists will have quite a few positive referrals. Your search for the right dentist can be made easier if you search for these referrals. Thanks to the Internet, you can search for referrals online.

All established dental care providers will have some form of testimonials online. If you can’t find any, I recommend you move on from the dentist and look for another.

Are payment plans an option?

Let’s be honest, dental care and treatments can be costly. The biggest issue is insurance plans don’t always cover them. This can make paying for treatments a bit tough on people. You will find that experienced and successful practices have an option for payment plans.

Some may even provide interest-free plans which make it easier to pay the amount off. Payment plans take the burden off of having to pay all at once, making costly treatments a reality for most.

The above questions should be paired with the following basic questions in your quest for the right dental practice.

  1. What are the office timings?
  2. Do they have all the machinery such as x-ray?
  3. Do they provide free consultation?

These 7 questions will help you develop an understanding and know beforehand of what type of service you should expect. If you go to a professional dental practice they will be more than happy to entertain these questions and answer them for you.

Samantha Cohen moved to Ocala, FL last year and is a super-mom to her daughter, a fitness-enthusiast and a road-warrior(sometimes).

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7 Tips To Beat Dehydration During This Summer Season

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With summer comes rising temperatures and soaring heat which is truly unbearable. During the summers, the problem of dehydration might catch you up easily due to the warmer temperature outside which makes you weak and lethargic. You need to be very careful and follow a balanced diet along with the consumption of lots of fluids to avoid dehydration in your body, as dehydration might cause heart-related issues, nausea and weakness.

We can’t ignore the fact that our body is made up of 70% to 80% of water and if that becomes low, it puts you at risk. So, you need to be very careful and extra cautious during summers.

Follow our top tips and advice to stay healthy and hydrated this summer.

1. Consume lots of fluid

Whether you are in a habit of drinking too much water or not you have to drink lots of water in order to stay energetic and dehydrated. Experts suggest drinking of 6 to 8 glasses of water every day. Intake of plenty of water in your body will help you beat the scorching summer and put you away at risk of getting any disease.

2. Avoid taking diuretics

Try to avoid diuretics food like coffee, cola and chocolates during summers as these products result increasing the production of urine in your body which in turn results in loss of fluids and causing dehydration.

3. Don’t eat spicy food

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Consuming lots of spicy food during summers gives you nothing but only problems related to health like acidity and heartburn. They also contribute to loss of body fluids from your body by increasing your internal body temperature. It’s contradicting that some experts believe that it’s good to have spicy food for preventing in warm climates helps to produce sweat which helps to cool down your body.

4. Eat food rich in potassium content

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Dehydration does not mean only the loss of water from your body but you also lose a huge amount of electrolytes which you need to replenish it consistently. Try eating potassium-rich foods including bananas, coconut water, pineapple, mangoes and sweet potatoes to beat the heat.

5. Don’t exercise too much

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N doubt exercise is very important to keep yourself fit and healthy, but doing lots of excessive could cause exertion and it might prove dangerous for your health. If you can’t stay without doing exercise even a single day, try to drink plenty of water and keep rehydrating yourself by taking water-breaks in between.

6. Wear light colour clothes

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Avoid wearing darker shades like black during summers as it absorbs more heat causing you to sweat more. Instead, you should wear cool and bright colours like white, blue and pink that will make you cool. Also, avoid wearing tight clothes as it makes you sweat all over from top to bottom and making you uncomfortable.

7. Eat lots of salad and green leafy vegetables

Eating green leafy vegetables and foods that is high in fibre content helps you stay hydrated and cool during summers. So, avoid eating junk food like pizza, fries and burger instead you should try on having salads stay healthy.

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That Sweet Taste in The Mouth Might Be Bad News

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The human tongue supports five different tastes thanks to its taste buds. These taste buds are micro hair like transmitters which send the signals to the brain for the taste from the food. While the tongue supports 5 different tastes (  salt, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami ) there are more than 10,000 different taste buds which are replaced every two weeks. Just after two weeks, all of your previous taste buds would be replaced by the new ones. That sweet taste in the mouth might be a concern if, after two weeks, it’s not gone because even if the taste buds are gone what’s basically causing it?

There are some foods which can cause prolong taste in the mouth. Some sugary foods can cause a sweet taste in the mouth but that sweet taste only lasts for some hours, not more than that. If you have a persistent sweet taste in the mouth then that would a cause of concern because naturally you are not supposed to feel any taste in your mouth other than the time you are consuming something

Due to some of the underlying causes, a sweet sensation can be felt in the mouth. Some of those causes are given below as

Due to some of the underlying causes, a sweet sensation can be felt in the mouth. Some of those causes are given below as

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder

It is an acid imbalance created in the stomach. Abbreviated as GERD, this phenomenon can lead to foul taste in the mouth and those foul taste can include sweet tasting depending upon various factors. If you feel a ” full ” or bloating sensation with some discomfort in your stomach then this may be a sign that you are suffering from GERD.

However, these predictions are not enough to diagnose the underlying medical condition and medical check-up is required for proper diagnosis and treatment. You should get medical help if the symptoms start to get worse.

Diabetes

One of the most known causes of sweet taste in mouth  Diabetes. Because of irregular and unkempt productions of the Insulin, the person could feel some sweet taste in the mouth. Since the body makes insulin to tackle with the glucose ( better known as the blood sugar ), if there is a problem with the insulin production it would lead to what’s known as the glucose spike.

Diabetes is seen to be capable of changing the composition of the Saliva. With its composition being altered, it can or cannot cause some sweet taste in the mouth. Mostly it is seen that people with Diabetes often feel some taste in their mouth, often sweet because of the unregulated blood sugar levels

You should get a medical check-up to see if Diabetes is the underlying cause or not.

Certain Diet

You are what you eat. Various diet types can trigger the various phenomenon. If you are consuming a diet high in fats and low in carbohydrate and protein then most likely you are going to trigger the Ketosis in the body where the primary source of energy becomes the ketones. This state of the body causes elevated levels of consciousness and energy but is not all safe.

Being on a certain kind of diet can trigger foul tastes in the mouth. If you are following a diet then let go of it for 2-3 days and see if the sweet taste in the mouth goes away on its own or not.

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Short Chain Fatty Acids and Your Health: The Relation In-between

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We already know that fibre is good for health but for long scientists have been trying to understand as to how doe fibre exactly affect human health? The answer is definitely not very easy. As of now, the scientist is of the opinion that the gut microflora plays an important role in the relationship between fibre and the human health—and this is credited to their host of messengers called the short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs).

These SCFAs are a byproduct of the fermentation of the dietary fibre i.e., non-digestible carbohydrates inside the gut. Apart from a few remaining in the gut, most of these molecules travel throughout the body, participating in complex reactions which have a great impact on health and are also the subjects of active research.

Primarily the SCFAs influence the gastrointestinal tract (GI) and also the gut health. Their main function is to serve as a source of energy for the cells inside the colon and to strengthen the protective mucus layer in the intestines. Additionally, they have the ability to affect cell proliferation, the genes and also the cell cycle.

Apart from all this, these molecules are also under study for their possible role in influencing gut mobility i.e., the muscular contraction causing the movement of the intestinal content across the GI tract which is same for both humans as well as animals alike.

SCFAs can possibly have an effect on combating metabolic diseases and obesity as they influence the metabolization of energy in the body. Though, evidence on this is somehow contradictory.

Studies suggest that SCFAs protect against obesity by reducing the levels of cholesterol and glucose, but on the contrary, they are the sources of calories in the gut which can ultimately lead to obesity. We are still in need of more study in this regard.

On the most important known influence of the SCFAs is on the immune system. Studies reveal that SCFAS (particularly butyrate) may possess anti-inflammatory effects and also play a pivotal role in initiating the specialization of immune cells, called regulatory T cells that in turn helps them to‘maintain the peace’.

To add on to all above, SCFAs might have an important role in protecting the body against colorectal cancer, by aptly conditioning the gut environment or maybe by influencing the immune system in a manner that the risk of cancer is reduced.

Till now, there is no doubting the importance of SCFA molecules—they are the important results of the coordination between the gut microbiota and dietary intake.

Also, because the formation of SCFAs by bacteria is influenced by food intake, several scientists are of the opinion that they are the key connection between diet, the gut microflora and human health.

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