Keep Your Child’s Smile Stunning

Your smile is important to you. It’s one of the first things people notice when they meet you. So, you want it to look great. Healthy smiles are important to kids, too!

Tips for keeping those pearly whites sparkling:

Brush at least twice a day. Help younger children and remind older ones to brush every surface. Don’t forget to get any hard to reach spots.
Fluoride Is Good For You. There is a reason it is in the water. It is one of the best ways to prevent cavities and strengthen teeth. For children under three, use a rice size amount of toothpaste. You can increase that to a pea size for kids who are three to six years old.
Floss! As important as brushing is, it just doesn’t reach between teeth and other places where bacteria like to hide. Make a habit of doing this after brushing.
Limit snacks. Frequent snacking is a common cause of tooth decay. Replace some of the juice you give your kids with water or mild. Juice has a lot of sugar — even pure juice that has nothing added is full of it.
See the dentist regularly. Even kids with baby teeth should have regular check-ups. You can often prevent problems or catch them early by seeing a dental professional regularly. You can also reinforce the idea that visiting the dentist is a good — not scary — thing to do.

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Ways to Relieve Back Pain

Back pain is incredibly common. More than 26 million people between the ages of 20 and 64 suffer frequent back pain and it is the biggest cause of disability in people over 45. More than 80 percent of adults will suffer from it at some point in their lives and it is the top cause of chronic pain. If you suffer from back problems, there is good news as pain relief is available and recovery is possible.
Here are some tips to help with your pain:

Get moving. Bed rest is one of the worst things you can do if you injure your back. You need to strengthen your muscles and you lose muscle mass when you are in bed.
Try over the counter pain medication. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen will reduce the swelling and help with the pain.
Try hot and cold compresses. Ice will help immediately after the injury to numb pain and heat later can stimulate blood flow and ease the aches.
Lift with your knees! If you have to lift something, bend at the knee. Also, hold the item close to you; it will put less pressure on your back.

If your pain is severe or doesn’t get any better within a few days, see a doctor.

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Motivational interviewing as useful tool to interview adolescents

In the clinical interview with the teenager, the first thing is to accept unconditionally the young (in order to achieve an empathic relationship) and assure confidentiality while this does not mean vital commitment (risk to life or that of others), criminal activity or abuse . This is creating a therapeutic bond mutual interaction. Motivational interviewing is one useful tool for this purpose.

The “motivational interviewing” takes into account the following principles:
– Expressing empathy. Must unconditionally accept the adolescent, without rejection or stigmatization, for which he should be “reflective listening”, assuring the teenager ambivalence (about changes or not in their risk behaviors) is normal and that he help you resolve your concerns.

– Bring out and reinforce your desires and vital projects. Desire is the greatest engine of change and personal development. Working with teenagers is to be growers wish.

– Develop the discrepancies. It is useful to encourage the teen to realize its contradictions, showing the discrepancy between their current risk behaviors and the important goals you want to achieve in your life (your wishes and vital projects).

– Avoid discussions-arguments. Teens expect them “let’s talk”. They are counterproductive.

– Not label the teen immediately diagnoses. The subsequent process of evaluation will determine whether or not a disorder, the extent of this damage and the teen has associated. They should try to achieve with the adolescent a “collaborative engagement” to explore initial issues (see) and thus pass the stages of evaluation (judge) and intervention (act).

– “Roll with the resistance.” Adolescent perceptions can be changed, for which more than strictly impose a teenager vision, you must support or inviting to look at their problems from a new perspective which until now had not considered. Sometimes “roll with resistance” for the teen set, that is recognized and reflect back their own objections to the intervention, mobilized to criticize and seek solutions to them.

– Support self-efficacy. Believe in the possibility of change is a motivator and it is important that the teenager performing Haga responsible necessary to achieve change. Hope must be injected within the range of alternatives available and invite you

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Why You Should Not Get a Live Blood Cell Test

Although tests done with blood can provide concrete data about your physical condition like nutrition and illness, when it comes to alternative medicine, a live blood cell test does not provide the patient with any valuable information since the procedure is often done by practitioners with very little education in the field of blood analysis. A live blood cell analysis is often called a nutritional blood analysis in alternative medicine which supposedly tells the practitioner about any nutritional deficiencies you may have and if there are any bacteria in your blood. However, most of these practitioners use Darkfield Microscopes for this procedure (often used in red cell blood counts) which cannot be used for blood analysis. They cannot be used for live blood cell analysis because the red color of the blood will be invisible during the examination due to the bright-field examination technique that is used.

What Should I Do Instead?

If you really want to learn about the physical condition of your body, then going to a family doctor is the right choice. They can do a blood count test that will let them know whether your red cells are up in count or down, and if they are down, they can do further tests to find out if it’s because of a nutritional deficiency or an illness. The best way to ensure that you are healthy is to eat food that is fresh, and organic. By avoiding foods that are processed or have added chemicals, you can stave off certain health problems linked to these types of foods. Using vitamins and supplements, as well as essential oils and teas is another great way to keep your body at peak performance.

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Physical therapy treatment for post-stroke patients

Stroke is a neurological function disorder caused by impaired blood flow in the brain that can occur suddenly in a few seconds or as quickly as within a few hours with symptoms or signs in accordance with the disturbed areas.

According to the WHO definition: stroke is a brain functional disturbance of focal or global acute sudden and lasting more than 24 hours due to interruption of brain blood flow

According to Neil F Gordon: stroke is a potentially fatal disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. No part of the human body can survive if there is interference with the blood supply in a relatively long time because the blood is needed in life, especially oxygen transporting food needed in the brain and the brain dalah central control system of the body including command of all physical movements.

In other words, a stroke is a manifestation of the state of cerebral blood vessels that are not healthy so it can be referred to as “cerebral arterial disease” or “cerebrovascular disease”. Injuries can be caused by blockage of a blood clot, blood vessel constriction, narrowing or blockage and rupture of blood vessels, all of this leads to a lack of adequate blood supply

Physical therapy after a stroke is a specific treatment in the realm of neurorehabilitation (recovery of neurological disease conditions). Patients with post-stroke rehabilitation involve a multi-disciplinary process that involves doctors, nurses, speech therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists of course. Rehabilitation of post-stroke patients has been shown to have a positive impact. There are many approaches to doing treatments on post-stroke patients.

Physical therapy treatment after a stroke is an absolute necessity for patients to be able to improve the ability of motion and function. Various methods of Physical therapy interventions such as the use of electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, exercise therapy (Bobath method, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Sensory Motor Integration, etc) has proved of great benefit in restoring motion and function in post-stroke patients. However, the role of the caregiver and the patient also accompanies determine the success of a given therapy program from physical therapy center.

Rehabilitation is also a long process and everyone involved should carry out these activities. One or two sessions may not be visible results, but they should not give up. With time and effort, many stroke survivors can recover to some degree. Always has to be the prevention of stroke. People who tend to experience a stroke can be determined by their risk factors

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4 Common Medical Billing Mistakes

If you’re running a medical practice, the last thing you want to think about is medical records and billing. However, those two things are an essential component of a successful practice. Read on to discover some of the most common medical billing mistakes and how to avoid them.

1. Incomplete or inaccurate patient information. If patient information is incorrect, this will lead to payment denials and will result in time spent re-filing. Make sure the information is complete and accurate the first time by using a medical records solution such as those available at MicroMD.com. Electronic medical records make it quick and easy to get information right the first time.

2. Not verifying insurance. This is a top reason why claims are denied. Denials usually occur either because coverage has been terminated or the date of service isn’t eligible, the service wasn’t authorized, the service wasn’t covered or maximum benefits were already met. Because insurance coverage and information often change, it’s important to verify a patient’s coverage every single time they come into the office – even if they are a regular patient.

3. Incorrect diagnosis and/or procedure codes. Accurate coding is extremely important because it tells the insurance company what the illness, injury or symptoms of the patient were and what treatment was performed. If these codes are incorrect, there may be a denial due to the procedure not matching the authorization or due to lack of medical necessity. Most often coding mistakes occur if an out-of-date coding book is being used or if the handwriting was incorrectly read. It’s a cliche but physicians’ handwriting is often difficult to discern. This is another problem that can easily be solved by using electronic medical records.

4. Duplicate billing. Billing is considered duplicate if the same test, treatment or procedure is billed more than once. Similarly, billing is considered wrongful if the wrong services are billed for or if services that were never performed are billed. Most of the time, the simple human error is to blame. For example, a procedure may have been canceled but never removed from the patient’s account. Unfortunately, your practice or facility can be fined for fraud if it seems these mistakes were made knowingly or willingly. Performing chart audits is a simple and effective way to ensure claims are billed correctly.

While human error can never be completely removed from the equation, using electronic medical records by properly trained staff can go a long way toward reducing the number of mistakes made and helping avoid them in the first place.

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