Many people who grind their teeth while they sleep don't become aware of the problem until they begin sharing a room with a roommate or sharing a bed with a romantic partner. Now somebody else is there to hear the squeaking and clicking noises that accompany teeth grinding. If this describes your situation, you may have previously noticed symptoms that are now explained. For instance, people who grind their teeth during sleep may sometimes wake up with a sore jaw.
Radiation therapy can lead to a wide variety of complications throughout your body. You probably already know that it can make your hair fall out or make you feel nauseous, but this treatment can also cause a lot of complications inside your mouth. Radiation therapy can lead to oral candidiasis, also known as thrush, a type of fungal infection caused by the candida fungi. Here are five things you need to know about oral candidiasis.
If you are one of the 38 million Americans who rely on wearing corrective lenses to improve your vision, it can be tempting to wear them for longer than is recommended because of the convenience they bring you. But, your eyes and vision can be at risk when you wear your contacts for longer than is recommended. As it is healthy to rest your eyes from wearing contacts, you should remove them and wear your eyeglasses periodically to avoid eye infections.
If you've been diagnosed with cancer of the larynx, esophagus, nasopharynx or neck, you're understandably anxious -- not only about the disease itself, but also about the surgery that may be recommended to remove the tumors. Fortunately, this is an age of medical wonders, one of which is laser surgery. This use of precisely-focused, amplified light is well suited for the small scale and delicate nature of throat and neck surgeries.
When you were young, you counted on your parents to take care of you. As an adult – possibly with your own children to take care of – it can be difficult when you find yourself in the position of having to return the favor by taking care of an elderly parent or other relative. Despite the stereotypical assumption that seniors with medical needs will end up in long-term care facilities like nursing homes, the available data shows that unpaid caregivers provide about 90% of long-term care, and the majority of unpaid caregivers are family members.