disease http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/2192/all en-US 6 Ways Workaholism Is Costing You Money http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-workaholism-is-costing-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-workaholism-is-costing-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_feeling_tired.jpg" alt="Man feeling tired" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Putting in long hours on the job doesn't have to be a bad thing. If you truly love what you do for a living, working at it passionately can help advance your career, build an important business, help others succeed, and even make you happy.</p> <p>But there's a line every worker can cross when burning the midnight oil starts to wreak havoc on their finances. These are some of the ways working too much can be a problem for your money.</p> <h2>1. You probably overpay for last-minute meals</h2> <p>When you work nonstop, eating is often an afterthought &mdash; which is why you end up shelling out extra money for things that you don't have time to fix for yourself, like takeout food and drinks. These quick bites add up fast. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American household spent $3,008 on restaurant and takeout meals in 2015. If you had more time in your schedule to pack a lunch from home, imagine how much money you could be keeping in your pocket. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stop-the-takeout-meal-cycle-and-save?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Stop the Takeout Meal Cycle and Save</a>)</p> <h2>2. Your medical costs can increase</h2> <p>Patients with one or more chronic conditions account for 86 percent of health care spending by American citizens, their insurance companies, and government programs. As of 2017, U.S. total annual health care costs topped $3.4 trillion.</p> <p>You're wondering what this has to do with you? Well, if you're putting in too many hours behind a desk, chances are you're also guilty of some seriously unhealthy habits: not sleeping enough, drinking too much coffee, eating irregularly, and not exercising, just to name a few. When these habits are compounded over time, it can set you up for any number of chronic health issues that aren't cheap to manage.</p> <p>From obesity, to diabetes, to heart disease, sacrificing your health for your job is almost guaranteed to empty your wallet. According to eHealthInsurance.com, in 2016 the average annual deductible for unsubsidized individual health insurance plans was $4,358, and the average deductible for family plans was $7,983. Once you've managed to develop a chronic condition, you're more likely to have to hit that deductible earlier in the year. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-handle-a-massive-medical-bill?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Handle a Massive Medical Bill</a>)</p> <h2>3. Your family life can crumble</h2> <p>It seems obvious that people who work too much have less time to spend with their families. But if your job is ruining your marriage and affecting your relationship with your kids, I'll let you in on a secret &mdash; divorce isn't cheap.</p> <p>Don't believe me? Sure, it's possible to have an amicable, uncontested divorce where both parties agree on everything. But the average divorce in the United States costs between $15,000 and $20,000. Most divorce spending is attributed to attorney's fees, but you'll also encounter court fees, costs related to real estate divisions, education fees (parental education is required in some states), and costs of neutral evaluations.</p> <p>That's not even counting the additional cost of housing that you'll face once split, or child care. Child care can be a <em>significant </em>expense, although costs vary greatly depending on where you live.</p> <h2>4. You eat unreimbursed business costs</h2> <p>From travel expenses to at-home office costs, anything that isn't reimbursed by your employer, or written off on your taxes, is a loss.</p> <p>Did you upgrade to business-level internet services at home to ensure that you're never without high-speed connectivity? That's a business cost. Do you need an expensive mobile data and voice plan to keep pace with work demands? That's a loss unless your business is covering it. How much of your driving is related to business (outside of a regular daily commute)? Documents? Website costs? These expenses aren't cheap, and they add up quickly.</p> <h2>5. Your career may stall if you can't delegate (or finish anything)</h2> <p>What's the point of working your butt off if you aren't making any career advancement? Some people have a tendency to tackle all the work themselves, partly because they don't know how to say no, and partly because working is in some ways an addiction.</p> <p>The problems arise when you hope to climb the corporate ladder. A good manager knows how and when to delegate, how to support a team, and how much pressure is enough to get the best work from underlings. A manager who <em>can't </em>properly delegate tasks and manage time can alienate coworkers (who don't get a chance to pitch in on important projects) and people who report to them (who feel the need to suffer under mountains of work in order to keep up appearances).</p> <p>Even though it may seem like doing everything yourself is better for your career, it's often the opposite. If your insistence on being <em>The One</em> prevents you from getting promoted and moving into a higher-paying position, your tendencies to overwork are hurting your earning potential, not helping it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-finally-get-that-promotion-this-year?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Ways to Finally Get That Promotion This Year</a>)</p> <h2>6. You have to outsource everything else</h2> <p>Delegating tasks at work is one thing &mdash; that's part of ensuring that all work is done on time and ensures even distribution of labor. But what about your unpaid work &mdash; the work of maintaining everything else around you? Are you paying someone else to:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Do your laundry?</p> </li> <li> <p>Clean your house?</p> </li> <li> <p>Mow your lawn?</p> </li> <li> <p>Care for your children?</p> </li> <li> <p>Vacuum your car?</p> </li> <li> <p>Run errands?</p> </li> </ul> <p>If so, this is costing you big-time. There are some home-related tasks that <em>should</em> be done by professionals (electrical work comes to mind), and if you really hate mowing the lawn or vacuuming, it's fine to pay someone else to do it if you can afford it. But if you're outsourcing every single task around the house because you're never home or free to do them yourself, you're throwing hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars away per year.</p> <h2>Evaluate your work-life balance</h2> <p>Every few months, take a good hard look at the hours you spend and whether you are devoting enough time to the nonwork parts of your life. There's no magic number that fits for everyone. You have to decide what works for you and your loved ones. But do check in regularly, to evaluate your goals and consider your priorities. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-signs-your-work-life-balance-is-off?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Signs Your Work-Life Balance Is Off</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-ways-workaholism-is-costing-you-money&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Ways%2520Workaholism%2520Is%2520Costing%2520You%2520Money.jpg&amp;description=6%20Ways%20Workaholism%20Is%20Costing%20You%20Money"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Ways%20Workaholism%20Is%20Costing%20You%20Money.jpg" alt="6 Ways Workaholism Is Costing You Money" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-workaholism-is-costing-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-age-to-buy-long-term-care-insurance">The Best Age to Buy Long-Term Care Insurance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-complacency-is-keeps-you-from-financial-security">How Complacency Keeps You From Financial Security</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-saving-money-is-harder-today">Why Saving Money Is Harder Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-financial-stability-after-divorce">How to Build Financial Stability After Divorce</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-new-reasons-you-need-an-emergency-fund">4 New Reasons You Need an Emergency Fund</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Career Building business costs disease divorce expenses Fast Food health care overworked Takeout workaholic Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:00:08 +0000 Andrea Karim 2090382 at http://www.wisebread.com The 10 Dirtiest, Germiest, Grossest Things You Live With Everyday http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-dirtiest-germiest-grossest-things-you-live-with-everyday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-10-dirtiest-germiest-grossest-things-you-live-with-everyday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/smartphone-texting-183992313-small.jpg" alt="smartphone texting" title="smartphone texting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Germs are all around us. In fact, the human body is made up of 100 trillion of them. That's right, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/19/magazine/say-hello-to-the-100-trillion-bacteria-that-make-up-your-microbiome.html?pagewanted=all" style="text-decoration:none;">you are literally one big walking germ</a>.</p> <p>For the most part, none of this is need for concern. A healthy adult immune system is equipped with the tools it needs to coexist with the majority of the germs we encounter in daily life. But, yes, there are some germs that have the power to make us sick, and those are the ones worth spending a little time and effort to rid from our lives.</p> <p>Read on for our round-up of some of the germiest things we keep and fool-proof ways to disinfect them.</p> <h2>1. Bed Pillows</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/pilllow-458009457-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The place you rest your head at night could very well be teeming with germs. Mold, bacteria, and <a href="http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2101.html" style="text-decoration:none;">dust mites that feed on human skin flakes</a> (but don't bite humans) are known to lurk inside our bed pillows. The older the pillow, the more likely you are to be <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/sweet-dreams-not-with-that-old-pillow/" style="text-decoration:none;">sleeping on a microscopic zoo</a>.</p> <p>Experts suggest we replace our pillows every 18 months to two years &mdash; and not just recycle them to the guest room. That can be expensive, but it's a sure-fire way to rid yourself of the creepy-crawly germs that invade our pillows over time. Another solution is covering your pillows with quality, anti-allergen dust covers. These covers can be a bit crunchy to sleep on, but they do their share to ward off microorganisms that can make us sick and sneezy.</p> <h2>2. The Kitchen Sponge</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/kitchen-sponge-176226925-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The sponges we use to clean our plates are <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2235650/The-kitchen-sponge-200-000-times-dirtier-toilet-seat&mdash;lead-PARALYSIS.html" style="text-decoration:none;">200,000 times dirtier than the toilet seat</a>. In fact, experts say there are 10 million bacteria &mdash; including E. coli and other triggers of foodborne illness &mdash; festering in every square inch of that kitchen sponge you used to scrub down your coffee mug this morning. Not only can these germs make us sick, they can actually cause paralysis. That's right: A leading researcher on the subject has identified a rare bacteria known to live on sponges that can cause loss of movement.</p> <p>Luckily, most of us already own <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17190338" style="text-decoration:none;">the world's greatest sponge disinfectant</a>: the microwave. Microwaving kitchen sponges at full power for one to two minutes has been proven to kill more than 99% of bacteria. Experts also recommend replacing your sponges weekly. And never, ever use a sponge to wipe down a clean plate.</p> <h2>3. Reusable Shopping Bags</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/reusable-shopping-bags-147041313-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Have you ever washed that canvas tote? Studies show only 3% of grocery shoppers have. That's a dreadfully low percentage that perpetuates the 76 million foodborne illness cases that plague Americans every year. Half of all <a href="http://uanews.org/story/reusable-grocery-bags-contaminated-e-coli-other-bacteria" style="text-decoration:none;">reusable bags are contaminated with coliform bacteria</a>, likely from under-cooked meats, and about 12% have traces of E.coli, according to research.</p> <p>Experts say to treat these bags like soiled laundry: Wash 'em with piping hot water and detergent once a week. And remember to use separate, designated bags for produce and meats to cut down on cross-contamination.</p> <h2>4. The Litterbox</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/cat%20-litter-box-177207793-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Your cat can make you crazy. No, really. There's <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/how-your-cat-is-making-you-crazy/308873/" style="text-decoration:none;">a parasite cats excrete in their feces</a> that, when transferred to humans, can cause flu-like symptoms at best and dementia at worst. Humans are at risk not only by coming into contact with litter boxes, but also by eating unwashed vegetables or undercooked meat.</p> <p>Experts say you can prevent yourself from contracting this parasite, called Toxoplasmosis, by <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/gen_info/faqs.html" style="text-decoration:none;">changing your cat's litter box daily</a> (the parasite becomes infectious one to five days after excretion). You can also reduce your risk of infection by thoroughly washing or peeling fruits and vegetables before eating them and only consuming meats that have been cooked at safe temperatures.</p> <h2>5. Smartphones</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/smartphone-505890817-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Your smartphone can give you real-time news alerts, access to far-away friends, stock market updates &mdash; and the flu, pinkeye, and diarrhea. In a study by the Wall Street Journal, eight phones in a Chicago office building were randomly selected and tested for bacteria. All of them were found to be crawling with between 2,700 and 4,200 units of coliform, <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10000872396390444868204578064960544587522?mod=e2tw&amp;mg=reno64-wsj&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10000872396390444868204578064960544587522.html%3Fmod%3De2tw" style="text-decoration:none;">the bacteria found in feces</a>. Now for a little perspective. In drinking water, the limit is less than 1 unit of coliform per 100 milliliters of water. Remember that the next time you put your phone up to your mouth.</p> <p>Experts recommend wiping down your mobile device with a moist microfiber cloth daily. But that alone won't cut it. Neither will glass cleaner. The best agent to clean your phone with is isopropyl alcohol, which wipes out nearly 100% of all bacteria as well as greasy finger marks. It's important to first dilute the alcohol with water to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/technology/personaltech/cleaning-the-mobile-germ-warehouse.html" style="text-decoration:none;">prevent damage</a> to sensitive electronics.</p> <h2>6. Keyboards</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/computer-keyboard-480454211-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The keyboard is a hotbed for germs. So is the mouse and the entire desktop surface where you conduct your computer work. Research shows that 32% of computer equipment is <a href="http://www.mhp-verlag.de/en/journals/hygiene_medizin/download/251/" style="text-decoration:none;">crawling with bacteria that causes disease</a>. Women are even more likely than men to have a keyboard that can make them sick.</p> <p>Experts recommend hand-washing before and after computer use, especially when using a shared computer. On occasion it's recommended that you <a href="http://center4research.org/i-saw-it-on-the-internet/are-there-more-bacteria-on-computer-keyboards-than-toilet-seats/#_edn1" style="text-decoration:none;">clean the keyboard</a> itself by following these steps: Shutdown the computer, turn the keyboard upside down and gently shake out any debris stuck between the keys, moisten a Q-tip with isopropyl alcohol and swipe it between the keys; moisten a cloth with isopropyl alcohol and wipe down the rest of the keyboard.</p> <h2>7. Your Toothbrush</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/toothbrushes-86808764-small.jpg" /></p> <p>There are millions of germs in your mouth. Most are harmless, but some have the potential to make us sick, particularly if they've been left to fester on the bristles of our toothbrush.</p> <p>Experts say you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months. But there are also <a href="http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-positions-policies-and-statements/statement-on-toothbrush-care-cleaning-storage-and-" style="text-decoration:none;">things you can do to prevent bacteria buildup</a> on your current toothbrush. Before brushing, some experts recommend gargling with antibacterial mouthwash. After you brush, the American Dental Association recommends thoroughly rinsing your toothbrush to remove leftover paste and food bits. You should then store it in the upright position so the bristles can air dry until the next usage.</p> <h2>8. The Toilet Flusher</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/toilet-flush-handle-178783160-small.jpg" /></p> <p>Your toilet flusher is crawling with bacteria. Think about it: It's the one thing you touch after you do your business and before you wash your hands. Not only that, but experts say the way you're flushing is probably infecting everything from the bathroom counter to the sink. If you flush with the lid up, you're allowing polluted water particles to rise out of the toilet bowl and settle where they may. <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2004/07/01/1143577.htm" style="text-decoration:none;">Some of them will land on your toothbrush</a>.</p> <p>To prevent your bathroom from becoming a cesspool, experts recommend flushing with the lid down. Store your toothbrush and water cup in the medicine cabinet, just in case somebody doesn't get the memo.</p> <h2>9. Door Knobs</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/door-knobs-488177733-small.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/15/health/15real.html" style="text-decoration:none;">The flu virus can live on your door knob</a> for up to two days. Once transferred to your skin, the virus can live a couple more hours. And experts say that's enough to cause infection. Most of us will touch our eyes, nose, or mouth 16 times over the course of the next hour.</p> <p>You can cut down on the risk of door handle-borne illness by washing your hands regularly and avoiding the almost compulsory urge to touch your face.</p> <h2>10. The Steering Wheel</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/steering-wheel-453005957-small.jpg" /></p> <p>Most people clean the house regularly, but how about the inside of the car? Studies show that <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2011/04/microbiologists-your-car-s-filthy/index.htm" style="text-decoration:none;">the steering wheel is coated in thousands of bacteria</a>, making it nearly nine times more germy than a public toilet seat. Yet only a third of car owners ever <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1379830/How-clean-car-Steering-wheels-times-germs-public-toilet-seat.html" style="text-decoration:none;">bother to disinfect it</a>.</p> <p>Experts recommend wiping down your car's interior with a disinfectant every few months. And don't forget the trunk. Research shows that the trunk is the germiest part of the car, so you would be wise to give it a good vacuum every so often.</p> <p><em>Any germy, gross things we've missed? Please share (ick!) in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-dirtiest-germiest-grossest-things-you-live-with-everyday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/germs-dirt-bacteria-infection-immune-system-antibiotics-disease">Are we too clean for our own good?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-is-gasoline-so-cheap-a-cost-comparison-of-40-common-household-liquids">Why is Gasoline So Cheap? 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Which One Should You Choose At The Checkout?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips disease fungus germs pestilence Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:00:20 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1183443 at http://www.wisebread.com Healthy Gums: How to Prevent and Treat Gum Disease http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-gums-how-to-prevent-and-treat-gum-disease <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/healthy-gums-how-to-prevent-and-treat-gum-disease" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2600325779_e33783a0d9_b.jpg" alt="woman brushing teeth" title="woman brushing teeth" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Gum disease (or periodontal disease) is when the tissue surrounding our teeth is damaged by plaque and tartar build up. In advanced stages, the gums become so deteriorated that tooth loss may occur.</p> <p>Gum disease is caused by naturally occurring bacteria in our mouths. These bacteria produce a coating on our teeth, called plaque, that gets under the gum line. If not removed, plaque hardens into tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing at home. Your dentist needs to scrape this stuff off.</p> <p>The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is when the gums become inflamed; they turn red, swell up, and may bleed. The longer the plaque stays trapped, the worse it gets. As the body's immune system attacks the bacteria, plaque, and tartar, it also damages the tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. When this happens, it's called periodontitis (advanced gum disease). As the gums recede, more bacteria gets trapped, exacerbating the damage. (See also: <a title="dental plans" href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-a-dental-discount-plan-save-you-money">Will a Dental Discount Plan Save You Money?</a>)</p> <h3>How to Avoid Gum Disease</h3> <p>Fortunately, gum disease can be prevented through some easy and inexpensive efforts.</p> <p><strong>1. Get Rid of Plaque (and the Plaque-Causing Bacteria)</strong></p> <p>Your goal is to make your mouth as inhospitable as possible to the bacteria that produce plaque. To accomplish this, eliminate both the bacteria and the food it thrives on.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Brush often.</strong> When you feed yourself, you're also feeding the natural bacteria that cause plaque. If you can, brush after every meal.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Floss daily.</strong> Brushing doesn't get between the gums and teeth, so flossing is, unfortunately, a necessary evil for getting rid of the troublesome plaque. If you don't floss everyday, then the once or twice yearly visits to the dentist will be that much more painful (because she'll have to scrape the crud off).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Use mouthwash.</strong> If you can't brush after every meal, rinsing with a mouthwash can help.</li> </ul> <p><strong>2. Quit Smoking</strong></p> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/nidcr2.nih.gov/Templates/CommonPage.aspx?NRMODE=Published&amp;NRNODEGUID={CE246689-D899-4CC7-B68A-805AD910F4E7}&amp;NRORIGINALURL=%2fOralHealth%2fTopics%2fGumDiseases%2fPeriodontalGumDisease%2ehtm&amp;NRCACHEHINT=Guest#riskFactors">NIH</a> and my dentist, smoking is a leading cause of gum disease. They should put that warning on <a href="http://www.healthytheory.com/cigarettes-are-filled-with-bacteria">cigarettes</a> &mdash; forget lung cancer, bleeding gums and sensitive teeth are the real reasons to not smoke.</p> <h3>How to Reverse Gum Disease</h3> <p>If it's beyond the preventative stage, see your dentist. Unfortunately, there isn't a home remedy for established gum disease.</p> <p>Your dentist will do a deep cleaning, which involves scaling (scraping off the tartar) and root planing (smoothing out rough spots on the tooth where bacteria tends to gather). The more tartar has built up, the more uncomfortable the procedure.</p> <p>For serious cases, your dentist may prescribe medication to fight the bacteria and/or the bacteria's effects. Medication can come as mouthwash, pills, or gels, as well as in other forms.</p> <p>In very serious cases where there is extensive bone or tissue loss, surgery may be required.</p> <p>To learn more, including additional risk factors and more information about treatments for gum disease, see this very helpful and easy-to-understand article on <a href="http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm">gum disease</a> from the NIH.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/greg-go">Greg Go</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-gums-how-to-prevent-and-treat-gum-disease">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-big-dental-bills-with-safe-and-inexpensive-products">Avoid Big Dental Bills with Safe and Inexpensive Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ouch-5-ways-to-make-paying-for-the-dentist-less-painful">Ouch! 5 Ways to Make Paying for the Dentist Less Painful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-great-whitening-hype">The Great Whitening Hype</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mouthwashes">The 5 Best Mouthwashes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-flosses">The 5 Best Flosses</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty dental disease gum disease oral hygiene teeth Fri, 15 Apr 2011 10:00:18 +0000 Greg Go 486492 at http://www.wisebread.com Are we too clean for our own good? http://www.wisebread.com/germs-dirt-bacteria-infection-immune-system-antibiotics-disease <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/germs-dirt-bacteria-infection-immune-system-antibiotics-disease" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/soil.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="322" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A friend of mine has three daughters, all under 6 years old. Recently, she was at the supermarket with her youngest. Her daughter dropped her pacifier on the ground. My friend picked it up, wiped it on her shirt, and handed it back to her daughter.</p> <p>An elderly gentleman approached her a few seconds later. Chuckling, he patted her child on the head. &quot;This must not be your first kid, then,&quot; he said with a grin,</p> <p>&quot;Why do you say that?,&quot; my friend asked nervously.</p> <p>&quot;Well, with the first child, if they drop their binkie, you&#39;d be more likely to boil it before letting your baby touch it again. By the time you get to your second, you get over it.&quot;</p> <p>My friend smiled. &quot;Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.&quot;</p> <p>There are probably a few of you reading this who think my friend is a horrible mother. I can assure you that she is not. Yes, supermarket floors are dirty. Yes, her daughter was probably exposed to germs. But according to many scientists, <a href="http://www.livescience.com/health/070914_too_clean.html">germs may be exactly what we need more of</a>.</p> <p>Building up a healthy immune system is one of the most important things that we can do for our health. It&#39;s the reason that people try to make sure that their children get chicken pox at a young age; they hope to inoculate their babies against the disease, which is much more serious if experienced at an advanced age. Taking your kid to a Pox Party is like a cheap vaccination. Viruses are serious things, and we believe in inoculating our kids against them, for the most part. </p> <p>However, we don&#39;t feel the same way about bacteria and other bugs. In fact, we do our utmost to avoid contact with bacteria, and when we do experience it, we zap the hell out of it with antibiotics and antibacterial ointments. The result? Our bodies don&#39;t know how to deal with bacterial infections, and the bacteria that we do come into contact with is getting stronger and stronger as we continually do our damndest to kill it off. Not only that, but when an immune system with too much free time on its hands comes into contact with innocuous but foreign substances (like cat dander), it over reacts, causing us to suffer from allergies.</p> <p>You&#39;ve probably heard that certain conditions that seem endemic to Americans, such as hayfever, <a href="http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F05EFDE1330F93AA2575AC0A9649C8B63">asthma</a>, and <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/03/23/allergies.kids/index.html">food allergies</a>, are not as common in the developing world. People infected with hookworm, for instance, have fewer asthma attacks and allergies (the hookworms trigger and immune system response, it is thought, that causes the body to concentrate on the worms, rather than triggering wheezing asthma attacks). By the way, do not Google &quot;hookworm&quot; unless you want to spend the rest of the day fighting the heebie jeebies. </p> <p>The point is, exposure to other germs, especially those found in soil, are <a href="http://www.realage.com/parentingcenter/articles.aspx?aid=10326">beneficial in preventing all kinds of autoimmune diseases</a>. With that in mind, consider letting go of your germ phobic ways. You&#39;ll save some money on the plethora of cleaning supplies that promise to nuke every single bacterium within a hundred-mile radius, and just may find that your kids grow up healthier.</p> <ul> <li>There&#39;s certainly nothing wrong with washing your hands, but skip the anti-bacterial soaps. Also, hand sanitizer is good in a bind, but if you apply it several times a day (and don&#39;t work in a hospital), you might have bigger issues than germs.</li> <li>Nobody wants salmonella poisoning, but using the appropriate tools when preparing raw chicken (plastic or glass cutting boards that can be run through the dish washer) and cleaning the kitchen with normal soap and water afterwards can do the trick - no need to break out the Clorox wipes.</li> <li><a href="http://www.slate.com/id/2175569/">Slate.com</a> believes that Americans should eat sh*t and NOT die. Provocative, but also, ew. They also mention the importance of breast feeding as a method for transferring antibodies from mother to child, even though most mothers today also lack crucial antibodies, having also been raised in sterile environments.</li> <li><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/conditions/04/05/cohen.allergies/index.html">Let your kids get dirty</a>. They will survive. I suppose it&#39;s possible, but it&#39;s fairly uncommon to hear of children who have been hospitalized because they accidentally ingested a little dirt.</li> <li>Ladies, your ladybits are self-cleaning, like an expensive oven! Unless it has been recommended by your gynecologist, do not feel the need to rinse them out from the inside (click <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrbill/37387729/sizes/l/">here</a> to see a really odd add for Lysol ladybit cleaner). Remember, douchebag is a better insult than it is an invention. Too much rinsing will actually CAUSE infections.</li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/germs-dirt-bacteria-infection-immune-system-antibiotics-disease">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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The idea is not so much concern for mosquitos&#39; health, but hope that a malaria-free mosquito population might fare better than malaria-prone mosquitos, thus halting the spread of this dangerous and deadly disease.</p> <p class="blockquote">According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 700,000 to 2.7 million people die of malaria each year, 75 percent of them African children.</p> <p>I&#39;m am all about disease prevention (who isn&#39;t?), and I don&#39;t generally freak out about genetic research, from stem cells to genetically modified food. That said, releasing <a href="http://www.medindia.net/news/view_news_main.asp?x=1425">genetically-modified animals</a> into the world in hopes of overtaking a current (and more or less naturally occuring) species worries me slightly.</p> <p>Perhaps I&#39;m being unnecessarily cautious. So far, the insects are not being released, and testing is still underway. But although this is unprecedented, it seems like humanity&#39;s general attempt to eliminate certain animal populations have been disastrous. For instance, in the 1950s, Mao Zedong encouraged a the widespread killing of swallows, with the mistaken belief that the birds were a nuisance. Millions of birds were killed by locals, and the resulting locust infestations brought devastating famine to the Chinese countryside.</p> <p>Current attempts at eliminating malaria include a variety of vaccines that are being developed by large pharmaceutical companies in conjunction with government funding and NGO help. Hundreds of millions of dollars are poured into this every year. </p> <p>You can read a bit about the <a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/StoryGallery/GlobalHealth/SGGHMalariaMVI-011019.htm">malaria vaccine initiative</a> at the Gates Foundation web site.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/malaria-resistant-mosquito-frugal-research-or-future-pox">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-mosquito-repellent-plants-with-a-dual-purpose">6 Mosquito-Repellent Plants With a Dual Purpose</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jar-of-nothing-the-perfect-present-for-the-picky-prick-in-your-life">Jar of Nothing: the perfect present for the picky prick in your life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-are-times-person-of-the-year">YOU are Time&#039;s Person of the Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/defensive-dentistry-how-to-avoid-expensive-dental-problems">Defensive Dentistry: How to Avoid Expensive Dental Problems</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Commentary disease malaria mosquitos prevention Third World vaccine Tue, 20 Mar 2007 02:33:41 +0000 Andrea Karim 372 at http://www.wisebread.com