Struggling With Antibiotic Resistance

I never saw it coming. The process started with a small, but painful sensation right in the middle of my right butt-cheek. A very annoying problem because I am a writer squirming around as I try to fill up empty screens with words.

At first, I downplayed it as just some stupid little irritation that would go away as soon as it came. Being a diabetic for about 25 years now I am prone to inflammations and infections. This was just another in a long succession of intermittent, annoying, health problems.

At the onset, the thought never occurred that it might be an infection. I had not had any accident, no cuts, abrasions or scrapes so that did not pop up as the culprit. That is until it persisted and grew into an open sore. The pain level also rose dramatically.

I went to the doctor. He did not think it was serious. He wrote a prescription for a mild antibiotic and a cream. I left the office confident that the problem was in hand. Back home I took a pill, applied the cream and applied a bandage.

By that point sitting at my computer and performing my daily writing ritual was growing into a serious challenge. The pain was so intense that I had to force myself not to move at all. That worked for a while. I took the full antibiotic course and got into the habit of cleaning and dressing the open wound three times a day.

The process began last November. As I came to the end of the bottle of pills I was hit by a wave of disappointment and confusion. I had to face the fact that the infection had gotten worse, not better. Had the doctor misdiagnosed it? Had he given me the wrong antibiotic? Worse, did I have some rare new infection?

I went back to his office in a far more worried state than I was during my first visit. He admitted he was puzzled but brushed that aside. I got a new prescription for a stronger antibiotic that was going to require four consecutive injections.

Once again I returned home feeling a bit numb but optimistic that this stronger injectible antibiotic would do the trick. I got the injections and waited for the medication to build up in my system and wipe out the infection. I waited and waited. The situation did not get better it got even worse.

By then I could not sit and also had a hard time walking. The pain was constant even when I was trying to write while lying down. This time when I returned to the doctor’s office he told me to go to the emergency room. He would not try another antibiotic. In fact, he seemed at a loss.

Instead, I went to a clinic. The doctor there did prescribe another antibiotic, took a culture for the lab and had nurses scrub the wound. It just kept growing as if the antibiotic cream was a placebo and the injections had been nothing but water.

At that point, I had added symptoms including chronic fatigue and the first signs of depression. These two are features of a diabetic’s life and I knew what they were as soon as they arose. My immune system was beaten down and using whatever energy it could get from whatever source was available.

I did not get my hopes up during the third two-week course of the latest antibiotic. In fact, I was on pins and needles the whole time. When I finished I was not surprised that it too had failed at its job. Still, it never occurred to me that I might be antibiotic resistant.

By that point, I began to consider the possibility that my 71-year old body was running out of gas. My energy level was so low, and pain level so high that I could not write. I could only walk the short distance to the corner store to ship and my mood was buried in the pits.

When I returned to the doctor’s office he did not seem too surprised by the fact his prescription had failed. He put the lab report up on the lightbox and pointed to it. “I am afraid the results show you are resistant to every type of antibiotic we have.”

I simply could not wrap my mind around his statement. I had never thought that I had overused antibiotics to the point my immune system built up a total tolerance. Then again, nobody ever tells you where that line is.

In fact, I had taken at least one course each of the 3 previous years to cure sinus infections. I left the office completely confused and with no idea of what to do next. The doctor suggested that I schedule an operation to remove the infected area. My thought was that hospitals are great places to contract infections. I was not eager to take that option especially when it would mean I could not sit at the computer and work for a much longer period of time.

Believe it or not, that whole process went on for four months and I still had the infection. I decided to tough it out and see if my body would mobilize and get rid of it. Then I had an impulse to try one more doctor, a female who I had seen before and was impressed by.

She gave me a spray that the other doctors never mentioned, Microdacyn. This spray is a biologically active treatment for the treatment of acute and chronic wounds that are difficult to heal. I applied and applied it every day and started seeing improvement much to my relief.

My status now is guarded and uncertain. I do now I cannot afford one more sinus infection. I did discover one effective treatment, Phage Therapy. However, that is only available in Eastern Europe. I advise a very conservative approach when it comes to taking antibiotics, only do so when it is truly necessary.

Elements of Cosmetic Dentistry and Smile Enhancement

People used to think of cosmetic dentistry only as the procedures to enhance the teeth. However, your smile includes the teeth in the foreground, the gum in the background, and the lips that frame it all. Therefore, modern cosmetic dentistry procedures now include enhancement of the teeth and gum through cosmetic dental procedures, and enhancement of the lips through facial esthetic procedures.

What treatments are involved in enhancing a smile

Color enhancement with teeth whitening
Restorative treatment such as veneers & crowns
Cosmetic orthodontic treatment
Cosmetic gum surgery
Teeth replacement
Facial esthetic treatment such as lip augmentation with fillers and Botox
Cosmetic dentistry can enhancement tooth color, shape, or size. This can be achieved by teeth whitening or porcelain restorations. Teeth whitening can be done at home with tray material or strips that gradually lighten the teeth over a period of seven to tent teeth. Teeth whitening can also be done at the office, which takes about an hour. In-office teeth whitening provides better results, especially when dark or uneven colors are involved. Dramatic color changes may require either veneers or crowns. Ceramic restorations mask dark teeth colors and can be fabricated to be very bright. Veneers only cover the front of the teeth while crowns encircle the teeth. New materials such as E-Max and Zirconia, can create very thin veneers with colors that are as bright as the patient desires. Veneers and crowns can also correct teeth size or form and can close gaps between teeth.

Crocked teeth can now be straightened in few months with modern orthodontic treatment. Advances in brackets and wire technology allow amazing results that can be achieved in as little as 6 months. Orthodontic treatment can be done by traditional braces or by removable aligners such as Invisalign or ClearCorrect. Orthodontic treatment can level gum lines, correct protruded teeth, straighten crowded teeth or close gaps between teeth. It can also fix bite problems and improve lip support.

Cosmetic periodontal/gum surgery is an important part of cosmetic dentistry. The pink color of the gum forms the background of the smile. In addition to treating gum disease, gum surgery can correct short teeth to improve that proportions of teeth length to width. It can also level gum line to create a symmetric smile. Additionally, gum surgery is used for the treatment of gummy smile. A gummy smile shows excessive display of gum tissue when the patient smiles. A gummy smile can be corrected either by gum surgery, orthodontics, lip repositioning surgery, or Botox injections.

The lips and peri-oral areas play crucial roles in smile appearance. The lips frame the smile and enhance the entire picture. Lips that are disproportioned or asymmetric can be easily corrected with lip augmentation procedures. Lip augmentation is usually done with hyaluronic acid lip fillers. Lip fillers restore proper lip proportions, enlarge a thinning lip, and correct lip asymmetry. Fillers are also used to correct deep nasolabial folds and correct corners of the mouth. Additionally, thread lift is used to lift sagging peri-oral tissue and to give a more youthful look to the smile.

Seek the advice of an experienced cosmetic dentist before you get any smile enhancement treatment. Dr. Elseweifi can evaluate and diagnose various factors that alter the smile. After proper analysis, he would put a personalized treatment plan to get your smile to its best.

Tips for Care After Root Canal Treatment

When you experience excruciating pain and discomfort on your teeth, you may wonder if you need root canal treatment. This procedure is commonly known as endodontic therapy. The treatment is recommended when the nerve is infected and inflamed. That is normally caused by tooth decay, or if the tooth is cracked, broken or injured. During treatment, the dental expert will seek a way of removing the infected pulp. Thus, the dentist will drill a hole in the tooth. The hole will enable the dentist to remove the pulp and clean the canal area. After removing the pulp and cleaning, the hole will be sealed with cement. Sealing the hole prevents further damage. A visit to an endodontist or dentist is vital in determining whether you need the procedure. Patients are advised to follow the advice of the dentists. That is because they know if the procedure can completely cure your problem.

Symptoms of root infection

According to the dentists, tooth pain is the most common symptom of root infection. The pain can be mild or severe. That depends on the level of infection. The pain can increase during the day or when biting using the tooth. Some patients with root infection experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold liquids and foods. The gums can show symptoms of root canal infection too. The gums will become tender and swollen near the infected area. If you experience any of these symptoms, place an ice pack on the jaw. That will assist in reducing the pain. You should then contact or visit a dentist at the earliest opportunity. The dentists have the skills and equipment to prove if the symptoms are caused by root infection.

Diagnosis before treatment

The treatment process begins with a proper examination of the tooth. An X-Ray will diagnose the problem. The X-Ray images will show the decay. After examining the teeth, the dental expert will reveal to you the best action to be taken. If the infection is complex or widespread, the dentist will refer you to an endodontist. The endodontist is a specialist that treats nerve damage. The specialist will determine whether the root canal procedure will be necessary or if you can go for a less invasive treatment alternative. That will be based on their findings

Tips for care after treatment

After the treatment, the tooth is likely to last for a long time. However, that is only possible with good tooth care. The success rate of the treatment is very high. Listed below are ways of caring for the tooth after treatment.

· Practice good oral hygiene – Floss your teeth every day and brush them twice in a day. This prevents future dental infections.

· Visiting the dentists regularly – This will grant you access to expert teeth cleaning.

· Avoid chewing hard foods – Chewing hard and cold foods can lead to a breaking of teeth.

How Your Smile Can Give You A Happy Life

When you think of having the perfect life, it likely will consists of a rewarding job, lots of money, a nice home, flexibility, plenty of friends and maybe a loving family. While possessions, ambitions and positive relationships are all great and can help give you that fulfilling, satisfying life you’ve always wanted, there is something more simple you can do to help you achieve your dream life. This secret is also something you already have and don’t have to wait for. It’s your smile.

Your smile is unique, meaning it is distinctly yours. Your smile has many obvious and not-so obvious benefits that can help forge you a happier life:

A Positive Attitude. The phrase “attitude changes everything” may seem like a short, motivating pep talk, but it has great nuggets of truth in it. If you have a great-looking smile that you’re proud to show-off, you can’t help but feel happy and have a more positive attitude. Studies have showed the psychology of smiling and that those who smile more often and on a regular basis are generally happier and have a more positive view of life, themselves, others and their circumstances.

More Job Prospects. As mentioned early, your smile is uniquely yours. It is something extra in addition to your resume that can set you apart from other job candidates. While it doesn’t directly speak to your qualifications, it gives off a perception of confidence and positive self-esteem. People who smile appear more charismatic, trusting and confident. Many business leaders and leaders in general have perfected smiling. Your smile can very well indicate leadership ability.

If you have a job, your smile can more likely open up opportunities to advance your career, including promotions.

More Friends. If you’re feeling lonely, simply smile and show off your pearly whites. People are drawn to people who continually smile. A smiling person appears friendly and trustworthy. People who smile will also laugh more indicating that they are also fun and exciting. In addition, both men and women are more attracted to those who smile, so smiling might improve your chances of a date.

Better Health. There are more and more studies indicating the interconnectedness of one’s oral health and one’s overall health. With that aside, the simple act of smiling can improve your health, and in fact, help you live longer. Your smile helps relieve stress by activating certain hormones in your brain that lower blood pressure, which in turn, can help keep your heart healthy and strong.

Your smile does more than add beauty to your face, it can help give you a happier life.

Is your smile one that you readily show off or is it one you’re embarrassed of?

Good oral hygiene is required for a healthy and beautiful mouth. Regular visits to your dentist play a big role in healthy teeth and gums. While going to the dentist may not be first on your list as your favorite place to visit, the twice-yearly check-ups are essential in maintaining a good-looking smile that you can’t help but show off and which can also help you attain a happier life. Not only will you have a great-looking mouth, but healthy teeth and gums can also help lower your future dental costs by catching possible oral health issues early.