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How can I keep from choking if I lose a piece of mouthguard?

How can I keep from choking if I lose a piece of mouthguard?

Get a custom mg: Don't skimp on the type of mouthguard. Over the counter or online, non custom mouthguards are usually not well made. Get a well constructed custom made mg at the dentist or tmj/tmd specialist. Express your concerns, which may dictate the type. ...Read more

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What will happen if I accidently swallowed a piece of a plastic wrapper from a popsicle? How do I know that it is in my body system? Please help.

What will happen if I accidently swallowed a piece of a plastic wrapper from a popsicle? How do I know that it is in my body system? Please help.

Watch for symptoms: When you swallow something that is small usually the body gets rid of it in your stools. However, if the object is significantly large it might cause intestinal obstruction which requires immediate evaluation. You might present with abdominal pain and difficulty passing stools. If you are presenting symptoms please consider going to the ED. ...Read more

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I have had a flipper tooth for many years and there is food stuck on the plastic part, i can't get it off no matter how hard i try. How can i?

I have had a flipper tooth for many years and there is food stuck on the plastic part, i can't get it off no matter how hard i try. How can i?

Dental visit: Flippers can be cleaned in a dental office with special solutions and an ultrasonic cleaner. Don't try to fix yourself or you might be purchasing a replacement as they are somewhat fragile. ...Read more

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I swallowed a small piece of glue and need to know if I will die from it.

Call Poison Control: Likely not, but depends on type, amount, when. Call Poison Control now. They will help guide you as to what to do. ...Read more

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I don't have access to a night guard and I have a jaw clenching problem. What can I use in the mean time to stop myself from clenching so much?

I don't have access to a night guard and I have a jaw clenching problem. What can I use in the mean time to stop myself from clenching so much?

Relaxation technique: If night clenching-try to do some type of relaxation prior to going to bed as night time teeth clenching is often(but not always) a subconscious release of daily tension and stress). Try not to do work, or read an intense story or even watch the news before going to bed because that additional stress can set off your clenching episodes. Also, see a dentist for a custom made mouth guard ...Read more

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A piece of glass cut the middle of my tongue while eating food. What else should I do? I used ice to stop the bleeding. Do I need a Dr. or RX?

A piece of glass cut the middle of my tongue while eating food. What else should I do? I used ice to stop the bleeding. Do I need a Dr. or RX?

Glass injury: Superficial cuts to the tongue generally heal quickly, with no intervention required. You can rinse mouth with water after eating to loosen debris. One risk of glass injury is a shard of glass remaining in the wound. This can be identified with XRAY, however the tongue is highly sensitive and I suspect you would notice it. Given bleeding has stopped, no further action required. See Dr if problem. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i can remove a piece of glass from inside my toddlers foot?

Can you tell me how i can remove a piece of glass from inside my toddlers foot?

See a podiatrist: See a podiatrist. Unless it is very superficial and you can easily grab it with a tweezer, otherwise let a podiatrist do it. ...Read more

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I have a hole in the roof of my mouth. I have a Denture piece so I can eat, drink and talk is there any surgery or something more permanent I can do t?

I have a hole in the roof of my mouth. I have a Denture piece so I can eat, drink and talk is there any surgery or something more permanent I can do t?

See an oral surgeon: You may want to consult with an oral surgeon, depending on the cause, the nature and the size of the hole and available tissue ( soft and hard) in your palate, some kind of grafting may be possible. Best of luck. ...Read more

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How do I clean my bruxism nightguard? I have the hardest material because I chew the soft ones flat. Can I soak it? In what? How long?

How do I clean my bruxism nightguard? I have the hardest material because I chew the soft ones flat. 

Can I soak it? In what? How long?

Denture cleaner: Rinse thoroughly when you remove it. Brush gently w soft toothbrush (no toothpaste) 2x/day. Place into denture cleaner (Polident, Efferdent, etc.) 1x/day...follow package instructions to the letter. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i cut down 200 calories a day, will i lose a reasonable amount of weight in like a year or so?

Can you tell me if i cut down 200 calories a day, will i lose a reasonable amount of weight in like a year or so?

Not diet alone: Weight reduction is not based on calories reduction alone. It needs input from diet change - most esteemed healthy diet based on science is Mediterranean or Metabolic syndrome diet) This is to avoid processed foods . Eating in moderation where you are not feeling full would be best way to minimize overeating. You will also need to combine muscle building activity with cardiovascular activities. ...Read more

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I have GERD which makes it hard to eat how I used to. Its been a year and a half and I've lost weight. How can I put/keep weight on in a health manner?

I have GERD which makes it hard to eat how I used to. Its been a year and a half and I've lost weight. How can I put/keep weight on in a health manner?

DGL is used to: help with acid reflux and is safe. If you take licorice that is not DGL, over time it can raise your blood pressure. Please consult w/your doc. Peace and good health. Check w/your doctor about how much would be your optimal weight. He/she may suggest a food plan. Include lots of protein. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What suggestions can you give to keep from being sore after a car accident?

What suggestions can you give to keep from being sore after a car accident?

Stay active: Car accidents vary greatly in severity, so there is no way to totally prevent soreness in every person. If you are having severe pain and it was a major accident go to the er. If not or you were already checked in the er, try to resume regular activity as much as possible. Gentle stretching and low impact aerobic exercise like walking and swimming can help you recover. See your primary if problem. ...Read more

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I m unable to take breath from a nose instead of that I have to use my mouth?

I m unable to take breath from a nose instead of that I have to use my mouth?

Need to see MD: Inablity to breathe through can be due to chronic nasal congection due to allergies enlarged adenoids nasal polyps you need to have yourself checked and treat the cause. ...Read more

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I'm 5'7" & 107lbs(48.5kg/170cm) How can I gain healthy weight? And how can I get people to stop asking if I have a problem when full from a kids meal?

I'm 5'7" & 107lbs(48.5kg/170cm) How can I gain healthy weight? And how can I get people to stop asking if I have a problem when full from a kids meal?

Full consultation: I suggest you consult a physician on Health Tap or your personal physician. There are many factors to be considered including what, when, how, and how much you are eating. You may need blood tests and a full physical examination. As far as other people go, you can't control what other people say or think. You can only express your feelings and needs, make a request, and then choose how you respond ...Read more

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How can I make it easier to get into and out of my car if I use a wheelchair?

How can I make it easier to get into and out of my car if I use a wheelchair?

Occupational therapy: It would help to work with an occupational therapist to develop and practice methods for dealing with challenges like this. http://www.aota.org/consumers.aspx as your doctor for referrals. These therapists are expert in developing creative solutions for managing daily lifestyle problems. They can help you with not just the getting into & out of car dilemma, but much more also. ...Read more

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I am a diabetic and i need someone to tell me how much and what to eat on a daily basis i can not get the hang of it something like a menu ?

I am a diabetic and i need someone to tell me how much and what to eat on a daily basis i can not get the hang of it something like a menu ?

Not on the internet: There is no way to give you all the quality dietary information you need to be able to live the rest of your life with diabetes - just on the internet. Have your physician set you up with a good registered dietitian to answer all your dietary questions. Good luck and stay healthy. ...Read more