The Negative Effects of Gum Disease

Jun 14

How healthy your gums and teeth are, is the result of how you cared for them in the past and, to maintain their health, it is required that you keeping to daily routines of brushing, eating teeth-whitening food, and regular consultation with your dentist. With regard to those whose gums and teeth are not so healthy and pearly-white, this is where a cosmetic dentist can help you as turning your teeth to clean white is his/her expertise.

Cosmetic dentistry is dental work aimed at improving the appearance of you gums and teeth. Procedures included in this area of dentistry include:

  • Making teeth whiter through bleaching
  • Gum depigmentation
  • Addition of dental materials to teeth or gums, such as porcelain veneers, gum grafts or crowns
  • Reshaping of teeth which do not match the others
  • Removal of tooth structure or gums like in enameloplasty and gingivectomy
  • Closing of gaps between teeth

In the website of Babylon Dental Care, it is said, many people suffer from gum disease or, worse, periodontal disease without even knowing it. (Periodontal disease is an infection of the structures surrounding the teeth, namely, the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone).

It is important to catch gum disease as early as possible and treat it before it advances to periodontal disease. To catch gum disease, however, one has to know its symptoms, which include:

  • Minor bleeding when you brushing;
  • Discolored (dark red color) gums rather than pinkish, which is the color of healthy gums;
  • Your gums becoming softer to the touch as time progresses.

Some do not usually notice these signs, while others simply ignore them, thinking that these are natural and normal. However, if you notice these signs, it is best that you consult with a dentist as soon as you can.

Gum disease and periodontal disease not only wreak havoc on your oral health, but on your overall bodily health as well. According to scientists, researchers, and dentists, and as confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gum disease and periodontal disease are linked to birth complications (premature birth), heart problems, respiratory problems, diabetes, stroke, pancreatic cancer, and digestive disorders.

If you need cosmetic dental treatment or gum treatment, make sure that you go to a licensed dentist only. Many who claim to be experts actually perform shoddy works that only need to be corrected later on. Check your chosen dentist’s works and ask their patients who they have already treated – extra acts of care for a satisfying complex and sensitive procedure are always worth it.

 

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Unsafe or Defective Products and Product Recalls

Apr 02

Unsafe or Defective Products and Product Recalls

Different federal agencies exist in order to protect America’s buying public from the possible harm defective or dangerous products can cause. These agencies, which are tasked to regulate the manufacture and sale of certain consumer products, include:

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates products, such as drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and food;
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has jurisdiction over motor vehicles;
  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has jurisdiction over the ;
  • The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which controls alcohol, tobacco & tobacco products;
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, which is in charge of firearms and ammunition; and,
  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which regulates products, like cribs, toys, appliances, fireworks, lawn mowers and other household items.

These agencies ban whatever causes, or have the potential to cause, danger; establish safety requirements; issue recalls on products already on the market; and, research about the possible hazards products can cause.

The NHTSA, for instance, since 1966, has ordered hundreds of recalls that have affected more than 390 million mopeds, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, cars, trucks and buses; 66 million different motor vehicle parts; 46 million tires; and, 42 million child safety seats.

In 2014, it was the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission’s that issued recalls which affected 17 million units of children’s products; these included certain play yards, stationary activity centers, infant slings, swings, toddler beds, walkers, strollers, portable cribs, full-size and non-full-size cribs, high chairs, hook-on chairs, infant carriers, and infant bathtubs.

Millions of other products, from children’s food and toys to house appliances, vehicles, machinery, chemicals, and so forth, have caused either injuries or death to users. Though, harmful products still make their way into store shelves, this failure cannot be totally blamed on federal agencies due to the billions of products entering the U.S. market every year and the lack of manpower each agency has.

Manufacturers are fully aware of their legal responsibility to design and create only safe products. Despite this awareness, many manufacturers fail to act responsibly; they, rather, continue to manufacture products, despite their defects and/or harmful chemical contents, and then release these on the market despite the risks of injury or death that these can cause.

Aside from toys, cars and car parts, appliances and items used in homes or offices, harmful products also include food and pharmaceutical products. The 2011 listeriosis outbreak is one example of serious food poisoning. This outbreak caused 30 deaths, 1 miscarriage, besides infecting 146 people. There are so many other ingredients that manufacturers mix with the food children love to eat. Though these ingredients will not cause immediate harm, their effects slowly destroy the health of children.

With regard to pharmaceutical products, many kinds of prescription drugs and medical devices also end up causing adverse effects that not only aggravate patients’ condition, but also cause more injurious results, sometimes, even death. Examples of these products are morcellators, hip or shoulder implants, oral contraceptive and prescription drugs meant to treat serious conditions, like type 2 diabetes, severe migraine attacks or seizures kidney failure, epileptic seizures, and manic episodes due to bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.

Adverse effects depend on the drug taken and the patients who take it. Some of the most common reported adverse effects, though, regardless of the type and brand of drug taken, include gall bladder injury, birth defect, bladder cancer, cardiac arrest, low blood pressure, cerebrovascular accidents (CVA, which is a failure in the functioning of the brain due to disturbance in the brain’s blood supply), myocardial infarction (or damage of heart tissues), acute pancreatitis (or sudden inflammation of the pancreas) heart attack, stroke, or sudden death.

Drug side effects are real and can cause great harm to patients. Thus, when a particular medicine is linked to adverse effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issues orders either to require manufacturers to include in their drug’s prescription label the risks associated with the use of their drug or to have the harmful drug recalled.

It is explained in the website of the law firm Truslow & Truslow that “A personal injury case begins when someone is hurt, disabled, or even killed as a result of someone else’s behavior or negligence. The injuries suffered can be physically and emotionally devastating, not to mention life changing, to both you and the ones you love.

If you or a loved one has experienced a personal injury, there are some instances where you are entitled to receive fair compensation for medical bills, emotional damages, disfigurement, pain and suffering, loss of income and even punitive damages. So, before you consider accepting any kind of settlement from an insurance company, be sure to contact a seasoned personal injury lawyer, who understands the hardship you are experiencing and wants to help protect your rights.”

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Workers’ Compensation Benefits Plus the Possibility of a Third Party Claim

Jan 05

There are different forms of danger in any type of work environment, these dangers being dependent on the kinds of equipment, tools and substances workers or employees are regularly exposed to. Of the different types of workplaces, however, construction sites remain to be among the most dangerous due to all the tools and hazardous substances that can possibly cause injuries or illness; add to these the high places workers often need to reach in order to complete their assigned task. Some of the causes of worker injury include falls, especially among those working on roofs, ladders or scaffolds, falling objects that can severely injure (or even kill) workers, huge vehicles or equipment that can pin and crush unsuspecting workers, plus daily exposure to chemicals which can cause deadly, chronic illnesses.

As one of the most dangerous career fields in the country, construction work leads all other occupational categories in causing fatalities and serious injuries among workers. In 2013 and 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 4,585 and 4,679, respectively, fatal work-related accidents. Before 1971, the year the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established, the number of work-related deaths in construction sites was about 38 a day; from 1971 to 2014, the yearly average of fatal accidents was significantly reduced to about 13 a day.

According to OSHA, the number one cause of death for construction workers in the U.S. is falls from great heights, such as falling off from roofs, ladders or scaffoldings; about 2.3 million construction workers work on these surfaces everyday. In 2014, there were 899 fatal accidents in construction sites; about 359 of these were due to falls.

Workplace accidents can result not only to physical injuries, but to financial difficulties too, particularly if the injury is serious as this would mean costly medical treatment and medication, and days or weeks off from work, which means no salary to expect. If not for the cash benefits provided by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance program, there wouldn’t be any financial safety net that will cushion injured workers from the unexpected loss of regular income (the cash benefit paid by Workers’ Comp, however, is just about two/thirds of the injured worker’s average wage). This Workers’ Comp program, by the way, is a state-administered insurance program that is designed to provide immediate cash benefits to workers whose injury, disability or illness is work-related (regardless of whose fault the harm is). The only factors that will disqualify a worker from eligibility to receive the cash benefits are the injury being self-inflicted, the injured worker was intoxicated at the time when he/she was injured, or if the injury was sustained as a result of actions that violate a law or a company policy on workplace safety.

An article in the website of the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm mentions how important it is for a worker to “evaluate whether he/she has any other potential claims as a result of being injured on the job in addition to his/her Workers’ Compensation benefits. In New Jersey, for instance, there is the possibility of a third party lawsuit in addition to bringing a Workers’ Compensation claim. However, workers cannot sue their employer unless they are able to prove the injuries were caused by willful actions.

However you may be able to bring a third party claim for your injuries. For example, if you were injured by a defective product or piece of machinery, if you were operating a vehicle while in the course of employment, were injured while making a delivery such as slipping and falling on ice, or tripping in a pothole, or if you were exposed to a toxic substance you may have a third party claim.”

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How Effective and Safe is ER Medical Care

Jul 02

How Effective and Safe is ER Medical Care

Whenever a patient needs emergency attention, the top decision is to rush him or her to the nearest ER. A good and bad decision, actually. Good because the patient would receive medical attention; bad, on the other hand, because not all hospitals are the same. Some hospitals have been made famous by the quality care they provide to patients; some others have only become profit-oriented, caring more about how much they will earn for every medical service provided. These latter kind of hospitals may have the necessary medical devices, but where medical personnel is the issue, a lot of questions need to be answered.

Online posts of good and bad doctors, as well as of good and bad hospitals may provide very useful information to families of patients that need to know where they can and should rush their loved one during emergency situations. These posts are made by different non-profit organizations and individuals, who just want to provide service through useful information.

The usual basis for naming doctors and hospitals as either good or bad is quality of care which, in turn, is shown through correct diagnosis. The ability to correctly diagnose patients’ health complaints could only result to timely treatment and correct medication. Now, where else can a hospital’s real capability to provide patients with the best care be really tested if not in its emergency department?

Hospital emergency departments, or emergency rooms (ERs), are fast-paced and often chaotic environments due to the huge number patients, with all sorts of complaints, being rushed there. Sad to say, instead of providing correct initial diagnosis, many of those who have been rushed in ERs have suffered serious complications or never lived longer due to wrong diagnosis: this is why ERs are very frequent recipients of medical malpractice lawsuits – due to the thousands of errors committed there.

As pointed out by the law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., despite the situations that require immediate medical attention, many emergency rooms are understaffed. This sometimes lead to a number of critical mistakes from the staff; to patients, however, the effects can be delayed treatment or wrong treatment resulting in worsened conditions or even death.

To some, measuring the harm done to patients by ER staff only increases the suffering and pains that they feel. Not pursuing justice, however, may only result to the same mistakes getting committed again and by the same persons.

Find a medical malpractice lawyer, one that you feel you can trust. He or she will not be able to help you find justice, but help you cope with the pain you feel as well.

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Accidents Due to Car Defects

Mar 09

For motor vehicle owners, a vehicle recall would definitely be familiar, especially if the vehicle they own is one of those that is presently, or has been, part of a recall. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a vehicle recall becomes necessary if the same problem has been cited as the cause of accidents involving vehicles of the same make and model.

Specifically, a recall is made either by the manufacturer (voluntary recall) or through a court order that is instigated by the NHTSA if:

  1. The defective vehicle or vehicle part poses a risk to the safety of the driver, passengers or anyone on the road; and,
  2. The vehicle or any of its parts has failed to comply with the minimum performance requirement established by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). Minimum performance standards are aimed at ensuring the safe operation of a vehicle and the safety of all vehicle occupants (driver and passengers) from injury or death in the event of a crash; there are minimum standards for brakes, tires, lighting, air bags, safety belts, child restraints and other parts.

In September of 2014, Ford recalled more than 850,000 of its vehicles due to defective airbags and seat belts; on the month that followed, Chrysler discovered these same defects in about 184,215 of their SUVs worldwide, thus, prompting said manufacturer to recall their defective vehicles.

Vehicle recalls usually happen after consumers send their complaints to the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI), a department of the NHTSA. The most recent biggest auto-safety recall in the history of the car industry in the US, thus far, involves Takata-made airbags that are said to explode, shooting potentially fatal metal fragments inside the vehicle. These (driver-side) airbags have been linked to hundreds of injuries and five deaths.

Based on records from safercar.gov, about 19 million vehicles in the US have been installed with this defective airbag; around the world, the total number of vehicles affected and, thus, being recalled, is 53 million. Some of the vehicles affected are Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Daihatsu, Nissan, Toyota, General Motors, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, BMW and Lexus.

The installation of airbags in vehicles was made a law by the NHTSA in 1984. This law mandated the installation of an automatic occupant protection device (such as an air bag or an automatic seat belt) in all passenger cars manufactured after April 1, 1989. Then, in 1991, the US Congress passed the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, which required the installation of air bags on the driver (frontal) side and passenger side in all passenger cars and light trucks that are to be manufactured after September 1, 1997; the Act also mandated the installation of manual lap-shoulder belts on the said types of vehicles which will be manufactured after September 1, 1998.

Besides airbags, defective parts or defective vehicles have also been discovered in the past, resulting to millions of vehicle recalls, like the 22 million vehicles recalled by more than 10 car manufacturers (in 2013) due to malfunctioning parts, which included steering wheels, brake pads, tires, seat belts, child seats, wipers and engines which caused gas to leak.

According to the website of personal injury lawyers at the Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg law firm, automakers have the obligation to do everything to fix the defect as soon as they become aware of it. Fixing the defect, however, does not release them from being accountable for whatever accidents it has caused. To conceal, as much as possible, the details about the defect and the accidents, many car makers, continued the said firm, reach out to victims with attractive settlement offers.

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