8.17.2019

What Happens When You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Wisdom teeth usually come through as the last of your adult set of teeth, growing at the back of your gums. They usually grow through the gums during late teens or early 20s. Typically, the other 28 teeth are in place, meaning that there isn't always enough room for wisdom teeth to grow correctly. 

The lack of space in the mouth can cause wisdom teeth to get stuck and only partially emerge through the gum. This is known as having 'impacted' wisdom teeth. 

The growth of wisdom teeth can cause severe pain. As with any dental problems, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible to avoid any further issues.

During your dental appointment, your dentist will check your teeth to see if your wisdom teeth are causing issues to the rest of your teeth. They will likely do an X-ray of your mouth to check the position of the teeth and advise whether it is appropriate to undergo the removal procedure. 



If your wisdom teeth are impacted but not causing you any issues, you will not likely need to have them taken out. There are no proven benefits of having your wisdom teeth removed, and the procedure can often bring with it complications.

However, wisdom teeth that have become impacted or haven't broken the gums can cause dental problems. Bacteria from food trapped in your gums can form plaque around the edge of your wisdom teeth, which help with developing cavities. Wisdom teeth can also cause damage to other teeth. This additional set of molars can push against other teeth creating crowding and cause problems with the alignment of the other teeth. 

Removing the wisdom teeth is usually recommended when treatments of dental ailments have previously not worked. 

How They Are Removed

Having assessed you, your dentist will either remove your wisdom teeth themselves or refer you to a specialist surgeon in a hospital. 

Before the procedure, the dentist or surgeon will explain the operation to you and explain any potential complications- you may have to sign a consent form. You will have an injection of a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth that is being removed.  The dentist or surgeon will need to make your mouth as wide as possible, allowing for easy access to remove the tooth-this might be uncomfortable, along with the pressure of your tooth pulling.

After the wisdom tooth removal, you may experience discomfort and swelling around the gums, occasionally with some visible mild bruising around the mouth. These effects are worse for the first few days following the procedure but can get better in the weeks following. 

Self-Care Recovery

As with any procedure, allowing time for recovery is essential. Eat soft or liquid funds for the few days following and use over-the-counter painkillers or anti-inflammatory tablets to aid recovery. Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol and strenuous activity for 24 hours afterwards. 

Follow up with a checkup appointments a week after the removal to check on your progress.

8.16.2019

A little life update

It has been some time since I have updated everyone on life on the Grothe Homestead. 

Summertime sure is busy and it seems to fly and winter lasts forever. We have not taken a vacation this summer for any length of time, Andrew was off for two weeks and he did some things that he needed to do and some yard work, woodwork etc, Brooke was gone to St Louis for NAYC for a week and I was so lost without her, had no idea what to do to keep myself busy. She had a great time though and it was a good week with my honey. 

We went to the beach and just had fun together, it is so important to take time and work on your relationships- not meaning only if there is something wrong, it is important to have a weekly date night, even if it means snuggled on the couch watching your favorite shows or sports. 
I honestly love being married and I wouldn't change the hard times because you grow as a couple just make sure to make up 😏

Today marks 2 months at my job and I have honestly never been happier or content, my anxiety is actually under control and I am doing so good. Of course, I am still taking my medications and not sure if I will ever be without those, I tried to do that once before and it did not work out so well so I will stay behaved until my Dr gives me the ok to stop them. 

I am still in University and not sure how that is going, to be honest, accounting is not for the faint of heart and I am honestly struggling with it.  Online courses are not easy and I need the support of a teacher and classmates so I have gotten a tutor and my first session was ok, let's see how this goes. 

My best friend is coming tomorrow for 4 days and I am so excited to have some girl time with her, she is going through a separation and she needs all the support and prayers she can get currently.  So if you wouldn't mind, just pray for Melissa. 





8.15.2019

The Essential Guide To Chronic Pain Management


For most people, a few niggles and pains will be little more than an acute nuisance that eventually subside. However, for some people pain becomes chronic and there is often no significant reason why this would be the case. Multiple visits to doctors may not discover any diagnosis. People with chronic pain are often given painkillers and nothing more. They are told to manage their symptoms themselves. There are ways you can be proactive and manage your own chronic pain. Read on to find out.

Yoga And Meditation

Partaking in an activity that is renowned for providing relaxation techniques can help you focus your mind on other aspects of your life rather than your pain. While your pain may be taking over your life, a spot of yoga or meditation that is led by an expert can be massively beneficial. You will learn postures to help strengthen your core, and you will learn breathing exercises to help you destress and relax. While your chronic pain is a physical condition, the stress and worry that it causes can exemplify the aches and niggles. Your doctor may even prescribe yoga rather than a painkiller in an effort to help you rely on other forms of pain management rather than tablets.

Equipment

If you live with chronic pain, you need to make sure that your home remains fit for purpose. That tall bed that you fell in love with a decade ago might not be the best for your spine anymore. If you have steps leading up to your front door, this might not be ideal if you have mobility issues or joint problems. Instead, consider installing one of the many wheelchair ramps available. If you need to use a wheelchair at a later date, then you already have the infrastructure needed within your home. Slopes are always more gentle on the joints than steps. You worktops may be too tall in the kitchen or your doorways may be too narrow. Consider spending some of your hard earned cash on adapting your home to make it a more pleasant place to be.

Reduce Stress

Any form of stress will make your pain worse. To release happy endorphins to help with your pain management, you need to look into doing something new. What is it that makes you smile? What have you always wanted to have a go at? If you want to have a go at playing the cello, book a free taster lesson. If you want to learn French, go for it. And if you fancy partaking in a cake decorating class, enrol on course. Doing something new and exciting can take your mind off of your pain and can help you destress and relax. By relaxing, you naturally become less tense. You also cut your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. Consider heading for an old school massage once a week to help your aches and pains, and to help you relax mentally as well as physically.

If you suffer from chronic pain, you need to be proactive and make sure that your quality of life doesn’t falter.



Finding a Stress Model that works for you

The American Psychological Association estimates that stress affects over 60% of the adult population, with factors like work, money, and political unrest contributing to anxiety and sleepless nights. Stress is something that we have to learn to deal with, but there are multiple ways of coping with stress. We all react and respond differently to stress, and our stress levels can rise and fall. While some methods may work brilliantly for you, you will probably find that others don’t have any real impact. If stress is getting you down, or you’re keen to better equip yourself to deal with difficult situations in the future, here are some remedies to try. 

Creative activities
If you find that you struggle to express yourself or to switch off when you’re stressed, creative activities could provide a solution for you. Being creative enables you to channel your emotions and to get things off your chest in a constructive, controlled way. Creative pursuits can also be therapeutic, and many people find them enjoyable. If you’re focused on writing a song or drawing a picture, for example, you might forget about the awful meeting you had that day or the upcoming interview that is making you nervous. You don’t have to be an award-winning author or an artistic genius to benefit from letting your creative juices flow. As long as you’re having fun or you feel relaxed, that’s all that matters. 



Physical activity
If you’re stressed out, you might long to curl up on the sofa, but if you can muster up the energy to move your body, you’ll reap the rewards. Exercise is a proven natural stress-buster, which will make you feel better the moment your heart rate starts to increase. Exercise increases the levels of serotonin and dopamine in your brain, and it also triggers the release of endorphins. As well as making you feel great, exercise also improves sleep habits, and it can help to distract you from sources of stress. There are so many ways you can be more active. From going for a run and hitting the gym to doing a dance class, playing tennis or taking your bike out, find activities that you enjoy. 

Natural supplements and remedies
Many people prefer to try natural remedies before exploring stress relief treatments like medication, for example. One of the most common symptoms of stress is insomnia. If you’re experiencing sleep troubles, there are various things you can do to try and alleviate anxiety and worry and promote calmness and relaxation. There is a great deal of media attention and discussion about CBD oil benefits at the moment, and some people find that using CBD oil helps to reduce stress and improve sleep patterns. If you haven’t used this product before, it’s wise to do your research, to seek medical advice, and to start with very small quantities. Aromatherapy is another remedy championed by many. Oils like lavender, chamomile, and bergamot may help you sleep. 

Talking
They say a problem shared is a problem halved, but many of us are reticent to talk about how we feel. If you are struggling with stress, or you’re not feeling quite right, don’t be afraid to chat to your partner or a friend or sibling. Bottling things up and keeping quiet can often be detrimental, and you might be surprised at how much better you feel just by speaking about what’s going on in your life or the emotions you’re experiencing. 





We all have to deal with stress at some point in our lives, but that doesn’t make it any easier to manage. Stress affects us all differently, and you may find that trying different coping mechanisms and techniques enables you to create your own toolkit. 
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