I've enjoyed 2013 and shortly we will say goodbye to this year and 2014 will arrive bringing new experiences and adventures. Here are a few views and experiences from this year. Happy New Year and may 2014 bring you all you want!
The state of your teeth and gums can impact on your general health. Brushing and flossing your teeth can have a positive impact on the health of your body.
Gum disease increases your risk of many diseases but links have been found to an increased risk of strokes, diabetes and heart disease.
The good news is that brushing your teeth properly and looking after your gums can prevent and treat gum disease, improve your overall health and help reduce your risk of health problems, such as heart disease. Follow a routine of brushing your teeth for a full two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, plus cleaning between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes. Visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly for cleaning and check-ups. It’s especially important to look after your teeth and gums if you’re pregnant.
I've also included couple of videos, one is an interview with actress Whoopi Goldberg describing her experience of a severe gum infection, the second is a news clip fro ABC news (a bit more detailed and scientific but still an interesting watch).
As usual, I'm planning to see a few films over the Christmas holiday, one classic and two new films. The films I hope to see are It's a Wonderful Life ( a classic that I have never seen, see if it lives up to all I heard). Took the chance tom see this tonight, and my opinion, it was absolutely brilliant!
A return to Middle earth with The Hobbit: The desolation of Smaug.
And final released on New Year's Day, American Hustle. Looks like Christian Bale may have been channeling Al Pacino a bit for this role!
I awoke to a cold and frosty morning today. I decided to make the most of it and took the dog for a long walk along Exmouth Beach. The weather wasn't quite as good as yesterday which was bright and clear, today was a bit more overcast and cold. A great way to blow away the winter cobwebs.
Mouth cancer is cancer that affects the lips, cheek, tongue and throat.
Who can be affected by mouth cancer?
Mouth cancer can affect anyone, it is most common in people over 40, particularly men.
However, research has shown that mouth cancer is becoming more common in younger patients and women.
Do people die of mouth cancer?
Yes, on average over 1800 people die of mouth cancer in the UK each year. That’s about 6 people each day! Many of these deaths could be prevented if the cancer was caught at an early stage.
What are the signs of mouth cancer?
Mouth cancer can appear in different forms and can affect all parts of the mouth, tongue and lips.
Mouth cancer can appear as a painless mouth ulcer that does not heal normally. A white or red patch in the mouth can also develop into a cancer. It is really important to visit your dentist if these areas do not heal within three weeks.
What causes mouth cancer?
Most cases of mouth cancer are linked to alcohol and tobacco consumption. Regular smoking and drinking greatly increases your risk of getting mouth cancer. Over-exposure to sunlight can also increase the risk of cancer of the lips.
Many recent reports have linked mouth cancer to the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the major cause of cervical cancer and affects the skin that lines the moist areas of the body.
HPV can be spread through oral sex, and research now suggests that it could soon rival smoking and drinking as one of the main causes of mouth cancer.
So did you know that having poor gum health and periodontal disease can have a serious affect on your general health? Recent studies have shown that there is evidence linking periodontal disease (gum disease) to heart disease and other chronic diseases. The common link in all these conditions is inflammation. The presence of active gum disease may be linked to heart disease, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.
So what steps can you take to prevent periodontal disease? First brush your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes using a manual or electric toothbrush. Second, floss your teeth or use tepe brushes to clean those difficult to get at areas between the teeth, these areas can often be inflamed. Finally, see your dentist regularly for dental health checks and if your dentist recommends seeing a hygienist take their advice. The dental hygienist can give you the best advice on cleaning and looking after your teeth and gums, remove those stubborn deposits that get stuck to your teeth and restore your smile to its sparkling best.
It is a small investment by you in keeping your teeth, gums and mouth healthy. Also a healthy mouth can have plenty of other benefits to your general health too!
Saturday marked the tenth staging of the Dawlish Airshow. I departed early to get there by train, after a few adventures on the journey, I secured a great viewing point on the sea-wall to watch the display.
I took my camera and these are a few highlights of the photographs I took featuring planes including the Red Arrows, the Euro-Fighter and the Gloucester Meteor. I think I may have been a little snap happy still have a couple of hundred photographs to edit yet!
The airshow was amazing, organised by a great team and a fabulous day out for bank holiday Saturday.
Elbow's One Day Like This is a piece of music I have loved since the first time I heard it. Browsing YouTube, I found a performance of this song with the band and the BBC Concert Orchestra and Choir. This performance is absolutely awesome and moves me every time I hear it. Take a listen and see what you think.