An Introduction To Bruxism

You’re nervous and you’re jaw is sore. Does that sound familiar? I know exactly where you’re coming from, I clench my teeth when I’m stressed and nervous more than I care to admit. It might even be affecting my sleep and I might be suffering from a condition called bruxism. What is bruxism? It’s a teeth grinding and clenching condition.

Common Causes of Bruxism:

  • Stress. I’d say this is the most common cause of bruxism, but everyone is different. The amount of stress you’re under induces coping that can take in the form of teeth clenching and grinding. Do you notice that your jaw feels a little sore after a big presentation?
  • Misalignment of the jaw. Bruxism can be cause by the misalignment of your lower jaw. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), which is a condition that can affect your chewing, give you headaches, and hear a clicking noise from opening and closing your mouth.
  • Prescription drugs. A side effect to antidepressant prescription drugs. Your doctor may change your medicine if bruxism is affecting your sleep.

Symptoms of Bruxism:

If you are waking up with a headache or feel like your jaw is sore, you may be exhibiting symptoms of bruxism. It is not uncommon that teeth grinding and clenching occurs during sleep so loss of sleep is a possible symptom of bruxism. In severe cases of bruxism, patients can experience tooth fracturing, loosening, or even lose teeth.

Bruxism Treatment Guide:

  • Wear a mouthguard to sleep. Yeah, you probably went to your oral surgeon’s office and he probably told you this already. But if you haven’t tried to wear a mouthguard, you will never know if it can help. Like all things, it will take some time to adjust. Mouthguards are recommended because they work. Might I recommend the SleepRight Dental Guard? Their mouthguards have generated pretty good reviews and they also come in three different types to serve your specific needs.
  • Get plenty of sleep. It is probably easier said than done, especially if you’re experiencing bruxism, but getting the recommended 7-8 hour sleep is important. Something I would suggest doing is to create a “winding down” routine. Take 30 to 45 minutes before you go to bed to prepare your body for bed. Get your body relaxed and ready for sleep that might reduce the teeth grinding and clenching.
  • Try some relaxation techniques. Actually set aside some time to actively relax your face and try to make it a habit. Massaging your face, jaw, and neck can relieve some of that tension you feel and reduce the teeth clenching. Reduce your stress by taking a walk every now and then or take some more time to experience your hobbies and interests. Listen to your body, take a break when you need to.
  • Take a chance on a book about bruxism. Maybe do this before you go to the oral surgeon or maybe you can ask your oral surgeon- but doing some reading about bruxism and other treatments may be a good idea. You’re reading about bruxism right now, but this is just a blog post giving you a synopsis. There are several books that give  further background, advice, and more at-home treatments for you to try before scheduling oral surgery.

Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at Fahrenheit Marketing, an Austin web design company. Zane is glad he doesn’t have bruxism.

Three Types Of Jaw Surgery In Austin, Texas

There are many reasons why you may visit your oral health care provider to make sure your smile is looking its very best. Some people may just go in for a routine cleaning, to get their teeth whitened, or to get braces. A less common reason people go to the dentist is to get jaw surgery done. If you are looking to get jaw surgery done through your local orthodontist, there are several different types of surgery that can be done including upper jaw, lower jaw, and chin surgery. Here is more detailed information about these different types of jaw surgeries to help you to get started.

Upper Jaw Surgery

The first type of jaw surgery that you may be interested in is called a maxillary osteotomy, or an upper jaw surgery. This type of surgery will often be used to help deal with open bites, overbites, and under bites. During this procedure, your dentist will go just right below your ears which will allow the whole jaw to move together as one. The dentist will then take this part of the jaw and move everything forward so that the top and bottom teeth become aligned properly. Once they have been able to do that, little screws will be placed into your jaw to help it maintain its new position.

Lower Jaw Surgery

Next, you may be interested in getting a jaw surgery known as a mandibular osteotomy, or a lower jaw surgery. This type of surgery is used to deal with a lower jaw that is large or one that is receded or deficient. During this type of jaw surgery, the dentist will cut into the jaw right behind your molars and then go lengthwise along your jawbone, allowing the lower jaw to easily be moved. Once the jaw bone is ready, the dentist can slide it around until it gets into the right position before inserting the screws into the bone to keep the new shape in place.

Chin Surgery

There are some people who are dealing with a receded chin and who would like to get this dental issue fixed. This type of jaw surgery is known as a genioplasty and will be used to deal with a receded or deficient chin. In order for this type of procedure to be accomplished, the bones in the chin are going to need to be moved. The chin can either be moved downwards to help it look a little longer or upwards so that it looks shorter. In addition, there are times when the chin bone will be moved either forwards or backwards so that the lips of the patient will begin to touch the way they are naturally supposed to. For the most part, those who have to undergo a chin surgery must also have a lower jaw surgery done, since most abnormalities of the chin are caused by a receded bottom jaw. Both of these procedures can be accomplished at the same time to reduce healing times.

Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at Fahrenheit Marketing, an Austin Web design company. Zane is glad he’s never had to have jaw surgery.

Red Wine: Is It REALLY Good For Your Health?

Certain health ailments are more prevalent in some areas of western society than other locales. Doctors, patients and researchers have been looking for the reasons that Americans suffer from higher incidents of heart disease and cancer than our European counterparts. One glass of wine with dinner is common in areas where grapes are grown and turned into wine. These regions depend on regular consumption of every product to sustain the local economy. Individual quality of life is higher because red wine appears to offer health benefits that work with the hardworking lifestyle and other natural foods.

Healthy Benefits of Red Wine

Measurable improvements in vital signs can be tracked when people with cardiovascular issues begin to drink moderate amounts of red wine each day. People who begin to drink red wine report lower incidents of stress and anxiety. The cardiovascular system appears to respond to the ingredients in red wine. Two to three glasses of red wine has been credited with these health benefits:

  • Lifts HDL cholesterol, or “good” cholesterol, levels
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces the risk of blood clots
  • Prevents arterial damage caused when LDL cholesterol is above recommended levels

Studies Measure Decreased Health Issues

After years of consistent red wine consumption, researchers at the University of Bordeaux noticed some remarkable trends in the death rates from serious illnesses.

  • 30 percent reduction in all causes of death;
  • 35 percent reduction in heart disease deaths;
  • 18-24 percent reduction in cancer deaths.

Drinking wine with a meal allows the digestive system to process antioxidants for maximum effectiveness throughout the body. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which have been tied to various ailments. Cells can mutate when the free radicals are left unattended. Antioxidants provide the extra electron needed to bind with the free radical and restore the cell to its natural state.

Red wine is consumed more often with a meal than beer or hard liquor. People enjoy the fruity qualities of wine when combined with many different types of foods. Antioxidants in the wine come in two different forms. Each one has important benefits for the red wine drinker.

  • Flavonoids – The antioxidants that are present in a wide variety of foods, such as oranges, apples, onions, tea and cocoa;
  • Nonflavonoids – These antioxidants are found in red wine and prevent arterial blockages since the red wine acts as a blood thinner.

The presence of Omega-3 fatty acids in plasma and red blood cells is another noticeable difference in the health of red wine drinkers. This class of fatty acids protects the body from coronary heart disease that can lead to sudden death. Polyphenols in the red wine are credited with increasing the Omega-3 levels.

Drinking wine each day might be beneficial for the individual with a family history of cardiovascular disease. Concerns about medical problems might be addressed without adding medication to the daily routine. Many people have discovered the benefits of drinking moderate amounts of red wine each day. Consult with a physician when in doubt.

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+DJL Lalique is the forum of David Weinstein, a lover of travel, fine wines and fine art, especially the art of Rene Lalique.  David also writes about Lalique’s art work on his blog.

The Best Unarmed Self Defense System For Women


Violence against women is an all too common problem worldwide and even the United States. Rape statistics alone are simply staggering; in the United States alone more than 18% of women have survived a rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. Sadly, more than 60% of the rapes were carried out by a known person such as a date, an intimate partner or even a husband.

While these figures are shocking they still do not account for other types of assaults and violence such as domestic abuse. Based on these statistics it is no wonder that many women around the world and particularly in the United States look for a reliable means of self defense.


In the United States there is easy access to guns for those that desire them. More and more women are purchasing these weapons for self defense purposes and for the most part they are better able to protect themselves in the event of an attack. There are some concerns however when it comes to having a firearm as your only means of self defense.

1st there is no way to deescalate the response. Those that have no other method of protecting themselves are only left with two choices, become a victim or shoot (and likely kill) the attacker. That’s it there are no other options available.

2nd A gun is only useful if the person can get to it in a reasonable time. Women who are grabbed, surprised, knocked down or even attacked in their own home by a known person may not be able to get to their weapon.  A weapon locked up in the gun safe or in a handbag that is now 6-10 feet away is of very little use if they are in the process of being attacked.

3rd As explained earlier many attacks are committed by someone close to the victim. Even under that extreme stress the victim may not be willing to use lethal force, leaving her with no other options.

Unarmed Self Defense

Even with the concerns there is something women can do to help improve their chances of escape or defense while under attack.  The right self defense system builds confidence, strength and fitness and introduces techniques that are effective for unarmed combat. Additionally becoming skilled in a hand to hand style allows the woman a chance to escape, get to their weapon and in some cases, subdue their attacker.

Not all styles are created equal so choosing the right system is going to be critical if the goal is to have a realistic chance to be able to defend yourself in the event of an attack.

Best Systems

Boxing- Boxing is known as the sweet science because there are some very sophisticated techniques and strategies involved. To a casual observer it appears that there are two people simply standing in front of each other trading full power punches for 12 rounds. Clearly this is a bad strategy for a female who is likely facing a much bigger and stronger male. If you take a closer look though you will find that many times only a small percentage of strikes are landed in a boxing match and that is coming from another boxer who is ALSO trained to strike, despite your attempts to avoid them.

In boxing you will learn proper stance for the most efficient movement while giving you the ability to defend but also the best chance to deliver a powerful punch when the opponent leaves an opening. In addition defensive footwork is taught along with bobbing and weaving, slipping punches, parrying and circling in and out of range. Both Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Mohamed Ali were very good at evading blows while delivering strikes of their own.

Kickboxing and Muay Thai- Kickboxing and Muay Thai (or Thai kickboxing) share some similarities to boxing in regards to striking with the hands and evading the opponents’ strikes. Where boxing stops Kickboxing and Muay Thai picks up by adding kicks. Kickboxers use the hands nearly as well as a boxer but they also incorporate kicks to the body and head which makes it more difficult to defend. The other benefit of adding kicks is that the legs are much stronger than the arms so the strikes that are delivered pack more power and are a bigger threat to an attacker.

Muay Thai shares the kicks with kickboxing but they also add elbow strikes and knee strikes from a standing position. This allows even greater versatility since an elbow or knee can be used when there is almost no room to move around. In addition Thai fighters are allowed to clinch from the standing position so fighters learn to disengage or even attack from that position which might be useful for a woman who is grabbed. Finally, Thai kickboxers are also allowed to kick an opponent’s legs. The legs are typically an easy target and when a trained kickboxer lands a leg kick against untrained opponent’s legs, very often the pain created by the kick causes the opponent to fall.

Muay Thai

Judo/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Wrestling/Mixed Martial Arts– Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Amateur Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) are very grappling heavy styles.  The benefit of a grappling heavy style is that it teaches you how to use your body leverage and position to move into a position of advantage when grabbed or taken to the ground. In addition these styles teach a student how to escape and disengage when they are grabbed by someone unexpectedly.

Judo is a Japanese system and an Olympic Martial art. The premise of Judo is to use the best and most efficient technique based on your opponents balance and center of gravity to throw them flat on their back, a judo player also has the ability to follow and finish the fight on the ground should they choose to. “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (135lb former Olympic Judo player) told a story on Jimmy Kimmel live detailing a confrontation with two men inside of a movie theatre where she used her Martial Arts experience to defend herself.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a style loosely based on Judo which focuses on ground work. This system has a solution for almost every position you may find yourself in, including when an opponent is on top and in between your legs. This position is known as “the guard” and offers many opportunities to reverse position and even choke out or break the arm of the attacker. The style became popular in the United States when 170lb BJJ black belt Royce Gracie took on and defeated all comers in the early UFC’s. During these events Gracie was able to make his much larger and more athletic opponents submit after putting them in various chokeholds or arm locks once on the ground.


Amateur Wrestling is a sport found in high schools and colleges around the country which makes it difficult to access once out of high school. The system is all about takedowns, avoiding takedowns and pinning an opponent to the ground. All of these are extremely valuable skills especially since many women are attacked when their attacker attempts to grab them or throw them to the ground. The ability to avoid the grab or takedown can be the difference in the ability to flee or even get to their weapon.

Mixed Martial Arts is known as MMA and is quite simply a mix of the most effective striking systems and grappling systems all under one roof. This style gives a practitioner several tools from styles such as boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and BJJ. This allows a woman the chance to deal with her opponent both while standing and on the ground in the unfortunate event that the altercation goes there. More importantly it teaches how to avoid going to the ground if the person wants to avoid that situation entirely.


It should be pretty clear by now that all of the systems mentioned above are all sports as well and for good reason. Someone training like an athlete is going to become more fit by practicing these systems. Improved fitness help long term health but also in a dangerous situation needing an immediate response.

When someone trains in a system that is also a sport they typically will face an opponent in practice that is using full effort or close to full effort. The use of full effort allows the students to gauge how well their techniques work when they are being opposed with 100% resistance. Styles that use too much cooperation not only do not use this effort but often gives a false sense of security to the student since most often their “opponents” are cooperating and allowing them to apply techniques. Another advantage to full speed sparring is the development of timing that just cannot be attained with cooperative training.

Confidence is also developed when training a martial art like a sport. If someone has never been in a fight or confrontation they may not be able to overcome their fear in order to execute the techniques they have learned. When a student gets to grapple or spar live they face that challenge in each class. While this will not eliminate the fear these systems help train the fight or flight response and experienced students will be able to perform under stressful situations far better than students who train in styles with very little or infrequent contact.

All of these systems are relatively intense and will build a stronger body and mental fortitude they are also taught by professionals  that have competed themselves so the classes have quality safety equipment and have courtesy’s to avoid injuries.

Without a doubt women are the focus of physical attacks all over the world. Usually these attacks are carried out by males and most often by someone close or at least known to the victim. By training in any one of these styles it will improve a woman’s chance to escape the situation, get to her weapon should she want to or even use an escalation of force as she deems necessary.

Pete Kontakos enjoys discussing health, fitness, vitamin nutritional supplements, martial arts and other sports. Pete is certified as a wrestling coach through USA Wrestling.

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Life Altering Accident Injuries – When Amputation Is Inevitable

Over 20,000 amputations happen every year in the country, with men between the ages of 15 and 30 being the common victims. While certain diseases such as diabetes often result in amputations, various accidents are also a common cause of amputations. In an accident where a limb is lost, the incident site plays a major role in determining which parties are to be held liable for short and long term damages.

What Is Amputation?

Amputation is the loss or removal of a limb or body part, as a result of an illness or serious accident. Amputations that are accident related are also known as traumatic amputations that occur when a body part is severed during and as a result of the accident. They are life changing and affect the every day lives of victims. Sadly, aside from pain, victims have to bear extensive recovery phases through long term physical therapy and medications that produce costly medical bills.

The Causes Of Amputations

The truth is, no one wants an amputation and doctors consider amputation as the last resort to an accident related injury. However, certain medical conditions and situations leave doctors with no other choice, but to make amputation the only option in order to save the life of victims.

  • Medical Malpractice

There are situations when a patient undergoes a surgical procedure that leads to complications. It is possible that the hospital operates using poor sterilization techniques or ineffective surgical procedures and these can result in various complications. As such, medical professionals, health workers and even the hospital can be held responsible for the amputation.

  • Motor Vehicle Related Accidents

Auto accidents often cause amputations as certain accidents can crush bones. When bones are crushed to a certain extent, they may not be repaired and will require an amputation. However, in serious car accidents where extreme force is involved, limbs can be severed during the crash.

  • Defective Products

You must have already read and heard news of people being wounded, stuck, burnt or even crushed by various items, such as appliances, furniture, car parts and toys. Most of these injuries lead to infections and more serious injuries that will require an amputation in order to save the victim’s life.

  • Workplace Accidents

Workplace accidents can also lead to amputations, despite the employee’s safety efforts. All employers have the responsibility to ensure the safety of their workers, so workplace negligence is the common cause of amputations. In fact, “Cases involving the workplace will require the careful examination of signage, policies, procedures and other documentation to determine negligence” says Bob M. Cohen & Associates.

The Consequences You Will Have To Face As A Victim

When you become an amputee, your life will change with the surgery, rehabilitation and adapting to the changes. The experience is extremely painful and many suffer from depression because of it. Your ability to earn will also be effected as there is a possibility that you may not be able to return to your old employment or accept a transfer of position depending on the job scope. This is why accident amputees are encouraged to take legal action against negligent parties to help cover for the expenses, loss of income and suffering.

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Valerie Jones is a freelance writer specializing in personal injury cases and other legal issues for individuals and businesses. She regularly provides information about product and business negligence, safe shopping and personal injury claims.

Diagnosing Occupational Asthma For Proper Work Compensation

Occupational asthma is asthma that is triggered by substances in the workplace. The airways start to swell and constrict, reducing the amount of air that can pass through and leading to shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, and in the worst cases, death. These symptoms are most pronounced when the person is in the workplace and abate when at home, during weekends or when not in the work area.

If you have this condition, you can thank Dr. Jack Pepys, the Father of Occupational Asthma. By identifying the various causes of the disease and the mechanisms involved, he was able to have occupational asthma recognized as a compensable occupational disease.

Prevalence And Types Of Occupational Asthma

Almost all industries can induce occupational asthma but the workers that are considered to be a higher risk for this illness are the bakers and millers, animal handlers, adhesive and carpet workers, carpenters, hairdressers, healthcare workers, cleaners, and workers in the metal, paint, textile, plastics and pharmaceutical industries. About 15 percent of severe asthma cases are caused by factors at work.

Occupational asthma does not develop immediately. It can be weeks to years of exposure before its onset. Work-related asthma attacks are classified into two types: pre-existing asthma and irritant asthma. The first type is the most common. You had been diagnosed with asthma and exposure to a triggering agent causes it to recur. The second type is not an allergy but certain substances in the workplace can bring out asthma-like symptoms and these are treated with therapy for asthma.

Diagnosis Of Occupational Asthma

It is important for occupational asthma to be diagnosed by a competent and authorized doctor to claim Workers’ Compensation. According to Pulgini & Norton, attorneys in Massachusetts, the law on workers’ compensation is designed to protect both the worker and the employer from unjust practices. To arrive at a diagnosis of occupational asthma, a medical history and physical exam of the worker are fundamental. They should include an initial assessment of asthma, an assessment of the temporal association between symptoms and work, and an assessment of workplace exposures (

Exhibiting the clinical symptoms of asthma are not enough to make a diagnosis of occupational asthma. There must be an extensive history of prior employment, the tasks in each job. The probable causative agents in each workplace must be listed and tests done to determine which caused the disease recurrence. There must be a proven correlation between the new onset of the disease to exposures in the workplace.

How Some Companies Deal With Occupational Asthma Compensation

Employers are aware that they are responsible for the treatment of their workers who have occupational asthma. Their lawyers may attempt to disprove the doctor’s diagnosis especially if the worker was asthmatic as a child, which is often the case. If you smoke or you are overweight, they may try to use these factors as the cause of your difficulty of breathing.

By showing that your childhood asthma was under control until you started working for the company, or your asthma attacks worsened after your present employment, you can claim workers’ compensation. But it’s best not to take chances that the company will win, should they contest your claim. Getting the services of a competent and experienced lawyer who knows the ins and outs of Workers’ Compensation will ensure that you will get the benefits that are due you.

  • Stewart Butterfield. “Offsite Brainstorming”. Photo. 06 Dec 2005 22 Jan 2014

Marie Miller is an occupational healthcare provider. She writes about hazards at work and in the workplace.

Dying To Drink: Eating Less, Drinking More

Should I eat a healthy meal or drink a half pint? Which one will give me less calories so that I can drink more tonight? These are the questions that a drunkorexic needs to consider every night when they go out to party.

You probably never heard of the term “drunkorexia”, but those who read women’s magazines are probably familiar with it. Drunkorexia is now a phenomenon that is gaining popularity, especially among college-aged women.

What Is Drunkorexia?

Drunkorexia is the term that is closely associated with anorexia and heavy binge drinking behavior. This is not an official medical term; however, it is the term used to describe the worrisome phenomenon that is a mixture of eating disorder and alcohol addiction. Drunkorexia has been associated with physical, cognitive, and behavioral problems.

A drunkorexic is an individual who skips meals so that he or she can drink more without worrying about gaining weight. This problem usually affects young adults and college students, specifically women, who want to have fun and stay thin. What a drunkorexic fails to understand is that this behavior could have a significant impact on their health and wellbeing. According to the Science Daily, the common reasons why young adults become drunkorexic include:

  • Conserving restricted calories for binge drinking
  • Get intoxicated faster
  • Weight gain prevention
  • Eating less to save money for alcohol

The symptoms of drunkorexia are very easy to recognize.

  • The individual behaves differently around food.
  • A drunkorexic skips meals, usually dinner, just to drink more alcohol throughout the night.
  • The individual uses alcoholic beverages to satisfy hunger pains.
  • As a result, the drunkorexic loses a lot of weight quickly

The Dangers Of Drunkorexia

The recommended daily maximum alcohol consumption for women is around two to three units. This is equivalent to 175ml glass of wine. Unfortunately, binge drinkers bend their limits. Those who admit being a drunkorexic are unaware of the dangers of this disorder.

Dangerous And Risky Situations: For one, binge drinkers are more likely to engage in risky situations and behavior, such as getting behind the wheel while drunk. If fortunately the drunk driver avoided getting into an accident, there is a huge risk of getting arrested for DUI. According to the DUI attorneys at Action Legal Group, PLLC, the scent of alcohol on the person’s breath is already an implicit permission for the police officer to start gathering evidence against the driver for driving while under the influence.

Liver Damage: Binge drinking can result in liver damage. If a person fails to eat the right amount of healthy food but drinks more alcoholic beverage, the effects can be fatal.

Acute Alcohol Poisoning: Starving one’s self in order to drink more in a short span of time can result in alcohol poisoning. This problem can lead to disastrous consequences including, confusion, vomiting, and memory blackouts.

Keep in mind that food keeps the individual from getting intoxicated quickly. If the drunkorexic drinks without eating anything, there will be no food to slow down the alcohol absorption; therefore, the individual gets intoxicated faster.

Binge drinking also increases the risk of developing heart problems, kidney disease, arthritis, and cancer. This behavior is also associated with mental disorders, such as depression, insomnia, and anxiety. With that said, drunkorexia is a very dangerous problem. Drunkorexic should seek professional help before this disorder leads to more serious consequences.

  • Ashley Webb.”Hello Kitty Wine”. December 31, 2010. Online Image. Flickr. Jan 24, 2014

The author, Kris Lim, aims to raise awareness regarding drunkorexia. In this article, she discusses the symptoms and dangers of this disorder.

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