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Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first sign of periodontal disease. This disease can damage teeth, roots and nerves and can lead to tooth loss if not treated appropriately.


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Caring for Puncture Wounds

Most puncture wounds are caused by objects such as large shards of metal or glass, nails or sharp sticks of wood. Such objects can puncture the skin, damage underlying tissue and carry bacteria deep into the tissue. To care for a puncture wound:

  • Clean the wound by soaking it for 15 minutes and scrubbing with a washcloth to remove dirt.

  • Apply antibiotic ointment, but soak the wound and reapply antibiotic ointment every 12 hours for two days.

  • See a doctor immediately if any signs of infection appear -- redness at the puncture site, swelling, tenderness near the wound or pain at the site.

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Back and Neck Care
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain every year. The reasons for the pain are many, including bad posture, accidents, improper lifting, obesity, and weak muscles. Practice prevention to minimize your risk for back pain — get regular exercise, lose any excess weight, and learn good posture.

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Asthma
Are you all too familiar with the coughing and wheezing that remind you that you have asthma? Asthma can be a serious problem, but it doesn’t have to stop you in your tracks. With the help of your health care team, you can keep your asthma under control.

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