How to Stop the Swelling after an Oral Surgery

Anyone who says that tooth problems aren’t painful at all is a liar. A single aching tooth can radiate pain all over the body. Now, a fool would probably take a large amount of morphine to escape the pain. But that just won’t do. Taking that much painkillers is dangerous, not to mention illegal. You can choose to be a lazy fool, and eventually lose all your teeth. Or you can save yourself the trouble and see your dentist about it.

Unfortunately, your pain doesn’t stop the moment your dentist or oral surgeon extracts the damaged tooth or ends a gum surgery. You still have to squirm for 2 days to a week before you can see yourself past the excruciating pain. Of course, pain is relative to every patient of oral surgery, mostly depending on the patient’s tolerance to pain. It also depends on the performance of the oral surgeon operating on your surgery. Be sure to pick a credible dentist or oral surgeon to save yourself from any additional pain.

You may experience a lot of bleeding and swelling on your post-oral surgery. Dentists just usually advice patients to press gauze pad on the concerned area. However, if there’s still bleeding after 4 hours, you should call your dentist. Swelling, on the other hand, can be remedied at home.

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Cold compress

Apply cold compress on the swollen area of your face. Be sure to do this a day after your surgery. You can wrap ice cubes in a towel and use it for your cold compress. Keep it on the swollen area for 10 minutes. Rest for a while and then apply the cold compress again. Continue doing this procedure for the whole day.

Warm compress

Perform warm compress on the second day after your surgery. Be careful not switch the days. When you apply warm compress on the first 24 hours after the surgery, your swelling will just get worse. You can wrap a towel on a heating pad and use it for your warm compress. This will increase blood circulation and will eventually ease the swelling.

Call your dentist

If the swelling continues even after you’ve applied the above remedies, call your Washington DC dentist. The swelling is supposed to go down within the next 2–7 days after the surgery. Don’t you dare shrug this off. There might be complications in the surgery that can be dangerous when not addressed.

Visit the DC Light Dental clinic and set an appointment with its highly qualified dentists at 19th Street NW, Washington DC. To know more about the said dental clinic in Washington DC, browse through its official website and avail of its commendable oral care services.

5 Technological Advancements that Can Revolutionize Healthcare

Technology is fulfilling its promise of making life as easy as possible for humankind — now more than ever. One proof of that is the utilization of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing. Even though the 3D printer was invented in 1984, nearly 30 years ago, it was only highlighted and showcased by technology websites in the recent years — mostly focusing on 3D products on fashion and humanitarian projects. 3D printing is not the only promising advancement though. There is also a big buzz concerning wearable tech. That’s just the start. We’re not even talking about the advancements in mobile technology yet — which, I tell you, is quite a handful.

These technologies have, above everything else, been proven to be most useful in the medical field. Nothing is wasted. Researchers and scientists have been testing technological advancements in dental care, physical mobility and prosthetics, and researches on possible 3D organ transplants. With the help of technology, possibilities in the medical field are just abundant. Below is just a taste of how technology has once again upped the ante on healthcare.

3D Dental care

We’ve been trained to hold a toothbrush while brushing our teeth. Alterations to the toothbrush have always been with the efficiency of the bristles. Over time, the handle has also evolved into easy-grip handles, obviously for the convenience of the user. Still, it usually takes 2–3 minutes. Just recently though, researchers have found a way to hasten the teeth’s cleaning process into a matter of 6 seconds. Yep, in the form of 3D printed toothbrushes that look like mouthguards. Isn’t this just innovative? Hopefully, from Washington DC dentists to Los Angeles dentists recommend this kind of improvement in dental care sooner rather than later.

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Image taken from Mashable.com

Live streaming of surgeries

Google Glass is just one of the wearable techs that create buzz in the world of mobile technology. To explain this in the most basic manner, Glass is like your smartphone turned into an eyewear. The first people to use this are mostly dubbed as rude or douchy by the non-Glass wearing public. Doctors, though, have taken a better use for it. This one surgeon from Ohio, for example, used Google Glass for a live streaming to his colleagues while he performed a knee surgery. This can be a start of demonstrating live surgeries to selected people online.

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Image taken from Mashable.com

Development of mobile health apps
Now, we all know how popular mobile apps have become to the public. Nearly everybody in the country already owns a smartphone. I bet my imaginary pet duck that those smartphones have apps in them. You see, mobile apps are addictive, especially when they’re free. Mobile health apps are another project of health researchers to help lessen the burden of medical patients. Some of them are free, while some can be downloaded at an affordable price.

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Infographic taken from mHealthWatch.com

Magic limbs

This is yet another miracle made possible by 3D printing technology. The girl on the photo, Emma, originally had immobile hands caused by Arthrogryposis. Her doctors found a way to make an exoskeleton that will help her move her arms. The parts were made through a 3D printer.

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Image taken from Stratasys.com

3D printed human tissue

Speaking of a 3D printer, scientists have also developed one that can manufacture human tissue. This may come later rather than sooner, but scientists speculate that they can manufacture organs such as a liver or a kidney through this 3D printer. For now, scientists can only produce prototypes (such as the photo below). It may take two decades or more before they can produce an organ ready for transplant. At least the idea and the technology is already here. They will just have to work on it little by little.

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Image taken from Engineering.com