Brush Your Teeth After Sucking On Hard Candies

These are more likely to cause tooth decay than are sweets such as ice cream or cake since the candies dissolve slowly and surround the teeth with sugar. By the way, raisins, which are sticky, can cause more cavities than chocolate.

Avoid raking leaves if you’re allergic to molds. The risk of allergic reaction is less if you rake freshly fallen leaves since it takes a day or two for molds and mildew to develop.

When shopping for a pain reliever or cold medication, avoid multi-ingredient drugs. They cost more and usually provide less of the ingredient you seek, plus ones you don’t need. If you have a cold, buy a simple decongestant (if you want one). If you have a headache and an upset stomach, buy a pain reliever and an antacid.

Drink plenty of fluids if you often have bad breath.

The most common cause of short term bad breath is a dry mouth. Brush and floss to improve your breath; if you can’t, try rinsing with plain water.
Don’t store medications in the bathroom. The high heat and dampness from the bath can speed the deterioration of drugs. Choose a cool, dry place—such as a closet shelf (a high shelf if you have kids).

Get screened for diabetes starting at age 45. Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, obese people, and those with a strong family history need more frequent screening, starting at 30.

Stay out of tanning booths.

These use high-intensity light sources emitting chiefly ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation, which deeply penetrates the skin and causes premature aging. This radiation may also damage blood vessels and even inhibit immune reactions in the skin.

Have your tap water tested for lead if your household includes a small child or a pregnant woman. Call your local health department or water company; it may offer free or inexpensive testing.

If you often encounter aggressive dogs along your exercise route, try carrying one of the following for self-defense: a dog repellent (one type is ground pepper in aerosol form), a device that emits high-frequency sound waves, a water pistol, or a pop open umbrella.

If your reaction time isn’t as fast as it used to be, consider taking a defensive driving class. Most localities will remove citations for moving violations, if any, from your permanent driving record when you complete a course. Most insurance companies offer graduates a break on premiums.

When driving, the best position for your hands on the steering wheel is at the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock position (not at the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock position most of us were taught). This will give you maximum control.

Grandparents: don’t leave medication around the house within reach of young grandchildren. Childhood poisoning often involves a grandparent’s medication. Use child-resistant containers. Vitamin and mineral pills (especially iron) can also be a hazard. Don’t leave mouthwash within the reach of young children. Many brands of mouthwash contain more alcohol than wine and can be harmful to small children.

Don’t drink alcohol before swimming or while boating.

Anywhere from 25 to 50% of adolescents and adults who drown while swimming or die in boating accidents consumed alcohol beforehand. Small children should ride in car safety seats, of course, but never in the front seat. This is especially true if the car has a passenger side airbag. All kids under 12 should ride in the rear and always be buckled in.

Whether you are driving or on foot, beware of cars turning left at intersections. Though only about 15% of all vehicles at intersections turn left, 45% of auto collisions and about 30% of collisions with pedestrians involve a left turning vehicle, according to one study.

Don’t use hanging pest strips, since these constantly release pesticide into the air you breathe. In addition, many of them contain a known carcinogen.

Another reason to avoid Type 2 diabetes: it may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to several studies. Other research has shown that it can impair cognitive function and memory. Make sure that young kids don’t use more than the recommended “pea size” amount of toothpaste and that they don’t swallow it. Fluoride is crucial in protecting teeth, but the large amounts in toothpaste, if swallowed frequently, can cause mottling (fluorosis) of the enamel of permanent teeth.

Never mix household cleaning products.

For instance, the combination of chlorine bleach with an ammonia cleanser or a dishwashing liquid gives off a toxic gas that’s a severe respiratory irritant.

Place healthy infants less than six months old on their backs or sides at bedtime (not on their stomachs, which is what most parents believe they should do). This may reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)—also known as crib death—by as much as 50%. Never put an infant on top of fluffy bedding, pillows, or comforters.

Remove drawstrings from hoods and necks of children’s clothing, or at least cut the strings as short as possible. Drawstrings can get caught on playground equipment, an escalator, a fence, or elsewhere.

Women on weightloss diets should consume extra calcium.

One study found that overweight postmenopausal women who lost weight on a diet absorbed less calcium from food and supplements than women, not on a diet. Women over 50 are supposed to consume 1,200 to 1,500 milligrams of calcium a day, but this study suggested that 1,800 milligrams are a better goal for dieters.

Don’t take any over the counter pain reliever for more than 10 days, unless advised by your doctor. Aspirin, ibuprofen (such as Motrin or Advil), and naproxen (such as Aleve) can cause gastrointestinal bleeding and ulcers. High doses of acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) can damage the liver. The risks are greatest in heavy drinkers and those with kidney disease.

If you have a manicure at a nail salon, make sure all instruments have been sterilized in a disinfection machine or hospital-grade disinfectant. This will prevent the spread of infections. Just dipping the instruments in alcohol or that ubiquitous blue dip is not enough. Don’t worry about swallowing pits and seeds in fruit—or even an entire apple core. Actually, this will give you extra fiber. Many seeds are both edible and nutritious. Some seeds or pits (apple, apricot, pear, cherry, and plum) contain a minute quantity of a substance called amygdalin, which releases cyanide. This is not usually a health hazard. You would have to consume 50 to 70 apricot pits to get a lethal dose of cyanide.

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