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Health Tips for June 24

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:22pm
Health Tip: The Word on Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that emerge, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. They often crowd or damage other teeth, and must be removed.

Here's what to expect during and after surgery to remove wisdom teeth, courtesy of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons:

* Wisdom teeth are removed under general anesthesia, local anesthesia or intravenous sedation, and the procedure is usually done in the surgeon's office.
* The complexity of the surgery depends on the position of the wisdom teeth.
* Some swelling and discomfort are common after the surgery. Pain medications and cold compresses can help alleviate these symptoms.
* You may need to eat softer foods and make other diet changes until your mouth recovers from the surgery.

Health Tip: Before Getting Plastic Surgery

You should do your homework before you elect to have plastic surgery.

Here are suggestions on how to prepare for the procedure, courtesy of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons:

* Research the surgery until you fully understand its possible benefits and risks.
* Talk to your doctor about what to expect after the surgery, including likely results, how much time it may take you to recover, and what the recovery period will feel like.
* Talk to other people who have had the procedure to gain their insight.
* Don't be afraid to discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor. Be sure the physician knows your complete medical history.
* Make sure the surgeon you select is qualified, properly trained, and certified to perform the procedure.
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