Choosing a Toothbrush
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the kind of toothbrush you choose is probably not as important as making sure you brush correctly. Electric and manual brushes can both do the job well, as long as you’re doing your job well. Your dentist or hygienist can show you good techniques.
The ADA recommends that you buy a toothbrush containing the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. If you have any kind of health problem that makes it hard for you to use your hands, your dentist or hygienist will be able to help you choose a toothbrush that meets your needs.
Source: The American Dental Association
Miss a Dose of the Pill?
If you miss 1 birth control pill (the active, usually white or peach pill), take it as soon as your remember and take the next pill at your regular time. In other words, you can take two pills in one day. (No back-up birth control is necessary)
If you miss two active pills in a row in the first or second week of your pack:
- Take 2 pills on the day you remember and 2 pills the next day
- Take 1 pill a day until you finish the pack
- Use a backup method of birth control in the 7 days after you missed the pills.
If you miss pills in any other way—more than two in a row or in weeks other than 1 and 2, call your doctor.
Source: Physicians Desk Reference
Does Expiration Date Matter?
An article in Modern Maturity suggests you think of old medicines the way you view old car tires. They might still do the job, but their performance isn’t guaranteed. (And the job they do might be less effective.) Sometimes, expired medicine is actually dangerous. For example, taking expired tetracycline has been linked to an illness called Fanconi’s syndrome, which can cause kidney and bone problems.
Source: Modern Maturity, September-October 2002.
Reading Medication Instructions
When you get a new medication, whether your doctor prescribed it or you bought it over the counter, be sure to read all instructions thoroughly. A lot of things can have an impact on the effectiveness of your medicine. Sometimes you need to take drugs on an empty stomach, and other times your stomach should have a little something in it. Some medications can cause you to be especially sensitive to sunlight. Some need to be refrigerated. Some you need to take once a day, others three times a day.
You also need to be aware of possible side effects, and what to do if any of them happen to you.
It’s a shame to continue having an illness simply because you didn’t take your medication the right way. It can also be dangerous. Be sure to read the instructions, and ask your doctor if anything isn’t clear to you.
Source: National Institutes of Health.