Good oral hygiene stops gum disease
My mum has dentures because she has gum disease. How could I prevent this happening to me?
The main cause of gum disease is plaque, the sticky film of bacteria, which can build up your teeth each day if they are not cared for. Good oral hygiene includes brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste in the evening before bed, and at least one other time during the day. You should also try to clean between your teeth once a day with floss or an interdental toothbrush. Your dentist or dental hygienist can point out any particular areas of concern in your mouth and show you the best way to keep your mouth healthy.
I’ve just signed up to take part in a 5K run with my friend but it’s the first time I’ve been running since school. Do you have any advice?
As with any exercise, the important thing is to make sure you don’t cause yourself any injuries. If you are not very fit or you haven’t run for a while you will need to build up slowly. A running group can be a great way to get motivated or even running with a friend can make sure you stick to your plans. There are lots of free apps out there which will give you step-by-step guidance on getting moving to running 5K. While running being relaxed will help. Keep your head straight, looking 30 to 40 metres in front of you and not down at your feet as this can create tension in your neck and shoulders. For further information on health and fitness: www.nhsinform.scot
I recently discovered my partner has had an affair. I am really worried I could have a STI. Is there anything I can do?
If you are concerned about a sexually transmitted infection, even without any symptoms, you can get expert advice at your local genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinic. You can find your local services on the NHS inform website using the service locator (www.nhsinform. scot). You are welcome to bring along a friend if you are concerned about any test and it is always strictly confidential.
Help my toenail is turning yellow!
This is most likely to be a very common fungal nail infection. You can get over the counter remedies from your pharmacist although treatment can take a long time. In the meantime, avoid using the same clippers or scissors to cut the infected nail and healthy ones. This will help prevent the infection from spreading.
Examination A blood test is done to see if there is a sexually transmitted infection