Good oral hy­giene stops gum dis­ease

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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

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