Health Tip: Gum Disease Risk Factors

-- The leading cause of gum disease is plaque, says the American Academy of Periodontology. However, other factors can affect the health of your gums.

The academy mentions these risk factors for gum disease:

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Health Tip: Pregnancy and Amusement Park Rides

-- Pregnant women should not ride roller coasters or other jarring rides at the amusement park, says the American Pregnancy Association.

The rapid starts and stops and jerky motions that characterize these rides can lead to premature separation of the placenta, the group says. Premature separation has occurred among many women in car accidents.

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Health Tip: Choking First Aid

-- Thousands of Americans die each year from choking. The American Red Cross describes first aid to help prevent this type of death:

Give five back blows. To do so, bend the person forward at the waist and give five back blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of one hand.

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Health Tip: Practicing Motorcycle Safety

-- More than 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in crashes in 2017 alone, says the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

To stay safer on the road, the agency encourages motorcyclists to:

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Health Tip: Understanding Excessive Sweating

-- Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a medical condition that happens when a person sweats more than necessary.

People with hyperhidrosis sweat when the body does not need cooling, says the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Health Tip: Addressing Your Child's Biting Habit

-- From wanting attention to communicating their feelings, children bite for a variety of reasons, says the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

When addressing your child's biting habit, the association suggests:

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Health Tip: Caring for Dental Braces

-- From crooked to crowded teeth, children need braces for a variety of reasons, says KidsHealth. Because it's so easy for food to get stuck in braces, children need to take extra steps to keep their teeth clean.

To care for braces, KidsHealth encourages:

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Health Tip: Recognizing Bedbug Bites

-- Bedbugs are small, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of people and animals. Because the bites of many bugs are similar, bedbug bites can be difficult to distinguish.

Generally, bedbug bites are:

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Health Tip: Having Healthy Arguments

-- Disagreements with a friend or partner are normal, says the National Voice of Domestic Violence. But when a relationship is not built on respect and equal partnership, an unhealthy relationship may develop.

The organization mentions these characteristics of a healthy argument:

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