Put Dry Mouth To Bed
Have you ever woken up with a mouth as dry as sandpaper? For some, it’s all too common. And while you (and your mouth) may feel better after a glass of water, there are other things you can do to limit dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, during sleep.
• Put a humidifier in your bedroom. Humidifiers help to increase moisture levels in the air.
• Don’t drink caffeinated beverages or alcohol in the evening before bed—both tend to dry out the mouth.
• Drink water or other sugarless beverages throughout the day to help keep you hydrated into the night. If you’re a “mouth breather”, try nasal strips to help open your nasal passageways, allowing you to breathe easier through your nose.
If you’ve given these tips a try and still find you’re dealing with dry mouth that isn’t getting better, ask us to recommend additional products at your next visit.
For all your dental needs please call us at Riaz Dental on 68621261.
Stay Hearing Fit For Quality Of Life
You go to the gym to keep strong, fit and healthy, so why neglect your ears? As we get older, it is important to stay at our physical and mental best. In Australia, one in six people have hearing loss and this rate doubles for those over
the age of 60. However, on average, most people wait seven years before seeking help.
You go to the doctor to get your blood pressure checked, so why not consider a hearing check. Australian Hearing is the nation’s leading hearing specialist as the largest provider of free services and government-funded hearing devices to eligible people including pensioners, veterans, children under 26 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over 50.
Free hearing checks will be done in Parkes on 15th May at Parkes GP and 29th May at Currajong Medical.
Asthma Awareness – Do You Use Your Inhaler Correctly?
Did you know 90% of Australians don’t use their inhalers correctly, despite the fact that 75% of long-term inhaler users have false confidence in their technique? Incorrect inhaler technique can lead to 50% higher risk of hospitalisation from asthma or COPD, more side effects like hoarse throat and mouth infections, and flare-ups due to poor asthma control.
It is estimated that 40,000 Australians are hospitalised, and 400 Australians die yearly from asthma. In recent years, a number of new inhalers have been added to the market, increasing the chance for confusion among patients.
Parkes Pharmacy has the new range of Able Spacers and Flow tone whistle. They are antibacterial, antistatic and come with a coaching whistle. The coaching whistle is great for children when paired with the free download ‘Rafi Tone’ App. This is a wonderful incentive tool for children.
The staff at Parkes Pharmacy are trained and able to assist customers with their inhaler enquiries and the pharmacist are able to conduct assessments of your inhaler technique and provide training and education if using a spacer for the first time.
A small change in how you use your Asthma inhaler can make a big difference to how well you breathe. Talk to our pharmacist today.