Finding the Right Pharmacy

We may not say it often but in reality, we have certain expectations of what a pharmacy ought to be and ought to have for us to continue patronizing it.

To me these things would make me say that the pharmacy that you and I are patronizing is the right one:

  1. Its location. The right pharmacy is one that is accessible and convenient. Personally, I find it a good thing when a pharmacy is near the hospital, the doctor’s clinics or even the grocery store. If it is near a grocery store, it is easy to drop by there whenever I am out to buy groceries. The location also needs to have ample parking space  for the convenience of its customers.
  2. It offers affordable and quality medicines/products. There are pharmacies where you are sure the medicines are of good quality but apparently, their prices are higher than those available in others. It is such a good thing when you find a pharmacy which gives you both: quality and affordability. That it accepts discount cards like the janumet discount card is a plus point towards affordability. The range and availability of medicines there, is of course, an important consideration. No one wants to go to a pharmacy where the medicines you need are limited in stock or simply out of stock. 
  3. It is clean, hygienic. We will always associate hospitals, clinics and yes, pharmacies as hygienic and clean places. It is a sad day to find dusty shelves or medicines on display in a pharmacy. I expect my pharmacy to be a clean, hygienic place.
  4. It is open 24 hours. While we wish all pharmacies are open 24 hours, unfortunately it is not always true. If it is located inside the mall, it will open and close shop depending on mall hours. Depending also on what city or country in the world you are, there are pharmacies which will not stay open after 12 midnight. My ideal pharmacy is one which is open 24 hours as they provide an essential service to people. 
  5. It has welcoming, helpful and efficient staff. I do not know about you but I think  all the 4 other things I mentioned above might be forgotten when you find yourself unhappy with the staff or more specifically, the kind of service they offer. I think we all want to be served by staff who are welcoming, helpful, efficient. It is already a difficult thing for you and me or our loved one to be unwell or sick, having cold and inefficient staff is the last thing we need.

What about you? What is the right or ideal pharmacy for you?

Protecting Your Smile: Tips to Help Prevent Cavities

Cavities, also known as tooth decay, isn’t something to brush off or laugh at. This serious dental problem can lead to a wide array of health complications, as well as the loss of your teeth. The following tips will help you protect your smile by preventing cavities and improving your oral health.

Brush those Teeth
Brushing your teeth is a no-brainer when it comes to preventing cavities. However, most people don’t know the best way to brush to keep cavities away. Most experts recommend brushing twice a day, at the very least, but you should always aim for brushing after any meal. You should also brush for 3 minutes, and always make sure to brush before bed. This will get rid of the bacteria that can damage your teeth if allowed to linger overnight.

Get the Proper Tools
Far too often, people spend an abundance of money on fancy toothbrushes that work just as well or even worse than the more affordable options. Dental experts typically recommend choosing a standard brush that features soft bristles. This allows for an extended brushing time, and when you can brush for longer, you are more likely to do a better job. You should also replace your brush no later than every 3 months.

Along with the proper toothbrush, you should have some floss in your oral hygiene arsenal. Daily flossing is needed to prevent the cavities that form between your teeth. The bristles are your toothbrush cannot always reach between your teeth to remove food particles and bacteria. This is where floss comes in handy. Not only does it get those hard-to-reach areas, but it can also help prevent gum disease.

Sugar is the Enemy
Sugar is a major cause of cavities so it’s only natural for experts to recommend avoiding foods and beverages filled with sugar. While not consuming sugary foods is easier said than done, there are things you can do to help reduce the affect sugar has on your oral health. If you must consume sugar, do so at the end of your meal when your mouth is already filled with saliva, which will help wash the debris off your teeth. You should also brush or, at the very least, rinse your mouth out with water after consuming sugary items.

Conclusion
Implementing the above preventive measures will go a long way to keeping cavities at bay. Once a cavity begins to form, you will have a harder time treating it then if you simply took the steps to prevent it. Click here for more information about oral hygiene and how it can have a direct impact on every other aspect of your health.

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