Home Eye Safety Awareness

Because more eye injuries occur in and around the home, Prevent Blindness America has declared October as Home Eye Safety Awareness Month to help educate the public on steps that can be taken to avoid painful and costly injuries. Find information for your patients on the organization’s dedicated Web page: PreventBlindness.org/eye-safety-home.

Each year in the United States, more than 2.5 million eye injuries occur, and 50,000 people permanently lose part or all of their vision, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. A recent report from Prevent Blindness America shows that the annual costs related to eye injuries are more than $1.3 billion.

Eye injuries can occur from a variety of common sources, such as flying debris from lawn mowers or trimmers or splashes from household cleaners, paints, or solvents. Prevent Blindness America urges everyone to wear protective eyewear approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) when performing household activities. The eyewear should have the “Z-87” logo stamped on the frames.

Knowing what to do for an eye emergency can save valuable time and possibly prevent vision loss. Prevent Blindness America offers a free First Aid for Eye Emergencies sticker in both English and Spanish that can be placed on the inside of a medicine cabinet.

Basic eye injury first aid instructions

Chemical burns

  • Immediately flush the eye with water or any other drinkable liquid. Hold the eye under a faucet or shower, or pour water into the eye using a clean container. Keep the eye open and as wide as possible while flushing. Continue flushing for at least 15 minutes.
  • DO NOT use an eyecup. DO NOT bandage the eye.
  • If a contact lens is in the eye, begin flushing over the lens immediately. This may wash away the lens.
  • Seek immediate medical treatment after flushing.

Specks in the eye

  • DO NOT rub the eye.
  • Allow tears wash the speck out or use an eyewash.
  • Try lifting the upper eyelid outward and down over the lower lid.
  • If the speck does not wash out, keep the eye closed, bandage it lightly, and see a doctor.

Blows to the eye

  • Apply a cold compress without putting pressure on the eye. Crushed ice in a plastic bag can be taped to the forehead to rest gently on the injured eye.
  • In cases of pain, reduced vision, or discoloration (black eye), seek emergency medical care. Any of these symptoms could mean internal eye damage.

Cuts and punctures

  • DO NOT wash out the eye with water or any other liquid.
  • DO NOT try to remove an object that is stuck in the eye.
  • Cover the eye with a rigid shield without applying pressure. The bottom half of a paper cup can be used.
  • See a doctor at once.

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What Is Good Oral Health?

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Good oral health is critical to preventing all sorts of health issues in the future that can be both expensive and painful. It’s why the ADHA (American Dental Hygienists Association) designated the month of October as National Dental Hygiene Month. The following is a brief overview of the importance of oral preventative maintenance and a few tips on how to maintain your health.

The Importance of Oral Health

Studies show that people in California – and the United States as a whole – don’t take good enough care of their teeth. An estimated 25% of adults in the United States have cavities that need to be treated, while almost 50% of United States adults 30 and over have signs of gum disease. 

When issues like these are left untreated, they can result in tooth loss, infection, and chronic disease. It’s important to mention that your oral health can also be linked to things like diabetes and heart disease. These oral issues can be avoided with preventative maintenance.

Oral Health Maintenance Tips

An estimated 40% of children experience tooth decay by the time they turn five. It’s crucial that you teach children good oral habits that they should practice every day. The following are a few tips to share with your children and which you should follow yourself:

  • Brush your teeth more – As simple as this is, many people don’t brush enough. You should brush your teeth two times a day for at least two minutes each time.
  • Brush your teeth properly – You should use your brush at a 45-degree angle for maximum coverage. Be gentle when moving the toothbrush and cover every surface of your teeth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well.
  • Floss every day – Flossing helps ensure that you remove food particles stuck between your teeth. Doing so daily can help remove plaque, thereby preventing gum disease and cavities.
  • Rinse with mouthwash – Mouthwash helps kill bad bacteria in areas that your brush couldn’t reach or cover.

Maintain Your Oral Health

You can prevent cavities, disease, and other issues via preventative oral maintenance. For more health advice, be sure to visit us at The Benefits Store in California.

Dental Hygiene: Good Oral Health

How to Observe National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM)

This year, NDHM is centered around the four components of good oral health maintenance. 

Why is preventative oral health maintenance so important?

Because if we all absorb the message of a diligent daily dental hygiene health regimen we can reduce things like kids tooth decay – about 40% of children have tooth decay by age 5, which causes more than 51 million school hours to be lost each year due to dental-related illnesses.

Tooth decay & gum disease are 100% preventable!!

Good Oral Health = Good Overall Health!

Here’s how to do it…by making sure we all Do The Daily 4


The Four Components of Good Oral Health Maintenance:

  • Brush Twice a Day for Two Minutes

Brushing your teeth twice a day doesn’t only help battle morning breath and that lingering gross taste in your mouth, it also helps reduce the chances that you will develop gum disease. So every morning and every night, squeeze that toothpaste onto your toothbrush and get brushing, for two solid minutes.

  • Floss Every Day

Much controversy exists around flossing, but we are here to tell you (with the advice of dentists backing us) that flossing is something you should be doing every day. There are things that brushing just can’t take care of, and that’s where flossing comes i

  • Rinse With Mouthwash

Another thing that people think is optional with oral hygiene is mouthwash. But, according to dental hygienists, it shouldn’t be. Aim to make rinsing with mouthwash a regular occurrence after you brush and floss. This antimicrobial rinse will help keep your mouth clean and will do wonders for your breath.

  • Chew Sugar Free Gum

Chewing Sugar-Free Gum, especially after eating and drinking, has a positive impact on oral health.

The action of chewing sugar-free gum stimulates the most important natural defense against tooth decay — saliva — which in turn helps fight cavities, neutralizes plaque acids, re-mineralizes enamel to strengthen teeth and washes away food particles.

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Breast Cancer: Raising Awareness

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month of October is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

When considering your breast cancer risk, it is important to remember that the overwhelming majority of women who develop breast cancer have no obvious risk factors and no family history of breast cancer. Multiple risk factors influence the development of breast cancer. This means that all women need to be aware of changes in their breasts. They also need to talk with their doctor about receiving regular breast examinations by a doctor as well as mammograms. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast that can often detect a tumor that is too small to be felt.

The following factors may raise a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer:

Age. The risk of developing breast cancer increases as a woman ages, with most cancers developing in women older than 50.

Personal history. A woman who has had breast cancer in 1 breast has a higher risk of developing a new cancer in either breast.

Family history. Breast cancer may run in the family in any of these situations:

  • 1 or more women are diagnosed with breast cancer at age 45 or younger
  • 1 or more women are diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50 with an additional family history of cancer, such as ovarian cancer, metastatic prostate cancer, and pancreatic cancer
  • There are breast and/or ovarian cancers in multiple generations on one side of the family, such as having both a grandmother and an aunt on the father’s side of the family who were both diagnosed with 1 of these cancers
  • A woman in the family is diagnosed with a second breast cancer in the same or the other breast or has both breast and ovarian cancer
  • A male relative is diagnosed with breast cancer
  • There is at least 1 close relative who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 50 or younger, or ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and/or pancreatic cancer
  • Having Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry

It is important to talk with your doctor if your family has experienced any of the above situations.

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REALTOR® Safety: Trends of Attacks Against Agents

A REALTOR® Safety Report, conducted by AGBeat, Moby, and S.A.F.E. (Safety Awareness Firearms Education), analyzed 16 attacks against real estate professionals to determine if any similarities or trends emerged from the attacks.

While the situations of the crimes fluctuated greatly, a few minor commonalities emerged from the attacks, such as:

1. Most of the attacks on real estate professionals occurred in the afternoon, with Thursdays being the most common day.

2. Men are vulnerable too: Nearly one in three victims were men.

3. Most attacks occurred when the victim was alone; the most common way to get agents alone was by perpetrators requesting a showing of a home.

4. The majority of the attacks did not occur inside major metro areas but in the suburbs or a few rural areas, such as in Iowa and Tennessee.

If you have to be a little paranoid, if we have to take the time to research before rushing out and showing properties to people we don’t know, then so be it. Safety is no accident. Preventing even one violent crime is worth taking a few minutes to think about what we’re doing before acting.

As a REALTOR®, the risks you face seem to grow more frequent and more complicated. The strategies to being safer on the job remain simple:

  • Know how to react appropriately to a dangerous situation;
  • Be aware of your surroundings;
  • Empower yourself with careful precautions.

Bottom line: Agents should be vigilant & intentional about personal safety.

Safety will be an issue for real estate agents as long as you’re regularly meeting strangers in empty houses. While there’s no way to guarantee that malicious people will stop targeting agents, you can reduce the chances of having dangerous encounters with an intentional approach to personal safety, by staying alert at all times, using the tools and safety devices available to you, and making self-defense training a priority.

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