Cavities and How to Treat Them

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Most people remember getting their first cavity and what followed after.

It usually meant a trip to the dentist as well as a semi-painful filling in your mouth.

For most of the people, other than a couple cavities from their childhood and adolescent years, they haven’t really had to deal with one since, but sadly even in adult years there will likely be a time when you will have to deal with one. You may be already be dealing with one now.

Even so, you may be asking yourself what a cavity really is and what is there to be done to prevent it or do about it?

Here are four important things to know about cavities and why it’s important to go to your dentist to get it treated.

Bacteria are to blame

If you are wondering what exactly causes cavities, the answer is the bacteria that is found in plaque.

What then happens when plaque forms is that bacterium in the plaque turns to acid that then breaks down the protective coating of your teeth and causes small holes, or cavities.

If you have too many of these cavities it can cause pain and discomfort.

Sugar is to blame

Another root cause of cavities is the things that we consume, specifically foods high in sugar and highly acidic foods.

Bacteria can more easily grow from these types of foods because the conversion from sugar to acid happens more quickly.

If you consume a lot of sugar, be sure to brush, floss, and rinse your teeth well. This will prevent bacteria spreading through plaque in your mouth, causing cavities.

If you think you have one you probably do

Cavities in the early stages are pretty painless. By the time you actually start feeling some pain you probably already have one.

If you do have pain or sensitivity make sure to make an appointment with your local dentist, like Durango Dental, to get it checked out and treated.

Leave it to the professionals

Although there are a couple of at-home remedies, you need to seek the professional help of a dentist.

This is because the holes that cavities cause need to be filled, so the bacteria and tooth decay can’t spread.

Daily habits are essential for healthy teeth. Also, be sure to visit the dentist every six months has proven to be healthy as well.

 

5 Reasons Why It’s Important to Have Healthy Gums

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When it comes to oral health, the first thing we tend to think about is having healthy teeth. In reality, we should put more focus on our gums.

Our teeth are what we see and usually what we can feel in regard to something being wrong, so we are told to brush and floss our teeth every day to keep things like cavities away.

And although our teeth do play a significant role in our oral health, the star player and the ones we should be paying very close attention too, health-wise, are our gums.

There are many reasons why it’s really important to have healthy gums, but here are five reasons to help you understand how and why healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth.

Healthy gums, healthy body

You may not have realized this, but your gum health can actually affect the health of your entire body.

Plaque, which is a filmy substance filled with bacteria, can build up in your mouth and then the bacteria can be spread into your blood stream. This has been linked to problems such as heart disease, arthritis, and other types of health problems and infections.

Keeps your teeth in the right place

Your teeth are only as strong as their support, so if you want teeth that are going to stay in place, having healthy gums is essential.

Gum disease can lead to things like tooth decay and even tooth loss, so by taking care of your gums through flossing in between your teeth and using a disinfectant mouthwash, you can keep your gums and teeth in the right place.

You don’t know that something’s wrong

One of the scariest things about gum disease is that you can have it without even realizing it. Oftentimes, in the beginning stages, it’s completely painless. According to the American Dental Hygienist Association, about 75% of Americans have gum disease and don’t even know it.

This is why it’s important that you take care of your mouth. This is also why it’s important to get your mouth checked out by your dentist at least once a year, more if you need it.

They are your teeth’s protection

Gums are the barriers that protect your teeth and jaw.

But in order for the barrier to be effective, it needs to be strong. The only way that gums stay strong is if they are properly cared for.

It’s easy to do

Your routine doesn’t have to be anything extravagant; all it takes is proper brushing, flossing, and using a mouth rinse.

Make sure when you brush your gums you don’t do it too rigorously because they can wear over time. Use a toothbrush with soft but firm bristles and apply gentle pressure as your brush over them.

These small daily habits can lead to a big difference in the health of your mouth.

2 Huge Tips for Creating a Healthier Home

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With the holidays fast approaching, and guests soon to be arriving from all over, how healthy would you say your home is right now?

Since the kids have started school and sports, they are likely trailing in germs from all over the place. Pests from outside are trying to make their way indoors as the weather gets cooler. And it’s been a while since you were able to deep clean anything.

But don’t stress! You still have time!

Now is the perfect time to schedule a day when you can go to town on sanitizing your home. You can plan on making it a healthier place for your family and guests.

Dusting

Dust can cause a lot of problems with the respiratory system, especially if anyone in your household has asthma. Before you have people trailing in and stirring up all the dust, and especially before you consider decorating, it would be wise to clean it all up.

Some helpful tips for cleaning up dust include:

  • Start from the top and move to the bottom. Start with the ceiling fan, high shelves, and blinds in your dusting endeavors. That way, anything that falls will be cleaned up when you make it to the floors.
  • Wipe down the walls. You might not visibly see dust accumulating, but it’s there. And how often do any of us clean our walls anyway? This will help in eliminating harmful bacteria that spread through the air and cling to your walls as well.
  • Wipe down counters, shelves, tables.
  • Vacuum. You should vacuum regularly – ideally once a day, but at least a couple times a week, especially in high traffic areas of your home. Make sure to clean out the vacuum so that it actually picks up the dust rather than just spreading it around.
  • Change out air filters. Air filters don’t need to be changed often, but be sure to inspect the filters in your HVAC system to keep the air in your home clean.

Dealing with Pests

It’s no secret the insects and rodents carry diseases. So keeping them out of your home will help to keep it a healthier place. As the weather gets colder, they are only going to move toward the warmth as they search for a place to nest and hibernate.

In order to keep larger pests, like rodents and birds, out of your home, walls, attic, etc., do a thorough inspection of the walls, windows, and doors outside your home. Make sure any large holes or crevices are sealed to keep these pests out.

Here are a few tips to help keep the smaller pests like insects and spiders out of your home this winter:

  • Seal up your doors. Put a weather seal on your door and make sure there are no cracks. You’d be surprised the tiny places insects can squeeze their way into.
  • Make sure your screens are in good condition. In the winter, despite the cold outside, in can get warm inside, causing people to open doors and windows. So make sure you have good screens in place to keep bugs out when this happens.
  • Keep wood piles away from your home. If you keep wood logs at home for burning in the winter, make sure to keep them away from your home. Definitely not against the walls outside your home. This is a place where bugs tend to congregate, so keeping it far will help eliminate some of the nests around your home.
  • Don’t leave food and drinks out. Clean up after meals and snacks to make sure bugs aren’t attracted to anything that does get left out.

If you are renting and live under a property management company like Rooftop Rentals, they might even have a maintenance team who can take care of many of these fixes for you.

If you take care of the dust and the pests, your home will already be so much better off. It will fare much healthier this winter.

5 Surprising Things You May Not Know About Cancer

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Cancer is a word and disease that we have learned to fear from a young age.

Usually, it is associated with a grandma or grandpa passing away, or a GoFundMe page you may see as you scroll through Facebook associated with a tragic case that is affecting the child of a friend.

But what do you really know about cancer?

Other than it is a disease that can lead to death, most people do not know much about what cancer really is.

Here are five surprising but important things you may not know about this disease, and hopefully by learning them, you can be prepared to deal with it if it comes up in your life or the life of someone close to you.

Most forms of cancer are actually preventable

According to research, more than half of the cases and deaths are actually preventable.

This is why it is important to eat your fruits and veggies, exercise, and go to the doctor regularly.

There’s no way to have a universal cure

Technically, though people may have the same types of this disease, the way it manifests in each person is unique. Each is a different form of the disease, which is why it would be nearly impossible to find a cure for it that would work for every person who has it.

In the last ten years, there have been over 200 types of cancers identified, with more likely to be found.

Even though this may seem like bad news to find out there are different forms of the disease, it has also led to the creation of more individualized and tailor-made ways to combat for each individual person.

Eating hot dogs and lunch meat could be cancer-causing

Hot dogs and cold cut meats contain a preservative and flavor additive called nitrites which, when consumed, cause a chemical reaction within the body and turn into carcinogens. These can then turn into cancer.

This hasn’t prevented most of the population from still eating a ton of hot dogs; in fact, Americans ate over 20 billion hot dogs in 2017.

Sleep is a big contributing factor

Studies have found that those who get lower amounts of sleep, about less than six hours a night, are more susceptible to getting the disease.

Oncologist or hematologist

If you were to receive a diagnosis, you’re likely to be referred to an oncologist. This is someone who studies and treats cancer. You’re also likely to see a hematologist. A hematologist is someone who studies hematology, or blood and blood diseases, especially based on the type of cancer that you are diagnosed with.

You might have to visit a hematologist early in the cancer-testing process. They can study your blood and identify any issues.

 

5 Habits to Ensure a Healthier Life

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Daily habits are the things that can make or break us and, in the end, add up to either help us or harm us.

That is why it’s a good idea to pick up great habits as soon as possible and make sure they stay with us all of our lives.

In fact, there are habits that when added into our daily routines can actually ensure that we have a longer and healthier life.

Here are five habits that will ensure that and will only benefit you and those around you when doing them.

Washing your hands

This may seem like an obvious one and one that everyone should do, but it might surprise and gross you out to find out how many actually don’t do it enough.

Getting in the habit of washing your hands will guard you against many unwanted illnesses and germs, and also help you from stopping from spreading them to other people.

Also washing your hands sets a good example for those around you and hopefully encourage family and friends to wash their hands more.

Getting yearly check-ups

Most people think that the only time they need to go to the doctor is when they are sick or that they only need to go to the dentist when they have a toothache.

But usually, when those things actually happen, it’s a little too late.

By going to your yearly check-ups with your doctor and getting the proper dental care from your dentist, you will find that you actually have to visit both less.

Being physically active

Getting sufficient physical activity is not as difficult when you are younger and have a lot more free time and a lot less on your plate, but as you get older and have more stress and things to do, it can become more difficult.

It’s important to get in the habit of daily physical activity that way even when life gets hectic, you will make time for it.

The more you do now the more your older self will thank you because that is a daily habit that will have many benefits in the long run.

Eat all the veggies and fruits

Remember when your mom told you to eat all your vegetables, so you can be healthy and strong? Well, as you realized, she was definitely right.

Making sure to incorporate as many veggies and fruits into your daily diet will give you and your body so many nutrients and help prevent things like cancer, osteoporosis, and many other ailments.

Get outside

Everyone could benefit from a little more sunshine, and not only because it feels good but also because more and more people are becoming vitamin D deficient, so getting more sun is one of the best ways to ensure you are getting enough of that important vitamin.

Getting outside is also good for the soul and will always help to lift your spirits and clear your mind.

5 Ways to Help Aging Teeth

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Most people have experienced that nightmare at least once in their lives, the nightmare of looking into a mirror and seeing yourself with little to no teeth or that all your teeth have fallen out.

When you wake up you quickly rush to the mirror to make sure it’s not true, and luckily, it never is.

The thing is, even as you get older, losing your teeth doesn’t need to be an inevitability, if you take care of your teeth throughout your life you can keep them for the rest of your life.

As you age your teeth change, so there is definitely something to keep in mind to ensure your teeth stay healthy and strong for as long as possible.

Here are five ways to help your aging teeth, and to make sure that nightmare about your teeth never becomes a reality.

 

Eat foods that include good bacteria

 

There are some important bacteria in your mouth that play an essential role in keeping it healthy and keeping the bad things out.

As you get older, or really at any age, it’s a good idea to eat foods that help create and keeps these bacteria in your mouth.

Some foods that help in the production of these are fermented foods such as kefir, butter, cheese, and fermented yogurt. Some other foods and vegetables that are fermented and good for your mouth are foods like kimchee, sauerkraut, and drinks like kombucha.

Along with eating these types of foods, it’s important to eat foods that can help your immune system, which can help to prevent infections in your mouth.

Some of these foods are leafy green vegetables, garlic, spirulina, and coconut oil.

 

Maintain your dental work as well as your visits to the dentist

 

Most of us have had to have some form of dental work done throughout our lives, and the important thing for lasting and healthy teeth is to ensure that the dental work is well maintained and updated when needs are.

The best way to ensure that this happens is visiting the dentist regularly and listening to what they have to say about your teeth and mouth.

If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist visit websites such as www.grovecitydentalofblackfoot.com to make an appointment, or search google for a dentist local to you that can help you to keep your teeth well maintained as you age.

 

Keep your mouth full of moisture

 

Having a mouth that is moist seems kind of obvious, but as you get older your mouth can actually get drier and it may be not as easy as it used to be to have a mouth full of saliva.

Saliva is very important for healthy teeth because it cleans off the teeth which in turn helps to prevent tooth decay.

Some things that might be contributing to drying out your mouth could be medications you are taking, which most of the time are completely necessary, so good news is there are ways to counteract that.

One of the biggest ways to do this is just making sure you are drinking enough water, and when you do just having it rest in your mouth for a minute or two before swallowing can help. Drinking tap water also has the added benefit of having fluoride, which is also good for your teeth.

Also chewing or sucking sugarless gum or can help to increase the saliva in your mouth.

 

Be aware of any bad habits

 

If you notice or if your significant other points out that you tend to clench or grind your teeth at night, make sure to ask your dentist about getting a mouth guard.

Grinding your teeth slowly wears away your teeth, so the only way to prevent that is protecting your teeth with a mouth guard.

 

Have a good toothbrush

 

This is true at any age, but really a good toothbrush is so important especially as your teeth and gums age.

A toothbrush with gentle bristles is best, but also investing an in an electric toothbrush is a good idea.

Make sure to floss in between your teeth each day as well, and you are on your way to keeping your smile going as long as you are.

4 Ways to Support Loved Ones After a Cancer Diagnosis

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You just received a call from someone very close to you. A family member or good friend shared the devastating news that they have been diagnosed with cancer.

You are probably feeling pretty shocked and saddened that your loved one must deal with the condition. But you also know that you want to be there for them in any way possible.

At the same time, this is a first for you. You have never navigated the territory of someone you love going through this kind of hardship, and you have no clue how to act around them or how to ask what they need.

A cancer diagnosis is obviously most difficult for the one who has received it, but it can also be hard for those that surround them and just want to help.

Here are four ways to help someone you love after a cancer diagnosis that can also serve as a launching point for the support that they will need in the next couple of months or years.

Reach out

The very first thing you can do for your friend and family member is to actually just be there for whatever they need.

In difficult situations, people can feel like they don’t know how to act. Therefore, they won’t reach out to the person who is sick because they don’t want to seem weird around them.

In reality, the last thing that this person wants is to feel more alone than they probably already do. So even though it may seem weird or strange, just be there for them. Be honest with them when you don’t know what to do or say. They probably won’t know either, but they will be appreciative of your support and company.

Take care of the miscellaneous

When someone receives a cancer diagnosis, the last thing they want to worry about is the dishes they left in the sink or soccer pick-up next week.

As their new support system through this crisis, you can take care of those everyday, mundane things without them asking. When they come home from a treatment or from a doctor’s visit and find them done, they will be so grateful. Now, they don’t have to worry about any tasks at hand.

Research with them

Once they receive a cancer diagnosis, some people want to find out all they can about their diagnosis. This includes all the possible research and studies being done on it.

Offer to help your loved one with that research. Look up places like tetoncancer.com or other institutes that treat different types of cancers and see what methods they have for different types of treatments. You can also look at the major cancer research sites such as the American Cancer Society or the National Cancer Institute.

Be their research buddy and they will be happy to have another set of eyes to help them process and battle through.

Be there

Your loved one will likely have to sit through a lot of doctors’ appointments. They will be meetings with oncologists, radiation treatments, and chemotherapy.

Since everyone else’s lives don’t seem to be halted in the same way as theirs, they might feel guilty asking someone to accompany them to all of these.

When you can, be that support person for them through all the crazy appointments. Offer to bring games, books, food, or their favorite movies to pass the time. They will be grateful to have support through it all. Plus, you will get to spend time with someone you love at a difficult time in their life.

How to take care of your spine today

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Walking, running, picking up your kids, doing yoga; your spine is an amazing part of your body that has a key responsibility for these activities.

When your spine is out of whack, it can feel like your whole body is out of whack, so it’s important to make sure to take care of it. Without a healthy spine, you can’t do all the things you need to do.

It may be surprising that there are actually many things we do on a day-to-day basis that are not very good for our spines. Over time, these things wear it down and can cause some serious problems.

The good news is there are things we can do every day to reverse some of those effects and take care of our spines.

Here are a few ways you can take care of your spine starting today.

Watch the way you sit

Even something as simple as the way you sit could be irritating your spine, so it’s important to be mindful of your posture or how many hours you spend sitting versus standing.

If you have a job that requires you to sit for long periods of time, make sure you have a chair that offers good support to your spine and even consider a stand-up desk. Even something like switching out your regular chair for an exercise ball for half the day can really help your spine out.

Put on the heat

Heat on your spine not only feels really good but it can also be super soothing and healing to an overworked spine and the muscles that surround it.

Applying a heating pack, heating pad, hot water bottle, or even taking a hot bath are all great options for putting heat on your spine to help the blood flow around it, bringing healing nutrients to the muscles in your spine.

Walk and then walk some more

Walking is good for many parts of your body and especially for your spine.

It helps to work your muscles, get the blood flowing, and get important nutrients to the muscles and bones in your spine.

The good news is you don’t have to walk very far or very fast, and even if you have back problems or other serious injuries, you can take your walks in pools which take the pressure of your ailing bones and joints but still give you all the benefits of walking.

Talk to the doctor

If you are having some serious pain in your spine, make sure you give your doctor a visit before more seriously injuring it.

If, after having it checked by your doctor, you find that the injuries are pretty serious, you might want to talk to your doctor about something such as regenerative medicine, which can help heal and ease the pain of certain spinal issues, and any other treatment options.

Exercise, exercise, exercise

Exercise is a great habit to start for your overall health, but especially for your spinal health.

This doesn’t mean you have to start working out like crazy doing difficult exercises. The best way is to start with a simple exercise routine that involves strengthening exercises and stretching of the muscles.

The Negative Impacts of Alcohol

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Alcohol plays a role in most cultures. Drinking alcohol mostly plays a role during times of celebration or settings that require social interaction; which is why there are laws that regulate the level of consumption.

Although it can be a great way to enjoy special moments in your life, it can result in negative impacts if abused. Consider the negative impacts of alcohol to avoid any unfavorable implications.

Short-Term Effects

Alcohol has been known to decrease anxiety and even assist in an overall mood improvement. This is due to the increase of blood alcohol concentration which causes a temporary euphoria, which is why your confidence, mood, sociability, and anxiety have been improved. Although this can seem nice at the time, consuming too much can increase changes of dangerous consequences. Depending on how much is taken and considering your physicality, you could also be subject to:

  • Upset stomach
  • Speech slur
  • Drowsiness
  • Impaired judgement
  • Physical coordination
  • Memory loss

Be sure to make note that these temporary side effects can have long-term side effects. For instance, your impaired judgement could be the result of getting behind the wheel of a vehicle and causing an accident that severely injures yourself, others, or worse; death. Lives are taken every day as a result of alcohol-related crashes.

Long-Term Effects

Not only does alcohol pose major issues with short-term effects, it also can affect you from a long-term point of view as well. Although the temporary effects of a few drinks might seem enjoyable, the long-term impact may have you rethink your binge drinking habit. Consider a few of these long-term repercussions of binge drinking:

  • Liver disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High risk for stroke
  • Heart-related risks
  • Brain damage
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Cancer
  • Injuries from a blackout
  • Social and personal issues as a result of alcohol dependency

It is important to consider how binge drinking can negatively impact your life. Although life calls for celebration, be sure to avoid situations that would influence you to consume more alcohol than you should.

Alcohol can be an enjoyable social activity with friends and family as you celebrate precious moments; however, overconsumption can have severely negative consequences. If you find yourself binge drinking or know someone who has a drinking addiction, be sure to discuss it.

There are various unfavorable situations that can follow the use of alcohol. If you plan to enjoy a few drinks, be sure to have your night planned in advance to avoid situations of drinking and driving, blacking out, or over drinking. As mentioned above, one night of drinking can result in some pretty devastating circumstances.

Alcohol is a substance that will cause you to become impaired if you consume enough. It is a substance that has to be respected in any environment. Do your part and drink responsibly. Don’t drive after drinking. Acting responsibly could be the difference in a terrible accident and saving a life.

 

What to Do About Everyday Mental Barriers

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Chances are you have experienced a psychological barrier at some time in your life. These are experiences within your mind affected by how you assess yourself and that prevent you from making desired progress.

We often hear about mental blocks as they relate to athletes in their respective sports. This affects both beginners and professionals, but it’s something that can affect us in any aspect of life.

What Could They Be?

Mental barriers are varied but many times are not identified as such. This is because it’s outside the context in which we normally think of them. Remember learning to ride your bike as a child? Maybe you learned quickly, or maybe you spent months or years unable to get on that bike without your dad holding onto it.

They often define the relationship between your belief in capability to achieve a goal, and a goal you believe is out of reach. For writers and authors, Writer’s Block prevents them from writing the perfect phrase or coming up with a new idea.

For an injured person adjusting to the use of prosthetics, their mindset could contribute to the belief that they can’t play their favorite sport anymore. Other common blocks that we tend to overlook include underestimating our marketable skills for a job. Or, self-sabotaging positive opportunities in our work and personal lives.

Mental barriers can manifest in many different ways. One person can experience more than one type, so it’s important to learn about them. Educate yourself on how to recognize the signs of a mental block and how to combat them. They may manifest through being too focused (to the exclusion of all else), being too distracted, or even through an inability to go about daily tasks.

How We Create Them

Ultimately, we create our own mental blocks, though other circumstances might have contributed to them. Self-doubt is a surprisingly common way to bar yourself from success, and this is what we often see in athletes. They want so badly to meet their goal. When they try to execute it physically and fail, they see a disconnect. Then, they begin to lose faith in their abilities. This is because they understood the theory of their goal so well.

A lack of confidence isn’t the only self-trigger. Similar conditions we place ourselves in that can result in a psychological barrier would be:

  • Fear of Failure – You may have all the right skills and qualifications to do something, but your own desire to avoid failing prevents you from at least trying.
  • Fear of the Unknown –  If you experience severe discomfort in new situations or new territory, you could potentially think yourself into a skewed perception of the people and events. Now armed with false assumptions, it’s easier to avoid the situation rather than face it.
  • Acute Stress – Being under constant stress from your home and work life is something most people deal with, but when it becomes severe, it can snowball into unmanageable anxiety. Your bodily response to stress mimics its response to physical danger. This means your mind is overridden by your need to act. In our thought-driven lives, this can prevent you from doing what needs to be done.
  • Traumatic Experiences – Past events have a habit of shaping us, and traumatic ones have the potential of burying themselves within the subconscious and influencing the choices we make. We see this in the way embarrassing experiences as children can affect adults’ social habits and comfort level in similar situations.

All of these can be accompanied by excessive overthinking, which only serves to magnify the block.

How You Can Defeat Them

Your logical mind will tell you that the best way to get through a mental barrier is to keep pushing at it. But rather than getting stronger as you go, you can actually lose ground this way. Instead of subjecting yourself to agonizing hours spent doing nothing, take the time to switch gears.

A mental rest can usually bring you back to your goal more relaxed and accepting of your abilities. When you learn to stop trying to force the results, you’ll find that your mind and body are more willing to excel. This is because of the freedom they feel they have to move and expand.

You can use a hobby or interest that is separate from the area of your mental block. This will put some distance between yourself and that particular activity. If you’re not sure your current interests can distract you, try out a new activity that will require a bit more focus. Give your mind a break from your other challenges.

Addressing a mental barrier can also be as easy as talking through it with a trusted friend or family member. Having someone to act as a sounding board can give you a more objective view of the problem and remind you that you’re not alone.

What are Your Mental Barriers?

Mental barriers aren’t restricted to the emotions and circumstances mentioned here. They can relate to any number of things within each aspect of your life. They can be just as mild as they can be severe. Take some time to mindfully considered your life, and you may discover a barrier that you hadn’t been aware of.

Once you recognize it is there, you can take the steps to overcome it and move forward.