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For many children, sucking on a pacifier or thumb is the most effective form of self-soothing through infancy and toddlerhood. And experts say that until age 5, that’s fine. “Most children will stop on their own before kindergarten,” notes Dr. Joseph Boain of Boain Dental Care.
Throughout her life, Jenny Tippit never smiled in a single photo. And by early adulthood, her debilitating fear of the dentist not only was affecting her smile, but her personal and professional relationships, as well. “I didn’t want my daughter to know me without a smile,” she explains. That’s where Dr. Humaira Rosinski at Creve Coeur Dental came in.
Story: Set in Russia at the end of the 19th century, The Good Doctor consists of eight comic vignettes, four in each act, that present snapshots of life, mostly in Moscow, among people at all levels of society.
Local nonprofits Circle of Hope Bracelets, Every Child’s Hope, National Council of Jewish Women and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center all work to give hope and healing to families throughout the community. And as beneficiaries of the 2013 Ladue News Show House at #23 Lenox Place, that message of hope and healing will be carried even further.
Despite serving more than 15,000 children this year, St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Healthy Kids Express is just scratching the surface of the need for health care among kids in the St. Louis area, says Greta Todd-Moorhead, the hospital’s director of child health advocacy and outreach. “Most of the issues we’re addressing are public health crises for these kids and for the whole community,” she says. “There’s a need for a lot more than just our services, but we’re the first step.”
Picking a toothbrush is no longer a simple choice, as these days, technology offers bristles that vibrate, spin and wiggle—and they all have the potential for a better brushing experience than old-fashioned manual brushes, according to area dentists.
When it comes to good health, we’re reminded over and over again to eat right, exercise and don’t smoke. But an increasing amount of scientific evidence indicates that adequate sleep should be added to that list in order to help ensure optimal health.
As the end of summer draws near, we face the inevitable: back to school. If your kids are tired of riding the school bus—or are headed to college—transportation may be one of the items on your back-to-school list.
Tooth decay is bad enough, but when bacteria enters the picture, things really can get ugly. Bacteria infecting the pulp inside a tooth’s root can find its way there through deep cavities, cracks or untreated gum disease, and the resulting infection forms a pocket of pus known as an abscess.
Piccione Pastry has a sweet new deal for area nonprofits. The late-night Italian bakery shop, which opened in the Delmar Loop this April, is serving up Pastries With a Purpose.
You relax as the chair warms and massages your back. Soothing colors surround you, and calming music fills your ears. No one can interrupt this 30 minutes just for you. No phone calls, no demands, no guilt about just being still and doing nothing—with your mouth wide open.
Get close. Closer. Eww, not that close.
New technology is helping Oral Facial Surgery Institute & Implant Center perform cutting-edge dental restoration for patients with the most complex needs.
There are many approaches to a younger-looking face, from cosmetics to plastic surgery. But one of the most important components of a youthful appearance is a healthy smile. Maintaining the teeth and gums is critical to your overall beauty regimen.
Does your pet have a case of bad breath? If so, don’t blame Fluffy or Fido, area vets say. Good oral hygiene is an important part of your pet’s grooming, and this often-overlooked aspect of their care should start early.
Most adults remember getting the bad news at least once during a childhood visit to the dentist: You have a cavity. That announcement was followed by the dreaded return visit for a filling. And despite having more cavity-prevention tools at their disposal, many of today’s children are following in their parents’ footsteps.
Halloween was just a few days ago, so I’m sure the kids still have bags of candy around the house. With candy comes the threat of cavities (and a perfect segue into childhood dental care).
Daniel Mertzlufft and Megan Shapleigh became friends in 2008. But as fate would have it, they kept bumping into each other over the next few months and their run-ins eventually led to a serious relationship. Daniel popped the question in 2010, a few days before Christmas, on a surprise carriage ride through Tilles Park. “After the proposal, I was surprised by our families, who were anxiously awaiting our arrival at Truffles Restaurant for dinner,” Megan recalls.
With sweet, enticing delights, The Caramel House has a story that continues to unfold. Its once-upon-a-time began in late 2010 when owner Janet Shulman needed a flexible career that would allow her to care for her children, as well as her parents, who were both diagnosed with cancer. “I wanted to balance my family life with work, and I thought, If I started a company, I could set my own schedule,” she recalls. But caramel wasn’t the first thing that popped into her mind. “I started a baking company using the kitchen at The Woman’s Exchange. The beauty of it was, with its retail shop, I could sell to the public and also sell wholesale to restaurants. It was a good fit because it lowered my risk with starting a new business.”
When is it wise to remove wisdom teeth? These ‘third molars’ at the very back of the gums might erupt completely in perfect position—but it’s not likely. More often than not, wisdom teeth become stuck, or impacted, only erupting partially or emerging in any number of incorrect positions. When this happens, the wisdom teeth often become difficult to clean properly, causing tooth decay, discomfort and infection.
What do all those technical terms mean when it comes to our bodies and the procedures that can transform them? Although by no means an exhaustive list, the following may help decipher some alien terminology—and help you become more aware of your options.
A generation ago, braces were a cross that some unfortunate kids had to bear. ‘Metalmouth’ was an insult, and kids who wore the dreaded ‘headgear’ were doubly cursed. All that has changed. For many of today’s youngsters, braces are a fashion statement and a rite of passage with little or no trauma attached. Modern braces address a variety of issues related to cosmetic and functional concerns. The age at which a child is fitted with braces depends largely upon the braces’ purpose.
Located at Mercy St. Louis in Creve Coeur, Oral Facial Surgery Institute & Implant Center is a private practice offering a full scope of treatments and services, ranging from simple ailments to more complicated cases, says Dr. Michael Noble. The facility is a Level 1 Trauma Center, providing all of the facial trauma services for Mercy St. Louis. “We handle patients with facial lacerations or any trauma, including broken facial bones,” says Noble, who is a founding member and serves as director of Oral Facial Surgery Institute, as well as director of its accredited maxillo facial fellowship program, which takes one person from the U.S. each year and provides them with additional training in the specialty.
What’s something you’ve been doing since childhood, but still don’t do quite right? For many people, the answer is brushing your teeth.
Your teeth are nothing without your gums. Healthy gums support teeth that tend to stay firmly fixed in place. But that’s not the only reason to ensure your gums stay healthy.