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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.
“You know when you pull your hair back in a ponytail, and everything just looks a little better? That’s what I was after. Nothing severe, just a slightly younger, more lifted look,” says a 59-year-old Webster Groves woman. Not wanting to undergo surgery, she turned to Dr. Kenneth Rotskoff at the Ultherapy Center of St. Louis.
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.
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.
Story: Business is not exactly booming, much less blooming, at Mushnik’s Florist Shop on Skid Row. It’s so bad that Mr. Mushnik informs his two employees, Seymour and Audrey, that’s he’s going to close it down.
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.
So I was having dinner with some friends the other night, and something occurred to me: It doesn’t matter if you have children or a job or dishes in the sink or a dentist appointment to schedule or an oil change looming, we always seem to have too much to do. Well, hold on a second. We have too much to do unless we don’t have enough to do. You know those days when you pawn off the kids, cancel coffee, let the laundry pile up...of course, the one thing I always remember to do after a day like that is kick myself about it. Sure, I watched the entire last season of Scandal, but there’s no food in the house. I never seem to have just the exact right amount to do. When unsolicited advice is offered about my perceived angst over this, it invariably falls into two categories:
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.
Dr. Jeffrey Marsh takes the Chinese proverb, Teach a man to fish… a step further. He believes in “teaching men to fish, so they can teach others to fish.”
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, romance is in the air. For inspiration, we surveyed a group of St. Louisans about their idea of a romantic evening.
The American Sleep Association estimates that about 12 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing stops for short periods multiple times during the night. Sleep apnea doesn’t only cause excessive daytime sleepiness, its most noticeable effect; it also increases risk for heart attack and stroke, making it a serious medical condition for the millions who don’t know they have it.
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.
Nothing says How nice to see you! or Thanks for a great weekend at the country house! better than a thoughtfully selected gift. We’ve come up with a selection of home décor items sure to please the most discerning recipient.
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).
It’s common custom to sit down with an attorney to plan a will and determine how your assets will be distributed after your passing. You want to make sure the objectives for your wealth are fulfilled, even if you are not there to oversee them. Establishing a relationship with a trust company also can add to that peace of mind, says Maurice Quiroga of PNC Wealth Management. “When you create that estate plan, you’re doing it for the benefit of your loved ones, and a trust company is going to implement the strategy that you’ve underwritten.”
Children used to spend years with a mouthful of metal as braces slowly repositioned crooked teeth. Today, kids have lots of options, and braces are even considered a fashion statement.
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.