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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.
Franklin Roosevelt once said, The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. After 30 years of practice, I can tell you that, in addition to fear itself, parents fear fever! What is fever, when is it a concern, when and how should it be treated, and why should we care about it?
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.
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.
I own a lot of things with screens—maybe too many. In addition to my work computer and laptop, I also have a TV at my office, in the bedroom, and in the bathroom as I need to watch the news while brushing my teeth. And, I own an iPhone, as well as multiple iPads. In fact, as I look around the house, it is safe to say that my old iPads never really die, they just get recycled into expensive room clocks and personal gaming devices.
There is no denying it: Brad Pitt is a beautiful, beautiful man. Keep Affleck, Clooney, Crowe, Damon—and I’m going alphabetically—Brad Pitt eclipses them all. Honestly, I would pay the price of admission to watch him watch paint dry. I used to do it for free...stupid restraining orders…but I digress. In any event, I think we all can agree that Brad is one of a handful of name-above-the title Hollywood A-listers who can man a blockbuster movie. Now, if someone could just find him a worthwhile movie to man...
Thirty shows. Five venues. Five days. Em Piro, founder of the St. Lou Fringe Festival, has upped the ante for the second annual extravaganza in midtown St. Louis, which will occur from Thursday, June 20 through Monday, June 24.
“Pink? I don’t drink pink.” Sound familiar?
Orlando’s has grown to be one of the biggest catering operations in St. Louis, and through the generations, the one thing that hasn't changed is family.
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.
It’s a common sentiment: You want to be healthy and you want your children to be healthy. Exercising with your children provides benefits outside the realm of fitness.
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.
I will be brief. When Arnold Schwarzenegger uttered the now-infamous line, I’ll be back, we all cheered in white-knuckle anticipation. Oh, he’s coming back all right. And he’s going to crack some skulls.
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.
Missouri History Museum’s new George Washington exhibit goes behind the iconic figure on the dollar bill to reveal the first president’s true self. Life-sized figures and intimate objects tell the story of Washington’s greatest interests and diverse career paths—from a farmer, surveyor, architect and military general to president of the United States. LN recently spoke with Elizabeth Chambers, collections manager for the president’s hometown of Mount Vernon, to learn more about Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon, which runs through Jan. 20.
The cold winter winds are coming! And while we always pull out our coats and scarves to protect our bodies, sometimes we forget to protect our skin, as well. We caught up with Kate Somerville, skin care expert to the stars, to talk about caring for your skin during the holidays and beyond.
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).
Imagine going outside on a hot day. Now think about doing it while you’re wearing a heavy fur coat. When the temperatures heat up, remember that our furry and feathered friends need extra special care.
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.