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Looking Younger: Possible or Not Possible?

Looking Younger: Possible or Not Possible?

How can you look younger than you really are? That’s the multi-million dollar question. Here are videos our staff discovered that just might put you on the Road to Youthfulness! (Note: Traffic jams may occur).

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Looking Younger: Possible or Not Possible?

Looking Younger: Possible or Not Possible?

How can you look younger than you really are? That’s the multi-million dollar question. Here are videos our staff discovered that just might put you on the Road to Youthfulness! (Note: Traffic jams may occur).

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6 Hidden Health Hazards of Diet Soda

6 Hidden Health Hazards of Diet Soda

In their quest to lose weight, many slimmers turn to diet soda to lower their sugar intake. Unfortunately, these beverages may not be the saviors we imagine them to be.

There’s strong evidence that excessive diet soda consumption carries some serious hidden health risks. Here are six of them…

No. 1 — Dental Problems

Diet sodas can be severely damaging to your teeth, even though they contain no sugar.

Regular soft drinks cause decay when their sugars convert to acids, which go on to attack dental enamel. Diet sodas, on the other hand, cut out a step, delivering higher amounts of phosphoric, citric and tartaric acids directly to teeth. These acids add flavor and texture to diet drinks to compensate for the lack of sugar – but they pack a real punch to your beautiful smile.

No. 2 — Increased Risk of Diabetes

A recent study found that volunteers who took controlled amounts of artificial sweeteners, like those found in diet soda, had an impaired response to glucose in their blood.

Researchers believe this increases the long-term risks of developing Type 2 diabetes, one of the most serious medical problems in the modern world.

No. 3 — Weight Gain

Although diet sodas are most often consumed as part of a weight loss program, they can actually be counterproductive. The disruption in glucose response can actually lead to weight gain in people who drink large amounts.

What’s more, it’s thought that artificial sweeteners such as sucralose can disrupt metabolic rates, reducing the body’s ability to burn through calories as easily as it should.

No. 4 — Heart Problems

A 2014 study found that women who drank diet sodas daily had a 29% higher risk of heart attacks than those who drank them rarely. Also, they had a 31% higher risk of suffering a stroke.

Backed by both the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, this study doesn’t claim diet sodas are the direct cause of these increased risks. However, the figures certainly deserve further investigation.

No. 5 — Suppressed Gut Bacteria

Researchers have found that the six most commonly used artificial sweeteners have a suppression effect on beneficial gut bacteria, limiting their growth and reproduction.

Low gut flora levels lead to fatigue, a poor immune system, unexpected weight changes, and sleep disturbance among many other health problems. Cutting back on diet soda could be much more effective in combating low flora than drinking expensive probiotic drinks.

No. 6 — Dementia

Lastly, a 2017 study found that frequent diet soda drinkers had three times the risk of developing dementia in later life compared to those who avoided artificial sweeteners. No explanation has been found for this effect, but the researchers involved found the results significant enough to recommend further study.

It’s important to note that all these effects are linked to particularly heavy consumption of diet sodas. A glass or two per day is unlikely to carry any significant risks. Nonetheless, if diet soda makes up a large part of your weight loss program, then it’s only sensible to keep a close eye on how much you’re consuming.

Mail Order Aligners: What Are The Risks?

Mail Order Aligners: What Are The Risks?

People will do anything for a perfect smile, even if it means skipping the dentist altogether. (“What did I just read?”)

That’s right, mail order orthodontic solutions, which claim to mitigate the need for supervision by a dentist, are noticeably popular these days. Many consumers are taking the bait, sold on the concept of ultra-convenience and minimal cost.

Driving the mail-order aligners craze is an aggressive advertising blitz using traditional and social media, the primary target being instant-gratification-oriented, budget-minded younger folk.

Customers choose an aligner company and either visit one of their retail locations for a mouth scan or receive an impression kit by mail. Based on the results of these tests, customers are shipped a series of clear plastic aligners, similar to the ones a real dentist might have made for them.

Following a set of detailed instructions, customers wear the aligners, which gradually guide teeth toward their desired position. Each succeeding aligner moves teeth further, until they are in the target position. On the surface, the whole process appears to be very convenient and effective, but…

Warning! Warning!

As great as it may sound, dental experts are very concerned about mail order orthodontics and the lack of monitoring by a qualified dentist. Turns out, healthy teeth and gums are a prime requirement for treatment with clear aligners. Moving teeth around are a particularly risky business when there are mitigating issues, like severe gaps, swollen or decaying gum tissue or tooth decay, to name a few.

To be fair, mail order aligner companies claim to offer proper qualification for treatment, as well as monitoring and supervision during treatment – but for a variety of reasons, customers don’t always receive these necessities.

Non-Compliance

When it comes to doing what the doctor ordered, we are often our own worst enemy. Use of clear braces requires strict adherence to a number of behaviors.

For example, eating and drinking while wearing aligners is a real no-no because it can cause serious tooth decay – and sporadic wearing of aligners can loosen teeth or even cause them to fall out after treatment. That is why careful monitoring by a dentist helps patients stay on course and avoid the pitfalls they might fall into on their own.

Experts Agree…

You might just assume that dental professionals are angry at aligner companies because they are taking away their business – but as doctors, they know there is a reason these services are cheaper and more convenient, and may result in compromising the health of dental patients.

With so many risks, it’s no wonder that the American Dental Association has condemned mail order orthodontics, citing that “supervision by a licensed dentist is necessary for all phases of orthodontic treatment.” Period.

Quality one-on-one attention, a knowledge of the patient’s medical history, and the ability to notice troubling symptoms or patterns and correct them are not typically offered by mail-order companies, and can only be sought out through the help of a licensed professional.

By example, listen to video blogger Darlene Green‘s experience with mail order aligners.

Note: This is not to say that all mail order aligner customers have been dissatisfied with results. Nor is it to say that these companies do not disqualify customers when appropriate. The issue is, customers may not be aware that treatment results may not be what they want, or that treatment could actually create other serious issues in the future.

The Bottom Line on Clear Aligners by Mail

Mail order braces may seem to be more cost-effective and convenient than traditional methods, but anyone who chooses to neglect in-person care in exchange for lowered prices is playing a dangerous game with their dental health. For proper treatment of cosmetic and bite issues, dentists remain the most reliable resource.

Contributed by: Bryan Armetta

6 Hidden Health Hazards of Diet Soda

6 Hidden Health Hazards of Diet Soda

In their quest to lose weight, many slimmers turn to diet soda to lower their sugar intake. Unfortunately, these beverages may not be the saviors we imagine them to be.

There’s strong evidence that excessive diet soda consumption carries some serious hidden health risks. Here are six of them…

No. 1 — Dental Problems

Diet sodas can be severely damaging to your teeth, even though they contain no sugar.

Regular soft drinks cause decay when their sugars convert to acids, which go on to attack dental enamel. Diet sodas, on the other hand, cut out a step, delivering higher amounts of phosphoric, citric and tartaric acids directly to teeth. These acids add flavor and texture to diet drinks to compensate for the lack of sugar – but they pack a real punch to your beautiful smile.

No. 2 — Increased Risk of Diabetes

A recent study found that volunteers who took controlled amounts of artificial sweeteners, like those found in diet soda, had an impaired response to glucose in their blood.

Researchers believe this increases the long-term risks of developing Type 2 diabetes, one of the most serious medical problems in the modern world.

No. 3 — Weight Gain

Although diet sodas are most often consumed as part of a weight loss program, they can actually be counterproductive. The disruption in glucose response can actually lead to weight gain in people who drink large amounts.

What’s more, it’s thought that artificial sweeteners such as sucralose can disrupt metabolic rates, reducing the body’s ability to burn through calories as easily as it should.

No. 4 — Heart Problems

A 2014 study found that women who drank diet sodas daily had a 29% higher risk of heart attacks than those who drank them rarely. Also, they had a 31% higher risk of suffering a stroke.

Backed by both the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, this study doesn’t claim diet sodas are the direct cause of these increased risks. However, the figures certainly deserve further investigation.

No. 5 — Suppressed Gut Bacteria

Researchers have found that the six most commonly used artificial sweeteners have a suppression effect on beneficial gut bacteria, limiting their growth and reproduction.

Low gut flora levels lead to fatigue, a poor immune system, unexpected weight changes, and sleep disturbance among many other health problems. Cutting back on diet soda could be much more effective in combating low flora than drinking expensive probiotic drinks.

No. 6 — Dementia

Lastly, a 2017 study found that frequent diet soda drinkers had three times the risk of developing dementia in later life compared to those who avoided artificial sweeteners. No explanation has been found for this effect, but the researchers involved found the results significant enough to recommend further study.

It’s important to note that all these effects are linked to particularly heavy consumption of diet sodas. A glass or two per day is unlikely to carry any significant risks. Nonetheless, if diet soda makes up a large part of your weight loss program, then it’s only sensible to keep a close eye on how much you’re consuming.

Mail Order Aligners: What Are The Risks?

Mail Order Aligners: What Are The Risks?

People will do anything for a perfect smile, even if it means skipping the dentist altogether. (“What did I just read?”)

That’s right, mail order orthodontic solutions, which claim to mitigate the need for supervision by a dentist, are noticeably popular these days. Many consumers are taking the bait, sold on the concept of ultra-convenience and minimal cost.

Driving the mail-order aligners craze is an aggressive advertising blitz using traditional and social media, the primary target being instant-gratification-oriented, budget-minded younger folk.

Customers choose an aligner company and either visit one of their retail locations for a mouth scan or receive an impression kit by mail. Based on the results of these tests, customers are shipped a series of clear plastic aligners, similar to the ones a real dentist might have made for them.

Following a set of detailed instructions, customers wear the aligners, which gradually guide teeth toward their desired position. Each succeeding aligner moves teeth further, until they are in the target position. On the surface, the whole process appears to be very convenient and effective, but…

Warning! Warning!

As great as it may sound, dental experts are very concerned about mail order orthodontics and the lack of monitoring by a qualified dentist. Turns out, healthy teeth and gums are a prime requirement for treatment with clear aligners. Moving teeth around are a particularly risky business when there are mitigating issues, like severe gaps, swollen or decaying gum tissue or tooth decay, to name a few.

To be fair, mail order aligner companies claim to offer proper qualification for treatment, as well as monitoring and supervision during treatment – but for a variety of reasons, customers don’t always receive these necessities.

Non-Compliance

When it comes to doing what the doctor ordered, we are often our own worst enemy. Use of clear braces requires strict adherence to a number of behaviors.

For example, eating and drinking while wearing aligners is a real no-no because it can cause serious tooth decay – and sporadic wearing of aligners can loosen teeth or even cause them to fall out after treatment. That is why careful monitoring by a dentist helps patients stay on course and avoid the pitfalls they might fall into on their own.

Experts Agree…

You might just assume that dental professionals are angry at aligner companies because they are taking away their business – but as doctors, they know there is a reason these services are cheaper and more convenient, and may result in compromising the health of dental patients.

With so many risks, it’s no wonder that the American Dental Association has condemned mail order orthodontics, citing that “supervision by a licensed dentist is necessary for all phases of orthodontic treatment.” Period.

Quality one-on-one attention, a knowledge of the patient’s medical history, and the ability to notice troubling symptoms or patterns and correct them are not typically offered by mail-order companies, and can only be sought out through the help of a licensed professional.

By example, listen to video blogger Darlene Green‘s experience with mail order aligners.

Note: This is not to say that all mail order aligner customers have been dissatisfied with results. Nor is it to say that these companies do not disqualify customers when appropriate. The issue is, customers may not be aware that treatment results may not be what they want, or that treatment could actually create other serious issues in the future.

The Bottom Line on Clear Aligners by Mail

Mail order braces may seem to be more cost-effective and convenient than traditional methods, but anyone who chooses to neglect in-person care in exchange for lowered prices is playing a dangerous game with their dental health. For proper treatment of cosmetic and bite issues, dentists remain the most reliable resource.

Contributed by: Bryan Armetta

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Chicago dentist, John J. Kelly, DDS, practices Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry at his Chicago dental office in Edgebrook.

He delivers a wide range of dental therapeutics, in addition to treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing, including Sleep Apnea, Child Facial Development issues and TMJ/Jaw Pain. MORE ON DR. KELLY

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