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How to Protect Hair From Heat Damage

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Six Ways to Help You Banish Lower Back Pain

Six Ways to Help You Banish Lower Back Pain

People spend almost $50 billion a year trying to relieve pack pain with medication, chiropractic work, acupuncture, and other remedies. Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do right at home to bring immediate relief and fight off future back pain.

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Seven Key Nutrients for Eye Health

Seven Key Nutrients for Eye Health

Taking care of your eyes is something you may not be thinking about when making food choices, but it turns out, eating for a healthy body includes your eyes. Here are seven substances you shouldn’t go without.

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Six Ways to Help You Banish Lower Back Pain

Six Ways to Help You Banish Lower Back Pain

People spend almost $50 billion a year trying to relieve pack pain with medication, chiropractic work, acupuncture, and other remedies. Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do right at home to bring immediate relief and fight off future back pain.

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Dental Health for Dummies: A Beginner’s Guide

Dental Health for Dummies: A Beginner’s Guide

Everyone knows, dental health is very important. But as victims of our own sometimes bad habits, it’s easy to forget the basics.

Refresh your memory and your mouth — here’s a basic primer.

Why do I have to brush my teeth?

Brushing isn’t just a bedtime ritual you learned when you were young, it’s a crucial tool for staying healthy.

Although your teeth may look clean, they’re actually covered with tiny bacteria commonly known as plaque. Left unchecked, plaque transforms into something called calculus, a.k.a. tartar, which can only be removed at your dentist’s office. If not cleaned out, tartar often leads to tooth decay and gum infection — sounds lovely…

Depending on how good you are at it, brushing can lessen the amount of plaque on your teeth, which decreases the tartar, which leads to fewer serious issues. Phew!

Warning! Plaque starts to regrow on your teeth within three to four hours after brushing, so for optimal dental hygiene, try to brush at least twice a day. And yes, you should use toothpaste. Not only does it help get rid of stubborn plaque, toothpaste helps re-mineralize your teeth, building a stronger foundation that prevents decay.

Do I actually need to floss?

Yes, you should absolutely be flossing! You may have come across news reports or studies claiming that flossing has no effect in preventing tooth decay. While these may be accurate, research has proven that lack of flossing can encourage other serious issues — like gum disease and bleeding gums. How’s that?

When you eat, food particles get stuck between teeth where it’s hard to reach with a toothbrush. Since where the food lands is often close to your gums, there is likelihood of infection if nothing is done. Flossing is a great way to remove those particles before they can do real damage.

YOU SHOULD KNOW! Many floss makers add a chemical to help floss glide more easily between teeth. Research once claimed that this chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), was safe. However, a new study by Emory University Rollins School of Public Health indicates, PFOA may cause or exacerbate thyroid disease.

What to do? Use a “natural” floss that’s free of PFOA, or rinse and reuse the floss that’s currently in your medicine cabinet to help minimize the PFOA coating. Smart!

Can’t I just use mouthwash to keep my teeth clean?

Think of a tooth as a dirty plate. If you pour dish soap over it and rinse it, some of the dirt will come off, but the rest will stay stuck. The same goes for your teeth.

Plaque buildup needs more than just mouthwash to get rid of it, and if left for too long, it can turn into tartar, which can damage your teeth. Mouthwash should be an optional addition to your dental routine, not the star attraction.

CAUTION! Alcohol is a known carcinogen. Most mouthwashes contain large amounts of alcohol, often up to 25%. Mouthwash can remain in your mouth for up to a minute, when used according to directions. This means, alcohol is swooshing around in your mouth even longer than would a sip of wine or whiskey. Experts recommend using a non-alcohol based mouthwash to reap the benefits without all the risks.

Is whitening my teeth bad?

It depends. Most over-the-counter teeth whitening strips are safe to use, so long as you follow directions. Leaving the strips on for too long or ingesting large amounts of the gel is bad for your health.

People with sensitive teeth and poor enamel can experience increased sensitivity, irritation and further degradation of enamel. Whitening done in your dentist’s office can be more reassuring, because your dentist is familiar with the condition of your teeth and can weigh in on how, and whether, to proceed.

What is a tongue brush?

A tongue brush is designed specifically to — well — brush your tongue. Above is a humorous tutorial on how to use one.

Alternatively, you can try using the bristles on your toothbrush to gently buff over the surface of your tongue to remove gunky bacteria.

Why do I need to worry about my teeth? Can’t I just get new ones?

Funny you should ask. You can’t regrow a tooth once you’ve lost it — at least not yet.

Most humans get their full set of permanent teeth around age 13. After that, if you lose or crack a tooth, you’ll have to get a prosthetic from your dentist. But be warned — new teeth cost a pretty penny. Best to take care of the ones you already have.

We hope you enjoyed these dental-for-dummies tips. Hopefully, there’ll be less drilling and filling at your next dental visit. Be sure to schedule one soon!

“A Good Night’s Sleep? Don’t Need It, Thank You.”

“A Good Night’s Sleep? Don’t Need It, Thank You.”

In offices, classrooms and coffee shops across America, people can be heard boasting, they “function well on very little sleep.”

Many even brag how they never get more than a few hours – night after night. Is this a good thing?

The reality is, consistently failing to get an appropriate amount of sleep may result in significant and even life-threatening issues later on in life. Here are some of them…

Major Health Problems

Failing to get an appropriate amount of sleep renders people more vulnerable to a range of issues including…

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

Cognitive Issues

Thinking and learning processes depend largely on a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep hampers a person’s ability to concentrate, reason and solve problems.

In addition, different sleep cycles are needed to consolidate and make sense of memories and information collected during the course of a given day.

In the absence of appropriate sleep, this consolidation cannot occur and a person will not be able to recall or remember what was previously experienced or learned. Of course, this can affect academic performance, if not corrected.


Check out this video, 25 Scary and Surprising Effects of Sleep Deprivation – it might just change your mind about living normally on very little sleep!


Mental Health Problems

A considerable number of people who fail to get a proper amount of sleep end up suffering from depression. In some cases, the depression is persistent and does not readily resolve.

Moreover, a significant sleep deficit over an extended period of time can result in a person actually suffering psychotic symptoms. In other words, a person no longer experiences normal thought processes and endures abnormal perceptions of reality.

Weight Gain

A 2004 research study reported by the Mayo Clinic and other institutions revealed that people who get less than six hours of sleep per night are 30 percent more likely to be obese.

A lack of the appropriate amount of sleep appears to heighten cravings for high-carbohydrate and high-fat foods.

What Can You Do?

Here are some starting points for ensuring you are getting a great night’s sleep…

  • NUMBER ONE: Be objective. Don’t kid yourself about your own habits.
  • NUMBER TWO: Ask those around you if, they notice things like restlessness or snoring while you are asleep.
  • NUMBER THREE: If you suspect a sleeping disorder like sleep apnea, visit your dentist, orthodontist, doctor or other practitioner to get tested.

Sleep is a pillar of health – make sure you get enough!

Dental Health for Dummies: A Beginner’s Guide

Dental Health for Dummies: A Beginner’s Guide

Everyone knows, dental health is very important. But as victims of our own sometimes bad habits, it’s easy to forget the basics.

Refresh your memory and your mouth — here’s a basic primer.

Why do I have to brush my teeth?

Brushing isn’t just a bedtime ritual you learned when you were young, it’s a crucial tool for staying healthy.

Although your teeth may look clean, they’re actually covered with tiny bacteria commonly known as plaque. Left unchecked, plaque transforms into something called calculus, a.k.a. tartar, which can only be removed at your dentist’s office. If not cleaned out, tartar often leads to tooth decay and gum infection — sounds lovely…

Depending on how good you are at it, brushing can lessen the amount of plaque on your teeth, which decreases the tartar, which leads to fewer serious issues. Phew!

Warning! Plaque starts to regrow on your teeth within three to four hours after brushing, so for optimal dental hygiene, try to brush at least twice a day. And yes, you should use toothpaste. Not only does it help get rid of stubborn plaque, toothpaste helps re-mineralize your teeth, building a stronger foundation that prevents decay.

Do I actually need to floss?

Yes, you should absolutely be flossing! You may have come across news reports or studies claiming that flossing has no effect in preventing tooth decay. While these may be accurate, research has proven that lack of flossing can encourage other serious issues — like gum disease and bleeding gums. How’s that?

When you eat, food particles get stuck between teeth where it’s hard to reach with a toothbrush. Since where the food lands is often close to your gums, there is likelihood of infection if nothing is done. Flossing is a great way to remove those particles before they can do real damage.

YOU SHOULD KNOW! Many floss makers add a chemical to help floss glide more easily between teeth. Research once claimed that this chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), was safe. However, a new study by Emory University Rollins School of Public Health indicates, PFOA may cause or exacerbate thyroid disease.

What to do? Use a “natural” floss that’s free of PFOA, or rinse and reuse the floss that’s currently in your medicine cabinet to help minimize the PFOA coating. Smart!

Can’t I just use mouthwash to keep my teeth clean?

Think of a tooth as a dirty plate. If you pour dish soap over it and rinse it, some of the dirt will come off, but the rest will stay stuck. The same goes for your teeth.

Plaque buildup needs more than just mouthwash to get rid of it, and if left for too long, it can turn into tartar, which can damage your teeth. Mouthwash should be an optional addition to your dental routine, not the star attraction.

CAUTION! Alcohol is a known carcinogen. Most mouthwashes contain large amounts of alcohol, often up to 25%. Mouthwash can remain in your mouth for up to a minute, when used according to directions. This means, alcohol is swooshing around in your mouth even longer than would a sip of wine or whiskey. Experts recommend using a non-alcohol based mouthwash to reap the benefits without all the risks.

Is whitening my teeth bad?

It depends. Most over-the-counter teeth whitening strips are safe to use, so long as you follow directions. Leaving the strips on for too long or ingesting large amounts of the gel is bad for your health.

People with sensitive teeth and poor enamel can experience increased sensitivity, irritation and further degradation of enamel. Whitening done in your dentist’s office can be more reassuring, because your dentist is familiar with the condition of your teeth and can weigh in on how, and whether, to proceed.

What is a tongue brush?

A tongue brush is designed specifically to — well — brush your tongue. Above is a humorous tutorial on how to use one.

Alternatively, you can try using the bristles on your toothbrush to gently buff over the surface of your tongue to remove gunky bacteria.

Why do I need to worry about my teeth? Can’t I just get new ones?

Funny you should ask. You can’t regrow a tooth once you’ve lost it — at least not yet.

Most humans get their full set of permanent teeth around age 13. After that, if you lose or crack a tooth, you’ll have to get a prosthetic from your dentist. But be warned — new teeth cost a pretty penny. Best to take care of the ones you already have.

We hope you enjoyed these dental-for-dummies tips. Hopefully, there’ll be less drilling and filling at your next dental visit. Be sure to schedule one soon!

“A Good Night’s Sleep? Don’t Need It, Thank You.”

“A Good Night’s Sleep? Don’t Need It, Thank You.”

In offices, classrooms and coffee shops across America, people can be heard boasting, they “function well on very little sleep.”

Many even brag how they never get more than a few hours – night after night. Is this a good thing?

The reality is, consistently failing to get an appropriate amount of sleep may result in significant and even life-threatening issues later on in life. Here are some of them…

Major Health Problems

Failing to get an appropriate amount of sleep renders people more vulnerable to a range of issues including…

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

Cognitive Issues

Thinking and learning processes depend largely on a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep hampers a person’s ability to concentrate, reason and solve problems.

In addition, different sleep cycles are needed to consolidate and make sense of memories and information collected during the course of a given day.

In the absence of appropriate sleep, this consolidation cannot occur and a person will not be able to recall or remember what was previously experienced or learned. Of course, this can affect academic performance, if not corrected.


Check out this video, 25 Scary and Surprising Effects of Sleep Deprivation – it might just change your mind about living normally on very little sleep!


Mental Health Problems

A considerable number of people who fail to get a proper amount of sleep end up suffering from depression. In some cases, the depression is persistent and does not readily resolve.

Moreover, a significant sleep deficit over an extended period of time can result in a person actually suffering psychotic symptoms. In other words, a person no longer experiences normal thought processes and endures abnormal perceptions of reality.

Weight Gain

A 2004 research study reported by the Mayo Clinic and other institutions revealed that people who get less than six hours of sleep per night are 30 percent more likely to be obese.

A lack of the appropriate amount of sleep appears to heighten cravings for high-carbohydrate and high-fat foods.

What Can You Do?

Here are some starting points for ensuring you are getting a great night’s sleep…

  • NUMBER ONE: Be objective. Don’t kid yourself about your own habits.
  • NUMBER TWO: Ask those around you if, they notice things like restlessness or snoring while you are asleep.
  • NUMBER THREE: If you suspect a sleeping disorder like sleep apnea, visit your dentist, orthodontist, doctor or other practitioner to get tested.

Sleep is a pillar of health – make sure you get enough!

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It's Wednesday 11:07 AMWe're currently open!

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MEET DR. KELLY

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 the treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing including Sleep Apnea, Child Facial Development issues and TMJ/Jaw Pain.

Dr. Kelly is on the faculty of NYU School of Dentistry’s Dental Sleep Medicine program, and earned his Doctorate at the University of Illinois. He is credited with over 1,000 hours of continuing education, including extensive coursework at the internationally recognized Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies.

To make an appointment with this Chicago dentist, please call Dr. Kelly’s office at 773-631-6844 or click here.

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