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By Denise Freese

While good dental hygiene goes a long way in preventing cavities, and thus the need for fillings, it’s difficult to avoid them completely.   For more than the past 100 years, dentists have used amalgam, made up of a combination of mercury, silver, tin, and copper, to fill cavities.   The materials are inexpensive and last a long time, but the silver-colored fillings are very visually obvious.   The dentist may also need to remove more of the tooth structure to place an amalgam filling, according to www.mouthhealthy.org , a website developed by the American Dental Association.

By Gina Kraman

Today’s children are walking less, snacking more, and gaining excessive amounts of weight.  First Lady Michelle Obama continues to tackle childhood obesity through her “Let’s Move” initiative to encourage kids to exercise more and make healthier food choices.

By Denise Freese

It’s nearly impossible to have perfect teeth without assistance from your dentist.  Twice-yearly check-ups help keep teeth clean, and developing problems can be detected early and taken care of quickly and less expensively.  While the shape and size of your teeth, and the existence of gaps, can be genetic, other issues can be the result of what you eat and drink, whether or not you grind your teeth, and how well and how often you clean them.  

By Gina Kraman

Hay fever has nothing to do with hay; rose fever doesn’t refer to roses, explains

By Denise Freese

Primary teeth aren’t all that different than permanent teeth.  When a baby’s teeth begin to come in between the ages of 6 months to a year, they require both at-home and professional dental care.  Although primary teeth eventually fall out, they play an important role in a child’s overall health, development, and well being.

By Gina Kraman

“There’s almost nothing the omega-3s you get from fish and fish oil can’t do,” proclaims Dr. Frank Pescatore, a physican specializing in natural healing.  He reports on a study that examined 65,000 women from 1991-2009, which routinely checked their hearing, and surveyed their diets.  Although one in six reported some hearing loss, those eating fish twice a week had a markedly lower risk.

By Kelli Murray - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Local man’s invention keeps young eyes safe from the sun

By Jody Paige - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Forest preserves offer lots of ways to relax and enjoy the outdoors

By Allison Horne

Cantigny’s Emily Burns found her future on the fairway

By Chris Walker - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Jourdan Przybyla finds peace in the long climb

By Gina Kraman

“A colonoscopy is the one cancer screening tool that also cures the detected cancer, as any pre-cancerous polyps can be immediately removed,” explains Dr. Pranjal Shah, internist, Woodridge Clinic.  He follows the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) guidelines by advising his patients to schedule their first screening colonoscopy at age 50, and once every ten years if there are no problems or family history of colorectal cancer. 

By Denise Freese

If you keep putting off a visit to your dentist because you’re concerned about the safety of dental X-rays, you’re not alone.  Although it’s been proven that dental X-rays emit only minimal amounts of radiation, some patients are uncomfortable with it.  The good news is that now there’s a technique called digital imaging that provides many safety and health benefits when compared to the old method.

By Gina Kraman

Stuff cotton in your ears and attend a party.  Hard to interact and have fun?  That’s how many seniors feel as their hearing diminishes.  Without hearing aids, seniors suffering from hearing loss may feel alienated and lonely. 

By Gina Kraman

Overexposure to noise may cause temporary and permanent hearing loss.  The American National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says that 15 percent of Americans between ages 20 to 69 -- 26 million -- have hearing loss that may be attributed to excessive noise at work or in leisure activities.  About 16 percent of teens also suffer from noise-induced hearing issues.

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