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By Denise Freese

Who isn’t searching for ways to look and feel younger?  For a quick fix, a trip to the salon to color away the grays can offer a positive transformation.  Another immediate way to look younger is to have your teeth whitened, and the Zoom teeth whitening system can accomplish that with just one visit to the dentist.

By Martha Maddi - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

We’ve all heard of autoimmune diseases but many of us have little idea what they really are. Yet they are one of the top five medical conditions of great concern women, along with heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, and depression. Understanding these diseases is crucial to knowing how to protect against them. Here are the basics.

By Denise Freese

The field of dentistry offers a variety of specialties.  An exceptional practice will provide more than one in order to meet their patients’ needs. 

By Stephanie Kohl - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Many fertility questions can be answered with awareness, simple tests

By Denise Freese

Your wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, located in the back of your mouth.   They tend to appear between the ages of 17 and 25, and are usually spotted on X-rays.   If your teeth are healthy and not overcrowded, you may choose to keep your wisdom teeth.   But there are a variety of reasons as to why your dentist may want to have them come out.

By Gina Kraman

We do it for airline seats, cell phone plans, and dishwashers.  Why not for something as important as hearing?  Upgrades move us up -- replacing the old with a newer version, which usually means better.  Upgraded hearing aids help patients take advantage of new technological developments, with more features to enhance hearing. 

The answer is found in Hinsdale at BrainShapeCenter.com

By Gina Kraman

Three potentially deadly health problems -- high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol -- offer no warning signs in the early stages.   They can be discovered coincidentally when a person visits the doctor for another problem.   Or they can be found during a crisis situation, such as a heart attack.

By Gina Kraman

It’s no surprise that exercise is good for you.   What is surprising is exactly how good it is for the human body and mind.   Exercise not only strengthens your heart and lungs, but it increases chemicals in your brain – norepinephrines -- that impact your brain’s response to stress. Exercise also releases endorphins, which promote happy feelings.

By Gina Kraman

While our ears are self-cleaning, hearing aids are not, and need routine maintenance, according to Audiologist Susan Rogan.   She explains that since hearing aids live in a moist, waxy environment, they need proper care to function well.

By Denise Freese

If you’ve ever sipped hot soup or taken a big bite of ice cream, and then felt a jolt of pain in your mouth, you might have tooth sensitivity.   Sensitivity can affect just one tooth or several.   The pain can be sharp and very sudden, and you can feel it down in the nerve endings of your teeth.  

By Denise Freese

It’s a well-known fact that sugar is harmful for your teeth.  What you may not know is that acid produced by bacteria in the mouth is the cause of cavities, according to Kimberly A. Harms, DDS, a spokeswoman for the American Dental Association.

By Gina Kraman

Count carbohydrate grams.  Exercise.  Check blood sugar levels.  Inspect feet to avoid infections.  Take medicine.  Repeat.  Diabetes is a high-maintenance disease, requiring constant vigilance and daily dedication to be well.

By Gina Kraman

We hear with more than our ears: gestures, body language, and eye contact work together to enhance communication. For hearing impaired people, these factors are even more important.

By Diane Krieger Spivak

Whether you’ve been diagnosed or cancer has stricken a friend or loved-one, the disease always hits home.

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