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Missing Teeth? New Materials, Techniques Make a Difference

By Dr. Steve Marsh

Many of our parents and their generation thought that over their lifetime it was “natural” to lose some teeth — even all of them. And when they did, they would either get a partial denture or a full denture, or go toothless.

The partial denture replaced the teeth that were missing, with artificial teeth held in by metal wires or clasps. The full denture was all teeth and plastic, with the upper one covering the palate and the lower sitting on the lower ridge, if there were any bone remaining. The upper denture fit fairly well due to suction, but the lower was nearly always a problem — often ending up in a Kleenex or on the nightstand. So where are we today?

Options

We now know that it’s not natural to lose your teeth; they can and should last for a lifetime. With good home care and regular visits to the dentist and dental hygienist, our teeth should serve us into our 80s and beyond. Home care involves both flossing and brushing (we recommend a baking soda/peroxide toothpaste with fluoride), especially after meals. Dental visits should occur three to four times a year.

But what if we’ve already lost some teeth, due to periodontal or gum disease, tooth decay or cavities, or fracturing of old fillings or tooth structure? Today’s partial dentures can be made out of a flexible plastic without any metal. They are comfortable and function well, and they have no unsightly metal clasps.

Bridges, made up of all porcelain/Zirconium, also have no unsightly metal collars and are made up of a series of crowns that go on the teeth adjacent to the space caused by the missing teeth. In addition to filling in space, they may help strengthen the abutments.

The other solution is the dental implant or implants.

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Find a Seat for Diet Restrictions at Your Holiday Table

Don't let guests' diets limit your menu this holiday season. A few tweaks (think fresh vegetables, and can the canned soup) will create palate-pleasing dishes that everyone will enjoy. John Selick IV, the senior culinary manager at Sodexo Healthcare Services for University Hospitals Cleveland tells you how. ...
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Don’t Play Around with Toy Safety this Christmas: Shop Smart

By the American Academy of Pediatrics
If you’ve got a little one on your holiday shopping list, keep safety at the top of your “must haves.”
Children can have a lot of fun playing with their toys. However, it’s important to keep in mind that safety should always come first. Each year thousands of children are injured by toys.

Read on to learn what to look for when buying toys and how a few simple ideas for safe use can often prevent injuries.

Preventing Injuries from Toys:

Most injuries from toys are minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises. However, toys can cause serious injury or even death. This happens when toys are dangerous or used in the wrong way.

10 Toy Buying Tips:

Here are tips to help you choose safe and appropriate toys for your child.

  1. Read the label. Warning labels give important information about how to use a toy and what ages the toy is safe for. Be sure to show your child how to use the toy the right way.
  2. Think LARGE. Make sure all toys and parts are larger than your child’s mouth to prevent choking.
  3. Avoid toys that shoot objects into the air. They can cause serious eye injuries or choking.
  4. Avoid toys that are loud to prevent damage to your child’s hearing.
  5. Look for stuffed toys that are well made. Make sure all the parts are on tight and seams and edges are secure. It should also be machine washable. Take off any loose ribbons or strings to avoid strangulation. Avoid toys that have small bean-like pellets or stuffing that can cause choking or suffocation if swallowed.
  6. Buy plastic toys that are sturdy. Toys made from thin plastic may break easily.
  7. Avoid toys with toxic materials that could cause poisoning. Make sure the label says “nontoxic.”
  8. Avoid hobby kits and chemistry sets for any child younger than 12 years.
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Mental Health and Physical Strength are the “New Healthy”

About two-thirds of people want to improve their health but feel there is too much conflicting information out there these days about the best way to do so, and they need help determining what the best methods are for them to improve their health. ...
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Too Trusting? Health Can Suffer Because Older Adults Don’t Speak Up

The study shows that older adults (defined as 65 and older) are less likely to advocate for their own health concerns the more they trust the role is being taken on by their doctors. ...
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Yvonne’s Story: Determination + Staff Teamwork = a Successful Homecoming after Rehab

Yvonne speaks all five languages better than ever. A few months ago, she addressed an audience of 200, speaking in fluent Latvian. And now, she is writing a book (in English) about her childhood. She plans to renew her expired passport and travel back to Europe. The sky’s the limit. ...
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Hearing Aid for Hearing Aids

 

If you’ve put off getting a hearing aid because of the cost — they start at approximately $1,000 and go up from there — then you’ll like what’s popping up in some popular Medicare Advantage Plans.

Many of the area’s Medicare Advantage Plans have started to pay all or most of the cost of hearing aids, with some requiring no out-of-pocket expenses, although the choice of hearing aid may be limited, says Bridgid Whitford, director of Hearing Services at Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center.

Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids, and that’s been a huge complaint among enrollees. Traditional Medicare covers basic medical services. Medicare Advantage Plans offer extra medical coverage, typically for a monthly premium.

“These Medicare Advantage Plans are increasing accessibility to hearing healthcare on a scale we haven’t seen before,” Whitford says.

Only 25 percent of the people who need hearing aids use them. Cost is a barrier for many.

“These plans are really making a dent in the hearing aid market, resulting in the cost to consumers going down,” Whitford says.

With a growing population of people becoming eligible for Medicare, Advantage Plan administrators are competing for customers. Providing hearing aid coverage is a good way to attract clients, she says.

“Baby Boomers are expecting to be able to afford to hear, and they are influencing a market shift in the hearing aid industry,” she says.

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ER, Urgent Care or Home Remedies? Make the Right Call at the Right time

A child should be seen right away if they seem sluggish, won’t eat or drink, appear mottled, have cool hands and feet (suggesting shock), have difficulty breathing or have an unusual rash such as purple spots under the skin. ...
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