Daily Archives: November 4, 2018

Advice on Early Orthodontic Evaluation for Having Better Health

Parents want their children to lead a happy and healthy life. Orthodontic evaluation is recommended at an early age to help parents along the path to improving their child’s health.

Orthodontics practices thrive to make sure parents understand the significant role early orthodontic evaluation- and treatment, if necessary- plays in children’s oral health. They also inform their patients and patients’ parents about the notable dynamic between oral health and overall health.

The American Association of Orthodontists encourages children to get an evaluation by their orthodontist by age 7.

Being assessed at this age doesn’t always equate to treatment being necessary. But there are some alignment issues and unhealthy oral habits that may need to be addressed this early in life.

Knowing whether a child is on a monitor-only or a treatment path at a young age can result in less invasive orthodontic treatment now, rather than surgery later.

There are some issues that if detected and treated while a child is still growing, we can take that child off of a surgery path. We have the fact that they are still growing on our side. Once growth stops, treatment options become more limited.

Problems Best Detected Early

Underbite is an example of a common and serious malocclusion that often can be fixed without surgery when identified and cared for at a young age. Underbite occurs when the lower jaw juts out farther than the upper jaw and fosters an improper bite pattern, along with facial deformity.

Serious teeth crowding issues noted and treated when a child is young can avert the need for tooth extractions and future surgery.

Orthodontists recommend identifying and correcting poor oral habits, such as prolonged pacifier use, thumb or finger sucking, mouth breathing and tongue thrusting (pressing the tongue through the teeth, keeping the front teeth from touching) at an early age.

Some children will naturally outgrow bad habits such as thumb-sucking. For those who continue poor oral habits and there is a fear they will lead to bite and alignment issues, treatments are available.

A standard case of early orthodontic treatment is an appliance that is set along the palette of a child’s mouth who has difficulty in quitting thumb and finger sucking. The device prevents the child from experiencing the satisfying sensation typically received from the habit.

Chronic mouth breathing can lead to complications in dental and facial development, such as long face syndrome, narrow mouths and receding or protruding jaws, according to Health.com.

Patients who experience facial development issues caused by chronic mouth breathing often require the use of corrective dental appliances, sometimes along with traditional braces, to cure “high vaulted mouth roofs, narrowing sinuses and deformed jaws. Left untreated, more serious facial surgery can be needed,” according to Health.com.

The point we want to be sure parents take away from this is that whether you’re a child or an adult, braces can correct a variety of bite and alignment issues. However, when we’re dealing with children, we can use a child’s growth …

Whip Yourself into Shape with Boxing Fitness

Everyone seems to be concerned with their health these days. And with good reason, since the advent of processed foods and the degree of pollution in our cities, people's health can really be in danger. To help combat these problems, health improvement facilities like gyms and spas have popped up on every street. But since traditional exercises are not really enjoyable many people prefer activities that allow them to have fun while keeping fit.

Hiking, ballroom dancing, rock climbing, and cycling are just a few examples of recreational activities that can also be enjoyable. Sports, weight training, and martial arts have also become popular ways of trimming down. One type of martial art type of exercise program which you might want to try is boxing fitness.

You might think of boxing as a violent sport. Professional boxing as seen in television is a dangerous sport reserved for athletes who train extensively to get in shape for their bouts. But unknown to most it can also be a satisfying and effective form of workout.

Boxing fitness involves hours of diligent training, cardio workout out and can even teach you additional self-defense. Boxing fitness improves your flexibility, agility, stamina and coordination. You do not need to have to go as far as fighting in the ring but a little sparring mixed in your routine can make for a fantastic workout.

Besides being a lot of fun boxing fitness also improves your self-defense skills. One look at professional boxers shows you that training allows you to withstand punishment and give back as much as well. Today's world can be quite dangerous and learning a practical martial art like boxing can really be useful. While you might not turn into the next Mike Tyson you can be good enough to keep your self safe on the street.

If you want to try it you can try local gyms to see if they have a boxing fitness program. If none are available you can hop online and do a search for "boxing fitness" to find a program and gym that are convenient for you. Put on those boxing gloves now and punch your way into an exciting way to be healthy. …

Complete Fitness for LDS Missionaries

LDS missionaries live by a very intense and rigorous schedule that begins early each morning and does not stop until late each night. The day usually begins at 6:30 am and does not stop until 10:30 pm. Each day is cram packed with a slew of activities that involve multiple things including meetings, performing service, proselytizing, instructing other missionaries, preparing for meetings and appointments, teaching investigators, personal development, interviews, leadership experiences and in personal and companionship study.

This demanding schedule, day-in and day-out for two years is intense and can take its toll on the missionary and his health. Since the missionaries rigid schedule is not what most young men are used to when they leave for their mission it is very important that they be prepared not only for the spiritual challenges that await them but also the physical challenges that await them. In order to handle the real stressors of mission life it is imperative that all prospective missionaries begin as early as possible in preparation both spiritually and physically.

Complete fitness for missionaries, therefore, is about being both spiritually fit and physically fit. Most missionaries understand the importance of the spiritual fitness and are usually somewhat prepared for the spiritual challenges but what about the often-neglected physical fitness. This component is just as important if not more important because if your body can not withstand the physical challenges you will not be able to withstand the spiritual challenges.

Each of these components – both the spiritual fitness and the physical fitness must be developed through a systematic process of hard work, sacrifice and determination. The spiritual fitness preparation should begin with studying the Gospel and the scriptures, praying, attending seminary and / or institute and serving others on a regular basis. The physical fitness preparation should include daily exercise about 4-6 days a week, a well planned, whole-food based nutrition program and sufficient rest and recovery each and every day.

Neglecting one or both of these components will result in a less than ideal experience once out in the mission field. Poor fitness with any of these two components will make serving an LDS mission more difficult and limit any missionary from reaching his full potential. By exercising and preparing both spiritually and physically a missionary will have the necessary knowledge and strength to share the Gospel message and will have a better chance of maximizing their full potential and magnify their calling as a full-time missionary . …