GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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been because they are smaller and sleeker,” McCamish said. “We have more options, such as ceramic braces, which are tooth-colored and nearly invisible.”


Designing braces involves new innovations as well. Digital X-rays show more detail. “We scan the teeth with a digital scanner that gives us an image of the tooth,” McCamish said. “The image is used to make a diagnostic replication or reproduction of that patient’s mouth.”


Today’s braces are more attractive than in the past. “The kids ask if they can have colors because it makes it easier for them to wear braces,” McCamish said. “My theory is, as long as they keep them clean, they can have any color of the rainbow.”


The average treatment range with braces is 18 to 27 months. When they come off, patients will wear some form of retainer, which holds the teeth in place until bone reforms completely around the roots of the tooth.


Maintenance is the secret to success with orthodontics. To do well with braces,

More and more people are becoming aware not only of the aesthetics but the health benefits associated with a beautiful smile. This has motivated many individuals to seek orthodontic treatment, otherwise known as braces.


Braces are about functionality and the way the teeth fit together. “The way the teeth meet affects their wear over a period of a lifetime,” said orthodontist Dr. DeWayne McCamish, who is also president of the American Association of Orthodontists. “Since people are living longer now, it also affects the health of the bone and gums that hold the teeth in place. We have found that 50 to 60 percent of all individuals would benefit from some type of orthodontic treatment.”


Kids are not the only ones getting braces these days. “I have been in practice for 44 years and 27 percent of our practice is adults, so you are never too old to be treated,” said McCamish.


As long as you have healthy bone to move the teeth, you can have braces. “We put them on by bonding,” said McCamish. “We take a brace and put adhesive on it and bond it to the surface of the tooth.”


Technology has made getting braces easier and less uncomfortable for patients. “Braces are different than they have ever

BOTH KIDS AND ADULTS SPORT BRACES THESE DAYS

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Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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you must keep a healthy, clean oral environment so you don’t end up with stains and marks on your teeth.


“Attitude and proper oral hygiene habits are the only requirements for braces,” McCamish said. “That’s what we try to promote before a patient goes into treatment.”


McCamish says the orthodontic profession is rewarding because orthodontists can change lives by changing a smile. “Patients come in that hide their smiles, avoid looking at you and will not make eye contact,” he said. “It is like a butterfly where they blossom, and a healthy, beautiful smile creates self-confidence.”