Teaching Children To Be Healthy With Diet And Exercise

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By Steve Barker

kidseatinghealthyWith all the issues associated with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle, it’s incredibly important to stay healthy yourself and help your children learn how to make wise choices. For most people (without unique circumstances involving chronic health issues), the two biggest contributors to health are nutrition and exercise. It’s tempting to only focus on one of these things, but the fact is that you need both a nutritious diet and an active lifestyle to stay fit and keep your body healthy.

As important as it is for every person to eat well and stay active, it can be even more important to teach children how to make proper choices regarding food and exercise. It can be difficult for children, with all the junk food available and a school schedule that has little time for recess, to eat properly and get enough exercise. However, if you can teach your children how to balance nutrition and exercise into a daily routine, you can give them the tools to live a long and healthy life.

Why Exercise Is Necessary

There are numerous benefits to regular exercise including many physical results from a regular exercise regimen. Your body will burn more calories, which could lead to weight loss or help the body maintain a healthy weight. Increased muscle mass also improves the metabolism and helps every part of the body function properly. Many diseases are far less common to people who exercise and the effects of aging are usually reduced or slowed as well. The body is a complex machine, and regular exercise helps keep all the parts working well individually and together.

Exercise not only helps condition your physical body, it also contributes to a healthy mental and emotional state. Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel happy. Many people who exercise regularly also report a calmer emotional state. Additionally, regular exercise can improve your physical appearance, leading to more self-confidence. Concentrating on your body’s physical state can help you be more aware of your personal goals and find ways to achieve them.

How to Encourage Kids to Exercise

Many children get enough physical exercise when they are young simply by playing actively. However, as children get older, they often spend more time sitting at school and leading a sedentary lifestyle at home. Physical education classes are important, and you can also encourage exercise by enrolling children in sports they enjoy. There are numerous types of exercise, so if your children aren’t interested in weightlifting or soccer, you could encourage them to try yoga, swimming or hiking.

Why Proper Nutrition Is Necessary

Getting the proper nutrition is just as important as maintaining a regular exercise schedule. A balanced diet helps every part of the body function well and is especially important for growing children so they can develop and mature properly. A poor diet can be a major contributing factor to heart disease, diabetes and some kinds of cancer. However, when your body gets the right amount of nutrition, you feel better, have more energy, sleep well and have mental clarity. A proper diet also helps maintain a healthy weight and gives your body the energy to perform all your daily tasks.

Helping Kids Make Good Food Choices

kidsunningtogetherIt can be a challenge to help children develop healthy eating habits, especially when they are picky and dislike many healthy foods. However, it’s worth the work to teach your kids the importance of a nutritious diet and help them understand which foods are healthy. Thankfully, there are more healthy products on the market than ever before. Hampton Creek is one company dedicated to making nutritious, affordable food products in a sustainable way. As more people choose the healthier options at the grocery store, the rest of the food production system will respond and provide more choices.

Personal health involves both exercise and a nutritious diet. It’s extremely important for everyone to make healthy choices in life, and to teach children how to make those choices as well. Kids should learn how important exercise is to physical, mental and emotional health, and why the body requires a nutritious balanced diet. It’s just as vital to then teach children the specific keys to maintaining an active lifestyle and sticking to a healthy diet. Encouraging the next generation to make good choices can lower the rates of disease and help every person live a long and happy life.

How Technology Has Helped Children To Live Healthier Lives

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kidsWhile the debate rages as to whether or not children spend too much time online, there are other less obvious facets of technology that have made a positive impact on our children’s health. With medical advances being made by the day, there are a number of ways in which technology can be utilized to assess and monitor the state of health in both adults and children. Before assuming that technology is damaging the upcoming generation, it’s time to take a look at just what those advances are that have helped our children live healthier lives.

Wearable Glucose Monitors

At some point in time, someone, somewhere came up with the idea to create a wearable device that continually monitors glucose levels in the blood without the need for those annoying finger pricks. They may be only an annoyance to adults, but many children find them painful. Wearable glucose monitors are the result of medical device engineering and technology working together to provide a better option for use with both adults and children.

As more and more techies work together with medical professionals, other types of wearables will be developed by companies such as DeviceLab that will enable data on a child’s health to be digitally uploaded to the health provider’s computer in real time. If the child has a life-threatening problem, it can be dealt with immediately, many times more quickly than an ambulance could arrive on scene.

Programs and Apps for Health Awareness

Kids today are getting cell phones at a younger and younger age. This could pose a problem if they were to use it inappropriately during school hours, but what about turning the tables by using that same phone to raise awareness on all things health. From teaching them about food groups and healthy foods to eat to providing educational games on anatomy or the ecology, kids can begin learning in an environment that stimulates their sense of wonder. After all, what kid isn’t fascinated by cell phones? If parents are going to provide them to children in grade school, they might as well download games and apps that will raise the child’s awareness of the world around them.

The World at Their Fingertips

Technology has literally brought the world to their fingertips…..

Technology has literally brought the world to their fingertips so kids today have access to a wealth of knowledge that their parents and grandparents weren’t privy to. Just as mobile devices and wearables can help to monitor and assess the state of our children’s health, so too can desktop computers be tied into a healthcare program for kids. There are so many ways in which a young mind can absorb knowledge if taught how to do so using technology as a tool.

Instead of lumping all technology together into something that is ruining the minds of our children, it is necessary to teach them how to use it wisely to enrich their lives and help them to live a healthier lifestyle. Like anything else in life, it isn’t that something is inherently bad but rather how you use it. Technology can be good and conversely, it can be bad. It’s all in how it is employed. So is technology ruining the minds of our kids? Maybe, but then again, maybe it is offering benefits we are only just beginning to understand.

– Article submitted by Carol Trehearn

Millions Of Children Set To Exercise Simultaneously In The 28th Annual Project ACES Event

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kidsexercisevectorOn May 4th, millions of children from all over the world will be fighting childhood obesity, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes by exercising simultaneously in the award winning Project ACES event.

Since its inception 1989, Project ACES has been one of the most successful programs specifically designed to motivate children to exercise. This spring, the program will mark the 28th anniversary of a unique worldwide event known as the “world largest exercise class” by the media. Project ACES is the signature program of the nonprofit Youth Fitness Coalition.

On May 4th, 2016, millions of children from all 50 states and 50 countries are going to exercise in unison to promote world peace, unity, nutrition, health and fitness. Project ACES aims to educate children on the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. The program has received recognition from many organizations including The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN), and The American College Of Sports Medicine.

The program was created by physical education teacher, Len Saunders of New Jersey who provides an exclusive comment about the event stating, “If I can get one child out of the millions who participate to exercise on a daily basis, the event is a huge success.”  Currently, the program is organized by Len and HJ Saunders, President of the Youth Fitness Coalition.

Since its start, millions of children from all over the world have exercised together to promote proper health and fitness habits. With the obesity epidemic facing the youth of the world, children’s fitness plays a major role in fighting the number one preventable killer in the United States, heart disease. Project ACES hopes to address these issues with its big event each May, as well as schools that participate in daily Project ACES Clubs throughout the year while promoting a healthier lifestyle for children and their families.

Heart disease is still the number one killer in the United States, and Project ACES is working every year to fight this preventable disease. Those interested in registering for the event or wish to show their support are encouraged to visit ProjectACES.com for more information.

To sign up, click here.

Why It’s important To Keep Your Children Hydrated In The Summer

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By James Helliwell

waterIf you’re a parent, chances are you’ll let your kids play outside in the warm weather this coming summer. Paddling pools, swimming pools and ice lollies will be a common theme I imagine, but there’s one aspect of summer that’s a common theme that parents certainly don’t won’t; and that’s children becoming dehydrated. It can often happen because young children aren’t as aware of staying hydrated as adults are and this can lead to unwanted symptoms because of their lack of water intake? So why is it important to stay hydrated and how can we encourage our children to drink more water, especially when it’s scorching weather outside?

Why do we need to keep our children hydrated?

First of all, water makes up around 75% of our body make up and found in the inside of cells inside us. Therefore it’s essential that children take on plenty of water because its plays a vital part in keeping together cell structure and has a massive influence on waste removal from their body. Another useful feature of water in the body is that helps to distribute nutrients all throughout and also helps to keep body temperature at the optimum level. Both of these are so important for young children so encouraging them to drink little and often is probably the best way of doing it.

How can we encourage our children to drink more?

There’s a few good ways of encouraging children to drink more and to be honest, none of them are that scientific! Always keep a water bottle close by so they can take regular sips if they’re feeling slightly parched. Ice lollies are a good way of giving them some extra fluids as well but be careful not to overdo it as they can often contain sugary flavors and additives that might make them a bit more hyperactive then usual! Another good way is to get a bottled water cooler or a smaller alternative installed in your house so they can go and get fresh ice cold drinking water when they want to. Maybe even add a touch of orange squash to the water to give it a touch more flavour! Again, as with the ice lollies, don’t add too much squash to the mixture as it often contains additives that you probably wouldn’t want to give to your children on an hourly basis.

Children Reach New Heights With Adaptive Climbing Walls

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Adaptive climbing walls help children of all abilities improve physical fitness and feel successful.

kidsjumpingAn Everlast Climbing Adaptive Climbing Wall was installed at Lincoln Elementary School in Pryor, Okla. to enable students in the special education program to conquer the climbing wall right alongside their typically developing classmates.

“We felt we needed to do it for our students in special education so they could feel that they could do things all the other children do,” says Laura Holloway, physical education teacher and director of health and wellness for the Pryor School District. “When they see themselves going across it, in their minds, they are just as equal as everyone else.”

“Seeing those students do an activity they might not normally get to partake in is really great,” she adds. “The children feel that success and tell their teacher they did it with smiles on their faces. They want to do it again and again.”

The Adaptive Climbing Wall features grab-bar style hand holds and ledge-style foot holds to provide stability and extra support for children with physical disabilities. The wall also features other color-coded Groperz hand holds designed just for children that offer additional variety and levels of challenge. Green climbing holds are the largest and easiest to grab. The yellow holds are a little harder and the red holds are the smallest and most challenging. The climbing wall also has a dry-erase surface that can be written on and accepts magnets to provide learning opportunities for children with cognitive or communicative disabilities.

“Our Adaptive Climbing Wall is perfect for adapted or inclusive physical education, occupational therapy and physical therapy because it provides opportunities to simultaneously develop muscle strength, balance, body awareness, motor planning and more,” said Mertyce Mrvos, Coordinator of Programs & Partnerships for Everlast Climbing. “And it’s also really fun, so children want to do it. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

At Lincoln Elementary School, students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade use the Adaptive Climbing Wall during physical education classes, working on improving balance and decision-making and building upper body strength and self-esteem.

“There’s a lot more to it than climbing,” says Holloway. “It’s as much a brain challenge as it is anything else. You have to process things as you are going across, like which rocks would be better to grab. You can also have your students do math, or make sentences, as they’re climbing across.”

One of the school’s goals is to use the wall, which was purchased through a federal Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant, for an after-school climbing club.

“I think it reaches kids that don’t always find their place,” she says. “Maybe they’re not your sports kid, or your band kid. A child who is not connected to anything else can feel success in doing this.”

The Adaptive Climbing Wall at The Pediatric Place in Libertyville, Ill., adds an element of fun for children receiving physical, occupational and speech therapy, according to Myla Teemer, PT, clinic director.

“It’s something different. It does not look like exercise,” Teemer says.

The Pediatric Place serves children with neurologic and orthopedic conditions, sensory disorders and fine motor deficits, speech and language disorders, and feeding disorders. Many have coordination deficits and muscle weakness.

groupkids“There are a lot of benefits to the wall: Strengthening, increasing range of movement, enhancing motor planning, improving body awareness,” Teemer says.

Teemer added that the size of the wall make it less intimidating for children at the clinic, most of whom are 6 years old and younger. The wall measures 8 feet by 8 feet.

“We have a few kids that are either weak, have low tone, or have postural insecurities that meant in the beginning it was a whole clinic production for them to climb the wall. We had to call the parents and or another therapist for added reassurance,” she notes. “So we asked the kids to just do the first level of rocks and start from there. It seems like when they complete that first level, they gain confidence and are more willing to complete to the top.”

For added incentive, therapists often put toys or other treats on the top climbing holds for children to retrieve.

“They have big smiles on their faces, especially when they reach the top,” Teemer says. “Parents almost always take pictures or video of the kids while climbing or when they reach the top.”

Children’s Hunger Fund Reports Over 22 Million Meals Distributed To Children

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This article is courtesy of PRWeb. What are your thoughts? Please share in the comments section below…..

applevectorsmallChildren’s Hunger Fund reports that in 2014 they delivered over 22 million meals to hungry kids in the US and around the world – a new record in the charity’s 24-year history. Not content with that record breaking number, Children’s Hunger Fund has launched a new initiative, ‘Think Inside the Box” which aims to deliver 25 million meals to suffering families in 2015.

“We are so grateful to our supporters, corporate donors, churches, and volunteers who enabled us to distribute such an extraordinary amount of meals to children in crisis. We are humbled by their generosity and sacrifice,” says Dave Phillips, President and Founder of Children’s Hunger Fund.

Children’s Hunger Fund uses a unique method of distribution to get the food and other aid to hurting families. The Food Pak box contains about 20 pounds of non-perishable food, which will create about 48 meals for a family. This food is packed by volunteers (over 25,000 in 2014) who serve at Children’s Hunger Fund’s Distribution Centers in Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Chicago. Food Pak boxes are then hand delivered to needy families by trained volunteers from churches within the families’ own communities, both in the U.S. and in cities around the world.

Children’s Hunger Fund calls the initiative ‘Think Inside the Box’ because food is not the only component found inside the box. Intangibles like hope, love and faith are the built-in components that lead to change lives.

“One aspect of ‘Think Inside the Box’ that I find compelling is that a meal can be sent for only 25 cents,” continues Dave Phillips. “This creates an easy opportunity for American kids and families to reach out and help hungry children. Just 1 dollar sends 4 meals ”

For almost 25 years, Children’s Hunger Fund has delivered over $1 billion in food and other aid to kids across America and around the world. This is done with a lifetime average of 99% efficiency because of corporate donors and willing volunteers.

More information and how to get involved is available at ChildrensHungerFund.org/THINK.

About Children’s Hunger Fund

Children’s Hunger Fund was founded 24 years ago in Los Angeles to serve needy children. Since then, 99% of total contributions—over 1 billion dollars in food and other aid—has been distributed through programs serving more than 20 million children across America and 72 countries around the world. Over 25,000 volunteers are utilized each year to maximize their reach and impact while minimizing overhead. Children’s Hunger Fund strives to operate with total financial integrity and efficiency and is listed by CharityNavigator.org, MinistryWatch.org and Forbes.com as one of the most cost-effective charities in the nation. More info can be found at ChildrensHungerFund.org.

5 Tips Of Preventing Children From Electronic Damage

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This article is courtesy of PRWeb, please share your comments below…..

kidsIn a world where technology keeps developing more over time, what can parents do to protect their children from the proven screen damage?

A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), http://www.jama.jamanetwork.com found that the more television a child is exposed to at 29 months, the more likely he or she is to have problems in school and poor health behaviors.

JAMA reported that each additional hour of television a toddler watches can potentially result in a seven percent unit decrease in classroom engagement and a thirteen percent unit decrease in weekly physical activity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov), children today are three times more likely to be considered obese than they were just a generation ago. Children now spend more time with the media than they do with their family, in school, or sleeping.

In addition, kids who spend more time with media devices reportedly have a lower risk of personal contentment, and have a tendency to get in trouble more often. They also reported feeling more sad or bored than their non-media-obsessed counterparts.

In what ways can parents supervise kids’ electronic use without pushing them to crave it more? Here are 5 simple ways of reducing the amount spent online or in front of the TV:

· No TV in the bedroom – Children need to learn to associate their beds with sleep and nothing else. As long as there is a TV, iPad, or any other electronic device in the room, they would be tempted to get on it before sleep, become restless and miss out on essential and early sleep that they need in order to function fully the next morning.

· Limit the screen time – Reducing the screen time to up to 2 hours per day quality time would keep children content and leave them enough time for other activities.

· Control the Internet content – We can all find some useful contents online, so why not take advantage and direct our children to the right kind of web sites or games that would develop their skills and broaden their knowledge? Using the kids’ curiosity is a great way to get them interested in learning new things.

· Sign them up for lessons and outdoor activities – The more time a child spends outdoors interacting with other children and becomes passionate about a new hobby, the less he or she would feel the need or desire to go online all the time.

· Don’t forbid and create rules – The more controlled and limited children feel, the more they would not listen and try to secretly do what they want on purpose. Not setting obvious rules and forbidding games would be more beneficial than creating boundaries and it gives parents the chance to make the experience more knowledge-worthy and keep the time-frame short.

It is impossible to completely limit or eliminate the excitement children get from the electronic world, but as long as the quality is more valuable and time is reduced to minimum, children would be able to only get the best out of this world and won’t forget that the social interaction is more important than any virtual world.

References:

http://www.allaboutvision.com

http://www.babycenter.com

http://health.usnews.com

http://life.familyeducation.com

Diagnosing ADHD In Children: When Is the Right Time?

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An interesting article courtesy of PRWeb, written by ADHD specialist Dr. Ashley Gorman. What are your thoughts, please share in the comments section below…..

groupkidswbgAccording to ADHD specialist Dr. Ashley Gorman, the keys to an accurate diagnosis are the extent of the symptoms and their duration. Are these behaviors interfering with your child’s ability to function at home and at school and how long have they been present?

Is your child unable to sit still at the dinner table? Daydreaming in class? Having trouble following instructions? Interrupting others and blurting out inappropriate comments? These are all normal behaviors in children. They might also be signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). How do you know? If you have the nagging suspicion that it might be ADHD, when is the right time to have your child tested? “All children exhibit the behaviors that characterize ADHD some of the time,” says ADHD specialist Dr. Ashley Gorman of Morris Psychological Group. “The keys to an accurate diagnosis are the extent of the symptoms and their duration. Are these behaviors interfering with your child’s ability to function at home and at school? How long have they been present?”

ADHD, one of the most common childhood brain disorders, is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, which are also hallmarks of normal childhood behavior. Even when the behavior is severe, the diagnosis may be missed. Not all children exhibit all three behaviors and children who are primarily inattentive, for example, are sometimes not flagged for ADHD evaluation because they tend to sit quietly and not be disruptive. The prototypical “off the wall” behavior is more easily identified but the child may be thought to be lacking discipline or simply be “high-spirited.” Conversely, normal childhood behaviors – getting distracted, acting impulsively, or having trouble concentrating – can be mistaken for symptoms of ADHD.

“Signs of ADHD often show up between the ages of three and six,” says Dr. Gorman, “but diagnosis is difficult at that age. Children mature at different rates and delays in language development, for example, may cause frustration that looks like ADHD. Also, other medical and psychological conditions, learning disabilities or major life changes might cause behaviors that mimic ADHD. By around age seven, a qualified professional can generally confirm or rule out a diagnosis.” While there is no single test that definitely identifies ADHD, a clinical psychologist or other specialist will examine a combination of factors to formulate a diagnosis – a complete medical history and exam, interviews or questionnaires for parents, teachers and others who interact regularly with the child, and possibly an ADHD rating scale that helps collect and evaluate information.

Tips for parents: Signs and symptoms

The child who is inattentive…seems not to be paying attention even when spoken to directly, makes careless mistakes, loses things, has difficulty completing a task, is easily distracted, has trouble following instructions and staying organized, is forgetful.

The child who is hyperactive…runs around at inappropriate times, fidgets and squirms when forced to sit, seems to be in constant motion, talks nonstop, has trouble with quiet tasks, has a volatile temper.

The child who is impulsive…interrupts, blurts out answers without waiting to be called on, can’t wait his or her turn, acts without thinking, intrudes on others’ activities, overreacts emotionally.

Tips for parents: When to seek help

“All children will exhibit some of these behaviors once in a while or for short periods,” says Dr. Gorman. “And while most parents don’t want to be alarmist or subject their child to unnecessary examination and testing, it’s important to recognize that if the child does have ADHD, early intervention can forestall problems as he or she matures and is exposed to more complex social and educational situations.” Dr. Gorman suggests the following guidelines for parents considering seeking help:

* Are the symptoms consistent across all settings – home, school and play? If the behavior is exhibited in only one environment, chances are something other than ADHD is causing it.

* How long have the symptoms been present? A persistent pattern of behavior for six months or more is generally a criterion for a positive diagnosis.

* How severe are the symptoms? Are they negatively affecting the child at home, at play or at school? Is he or she falling behind academically? Isolated socially? The impact on a child’s life is the most important consideration in seeking an evaluation.

“There is no cure for ADHD,” says Dr. Gorman. “but it is treatable. The family pediatrician can usually recommend a qualified mental health professional who can perform a complete evaluation and recommend a course of treatment. Often a combination of medication and behavioral management is the most effective way to reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Some children grow out of ADHD and for some, it continues into adulthood. But at any age appropriate treatment and support can enable those with ADHD to reach their full potential.”

Ashley Gorman, PhD., A.B.P.P., specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of a wide range of cognitive problems.

Morris Psychological Group, P.A. offers a wide range of therapy and evaluation services to adults, children and adolescents. http://www.morrispsych.com

Cough Battles With Your Children

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Submitted by Angela Zito

temperturefaceThere it goes again…and again…and again. It is the sound that grates on your nerves at the same time it rips out your heart: your child’s cough. But, it may be trying to tell you something—if only you’ll listen.

Daniel McGee, MD, pediatric hospitalist at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, shares five telltale cough sounds that offer clues on what may be ailing your child:

Barking: It may be croup. Croup is a viral illness that causes swelling and inflammation of the vocal cords. The cough sounds like a bark, and may also be accompanied by stridor—a harsh, high-pitched wheeze—when breathing in.

Hear it: http://www.parents.com/videos/v/61652000/child-with-croup.htm

Whooping: It may be pertussis. Commonly known as whooping cough, pertussis is a contagious respiratory illness. It can cause coughing fits in which children are forced to inhale with a loud “whooping” sound as they gasp for breath.

Hear it: http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/pubs-tools/audio-video.html

Staccato: A repetitive cough with short, staccato sounds is a characteristic sign of the lung infection chlamydial pneumonia, especially in infants.

Dry: A persistent, dry cough may be a symptom of asthma, a disease affecting the lungs.

Wet: The common cold often produces a wet, productive-sounding cough with mucus or phlegm behind it.

Dr. McGee advises caregivers to resist the temptation to medicate children with a cough suppressant. Doing so, he warns, may do more harm than good in most cases. However, if your child has had a persistent cough for a week or more, don’t write it off as the common cold. Dr. McGee suggest to make an appointment with a pediatrician to determine if something else is going on, especially if your child appears ill and is working hard to breathe.

How To Cut Orthodontic Braces Time In Half For Adults And Children

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Submitted by Dr. Michael Stosich

dentistIs it possible for both children and adults to cut the time spent wearing braces by half?

It seems it would be easier for children to lessen the time spent in braces than that of adults: Is it?

Dr. Michael Stosich with iDentity Orthodontics believes in covering all the bases with his patients from initial consultation to post-braces removal and care. The cornerstone of his orthodontic practice was set with the principles of educating his patients, caring for his patients, and providing the best possible services available to them.

He carefully listens to your concerns and takes time with you to ensure you are comfortable with the treatment, and that you fully understand his role (and yours) throughout your professional relationship. Dr. Stosich will not be put off by questions—in fact, he welcomes them and acknowledges that this is the best way to feel comfortable and confident in choosing him as your orthodontist.

When it comes to asking questions about wearing braces, it’s true that children’s bones are not fully developed until around the age of 18; teeth are more easily moved through the application of braces due to that fact. However, it is still possible to lessen time in braces for adults of any age, as well. Each individual will have his or her own set of circumstances which Dr. Stosich will address with you, and this will determine the length of time needed to correct your specific problems.

Orthodontic treatment in many cases consists of brackets, wire, and elastics which exert gentle forces on teeth to move in a certain direction to straighten teeth and to correct an occlusion. Most people want the process to be over as soon as possible, and by following the very specific plan designed by Dr. Stosich, results can be achieved faster than you think.

As a children’s and adult orthodontist, Dr. Stosich and his staff will be glad to share important information with you on how to cut braces wear time if you will just follow some very basic instructions:

• Always keep your appointments
• Brush after every meal and floss daily
• Do not eat foods or drink beverages that can harm your braces or get trapped in them
• Wear your elastics (if applicable) at all times and do not be tempted to remove them
• If you are wearing Invisalign braces, keep them on for the proper amount of time each day

As a republe orthodontist, Dr. Michael Stosich with iDentity Orthodontics in the Grayslake and Kenilworth, Illinois areas can provide you with all the information you need for your child’s orthodontic treatment or for ortho treatment for adults. Dr. Stosich believes a good smile is a lifetime investment. He says, “Smiles are like diamonds: they last forever.”

He also believes that taking time to do the research it takes to find a good orthodontist for yourself or for your family should be a priority. Set up a consult appointment and make sure all of your questions are answered. Although everyone wants braces wear time to be as short as possible, when it comes to having straight, healthy teeth, there is no magic wand and your orthodontist will be your best guide for your particular set of needs.

Fact is, the best results take time, and they are usually worth waiting for, but you can shorten it by working with Dr. Stosich and his staff. Once your braces are removed, you will still need to plan on visiting iDentity Orthodontics to ensure your newly straightened teeth will remain straight. You will be fitted with a retainer, and will be wearing the retainer for as long as recommended.

– Dr. Michael Stosich, who has served the Grayslake community for many years, has recently opened his second office in Wilmette/Kenilworth area. Dr. Stosich and his staff at iDentity Orthodontics look forward to helping you to have a better life and a healthier, happier smile through good orthodontics. To learn more about Dr. Stosich or to schedule a complimentary consultation visit iDentity Orthodontics.