Orthodontics Combines Health and Good Looks

Orthodontics Combines Health and Good Looks

Family Dental Care: Helping everyone.

When I was younger, I used to think that braces were only about looks. I thought that braces were tools used to make your teeth straight and neat-looking. But as I got older, I began to realize that it is far more complicated than that. Braces are also about health. And there are ways that bad teeth can harm you, more than just your image. You want your teeth to fit together neatly. Your teeth are like little gears that fit together neatly. When they do, you are able to chew effectively but you are also able to speak more clearly. People sometimes forget that speech has more to do with the tongue than other parts of the mouth. If the tongue is crowded by misplaced teeth, then you child could develop speech patterns indicative of a speech impediment. But problems can be even more severe. Some people end up needed surgery on their jaws. There can be deeper problems related to the jawbone that needs adjustment. Left untreated, these can produce agonizing migraines and other problems. If you are having migraines, you first guess might not be that it has to do with your jaw. The first person you see would probably not be an orthodontist. And yet these are the far reaching problems that a lack of orthodontic care can produce. On the other hand, who are we kidding? It is also very much about aesthetics, as well. We want straight looking teeth that are neat and beautiful. We could say that straight teeth are the epiphenomenon of dental care. Like a lack of bad breath from using mouthwash is just the indirect consequence of killing all of the germs, we could also say that straight beautiful teeth is just the after-effect of straight, properly functioning teeth. But I think that this would be somewhat disingenuous. Good looking teeth is a lot of people’s primary goal, which is fine. As long as they have proper dental health, what does it matter? And there are ways that you can have a great smile while you still have your braces on. Invisalign braces are all the rage right now. They are transparent braces.orthodontics No one will even know that you are wearing them. Invisalign braces are great for adults that do not feel comfortable donning the trappings of a junior high student. They will feel great, look great, and you will be well on your way to a beautiful smile and good dental health. Orthodontics combines both of those in one swift motion. Because of this, you do not have to choose. It is not always the case, but braces are an instance in which the thing that makes you look good is also the best thing for you. This point can be overstated in other fields, like exercise. You can certainly over-do it with exercise. But with braces, a beautiful smile is an indication of a healthy smile. So go take your kid down to the orthodontist’s office and get an inspection today.

Like Invisalign, Orthodontics Technology Is Changing

Family Dental Care: Helping everyone.

What must it have been like to be an orthodontics patient in the late 19th century or the early 20th century? Sometimes, I have the tendency to idealize the past as rustic and idyllic, but I am less inclined to do so when I think about early American orthodontists. We have certainly come a long way in terms of our orthodontics technology. Not only does this make the process more comfortable and less prone to injury or medical mistakes, I have to imagine that it makes the entire process more effective. So there is no reason not to harness the advantages of our modern era. While there may be some virtue in adhering to tried and true methods, there is also virtue in not fearing technology and novelty.invisalign clear braces

Consider invisalign braces.

These are transparent braces. They are hard to see, and they save teens and adults alike from the embarrassment of those big, gaudy metal braces crammed into our mouth. Furthermore, you do not have to adhere to any dietary restrictions. That means that you can eat popcorn, caramel, gum, and all of the other things that are normally prohibited by the normal braces of brackets and wires. The best part of invisalign braces, in my humble opinion, is that they do not scratch your mouth. These braces look like small mouth guards. They set right over the faces of your teeth. There are no pointy edges of brackets. When I had my braces, the worst part was the scratches to the inside of my cheeks or my gums. These scratches would sometimes turn into canker sores. Then the brackets would continue to exacerbate the sore. It was as bad as it sounded. Invisalign braces completely sidestep this feature of orthodontics. orthodntics - invisalign braces

So these braces do not hurt your mouth, let you eat whatever you want, and they are invisible so that you do not have to declare to the world at large that you are wearing braces. It must be too good to be true. They must not work properly. They must take considerably longer than brackets and wire braces, right? Nope. They work just as well. It is not a trick. It is just a technological advancement. I notice in older generations the tendency to think that a certain level of discomfort or effort is necessary for something to be good. This can preclude them from taking advantage of the tools at their disposal. Orthodontics is just the same. We have just come a long way. Can you imagine if we transported an orthodontist from the year 1890 to the present day and showed him our brackets and wire braces? He might also think that it were just a trick or a charlatan sham. We would also think that he is naïve. It is exciting to think of the possibilities for medical technology in the future. And this extends beyond just orthodontics. Orthodontics, however, will also be on the receiving end of these innovations. Invisalign is just one example of how technology innovation has made dental health easier to achieve.orthodontists

Tree Service

Tree Service

Tree and Shrub Removal

Certain circumstances require removal of your shrubs and plants. This can be a stressful situation and we want you to relax while we take care of all of your removal needs. It is critical to utilize care and precaution when surveying a tree or shrub removal. We work hard to ensure the safety of people and property. San Antonio Tree Service will work hard so no harm will come to your home, buildings, or other plants. We employ an experienced team who understand the delicate situation in each tree or shrub removal job. We wants you to relax and trust us with the job you have given us.tree services

Hazardous Tree Removal

Hazardous tree removal is one of the most stressful situations for any home or business owner. Preparation is key when protecting your property and family from a hazardous tree. You can trust us to provide the safest removal of the tree possible. We work hard to help you in this time of need. We work effectively and quickly to remedy and remove these obstacles from your home and property. Safety is key for not only your possessions, but also for our employees. Our employees are trained to approach your hazardous tree removal cautiously and work safely.

Tree Pruning Service

Tree pruning can be a delicate procedure. Shrubs and trees may need to be considered with an understanding of the tree and plant structure. We understand how to employ the entire aesthetic of your plants, to ensure a cohesive pruning for your trees and shrubs. Many aspects must be taken into account when beginning a pruning service. The plan structure, biology, and physiology all make a difference when developing your plant life. Many times the types of plants, perennials and annuals all need to be considered while pruning your larger shrubs and trees. Pruning and trimming should take place whenever there are loose branches, but our Tree Service understands the dormant seasons and how to preserve the health and sap loss.

Tree Trimming Service

Our Tree Service provides its value with committed and experienced individuals who we employ to trim your trees. Commercial and residential tree and plant care is available throughout the San Antonio and Greater San Antonio areas. We employ the latest techniques and quality tools to provide you with the best tree trimming results. Whether your tree is small or large, we understand the appropriate method to ensure the health of your tree, while getting the job done!

Tree and Stump Grinding and Removal

In the unfortunate situation that your tree may need to be completely removed, you must also realize that there is a stump to be removed as well. These unsightly tree stumps can be removed no matter how large or small the tree was. We employ power stump grinders to make mulch and wood chips out of the existing stump. Our Tree Service can grind the stump down to an appropriate level, as deep as 6 to 16 inches. Let us help the aesthetics and design of your residential or commercial lawn, by removing the left over stumps of fallen or dead trees.tree stump removal san antonio

Emergency Tree and Branch Removal

In the event of an emergency, contact our Tree Service. We understand the importance of a quick removal of these hazardous trees and limbs. If you have experienced this situation due to weather or accidents, contact us and we will be able to provide you with the piece of mind needed during this traumatic experience. Do not leave trees or branches in unstable conditions. Call our experienced staff as quickly as possible so we can begin this process fast and safely. Fallen trees are a safety concern in any situation and we pride ourselves on promoting safety and health with all of your trees.

Tree Preservation Service

When adding or redeveloping your home or business, trauma can take place with your trees and surrounding plant life. Our Tree Service can provide a consultation on the appropriate action with plant life. We can advise on how to preserve and minimize the amount of damage done to the important trees and shrubs in your existing home or business. We do not want you to feel like you must remove all plants or trees when developing new buildings. Many times the investigation into your plants is key to planning a new building project. Let us provide our experience and knowledge to you and your building team. We are proud to help you ensure the well being of existing trees and plants.

Shaping

Trees can be relatively easy to control. With the knowledge and experience in Tree Service, we can instruct and develop your tree to grow and shape as you would like. Based on the type of tree and placement, usually there are a few different options for shaping. We can provide you with the umbrella shape of street trees, to reduce the crown. We also provide shrub and hedge shaping. There is a certain art to providing the trees and shrubs with a loose and bright appearance, while keeping them healthy. If started early on, many trees can be controlled to follow a direct line. We suggest that you consult with our professionals when planting new trees and beginning a shaping process.

Organic Lawn Care

Organic Lawn Care

Elise Craig lives in a garden apartment in Portland, Oregon, where children roll in the grass and run barefoot across lawns in the summer light. A year ago, she realized that whenever the landlord spread lawn-care chemicals on the grass, her six-year-old son, Michael, lost bowel and bladder control for weeks afterward.

“Michael’s symptoms came back every time they treated the lawn,” says Craig. “They told us it was safe after a day, so I kept him off the grass for a week or two. Michael still got sick. We were ultimately successful in organizing our community to go organic, but we are about to move, and I may face this battle in our new home with new neighbors.”

In Portland, where Craig organized teams of weed-pulling parents at her son’s school (with help from a principal who’s an organic farmer), the city has put up billboards that say, “Is Your Lawn Chemical-Free? Maybe It Should Be.”

Each year, Americans apply more than 80 million pounds of chemical products–including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides–to their lawns and gardens.

Homeowners often don’t realize the myriad health hazards associated with lawn-care pesticides sold under such innocuous names as Weed & Feed and Bug-B-Gon. These products contain pesticides such as 2,4-D (linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) and MCPP (associated with soft-tissue cancers).

People think the government would warn them if these widely sold chemicals were known to damage their nervous systems, harm fetuses or give them cancer. None of these long-term adverse health effects are required by law to be listed on product labels.

“Forty years ago, in the enormously praised and fiercely criticized book Silent Spring, Rachel Carson demonstrated the dangers of pesticides,” says H. Patricia Hynes, director of the Urban Environmental Health Initiative at Boston University and author of The Recurring Silent Spring. “Lawn chemical usage has nearly doubled since 1964.”

Pesticides used solely on lawns are not required to undergo the same rigorous testing for long-term health effects as those used on food. No federal studies have assessed the safety of lawn-care chemicals in combination, as most are sold. Because of industry lobbying, the identities of “inert ingredients” are protected as trade secrets under federal law. Pesticides may contain up to 99 percent inert ingredients, some of which are suspected carcinogens, while others are linked to nervous system disorders, liver and kidney damage and birth defects.

“More than 90 percent of pesticides and inert ingredients are never tested for their effects on developing nervous systems,” says John Wargo, director of the Yale Center for Children’s Environmental Health and author of Risks from Lawn-Care Pesticides, a report from Environment and Human Health. “Children are more affected by exposure to such chemicals because they are smaller and their organs are not mature.”

Wargo adds, “Streams and groundwater in the Midwest are contaminated with atrazine, a widely used herbicide linked to sexual mutations in fish and amphibians. Is this the price we pay for green lawns?”

The Natural Resources Defense Council is suing the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to protect the public from environmental and health threats posed by atrazine, which is banned by the European Union. “Atrazine poses a serious cancer risk for millions of Americans,” says Jay Feldman, director of Beyond Pesticides. “Companies, federal and state regulators downplay the hazards of commonly used pesticides.”lawn care

Steps To Pesticide Freedom
Try “natural” alternatives. Chrysanthemum-derived pesticides, diatomaceous earth and boric acid are sold in garden centers. SharpShooter (citric acid) is an effective insecticide. Or make your own solution of three to six tablespoons of dishwashing soap (without degreaser) per gallon of water.

Squirt weeds. Instead of RoundUp, use BurnOut (lemon juice and vinegar) to kill weeds along walkways. And what’s so terrible about clover anyway?

Get rid of grubs. Beneficial nematodes and milky spore kill them.

Choose native plants. Replace grass with ground covers or wildflowers.

Know your insects. Some bugs are beneficial. Ladybugs eat aphids; lacewings eat caterpillars; and praying mantises eat all insects (even each other).

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