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Caring for Your Child’s Eyes

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A child’s eye health may be easy to overlook, but preventative care can have a lifelong impact. Photo: American Ratings Corporation (2016)

with Dr. Thomas Aller, president of Dr. Thomas A. Aller Optometrist, Inc.

Hygiene, nutrition, physical safety, emotional well-being…there are a lot of things to think about when raising young children, which is why parents often find themselves prioritizing immediate concerns over less pressing ones. One common instance of the latter is eye health—after all, except for severe instances, vision problems are rarely ostensibly apparent, which makes it easy for them to go unnoticed. However, the furtive character of such problems makes it all the more crucial for parents to give some foresight to their children’s optical health. Continue reading “Caring for Your Child’s Eyes” »

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Caring for Your Child’s Dental Health

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Set your child up for healthy habits in the future by fostering an early awareness of proper dental hygiene. Photo: American Ratings Corporation (2016)

You’re likely aware of the importance of dental health, but you probably didn’t start out that way. After all, knowledge of proper oral hygiene isn’t innate; rather, it’s something that’s instilled in us over time, beginning from a young age. So, in order to set the stage for long-term dental health, parents of young children need to be proactive about teaching healthy habits early. Here’s a brief overview of how to care for your child’s dental health throughout the seminal phases of childhood:

Infancy
Dental care begins at birth. Even before teeth begin to come in, dentists recommend cleaning an infant’s gums with a wet washcloth or gauze pad following each feeding. Continue reading “Caring for Your Child’s Dental Health” »

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Flash Flooding: Stay Safe

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Please stay safe in the event of a flash flood. Photo: American Ratings Corporation, 2015

We’re grateful that El Niño conditions are finally beginning to arrive in the Bay Area. However, you should be aware that when rain meets drought-hardened earth, the likelihood of flash flooding increases exponentially. Being informed is the best way to stay safe this rainy season. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), most flash floods happen as a result of heavy localized rainfall. These floods can become raging torrents of fast-moving water that rip through river beds, city streets and valleys, sweeping everything with them. Continue reading “Flash Flooding: Stay Safe” »

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Spinal Destination: The Rise of Chiropractic

As time goes on, more people are viewing chiropractic therapy as a viable alternative to conventional medical treatment. Photo: Springtown Wellness Center – Jag Dhesi, D.C. (2015)

As time goes on, more people are viewing chiropractic therapy as a viable alternative to conventional medical treatment. Photo: Springtown Wellness Center – Jag Dhesi, D.C. (2015)

More than 120 years since its inception, chiropractic treatment has finally come into its own as a health care alternative, having gained widespread acceptance by professionals and patients alike. According to Dr. Jag Dhesi, owner of Springtown Wellness Center in Livermore, more people than ever are turning to chiropractic treatment because they’re attracted by its attestable results and natural, non-invasive character. “There are few instances in health care where a patient comes into an appointment wincing with pain and walks out pain-free—especially without any kind of injection, pill or surgical procedure,” he says. “However, with chiropractic, that’s often the case.” Continue reading “Spinal Destination: The Rise of Chiropractic” »

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Learning About Your Orthodontic Options

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Whether you’re considering braces for your child or yourself, make sure you know the full extent of your options. Photo: Braces for Pretty Faces (2015)

Whether they proactively address dental problems in adolescence or correct them later in life, braces are one of the most effective methods for improving the appearance and functionality of your teeth. If you’re considering braces for your child or yourself, make sure you know the different styles available and the pros and cons of each.

Metal braces
Stainless steel braces are the most basic style, but they’re also the most functional and economical. If you find the prospect of conspicuous metal brackets off-putting, keep in mind that modern brackets are smaller and less prominent than the ones you may have worn in your childhood. Also, for children, the choice of colored bands offers a fun opportunity for self-expression. Continue reading “Learning About Your Orthodontic Options” »

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Diamond Certified Experts: Dental Tips

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From orthodontics to cosmetic and restorative dentistry, today’s dental industry encompasses a wide variety of specialization. Photo: Isaac Lin, DDS (2015)

Most of us would like to think maintaining good oral health is as simple as brushing and flossing, but in reality, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. The true complexity of the matter is reflected in the wide range of specialization comprising today’s dental industry, from orthodontics to cosmetic and restorative dentistry. When it comes to navigating such a diverse domain, a little helpful expertise can go a long way, which is why we’ve compiled this sampling of useful tips and essential practices from six Diamond Certified Expert Contributors.

1. Floss first, brush last: Dr. Isaac Lin of Isaac Lin, DDS
To maximize the effectiveness of brushing, make it the final step of your oral hygiene routine. Always floss before you brush—it’ll remove food particles from the spaces between your teeth and allow for better brushing coverage. If you use mouthwash, do so in between flossing and brushing. Ideally, there should be a small amount of toothpaste in your saliva when you go to bed, which will allow its effects to extend beyond the bathroom. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Dental Tips” »

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How to Have the Wedding You Want

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Congratulations, you’re getting married! Now it’s time to get to work.

Unless you’re headed to the courthouse, weddings are complicated events. Maybe you spent your childhood dreaming of tulle, or maybe you’ve never really thought about it before. Either way, it’s important to start your planning process off right. Before you start selecting cake fillings and dress colors, use the information below to help you understand what you really want out of your wedding day—and how to turn those wants into reality. Continue reading “How to Have the Wedding You Want” »

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Podiatry Overview: Q&A with Dr. Michael J. Cornelison

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Dr. Michael J. Cornelison is owner of Cupertino Podiatry Inc., a Diamond Certified practice since 2006. Photo: Cupertino Podiatry Inc. (2015)

As owner of Cupertino Podiatry Inc., Dr. Michael J. Cornelison has been serving patients in Santa Clara County for more than 15 years. We took a few minutes to speak with Dr. Cornelison to learn more about his field of expertise and gain some helpful knowledge. Here’s the interview:

Q: What is a podiatrist, exactly?
A: A podiatrist, also known as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), is a health care specialist who deals exclusively with problems pertaining to the foot and ankle, including injuries, diseases and disorders.

Q: Can a podiatrist do things like prescribe medications or perform surgery?
A: Yes. We can prescribe medications for pain, infections and other issues, and we’re able to perform surgical procedures to correct deformities and treat injuries like bone fractures. In addition to treating patients at a private practice, we can visit and treat them at a hospital, if needed. Continue reading “Podiatry Overview: Q&A with Dr. Michael J. Cornelison” »

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Industry Overview: Optometry 101

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If you’re concerned about maintaining healthy vision, it’s helpful to familiarize yourself with the basics of vision care.

Due to its characteristic complexity, the vision care field can be confusing for the uninitiated, so it’s a good idea to gain some familiarity prior to seeking professional services. In this article, we cover some of the basics, from key industry terms to frequently asked questions.

Optometrist, Ophthalmologist, Optician: Differentiating Designations

Optometrists are doctors of optometry who can examine eyes for diseases and vision problems, fit people with glasses and contact lenses, prescribe medications, and provide pre- and post-operative eye surgery care. Continue reading “Industry Overview: Optometry 101” »

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Beyond the Brush: 8 Oral Hygiene Hacks

When it comes to oral hygiene, brushing and flossing are the just tip of the iceberg. Photo: Richmond Neighborhood Family Dental (2015)

When it comes to oral hygiene, brushing and flossing are the just tip of the iceberg. Photo: Richmond Neighborhood Family Dental (2015)

From early childhood, the merits of a daily oral hygiene routine are so thoroughly ingrained in our minds that, for most of us, they’ve practically become second nature. However, while brushing and flossing remain the major pillars of dental hygiene, few people are aware that there are a number of additional ways to supplement these standard steps. Read on to learn about eight tips and tricks for a healthier mouth.

1. Rinse with water immediately following a meal. When food particles remain in the mouth, oral bacteria acts upon them to produce acids, which is the root cause of problems like cavities and gum disease. Rinsing with water directly after eating will help remove food residue and prevent bacterial growth. To maximize the effectiveness of rinsing, repeat three times and swish thoroughly to ensure contact with all of your teeth. Continue reading “Beyond the Brush: 8 Oral Hygiene Hacks” »

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