We all know how hard it can be to get kids excited about veggies instead of French fries, outdoor activities instead of video games, and keeping their pearly whites, well, pearly. Ann Arbor Family asked medical experts in the area to help you help your kids to be healthy!
Wurtzel Family Dentistry
We all remember our parents forcing us to brush our teeth before going to bed; after consuming our fair share of candy, chocolate or whatever else was available in the pantry. Now it’s our turn to encourage our kids to take care of their mouths. Dr. Donald Wurtzel tells us why kids need to learn healthy dental habits early on.
How does dental hygiene affect one’s overall health?
“There’s a lot of data out there now regarding the link between cardiovascular disease and gum disease. If you have gum disease, you have an infection in your mouth that can enter your bloodstream and go through your whole body. Good dental hygiene is good for the overall health of the individual.”
How can parents motivate their children to take good care of their teeth?
“That’s tough. I really like the electric toothbrush, but it has to be a good one. Those dollar ones just don’t work well. Sonicare, Oral B make some very good electric toothbrushes. That may be something that may motivate them and they actually do a better job than manual toothbrushes…one of the reasons is people brush longer with an electric toothbrush. The average time a person brushes their teeth is 39 seconds or less with a manual brush. It’s the amount of time you leave the brush in your mouth that’s important.”
4554 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-971-2675
Affordable Vet Services of Ann Arbor
As if their friendly, furry faces are not enough, pets at home can have profound benefits for children. Caring for a pet teaches kids responsibility, compassion and it serves as a great source of physical and mental activity. Dr. Bill MacArthur explains why cuddly companions are important members of the family.
“Children often bond very tightly with pets—they give kids a sense of security in many instances or a friend that’s on their level. Children are under the direct supervision of their parents, as are the pets, so it’s kind of like a kindred spirit. Many times I see pets making children more relaxed. Also…I see parents giving the child responsibilities of feeding the pet or walking them; it gives the child an early sense of responsibility—they don’t want to let the pet down. I see lots of positive benefits of children having pets, from security, to a friend, to responsibility.”
2117 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor;
Nutritional Healing Center
A healthy diet is essential for a child’s overall health. And, unfortunately, when they’re not sitting at your dining room table, it’s hard to make sure they’re eating the right things. Dr. Darren Schmidt tells us how to encourage kids to make good choices for themselves.
“Once the parent has a healthier diet, the kids eat better. It all comes down to the parent…The ideal diet for a child is the same as an adult—plenty of healthy fat, organic meat, healthy vegetables, reduction of high carbohydrates such as bread or pasta; no junk food or very rarely. It’s funny, a child sometimes gets the worst food ever, but it shouldn’t be that way—they should get the best. The toughest cases are the child or the adult who is unwilling—there’s absolutely no success.”
3610 W. Liberty Rd., Ann Arbor;
Michigan Vein Care Specialists
Varicose veins, a symptom of Venous Disease, can be a serious problem for people in their adult years. Dr. Suzanne Jones discusses the misconceptions and preventative measures young adults can take to care for their bodies and legs.
“We are varicose vein specialists, and we also treat spider veins and ulcers – really anyone suffering from pain, heaviness, fatigue, cramping or swelling in their legs should be scheduling a visit to our office for an initial consultation with a vein specialist. It’s a very common misconception that varicose veins are a cosmetic issue– they are typically a symptom of an underlying vein disease known as Venous Reflux which means the valves in your veins no longer work properly causing the pooling of blood and the unsightly blue bulges you typically see with varicose veins.
There is no exercise that can fully prevent vein problems from developing or get rid of them once they appear. That being said, walking is great exercise for circulation. People who stand in one place or sit for prolonged periods of time tend to have blood and fluid pooling in their legs.
Many women develop vein problems during pregnancy. Often, the busyness of life with small children keeps women from taking care of themselves. Vein problems can easily be treated in our office in a short amount of time, avoiding potentially more serious complications. Our non-surgical treatments allow moms with young children to resume their busy schedules the same day.
Varicose veins are genetic. People who have a family history can take steps when they are young to stay active, maintain a healthy weight, and see a vein specialist early if any signs of varicose veins appear to prevent more serious problems.”
760 W Eisenhower Pkwy #200, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery
Having children is one of life’s biggest blessings. However, the unwanted problem areas around the chest and stomach area after pregnancy and breastfeeding, is not. Dr. Pramit Malhotra promises that the ideal you can be a reality.
What effects does breastfeeding have on female bodies? What are the procedures that can fix this?
“Breast feeding, as well as pregnancy, causes many changes in the female breast. Our patients most commonly are concerned about the loose skin or sagging in their breasts that gives a deflated look. There are several options to the reverse these changes including a breast lift or sometimes using a breast implant alone.”
Your practice does something called a “Mommy Makeover.”
What does this entail?
A “Mommy Makeover” is a combination of a tummy tuck and breast lift. These are often the two areas that have changed the most after having children. We also offer a “Mini-Mommy Makeover” which involves a breast augmentation and a mini-tummy tuck.
How common is a tummy tuck procedure for moms and what does a recovery period after this procedure look like?
Tummy tucks are very common in our practice. We offer a procedure we call the Power Lipotuck which involves liposuction plus a tummy tuck. We have several patients that have gone down 4 dress sizes. It’s an incredible procedure. Time off from work is about two weeks.
What is the approximate cost of a procedure that is not covered by insurance?
Most of our procedures range between $5,000 and $7,000; which are all inclusive.
What is the biggest misconception of the plastic surgery industry?
It seems that a lot of people have the view that only ultra-wealthy people or movie stars have plastic surgery. The fact is that the majority of patients are normal people just like them. Often people have that one thing that has bothered them their whole life and they just decide to do something about it.
2300 Washtenaw #100, Ann Arbor
Hometown Pharmacy of Ann Arbor
Flu shots are one of the most debated remedies for the dreaded seasonal cold and flu. Parents and children alike are usually not thrilled by the idea of getting poked by a needle, regardless of the benefits. We asked Pharmacist Steve Evans about the pros and cons of having your young ones receive the immunization.
“The risks of getting the flu shot are minimal- it is just a mild case of the flu while without the vaccine the possibility of death from the flu is real. Just like any other vaccination, it’s a positive thing to do for your kids— two years and older. Keep your kids active, drink lots of fluids, and wash your hands on a regular basis because that cuts down on transmission.”
2355 E. Stadium Blvd #1, Ann Arbor; 734-662-3143