Do Older Women Need A High-Dose Flu Vaccine?

From the web master…..Although this is from the September issue of the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, it still valuable information…..

The high-dose flu vaccine may trigger a greater immune response against the virus in adults ages 65 and over and may increase protection against the flu.

seniorwoman2For some older women, the flu is far more than a fever and sniffles that sidelines them for a few days. It can lead to serious complications like bronchitis and pneumonia. The flu can also worsen existing conditions such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes. A higher-dose flu vaccine has been available since 2009 for adults 65 and over, but questions remain as to whether it can protect better than the traditional vaccine, according to the September 2014, Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

The high-dose vaccine is called Fluzone High-Dose. Like the regular-dose flu vaccine, it contains the three flu strains experts believe will be most abundant in the upcoming flu season. But it also contains four times the usual amount of immune-stimulating antigens against the virus.

Should people over 65 get the high-dose vaccine? It’s an area of debate and discussion, and so worth talking about with your physician, says Dr. Elisa Choi, a clinical instructor in population medicine at Harvard Medical School and an infectious disease specialist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.

Some studies have found that the high-dose vaccine stimulates a higher immune system response in the lab, but it isn’t yet clear whether that translates into better protection against the flu in the real world.

The high-dose vaccine also comes with some downsides worth considering: more pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site, as well as body-wide side effects like muscle pain, headache, and fever. Most of these effects are mild and short-lived.

There are currently no official recommendations advising seniors to switch to the high-dose flu vaccine.

The type of vaccine isn’t nearly as important as getting vaccinated as early in the flu season as possible. Flu outbreaks can start in October, and it takes two weeks after getting the shot for the body to produce antibodies against the virus. Some people hold off on vaccination out of concern that the protection wanes over time, but the shot should provide protection for the entire flu season.

Read the full-length article: “Time for your flu vaccine: Do you need a higher dose?”

Also in the September 2014 issue of the Harvard Women’s Health Watch:

* 8 creative ways to avoid too much sitting

* Tips to improve memory

* What to do about thinning hair

Harvard Women’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/womens or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

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6 Tips To Boost Your Confidence

By David Johnson

mansmileWe all have days when we just aren’t our own biggest fan. But the truth is… you’re awesome! Here are some tips to help you remember this and tackle the day with your head held high.

Exercise regularly. Even if you feel like you are nowhere near your goal fitness level, the act of getting out and being active is an instant confidence booster. The better news: it’s also a long-term confidence and mood booster. Working out is an activity that positively impacts your physical and mental health, and makes you feel more in control of your appearance and confidence. Find a friend or colleague who is also interested in working out with you and make plans to hold each other accountable. The encouragement you give to each other will help you grow from one level of confidence (and fitness) to the next.

Dress for success. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to embrace your own personal style—and feel confident as a result. Don’t worry about trends when you buy clothing; instead, look for items that flatter your body shape and make you feel comfortable in your own skin. Even the addition of just a few items to your wardrobe every season add up over time and give you more to choose from when you are constructing your outward appearance each morning.

Get organized. While you can’t prepare for everything, there are a lot of things that you can control in order to feel more confidence in your daily routine. This applies to work, family life, and personal goals. The simple act of taking care of you and setting yourself up for success is a confidence booster. Spend a little time choosing a great outfit for tomorrow and lay it out for yourself tonight. Pack a healthy lunch and snacks to take to work after dinner tonight. Practice presentations in front of your spouse a few times before delivering them to your colleagues. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you can’t seem to show up anywhere on time, or can’t find the items you are looking for, or have trouble even finding the time to eat right. By doing some basic planning in advance, you will feel more confident and purposeful when it comes to the course of your day.

theroadupKeep improving. It’s in our human nature to like a challenge. When you become too locked into your daily routine or too comfortable, it can lead to a drop in confidence levels and overall happiness. Even if you don’t have much time to dedicate to something new, look for small ways to challenge yourself every day. Apply for a promotion at work. Tackle a home improvement project on your own. Find a road race and begin training for it. In every situation, ask yourself: How can I be better? Not better than anyone around you—better than you were the day before.

Do something that scares you. Step outside of your comfort zone and attempt something that makes you uncomfortable at first. By making progress on that activity, and potentially even mastering it one day, you will have a newfound confidence in that task—and in yourself too.

Don’t be afraid of change. It’s important to accept the person you truly are, both inside and out. Still, more than half of the women in the world feel say that they are their own worst beauty critic—but these women also feel empowered to change what they don’t like. This may mean something as simple as a new hair style or color, or something more permanent like fat-reducing laser treatments. Whether you want a new tattoo, a new apartment, or a new look—don’t be afraid of change. Be true to your authentic self and you can’t go wrong.

- David Johnson is the Creative Director at Verju. Verju by Erchonia is a new revolutionary device designed specifically for the treatment of cellulite. In his free time David enjoys writing, craft beers, and practicing Brazillian Jiu Jitsu at his local gym.

Halloween Safety Tips For Your Pet

By Dr. Jeff Werber

Dr. Jeff explains how to keep your pets safe, calm and free from danger this Halloween.

boydog· Candy is meant to attract, and it does. Candy isn’t good for dogs, and can actually be deadly. Still, dogs will happily eat whatever candy they can get their paws on. And because they can’t unwrap it, they’ll gobble up the wrapper too.

· Sugar isn’t good for a dog, but dark chocolate can result in serious illness or death. Fatty chocolate and candies can also predispose dogs to pancreatitis. Raisins can cause death, and many nuts are also dangerous if ingested.

· If your dog snatches a candy or two, it’s probably not cause for alarm, but if she gets into a big bag, she may end up in the hospital.

· And the wrappers, string, sticks that accompanied the candy may cause a blockage that requires medical attention.

· Stream of visitors and continuous ringing of the doorbell can be stressful and confusing to a dog; protective instinct is over-triggered; costumes and masks may freak out a dog. Reactive behaviors could range from fear, anxiety, aggression, escape attempts, which are likely to be successful due to the frequently opening door.

catstretching· If you know your dog is nervous, keep him or her contained in a part of the house that’s as far as possible from the action. Even a normally calm dog may be overwhelmed by the activity and prefer to be contained in a secure environment. This also prevents your dog from getting out.

· There are calming formulas, which are herbal, natural formulas and which can help to keep your dog relaxed in this type of stressful situation.

· And if you are tempted to take your dog along with your family as you “trick or treat,” please be aware that these same considerations apply (noise, crowds, costumed kids).

- Dr. Jeff Werber has dedicated his life to the care and protection of animals. A renowned veterinarian and pet parenting specialist, Dr. Jeff maintains that pets are more than just companions; they are part of the family and deserve to be treated that way. A top graduate of the University of California Davis Veterinary School, Dr. Jeff established his Los Angeles-based private clinic, Century Veterinary Group, in 1988. Dr. Jeff cares for the pets of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Britney Spears, Julia Roberts, Ben Affleck, Eddie Murphy, Paula Abdul, Rod Stewart, Mark Wahlberg, Patrick Dempsey, Mandy Moore, Jennifer Love Hewittand many more – along with those of everyday pet owners. He is a highly sought after and frequent guest speaker on a number of national news programs and has lent his expertise on Dr. Oz, CBS’ The Early Show and Sunday Morning, CNN Sunday Morning, Fox News Channel and Rachael Ray. As an Emmy Award winning veterinarian, he has hosted the wildly popular Petcetera on Animal Planet Network, sharing his compassion and knowledge with millions of viewers around the country, encouraging responsible pet ownership and care.

Balancing Diet, Physical Activity Key To Combating Obesity Epidemic

Submitted by Matt Raymond

New Article Makes Recommendations for Public Health Strategies

joggerIs it possible for experts from the leading nutrition and sport medicine professional organizations to come to consensus on how to strategically address obesity? The answer can be found in a peer-reviewed paper, Energy Balance at a Crossroads: Translating the Science into Action, which provides specific recommendations for biological, lifestyle and environmental changes that will successfully guide children and families toward healthier weights.

The paper, published jointly in the July editions of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® and in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, outlines steps to incorporate energy balance principles into public health strategies.

The recommendations include:

* Integrate energy balance into curriculum and training for both exercise science and nutrition professionals and strengthen collaborative efforts between them.

* Develop competencies for school and physical education teachers and position them as energy balance advocates.

* Develop core standards for schools that integrate the dynamic energy balance approach.

* Work with federally funded nutrition programs like the Cooperative Extension Service and school lunch programs to incorporate energy balance solutions.

* Develop messaging and promotional strategies about energy balance that American consumers can understand and apply to their lifestyles.

* Map out and support existing programs that emphasize energy balance.

“We have been discussing and analyzing the obesity epidemic for years. I am ecstatic to see actionable steps toward realistic solutions,” said Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA, the IFIC Foundation’s senior vice president of nutrition and food safety and co-author of the paper.

“Addressing obesity prevention through sharing best practices with consumers and community leaders, in addition to undergraduate and graduate level training, is a comprehensive approach that works.”

The paper is an outcome of the October 2012 expert panel meeting titled “Energy Balance at the Crossroads: Translating the Science into Action,” hosted by ACSM, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Agriculture Research Service.

The IFIC Foundation, along with ILSI North America, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American College of Sports Medicine, held a webinar for health professionals Aug. 28 on the same subject as the paper; it can be viewed here.

In addition to Smith Edge, the article’s co-authors are Melinda M. Manore, Oregon State University; Katie Brown, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation; Linda Houtkooper, University of Arizona; John Jakicic, University of Pittsburgh; John C. Peters, University of Colorado, Denver; Alison Steiber, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation; Scott Going, University of Arizona; Lisa Guillermin Gable, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation; and Ann Marie Krautheim, National Dairy Council.

saladplateIn a related vein, the IFIC Foundation’s Food Insight newsletter published an article in its September issue about a new study in the American Journal of Medicine that suggests that decreased physical activity is a bigger culprit in our nation’s expanding waistlines than increased calorie intake. The story is accompanied by an infographic summarizing key findings.

For interview requests and any other questions, please contact the IFIC Foundation media team at 202-296-6540, Raymond@ific.org.

The International Food Information Council Foundation is dedicated to the mission of effectively communicating science-based information on health, food safety and nutrition for the public good. The IFIC Foundation is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries. Visit foodinsight.org.

How To Identify Signs Of High Cholesterol And Lower Cholesterol Naturally

healthywordsAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every six Americans has high cholesterol. New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA explains how to identify signs of high cholesterol and reduce cholesterol levels without the use of expensive medications.

Recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that 17% of Americans–one out of every six adults–have high levels of cholesterol. While this is a serious condition, affecting millions of people, too many individuals don’t take action and try to lower their cholesterol levels because there are few outward signs and symptoms that easily identify the problem. Sadly, for many people, it’s only after they suffer a heart attack or stroke that they find out that they have high cholesterol. New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA has recently published a video on how to identify signs of high cholesterol and reduce cholesterol levels without the use of expensive medications.

WebMD says that some people may notice bumps, from a build up of fat and cholesterol, on their hands, skin or feet. Other than that there are no outward ways to identify high cholesterol. People with certain risk factors, including eating a poor diet, being overweight, being inactive, smoking, taking certain medications, age, having diabetes or a family history of cholesterol, should keep a close eye on their cholesterol levels.

Starting at age 20, Mayo Clinic recommends that adults have their cholesterol checked every five years unless the doctor says otherwise. People who are at a higher risk for elevated cholesterol levels should take measures to lower their LDL (“good”) cholesterol and raise their HDL (“good”) cholesterol.

While many medical professionals advocate the use of prescription medications to lower cholesterol, there are natural options for individuals who prefer to take a more holistic approach to their health. Adjusting one’s diet and lifestyle can go a long way in reducing cholesterol levels or preventing them from getting too high.

Some foods which aid in lowering cholesterol include:

* Avocado and avocado oil- Enjoy chopped avocado pieces on a salad, or stir fry vegetables in avocado oil.

* Dark chocolate- Sprinkle dark cocoa powder on coffee for a guilt-free indulgence.

* Wine- A small glass after dinner assists in lowering LDL levels and provides antioxidants.

* Nuts- Have a handful as a snack, or sprinkle on oatmeal and salads.

* Salmon, Tuna, Halibut- Broil or bake un-breaded fish filets for a wholesome, filling meal with plenty of hearty-healthy fats.

* Apples- Grandma was right; an apple a day can keep the doctor away. Apples, and pears, have pectin which is a type of fiber that assists in lowering cholesterol.

fruits-and-vegetablesFor work lunches, try swapping out low-quality fast food meals for homemade salads and fresh fruit. Walk, and take the stairs, whenever possible to be more active. Buy a fitness DVD to do in the early mornings or evenings to help lose weight. None of these activities require much time or money, but they will all help people live longer, healthier lives and spend less on health care.

To make long term lifestyle changes, it’s important to make the changes gradually. Start with one change a week, adding a new one while maintaining previous ones. It’s only natural to make mistakes and slip-up from time to time; recognize the mistake and jump back on the path to better health. Over time, these changes become second nature.

For more information on this and other topics related to health and wellness please visit Dr. Jain’s website at http://www.sanjayjainmd.com/.

About Dr. Sanjay Jain:

Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA is a New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, accomplished medical doctor, health expert, life coach and inspirational keynote speaker who has dedicated his life to helping people find their purpose by achieving a meaningful life that they deeply cherish. Sanjay Jain is U.S. trained and a board certified physician with over 15 years of clinical experience. He holds certifications in Diagnostic Radiology, Integrative Medicine, and Healthcare Quality and Management. He is a graduate from the accelerated BS/MD program at The Northeast Ohio Medical University. He has diversified experience in the private practice, academic, and integrated multispecialty settings.

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How To Prevent Colds And Flu

By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

doctorThe number one tip for helping to prevent catching a cold or the flu this season is to wash your hands. But it isn’t just a fast and casual pass through running water. There’s an art to washing your hands to ward off the bacteria and viruses that cause colds and flu.

· Use warm water.

· Use real soap.

· Sing Happy Birthday to yourself to achieve a full 20 second washing.

· Rinse thoroughly.

· Dry.

· Do this 20-30 times a day.

The second tip is to be aware that germs and bugs pass easily from person to person.

· Avoid touching door knobs, handles, faucets, pens or styluses used for signing credit card or debit purchases, electronic bank machines, car doors and public railings.

· Keep your hands away from your face, lips, eyes and nose.

· Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer and use it before eating food snacks or sipping on a bottle of water or soft drink.

· Carry your own pen to use for writing and signing papers, credit card slips and keep yours rubbed down with alcohol every day.

Sound like too much trouble? Not if you want to save yourself from two weeks of misery, losing productive time and being under the weather. Stay on top of it and get through the winter cold and flu free.

- Kac Young has a PhD in Natural Health, a Doctorate in Naturopathy and a Doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy.

Outdoor Party Safety Tips For Kids

By Sheena Williams

kidsjumpingThere is a lot to plan for the kids on their vacation, where countless games and outdoor activities bring the best of fun and enjoyment to their vacations. From jumping and tumbling up to going for an exciting beach party, kids are always willing to take part in activities that help them to gather some of the most memorable moments.

Capture those exciting moments, make it more playable for them by involving in the games they like, let them draw a beautiful scenery on the sand or just jump all day long with them on the home trampoline but don’t forget that besides everything your kids are always in need of an extra care for things they don’t know. Let us now quickly get into knowing about the basic outdoor party safety tips for kids.

Absolute supervision is essentially important

• While playing with your kids on the beach or in the pool, always remember that you should have a clear eye on what they are doing. Recent research shows that most of the kids losing lives while playing on the beach are considered to be a victim of drowning.

• Drowning is one of the most prominent dangers considered taking lives of hundreds of kids every year in the United States. As it happens in just a matter of a few moments, it is essentially important for you to always stay near them and be a wise water watcher for your kids.

Follow the basic guidelines and gear up with the safety accessories

• Make sure that you follow basic precautions that help avoid chances of drowning such as;

— Feeling enough confident in your kids’ swimming skills is one of the biggest mistakes.

— Try guiding them about the extent they should go in the water and outline limits to the games they play.

— Never leave your younger kids to operate the watercrafts alone.

— Make them understand not to jump, push or fall back on others while playing in the water.

— Always outfit your kids with life jackets.

Sun is the biggest enemy

• Either they play on the beach or on the home trampoline; if kids are directly exposed to the sun; circumstances are equally vulnerable.

• Global climate changes have resulted in direct exposure to the hazardous UV rays coming from the sun.

• UV rays don’t just cause sunburn and extra aches but several long term vulnerabilities.

— Try setting up your home trampoline in a place with less exposure to direct sunlight.

— Using sunscreen becomes vitally important.

— Most of the experts recommend applying sunscreen after every 20 minutes if your kids are playing on the beach.

— Affirmatively, while playing in the water, kids should apply waterproof sunscreen.
Dehydration is not just alarming but crucial for kids

— While jumping and tumbling all day long, kids fully indulge in the game. Making sure they take sufficient amount of water throughout the day delivers greater prevention from dehydration.

— Taking energy drinks such as Gatorade etc. are the best possible sources of instantly gaining an adequate amount of carbohydrates into the body and rapidly re-hydrates the body.

- Sheena Williams is a passionate content strategist at JumpKing Trampolines, U.S. While developing several marketing and promotional content she focuses on contributing helpful knowledge and information dedicated to add as much easiness as possible to people’s daily life.

* Image provided by Sheena Williams

Boost Your Energy, Naturally And Deliciously

By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

stresssleepingIf you’re feeling tired and lacking energy there are two things to consider. Is it chronic or is it temporary? If you have chronic low energy, you should see you doctor because something else might need attention such as your adrenals or thyroid. If you have times when you’re feeling worn out and exhausted from the have-to’s of life, then you might want to consider these three natural kickstarters that can help you feel more alive and have more energy.

Kickstarter #1: Lemons and oranges.

Did you know that vitamin C helps the cells transport and utilize fatty acids thus amping up your energy level? The vitamin C in citrus fruits can speed up the fat burning process and help you feel more energized. Add 3-4 thin slices of lemon or orange to your water to get that boost of Vitamin C and to help use fats as energy. It may also aid in weight loss.

Kickstarter #2: Cucumbers

The natural diuretic effects of cucumbers contain potassium and vitamins A and C which flush out toxins and keep your metabolism moving. Add 6-8 slices of cucumber to a pitcher of spring water and drink this all day long for a vital cool, refreshing drink.

Kickstarter #3: Cayenne Pepper

Research has shown that the capsaicin found in cayenne pepper can boost your metabolism shortly after ingesting it and make you feel fuller. While spicy water may not sound inviting, you might want to give it a chance before rejecting the whole idea. Mix slice strawberries, blueberries, and just half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper into your water. You’ll have a surprisingly sweet, calorie-melting pick-me-up with just little bit of kick. A touch of lime is also divine.

You can usually always find bottled water so a hint I like to include is to take a container of citrus slices, cucumber slices and the makings for the cayenne kickstarter with you, so you’ll always have a supply of natural helpers with you when you need them most. This helps you stay away from sweet snacks, sugars and saturated fats when you want a healthy energy lift.

- Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the Heart Easy Cook Book sound nutritional advice is followed by family favorites that have been turned into heart healthy meals anyone can make and everyone will love.

Correlation Between Blood Pressure Stress Response And Underwater Treadmill Training

informationredDuring their scientific investigation of blood pressure as it relates to stress during exercise on an underwater treadmill, authors Lambert, et al, tracked the responses of 60 adults who worked out on either land-based treadmills or in a HydroWorx therapy pool on an underwater treadmill during very specific sessions each week.

For the estimated 67 million Americans who suffer from high blood pressure, finding natural ways to improve their condition can be challenging, especially for those who are generally sedentary. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe that only 47 percent of people who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure have it under control. Unless this figure changes considerably, the cost of health care associated with high blood pressure treatment will only continue to skyrocket as Baby Boomers follow the natural aging processes. Thankfully, a recent study released by researchers at Texas A&M University may hold the key to helping those with higher than normal blood pressure keep their numbers at a lower rate through regular activity on an underwater treadmill in a HydroWorx therapy pool.

The study, Aquatic Treadmill Training Reduces Blood Pressure Reactivity to Physical Stress, has been published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®. During their scientific investigation of blood pressure as it relates to stress during exercise on an underwater treadmill, Authors Lambert, et al, tracked the responses of 60 adults who worked out on either land-based treadmills or in a HydroWorx therapy pool on an underwater treadmill during very specific sessions each week. The results of the testing showed that while all endurance exercise reduces blood pressure and the body’s related stress responses, the aquatic treadmill training significantly reduced the participants’ resting diastolic blood pressure more than the land-based treadmill training did. The researchers concluded that high blood pressure brought on by stress levels could be organically reduced through regular endurance intervals on an underwater treadmill.

Says Anson Flake, Co-Founder and CEO, HydroWorx, “We have heard anecdotal evidence of people using our therapy pools as a way to lower their blood pressure for years. Now, Texas A&M has put solid numbers to those claims. The science proves what we have always thought: Our products provide a low-impact, high-results alternative to lowering responses to everyday stressors.”

The outcome of the Texas A&M study provides a great deal of encouragement for those with high blood pressure who wish to become healthier through the use of a more natural remedy than medication. Even more reassuring is the fact that the participants were not highly active in their everyday lives, revealing the potential for any person to reap the benefits of aquatic treadmill exercise regimens.

About HydroWorx

Since the late 1990s, HydroWorx—based in Middletown, PA—has manufactured aquatic therapy pools with built-in underwater treadmills to enable physical therapists to more effectively offer their patients the opportunity to increase range of motion, decrease risk of falls and joint stress, and remain motivated through the rehab process. Every day, more than 23,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions. For more information, please visit http://www.hydroworx.com.

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Managing Pain The First Few Days After Braces

By Dr. Nima Hajibaik

dentistWhat are the best methods of managing pain and discomfort from the application of new braces?

The application of braces can sometimes cause minor sensitivity, and discomfort for your teeth, and irritation to the lips and tongue for the first several days, but there are ways to ease into the transition.

You have scheduled your appointment and discussed the different types of braces available, and now you are ready to have them placed. Is there anything you can do to prepare beforehand? Yes, there is. Take some time to be prepared for your orthodontic braces by purchasing a few items you will need for the first few days such as:

• Salt

• Over-the-counter-pain medications like Tylenol or Ibuprofen

• Dental wax (This is also provided by your orthodontist.)

• Ice pack

• Soft foods like soup, mashed potatoes, yogurt, ice cream, etc.

• Smoothies or protein drinks

• Purchase oral hygiene implements such as toothbrush, floss, etc., as recommended by your orthodontist

Braces, day one: Take the recommended age-appropriate dose of an over-the-counter pain meds such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen 30 minutes before your visit to the orthodontist to have your braces applied. This can help to lessen any discomfort you may experience during and after you get your braces. This applies to children or to those who are having adult braces applied.

Once you get home, you can resume normal activity but you will want to stick to a soft food regime over the course of the next few days until you become adjusted to the new appliance. Taking sips of ice-cold water or eating frozen popsicles or ice cream can help to ease the discomfort. If you experience any sores on your tongue or lips, gargle with a mild salt water rinse to help heal the irritated areas.

Try to avoid citrus fruits or drinks at this time as they can cause further discomfort. Do not attempt to remove any bands or wires from your braces if they give you trouble; apply dental wax to the area to help alleviate any irritation.

After a week or so: you will become used to your new braces and they should not bother you as much. Continue to rinse with mild salt water and use your dental wax as needed. All of these tips can apply to the application of all types of dental braces. It is always a good idea to sit down and talk with a professional, your orthodontist has years of experience in this field, and will help you to make this transition as easy and painless as possible.

Learn More

Dr. Nima Hajibaik works at Newpark Orthodontics, located in Alpharetta, Ga. To learn more about Dr. Nima Hajibaik or Newpark Orthodontics visit newparkortho.com or call (678) 389-9400.