Top rated denture clinics in Alaska

Everyone needs a reliable dentist to turn to for all their dental needs. In an effort to make it easier on you, we’ve listed 5 of the top rated denture clinics in Alaska. The list is based on the dentists and his practice’s client satisfaction, rating and reviews, cost and accessibility. Thanks to Anchorage Dentures for this great info.

  1. Advanced Family Dental Care

Advanced Family Dental Care is a denture clinic in Anchorage managed and led by Dr. Dustin K. Wilde, DMD. Apart from the usual services like installing dentures, implants, braces, veneers and bridges, they specialize in dental and periodontal conditions. The clinic can also offer you a wide array of choices for cosmetic dental care. They have been in the industry for over 10 years and have recently been awarded by Opencare.com as 2015’s Patient Choice Award.

  1. McKinley Dental

This family-friendly dental clinic, located at 2817 Dawson Street in Anchorage, is a one-stop-shop facility that offers all full and partial dental services like extractions, repairs, implants and denture liners. You can expect amazing service, cultivated through their 20-year experience in the field, from dentists Dr. Scott Laudon and Dr. Gregg Moody, DMD.

Many would think that they earned their spot as one of the best denture clinics in Anchorage through their doctors’ broad knowledge and extensive training, but they are most known for their ability to connect with their patients and their personal service. It’s also a plus that they accept most kinds of medical insurance, making it easier for you.

  1. Alaska Premier Dental Group

The clinic has 6 experienced doctors on boards, namely, Brian Kruchoski, Clark Bassham, Adam Walker, Jessica Smith and Joe Baggette. Their diverse training and backgrounds, combined with a competent team of assistants and hygienists makes this clinic a well-oiled machine that can cater to most dental services like sedation dentistry, whitening your teeth, preventing snoring, aligning your teeth and treating halitosis. Like the first two clinics, they are located in Anchorage, and also have a clinic in Wasilla.

If you’re wondering how they fair with customers, their site indicates that they have a 4.9 customer approval clinic for both sites.

  1. Fireweed Family Dentistry

The denture clinic in Anchorage was founded by Dr. Stephen Mahoney, whose experience in practicing dentistry in the area spans 20 years. He is most known for general dentistry, but also practices smile design and teeth whitening. What you will love most about this clinic is the friendly service of the staff and the homey feel of the clinic.

  1. Kennedy Dental Group LLC

Known for their use of state-of-the-art technology since they started in 1978, this clinic aims to not only provide extensive dental services in Anchorage and Borrow but also to educate their patients on how to maintain their teeth after they leave the clinic and get back to their daily lives. They currently have two dentists, Dr. Joshua Kennedy and Dr. Kerry Kennedy, who supervise a wide array of procedures from general to cosmetics dental services. Typically, both clinics offer promotions, such as discounts for veterans, which are posted on their website.

Thanks to Happy Teeth for this great post and sharing all this info for anyone looking for more help!

Why You Should Always Buy Mobility Aids Before a Wheelchair

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There is a startling trend throughout North America to place elderly patients in wheelchairs at the first signs of severe osteoporosis. Perhaps this is due to liability related reasons, but nursing homes throughout the country have opted for the wheelchair well before the walking cane.

Although a wealth of evidence doesn’t support this trend.  Assisted walkers allows elderly people to maintain and develop muscle tone, balance and keep confident in their ability to walk.  The transition from being fully capable and in control of one’s physical movements to complete dependance on a wheelchair is a quick and unfortunately irreversible path.

Mito Action Advocacy group talked about it in a recent Q/A session…

“The decision to use a wheelchair for mobility can be one of the most difficult milestones faced by adults with Mito and other progressive neuromuscular diseases.   In many cases, the individual has been experiencing difficulty getting around for quite some time.  Mobility devices, such as canes, walkers  and wheelchairs frequently mark the transformation from “invisible” to “visible” illness or disability.   Many people with Mito or other neuromuscular diseases experience fluctuations in strength, endurance and balance. Many young adults with Mito use a cane at the beginning of the week and rely on a wheelchair by Friday.  They rest and rebuild strength over the weekend, and be able to go back to using a cane at the start of the next week.”

walkers and elderlyPerhaps the biggest dynamic that people need to consider is the social element of wheelchairs vs walkers. Walkers allows elderly people to experience a life that isn’t subject to judgement or otherwise overly curious people. Wheelchairs elicit a certain about of sympathy and of course – embarassement for some elderly people.

A life of independence turned into total dependance on a wheelchair robs people of their confidence and self-autonomy. Some elderly people are upset by reactions of other people who now see them as an person who requires more care.

We spoke with www.UpliftingMobility.com, a US-based company that reviews and promotes assistance walking devices and they share their insights with us.

A lack of mobility doesn’t need to stop you from living a fulfilled life. When going to a physical therapist or doctor, they will often recommend a few different mobility aides that can help you remain mobile while aiding in your overall balance.

The most common mobility aides include: 4 wheeled walkers, Non-wheeled walker frame, Traditional canes, Forearm canes, or crutches in some circumstances. But there is a lesser known option: the three wheel walker or three wheel rollator.”

We want to know what you think – what is the best way to balance both comfort and safety in elderly patients.

How Big Data Will Change Medicine in 2017

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We all know that big data has been slowly changing the way we do things.  We now have the ability and capacity to aggregate massive amounts of data via social hubs like Facebook, Twitter and even Google. The ability to collect such massive amounts of data provides a conduit for us to accurately access trends on both the macro and micro level. Nowhere is this of more important than healthcare research.

Healthcare research has been consistently been plagued with the problem of accurate data. The question on the back of every scientists mind has always been, “is my data accurate?”.

Now we are finally beginning to start a conversation that says “yes” according to massive amounts of data gathered and cross referenced between hundreds of sources we can adequately say that our data is legitimate and highly valid.

In a recent Forbes article we saw, ” The last decade has seen huge advances in the amount of data we routinely generate and collect in pretty much everything we do, as well as our ability to use technology to analyze and understand it. The intersection of these trends is what we call “Big Data” and it is helping businesses in every industry to become more efficient and productive.

Healthcare is no different. Beyond improving profits and cutting down on wasted overhead, Big Data in healthcare is being used to predict epidemics, cure disease, improve quality of life and avoid preventable deaths. With the world’s population increasing and everyone living longer, models of treatment delivery are rapidly changing, and many of the decisions behind those changes are being driven by data. The drive now is to understand as much about a patient as possible, as early in their life as possible – hopefully picking up warning signs of serious illness at an early enough stage that treatment is far more simple (and less expensive) than if it had not been spotted until later.

So to take a journey through Big Data in healthcare, let’s start at the beginning – before we even get ill.”

Aside from just simply the process of patient records and process-based efficiency, we see much bigger implications to big data in medicine.  Arguably one of the biggest limiting factors in modern medicine is the understanding of causation and correlation.  Humans are subject to all manner of biases and misjudgments that make data acquisition and evaluation a very tricky business.

As described in a McKinsley article, “One of the main limitations with medicine today and in the pharmaceutical industry is our understanding of the biology of disease. Big data comes into play around aggregating more and more information around multiple scales for what constitutes a disease—from the DNA, proteins, and metabolites to cells, tissues, organs, organisms, and ecosystems. Those are the scales of the biology that we need to be modeling by integrating big data. If we do that, the models will evolve, the models will build, and they will be more predictive for given individuals.

2c6c473It’s not going to be a discrete event—that all of a sudden we go from not using big data in medicine to using big data in medicine. I view it as more of a continuum, more of an evolution. As we begin building these models, aggregating big data, we’re going to be testing and applying the models on individuals, assessing the outcomes, refining the models, and so on. Questions will become easier to answer. The modeling becomes more informed as we start pulling in all of this information. We are at the very beginning stages of this revolution, but I think it’s going to go very fast, because there’s great maturity in the information sciences beyond medicine.”

All of this information provides us with a wealth of information and also hope – hope for a future that is better informed than we are.  As technology expands and offers  we are better equipped to understand information at a level that we never have been before. With products like DAQ medical providers are able to finally look into the macro and micro trends and see what is happening.

5 outdoor activities to keep you healthy

5 Great Outdoor Activities to Stay in Shape

Living in the technologically-driven 21st century makes it extremely easy to develop lazy and unhealthy habits. What’s stopping you from binge watching all five seasons of Game of Thrones during summer vacation, or ordering that delivery pizza online, or both? It’s time to rediscover the wonders of the great outdoors and develop a fun and active lifestyle at the same time!

Here are five great outdoor activities to keep you healthy:

  1. Walk, with purpose. This is the oldest trick in the book. Walking is a simple activity yet it builds stamina and works your leg muscles and cardio, while giving your lungs some fresh air and your skin some good old vitamin D. Walking is also easily modifiable to make it more productive and fun – just add a device, or better a companion (human or canine), and it’s literally a walk in the park! If you’re feeling adventurous, ditch the mall and go on a short hike. They didn’t invent Pokémon Go so you could magically hatch that egg!
  2. Play Frisbee/Catch/Ball. All work and no play is no way to live. These simple activities reap all the benefits of outdoor activities, but the highlight is that it builds muscle, coordination and a little friendly competition all at the same time. Whether you’re throwing a Frisbee or a baseball, or kicking around a soccer ball, you’re learning a new skill or getting better at it while having a fun yet productive time!
  3. Mid-air somersaults. Period. (Be careful, though—and no double bouncing!)
  4. Swim, preferably at a safe body of water, like an outdoor pool at the local gym, or even at the beach with your mates while having a mean barbecue or picnic. Swimming guarantees to work out all your muscles since you’ll be working against water pressure to get anywhere. It’s an amazing cardio exercise that increases stamina, while building and toning your muscles! Besides, it’s a survival skill that could be useful in the future too, so it’s overall a win-win. Just don’t forget to put on sunscreen at least twenty minutes before you enter the water, you don’t want to damage your skin. Sunburn is not fun.
  5. Bicycle/Skateboard/Rollerblade. They didn’t just invent wheels so you could sit and drive your car to the grocery store that’s only a 10-minute bike ride away. Biking is a great alternative to walking to avoid the harsh pressure of concrete on your feet. Skateboarding is great for balance as well, and it’ll always be cool no matter how old you are. If you’re up to the challenge, you can even learn some nifty tricks here and there to show off to the cool kids in the block. And if you’re feeling that retro 90s vibe, rollerblade down the boulevard with a healthy dessert alternative (not ice-cream) in your hand. As long as you’re moving and exercising out in the great outdoors where all the sunshine and fresh air is, all of your body will reap the benefits!

With more people turning to indoor activities, we start to forget the important role that outdoor activities have always played in our lives. If you are going to be a movie junkie and sit inside all day you may as well grab an outdoor movie screen and watch it outside!