Background knowledge from the fields of health and medicine
Xylitol against caries – chewing gum that really helps
Caries can be avoided – everyone knows that. Little known is the fact that the sugar substitute Xylitol has an anti-cariogenic component. The substance used for example in chewing gum for dental care, reduces the development of tooth deposit (plaque) and lets caries bacteria literally starve. The extensive positive effects of Xylitol on our dental health have been examined and documented by almost 300 scientifically acknowledged studies since the seventies. Xylitol expert Prof. Kauko K. Mäkinen of the University for Dentistry in Turku (Finland) has been studying the anti-caries sugar substitute for more than 40 years. Learn more about how to effectively prevent caries.
Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck”
Due to pregnancy or after losing or gaining a lot of weight, the abdominal wall can be stretched to such an extent that it becomes loose and wrinkly. The skin’s elastic fibres are destroyed by the overexpansion, which in turn can lead to not even an extensive fitness training and a diet being effective to return the “worn-out” abdominal skin into its original shape. Though sports can indeed strengthen the muscles located beneath the skin, it cannot modify the excess of skin itself. This is where the surgical abdominoplasty takes effect, which nowadays allows for long-term and significant improvement. More about abdominoplasty.
Ear correction or otopexy or otoplasty
During an ear correction (otopexy or otoplasty), protruding ears (so-called “jug ears”) are moved closer to the head or peculiarly-formed ears are reshaped. Sometimes, even exceptionally small ears or ears whose earlap is not properly folded prompt the surgery. In rare cases, an ear correction is advisable due to illnesses or after severe injuries resulting in the complete or partial loss of the outer ear. In this case, implants are used as necessary. More about ear corrections.
Reducing overweight by Gastric Banding
For Patients with extreme forms of overweight having a Body Mass Index greater than 40 kg/m2, it’s mostly not possible anymore to get the weight under control by diets, behaviour modifications or medication. Obesity or pronounced adiposity, as it is called by experts, is unhealthy and involves illnesses like high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. People with a BMI of 35 and greater are severely obese and the probability to already suffer from secondary diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, joint diseases and sleep apnoea due to that overweight is very high. But obesity has also effects on the psyche. A negative self-perception develops as well as limited self-confidence. More about gastric banding.
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