February 20th, 2014
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and that’s right up our alley! We love love love February because it’s the month that emphasizes what we love to do, which is caring for your children’s oral health! However, this year we are asking all of our parents to take a hands on approach with their children. To do so we are offering just a few tips:
* Occasionally watch your child brush his/her teeth. (How would you know if they are brushing correctly if you don’t watch them?)
* Occasionally look inside your child’s mouth and at their teeth to make sure there is nothing suspicious. The sooner you detect a problem, the better! Look out for any brown spots, abscesses, white lesions, or even crowding and/or spacing.
* Examine their gum lines to make sure they are getting the plaque off when they are brushing. If not, grab that toothbrush and help them with it!
* Remind your children to brush their tongues also. One of the major causes of halotosis (bad breath) is the bacteria that reside on your tongue.
We hope that everyone takes these tips into consideration, and don’t forget to give us a call if you have any questions!
February 4th, 2014
Did you know the U.S. consumes over $1 billion in candy on Valentine’s Day? That’s a lot! It’s estimated that nearly four million people in the U.S. have braces, now that’s a lot of braces and a lot of candy! Braces & candy…these two things aren’t a good couple; but do you know why they aren’t? You guessed it…pH balance! No seriously, it really is pH balance…
Candies that are sweet and sour are very acidic because of their low pH balance, and low pH balance in your mouth can allow the teeth to demineralize or dissolve <—- this allows for bacteria to feed happily on your teeth, which results in cavities.
In regards to braces in specific, the same effect will occur; only it’s much harder to clean your teeth thoroughly after candy so you are more susceptible to getting cavities. Also, the acidic pH levels in those sweet and sour candies can weaken the cement that we use to put on the braces, which can cause the brackets to become loose and come off the tooth. Broken brackets = longer time in braces!
So if you’re going to reach for some delicious candies, or if the temptation is too great, reach for the soft chocolates or peanut butter cups. Chocolates are much less acidic and better for your overall health as well as oral health!
December 24th, 2013
We hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a healthy new year! We also want to remind our patients that during the hustle and bustle of the holidays, orthodontic compliance is still a must! Please be careful of holiday sweets that can break or weaken/damage your brackets and appliances…. try to stick to the softer foods and goodies!
Our office hours for the next two weeks are as follows:
Monday 12/23/13: open 10-6
Tuesday 12/24/13: closed
Wednesday 12/25/13: closed
Thursday 12/26/13: open 9-5
Monday 12/30/13: open 10-6
Tuesday 12/31/13: open 10-2
Wednesday 1/1/13: closed
Thursday 1/2/13: open 9-5
We would like to wish safe travels to anybody that may be leaving town. Hope you guys enjoy the break. Happy Holidays!
October 3rd, 2013
During National Orthodontic Health Month orthodontists and other dental professionals raise awareness in an effort to promote dental health, especially orthodontic health! If you’re not sure what orthodontic treatment is or whether or not you or a family member needs orthodontic treatment, we are always here to walk you through the consultation process and help you figure out what’s best for you! We pride ourselves on making sure our patients understand every detail of the orthodontic treatment process, and always welcome your questions.
Please don’t hesitate to call with questions or concerns regarding your orthodontic health; that’s what we’re here for!