Go the Extra Mile

August 14, 2012

Hard to believe it’s that time of year again….BACK TO SCHOOL!!!!  As you’re getting all of the supplies you need, let us know if you’d like some extra wax and/or rubberbands.  We remind everyone to brush three times a day, floss daily and to stay away from foods that are hard, sticky, crunchy and chewy.   We want your experience to be positive and we especially want to create the unique and beautiful smile that you deserve.  We go the extra mile for our patients by providing many things you need to keep your mouth healthy and give you the tools to make your orthodontic experience as positive as it can be.  If you have any questions or need advice concerning your oral health care please do not hesitiate to call us.  Whether it’s a question about braces, rubber bands, or toothbrushes, or even if you just want to say “HI”, we’re always happy to hear from you!!!

Let me count the ways…Did you know that the human body is anywhere from 55% to 78% water depending on body size????.  It is the main component of the human body.  Even your tissues and organs are mainly made up of water.  The functions of water in the human body are vital.  It transports nutrients and oxygen into cells, it helps with metabolism.  Water protects our vital organs, regulates our body temperature and protects and moisturizes our joints.  Every cell in your body needs water from head to toe.  Even your oral health depends upon your drinking enough water every day.  If you’re unable to brush after a meal it is a great idea to drink a full glass of water, preferably flouridated.  This will aide in digestion and can also help to flush debris from your teeth and braces after eating.  Even your brain consists of 90% of water so drink to your health, and you may even become a bit smarter!!!!

Why Mouth Guards???

May 14, 2012

Did you know that 200,000 athletes avoid dental injuries each year just by wearing a mouth guard?  The AAO encourages young athletes to “play it safe” and consistently wear mouth guards and other protective gear at EVERY practice and game.  Accidents happen, but some can and should be prevented.  Taking steps to prevent dental injuries and injuries to the face and head just makes sense.  Despite the risks, many kids are still not wearing simple and relatively inexpensive safety equipment such as mouth guards and facial protection.  Even though many coaches and leagues do not “require” mouth guard use, we want you to be informed and aware of the great advantages of compliance in order to save those beautiful smiles!!!  Our doctors make sturdy, long-lasting, custom fit mouth guards at a very affordable price.  You will be pleased how quickly your children get used to wearing their mouth guards, so let’s “Play it Safe” this spring and summer with the proper protection that your kids need!!!

An Apple a Day…

April 9, 2012

According to a recent article by Tom Valeo, Tampa Bay Times, there is a miracle substance that raises good cholesterol, lowers bad cholesterol and even contributes to weight loss.  As you may have guessed, it’s the apple!!!  According to Bahram H. Arjmandi, Ph.D., director for the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging at Florida State University, apple pectin – the white stuff under the skin – binds to cholesterol in the gut and ferries it out of the body.  This is well-known, but what surprised Arjmandi is how much cholesterol a couple apples can remove from the body. Cholesterol is manufactured in the liver. Statin drugs, such as Lipitor and Crestor, reduce cholesterol very effectively by blocking an enzyme needed to make it.  The problem is that statins can be hard on the liver.  This is not to say that you should stop taking your statin drugs, but check with your doctor to see if you can incorporate this miracle food in your diet!!! 

IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME!

February 13, 2012

We all know that we are what we eat, literally, but how many of us know the health benefits of eating like a Greek?  According to a recent Daily Herald article (February 6, 2011), a heart-friendly Mediteranean diet – fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts and beans – reduced Alzheimer’s risk by 34 percent to 48 percent in studies conducted by Columbia University.  Data from several large studies suggest that older people who eat the most fruits and vegetables, especially the leafy green variety, may experience a slower rate of cognitive decline and a lower risk for dementia than meat lovers.  And it may not matter if you get your produce from a bottle instead of a bin.  A study from Vanderbilt University found that people who drank three or more servings of fruit or vegetable juice a week had a 76 percent lower risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease than those who drank less than a serving weekly.  Another benefit that you may not have thought of is the stimulation from chewing fruits and vegetables is great for your gums.  It does not replace flossing, (sorry), but eating a piece of fruit after meals can help to flush debris and cleanse your mouth…It’s easy to incorporate small habits that will make a great difference!

Dueling in Paraguay!

December 19, 2011

Did you know that dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors?  So what does this have to do with dentistry?  Some people say that they don’t floss because they see a little blood.  Actually, this is simply a sign that you may have been neglecting your hygeine.  With regular flossing and brushing that blood will disappear.   Gum disease will affect your overall health but the good news is that it is easily treated and reversed!!   Visit your dentist for a professional cleaning and check-up every six months.  Proper nutrition and excellent oral hygeine can be the first lines of defense in a long and healthy life!

MILLIONS…..SERIOUSLY?

November 7, 2011

It is hard to imagine that students ages 5-17 miss an average of over a million school days annually due to acute dental problems-that’s an average of 3.1 days per 100 students.  (Surgeon General David Satcher).  While some dental emergencies cannot be avoided, many can with proper oral hygeine and regular dental check-ups.  Remember to use your dry brush daily.  It’s an easy habit to aquire, just do it!  Whether you’re at the computer or watching tv, grab your dry brush and massage your gums!  This simple act, along with regular flossing and brushing will help maintain great oral health and can even keep you on the fast track to getting your braces off!  Remember to visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and check-up.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your treatment please do not hesitate to call us.  Together we will help you keep your mouth healthy and keep your orthodontic treatment on track!!!

Down In The Mouth :(

September 26, 2011

Once you’re in the retention phase of treatment it is certainly more comfortable, however you still need to be diligent with your oral hygeine.  When researchers examined teens’ retainers they found a type of yeast on two thirds of them, and staphylococcus, including the superbug MRSA, on half.  Although this seems like an alarming statistic there are several things that you can do to make sure your retainers stay clean and bacteria free.  Make sure your child brushes their retainer (ideally with a seperate toothbrush) and toothpaste at least twice a day.  If your retainer develops an odor, you can soak it for several minutes in white vinegar or Listerine.  Never wrap your retainers in a napkin as they will more than likely get thrown away.  Last but not least, when you’re not wearing your retainers keep them in a retainer case.  Children are curious about them and dogs love to eat them up!!  Taking care of your retainers doesn’t have to be difficult and neither does wearing them.  Remember, it’s not forever…but your beautiful smile is!!!!  As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call. 🙂

Trust Me!!!!

August 29, 2011

According to a Gallup Poll, dentistry is the fifth most trusted profession in America.  Another recent Gallup Poll indicated that dentists generally get high marks from consumers for their interpersonal skills and delivey of quality care.  Since tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease among children ages 5-17 with 59% affected, we suggest that you visit your dentist twice a year to ensure your optimum oral health.  Flossing and dry brushing are very effective ways to keep your gums healthy and avoid cavities.  Flouride rinses are also a great way to help strengthen the enamel and keep cavities at bay.   If you don’t have a general dentist, we have several great referrals and can match you with someone that you’ll feel comfortable with.  Remember, good dental care is important to your overall health and we are always here to help!

     Smiling is something that we do on a daily bases but we rarely think about the power that a smile can have.  There are many interesting facts that revolve around a smile.  In fact, did you know that women smile more often than men and that babies save a particular smile for only their loved ones?  Your smile has the power to change the life and day of someone, even yourself!  Psychologists have found that even if you’re in a bad mood, you can INSTANTLY lift your spirits by forcing yourself to smile….so, do yourself (and everyone around you) a favor and start smiling!!!  Read on to learn more facts about smiling.

1.  When someone smiles it is universally known as an expression of happiness and is recognized by almost all cultures.

2.  A person who studies laughter is known as a ‘gelotologist’. 

3.  A smile is one of the most used human facial expressions.  Smiles can use between 5 and 53 muscles.

4.  We are born with the ability to smile, it is not something that we copy.  Babies start smiling in their sleep as soon as they are born.

5.  Smiles are more attractive than makeup!  A research study conducted by Orbit Complete discovered that 69% of people find women more attractive when they smile than when they are wearing makeup!!

6.  People can recognize smiles from up to 300 feet away, making it the most easily recognizable facial expression.

7.  SMILES RELIEVE STRESS!!!  Your body immediately releases endorphins when you smile, even when you force it.  This sudden change in mood will help you feel better and relieve stress.

8.  Smiles are contagious, so show us your smiles everyday!!!