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Keeping Your Braces Clean

It’s no secret that braces are difficult to keep clean! Food debris and plaque often get stuck between the wires and brackets, flossing takes a few extra steps, and it can be tough to keep your breath smelling fresh. Luckily, there are a few tips to make sure your teeth stay healthy while you’re undergoing…

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Palatal Expanders

A palatal expander is used to help guide and direct the growth of the upper jaw in young orthodontic patients. The palatal expander is placed on the roof of your child’s mouth, widening the upper jaw by applying gentle pressure on the top molars. This allows the upper and lower teeth to achieve a more…

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Using Teeth as Tools

Using your teeth improperly may cause the teeth to become cracked or fractured. Cracked or fractured teeth are the third leading cause of tooth loss in the U.S. If you are using your teeth for anything other than biting and chewing, you are at an increased risk of tooth damage, which could lead to dental…

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What We Can Learn from Prehistoric Teeth

Archaeologists who discovered an ancient substance, much like chewing gum, have used it to take a look into the life, diet, and appearance of a young Stone Age girl. This bird pith, an ancient form of gum used as a type of glue in the Paleolithic era, was found at a Denmark archaeological site. The…

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Dental Braces and Mouthwash

Knowing what is and is not okay while wearing braces can be tough to figure out at first. A few things are obvious; You should be brushing twice a day and flossing daily as a part of your dental routine, but many patients have questions about whether it’s safe to use mouthwash during orthodontic treatment.…

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The Impact of Celiac Disease on Your Oral Health

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can cause sufferers to have an intolerance to gluten. When sufferers of celiac disease consume foods that contain gluten, their bodies will not properly absorb the gluten, leading to damage of the small intestine. Most symptoms of celiac disease will be found in the gastrointestinal tract, but there…

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4 Reasons Why Dental Exams Are Important

Taking good care of your teeth and gums isn’t only important for your smile. Your oral hygiene is also very important to your overall health as well. Gum disease and teeth problems have been linked to strokes, heart disease, and diabetes.  In addition to brushing twice a day, and flossing daily, you should also be…

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4 Ways to Properly Clean Your Dental Retainer

Once your orthodontic treatment is complete and your braces have been removed, you’ll need to wear a dental retainer! This retainer will allow you to keep your smile straight and beautiful for years to come. Without a retainer, your teeth may shift back to their original positions, possibly even require a second set of braces…

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Can Braces Make My Teeth Fall Out?

This is a common question asked in most orthodontic offices, but the answer is a resounding no! Braces will not cause your teeth to fall out. We understand the concern that some orthodontic patients have. During the first few days of wearing braces, the teeth will start to shift, causing the teeth to feel loose.…

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3 Benefits of Wearing Orthodontic Headgear

Headgear is used to describe any orthodontic appliance that is strapped to the head to provide extra outside pressure onto a patient’s teeth. Not everyone who needs orthodontic treatment will need to wear headgear, but it is an important part of some treatment plans and provides a few other benefits as well. 3 Benefits of…

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