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4 Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Clean During Orthodontic Treatment

Keeping your teeth clean while wearing braces can be difficult, but it’s more important during orthodontic treatment than ever before! Your braces make a great hiding spot for food particles, plaque buildup, and bacteria. Staying on top of your oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment can help avoid dental cavities, gum disease, chronic bad breath, and…

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How to Quit Your Nail-Biting Habit

Nail biting can be a tough habit to break. It’s damaging to your fingertips and nail beds and can cause pain, redness, and swelling. However, in addition to damaging the fingers, nail-biting can also harm your dental health. In fact, the Academy of General Dentistry has found that people who bite their nails are more…

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Helping Children Choose the Right Floss

Flossing is an integral part of healthy oral hygiene for children and adults alike. However, a recent study found that only 4 out of 10 Americans floss every day. Many people feel that brushing alone is enough to keep their teeth clean. But brushing cannot reach the spaces between the teeth, leaving your child’s teeth…

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Smoking During Orthodontic Treatment

We all know that smoking cigarettes and tobacco can be harmful to our overall health in many ways. Smoking can cause problems for the throat and lungs, but also for the mouth, teeth, and oral health. What Happens if I Smoke During Orthodontic Treatment? Smoking constricts the blood vessels in the ligaments, bone, and gum…

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What Parents Should Know About Gap Bands

At Garlock Orthodontics, we know the importance of healthy, straight teeth. Having a beautiful smile can improve self-esteem and confidence but can also open up important career and social opportunities. Unfortunately, in an attempt to fix their own gaps, young adults and teenagers are now using “gap bands” instead of consulting with an orthodontic expert.…

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Passing Out Healthier Halloween Treats

Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season that’s the roughest on your dental health! Thanks to the sugary candy corn and sticky caramels and taffy, it’s hard to stay away from unhealthy choices in the Halloween season! While we’re not at all suggesting that you stay away from candy on Halloween, but you should…

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Lingual Braces in Aurora, Colorado

Lingual braces are lesser-known orthodontic options and can be more practical and cosmetically appealing than traditional metal braces. Like some other types of braces, lingual braces are placed on the back of the teeth instead of the front, but there are a few differences in terms of fit, comfort, and discretion. This article will outline…

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Treating an Open Bite

An “open bite” is more formally known as an anterior open bite. People with an anterior open bite have front teeth, both upper and lower, that slant outward and apart so that these teeth don’t touch when the mouth is closed. An open bite is a kind of malocclusion, which means that the teeth aren’t properly…

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Setting a Good Example for Oral Hygiene Habits

No matter what the oral health habits in your home may be, your children are looking to you for an example. This goes for everything, not just oral hygiene! Kids are perceptive, and from an early age, they understand that the concept of ‘do as I say, not as I do’ is flawed and nonsensical.…

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How to Avoid Tooth Staining

Before discussing how to avoid tooth staining, you should first know why it occurs. There are a few ways for the teeth to become discolored. These include stains on the surface of the teeth, changes occurring inside the tooth, or just as a natural part of aging. Below are the most common reasons for tooth…

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