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How Does Orthodontic Care Help Kids?

Our goal for every patient is a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. The journey may begin at different times for everyone, but the best way to set your child up for success is to meet with an orthodontist early. Generally age 7 is the time where baby teeth are falling out, adult teeth are growing in, and a lot of changes start happening really quickly, making it the perfect time to visit your doctor. If your child is approaching 7 years old, here’s why you should schedule an appointment today:

Learn Healthy Habits

Most children don’t start out with great dental hygiene – thank goodness for baby teeth! Once adult teeth start growing in, your child’s habits become more and more important to their overall health. When you meet with an orthodontist early, you can be more prepared to teach your child proper brushing and flossing, as well as how to avoid potentially problematic behaviors like thumb sucking or ice crunching.

Identify Possible Issues

Sometimes orthodontic challenges can begin before we even have a full set of adult teeth. When your child meets with the orthodontist for the first time, you’ll have the best chance of identifying potential issues like protruding teeth or teeth crowding. By identifying these problems early you can get started on treatment right away, and save years of more extensive procedures later on.

Build a Relationship

Many of us grew up with anxiety or even fear surrounding dental visits. However, at Alizadeh and Schreiner we’ve taken every step to make sure the experience is fun, inviting, and comfortable for everyone! When you introduce your child to the office and staff from a young age, they have an opportunity to get comfortable, ask questions, and develop rapport with the people who will be involved in their treatment. This will lead to a more trusting relationship and ultimately a better outcome.

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Post-Easter Tips for Preventing Cavities

The holidays have several guarantees: food, family, and candy. Easter especially offers tons of the sweet stuff, and kids may lose count of all the marshmallows and chocolate bunnies they gather. With candy, however, comes the nemesis of kids (and parents) everywhere: cavities. Here are several tips on how to keep kids’ teeth clean—even with baskets full of candy.

Brush After All Sweets

When brushing teeth, remember that it’s the length of time, not the amount of pressure, that counts. The proper length of teeth brushing, twice a day, is two full minutes. Set a timer or play two minutes of a catchy song to make sure kids brush their teeth the entire time!

End With Flossing

After a long day of snacking on candy, it’s well worth the extra step! If kids don’t enjoy flossing, consider a WaterPik or other water flosser as an alternative. There are even gadgets that help floss between braces brackets.

Stay Consistent

Holidays can be an exciting time for kids, with people traveling, lots of family meals, and perhaps more time to goof around than they’re used to. But that fun shouldn’t come at the expense of their oral health! When you make oral hygiene a routine, kids are more likely to follow what they know even with an unfamiliar place or schedule. Model by example and show your children that brushing and flossing can be done routinely. Consider attaching oral hygiene to another daily task, like just after waking up or after meals, or set times each day that are reserved for brushing and flossing.

Post-Easter celebrations doesn’t have to mean extra dentist visits. Show your kids how to stay on top of their oral hygiene, and they can have their chocolate bunnies and eat them, too!

Could Your Diabetes Effect Your Orthodontic Treatment?

girl holding blood pressure monitorAlthough diabetes has become a fairly common disease in most recent years, it is still very serious and should be managed properly to avoid damaging effects to the body. These damaging effects include threats to your oral that can greatly influence your orthodontic treatment.

Diabetes and Gum Disease

The connection between diabetes and periodontal disease is closer than most people think. Did you know that those with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease? For this reason, it is important for people with diabetes to understand its effects and practice good oral hygiene before, during and after orthodontic treatment.Read More

Is Juicing Bad for Your Teeth?

At the start of every new year, most of us begin to reevaluate our waistlines and opt for a healthier lifestyle. With the growing popularity of juicing in recent years, more of our patients have been turning to this diet as a means of increasing their fruit and vegetable intake. While blending veggies, fruits, and other nutrients together can be very beneficial for overall health, do you really know the effects on your oral health?

The Effects of Juicing on the Teeth

When you consume a fruit and vegetable drink, you’re exposing your teeth to the acids that come from these foods as well. Over time, these acids can cause staining and erosion damage to your teeth. Many people notice that their teeth feel sticky or rough after juicing for more than a couple of days. Thankfully, the orthodontists at Alizadeh & Schreiner Orthodontics has a few easy tips to help maintain great oral health while drinking yourself to a better you. Read More