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What food to avoid at BBQ's while wearing braces!

July 12th, 2024

1. Ribs: Ribs are tough and can be difficult to chew and cause damage to braces if biting into the bone.

2. Corn on the cob: Corn on the cob can be hard to eat with braces and may get stuck in between brackets and wires. Brackets can break or the wire if you accidentally bite into the cob.

3. Sticky or chewy foods: Foods like caramel or taffy can easily get stuck in and break the braces.

4. Hard breads and rolls: Bread that is too crispy or tough can be difficult to eat with braces and will cause damage.

5. Tough cuts of meat: Steaks or other tough cuts of meat can be challenging to chew with braces and may also cause damage. Cut into very tiny pieces if you eat steak.

6. Hard fruits and vegetables: Apples, carrots, and other hard fruits and vegetables can be difficult to bite into with braces and may cause brackets to break so it is very important to cut produce into small slices.

7. Nuts and seeds: Small, hard foods like nuts and seeds can easily get lodged in braces and be difficult to remove.

Benefits of a soft bristled tooth brush

July 5th, 2024

While it may seem like a small and insignificant detail, the type of toothbrush you use can actually have a big impact on the health of your teeth and gums. One type of toothbrush that is often recommended by dentists is a soft bristle toothbrush.

Why are soft bristle toothbrushes recommended? 

•gentle on your teeth and gums, making them a great choice for those with sensitive gums or teeth. 

•The soft bristles are less likely to cause irritation or damage to your enamel, making them a safer option for those with sensitive mouths.

•less of a chance for gum recession from brushing your teeth 

•effective at removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth. The bristles are able to reach into the crevices and tight spaces between your teeth, helping to prevent cavities and gum disease.

•can help to prevent enamel erosion. Harder bristle toothbrushes can be too rough on your enamel, causing it to wear away over time. Soft bristles are much gentler on your enamel, helping to protect it and keep your teeth healthy.

When brushing, it's important to remember to brush gently and in a circular motion. Avoid using too much pressure, as this can cause damage to your gums and enamel. It's also important to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed.

How we sterilize our dental instruments-

June 17th, 2024

Dental instruments are typically sterilized using heat or chemical processes. 

1. Autoclaving: This is the most common method of sterilizing dental instruments. The instruments are placed in a special autoclave machine which uses steam and pressure to kill bacteria, viruses, etc. Autoclaving is effective in sterilizing both metal and heat-resistant plastic instruments.

2. Dry heat sterilization: Some instruments, such as metal handpieces, may be sterilized using dry heat ovens. The instruments are heated to high temperatures for a set amount of time to kill bacteria and such from the instruments.

3. Cold sterilization: Some dental instruments may be sterilized using a cold chemical solutions such as glutaraldehyde. These chemicals can effectively kill bacteria and viruses on instruments that cannot withstand high heat.

4. Ultrasonic cleaning: Before sterilization, dental instruments are often cleaned using ultrasonic machines. These machines use high-frequency sound waves to remove debris and contaminants from the instruments.

It is important for dental offices to follow strict sterilization protocols to prevent the spread of infections and ensure the safety of patients and staff. Instruments should be properly cleaned, packaged, and sterilized before each use. Regular monitoring and testing of sterilization equipment are also done weekly to ensure that the instruments are being properly sterilized.

Benefits of Whitening Your Teeth

June 5th, 2024

There are several benefits to whitening your teeth:

1. Improved appearance: Teeth whitening can significantly enhance the appearance of your smile by removing stains and discoloration. It can make your teeth look brighter & whiter.

2. Boost in self-confidence: A brighter smile can increase self-esteem and confidence. When you feel good about your smile, you are more likely to smile more and feel more comfortable in social as well as professional situations. Also, getting orthodontic treatment can be helpful, you'll want straighter teeth before whitening!

3. Enhanced first impression: A whiter, brighter grin can leave a positive and lasting first impression on others. It can make you appear more attractive, friendlier and approachable.

4. Motivation for oral hygiene: Investing in teeth whitening can motivate you to maintain good oral hygiene habits. When you see the positive results of whitening, you may be more interested in taking better care of your teeth and maintaining the whiteness. This means flossing after every meal & brushing 3 times a day.

5. Non-invasive and affordable: Teeth whitening is a non-invasive & affordable cosmetic dental procedure. It can provide noticeable results within hours when done at the dental office. Another option is purchasing an over-the-counter whitening kit- this will take a little longer to see results.

It is best to ask your dentist before doing any whitening to make sure it is safe for your enamel as everyone's teeth are different.

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