What Does Your Tongue Say About Your Health?

2022-07-05T20:51:03+00:00July 5th, 2022|Categories: Orthodontics|Tags: , , , |

The tongue is a vital organ that helps in tasting and swallowing food. Apart from the usually known roles, it is also a significant indicator of your health status.  For instance, patches on your tongue can be harmless, but they may indicate the presence of an underlying illness in the body. What then should you look for in your tongue? Here are vital tips on what the tongue says about your general or oral health. Whitish Coating Your tongue should have a uniform shade of pink in normal conditions. However, sometimes, it could be whitish if you don’t brush your tongue often. If the whitish coating doesn’t go away after [...]

How To Prevent Dry Socket After Wisdom Teeth Removal

2022-04-15T23:55:46+00:00April 11th, 2022|Categories: Orthodontics|Tags: , , , , |

Blood clots may sometimes dislodge prematurely from a tooth extraction area, leading to a dry socket. The condition is usually painful and prolongs recovery after tooth extraction. However, you can reduce the risk of dry sockets and resume your everyday life with proper dental care as soon as possible. What Exactly Is Dry Socket? It is a dental condition that mainly occurs after removing wisdom teeth. Typically, blood clots on the wound after tooth extraction, forming a protective layer on the nerves and underlying bones. But when the blood clot dissolves before the wound heals, it results in a dry socket. How to Prevent Dry Socket Dry sockets are treatable. [...]

How Do You Floss With Braces?

2022-04-11T20:41:14+00:00January 19th, 2022|Categories: Orthodontics, Tips|Tags: , , |

Despite being remarkably effective at treating all forms of structural issues in the mouth like overbites, misalignments, overcrowding, and jaw disorders, braces can make it hard to brush and clean your teeth. As you probably know, lack of proper hygiene can increase your chances of developing long-term problems like cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.  Fortunately, it is still possible to keep your teeth clean, and thus healthy, even while on dental braces although it takes some time and effort to get it right. Why And How Often You Should Floss When Wearing Braces Braces are held together by rigid frames called brackets that not only trap food particles but [...]

Things You Should Know Before Getting Your Braces

2021-12-14T19:26:10+00:00December 7th, 2021|Categories: Orthodontics, Tips|Tags: , , , |

For the longest time, braces were only worn by the awkward kids in school and were a target of everyone else’s jokes. But as with everything else, the allure of braces has grown tremendously in recent years, thanks to technological advances that not only made them more effective but also allowed the introduction of “cool” features like fun band colors and customizable patterns.  Other functional inventions like clear brace aligners have also made it possible for adults to wear braces without fear of stigma. In today’s world, braces are cool, very effective, and can be worn by everyone. But before you book a visit to your orthodontist, there are a [...]

What is the Ideal Age For Braces?

2021-12-14T19:24:32+00:00November 2nd, 2021|Categories: Orthodontics, Tips|Tags: , , |

Many parents only think about getting braces for their children when it becomes obvious that their teeth are crooked. However, waiting until these signs are visible (usually around the ages of 9-12), means that you miss out on a number of not-so-obvious problems that may also require braces.  Generally, kids orthodontists recommend taking your child for an orthodontic evaluation when they are around 6 or 7 years old, even before all their teeth mature. At this age, problems like teeth crowding, missing teeth, misalignments, spaces, and weak bites are easily identifiable and corrected, whether through braces or other oral devices. Further, these early evaluations help the dentist to determine other [...]

What are the Medical Benefits of Braces?

2021-10-18T18:11:10+00:00September 13th, 2021|Categories: Dental, Orthodontics, Tips|Tags: , , , |

In modern times, braces have become a common solution for misaligned teeth. However, apart from straightening teeth and providing beautiful smiles, there are plenty of health benefits that teenagers and adults alike can derive from wearing braces. These include: Improved Bite While braces are commonly worn to fix crooked teeth, they are also effective when it comes to correcting a poorly aligned bite. A ‘bite’ is a dental term that describes the manner in which the upper and lower teeth fit together. The presence of gaps in your mouth due to missing teeth or misaligned teeth can make the process of chewing a lot harder. In more severe cases, a [...]

How Oral Health Affects Your Heart Health

2021-12-14T19:23:14+00:00July 6th, 2021|Categories: Orthodontics, Tips|Tags: , , |

The link between oral health and heart health is often not understood by the common person. However, research has shown that the two are very closely related. According to the American Heart Association, brushing your teeth at least twice a day can significantly reduce the probability of cardiovascular diseases. In a recent study, researchers who observed the oral hygiene habits of 682 people found that individuals who did not brush their teeth at least twice a day had a significantly higher risk of contracting cardiovascular diseases than subjects who maintained a much stricter oral hygiene regimen. So, what’s the connection between oral hygiene and heart health? Read on to find [...]

Does My Child Really Need Braces?

2021-05-18T02:20:16+00:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Orthodontics, Tips|Tags: , , , |

Braces are the most popular and effective way of aligning and straightening crooked teeth in kids. But they're also quite costly and somewhat uncomfortable. So, when the dentist recommends braces for your child, it is understandable that you may be reluctant to get them. If you're unsure of whether or not to acquire braces for your kid, look out for the following signs: Chewing Difficulties  If your child finds it difficult to chew their food, they may indeed be in need of braces as crooked or misaligned teeth tend to cause this problem. You, however, need to schedule a meeting with a kid's orthodontist to make sure the problem isn't [...]

Common Problems with Metal Braces

2021-04-15T20:33:59+00:00April 15th, 2021|Categories: Orthodontics|Tags: , , , , |

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, more than four million Americans wear braces. People have been wearing the metal dental braces we know today for over a century ago. They still remain popular even with the current alternatives, which include Invisalign. People who wear braces may experience discomfort in their mouth including when the braces break or become loose. However, most of the problems have home remedies for relief while others might need the attention of your family dentist.  Below, we look at common problems people with metal dental braces face and how best to fix them. Soreness After getting metal braces, you may experience soreness for a few [...]

Reasons Why Your Kid’s Permanent Teeth Aren’t Coming In

2021-03-23T02:07:50+00:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Dental, Orthodontics, Tips|Tags: , |

Parents love it when their children grow healthily. One of the phases that signal a child’s growth is the loss of baby tooth.  After the tooth loss, comes the wait for shiny new permanent teeth. Most often than not, the tooth usually pops within the expected timeline.  Nonetheless, there are cases where the tooth takes too long to come out. In such cases, parents are left wondering why their child's permanent teeth aren't coming out.  Well, you shouldn't fuss too much about your child's permanent teeth not showing up. This situation is perfectly normal and can be a result of several factors. Here is a look at some of them: [...]