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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

How to Eat With Braces

Eating habits will need to change once you start orthodontics, if you want it to go smoothly and quickly that is! To get the best smile possible for you, YOU have to care for your teeth as well as your braces! A good rule of thumb is if the item you want to eat is hard, sticky, or should probably avoid it!
During the first few days of braces, your teeth may be sore, so eating softer foods like yogurt, fruits (cut into bite sized pieces) or soup, slowly and gently until the soreness subsides, is the best way to minimize further pain. Also, a softer diet with less acidic beverages help keep brackets from coming off and wires
from breaking so treatment progresses smoothly.

Cleaning after eating:
There are many nooks and crannies where food can catch-so, you must be especially careful. Pay particular attention to the area next to the gum. This is a DANGER ZONE. Brush your teeth carefully and thoroughly. Vigorously rinse out any food that has been loosened. Poor brushing may result in permanent stains on your teeth.
Brush your teeth with the toothbrush Dr. Bertolini recommended. Start at the back and use a rotation movement. Brush your teeth as they grow, top teeth downward and bottom ones upward. Now, repeat the same procedures on the inner surfaces (the tongue side)of your teeth...downward for uppers and upward for lowers.

Next, run the brush along your arch wires carefully and slowly. Pay particular attention to the tooth surfaces between your gums and the bands. Rinse your mouth and check your teeth, gums and appliances in the mirror. Does your whole mouth look clean and do your bands sparkle? If your teeth are not completely clean - brush them again!


Clean bands are less noticeable than dirty bands. Only you can give your teeth and appliances proper care. Teeth move faster in a clean, healthy mouth!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dental Fun Facts

Americans spend $1.8 billion every year on toothpaste. But they spend $2 billion on Easter candy and $2.3 billion on Halloween candy!!

One in every 2000 babies is born with a tooth.

33% of Americans have untreated tooth decay.

Cats have 30 teeth and dogs have 42.

If you're right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your right side.

The second most common disease in the US is tooth decay. (First is the common cold).

Every person has a unique tongue print.

It takes 17 muscles to smile.

It takes 43 muscles to frown.

An elephant tooth can weigh more than six pounds.

80% of people are not happy with their smile.

Every persons teeth have their own unique dentition or fingerprint - no two are alike.

A blue whale is the largest mammal in the world and has no teeth.

The Tooth Fairy currently pays about $2.00/tooth.

The major causes of tooth loss in people under 35 are sports, accidents and fights.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

How to Brush Your Teeth

It seems like an innate thing, knowing how to brush your teeth properly, right? Most people don't realize that they don't brush long enough, they brush too hard or they are in need of a change of toothbrush. Dr. Bertolini recommends changing your brush every 3 months or less (and always change it right after you get over a cold.)
Start by placing the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, move the brush back and forth with short gentle strokes. Brush your teeth as they grow, top teeth downward and lower teeth upward - then repeat the same procedures on the inner surfaces of your teeth (the tongue side). Brush your tongue to remove bacteria. Last, rinse your mouth and look at your teeth and gums in the mirror. Does your whole mouth look clean? If they do, you can reach for the floss!