Face it. Come Halloween, despite your best sugar-cop tactics, kids are going to eat candy. It’s not the end the world or even the road to a mouthful of cavities. Here’s your best approach for dealing with goodie bags full of sugary sweets.
• Go through the goodies together. Let your kids pick out their top 10 favorites and put the rest away. (Unless your kids have photographic memories, you can probably get away with tossing the totally awful stuff when they’re not looking.)
• Don’t nag. But try to steer your kids toward the stuff that dissolves quickly like Three Musketeers or plain M&Ms. Chewy and hard candies stick to teeth and braces like glue. Obviously, this tactic will be easier with younger children.
• Avoid major arguments. Put each child’s favorites in a bag with his or her name on it.
• Let them eat one or two treats a day, choosing from their bag, but only if they agree to brush and floss immediately after eating. Hey, that’s the price of pleasure.
Don’t forget to stop by Saxe Orthodontics for a checkup this Fall season.
Spooky Treats That Stain Your Teeth
Halloween is near and Saxe Ortho is in the holiday spirit. Lurking in your kitchen are a host of innocent-looking foods and drinks that can turn your smile into something truly scary – a mouthful of stained and yellow teeth.
Here are five of the most evil tooth strainers in your cupboard and fridge. Enjoy them, but beware of what they’ll do if you aren’t careful to brush and rinse well within 30 minutes of consumption. You’ve been warned!
• Wine. Red is the obvious culprit, but white wine can discolor your teeth, too.
• Coffee and tea. If you doubt this, use a white porcelain mug for a while and watch the brown stains accumulate. FYI, green tea stains as much as black pekoe.
• Cola and other brown soft drinks. They’re acidic. They soften tooth enamel. They contain dyes. ‘Nuff said?
• Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Sure, they’re loaded with antioxidants and other good-for-you nutrients. But have you ever noticed what they do to a white table napkin?
• Soy sauce, curry and tomato sauce. You don’t have to banish these major flavors from your pantry, just take care to brush well after you have them.
Can’t brush right away? Swish fresh water around in your mouth to lessen the staining. Don’t forget to stop by Saxe Orthodontics for a routine checkup.
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Keeping Your Smile Bright With Braces
No one appreciates how easy it is to brush and floss as much as someone who has had braces. Wires, rubber bands and various other tooth-flexing appliances can really get in the way when you are trying to clean your teeth. Anyone with braces for more than a year becomes a seasoned pro at cleaning the hard to reach places and removing even the peskiest food scraps from brackets.
As difficult as it can be, however, daily care is the only way to make sure that the straight smile you have at the end will still be healthy and white.
Here are three ways you can make this process easier:
- Start by flossing. Many people save flossing for last, but it’s easy to have food particles get caught in youbraces during the process. By flossing first, you’ll ensure that these particles are cleaned away when you brush.
- Next, use your regular brush. Even though there are hard to reach places, your regular toothbrush will get most of the surfaces and help break loose anything between the wires and your teeth.
- Use your proxabrush. Despite what many think, the proxabrush is not just for when there is something wedged between braces, it should be used during every brushing to properly clean beneath wires and between brackets..
Regardless of what you do, brushing with braces is an involved process and will take a little more time. Just remind yourself that it’s only for a time and that the smile you’ll have at the end will make it all worth it.
Don’t forget to stop by Saxe Ortho for a routine check- up.
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What’s so great about an orthodontist?
A lot of our patients are curious about the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist. In fact, one of the most common questions we hear at Saxe Ortho is, “Dentists and orthodontists are all the same, right?”
A general dentist is your primary dental care provider. Dentists diagnose, treat, and manage your overall oral healthcare needs, including gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, and bridges.
Orthodontists, such as Dr. Alana Saxe, are more concerned with diagnosis, prevention, interception, and treatment of malocclusion, or what we call “bad bite,” of the teeth. Orthodontists focus on tooth and jaw alignment and bite problems such as overbites and underbites, and are responsible for straightening teeth via bands, wires, braces, and other fixed or removable corrective treatment options, like braces and clear aligners. Orthodontists treat children as well as adults who wish to improve the function of their bite and appearance of their smile.
Before becoming an orthodontist, doctors such as Dr. Alana Saxe start out in dental school and earn a dental degree, just like your general dentist. After dental school, those doctors who decide they are interested in the orthodontic field, stay in school for a few more years and become experts in orthodontia, which is one of nine specialties within the dental field.
Isn’t it nice to know we have orthodontic experts here at Saxe Orthodontics to help you through any type of treatment your teeth and jaw might need? To schedule your initial appointment at our Las Vegas Office, please give us a call today!
There are many foods that can whiten you’re smile, the best part is, most are very nutritional and delicious. Here’s a list to get you started toward a beautiful healthy smile:
-Crunchy, crispy fruits and vegetables have an abrasiveness that can help remove stains from the teeth and give the illusion they are whiter. Consider these like nature’s toothbrush. Apples, fresh green beans, cauliflower, carrots, celery and other crunchy fruits and vegetables help whiten by gently scrubbing the teeth. These abrasive vegetables and fruits have enough abrasiveness for teeth whitening without causing any harm to the enamel. A great snack for teeth whitening are crudités (sliced, fresh, raw veggies). Fibrous fruits and vegetables are low in calories, high in nutrients and massage gums and promote blood flow to help keep oral tissues healthy. They also help to increase salivary flow. Good salivary flow is an important key to help protect our oral health.
-Strawberries. This delicious fruit contains an enzyme called Malic Acid that helps with teeth whitening.
-Eating tart fruits such as oranges and pineapples. These may cause the mouth to produce more saliva, which washes teeth clean naturally. Beware of using these very acidic directly on teeth, because too much acid can cause damage to the teeth.
-Cheese and other dairy products (like yogurt and milk). These products contain a type of lactic acid that helps prevent decay. Hard cheeses also scrub teeth similar to the crunchy fruits and vegetables to help withteeth whitening by removing stain build up.
-Ginger Root. This help is owed to the anti inflammatory and antibacterial ingredients of the fruit. Patients with Periodontitis will receive some benefit by introducing ginger into their diet.
-Basil. This is known as a strong natural antibiotic. Basil can reduce the amount of harmful bacteria in the oral cavity. Basil also acts as a defense mechanism deterring the bacteria from multiplying.
-Sesame seeds. Nature’s scrubbing toothbrush. These will help in reduction of plaque deposits. Just take a few teaspoons of sesame seeds a few times per week, and you will begin to note a change in how clean your teeth are. You will probably see reduced plaque deposits.
No matter how well your oral hygiene is there may come a point in your life where you will have to get a tooth (or several teeth) pulled. This is not the most fun experience that you will have but it may be needed depending on the severity of the problem.
Proper mouth protection is recommended when you participate in sports such as Football, Soccer & Wrestling. If you have braces, this protection becomes essential. Injuries to our mouth can not only damage your teeth but possibly damage your braces or cut your lip!
“WildSmiles take your braces from mild to wild!” WildSmiles braces are specially designed brackets that come in a variety of shapes that make braces fun and personal.
WildSmiles braces are patented surgical quality stainless steel braces with unique bracket shapes: Stars, Hearts, Soccer Balls, Flowers, Footballs and Super-Diamonds.
School in Vegas is almost back in session. Alana Saxe would like to remind all of her patients about the importance of scheduling appointments in advance. With school, clubs, sports, and family duties to consider, we know that it can be challenging to find time to visit Saxe Orthodontics this fall. In order to accommodate all of her patients’ busy schedules, it is important that you plan ahead for your appointments so that she is able to provide you with a convenient appointment time.
As always, please remember to give us advanced notice if you’re unable to make your regularly scheduled appointment with Alana Saxe and her team. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule your fall appointment.
We’ll see you soon and hope summer is winding down nicely for you and your family!