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Thanksgiving Recipe: Braces Friendly Food

November 8th, 2019

Everyone at Barden Orthodontics is looking forward to Thanksgiving! It’s a day to show appreciation for the many wonderful things in our lives. It’s also a chance to share our favorite foods with family and friends.

Traditional Thanksgiving foods also happen to be Braces-Friendly Food. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy are all soft and easy to eat with braces. If you have braces, be sure to avoid any hard foods that might bend wires or break the brackets and orthodontic appliances. If you have Invisalign® you can eat whatever you want because you remove the aligners while eating!

If you are looking for a new recipe that is braces-friendly, here is one of Dr. Douglas Barden’s favorite Thanksgiving dishes. It’s packed with vegetables that are cooked soft, sure to please everyone, and easy to eat even with sore teeth!

Creamy Vegetable Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 large package of frozen broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower combination
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • In a large bowl combine vegetable, mushroom soup, 1/2 cup cheese, sour cream. Salt and pepper to personal preference. Transfer to a baking dish.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake 5 minutes longer.

You can easily double this recipe if you are serving a big crowd!

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from Barden Orthodontics!

Teeth Friendly Halloween Treats

October 6th, 2019

Halloween is Dr. Barden’s favorite holiday! Dressing up in costumes, hanging spooky decorations, pumpkin picking and carving, and trick-or-treating are fun, family friendly activities. But, the Halloween candy gives Dr. Douglas Barden and his staff a real scare.

A friendly reminder for our patients: if you have braces be sure to avoid any candy that is sticky (gum, taffy, caramel) or hard (hard candies or candy with nuts). These can damage your brackets and wires. This will require an extra appointment and can slow down your treatment progress. This means caramel apples are a real danger! If you are being treated with Invisalign® you will be happy to know you can eat anything you want as you will take off your aligners while eating.

Everyone should be careful about the amount of candy that they eat. The sugar on your teeth can cause cavities. So, please eat in moderation and then brush and floss thoroughly!

Here is our challenge to you for this year. Instead of handing out candy for trick-or-treating, how about trying some teeth-friendly alternatives? Here are some of our favorite ideas:

  • Stickers
  • Balloons
  • Stamps
  • Glow in the dark wands
  • Halloween themed pencils
  • Bat shaped rings
  • Vampire teeth
  • Mini coloring books and crayons

Barden Orthodontics will be participating again in the Merchants of Whitefish Bay trick-or-treating event on Saturday October 26 from 10am-noon. We hope you stop by for some teeth-friendly treats!

Happy Halloween!

Orthodontic Back-to-School Checklist

September 6th, 2019

Hooray the kids are headed back to school! The summer activities and trips are over and now everyone has their days filled with reading, math, science….and dental health!

Make sure your children are ready for any orthodontic situation that might occur during the school day! Dr. Douglas Barden recommends that your student pack a small travel orthodontic supply kit in their backpack.

  • Travel toothbrush and floss sticks. It’s important that food doesn’t get stuck in braces or orthodontic appliances and sit on teeth all day long! If your child isn’t able to brush during the school day, teach them to rinse their mouth with water after eating to remove the food particles and dilute the sugar on their teeth.
  • Wax to cover any poking wires.
  • Mouth guards are essential for students who are playing sports. Be sure to get a mouth guard that works with braces. We can custom make a mouth guard for maximum protection.
  • Storage Case. Bring along a retainer or clear aligner storage case. Teach your children put their retainers or clear trays in the storage case when they eat. Never store a retainer or clear aligner in a napkin –it’s too easy to toss it accidentally! Retainers that are put in a pocket or backpack without a case can become damaged.

 If your child has braces, or other orthodontic appliances, avoid packing gum, sticky candy or treats, or hard fruits and veggies in their lunch box. Fruits and veggies are a healthy lunch choice but cut apples and carrots into bite size pieces or else choose softer options (think bananas, oranges, tomatoes, cucumber slices etc). For some other lunch ideas, check out our blog on healthy snacks.

 Life gets busy during the school year, but it is important that you continue to monitor your child’s brushing and flossing. Remember to brush 2 times a day for two minutes each time. Don’t forget to floss daily! Great dental hygiene should become a normal part of your child’s routine and the reward is a beautiful, healthy smile.

Be sure to ask Dr. Barden and his team at their Whitefish Bay office if you have any questions about making sure your child is ready for any orthodontic situation during the school day. We hope all of our patients and their families have a great school year!

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What is Gum Disease?

August 2nd, 2019

What is gum disease? It’s also called Periodontal Disease and it is an infection of the tissues and bones around your teeth. Periodontal disease is caused by plaque. Infected gum tissue pulls away from your tooth and as the disease progresses the tissues and bones around your teeth are destroyed. This can result in teeth falling out or needing to be removed! Unfortunately, periodontal disease is common and can affect people regardless of age or gender.

Here are a few of the signs of possible periodontal disease:
- Red, swollen gums, or pus between teeth
- Bleeding after brushing or flossing
- Bad breath that doesn’t seem to go away even with brushing and rinsing
- Loose teeth

If you notice these signs, or have concerns about your teeth and gum health, make an appointment to see your dentist.

Things that may increase your risk of periodontal disease:
- Use of tobacco products
- Diseases that weaken the body’s immune system
- Pregnancy or changes in female hormone levels
- Certain medications
- Stress
- Genetics

The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to practice excellent dental hygiene. Please ask Dr. Douglas Barden or any of his dental assistants if you have questions about flossing and brushing while receiving orthodontic care. Finally, remember that regular dental exams and cleanings are important and can find signs of periodontal disease before it becomes a serious problem!

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