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Tips for Sports-Related Dental Emergencies

October 8th, 2021

Sports are a great way for children and teens to exercise, learn the value of teamwork, and have fun.  Many of our patients play sports while in orthodontic treatment. Dr. Barden recommends that patients always wear a properly fitting mouthguard when playing sports, whether it’s for fun, during practice, or during competition.  Learn more about the importance of mouthguards when playing sports.

If a sports-related dental emergency occurs, here are some helpful tips provided by the American Dental Association.

Knocked out tooth. If the tooth is dirty, hold the tooth by the top (crown) and rinse gently.  If possible, you can try to insert the tooth back into the socket. Otherwise put the tooth in a container with milk. Contact your dentist immediately for an emergency visit.

Cracked or broken tooth.  Rinse your mouth with warm water and put a cold pack on the face to minimize swelling.  Save the broken part of the tooth in a wet cloth. Contact your dentist immediately for an emergency appointment.

Jaw possibly broken.  Apply a cold ice pack on the face to minimize swelling and contact your dentist or go to the emergency room immediately.

Bitten tongue or lip.  Clean the area gently and use cold packs on the area to minimize swelling. Contact your dentist or go to the emergency room if there is heavy bleeding that does not stop after a short period of time.

Mouthguards can prevent or minimize many sports-related injuries. Ask Dr. Doug Barden or his staff if you have any questions or need a mouthguard that works with braces. Check out more emergency care tips on our website.

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Loaded Potato Casserole: Braces Friendly Recipe

September 10th, 2021

Are you looking for a new braces friendly dinner recipe? How about “Loaded Baked Potato Casserole? It’s perfect for a weekday dinner, soft enough to eat with braces (and even sore teeth), and packed with healthy ingredients.

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

  • 6 to 8 cups mashed potatoes (or try mashed cauliflower for a fun alternative)
  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 6 slices bacon (cooked and chopped)
  • 1 onion and 2 cloves of garlic (chopped and sautéed in olive oil)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Toppings: salsa, sour cream, fresh parsley, chives, or jalapeños.

Instructions

In a large, buttered casserole dish, layer mashed potatoes, onions, chicken, cheese, and bacon. Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes until cheese is melted and dish is heated through.  Serve hot with toppings of choice and enjoy!

Check out some of Dr. Douglas Barden's other braces friendly recipes including garden veggie chilistew, and fun appetizers. Share your favorite braces friendly meal suggestions with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

Dr. Barden Named TOP Orthodontist

August 6th, 2021

We are proud to announce that Dr. Douglas Barden has once again been listed as a TOP Dentist in the field of Orthodontics by Milwaukee Magazine. This award is based on reviews from other dentists and recognizes his expertise in orthodontics.

Dr. Barden takes pride in providing his patients with the best orthodontic treatment possible.

  • Dr. Barden is involved with professional orthodontic associations. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the premier orthodontic association that requires the highest credentials and education for membership.
  • Dr. Barden has served as President and board member of the Wisconsin Society of Orthodontists.
  • Dr. Barden frequently attends conferences and continuing education lectures so that he has the most effective treatment options for his patients.

Barden Orthodontics’ new, state-of-the-art office was designed to be comfortable, safe, and welcoming for the entire family.

  • We treat everyone like family. Patients are always greeted with a friendly smile and have an individualized treatment plan. Barden Orthodontics provides a stress-free and positive experience for patients of all ages. A favorite feature of our office is the game room featuring Pacman, Star Wars and other classic video games!
  • Barden Orthodontics utilizes the newest technology to ensure the most effective treatment.
  • We understand everyone is concerned about infection control at this time. At Barden Orthodontics we have always carefully followed all CDC and OSHA guidelines. We have strict adherence to sterilization and sanitation procedures and use of personal protective equipment.
  • Dr. Barden is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We have also developed a new set of COVID-specific protocols for our office to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff.
  • Barden Orthodontics has integrated multistage air filters that utilize UV lights to produce surgically clean air throughout the office.
  • All treatment chairs are physically separated by walls, unlike most orthodontic offices that have an open treatment area. Each treatment room has a dedicated air filter.

We are proud that Dr. Barden has been acknowledged again by the Milwaukee Magazine selection of Top Dentists in the field of Orthodontics.  Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the office.

Food to Avoid with Braces

July 9th, 2021

Congratulations you have braces and are on your way to a healthy, beautiful smile! For your orthodontic treatment to be most effective, and stay on schedule, it is important that you follow Dr. Barden's instructions and take care of your orthodontic appliances. Breaking your brackets, arch wires, and other orthodontic appliances will slow down your treatment (resulting in wearing braces for longer time!) and result in more visits to fix and repair the damage.

This means that while you have braces, or other orthodontic appliances, you may need to make a few lifestyle changes and to be careful about what you eat. Eating the wrong foods can result in loose or broken brackets and bent arch wires.  Take care of your braces and appliances by avoiding hard or sticky food. This includes things like popcorn and nuts. Also avoid sticky candy  such as caramels, taffy, gum.

Hard vegetables and fruits like apples and carrots are healthy food choices, but eating them whole can cause broken brackets and bent arch wires. During orthodontic treatment we recommend cooking hard vegetables and fruits until they are soft or cutting them into small, bite size pieces.

Other things to avoid that can cause damage to your braces include chewing on ice or objects such as pencils (you should avoid doing these things even if not in braces as they can damage your teeth!)

Taking these precautions will reduce the number of broken brackets, reduce your number of emergency visits and help keep you on track to a healthy, beautiful smile.  Ask Dr. Douglas Barden and his assistants if you have any questions about what you can, and can’t, eat while in treatment!

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