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Tips for Great Dental Hygiene

March 8th, 2019

Great dental hygiene is essential while in orthodontic treatment. This includes brushing the surface of the teeth as well as flossing to get in between the teeth and along the gums. Brushing can be a little more difficult if you have braces so be sure to ask Dr. Barden and his assistants about the best methods to keep your teeth clean.

At Barden Orthodontics we recommend patients use an electronic toothbrush. Electronic toothbrushes have a special orthodontic brush head specifically designed for use with braces (ask us at the front desk if you need a replacement head). Patients should brush, using fluoride toothpaste, for at least 2 minutes, after each meal. Carry a travel toothbrush so that you can brush while on the go! If you can’t brush right after each meal, then you should rinse with water to dilute any sugar and remove food particles from your teeth. The most important time of day to brush your teeth and braces is at night, before you go to bed, so that the food doesn’t stick to your teeth all night long.

If you are being treated with clear aligners, such as Invisalign, be sure to remove the aligners when you eat and then brush your teeth before putting them back in your mouth.  Brush the aligners clean each night.  

Don’t forget to clean in between your teeth! Every night you should floss or use an interproximal brush to clean under the arch wires and clean between your teeth. Brushing often misses these tight spaces where plaque likes to build up and cavities can develop. When you floss be sure to clean along and under the gum line. With practice, flossing with braces gets easier.

Finally, rinse with a fluoride-based mouthwash to maximize fluoride protection on your teeth.

Parents of our younger patients (about age 12 or younger) should monitor their child’s brushing and double check to make sure that the teeth are clean. A good tip-- use a mouth rinse that has been designed to show food particles left behind after brushing. This way children (and their parents!) can see which areas might be getting missed and adjust their brushing.

Good dental hygiene takes time and effort – especially with braces. However, failure to properly care for your teeth can result in plaque build up, cavities and white spots, and gum disease. Your brushing and flossing effort is worth it to ensure that you have beautiful, healthy teeth.

Be sure to ask Dr. Barden and his team if you have any questions about brushing and flossing. We love healthy smiles!

 

“Braces Friendly” Winter Dinner

February 8th, 2019

“What’s for dinner?” Are you looking for a healthy dinner recipe that is also “braces friendly”? In the wintertime, a Barden family favorite is this easy, slow cooker beef stew. It’s packed with healthy vegetables and everything cooks soft, so you don’t need to worry about breaking wires or brackets. Even people with sore teeth can enjoy this meal! The recipe is easy to make and can be adjusted to include vegetables that your family loves!

Easy slow cooker beef stew
2 lbs beef stew meat
¼ cup flour
Salt and pepper to taste
1 clove minced garlic
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 onion chopped
2 cups beef broth
3 diced potatoes
4 sliced carrots
1 cup peas

Directions
Place meat in slow cooker and stir in the flour. Add the other ingredients. Cook on low for 10-12 hours or high for 4-6 hours. If desired, or needed, you can thicken the stew with tomato paste. ENJOY!

What are some of your family's favorite dinners? Share them with us on our Facebook page!

Resolutions for a Beautiful Smile

January 3rd, 2019

The start of the year is a great time to renew your commitment to maintaining your beautiful, healthy smile with great dental hygiene.

You have chosen to get orthodontic treatment because you value having a beautiful, healthy smile.  Dr. Barden and his team are working with you to improve your teeth positioning and jaw alignment.  To ensure a beautiful smile you will also need to do your part -- it is important that you follow all instructions about wearing your appliances and rubber bands. It is also important that you have excellent dental hygiene to keep your teeth clean and cavity free.  Below are some of our top tips for a healthy smile!

New Year's Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

  • Follow the 2-2 rule.  Brush your teeth 2 times a day for 2 minutes each time. Use a timer to make sure you don’t cut the time short.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss, or use an interdental brush, to clean in between your teeth. Floss every day!
  • Rinse with a mouthwash designed to show missed food particles.  This way you are sure to get everything clean and improve your brushing skills!
  • Visit your dentist for an exam and cleaning every 6 months, or more regularly as directed by the doctor.
  • Choose healthy foods and beverages.  Limit sugary foods and snacks to special treats and then brush after eating!

Remember to ask Dr. Barden and his team if you have any questions about what you can do to keep your teeth healthy and clean to ensure a smile that you will love for a lifetime!

Everyone at Barden Orthodontics wishes you the best in the New Year. We hope this year is filled with lots of love, good cheer, and happy, healthy smiles!

Holiday Treats and Healthy Teeth

December 7th, 2018

Dr. Barden and his team love this time of year! Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s there are so many reasons to celebrate with family and friends. And, yes, we LOVE the many delicious, holiday treats!

We get it – holiday treats are delicious! The holidays are a time when we cook our favorite desserts and share them with family and friends. Just remember - if you have braces avoid sticky candy (such as caramel), nuts, and hard candies or appetizers that could break your orthodontic appliances and bend the wires. If you have Invisalign aligners you will be happy to learn you can eat whatever you want because you can remove your aligners while you eat. Just be sure to brush before putting the aligners back on.

In order to keep teeth healthy while also enjoying the many delicious holiday treats we suggest the following things:

• Everything in moderation – some treats and sweets are fine but be cautious about the amount of sugary foods that you eat.
• Don’t snack on sweets all day – that just extends the amount of time for the sugar to be on your teeth. Pick your time to eat the sweets and then brush your teeth clean!
• Pick sweets that are not sticky. Chocolate is a better choice as it is easier to rinse from your teeth.
• Take a travel toothbrush with you! After eating the sweets be sure to give your teeth a brush to remove the sugar
• Forgot your toothbrush? Drink some water to rinse your teeth and dilute the sugar.
• Be sure to brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes each time! Floss and use a fluoride rinse at night to be sure you have a sparkling, clean smile!

The holidays are a great time to schedule your 6 month check up and cleaning with your dentist. They can also work with you to whiten your teeth if you want to have an extra bright smile for those holiday photos.

Happy Holidays to everyone from Barden Orthodontics. We wish you all a season filled with love, friendship, and good cheer.

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