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Top Reasons for Orthodontics

January 7th, 2022

Are you considering orthodontics for yourself or your child?  It’s a big decision to seek orthodontic treatment.  Here are some of the top reasons for children, teens, and adults to get braces or Invisalign.

Top reasons children should consider getting orthodontic treatment:

  • Early treatment allows the correction and guides the growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight.
  • Orthodontics can regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches.
  • Orthodontics can create more space for crowded teeth.
  • If treated early, you might be able to avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life.
  • Orthodontic treatment can also correct tooth and jaw problems due to thumb sucking.
  • Orthodontic treatment can also help improve minor speech problems.

Top reasons teens and adults should consider getting orthodontic treatment:

  • Teeth that are straight are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and this may help prevent other health problems.
  • Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
  • Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it's needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, feel free to call our Whitefish Bay, WI office at 414-962-1281. Dr. Douglas Barden offers free consultations so you can learn if orthodontic treatment is right for you or your child.

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Lost Tooth Traditions Around the World

December 3rd, 2021

What is the most exciting thing to happen to a child’s tooth? No, it’s not getting braces (although everyone at Barden Orthodontics thinks that getting braces is very exciting!).  It’s losing your first (and second, and third) baby tooth!

In the United States, children usually put their lost tooth under their pillow and a tooth fairy takes the tooth and leaves money or coins.  However, did you know these tooth fairy traditions vary around the world?

Here are some of Dr. Barden's favorite traditions from around the world:

  • Botswana - Children throw their lost tooth on the roof and say “Mr. Moon, Mr. Moon, please bring me a new tooth.”
  • Chili - Children give the tooth to their mother who makes it into a gold or silver charm that can be worn as a necklace or earing.
  • France - Children put their lost tooth under their pillow. A mouse, La Petite Souris, comes to take it and leaves a gift.
  • Guatemala – Raton Miguelito takes the tooth and leaves a coin.
  • Ireland – Leprechauns take the tooth and leave a gold coin.
  • Pakistan - Children wrap their lost tooth in cotton. At sunset they throw it in the water for good luck.
  • Sweden - Children put their lost tooth in a glass of water. In the morning, the tooth will be replaced with a coin.
  • Taiwan - Children throw their lost tooth on the roof.

According to a 2018 U.S. poll the average “Tooth Fairy Rate” for a lost tooth was $3.70. Although cash may be the most popular gift, gold dollar coins, dollar bills sprayed with glitter, and even small toys are fun things to exchange for the lost tooth.

Whatever tradition you follow, the loss of a child’s first tooth is a fun dental milestone to celebrate.

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"Fall Back" Dental Tips

November 5th, 2021

Daylight savings ends and we gain an extra hour of time!  Dr. Douglas Barden recommends these 5 teeth-friendly things to do with your extra hour.

  1. Whiten your teeth. Do your teeth look dull or have they lost their shine?  Try an at home tooth whitening strip or get it professionally done at your dentist’s office.
  2. As a family cook a braces friendly healthy meal together. Health nutrition = healthy teeth!
  3. Use this time to replace your toothbrush! Remember to switch your toothbrush every three months, after being sick, or when it looks worn.
  4. Read a good tooth book with your kids! Kids love to read stories with their parents and there are a ton of great books that teach children about good oral hygiene and dental health in a fun way.
  5. Watch a comedy show, funny movie, or have a family night of joke telling. It won’t improve your oral health, but it will give you a reason to show off your beautiful smile!
  6. Have you lost or broken your retainer? Use the extra time to schedule an appointment and have a new one made. Remember wearing a retainer is necessary to maintain your beautiful smile!

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday!

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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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