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Recommended Valentine’s Day Treats

February 5th, 2021

At Barden Orthodontics we love Valentine’s day.  Especially during these challenging times, it is important to show your love and appreciation for your family, friends, and other special people in your life.

As you think about the different treats to share with these special people, don’t forget about your teeth. You want everyone to have a beautiful, healthy smile and too much candy can negatively impact your smile!

Dr. Douglas Barden’s Recommendations for Celebrating Valentine’s day:

Do:

  • Share your love with people you care about in your life. We can all use some cheer and appreciation!
  • If you have braces, pick treats that are soft and will not damage your brackets or appliances. Chocolate covered strawberries are a good choice. Dark chocolate even has some health benefits!
  • If you have Invisalign or clear aligners, you can eat whatever treats you want as you will take out your aligners. Remember, DO brush your teeth before putting them back in.
  • Show your love for someone with something other than candy or treats. Kids enjoy stuffed animals, balloons, stickers, and small toys. Adults might enjoy flowers, a special dinner delivered, or other things that show you care.

Don’t

  • If you have braces or other orthodontic appliances Do not eat treats that are hard and sticky. That means candy with nuts, hard candy (sorry, but no Valentine conversation hearts!), and sticky treats such as gum, caramels or licorice should be avoided. These can damage your appliances and slow down treatment.
  • Do not eat treats all day long as that prolongs the amount of time the sugar is on your teeth. Pick one time for a treat and then brush and floss your teeth.

Show the people in your life some love this Valentine’s day. Then show your teeth some love too! Brush, floss, and use a fluoride rinse every day.  We love a beautiful, healthy smile!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Dr Barden and his team at Barden Orthodontics!

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Braces-Friendly Appetizer Recipes for Game Day

January 8th, 2021

Are you ready for some football?! You might be in orthodontic treatment but you can still eat great food while cheering on your favorite team. Check out Dr Barden’s favorite, braces friendly appetizer recipes!

Craving something spicy?

Stuffed Jalapeno poppers

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ cup cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces ground sausage
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 10 large jalapenos

Instructions

Cook and drain the meat. Slice the jalapenos in half and clean out seeds. Combine the other ingredients and stuff the peppers. Bake on a greased pan at 350 for 15 – 20 minutes. Serve warm.

Do you have a sweet tooth?

Fruit kababs

  • Skewer strawberries, pieces of fresh pineapple, apple, cantaloupe, grapes and other favorite fruits onto a kabab stick. Serve with a side of fruit dip.

Fruit dip

  • 1 container of cool whip
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa

Instructions

Mix cool whip and cocoa powder. Serve chilled.

Looking for easy finger food?

Savory Roll Ups

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • 4 ounce can of chopped green chilies
  • 4 ounce can chopped black olives
  • 1 package of flour tortilla shells

Instructions:

Mix cream cheese, chilies, and olives together. Spread a layer of the dip onto a tortilla shell. Roll the shell, chill, and cut into bite size pieces.

Remember if you have braces, avoid any hard (nuts or popcorn) or sticky (caramels) appetizers as they can break brackets and orthodontic appliances. Broken appliances can result in an extra appointment at our office and slow down your treatment progress.

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Enjoy the Game!

Healthy Teeth and Holiday Treats

December 4th, 2020

Dr. Douglas Barden and his team love this time of year! Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s there are so many delicious, holiday treats!

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.
Use a travel toothbrush - after eating the sweets be sure to give your teeth a brush to remove the sugar
Drink some water to rinse your teeth and dilute the sugar.

Remember, if you have braces you should avoid sticky candy (such as caramel), nuts, and hard candies that could break your orthodontic appliances or bend the wires. If you have Invisalign or clear aligners you can eat whatever you want because you remove your aligners while you eat. Just remember to brush and floss before putting the aligners back on!

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, good cheer, and beautiful smiles. 

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A Beautiful Smile Requires a Great Partnership

November 6th, 2020

A Healthy Smile requires a Partnership between You, your Orthodontist, and your Dentist

Dr. Douglas Barden is an orthodontist who specializes in the movement of teeth and dentofacial development. Orthodontists complete an additional 2 to 3 years of training after having completed dental school (DDS). As an Orthodontist, Dr. Barden provides the expertise to straighten your teeth and align your jaws.

While in Dr. Barden’s care he will work in close cooperation with you and your family dentist to ensure the development of a healthy, beautiful smile.  Your dentist will continue to monitor that your teeth and gums stay clean and healthy. Dental hygiene is especially important during orthodontic treatment as it can be more difficult to keep teeth clean while in braces.

What is the patient’s role?

  • It is essential that patients (you!) follow your dentist’s instructions on how to keep your teeth clean and visit every six months for a dental cleaning (or more often as instructed).
  • You must also follow Dr. Barden’s instructions and wear your appliances and bands as instructed so that your teeth and jaws move in the way desired and on schedule.
  • It is important that you avoid hard and sticky foods that can damage your orthodontic appliances. Broken brackets and bent wires will slow down treatment progress.

If you have questions be sure to ask Dr. Douglas Barden or his staff in their Whitefish Bay, WI office.

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