Archive for October, 2015

How to Keep the ‘Treats’ from Playing ‘Tricks’ On Your Child’s Teeth

north Austin dentistHalloween is a beloved holiday and for good reason; children and adults alike get to be anything they want to be for an evening. For children, it’s a magical night filled with possibilities, community engagement, a little bit of healthy fright, and of course, candy. While a few bites of candy aren’t going to ruin your kid’s oral health, there are steps parents can take to ensure healthy teeth and gums – even during Halloween festivities. Our dentists provide quality oral healthcare to children in our area.

Healthy Tips for Halloween

One thing that parents can do is encourage moderation and monitor when any leftover candy is eaten. Since candy is full of sugar and sometimes acid, it can lead to tooth decay and bacterial growth. If your child has collected a surplus of candy that will easily last beyond Halloween, consider keeping the candy in a safe place where you can administer it as you see fit. An easily accessible bag of candy could mean that your son or daughter sneaks bites before supper or after nighttime oral hygiene.

During candy collection on Halloween, bring bottled water with you. Encourage kids to take sips of water throughout the night. This will help dilute harmful particles and rinse the mouth of sugar and acid. Diluting and rinsing the mouth after consuming sugar is important because sugar is the natural food source for bacteria. When candy is ingested, bacteria literally go into a feeding frenzy.

If you host a Halloween party at your home for children in your neighborhood, consider fun and tasty alternatives to candy. For instance, you can “bob” for apples and serve snacks such as celery with peanut butter and raisins. While these foods have sugar, they are healthier alternatives to store bought candy.

Before bedtime on Halloween and any subsequent days where candy is eaten, watch over your children’s oral hygiene routines to make sure they are brushing and flossing properly.

Our practice would like to wish our community a happy and safe Halloween. Call us to schedule a checkup or cleaning.

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Can Invisalign correct crowded teeth?

Invisalign Round RockSince Invisalign has been made available to the public, millions of people have improved the function and aesthetics of their smiles. This revolutionary orthodontic system eliminates the need for permanent orthodontic appliances and instead, utilizes removable aligners made of plastic to move teeth to healthier positions over the course of treatment. Invisalign can improve spacing issues such as crowded or gapped teeth, as well as misaligned bites and overlapping teeth. Our dentists offer consultations for adults and teenagers seeking an alternative to conspicuous metal orthodontia.

How does Invisalign work?

As with traditional orthodontia, Invisalign corrects the positioning of teeth by applying force and pressure. Applying continuous and steady pressure will shift teeth to a straighter alignment over time. Unlike traditional metal and wire braces, though, Invisalign is made from different materials. Patients will simply wear a custom fitted retainer-like appliance called an aligner for two weeks at a time. These custom aligners will then be swapped out for a tighter set every successive two weeks until treatment is complete.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Wearing Invisalign offers numerous benefits to patients. First, the construction of Invisalign aligners means that patients can receive orthodontic treatment in as discreet a manner as possible. Since these aligners are clear, they are not noticeable to others.

Another benefit related to the materials that make up Invisalign is the fact that the plastic used to craft aligners will not cut into or irritate the linings of the cheeks and lips or the tongue.

Lastly, since patients can take out their aligners for meals and oral hygiene, eating a balanced diet and cleaning one’s mouth is much easier than with traditional braces.

How do I know if Invisalign is right for me?

Even though Invisalign can help many patients, some folks benefit better from traditional orthodontia. Our dentists can help you determine the best method of treatment for your situation. To schedule a consultation with our friendly and caring staff, call us at Balcones Family Dental today.

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