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7 Important Vitamins and Minerals for Healthy Teeth

It has become a recent trend to take various supplements for different health conditions. You might have heard about the benefits of collagen supplements for your hair and nails, or vitamin D for boosting your mood. But, did you know that you can also take vitamins and minerals to help strengthen your teeth? It’s true! However, before rushing off to the store and haul for supplements, it is important to know not only what vitamins help strengthen the teeth, but also what benefits do these vitamins contribute to your oral health.

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Bad Breath Causes

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Bad breath, medically referred to as halitosis, can be caused by poor dental hygiene, underlying health issues, lifestyle choices as well as particular foods. This article will explore among other questions “What are the foods that cause bad breath?”, “What are the best remedies for bad breath?”, and “Do cavities make your breath smelly?”

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Effects of Vaping on Teeth

Vaping has become the latest trend, allowing many people to enjoy a rush of nicotine or other legal drugs without the tar and pervasive smell of smoking. However, many people who enjoy vaping do not realize that it also can have potent physical effects. Although the smoke coming from a vape pen appears whiter and cleaner than heavy, tarry cigarette smoke, it can have part a particularly profound impact on the health of your teeth and gums.

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What is a Water Pick? (Do I need one)

UPDATED 28-11-18

Water picks sometimes called “oral irrigators,” make an excellent addition to your regular home care regimen of brushing and flossing. They are especially helpful to those who suffer from periodontal disease and those patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment with full-bracketed braces.

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I Have a Severe Underbite and Don’t Want Surgery. What Should I Do?

I Have a Severe Underbite and Don’t Want Surgery. What Should I Do?

Incorrect bites are common problems that cause people embarrassment because it alters their appearance. Underbites occur when your top and bottom teeth do not align properly and the bottom teeth tend to overlap the top ones. While an underbite is often visible from the front of your face, your profile tends to be the most affected. You may also notice issues such as difficulty chewing or speaking if your underbite is especially pronounced.
Unfortunately, many people think that they only way to fix an underbite is to have surgery, and this false belief could cause you to go years without seeking help. If you struggle with an incorrect bite and don’t want surgery, then you may naturally be wondering are there other ways to fix severe underbite if surgery is not an option. You can use this guide to find the answers to your questions and get started on finding an acceptable method for treatment.

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Is It Possible to Close the Gaps Where I Lost Two Teeth?

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Teeth can fall out for a variety of reasons, whether through inadequate care or some kind of accident. Regardless, many times patients walk into an orthodontist’s office and wonder: any chance that my teeth will move and close the gaps caused by the two teeth I lost?

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Seven Tips for Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

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An investment in your kid’s braces is an investment in their future. Not only are you helping physically correct an issue, but you’re also giving them a boost in self-esteem and confidence that will help them as they travel through life.

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What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?



A smile is one of the first things people will notice about you, and one of the most memorable. If your smile isn’t all that you want it to be, due to crooked or misaligned teeth, a traditional brace may be the first solution to pop into your head. However, they are very noticeable. Adults as well as children or adolescents may find them to be too glaringly obvious and might become self-conscious while wearing them.

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Why Teenage Patients Have More [TMJ] Problems in the Springtime

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Most people associate springtime with blooming flowers, the first glimpses of sunshine after months of gloomy darkness, and beach vacations south of the border. But for those of use in the orthodontic business, springtime is also the time of year when TMJ is at its all-time high. It’s when we’re most accustomed to seeing parents accompanying teenagers complaining of jaw pain into our offices.

Why does this happen? What is TMJ? And why does it seem to reach epidemic proportions during the spring? Here’s what your orthodontist wants you to know.

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“I was smiling yesterday, I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow. Simply because life is too short to cry for anything.” ― Santosh Kalwar

smile“I was smiling yesterday, I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow. Simply because life is too short to cry for anything.” ― Santosh Kalwar

Santosh Kalwar believes that life is too short for crying, and he plans to smile each day. If you don’t want to smile because your teeth hurt when you chew food, then it is time to visit an orthodontist. Having a bad bite can lead to intense jaw pain, but it is possible to undergo orthodontic treatment to shift your misaligned teeth into the correct positions. When your teeth have mild malocclusions, it is easy to wear Invisalign aligners for six months to one year to repair your bite. However, if you have wide spaces between your teeth, then there are several types of braces available.

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Visiting an orthodontist is the only way to know if you need to wear aligners or metal brackets and wires to straighten your teeth. At an orthodontic facility, a hygienist will take 3-D images of your teeth and face to determine the type of malocclusions that you have. If you need aligners, then the hygienist will collect a mold from your mouth to design approximately 25 sets of plastic aligners. Alternatively, if you need to wear braces, then a computer software program will determine where the brackets and wires are placed on your teeth.

Begin to Smile Each Day After Undergoing Orthodontic Treatment

At Childers Orthodontics in Illinois, you can visit one of three offices that are managed by Dr. Kyle R. Childers. Schedule your appointment by calling one of these telephone numbers:

• Harrisburg – 618-252-0770
• Herrin – 618-997-1800
• Benton – 618-438-2815

Dr. Childers offers several types of orthodontic devices, including:

• Invisalign aligners for teenagers and adults
• SureSmile that has customized arch wires
• Scanning with the iTero digital system
• AcceleDent Aura to reduce your orthodontic treatment time
• Retainers to wear after braces are removed

Call Childers Orthodontics today to learn about a free consultation. Schedule an appointment online or by calling (618) 438-2815.

Childers Orthodontics

201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815

“I was smiling yesterday, I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow. Simply because life is too short to cry for anything.” ― Santosh Kalwar