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Preventing Decay While Wearing Braces

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Having braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. Preventing tooth decay can be a big challenge simply because of the tendency for braces to trap food under the wires and between the teeth and the brackets.

Preventing Decay While Wearing Braces

Here are a few tips to keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces:

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What are the Early Signs of Orthodontic Problems?

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Visibly crooked teeth are not the only reason to take your child into the orthodontist. There are some subtle things to look for as well, which may indicate the onset of more serious orthodontic issues. Many orthodontic issues are much easier to address if treated and corrected during a child’s developmental years.

Waiting until facial development is complete or until the permanent teeth have come in can make correction of many orthodontic issues more challenging. Both children and adults can benefit from orthodontic care at any age, but addressing issues early is almost always the ideal choice.

Early Signs of Orthodontic Problems

If you’re wondering if you or your child might need orthodontic care, there are some things you can be on the lookout for. Here are some of the most common warning signs of orthodontic issues:

• Difficulty when chewing or biting
• Chronic mouth-breathing
• Sucking the thumb, the fingers, or any other oral sucking habits that continue after the age of six
• Overbite – when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth by more than 5mm
• Top front teeth that cover more than 25% of the bottom teeth while biting
• Underbite – when the top front teeth go behind the bottom row of teeth when biting
• Crowded, crooked, overlapped, misshapen, misplaced teeth or extra teeth of any size
• Crossbite – when one or more teeth tilt toward the cheek or toward the tongue causing excessive stress on the jawbone
• The center of the top and bottom teeth don’t line up
• Uneven teeth-wearing
• Baby teeth coming out too early for the child’s age
• Pain in jaws
• Clicking in the jaw joints
• The jaw shifts off-center while chewing or biting
• A jaw that protrudes, or recedes, too much
• Difficulty speaking or enunciating clearly
Chronic biting of the inner cheek or roof of the mouth
• Asymmetrical facial structure
• Grinding or clenching of the teeth

If you notice that either you or your child has one or more of these conditions, come for a consultation at our Herrin, Harrisburg or Benton, IL office. The sooner these problems are addressed, the wider and brighter you will be able to smile.

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Sugar and Your Orthodontic Treatment

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For our patients wearing braces, hearing that word is especially problematic; considering that delaying any dental work may result in delaying treatment time.

Sugar and Your Orthodontic Treatment

We often blame candy as the culprit behind tooth decay, but other foods and drinks that kids consume can be just as harmful to their teeth, and can lead to cavities and tooth decay. Keeping your teeth or your child’s teeth from decay during treatment starts with a proper diet, and today, our team at Childers Orthodontics will explain the negative effects that candy and other treats, including peanut butter, raisins, fruit juice, and chewy fruit snacks, have on your child’s teeth as he or she undergoes orthodontic treatment. Keep in mind that half of your child’s sugar intake may also be coming from beverages that he or she drinks. A major offender is soda, but be mindful of fruit juices as well. Read more

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Foods that are Safe for Braces

Foods that are safe for braces
Orthodontic braces are used to straighten the teeth, which not only creates a more pleasing appearance but also helps prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. However, Braces are only effective when they are properly cared for. Certain foods, for example, are better suited for individuals who have braces, as opposed to hard and sticky foods that can cause damage. So, what types of foods should you or your kids eat to protect dental appliances?

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The best foods to eat with braces are those that are not high in sugar and do not require excessive chewing. For breakfast, try eggs, yogurt, bacon, wheat toast, or oatmeal. Lunch may steer toward a banana rather than an apple, a salad without nuts, and a glass of water. If you are looking for some after-school snacks for your kids, consider baked tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, or try string cheese with fruit. Read more

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The Effects of Biting Your Nails

The Effects of Biting Your Nails

Also known as onchophagia, the habit of nail biting is one of the so-called “nervous habits” that can be triggered by stress, excitement, or boredom. Approximately half of all kids between the ages of ten and 18 have been nail biters at one time or another. Experts say that about 30 percent of children and 15 percent of adults are nail biters, however, most people stop chewing their nails by the time they turn 30.

The Effects of Biting Your Nails

Here are four dental and general reasons to stop biting your nails:

It’s unsanitary

Your nails harbor bacteria and germs; and are almost twice as dirty as fingers. What’s more, swallowing dirty nails can lead to stomach problems.

It wears down your teeth

Gnawing your nails can put added stress on your pearly whites, which can lead to crooked teeth.

It can delay your orthodontic treatment

For those of our patients wearing braces, nail biting puts additional pressure on teeth and weakens roots.

It can cost you, literally

It has been estimated that biting your nails can cost up to $4,000 in extra dental bills over a lifetime.

Kick Your Nail Biting Habits

Dr. Kyle Childers and our team recommend the following to kick your nail biting habit:

    • Keep your nails trimmed short; you’ll have less of a nail to bite.
    • Coat your nails with a bitter-tasting nail polish.
    • Ask us about obtaining a mouthguard, which can help prevent nail biting.
    • Put a rubber band around your wrist and snap it whenever you get the urge to gnaw on your nails.
    • Think about when and why you chew your nails. Whether you are nervous or just bored, understanding the triggers can help you find a solution and stop the habit.
    • If you can’t stop, behavioral therapy may be an effective option to stop nail biting. Ask Dr. Kyle Childers and our team for a recommendation by visiting us at our Benton, Harrisburg or Herrin, IL office.

The Effects of Biting Your Nails