Thursday, June 30, 2011

Stay Cool with a Braces-Friendly Summer Treat!

Summer is here! Kids and adults alike will now be spending more time outside being active and enjoying the hotter temperatures. What’s better on a hot summer day than a delicious treat that will cool you down after doing something active in the summer sun? Luckily, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have just the thing, Watermelon Sorbet! You can find the complete recipe below:

Watermelon Sorbet

• ¾ cup water
• ¼ cup sugar
• 1 teaspoon lime juice
• 2 to 3 cups watermelon, diced, no seeds or rind

In a small saucepan, heat the water, sugar, and lime juice on medium high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Chill this “syrup” at least 20 minutes. In the meantime, place the watermelon chunks in a food processor or blender and liquefy them. Add the chilled syrup to the watermelon puree and blend. Freeze sorbet in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. Serve immediately.

Happy Summer from Davis Orthodontics!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

How to Floss with Braces, from Davis Orthodontics

Flossing with braces can be a bit of a challenge because of the orthodontic wire blocking easy placement of the floss. Here is a detailed video showing how to thread the floss under the orthodontic wire by using an ingenious device called a floss threader.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Five Reasons to Visit Davis Orthodontics for a Consultation this Summer

It may be human nature to put off visiting the orthodontist for a consultation. And it seems that lately we have heard several excuses circulating - vacations, chores, emergencies, et cetera. Today, we here at Davis Orthodontics thought we’d give our prospective patients five reasons to visit our office this summer for an orthodontic consultation.

1. For students, scheduling the appointments needed to put on braces is easier when school is out for the summer. These appointments are usually a little longer and it's nice to get them done before school starts again.

2. Summer is a great time to get used to your new braces. Whether you're away from work on vacation or away from school for the summer, you can use the down time to get comfortable with your braces.

3. Insurance and Flex Plans often have open enrollment in the Fall. Scheduling an orthodontic consultation during the summer can help you plan for next year. Plus you can wisely take advantage of whatever funds you may have for the current year.

4. Summer has fewer scheduling conflicts with schoolwork or organized sports.

5. And here's another reason to visit us: did you know the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive an orthodontic consultation as early as age seven? Give us a call to schedule a consultation!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

What’s on Your Summer Reading List?

With summer 2011 here, some of us at Davis Orthodontics have been thinking more and more about the importance of reading. More specifically, summer reading. Of course it’s easier to go play baseball with friends or watch TV, but reading during the summer is a vital step in being prepared for your classes in the fall and maintaining your skill level.

If you’re out of ideas for summer reading material? Ask us for suggestions, and our staff would be happy to provide a few good suggestions. You may also ask a local librarian here in San Diego for some ideas or check out this list at Barnes and Noble that we found earlier today.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Emergency Orthodontic Care with Davis Orthodontics

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment with Dr. Davis.

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with Davis Orthodontics.

The following solutions may help you relieve your discomfort:

Poking Wire: Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.

Loose Bracket or Band: If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.

Loose Wire: Using a tweezers, try to place your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax does not help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.

Loose Appliance: If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.

Headgear Does Not Fit: Sometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. Please refer to the instructions provided by your orthodontist. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, headgear becomes more comfortable the more it’s worn, so be sure you’re getting in the prescribed hours.

General Soreness: When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.

Remember, after alleviating your discomfort, it is still very important that you call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June is National Smile Month!

According to the American Dental Association, a person’s smile outranked eyes, hair and body as the most important physical feature, which is why it’s important for our team at Davis Orthodontics to support National Smile Month this June.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to improve your oral health so that you may celebrate National Smile Month for many, many years to come:

Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
Floss every day to clean between your teeth.
Reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks during your orthodontic treatment with Davis Orthodontics.
Visit your dentist regularly (usually every six months apart).

If you have questions about any of these tips, we encourage you to give us a call.