Thinking About Straightening Your Teeth At Home?

I’m sure you have heard the commercials from various companies promoting their teeth straightening products that you can do at home! All they do is send you a little kit, you take an impression all by yourself and then send the kit back and a few weeks later? You have your brand spanking new straightening aligners and you are on your way to a straighter smile.

Does this seem like a smart, realistic dental practice?

I have been practicing dentistry for 24 years, but have been raised in an orthodontic family for 47 years as my Father is a well-respected orthodontist in the Northland of Kansas City, Missouri, as is my brother.  My Father always took my brothers and I into the office starting at the age of 10, so over the years I would see what would happen when a general dentist would attempt orthodontics without the extensive training that a board certified orthodontist has acquired.  Inevitably I would see my Dad have to do a re-treatment many times on these cases performed by a general dentist.

With that being said, I have strong concerns, and reservations on these type of companies which seem to be popping up more and more on the television.  Any distortion in the impression process alone could cause permanent damage to the teeth, and bone, and if not properly monitored by a board certified orthodontist is a recipe for disaster and failure.  I would urge anyone considering this procedure to visit with your regular dentist to get a referral to an orthodontist first.

We only get one set of permanent teeth in our lifetime.  Hold onto them.

Thanksgiving/Christmas Holiday Dental Health Tips

Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are getting closer. That means that so many families will have the perfect opportunity to gather together and enjoy a lot of great foods very soon. On the other hand, it’s crucial for you to know that holidays may have a huge negative impact on your oral health.

Oftentimes, people forget to maintain good dental hygiene, eat unhealthy foods and don’t take care of existing dental problems during the holidays. Moreover, some individuals choose to crack nuts and open food wrappers, gifts, and even bottles with their teeth. Of course, this type of wrongdoing may result in a cracked tooth and other negative, and costly consequences!

As you can see, holiday seasons pose a lot of threats to your oral health. That’s why you need to take measures to maintain good oral health and prevent different types of dental issues. Here are some holiday dental health tips to help you keep your mouth healthy, and happy.

1) Fix All of Your Existing Dental Problems Before The Holidays

Without a doubt, you need to have all of your existing dental issues resolved before the holidays. Keep in mind that if you don’t take of your existing dental problems, then things may get even worse. That means that you should definitely visit your local dentist for check-ups regularly.

First of all, Dr. Kirby Kavanaugh will examine your oral health carefully. If any dental problems are found, she will advise you of an appropriate solution. Fixing dental problems beforehand will help you avoid any kind of dental emergencies during the holidays.

2) Focus on Healthy Meals During the Holidays

It’s no surprise that holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas have a lot to offer to food lovers. However, you can make healthy food choices during the holidays. Obviously, it’s a great idea for you to focus on such healthy meals as turkey, cranberries, milk products and, of course, fruits and vegetables. It’s important to know that all of these foods are rich in various vitamins as well as minerals which are essential for your dental health. Eating healthy on the holidays may help you improve your overall oral health!

3) Avoid Foods That Negatively Affect Your Dental Health

As previously mentioned, some holiday foods and drinks have negative effects on your teeth. Dentists say that it’s best to cut down on sugar during Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays. In other words, such foods and beverages as candy canes, flavored coffees, dried fruit, pie, popcorn, soda and wine should be minimized for better dental health. It’s widely known that eating all day also has a negative impact on your oral health. So, lengthy meals should be avoided as well.

4) Drink Plenty of Water and Stay Hydrated

There has been a lot of talk about the importance of drinking plenty of water for oral health. The reality is that water helps flush away bacteria which can damage teeth and gums. So, you need to drink lots of water regularly and stay hydrated during the entire holiday season.

5) Don’t Forget to Brush and Floss Your Teeth

It’s common knowledge that brushing and flossing has to be a key part of everyday oral health hygiene.  Unfortunately we often forget about this during the busy holidays. Moreover, people tend to eat more sugary foods which can be damaging to their teeth. Brushing and flossing is a good way of keeping your mouth clean. That’s why it’s so important for you to continue brushing and flossing your teeth regularly during the holiday season.

6) Don’t Open Bottles and Presents with Your Teeth

Remember, it’s a bad idea to crack nuts and open bottles as well as presents with your teeth. However, these kinds of bad things often happen during the holiday season. Of course, it’s best to use either a bottle opener or a nut cracker for these purposes. By doing so, you will be able to avoid additional dental problems and keep your teeth safe during the holiday season.

7) See a Dentist After The Thanksgiving/Christmas Holidays

As mentioned above, it’s a great idea to visit a dentist for check-ups and have all existing dental health problems fixed before the holiday season begins. However, if you don’t have such an opportunity then you should definitely see your dentist after Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays. Schedule an appointment with your dental professional after the holiday season.

Thanks for reading our Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday dental health tips. Take care of your dental health and follow our recommendations to keep your teeth healthy during the upcoming holiday season! Best of luck!