Patient question: What can I eat with braces?

  • Patient question: What can I eat with braces?

    January 25th, 2013

    We love when patients ask us this question! Now that you’re wearing braces, it’s just as important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen as you did before your orthodontic treatment began. The first few days in braces are going to be more difficult to eat than normal. There will be a slight discomfort when you chew your food when you first get your braces on, so the act of chewing will make it slightly more painful.

    Here are a few soft foods that do not require you to do much chewing and are easy to chew on when your teeth are sore:

    Ice cream, yogurt, pudding, cool soups, Jell-O, scrambled eggs, cream of wheat, baked potatoes, soft cooked pasta, soup, bananas, cottage cheese, smoothies, macaroni and cheese, pancakes, soft cheeses, and milk are all foods you can eat safely without having to worry about pain or breaking your brackets.

    Be sure to always check with us if you have questions about a particular food item by either giving us a call at 513-772-6500 or asking us on Facebook!

  • Protecting your Perfect Smile

    January 17th, 2013

    With winter sports like skiing, ice-skating and hockey underway, we wanted to remind our patients about the importance of wearing a mouthguard. Here are some frequent questions we hear from our patients about mouthguards:

    Q: What are mouthguards?

    A: Mouthguards are a flexible, removable device made of soft plastic, and they are adapted to fit comfortably with the shape of the upper teeth.

    Q: Why are mouthguards so important?

    A: Mouthguards protect not just the teeth, but the lips, cheeks, and tongue. They also help protect athletes from head and neck injuries, as well as concussions and jaw fractures. Increasingly, organized sports are requiring mouthguards to prevent injury to their athletes, and research shows us that most oral injuries occur when athletes are not wearing mouth protection.

    Q: When should I wear my mouthguard?

    A: Whenever you are in an activity with a risk of falls or head contact with other players or equipment. This includes football, baseball, basketball, soccer, skiing, wrestling, hockey, and even gymnastics.

    Q: How do I choose a mouthguard that is right for me?

    A: We encourage you to choose a mouth guard that you can wear comfortably. You can select from several options in mouthguards. First, preformed or “boil-to-fit” mouthguards are found in sports stores. Otherwise, we can talk about your options for a custom mouthguard, which will be more comfortable to wear and more effective in preventing injuries this winter. Please give us a call at 513-772-6500 if you have any other questions, or ask us on Facebook!

  • Do germs really live on my toothbrush?

    January 11th, 2013

    The dreaded cold and flu season is here again! After recovering from your cold, one of the most important steps you can take to avoid becoming reinfected is replacing your toothbrush!

    Germs can linger on the bristles, and you risk prolonging your sickness by continuing to use the same toothbrush. Be smart – keep a spare, just in case! To protect your toothbrush from bacteria all year long, consider the following tips:

    • Wash your hands before and after brushing

    • Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen

    • Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster

    • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Worn bristles are less effective in properly cleaning your teeth, and can actually be damaging to teeth if used too long!

    We hope these tips help! Feel free to give us a call at 513-772-6500 or ask us on Facebook if you have any questions!

  • Apps to help you achieve those 2013 New Year’s Resolutions!

    January 02nd, 2013

    With 2012 over, we thought we would ask you, our patients: what was memorable about
    2012 for you, and what are you looking forward to in 2013? Do you have a new
    year’s resolution or any exciting plans for the coming year?

    Here are the top resolutions for 2013, and some great free iOS and Andriod apps to
    help you achieve your 2013 resolutions!

    Eat Healthier:

    Fooducate

    iOS DownloadAndroid Download

    Lose weight, eat real food, and get healthy. Fooducate grades your groceries, explains
    what’s really inside each product, and offers healthier alternatives. We’ve got
    the largest database of UPCs – over 200,000 unique products and growing.

    Work out / Exercise More:

    NPT BOOM

    iOS DownloadAndroid Download

    Nike BOOM syncs your music to your dynamic training workouts, with the world’s most
    elite athletes and coaches motivating you along the way. Choose your type of
    workout, length of training, best workout music and favorite Nike athletes—then
    get to work.

    Become More Organized:

    Wunderlist

    iOS DownloadAndroid Download

    Wunderlist 2 is the easiest way to manage and share your daily to-do lists. Whether
    you’re planning an overseas adventure, sharing a shopping list with a loved one,
    or simply keeping track of your daily to-dos, Wunderlist is here to help you
    get things done.

    Gain More Control of Finances:

    Mint.com App

    iOS DownloadAndroid Download

    Mint.com allows you to track, budget and manage your money all in one place, so you
    can see where you’re spending and where you can save. Open an account, add your
    bank, credit, loan and retirement accounts and Mint will automatically pull in
    and categorize your transactions. It’s safe, secure and easy to keep your personal
    finances organized.

    Expand Social Circle:

    SupperKing

    iOS DownloadAndroid Download

    If you’re trying to expand your friend circle in 2013, or maybe just plan more exciting
    activities with your current friends, apps like
    Sonar and
    Highlight can connect you to new people. A new iOS app called SupperKing is like Airbnb for at-home
    meals. You can charge strangers cash to enjoy a meal at your place with you
    — an idea that not everyone is game for. But the app is also great for organizing
    dinner parties with your friends.

    We want to wish all our patients, friends, family and all our colleagues a happy
    and healthy New Year!