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Congratulations Dr. Ison!

June 19th, 2014

Please everyone take a look at the attached URL.  Dr. Ison has been named America’s Best Dentist.  Congratulations Dr. Ison and keep up the good work!


Sugar and Orthodontic Treatment

May 27th, 2014

One word no one likes to hear is “cavity!”

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

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 Orthodontic Specialists 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 be coming from beverages that he or she drinks. A major offender is soda, but be mindful of fruit juices as well.

While sugar is known to sit in your child’s teeth and in between and under brackets and wires after consumption, it is important to know sugar is not the only cavity-causing culprit. Carbohydrates, starches, acids, and any food that is chewy or sticks break down into sugars, and can promote tooth decay.

So, what are the alternatives?

Candy such as dark chocolate, sugar-free gum, or anything that contains xylitol, a sugar substitute, is not as harmful for your teeth as hard, chewy, or sticky sweets. Sugar-free gum or gum that contains xylitol are known to reduce levels of bacteria on teeth.

And if you’re still looking for something to snack on, we recommend cutting up easy-to-eat fruits and vegetables. You would also be surprised how much eating a banana or sipping on a glass of water helps you curb snack cravings.

If you’re one of those folks who just can’t stay away from sweets, we encourage you to brush your teeth immediately afterward and swish water in your mouth.

Whatever you eat, Dr. Kevin Ison and our team want you to remember to brush often, floss regularly, and visit your general dentist as your treatment progresses. If you have any questions about sugary foods or drinks, please give us a call or ask us during your next adjustment visit!

Toothbrushing Mistake No. 10: Not Changing the Toothbrush Often Enough

February 24th, 2014

new and old

The American Dental Association recommends getting a new brush every three or four months, or even sooner if the bristles look frayed.

But rather than go by a strict timeline, Price says a visual inspection of the bristles is better. “Once the bristles lose their normal flexibility and start to break apart, change your toothbrush,” he says.

“Look more at the state of the bristles than the time period,” he says.

Some brushes have colored indicators that alert you when they need replacing, says Price.


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Toothbrushing Mistake No.9: “Not Letting the Toothbrush Dry Can Cultivate More Bacteria”

January 2nd, 2014


Most people follow a certain routine when it comes to brushing. They first put toothpaste on their brush, then starting brushing their mouth. Well-informed persons divide their mouth into quadrants to make sure they spend enough time for each quadrant and ensure that their mouths are thoroughly cleaned.

These people also make it a habit to brush for the recommended frequency, choose the right bristles, and follow the right strokes such as brushing vertically or in a circular motion.

After doing all the things on the checklist, most of these people are confident that they have done everything that ought to be done.However, these people often forget to let their toothbrushes dry after using them.

Since letting the toothbrush dry is not on their checklist, they tend to ignore this important step every single day not knowing what can happen if they continue to do so. Not letting the toothbrush dry invites bacteria to thrive in your toothbrush.

Hence, you need to let it air dry first before you store it. If you have storage for your toothbrush make sure the air can pass through the brush to get rid of moisture.

This way you are preventing a buildup in bacteria. Once you lose a tooth, you’ll lose it forever so be very careful with them.

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