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    10 Fun Facts About Teeth | Gandy Orthodontics

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Who knew that taking care of your teeth could be so interesting. In this week's blog, we share some fun facts about teeth that might get you excited about oral health!

    1. The enamel on the top surface on your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body.
    2. Teeth start to form even before you are born—milk teeth or baby teeth start to form when the baby is in the womb, but they come through when the child is between 6-12 months old.
    3. Humans use four different types of teeth (incisors, canine, premolars, and molars) to cut, tear and grind their food.
    4. Humans have only two sets of teeth in their entire lifetime—baby teeth and permanent teeth. Once you have your permanent teeth, make sure you take good care of them.
    5. No two people have the same set of teeth—your teeth are as unique as your fingerprint, so be proud of your unique set of teeth.
    6. Your mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime—that’s enough to fill two swimming pools. Saliva has many uses, including assisting you with your digestion and protects your teeth from bacteria in your mouth.
    7. An average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime.
    8. Many diseases are linked to your oral health, including heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
    9. One third of your tooth is underneath your gums—that means only two thirds of your tooth’s length is visible.
    10. If you get your tooth knocked out, put it in milk and hold it in your mouth—this will help your tooth to survive longer. Make sure you see a dentist right away.

    If you are in the market to improve your smile, we hope you choose Gandy Orthodontics. Give us a call at (972) 712-9300 to schedule your free consultation!

    Gandy Deal During Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven

    Last updated 12 days ago

    It’s summer. It’s hot, who wouldn’t want a Slurpee – especially if they are free! That’s right, free.

    On July 11, 7-Eleven will be offering free small Slurpee’s in honor of their birthday.

    No, it’s not a national holiday, but it is fun, and we like fun things here at Gandy Orthodontics. We like it them so much that we are going up the ante for OUR fans…

    HERE IS THE DEAL:

    Tomorrow, wear your Gandy Orthodontics t-shirt while you get a free Slurpee from your local 7-Eleven. Once you have begun to enjoy that tasty concoction, snap a pic of you, in your Gandy shirt drinking the Slurpee, and post it one of our social media accounts.

    Post your picture to one of these accounts:

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/GandyOrthodontics

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/GandyOrtho

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/GandyOrthodontics

    If you have the photo with the most engagement (likes, shares, comments, re-tweets, favorites, etc.) by midnight on Saturday, June 22, 2014, you will win a FREE DINNER courtesy of Dr. Allen Gandy.

    That’s it – pretty sweet deal right? Free Slurpee, and potentially a free dinner, all for being a Gandy Fan. Just be creative, post your picture, have your friends and family like it, and you have a great shot!

    Fine print:

    • If you are NOT wearing a Gandy t-shirt in the picture, you will not be eligible for the dinner.
    • Contest begins Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. and will end Saturday, July 12, 2014 at midnight.

    May the odds be ever in your favor,

    -Gandy Orthodontics Staff

     

    FIND A 7-ELEVEN NEAR YOU

    New Treatment Could Make Dentist's Drill Obsolete - Dr. Allen Gandy

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Have you ever been “scared of going to the dentist”? How about your kids? (that can be a battle, right?)

    Does the thought of getting any kind of dental work done make your palms clammy? While orthodontists are generally seen as less nerve-racking in the dental doctor world, dentistry itself CAN often coincide with feelings of fear.

    The main issue, which perpetuates these feelings, is caused by drilling and the associated pain. However, that baby might be put to bed faster than you think due to a new, technological breakthrough.

    When you have tooth decay, dentists will drill into the decayed area, remove the unhealthy material, and fill it back in with a composite resin or amalgam to protect the tooth. This type of procedure is where dental phobia is born.

    New research led by Nigel Pitts of King’s College London Dental Innovation and Translation Centre uses electrical pulses to encourage teeth to regrow themselves. The technique, known as Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER), could be brought to market within three years.

    As the name implies, a small electrical current allows calcium and phosphate to remineralize the tooth, protecting against decay. This technique has been long-sought after by dentists, as it allows the body to repair itself without drills, anxiety, or pain.

    “The way we treat teeth today is not ideal – when we repair a tooth by putting in a filling, that tooth enters a cycle of drilling and re-filling as, ultimately, each “repair” fails,” Pitts said in a press release. “Not only is our device kinder to the patient and better for their teeth, but it’s expected to be at least as cost-effective as current dental treatments. Along with fighting tooth decay, our device can also be used to whiten teeth.”

    The company is currently seeking private investment to develop their remineralisation device.

    READ MORE ABOUT THE RESEARCH HERE!

    Gum Diseases Explained - Dr. Allen Gandy

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you are a parent, you know there are many things to worry about in regard to the safety and well-being of your children. While some issues can cause us to overreact, there are some that can drastically affect a child’s future, such as gum disease.

    Even through Gandy Orthodontics focuses on orthodontics as a practice, we are more in the business of creating healthy smiles, and gum disease is most definitely a threat to a child’s smile.

    Kids become particularly susceptible to the disease throughout puberty when their hormones have started to overtake their growing bodies. In this week’s blog, we wanted to cover the most common types of gum disease.

    TYPES OF GUM DISEASE IN CHILDREN

    Chronic Gingivitis
    Gingivitis is common among children. Just like adults, this disease creates red, swollen gum tissue as well as bleeding. On a bright side, gingivitis is preventable and treatable. Remember to create a strict teeth-cleaning routine and make regular visits to your dentist. Gingivitis should clear up easily; yet, if left unattended, the gum disease will only worsen.

    Aggressive Periodontitis
    This disease is seen in kids of all ages. Young adults, teens, and kids are all at risk. Aggressive periodontitis affects the first molar and incisors, and affects the alveolar bone. This is a tricky one because kids with this disease don’t have a lot of plaque or tartar build-up.

    Generalized Aggressive Periodontitis
    Frequently, this form of periodontitis is seen throughout puberty; it’s actually quite common for the sudden rush of hormones produced by puberty to affect oral health. Typically, heavily accumulations of plaque and tartar makes generalized aggressive periodontitis much worse. Without proper care, this advancement in gum disease can lead to tooth loss.

    PREVENTION TIPS FOR THE PARENTS

    Establish a Routine
    The best defense is a good offense. Make sure to establish healthy oral habits at an early age. By the time your child is year old, a dentist should have already seen them for their first dental appointment. Additionally, after their first birthday, you can start brushing their teeth with baby-safe toothpaste. When their teeth become close enough together, you can start flossing their teeth, too.

    Be a Role Model
    You can be a great source of encouragement as well. Use yourself as a role model for them. Let you child see that you follow the same teeth cleaning routine they do. We all know how close children pay attention to everything we do, so if you are going to “set the example” set a good one.

    Make Dental Visits a Family Affair
    Another idea is to make your dental appointments for the entire family, at the same time. This way, your child can have you nearby, should they want you in the treatment room.

    For more information on services from Gandy Orthodontics please feel free to give us a call at 972-712-9300 or visit any one of our three locations in Wylie, Frisco, and Allen, Texas!

    Braces-friendly Summer Recipes

    Last updated 2 months ago

     
    If you're like us you are looking forward to all of the great outdoor activities that come with summer. 
     
    From cookouts to sporting events, poolside parties to food trucks, this summer is sure to deliver. Summer eating can be a pain if you have braces. Fear not, it doesn’t have to be!
     
    There are a ton of healthy, braces-friendly food options for you to choose from this summer. The staff at Gandy Orthodontics has done some research and put together our “Top 3 Favorite Summer Foods” for you to enjoy. Take a look, and if you try one of the recipes let us know what you think. Happy eating, Gandy fans!
     

     
    Southwest Beans and Rice Salad
    This wonderful summer recipe is delicious and great for those of us with braces. A definite must for picnics and pool parties.
     
    INGREDIENTS:
    3 cups cooked white rice, cooled
    1 16-ounce can kidney beans, drained
    1 small green pepper, chopped
    1 cup sliced ripe olives
    1/3 cup lime juice
    1/4 cup green onions, chopped
    2 tablespoons canola oil
    1 or 2 cloves of crushed garlic, depending on your preferences
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
     
    DIRECTIONS:
    In a large mixing bowl combine the rice, beans, green pepper and olives. In a jar with a lid, combine the rest of the ingredients and shake well. Pour the liquid over the rice mixtures and toss well. Cover and put in the refrigerator for about one hour or until chilled. Toss again before serving. Yields 6-8 servings, depending upon serving size.
     

     
    Lemon & Dill Baked Cod
    Kids love crunchy fish sandwiches with chewy buns, which isn’t an option for children with braces. This deliciously healthy recipe is a great alternative!
     
    INGREDIENTS:
    12 ounces of cod fillets fresh and thawed
    2 tablespoons butter
    1 teaspoon lemon zest
    1 teaspoon dried dill weed or fresh dill chopped
    dash of salt
    dash of pepper
    1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
     
    DIRECTIONS:
    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Melt butter in small saucepan and stir in the lemon zest and dill. Rinse the fish fillets and pat dry. Salt and pepper both sides of fillets and place them on an un-greased cookie sheet.
    Take half of the butter mixture and spread it over the fish. Turn the fillets over and drizzle the rest of the butter mixture on top.
    Bake for about 15 minutes or until the fish is tender and flaky. Serve with rice and peas or another favorite soft vegetable. Serves 2.
     

     
    Blueberry & Pineapple Smoothie
    Who doesn’t like smoothies, right? This recipe is jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients for a lazy summer day!
     
    INGREDIENTS:
    1 1/2 cups chopped, fresh pineapple that's been frozen
    1 cup frozen blueberries
    2 tablespoons of honey
    1/2 cup orange juice
    2 cups unflavored natural yogurt
     
    DIRECTIONS:
    Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix on medium speed until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve with a spoon and straw. Serves 2-3.
     

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