Last updated 8 days ago
Did you know one of the most serious forms of tooth decay among young children is caused from exposure of an infant’s teeth to sugary liquids? Formula, fruit juice, sweetened drinks, and even breast milk are the main culprits in your child’s tooth decay. Fear not! In this week’s blog we offer some tips on preventing “Baby Bottle Tooth Decay” to help keep your child’s pearly whites gleaming!
Rapid tooth decay can occur when a baby is put down to bed or a nap with a bottle consisting of anything other than water. Babies drool right? Well, when a child is put down with sweet pools of liquid around the child’s teeth it gives plaque bacteria the opportunity to produces enamel-attacking acids.
SOLUTION ONE: Water Bottles
If you must put a baby down with a comfort bottle (We understand, you want both parties to have a good night’s sleep!) make sure the bottle contains water only. If your little one is having trouble falling asleep without their usual beverage of choice, try gradually diluting the bottle’s contents with water over a few weeks to help the child become accustomed to the water bottle.
SOLUTION TWO: Wiping the Gums
Babies’ teeth become covered in sugar after feeding. Try wiping the baby’s gums and teeth down with a damp washcloth or a gauze pad. The easiest way might be to place the child’s head in your lap or lay them down on a dressing table, floor, or any other flat surface. Whatever makes the task easier, be sure that you can see the child’s mouth easily to wipe all of the teeth.
SOLUTION THREE: Sippy Cup Content Control
Sippy cups can be used as a training tool to help ween a child off a bottle. If your child is less than 12 months (It is recommended that sippy cups be discontinued by the first birthday!) fill the sippy cup with water only at mealtimes. Allowing a child to drink from a sippy up throughout the day with liquids that contain fruit juice, milk, or other sugary liquids can soak teeth in cavity-causing bacteria which can fester between cleanings.
Whatever your orthodontic issue might be come by and see Dr. Allen Gandy of Gandy Orthodontics at one of our three offices in Wylie, Allen, and Frisco, Texas. We believe in quality and fairness at our practice, and we offer superior care for children and adults using the latest orthodontic technology available. Call us at (972) 712-9300 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.
Last updated 19 days ago
Orthodontics and general dentistry have come a very long way in recent years. In a previous blog, The History of Braces, we backtracked the progress of how current dental procedures and best practices came to fruition. It is true that going to the dentist in our countries history was not always as pleasant as it is today. The gold standard of care for dentistry has progressed drastically over the last 238 years of our nation’s history, and is reflected in the oral healthcare of our presidents.
In 1789, when the first president was sworn into office, there was a lack of oral health professionals in America. Tooth decay, extraction methods and general dentistry were very rudimentary and there weren’t many case studies or proven methods of successful dentistry. If you were a president in that day-and-age, what kind of life would you live? Would oral health be as important as it is today? In this week’s blog, we share some interesting dental tales of some of our most beloved U.S. presidents.
Our country’s first president suffered from tooth loss from the age of 22. There are myths about George Washington having dentures made of wood, but this isn’t entirely true. In reality, Washington actually possessed a set of dentures which were made of ivory and gold. These dentures were constructed by John Greenwood, Washington’s dentist.
Our nation’s second president might be the worst dental offender in our country’s presidential history. It is rumored that Adams refused to take care of his teeth and eventually lost them all. He was a notorious smoker from a young age which most definitely contributed to the demise of his smile. Refusing to wear dentures, Adams developed a lisp from his missing teeth.
President Jefferson could be our gold medal finalist for best oral health. Jefferson not only had the vision to order the Lewis-Clark expedition but he also took impeccable care of his smile. In his late seventies, Jefferson boasted he still hadn’t lost a tooth to age. Not a bad situation for that day-and-age!
This president has an interesting tale to tell. Lincoln was reportedly deathly afraid of going to the dentist, and for good reason. Due to rudimentary dental procedures, President Lincoln’s jaw was broken during a tooth extraction. He was also under no pain relief during the operation. Lincoln eventually returned to the dentist in caution, self-medicating with his own bottle of chloroform. Aren’t you glad you have Dr. Gandy at your disposal?
The staff here at Gandy Orthodontics wishes you a very happy President’s Day. If you have questions about oral health care, be sure to ask Dr. Gandy on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GandyOrthodontics or at @GandyOrtho on Twitter. Dr. Allen Gandy, and the staff here at Gandy Orthodontics, believes that a happy smile leads to a happy lifestyle. Give us a call at our office in Frisco at (972) 712-9300 or at our Allen-Fairview office at (972) 727-3900, or our Wylie office at (972) 429-0300!
Last updated 1 month ago
We have all heard that your smile is the first thing people notice when meeting you for the first time. Most people will even agree that a great smile can give you an advantage in the game of love.
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and everyone scurrying around to find the right outfit to dress and impress, make reservations at the right restaurants, and buy the right presents for their significant other. In this week’s blog, we researched into some stats about orthodontics to see if there is a correlation between smiles and success with love.
Did you know that according to a survey conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), more than one-third of American adults are not satisfied with their smile? It is not a confusing concept concept when you think about it. Forty-eight percent of Americans ages 18-24 have untagged a picture of themselves on Facebook because they didn’t like their smile, according to the AAO study.
We all live in a world consumed by social media. Many of us believe looking impressive online is as important as dressing up for a date or business meeting. On a professional level, 78% perceive adults with crooked teeth to be unsuccessful. Fourteen percent of those unhappy with their teeth felt that they might be missing out on a better job.
The stats don’t lie; check out this eye-opening infographic from the study.
If you are interested in some options to improve your smile, we hope you consider Gandy Orthodontics. Our Frisco, Texas office has been voted the best in the city and we have two additional offices in Allen and Wylie for your convenience. To schedule a free consultation call (972) 712-9300 or contact us on our website at http://www.gandyorthodontics.com/appointment-request!
Last updated 1 month ago
While the large majority of people understand that a “dentist” takes care of your teeth, not everyone may be aware of what exactly an orthodontist does. In this week’s blog, we will discuss the some fallacies and misconceptions about orthodontics.
One of the largest misconceptions is that orthodontist are just like your family dentist. While both have many similarities, they are actually very different. Both professions revolve around healthy mouths; however, orthodontists go about it in a different way. Your general dentist is a great person to see for cleanings and fillings. They can treat you for toothaches, gum disease, decay and other oral health problems.
Orthodontists are a different breed and focus mainly on different forms of tooth alignment. Most of our patients we see come to us because they are interested in braces, fittings, or another form of tooth-straightening device. As children grow up, their teeth may come in crooked and it is important to see an orthodontist for a thorough consultation to detect any problems before they become too advanced to easily treat.
Another giant misconception about orthodontists is that they only treat children. This one couldn’t be further from the truth. When you visit an orthodontist’s office, you might notice that a large majority of patients are children; however, many teens, college students and adults all see orthodontists on a regular basis. Crooked teeth have a large number of different factors and it is entirely acceptable to treat these at any age.
If you would like to know more about the practice of orthodontics, common fallacies and misconceptions, and what the staff here at Gandy Orthodontics can do for you, give us a call at (972) 712-9300 or visit us online at GandyOrthodontics.com. Our dedicated team of professionals is available to assist you in scheduling a complimentary consultation with Dr. Allen Gandy.
Last updated 1 month ago
In this week’s blog, we want to offer up some helpful hints for our braces-wearing patients to help keep your mouths healthy! Why? Because, we want you to have top-notch smiles after your treatment and because you’re awesome
For those of us with braces (yes, even some of our staff wear them), it important to remain dedicated to proper oral hygiene. Sometimes, this is even more important for us than those not currently in treatment.
WHY ALL THE FUSS?
It is important to know how to care for your teeth after getting braces. This is necessary because your braces need to stay intact and do their job. Braces have an annoying habit of trapping food. This food can contribute to plaque formation which can develop tooth decay, gym disease, and can lead to costly treatments. Dr. Allen Gandy is adamant about practicing good oral hygiene in order to avoid these issues.
WHAT CAN I DO?
During your day to day, stay prepared by always carrying a kit with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss, wax, and lip balm. For those of us with hooks, it is smart to try and always wear your rubber bands except when brushing. This can keep hooks from digging into or getting caught on your cheeks, as well as make sure that your treatment moves as quickly as possible.
Gandy Orthodontics offers supplies to help fight plaque such as floss threaders, proxabrushs, dental floss, and more. Your in-person consultation is always free of charge so give us a call at 972-712-9300 so that we may discuss some options, and answer any questions you might have!