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Thanksgiving with Braces

November 20th, 2014

Holidays can feel like a challenge with braces, especially if this is your first holiday season with them.

With Thanksgiving coming up next week we made a short list of holiday food favorites that are safe for you to eat; as well as ones to avoid when you have braces.

    These should be safe for you to eat with braces:

    • Ham and/or Turkey
    • Corn: this can be tricky, while you shouldn’t have corn on the cob, cream corn is fine
    • Sweet Potatoes
    • Mashed Potatoes
    • Stuffing (as long as there are no nuts or crunchy foods hidden within it)
    • Green beans (with the same warning to be on the look out for crunchy items in casseroles)
    • Most desserts are safe as long as they aren’t too crunchy or have anything to sticky like caramel etc on them.

    Here are some foods to avoid this holiday season, and the rest of the year!

    • Caramel (as mentioned above)
    • Popcorn
    • Chips
    • Nuts

    How to Avoid Plaque

    November 13th, 2014

    At Kennell Orthodontics, we know nobody likes getting plaque on their teeth. Here are five other ways you can avoid that dreaded enemy of the teeth during orthodontic treatment, courtesy of WebMD.

    Let’s start with brushing regularly. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste is vital to a healthy mouth. Make sure you softly brush all the surfaces of your teeth.

    Next on the list is flossing daily: a simple daily flossing between teeth clears away plaque before it can cause damage and can also clean plaque at the gum line. Plaque is known to reach the spaces between teeth.

    Also, evading a trip to the dentist is probably not a great idea. Let’s say you brush and floss daily. You’re still at risk for plaque. With time, the plaque hardens and turns into tartar. Consider visiting your general dentist at least twice a year or as recommended by your dentist, and you have a lower chance of getting cavities or losing your teeth while wearing braces.

    You’ll also want to stop avoiding those fruits and veggies. Believe it or not, there are foods out there that play a key role in keeping plaque off our teeth. They include apples, carrots, cucumbers and other raw fruits and vegetables. You can still eat these types of fruits and veggies if you have braces, but be sure to cut them up into bite sized pieces to avoid breaking off brackets.

    Finally, before you pick up that candy bar, remember to not give in to your sweet tooth. Consuming sugary drinks or eating candy or other junk food allows sugar to stick to our teeth. The bacteria, then, becomes plaque, which turns into acid and damages our teeth. Avoiding these five bad habits keeps your plaque in check and your mouth as healthy as can be during your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Alan Kennell. If you have any questions, give us a call or ask us on Facebook!

    Don't Forget to Refer-A-Friend

    November 6th, 2014

    Here at Kennell Orthodontics, the greatest compliment we can receive is one of our patients referring a friend or colleague to our practice.

    A successful practice doesn't just happen. It is the result of a strong commitment to excellence in our treatment and in our relationships with patients and doctors. We'd like to take a moment to thank you for showing your confidence in our practice by recommending us to your friends, family, and colleagues. We're gratified to find how many new patients regularly call on us based on your words of advice.
    To show our appreciation, we are kicking off our 2014 patient referral program!
    If Kennell Orthodontics begins a treatment plan with a new patient (child or adult) from your qualified referral, you will receive a $50 VISA cash card and be entered to win the 2014 GRAND PRIZE!

    Happy Halloween!

    October 30th, 2014

    October is National Orthodontic Health Month, and with Halloween this weekend we have compiled a list of specific treats that are ok with braces.  As with anything else, always in moderation and make sure to brush and floss very well after!

    Good Treats:

    • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
    • Kit Kats
    • Plain M&M’s
    • Oreo’s & Soft Cookies
    • Hershey Bars & Hershey Kisses
    • Candy Bars without caramel or nuts

    Those will keep your braces safe, but don't forget to keep these Trick-or-treating safety guidelines in mind while you are out there filling your candy bags:

    • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult
    • Carry a flashlight
    • Wear a light-colored or reflective costume
    • Choose face paint over masks for young ghosts and goblins
    • Have an adult inspect all treats before the children dig in

    Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!