The Blog of Kennell Orthodontics

Healthy Habits

September 11th, 2014

At Kennell Orthodontics, we know good dental health requires only a few minutes a day. We thought we’d provide some practical advice on how to improve your or your child’s smile between your adjustment visits with Dr. Alan Kennell.

Start by brushing your teeth twice a day. Proper brushing techniques are an essential part of maintaining good oral health during your orthodontic treatment, as well as preventing gum disease. More care and time are needed to adequately brush your teeth when you are wearing braces. Brushing daily helps remove decay-causing plaque from tooth surfaces. Please consult Dr. Kennell if you would like us to review brushing techniques with you or your child. The use of a mechanical toothbrush such as a Sonicare or Oral B can aid in removing plaque around braces. Flossing daily will also prevent plaque to build up between the teeth and prevent stains between your teeth. Research has shown the bacteria of gum disease has been linked to coronary artery disease, stroke, diabetes and memory loss. Lastly, we encourage you to throw away old toothbrushes and replace them every 2 or 3 months, or after an illness.

We hope this helps! If you have any further questions about any of these tips, please contact Kennell Orthodontics or ask your general dentist during your next scheduled visit! Or, ask us on Facebook!

Sports and Orthodontics

September 4th, 2014

It's back to school time, and that means it's time for school sports to start and a greater chance of kids damaging their precious mouths and pearly whites. If you play sports, it's important that you consult our office for special precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard. A protective mouth guard is advised for playing spring sports such as baseball, soccer, lacrosse and others. Be sure, however, to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements we are trying to achieve.

In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, please schedule an appointment with the office. And don’t forget to ask us about how you can get a mouth guard for yourself.

Only by using a mouth guard and other forms of facial protection can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. Please give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards or your treatment at our office.

Packing Brace-friendly Lunches

August 28th, 2014

It’s that time of year and if you are new to the brace world or need a refresher here are some ideas and thoughts to keep in mind when packing lunch for someone with braces:

Soft foods are always easier and more comfortable to eat and are less likely to be caught in braces.  However choices like gummies, fruit roll ups, taffy etc. will stick like glue!

If you/your child has just had their braces tightened, their mouth may be sore so providing pre-sliced fruit (thinly sliced), yogurt, pudding may be better options for these days.

Some other brace friendly suggestions:

  • Banana slices, grape halves, and thinly cut (peeled) apples (dip them all in a bit of lemon juice to keep them from browning)
  • Canned peaches or pears, fruit cocktail and Mandarin orange slices
  • Applesauce or any of the mixed fruit “sauces” in individual servings
  • Thin carrot-curls made with a scraper, plus a small container of grated cheese or hummus, with torn-up fresh pita bread for scooping
  • Individual pudding and yogurt cups
  • Avocadoes sliced or mashed

The goal is to be soft enough to chew, healthy and filling to keep their mind and teeth strong.  Happy School Days!

Next Week in the Lakes Region...

August 21st, 2014

Some great family friendly events happening next week around the Lakes Region:

Greek Summer Festival
Date: August 26, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Authentic Greek Cuisine, Homemade Greek Pastries, Live Greek Music & Dancing, Dance Troupe to Perform, Specialty Imports and Dry Goods, and Raffle Ticket Table.

Family Party Night aboard the M/S Mount Washington
Date: August 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Children 12 and under cruise free aboard the M/S Mount Washington Wednesday evenings. Bring the whole family for a fun evening of dancing and dining on Lake Winnipesaukee. Special entertainment and dancing for children. A great time for all. Limit 2 free children per family. Adults $47, Children 13--16 and additional children pay $37. Buffet dinner is included in the cruise price. Every Wednesday June 25--August 27.
From Weirs beach 6--8 PM.

Tilton Farmers' Market
Date: August 29, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses and meats, oh my!  Baked goods, seafood, and so much more! Visit the Tilton Farmers' Market with over 30 vendors between June 27th and September 26th every Friday, 3-7pm, located near Old Navy Outlet.