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What is Onychophagia?...Nail Biting!

October 18th, 2017

Nail Biting and Your Oral Health

We’ve all heard that biting your nails is an awful habit, but you many wonder- really- what’s so bad about it? This interesting article discusses how biting your nails affect your teeth and oral health.

Nail biting, also known as Onychophagia, is a common habit among various age groups, including primarily children, teens and young adults. Nail biting is generally triggered by stress and most often decreases with age. That being said, nail biting is unsanitary, unattractive, as well as unhealthy for your teeth!

Here’s why:

It’s unsanitary. Your nails are dirty, almost twice as dirty as your fingers! Hence, biting your nails is just asking for germs and bacteria.

No good things come to your teeth. Nail biting causes your teeth to constantly be chewing, which is not good for them. This excessive motion wears your teeth down faster than a non-nail biter’s and puts a large amount of stress on your front teeth- contributing to teeth misalignment.

Braces don’t love it either. Braces already put pressure on teeth, nail biting ads unnecessary pressure, further stressing your teeth and weakening their roots.

It can be costly. Nail biting can result in up to $4,000 in additional dental bills over one lifetime, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Yikes!

What can you do about it?

Now that you know how harmful nail biting can be, it’s time to take action to break your nail biting habit. Try to be conscious of your fingernails and to keep them looking good- this will help you resist the temptation.

Ask Dr. Alan Kennell or visit the article for tips on how to break a nail biting habit.

Meet Ally! Team Kennell Ortho

October 4th, 2017

SPOTLIGHT on ALLY

Ally is the newest member of the Kennell Orthodontics team. She grew up in Massachusetts and moved to New Hampshire last year after living in North Carolina for three years. Ally and her husband, Nick recently celebrated four years of marriage. Ally and Nick enjoy spending time outside, kayaking and going to the ocean. Ally graduated this year from NHTI’s Dental Assisting program and was grateful to be given the opportunity to  work at Kennell Orthodontics after completing her final externship.

Meet Tori, Kennell Ortho Team

September 21st, 2017

SPOTLIGHT on TORI

Tori grew up in the lakes region of NH with her Mom, Dad and sister Sydney. Now she owns her own home with her boyfriend Mike, Brodie (the dog), Opie, and Jax (the cats). Tori and Mike enjoy fishing, hiking, gardening, and spending time on the lake.

Tori graduated from NHTI’s dental assisting program in 2016. She did her last externship with Kennell Orthodontics and started right after graduation.


Back to School Week...

September 1st, 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL

It is the season of Back-to-School, with all the excitement and anxieties that come with it. This can also be true for children, and parents of children undergoing orthodontic treatment.

One way to put both parents and children at ease when it comes to orthodontics at school is to discuss a “Plan of Action”. If you and your child understand the plan ahead of time, it will help ensure a successful (orthodontic!) school year!

Here are some recommendations for your Orthodontic “Back-to-School Action Plan”

  • Bring a toothbrush to school – It’s always best to brush your teeth after you eat lunch. A quick brushing doesn’t take long and will help keep your teeth and braces free of food, which helps to avoid cavities and/or permanent staining on your teeth, as well as bad breath!
  • Drink Water – Bring a water bottle to school and drink throughout the day. This helps to keep your mouth clean by rinsing away large food particles stuck in your braces after eating. Keep a toothbrush in your locker in a toothbrush case along with some toothpaste, and you will never have to remember to bring it to school.
  • Packing your lunch and snacks – When packing lunches and snacks, avoid foods that are hard, sticky, chewy or crunchy to prevent bending wires or breaking braces. If you like hard fruits and vegetables, such as apples and carrots, cut them into smaller pieces before you leave for school. Biting into hard fruits and veggies can damage your braces, which can cause discomfort and could lengthen your time in braces.
  • Retainers – Bring your retainer case with you to school. Make sure to always place the retainer in the case whenever it is out of your mouth, and make sure your retainer case is labeled or has a unique marking or pattern on it, to avoid accidentally mixing it up with your friend’s. Many patients who need retainers replaced have forgotten to bring their case to school and left their retainers on a lunch tray or in their lunch bag where it’s likely to disappear in the garbage. Replacement retainers can be quite costly and it’s no fun to look in the trash to look for your lost retainer! Ewwwwwww…
  • Rubber bands – Don’t forget to change your rubber bands and bring a supply with you to keep in your desk, backpack or locker! A great idea is to have an orthodontic baggie in your locker that has everything you need to take care of your orthodontic appliances, and to make sure your mouth stays clean and comfortable while you’re at school.
  • Do you play a Sport? – Protecting your braces during sports not only protects your teeth from accidents but also protects your braces!!
  • Lastly, Don’t forget to SMILE! – Show off your beautiful smile to your friends and teachers!
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