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ICYMI! Dr. Kennell picks the 2016 Refer-A-Friend Winner!

February 10th, 2017

Dr. Alan Kennell and his staff at Kennell Orthodontics are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Refer-a-Friend contest – Holly Phillips!  Kennell Orthodontics realizes the greatest compliment received is when one of their patients refers a friend or colleague to their practice.

In an effort to show appreciation to patients for these referrals, Dr. Kennell developed the Refer-a-Friend campaign. This campaign, which focuses on new patient treatment plans from qualified referrals, rewards Refer-a-Friend participants with a Visa Cash Card and an entry into the grand prize drawing.

Holly had multiple entries from her multiple referrals – this gave her a greater advantage on having her name picked as the Grand Prize Winner!

As the Grand Prize winner, Holly & her family will spend a FUN OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE IN BOSTON which includes hotel accommodations, dinner, and 4 tickets to BLUEMAN GROUP!

Dr. Kennell thanked Holly for being a valued patient and for recommending Kennell Orthodontics to her family and friends.  “We are honored to have such loyal patients who continue to refer to us and share their positive experiences here at Kennell Orthodontics with others.”

Spotlight on Linda!

January 30th, 2017

Spotlight on Linda!

Linda is a NH Native who loves spending time with her beautiful family! Linda & her husband, Keith, have been married for 27 years! (What a lucky guy:)

Linda & Keith have 3 children & 2 grandchildren - soon to be 3! Her daughter Olivia is expecting another baby anytime!

Olivia & her husband, Dalin, met & married at BYU. They have two children named Tenley & Declan - they are excited to welcome a new bother or sister! Linda loves traveling to Utah to snuggle with them!

Linda's oldest son, Payson, is 24 & studies coding at School "42" in California. Her youngest son, Donovan, is 17 - a junior in high school who loves skiing, fishing & hunting.

Linda's hobbies include playing tennis, sewing quilts for Tenley & Declan, searching for seaglass at the ocean and, of course, hanging out on Lake Winnipesaukee!  She enjoys traveling to Utah & Florida to visit family & soak up the sunshine!

In 1986 Linda graduated from NHTI & has been with Dr. Kennell part time for over TEN amazing years!

Cold and flu season means germs everywhere!

January 18th, 2017

The dreaded cold and flu season is here again! After recovering from your cold, one of the most important steps you can take to avoid becoming reinfected is replacing your toothbrush!

Germs can linger on the bristles, and you risk prolonging your sickness by continuing to use the same toothbrush. Be smart - keep a spare, just in case! To protect your toothbrush from bacteria all year long, consider the following tips:

• Wash your hands before and after brushing
• Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen
• Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster
• Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Worn bristles are less effective in properly cleaning your teeth, and can actually be damaging to teeth if used too long!

Hope this tip helps! Feel free to give us a call or ask us on Facebook if you have any questions!

Tips for keeping your smile clean with braces!

January 9th, 2017

Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you have braces. Food bits have more spots than usual to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. If you remove plaque regularly during treatment, you'll experience better results and shorter treatment time. Keep plaque at bay with these top ten tips:

1. One tooth at a time. When you brush, take time with each individual tooth – at least 10 seconds each – and pay careful attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces.

2. It’s all about the angles. Brush the tops of your teeth and braces with your brush angled down toward where they meet. Brush the bottoms of your teeth and braces with your brush angled up.

3. The tooth, the whole tooth, nothing but the tooth. While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, it’s equally important to clean the inner surface of your teeth (tongue side) as well as the chewing surface. And be sure to clean along your gum line – a key spot for plaque buildup.

4. Step 1: eat, step 2: clean. While you’re in treatment, it’s important to brush after every meal. Bits of food can easily get caught between braces and teeth, and these food bits interact with bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. The longer food is in contact with your teeth, the greater opportunity for plaque to form. If you are eating somewhere that you can’t brush, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.

5. Like a Boy Scout, always be prepared. The easiest way to be sure you can brush after every meal is to get in the habit of taking a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you wherever you go. Designate a special container just for your teeth-cleaning tools and keep it in your purse, backpack, or laptop case.

6. Remove the moving parts. If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss.

7. Fluoride is your friend. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.

8. Pointy brushes reach tiny places. Interproximal brushes (sometimes called proxa brushes or interdental brushes) are cone-shaped and come in very handy for reaching spots around your braces that standard brushes can’t.

9. Find the floss for you. Regular floss works for some patients, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader, which helps you get the floss into tight places. Other patients like an all-in-one product called Superfloss, which comes with a stiff end for easy threading, a spongy section for cleaning wide spaces, and regular floss for narrow spaces.

10. Make time for the pros. It’s your job to take care of the everyday cleaning. But make sure to visit your dentist regularly while in treatment, to get the deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide. If you need help finding the right Dentist for you, feel free to contact our office - we’d love to help!

Hope this helps!

Dr. Kennell and Team

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