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January 2011

Braces-Friendly Eating Tips: Dietary Guidelines for Orthodontic Patients

When you abide by the rules of what to eat and what not to eat when wearing braces, you're doing yourself a favor. Your orthodontist gives you dietary guidelines for a reason. When you are wearing braces, it is important to avoid certain foods that can damage the orthodontic appliances, brackets, and wires, which may cause delays in treatment. The key rule is: nothing hard, sticky or chewy! Here's a handy red-yellow-green light list of do's and don'ts when it comes to snacking while wearing braces.

Fluoride: Too Much of a Good Thing?

A recent news article announced plans by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to lower the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in nearly 50 years, based on a fresh review of the science. This plan echoes the recommendation that your neighborhood First Choice Dental team has been sharing with patients for years. First Choice Dental and the American Dental Association continue to advocate the use of fluorides as a proven method to prevent tooth decay.

Does flossing really make a difference?

Sure does! Looking for a New Year's Resolution to add to your list that's super simple and will improve your overall health? Make 2011 the year you commit to flossing your teeth every day! Your dental hygienist speaks the truth. Flossing makes a big difference. Daily flossing helps to prevent gum disease. Flossing also removes plaque, prevents cavities and benefits your overall oral health by removing the bacteria that gets between teeth and can cause infection in your mouth and body. Some adults floss daily, but most don't.