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Practice Update: April 28

April 28th, 2020

We hope you and your family have been staying healthy and well. We know that the past few weeks have been challenging. But, by working together, we have done an excellent job flattening the risk curve! In light of Governor DeWine’s latest announcement this week, we are reopening on May 4 and look forward to welcoming you back through our doors.

We will be calling patients to reschedule appointments. To expedite this process, we ask that you wait for our call rather than calling yourself as we have limited phone operators.

Your health and safety have always been our top concerns.

We will be taking every safety precaution to keep you safe!

These include:

    • Screening patients/employees with a Health Questionnaire and checking temperatures.
    • Asking patients to wash hands upon arriving.
    • Asking patients to brush teeth at home or work before their appointment.
    • Employing social distancing best practices.
    • Reducing office capacity by staggering appointment times.
    • Asking parents/siblings of current patients to wait in the car.
    • Filling out treatment progress forms for each patient. Parents can call in with any questions about their child’s treatment.
    • For patients/parents who are in the office for initial treatment consultations, using a private room with Dr. Hutta or Dr. Price.
    • Having hand sanitizer and face masks available.
    • Installing a screen guard around our front desk.
    • Sterilizing treatment and high touch areas.
    • Ceasing use of our coffee machine temporarily.

With these precautions in place, we look forward to delivering healthy, happy smiles while keeping you safe. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this transition. Our team looks forward to seeing you back in our office soon!

5 Screen-Free Activities to Spread Smiles

April 21st, 2020

We love being able to keep in touch with you. And, even though our office is temporarily closed, we are still here for you. We are staffed during regular business hours, so do not hesitate to call us if you have any emergency orthodontic problems or if you have any questions. We are always happy to help!

Name Our Fish Contest

Want to spread smiles, name our fish, and help support local Columbus restaurants? Enter our latest contest… you could win a $50 gift card for delicious takeout at a local restaurant! To enter, just comment your favorite fish names on our contest posts—either on Facebook (@huttaorthodontics) or Instagram (@jthorthodontics). Be sure to check out Dr. Hutta’s video first to see the fish you’re naming. We can’t wait to hear your creative names—don’t miss out! We’ll be drawing several lucky winners soon.

5 Screen-Free Activities

As we enter another week of social distancing, you may be looking for some ways to keep your kids occupied while limiting their screen time! After all, kids are logging in several hours of virtual school each day. We’ve put together five simple things you can do to cut back on electronics while keeping your family smiling.

  1. Write thank-you notes. We believe in spreading smiles whenever possible! So, take the time to teach your kids the importance of gratitude. Encourage them to write or draw thank-you notes that you can later hand out to doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, or your postal worker.
  1. Stay active together! Stay healthy and active by completing a workout video together or by playing sports. If you do choose to play sports, make sure your kids are wearing a mouthguard—especially for activities, like baseball or soccer, that can lead to tripping, falling, or getting hit with a ball.
  1. Read a book. Encourage your kids to pick up a book—now is a great time to help support local authors!

Books for middle grades:

      • Want a story about changing the world? Check out Hope: Project Middle School, by Alyssa Milano and Debbie Rigaud—a story about an 11-year-old who never gives up! Buy it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or shop locally by ordering from Book Loft online.
      • Ready for a fun novel about being yourself? Buy Trading Faces, written by Julia DeVillers, a story about twins who switch places in middle school, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Book Loft.
      • Love tween girl power and superheroes? Also written by Julia DeVillers, you can purchase UltraSquad on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Book Loft.

Young adult novels:

      • Love page-turning spy adventures? Check out You Don’t Know My Name on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Book Loft. Written by Kristen Orlando, a former patient who happens to be Dr. Hutta’s niece, this story follows Reagan, a teen spy who must choose between the dangerous world she was born into and the normal life she’s always wanted. 
      • Need an emotional teen romance? Pick up Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark, a love story about two teens who are brought together following a tragic accident. You can purchase it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Book Loft.
      • Looking for a mystery thriller with a side of romance? Get your copy of What You Hide by Natalie Richards (another former patient of ours!). In this novel, two teens must uncover the meaning behind sinister messages and clues that appear following a tragic death. Pick up your copy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Book Loft.
      • Want a heartfelt, coming of age tale? Check out Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It by Kerry Winfrey. Buy this story about inner beauty, friendship, and young romance on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Book Loft.
      • Love gritty, survival stories? Check out Be Not Far from Me by Mindy McGinnis, a dark novel chronicling one girl’s harrowing struggle to survive. Buy it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Book Loft.
  1. Play board or card games. Pass the time with a family game night. If you are getting tired of the same games, challenge your family to learn a new game each week!
  1. Make a chore chart. With all the extra hands at home, get some help with spring cleaning by starting a chore chart. Be sure to include “chores” like proper brushing and flossing, too!

We hope you enjoy these fun ideas as you stay at home. Be sure to keep in touch by following us on social media. We will be sharing even more ideas to help you schedule some time to unplug!

Making Healthy and Braces-Friendly Choices

March 3rd, 2020

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Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? This is a great time of year to reevaluate our dietary habits. This month, focus on making a positive change for your body and health!  

When orthodontic appliances limit your diet, it might seem difficult to make smart nutritional choices. It’s tempting to stick to an ice cream meal plan, but having braces is no excuse for an unhealthy diet! There are plenty of delicious, healthy foods that are perfectly safe to consume with braces, good for your oral health, and nutritionally sound. Here are Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price’s suggestions for nutritious, braces-friendly foods:

Oatmeal

If you’re looking for a yummy, filling breakfast that’s safe for braces, oatmeal is a great choice. Oatmeal is soft, delicious, and packs a nutritional punch! If you want some extra protein in your breakfast, try adding peanut butter or almond butter. And, if you want to add some extra flavor, consider sprinkling in cinnamon or add a banana.

Yogurt

Yogurt is full of probiotics and nutrients. Plus, it’s perfectly safe to eat with braces. Just make sure your preferred yogurt isn’t full of added sugar. 

Steamed vegetables

You might have to steer clear of crunchy, raw veggies for a little while since they can damage your braces. But that doesn’t mean you should miss out on fresh vegetables! Instead, try steaming your favorite crunchy veggies like carrots or broccoli—that way, you can still enjoy these vegetables without harming your orthodontic appliances.

Hummus

Made of nutrient- and fiber-rich chickpeas, hummus is a delicious way to get your protein when you have braces! Pair it with a soft veggie, like a bell pepper, rather than choosing a hard (and potentially braces-breaking) cracker.

Soft fruits

Eating soft fruits is a great way to stay healthy with braces. Next time you’re craving a sweet treat, enjoy a banana, a sliced peach, or some blueberries. These delicious fruits will satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you healthy!

 

Even when you have braces, it’s so important to make healthy food choices for your body. Food is fuel for your body, and when you’re making good nutritional choices, you feel so much better. If you’re looking for more suggestions on ways to stay healthy when you have braces, contact Hutta & Price Orthodontics today!

How You Can Help Your Child’s Dental Health

February 4th, 2020

Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? This tradition was started right here in Ohio—all the way back in 1941! And here at Hutta & Price Orthodontics, we think that dental health is a great reason to celebrate.

Helping your child develop good oral hygiene habits while they’re still young is one of the most important things you can do for their health and well-being. If your child is able to develop a good routine, that will set them up for a lifetime of healthy teeth! 

Dental health is important at every age, and it’s especially important if your child is undergoing orthodontic treatment. The brackets and wires of braces might make it trickier to brush and floss, but it is absolutely essential! While your child has braces, they are especially susceptible to cavities and tooth decay since food debris is easily caught in the appliances. If your child’s oral hygiene slips during their orthodontic treatment, it can lead to cavities and tooth discoloration.  

Luckily, Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price have some great tips to help your child develop and maintain great oral health:

  • Take your child to the dentist regularly. Ideally, your child should be visiting the dentist twice each year. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children, and much of this tooth decay goes undiagnosed and untreated. In fact, the CDC estimates that 20% of children experience undiagnosed tooth decay. Although many people mistakenly believe that the oral health of baby teeth isn’t important—since they are considered “disposable”—this is a harmful myth. Baby teeth help to guide a child’s permanent teeth into place. When baby teeth are lost prematurely to dental decay, the permanent teeth are much more likely to be misaligned. Your orthodontist will thank you if you can help prevent premature tooth loss for your child! 
  • Set a good example. Your children look up to you, and if they observe you prioritizing your oral health, they’re much more likely to be compliant when it comes time to brush and floss. Because oral hygiene is necessary for a healthy smile transformation, set the example for your child’s dental health.
  • Schedule an appointment with an orthodontist. Tooth alignment is a key component of oral health. When the teeth and bite are misaligned, this can lead to a whole array of dental issues down the road. We recommend that your child visits Dr. Hutta or Dr. Price no later than the age of seven. Although this might seem young, this formative stage is a great time for us to check out the early growth of the permanent teeth, consider early intervention, and begin to make a plan for correcting orthodontic issues. 

We hope you take this month as a reminder to prioritize dental health—both your own, and your child’s. Oral hygiene should be a priority at every age!

If your child hasn’t seen an orthodontist yet, this is a great time to schedule their first appointment and set them up for dental health success. Call us at Hutta & Price Orthodontics today to get started.

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