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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.

Five New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Mouth

January 1st, 2020

Here at Hutta & Price Orthodontics, we want to wish you a Happy New Year! 2020 is a blank slate, a fresh start, and the perfect time to step up your game when it comes to your oral health! Taking care of your teeth should always be a priority, but it’s especially important when you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.  

If you found yourself falling behind on your oral hygiene or orthodontic routine last year, Dr. Hutta and Dr. Price have some suggestions for your New Year’s resolutions:

1. Brush after every meal.

When you have braces, it’s so important that you’re keeping your teeth clean. Food debris is easily caught in the wires and brackets of your braces, and this can cause plaque to develop on the teeth. Over time, plaque can cause you to develop cavities and discolor your smile. You certainly don’t want to find out that your teeth have been discolored on the day you get your braces removed. So, brush every time you complete a meal—it will keep your breath fresh and your braces pristine!

2.  Remember to drink water.

In addition to being a hydrating, sugar-free beverage, water helps keep your braces clean and your mouth (and body) healthy. If you aren’t in the habit of carrying around a water bottle, make 2020 the year of healthier habits!  

3. Follow instructions from your orthodontist.

If our orthodontists ask you to wear headgear, put in rubber bands, wear your Invisalign® trays, or to turn your palate expander—listen! If you want to complete your orthodontic treatment in a timely fashion, it is vital that you follow any instructions from your orthodontist. If you follow directions, 2020 might even be the year you get your braces off! 

4.  Wear a mouthguard.

If you play any sports, you should be wearing a mouthguard any time you practice or play. When you have braces, your mouth is at an increased risk of injury, as the sharp edges of your braces can cut your inner mouth, cheeks, lips, and tongue upon impact. A mouthguard is a simple fix that can save you from a world of hurt. In fact, the American Dental Association reports that mouthguards prevent an estimated 200,000 injuries each year. Don’t get benched because of a painful mouth injury this year. Instead, invest in a mouthguard!

5. Wear your retainer.

If you’ve already had your braces removed, make sure you keep wearing your retainer this new year. Your teeth have a memory, and if you neglect to wear your retainer on a nightly basis, your teeth will shift. Don’t regress in 2020—make this a year of progress!

Commit to these resolutions to keep your teeth and orthodontic appliances happy and healthy! For more information about caring for your oral health and safety while wearing braces, contact our office.

Quick Fixes for Orthodontic Mishaps over the Holidays 

December 12th, 2019

The holiday season can pose a challenge if you have braces. It can be especially hard to follow your orthodontic dietary guidelines when you’re surrounded by tasty temptations at the holiday dinner table. If you do happen to slip up and damage your braces, there’s no need to panic. Just schedule an appointment with our orthodontists as soon as possible! In the meantime, follow these tips to repair the most common problems we see here at James T. Hutta Orthodontics: 

Broken brackets

It’s easy to break a bracket—especially if you eat hard or chewy holiday foods. When a broken bracket is causing discomfort, try applying orthodontic wax to the rough edges of the appliance. You could also remove the bracket from the wire as long as you make sure to keep track of the bracket and bring it in during your next orthodontic appointment. 

Poking wires

When your teeth are moving, it’s perfectly normal for wires to shift. This is a sign that your braces are doing their job! If wires are causing you pain and you can’t make it to our office to get them clipped, use orthodontic wax. Placing wax over the end that is poking you should relieve your discomfort. But, if this doesn’t work, wires can also be cautiously clipped with a pair of nail clippers and covered with orthodontic wax until you can come by the office. 

Wire out of place

When you eat sticky or crunchy foods, wires can pop out of the back brackets of your braces. First, use your fingers or tweezers to try to slip the wire back into the bracket hole. If that doesn’t work, you can also apply orthodontic wax or clip the wire. If you decide to clip the wire, make sure to schedule an appointment to get it repaired as soon as possible!

Lost aligner tray

If you wear a clear aligner, like Smile Envy 3D or Invisalign®, be extra cautious with your aligners over the holidays! When you get out of your normal routine, it’s easy to misplace a tray. If you’re leaving town, you should bring your case with you at all times and put your aligners in the case whenever you take them out to eat or drink. However, if you accidentally lose an aligner, it’s not the end of the world. Don’t try to skip ahead—trying to move the teeth too quickly can cause more pain. Simply put in your previous tray and call us so we can order you a new set.

Never let orthodontic discomfort get in the way of your holiday fun! If you follow these simple tips, you should be able to minimize any discomfort until you can come in for an appointment. Here at James T. Hutta Orthodontics, we want to wish you and your braces a safe and happy holiday season!  

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