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Celebrating National Ice Cream Month With Braces

July 15th, 2020

National Ice Cream Month arrives during the grueling summer, and not many other refreshments can offer a remedy to heat like ice cream! This rich, creamy, frozen delight can cool you off and satisfy all your cravings. However, if you or your children recently got braces, you might be wondering if ice cream is safe to consume. Here is our list of dos and don’ts for eating ice cream safely during orthodontic treatment.

DO: Eat ice cream! Ice cream is soft and safe to consume with braces. Plus, it contains calcium, which can help strengthen your teeth.

DON’T eat too much ice cream. You might have heard the saying: “Everything is good in moderation.” Well, that is perfectly applicable when it comes to ice cream! Ice cream is full of sugar, which can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities. So, you should probably avoid overeating it or adding more sugary toppings to it, like chocolate sauce, candy, and caramel. Sugar-free ice cream might serve as a good alternative if your cravings are recurring frequently. 

DO: Brush your teeth after eating ice cream. This helps prevent tooth decay as it cleans off the sugar from your enamel. Although, brushing too quickly after eating ice cream can damage your enamel, too. We recommend that you ideally brush your teeth 30 minutes after eating—don’t forget to floss!

DON’T get toppings stuck in brackets as they may cause brackets to become loose or even break off. You should always avoid hard toppings, like nuts, or chewy/sticky ones, like marshmallows or candies. If toppings do end up getting stuck in your brackets, try to remove them carefully using a toothbrush (Pro tip: Always have a travel toothbrush with you while you have braces). If you do not have access to a toothbrush, rigorously rinse your mouth with water to get rid of those pesky particles. 

DO: Remove your retainers/aligners before eating ice cream. Although it is possible to eat ice cream—especially soft serve—without removing your retainers, it is not recommended. You should remove your retainer or aligners before eating anything, clean them, and put them on after brushing your teeth. 

Even with these precautions, tooth decay can happen—especially if you aren’t diligent with your oral hygiene habits. To ensure good oral health, remember to book your dental checkups at least twice per year. It’s essential to have a healthy smile for your best orthodontic result! If you have any questions or need more advice, call our team today at (614) 855-8800 or visit our website.

3 Ways to Celebrate Smile Power Day!

June 15th, 2020

June 15th is Smile Power Day! This holiday is celebrated to showcase the power that a smile holds. This wholesome event focuses on bringing us all together through good vibes and happiness! To make the most of the holiday, we have made a list of three things to do to boost your smile and share it with others:

1. Count your blessings: 

We know that these are trying times for many of us. However, even in tough times like these, it is important to look at the bright side! After all, smiling is shown to boost our happiness and health. On this Smile Power Day, give yourself a reason to smile by counting your blessings—your friends, your family, and your community. Focus on anything that betters your day, even something as small as seeing a beautiful, clear sky.=

2. Be kind: 

On a day that is focused on elevating everyone, give those around you a reason to smile. Greet your neighbors politely, engage in heartwarming conversations, write notes to your loved ones! All these little gestures can greatly improve someone’s day. What better day to start doing good for others than on Smile Power Day?

3. Boost your smile’s health: 

Good oral hygiene is imperative in building and maintaining a beautiful smile—especially when you have braces or aligners! Remember to brush your teeth and floss regularly to prevent the buildup of plaque and bacteria. Try to avoid consuming an excess of foods and drinks that damage your teeth or get stuck in braces, including those with high amounts of added sugar, like soda and sticky candy, or high amounts of citrus, like lemon or lime. They make your teeth more susceptible to decay over time. Swap these out with foods rich in calcium and phosphorus, such as dairy, eggs, and leafy vegetables. And, as always, remember to get frequent dental checkups to ensure your teeth are staying clean and healthy during your orthodontic treatment.

At Hutta & Price Orthodontics, we offer a range of services like Damon™ Braces, Smile Envy 3D, and Invisalign® to give you your healthiest, happiest smile! Ready to get your perfect grin for Smile Power Day and every other day? Call us now at (614) 855-8800 to book your appointment with our orthodontic team. We hope you’re able to spread joy and plenty of smiles today!

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!

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