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Super Bowl Sunday Snack Ideas for People with Braces

January 14th, 2019

Having braces can be frustrating, especially when it comes to eating. Trying to figure out what to make, or even eat at a party, can be a problem. With the Super Bowl coming up, we want to help you figure out what foods are easy for individuals with braces to eat. Below is a list of great snack idea for those who have braces.

Snack ideas:

  • Soft Pretzel Bites
  • Fruit Bowls
  • Pita Bread and Hummus
  • Zucchini Chips
  • Spaghetti (add soft-cooked veggies such as zucchini, carrots, peas, and spinach)
  • Muffins (without nuts)
  • Fruit Smoothies
  • Guacamole and Chips
  • Yogurt Cups
  • Tuna Salad

Hopefully this list of snack ideas will help you or anyone you know with braces enjoy some delicious snacks this Super Bowl. As a reminder for anyone with braces, make sure to rinse your mouth as soon as possible and to drink water so that you avoid getting food stuck in your brackets.

We hope you enjoy Super Bowl Sunday with your family and friends! Eat healthy and have fun!

Source: myorthodontists.info

Five Surprising Reasons for Bad Breath in Children

January 4th, 2019

Having your kids brush their teeth before bed every night helps them learn good oral hygiene habits. Although brushing your teeth twice per day is good for developing teeth, it is not always enough to stop bad breath from occurring. Bad breath is not only an oral health issue; there can also be other factors that need a different solution. Below there are five surprising causes of bad breath in children and how to stop them.

Sinus Infection

Your child's bad breath may be the result of something stuck in his or her nasal passages. Kids are curious, and their nostrils are the perfect size for inserting small items such as food, beads, and toy accessories. Pediatrician Dr. William Sears says that an object lodged in a child's nasal passages can create a nasty smell. If you suspect that this is what is causing your child's bad breath, you need to go see a doctor. The doctor will be able to check your child's nasal passages and remove the object.

Swollen Tonsils

Healthy tonsils should be pink and spot free, but infected ones are red, inflamed, can have white spots, and smell terrible. Bacteria can collect in the pits of swollen tonsils and, paired with the sour smell of infection, can cause bad breath. If your child's tonsils look red or swollen, your pediatrician should examine them and can prescribe an antibiotic to help take care of the problem.

Dry Mouth

Since kids are pretty active, it can be hard for them to remember to stay hydrated. Children playing sports often have bad breath due to a lack of fluids. If kids don't get enough water, their mouths will produce less saliva for washing away odor-causing bacteria. This may not seem like a big deal, but a lack of saliva can also lead to tooth decay and cavities. Making sure kids drink enough water is worth the extra effort.

Oral Issues: Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Even the best brushing and oral hygiene habits aren't enough to get rid of the smell that can come from tooth decay and other oral infections. Whether it's a cavity, gum disease, or mouth sores, infections of the mouth can secrete an odorous scent.  Kid specific toothpastes, such as Colgate® 2in1 Kids Fruit Flavors, help prevent issues from spreading. Brushing your teeth alone cannot heal a cavity. If your kids have tooth decay, it is time to see the dentist.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that bad breath is the result of your kids skipping the most important part of their bedtime routine. Even brushing regularly cannot fight all other types of bad breath. Do some research to determine the cause of the issue and then take the appropriate action.

Source: colgate.com

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About New Year's Eve

December 27th, 2018

It’s no secret that New Year’s Eve is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world. Dr. Overby and our team love it too. It’s a fresh start, another year of surviving the crazy world we live in, a time to refocus on the things we want for ourselves, a celebration with those we love … the list goes on.

Dozens of countries welcome the New Year with over-the-top parties and celebrations. Because it’s a public holiday, many offices, businesses, and schools close for the day. As you think about your plans for this holiday, here are some fun facts about New Year’s that might surprise you!

Can you guess what the most common New Year’s resolutions are? You may already have one or two of these on your own personal list. The top five New Year’s resolutions are: to quit smoking, get a new job, lose weight, increase personal savings, and return to school. Just remember that coming up with a concrete plan to reach your goals is the surest way to achieve your resolutions!

About one million people brave the cold to watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop in New York City’s Times Square in person. Yes, that’s one million! This event is one of the most iconic celebrations in the world. People travel from all over just to experience it, but you can watch from the warmth and comfort of your living room.

If you’re not a fan of cabbage, collard greens, black-eyed peas, or ham hocks, you might want to revise your tastes. All these foods are all regarded as lucky fare on New Year’s Day. Unless you’re allergic, of course!

For many people in Mexico and Latin America, eating 12 grapes at midnight is a tradition that brings good luck in the 12 coming months. Most people even make a wish per grape!

Whether you’re celebrating in Austin, Rochester, or Stewartville, MN or traveling elsewhere to observe the holiday, New Year’s Eve is a time to enjoy the company of your friends and family. Don’t forget to send warm wishes to your loved ones, and snag a midnight kiss with that special someone if you can!

Orthodontic Care on the Go!

December 20th, 2018

Whether you’re heading out for a day with friends or running from classroom to volleyball practice, you don’t always have the luxury of taking care of your braces or aligners in the comfort of your home. But don’t stress! Here are some suggestions for handy items you can take with you to handle most of the dental situations that might come up.

Basic Care Kit

  • Travel Toothbrush—the perfect size for quick cleanings after a meal on the go. You might want to bring a travel size tube of toothpaste as well.
  • Dental Floss, Threader, and Dental Picks—you don’t want something stuck in your teeth or braces through three hours of play rehearsal.
  • Water Bottle—if you don’t have time to brush, a good rinse will help keep teeth and appliances clean.
  • Small Mirror—to make sure your smile is picture perfect after eating.
  • Our office phone number—just in case. If something happens to your braces or aligners, or if you suffer a dental emergency, call our Austin, Rochester, or Stewartville, MN office immediately.

For Braces

  • Orthodontic Wax—if one of your brackets is irritating your mouth, you’ll be ready.
  • Braces-Friendly Snacks—soft, healthy foods that will help keep your energy up while keeping your braces intact.

For Aligners or a Retainer

  • Your case! If you need to take your aligners or retainer out, use your case to protect them and keep them from getting lost. You have better things to do after lunch than sifting through a garbage can full of used napkins. Much better things.

All of these items can fit easily in a case or bag in your glove compartment, locker, or backpack. Want more tips? Talk to Dr. Overby and our team on your next visit, and let’s work together to make caring for your orthodontic appliances a quick and convenient addition to your busy schedule!