Going on vacation? Here are some simple tips to remember.

Going on vacation? Here are some simple tips to remember.

Going on vacation can be tough while wearing braces. There are so many temptations on a daily basis, but vacation seems to make it harder to stay away from items on the no-no list. W have put together a list of items that will be handy to have with you at all times while you are our of town. Items to pack: Toothpick, flosspick, or other interdental cleaners Travel toothbrush A water bottle or a mini bottle of mouth rinse Orthodontic wax to help with discomfort from protruding wires A small mirror for examining any possible issues in your mouth...

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All about that toothpaste

All about that toothpaste

Toothpaste: it’s something most people use every day, but rarely give much thought to—except, perhaps, when choosing from the brands that line the drugstore shelf. When facing that daunting shelf and presented with the dozens of products boasting different benefits, don’t get overwhelmed. Here’s some things to think about when choosing your next tube of toothpaste. Active Ingredients For centuries, dental experts have been pursuing ways to keep teeth healthy and bright.  As early as the era of the ancient Egyptians, tooth-cleaning substances have been recorded. Though unlike today’s specially formulated branded toothpastes, early mixtures contained ingredients like crushed bones,...

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Benefits of Summer Orthodontics

Benefits of Summer Orthodontics

For many families, summer time is the best season of the year!  Spending time outdoors and on family vacations are some of the most popular activities for this time of year. With school out for a couple months, summer is the perfect time to get started with orthodontic treatment, whether it’s for you or your child. Read more about the benefits of summer orthodontics: Why Summer? Simply put, summer provides a perfect adjustment period for children, teens and adults. With school out for the summer, and more flexible schedules, patients will have more time to get used to their appliances...

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Thumb sucking and tongue thrusting

Thumb sucking and tongue thrusting

Did you know that babies are born with the need to suck?  Thumb, finger, and pacifier sucking are perfectly natural ways for babies and toddlers to soothe themselves. However, as the child grows, there comes a point when this comforting activity becomes and habit, causing more harm than good. While it is completely natural for children to engage in thumb, finger, and pacifier sucking during the first few years of life, prolonging the habit could damage the jaw’s growth pattern. Because of the rich blood supply and the quick growth patterns of a child’s jaw, the constant pressure of sucking...

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7 Facts About Orthodontics

7 Facts About Orthodontics

No matter what you call the process, “braces”, “orthodontics” “getting your teeth straightened”, some of these facts about orthodontics might surprise you The word “orthodontics” is of Greek origin. Ortho means straight, or correct. Dont (don’t confuse with don’t) means tooth. Put it all together and you get straight teeth. People have had crooked teeth from the beginning of time. Okay, so maybe this one doesn’t surprise you. But did you know that humans have been concerned about their teeth for just as long! Archeologists have actually found Egyptian mummies with crude metal bands wrapped around their teeth. Hippocrates even...

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A dog ate my retainer….

A dog ate my retainer….

“So, uh, my dog ate my retainers.” This happens with surprising frequency, but why is the question!  The working theory is that dogs think retainers are food.  Think about it. Your retainer goes in your mouth, and no matter how well the retainer gets brushed after wearing, while  mouths are closed and the retainer is in use, the retainers start taking on the scent of whatever was eaten last.  This is totally normal. And while brushing retainers every time you brush your teeth helps to keep them clean, we all know dog noses are way more sensitive than human noses....

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It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month!

It’s National Children’s Dental Health Month!

February is one of our favorite months here at Hough Orthodontics – and not just because of Valentine’s Day! February is Pediatric Dentistry Month, and this is a noble cause that’s near and dear to our hearts. Creating a beautiful, healthy smile means starting early, and that makes childhood dental care crucial for a lifelong smile. Baby teeth play an important role in dental development. While they do eventually fall out, baby teeth play several critical roles in dental development. For one, they help a child learn to chew, swallow, speak, and breathe, so problems with baby teeth can lead...

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What if my dentist has not referred my child to an orthodontist yet?

What if my dentist has not referred my child to an orthodontist yet?

Dentists and orthodontists usually have different perspectives. General dentists look at the overall health of your child’s teeth and mouth. He or she examine how well your child is brushing/flossing and if there are any cavities.  And while the dentist looks at both the upper and lower teeth, they may not be focused on evaluating how your child’s teeth fit together. Orthodontists are looking at the bit, meaning, the way the teeth match up together. A perfect smile not only includes straight teeth, but also how the upper and lower teeth match up when biting.  This is the orthodontist’s specialty....

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What is an Orthodontist?

What is an Orthodontist?

What is an Orthodontist? Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gums, nerves, and jaw. Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, jaw alignment and growth and the straightness of teeth. Orthodontists attend a 2-3 year residency program after becoming a dentist. These years are spent mastering the nuances of tooth movement, growth and development and malocclusion so they can best treat people of all ages. Think of it this way. You have your primary care doctor, they...

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