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Some Of History’s Fun And Bizarre Dental Stories

January 26th, 2017

HISTORY IS FULL of outrageous tales about teeth! How many of these dental facts have you heard before?

The Dental Woes That Won the Battle Of Yorktown?

During the Revolutionary War, George Washington wrote a letter to his dentist requesting some dental cleaning tools to be sent to New York, noting that the American forces wouldn’t be in Philadelphia any time soon. The correspondence was intercepted by the British, making them think that Washington would not move his army to Yorktown. When the Americans attacked Yorktown anyway, the British were caught unawares and the battle was ultimately won.

The Power Of A Tooth

In Sri Lanka, the Temple of the Tooth is home to Buddha’s left canine. After Buddha’s death, this tooth played a major role in politics–whoever was in possession of the tooth had the right to rule the country. The tooth was passed down from monarch to monarch for generations as a symbol of power and authority to govern. Talk about strong teeth!

Cotton Candy And A Good Laugh

Some dentists throughout history put their names on the map as inventors. William Morrison may have been a dentist, but he is best known for developing the cotton candy machine! We think it was his history as a dentist that inspired him to first call cotton candy “fairy floss.”

Another dentist named Horace Wells saw a public demonstration of the effects of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and recognized its medical possibilities. He asked a colleague to pull one of his teeth out while he was under the influence of laughing gas and said he didn’t feel a thing, effectively introducing general anesthesia to dentistry. Now that’s dedication!

The $31,000 Tooth

After getting a tooth extracted, John Lennon gave it to his housekeeper whose daughter was a huge Beatles fan. The tooth stayed in the family for over 40 years until it was sold at an auction for approximately 31,000 dollars!

Sir, You Have Spinach In Your Teeth…

The famous frontman for the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, added some flare to his smile by putting an emerald chip in one of his teeth. Unfortunately, most people thought it was a piece of spinach. He changed it to a ruby but got tired of people telling him it was a drop of blood. He finally settled on a diamond instead.

Floss Your Way To Freedom?

In 1994, an inmate escaped from a West Virginia prison by braiding dental floss into a rope and scaling the prison wall! We recommend just using floss to clean out those hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth.

Getting Into Character

Some actors are really devoted to their craft! For his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Johnny Depp had gold caps put on his teeth. He wore them until after the filming of the third film!

In the comedy “The Hangover,” Ed Helms’ character loses a tooth after getting punched by the boxing legend, Mike Tyson. Well, guess what? His toothless grin is real! When Helms’ permanent tooth never grew in, he decided to get a dental implant to improve the appearance of his smile. For the film, he had his implant taken out so the tooth loss would be authentic!

Know Any More Interesting Stories?

There are plenty of other crazy dental facts and tales out there. Which ones did we miss? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

Thank you for being our valued patients and friends.

GumChucks® And ORTHOgami Make Flossing Easy!

January 24th, 2017

WE’VE SAID IT TIME AND TIME AGAIN… flossing is essential for a healthy mouth! But it’s not always the most enjoyable task of the day, especially for kids. If you’re looking for an easier way to help your kids floss–and have fun while they’re at it–we’ve got just the product for you!

GumChucks® Make Flossing Easy And Fun

GumChucks are a flossing system that’s designed to not only make flossing easier for your kids, but also help them floss correctly. And when your floss looks like miniature nunchucks, there’s no doubt some fun will ensue!

Here’s why we love GumChucks:
•Functional design promotes correct “C” shape flossing technique as recommended by the American Dental Association
•The two-handled system makes flossing easy for kids with limited dexterity
•Long handles make for a more sanitary flossing experience–no need for hands in the mouth
•No more pain from floss-wrapped fingers
•Creative designs, colors and characters makes flossing more fun for kids

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, so when a product comes along that gets kids excited about their oral health, we get excited too!

Have Braces? No Problem!

Flossing is an especially difficult task for orthodontic patients. That’s why the makers of GumChucks have created a product called ORTHOgami that makes flossing practically effortless for braces wearers!

ORTHOgami functions much the same as GumChucks, with one exception: the disposable flossing tips have a flexible hook on one end, allowing those with braces to floss under the archwire and between brackets. No more need for those time-consuming floss threaders; with ORTHOgami, flossing is quick and easy!

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Get Flossing, Kids!

Just like you, we want your child to have a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles. The earlier children start looking forward to daily flossing, the better their future oral hygiene habits will be. And that’s the best part about GumChucks and ORTHOgami–they get kids flossing! So what are you waiting for? Get your kids some GumChucks or ORTHOgami today!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Ready For Winter Fun? The Lineberry Orthodontics Team Is!

December 13th, 2016

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WHETHER YOU LIVE IN a winter wonderland or enjoy warm weather and sunshine year-round, every region has something unique to offer during the winter months.  In Idaho, we enjoy a winter wonderland with fun activities such as skiing, sledding, snowboarding and snowshoeing!
Today, our team would like to share what some of our favorite ways to pass the time this time of year!

Our Team’s Favorite Winter Activities:
Dr. Laura-Skiing at Brundage Mountain in McCall and building GIGANTIC snowmen with my kids!!
Rayo-Skiing and tubing with family and friends.
Kelli-Snuggling in blankies watching movies with my family!
Kim-Snowshoeing in the pine trees with all my friends and family.
Jane-Sitting by the fire with a hot drink snuggled in a warm blanket with my family.
Diane-Doing indoor projects with my granddaughters...baking, cooking and crafts!
Amy-Skiing and hanging out at the hot springs with my family and friends.
Stacy-Building snowmen and snow angels with my daughter, Olivia. I also love Christmas shopping, drinking coffee and going to the hot springs!
Chelse-Spending time with family, shopping and cooking. I love baking for holiday parties and playing winter volleyball!

We love winter as much as these fuzzy little guys!

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What Are YOUR Favorite Activities This Time Of Year?

We’ve had a lot of fun sharing our favorite winter activities, now we want to hear from you! Share your favorite ways to pass the time this time of year in the comments below or let us know on social media!

Thank you for making this the most wonderful time of the year!

Top image by Flickr user Rob Hirai used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

How Will My Diet Change With Braces?

December 6th, 2016

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GOOD NUTRITION IS extremely important to having a healthy smile. It also aids in orthodontic treatment!
By eating right during your treatment, you can make sure your teeth are strong enough to support braces as well as avoid any setbacks.

Avoid Hard, Chewy Foods With Braces

In reality, your diet won’t change much because of orthodontic treatment. There are, however, some foods that you should avoid. Your braces may be sturdy and strong, but they’re not invincible. Do your best to stay away from the following foods while wearing braces:
•Popcorn
•Nuts
•Ice
•Hard candies
•Chewy, sticky candy such as taffy, gummy bears, caramel, etc.
•Hard cookies or crackers

There are also foods that you should eat with caution, such as:
•Raw vegetables. It is better to cook vegetables such carrots and broccoli before eating them so they are softer and easier on your braces.
•Fruit. Cut up harder fruits such as apples before eating and chew with the back molars. Be careful with the pits of some fruits as well.
•Pizza crust and other hard, chewy breads. Bread like baguettes, bagels and pizza crusts are often hard to chew. To soften them, heat them up and cut them into smaller pieces.
•Corn. Stay away from corn on the cob. First cut the corn off the cob and then enjoy!
•Tough meats. Some meats are more fibrous than others and can be hard to chew. The best varieties of meat for braces are the tender cuts, meat cooked in a slow cooker, and meat cut off the bone. Chicken and seafood are good protein alternatives as well.
•Chips. Eat chips carefully and one at a time.
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It’s also important to refrain from chewing on pencils, pens and fingernails–this can also do damage to your wires and brackets.

Make Sure You Eat A Balanced Diet

A healthy diet combined with good oral hygiene makes for faster and more effective orthodontic treatment. Unfortunately, some braces wearers resign to a diet of soft foods with little nutritional value because of the above restrictions. Even though you have to be careful with some foods, it’s more important than ever to keep up proper nutrition. Healthy teeth respond better to orthodontic treatment!

In addition, orthodontic appliances put you at a higher risk of tooth decay. Cavities and other oral health problems such as gum disease can prolong treatment time. Maintain a balanced diet as well as a diligent oral healthcare routine to protect your smile from tooth decay and oral disease. And remember, twice-yearly visits to your dentist are just as important for the health and beauty of your smile as your visits to our office!

Have Questions? We Have Answers!

Do you have any more questions about what you can and can’t eat with braces? Call us or send us a message through social media. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Thank you for the trust you place in our practice!

Top image by Flickr user Loren Kerns used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.