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Tasty Alternatives To Banned Foods

May 21st, 2018

HAVING BRACES IS OFTEN a necessity in order to get an aligned smile or a correct bite, but they do put limitations on which foods an orthodontic patient can eat. Luckily, we’re here to offer you some braces-friendly alternatives to your favorite items on the banned foods list!

Why Are Some Foods Banned?

Your braces are doing the important work of shifting your teeth into their proper positions so that you can have the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve, but certain foods put too much strain on the wires and brackets, which is why they’re on the banned foods list. Foods that are hard, crunchy, or sticky such as apples, popcorn, and gum are major problems for braces. And these foods don’t just risk busted wires and brackets; they’re also make brushing and flossing a major hassle and sometimes lead to stains that remain after the braces are off.

A Few Tasty Alternatives

  1. Caramel pudding instead of caramel. Sticky foods like gum and caramel should be avoided because they can get stuck in between brackets and could pull one loose if they get too stuck, but caramel pudding gets you all the great taste with none of the risky stickiness!
  2. Puffcorn instead of popcorn. The hulls of popcorn get stuck in our teeth even without braces, but they can be a real problem for braces when they get stuck in between the wires and between teeth. Puffcorn tastes like popcorn without the hulls!
  3. Pita bread instead of tortilla chips. Like popcorn, tortilla chips and most crunchy foods easily get stuck between brackets and wires and can potentially break a bracket loose. Pita bread is a great soft alternative that still gives you a way to use your favorite dips!
  4. Cut corn and apple slices. The shape of apples and corn on the cob makes it impossible to eat them with braces, but you can get around this by cutting the kernels off the cob and slicing your apples before you eat them!
  5. Clear drinks in place of colas and coffee. Soda and coffee puts our teeth at serious risk of developing stains around the braces brackets, and their high sugar content makes the bacteria in our mouths go wild. You can avoid the staining and tooth decay risks if you opt for clear and sugar-free beverages. There’s even clear coffee now!


Damaged Brackets? Come See Us!

Sometimes, even when you steer clear of banned foods, you still end up with a broken bracket or wire. When that happens, make sure to call us and schedule an appointment to get that fixed so your braces can continue doing their job straightening your smile. In the mean time, why not try some apple slices dipped in caramel pudding?

Enjoy your braces-friendly treats!

Thank you Diane!

May 11th, 2018

Although I told her she could "never, ever, ever retire", last month we celebrated Diane’s retirement after 47 years in the field.   I am missing her already!  Diane contributed so much to our practice; her knowledge surpasses mine and I'm not too proud to admit it. She's taught me to think outside the box and come up with solutions when there didn't seem to be one. She's made me a better orthodontist. If I could retire Chair 1, I would, but we need it.  I will miss her being right outside my door every day.  Diane will be busy hitting the road with her husband and  RV.  Her first trip is taking the grand kids to Disneyland.  Enjoy your retirement and know you will be missed.  Cheers to you, Diane! xo-Dr. Lineberry


Weight Loss And Oral Health

May 1st, 2018

MAINTAINING GOOD ORAL HEALTH is a goal we should all be striving to achieve each and every day. Not only does this help us to feel like our best selves; having good oral health is reduces our risk of developing a variety of conditions and diseases! Brushing, flossing, tongue-cleaning, and regular dental visits are all crucial ways to keep your mouth healthy, but did you know that a healthy diet and weight management can also have a positive impact on oral health?

How Weight Loss And Oral Health Correlate
One way our oral health correlates to what we eat and our weight has to do with our blood glucose levels. Sugar (glucose) is the favorite food of the bacteria in our mouths, and when we eat, our blood glucose goes up, particularly when we aren’t eating healthy foods. Maintaining a healthy weight also reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which makes blood sugar even more difficult to regulate and puts oral health at risk.

Inflammation in the body due to being overweight can also be harmful. It can make people’s bones lose density and they can even lose teeth because of gum disease! Maintaining a healthy diet and weight is important because our teeth and gums need the proper nutrients and vitamins from the foods we eat to be strong and work properly!

Crash Dieting Versus Oral Health
While we recommend healthy diets and lifestyles for oral health, crash dieting can do more harm than good. People want to see results fast and don’t always know the best ways to do it, so they turn to things like the internet or friends’ experiences to learn of the latest diets they can try. One example of a harmful crash diet is the grapefruit diet, which is bad for oral health because it can erode the enamel on our teeth due to high acid levels. Another “easy” solution that causes problems is weight loss pills, which can lead to teeth grinding.


The Right Diets For Your Teeth And Your Health
When dieting is done right, it isn’t a problem for the teeth. Diets that encourage eating more whole foods and reducing added sugarswill properly nourish your body and help oral health rather than hinder it. Vegetables, fruits, proteins, and healthy fats are all crucial to having good oral health! Eating a large amount of vegetables can help aid in healthy gums and oral tissues. Drinking whole milk will also help to provide our teeth with the calcium they need!

Continue Building Healthy Habits!
Eating and providing our bodies with the proper nutrients improves our lives in many ways, not just by improving our oral health. Conversely, maintaining a healthy weight through a nutritious diet isn’t the only way to keep your mouth healthy, so don’t forget about those other oral health habits!

Keep up the good work in living your healthiest lives!

Donate Clothing to Help Teens in Need

April 25th, 2018

We love our community and want to give back to those who need a hand up. For the next month we will be collecting new and gently used clothing to donate to The Closet. The Closet helps teens in 6th-12th grade with needed clothing.  All clothing is offered FREE of charge to teens in need.  Most teens are referred by area school counselors, juvenile corrections, homeless shelters, and other agencies who work with teens.  Each teen is offered a one hour private and confidential appointment where they can shop for teen styled clothing in a safe, loving environment.  To date, 3,000 teens have shopped at The Closet. You can help by donating clothes at your next appointment. Let’s see what we can do together to make a difference for our neighbors in need!