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Try Something New This Summer!

June 8th, 2017

SUMMER promises a tan and endless fun in the sun! Summer brings you hope for new beginnings and the best time with your friends and family. We sometimes don't always have an idea of what to do with all our summer free time! Our team here at Lineberry Orthodontics would like to help with that by providing some summer fun ideas! These ideas are family-friendly and are safe for everyone to participate in. Many of our ideas are geared toward the outdoors, but will include indoor suggestions for those days that are just too hot! Don't forget to wear your sunscreen and drink plenty of water.

Before you sit on your couch for the whole summer, read through our list of ideas first!

* Dr. Laura loves strolling downtown through the Saturday market. As well as taking her kiddos to the movie night at Settlers Park in Meridian on Friday nights.

* David's favorite thing to do during the summer is to ride his UTV in McCall.

* Amanda loves to paddle board at Quinn's pond and take her cousins to Roaring springs and Wahoozs.

* Chelse and Rayo enjoy spending time by the water.

* Amy likes to river rafting, boating, and camping

* Diane also likes to go camping.

We also looked up some fun summer things to do in Boise as well.
* The Boise zoo is a great place to hangout with the whole family.

* Floating the Boise River is also great fun, of course when its not at flood level.

* The Old Idaho Penitentiary is a great way to stay in the sun and learn about Idaho history.

* The Discovery Center offers a fun and exciting learning environment for all ages.

* Touring the Idaho State Capital keeps you in doors, but its so worth it to see where our state decisions are made!

Its not always easy to stay hydrated during the summer or to put sunscreen on regularly. We've all been dehydrated and burnt like a crispy potato chip. Lets work together to stay hydrated and protect our skin this summer.

Tips for staying hydrated:
1. Always carry a water bottle with you wherever you go. This is a good way to remind yourself to continually drink water throughout the day.
2. When you're feeling frazzled or hazy, grab a glass of cold water instead of caffeine. Studies show that people instantly feel more alert after drinking H2O. It's a simple, healthy way to snap out of a midday slump.
3. Drink a cup of herbal tea in the morning - it tastes delicious and is less dehydrating then coffee.
4. Eat a diet rich in whole foods. By eating water-rich foods like vegetables, fruits, and yogurt, you'll automatically increase your fluid intake. On the other hand, processed snack foods like chips, crackers, and baked goods have minimal water content.

Why sunscreen is a MUST in the summer:
1. Sunscreen decreases the risk of skin cancer. This is especially true of the deadliest form of skin cancer, Melanoma.
2. Keeps your skin looking younger because its not being exposed to ultraviolet sun rays.
3. Along with other precautions, sunscreen can help prevent heatstroke and heat exhaustion.

We hope that some of our fun ideas will help with your summer planning. We want to know what you have planned for your summer. Please share your plans with us in the comment area below or on our Facebook page! Stay safe this summer and don't forget to have fun, no matter the season!

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Our Team’s Favorite Braces-Friendly Snacks

June 1st, 2017

EVERYONE KNOWS that snack time is one of the best times of the day! Getting a tasty treat in the middle of the workday or grabbing a snack after school can be just the pick-me-up you need to tackle the rest of your day with a smile. We all have our favorite go to snacks but that all changes when you get braces. That whole apple you’d get so excited to eat no longer has the same appeal, when your teeth are covered in metal. Certain snacks become harder to eat and that's not always the best feeling! We want to offer you some fun brace's friendly snacks that can make snack time even better.

Before you reach for chips or chocolates, we have a few braces-friendly suggestions! Today we want to share our team’s favorite snacks that benefit your smile and keep your orthodontic treatment on track.

Our Braces-Friendly Snack Picks

From Dr. Laura: Frozen Tart Yogurt with fresh blueberries!
From David Philips: Cheesecake
From Chelse Gorringe: Cottage cheese with crushed pineapple, caprese salad (mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil)
From Amy McReynolds: Watermelon and cantaloupe
From Kelli Crocker: Pepperoni and cheese with Ritz crackers, puff corn

In addition to trying out our favorite snacks, keep these tips in mind when planning snacks that benefit your oral health:

Eat More of These

Leafy Greens: Dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens have calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, and magnesium; all essential for healthy teeth and gums.
Cheese, Milk, and Yogurt: Dairy is a delicious source of calcium, which supports strong bones and teeth.
Kiwi, Oranges, And Other Vitamin-C-Rich Foods: Vitamin C boosts your body’s ability to fight infection that causes gum disease.

Eat Less of These

Soda and Energy Drinks: These acidic, sugary drinks attack and gradually deteriorate your protective tooth enamel.
Sticky Candy, Gummies, and Dried Fruit: These foods stick in your teeth and continue to bathe your teeth in sugar for hours after eating.
Highly Processed Carbs: This includes crackers, white bread, and pastries, which feed decay-causing bacteria in your mouth.

It can be hard to stay away from things you love, especial if they aren't the best for you or your teeth. Below there are some links to some healthy easy recipes that taste amazing.

Now that we’ve shared our favorite healthy snacks, we want to hear from YOU! If you have any healthy recipes you make at home, share them in the comments below or on our Facebook page! We’d love to see what kinds of creative snack ideas you’ve come up with.

Thank you for CHEW-sing our practice!


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Want To Get Rid Of Bad Breath?

May 23rd, 2017

WE ALL KNOW THAT FEELING… you wake up in the morning to sun shining, birds chirping and happily lean over to your significant other to say hello! Instead you are greeted by the horrible smell of morning breath. Or maybe you run into friends after work and suddenly become conscious of that bad taste in your mouth.
We’ve all been there! Unfortunately, bouts of halitosis, or bad breath, are pretty much inevitable. Today we’re going to explain why that is, what causes that nasty smell and what you can do to keep bad breath at bay!

It All Starts With Bacteria

We’re not the only ones who need to eat to stay alive, so do the bacteria living in our mouths. When they snack on whatever’s left behind from our last meal, they release foul-smelling odors as a by-product, causing bad breath.

What you can do: Clean your teeth after every meal by brushing and flossing. This will eliminate food debris and bacteria from your mouth and prevent bad breath. Braces can trap a lot of food in them, so you may be more susceptible to bad breath during orthodontic treatment if you don’t clean your teeth frequently and properly. A clean mouth, is a fresh mouth!

Choose Breath-Friendly Foods And Beverages

Keep in mind that certain foods and beverages can make bad breath more likely, such as sugary foods and drinks, garlic, onions, coffee, and alcohol.

What you can do: Choose breath-friendly foods and beverages! Water washes away food debris and increases saliva flow in your mouth, protecting your teeth and mouth from bacteria. Healthy food choices such as carrots, celery and apples are high in water content and actually work as a natural toothbrush, scrubbing plaque bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth. Remember to cut these foods up into smaller pieces so as not to risk breaking any of your brackets!

Good Oral Hygiene Can Reduce Morning Breath

Morning breath seems to be an especially pungent offender. Why is this? It’s mainly because of dry mouth. During the day, saliva works to wash away food debris and keep bacteria in check. When we sleep at night, however, our saliva production goes down, causing our mouths to become dry and allowing bacteria to proliferate. If you sleep with your mouth open, it can be even worse.

What you can do: To make your morning breath less offensive, follow a good oral hygiene regimen. By brushing and flossing your teeth before bed, you’re giving bacteria less food to munch on, which will help your breath be better in the morning.

In addition, we highly recommend cleaning your tongue by either brushing it or using a tongue scraper, since this is where most bad breath-causing bacteria are found. Another tip is to keep water by your bedside. When you wake up at night, take a drink! Keeping your mouth moist will combat the spread of those smelly bacteria.

We’re Here For You

For the most part, bad breath is manageable. If you feel like your halitosis is severe however, especially if you follow the steps above, it can be a sign of something more serious such as gum disease, diabetes, sinus problems, gastric reflux or liver or kidney disease. If this is the case, we may refer you to a health care provider. If you have any more questions, let us know. We are here to serve you!

Our patients’ smiles make it all worthwhile!

4 Fun Apps To Improve Your Oral Hygiene

May 2nd, 2017

OUR SMARTPHONES are never farther than an arm’s length away and help us do everything from track our calendars to track our calories. Today, we want to show you the wonders they can do for our daily hygiene routines with the help of these apps!

Dental Expert

We may only see you twice a year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a “dental expert” by your side every day. The Dental Expert app acts as a patient’s guide to understanding different dental procedures. This app includes a frequently asked questions answered by actual dentists. It also has sections discussing myths vs. facts and things that can improve your smile.

Brush DJ

Brushing for two minutes, twice a day is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. It can sometimes be hard to keep track of the time, so why not get some help from your favorite songs with Brush DJ!

Brush DJ is a free app that will play 2 minutes of music from your music library. It also has a visual display guiding you on where to brush and for how long. Brush DJ also lets you set reminders to change your toothbrush, floss and go to regular dental appointments.


Chomper Chums

Getting your child excited about brushing their teeth can sometimes take a bit of creativity. Luckily, Chomper Chums® has you covered. Chomper Chums is a dental hygiene focused app designed to help parents teach children proper brushing techniques while keeping them engaged and entertained.

Children earn rewards within the app for brushing their teeth which they then use to buy food or drinks for their virtual Chomper Chums pet. Don’t worry though, this is a free app and no actual money is used to buy their virtual pals’ treats! The app encourages children to choose healthy food for their on-screen friends as well, so they learn about healthy eating choices in addition to building better oral hygiene habits.


BracesHelp is an iPhone app for people who have or are considering getting braces. This app has helpful tips, videos and pictures on how to care for braces. It also has information on what to do if you are having troubles with your braces. If used in conjunction with tips you receive during your regular orthodontic appointments, you will have all of the help you need on your smile-makeover journey.

My Orthodontist

My Orthodontist is your Dr. Laura personalized app that lets you track your orthodontic appointments, fill out paperwork, access your images and xrays and view patient education videos that Lineberry Orthodontics has tailored just for your treatment. You also will find lots of useful information about our office and social media links. If you haven't signed into your personal app, please call our practice and we'll send you a link!

Have You Used One Of These Apps?

Or, do you know of other great dental apps for your smartphone or tablet? Comment and share below! And if you decide to try out one of the apps above, let us know how you like it!

We love giving our patients the resources to not only better educate them about their oral health and hygiene, but to make it fun! If you have any questions about these apps or other dental health topics, please feel free to reach out on social media or give us a call!

We appreciate you, our valued patients and friends.

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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.