February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

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               Each February since 1949, the American Dental Association has sponsored National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.

               At Weintraub & Eltink Orthodontics we take dental health very seriously, and we do our best to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, caregivers, teachers and many others. A child’s dental health is influenced by a myriad of factors, including professional dental care, home care and nutrition. Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life. By participating in this annual celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, we will help our patients and their parents gain an appreciation for how these factors impact not only dental health, but general health as well.

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             In past blogs, we’ve outlined the benefits of proper oral hygiene, orthodontic screenings and mouthguards. As always, if you have questions regarding any aspect of your child’s oral health we are here as a resource for you. Don’t be afraid to ask!

 

Dental Health Goals:

 

           1. Schedule regular dental visits for the whole family. Preventive care is easier and less expensive than emergency care.

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          2. Spend extra time helping your children develop good brushing and flossing habits. If you need supplies or help with instructions, we are happy to be of assistance.

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             3. Sugary foods should be consumed with meals . Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinse food particles from the mouth.

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             4. Monitor beverage consumption – instead of soft drinks which are sugary and acidic, children should choose water, juice or low-fat milk.

 

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          5. Limit between-meal snacks. If kids crave a snack, offer them fruit or other nutritious foods.

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        6. If your kids chew gum ( hopefully not with braces!), make it sugarless. Chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash out food and decay – producing acid.

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Happy Halloween!

September 30th, 2014 | Posted by buffalogroveortho in Braces | Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Happy Halloween!

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“Unmask a safe Halloween for your teeth…and your braces”

          Avoid sticky situations with your braces. Stay away from hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy candy and snacks. These include caramel, licorice, taffy, bubble gum (even the sugarless kind) and jelly beans. Also steer away from nuts, taco chips and popcorn (especially unpopped kernels.) Good alternatives for people with braces include soft chocolates, peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth varieties of candies.

             If you do consume sweets, please do so in moderation. Avoid the temptation to grab another handful from the bowl filled with treats. Parents may want to limit the time during which children can eat from the Halloween candy bowl, whether they have braces or not. Eating candy may increase the risk of tooth decay for people in general, and especially for orthodontic patients.

           Brushing and flossing are more important than ever during the Halloween season, when teeth may receive more exposure to sweets that can cause cavities. People with braces should be especially conscientious about brushing and flossing after consuming sugary or starchy foods.

                This year Weintraub & Eltink Orthodontics is once again sponsoring a Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program for our patients and their friends. WE WILL PAY $1.00 PER POUND of surrendered candy. Candy may be brought to our office during regular office hours from Monday, November 3rd through Saturday, November 8th.

Welcome to the Buffalo Grove Ortho Blog

June 4th, 2014 | Posted by buffalogroveortho in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Buffalo Grove OrthoEveryone knows that if you need braces, you go to an orthodontist. They will straighten your teeth and fix your bite, but they aren’t filling cavities or giving you fluoride treatments. Are they dentists? Are they doctors? Many people ask us questions about what we do, and about the benefits of seeing an orthodontist.

Yes, we are dentists! An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed a minimum of two years of specialized graduate training after dental school and general practice. For most orthodontists, this means a total of eleven years of study after high school.

Study ModelDentists are trained to identify problems related to the development and positions of the teeth and jaws, and play an intricate role in managing apatient’s entry into orthodontic treatment. During routine dental visits, they will evaluate your bite and determine the best time for you to see the orthodontist.

An orthodontist’s additional training involves much more than retainers, braces and wires. The study of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (our full specialty name) centers around the understanding of the growth and development of the facial structures, and how these changes can be influenced to create a healthy bite and beautiful smile.Mouth Mirror

An orthodontist can prevent dental irregularities in children by conducting examinations before all of the permanent teeth come in. A child should ideally have his or her first visit with an orthodontist around the age of seven, especially when there is afamily history of crooked teeth or bite problems. The early intervention of an orthodontist takes advantage of the still- growing bones of the jaws and the pending development of the permanent teeth. Early intervention can also make any future orthodontic treatments more efficient and more effective.

Another key component of an orthodontist’s graduate study is the management of complex orthodontic and facial problems. This is where first having the training of being a dentist is crucial.

Adult patients often have a more detailed dental history, and require more interaction with the general dentist and other dental specialists. The orthodontist can not only oversee the orthodontic care of such patients, but can also orchestrate the timing and direction of a patient’s other dental needs.

The path to becoming an orthodontist is a long and difficult one, but our profession is very rewarding and we are happy to be to be able to share our knowledge and skills with our patients.

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