Having straighter teeth allows you to better brush and floss all of the surfaces of your teeth and gums to improve your smile. By doing so you can reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease.
Having straighter teeth can improve your smile and health
Avoid tooth decay- After a meal, saliva mixes with bacteria and food and create an invisible coat called plaque. Plaque wears away tooth enamel, left untreated plaque causes pain, sensitivity and infection (ex: periodontal disease.)
Prevent Gum disease- Plaque can also wear away soft gum tissue. Soft gum tissue can recede and fail to support teeth causing tooth loss. Gingivitis is caused by plaque that builds up around the teeth and gums. The gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Periodontal disease is inflammation around the tooth. Gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that become infected. The body’s natural response to infection is to start break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place.
Ultimately having straighter teeth helps improve your health, smile, & self confidence. Give Dr. Mendieta a call today for an office visit!
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Smile bright this Valentine's day
When 83% of people surveyed believe teeth are more important traits than hair and eyes AND that the smile is the facial feature 50% of people notice first (AAP Survey) your Valentine’s day tip begins with your smile:)
With so much emphasis on your smile, lets go through a simple check list you can do for yourself and your Valentine to make it the best!
If you have a crooked tooth or a noticeable space in between your teeth, visit your orthodontist to get them straightened. You can have your choice of treatment from Invisalign, ceramic, or traditional braces. Your smile may not be ready overnight but it will make a world of difference in your confidence for the rest of your life!
Brush your teeth! Bad breath or halitosis is what 32% of Americans cite as the least attractive trait of their co-workers. Bad breath can cause others to avoid you. If your friends and co-workers have to take a step back or often hold their breath when you speak to them, its time to take out that soft bristled tooth brush and mouthwash! Do this at least 3 times a day or after every meal. Flossing once a day will keep food out from in between your teeth. Click for an instructional video at the bottom of Mendieta Orthodontics website.
Those of you who smoke should know tobacco causes bad breath and stains your teeth. This leads us to our next tip. If you smoke, drink coffee, or tea chances are you could use some whitening. There are lots of different ways to go about it. Since Valentine’s day is so close, you may not be able to see your dentist for a whitening appointment. Try the over the counter (OTC) whitening gels which call for two applications per day and can take up to 14 days to achieve optimal results. Generally, the best whitening you can get is from your dentist who can use a higher concentration of the gel in combination with whitening trays. The results can be dramatic even after one sitting. A word of caution, with either OTC or in-office whitening, tooth sensitivity after or during the procedure can occur.
Straight, white teeth, and fresh breath is sure to give you a spring of confidence so Cupid can work his magic this Valentine’s day for you and your sweetheart. Have fun out there!
Keeping your teeth/braces clean does not stop even when you are on vacation. Whether it’s to another state or overseas, here is what you should do and remember to take.
Tooth bugs never sleep, even when on vacation
1. Have fun on your vacation! That’s the most important part. Make sure you bring lots of fun pics back to show your orthodontist. Dr. Mendieta loves it when patients show him your neat photos!
2. Tell your orthodontist of your travel plans so they can make arrangements for your next appointment when you return. Certain procedures like debonding need to be scheduled at shorter intervals.
3. Add the office email and phone number to your contacts, just in case you have an emergency.
4. Take extra wax, in case some pinching/poking occurs.
5. Take a travel kit with a small tube of paste, mouth wash, floss, and a tooth brush case. Remember, airports will not allow large size liquid containers as carry-on items. In the odd chance you get a free meal on a domestic flight, you are prepared to brush:)
6. If a bracket falls off make sure you email or call your orthodontist right away! Dr. Mendieta gives his patients advice when they call.
7. Take Advil with you in case your teeth start to hurt or bother you!
8. Don’t forget your rubber bands, it’s a long flight and a good time to wear them!
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9. Have fun and remember to be at your next appointment when you arrive back home ready to show Dr. Mendieta your pictures:)
Progression of baby bottle decay
Children need their teeth to be strong and healthy so they can chew, speak, and have a wonderful smile. Another function baby teeth have is to hold the space for the permanent teeth. As the adult tooth erupts, the baby tooth will fall out. If the baby tooth falls out early, the adjacent teeth could drift into the vacant space. The huge issue with that is the permanent tooth could become blocked by other teeth that drifted into the baby tooth’s old place! Orthodontics can correct the problem but doesn’t it make sense to just prevent it?
Every child is at risk for baby bottle decay. The first tooth generally appears at 6 years of age. Frequent exposure to sugar and liquids that contain juice, beast milk, and formula can harbor bacteria. If the bacteria is in constant contact with the teeth an acidic medium will form after exposure for 20 minutes or longer according to the American Dental Association.
Prevention is the best step to stop the decay from forming. For a baby who has a few teeth, use a child size tooth brush and water. If your child 2 years and older, use ADA recommended tooth paste. Infants and bottle users should not go to bed with a bottle of sweet juices nor soft drinks. Also limit the exposure time to a sippy cup.
Healthy (left) Baby bottle decay (center) Severe decay (right)
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Many of you who know me have known I love to travel! Lately, that passion has taken me to a whole new hemisphere, New Zealand!
“Why New Zealand?” is a question I get asked a lot. This video was the start of the “Journey Down Under”. Afterwards, I started my practice, Mendieta Orthodontics. I have always enjoyed traveling and I took every break in school or work to take a trip somewhere new to experience new cultures and make new friends. It also made me appreciate what I had here in America. Being out of my comfort zone also made me see things from different perspectives.
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On a trip to Mexico, our plane crash landed! Thank God we all survived! As you might expect, all of us survivors became best friends throughout the whole ordeal. The pilot had mentioned a place called Perth which I had never heard of and had no idea where it was on the map! After surviving that plane crash I told myself at some point after dental school I would live and work overseas with Perth in mind. As it turned out I made it “Down under” but instead of Perth, Australia I landed in New Zealand!
Enjoy the video:)
Dr. Edgar Mendieta