Oral Hygiene

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL ORTHODONTIC HEALTH MONTH

October 5th, 2016

While everyone knows that October is when we celebrate Halloween, not everyone knows that October is also National Orthodontic Health Month in the United States. This annual observance is sponsored by our friends at the National Association of Orthodontists and it's designed to raise awareness of the importance of good orthodontic health. Throughout the month of October orthodontists, dentists and other healthcare providers will be stressing how important it is to have a healthy, straight smile. National Orthodontic Health Month also aims to recognize the dedicated work of the country's orthodontists and other dental professionals.

GOOD ORAL HYGIENE LEADS TO A LIFE-LONG, HEALTHY SMILE

Our Golden orthodontist, Dr. Shearer, along with the Canyon Point Crew will be observing National Orthodontic Health Month by stressing how important good orthodontic health is. We will also be reminding people of the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene. Practicing good oral hygiene is important for everyone, however, it's critical if you're wearing braces because food particles and plaque are more difficult to remove from around, under, and between the brackets & wires that make up your braces.

AVOID THESE GHOULISH HALLOWEEN TREATS THAT CAN BREAK YOUR BRACES

It's probably no coincidence that National Orthodontic Health Month takes place when America is celebrating Halloween. This is when more candies and sweet treats are consumed than at any other time of the year. When you had your braces put on, we told you that you must avoid eating certain types of foods that can damage or break your braces like gooey, sticky, hard, and crunchy foods. So when you're celebrating Halloween this year, steer clear of those chewy candy bars, caramel & candy apples, jelly beans and any other treats that can damage your braces.

BRACES-FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN GOODIES

There are many treats you can enjoy this Halloween without worrying you'll harm your braces including:

  • Soft chocolates that melt in your mouth
  • Soft peanut butter cups
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Popsicles
  • Jello
  • Soft fruits
  • Cupcakes
  • Milkshakes

Just remember to brush and floss your teeth after indulging to avoid getting cavities! We recommend taking a toothbrush and floss along with you when you'll be away from home for long periods of time so you can step into a bathroom to brush and floss your teeth after eating. Hoping you have a safe, fun, and happy Halloween!

Awesome Products We Use For You

September 6th, 2016

What is Opal Seal and How Does it Work?

Just as the name implies, Opal Seal acts as a sealant or barrier between the enamel on your teeth and harmful plaque by completely covering the surface of your teeth. It provides your teeth with fluoride which is an essential mineral needed to preserve healthy tooth enamel.

Opal Seal helps to counteract the buildup of plaque on your teeth to prevent decay while you're wearing braces. This sealant is applied in a thin layer to the surface of your teeth wherein it slowly releases fluoride to keep your tooth enamel healthy.

At Canyon Point Orthodontics, we not only want your teeth looking and functioning great after you get your braces off, but we also want them to be healthy. Once you get your braces on, we'll instruct you how to properly brush and floss. We will also encourage you to maintain regular dental checkups and cleanings during your orthodontic treatment. But our Canyon Point Crew goes above and beyond that by offering to apply Opal Seal to your teeth before we put your braces on.

Prevents Decalcification

Along with your good oral hygiene routine, Opal Seal will help prevent decalcification.When you're wearing braces, white areas can appear on your teeth around your brackets which is a sign of decalcification. And if these white spots are left untreated, it can easily lead to tooth decay. When Opal Seal is applied to your teeth before we put your braces on, it helps protect your teeth from decalcification, but good oral hygiene is the main key in preventing these white spots! This sealant is BPA-free and safe for every patient. Opal Seal lasts for months and can easily be reapplied as necessary.

If you have any questions about Opal Seal, check out the video link below and please don't hesitate to contact us as we're always happy to speak with you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktHD6gDuY-k

Back To School With Braces

August 15th, 2016

Now that fall is here, many of the patients we serve at Canyon Point Orthodontic are back in school for the 2016-17 academic year. Making the transition back into the day-to-day routine of going to school can be challenging. If you're heading back to school with braces for the first time, we want that transition to go smoothly! Therefore, Dr. Shearer and her crew put together a few helpful tips for all our school-aged patients who are heading back to the classroom this fall.

Carry A Braces Care Kit With You


It's a great idea to take a braces care kit along with you to school that you can keep in your backpack or locker. Hopefully you still have the packet Canyon Point Orthodontics provided at your first banding appointment, but if not, just use a small zippered pouch or something similar that has a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental wax and extra elastics (if you use them) inside. Then after lunch, you can slip into the bathroom to brush and floss your teeth. The dental wax can be used if a wire or bracket is irritating the inside of your mouth. Simply place a small bit of wax onto the irritating piece for relief. If something does become loose or broken on your braces, contact us right away instead of waiting until your next appointment.

Eat Smart!

At your first braces appointment, we told you that it's important to steer clear of hard, crunchy, gooey and sticky foods as these are the types of foods that can damage or break your braces. Remember to avoid eating these foods while in school too. So instead of reaching for that candy bar at break time, choose something else instead that won't harm your braces like yogurt or applesauce.

If you carry your lunch, be sure everything you take along with you is braces-friendly. You can still take sandwiches as long as you cut them into small, bite-sized pieces. Soft fruits are great, like bananas and oranges as are softer vegetables like cucumbers and peppers.

Drink Plenty of Water

Take a water bottle with you to school so you can drink water throughout the day. This will help keep your mouth clean by rinsing away food particles that become lodged in your braces after eating. Drinking plenty of water will also help neutralize the acids in your mouth to help keep your teeth healthy.

Wear a Mouthguard while Playing Sports

It's important to wear a mouthguard when playing sports as it will protect your teeth and jaws against injury and provide protection to your braces. A mouthguard should be worn whenever you're playing a sport or when you're partaking in any physical activity that poses a risk of injury to the mouth. There are special mouthguards made specifically for people wearing braces that you can find easily online. Just be sure the mouthguard you choose fits well and makes it easy for you to speak and breathe.

Contact Us For Braces & Invisalign In Golden, CO

Dr. Shearer and her Canyon Point Crew wish all our school-aged patients good luck in the new school year! Canyon Point Orthodontics offers a wide range of orthodontic services to ensure we can meet the needs of every patient we serve. Whether you're interested in traditional braces or are want to find out if Invisalign clear aligners are right for you, you can rest assured we have the ideal solution for you! If you have further questions, contact us today and our friendly staff will be happy to help. To schedule an appointment with us, give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!

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