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Carefully Clean Your Teeth Around Those Braces!

by Dr. Gemmi on March 19, 2012

DO YOU HAVE BRACES? Underneath all that metal, your beautiful pearly whites are shifting and inching closer each day toward an absolutely fantastic smile! Wouldn’t it be a shame, if once those braces came off, you had a bunch of cavities under there!?  It would be a shame! So, don’t let that happen!  Here at our practice, we care about your smile. All the gadgetry in your mouth—from the springs and the wires to the rubber bands and spacers— attract food AND plaque. It is...

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You’re Only Two Minutes Away From A Healthier Smile!

by Dr. Gemmi on February 17, 2012

EXCUSES FOR NOT BRUSHING OFTEN are all over the map! In a recent survey conducted by the Chicago Dental Society, more than half of the doctors surveyed said that their patients’ top excuse for not brushing or flossing is that they don’t have enough time. Fortunately, proper brushing techniques don’t require a lot of time at all! Simply brush for two minutes, twice a day...that’s only 240 seconds total. If it really is a time issue you’re dealing with, set your alarm clock back...

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Are You Using Mouthwash?

by Dr. Gemmi on February 9, 2012

EVEN THE MOST DILIGENT FLOSSERS AND BRUSHERS sometimes forget about the added benefits of mouthwash. But don't worry—even if you already brush, floss, AND rinse with mouthwash everyday, you’ll find this content useful. The affect that mouthwash has on your oral health is often dependent upon the type of mouthwash you use. So, before we get into the do’s and don’ts of choosing a mouthwash, let’s talk a little bit about why we recommend it. Not only can mouthwashes make our...

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All About Teeth

by Dr. Gemmi on February 3, 2012

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CURIOUS about all the odd facts orthodontists like our doctors have floating around in their heads all day? Well, it’s your lucky day! Let’s switch things up a bit and devote a post entirely to random dental facts. Sound fun? Did you know... Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in a human’s body. Toothbrush bristles were originally made from cow hair. A shark goes through about 40 SETS of teeth during its lifetime. A person’s teeth set is...

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Are Canker Sores Irritating Your Smile?

by Dr. Gemmi on January 17, 2012

CANKER SORES ARE NO FUN, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE BRACES TO IRRITATE THEM. Fortunately, there are quite a few ways in which the pain from these bothersome blisters can be relieved. However, before we get into the best ways to treat canker sores, let's talk a bit about the causes. Though the exact cause is unknown, one theory suggests that canker sores can result from certain mouth washes and toothpastes that dry out the mouth. Try to avoid toothpastes with the ingredient sodium lauryl...

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A Home-Care Guide For Those Of You With Braces

by Dr. Gemmi on January 11, 2012

ARE YOU NEW TO BRACES AND ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT? If so, you probably have quite a few questions regarding personal care and maintenance. This week we thought it would be nice to provide all of our braces patients with an “At Home” guide. So, here is a list of everything you need to know about taking care of your braces when you're away from our office! Food: We recommend avoiding hard foods such as nuts, ice, whole apples, carrots, popcorn, ribs, taffy, caramels, bubble gum, etc. Each...

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There Are Lots Of Benefits Of Straight Teeth!

by Dr. Gemmi on January 5, 2012

IN TODAY'S WORLD,magazine models and movie stars flash their remarkably straight white smiles at every turn, making it apparent that we associate straight teeth with beauty. Perfectly aligned smiles bring confidence that crooked smiles can’tand many times the owners of those gorgeous smiles develop an entirely different outlook on life. It’s amazing what a beautiful smile can do. When we see actors with crooked teeth, we usually take note... and wonder why they haven’t seen an...

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I Don’t Have My Toothbrush, But I Have Cheese!

by Dr. Gemmi on December 2, 2011

HOLIDAY SHOPPING, NEIGHBORHOOD PARTIES, seasonal shows, and sledding are all fun winter activities. However, most of us don't bring along our toothbrush and floss when we're out and about... So, here are a few ways you can prevent cavities while you're away from home... Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, carrots,  cucumbers, and celery can help to mechanically clean food debris and bacteria from your teeth. In addition, fruits such as cranberries, blueberries, and apples...

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Overcome Your Orthodontic Fears With Communication!

by Dr. Gemmi on November 17, 2011

WHAT MAKES AN ORTHODONTIC VISIT a feared chore? Why do thoughts of reclining plastic chairs and orthodontic tools give some people the chills? Perhaps it has come from a previous negative experience with a procedure or orthodontist. Or maybe you just don’t like having the doctor in such close proximity to your face. Some people's fear stems from the pain they might feel after they leave our office, and others feel anxiety over the lack of control they have while they’re lying in the...

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Take Advantage Of Your Healthcare Benefits Before It’s Too Late!

by Dr. Gemmi on November 10, 2011

WITH THE END OF 2011 FAST APPROACHING, our practice would like to remind you to take advantage of any unused healthcare benefits you might have. Each year your dental insurance company gives you a maximum amount that you can use, and those benefits don't typically roll over into the next year—so make sure you schedule those end-of-the-year appointments before it's too late! Please contact us today if you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment. The holiday season can be a...

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