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5 tips to avoid plaque, from Bronsky Orthodontics

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

At Bronsky Orthodontics, we know nobody likes getting plaque on their teeth. Here are five other ways you can avoid that dreaded enemy of the teeth during orthodontic treatment, courtesy of WebMD.

Let’s start with brushing regularly.. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste is vital to a healthy mouth. Make sure you softly brush all the surfaces of your teeth.

Next on the list is flossing daily: a simple daily flossing between teeth clears away plaque before it can cause damage and can also clean plaque at the gum line. Plaque is known to reach the spaces between teeth.

Also, evading a trip to the dentist is probably not a great idea. Let’s say you brush and floss daily. You’re still at risk for plaque. With time, the plaque hardens and turns into tartar. Consider visiting your general dentist at least twice a year or as recommended by your dentist, and you have a lower chance of getting cavities or losing your teeth while wearing braces.

You’ll also want to stop avoiding those fruits and veggies. Believe it or not, there are foods out there that play a key role in keeping plaque off our teeth. They include apples, carrots, cucumbers and other raw fruits and vegetables. You can still eat these types of fruits and veggies if you have braces, but be sure to cut them up into bite sized pieces to avoid breaking off brackets.

Finally, before you pick up that candy bar, remember to not give in to your sweet tooth. Consuming sugary drinks or eating candy or other junk food allows sugar to stick to our teeth. The bacteria, then, becomes plaque, which turns into acid and damages our teeth. Avoiding these five bad habits keeps your plaque in check and your mouth as healthy as can be during your orthodontic treatment with (Insert Name of Doctor). If you have any questions, give us a call or ask us on Facebook!

Cold season is here, from Bronsky Orthodontics

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Cold and flu season is here – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that a common cold usually includes sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and coughing. Symptoms can last for up to two weeks.

To promote a healthy and clean environment, Dr. Mark Bronsky and our entire staff give a great deal of attention to sanitation and sterilization in our New York City offices at all times, as well as following all requirements for sterilizing instruments and work surfaces. For the protection of other patients and our staff at Bronsky Orthodontics, we always ask that patients reschedule their appointments if they have any type of cold or illness that can infect others.

And remember to constantly wash your hands and avoid contact with those who are ill! Stay healthy!

Dentists, orthodontists … what’s the difference?

Friday, October 14th, 2011

“Dentists, Orthodontists, they’re all the same right?” We hear our patients asking this question as they wonder about the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist. Before becoming an orthodontist Dr. Bronsky started out in dental school and earned a DDS (dental degree), just like your dentist. After dental school however, Dr. Bronsky decided he wanted to learn more about orthodontics, which is one of nine specialties within the dental field. So he stayed in school for a few more years and became an expert in orthodontics, which focuses on tooth and jaw alignment and bite problems like overbites and under bites.

Other dental specialties you may have heard of include endodontic (focusing on the soft tissue inside your teeth), periodontic (focusing on the gums and other tissues surrounding your teeth) and prosthodontic (focusing on restoring and replacing damaged teeth).

Isn’t it nice to know there are complete dental experts here at Bronsky Orthodontics to help you through any type of treatment your teeth, jaw and gums might need?

National Orthodontic Health Month Contest!

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

It’s October, which means it’s National Orthodontic Health Month! Help us at Bronsky Orthodontics celebrate by sharing your best impersonation of Dr. Bronsky. Post your entries on our Facebook page, or send us an email at info@bronskyortho.com. Be creative and have fun!

-The team at Bronsky Orthodontics

  

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