Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Five habits that lead to teeth plaque

Nobody likes getting plaque on their teeth. Here are five other ways you can avoid that dreaded enemy of the teeth, courtesy of our friends at WebMD.

Let’s start with not 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 not 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 your 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 dentist at least twice a year, and you have a lower chance of getting cavities or losing your teeth.

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 that candy up, think about giving 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. If you have any questions, visit our web page on oral hygiene, or contact our office at 801-452-7155.

Hope this helps, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Pobanz Orthodontics

Friday, November 20, 2009

What are you thankful for?

Thanksgiving is almost here, and we at Pobanz Orthodontics are thankful for all our wonderful patients and friends that make our each day extraordinary!

Since the holiday season is about to begin, what are you thankful for?

Share a response in the comments here, or head over to our Facebook Fan Page to join the conversation!

Have a wonderful weekend,

--Dr. Pobanz

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Holiday Food and Toy Drive at Pobanz Orthodontics now through Dec. 22!

This holiday season—from now through December 22—Pobanz Orthodontics is collecting food and toys for Weber County Family Services. Donors who bring in a toy and a non-perishable food item will be eligible for a $250 Visa gift card.

In addition, kids will also get a chance to write a letter to Santa and win a $25 Target gift card. To find out more about the toy drive or how you can make a donation please stop by our South Ogden or Pleasant View office or give us a call.

--Dr. Pobanz and team

Friday, November 6, 2009

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season, from Dr. Pobanz

Traditionally cold and flu season starts in Fall, but this year it seems to have started much earlier and with the number of patients canceling appointments because of flu and H1N1 symptoms our practice is taking additional precautions to help prevent the spread of germs.

To promote a healthy clean environment, we give a great deal of attention to sanitation and sterilization in our office at all times as well as following all requirements for sterilizing instruments and work surfaces.

For the protection of other patients and staff, we always ask that patients reschedule their appointments if they have any type of cold or illness that can infect others.

Maintaining and protecting oral hygiene equipment is also important this flu season. To protect your toothbrush from bacteria follow these steps:

•Wash your hands before and after brushing
•Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen
•Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster

Hope this helps! Stay healthy!

--Dr. Pobanz and team.