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Eat Well, Feel Good, Smile Better

November 21st, 2017

Did you know that the most common oral health diseases are tooth decay and gum disease? Not so coincidentally, they are also the easiest to prevent. As much as we would like for the brushing and flossing to do all the work for us, in reality, we really are what we eat — and a healthy diet is just as important for dental health as it is for the rest of the body.

Eating well boosts your immune system, and makes you less susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay. When you maintain a balanced diet, you provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to succeed. So what does a healthy, balanced diet entail? It’s really quite simple. Here are some tips:

  1. Focus on lean meats, veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats.
  2. Limit your intake of sugary drinks like energy drinks and soda.
  3. Keep your sweet tooth in check.
  4. Beware of acidic meals and snacks that are high in salt and sodium.
  5. Drink lots of water.

Unfortunately, there’s no “one size fits all,” magic diet that will automatically improve your oral health, but following the five guidelines above as best you can is a great way to start. Food and drinks that are high in sugar or acidity weaken your enamel, stain your teeth, and make you more likely to develop a cavity or gum disease.

At Henderson Orthodontics, we like to encourage our patients to drink a lot of water during the day. Doing so not only keeps you hydrated, but also helps rinse out the sugar and acid from various things you’ve consumed during the day.

If you think your diet might be affecting your smile, come pay Dr. David Henderson a visit or give our Bloomington, IN office a call! We’re always happy to answer your questions.

Pick the right electric toothbrush!

November 14th, 2017

The electronic toothbrush has undergone several technological advances since the 1960s. Everything from design and bristle motions to rotation, oscillation, and sonic vibration has led to dramatic changes in this necessary tool over time.

Rotation oscillation happens when the head of the toothbrush rotates from one direction to the other. The benefit of powered toothbrushes is that they can produce 50,000 strokes per minute, compared to 300 strokes with a manual toothbrush.

When you’re thinking about brush head size, smaller brush heads are best for hard-to-reach areas and small mouths. Brush heads should be replaced every three to six months as needed. A good way to save money is to designate a brush head for each family member which can be taken on and off a shared base motor.

Having a base motor or rechargeable toothbrush can deliver enough power on a full charge for a week of brushing, which makes it convenient for travel or when life gets busy. Some toothbrushes include audible signals that let you know when to switch the area of your mouth you’re brushing or when a full two minutes has gone by.

Do you have sensitive teeth? Studies have indicated that people tend to apply more pressure on their teeth when they use a manual toothbrush. This makes an electric toothbrush a preferable option if you’re having issues with sensitive teeth or gums.

There are even electric models with pressure sensors that will stop the brush from spinning when you press too hard against your teeth!

Everyone can benefit from having an electric toothbrush. A large handle size can be taken into consideration if a member of the household is young, or has a physical disability or arthritis. They’re even recommended for children in order to maintain good oral hygiene from a young age.

Biofilm is a term used for plaque or debris that builds up in your mouth. If not properly addressed, this can cause serious bacterial infections to your gums and teeth. If you want to remove biofilm in the most efficient way, an automatic toothbrush is the way to go.

When you're ready to make your decision, make sure to consult with Dr. David Henderson at our Bloomington, IN office to decide which electric toothbrush is right for you!

Thanksgiving at Henderson Orthodontics

November 13th, 2017

We’re so excited for the Thanksgiving holiday! Family, friends, food, football, Christmas movies— what’s not to love? Not to mention all the wonderful shopping that happens this time of year! Black Friday, anyone?

This year we’re feeling especially grateful for family and the brave soldiers that keep us safe every day! While we can’t wait to get together with our families and share a delicious meal, we always try to keep a thankful mentality year round by eating at the dinner table every night with no electronics allowed. It’s a nice time to hear about everyone’s day without the distraction that cellphones and such can bring.

One of the funniest Thanksgiving memories happened to Cindy, our office manager. She was so excited to try the pumpkin pie only to find out someone in the family had baked it with a can of pumpkin. No eggs. No sugar. Being new to the family, she had no choice but to eat it graciously, despite it's lack of true pumpkin pie flavor. Needless to say, she’ll be making sure there is enough sugar in the pie this year.

Speaking of recipes, we’re happy to share one of our favorites with you: carrot soufflés. They’re easy to make and absolutely delicious! If you chose to make it, please share the end result with us! We would love to see how your soufflés turn out.

We hope everyone is enjoying the season surrounded by family and loved ones!

When should I floss during the day?

November 7th, 2017

A vital step in your oral health routine is flossing. We hope our patients at Henderson Orthodontics maintain good oral hygiene, including daily flossing between each visit to our Bloomington, IN office. A toothbrush is not always enough to get to the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. When food remains between your teeth, bacteria starts to grow and will break down your enamel. This is where flossing comes in!

Should you floss before or after brushing?

Whatever your personal preference, you may floss before or after you brush your teeth. When you floss first, you can brush away any leftover dislodged food debris from your teeth. On the other hand, when you brush first, you will loosen the plaque between your teeth, which makes flossing more effective.

The essential aspect is that you floss thoroughly by using a fresh strand of floss and make sure to get between every tooth. Even if your teeth look and feel clean, don’t skip flossing or plaque will begin to build up on your teeth.

When is the best time to floss?

Although you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, Dr. David Henderson and our team recommend flossing your teeth thoroughly once a day. Many people prefer to floss before bed, so that plaque doesn’t sit between their teeth all night.

What kind of floss should I use?

You may choose between interdental cleaning picks or flexible floss strands to perform your daily flossing routine. If you have permanent oral appliances or restorations, be sure to follow the flossing instructions provided to you.

Do you need help flossing?

If you’re having trouble flossing or have questions about which floss is best for your teeth, contact our Bloomington, IN office and we can provide you with support. Be sure to keep up with your daily flossing routine, and we will see you at your next appointment!

Henderson Orthodontics
857 Auto Mall Rd
Bloomington, IN 47401