Friday, October 26, 2012

Toothbrush Facts

Did you know that the first toothbrush was created around 3000 BC? Ancient civilizations would use a twig with a frayed edge to rub against their teeth to clean them. Taking care of your smile is nothing new; people have obviously been brushing their teeth for thousands of years.

The first toothbrush with bristles, similar to current toothbrushes, was invented in around 1498 in China. Brushes were made out of bamboo or bone, with bristles made from the hairs on the back of a hog's neck.

It wasn't until around 1940 that the first nylon bristled toothbrush was introduced, and people quickly became more aware of practicing good oral hygiene.

Here are some other interesting facts about toothbrushes and toothpaste:
  • Most people are said to use blue toothbrushes over any other color.
  • The first toothpaste was used in 500 BC in China and India.
  • On average, children smile about 400 times per day.
  • Your toothbrush should be replaced about every two months.
  • Crest was introduced in 1955 and Colgate in 1873.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fingerscan Check-in

Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics now offers Keyboard OR Finger scan check-in for our patients. Both enhance the security and identity for our patients and are HIPAA compliant. We look forward to setting your preference at your next visit.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Patience and Undivided Attention

Recognizing that all patients have individual needs, we are capable of handling patients with special needs. To enhance the care of all patients, our staff and doctors have had additional training to help with all types of special needs. The Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics team has taken several different steps to ensure our patients will have the best experience possible, including private treatment rooms and special applications for communication on our iPads. If you have questions or any suggestions, please feel free to contact any one of our Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics staff members. Just another example of why Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics is "Smiles above the rest".

Thursday, October 4, 2012

National Orthodontic Health Month

October is National Orthodontic Health Month. During this month we make a number of educational presentations to students and teachers at the local schools and try to enhance their understanding about recent advances in orthodontic treatment.

Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics would like to give you some tips to help keep your teeth and braces safe.

  • Avoid sticky situations with your braces.
  • Stay away from hard, crunchy or chewy candy and snacks. This includes caramel, licorice, taffy and all types (even sugar free) gum.
  • Also try to steer clear from nuts and popcorn.
Good alternatives include chocolates, peanut butter cups, or other melt-in-your mouth varieties. If you consume sweets, do so in moderation. Brushing and flossing are more important than ever during the Halloween season, when teeth may receive more exposure to cavity causing sweets. Orthodontic patients should be especially conscientious about brushing and flossing after consuming sugary or starchy foods.  Have a wonderful Halloween!