Thursday, April 25, 2013

Be Smart this Spring

Remember it is springtime again, which is the perfect time for a subtle reminder to protect your face and pearly whites while on the field playing sports. According to The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high-school athletes and adults have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out in sporting events annually.
If you are planning to participate in spring sports this year, remember it is important to have a mouthguard that fits properly. A mouthguard can help with preventing chipped or broken teeth, lip and cheek injuries, mouth lacerations and even concussions. If you have braces, make sure to ask any one of our Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics team members for a mouthguard specific for your appliances. Remember, if you are in treatment and your teeth are moving, you are not going to be able to wear a "molded" or "fitted" mouthguard.

Because your jaw may still be growing, your mouth guard from last year may no longer fit as well as it should. If you are in need of a new mouthguard, please ask any one of our Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics team members.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Did You Know..... April is Autism Awareness Month

Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics is a proud supporter of Autism Awareness Month. Dr. Sondhi, Dr. Biggs and their team are all trained to handle different types of special needs that children may have. If you would like to learn more about how we are able to handle individual needs, please contact any one of our team members.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

How much sugar is in your drink?

Pop is no longer an occasional treat. It has become a daily habit for a growing number of people, especially kids, teens and young adults. A steady diet of soft drinks is the leading cause of tooth decay.

Following are a few tips on how to help reduce the possibility of decay:

  • Drink soft drinks in moderation.
  • Don't sip for extended periods of time. Ongoing sipping prolongs sugar and acid attacks on your teeth.
  • Use a straw to help keep the sugar away from your teeth.
  • After drinking, swish your mouth out with water to dilute the sugar.
  • Never drink soda or juice before bed because the liquid pools in your mouth, coating your tongue and teeth with sugar and acid.
  • Drink water instead of soft drinks. It has no sugar, no acid and no calories.
  • Get regular check-ups and cleanings to remove bacteria build-up (plaque) and floss, too.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth.
Pop contains more sugar than you think. Listed below are a few common drinks and the amount of sugar they contain:

Barq's Root Beer 11 tsp        
Minute Maid Orange Juice 9 tsp
Sprite10 tsp    
Mtn Dew 12 tsp     
  SoBe Energy Citrus 12 tsp    
Minute Maid Lemonade 10 tsp  
Gatorade 5tsp
Coca-Cola Classic 10 tsp
The next time you go to take a drink, check the label; you may be surprised. If you have any further questions, please contact any one of our Sondhi-Biggs Orthodontics team members.