East Northport Smile Blog

Look…we have a new Referral Rewards Wheel!!!!

We would like to thank Mrs. Faletta for referring her friend to our office and congratulate her on being the first to spin the “Referral Rewards Wheel! As a “thank you” to everyone that refers patients that start treatment in our office, we have introduced the “Referral Rewards Wheel!” For every confirmed referral that starts treatment, come and take a spin on our wheel and win gift cards for places like Starbucks, Amazon, Toys-r-us, etc. Thank you to everyone that helps us grow our practice. Take a spin, have some fun, and win some cool gift cards!!!!

Traveling while in Orthodontic treatment

A number of patients at our office are busy professionals who travel for work. Though, even our younger patients hit the road from time to time. Regardless of whether a trip is for business or fun, sometimes the change of scenery and the hours spent in vehicles or on planes make regular healthy habits fall to the wayside.

While we won’t judge if you decide to use your time away to take a hiatus from your daily green juice or Soul Cycle class, we do have to caution against taking a vacation from keeping your teeth in tip-top shape. It’s so important to maintain good dental care while traveling, particularly if you’re going through the effort to straighten your teeth with Invisalign or braces. So, here’s tips on how to keep good oral habits while traveling.

Travel Tips for Good Oral Hygiene

Put Together an Oral Health Travel Kit:

Keeping your mouth healthy while traveling will be a cinch if you have all of the necessary supplies in one place. Be sure to include a toothbrush, dental floss or your braces-friendly flossers, toothpaste, mouthwash and anything else that’s part of your regular oral hygiene routine. If applicable, also add some orthodontic wax, new Invisalign aligners if you’ll be swapping sets, and Invisalign or retainer cases.

Pack Correctly:

It’s not just about what you pack, especially considering the majority of the places you travel to will have things like toothpaste if you forget it, but it’s also how you pack. Make sure you store your toothbrush in a well-ventilated container with holes for air and draining water. Otherwise, you’re creating a bacteria breeding ground. Clean your toothbrush and case before and after your trip. Also, if you can, make sure your brush and other tools are dry before throwing them in your bag.

Eat Healthy(ish):

Okay, so we’re not going to tell you not to have a vacation treat but throwing caution to the wind and indulging in tons of soda, sports drinks and candy will wreak havoc on your teeth and could lead to cavities. Enjoy sugary splurges in moderation and be sure to brush, or at least rinse, after having sweets or starches.

Stimulate That Saliva:

This is actually one of the best tips for clean teeth on the go and for preventing dry mouth due to travel. Saliva fights germs in your mouth and gives your teeth a dose of proteins and minerals that ward off cavities and gum disease. It also helps rinse away food bits and debris. Chewing sugar-free gum right after eating something if you can’t brush or floss will help you produce more saliva. If you wear braces, skip the gum and suck (never chomp!) on a sugar-free hard candy or, if possible, sip some green or black tea, which is also thought to protect your teeth.

Use Your Breaks Wisely:

A travel toothbrush can be your best friend on the road because you can easily bring it with you on bathroom breaks. Even if you just brush using water, you’ll still be able to get rid of any food or build-up. When you reach your destination, make sure to follow up with a thorough cleaning no matter how tired you are.

Know Who to Call in Case of Emergency:

Headed somewhere in the near future? It doesn’t hurt to research or ask your dentist or orthodontist for a recommendation in case you have a mouth-related issue.

As you can see, maintaining oral hygiene habits while on vacation or on a work-related journey isn’t that difficult. It just requires a tiny bit of discipline. For our patients, keep in mind that we can help you out if you have a braces or Invisalign emergency while you’re away and need immediate assistance.

“Do I have to brush my braces again…..”

Yes, this is one of the most common things said by kids with braces!  Proper oral hygiene is so important to good oral health.  So I thought I would post a simple instructional picture for the kids to check out in order to make sure they are brushing properly. Just like in the picture, make sure they clean all around the braces.   Motivation can sometimes be a real obstacle to good oral hygiene so here’s a great idea: have the kids play a song and tell them to brush from the start of the song all the way to the end.  An average song lasts about 2 minutes so this is a good idea for proper brushing time length plus its a fun way to pass the time.  Give it a try….good luck and good brushing!!!

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Well, here it is!!!!  Our first blog, and it’s a good one!!!

The 10 Best Excuses We’ve Heard For a Lost or Broken Retainer

Regardless of how you lost or broke it, I bet we’ve heard it before. Without further ado, here is our top ten list of excuses.

10. I accidently threw it away. Probably because you wrapped it in a napkin when you took it out to eat instead of putting it in your case am I right?
9. My dog ate it. It sounds like a trite excuse for missing homework but we hear this one almost as much as we hear #10.
8. I ran over it with the lawnmower. This kind of a teensy weensy little bit sounds like a made up explanation for something that was done ON PURPOSE!
7. I roller skated over it. True story.
6. I tried to clean it by boiling it. Listen. We can’t blame you for wanting to keep that thing squeaky clean but scrubbing it daily with your toothbrush is sufficient. Your retainer is heat sensitive.
5. My baby played with it. After you left it within the reach of an infant?
4. It’s in Northport Harbor. It’s a gold mine down there – hats, wallets, sunglasses, cell phones, and apparently retainers.
3. It’s sleeping with the fishes. Kind of associated with #4.  Was it encased in cement before being flung into the sea/lake/creek? We do not know. We were too scared to ask.
2. I left it in Paris. I left it…in Paris… Let’s be honest. We have not heard this one a lot. Ok, Once. We’ve heard it once. I admit that I imagine this retainer not as lost but as enjoying a nice holiday. Picnicking in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, snacking on some lovely Brie de Meux on a toasted baguette after having spent the morning at the Louvre. ::sigh:: I suppose it’s illogical to be jealous of a retainer but I think I am.
1. I dropped a watermelon on it. What were the series of inopportune events that culminated in this tragedy? Not only have you smashed your retainer but you probably also ruined a perfectly delicious watermelon.
So there you have it folks. If you are close to getting your braces off keep in mind that the instructions for retainer wear and care that we give to you are for your benefit – to avoid situations like those detailed above.
Stay well!