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Four Travel Tips For Good Oral Hygiene

For many people, the summer is the time to travel — the days are longer and the weather is warmer. If you’re headed out on a mid-summer vacation, or a simple road trip, don’t forget about your oral healthcare routine!
Travel Tips For Good Oral Hygiene
Oral health travel kit.
Keeping your mouth healthy is just as important as having the right clothes to wear! So when you’re packing your suitcase, be sure to include a small oral health travel kit as well! This kit should be fully equipt with an extra toothbrush, dental floss, braces-friendly flossers, mouthwash, and dental guas. Don’t forget to pack your retainer as well!

Pack correctly.
It’s not just about what you pack, it’s also about how you pack. For instance, pack your toothbrush in a well-ventilated container, with holes for air and draining water. Also, you should clean your toothbrush and case before and after your trip. These few steps will help protect your mouth from any bacteria or germs while you’re away.

Eat healthy.
We’re not saying don’t splurge on vacation, but try to stay away from unhealthy snacks as much as possible! Soda, sports drinks, candy, and other hard foods wreak havoc on your mouth and your overall health. Enjoy some treats in moderation, and be sure to brush (or rinse) after.

Contact us.
If you’re headed on vacation, don’t hesitate to contact your local orthodontist beforehand (Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County has two convenient locations — Commack and Medford). It never hurts to get a checkup before you leave. We can also help if you happen to have a dental emergency while you’re away, so don’t forget to save our number in your phone!

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How To Fix A Broken Bracket

Ouch — notice a sharp pain in your mouth? If you wear braces, you might be suffering from a broken bracket. Since these wires are so fragile, a broken bracket is actually one of the most common issues for orthodontic patients. If you notice one of your brackets are broken, follow these three steps!

First Step…
Check the damage. Is the wire still attached? If so, leave it in place. If it’s sticking out, press it gently back into its position with a cotton swab. Use orthodontic wax to hold the broken bracket in place until you can see your orthodontist. If the bracket is completely loose, they will easily reattach it.

Second Step…
If you have to wait to visit your orthodontist, you can fix the wire yourself. Take a nail clipper and cut any overlong or protruding wires very carefully. To make sure you don’t cut your gums or mouth, press any extra length back to your tooth and cover it with wax.

Third Step…
Once you notice a problem with your bracket, make an appointment to have it repaired professionally (working on it yourself only fixes it temporarily). Notify your orthodontist or your pain level and if you have any parts for the appointment — this will help them be better asses the situation when you arrive.

While you wait for your appointment, rinse your mouth with salt water and eat soft foods to prevent any further damage or pain. Broken brackets don’t always mean a dental emergency, so check your mouth carefully. If you find that you’re in need of urgent care and attention, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Speaks Orthodontics. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, [...]

How Water Helps Your Teeth

Staying hydrated is important for your entire body — even your teeth and gums! So in honor of National Hydration Day, here are three reasons why you shouldn’t forget to drink those eight glasses of water per day!

Reason #1: It Strengthens Your Teeth
Fluoride is “nature’s cavity fighter.” and luckily we can get it right from our water! Don’t believe us? Studies show that people who drink non-fluoridated water had more tooth decay!

Reason #2: It Keeps Your Mouth Clean
Juice, soda, and sports drinks can all leave unwanted sugar in your mouth, which can increase your chance of cavities, Many of these drinks also have additives to make them taste less sweet, but still eat away at your teeth. But water cleans your mouth with every sip!

Reason #3: It Fights Dry Mouth
By washing away leftover food, your saliva helps your mouth fight tooth decay. But, when your saliva supply runs low, your dry mouth can put you at a higher risk for this issue — drinking water can help with that!

**Some warning signs of dehydration include:**
•Excessive thirst and/or dry mouth.
•Headaches.
•Little or no urination.
•Fatigue
•Dizziness.

Remember, in addition to brushing twice a day, make sure you’re drinking enough water to keep yourself properly hydrated as well! If you have any additional questions, or if you’re ready to start down the path to a straighter, healthier smile, please contact Speaks Orthodontics. Visit our website to learn more, or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada.

Fourth Of July Events In Denver

Trying to figure out your plans for the Fourth of July? There’s no better place to celebrate than in Denver, Colorado! Between the sports games, concerts, and firework shows, this holiday is bound to be one of the best weekends of the summer!

Independence Eve Fireworks – Before this celebration ends with firework, you’ll get to enjoy a FREE patriotic concert and a light show on the Denver City and County Building. Lawn seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to bring some extra blankets and beach chairs just in case!
Date: Sunday, July 3rd.
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Civic Center Park.

Fireworks at Elitch Gardens – Enjoy the day riding roller coasters and water slides, and the at the end of the night, watch a brilliant firework display!
Date: Monday, July 4th.
Time: Fireworks start at dusk.
Location: Devendorf Park.

SeriesFest – Are you a serious film and television nut? What better way to celebrate Independence day than by heading to SeriesFest — a four-day festival celebrating the art of independent TV series creation. Did you know that Denver was the birthplace of cable television?
Date: June 27th – July 4th.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Sports and Fireworks – The Rapids, Denver’s professional soccer team, and the Outlaws, our professional lacrosse team, are both playing on the 4th of July. And both games are featuring fireworks!
Date: June 27th – July 4th.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Red Rocks Amphitheatre

From everyone at Speaks Orthodontics, we hope you enjoy your long, Fourth of July weekend!

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5 Tips To Make Your Smile More Photogenic

A picture is worth a thousand words — and your smile can say plenty. Research shows that people with straight teeth are perceived as more happy, successful, and smart. Here are five tips to help make your smile more photogenic.

Be natural. One of the best ways to pose for a picture? Showing a relaxed and gentle smile. Don’t overthink your smile; when you do, your eyes squint, and your neck muscles tense.

Stand up straight. You don’t want your face to be completely square with the camera. Fix your posture by turning your head slightly and dropping your chin.

Check your teeth and gums. Getting the best picture isn’t all about how you pose. Great smiles also require a little behind-the-scenes prep work. If you want to maintain your pearly whites, visit your dentist for regular cleanings. Also, brush, floss, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash every day. Additionally, if you want to address any abnormal bite patterns, visit your local orthodontist.

Practice makes perfect. Your ideal smile may not happen overnight, so keep practicing on perfecting your grin. And, if the help you need goes beyond a simple teeth cleaning, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Speaks! He’s one of the few board certified orthodontists in the Denver area!

If you have any additional questions about your child’s oral health, or if you’re ready to start down the path to a straighter, healthier smile, please contact Speaks Orthodontics. Visit our website to learn more, or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada.

Does Your Child Need Braces?

Does your child really need braces? Are they too young for treatment? Are there any signs or symptoms to look out for? Parents need to be in the know.

Q: Why would my child need braces?
A: Most orthodontic issues are genetic. However, other problems can arise over time due to finger-sucking, dental decay, accidents, and poor nutrition.

Q:How can I tell if my child needs braces?
A: If you start your child’s dental visits as early as possible (or by their first tooth erupting), you will be able to treat any concerns before it’s too late.

Here are some signs to lookout for:
•Early, late, or irregular loss of baby teeth.
•Crowded or misplaced teeth.
•Cheek biting.
•Difficulty chewing or biting food.

Q:What are the benefits of braces?
A: Braces have both short-term and long-term benefits on your little ones mouth, including:
•Proper alignment of teeth.
•Improvements in dental hygiene.
•Teeth and mouth protection.
•Correcting jaw placement (increasing ability to bite and chew properly).
•Self-confidence boost.

Q:What is the best age to be fitted for braces?
A: Dental issues can begin at any age, so there’s really no right time to be treated for braces. However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends children be evaluated by the age of 7, so orthodontic treatment typically begins between the ages of 8 and 14.

It’s normal to have questions about this change in your child’s life! If you have any additional questions about your child’s oral health, or if you’re ready to start down the path to a straighter, healthier smile, please contact Speaks Orthodontics. Visit our website to learn more, or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada.

Healthy Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Having some trouble deciding on what to get your loved one this Father’s Day? Put that tie down, and reach for one of our healthy Father’s Day gift ideas instead!

Fitness gifts. Use this holiday to encourage your loved ones to get moving (getting some physical activity in at any age is beneficial). Sign him up for a marathon, buy him a few gym sessions with a personal trainer, or schedule a day to go on a hike together in your area.

Outdoor cooking. Whether your dad is a master griller or just simply a seasonal chef, barbecuing gifts are perfect for any food-loving pop. For instance, a nice set of skewers for shrimp or vegetable shish kebabs, a package of top-of-the-line meats, or maybe even some healthy cookbooks.

Make him relax. Relaxation is important, both for your mental and physical state. So this Father’s Day, think about forcing your dad to take some time to rejuvenate. We suggest hanging a hammock in his backyard or buying him a spa package.

Spend time together. Probably the best gift of all is blocking out your schedule to spend some quality time with your father. Keep it simple, sweet, and technology-free!

Everyone at Speaks Orthodontics hopes you enjoy your Father’s Day!

At Speaks Orthodontics, our goal is to give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in a comfortable, friendly, modern environment. Visit our website to learn more or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada.
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Connection Between Probiotics And Your Oral Health

It turns out that probiotics, or friendly bacteria, has benefits beyond the belly. Research has shown that probiotics can help fight gum disease, plaque, and bad breath. Will you give probiotics a chance in order to improve your oral health?

How do probiotics work?

A healthy balance of good and bad bacteria is needed to help keep our bodies running properly. Probiotics create a film in the mouth that wards of diseases associated with our teeth and gums. So, probiotics helps keep this balance by protecting your body from a variety of infections.

Prevents Plaque

Studies show that a strain of bacteria called A12 can help fight cavity-causing bacterium called Streptococcus mutans. This bacterium turns sugar into lactic acid, which creates an acidic environment in your mouth that leads to cavities and plaque.

Fights Bad Breath

The probiotic Streptococcus salivarius has made major reductions in the amount of bacteria that cause halitosis, or bad breath.

Manage Symptoms of Gingivitis

Gingivitis, also known as gum disease, can cause swollen, tender gums and sensitive teeth. Researchers have found that the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri helped improve these symptoms, while also helping remove plaque.

Probiotic Food and Supplements

Yogurt.
Soft cheeses.
Miso.
Sour pickles.
Pills, powders, mouthwashes.

If you have any additional questions about your oral health, or if you’re ready to start down the path to a straighter, healthier smile, please contact Speaks Orthodontics. Visit our website to learn more, or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada

3 Tips For Your Summer Smile

As the seasons change, so does our wardrobe, personality, and even our smile! And while you may not think of your smile in a seasonal way, the weather can take a serious toll on your mouth. As the summer approaches, it’s important to be prepared so you can have fun in the sun, instead of worrying about your health.

Wear lip sunscreen. We don’t just mean to slather on the SPF before you hit the beach, your lips are exposed to the sun’s UV rays also! And the tissue around your mouth is very delicate, making it vulnerable to damage and the development of cancer. So, make sure you add applying lip balm with SPF to your daily to-do list.

Stay hydrated. As the temperatures begin to rise, you may become more prone to dehydration. It’s important to continue to drink 8 8-ounce glasses of water per day. As a result, you’ll not only improve your overall well-being, but you’ll also protect your smile from problems like decay and dry mouth.
Keep a dental emergency bag on hand. A dental issue can happen anywhere at anytime (including your beach day or weekend road trip). Some dental travel essentials you should carry include: a travel-sized toothbrush, dental floss, Advil, as well as lip balm with SPF.

If you have any additional questions about your oral health, or if you’re ready to start down the path to a straighter, healthier smile, please contact Speaks Orthodontics. Visit our website to learn more, or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada

Be Mindful Of Your Mental Health

Nothing is certain in this world, except for death and taxes — and stress. Stress can lead to anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and lack of sleep. But, did you know that stress can also affect your oral health?

How can you manage stress?

Learn your own stressors. Everyone experiences stress in different ways. You may have a hard time making decisions, feel angry, and irritated, or lack energy. Once you find out, it’ll be easier for you to learn how to gauge your stress signals.

Find healthy ways to deal with stress. There are plenty of stress-reducing activities to take part of. Consider meditation, yoga, hiking, or simply talking things out with a friend. Keep in mind that changing your behaviors can take some time, so don’t overwhelm yourself by fixing everything at once.

Take care of yourself. No matter how hectic life may get, it’s important to remember to schedule some ‘me-time’ in order to keep your mind and body happy and healthy.

 

How does stress affect your oral health?

Stress doesn’t only affect our mind and bodies, researchers have found a significant link between stress and our oral health. Stress is a contributing factor to many dental problems, including:

Bruxism.
Canker sores.
Dry mouth.
Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).
Gum disease.

At Speaks Orthodontics, our goal is to give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in a comfortable, friendly, modern environment. Visit our website to learn more or call us at 303-292-1780. We’re conveniently located just minutes from downtown Denver, LoDo, LoHi, Wheatridge, Edgewater, Lakewood, and Arvada.