Dental Tips

These are some healthcare tips from Dr.Mack jafari and his dental team.

When is the right time to start orthodontic treatment? Orthodontic treatment is available to patients of all ages. In accordance with the American Association of Orthodon-tists, we recommend that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. With early evaluation and diagnosis it is possible to identify func-tional and skeletal disharmonies and, where appropriate, an orthodontic or orthopedic appliance can be prescribed. Such intervention is often critical in correcting major jaw discrepancies and reducing the chances of more complex procedures later in adolescence. In all other cases, however, where there is no need for early intervention, ortho-dontic treatment is initiated between ages 11 to 13, or when all the permanent teeth have erupted. Adolescents and adults can choose between metalbraces, clear braces, or Invisalign treatment. Invisalign treatment is a popular treatment modality for many adults as it allows for easier main-tainance or gum health during treat-ment all the while being a very esthetic

Volume 1, Issue 1 October 2013

How to Save Your Teeth & Enjoy a Better Quality of Life

Bruxing – the subconscious habit of clenching and grinding teeth has a varietyof consequences. And it often occurs without you even realizing it. It can cause broken teeth, cracked fillings and TMD. It can also be the source of headaches, sleeping disorders and general irritability.

Typically, dentists look at this issue as if it were exclusive to the mouth, butthe cause of the problem rarely gets resolved. At Noe Valley Smiles and Braces we can provide dental therapies to improve the alignment of your bite, but you’ll also learn about important lifestyle changes that can end bruxing, improve your overall health and enable you to enjoy a better quality of life.

Bruxing has deep roots in the subconscious that are usually related to stress.

Making the following changes may help: Wind down and get calm before sleep – Practice ways of letting go of tensionat bedtime

Listen to calm music 20 min before going to sleep

Turn of the TV, Ipad, computer 1 hour before bedtime

Read inspiring books

Limit or Eliminate Caffeine:

Choose fizzy water with fresh lemon or lime as an alternative to soda

Try decaffeinated coffee and herbal teas

Consider fresh fruit as an alternative to chocolate in the evenings

Practice Awareness – write down or say “I’m clenching” every time you catch yourself doing it.

The Benefits to your Overall Health and Happiness are innumerable:

Less frequent, less severe headaches, longer-lasting teeth and fillings

Better, deeper sleep

Less tension and anxiety

Better quality of life

It’s Trick or Treating Season – Let’s Scare Those Sugar Bugs Away!

Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the winter holidays are right around the corner – which means that festive treats and sweets like candy corn and pumpkin pie will be too. This time of year is a great time for parents to help their child prevent tooth decay, so they can keep their teeth healthy and strong. The first step is understanding the link between food and cavities. That link is the bacteria that live on your child’s teeth. We pediatric dentists sometimes like to call them “sugar bugs” because these bacteria survive by being fed carbohydrates like sugar. The mouth is their favorite place to live because when your child eats foods or drinks beverages made with carbohydrates, the sugar bugs get to eat them too. Every time they eat, they make acid for at least 20 minutes, which weakens teeth and causes tooth decay. But while sugar bugs love to eat Halloween candy, what really makes them grow is eating anything with carbohydrates (whether it’s juice, processed snack items, or other kid-friendly foods) too frequently. To help keep cavities away, here are some helpful tips from the American Academy of Pediatric Den-

1) Ask your pediatric dentist to help you assess your child’s diet.

2) Shop smart! Do not routinely stock your pantry with sugary or starchy snacks. Buy fun foods only for special times.

3) Limit the number of snack times; choose nutritious snacks.

4) Provide a balanced diet, and save foods with sugar or starch for meal times.

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