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How much water should I drink a day?

July 13th, 2015

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It’s amazing how much water is connected to your health. A lack of water can cause minor headaches and fatigue to full on dehydration. The benefits of drinking water are endless. After all, the human body is predominantly made up of water. In fact, fluoride, occurring naturally in foods and water, or added to the water supply, can be a powerful tool in fighting decay. It can reduce the rate of cavities by as much as 60 percent.

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine, and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. You can usually tell if you’re dehydrated by some telltale signs, like if your pee is yellow instead of clear, or if your muscles are cramping.

So how much should you drink a day? 8 glasses? Half a gallon? 3 Hydroflasks?

Here’s the truth: there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. It’s dependent on many different factors, like your age, height, weight, current health, environment, the weather...even your dog (not really). All complications aside, there is actually an easy and fairly accurate way to calculate what’s best for your own body.

The simple hydration equation

First, do a little math to figure out how much water your body needs at rest (like sitting in class, watching the new Minions movie, doing chores, etc.). This is the bare minimum requirement that your body needs to function. To find this, divide your body weight in half. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you would need 100 ounces of water per day if you weren’t doing anything strenuous.

If you’re going to go hiking, biking, swimming, play some soccer (shout out to the US Women’s National Team!), or anything active, especially in the sun and at high altitudes, recognize that you’re going to need to drink much more than those 100 ounces.

There’s no clear-cut answer for how much water you should drink. But let’s be honest, most of us can probably stand to be drinking a little more each day, especially in these hot summer months. It’s all a part of being our healthiest, happiest selves! Give us a call at 541-848-6642 if you want to know more about how drinking water affects your dental health.

Summer tips for braces-wearers

June 18th, 2015

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Summer is here! It’s a busy time of year for everyone, with family vacations, sports, and fun events. We’ve put together some tips to keep your braces and teeth in good shape so that you can make the most of your summer.

Travel

Whether you’re going on a road trip to grandma’s or flying to a different country, there are a couple things to keep in mind before you travel. First, if you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, make sure to schedule an appointment with us beforehand so that we can make sure your braces are in tip top shape. As for packing, make sure you have enough wax and bands to make it through the trip, in addition to your orthodontic hygiene kit and retainer case. That way, you can maintain good oral health even while on vacation.

Sports

We always recommend mouthguards for any contact sport whether the patient has braces or not. There are special mouth guards you can buy for braces or we can make you a custom mouthguard if you would like. While sports like baseball are not always considered a contact sport, don’t forget there are times that your child may have to slide into a base or may collide with another fielder.
We also recommend that the patients take their retainers out for all sports, contact and non contact. This includes swimming- the last thing we’d want is for your retainer to get lost in the pool! Also avoid leaving your retainer in hot places, like your car while at the beach. Prolonged exposure to heat can cause your retainer to shrink! Finally, always make sure to store your retainer in the case provided to you.

Food

Try to stay away from drinks that will stain your teeth like coffee, soft drinks or dark colored juices- Not only will drinks like this weaken your enamel but they will also darken that fabulous smile you’ve been working on! Try to keep a good teeth-brushing schedule, even if you’re busy. If you can’t fully brush your teeth after any meal, you can keep your mouth safe from staining and other possible pitfalls by swirling your mouth with water.

If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, please let us know. Until then, have some fun in the sun this summer!

Before Braces Bucket List

May 18th, 2015

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Congratulations! You’re getting braces. It’s an important step in the process of giving you a healthier, more beautiful smile. But just like like anything you have to work for, there are sacrifices that must be made in order to make sure the process goes smoothly.

So to make your life easier, we’ve put together a bucket list of things to do BEFORE you get your braces on.

1. Chew (sugarfree) gum. Blow lots of bubbles.
2. Hit the grocery and candy store. You’ll want to enjoy your favorite hard and chewy foods one last time (for a while): things like carrots, beef jerky, taffy, pizza crust, bagels, popcorn, hard candy, nuts, and seeds.
3. Run your tongue along your teeth--you won’t get to feel the smoothness of them for a while. In fact, when some patients get their braces off, they’re so not used to feeling their teeth that they say they feel “slimy”!
4. Stock up on braces-friendly foods sooner, rather than later. If you do your research on what you can eat and find some good recipes, it will make the transition easier.
5. Buy a nice soft toothbrush and pick out a pretty one: you’ll be spending a lot of time with it (about 2-5 minutes a few times a day) brushing your teeth with braces.

Getting your braces on is an exciting time. But it will also take some adjustments, including giving up some of the things you love now. It won’t last forever, and in the end it will be worth it. So stick it out--we believe in you!

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10 facts about Earth Day to get you inspired to celebrate!

April 14th, 2015

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This year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Millions of people all around the world will participate in parades and marches, plant trees, collect garbage, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions, and plan for a better future for our planet. We encourage every single one of our patients and their families to participate, too! Here are some fun facts to get you ready.

1. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. It originated in the US but became recognized worldwide by 1990.
2. On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
3. In an Earth Day celebration in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.
4. In Panama, 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent their extinction in honor of Earth Day.
5. It takes 90% less energy to recycle aluminum cans than to make new ones.
6. Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1 million sea creatures every year.
7. The amount of wood and paper thrown away annually is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.
8. Only 27% of newspapers in the U.S. are recycled. If they were all recycled it would save one quarter of a billion trees every year.
9. The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for 4 hours.
10. The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati- one of the poorest places on Earth — was the first country to declare its land uninhabitable due to sea level rise from climate change, and has asked for help in evacuating its population.

Most importantly of all, It’s up to YOU to save the planet!

There are many things you can do today (and every day from now on) to celebrate Earth Day. Comment on our Facebook page and tell us what you’re doing to help the environment!

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