Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Perfect Fit

Do you have a hard time finding meals that are fit for your braces and your appetite? Don’t’re not alone.  More than four million children and adults wear braces and they understand the difficulty of eating certain meals with braces. Because of this, we decided to find a few recipes that will give a new meaning to "comfort food" if you wear braces.

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This Italian-style grilled cheese sandwich tastes of summer. Not only is it delicious, the recipe is fast and easy so you can get back to those summer outdoor activities. 

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This recipe is for those families who have people that ask for seconds. Not only is it a crowd-pleaser, but it can be whipped up in just one pan in about 30 minutes!  

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This recipe does take some prep time, but come on...bacon and buffalo style chicken mixed with Macaroni and Cheese...need we say more. All the prep time in the world will not matter once this amazing dish touches your taste buds.

These 3 meals aren’t just delicious, they’re braces friendly. Do you have any braces friendly recipes or dinner ideas to share with us? Leave a comment below or post one on our Facebook wall!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Wash Up

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Mouthwash is an essential part of your oral hygiene routine, especially when being treated by an orthodontist.  The process of using mouthwash seems pretty simple...right? Swig, swish, gargle, spit.  But, what most people don’t know is not all mouthwash is created equal. 

The next time you’re ready to buy mouthwash make sure you know your mouthwash and the differences between cosmetic mouthwashes and therapeutic mouthwashes.  Just like toothpastes, there are different types of mouthwashes to do different things for your mouth. This is why it’s important to know the key differences between cosmetic & therapeutic mouthwashes.  
Cosmetic Mouthwashes act as a mask for bad breath or help whiten teeth.  Similar to a mint, cosmetic mouthwashes will merely cover your bad breath and give you a more agreeable taste in your mouth.  Aside from that, there are also some cosmetic mouthwashes that help give you a brighter whiter smile.   

Therapeutic Mouthwashes have clinical purposes for oral hygiene that go beyond masking the smell of your breath.  Therapeutic mouthwashes serve to fight plaque, attack bacteria, and strengthen teeth with fluoride making them a better choice for our patients at Lenz Orthodontics

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When buying therapeutic mouthwash, be sure to look for the American Dental Association “Seal of Acceptance” logo on the bottle.  All products that feature this logo have been evaluated by experts and approved to meet the safety and standards of effectiveness. Also, be sure to read the instructions very thoroughly and choose the best one for your specific needs.  

Fluoride-based Mouthwash: Fluoride exists in most toothpaste and in some tap water. For this reason, it is usually an unnecessary ingredient. Nevertheless, it protects against cavities and strengthens enamel.  

Alcoholbased Mouthwash: Alcohol kills bacteria and viruses harshly. It dries out the mouth, aggravates cuts or burns, and exacerbates inflammation. Anyone with sensitivities should avoid alcohol-based mouthwashes and seek natural ingredients like aloe.  

Antibacterial Mouthwash: Without alcohol or with a smaller quantity, antibacterial mouthwash fights infections and minimizes the risk of gum disease. Some patients will receive a prescription for such rinses after surgery. 

Making sure you gargle and rinse with mouthwash as an additional part of your oral hygiene routine is an essential step to getting the smile of your dreams. If you are uncertain what therapeutic mouthwash applies to your needs, ask Dr. Lenz and his staff for help at your next appointment.