The Environmental Working Group researchers recently ranked more than 1500 #cereals by their total #sugar content, total weight and compared the findings with guidelines issued by federal health agencies and other organizations. What is most disturbing is that they also re-evaluated the list of 84 popular cereals evaluated in 2011 for comparison. Results… not one on the 2011 “worst” list had lowered its sugar content over the last three years.

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Wisdom teeth are officially known as the third molars, and they are the last teeth to come in. They typically break through the surface of the skin, or erupt, between the ages of 13 and 20.
Wisdom teeth can sometimes be impacted, which means they cannot break through the gum tissue. When the mouth or jaw is too small to accommodate the teeth, this can happen. They can become infected when impacted, and some dentists and orthodontists may want to remove them as prophylaxis to prevent potential problems.

To Remove or Not to Remove?

Your dentist or orthodontist will tell you that sometimes wisdom teeth will come in the wrong way, either tilting in the jaw, or sideways. If the mouth is too small to accommodate them, they most likely will become impacted. The gum flap above an impacted wisdom tooth may be become swollen or infected, causing pain. A potentially dangerous infection that can occur in the gum area around an impacted tooth is pericoronitis. If the pericoronitis is severe, the swelling and infection may extend beyond the jaw to the cheeks and neck.

Each patient has individual circumstances, so your dentist or orthodontist will base their decision to remove accordingly. Give us a call today to learn more about wisdom teeth and orthodontic treatment!cosmetic-dentistry2

Considering orthodontic treatment to create the beautiful smile you always dreamed of? It is a big decision and one that requires research if you are considering Invisalign as an alternative to traditional braces. Both will lead to your new smile, but the roads traveled are quite different.

Braces vs Invisalign

Everyone is familiar with braces that are available in both metal and clear ceramic brackets so let’s just discuss Invisalign. One of the primary reasons people choose Invisalign is that they are self-conscious about wearing braces and the aligners are nearly undetectable when worn. Most people won’t even notice you are wearing them. And, contrary to belief or despite what you have heard, your speech sounds fine to others in a very short period of time once you get used to wearing the Invisalign aligner.Read more on A Question of Invisalign or Braces…

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Braces or Invisalign treatment are often supplemented with rubberbands, or elastics, to help your course of orthodontic treatment achieve the perfect bite. They provide the additional force needed to nudge your teeth in the right direction, and can be a super helpful part of your treatment regimen to achieve perfectly aligned pearly whites! Rubberbands are typically worn for several months, and as with any other aspect of treatment, each patient is different and your elastics routine will be tailored to what is best for you. They are attached from one bracket to the next, and can initially cause teeth tenderness in some cases. Your orthodontist will instruct you how to attach elastics to your braces in a certain configuration or shape.

Elastics come in different shapes and sizes, and your orthodontist will determine the specifi