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Are You Over Brushing Your Braces?

lifestyle portrait of young attractive white man with blue eyes at home bathroom brushing tooth with toothbrush energically looking at himself on toilet mirror in dental health care conceptHave you ever had that awkward experience when you drink a cold beverage and immediately feel a sharp pain in your teeth? You’re not alone. In fact, one in eight people has this same problem with tooth sensitivity. So what’s the cause? Believe it or not, tooth sensitivity such as this doesn’t have anything to do with cavities or even braces, the most common cause is brushing with too much force.

The Effects of Brushing Too Hard

Before, during and after undergoing orthodontic treatment, the concept of brushing your teeth regularly was drilled into your brain as the best way to maintain good oral health and hygiene. While some take this advice and brush as recommended (every morning, every night and shortly after each meal), some people translate this to mean that they should be brushing more aggressively. This is NOT the case. Read More

How to Survive Thanksgiving with Braces

Maple Glazed Turkey DinnerIf you’re a fan of food like we are (and really, who isn’t?), then Thanksgiving just might be one of your favorite holidays. Not only do you get to spend time with the ones you love, but you can also eat all the foods you might not get to eat as often.

So how do you enjoy the same joys of Thanksgiving while wearing your braces? To help you navigate the serving tables at your Thanksgiving gatherings this year, we at Elliott Orthodontics have a few tips for getting through all three courses.Read More

Announcing Our “Pam The Peppy Pumpkin” Contest Winner!

Incredible! We asked our patients to guess the weight of our temporary autumnal office mascot, Pam the Peppy Pumpkin. Our patient Lily was right on the nose… Pam clocks in at 17.2 pounds.

Lily’s prize is a $25 Amazon gift card! Congrats to Lily, thank you to all our patients who entered the contest with a guess, and Pam… thank you for your service!

Pam is headed back to her patch, but we’ve got more fun office events coming up soon! Keep checking our contests page!

What Happens When We Swallow Gum?

Little girl blows bubble gum bubbleDr. Douglas Elliott and his team at Elliott Orthodontics want to dispel an urban legend about chewing gum: if you swallow a wad of gum, it does not sit in your stomach for seven years. In most cases, actually, not even seven days. Chewing gum, although not meant to be swallowed, passes harmlessly through the digestive system and is excreted in the same manner as everything else we eat.

There is some truth to the myth, however: chewing gum is not digested. It contains resins, sometimes natural and sometimes synthetic, which our bodies cannot break down. Gum is simply passed along our digestive tract.

In rare cases, excessive amounts of swallowed gum can lead to constipation and intestinal blockage in young children. But parents need not be alarmed. Young children are not more susceptible to complications involving swallowed gum; young children are simply the only people who might swallow enough gum to cause digestive problems. Kids often forget or may not understand that gum is for chewing and not swallowing.

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