October doesn’t just ring in the spooky fall season but also the possibility for better oral health! October is important to our team because it’s Orthodontic Health Month. At Igel Orthodontics in Omaha, Nebraska, we love straightening teeth to help our patients get the look, functionality and easier daily oral hygiene care they desire from getting their pearly whites in order. Aligned teeth make brushing and flossing a breeze, and we’re all about that!
By aligning the bite, orthodontics keeps your teeth, gums, and joints working smoothly because chewing is easier as it equalizes the bite force distribution over all of your teeth. Chronically misaligned teeth often end up bringing tooth loss, decay, gum disease, and jaw issues that harm your smile.
-Your teeth can’t fix themselves because of tooth enamel, the strongest part of your body, even harder than your skeleton.
-Every year your mouth secretes up to roughly 193 gallons of saliva, which seems like an awful lot of drool.
-Much like your fingerprints, your teeth are unique. This is why dental records are used to identify human remains (it’s October, so we’re expected to be a little spooky).
-While the #1 disease in the U.S. is the common cold, tooth decay is #2! But unlike a cold, tooth decay is completely preventable with proper care.
There is a lot to say about the benefits of orthodontic treatment on your physical as well as emotional health. Straight teeth look beautiful, boosting your self-esteem and confidence! You can chew your food easier and more thoroughly for improved digestion. Proper teeth alignment also lessens the risk of injury from bulging teeth. Brushing and flossing is a breeze, deterring cavities and gum disease. And finally, straighter teeth lessen speech impediments while also reducing the potential for grinding and chipping your chompers.
Celebrate Orthodontic Health Month With Us
-Make an appointment with our orthodontic team (consultations are complimentary). We look forward to evaluating your smile and offering you appropriate options for straightening your teeth and aligning your bite. Whatever orthodontic treatment you choose, whether clear ceramic braces or clear aligners, we offer options for all ages, from children to adults!
-Stay away from harmful foods like sweets and candy that can destroy your teeth. Use your chompers to eat healthy foods to give your body the nutrition it needs for stronger teeth and gums. If you like to indulge in Halloween goodies, please keep them to a minimum and clean your mouth well afterward to reduce harmful sugar residue.
-Drop some posts about your smile on social media. Be sure to use the hashtag #NationalOrthodonticHealthMonth in your posts to help spread awareness and share your orthodontic success story if you have one!
This Orthodontic Health Month, take the steps to improve your smile with orthodontics so that you can speak, chew and look your best for the ultimate in confidence (and ease in cleaning). If your children have crooked teeth or bite issues, this is a great time to have them checked out.
We can help with crowded or overlapping teeth, problems with jaw growth, tooth development (including decay), losing baby teeth prematurely, accidents or injuries and even habits like thumb sucking. Getting teeth straightened helps prevent oral complications later from poor brushing, nutrition, etc. from problem teeth. Give us a call today at (402) 330-1152. You and your family deserve healthy, beautiful smiles!