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TIPS TO KEEP TEETH STAIN FREE AND WHITE

Tips To Keep Teeth Stain Free and White

Each day we eat and drink things that can easily stain our naturally white smile. Drinks such as coffee, red wine, tea, soda, and sports drinks can cause teeth discoloration. Certain foods such as berries, grapes, and candies can also turn your pearly whites a different shade over time. 

Here are a few tips to keep your teeth white and your smile confident.

BRUSH YOUR TEETH MORE
This may seem like a no brainer. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day. However, if you eat or drink something which could stain your teeth, then a quick brush right after can help fight against any stain causing agents.

FLOSS. FLOSS. FLOSS.
This is one task that many people skip. However, flossing is just as important as brushing when it comes to keeping your teeth and gums healthy and clean. Flossing can also help keep your teeth white. How? Plaque build up attracts stains. By flossing on a regular basis, you are getting rid of plaque and keeping it from building up; therefore, you are preventing stains that can change the color of your teeth.

USE A STRAW
If you are truly worried about a drink possibly changing the color of your teeth, then try using a straw. By using a straw, you are sending liquid to the back of your mouth.

DRINK MORE WATER
Not only is drinking more water better for your body but it is also great for your teeth. Drinking water with and in between meals is a great way to wash away stain causing food and drinks.  

DR. REESE OFFERS PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING
When you can’t get your teeth the shade of white you desire, you can get them professionally whitened. Dr. Reese uses a tray whitening system known as Kor Whitening. There are three different levels of this teeth whitening system to help you achieve the level of white you desire.

Whitening trays are custom fabricated to fit each individual’s mouth in order for the trays to be sealed at the gum line. This prevents bleach/teeth whitening product from leaking out and saliva from getting into the trays. Visit our Whitening and Bleaching page to learn more about the Kor Whitening system and why it’s considered the most reliable and effective whitening system developed.

REQUEST YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH DR. REESE TODAY
If you are looking for a dentist in Mountain Home, Arkansas, Reese Family Dentistry is a great choice for the entire family. Our office provides a complete line of services including teeth whitening, routine dental exams, orthodontics, dentures, and so much more.

Give us a call at (870) 424-5900 or REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT online by clicking here



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4 REASONS YOU SHOULD GET BRACES AS AN ADULT

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Are you over the age of 21? Are you on the fence about getting braces as an adult? You are not alone. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult.

Why are so many adults opting to get braces? In addition to getting the smile they have always wanted, many adults are choosing braces for a variety of different reasons. Here are just a few.

BRACES ARE NOW MORE AFFORDABLE AND LESS NOTICEABLE
Today’s braces are not as bulky as they were years ago. And with advances in technology, the time it takes to get straighter teeth has been shortened. Today’s braces also come in a variety of different material to help fit the needs and the lifestyle of many adults. Ceramic braces are great for those who don’t want their braces to be easily noticed. They are translucent and blend in with the patient’s own teeth.

Braces are also more affordable than they were years ago. Although most dental insurance doesn’t offer to pay for adult orthodontics, there are companies who offer credit for these types of services such as Care Credit. You can call our office at Reese Family Dentistry to learn more about our financing options.

BRACES CAN HELP FIX ORAL HEALTH ISSUES
In addition to creating a beautiful smile, braces and other adult orthodontic treatments can help fix a number of oral health issues.

Some issues include:
- Issues with eating or speaking due to a bad, misaligned over or under bite
- Gum disease and tooth decay caused by overly crowded teeth
- Jaw pain, headaches, and pressure caused by crooked or misaligned teeth

Fixing the above issues by straightening your teeth not only helps the issue you are having but also decreases the risk of future problems with your teeth and overall oral health.

TEETH CAN SHIFT AT ANY AGE
Even though many adults had braces as kids, some notice that their teeth have moved or shifted as they have gotten older. This can be due to several factors. However, neglect to wear a retainer after orthodontic treatment is the number one reason.

Teeth may also shift due to health, an accident, or delayed growth. Adults who once had straight teeth as a child or young adult may find themselves with crooked or misaligned teeth as they get older. Getting adult braces as an adult can help you get back your perfect smile.

PEOPLE ARE LIVING LONGER AND ARE OPTING FOR ADULT ORTHODONTICS
People are living longer and are doing more to keep their teeth. In fact, it is not uncommon for adults in their 40s and 50s to get orthodontic treatments. People are taking care of their teeth and choosing to straighten and align them properly to make them stronger so that they can keep their teeth longer. 

GIVE REESE FAMILY DENTISTRY A CALL TODAY AND GET ON THE ROAD TO A STRAIGHTER SMILE!
Since every patient is different, and everyone has specific orthodontic needs, Dr. Reese will customize your orthodontic treatment plan to meet your needs. 

Don’t go another day without the smile you have always wanted. Take the first step by scheduling your no-cost initial orthodontic evaluation. Give us a call at (870)424-5900 or request an appointment online by filling out and submitting our online form. You can find it by clicking HERE



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THUMBSUCKING AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOUR CHILD’S TEETH

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Are you constantly pulling your child’s thumb from their mouth? Trying to break the thumb sucking habit can be difficult. In fact, this is one habit that many babies develop before they are even born. Babies sucking their thumb is a normal habit due to its soothing abilities.  

However, if your “baby” is still sucking their thumb after they reach the age of three, there are some issues that may come up later with their overall oral health.

POSSIBLE ISSUES CAUSED BY PROLONGED THUMBSUCKING
It may seem unreal that such an innocent act of sucking on the thumb can cause major issues with the teeth, gums, jaw, and the child’s facial form. Here are just a few issues that can be caused from prolonged thumb sucking:

- A permanent overbite or underbite
- Teeth that slant outwards
- Speech issues
- Misaligned jaw

SOLUTIONS TO THUMBSUCKING
While many toddlers give up pacifiers and thumb sucking on their own, there are still many who have created a hard-to-break habit. When it comes to breaking the habit, there are a few things you can try to help your little one out.

Positive Reinforcement - Instead of scolding a child for sucking their thumb, try explaining to them why it’s not a good idea. Give them praises for not sucking their thumb for long periods of time or giving them a small treat. Since thumb sucking is considered a way that most kids self-soothe or manage anxiety, yelling or giving harsh punishments only creates more pressure and anxiety and only encourages the child’s need and desire to keep sucking their thumb.

Get Creative - If your child is older, talk with them about possible ways to stop sucking on their thumb. Have them help with deciding on a way to stop the habit such as putting a sock on their hand at night or putting a bandage on their thumb.

Get Help From the Experts - In extreme cases, a dentist or pediatrician may prescribe medication to put on your child’s thumb. The bitter taste will help keep thumbs out of the mouth. There are also oral devices and appliances that your dentist can offer to keep the thumb physically out of the mouth.

VISIT DR. REESE TODAY!
Starting your child early with visits to the dentist is very important. Dr. Reese can monitor and examine your child’s mouth as they grow and reinforce good dental habits. In addition to offering routine dental services, Dr. Reese also offers Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment to his patients. If thumb sucking has created an issue, a treatment plan can be created specifically for your child. Making an appointment is easy. You can give our office a call at (870) 424-5900 or request an appointment online by clicking here



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HELP! MY GUMS ARE BLEEDING!

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Like many people, you begin your morning routine with brushing and hopefully flossing your teeth. Halfway through your routine, you notice something is a little different. There is a very small amount of blood in the sink. You rinse and go about your day. However, the next time you brush, you notice your gums are irritated and bleeding. What is causing your gums to bleed?

There are several different reasons for your gums to become irritated and begin bleeding. Here are a few of the top reasons why your gums are bleeding and what you can do about it.

GINGIVITIS: THE FIRST STAGE OF GUM DISEASE

When plaque builds up near the gum line and is not removed when brushing and flossing, gums can become inflamed and irritated. Because of this, you may notice blood in the sink after brushing or flossing. Although gingivitis is painless, not doing something about it can lead to periodontal disease which may affect other parts of the body and overall health.

SMOKING
You may have the best oral hygiene of anyone you know, but if you smoke, there are other factors that play a role in causing your gums to bleed. Tobacco has additional toxins that when inhaled via smoke can be difficult to remove. When these toxins build up near the gum line, they can cause inflammation and bleeding gums. Calling it quits on your tobacco use can work wonders on your oral health.

POOR ORAL HYGIENE
Unless you have been properly taught about oral hygiene, there is a chance that your choice of oral hygiene methods are causing your gums to bleed. Are you brushing too hard? Are you brushing enough? Are you flossing? Is your oral hygiene routine consistent? Brushing too hard can cause trauma to your gums and cause them to bleed. Also, if you are not consistent with brushing and flossing, you may notice bleeding gums when you push yourself to be better with taking care of your teeth and gums.

OTHER REASONS
As stated earlier, there are several reasons that can cause your gums to bleed. Some of the other culprits behind bleeding gums are medications, fluctuations in hormones, stress, poor diet, genetics, and an unbalanced bite.

HOW TO “FIX” BLEEDING GUMS
First and foremost, commit to a consistent oral hygiene schedule of brushing and flossing your teeth. You can invest in tools such as an electric toothbrush or a water pick for flossing. However, the very best thing you can do about your bleeding gums is to visit your dentist every six months or as suggested by Dr. Reese. Routine visits to get your teeth cleaned and examined will help you know what is going on inside of your mouth and how you can fix any issues that arise. 

You wouldn’t just ignore your head bleeding after brushing your hair, so don’t ignore your bleeding gums. You can request an appointment online by clicking here or by giving us a call at (870) 424-5900 to schedule your appointment to see Dr. Reese. 




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THE DANGERS OF DIY BRACES

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The DIY trend has taken over everything from home decor to car repairs to clothing design. And now, the DIY trend is making its way through the field of orthodontics with DIY braces.

The recent DIY trend of creating your own braces was sparked by a video posted on YouTube when a young teen demonstrated how she closed her gap using rubber bands she purchased from the drug store. The video became popular and other similar videos followed. New businesses even started selling “gap” bands online. However, many who tried the DIY technique soon discovered the hard way that using bands to straighten teeth is a very bad and painful idea.

JUST SAY “NO”
Not only is the act of using bands to straighten teeth a bad idea. It’s a very, very bad idea. Using elastic bands or “gap” bands can cause permanent damage. As pressure from the bands moves up the tooth, they begin putting pressure on the root. In many cases, this has caused the tooth to come out completely. There are also many cases out there where the bands have slipped from the tooth and moved under the gums requiring surgery and even removal of the tooth in some cases in order to remove the bands completely. In addition to tooth loss, using bands to straighten your teeth can have other negative effects.

-Tooth discoloration
-Inflamed and/or infected gums
-Bone loss
-Root Damage

This trend has become so concerning to dentists around the country that the American Journal of Orthodontics has issued a consumer alert on the use of the “gap” bands in an effort to educate people on the dangers and prevent serious problems from occurring.

WHY FACE-TIME IS IMPORTANT
Meeting face-to-face with a dentist that has advanced orthodontic training and experience is more important than you think. They can take x-rays, assess the degree of your overall oral health, and take note of any major issues such as an extreme overbite. This helps the dentist put together a special treatment plan that is just right for you. During the course of the orthodontic treatment, you will have regular face-to-face visits so that your dentist can make any necessary adjustments.

Having face-to-face time is important for many different reasons. Dentists with advanced orthodontic training and experience go through years of school in order to give each patient the precise treatment they need to straighten their teeth. Each person is different; therefore, each treatment is different and seeing you in person is the only way to make sure your treatment is doing what it needs to do to create a beautiful smile.

REESE FAMILY DENTISTRY CAN HELP
Remember, you only get one set of adult teeth, so take care of them. If you would like to learn more about the process of braces and what that would look like for you, please contact our office today at (870) 424-5900 or click Request an Appointment. We would be happy to schedule your no cost initial orthodontic evaluation and get you on the path to a straighter smile. 



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