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Smile, it’s Good for Your Health

What does a great smile have in common with good physical and mental health? Quite a bit, and at Hatcher Orthodontics we are very aware of the connection. We see people every day who are interested in improving their smiles. There is however, much more to that great smile than meets the eye. The importance of having your teeth and gums in the best dental health possible has a huge impact on your general health. If your teeth do not fit together correctly or you have missing teeth, it is more difficult to chew your food properly and this can affect your digestion and overall health. Not feeling well physically can have quite an effect on your mental health and not feeling well mentally can have an adverse effect on your physical well-being.

Let’s not forget about how that smile makes you feel. At Hatcher Orthodontics, there is nothing more rewarding than to see the smiles of our patients when they get their braces off. Smiles become easy and this is where the mental attitude changes and they are aware of the benefits of a great smile! It is so rewarding to give someone a smile and have one returned. When you are happy and that happiness comes through in a smile, it makes those around you happy and smile. Before you know it, the original smile has become contagious!

No matter your age, having a wonderful smile and feeling good about yourself is of great benefit to your overall well-being. Great smiles and good dental health will last a lifetime and will provide the benefits needed for both your physical and mental health that will also last a lifetime.

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Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.
~ Author Unknown

End of Summer

As summer draws to a close, Labor day is the  last chance to slip away.  Back to school sales and barbecues are the norm for Labor Day weekend, but lets not forget what this holiday is really about.  It pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Labor Day was made a federal holiday in 1894 by Grover Cleveland.

 

We hope everyone enjoys their Labor Day Weekend! Take the following quotes with you as you begin your school year and go back to work after the long weekend.

~”Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” -Confucious

~”There is no substitute for hard work.” -Thomas Edison

~Without labor nothing prospers.”-Sophocles

Be sure to checkout our Labor Day Board on Pinterest!!

DID YOU KNOW?

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Created by  Mark A. Hicks, illustrator.

 

  • Every person has a set of teeth as unique as his or her fingerprints, and even the “dental fingerprints” of identical twins are different
  • Children begin to develop their primary teeth 6 weeks after conception while in their mother’s womb.
  • People don’t chew up and down; they chew side to side just like cows chew!
  • Teeth are the hardest substance in the human body.
  • If you’re right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
  • Every person has a unique tongue print.
  • The “sixth sick sheikh’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
  • You have 9000 taste buds on your tongue.
  • Although 90% of your taste buds are located on your tongue, the other 10% are found on the insides of your cheeks and your palate
  •  The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva (spit) in a lifetime. That is enough saliva to fill 2 swimming pools!
  • A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 mph!
  • In early America, blacksmiths often also served as dentists. How about a tooth filling to go with your new horse shoes?!
  • The Father of our country–George Washington– had several dentures made of hippopotamus, cow, walrus teeth and elephant’s tusks.
  • George Washington had only one tooth left in his mouth when he was inaugurated as the first President of the United States in 1789.

 

Tongue:

  • When damaged or injured, your tongue heals faster than any other part of your body.
  • Bad breath commonly comes from bacteria and debris on your tongue.
  • Your tongue is made up of mostly skeletal muscle tissue and is the strongest muscle in the body.
  • A Giraffe’s tongue is 14-20 inches long.
  • In Tibet it is polite to stick out your tongue.
  • How big is a blue whales tongue? About the size and weight of an elephant!
  • How can you tell when a gorilla is angry? It sticks its tongue out.
  • Butterflies taste with their feet.

 

Brushing and Flossing…

  • Earliest record of a toothbrush was found in Chinese literature about 1600 AD.
  • The natural bristles of early toothbrushes were taken from the necks and shoulders of swine, especially pigs living in colder climates like Siberia and China. The first nylon bristles were introduced in 1938 replacing the natural swine bristles.
  • First floss was made of silk by Levi Spear Parmly, a New Orleans dentist in the early 1800s.
  • You should replace your toothbrush at least every three months, and always after you have an episode of flu, cold or other viral infections. Notorious bacteria can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.
  • If you don’t floss you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces.
  • You should brush for 2 minutes – most people brush for only 45 seconds.
  • 6 is the magic number–magic number of feet away from your toilet you should store your toothbrush in order to avoid airborne particles from toilet flushing making their way to your bristles, yuck!
  • The common practice of placing a cap on your toothbrush is actually more detrimental–bacteria favor the moist environment, which increases reproduction.

 Smiling…

  • It takes 17 muscles to smile but 43 to frown.
  • The average woman smiles about 62 times a day! A man? Only 8!
  • Kids laugh around 400 times a day. Grown-ups just 15.
  • 50% of people surveyed say that a person’s smile is the first physical trait they notice.
  • Smiling… lowers your heart rate, fights stress, relieves pain–smiling releases endorphin’s which are natural painkillers.

 

Braces…

  • The first braces were constructed by Pierre Fauchard in 1728 in France . These braces consisted of a flat strip of metal connected to the teeth by pieces of thread.
  • Metal braces do not set off metal detectors, nor can they pick up radio transmissions!
  • Having braces does NOT increase your risk of getting hit by lightning!

 

Check out the National Museum of Dentistry for more dental history!!

Day of Rest

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Relaxation…”what is this word?”, some of you may be asking.  It is a time where we take a break from our crazy lives,  to do absolutely NOTHING.  I know this concept can be scary for some of us but relaxing is good for your mind and body.

“Sometimes we all need a reminder to take a deep breath, shift our eyes from the LED screen and re-examine the world around us. As a millennial—a member of the generation everyone says is always glued to his or her devices—I can attest to the sometimes exhausting energy it takes to be “on” all the time while being plugged in to social networking.” ~Mike Montano

Today is National Relaxation Day so schedule part of your time today to RELAX!!  You only have one rule to follow: Avoid stressful activities.

Take time to let your mind rest and your body heal.  Do a little dreaming if you dare. Reflect on the things that are important. Take time for yourself so you can appreciate all the things that are good in life.

 

Our Ideas for Relaxing:

Do nothing

Take a long walk

Take pictures of wildlife

Spend time at the beach

Gardening

Float in the pool

Read a book

Spend time with pets

Have  a picnic

Listen to music

Go to a movie

Chill with family/friends

Go Fishing

How Do Braces Work?

 

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Braces are impressive little gadgets and over time, they move your teeth.  But, how do they do it?  Great question!  The teeth move when light pressure is applied by the braces over a period of time.  For this to occur, there are several different tools that are needed.

 

Each of your teeth has a different size and shape to them, as do the brackets.  Each bracket is custom-made for the particular tooth on which it’s supposed to fit.  The bracket holds the wire in place.   It is the wire that actually moves your teeth into position.  Many of the new high-tech wires are made from a material that has “memory”.  When the wire is distorted from its natural U shape, the memory in the wire restores itself allowing the wire to return to its natural state, moving your teeth with it.  Initially, when your braces are placed, the first few wires will typically be this very flexible memory wire.  Although the wire is small, it is strong enough to apply a constant and gentle force to move your teeth.  With these memory wires, most of your appointments can be scheduled six to ten weeks apart.  As your teeth straighten, your wires will get progressively thicker and firmer to help continue to move your teeth for an ideal bite.  In most cases, additional tools like rubber bands, appliances, and springs are needed to achieve the perfect result.

 

With the modern technology available today, Invisalign® takes a different approach to straightening teeth. It uses a series of clear aligners created just for you, as designed by our doctors. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Your teeth will gradually shift into place while wearing the aligners.  You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. Dr. Hatcher and Dr. Jones will be able to discuss which type of treatment is relevant for you during your initial complimentary consultation.

Your experience with Hatcher Orthodontics will be memorable not only from the first visit, but throughout your entire treatment.