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Beyond Brushing To Avoid Plaque

September 18th, 2018

Go beyond simple brushing with PLAQUE HD

Plaque is sneaky and can build up without adequate oral hygiene, especially with the added difficulty of brushing with braces. So in addition to the common tips associated with good oral hygiene such as brushing twice a day, swishing after all meals and acidic/sweet drinks and flossing daily, plaque can still persist.

Finding the plaque in order to brush it away, however, is now easier than ever. Dr. Nathan Davis recommends using PLAQUE HD which is a professional plaque-identifying toothpaste. Using PLAQUE HD aids in discovering trouble spots so they can be taken care of before cavities and gum disease take hold.

When using Plaque HD, normal brushing techniques are used but instead of rinsing right after brushing, it's time to check for green areas which indicate plaque build up. Extra brushing in those areas will help to eliminate the extra plaque, making for fresher breath and cleaner mouth.

Ask Dr. Nathan Davis or any of the staff at your next appointment if PLAQUE HD is right for you. Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns at 480-969-8500. Your smile is depending on your good care!

Do Braces Cause White Spots

August 9th, 2018

Are you worried about getting white spots on your teeth while wearing braces?

Here's the scoop. Not every patient who has braces will get white spots - in fact it is quite rare. With proper hygiene white spots are unlikely and avoidable.

So What Causes White Spots?

When teeth aren't properly taken care of, bacteria form causing byproducts that wear away the teeth depleting necessary minerals. This demineralization leaves the affected area hollow and lighter in color - hence the "white spot" or discoloration. This can also cause the tooth to become rough and pitted.

How Can I Avoid Getting White Spots?

Reduce your chances of developing tooth discoloration while wearing braces by following these hygiene tips:

Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day to remove bacteria and plaque buildup that contribute to white spots.

Floss daily to remove bacteria between the teeth.

Use a fluoride mouthwash to maintain healthy mineralization.

Avoid foods high in sugar that cause bacteria growth and decrease eating and drinking acidic items. If you do eat or drink items from these categories, brush your teeth and rinse your mouth out as soon as possible.

Because your smile is as important to us as it is to you, please let us know if you have questions or concerns relative to this article or anything pertaining to the smile you were meant to have! Dr. Davis is truly an artist and enjoys creating trusting patient relationships with happy smiling results! Call us for a complimentary consultation with full x-rays at 480-969-8500.

 

We Love Our Familes

July 23rd, 2018

Congratulations to Our Patient Family - The Coppees

Our fascination with the Coppees began on July 2, 2018 in earnest when Bert brought his daughter Sylvie in for a regular orthodontic appointment. Our Mesa/Gilbert office was celebrating the 4th of July and Bert commented on our decorations - "I love America and I just passed the citizenship test!" His smile was so big and his voice so full of emotion that we just had to know the back story.
So Bert first came to America in January of 1996 from France. He then returned in 1999 for three weeks and then in 2000 to stay. He recalls wanting to live in America since he was a small child.  Realistically he knew it could be a challenge though, so his sites were set on Australia if America didn't work out.
Through sheer perseverance and optimism,  Bert was officially sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America on Friday the 13th (not an unlucky day after all) at 12:30 pm in downtown Phoenix. As shown below, Bert and his family have no problem showing their love and passion for the red, white and blue!
When asked what Bert's favorite U.S. tradition is he commented,
"Honestly, the 4th of July because I feel it was my independence from my own country and of course my love and appreciation for this country, Now I have it all. I like as well Thanksgiving."
When asked if he misses France, he said, "Yes and no, I miss of course my family the most. I haven't' seen my family, especially my sister, her husband and kids for almost 20 years. There are no days I don't think of them. I miss the baguette, the cheese, the pastry...well all the food that I can't find here. Then I love the French music, I am a drummer but we can find a lot of French music on the internet as well as French movie. There are so many I would love to see....they are very funny, well to me. :-)."
Congratulations Bertrand Coppee! We're glad to be a tiny part of your wonderful story and look forward to seeing you and Sylvie soon!

#DavisSmiles Summer Sunglasses Contest

June 18th, 2018

Summer Sunglasses Contest

This summer Nathan Davis Orthodontics wants to see your #DavisSmiles sunglasses selfie! Come into the office to get your sunglasses and take a selfie while wearing them around town this summer. Post your selfie to our Facebook to be entered into our drawing for prizes!

Here is how to enter: 
  1. Pick up a pair of #DavisSmiles sunglasses at our office
  2. Take a photo to show off your SUMMER SMILE
  3. Post your picture on Facebook using #DavisSmiles
  4. Be entered into a drawing for awesome prizes!

This contest runs June 10, 2018 - September 1, 2018. Be sure that you post your summer selfies with your #DavisSmile shades. We can not wait to see all of the fun pictures from our patients!

If you have any questions regarding this contest or anything else, please call the Nathan Davis Orthodontics office! We would be happy to answer them for you!