Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick-or-Treat with Vardy Orthodontics!

It’s Halloween – time for costumes, candy, and fun. At Vardy Orthodontics we want you to enjoy every moment of your Halloween, including the sweets; but, if you have braces we encourage you to consider trading your hard/sticky/chewy candies with a friend or sibling for softer candies.

If you can’t find anybody willing to trade with, don’t worry, you can bring in your candy to Vardy Orthodontics for our Candy Buy Back Program! Come trade in your “braces breaking” candy for some softer chocolates and “braces safe” treats and sweets. Have a fun, safe Halloween – from our family to yours!

Halloween Safety Tips

• Young children should always be accompanied by an adult
• Carry a flashlight
• Wear a light-colored or reflective costume
• Choose face paint over masks for young ghosts and goblins
• Have an adult inspect all treats before the children dig in

Friday, October 24, 2008

Happy Halloween!

It’s almost Halloween, and at Vardy Orthodontics we can’t wait! On October 31st, things get spooky here on 130th W. 78th Street when the entire block is closed off and trick-or-treaters take over! Ghosts, goblins and ghouls, along with our dental hygienists, appointment schedulers, orthodontic insurance specialists, and Dr. Vardy will be there, in costume, to hand out chocolate and glow-in-the-dark toothbrushes.

While you’re out and about on Halloween, be sure and stop by Vardy Orthodontics at 130 West 78th Street; New York, NY 10024. We’d love to see your costume and we look forward to joining you for another frighteningly fun, and safe, Halloween!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Regular Checkups are Important

Are you brushing your teeth twice a day? If yes, that’s great; but, don’t forget that it’s also important to visit the dentist every six months in addition to brushing your teeth a couple times a day. Regular dental checkups are important for maintaining good oral health.

Your dentist can:

• Check for problems that might not be seen or felt

• Detect cavities and early signs of decay

• Treat oral health problems early

• Show your child how to properly brush and floss their teeth

During an oral exam the doctor will check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue. Checkups will also include a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing. If you have not been to the dentist in the last six months, it’s time for you to schedule an appointment!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Good Breath Gone Bad!

Bad breath can be a real downer, especially when you are out on a date with that girl or boy you’ve had a crush on all semester! However, bad breath can be prevented!

Bad breath, or as your doctor may call it “halitosis,” is caused by odor-producing bacteria that grows in your mouth. This bacteria gathers on bits of food in your mouth and between your teeth and release sulfur compounds making your breath smell. Some foods, like garlic and onions, may contribute more to bad breath because of oils the food the food releases, and smoking is also a major cause of bad breath.

There are several myths around bad breath. Here are some common myths and the truth behind it all:

Myth #1: Mouthwash will make my breath smell better

Mouthwash will make your breath smell better, but it is only a temporary fix. If you use mouthwash, just know that you will still need to brush and floss when you get the chance as mouthwash alone will not kill all of the bacteria producing germs in your mouth. When choosing a mouthwash, pick an antiseptic with plaque-reducing compounds. Also make sure any dental products you choose comes with the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval!

Myth #2: I brush my teeth; I will never have bad breath

Brushing your teeth will save you from having breath, but the truth is most people only brush their teeth for about 30-45 seconds! You need to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes, twice a day to give your teeth a thorough cleansing. It’s also important to brush your tongue, which is where a majority of odor causing bacteria like to hang out. Lastly, flossing to remove food and plaque between the teeth will also help reduce your chances of having bad breath!

Myth #3: If I don’t smell it, then my breath is fresh

This is a false assumption in every sense of the word! The truth is that the breath you breathe out is not the same breath coming out when you talk to someone. When you breathe you are not using your throat as you do when you are talking; and when you talk more breath moves over the back of your mouth where bacteria is causing bad breath.

#1 TRUTH: Brush your teeth twice a day (for at least 2 minutes), floss at least once and visit your dentist every six months…this way your breath will always be fresh! Not letting your nerves get the best of you on your date? That’s up to you!!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

$1.50 for a Cavity

Vending machines are a quick way to satisfy hunger. You put in $1.50 and you get back a candy bar, bag of chips or even a soda…but that’s not all! Vending machines not only dispense sweet treats and caffeine bursts, but they also dispense cavities!

Every time you chow down on that chocolate bar the bacteria in your mouth have a party feasting on the sugar. The sugar quickly turns into acid; that’s right, ACID!!! The acid sits on your teeth and eats away at the tooth’s natural enamel (the stuff that protects your tooth from decay). When this enamel is eaten away by the acid on your tooth, you get a cavity! Brushing your teeth after eating a sugary treat can help prevent cavities; but before you indulge remind yourself: “can’t brush? Hold the sugar!”

When choosing a snack, consider these nutritional options that will not only satisfy your hunger and that “sweet tooth”, but won’t cause acid build up resulting in cavities.

Here are some savory options!

• Fresh Fruits (berries, oranges, melon, pears, etc)

• Raw Vegetables (broccoli, celery, carrots, etc)


Pretzels (low salt)

Milk (low or non-fat)

Cheese (low or non-fat)

Nuts and seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc)

Sliced meat