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Dairy Products are healthy for teethAs kids we all remember hearing our parents or grandparents remind us that dairy products help build strong bones and teeth. But did you also know that milk and dairy products in general help can assist in improving your oral health and lowering your risk for gum disease?

A Winning Combination: Nutrition and Dental Health

Brushing and flossing in combination with regular visits to your dentist are all effective ways to prevent cavities. But a healthy mouth also requires a balanced diet, especially during orthodontic treatment!. The recommended daily serving of 2 – 4 servings of milk or dairy products per day provides a continuous supply of calcium and other bone building nutrients that aid in protecting tooth enamel and also the prevention of bone and tooth loss.Read more on Dairy Products and Your Teeth…

Childrens dental health month Hess Ortho Riverview FLThe National Children’s Center Health Month campaign in February brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and others to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, caregivers, teachers, and many others each year.

This year’s the 2014 NCDHM campaign features the slogan “Join the Super Smile Team!”. The program first started almost 75 years ago in Ohio as a one day event. Since then, the concept has grown into a nationwide program that is promoted for the entire month of February throughout the country.Read more on Hess Orthodontics Proudly Sponsors Children’s Dental Health Month in 2014…

Valentines Day Hess Ortho Riverview FLThis Valentine’s Day, falling in love with your smile has never been easier. There is no way to measure the magnitude of a healthy, beautiful smile. If you are looking for that special gift to treat yourself that allows you to become the best possible version of yourself, orthodontic treatment is a great way to love yourself.

The look of your smile can affect your level of satisfaction and happiness in life. If you are uncomfortable smiling because of crowding, spacing, or are embarrassed how your smile looks … can improve self-esteem and benefit social and career success.Read more on Fall in Love with a New Smile at Hess Orthodontics…

Clenching and grinding of teethDental or Orthodontic Splints are devices that are used when patients suffer from certain types of dental problems. These problems include TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint disorder, common snoring, sleep apnea, and teeth grinding (bruxism).

In orthodontics, a “splint” is designed to fit on top of the upper or lower teeth. Treatment varies based on each patient’s individualize needs and is most often used to stabilize the teeth and/or jaws to alleviate discomfort. A TMJ splint may be used prior to placement of braces to help alleviate discomfort if the problem is a result of a bad bite or be used during orthodontics to open the bite. It is also used upon completion of orthodontic treatment if a patient is neurologically prone to grinding. In this scenario, the splint may also act as a retainer.Read more on SPLINTS ARE FOR MORE THAN JUST BROKEN BONES…….