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By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 12/12/2017 8:23 AM

Thumb SuckingThumb and finger sucking habits are a perfectly natural way for babies and toddlers to soothe themselves. However, as a child grows there comes a point when this comforting habit can cause more harm than good.

While it is completely natural for children to engage in thumb sucking during the first few years of life, prolonging the habit could cause social awkwardness and damage to the jaw’s growth pattern.

By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 11/17/2017 9:18 AM

Just because your child won't keep his or her first set of teeth forever, doesn't mean those tiny pearly whites don't need conscientious care. Primary teeth (baby teeth) serve some extremely important functions. As your local Tucson orthodontics team, we believe maintaining your child's dental health from an early age will lead to health benefits that last throughout adulthood.

By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 10/5/2017 11:52 AM

At Doctor Smiles Orthodontics, it’s our mission to offer efficient and effective services that help our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.

As part of this commitment, we’re always happy to share information on how you and your family can maintain great dental and oral health. For example, for all those soon-to-be parents out there, did you know that there are steps you can take during pregnancy to ensure your child develops healthy teeth?

By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 9/13/2017 8:46 AM

Most people don’t associate teeth with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD). However, a 2012 study revealed that many children who are diagnosed with ADHD don’t really have the condition. Rather, their behavioral problems are actually due to sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD), such as sleep apnea.

The study, published by the journal Pediatrics, followed more than 11,000 children for six years, beginning from when they were 6 months old. The children who had SRBD were 40 to100 percent more likely than those without breathing issues to develop behavioral problems resembling ADHD by the age of 7.

By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 8/25/2017 7:37 AM
Braces can make maintaining thorough oral hygiene difficult. However, there are some best practices and special tools you can use to make your oral hygiene routine easy and efficient!

Brushing Basics Let's start with the basic brushing tools. Our orthodontist recommends choosing either a soft-bristle brush or a bi-level brush (a toothbrush that has shorter bristles in the middle and longer bristles at the edges). Used carefully, an electric toothbrush can also work. But be sure that the electric brush you select is set to a moderate power level whenever you use it, and be mindful of the vibrations. You don’t want the back of your brush to hit your brackets or braces.

Best Practices Dr. Marisela Bedoya and her orthodontics team...
By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 7/21/2017 7:19 AM
When you finish your orthodontic treatment, you are excited to be free of the appliances you’ve had to put up with—brackets, wires, aligners, and so on. However, while it is certainly important to revel in the freedom of your new smile, equally important is taking the necessary action to retain it. And that comes down to one word — retainers.

After completing orthodontic treatment under the care of Dr. Marisela Bedoya at Doctor Smiles Orthodontics, you will be prescribed a retainer that will be custom-made to fit your smile. Your orthodontist will give you instructions for how and when to wear this retainer, characterizing it as your “retention phase” of treatment. This phase will last for a minimum 12 months. But, while that is the prescribed time for the phase, it is truly recommended that you continue wearing your retainer past that. Maybe not with the same prescribed consistency your orthodontist initially...
By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 6/2/2017 12:20 AM

We all want a healthy, beautiful smile, but dental care goes beyond just helping teeth look good.At Doctor Smiles Orthodontics, we're proud to provide expert, high-quality orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages throughout the Tucson, AZ area. We believe everyone deserves a smile they feel proud of, and our trusted orthodontist Dr. Bedoya and her highly trained staff work with you to customize a comprehensive treatment plan that meets the needs of your lifestyle.

Aside from orthodontic treatment, there are many other aspects of dental care that we want to keep you aware of. One issue that is very common, for example, is tooth sensitivity.

By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 5/23/2017 12:01 AM

It's impossible to imagine the practice of dentistry without xray technology. Radiographs (x-ray pictures) allow dentists and orthodontists to diagnose and treat problems not yet visible to the naked eye, including early tooth decay, gum disease, abscesses, and abnormal growths.

By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 5/4/2017 11:55 PM

Gum Disease

Periodontal disease - more commonly known as gum disease - ranges from simple gum inflammation to serious disease symptoms that result in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth.

People usually don’t show signs of gum disease until they are in their 30s or 40s. Men are more likely to have gum disease than women. Although teenagers rarely develop periodontal disease, they can develop gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease.

By Doctor Smiles Orthodontics on 4/17/2017 12:17 AM

Everybody gets dry mouth now and then. Sometimes temporary mouth dryness can be brought on by dehydration, stress, or a normal reduction in saliva flow at night. However, if your dry mouth persists long past the norm, you may have a chronic condition known as xerostomia.

What is Xerostomia?

Xerostomia is a condition that develops when your salivary glands, which normally keep your mouth moist by secreting saliva, are not working properly.

  
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Early Orthodontic Treatment
Wisdom Teeth & Wisdom Tooth Extraction
The Early History of Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic Headgear
Thumb Sucking & Tongue Thrusting
Early Dental Care
Pregnancy & Your Child’s Developing Teeth
Sleep Apnea
Braces & Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Importance of Lifetime Retainer Wear
  
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