Brushing With Braces

Braces seem to have burst into popularity in the 1990s. During this period the pre-teen and teenager without braces was fast becoming the anomaly. Braces are still popular today but braces can make caring for your teeth a bit more difficult. If you don’t brush properly, your teeth can become discolored, you can form cavities, and/or your gum tissue can become swollen and infected. In today’s blog, your Forth Worth orthodontist, Dr. Cabal, discusses the importance of proper brushing with braces.

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The Parks of Lake Worth

kids riding bikes in the parkThe community of Lake Worth offers many opportunities for families to enjoy themselves in the numerous parks available for residents and members of the surrounding communities. Dr. Ciro Cabal of Lake County Orthodontics is committed not only to his patients, but also to the community of Lake Worth and the surrounding area as a whole.

Parks in Lake Worth:

Lake Worth has many parks for families to enjoy, including:

Lake Worth Park

This park offers athletic fields for the both the youth and the adults of the community. There is presently one softball field and two baseball fields. Additionally, the park has a children’s playground and a skate park for all ages. The Lake Worth Youth Association holds regular events at Lake Worth Park including baseball, softball, and football. Cowtown Soccer Association operates a youth and an adult soccer league.

Keenum-Shelton Park

If you are a dog lover, Keenum-Shelton is your place. There, your dog can run wild as the park is leash-free. The park is set up to allow your best friend to play with other dogs his/her own size.

Navajo and Grand Lake Parks

If you are looking for parks with wonderful picnic opportunities, Navajo and Grand Lake Parks will meet your needs. The parks are both equipped with grills, picnic tables, and playgrounds. They also have basketball courts if you want to work off some of the hamburgers and potato salad that you brought with you.

Lake Worth Veterans Memorial Park

The newest addition to the community’s numerous parks, Lake Worth Veterans Park was dedicated in 2013. There is a wonderful memorial there to honor those who have served our country and our community.

Rayl Park

What a history Rayl Park has! When Bill and Evia Rayl moved to 7409 Apache Trail in 1941, they discovered that there were between 20 and 30 shortwave radios hidden in an upstairs room. As this was during World War II, rumors continue to this day that the house was home to a nest of German spies.

Now it is a place with incredible trees, a picnic table, and a pond where many aquatic species and animals can be discovered.

About Dr. Cabal

Dr. Ciro Cabal is a dedicated family orthodontist whose lifelong passion for providing exceptional dental care continues to this day as he serves patients of all ages from Ft. Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment to discuss invisible braces at our Ft. Worth orthodontist office, call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846.

Flossing

flossing1Flossing may have caught on in the 1980s but the idea has been in existence since ancient times. Floss and toothpick grooves have been discovered in the teeth of prehistoric humans.  Even so, it wasn’t until 1815 that the first form of dental floss was invented. The credit is given to Levi Spear Parmly who suggested his patients use thin silk thread to clean between their teeth. It wasn’t until 1882, however, that the first commercial dental floss was developed and mass produced by the Codman and Shurtleft Company located in Massachusetts. Today, your Forth Worth orthodontist, Dr. Cabal, discusses the importance of flossing.

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Association Between Vitamin D and Caries?

vitaminDsunIt’s a well-known fact that vitamin D is good for strong bones, and it is also good for your overall health. It was discovered that vitamin D was good for bones when it helped prevent rickets (a bone disease causing imperfect calcification, softening, and distortion of the bones) in children. Vitamin D also contributes to the workings of your brain, heart, lungs, and muscles, and helps your body fight infection.  Recent research indicates that it may be key in the prevention and treatment of other chronic health issues, including childhood caries (cavities). If you are interested in the link between vitamin D and caries, contact your Forth Worth orthodontist, Dr. Cabal, he can explain the importance vitamin D holds in maintaining your dental health.

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Bruxism

jaw painYou might wonder why dental terms are often so complicated. For instance, the term bruxism. What does it mean? Bruxism is the clenching and grinding of teeth. How do you get the word “brux” from that you might wonder? Why not call it what it is, clenching and grinding? Like so many of the words in the English language, bruxism is derived from the Greek word brychein meaning “to gnash teeth.” Bruxing often happens while sleeping so the bruxer is unaware of it. If the bruxing is mild it usually can be overlooked, but excessive bruxing can result in problems. If you suspect you or a loved one is a bruxer, contact your Forth Worth orthodontist, Dr. Cabal for a complete evaluation and treatment options.

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Adults And Braces

adult with bracesMore adults are getting braces. The stigma attached to braces from years ago has decreased dramatically especially since research has indicated how important it is to maintain your oral health. According to studies 75 percent of adults have a misaligned bite. Your teeth and jaws are meant to be properly aligned so you can eat a variety of foods–from soft to firm and crunchy–without pain or difficulty. If you are avoiding certain foods because you find them hard to chew, you may be a candidate for adult braces. Contact your Forth Worth orthodontist, Dr. Cabal. He will be happy to perform a complete oral evaluation and discuss treatment options.

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Does Your Child Have Malocclusion?

kid afraid to smileDid you know thumb sucking and mouth breathing can cause malocclusion?  A misaligned bite or “bad bite” affects your overall health such as your speech and breathing.  A bad bite is any irregular contact between the teeth of the upper jaw with the teeth of the lower jaw. Sometimes, in very extreme cases, it may even affect your looks.  Statistics show that 90 percent of school-aged children experience some degree of malocclusion, while only 10 to 15 percent require treatment. Treatment is most commonly sought for cosmetic reasons. If your child has a “bad bite” your Forth Worth orthodontist, Dr. Cabal, will be happy to sit down with you and discuss your child’s individual case and treatment options.

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Does Your Teen Need Braces?

boy with bracesWhen teenagers hear they need braces they often fight the idea. You might hear, “I’m not wearing those things for two years!” “They will call me metal mouth!” or other exclamatory sentences. When you were a teen there were no choices, but today’s teens have options. If your teen needs braces schedule a consultation with your Forth Worth orthodontist, Dr. Cabal. He will be happy to sit down with you and your teen and discuss your child’s individual case and treatment options.

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What is Phased Orthodontic Treatment?

Teens SmilingIf you are a parent of a child who needs braces, you may feel like there is an overwhelming amount of information for you to learn about. If you didn’t wear braces as a youth, the whole process may seem incredibly daunting. Lake Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, is always here to explain new terminology, so if you aren’t familiar with a word or  phrase (such as  phased orthodontic treatment) just ask. The most important thing to remember is that compliance is key for optimal and fastest possible results. If you want your child to have an ideal outcome, arming your own self with knowledge will help you coach your child every step of the way towards a beautiful smile.

The Phases Orthodontics

Childhood development is a series of phases. In terms of orthodontics,  a phase  is a period of time in which we expect certain results. Most often, there are two phases involved in traditional orthodontic treatment.

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How Does Xylitol Protect your Teeth?

TrueOrFalseIf you enjoy chewing sugarless gum after a meal, you may be doing more for your dental health than just freshening your breath. Over the years there have been some understandable and highly founded concerns about the long term detrimental health effects of various artificial sweeteners. Xylitol, however, is a natural, fibrous derivative that sweetens gum and mints without added calories and cavity risk. In fact, not only does xylitol make gum taste great, but the compound can actually protect your teeth from tooth decay and gum disease. Try this true-or-false quiz to learn more

Questions

Q1. True or false – Xylitol was discovered 20 years ago.

Q2. True or false – Xylitol is produced by the human body.

Q3. True or false – Xylitol stops tooth decay and repairs demineralized tooth enamel.

Q4. True or false – Xylitol kills bacteria in your mouth.

Answers

A1. FALSE – Xylitol is a bit more mature than that, having been introduced as a sugar substitute in the 1960s. (more…)