For the third year in a row, when Atlanta Parent asked their readers about their favorite oral health professionals, moms chose Dr. Hernandez and MH Orthodontics! We love this! Honestly, mom’s opinions matter more to us than anyone else’s, because no one knows a kid’s world like their mama does. We’re thrilled to have this honor, and we are proud of our doctor and staff who work hard every single day to deliver top-notch care.
Welcome to February! February is National Children’s Dental Health month, and we are celebrating! We’re celebrating our dentists and our staff members, and most of all, we are celebrating our favorite patients (and their adults). If you’re one of our favorite patients’ adults and you’re reading this and thinking, “Yeah, it’s another one of those made-up ‘holidays’—like Squirrel Appreciation Day,” we’re willing to agree that there’s nothing inherently magical about February. We do, however, think that the important things in life are worth taking time to notice and appreciate, so we want to highlight the value of your child’s oral health and appreciate the care that goes into maintaining a happy, healthy mouth.
Remember when you were a kid and snacks made the world go ‘round? Moms, y’all can definitely vouch for how quickly a fun outing becomes a disaster when you forgot the snacks at home, right? I mean, snacking is a way of life for children; they basically eat all day long. Unfortunately, many of us have maintained our childhood snacking habits, and it’s taking a toll on our teeth. How does that work? Let’s talk about it.
When you think of oral health, it’s really easy to focus on teeth almost exclusively and forget that there are other important players in your overall mouth health. One of the other key influencers of oral health is your tongue. In this post, we’re going to talk about how taking care of your tongue can help eliminate or prevent bad breath.
Flossing is basically no one’s favorite activity. But some oral health professionals would argue that it’s even more important than brushing your teeth. If it’s that important, then the stakes are pretty high. Flossing is a non-negotiable for healthy teeth in the long run.
If you or your child needs braces, you’re probably trying to think through all your options ahead of time, right? We get it! This is a big commitment. It can impact your finances, image, schedule, eating habits, and sometimes even your speech or sleeping. It makes sense to want to make an informed decision. We respect that. In this blog post, we want to give you an overview of Invisalign® treatments and talk about how to know whether Invisalign® is a good option for you.
You’ve seen the charts and book illustrations, right? Little diagrams that have the cross-section of a tooth, with all the different parts of the tooth labeled. It’s all so simple and self-explanatory when you see it there. Of course the “root” is what the bottom part of the tooth is called, and yeah, those pinkish-red things are called gums. We know this. And the top part is called the “crown,” because crowns go on top of things. So why would we take time to talk about the parts of a tooth in a blog post like this? Because teeth are actually pretty cool and surprisingly complex. Pardon the pun, but there’s more to them than meets the eye, and we want you to know more about your amazing teeth so you’ll enjoy caring for them more! We’re going to talk about your teeth from the top down: crown to root.
We’ve probably all been told not to chew on ice, that crunching ice cubes damages teeth. You may have wondered if your mom just said that because she didn’t want you getting ice out of the freezer all the time. Or maybe your coworker just doesn’t like the crunching sound happening in the cubicle next to him, so he’s trying to find a way to make you stop. Is chewing ice actually bad for you?
Dentists talk a lot about caring for your enamel, if you have braces, your orthodontist probably harps on that topic all the time. But what exactly is tooth enamel? Good question. The long answer is found in journal articles full of chemical formulas that would make your eyes glaze over, so we’re going to try to go with the short answer here. Enamel is a mineral compound. I know, I know. What does that mean? I mean, what are minerals? (Can you begin to see why this is journal article material?) OK. So let’s try this again: enamel is basically a complex form of calcium called hydroxyapatite.
Katie grew up as a minority and received a lot of bullying as a child. Much of the ridicule she endured focused on physical features: her skin color, her prominent nose, and of course, her crooked teeth. She couldn’t do anything about her nose and skin color, but she could hide her teeth. Katie learned not to smile. Although they were not well off financially, Katie’s parents sacrificed to get braces for her. Even a few months into the treatment, change became evident. Katie began to smile and laugh again. In fact, it seemed as if all the years of suppressed smiles were trying to make up for lost time. Orthodontic treatment not only corrected Katie’s open bite, it also served as her social game-changer.