Monday, 28 September 2015

Preventative Orthodontic Care

Why should we consider orthodontics?
Many people consider orthodontics to be elective treatment. While braces and clear aligners can straighten teeth so your child’s smile looks great, they can do so much more. Braces and other devices are also used to modify your (or your child’s) bite, so that teeth and the jaw align in the best, most functional way possible. This helps prevent problems years later with the jaw or with excessive wear of the teeth, among other issues.


Raman Orthodontics  
Jim Raman, DMD  
1600 Lake Murray Boulevard  
Columbia, SC 29212  
(803) 212-0996  
RamanOrtho.com

Monday, 21 September 2015

Diabetes and Your Mouth # 6: Floss Every Day

Flossing helps control plaque. It can reach where a toothbrush can't, like between the teeth. Floss daily with floss and interdental cleaners that carry the American Dental Association (ADA) seal. Ask your dentist for tips if you're not sure how to floss. Like everything else, flossing gets easier with practice.

The above article is from: WebMD.com

Raman Orthodontics  
Jim Raman, DMD  
1600 Lake Murray Boulevard  
Columbia, SC 29212  
(803) 212-0996  
RamanOrtho.com

Monday, 14 September 2015

Diabetes and Your Mouth # 5: Brush Daily, Brush Right

Brushing your teeth twice a day not only keeps your breath sweet, but also helps rid the mouth of bacteria that makes up plaque and can lead to oral infections. To brush properly, point bristles at a 45-degree angle against the gums. Use gentle back-and-forth strokes all over your teeth -- in front, in back, and on chewing surfaces -- for two minutes. If holding a toothbrush is hard for you, try an electric toothbrush. Also brush your gums and tongue.

The above article is from: WebMD.com

Raman Orthodontics  
Jim Raman, DMD  
1600 Lake Murray Boulevard  
Columbia, SC 29212  
(803) 212-0996  
RamanOrtho.com

Post-Treatment Care & Tooth Extractions

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about post-treatment care for tooth extractions.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Raman Orthodontics  
Jim Raman, DMD  
1600 Lake Murray Boulevard  
Columbia, SC 29212  
(803) 212-0996  
RamanOrtho.com

Friday, 11 September 2015

Dental Sleep Disorders

Snoring Isn’t Just an Annoyance
Often times, snoring is a pre-cursor to a more critical health concern known as sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea experience an obstruction in their airway. Most of the time, they don’t even realize it. The obstruction prevents them from getting oxygen regularly throughout the night. Sleep apnea is a major contributing factor to heart disease. Those suffering from sleep apnea experience elevated blood pressure, which is a key risk factor in acquiring heart disease and strokes.

The outcome of sleep loss can result in serious health concerns and premature death. Sleep deprivation can have negative effects on the function of your brain, increasing stress hormones and leading to depression.

Even if you have only mild sleep apnea, being fitted with an oral appliance can result in the reduction or even cessation of snoring. This could be a great gift to your partner!


Raman Orthodontics  
Jim Raman, DMD  
1600 Lake Murray Boulevard  
Columbia, SC 29212  
(803) 212-0996  
RamanOrtho.com

Monday, 7 September 2015

Diabetes and Your Mouth # 4 : Keep Plaque at Bay

Sticky plaque -- food, saliva, and bacteria -- starts to form on your teeth after you eat, releasing acids that attack tooth enamel. Untreated plaque turns into tartar, which builds under gum lines and is hard to remove with flossing. The longer it stays on your teeth, the more harmful it is. Bacteria in plaque causes inflammation and leads to gum disease. Having high blood sugar often makes gum disease worse.

The above article is from: WebMD.com

Raman Orthodontics  
Jim Raman, DMD  
1600 Lake Murray Boulevard  
Columbia, SC 29212  
(803) 212-0996  
RamanOrtho.com

Dental Tourism

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about the risks and additional costs associated with dental tourism.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Raman Orthodontics  
Jim Raman, DMD  
1600 Lake Murray Boulevard  
Columbia, SC 29212  
(803) 212-0996  
RamanOrtho.com

Friday, 4 September 2015

Traditional Dental Braces

More than Just Braces
Many people think orthodontics is just about straightening crooked teeth, but there’s much more to it than that. Due to a variety of factors out of our control, our teeth and jaws often develop in a way that provides a problematic bite. Sometimes the dental arch at the top or bottom is too narrow, or a patient has overbite (when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth too much), underbite (when the lower jaw or bottom teeth jut forward and align in front of the top teeth), and crossbite (when the teeth overlap incorrectly on the sides). We use specially designed appliances that gently guide the jaw and teeth into proper alignment while the patient is a child or teen, to prevent serious issues in the future.

Raman Orthodontics  
Jim Raman, DMD  
1600 Lake Murray Boulevard  
Columbia, SC 29212  
(803) 212-0996  
RamanOrtho.com