Saturday, 28 November 2015

General Dentistry

Why is it important to have regular teeth cleaning?
Did you know “teeth cleaning” does more than just clean your teeth? Removing plaque is absolutely essential if you want to preserve your teeth, especially during orthodontic care. Plaque builds up on the tooth surfaces and between the teeth, and braces give it even more places to lurk and harden into tartar. Brushing and flossing are, of course, vital, but everyone needs their teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Remember – only a dental hygienist can completely clean your teeth.

Raman Orthodontics  
Jim Raman, DMD  
1600 Lake Murray Boulevard  
Columbia, SC 29212  
(803) 212-0996  
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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Are You Flossing Or Just Lying About Flossing? The Dentist Knows

There's nothing like jamming a waxed piece of string between your tightest molars and sliding it back and forth. And who doesn't do that once a day, just as the dentist prescribes?

Well, a lot of us. Twenty-seven percent of adults lie to their dentists about how often they floss their teeth, a survey released Tuesday found. Not only that, but more than a third of people surveyed would rather be doing unpleasant chores than flossing their teeth daily. Fourteen percent would rather clean the toilet. Nine percent would rather sit in gridlock traffic for an hour. And 7 percent would rather listen to small children crying on a plane.

Actually, that 27 percent sounds awfully low. When we called up Dr. Joan Otomo-Corgel, a periodontist and president of the American Academy of Periodontology, which conducted the survey, she said: "Is that all?"
More than a third of Americans would rather do an unpleasant activity than floss.
American Academy of Periodontology

She's not the only oral health professional who thinks many patients are fibbing when they say they're flossing. "I am shocked," says Dr. Sally Cram, a periodontist and spokesperson for the American Dental Association, via email. "Given my experience with patients in my practice I thought it would be higher!"

To read the entire article written by Jessie Rack, please visit NPR.org

Raman Orthodontics  
Jim Raman, DMD  
1600 Lake Murray Boulevard  
Columbia, SC 29212  
(803) 212-0996  
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Sunday, 15 November 2015

20 Mistakes You're Making With Your Teeth

Taking care of your pearly whites isn't rocket science, but it's easy to slip into habits that could cause heartache -- er, toothache -- in the long run. We got the latest on giving your teeth the TLC they need from two New York City pros: Alice Lee, DDS, an assistant professor in the Department of Dentistry for Montefiore Health System, and Alison Newgard, DDS, an assistant professor of clinical dentistry at Columbia University College of Dentistry, will clue you in on where you could be going wrong.

Multitasking while you brush
Every minute in the morning feels precious, so it's tempting to brush your teeth in the shower or while scrolling through your Twitter feed. "To each his own," says Dr. Newgard, "but I prefer patients to be in front of a mirror, over the sink; you can be sure to hit all the surfaces of your teeth, and you'll do a more thorough job when you're not distracted." Better to leave the bathroom a few minutes later having given proper attention to each step of your prep.

Overcleaning your toothbrush
Thinking about running your brush through the dishwasher or zapping it in the microwave to disinfect it? Think again: While we've all seen those stories about toothbrushes harboring gross bacteria, the CDC says there's no evidence that anyone has ever gotten sick from their own toothbrush. Just give your brush a good rinse with regular old tap water, let it air-dry, and store it upright where it's not touching anyone else's brush. More drastic cleaning measures may damage your brush, the CDC notes, which defeats its purpose.

Using social media as your dentist
The web is full of weird and (seemingly) wonderful DIY dental tips that can hurt much more than they'll help. Read our lips: Don't even go there. "I've heard of patients who go on Pinterest and find ways to whiten their teeth there--by swishing with straight peroxide, for example--which are not good for their teeth," Dr. Newgard says. "Use ADA-approved products that have been tested." (Another online tip to skip: trying to close up a gap in your teeth with DIY rubber band braces.) 

To read the entire article written by Lauren Oster, please visit HuffingtonPost.com 

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

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Antibiotics & Your Heart

Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about antibiotics and your heart.


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

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Invisalign Materials

Do Invisalign aligners contain Bisphenol-A (BPA)?
No. The materials used to create Invisalign aligners are made from USP Class VI medical grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. Studies and tests have determined these materials to be biologically compatible and safe for use in a person’s mouth, and Invisalign is approved by the FDA. Of course, as with any treatment, Dr. Raman will review your personal situation to analyze any risks there may be.


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

Sunday, 8 November 2015

More Than a Quarter of Americans Have This Untreated Disease

Let's just say, it might be time to get your pearly whites checked.

It's time for Americans to get over their fear of the dentist. According to new data published from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, more than 25% of U.S. adults aged 20 to 64 have untreated tooth decay. Additionally, 1 in 5 adults aged 65 and older may have it as well.

And if that's not motivation enough to take a seat in the dental chair, 91% have one tooth (or more) that has been treated for tooth decay or needs to be.

To read the entire article written by Samantha Toscano, please visit GoodHouseKeeping.com

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

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Power Toothbrushes

Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about power toothbrushes.


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

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Harmful Foods for Tooth Enamel

My 12-year-old likes to chew ice. Is this harmful?
Tooth enamel can be damaged by such things as eating “hard foods” like popcorn, cracking nut shells with your teeth, or chewing on ice. Opening packages or untying tight laces with your teeth can also damage the enamel. All of these things become much riskier when you have braces, because they can shift or bend the brackets or wires, interfering with the work the braces are designed to do and often lengthening treatment time.


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