tongue thrust

What Is Tongue Thrust?

By Christi Porter

Tongue thrust occurs in babies who are bottle-fed or breast-fed. In infants, tongue thrust is totally normal. As the baby grows, their swallowing and speaking patterns change, and ideally they will stop tongue thrusting. However, sometimes this habit lingers, often due to prolonged use of a bottle or pacifier, allergies accompanied by swollen tonsils, or…

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What is a braces emergency? Orthodontist in Ripley and Parkersburg

Limiting How Much Sugar You Eat with Braces

By Dr. Amy Smith

By now, you have probably heard that sugar isn’t really good for us. After all, it has been proven to cause health issues, such as tooth decay and an increased risk for diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Limiting our sugar intake should be taken seriously, and it’s especially important when you have braces. Limiting how…

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kids teeth

Taking Care of Kids’ Teeth

By Dr. Amy Smith

Taking care of kids’ teeth seems straightforward enough, but it can easily get lost in the shuffle of day-to-day life. There are also facets of tooth care for your child that you may not be aware of. For example, the importance of early orthodontic treatment.  Early treatment catches tooth problems that might be difficult and…

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invisalign

Brace Yourself: A Beautiful Smile Sans Metal

By Dr. Amy Smith

Very few of us are lucky enough to be born with a dazzling smile. Proper oral hygiene and dental cosmetics take hard work. You can whiten, you can clean, you can be cavity-free—but you still might have some things to straighten out. No one particularly likes the idea of braces; we associate this heavy-duty orthodontic…

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right toothbrush

Are You Using the Right Toothbrush for Your Braces?

By Dr. Amy Smith

Choosing the right toothbrush for your needs is not always as easy as it may look at first glance. There are many factors to pay attention to before you choose your perfect toothbrush. Many people wear braces for beauty and health reasons and it is important to keep your gums healthy during treatment.  What You…

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Avoid bad breath with braces with these tips from the best orthodontist in Ripley WV

Braces and Bad Breath

By Dr. Amy Smith

One of the unfortunate truths about having braces is that they can cause bad breath. Children and adults who wear braces are more prone to having bad breath because of the bacteria that grows from any food remnants left in your teeth that can get trapped by braces. Bad Breath and Invisalign Patients receiving orthodontic…

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