Did you know that dentistry dates back to around 400-300 BC? Hippocrates and Aristotle actually contemplated ways to straighten teeth and fix certain dental conditions. Archaeologists have found numerous mummies with what appears to be metal bands wrapped around their teeth. Researchers believe this is the first sign of ancient orthodontics put in use in attempt to straighten teeth.
Another ancient form of early orthodontics was using a “catgut”, which is a cord made of natural fibers from animal intestines. They were used in a similar fashion as wires used with braces are today – to close gaps in between teeth.
The Etruscans, a powerful and wealthy ancient civilization in Italy, actually buried their dead with dental appliances in order to maintain space and prevent collapse of the teeth for use in the afterlife. One Roman tomb was found with teeth bound by gold wire called a “ligature wire” – a small elastic wire that is used to affix the arch wire to the bracket. Even Cleopatra, the last ruler of the Kingdom of Egypt, was documented as wearing a pair of these gold brackets.
The earliest form of treatment in attempts to straighten teeth are documented to have been simple finger pressure. However, since preservation of teeth and documentation was sub-par during ancient times, most of the early research comes from the 17th century when dentistry had already begun making great advancements.
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It can be difficult to get your child to practice proper oral care unsupervised. However, the long-term benefits of an early start to optimal oral hygiene are worth the effort. Below are some tips to help you make oral health a fun part of your child’s daily routine.
Brush with a Buddy.
Your child will be much more excited to floss and brush their teeth if it’s a family activity. Brush your teeth with your child, or if they have siblings, have the kids brush together. This will help make the time more fun and help your child to subconsciously accept oral hygiene as a normal part of a daily routine.
Choose the Right Supplies.
Let you child pick out their own toothbrush. This will help them feel like they have a say in their oral care routine.
Reward Good Behavior.
A little incentive can go a long way. When trying to get your child to floss and brush on their own, it might be helpful to implement a simple reward system. For example, your child could track their own brushing on a calendar and trade it in for a small gift or prize after a month of twice daily brushing.
Educate to Empower.
It’s important that your child understands why practicing good oral hygiene is so important. Use this as an opportunity to teach them about the dangers associated with poor oral health.
There are a lot of strategies you can use to make brushing a fun part of your child’s day, rather than a chore. You know your child better than anyone, so don’t be afraid to come up with some additional techniques that will work better for them!
Regular professional dental cleanings are an essential part of any good oral hygiene routine, so contact our dental team to schedule your child’s next appointment today.
Proper care of your braces is an important step in the process of giving you that fantastic smile you want to have. You will be shown the proper care of your braces when your orthodontic treatment begins.
Effective cleaning of your mouth is important every time you eat, especially during orthodontic treatment. Braces can make cleaning your teeth more difficult, so making sure food does not get trapped in the wiring of your braces is key. If food is allowed to collect in the wiring of your braces, it can lead to bad breath, tooth decay, and gum infection. That’s something our dental team wants you to avoid.
The best way to keep your teeth and braces clean is to brush 3-5 times per day.
Make sure you brush back and forth across and between the wires and gums on the upper and lower sides to loosen any food particles. Next, brush your teeth, just as if you had no brackets or appliances. Put your toothbrush bristles at a 45-degree angle to your gums and brush with a circular motion. Brush two to three teeth at a time for ten strokes then move on. Repeat this on the inside of your teeth and then repeat the entire process on your bottom teeth.
Using a mirror can aid you in making sure you don’t miss any food particles or plaque buildup. Also, don’t forget to floss. You should be flossing at least once per day to ensure healthy teeth and gums.
Implementing these simple tips will ensure you have a healthy mouth, a happy smile, and that your braces and teeth stay clean. Contact us today for more tips.
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Lafayette, LA 70508 (337) 233-3677
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"I would highly recommend Dr. Waguespack and his staff. Everyone was so nice and the service was great. "
October 17, 2018
"Dr. Jay and his staff are amazing and so polite! They turned my smile into an award winning smile!"
October 12, 2018
"Dr. Jay and his staff are the best in town. Everyone makes you feel welcomed and feels like family. I could not be happier with the service!"
October 3, 2018
"I love my new smile! Doctor Jay and his staff are the best! They were always super nice and very gentle for all my visits. They made going to the orthodontist fun."
October 3, 2018
"While both of my daughters were going through treatment with Dr. Waguespack, I told him about my failed orthodontic treatment and how I was in need of surgery, per another doctor. He explained to me how he could correct my bite without going the surgical route. I decided to take a chance since I was bringing my daughters for their appointments anyway and all I can say is, “WOW”! He surpassed my expectations! I couldn’t be happier with the results of me and my daughters’ smiles! "
September 26, 2018
"Dr. Waguespack is an awesome orthodontist! He is a perfectionist and shows how dedicated he is to his patients. His staff was always so nice and friendly. I couldn’t be any happier with my results."
September 21, 2018
I can never repay Dr. Waguespack for making my smile so perfect! I am more confident now with my smile, and I am truly grateful for all of his expertise and kindness during my treatment in braces. He made the process easy and painless. I am very proud to call Dr. Waguespack my orthodontist!
-Gracie (Hub City Teen USA 2019)
September 12, 2018
"I love Dr. Jay! Having braces can seem scary at first, but, Dr. Jay was always kind, funny, and welcoming at every appointment! He always seemed genuinely happy to be helping people. Now when I look back at pictures before my braces, I am so grateful to him for improving my smile!"
September 12, 2018
"Dr. Jay and his staff are amazing! They made having braces as an adult such a pleasurable experience! Dr. Jay worked wonders on my teeth and smile. They have also done wonderful things for my two sons! As one was getting his braces off, the other was getting his put on, so the amazing staff has become like a family to us over the last 4 years. We cannot thank Dr. Jay and his staff for such a professional, competent and happy office! Thank you for 3 beautiful smiles and we will definitely be back with our 11 year old!" -Tricia
September 12, 2018
"Dr. Waguespack and staff definitely made wearing braces a breeze! The staff was extremely helpful and friendly. I recommend them to anyone!"
September 12, 2018
"Thank you to Dr. Waguespack for always giving me the best care and treatment. He and his staff are always very friendly, and they always go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Thank you Dr. Jay for giving me the smile I always dreamed of having!"
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