Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Orthodontics and Sports


We’re halfway through the summer, and with summer comes an increase in outdoor activities and a greater chance of kids damaging their precious mouths and pearly whites. If you play sports, it's important that you consult our office for special precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard. A protective mouth guard is advised for playing spring sports such as baseball, soccer, lacrosse and others. Be sure, however, to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements we are trying to achieve.

In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, please schedule an appointment with the office. And don’t forget to ask us about how you can get a mouth guard for yourself.

Only by using a mouth guard and other forms of facial protection can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. Please give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards or your treatment at our office!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Stay Cool with a Braces- Friendly "Eastern North Carolina" Summer Treat!



Summer is here! Kids and adults alike will now be spending more time outside being active and enjoying the hotter temperatures. What’s better on a hot summer day than a delicious treat that will cool you down after doing something active in the summer sun? Luckily, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have just the thing, 'Bogue Sound' Watermelon Sorbet! You can find the complete recipe below:


'Bogue Sound' Watermelon Sorbet

Ingredients

• ¾ cup water

• ¼ cup sugar

• 1 teaspoon lime juice

• 2 to 3 cups 'bogue sound' watermelon, diced, no seeds or rind


Directions

In a small saucepan, heat the water, sugar, and lime juice on medium high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Chill this “syrup” at least 20 minutes. In the meantime, place the 'bogue sound' watermelon chunks in a food processor or blender and liquefy them. Add the chilled syrup to the 'bogue sound' watermelon puree and blend. Freeze sorbet in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. Serve immediately.

Happy Summer!!!