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How to Handle an Invisalign Emergency if Your Orthodontist is Closed

blog-featured-image-clear-aligner-emergency-hacksAt Mary Kay Becher DDS PA, we do our best to remain available for orthodontic emergencies. Please call our office if you think you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency. We don’t want you to feel like you’re on your own when it comes to your orthodontic treatment.

That being said, sometimes our patients run into problems or experience discomfort at a time when we can’t see them right away. We wanted to equip our orthodontic patients with some tricks and hacks that you can do at home, so you can ease discomfort and keep treatment on track until you are able to visit our office.Read More

Why Braces and Late Night Snacks Don’t Mix

It’s 11pm and, while you should be in bed, you’re standing in front of the fridge trying to decide a snack of choice before calling it a night. You know this isn’t the best life choice for your waistline, but did you know that it’s also bad for your oral health – especially your braces. Your orthodontic treatment increases the potential to leave food behind on the teeth after eating. 

Late Night Snacking Can Lead to Tooth Loss

A 2010 study in Denmark discovered a relationship between midnight snacking and tooth loss. Over a six-year period, a group of over 2,000 adults (8% labeled “nocturnal eaters”) were found to have significantly increased their chances of tooth loss from repeated midnight snacking. Read More

What About My Braces During COVID-19?

blog-featured-image-braces-and-covid-19With the rapid spread of COVID-19 forcing many orthodontic and dental offices to temporarily close, it is more important now than ever to practice good oral hygiene. Although we may not be sure exactly when our practice will be able to open its doors again, your smile is still our priority. For those currently undergoing orthodontic treatment, Dr. Mary Kay Becher and Dr. Avery Gil of the orthodontic practice of Mary Kay Becher DDS can help. Here are a few ways in which you can maintain good oral hygiene and until your next orthodontic appointment:Read More

Announcing Our 2020 “My Teacher Rocks” Contest

My Teacher Rocks 2020 Contest Graphic

It brings our practice great joy to be a part of the Austin community, and we especially marvel at all the local teachers and educators who make an impact in the lives of our patients! We are excited to announce 2020’s “My Teacher Rocks” contest, one of the most popular events our practice holds!

Shine The Spotlight On Your Scholastic Superstar

From now through Tuesday, April 28th, fill out the entry form on our Contest page and nominate your favorite teacher! Be sure to include your grade, school, your teacher’s name, and a few sentences about why they rock!

From Wednesday, May 6th through Wednesday, May 13th, we will post the top 5 nominations on our website and open voting (get all your family, friends, and classmates to vote!).

On the 13th, voting ends at 12 PM central time, sharp.

On Wednesday, May 14th, the winner will be announced on our website and Facebook page! The winning teacher will be recognized with a $50 gift card and a “school supply cake” for being an awesome educator in our community!

The patient who nominated the winning teacher will win a $20 gift card and a pizza party for your entire class!

Please contact us if you have any questions. We cannot wait to read why your teachers, rock! We again want to thank all of Austin’s educators who put bright smiles on our patients’ faces every day.

 

 

4 Surprising Foods that can Cause Bad Breath

blog-post-featured-image-bad-breath-causing-foodsEveryone knows that garlic and onions are the usual culprits for bad breath. But do you know what other foods may be causing your stinky breath? For some people, bad breath can be genetic. However, whether you’re wearing braces or not, certain foods in your daily routine could be to blame. Read on to find out what the orthodontic practice of Mary Kay Becher DDS has to say about some bad breath causing foods!Read More

How a Little Sunshine Helps Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment

blog-featured-image-vitam-d-and-orthodontic-treatmentWho doesn’t love to catch some sun rays? Well, sunshine lovers, the orthodontic practice of Mary Kay Becher DDS has news for you! A little sunshine actually HELPS your teeth during orthodontic treatment! Sunshine has been found to improve mood, our immune functions, and increases vitamin D production in our bodies.

The Importance of Vitamin D

While in braces, healthy teeth and gums are of vital importance. Vitamin D helps to support oral health in two ways:

  • It helps our bodies to absorb and utilize calcium

Vitamin D has several major functions. One of its major functions is moderating other vitamins and minerals – including calcium. Calcium is crucial because it fortifies our teeth and supports jaw and bone strength. Several studies have shown greater cavity risk for people who live in regions with little sunlight – sometimes as much as double the risk.Read More