Zionsville Orthodontist says Mouth Guard esssential

Your sports equipment is not complete until you have your mouth guard fitted. With spring sports in full swing, Chapman Orthodontics recommends that his patients in Zionsville wear mouth guards. Mouth guards will cover your teeth and prevent dental injury while you are playing your various sports. Generally, mouth guards cover only your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw), Dr. Chapman will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Chapman Orthodontics is happy to advise its patients in Zionsville if both an upper and lower mouth guard is advisable.

There are different mouth guards available. The three types are stock mouth guards, boil and bite mouth guards and custom-fitted mouth guards. Chapman Orthodontics is always available to help his patients find the right guard for your needs. The most common mouth guard is the "boil and bite." These mouth guards are available at many sporting goods stores in Town area and provide a good protection if fitted properly. This type of mouth protector is made from thermoplastic material which is placed in hot water to soften it and then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure.

If you need a custom-fitted mouth guard, the team at Chapman Orthodontics is available to assist you. Dr. Chapman will make an impression of your teeth and then a mouth guard is molded over the model using a special material. Because the material is more costly, the custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, but it does provides the most comfort and protection.

Chapman Orthodontics also tells patients who grind their teeth that a mouth guard would be helpful to protect their teeth. This type of mouth guard is called a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint. So if you grind your teeth, let Dr. Chapman fit you with a mouth guard.

Before the games begin make sure to check in with Chapman Orthodontics in Zionsville. Keep those beautiful teeth safe!!

Orthodontist in Brownsburg links Good Memory to Good Oral Health

Did you know that your memory can be linked to your oral hygiene?? A report in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry (webmd.com) showed that adults with gingivitis (swollen, bleeding gums) performed worse on tests of memory and other cognitive skills than did those with healthier gums and mouths. Individuals with gingivitis were more likely to perform poorly in mainly two areas, subtraction and verbal recall. Both are skills that are needed every day.

A common hindrance to good oral hygiene is crooked teeth. Having crooked teeth makes it harder to floss and many give up flossing because it is difficult to get in between teeth. What people need to remember is that flossing is THE best way to remove plaque from in between teeth! Plaque is essentially bacteria and, if not removed, grows within the gums, causing gingivitis.

Let Chapman Orthodontics help you and your child with good oral health. The staff in Brownsburg is available to do a full evaluation of your mouth and give expert advice on how to have optimal oral health. Who knows it may help increase your child’s test scores. Why not give it a try.

Research supports that a healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand (webmd.com). Good oral hygiene and oral health can improve your overall health, reducing the risk of serious disease and perhaps even preserving your memory in your golden years.

Give Chapman Orthodontics a call today in their office in Brownsburg to improve your oral health and improve memory!

The Future of Orthodontics and Braces in Brownsburg

Ever wonder what it would be like if braces were eventually just little robots? Or if they would only take five minutes, as opposed to the years and years of adjustments. Many people wonder what their braces will be like if they have them for another four years, or what their teeth will look like in four years! The future of orthodontics could be a very inconsistent topic. Many orthodontists and scientists believe the near future will use more of 3-D type of programming and alignment systems just to make every smile that much nicer. Whatever it is, Chapman Orthodontics will be at the forefront of the latest technology..

Often times, kids wonder if their braces will help them connect to the internet and help them get wifi/3g connection for their electronics. This is unfortunately still a myth but there is hope for the future. With new technology coming out as often as every day, who knows what the practice of orthodontics will look like in ten, fifteen and maybe even twenty years from now. One will only hope that we will be able to connect to wifi or use our braces to get cellular service. The future looks bright! Its time to be optimistic! Call Chapman Orthodontics with any questions or concerns!

Retainers for Patients in Plainfield, IN

Braces may be the first line of defense against crooked teeth, but often we forget the importance of the treatment that comes after. Retainers are the next step once the braces come off that keep your teeth in their new perfect places. Retainers can be either removable or permanent, and both are provided at Chapman Orthodontics in Plainfield, IN. Before you ask which is best for, learn a little more about the two!

Removable retainers are exactly as they sound- easy to take in and out. They are to be worn according to the schedule given to you by Dr. Chapman, but can be taken out for eating and brushing. The purpose of removable retainers is to keep teeth in the proper alignment without offering the patient any inconvenience and discomfort. The only downside of removable retainers is that they are easy to misplace. Do not forget to wear your retainer at the right times, and when they are out keep them in a safe place.

Permanent Retainers are a great option for patients who don’t want to have to worry about retainer schedules. They are fixed to the teeth and cannot be removed, but like removable retainers are meant to keep teeth from shifting.

When using a permanent retainer, it may be more difficult to floss or brush. Ask Dr. Chapman for tips on how to properly clean teeth with a permanent retainer in.

Chapman Orthodontics in Plainfield, IN is made up of a team of specialists who are well versed in the uses of both removable and permanent retainers. We believe in their importance and wish to stress this to our patients as well. Let us provide you with the option that is best for your lifestyle. Schedule an appointment today.

Orthodontist in Wayne says Keep Kids Tobacco Free

Chapman Orthodontics in Wayne is proud to support the annual observance of Kick Butt’s Day which is March 19. Since 1996, Kick Butt’s Day http://www.kickbuttsday.org/ has been observed as a national day of activism that aims at empowering youths to live a tobacco free lifestyle. As a dental health care provider in Wayne, Chapman Orthodontics encourages its patients to make healthy choices and influence their peers to do the same.

Research has found that kids are three times more sensitive to tobacco advertising than adults and therefore, more likely to be influenced by cigarette marketing. Chapman Orthodontics encourages teachers, youth leaders and health advocates to participate in the Kick Butt Day and raise the awareness of the problem of tobacco in Wayne and Nationally.

Chapman Orthodontics encourages our youth to reject the tobacco industry’s marketing and to stay tobacco free. By living a healthy life style, this will eliminate preventable oral and health problems in the future. The main oral health problems that may result from tobacco use includes, but not limited to:

  • bad breath
  • stained teeth
  • inflammation
  • increased plaque and tartar build-up
  • increased risk of gum disease

All of these are preventable by choosing a tobacco free life style. According to WebMD http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/smoking-oral-health, even smokeless tobacco (such as chewing tobacco) can cause damage to your teeth. Surprisingly, chewing tobacco contains more nicotine than cigarettes making it even more addictive than cigarettes!

For more information on Kick Butt Day, please refer to the website. Chapman Orthodontics in Wayne is always available to help in your overall oral health.

Indianapolis: Does Your Bottled Water Have Flouride?

As more people turn to bottled water and away from the tap, they may be missing out on one important ingredient: Fluoride. Most brands of bottled water fail to include: fluoride! Chapman Orthodontist in Indianapolis wants to remind its patients that if they drink bottled water, they will need to get their fluoride elsewhere. Because fluoride helps strengthen teeth, it is an important component of maintaining good oral health. Our friends at the American Dental Association have endorsed both community water fluoridation and the use of fluoride-containing products as a safe means of preventing tooth decay.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also warned that “bottled water may not have a sufficient amount of fluoride, which is important for preventing tooth decay and promoting oral health.” Many townships add fluoride to their local water source. If you are avoiding fluoridated tap water in favor of the ever-more-popular bottled water, Chapman Orthodontics warns that you could be missing out on the levels of fluoride necessary to make a difference in your oral health. One 2012 study in the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry found that more than 65 percent of parents using bottled water did not know what levels of fluoride it contained.

If bottled water happens to be your or your children’s beverage of choice, check the label to make sure your brand contains fluoride. Of course, simply drinking fluoridated water is not a magic ticket to perfect teeth. To keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape, Chapman Orthodontics reminds that it’s important to brush and floss daily and avoid sugary sweets, in addition to maintaining your fluoride intake.

Questions about fluoride? Give Chapman Orthodontics a call at our convenient Indianapolis office! We look forward to hearing from you and keep drinking water!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. At Chapman Orthodontics, we want to get our patients aware of this important subject. Why is this type of celebration—and year-round attention to children’s dental health–important?

Here at Chapman Orthodontics we encourage developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits. By developing these good habits, it helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Despite the fact that it’s almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. More than 40 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have had a cavity in their primary (baby) teeth, and more than two-thirds of 16- to 19-year-olds have had a cavity in their permanent teeth. Although overall rates of tooth decay have decreased over the past four decades, decay has actually increased in preschool age children in recent years.

The good news is there are safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth. Good oral hygiene practices such as thorough brushing with fluoride toothpaste can help keep children from getting cavities. In addition, dental sealants and community water fluoridation are two other strategies that can help prevent tooth decay.

Here at Chapman Orthodontics in Indianapolis, we promote good oral hygiene and are available for our client’s questions. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your concerns.

Zionsville Orthodontist Encourages Smiling

How to you start your day?? Why not try beginning every day with a simple smile. By starting your day with that smile, you will be able to lift not only your heart but of those around you. So if you walk into the room full of busy and stressed people, smiling can make them forget their problems and they have the tendency to smile back therefore spreading good vibes around your office. The team at Chapman Orthodontics tries to start their day with an inviting smile to make all our clients feel at easy.

There are many ways to begin your day. You could start by having a cup of coffee while reading the newspaper or watching TV. You could also start your day by jogging around the park with your dog or with your friends and families. For busy individuals, their day sometimes starts by taking a shower and preparing for work. Although these individuals are very busy, Chapman Orthodontics reminds them there is a great way to start their day and that lies in that simple smile. So don’t forget how far a smile can go.

For a better smile, Chapman Orthodontics can help. Dr. Chapman is an orthodontic specialist for kids and adults in Zionsville. Call us now to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Zionsville Orthodontist Gives Valentine’s Day Advice

Valentine’s Day — a time for couples to celebrate their luck in the field of love and a time for singles to go searching for their special someone. Do you dread Valentine’s Day and fault the holiday for reminding you of your love life’s bumps in the road? Isn’t it about time to put an end to the Valentine’s Day negativity, and go in the direction of cupid’s arrow? Absolutely! This year, Chapman Orthodontics says put aside the chocolates and glasses of wine, and set yourself to a happier standard. Put a smile on your face!

In a recent survey, it was found that men prefer women who smile more than those that look serious. When male students, aged 24 to 40 years old, were asked what attracted them most about a woman, every single one said "A woman who smiles a lot." If you smile often, men think you are friendly, approachable, and happy. Nobody wants to hang around with a gloomy person, but everyone likes to be with a happy one! Being a woman who smiles a lot also attracts men because it makes you look self-confident. Confidence in yourself automatically translates into attraction from others.

Researchers have also begun to notice that showing a happy, smiling face is considered essential to social interaction. "When someone has a big smile, it shows they’re willing to open up and expose a part of themselves," says Pamela McClain, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology. Someone who is more open to interaction will be easier to get to know, and therefore easier to make a connection with.

But how can you open up and express all of these through a smile? It’s easy if you let Chapman Orthodontics help! By having a beautiful smile, you will not hesitate to flash your teeth in every available situation. It has been proven that someone who is confident in their smile will show this confidence in all other areas of life. So, gain the confidence of a great smile! A smiling, confident, and approachable look is just what you need to help get out of your Valentine’s Day rut, and Chapman Orthodontics can help you out with that!

How to Brush Your Teeth Effectively

Brushing your teeth is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. For a healthy mouth and smile Chapman Orthodontics recommends you:

Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.

Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.

Chapman Orthodontics also says make sure to use ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.

 

The proper brushing technique is to:

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.

Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.

Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.

To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.

Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

 

Of course, brushing your teeth is only a part of a complete oral care routine. You should also make sure to:

Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Tooth decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.

Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.

Although you are visiting Chapman Orthodontics, Dr. Chapman recommends that you visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us in one of our locations in Brownsburg, Plainfield, Zionsville or Indianapolis.