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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, from Parker Orthodontics

February 2nd, 2012

With February being National Children's Dental Health Month, our team at Parker Orthodontics thought we'd share a few good oral hygiene tips with our patients, courtesy of the American Dental Association, or ADA.

Teeth brushing techniques: It takes only two minutes to properly brush, using short, gentle strokes and devoting extra attention to the gumline, areas around fillings and hard-to-reach areas such as the back teeth.

Flossing: hold the floss snugly between thumbs and index finger and place between each of the teeth, making sure to go beneath the gumline and curving the floss around the base of each tooth.

Snack wisely: choose healthy snacks such as vegetables, fruits and cheese and avoid sticky, chewy candies that can stick to the teeth. If you eat these snacks, make sure to brush after doing so.

Carbonated or sugary drinks: these beverages create acids that can damage the teeth when mixed with saliva, so they should be avoided altogether. When drinking one of these beverages, avoid sipping on it throughout the day. Rather, have a drink and then brush your teeth.

Regular dental visits: You should visit your dentist regularly (approximately every six months).

National Children's Dental Health Month, now in its 62nd year, aims to increase awareness about the importance of kids' oral health. If you have any questions about keeping your mouth healthy, or about your treatment with Parker Orthodontics, please feel free to give us a call!

Parker Orthodontics Wishes you Happy Holidays!!

December 23rd, 2010

In this season given to tidings of comfort and joy, and as the team at Parker Orthodontics reflects on the year that was, we’d like to ask you, our wonderful patients: What do you love about the holidays? Being with your loved ones? Hitting the slopes? A clean slate for 2011? Opening presents by the fireplace? All the delicious food?

Please share your thoughts with us by either commenting on this post or on our Facebook Page. Stay warm, and don’t forget to stay away from those sweets!

National Smile Week at Parker Orthodontics!

August 11th, 2010

It’s National Smile Week, and an ideal time for Dr. Collins and our dedicated staff at Parker Orthodontics to remind our patients to practice good oral hygiene to keep those teeth shining during your orthodontic treatment! That of course includes brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding foods that can stain your teeth such as tea and coffee and visiting your general dentist for checkups and cleanings.

And remember to smile at people you come across throughout the week, whether you know them or not! Smiles are contagious, and are GREAT to give and receive. In addition, did you know that smiling can actually help you live longer, according to a recent study? We hope you're having a wonderful summer! We have some great patient contests coming soon - stay tuned!

Dr. Collins, helping you understand cavities

July 19th, 2010

At Parker Orthodontics, we know one word nobody wants to hear when they visit the dentist is Cavity! But what, exactly, is a exactly is a cavity and how do you get one? A cavity is a hole that develops in a tooth when the tooth begins to decay. It’s important to get a cavity filled as soon as it’s detected so that it does not grow bigger.

So, what causes a cavity? A cavity is caused by plaque, a sticky substance that forms on the tooth as a result of germ and bacteria build-up. Plaque is acidic and as it clings to your teeth the acids eat away the outside of the tooth (also called the enamel) and a hole is formed.

According to Cavity-Free at Three, in Colorado,

•18% of 2-4 year olds have dental caries; 16% have untreated decay.
•45.7% of kindergarteners have dental caries; 26.9% have untreated decay.
•57.2% of third graders have dental caries; 26.1% have untreated decay.
•By age 17, 78% of children have had at least one cavity; 7% have lost a permanent tooth to dental decay.

Yes, cavities can be repaired by your general dentist, but here are a few simple steps you can take to prevent cavities:

• Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily
• Gently brush your gums to keep them healthy (when choosing a toothbrush it is recommended to use soft bristles)
• Floss your teeth at least once a day to remove plaque and food that may be caught between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach
• Limit the amount of soda and sugary treats you eat/drink
• Be sure to visit your dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and check-up

We hope this helps! Please give us a call for more tips on your oral health during treatment with Dr. Collins!

More happy patients at Parker Orthodontics!

June 26th, 2010

Dr. Jeff Collins and our dedicated team love getting patient testimonials from current and former patients. Here are a few reviews we received recently on our Facebook page - our patients like us and we LOVE them back!

"Parker Orthodontics is the best is the business! Thanks for everything! Wouldn't have gone anywhere else!" ~ Austin G.

"I am getting married in two weeks and with my lingual braces no one will even know I have braces on during the big day! Thank you all SO much!" ~ Lauren F.

"Everyone at Parker Orthodontics are so nice and caring! They all, especially Dr.C, all really do care that my smile looks great in the end! Thank you sooo much" ~ Jenna P.

"Your office is always fun and everyone is happy! Thanks for giving me a great smile!" ~ Lauren K.

"Love the patience of all the ladies and Dr. Collins. The office has a family feel to it and I love that the workers take their time to make my kids comfortable." ~ Kim B

Ask Dr. Collins: Am I too old for treatment?

June 12th, 2010

At Parker Orthodontics, nobody, and we mean NOBODY, is "too old" for braces! In fact, our staff at Parker Orthodontics read a fascinating statistic: adults getting braces has actually jumped 24 percent since 1996! Of course, braces help make your pearly whites strong, healthy and perfectly-aligned, but maybe the reason for the spike in adult braces is this: people want to look and feel great. In an age—and society—where looks matter as much as anything, and at a time when evenly-aligned teeth might be the difference between getting a job or a promotion, adults are choosing to invest in orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment with Dr. Jeff Collins can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile.

If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit for a complimentary consultation. Please give us a call to set one up and have yourself a great rest of the weekend!

Parker Orthodontics, one of the best in the metro Denver area!

April 12th, 2010

Dr. Jeffrey Collins and our team are proud to announce our team was named by 5280 Magazine as one of the top orthodontic practitioners in the Denver metropolitan area. The list is based on thousands of detailed evaluations of local dentists and professionals by their peers.

Thank you, also, to our dear patients, for recommending us and writing such great reviews over the last year! Our team at Parker Orthodontics is extremely honored to be named among the best in Denver!

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