February 21, 2020
Did you know studies have found that taking Vitamin D is more effective in preventing the flu than the flu vaccine?! It’s true. Upping your Vitamin D intake can help keep the flu away.
“Acute respiratory infections are responsible for millions of emergency department visits in the United States,” said Dr. Carlos Camargo of Harvard Medical School. “These results could have a major impact on our health system and also support efforts to fortify foods with vitamin D, especially in populations with high levels of vitamin D deficiency.”
This is great news, but how do we go about getting enough Vitamin D? It is naturally present in very few foods so most of us get it from exposure to the sun.
Since flu season usually occurs during the colder months of the year when we aren’t spending as much time in the sunshine, many people are deficient in Vitamin D. This deficiency contributes to a weakened immune system for both colds and flu. These facts prompt many people to take Vitamin D supplements.
During flu season we should always practice the usual methods to reduce the chance of getting the flu: handwashing, covering the mouth when coughing, limiting contact with others who are sick, and getting a vaccine. But if for some reason you don’t choose to vaccinate, or just want an extra layer of protection, talk to your doctor about Vitamin D supplements and take advantage of its well-documented anti-viral capabilities.
January 16, 2020
Most fads won’t hurt you – bell bottom pants, avocado toast, the water bottle flip challenge – but using Do It Yourself (DIY) orthodontic aligner treatment just might.
Many people have heard about DIY orthodontic aligners and how easy it is to straighten teeth with no appointments for a lower price. It is human nature to want to follow the easiest path. But sometimes easiest isn’t always best.
The American Dental Association has taken a firm stance against companies who provide “mail order” aligners for teeth. Their concern is for the safety and health of patients’ teeth. One of the most popular DIY companies protects themselves by having customers self-certify their dental condition and sign documentation to hold the company harmless for any negative consequences that may occur.
Unbeknownst to many customers, when they agree to the program, they are agreeing to waive rights to any kind of recourse in the event of a negative outcome or circumstance.
Of course, there are customers who report success from such mail order orthodontic aligners, but a quick Internet search will alert the public to issues with aligners that don’t fit correctly, cut into the gums, or aligners that cause serious problems for a person’s bite including loss of gum tissue, root problems and even tooth loss. Many customers of DIY orthodontic aligners end up in a local orthodontist’s office to fix such problems.
Ultimately, DIY aligners are not appreciably less expensive than going to an orthodontist when you factor in the peace of mind you get from knowing a professional orthodontist is overseeing your treatment. Typically a patient only has to visit the orthodontist every 8-10 weeks for aligner treatment.
We recommend avoiding do-it-yourself orthodontics and come see us at Smiles Hollywood Orthodontics instead! Call us for a free consultation! 972-529-9700
July 24, 2019
Dr. Stephanie Crise is committed to the health of the teeth she straightens and has great information on different kinds of braces. But she is equally interested in the overall health of her patients.
E-cigarettes were introduced to the American market in 2007 and in the last few years, popularity has ramped up exponentially! People picked up e-cigs, or vapes, thinking they were safer than smoking traditional cigarettes. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially for young people.
A young person’s brain is still developing up to about the age of 25 and since most e-cigs do contain nicotine, the developing brain is susceptible to many issues with nicotine exposure. Nicotine addiction is an obvious consequence, but also mood disorders, impulse control, attention and learning deficits. When youth make new memories or learn new skills, the brain forms a connection. Addiction is a form of learning which makes nicotine addiction much easier in young people than adults.
Many believe that the aerosol in e-cigarettes is just harmless “water vapor.” But the aerosol inhaled and exhaled can contain nicotine, ultrafine particles that can be inhaled into the lungs, a chemical called diacetyl used in flavoring which can cause serious lung disease, cancer-causing chemicals and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead. Flavorings that may be considered safe in food are not safe for the lungs because the stomach can process substances that the lungs cannot.
Also concerning, “The addiction to nicotine and later conversion to (or dual use with) regular cigarettes are the greatest concerns,” says Roy S. Herbst, MD, Yale Medicine’s chief of medical oncology at Yale Cancer Center.
If all that isn’t enough food for thought, the e-cigarette device itself can be dangerous. Batteries in the device are used to heat the coil which turns the liquid to vapor. The batteries can come in contact with metal objects like keys, buttons, coins, etc. and this overflow of electricity can easily cause them to explode, either in someone’s pocket, hand or mouth causing significant injury.
The facts are clear and supported by those who know. For only the fourth time in his term as Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams issued a rare advisory on December 18, 2018: “I am officially declaring e-cigarette use (vaping) among youth an epidemic in the United States.”
June 24, 2019
There is no doubt that regrets in life are hard to take. But when that regret involves your child, it’s doubly hard. Dr. Stephanie Crise has watched this scenario play out more than once in her career and clearly remembers the one with a mom in tears.
She recalls, “A mom brought her little girl to us who was about 9 years old at the time. We examined her and found that the child had a significant need for overbite correction. Mom was advised that early Phase I treatment was recommended to correct the problem.”
However, the family’s dentist convinced them such treatment was not necessary until the child was older. Sure enough, the girl returned to our orthodontist office when she was around 12 years of age, ready for full braces (which is called Phase II treatment). The jaw issue was still present but the difference now was that the window of opportunity had closed in which it could be taken care of with orthodontics alone. A child’s skeleton has fused by this time in his/her development and therefore jaw surgery was now the only way to treat the problem successfully.
This is when the mom’s tears began. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children be evaluated by a pediatric orthodontist between the ages of 7 and 8 and this story illustrates the reason for that. Many children may not need early treatment, however it is important to monitor them as they grow. For others, early orthodontic treatment can make all the difference including keeping them out of the operating room! Orthodontic treatment is about more than just straightening teeth for a beautiful smile.
It can be necessary for overbite or underbite correction, for proper biting and chewing, to correct habits like thumb-sucking and tongue thrusting, to encourage clear speech, as well as making sure there is a good path for incoming permanent teeth. Smiles Hollywood Orthodontics does not charge for the first evaluation of children at this pivotal age of 7 or 8. Isn’t it easier to have the peace of mind that your child’s mouth and jaw are developing properly rather than to have regrets later? Visit us at SmilesHollywood.com.
April 29, 2019
Ah, summer! Lazy days, fun in the pool, longer days of sunshine and… orthodontic appointments? Yes! Summer is a great time to get children started on orthodontic treatment to improve their smiles!
If your child hasn’t seen an orthodontist before, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have a first visit between the ages of 7 and 8 years old. This visit will just be checking teeth alignment, jaw position and if necessary, discussing how to straighten teeth when the time is right.
For those who already know braces are needed, take advantage of kids being out of school and free from classes, homework and all those extracurricular activities that can make scheduling a challenge during the school year.
Summer is also the perfect time for kids to get used to wearing braces since there are a few things they’ll need to adapt to: Eating a braces-friendly diet, learning braces care like proper brushing and flossing techniques, feeling comfortable with having braces on their teeth, and gaining confidence about wearing braces.
Call us at 972-529-9700 to book your child’s Smiles Hollywood teeth audition today!
March 11, 2019
Did you know that your tongue is like a giant trampoline for the more than 500 species of bacteria living in your mouth, and your bloodstream carries that bacteria throughout the whole body!? For that reason, there is an obvious connection between your oral health and your overall health.
I had two options for this post… I could’ve included a picture of a mouth with actual bacterial damage or this pretty picture with colorful fake germs. I went with this one because frankly, real germs are GROSS and are anything but a pretty picture.
Daily brushing and flossing is important but don’t forget to brush your tongue too before you put down the toothbrush. Shutting down as much of that bacteria as you can will help your mouth AND your body.
December 13, 2016
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“They work with you as the patient to help you achieve that “Hollywood” smile. As a kid I remember coming here and loving it, I mean the inside is decked out like Hollywood so it is very kid friendly. There is free popcorn, coffee, and video games kids can play while they wait. The staff is very nice as well as the doctors. From when I was a kid up until my frequent visits recently I have seen the same doctors and nothing has changed! They are SO nice! Warm and welcoming.”~ River L.
“For anyone looking to get braces, this is the place to get them! Dr. Crise and the entire staff here are excellent! I have 3 boys who all have gotten braces here. I couldn’t be happier with the results. They have great smiles!”~ Phil G.
“Dr. Crise and her team are the best there is. They take so much personal pride in achieving the best possible result. You never feel like you are just being put through a one-size-fits-all program. Dr. Crise has done braces for my 3 children and her work is excellent. Plus, they LOVE her. She is so happy and fun, your kids will actually look forward to their visits to Smiles Hollywood!”~ Anne-Marie G.