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DURING YOUR ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT, we know you hear a lot from our team about the importance of brushing and flossing. But there are other things (we tend to talk less about) that can really assist you in maintaining the health of your teeth so that when your orthodontic treatment concludes, your smile will be drop-dead gorgeous.

Eating Right Helps Fend Off Plaque, Gingivitis, And Periodontal Disease
Your tooth enamel is your smile’s first defense against decay. When your enamel becomes damaged (or erodes) you become more prone to tooth sensitivity and cavities. Your diet can have a lot to do with replenishing those things in your body that help strengthen tooth enamel. Calcium is one of those things. Also, foods rich in vitamin D (like salmon) allow you to better absorb the calcium that healthy teeth need.

“Super-Smile” Foods That May Surprise You
Broccoli – Broccoli has been shown to create an acid-resistant teeth “shield”.
Onions – Onions have properties that fight bacteria in your mouth.
Kiwi (Vitamin C) – The little fuzzy guys are packed with more Vitamin C than any other fruit. A lack of Vitamin C can break down the collagen network in your gums, making them tender and more susceptible to bacteria and gum disease.
Celery – Celery is like an edible tooth-scrubber. Because of its fibrous material, it massages gums, cleans teeth, and encourages saliva production (a major plus).
Other Crunchy Veggies – Other crunchy vegetables and fruits like apples or carrots are also great for your smile.
Quinoa (pronounced “KEEN-wah”) – This little grain is loaded with minerals and vitamins that support and reinforce your teeth.
Shiitaki Mushrooms – These yummy mushrooms contain a sugar called Lentinan that helps prevent mouth bacteria from growing.
Sesame Seeds – Sesame seeds help your teeth in two ways. First, they act as little scrubbers, clearing up plaque on your teeth. Second, they supply lots of calcium.
Of course, this list includes only a small fraction of the foods that can contribute to great oral health. The eBook below talks about many more.

Awesome, Downloadable Recipe eBook
Wondering how you’re going to work teeth-friendly foods into your daily routine and family meals? Here’s a fantastic resource. The downloadable eBook below combines know-how from a gourmet cook, a nutritionist, and a cosmetic dentist to feature gourmet recipes using the super-smile foods listed above (and many others). Enjoy!

Stay tuned to our orthodontic blog for more great ideas to help keep your mouth healthy. We always love hearing from you too. Contact us any time you have questions—regardless of the subject. We’ll get back to you right away. You can also always comment below, or send us a direct message from our Facebook page. By the way, you can click on the image below to watch a video from Colgate that contains additional information about the relationship between eating a balanced diet, and your oral health:

Happy food prep (and eating)!
And as always, thanks for being our friends and a valued part of our practice.


Getting my braces, TADS, ramps and 5 powerchains on. Also had some gum tissue removed by laser on my impacted tooth. The whole process took 2.5 hours. Thank you Sara for going with me and taking pics.
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Taking good care of the teeth you think. This is a great article has the help you need. The tips included will turn you a dental care pro and give you the healthy smile you seek. If you are about to undergo a painful or uncomfortable procedure, work out a signal with your dentist for times you might want a … Continue reading →
Taking good care of the teeth you think. This is a great article has the help you need. The tips included will turn you a dental care pro and give you the healthy smile you seek.

If you are about to undergo a painful or uncomfortable procedure, work out a signal with your dentist for times you might want a break or reassurance. You may be able to settle on a special hand signal that will suffice. You probably won’t need to use this, but it’s nice to know it’s an option.

Dentist Regularly
You can only avoid problems when you keep up a dentist regularly. You will also find that you visit your dentist regularly and get to know him. This is important if the need dental work done at some point.

There are many great toothpastes out there specially formulated for people who experience sensitivity to extreme temperatures. If cold or hot foods and drinks bother you, you will experience discomfort when eating or drinking hot and cold foods.

To maintain proper dental health, regular dentist visits are very important.

Whitening strips and cleanings help you get whiter teeth. Read instructions carefully and don’t leave the strips on your teeth longer than you should. Avoid using whitening strips frequently as you may damage your teeth.

If you happen to have a tooth or teeth knocked out, do not dispose of it. Rinse it lightly to remove any foreign objects. If this does not work, then put it in a little bit of milk and get to your dentist right away.

Brush teeth for no less than two minutes at a minimum. Don’t brush with too hard or you run the risk of damaging your gums and teeth. You might need to get a softer toothbrush if yours makes your gums tend to hurt after brushing.

You should try to select healthy snacks whenever you can so you don’t damage your teeth. If you just have to have that sugary snack, do so quickly, and brush immediately afterwards. This lessens the likelihood of getting cavities.

Do not smoke if you want to have healthy teeth. It stains your teeth to become discolored and causes tartar and plaque to build up. Smoking cigarettes contributes to an increased risk of you developing oral cancer and gum disease. Quitting is best for healthier gums and teeth healthy.

Regular brushing and flossing will help your teeth stay healthy.

Many people who don’t get enough of certain vitamins and minerals end up with dental issues. Take multivitamins and get some help from your doctor to see if you think you need to improve your health.

Before meeting your new dentist, be sure that dentist takes your insurance. If you are covered, review your insurance policy to determine which services are covered under your plan. This will help you to avoid any nasty surprises you might find when it is time to pay up.

These tables help eliminate plaque and show you an idea of how efficient your flossing technique is. Using these often can help you rid your mouth of excess plaque.

Six Months
It is essential that you make regular trips to your dentist.How often you go is up to you. Some people may need to visit a dentist every six months, but most are better off going every six months. Ask your dental professional what they think is the best interval for you.

You should always floss before brushing teeth. Many cavities crop up in the areas between your teeth, so you must clean in those areas. If you have issues with regular floss, consider using a flossing tool you can buy at the drug store for help. These hygienic methods can be trashed after each use.

How long ago did you bought a new toothbrush? It is important to change it every two months.

You need to replace the brushes on your electric toothbrush every couple of months. The bristles can make your toothbrush less effective. Also, bacteria may build within your brush, leaving your toothbrush nothing more than a nasty conglomerate of health-risking germs which you don’t really want to put into your mouth.

Rinse with some apple cider vinegar. You will want to do this first thing in the morning before you brush your teeth.

These foods could damage partials and other types of dental work.Popcorn kernels can also get stuck up in your guns.

Plastic floss tools are fun and easy for children to use. However, the truth is that using floss the old-fashioned way, by winding it around your fingers and running it between your teeth, provides extra pressure and removes more debris from your teeth.

After having read this article, you should now feel a little more comfortable talking about dental care. There is much more to learn, but you’ve got a great head start. You will have a smile that makes others jealous when you put this information to good use.
For Staff
Every orthodontist will eventually approach the time in his life where he must recognize that after practicing for over 25 years, he should wisely plan for the future of the practice toward a time where he will be less active and eventually to retire. It is important to make such plans while still active and healthy, in order to be dealing from a position of strength. Prior to OMEGA , the doctor had only one alternative, to sell the practice as one would any other commodity, to another orthodontist.
Practice sale has certain undesireable aspects. First of all, the sale price to the doctor is quite a bit less than what one might receive for selling a similarly successful business. The doctor receives about two years net earnings, while if he were selling a business he might more typically receive 5 times that amount. This is because the success of the typical orthodontic practice is considered to be a function of the management and marketing abilities of the doctor and are untested in the new doctor. The good will may simply not transfer.

Secondly the relationship between the new doctor and the current staff can be a problem, especially in the case of long term employees who may have a great loyalty to the founder. It is not unusual to “clean house” due to personality and territorial conflicts after the sale of a practice. OMEGA provides a new possibility for practice transition, that of the Perpetual Practice. Under this concept the founder has the opportunity to continue to participate in the income of the practice even after his total retirement, to assure that the principles on which the practice was founded, and which made the practice successful, will continue into the future as well, and that he is not abandoning his co-workers to an uncertain future.

In order to Perpetuate a practice, it is necessary to substitute systems, which can be successfully operated by the staff with support from OMEGA, for the management and marketing skill of the new doctor. A potential new doctor is selected carefully by the doctor and OMEGA for a personality that will blend with the practice. He or she is introduced to the systems and principles of the practice, and must agree to continue these principles and systems or not be a part of the practice. When systems are well defined, and there is a third party to aid in the communication, there is much less chance for misunderstanding. In this regard OMEGA functions as a marraige counselor.

We call the system that is installed by OMEGA the Exceptiona! Practice. It is recognized today by business experts, that to succeed in a service business one must not just meet, but to exceed the customer’s expectations on a routine basis. Thus being Exceptiona! is stamped into every practice system- from answering the phone, to enrolling new patients, to relating to general dental practices, to relating to patients, to collections, to treatment management.

The principles of this system, did not arrive overnight imprinted on a stone tablet. They have been derived over 25 years of work with leading practices through the Millenium Society, Paradigm Practice Management and continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of the market place.

An important aspect of the match between your practice and OMEGA is that your practice is already philosophically aligned with these very same principles and that OMEGA membership will not be a reversal of field, but rather a refinement, expansion and continuation in the same direction.

Your practice may be similar to many mature practices. Successful systems, relationships and people have been in place which become institutionalized and change little after a certain point in time. At some point these system will achieve their level of potential, and then growth will stop. Since the society changes rapidly, it is actually impossible to stay in the same place without change. The financial condition of the practice actually begins to decline. A point is reached at which, while the practice still may be comfortable and a nice place to work, financial growth for the doctor and staff become impossible.

We will be sharing the financial opportunities for the practice with the staff , whether we do see an opportunity for growth to the extent that the practice could increase significantly, and how this might increase the financial opportunities for everyone.

The following are some of the key features of an OMEGA implementation:

At the initial meeting, contributions are solicited from the staff and doctor regarding potential practice improvements and future goals. The financial analysis is discussed and current systems reviewed.
A Bud Ham Survey of the patients and referral sources is conducted to gain honest feedback regarding the current strengths and weaknesses of the practice. If nothing else, it has a positive marketing benefit by letting the patients know that the practice values their opinions.
From the above, goals and specific programs to achieve them are defined.

A personnel management system is mutually agreed upon which includes routine performance and salary reviews, defined benefits, and a staff bonus for increased productivity. This is an important aspect of our Staff Co-Ownership policy.
A Sonny Elliot in office seminar on comunication skills is given. This acquaints the staff with tools used by professional communicators in dealing with the public and offers an opportunity for personal growth.
Systems are installed for financially impacting functions such as collections and marketing.
The time taken for treatment procdures will be reviewed and an optimum schedule designed for the practice by Dr. Dean Bellavia.
Monthly, there will be a visit from the OMEGA staff consultant to check on progress, provide any coaching and training required for the systems implementation, and to bring new ideas to the practice for improvement. One of the important benefits of OMEGA membership, is the ability to exchange ideas with a nationwide network of successful practices, for Perpetual growth and improvement. This consultant will continue the relationship with the practice indefinitely, to affect the practice transition, when it finally does occur.
As an option, the practice may avail itself of the OMEGA advanced management software. I will be forwarding information on that system for your review and consideration.

Bob Schulhof
Finding the best orthodontist in Spokane should not be difficult. We take the time needed with our patients and their families to make sure they feel informed about their orthodontic options, comfortable with our doctor and staff and confident when they decided to get orthodontic treatment from Spokane Orthodontics. Our practice is dedicated to continuing education, staying up with the latest (and most effective) orthodontics treatment procedures and providing the wonderful people of Spokane a top-notch orthodontic facility.

Whatever your orthodontic needs are, we’re here to provide the best service you can find in the Spokane area.

Gaps in your smile?
No problem. You do not need to feel resigned to having an embarrassing smile for the rest of your life. Smile gaps can be effectively and affordably treated at Spokane Orthodontics.

Crooked Teeth?
An imperfect smile can be a surprisingly difficult burden to bear these days. We understand that. We also understand that some people have deep fears of dentistry in general. We truly care about our patients and will make sure you are comfortable on all of your visits. Also, you should know that we strive to make orthodontics affordable for the people in Spokane and the surrounding area. Don’t let fear of the unknown make you live uncomfortably because of an embarrassing smile or crooked teeth.

Under / Overbite?
Modern orthodontics make it possible to effectively and efficiently treat underbite or overbite issues which can lead to great dental issues than just an imperfect smile. Uneven tooth wear and jaw or neck pain may result from these issues. Trust us, it’s much better to take care of the issue before further complications arise. Rest assured that our doctor and staff will help you feel comfortable and partner with you in making the best decision for your situation and circumstances.

Just call and schedule a visit and we will let you know about the orthodontic treatments that will work best for your smile AND your budget. Spokane Orthodontics is the place to go for all your orthodontic needs


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