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Are Your Teeth Getting Enough Vitamin D?

blog-featured-image-vitamin-d-and-orthodontic-treatmentWho doesn’t love to catch some sun rays? Well sunshine lovers, Dr. John A. Gerling and Dr. Joseph Ryan of the McAllen Orthodontic Group 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

Hey Runners! Pay Special Attention To Your Oral Health

blog-featured-image-oral-health-and-runningWe know that exercise is very important for both our mental and physical health. However, have you thought about the effects of running on your oral health? While those two things may seem unrelated, they’re actually not. Fear not. Dr. John A. Gerling and Dr. Joseph Ryan of the McAllen Orthodontic Group will explain the correlation between running and oral health.

Oral Health and Running

While the rest of your body may be in great shape, each extra training hour actually increases your risk of tooth decay. Athletes are at risk for two specific oral health problems: dry mouth effects and sports-related nutrition effects. Read More

5 Tips for Teaching Kids How to Brush

blog-featured-image-kids-brushing-tipsGood oral hygiene is a crucial part of a person’s health. Thus, it is imperative that parents help teach their kids not only to brush their teeth twice a day but also how to do so effectively. Rather than making it a chore, try to make cleaning their teeth a fun and enjoyable experience. To help, Dr. John A. Gerling and Dr. Joseph Ryan of the McAllen Orthodontic Group shares some tips for teaching kids how to properly clean their teeth. Read More

5 Reasons to Smile in the Year 2020

blog-featured-image-reasons-to-smile-in-new-yearThere are a lot of reasons you should be flashing those pearly whites more often – smiling is good for your health! According to Psychology Today, when you smile you activate neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. As we close out the year, it is important to find reasons to smile and be grateful for all the lessons we’ve learned and achievements accomplished. For those who can’t find a reason to smile, Dr. John A. Gerling and Dr. Joseph Ryan of the McAllen Orthodontic Group has five:Read More

Common Speech Problems Orthodontics Can Help

blog-featured-image-orthodontics-for-speech-problemsDid you know that the alignment of your teeth can affect your speech? If you struggle to pronounce certain words, your teeth could be the reason why. Thankfully, orthodontics can help. Dr. John A. Gerling and Dr. Joseph Ryan of the McAllen Orthodontic Group can provide orthodontic treatment to resolve common oral problems such as:

  1. Lisp or Whistling

Lisps or whistles are common in children and adults and are developed due to open bites. An open bite occurs when the tongue doesn’t make a true connection with the roof of the mouth. This typically happens when pronouncing words containing the letter “s” or “z.” Patients with an open bite often pronounce these words as if they have the letters “th” instead of an “s.”

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Should My Mouthguard Be Custom or Store Bought?

blog-featured-image-custom-store-bought-mouthguardsAnyone participating in a sport should wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth. This is especially important for anyone undergoing orthodontic treatment. Braces and wires can damage the mouth if you receive a ball to the face.

Many people ask whether it is necessary to invest in a custom-fit mouthguard or will an over-the-counter one work just as well. To help you make the best decision for your situation, Dr. John A. Gerling and Dr. Joseph Ryan of the McAllen Orthodontic Group has information about each mouthguard. Read More