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Back To School Routines

Welcome to the 2015/2016 school year! Now that the school year is in full swing, we wanted to give you a few tips on how to stay healthy during the year.back-to-school-routines-fleming-smiles

Reinstate a good routine

A good routine is necessary in keeping kids healthy. Kids who get less than 6 ½ hours of sleep are 2 ½ times more likely to have elevated blood pressure that kids who slept longer. It is recommended that children get at least 9 hours of sleep each night.

Also, it is important to stay on track with your orthodontic treatment. We know your schedules can get busy so make sure to check your calendars for conflicts. Our early morning and late afternoons are most popular however sometimes you will need to come during school hours. We will provide your child with their school excuse.

Getting enough physical activity

Kids should get at least one hour of physical activity per day. This will help your child feel less stressed, focus more on studies, feel better about themselves, build sturdy bones, joints and muscles, keep a healthy weight and sleep better at night. Limit time on the T.V. and electronics. Exercise with your child to encourage them to do the same.

Washing hands

#1 way to avoid spreading or catching germs is to encourage your child in a good hand washing routine. Simple water and soap is best but using a hand sanitizer is also effective. Washing fronts and backs of hands and in between fingers either singing aloud or in their head Happy Birthday to You or the ABC’s from start to finish.

We hope these tips help you stay healthy and help make your school year awesome! If you have any questions please contact our Garland office.

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I have braces…How do I take care of my teeth???

Braces can present some challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. More specifically, preventing decay can be a challenge due to foods being trapped under wires and brackets. But have no worries, we will help you along the way! Here are a few tips to get you started…

1) Proper Brushing: Dr Fleming recommends a soft bristle brush with a smaller head. Orthodontic brushes are a great choice if you can find them. We also recommend electronic toothbrushes, such as a SoniCare over a traditional mechanical toothbrush.  Focus on the area between the braces and gums and don’t be afraid to push the bristles under the gums and wires. Try starting at the furthest back both on the right and then move to the left one tooth at a time. Brushing methodically with a routine will ensure that you don’t miss any areas! We recommend any toothpaste with fluoride. Lastly, don’t forget to brush your tongue, too!

2) Cleanings with your dentist: Please make sure you see your dentist every 3-6 months for regular cleanings while in braces to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy. We monitor your brushing at each visit and if we feel improvements can be made we will coach you.

3) Braces-Safe foods: Foods that are high in sugar or starch can cause more plaque which is difficult to remove while brushing. We ask that you stay away from foods that are sticky (such as caramel, starbursts, tootsie rolls and bubble gum) and hard/crunchy foods (such as whole nuts, pretzels and corn chips). These foods can break brackets and bend wires which will add time to your treatment. Please also keep in mind that fruits and vegetables can also cause harm to your braces. Cut fruits and veggies in small bite size pieces or cook them (ask us for a food list).

If you have any questions during your orthodontic treatment please do not hesitate to contact our office or ask us at your regular visits!

Dr Fleming provides orthdontics in the Garland, Richardson, Sachse, Wylie, Plano and surrounding areas.


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Flemings’ fun day at the Falls!

It’s that time of year again for our annual Fleming Fun Day at the Falls!!! On June 11, 2015 Dr. Fleming and team have set aside time from 12-8:00 PM to say thank you for being our patient and allowing us to give you the smile you deserve! This is a special day for YOU! Current patients and one guest will receive a ticket to Hawaiian falls Garland, TX. If you would like to bring more than one guest, we will have discounted tickets for sale for $18.00 per ticket!!! These discounted tickets can be used throughout the season too! WHAT A STEAL!!! To make sure you get that discount, all of you come to our table and we will have all the tickets you need. We will only be able to accept cash or check. No need to RSVP, all tickets will be given at the time of the event. If you would like to bring a cooler with food and drink, Hawaiian Falls does charge a $10.00 fee (Contact Hawaiian Falls for more details). We hope to see all of you there!

We also have a fun contest going on for the whole summer with some pretty awesome prizes! There will be one winner every (June, July and August) month. The more entries you have the better chance you have of winning. You will not want to miss the chance to win! When you come in office you can do a word scramble for one entry. We also have more ways to enter, stop by or call to find out other ways to get the additional entries!

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DIY braces…WHAT?

As you may have seen on YouTube or in the news, there is a disturbing trend called “DIY braces”.  People are watching YouTube videos on how to close gaps between their teeth using household items such as hair band elastics and paper clips. There are even companies where you can take a do it yourself impression and mail it in for “custom” in home braces… DON’T DO THIS! In order to have a great orthodontic result it is very important to have a board certified orthodontist such as, Dr. Fleming, perform a comprehensive initial exam and monitor your results throughout your treatment. During these exams,  she will diagnose and monitor the straightening of your teeth as well as the health of your teeth and gums. DIY braces or simply closing a small gap between your 2 front teeth seems like a good idea until something goes terribly wrong. This form of “in home” orthodontics can cause permanent damage such as mouth sores, tooth decay, damage to your roots and even loss of teeth. Doesn’t sound so good now, does it?

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has issued a consumer warning about using elastics for at-home dental work. Part of their warning states:

“DIY” at-home treatments without orthodontic supervision, such as attempts to close gaps with rubber bands or paper clips, significantly increase the chances of irreparable harm. Orthodontic treatment is a complex medical procedure, and there is no “one size fits all” approach. Treatment is customized for each patient, taking into account all relevant information.”

At Fleming orthodontics we are dedicated to health of your teeth and gums, so if you are considering braces or invisalign please contact our office for your complimentary exam and a personalized treatment plan just for you! We look forward to hearing from you and your family.


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Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Please check back often for weekly updates on fun and exciting events happening at our office, important and interesting information about our orthodontics and the dental industry, and the latest news about our practice.

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