Celebrating a New Birth in the Family!

baby-photo-cristie-grandsonThere will soon be baby teeth to straighten in the extended Zachary Orthodontics office family…..which includes staff, of course! Help us celebrate with Cristie the birth of her first grandchild, Benjamin Neil.

Ben was born on February 9th 2014, weighing in at 7 lbs, 13oz, and measuring 21 inches in height. Proud mom and dad and baby Benjamin are all healthy and doing well.

Congratulations Cristie!

Factors Affecting Tooth Decay and Dental Health

http://www.freedigitalphotos.netBrushing and flossing, filling cavities, preventing tooth decay, orthodontic care, extractions and root canals. For all but a lucky few, our teeth will require constant maintenance for life, and not all teeth are created equal. So let’s talk a little bit about the “root” of the problem!

In a typical family with three children, two of them may have perfect teeth, yet the third one is prone to dental problems. According to Dr. Lawrence Kotlow, a board-certified dentist, says that only about 2% of our population are born with a “get-out-of-cavities-free card.”

There is something in our saliva that protects our teeth from decay. There are many factors that can cause decay or cavities in teeth. Not just lack of brushing or eating to many sweets, but the anatomy of the tooth, deep fissures and pitted teeth can also weaken the enamel. Teeth that are crowded, mouth breathing and asthmatic behavior can contribute to cavities as well.

There are no hard and fast rules, and no firm truths that apply to every patient. The best advice for the other 98% of us, who face the risk of cavities? Be aware of the sugars in the foods you eat, from candy bars to milk, and to be sure to brush, or at least rinse with water, after every meal. A good foundation, the result of orthodontics, is also important to keep the teeth healthy. And, be sure to schedule your regular dental visit.

Dr. Zachary

February Celebrations at Zachary Orthodontics

cristie-stephensHappy February Anniversary, Cristie!
We celebrate with Cristie the start of her 10th year here at Zachary Orthodontics. For the last 10 years Cristie has been our welcoming smile as patients walk into our office. Her expertise in scheduling, along with all aspects of front office management, has kept our office running smoothly. Cristie does an awesome job as our front desk coordinator – the office wouldn’t be the same without her!

Congratulations Cristie and thank you for 10 wonderful years!

kathy-fairinHappy February Birthday, Kathy and Julie!
Two of our staff members will be celebrating birthdays in the month of February. Both Kathy and Julie have been with Dr. Zachary’s office for many years.

Kathy celebrates on the 17th of February with Julie following in the same week, on February 21. Kathy plans to spend her special day out to dinner with her family. Also a little shopping may be in the works… Happy Birthday, Kathy!

julie-gibsonJulie will be celebrating her special day with a birthday dinner at her favorite restaurant along with her husband, Rick, three daughters and her adorable grandson. Happy Birthday, Julie!