4 Ways to Keep your Teeth Holiday Proof

Dr Greenberg Orthodontics | Blog | Holiday Tips

Dr Greenberg Orthodontics | Blog | Holiday Tips

Nut Crackers Exist for a Reason!

Those cute little bearded figurines aren’t just there to guard your mantle, they’re here to help you guard your teeth against tough nuts. No need to prove how macho your chompers are by shredding nutshells with them. Real nutcrackers are meant to do the job to help you avoid cracking teeth & damaging gums. If you see a tasty-looking bowl of nuts that haven’t been pre-shelled, find a nutcracker before digging in. This also goes for bottles & other packages, use the right tools for opening – not the ones in your mouth.

Yes to Carrots & Apples

Take after Rudolph & go for those carrots. This super strong veggie helps clean out your mouth & palate especially if you’re going in for seconds. The grainy texture of apples does the same & provides a refreshing taste. Your teeth will thank you!  Holidays are like the Olympics for our mouths, so it’s our job to stay on top of our oral health in order to eat like champs. Staying hydrated is also very important. If this season’s drinks get too sweet for you, water + fluoride helps keep your teeth strong & healthy…don’t have fluoride lying around your house? Just drink some water and stay away from the sugar for a while!

Extra Sticky = Icky

Keep your mouth pain-free & your dental fixtures safe by steering clear of extra sticky holiday foods. Things like taffy candy or dried cranberries force your teeth & jaws to work overtime. Sticky foods also tend to get rrreeeal comfy in your mouth, thus residing in there longer. We know they’re yummy… But letting a chewy candy dislodge a wire is never fun! We love seeing our patients, but prefer you avoid emergency care & maintain oral safety over the holidays by avoiding sticky candies.

Sugar Free Chewing Gum

As much as everyone says gum is bad for you, it’s not the case if it’s sugar free! As long as it doesn’t become a bad habit, sugar-free chewing gum actually fights against tooth decay. Especially on holidays & big family gatherings that make way for extra heavy meals, our mouths are going to need extra protection. The beauty of sugar-free chewing gum is that it stimulates more saliva to assist in flushing out bacteria. It also hunts & traps food particles that would otherwise build up & become plaque. Make the most of its benefit with 20 minutes of chewing after each holiday meal.



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Flossing With Braces Made Easy By GumChucks® Pro Floss!

GumChucks Flossing System Now At Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics In Pasadena CA

GumChucks Flossing System Now At Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics In Pasadena CA

We’re excited to announce that we’re now carrying GumChucks® Pro Floss!

As you’ve no doubt heard us say many times, flossing is a very important part of caring for your teeth.

Facts are facts – brushing and flossing must be part of your daily oral care. Flossing helps to remove the plaque which can become tartar – you don’t want that, trust us. Buildup of tartar can directly lead to gingivitis and, even worse, gum disease.

Now we know that you’re not all excited about flossing, but GumChucks® Pro Floss is here to save the day! With this new flossing system, flossing your teeth has never been easier, cleaner, or better!

GumChucks® Pro Floss comes in three different styles depending on your needs.




GumChucks® provide the c-shape flossing that are recommended by Orthodontists!

GumChucks® Adult PRO FLOSS:

This is the only flossing system of its kind. They very much resemble mini nunchucks, they have disposable tips that are connected by a piece of dental floss. The unique two-handle system increases dexterity and control allowing you to easily make the dentist-recommended “C” shape with the floss.

  • The handles let you easily reach your back teeth.
  • No more cut off circulation from floss wrapped fingers.
  • Cleaner and more hygienic – no fingers in your mouth.
  • It’s much easier to wrap the floss around your tooth, removing more plaque and bacteria.


Flossing your braces has never been easier with GumChucksGumChucks® ORTHOgami:

Revolutionary Ortho Flossing

The flexible hook on one end of the disposable flossing tips allows you to safely and very quickly position the floss under the arch wire and between brackets for effective flossing. No more threading, struggling or time-consuming contortions!

The unique two-handle system increases dexterity and control allowing you to make the dentist recommended “C” shape with the floss, making it easier and faster to floss effectively.


Kids will love Flossing with GumChucks for Kids

If you want your kids to floss – make it fun with GumChucks® for Kids:

Kids love the characters, cool designs, and shooting the tips. Parents love the ease of use, innovative design and effectiveness.  GumChucks make flossing fun, fast and easy.  Flossing children become flossing adults…and that’s a good thing!

We’re also including a starter GumChucks® kit with every new Orthodontic treatment.

Be sure to ask one of our helpful staff members about the new GumChucks® Pro Floss system, they’d be happy to answer any questions you have.

Remember to keep smiling – it could change the world!

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