Springtime in Mid-MO

Look no further for the best Spring activities to shake off your cabin fever. So breathe in the fresh air and throw those bulky sweaters in storage. Spring has arrived in Mid-MO and there is plenty to do! Here are some ideas of how to enjoy this weather:

Trailside Café and Bike Shop in Rocheport: This establishment offers both bike rentals AND great food all in one place! Trailside Café – located next to Katy Trail State Park – has indoor and outdoor seating.

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Columbia Farmer’s Market

Columbia Farmers Market: You can now experience the taste of Mid-Missouri at the Columbia Farmers Market outside again, which is in the parking lot behind the ARC and runs every Saturday from 8 am – 12 pm. And there’s live music too!

Bear Creek Trail: This may not be as popular as MKT Trail, but it is to not be underestimated! Bear Creek Trail in northern Columbia links two of the most popular parks (Cosmo and Albert-Oakland Park). The 4.8 mile limestone trail is a great way to enjoy the outdoors.

Hot Air Balloon Rides: See Columbia from high above in a hot air balloon ride offered by BalloonStomers, Inc. If you aren’t afraid of heights, this is something you’ll enjoy. Just be sure to make a reservation first!

Warm Spring Ranch near Booneville: This 300-acre Anheuser Busch Clydesdale breeding facility is home to more than 100 Clydesdales. Make a reservation for a tour and meet the beautiful horses with the whole family.

Restaurants with a patio: Grab a bite downtown on a patio and enjoy the beautiful weather. Some of our favorites are Shakespeare’s, The Heidelberg and Shiloh.

Have an hour to spare? Walk through the Mizzou campus, which is designated a botanic garden and the architecture of the buildings new and old makes it one of the most picturesque places in the state.sports_mizzou_softball_scoring.jpg


Local Sporting Events:
It is baseball and softball season and you have your fair share of team’s to watch! Whether you prefer to watch Mizzou, Columbia College or Stephen’s, a night at the ballpark can’t be beat!

Kite Flying Day: Fill the sky from 12-2 pm at Douglass Park Ball Field in Columbia on April 2nd . Contest categories are Largest Flying Kite, Smallest Flying Kite & the Highest Flyer.

We hope that this gives you some ideas of ways to spend your free time. As always, we love to see what our patients are up to so please share with us on Facebook how you like to spend the season of Spring!

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How To Handle Braces Emergencies

Sometimes your braces can misbehave. Wires can poke, braces can come loose or get lost, and at times you may experience some minor pain. True emergencies are rare and can be solved without a trip to the office though. Here are some helpful tips in how to deal with these types of situations.

Poking Wire or Bracket
If something is rubbing against your lips, tongue or cheek, use a dry wipe or towel to dry the bracket. Then place a small amount of wax over the bracket.Wax-on-Braces3 After brushing or eating, you will need to reapply the wax. The wax will come off frequently, so keep a supply with you.

Broken Bracket
If the last bracket falls off and is not attached to the wire, you may wait until your next appointment to have it repaired. If you lose a bracket that is attached to your wire, and your visit is within two weeks, you may wait until your next appointment to have it repaired. Please give our office a call to notify us that you will need a repair so we may allot additional time if needed. If your next scheduled appointment is further than two weeks away, contact our office to schedule a repair appointment.

Mouth Sores
To help a cut heal, rinse your mouth with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 cup of warm water. Peroxyl, which you can buy over the counter, also is an excellent rinse to clean the cut and promote healing. In the initial stages of treatment, wax can be used in areas that are particularly painful.

Teeth are Sore after Appointment
You may experience some discomfort after an appointment, as the teeth are moving. You can take over-the-counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Be sure to follow the regular recommended dosage. Just try to remember that the pain you are feeling is a sign that your teeth are shifting and becoming more aligned and soon you will see the transformation of your new, beautiful smile.

True emergencies don’t happen often but Dr. Robinson and Dr. Ries are always here to help you. Please follow their instructions about proper wear and care to prevent problems that could prolong your treatment.

Bad Breath: What To Know

It is not uncommon for someone who brushes their teeth once or twice a day to still have bad breath. The reason being is that bad breath is often created by smelly bacteria that lives in between your teeth, as well as other areas of your mouth that are not accessible using a toothbrush. And that is why flossing is one of the best ways to reduce or eliminate bad breath. Still skeptical? Here are other ways to prevent or reduce bad breath:

Brush your teeth after you eat. Keep a toothbrush at work to use after eating. Brush using a fluoride-containing toothpaste at least twice a day, especially after meals. Toothpaste with antibacterial properties has been shown to reduce bad breath odors.

Brush your tongue. Your tongue harbors bacteria, so carefully brushing it may reduce odors. People who have a coated tongue from a significant overgrowth of bacteria (from smoking or dry mouth, for example) may benefit from using a tongue scraper. Or use a toothbrush that has a built-in tongue cleaner.

Clean dentures or dental appliances. If you wear a bridge or a denture, clean it thoroughly at least once a day or as directed by your dentist. If you have a dental retainer or mouth guard, clean it each time before you put it in your mouth. Your dentist can recommend the best cleaning product.

Avoid dry mouth. To keep your mouth moist, avoid tobacco and drink plenty of water — not coffee, soft drinks or alcohol, which can lead to a drier mouth. Chew gum or suck on candy (preferably sugarless) to stimulate saliva. For chronic dry mouth, your dentist or physician may prescribe an artificial saliva preparation or an oral medication that stimulates the flow of saliva.

Adjust your diet. Avoid foods such as onions and garlic that can cause bad breath. Eating a lot of sugary foods is also linked with bad breath.

Regularly get a new toothbrush. Change your toothbrush when it becomes frayed, about every three to four months, and choose a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Schedule regular dental checkups. See your dentist on a regular basis — generally twice a year — to have your teeth or dentures examined and cleaned.

There are many ways to freshen your breath beyond just using gum or mints, the above mentioned are just a few for you to try. Test them out and you will likely find your bad breath problem is solved, or at least considerably reduced. Of course, you can always ask Dr. Robinson, Dr. Ries or an orthodontic assistant at your next visit to our Columbia office.

Information provided by the Mayo Clinic

Staff Spotlight: Tamra

For a patient, seeing their new smile for the first time is an exciting moment. To orthodontic assistant Tamra McGinnis, these are the moments she enjoys the most. Tamra is a neUntitledw face in our office and joins our team of orthodontic assistants! Her positive personality and previous dental experience made her perfect for the job.
She lives in Auxvasse now but grew up in Buffalo, Missouri. After graduating from Everest College in Springfield, she immediately entered the dentistry industry. She was previously working in general dentistry but was excited to get experience in orthodontics because she said it’s a bit more hands on work.

Tamra realized soon after meeting the personalities here that Robinson – Ries Orthodontics was her “working home.” And the office is excited to have her on board!12063389_10153745261964903_2333136037626684064_n

Tamra spends her free time with her adorable son Waylon and is excited for the arrival of baby #2 (Wyatt) in April. She loves chasing her little man around and teaching him new things. Tamra is ready for the weather to warm up so she can participate in her favorite activities: fishing, softball, and barbecuing with family and friends. Welcome to the team, Tamra!

The Evolution of Braces

Today, it is so common for us to see people wearing orthodontic braces that we hardly take notice. Over time, the science of orthodontics has advanced considerably, making the braces worn today by children, teens, and adults rather inconspicuous, comfortable and highly effective.

Ancient Times: When it all began
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Most people would be surprised to learn that orthodontic braces date way back to ancient times and are not a product of modern society designed for people who wish to improve their smiles by straightening their teeth. According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), primitive metal bands have been found wrapped around the teeth of mummies. Later in time around 400 and 300 BC, both Aristotle and Hippocrates thought of different methods that could be used to make teeth straighter.

Progress Made During 18th and 19th Centuries
blog 2Despite of this proof of early braces and experimentation done to help straighten teeth, it wasn’t until the 1700s that the practice of orthodontics truly began to progress. In 1728, a French dentist named Pierre Fauchard published a book, which covered methods that could be used to straighten teeth. Later in the early 1800s, Christophe-Francois Delabarre, another French dentist was the first person credited with using a wearable horseshoe-shaped wire crib device that was designed to straighten teeth. As time marched on, the art of orthodontics slowly improved wherein by the 1900s, dentists were using a combination of metal bands wrapped around individual teeth and tension wires to straighten teeth.

The Rise of American Orthodontics
blog 3In the early 20th Century, American dentist Edward Angle devised the first simple classification system for malocclusions, which is still being used by orthodontists today. This system (Class I, Class II and so on) was a way for dentists to describe how crooked teeth are, the way they are pointing and how the teeth fit together. Angle is credited with significantly improving the design of orthodontic appliances as he incorporated many simple design concepts. He founded the American Society of Orthodontia in 1901, which was later renamed American Association of Orthodontics.

The Dawn of the Metal Mouth
blog 6During the early 20th century, dentists were using gold, silver, steel, platinum, gum rubber and vulcanite for loops, hooks, spurs and ligatures. It was common in the early 1900s to use 18-karat gold for wires, bands, ligatures and spurs because gold is soft and easy to shape. However, because gold is soft, it did have it shortcomings in orthodontics as it required frequent adjustments and was rather costly, even back then. In short, the original “metal mouth” was actual gold, which is truly bling-worthy!
It wasn’t until the 1950s when stainless steel began to replace gold and silver when making braces as stainless steel was widely available and much cheaper than gold or silver. Orthodontists did not know how to adhere brackets onto the front of the teeth until the middle of the 1970s and they did not start moving brackets to the backside of the teeth until the mid-80s.

Braces in Today’s World
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Today, modern metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and they are smaller, more comfortable, more attractive and more effective than the metal braces used years ago. Nowadays, orthodontists including our own orthodontists Dr. Robinson and Dr. Ries offer several types of braces including clear braces made of ceramic material, self-ligating braces that utilize a “sliding door” technology, hidden lingual braces that fit on the backside of the teeth and clear plastic aligners, which are used to discreetly move teeth into the desired position. Now you can see the end result before you even start treatment with the office’s Insignia technology! Drs. Robinson and Ries use the impression-less scanner to create a 3-D representation of your bite while braces and wires are custom-fabricated with your exact prescription.

In the future as more precise, high-tech materials and methods will be developed to straighten teeth, we can expect that braces will be worn for a shorter period of time and that they’ll be smaller and will result in even more comfort with greater results. The world of orthodontics has definitely come far which is something we all can smile about!