Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Fun Holiday Facts

  • Household trash increases by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Trash from wrapping paper and shopping bags totals 4 million tons.
  • The world’s largest menorah is the National Chanukah Menorah in Washington, D.C.
  • The U.S. Postal Service delivers 20 billion cards and packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
  • Poinsettias aren’t deadly. Their stems and leaves contain Latex which can be irritating.
  • On average, 5,800 people need a trip to the ER after suffering injuries from holiday decorating.
  • The largest gingerbread man in the world weighs 466 pounds, six ounces. The Gingerbread House, in Rochester, Minnesota, baked the giant cookie on February 21, 2006.
  • All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.
  • According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.
  • Alabama was the first state in the United States to officially recognize Christmas in 1836.
  • President Teddy Roosevelt, an environmentalist, banned Christmas trees from the White House in 1912.
  • British illustrator John Callcott Horsley (1817-1903) invented the first Christmas card in 1843.
  • The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.
  • Kwanzaa celebrates its 50th birthday in 2016. The Kwanzaa holiday was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate family, culture and heritage, and is modeled after the first harvest celebrations in Africa.

At Drs. Lacy, Weidman, and Hazey III, we are thankful for the opportunity to be a part of our community and our patient’s lives making beautiful and healthy smiles.

Enjoy Your Holidays and Be Safe!



Friday, October 24, 2014

When Should Your Child First See an Orthodontist?

As orthodontists, we see a wide age range of patients. We are asked very often, outside of the office, when a child should first see an orthodontist.

Many times parents are first told of the need to see an orthodontist by their general dentist.  The general dentist watches out for certain orthodontic problems that may need addressed. The American Association of Orthodontists actually recommends that all children be seen by an orthodontist by age 7. Now, don’t get worried if your child is under the care of a good dentist, and he or she has not told you to go see the orthodontist yet. This age 7 recommendation is just that…a recommendation.

The reason that age 7 was chosen has to do with how children are developing at this age. Usually by age 7, a child has begun to lose some front baby teeth and begun to erupt some permanent first molars, sometimes called “6-year molars.” Therefore, the orthodontist can begin to get a feel for the size of the new permanent teeth and any problems with positioning, spacing, and crowding. In addition, by age 7, the orthodontist may begin to recognize any abnormalities in the growth of the jaws. Is one jaw growing more or less than the other? Is there a crossbite developing? etc.

            Finding some of these early problems doesn’t necessarily mean that your child will need orthodontic treatment at this early age. The orthodontist will be looking for a few very specific conditions that must be treated at this age, but usually we will wait until all permanent teeth erupt. However, the orthodontist may suggest removal of some baby teeth to help other permanent ones erupt. Then the child will be placed on an observation schedule to monitor future eruption and growth until treatment is recommended.

Sometimes finding developing problems early can reduce the severity of the problem later as the child grows. More importantly, though, these early Age 7 visits tend to reassure the parents and show the child that coming to the orthodontist is an easy and fun experience.