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Santa Barbara Orthodontist explains Stress and Oral Health

Did you know that stress can affect your teeth? Dr. Kubisch and Dr. Ferris from Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics in Santa Barbara say unfortunately, there are many triggers that can give children and teens stress. Tests at school, troubles with friends or family, a job, or even just making time for everything can create stress in teens and kids. Of course, we know that stress is draining emotionally, but what you likely did not know is that this stress can lead to oral health problems! We at Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics want you to be aware of the risks stress poses to your oral health in Santa Barbara, and how to make sure your mouth does not fall victim as you cope with stresses.

So, how does stress relate to oral health anyway? Well, the first reason is simply the physical strain stress puts on the mind and body. When a person is stressed, they can become tired and slightly scatterbrained and can fall out of their usual routines. Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics reminds you not to forget to care for your braces properly! If you are tired, just take care of the brushing a bit earlier in the night so there is more time to relax. If you are running out of time to complete an assignment, multitask! Try studying while brushing and flossing. Making sure to continue to care for your mouth in Santa Barbara is crucial. The next link is the comfort food reaction. Often when people are stressed, they look to sweet, sugary junk foods to comfort them. Dr. Kubisch reminds you not to go too crazy. Look for substitutes such as sweet fruits to replace the cookies. If not, enjoy your junk foods but in small portions, remembering to brush and floss thoroughly after. Finally, studies have been conducted that show a direct correlation within the body between stress and increased amount of salivary cortisols and cavity-forming bacteria in the mouth. This means that you must be extra conscious of your oral care routines during times of stress in Santa Barbara.

Now that you are aware of the potential risks stress poses to oral heath, the team at Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics hopes you will follow those simple tips to better cope with your worries, while maintaining the care of your mouth as well. Keep in mind, everyone is different, so if you have any questions or concerns about your mouth, do not hesitate to Contact us! The team at Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics are always here to talk with you and give more tips on how to fit caring for your teeth into your routine in Santa Barbara. Visit us online or at our Santa Barbara office to learn more.


How Dairy can Benefit your Oral Health

Cheese-santa-barbaraSay cheese to get that perfect smile. Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics wants to know if dairy is a part of your diet. If not, it should be! According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), regular consumption of dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt, can actually lower your chances of contracting periodontal disease (gum disease) and improve your overall oral health.Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection in the mouth that affects the gums and jaw. Gum disease results in a loss of teeth and bone, and has been connected to certain cases of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease and osteoporosis.

Eating dairy is not just healthy for building strong bones, but it’s essential for maintaining a strong, healthy mouth. Did you know that cheese is one of the healthiest snacks for your teeth? In addition to providing large amounts of much needed calcium and phosphorous that reduce and/or prevent decreases in the plaque’s pH level and work to remineralize the enamel of your teeth, cheese disrupts the development of cavities, especially when eaten as a snack or at the end of a meal. Cheddar, Swiss, Mozzarella, and Monterey Jack cheese, for example, stimulate the body’s salivary glands to clear the mouth of debris and protect them from acids that weaken them.
The next time you reach for a quick snack get creative with some dairy products, and remember with each bite and every sip you are preserving your teeth for a lifetime of smiles and good oral health!

For more information about keeping your mouth healthy, please contact Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics at 805-687-7417, or stop by for a visit at our Santa Barbara location!

Take care of your teeth during Flu Season

Young businesswoman has splitting headache pain migraineIts flu season near Santa Barbara and Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics says not to forget to take care of your teeth during flu season.  Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics warns that some of the remedies you use to help get over the flu can lead to cavities if you’re not careful. So to avoid cavities this flu season, follow Drs. Kubisch and Ferris’ advice.

Just because cough drops are sold in the medicine aisle near Santa Barbara doesn’t mean they’re healthy. Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics says that most cough drops are loaded with sugar. So after soothing your throat with a lozenge, be sure to brush well especially if you wear braces. Whether the sugar comes from a cough drop or a hard candy, it reacts with the sticky plaque that coats your teeth. Then bacteria in the plaque convert the sugar into an acid that eats away at tooth enamel. Hello, cavities.

Sometimes we need a little soda to help us feel better during the cold and flu season but remember about your teeth.  Candy isn’t the only culprit when it comes to added sugar. Sodas can have up to 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving. To add insult to injury, sodas also contain phosphoric and citric acids, which eat away at tooth enamel. Diet soft drinks let you skip the sugar, but they may have even more acid in the form of the artificial sweeteners. The team at Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics says to make sure you rinse your mouth with water after consuming sugar sodas to prevent cavities.

Fruit juice is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, but unfortunately most juices are also loaded with sugar. Some juices can have as much sugar per serving as soda. For example, there are only 10 more grams of sugar in orange soda than in orange juice. Fruits are naturally sweet, so look for juice that has no added sugar. You can also reduce the sugar content by diluting juice with some water.

So when fighting the flu this season, Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics recommends that you follow the above advice to help prevent cavities.  As always, contact our office near Santa Barbara with any orthodontic questions regarding your teeth this flu season.  Stay cavity free!!

How to Make Toothbrush Jewelry

toothbrush-jewelry-goletaWhat’s a cooler than recycling your old toothbrush and making a toothbrush bracelet? Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics near Goleta recommends that their patients replace their toothbrush every 3 months or when there is noticeable wear, or when we have an illness. So when it’s time to replace your toothbrush, try making toothbrush jewelry.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. An old toothbrush
  2. A pair of pliers
  3. Vise grips
  4. Tongs
  5. A pot big enough to accommodate your toothbrush
  6. A parent!

Step 1: Take your old toothbrush and have your parent gently remove all of the bristles from the toothbrush with a pair of pliers. Support should be applied to the neck of the toothbrush to avoid breaking it.

Step 2: Once all of the bristles are removed from the toothbrush, have your parent boil it for an hour. Be patient, you get to wear it whenever you want. Let your parent do all the hard labor. And it has to boil for a whole hour so that when your parent starts the bending process the toothbrush doesn’t snap.

Step 3: Because the toothbrush is very hot, your parent needs to bend it using the tongs to hold the toothbrush in the middle, and vise grips to shape the toothbrush.

Step 4: To set the shape and cool the bracelet down, let it sit in a bowl of cold water.

Please contact our practice if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health. Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics hopes you have fun making your new toothbrush jewelry. Keep Smiling!

Ring In New Year with Good Oral Health

Portrait of happy family at the beachOral health begins with clean teeth. Keeping the area where your teeth meet your gums clean can prevent gum disease, and keeping your tooth surfaces clean can help you avoid cavities. Drs. Kubisch and Ferris of Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics offers the following tips to his patients in Santa Ynez:

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. When you brush, don’t rush. Drs. Kubisch and Ferris recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day, and more frequently if you are going through orthodontic treatment. Take enough time to do a thorough job.

Use the proper equipment. We at Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics recommend using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Also, consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, for it can reduce plaque and the chance of gum disease more than manual brushing does. Moreover, these devices are helpful if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively.

Practice good techniques. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle aiming the bristles toward the area where your tooth meets your gum. Again, Drs. Kubisch and Ferris remind that keeping the area where your teeth meet your gums clean can prevent gum disease. Also, don’t forget to gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth (as well as your tongue) with short back-and-forth motions.

Keep your equipment clean. Always rinse your toothbrush with water after brushing. Drs. Kubisch and Ferris also stress that you store your toothbrush in an upright position if possible and allow it to air-dry until using it again. Toothbrush Tip: don’t routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers, it can encourage the growth of bacteria.

Know when to replace your toothbrush. Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric or battery-operated toothbrush every three to four months — or sooner if the bristles become frayed.

Follow these basic tips daily and if you have any question or concerns please don’t hesitate to call, or to stop by Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics in the Santa Ynez area.

Good Oral Health is Linked to Your Diet

Did you know that good oral health is linked to your diet? Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics near Carpintera say to prevent cavities and maintain good oral health examine your diet — what you eat and how often you eat — are important factors. Drs. Kubisch and Ferris says changes in your mouth start the minute you eat certain foods. Bacteria in the mouth convert sugars and carbohydrates from the foods you eat to acids, and it’s the acids that begin to attack the enamel on teeth, starting the decay process. Drs. Kubisch and Ferris warns the more often you eat and snack, the more frequently you are exposing your teeth to the cycle of decay or cavities.

Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics recommends certain foods that will keep your mouth healthy. The best food choices for the health of your mouth include cheeses, chicken or other meats, nuts, and milk. These foods are thought to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth (a natural process by which minerals are redeposited in tooth enamel after being removed by acids).

Other food choices that Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics includes are firm/crunchy fruits (for example, apples and pears) and vegetables. Drs. Kubisch and Ferris tells us that these foods have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain, and stimulate the flow of saliva (which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering acid). All of the food items are available in or near Carpintera. Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and lemons, should be eaten as part of a larger meal to minimize the acid from them.

Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics says it is common sense that some poor food choices include candy — such as lollipops, hard candies, and mints — cookies, cakes, pies, breads, muffins, potato chips, pretzels, french fries, bananas, raisins, and other dried fruits. Dr. Kubisch and Ferris warns that these foods contain large amounts of sugar and/or can stick to teeth, providing a fuel source for bacteria. In addition, cough drops should be used only when necessary as they, like sugary candy, contribute to tooth decay.

If you’re looking for good beverage choices, the best choice is water (especially fluoridated water). Drs. Kubisch and Ferris says milk, and unsweetened tea are also good but Limit your consumption of sugar-containing drinks, including soft drinks, lemonade, and coffee or tea with added sugar. Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics recommends limiting your expose of sugary substances to your teeth.

The team at Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics is always available to answer any questions regarding your oral health. Contact us at our office near Carpintera to get the best oral advice. We work hard on giving you the best smile!


Add Oral Health to National Wellness Week

Did you know that September 15 thru 21st is National Wellness Week? Don’t forget your oral-health during National Wellness Week. Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics located near Goleta wants to remind you to add oral health to your National Wellness week.

What do you do to enhance your wellness? Take a walk? Practice yoga or meditation? Drink a veggie or fruit smoothie? Floss more? Read? Garden? Connect with a friend? Improve your smile with braces? Get a massage? Sleep more? Swim? Improve oral health? Share what you do on social media with #ShareWellness!

For National Wellness Week, September 15–21, 2014, Drs. Kubisch and Ferris encourages his patients near Goleta to share on social media some of your favorite wellness-enhancing activities. What do you do to improve your physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, financial, occupational, and/or environmental wellness dimensions?

Drs. Kubisch and Ferris says that wellness —the presence of purpose in life, active involvement in satisfying work and play, a healthy body and living environment, joyful relationships, and happiness—is integral to our behavioral health. Practicing wellness has become an essential part of good health.

If you have any questions on how to create oral health wellness into your lifestyle, contact Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics near Goleta. Start this week with National Wellness Week to start living that happy healthy lifestyle.



Oral Hygiene Tips for Braces in Santa Barbara

If you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment in Santa Barbara, brushing and flossing after every meal and snack is the only way to prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease. While you have your braces on, Drs. Kubish and Ferris say your teeth will need extra care. Kubish and Ferris Orthodontics goal is for you to have a beautiful healthy smile, and in order for us to achieve this, good oral hygiene on your end is very important. Food and particles are known to get trapped in your braces by brackets, wires, bands and appliances, and this can make it difficult to keep your teeth clean. Using a Waterpik is another great way to clean teeth and gums. Kubish and Ferris Orthodontics gives a few tips to help with keeping your teeth clean and healthy during your orthodontic treatment:

  1. Brush after every meal or snack
  1. Floss daily to remove trapped food and particles
  1. Rinse after eating with mouthwash to kill any bacteria
  1. Brush with a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled tooth brush
  1. Clean teeth with a proxabrush
  1. Maintain regular check-ups with your general dentist throughout your treatment

We hope these oral hygiene tips for braces help keep your teeth clean. For more information, we encourage you to give Kubish and Ferris Orthodontics in Santa Barbara a call, ask us on Facebook or ask us during your next adjustment visit!

Goleta Orthodontist warns Sports and Energy Drinks linked to Tooth Decay

Happy young couple in love. Over white backgroundIs tooth decay or cavities a concern of yours for your teenager?? Kubish and Ferris Orthodontics in Goleta warns that there is special concern for tooth decay and oral health for school-age children.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry highlights that tooth/dental decay in kids is a serious problem and urges parents to start early to try and prevent it. Tooth decay (cavities) is a common, preventable problem for people of all ages. For children, untreated cavities can cause pain, dysfunction, school absences, difficulty concentrating, and poor appearance—problems that greatly affect a child’s quality of life and ability to succeed. One of the things that Kubish and Ferris Orthodontics sees is the rise in sport energy drinks and monster drinks in teenagers. Dr. Kubish says that these drinks are dental poison because they contain so much sugar. Dr. Ferris in Goleta also warns patients about carbonated drinks which can erode the enamel that helps protect your teeth.
If your teenager enjoys sports and energy drinks, Dr. Ferris recommends limiting the intake of these drinks and rinsing your mouth afterwards. Also, chewing gum with XYLITOL, a non-sugar substance, helps to stimulate saliva which naturally helps to clean your mouth.
As always, Kubish and Ferris Orthodontics is here for its patients in Goleta to help answer any questions. Don’t hesitate to contact Kubish and Ferris Orthodontics to ensure good oral health and prevent tooth decay.

Orthodontist Mission Canyons Warns Dry Mouth Can Lead To Tooth Decay

Over 4 million Americans suffer from dry mouth or Sjögren’s syndrome.  Unfortunately, dry mouth can lead to increased oral health problems.  Dr. Kubish from Kubisch & Ferris Orthodontics explains that when individuals have Sjögren’s syndrome, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks tear ducts and saliva.  This in turn leads to constant dryness.
Even though saliva isn’t a desirable topic to talk about, saliva has a very important job — saliva helps protect teeth and gums from bacteria.  When there is a lack of saliva, an individual’s teeth are unprotected and leave them susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.  One important characteristic of saliva is that it is rich in calcium and minerals.  When saliva washes over your teeth, the calcium and minerals get deposited over your teeth strengthening the enamel.  Saliva also helps to dilute the acidity in your mouth, especially after you eat.
If you suffer from dry mouth,Kubisch & Ferris Orthodontics says you may want to check your medicine cabinet.  There are medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers and antidepressants that can contribute to dry mouth. If dry mouth continues to be a problem, you may need to change your medication regiment.
Healthy gums should appear pink and firm with no redness or swollen.  Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss and see your dentist regularly.  Let Kubish & Ferris Orthodontics help you keep your mouth healthy. Call Kubisch & Ferris Orthodontics in Mission Canyon with any questions.