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Thomas Jaeger, DDS : (208) 667-3341 (800) 735-1152

Locations: Coeur d'Alene, Silver Valley, St. Maries, Your School

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So Much To Be Thankful For

November 25th, 2014

If our staff all sat around a Thanksgiving table together and shared what we have to be thankful for in this past year there would be so much we would all have to say--and that is a good thing!!  We have all had some wonderful family moments that we have shared together.  There have been weddings, grandbabies born, graduations, children reaching milestones and a few of us reaching some too!  Some of us have traveled to faraway places and learned some new hobbies and skills and all the while been cheered on by our "family" here at work. We shared laughter, and yes, even a few tears and for all of this and more we are thankful.

Not to be forgotten, we are especially thankful for all of our patients, past and present and those to come!  We know that without you we simply wouldn't be here!  You keep the wheels turning here and we are forever grateful.  We count you as friends and hope you feel the same about us.  We have all been blessed by the opportunity to take care of you--thank you!

Halloween: Candy, costumes, and more!

October 30th, 2014

All Hallows' Eve, more commonly known as Halloween, is a yearly event celebrated on October 31, and one that is anticipated by the young and young at heart all over the world. Some scholars claim that Halloween originated from Celtic festivals that honored the dead or that celebrated the harvest, while others doubt that there's any connection at all to Samhain (a Gaelic harvest festival.) Regardless of its origin, our team at the orthodontic office of Dr. Tom Jaeger hopes that Halloween is fun and enjoyed by all of our awesome patients!

Trick or treat?

In North America, Halloween is predominantly celebrated by children who dress up in costumes, which range from scary to cute, who then go around the neighborhood knocking on doors asking "trick or treat", and they are given candy in return. Trick-or-treating is a time honored tradition, and though many parents groan at the pounds and pounds of candy collected by youngsters and fear for the health of their teeth, there are a few things you can do to help their teeth stay in great shape until the candy is gone:

  • Limit the amount of candy they can consume each day
  • Have them brush their teeth after eating candy
  • Avoid hard, chewy candies as they can stick in hard to brush places
  • Keep candy out of sight to reduce temptation
  • Don't buy candy too far in advance to limit pre-Halloween consumption
  • Help or encourage your children to floss

Halloween Fun

Halloween isn't just about gorging on candy; there are other events associated with this festive day including carving jack-o'-lanterns, painting pumpkins, decorating sugar cookies, bobbing for apples, going to haunted houses, or just curling up on the couch with a bowl full of popcorn and watching some classic, scary movies.

Halloween Around the World

Some countries, like Australia, frown upon Halloween, claiming it is an American event and not based in Australian culture, while others like Italy have embraced the fun and celebrate much as Canadians and Americans do. Mexicans have been celebrating this fun day since around 1960, and it marks the beginning of the Day of the Dead festival. Some countries in Europe have come late to the party, but since the 1990s, countries like Sweden, Norway, and Germany have started celebrating Halloween as well, and finding children in costumes or having ghosts hanging in windows has become commonplace.

Halloween is about fun; stepping outside our normal lives and donning a costume or gathering with friends to knock on doors and ask for candy is as much a part of our culture as hot dogs and barbecue on Labor Day. Have a safe and happy Halloween from the team at Jaeger Orthodontics!

How does wisdom tooth removal affect orthodontic care?

October 23rd, 2014

The purpose of braces and other forms of orthodontic treatment at Jaeger Orthodontics is to correct malocclusion, also known as crooked or crowded teeth, or “bad bites.” Past orthodontic practice dictated that wisdom teeth be removed, especially in cases of crowding.

The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in, and are officially known as the third molars. The teeth typically erupt, or break the surface of the skin, in young people between the ages of 13 and 20.

Sometimes, wisdom teeth are impacted. That means they cannot break through the gum tissue. This typically happens when the mouth or jaw is too small to accommodate the teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can become infected, and some dentists and orthodontists may want to remove them as prophylaxis to prevent possible future infection.

Justification for removing wisdom teeth

Dr. Tom Jaeger will tell you that in some cases, wisdom teeth attempt to come in the wrong way, either tilting in the jaw, or sideways. If the mouth is too small to accommodate these additional teeth, they inevitably become impacted. Swelling or infection of the gum flap above an impacted wisdom tooth may cause pain. The greatest danger is pericoronitis, a potentially dangerous infection that can occur in the gum area around an impacted wisdom tooth, or around a wisdom tooth that has erupted.

Orthodontists base their decision to remove wisdom teeth on each patient's individual circumstances. To learn more about the impact wisdom teeth have on orthodontic treatment, or to schedule a visit with Dr. Tom Jaeger, please give us a call at our convenient Coeur d'Alene, ID office!

Dental Themed Halloween Costumes

October 17th, 2014

Halloween is coming up fast and if you are in need of some fun ideas why not go for a dental theme this year?  Of course you need only go as far as checking out Pinterest to get some great ideas to get you started.  After looking at it, our staff had some good fun plotting to get Dr. Jaeger to dress up as the Tooth Fairy!  After all it would go well with with our mobile clinic, Zahnfee, which actually means "tooth fairy".  The challenge is getting him to get on board with the tutu--he is a fun guy so one never knows what may happen when we approach him with such an idea!  Can you just imagine if he dressed up like a Tooth Fairy for the remainder of the month while out at the schools?  Sounds interesting, right?

Aside from that, there are other options.  You could chose to be a toothbrush, a tube of toothpaste which was very clever and quite striking paired with red heels (this bloggers personal favorite and a little dangerous for one of our staff members.  Not naming names, but you should ask Jody about dancing in red heels!), a toothbrush, Mr. Molar or simply a single tooth.  For those of you who want to be a little "devilish" there is always the vampire with long and scary canines. If you do decide to do a dental themed costume send us a picture and we will post it to our facebook page!  Happy Halloween!

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