Gurnee IL Dental Facts Honey OrthodonticsDid You Know…

  • 83% of people believe their teeth are more important to their appearance than hair and eyes according to a survey conducted by Roper ASW in conjunction with ReachMax.
  • US consumers spend $100 Billion a year on hair care products and only $50 Billion a year on dentistry. Women spend more money on mascara than any other makeup. What good is great hair and eyes without a great smile and healthy teeth?
  • A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans
  • Smile enhanced procedures outnumbered eyelid surgeries 5 to 1 according to Money Magazine.
  • The average woman smiles about 62 times a day! A man? Only 8! Kids laugh around 400 times a day. Grown-ups just 15 and :-) Smilers in school yearbooks are more likely to have successful careers and marriages than poker faced peers.
  • 3 cans of soda a day – the number of sodas that increase tooth decay by 62%; 10 to 12 – the number of teaspoons of sugar in an average 12 oz. soda. The average American consumes over 600 cans of soda a year! What happens to your health if you drink 10 cans of soda a day for 1 month? Read this…
  • Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum
  • 45-70 seconds is the amount of time most people brush a day. Time to spend a little more time brushing, don’t you think?
  • 18 yards – the amount of floss bought each year per person. 122 yards – the amount of floss that should be bought each year or 1 foot a day.

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stocking stuffer ideas The holiday season is upon us again. Where did the year go? At Honey Orthodontics we would like to share some stocking stuffer ideas to consider for patients of all ages wearing braces. Instead of candy and sweets that can bend wires and knock off brackets during holiday festivities, give something more suitable to make your season bright.

  1. Colgate Wisps for those on the go. Wisps are disposable mini-toothbrushes with a breath-freshening bead that allows you to have a clean, fresh mouth without water or rinsing.
  2. Playing cards and card games
  3. Fun pens, markers, and note paper
  4. Comic books, puzzle books, or magazines
  5. For the ladies – Festive nail polish, or for teens and adults, the latest in jamberry nail or Incoco nail design wraps that are easy to apply, don’t chip easily, and last up to two weeks!
  6. Cash or prepaid debit card
  7. Movie or concert tickets
  8. Scratch off lottery tickets.
  9. Gift cards
  10. For the kids; include a letter from Santa thanking them for avoiding the hard and sticky foods they love so much throughout the year that damage braces and create extra trips to the orthodontist you like to avoid.

Happy Holidays to everyone! If you have a stocking stuffer idea you would like to share, leave a comment below. We would love to hear from you.

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I know many of you have been eager to hear about our trip to Kenya. It has been a wonderful journey for us personally and as a team. We spent most of our time at the Oasis for Orphans children’s home, located in southwest Kenya. There we got to meet the staff and the children and hear some of their stories.

Honey Orthodontics in Gurnee IL - Kenya Mission Oasis for Orphans - Group Photo

All the children have sad stories of how they got to be at the orphanage, but feel so blessed to now have good rooms with beds and dressers, nutritious food to eat, clothes and shoes to wear, books to read and the opportunity to go to the nearby school. They gave us a warm welcome and truly loved having us around. They loved to hear about our families and enjoyed looking at the family pictures we brought (over and over again)!

We quickly found out they were a little apprehensive about dental treatment since they never had any before. We decided to treat some of the adult staff first so the children could watch and see that we were causing them no pain. We found many dental problems in the adults we saw, from severely broken down teeth that were causing pain to tartar build-up due to the absence of dental care and limited education about their teeth.

Honey Orthodontics Kenya Mission - Oasis for Orphans - Performing Dental Work

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