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Considerations When Picking the Right Mouthwash

September 22nd, 2021

A solid oral health routine begins with daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Without a consistent oral health regimen, you may begin to experience tooth decay and bacterial infections. Few patients ask Dr. Jed Hildebrand about different mouthwash options, so we’ve put together a list of the conditions that mouthwashes can treat. This should help you decide which oral rinse would be best for you.

Gum Health

Antiseptic mouthwashes reduce large amounts of bacteria on and near the gum line and generally help to decrease your chances of developing gingivitis. The key ingredients of antiseptic mouthwashes are antibacterial and antimicrobial items. Antiseptic mouthwash is a preferable option if you are concerned about the general gum health of your mouth.


Fluoride is a great tool for preventive tooth decay treatment. It prevents tooth decay and is great for oral health in general because it kills germs that can live in your mouth. Fluoride also builds stronger teeth. If you’re a bottled water drinker, Dr. Jed Hildebrand may recommend that you purchase a simple fluoride rinse to use after brushing.

Bad Breath

Fluoride mouthwash can be used to fight any bad breath issues you may be facing. It’s designed to combat any bacteria that might be building up in your mouth. Most mouthwashes will help eliminate bad breath, but some are specifically designed to address this difficult problem. If you feel as though this might be turning into a chronic problem, please contact Dr. Jed Hildebrand to discuss other options that would be effective for treating your symptoms.

American Dental Association (ADA Approval)

The ADA reviews all mouth rinses for safety measures and to prove effectiveness. Any mouthwash approved by the ADA has met strict guidelines according to whether the manufacturer’s claims are supported with scientific evidence. If you’re looking for a quality mouthwash, look for one that has the ADA seal of approval to ensure you have a great rinse for your mouth.


When you’re trying to decide which mouthwash to pick, contact our Arlington, TX or ask Dr. Jed Hildebrand during your next appointment. If you experience a burning sensation in the soft tissues of your mouth, be sure to discontinue use immediately. Avoid letting children under age six use a mouth rinse, and be sure to keep all mouthwashes out of the reach of children, because they contain alcohol and other substances that could be harmful.

Foods can Wreak Havoc on Your Enamel

September 15th, 2021

It’s possible to develop tooth decay even when you take great care of your teeth. Brushing and flossing may not be enough to keep your teeth healthy, depending on your diet. Cavities, discoloration, and decay are still possible when certain foods feature in your daily intake. Keep an eye out for foods that will damage your enamel and cause the very issues you’ve been trying to avoid.

What causes enamel damage?

Tooth enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth that is made of various minerals. Tooth decay results when the acids in your food react with the minerals in your enamel. Strongly pigmented foods may also cause unsightly discoloration on the surface of your teeth. Avoid wreaking havoc on your beautiful smile by identifying the foods that can harm your enamel.


Acidic food is your teeth’s worst nightmare! This is the greatest cause of enamel damage, even if you brush and floss regularly. To avoid damaging your teeth, make sure you can determine whether a food is acidic or not.

The pH levels are a way to determine acidity on a one-to-seven scale. This defines the relative acidity or alkalinity of a food or substance. Foods with high pH levels are not as likely to harm your enamel.

It’s wise to avoid or minimize foods that are high in acids. Highly acidic food can include fruits such as lemons, grapefruit, strawberries, grapes, and apples. Moderately acid foods may surprise you; they include tomatoes, maple syrup, pickles, and honey.

Not surprisingly, eggs and dairy products such as milk and cheese contain the least amount of acid. Red wine and coffee can also discolor your enamel if they’re drunk in excessive amounts.

What can I do to prevent enamel damage?

There are plenty of ways to avoid discoloration and decay of your enamel. The best thing to do is limit the amount of high-acid foods, including sugary juices and soda, in your diet.

Another way is to brush and floss regularly, an hour after each meal. If you can’t make time to brush, an easy solution is to swish your mouth with water or mouthwash to rinse away any leftover acidic particles.

Damaged tooth enamel may be common, but is avoidable when you know which foods to stay away from and the steps to take after you do eat highly acidic foods. Take our advice and you’ll be sure to slow down any future discoloration and decay that happens in your mouth.

For more advice on protecting your enamel, give our Arlington, TX a call to learn more!

Retainers for Life Protection Plan

September 9th, 2021

One of the most rewarding part of orthodontic care is being able to impact a persons life by creating their beautiful new smile. It surpasses aesthetics. A new smile can mean overcoming daily life altering migraines for people with TMJ issues. It can mean keeping your teeth healthy and longer by being able to clean and floss properly to avoid bone loss and other health related issues. For a self conscious teen it can mean gaining confidence, thriving and have one less thing to be concerned with in their journey into adulthood. That is at the center of why we practice Orthodontics.
Getting you there is what we do and who we are. After your journey through orthodontics comes an often forgotten topic. Retainers… Often this topic is left on the backburner until issues arise usually when you least expect or when your child is off to college. Its heart wrenching for us to see our patient return with teeth shifted because retainers were not worn or replaced. Its frustrating for mom and dad (or your pocket if you are the patient) to see shifting after you worked so hard to make this happen. Its especially disappointing for patients to hear they may need to go back into braces.
We are committed to growing and taking our high quality care to new levels beyond the completion of orthodontics. That is why we are excited to announce a game changer that prevents the shifting before it happens: Retainers for Life. Retainers for Life operates through state of the art technology for storage and fabrication of custom replacement retainers as prescribed to you by Dr Jed. Through the Retainers for Life Protection Plan we now offer a lifetime replacement retainer guarantee that goes with you no matter where life takes you. For Retainers for Life patients, its as simple as ordering your $39 replacement online and getting it mailed to your doorstep. We believe in providing you the tools for success and beginning September 2021, we will begin to incorporate Retainers for Life in what we do.
Lets achieve your smile goals today knowing you now have protection that prepares you for what tomorrow may bring. If we learned anything in 2020, it was the fact that our patients need accessible patient care and solutions that can go with you. Together we can get to that beautiful new smile and together we can make sure your smile lasts you forever.
What you can do to prevent shifting:
1) Retainer Use - After treatment it takes time for your teeth to settle into their new position and time for the ligaments and bone to restructure to the change. Even after that our dental anatomy changes with age-arches narrow causing new potential shifting. Retainers prevent this from happening altogether.
2) Contact us Immediately when you lose a retainer-teeth can move very quickly. Most shifting happens gradually but by the time it is noticeable, its often too late. Contact us immediately to avoid delays and potential shifting.
3) Ask About Retainers for Life-If you are a current patient who started before the introduction of Retainers for Life in Hildebrand Orthodontics, contact us right away to enroll in the Retainers for Life Protection Plan. More information can be found on our website here.

Damon® Smile Self-Ligating Braces

September 8th, 2021

Damon® Smile is a state-of-the-art braces treatment that enables you to get a healthy, straight smile more quickly and comfortably than traditional braces. Studies show Damon Smile requires up to six months less time to complete successful treatment.

However, a question many patients have is...

Why should I get braces?

Apart from the boost in self-esteem that straight teeth can give a person, some people wonder whether braces like Damon Smile are necessary. As Dr. Jed Hildebrand will tell you, braces offer many health benefits as well as aesthetic ones.

When you have evenly spaced teeth and correct bite:

  • It’s easier to brush and floss
  • There is less tension on the supporting bones and muscles of the mouth and jaw, which reduces stress and headaches
  • Chewing is more efficient (which can help your digestion)
  • There is less likelihood of tooth decay caused by inadequate oral hygiene since teeth are easier to clean — so this helps to prevent gum disease.

You can see the benefits of getting braces, but why Damon Smile instead of traditional braces or clear aligners? Damon Smile offers patients a highly customizable and discreet way of straightening their teeth. And it's suitable for almost all patients, unlike clear aligners, which can be used only in certain situations.

Since Damon Smile isn’t removable, the braces work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to correct your smile and bite. That means faster results with less chance of relapse!

Damon Smile doesn’t use elastics like traditional brackets, which means you experience less bacterial buildup and faster, more comfortable movement of your teeth. Did we mention Damon Smile also comes in a clear version? Damon® Clear™ lets patients move teeth discreetly as well as effectively. There is also a nickel-free option for patients who are sensitive to nickel.

These are just some of the many benefits of braces with Damon Smile. The next time you visit our Arlington, TX office, ask Dr. Jed Hildebrand if you’re a good candidate for Damon Smile so you can experience the benefits yourself!