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We are thankful for..........

November 18th, 2016

"This year I am thankful for my health. I am thankful that GOD has continued to bless me with an abundance of friends and family. I am blessed to have two amazing sons whom I love dearly, and my sister who is always there for me in anything I need. I am especially thankful that each day I get to surround myself with a boss and co-workers who I can always be myself around & laugh with; doing what I LOVE- making beautiful smiles!"

-Shari Ann Estopinal

" This year I am thankful for being blessed with such a loving and supportive family. I am thankful for God and the wonderful bundle of joy he has blessed me with this year. I am also thankful for my health, friends and my puppy who I love very much!"

-Cheyenne Henderson

"I am thankful for my health that God has given me. So thankful to have both of my parents with me. I'm very thankful to have the opportunity to go back to college. Last but not least I am thankful to have a wonderful, thoughtful and supporting man in my life that I get to call my other half."

-Ashley Morris

"I am thankful for my heavenly Father who always takes care of my family. I am also thankful for my wonderful family and amazing boss and co-workers."

-April Hrubes

"I am thankful that I have wonderful friends and family that make it easy to get through these tough times."

-Rene Larrieu

"I am thankful for my wonderful family and loving husband. I am also thankful for God blessing me everyday with a wonderful life to wake up to. Last but not least I am thankful for the wonderful Scaffidi family that I am apart of."

-Paige Mayeaux

"I am thankful for my family and friends, my home and health, and for being a part of Scaffidi Orthodontics!"

-Staryln Stoute

"I am thankful for all the blessings in my life, especially my wife and children. I am grateful for each and everyday that I get to spend with family and friends. Finally, I am thankful for the ability to provide people with beautiful smiles!"

-Dr. Scaffidi

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM OUR TEAM!

October 31st, 2016

Fall can be a really enjoyable time of year for you and your family. The kids are back in school, the leaves are changing, the air is cooler, and Halloween is here. This holiday is a lot of fun for kids, but Scaffidi Orthodontics wants to remind you it can also be risky, especially for your child's braces. If you have kids with braces, take a look at the following tips from the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) on how to keep your kids and their teeth safe this Halloween season.

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS FOR ALL KIDS

Trick-Or-Treating is a favorite activity for kids everywhere. while it is a great holiday tradition for children, it comes with some positional risks. To keep your kids safe while trick-0r-treating, try to follow these simple guidelines:

  • Young children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
  • Choose light colored, reflective element costumes that can easily be seen at night.
  • Avoid costumes that include mask, especially for younger children.
  • Inspect all your children's goodies before they are allowed to enjoy them.
  • Enjoy trick or treating in well lit neighborhoods and in groups

HALLOWEEN TREATS TO AVOID FOR THE ORTHODONTIC PATIENT

If your kids have braces or Orthodontic appliances, you will want them to steer clear of certain treats on Halloween. Many candies can damage your child's orthodontic appliances, so it is wise to avoid them while you're celebrating this fun holiday. Here is a list of treats to stay away from:

  • Hard candies
  • Chewy candies
  • Nuts
  • Caramel
  • Licorice
  • Jelly Beans
  • Taffy
  • Bubblegum
  • Hard Pretzels
  • Popcorn

Some of these treats may seem harmless, but all of them have the potential to bend or break you child's braces. so it's best to avoid eating them all together.

BRACES- FRIENDLY TREATS

If your children have braces they may feel like they can't enjoy any treats on Halloween. However, there are plenty of braces-safe options for them to choose from, including the following:

  • Peanut butter cups
  • Gummy treats
  • Ice cream
  • Smoothies
  • Root beer floats
  • Thinly sliced apples
  • Plain chocolate Hershey's
  • Plain M&M's
  • Three Musketeer
  • Reese's Pieces
  • York Peppermint Patty
  • Junior Mints
  • Raisin's
  • Raisinets
  • Whoppers malted milk balls

These are just a few alternatives to traditional Halloween candy. Helping your kids have a safe and fun Halloween- while at the same time protecting their braces-can be easy if you follow these simple tips and guidelines. Help your kids enjoy the holiday without having to visit Dr.Scaffidi for repairs on broken braces. IF your child does break a brace remember to call Dr.Scaffid's office right away to schedule a repair appointment which we be required prior to 3:00 P.M.

National Orthodontic Health Month.

October 14th, 2016

What does the month of October mean to you? For people in the Southern hemisphere is means fall festivals, pumpkin spice latte's, and slightly cooler weather. For our local New Orleanians we will be pulling out our jackets and scarves. October means something a little different to our team, because October marks National Orthodontic Health Month. During October, orthodontic clinics all over the country work together to promote their services and inform the community about the important work we do. Scaffidi Orthodontics will be reaching out to Grace King High on Tuesday October 25th to bring awareness to the positive effects treatments have on your overall health.

Orthodontic care is much more than just for appearance it helps improve functionality, longevity, and much more. To get an insight on all the details of that first exam and what treatment looks like read below:

WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?

More than just a pretty smile: Orthodontics can help you keep your mouth healthy.

Orthodontic treatment, like braces help move teeth that are crooked or that do not fit together right. By fixing these problems, orthodontics can also help keep your mouth healthy. Crooked teeth can be harder to clean, putting you at risk for cavities and gum disease.

When should treatment begin?

The American Association of Orthodontist recommends the first visit to an Orthodontist by the age of 7. Treatment is commonly started between the ages of 10 and 14, but patients can get braces at any age. In fact, more and more adults are getting braces.

For best results, practice good oral care.

Braces have tiny spaces­­ where pieces of food and plaque can accumulate. This can cause staining, white spots, tooth decay, and gum disease. That's why it is important to brush and floss your teeth after every meal.

How your teeth and gums look when braces come off has a lot to do with how you treat them while the braces are on.

The most common orthodontic treatment is braces.

Braces are made of bands, wires, and brackets. They gently move teeth into the right position. This can fix the way you bite together. There are different types of braces. The most common are metal or plastic brackets attached to the front surface of the teeth. Some patient can also be considered for Invisalign, a new patient exam at no charge to you would determine the best treatment available to you.

Here are some tips to cut down on treatment time:

Practice good oral care.

  • Use tools designed for braces, like floss, and electric toothbrushes specifically designed for orthodontics.
  • Visit your Dentist for regular yearly cleanings.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash.

Protect your braces

  • Don't chew on pens, straws, or ice cubes.
  • Don't bite your nails or play with elastics.
  • Don't eat hard or sticky foods.

Call us at 504-468-6200 to set up your no charge consultation  We look forward to seeing you and your family this October at Scaffidi Orthodontics.

Breast Cancer Awareness

October 6th, 2016

Breast Cancer Risk and Risk Factors:

You may be familiar with the statistic that says 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer. Many people misinterpret this to mean that, on any given day, they and the women they know have a 1-in-8 risk of developing the disease. That’s simply not true.

In reality, about 1 in 8 women in the United States — 12%, or about 12 out of every 100 — can expect to develop breast cancer over the course of an entire lifetime. In the U.S., an average lifetime is about 80 years. So, it’s more accurate to say that 1 in 8 women in the U.S. who reach the age of 80 can expect to develop breast cancer. In each decade of life, the risk of getting breast cancer is actually lower than 12% for most women.

People tend to have very different ways of viewing risk. For you, a 1-in-8 lifetime risk may seem like a high likelihood of getting breast cancer. Or you may turn this around and reason that there is a 7-in-8, or 87.5%, chance you will never get breast cancer, even if you live to age 80. How you view risk often depends on your individual situation — for example, whether you or many women you know have had breast cancer, or you have reason to believe you are at higher-than-normal risk for the disease — and your usual way of looking at the world.

Even though studies have found that women have a 12% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, your individual risk may be higher or lower than that. Individual risk is affected by many different factors, such as family history, reproductive history, lifestyle, environment, and others.

KNOW THE SIGNS:

Initially, breast cancer may not cause any symptoms. A lump may be too small for you to feel or to cause any unusual changes you can notice on your own. Often, an abnormal area turns up on a screening mammogram (X-ray of the breast), which leads to further testing.

In some cases, however, the first sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass in the breast that you or your doctor can feel. A lump that is painless, hard, and has uneven edges is more likely to be cancer. But sometimes cancers can be tender, soft, and rounded. So it's important to have anything unusual checked by your doctor.

According to the American Cancer Society, any of the following unusual changes in the breast can be a symptom of breast cancer:

  • swelling of all or part of the breast
  • skin irritation or dimpling
  • breast pain
  • nipple pain or the nipple turning inward
  • redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
  • a nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • a lump in the underarm area

These changes also can be signs of less serious conditions that are not cancerous, such as an infection or a cyst. It’s important to get any breast changes checked out promptly by a doctor.

Early intervention is the most important key to proactively treating any illness. The more aware you are with the signs and symptoms, the sooner you will know if something seems different. So, ladies get your yearly check-ups, do your self-breast exams frequently, and be in-tune with your body!