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Shop Local in El Dorado Hills: Coronavirus Edition

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While staying home has been really important for helping to flatten the curve, it has been tough for small businesses, including restaurants, boutiques, salons and even orthodontists. While things will start to slowly open up in the near future, it will be a little while until everything in the community is up and running full steam ahead. That’s why, during this time, if it’s in your means, it’s so important to support local businesses. While, you may not be able to dine in at a restaurant or have a leisurely afternoon shopping trip, ordering delivery or takeout, buying gift cards, or making purchases online can go a long way.

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COVID-19 FAQ guide for Orthodontic patients

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Dear JKO Family,

During this fluid, changing situation, you probably have some questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it might affect your orthodontic treatment. Team JKO has put this FAQ together to help you with some of the questions you might have so that you feel comfortable. As always, the team at Jeffrey Kwong Orthodontics is here to support you and will find ways to build value and provide you with outstanding care.

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The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Your Braces

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It’s so important to take great care of your braces and your smile during orthodontic treatment. Why? Well, firstly, your teeth move most effectively in a healthy oral environment. Also, getting cavities, regularly breaking your brackets, or having other dental issues could set your treatment time back. Plus, no one wants to walk around with food caught in their braces or a wire sticking out of their mouth because they damaged their appliances. Caring for your braces and making your oral health a priority during your treatment will really set you up for success.

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Thank you, spinach!

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Thank you, spinach for ALWAYS getting stuck in my braces when I’m about to talk to someone important!

Here’s some fun facts about Spinach you may not know about:

1. The plant originated in Iran, and wasn’t brought to the USA until the year 1806.
2. Spinach quickly loses its nutritionally value. By the 8th day after being harvested it has lost 50% of its original nutritional value.
3. The U.S. is the second largest producer of Spinach.

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Thank you, expanders!

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Thank you, expanders; or as parents call you, a broken record of slurping noises!

So what exactly is a palatal Expander? It’s a very common orthodontic appliance that is often used in young children. It’s a way to perform Arch expansion which is a common way to get rid of crossbites and crowding in children that are still growing. Use of this expander requires that the growth plate in the roof of the mouth is not yet fused, which commonly occurs between 13 and 16 years old.