Ask The Orthodontist
"Staying Cavity-Free While in Braces
One of the most common concerns for both parents and
orthodontists is keeping the teeth cavity-free while in
braces and allowing for no staining or cavities after the
braces are removed.
and Aviv. His proud grandparents are
Esti and Yosef Lis and Florine Mark.
He is also the
grandchild of the
late Irving Mark
and the late
William Ross and
child of the late
Hillel Day School
Detroit in Farmington Hills. He felt it
meaningful to donate funds to Jewish
Federation and Jewish National Fund
as one of his mitzvah projects.
Alec Jules Nathan and Jack Phillip
Nathan will be called to the Torah as
b'nai mitzvah Friday, Jan. 27, at
Temple Shir Shalom. Proud family
members included parents, Abbey and
Ken Nathan, -and brother Daniel. The
boys are the grandsons- of Ann and
Miles Brasch and Sandy and Ben
Alec and Jack are students at Derby
Middle School in Birmingham. One of
their mitzvah projects was volunteer-
ing time with the Friendship Circle.
Eliot Austin Schwartz will read from
the Torah on the occasion - of his bar
Saturday, Jan. 28,
at Plum Street
Cincinnati. He is
the son of Cindy
Sharing in the
simchah will be
older sister Samantha and grandpar-
ents Marilyn and Fred Krainen of
West Bloomfield, Brenda and Robert
Pangborn, and David and Donna
Eliot feels that his most meaningful
mitzvah project was organizing sever-
al bake sales with all proceeds going
directly to the children's unit at
Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Those who wear the non-removable orthodontic
appliances, known as braces, must guard against decay
springing up around the edges of brackets and bands by Nelson Hersh DDS, MS
paying meticulous attention to oral hygiene. Aside from
rinsing, flossing, and brushing after meals, patients also
have the option of applying a prescription gel or mouth rinse to their teeth as a
means of preventing decay or decalcification.
Lisa and Joel Tencer of Huntington
Woods will be called to the Torah as
b'nai mitzvah at Congregation Beth
Shalom Saturday, Jan. 28. They are the
children of Heidi Coffman of
Huntington Woods and Gary Tencer,
also of Huntington Woods. Their
brother is Sam. Proud grandparents
are Ilene and Albert Coffman. They
are also the grandchildren of the late
Cyril and Freda Tencer.
Both young people are seventh-
grade students at Norup Middle
School in Oak Park. Their mitzvah
projects included weekly visits to the
senior citizens at Alterra Memory
Residence in Farmington Hills and
Cambridge Nursing Home in
Mitchell Skye Werner, son of Sherri
and Daniel Werner, will celebrate his
bar mitzvah as
he is called to
the Torah Friday,
Jan. 27 at
He is the brother
of Jeremy and
and Susie and
He is also the grandchild of the late
Manfred Werner. His proud great-
grandmother is Sylvia Thomas.
A student at West Hills Middle
School in Bloomfield Hills, Mitchell
felt it was especially meaningful to
volunteer at Yad Ezra in Berkley as one
of his mitzvah projects.
More B'nai Mitzvah
• Temple Shir Shalom — Jarryd
Elias, son of Shauna and Richard
Some orthodontists (myself included) utilize cements or adhesives that have a
fluoride-releasing element. This may assist in preventing decay, and although no
materials can overcome poor dental hygiene, it is my belief that anything we can
do to assist in obtaining the best possible result is beneficial.
Many orthodontists spend additional time reviewing oral hygiene with the patient
at the appliance placement appointment. A "goody" bag with numerous helpful
devices to assist in good oral hygiene is included, such as travel toothbrushes,
special floss, inter-dental mini-brushes, etc. Our office even has a dental hygienest
on staff to help with information. Electric toothbrushes may also prove helpful.
In general; excellent orthodontic treatment can only be obtained with cooperative
and informed patients. Once orthodontic therapy begins, the patient will be
expected to continue to see the family dentist for regular checkups, dental
cleanings and routine care. Routine dental care will help ensure the best results
from orthodontic therapy.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Hersh at
the newest state-of-the-art orthodontic facility in West Bloomfield/Commerce
Township at (248) 926-4100.
Nelson (Nick) Hersh
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