Pitner Orthodontics April 2019

Rated E for Everyone

WHAT DO RATINGSMEAN, AND HOWSHOULD YOU USE THEM? Despite guidance from ratings systems, it can be difficult for parents to discern what digital content is appropriate for their children. Learnmore about ratings guidelines for common on public airwaves,TV rating systems follow unique codes. In theU.S., shows that are rated asTV-14 (content that is suitable for those ages 14 and older) can only air after 5 p.m. Meanwhile,TV-MA (content that is appropriate for mature audiences) can only air between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Most shows airing between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. are ratedTV-G orTV-PG.These are similar in content to their movie counterparts. Some television children’s shows will also be rated asTV-Y orTV-Y7, and suggestive content to adult themes.

When choosing family entertainment, experts suggest using both the rating and the description of themedia tomake your decision since the rating systemmay not fully explainmedia content. For example, studies have found that a PG-13movie can sometimes have just as much violence as an R-ratedmovie. Additionally, youmay be fine with the content in aT-rated video game for a more developmentally advanced 11-year-old. Once you get past all the combinations of numbers and letters, you as a parent might find that ratings for video games, movies, andTV shows provide helpful information. Couple the ratings with your own research and your own values, and put an end to worrying about what surprises may lurk in your children’s media.

entertainment media and how to decipher that information so you canmake educated decisions that work for your family. Movies: G-ratedmovies are considered suitable for all ages, whereas PG, PG-13, and R-ratedmovies are progressively less appropriate for kids because of violence, nudity, and language. Some ratings come with age limits; children who are under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult at R-ratedmovies. TVShows: Due to laws that limit inappropriate content

their only distinction is thatTV-Y7 has been deemed appropriate for young children ages 7 and older.TV ratings can also have additional descriptors attached to them to explain what kind of content earned the rating. VideoGames: There are seven video game ratings: EarlyChildhood (EC), Everyone (E), Everyone 10+ (E10),Teen (T), Mature (M), AdultsOnly (AO), or Rating Pending (RP). These ratings provide consumers withmore information about content. Again, as the age of the intended user increases, content progresses fromallowingmild violence or


Your Braces Questions Answered! G’DAY, MATE!

the irritated area. If the wire is stuck, cover the sharp edge with a piece of cotton or dental wax. If all else fails, you can carefully cut the wire with sterilized scissors or nail clippers. What should I do with a loose bracket? Loose brackets are pretty normal when it comes to traditional braces, but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored. A loose bracket could negatively affect your treatment progress, so call our office andmake an appointment to have it repaired as soon as possible. In themeantime, if a bracket comes loose while still attached to the wire, you can carefully cut the wire using a pair of nail clippers. Be sure to sterilize the clippers in rubbing alcohol before putting them near your mouth. Shouldmy teeth be sore? Aching teeth or mild discomfort are common symptoms after orthodontic treatment, but it’s

There are a lot of options in orthodontics today, which is great, because it means patients are able to choose the right treatment for their smiles.We see a lot of patients who are excited to try Invisalign, but that doesn’t mean traditional braces have disappeared entirely. Many patients still turn tometal braces, which are effective, but they come with their own drawbacks. Here are a few common questions I hear around the office. Aremy wires supposed to hurt the inside of mymouth? The bad news is when you wear metal braces, the wires are going to rub against the insides of your cheeks and gums.The good news is there are some at-home solutions you can try if your wires are causing you pain! First, try using a cotton swab to gentlymove the wire away from

easily addressed!Try gargling with warm salt water, or play a heating pad around your mouth. If this doesn’t help, take a little ibuprofen— just make sure you read the safety directions on the bottle first. Hopefully, these tips will come in handy if your braces are giving youminor issues. But remember, if you find yourself with an orthodontic emergency, don’t hesitate to call our office. Emergencies never get better when you ignore them. –Buster




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