Just like the rest of your body, your mouth and teeth need to be well-nourished and taken care of in order to keep your smile radiant. Orthodontist Dr. Chris Murphy at Southern Maine Orthodontics has four tips for keeping the beautiful and healthy smile you deserve!
Brush and Floss
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled brush. It also recommends flossing daily in between teeth to keep plaque at bay. Flossing, while boring and annoying, is pertinent to oral health. Did you know not flossing is linked to heart disease? YIKES!
Sweet treats are delicious, and you should treat yourself. However, eating too many sweets can lead to cavities and tooth decay. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet complete with fruits and vegetables is the key to having healthy teeth and gums. When you do eat or drink something sweet, be sure to brush your teeth ASAP to remove any excess sugar.
Rinse and Repeat
No one wants to be caught with stinky breath! However, mouthwash offers benefits other than making your breath smell fresh. Mouthwash helps to protect your teeth and gums by killing bacteria that can lead to gum disease. Be sure to rinse at least once a day for 30-60 seconds!
Visit your Dentist (and Dr. Chris Murphy)
Routine oral health exams are essential for keeping your mouth healthy. It is recommended that you have a general dentist appointment every six months. At this appointment, they can examine your mouth and address any potential issues. A dental hygienist can then professionally clean your teeth and gums to remove any plaque and polish up your smile.
Your general dentist may also recommend that you see your orthodontist if you might be a good candidate or benefit from braces treatment. It is recommended that children receive an orthodontic evaluation around age 7.
If you follow these 4 simple tips, you are already on your way to having a healthy, glowing smile. As always, never hesitate to contact our office with any questions you may have!