Want Your Selfie Smile to be a Healthy Smile?
Teens take note: Cavities aren’t just for little kids—you can get them at any age. When you consume sugary foods, soda, juice or energy drinks, you put yourself at risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Be smart about your healthy smile. Always brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day.
Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. That’s why it’s so important to take care of it. Pay attention to these mouth healthy habits recommended by dentists:
- Always brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes
- Floss between your teeth daily
- Avoid sugary and starchy snacks
- Wear a mouthguard when you’re active
- Don’t smoke
- Don’t pierce your lips or any part of your mouth
- See your dentist. Regular dental visits will help set you up to be Mouth Healthy for Life.
Not cool to wear a mouthguard? Think again.
It’s all fun and games until someone loses a tooth. If you play a sport or are active in things like skateboarding or snowboarding, it’s a good idea to wear a mouthguard. It may feel funny at first, but mouthguards are the best thing you can do to protect your teeth from getting broken or knocked out. They cushion blows that would otherwise cause injuries to the lips and face and sometimes even jaw fractures. There are different kinds of mouthguards; ask your dentist which one is right for you.
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Remember, beautiful teeth are healthy teeth!
Dr. Nishan Halim
Guest Blog from American Dental Association
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Nishan Halim, DMD specializes in adult and pediatric restorative and cosmetic dentistry, as well as preventive dentistry in his Capitol Hill, Washington DC neighborhood dental center. Contact the office to schedule an appointment.