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Whether you believe it or not, your smile is not invincible as a teen. Many problems can occur, like tooth decay, gum disease, and oral injuries, which is why it is very important that you take care of your smile each and every day. So, to help you maintain a strong and successful oral health, our Blais Orthodontics team encourages you to do the following things:

· Keep up on oral hygiene: Oral hygiene is extremely important, which is why you need to brush your teeth twice a day, floss between your teeth at least once a day, and rinse your mouth with a beneficial mouthwash daily. As you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. As you floss, use a product you prefer. As you rinse, use a mouthwash that contains fluoride or antibacterial substances.

· Take care of your smile: The best ways to take care of your smile are to refrain from smoking, avoid eating sugary and starchy foods, wear a mouthguard while you are active, and keep from piercing any part of your mouth.

· Visit your dentist: It is vital that you visit your dentist every six months. During these appointments, our dental team will professionally clean your smile and will examine your entire oral cavity for issues. This is the best way to prevent as many dental problems as possible.

· Take care of your braces: If you are currently aligning your smile with braces, please take care of your appliance as much as possible. Brush and floss your teeth after each meal and snack and avoid participating in habits that can break your brackets and wires.

Call 914.472.9595 now if you have any questions or if you would like to know more! We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Merissa Blais if you have any concerns or problems that need treatment. We care for you and your smile, and we are here to help you if you just call us today!