To maintain your car, it is recommended to change your oil at least every 3,000 miles. Failing to do so could result in damage to your car’s engine. Oral health follows a similar concept. Failure to visit your dentist for a dental checkup at least once every six months could lead to gum disease and even tooth loss due to untreated gum tissue damage.
Whether a year has passed since your last visit or even longer, understanding the importance of dental checkups is crucial to your overall oral health, especially during orthodontic treatment. Braces create additional areas for plaque, bacteria, and acid to stick to your teeth around braces and wires. Here are the four basic reasons why dental checkups are important to your smile. Read More
You just took a photo with friends but notice that your smile isn’t as white as everyone else’s. Did you know that there are natural ways to brighten your tooth enamel? Even better, the solution could already be in your kitchen. To help you put your best smile forward, here are six foods that make a whiter smile.
They say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but did you know it also keeps the stains away as well? Apples contain a high concentration of malic acid, which helps remove stains and clean the teeth. Malic acid can also be found in some toothpaste.Read More
Whether you’re stressed, excited or bored, biting nails is a very common habit among kids and adults of all ages. Although it is more common among children ages 10 to 18, studies have shown that 30% of children and 15% of adults are nail biters. The good news is that most people drop the habit by age 30.
If you haven’t dropped your nail chewing habit or have concerns about its effect on your teeth, here are a few reasons you may want to stop: Read More
Just like your body, your teeth also require just the right amount of vitamins and minerals to maintain the great benefits of good oral health throughout your life.
At McNamara Orthodontics, our goal is to educate our patients on all aspects of health to maintain healthy teeth and gums. To make the most of your orthodontic treatment and get the end result you want in both appearance and function, be sure to eat healthy foods during treatment. This includes foods rich in the following vitamins and minerals and not hard or sticky which can damage your braces and wires:Read More
We’ve all heard of gum disease, but what do you really know? Many people think they know all about gum disease, but not everything we hear or read is correct. To help bridge the gap between fact and fiction, here are 5 myths about gum periodontal disease, its causes, and treatments, debunked.
Bleeding gums are not that big of a deal
One important sign of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is red, swollen and bleeding gums. This is typically noticed when brushing, flossing, or eating certain foods. If you experience any of these symptoms during any of the mentioned activities, schedule an appointment as soon as possible to be evaluated by your dentist for periodontal disease.Read More
Using floss is one of the most important steps you can take to maintain good dental health. It is the process of cleaning between your teeth to remove debris and food from areas a toothbrush cannot normally reach and an important part of your daily routine to keep your pearly whites sparkling and healthy.
When wearing braces, it is even more important to floss regularly since food collects and sticks more easily around the brackets and wires. At McNamara Orthodontics it is critical for our patients to know that when they do not floss, the result is a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria that can cause damage to the enamel of your teeth, around the braces, and can cause puffiness and bleeding of gum tissue. Even if you are wearing Invisalign aligners that are removable when eating, it is still important to floss on a daily basis to maintain good oral hygiene.
What is most important is to make sure that you floss correctly and clean your teeth thoroughly. Watch this video on how to floss and the proper care of your teeth while wearing braces.