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As a teenager, your smile is prone to many problems, like tooth decay, gum disease, and oral injuries, which is why it is important that you take good care of your smile each day. To help you maintain a strong and successful oral health, our team at Straight Smile recommends that you do the following things on a regular basis:

· Keep up on oral hygiene: Always brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, and rinse your mouth daily with mouthwash. Doing these things will not only help you take care of your smile, but they will also help you have fresh, pristine breath throughout the day.

· Take care of your smile: Do your best to avoid eating sugary and starchy foods as much as possible. These foods tend to cause tooth decay. Also, please wear a mouthguard while you are active so your smile stays protected, and please refrain from smoking. Lastly, it’s best that you stay away from oral piercings. They can harm your smile more than you realize.

· Visit your dentist: Make sure you visit your dentist every six months for your dental cleaning and checkup. These appointments will help you completely prevent gum disease and they will also give our dental team the chance to fix any problems you might have.

· Take care of your braces: If you have braces, please do everything you can to keep your smile and appliance in tip-top shape. To help you do so, we recommend brushing and flossing after every meal and snack and also avoiding habits that can break your brackets and wires.

For more information on oral hygiene, orthodontics, and dental care for teens, please call 301-841-9348 today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Liang. Our team is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your call!